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Thursday's A.M. Hot Clicks: Hulk Hogan pumped up for USA-Germany

Let's Do This!

After one of the most painful ties in sports history, the U.S. Men's National Team has a chance to advance to the Round of 16 when it plays Germany this afternoon. Hulk Hogan is pumped up. Tim "No Hitter" Linecum is ready for action. The German tabloids are throwing punches. Jurgen Klinsmann wrote a note to get us all out of work so we can watch. Can we just get a victory?


In Other World Cup News

FIFA is investigating whether Brazil's Neymar wore non-approved underwear during Monday's victory over Cameroon ... The Wall Street Journal came out with its World Cup Flopper Rankings and Brazil holds the top spot ... The Iranian government arrested three fans for appearing in a celebration video after the team's game against Argentina ... A look at which countries purchased the most World Cup tickets ... Pope Francis seems happy about his new Argentina jersey.


Julius Randle Off To Rough Start

Julius Randle has yet to play an NBA game and he's already getting himself in trouble. In an interview with GQ, one for which he blew off a Celtics workout, the former Kentucky forward said LeBron James had the worst NBA Draft suit of all time. First off, this. Second, has Randle seen the attire worn by Drew Gooden? Or Tim Thomas? Or the real winner for worst ever draft suit, Samaki Walker?


Lovely Lady of the Day

I've yet to feature a Lithuanian supermodel as LLOD, and as luck would have it, Edita Vilkeviciute has a new photo shoot out for H&M. 


Men In Drag (for a good cause)

The San Rafael Pacifics, an independent men’s team, will wear pink dresses during Friday's game against the Sonoma Stompers to promote breast cancer awareness. This will be the first men’s professional team to wear dresses.


Best Night Ever

Last night I walked my dog, ate leftover Thai food and watched two episodes of Orange is the New Black. Vanderbilt's Brian Miller won the College World Series and got engaged. Advantage Miller.


From the SI Vault

Derek Jeter turns 40 today. In this photo, the Yankees legend works on his stroke before a 1997 game (while wondering if anyone can beat the Wiz). SI's Kelly Whiteside profiled Jeter in 1996 and discussed his pregame routine.

"Before the decisive Game 6 of the World Series, a relaxed Jeter 
went through his usual routine: He put on his headphones, 
listened to Mariah Carey, pulled on his number 2 uniform and 
slipped on his hightop cleats, which are stitched with the 
message TURN 2 on the heels. Preternaturally calm, Jeter was 
laughing and smiling during the national anthem. Pressure? What 
pressure? For Jeter, it seemed, this game was no different from 
playing nine for some American Legion team back home in Kalamazoo.

Yankees veterans say they had never seen a young player with 
such poise. "The thing that sets Derek apart is that he's not 
afraid to fail," said third baseman Charlie Hayes just before 
the World Series began. "He wants the ball hit to him in the 
last inning of the last game, with the whole World Series at 
stake."


Odds and Ends

Two of my favorite celebrities - comedian Bill Burr and pro wrestling legend Ric Flair - hung out at Mario Lemieux's golf tournament ... Nike unveiled Kevin Durant's latest signature shoe, the KD7 ... This Lakers fan really wants Nick Young back with the team ... Concession Food Item of the Week: The Boomstick ... The Knicks Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire combined for a 45-48 record when all three played together ... Good feature from the New York Times on Jabari Parker skipping his formal Morman mission to play in the NBA ... This is easily the best NBA Mock Draft I've seen yet ... WWE couples update: Renee Young and Dean Ambrose ... A look at cell phones then and now ... A bear crashed a kid's birthday party and enjoyed a cupcake ... How to behave in the digital age, by Jerry Seinfeld.


One World Cup Celebration We Won't See

Conan O'Brien weighs in on the celebration phenomenon.


Trick Pool Shots of the Day

Watch the shot. Not the girl!


Dog Eats Corn on Cob

This is way more entertaining that it sounds.

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