via The White House

The United States men's national soccer team may have lost to Belgium 2-1 in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday, but the general consensus is that they did the USA proud.

As such, President Barack Obama called to congratulate the team, speaking with forward Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard.

[The White House, h/t Next Impulse Sports]

via MLB.com

The players man the field. The fans bring their gloves. 

In the end, the bucket wins out.

During Wednesday's showdown between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a foul ball hard into the stands. One vendor was ready with his bucket.

Interestingly, this is the second time in as many months that we've seen this type of display. A Philadelphia Phillies vendor accomplished the same impressive feat in late May.

[MLB.com, h/t For the Win]


According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was denied his appeal to be paid at the wide receiver franchise tag level Wednesday, with the independent arbitrator reportedly citing his former Twitter bio that listed him as a tight end in the ruling.

Now, as someone has pointed out to ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell, Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron changed his Twitter biography to read "Pro Bowl pass catcher" instead of tight end to cover all his bases in the wake of the ruling. 

Cameron would later respond to Rovell's tweet.

Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen are two who have "tight end" listed on their bios. Keep an eye out for this to become a possible trend among NFL tight ends.

via @DeptofDefense

United States men's national team goalie Tim Howard was so good in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, especially in the round of 16 against Belgium, that he earned himself a new job title.

OK, not really.

Howard's performance—16 saves, the most by any goalkeeper in a World Cup game in the last 50 years—was enough, however, to get a congratulatory call from current U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, even after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in extra time. 

President Barack Obama also called Howard and Clint Dempsey to congratulate them. 


Warning: Media in article contains NSFW language.

Slim Thug is on a mission, and that mission is to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets at all costs. 

The Houston-based rapper took to Twitter on Tuesday and made several propositions to Anthony about the fine life he could be living down in Texas. 

Slim Thug’s approach began with a suggestion that he and Anthony meet up to buy some jewelry:

via adidas Football

All Christopher Mintz-Plasse, better known as Superbad's McLovin, wanted to do for a Funny or Die video was find the best party in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mintz-Plasse searched everywhere to find the best party in Rio. He had trouble finding it, but with the help of Adidas, McLovin was able to learn about football during his journey. 

It's too bad he didn't think to look in the most obvious spot first. He could have saved himself a lot of time and energy.

[Adidas Football]

via @MLB_PR

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is unique in that the players wear their respective team uniforms. At the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, the players will be showing a little more solidarity this year.

As a tribute to the Minnesota Twins' classic batting helmets from the team's early years, this season's All-Star hats will feature color blocking of the individual teams' two primary hues. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted a picture of the cap that their representatives will wear in the game:

Here is a closer look at a few more of the hats:


Must be a German thing? 

The Germans are naturally happy to have advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals against France, and the ever-popular and social media-friendly Lukas Podolski posted a rather odd picture on Twitter. 

It's simply Podolski and his German "bros" posing after training in their underwear for no apparent reason.

If that's how Die Mannschaft celebrate reaching the quarter-finals, their next social media offering may not be fit for publishing if they get past the French. 

via Dodgers

Some fans may want Yasiel Puig's autograph, but one female Los Angeles Dodgers fan's special connection with the outfielder is better than any signature.

Puig and the fan were able to perform a pretty cool handshake in front of the sea of other admirers. With the moment thankfully captured on camera, this lucky lady can now show it to all of her friends and family.

[Los Angeles Dodgers, h/t The Big Lead]


If the Gronk hears music, he’s going to dance.

This is the one cardinal rule Rob Gronkowski lives by, and the New England Patriots tight end stuck to his code again Tuesday night when he danced his giant heart out at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert at Gillette Stadium. 

Gronkowski arrived on the scene early, taking pictures with fans and making the rest of the human race look like children.

Naturally, this was just a warm-up for Gronkowski, who would go on to commandeer the floor with his patented dance spasms.