Monday's A.M. Hot Clicks: Rory McIlroy's Dad Cashes In On 2004 Bet
Rory McIlory may have won yesterday's British Open but the real winner may have been his father, Gerry, who took home a cool $341,000 after cashing in a 10-year-old bet. Back in 2004, Gerry wagered $683 (at 500-1 odds) that his son would win the Open before the age of 26; he cashed in yesterday. McIlroy received a hearty round of boos during his Claret Jug acceptance speech by reminding everyone he was a Manchester United fan, which didn’t go over well with the hometown Liverpool fans. He made up for it, however, with this memorable victory selfie. What's next for Rory? The crew at Golf.com look at the future of Rory, Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and more.
A True Feel-Good Moment
Agnes McKey, who is 105, used a windmill windup to throw out the first pitch of Sunday's Padres-Mets game in San Diego. For perspective, McKey was already 8 when John F. Kennedy was born.
Anything But A Feel-Good Moment
Andy Milovich, general manager of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, has offered to receive a prostate exam while singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame for an upcoming game. Yes, you read that correctly. Milovich made the deal with 10-year-old cancer patient Fallon Emery that he'd get the exam during Thursday's game if her Facebook page reached 10,000 “Likes” by noon ET this Thursday. As of Monday morning it was at 8,900.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Samantha Hoopes, a friend of Hot Clicks, walked the runway at the Beach Bunny Swimwear Show in Miami over the weekend and earns today's LLOD honors (click here for the full-size gallery).
Look Out, David Silver
Megan Fox and Russell Westbrook presented the Best Female Athlete award at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award last week and Fox came down with a case of Westbrook Fever. When asked about the experience, Fox said, "I never got star struck but I got to present with Russell Westbrook and he’s so gorgeous in person I just giggled like an idiot the entire time." Fox, if you just landed on this earth, looks like this, while her husband (Brian Austin-Green) looks like this.
Who You Gonna Call?
Rangers goalie (and Ghostbusters fanatic) Cam Talbot debuted his new Ghostbusters-themed mask on Facebook, complete with images of Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Zuul dog and the famous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. He also debuted a new nickname -- GoalBuster. Unfortunately for Talbot, he plays behind one of the NHL's top goalies.
From the SI Vault
In this photo, taken 25 years ago today, Mike Tyson poses with stacks of money after defeating Carl Williams in 93 seconds to retain the undisputed heavyweight title. It would be Tyson's last successful defense of the title as he would lose to James "Buster" Douglas seven months later in Japan. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
Congrats to Anderson Pooper, a disabled dachshund, who finished first in a weiner dog race ... Sunday morning I read a good piece in the Boston Globe on Syracuse star Donte Green and was rooting for him to make it back into the NBA. Today I saw that he was arrested after a fight outside a Miami Beach night club ... Fox announcers Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly got in the Star Wars spirit during yesterday's game ... Thunder forward Steven Adams was forced to wish himself a happy birthday on Twitter because nobody else cared ... Charles Barkley busted out a one-handed golf swing during a celeb golf event over the weekend ...The Celtics will debut a new "Alternate Lucky" logo this month ... Theo Huxtable (a.k.a. - Malcolm Jamal Warner) will appear in at least two episodes of the final Sons of Anarchy season this fall ... Extra-wide parking spaces for women in China have sparked a debate over sexism ... This is what a diamond-encrusted, $48 million Mercedes looks like ... Follow me on Twitter and become a fan of the Hot Clicks Facebook page.
Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant Team Up
The two Lakers stars will star in the Rush Hour 4, at least according to this video.
Wish Comes True
The Seattle Sounders invited a cystic fibrosis patient to start in its friendly against Tottenham.
Meet the 5-Year-Old Boxing Prodigy
Put "Nijee the Future" on your list of future stars.
Best Dunk By NBA Franchise
I wasted a good 30 minutes in this Reddit thread of best dunk by franchise and discovered this Alonzo Mourning-Grant Hill skirmish (followed by amazing Hill dunk).