NBA stars play Jingle Bells with basketballs in this video released by the NBA. The players are shooting into nets that have been fitted with bells. LeBron James dunks at the end of the video. Take a look:
ThinkGeek is selling a Death Star soccer ball. It's not likely a regulation soccer ball, but it is a cool ball for Star Wars fans. The Size 5 ball (just under 9-inches in diameter) ships deflated so you will need to find an air pump. It costs $29.95 and can be found here on thinkgeek.com.
ESPN The Magazine Names Memphis Grizzlies Best Sports Franchise of 2013
ESPN the Magazine has named the Memphis Grizzlies the best sports franchise of 2013. The NBA team topped the magazine's 11th annual Ultimate Standings survey. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who is profiled in the issue, is featured on the cover.
The Grizzlies finished among the top 10 in 13 of the 25 categories, including "likeable players," and "bang for the buck." They were one of four NBA teams to rank in the top five overall. Last year's Ultimate Standings leader, the Oklahoma City Thunder, slipped to fourth place. The Son Antonio Spurs finished 2nd and the Indiana Pacers finished third. The Green Bay Packers came in fifth. Here is the top ten list:
Victoria Justice Throws Out First Pitch at Tampa Bay Rays Game
Victoria Justice threw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game.
Victoria shared the above photograph of her in a Rays uniform and said, "Threw out the 1st pitch at the Rays game the other day! I had a blast."
Victoria threw a perfect strike. Nice job Victoria. Take a look:
Over 600 vertical marathon runners race in the tallest building in Beijing. The exhausting race included 2,041 steps. Thomas Dold from Germany was the winner with a time of 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
Dodd said, "To climb here, 330 metres altitude and 2,041 steps, that is really absolute outstanding and really very high competitive race here. If you compare maybe to other races, it is really one of the tallest and most heaviest buildings to race, and so that makes me very glad to win here."
Everlast And Bellator Champion Michael Chandler Sign Equipment and Apparel Deal
Current Bellator Lightweight World Champion, Michael Chandler, has signed an exclusive equipment and apparel contract with Everlast. Chandler will fight in Everlast competition apparel and train exclusively with Everlast equipment. He will also play a role in marketing initiatives for the brand.
The undefeated Chandler will defend his belt against David Rickles on July 31.
Chandler said in a statement, "I have trained with Everlast products throughout my professional MMA career, so I am very glad that I can now officially call myself part of the Everlast team. I value the tremendous amount of support that I've received from the brand thus far in my career and I look forward to representing Everlast in the cage. I plan on remaining at the top of the sport for a long time to come and want Everlast to be right there with me."
Shin Soo-ji, a rhythmic gymnast, threw out an amazing first pitch at a Korean baseball game. She managed to rotate her body before throwing the pitch and then still managed to throw the ball over the plate. Some of the player in the dugout looked stunned. Take a look:
A-Rod Hitless in First Minor League Game Since Hip Surgery
Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) has started playing baseball again. He is playing in the minor leagues as he continues to recover from hip surgery. A-Rod went 0 for 2 in the game. A-Rod is playing for the Charleston RiverDogs. A-Rod hit .272 with 18 home runs for the Yankees last year. You can find his career stats here.
A-Rod told the press, "It's a slow progression. Three innings is not a heck of a lot. Two at-bats is not too much. It almost feels like March 1st, for spring training."
LeBron James has been named MVP of the NBA. This is the fourth time the Miami Heat star has been named the league's most valuable player. The only sports writer who did not vote for LeBron was Gary Washburn. James says his priority is still winning championships for the Heat. Take a look:
42 is a new film from Legendary Pictures about the life of Jackie Robinson. Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the first African American to play in Major League Baseball since the 1880s. He started at first base for the Dodgers on April 15, 9147. Robinson had a lifetime batting average of .311 and hit 137 homeruns. He was signed for by general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). 42 opens in theaters on April 12. Take a look:
Rutgers Coach Berates Players and Throws Balls at Them
Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has a very aggressive and abusive coaching style. A new video from EPSN's Outside the Lines reveals what he does to athletes at practice. He yells at his players and cusses them out. He pushes them and grabs their jerseys. He also hurls balls at them. It is very unprofessional. It is shocking he has not been fired yet. USA Todayreports that Rice is in serious jeopardy of being fired. Take a look:
NMA News Animators Explain Manti Te'o Hoax Girlfriend Story
The animators at NMA News attempt to explain the bizarre and confusing Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o hoax girlfriend story. Manti Te'o either made up a fake girlfriend or he was the victim of a cruel hoax. The bloggers at Deadspin broke the unusual story. Take a look:
Adidas and Major League Soccer have unveiled a new official match ball. The ball, called PRIME, will be the official match ball for the 2013 MLS season. Adidas says the ball features a more aerodynamic construction which provides for increased control and consistent ball movement.
Video Highlighting Norwegian Kicker Havard Rugland's Accuracy Goes Viral
ABC News reports that a video of Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland has viraled. The trick shot video shows Rugland making all kinds of accurate kicks. Rugland has attracted the interest of the New York Jets. You can see the full video, called Kickalicious, here. Take a look: