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If you're ever involved in a game of baseball with AS Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, keep your eyes on the ball.

The forward uploaded footage of himself practicing with a friend.

Falcao drills the ball at full speed straight in front of him, and it goes through the netting and very nearly takes off his friend's head.

After the injury that ruled him out of the World Cup, Falcao will be hoping to hit a football that hard come the new season.

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Never underestimate Victor Cruz’s sneakiness. 

The New York Giants wide receiver pulled off a slick one earlier this month when he proposed to longtime girlfriend Elaina Watley during a baby dedication for their daughter.

TMZ.com reports the proposal occurred in New Jersey on July 13. The video confirms that it was adorable.

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Frank Lampard joining New York City FC—which the club announced today—is a pretty big deal to the MLS.

But over on the West Coast the Seattle Sounders were doing their best to play it down, talking up the superhuman powers of U.S. men's national team star Clint Dempsey instead:

Can he? Can he conjure fire? Your move, Frank.

[Twitter]

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Study that baseball and try to figure out whose signature that is.

Any guesses?

It's nearly impossible to figure out who signed that baseball just by looking at it. Once you see whose signature it is, you may be able to see it a bit clearer.

It's time for the big reveal:

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz 

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Losing is zero percent fun, but it’s a lot worse when your coach makes you contemplate the loss in a monsoon.

A Japanese high school baseball team is probably still drying itself off after spending an hour standing in heavy rain and thanking its fans. 

Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku reports that the Noshiro Shoyo High School baseball team stood on the curb in the rain and thanked each car of supporters after suffering a devastating loss.

For every vehicle, the group bowed and said “Thank you,” apologizing for a defeat that ruined its fans' chances to see the team play in a national tournament.

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit 64 home runs since debuting in 2011, but none of the previous 62 were as special as the two he hit Tuesday.

Sure, the two home runs helped him set a new career high of 25 homers in a season. However, that isn't why the two long balls were special. This story goes beyond baseball.

According to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat, Rizzo made his monthly visit to the cancer ward at Chicago's Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital earlier Tuesday. While there, the Cubs star met a 22-year-old leukemia patient named Mike Kasallis, who just happens to be a "huge Cubs fan."

Kasallis asked Rizzo to hit a home run for him. It may be tough to make a promise like that, but Rizzo told his new buddy that he would make a gesture for him if he hit a home run in the game.

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A strange evening devolved into stranger infield shenanigans at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night thanks to strong winds and a torrential downpour.

The deluge began in the fifth inning and persisted late into the night, gifting the Yankees a controversial 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

The gale also nearly left the New York Yankees grounds crew searching for a new member. The men in white charged onto the field to tarp up the diamond and struggled mightily with the sheet. Rain weighed the tarp down; wind blew it back. This scenario rinsed and repeated for some time as the infield turned into a muddy soup.

The storm quieted down, but the struggle continued as the crew hurried to cover ground. Somewhere in the mayhem, one unfortunate crewman lagged behind and was swallowed up by the heavy moving sheet.

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If you aren't a fan of LeBron James' "Coming Home" essay featured in Sports Illustrated, maybe hearing it narrated by Morgan Freeman will change your mind.

On Thursday, comedian Frank Caliendo took his talents to ESPN's Mike & Mike. He broke out his best Freeman impression to read James' essay to the people of Cleveland. 

Everything just sounds better when Freeman, or Caliendo doing his awesome impression, gets involved.

[YouTube Sports Network, h/t The Big Lead]

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Australia were in action against Malaysia as women's hockey began at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Hockeyroos won 4-0, and defender Jayde Taylor took a selfie after the match, only to find the Queen in the background.

If anyone can photobomb well, then surely the Queen must be near the top of the list.

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His body language says it all.

No, seriously, look at the shoulders of New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham as running back Pierre Thomas pans the camera upward in the beginning of the video. The two-time Pro Bowler just can't believe it.

"Flowers? Pink?" Graham clearly believes he commands a more manly room. The Saints are staying at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for training camp, and it looks like some shenanigans may have been in play to prank Graham, as Thomas jokes that "they got you so good."

[Pierre Thomas, h/t Busted Coverage]