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At pretty much every stage of the USA's 2014 World Cup campaign, the public have wondered what was going through Landon Donovan's mind.

When Chris Wondolowski missed a 93rd-minute chance in the round of 16 against Belgium, SportsCenter had it recorded.

It was pretty much how the nation would have reacted—shock, disbelief and a dawning realisation of how big the moment was.  

Replays showed Wondolowski was clearly onside when the chance came his way, though it looked like the assistant referee had flagged for offside.

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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz knows his way around the plate. So well, in fact, that he doesn't even need to hear the ball hit the mitt before he takes his free pass. 

Chicago Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez was just finishing his windup when Big Papi decided he was ready to stroll to first on a 3-0 count. 


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A young Miami Marlins fan earned national attention when he performed a very interesting dance on the team's fan cam, and now he's back to show that he can dance with the best of them.

The Marlins showed him on their official Vine with Dancing Tony, a known Marlins fan, and they broke it down together:

In case you had forgotten, here's the Dancing Kid's original dance:

The kid's got moves.

[Marlins, h/t Deadspin]

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After falling behind 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of extra time, the United States needed to start the second half of extra time strong.

That's exactly what happened, thanks to Julian Green.

 Michael Bradley made a beautiful pass to Green in the box, and the 19-year-old did the rest to put the United States on the board.

Green made a bit of Team USA history:

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The Oklahoma Sooners are known for their traditional uniforms, but thanks to Nike, the football team will have more options to choose from.

Oklahoma unveiled new uniforms, dubbed "The Rough Rider," on Tuesday. For the first time, "Oklahoma," not "Sooners," will be across the front of the jerseys.

Update: Friday, July 4 at 12:45 p.m. ET

The new look was a big hit with former Oklahoma players:

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Update: July 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET

Joel Embiid better work on his recruiting tactics if he is going to get free agents to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in the future.

On Friday afternoon, Sports Illustrated broke the news that LeBron James was going to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That led to this tweet from Embiid:

You got that right.

Embiid also has a question for another star:

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LeBron James has often been criticized for passing the ball late in games, but as Lionel Messi showed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, passing can be the right decision.

Messi's pass set up his teammate for the game-winning goal late in extra time, and because of the goal, Argentina defeated Switzerland in the round of 16. Messi is arguably the best scorer in the world, but he saw that his teammate had a better look than he did, so he passed the ball.

James heard about Messi's late-match pass and expressed his admiration for the superstar's decision on Twitter:

Critics don't like it when superstars "run" from the big moment by passing, but sometimes, passing is the right move. As long as the teammate does his part, passing can lead to great results. 

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The United States has been taken over by World Cup fever on Tuesday as Team USA plays Belgium in the round of 16.

Fans in Chicago went to Soldier Field to watch the match on the big screen. When the gates opened, they stormed onto the field for prime spots. However, at some point after the national anthems were played, the stadium's video boards stopped working. 

Just how many fans were there?

Yikes. That's a lot of unhappy people.

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Fans of the Potomac Nationals are going to have to do without some of their favorite alcoholic beverages for now.

Some fans may be upset, but there is good reasoning behind the team's decision to remove some of the beer from Pfitzner Stadium. With the United States taking on Belgium in the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the team removed all of the banned beer from the concession stands before Monday's game.

In a press release, via NBC Washington, the team made the following announcement: "In the event the USMNT was to be defeated by Team Belgium tomorrow, it is not clear whether or not the Potomac Nationals will continue to carry Belgian beer at Pfitzner Stadium."

That should give fans extra reason to cheer for Team USA.

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The Argentina national soccer team took down Switzerland 1-0 in their round-of-16 World Cup match, with Angel di Maria netting the go-ahead goal in the 117th minute after a beautiful pass from Lionel Messi.

Shortly afterward, teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi posted this celebratory locker room photo. They look as happy as they do ripped—and rightfully so.

[Ezequiel Lavezzi]