By Andy Gray
June 23, 2014

So Close!

World Cup Fans
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The U.S. came really, really close to beating Portugal but settled for a 2-2 draw after a 95th-minute goal by Silvestre Varela. SI’s Grant Wahl has a recap of the game and look ahead to Thursday’s match against Germany. The above photo summed up the reaction of every American fan (a group that now includes Piers Morgan!) watching the game. Cristiano Ronaldo (and his zig-zag hair) were held in check most of the game until he set up the tying goal. Both his girlfriend (Irina Shayk) and stalker were likely impressed with his never-give-up attitude (as was potential NBA lottery pick Joel Embiid). The U.S. attempts to qualify for the next round on Thursday, which should give Samsung enough time to realize Landon Donovan isn’t on the team.

Meanwhile, In Poland

Wizards center Marcin Gortat went shopping and took his pet pig with him.

Baseball Style Watch

Padres reliever Alex Torres became the first pitcher to wear a protective cap in a major league game. It’s big and extremely awkward, but safety is always the first priority.

Lovely Lady of the Day

Daniel Sarafian was embarrassed by his submission loss to Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC 174, but the true star of the evening was ring girl Vanessa Hanson, today’s LLOD.

Who’s Excited For Mark Emmert Appreciation Day? 

The Lake County Captains, Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will hold Mark Emmert Appreciation Day to honor the NCAA president. Fans will be allowed to switch seats but will be subject to a one-inning waiting period penalty. There will be contests and promotions throughout the night but no prizes will be rewarded. So basically, this is the most genius promotion of all time.

What’s A Rolex Worth In 2014?​

For Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman, it was certainly worth switching numbers. Ubaldo Jimenez joined the Orioles in February and wanted Gausman’s No. 31. The reliever gave it to him and asked for nothing in return. Jimenez missed that memo and gave him a brand new Rolex. 

From the SI Vault

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John McEnroe has seen the future of tennis and it does not involve linemen or judges. The tempestuous tennis legend rolled into Wimbledon over the weekend and suggested that players call their own lines and use the replay system for challenges. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault. For footage of McEnroe berating an umpire, visit the video section below.

Odds and Ends​

Tony Parker owns a DeLorean replica from Back to the Future and drives it to practice … Mike Trout became the second baseball player (Ken Griffey Jr. was the first) to have his own signature line of Nike sneakers … Jabari Parker visited Joel Embiid in the hospital … You can’t help but feel really bad for Baylor center Isaiah Austin … Gallery: U.S. fans react to Portugal’s tying goal … NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus ripped into former client DeSean Jackson … Damian Lillard is not the world’s worst tipper. He was just kidding around … Ten TV finales that nearly ruined the show’s entire run … The 20 most iconic ties in film and television history.

Miami Heat Fans are the Worst​

First Take host Cari Champion quizzes Heat “fans” on the team’s former players.

Safe at Home!

I have no idea how this Korean baserunner avoided an out, but it’s tremendous. (H/T Cut 4)

John McEnroe Goes Ballistic

As promised, John McEnroe curses out an umpire during a match with Ivan Lendl. Warning: swearing involved.

Song of the Day

Pearl Jam sings the chorus of Let It Go from Frozen during a concert in Italy over the weekend.

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