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Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin had his dreams of becoming an NBA player cut short after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just days before the 2014 draft. Per Baylor's official statement, "Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body."

Despite the setback, Austin, 20, may still be affiliated with the league once his education is complete in Waco.

Austin told TMZ.com that he has been offered an NBA job by commissioner Adam Silver, with the stipulation that he finishes his degree at Baylor. He also said he's already doing a little work now for the NBA Cares program.

Silver added an unexpected twist to the draft that made Austin's night far brighter. Just days after learning of the diagnosis that ended his basketball career, Austin heard his name called, having been made an honorary selection by the NBA.

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Here's something that nobody saw coming: Kevin Durant and Justin Bieber apparently grabbed brunch together recently.

It seems like a pretty strange match. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has always done a great job of keeping his personal life private, whereas the singer grabs the spotlight everywhere he goes.

[Justin Bieber, h/t That NBA Lottery Pick]

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Take five seconds out of your day to watch this MMA fight. Trust us, it's worth it.

One swift kick to the face, and this fight was over. If it wasn't for a little bit of preparation at the beginning of the fight, it would have been over even quicker. 



Mario Balotelli...well, honestly, it's hard to know where to begin here.

His latest Instagram post comes with the explanation: "#KnowledgeIsPower reading books is cool #StayInSchoolKids"

But while that might explain why he's reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography I Am Zlatan, it doesn't quite answer why he's doing that while ironing and listening to the Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance (Remix)."

And doing some kind of bizarre ironing/reading dance.


The Tour de France is entering its most excruciating stages, and, as you'd expect, riders' nerves are running raw.

After two weeks of warning fans to stop putting themselves in front of the racer, cyclists are beginning to lose their patience with spectators.

Thus, we have Team Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler stopping in the middle of the race Friday to scold a fan who apparently crossed the line with the French cyclist.

For The Win's Nina Mandell (h/t Mike Singer of CBS Sports) spotted video of the incident, which shows Voeckler slowing down, unclipping and screaming at the bewildered spectator.

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If there are no more questions, Cliff Lee would like to end this interview on a wet, crinkly note. 

After two months on the disabled list, the Philadelphia Phillies starter returned to the mound in uninspiring form Monday night, chalking up one of the worst games of his career against the San Francisco Giants (12 hits, six runs in just under six innings).

It was a night to forget for Lee, who could be hopping towns if the Phillies can convince an eligible suitor to take a chance on the 35-year-old lefty and pick up the $12.5 million buyout left on his contract.

Thus, Lee concluded what could have been one of his final interviews in a Phillies uniform with a definitive (ceremonious?) passing of gas. 

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Christian Ponder made a name for himself while playing under Bobby Bowden at Florida State, so the Minnesota Vikings quarterback and his wife felt it would be a good idea to honor the coach by naming their child after him.

Check out what Christian and Sam Ponder named their newborn daughter:

Naming a kid Bowden Sainte-Claire is one way to pay tribute to the former Seminoles coach. 

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. reported that the Ponders brought the baby girl into the world recently:

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Malik Monk is only 16 years old, but he has to be one of the most athletic basketball players in the nation. 

Monk is a 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports, and it's easy to see why after watching this mixtape from his sophomore season.

The 6'3" guard can throw down jaw-dropping dunks, make dazzling passes and use his athleticism to block shots. Watch some of the shots he makes in the video. Even when defenders are all over him, he is able to get a shot off.

Monk still has two more years of high school, so we will have to wait a bit to see him at the next level.


Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were bored Monday night.

After a weekend of painful plunks to their respective left hands, the two Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves confined to the dugout for their away opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Like kids stuck inside on a rainy day, they fussed about restlessly before deciding to invent their own entertainment: annoying SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo.

The two men stuck their hands up and made faces during Rizzo’s live-air segment at the top of the sixth. Puig made a finger mustache, and Ramirez mouthed the lyrics to "Soul Man."

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Major League Baseball players have to find a way to keep busy during rain delays. While some choose to slide around on the tarp, others just sit back and relax. 

The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has come up with a great way to have fun together: bocce.

This video was reportedly taken at Turner Field on July 20, when the Phillies and the Atlanta Braves had to endure a rain delay that lasted an hour and 39 minutes. Philadelphia relievers killed time by playing some bocce.

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