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In yet another display of his unbelievable athleticism, 6'11" DeAndre Jordan smashed a dunk all over the league's second-leading shot-blocker, Serge Ibaka:

On the next possession, he hammered an alley-oop pass from Chris Paul:

 

Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.


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Over the past three years, Nike has rewarded its signature NBA ballers with "Elite" lines for their respective shoes.

Nike usually makes a couple of tweaks to the shoes to maximize player comfort throughout the grueling playoff stretch, not to mention some creative colorways.

I stopped by the Nike Design Studio in NYC to check out the "Elite" packs for Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. For a more detailed look at Kobe 9 Elite, please visit Nike, Inc.

Which pair are you looking forward to the most? Comment below!

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Kentucky fans around the country were no doubt devastated after their loss to UConn in the 2014 NCAA national championship, but this four-year-old fan was allowed to act how many adults weren't.

According to Vaughstviews.com, the boy's father is in the Navy and currently stationed in Connecticut, so they're surrounded by UConn fans, but the boy still supports the Wildcats.

[YouTubeVaughtsviews.com]

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The 2013-14 race for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award looks set to be one of the most hotly contested two-player duels in league history.

In one corner, you have Miami Heat forward LeBron James, two-time reigning MVP, and four-time winner. In the other corner, you have Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the 25-year-old upstart and runaway scoring title champ. 

In the MVP race, you are either "Team LeBron" or "Team Durant."

But Team Durant has added one surprising supporter on Wednesday: LeBron James.

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Drake received a lot of heat when a photo began circulating the Internet that appeared to show the rapper in a UConn shirt following the NCAA National Championship, earning claims that he was the ultimate front-runner.

On ESPN's NBA Countdown, Drake asserted that this was not the case. Not only was the photo taken before the game, Drake clarifies that the logo on it is not UConn's "U," but rather the logo of Kentucky freshman James Young. 

The photo of Drake and Richard Hamilton, which was taken a few hours before tipoff, can be found on Hamilton's Instagram. In it, Hamilton includes the caption: "Wit my family World Wide Wes and @champagnepapi at NCAA Championship Game. They Cheering for the otherside so off wit their Hea #holdat #Uconn."

 

 

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Get excited for the World Cup, USMNT fans. 

ESPN has released its newest World Cup promotion featuring American fans, a sweaty Tim Howard and a goalscoring Landon Donovan with a simple message: "I believe." 

As a bonus, it features near the conclusion, downtrodden looks from players from Ghana, Germany and Portugal, the United States' three opponents in the group stages of the tournament. 

The Yanks can only hope to replicate those disappointed faces this summer in Brazil. 

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The Atlanta Braves wanted to put on a good show for their fans before their 2014 home opener on Tuesday, but things didn't go as planned.

During pregame introductions, the franchise decided to try something new. The plan was to shoot fireworks off from the top of the outfield scoreboard at Turner Field, which the Braves had not done before. Unfortunately, one of the pyrotechnics got a little too close to the American flag above the scoreboard and set it on fire:

Luckily, the flag was flame retardant and quickly put the fire out on its own.

Atlanta's 11Alive reported that the flag will be replaced on Wednesday and that the Braves will no longer put pyrotechnics on the large scoreboard.

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When it came time to pick the host for the 2014 ESPY Awards, Drake was an obvious choice.

Given the rapper's experience in the sports business and sports pop culture scenes, he should be well equipped to emcee the July 16 event. Drake and the ESPYs announced the news on Twitter:

This was an opportunity Drake had been pushing for, according to TMZ Sports:

Drake's biggest sports project has been helping his hometown Toronto Raptors rebrand their franchiseFittingly, the Raptors held a "Drake Night" earlier this season to celebrate the partnership:

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Marriage is a beautiful institution between two people who love each other, and their wedding is a special time for the newly betrothed, their closest family and the producers and cameramen capturing it all for the subsequent reality TV series, which will undoubtedly serve as gossipy couch fare for millions. 

The Plainsman's Kailey Miller (h/t NFL.com) reports that the upcoming marriage between former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and fiancee Katherine Webb will be televised for all to enjoy, which is apparently how celebrities get married nowadays. Save-the-dates go out with scripts for the next episode.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, April 10 at 11:33 a.m. ET

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports this potential reality series might be more of a one-off episode with a more limited cast that we first thought. 

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Many college basketball fans have a hard enough time remembering which teams played each other in any given round of March Madness. This six-year-old boy is no ordinary fan.

Parker, the boy in the video, was able to memorize the result of every game in the 2014 NCAA tournament. That's pretty impressive, especially considering how many upsets there were this year. 

[YouTube, h/t Twitter and College Spun]