Baseball Heating Up
Baseball has plenty of 162-game fans but millions of folks really begin dipping their toes in the MLB waters this weekend, as trade chatter takes off and the two-month postseason dash unofficially begins. The Astros' newly acquired pitcher, Scott Kazmir dominated the AL-leading Royals in Kansas City on Friday night and rumors are heating up for Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who, along with his wife, Heidi, might also be moving south or to sunny California. The Mets became the latest club to promote one of their top prospects by calling up Michael Conforto before Friday's game, who, despite not recording a hit during his "dream" day, had a much better day than Billy Burns. The Athletics outfielder left their 9-3 loss to the Giants with a testicular contusion after fouling a ball off his man parts. And speaking of painful, new Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, laid the hammer on Colin Cowherd.
Check out this video of a ballsy Destin beach-goer who saved a shark by yanking deep sea fishing hooks from its mouth.
The fallout continues from Hulk Hogan's leaked video of offensive comments he made eight years ago. Current and former WWE stars reacted to the situation after the legendary wrestling figure was fired from WWE.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Your weekend LLOD is University of Tennessee cheerleader Elizabeth. (Click here for full-size gallery)
The Struggle is Real
New Clippers big man Josh Smith will earn $1.4 million from L.A. this season and $5.4 million from his prior deal with the Pistons, giving him $6.9 million in salary compensation for the 2015-16 season. That doesn't include millions from off-the-court endorsements and appearances. However, in channeling his inner Latrell Sprewell, Smith said the pay decrease will be "hard" on his family and they'll "push through it".
Upon reading the New York Times report that Junior Seau's family would not be allowed the speak his Hall of Fame induction, a rule that applies to all deceased inductees, the internet exploded with very harsh reactions toward the NFL.
AP's New Ink
Christmas in July
Back in the Water
Surfer Mick Fanning hopped back in the water on Friday morning after last weekend's horrifyingly close call with a shark in South Africa:
Odds and Ends
Incredible never-before-seen photos from inside the White House as the Bush administration reacted to 9/11 ... Joe Maddon wore a catcher's mask to his pregame presser on Friday after media members had an altercation earlier in the day ... Using the Pacers' Hickory uniforms as inspiration, here are 15 other uniforms from movies & TV that professional teams should adopt for 1 day ... Dr. Dre and Ice Cube pick their favorite current MCs ... The Players Tribune continued their "What the (Blank)" series with Frank Kaminsky, who identifies himself as a tree ... Mike Francesa chimed in on ESPN cutting ties with Colin Cowherd ... Here are 5 college football players you've never heard of but need to know in 2015 ... NFL training camps start this week so here's an awesome camp primer that'll get you pumped for football ... Mental Floss took an in-depth look at how the Monstars could've beat the Tune Squad in Space Jam.
Iowa State junior defensive end Mitchell Meyers was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lympoma in February and wrapped up his final chemotherapy treatment on Friday. He was surprised by dozens of teammates and coaches at the hospital, who helped him celebrate the occasion. Despite the treatment, he did miss one summer workout. Here's video of the emotional surprise:
Timeout with T.O.
Back in Black
On this day in 1980, AC/DC released their sixth international album, "Back in Black". It was their first album after lead singer Bon Scott passed away at the age of 33 earlier that year and is one of the most popular albums in music history, having sold more than 40 million copies.
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