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Professional athletes do their best to tune out hecklers, but sometimes it can be fun to respond. This season, MLB players have gotten back at the hecklers with creative messages on baseballs.

Earlier this season, we saw Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips toss a heckler a ball with a message on it. Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel must've taken notes.

With the Astros playing in Oakland this week, one heckler apparently did enough to warrant a response. Keuchel—who didn't even pitch in the game—gave the heckler a ball, thanking him for paying his salary.

Keuchel's interaction with the fan was perfect. The pitcher was able to have some fun with the heckler but didn't cross any lines while doing it. Now it just makes for a hilarious story.

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With runs at a premium in Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians left fielder Ryan Raburn chose a bad time to have an embarrassing play.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Royals' Mike Moustakas hit a fly ball down the third-base line. Raburn hustled and nearly made a great sliding catch, but the ball bounced off his glove and into foul territory.

That wasn't the bad part.

As Moustakas cruised into second with a double, Raburn tried to fire the ball back into the infield. The only problem: His throw went straight into the ground and into left-center field, which allowed Moustakas to score a "Little League home run," making the score 1-0.

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Lil Wayne is set to expand his ever-growing empire to the sports world, and he has one of the most influential athletes on the planet to help him make the move. 

According to TMZ, the Young Money Entertainment mogul is starting up his own sports management company, with Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo set to become his first client:

This news comes not long after Ronaldo tweeted a picture of himself and dozens of others holding up the Young Money/Cash Money sign, much to Wayne's delight:

You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried, folks, but there has been talk of this for a while. 

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The last time we saw the son of late 7'7" NBA player Manute Bol, Bol Bol (no, that is not a typo) was a 6'5" seventh-grader who was dunking and showing off his impressive range in 2012.

While his current height is unconfirmed, he still towers over his peers and appears to dunk with ease in his latest mixtape. Not only that, but he has a silky-smooth jump shot and can handle the ball very well for someone his height. 

While it's still very early (he will enter high school in the fall), his size should be a distinct advantage for him, especially if he can pair it with some skills typical of a guard, like we've seen.

[YouTube, h/t Reddit]

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With training camp starting up for the 2014 NFL season, many players, including Pro Bowlers, are not exactly living the high life.

Earlier, we saw that two members of the New Orleans Saints had to share a bed, but Chicago Bears cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman raised the stakes at the Olivet Nazarene University dorms in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

After sleeping in this tape-bedecked room, the thought of going to camp must seem all the more depressing.

[Facebook, h/t Next Impulse Sports]

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The NBA offseason can feel long at times, but thankfully, Twitter provides a way for everyone to get through it together.

On Thursday, #NBASitcoms started to trend on Twitter. As usual, there were some pretty clever ideas.

Some NBA teams got in on the fun:

Those weren't the only quality submissions:

Feel free to come up with your own NBA sitcoms and leave them in the comment section.

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Credit: Aldrich Family via Today.com

Eight-year-old Noah Aldrich proved that anything is possible if he puts his mind to it.

When Noah heard about a local youth triathlon, he had an interesting idea. Not only did he want to do it, but he also wanted his six-year-old brother, Lucas, to be able to participate.

According to Today.com's A. Pawlowski, the two boys are inseparable, but getting them to do the triathlon together would take a lot of work. Lucas was born with lissencephaly, a rare brain malformation, and is confined to a wheelchair. He can't walk or talk, but is doing much better than doctors expected. 

No matter how much work it took, Noah wanted to make sure that he could take his brother along for the experience at the triathlon.

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Kliff Kingsbury is a handsome man. This much we know.

The Texas Tech coach is among the less paunchy and better-dressed figures in college sports, and what more awkward way to drive that point home than to have the man read detailed tweets about his own good looks?

Thus we have this segment from ESPN's SportsNation, which asked Kingsbury to quote gushy messages about himself written by random Twitter users.

Well, that was fun. And uncomfortable.

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A simple spelling mistake is usually just embarrassing and nothing more. However, a spelling mistake in Texas' 2014 media guide has given Oklahoma fans the opportunity to troll their rival.

Check out what is on the bottom of each page in the Longhorns' media guide:

Writing "TexsaSports" turned out to be a big mistake.

What happens when you go to TexsaSports.com?

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Watching Dirk Nowitzki work his craft on the hardwood is a joy, but seeing him struggle to play other sports is the greatest gift of all.

Thanks to a recent charity baseball tournament, we once again have the chance to unwrap another moment of bliss from the Dallas Mavericks big man.

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Terrell Owens, Michael Young, Monta Ellis and a host of other celebrities converged on Frisco, Texas, on Saturday to show support for Nowitzki’s annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game.

Mike Bertha of Cut4 (h/t Grantland's Jason Gallagher) brings word of the game, which benefited a pair of children’s charities in the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.