Wednesday's A.M. Hot Clicks feature the lovely Samantha Hoopes, Happy Birthday wishes to Michael Jordan, who turned 53, and Dario the hungry Leonberger at the Westminster dog show.
A Leonberger Steals the Show
The 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show wrapped up Tuesday night with CJ, a German shorthaired pointer, winning best in show. But Dario, a seemingly hungry Leonberger, stole some of the headlines, chewing at his handler's suit pocket as they went around the ring. The annual dog show got top billing in our recurring photo essay of the night in sports, with the crowd-pleasing Dario holding down frame No. 3. (Click here for full-size version, with adorable canines at the beginning and end of the gallery.)
His Airness Turns 53
Michael Jordan turned 53 today, and although we never need a reason to celebrate Jordan's greatness, let's honor the living legend by perusing SI's 100 best photos of Jordan, his 50 Sports Illustrated covers and reliving the night Jordan announced his return to dominance.
Don't Ruin the Moment
Mississippi State freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating three to down Vanderbilt Tuesday night and ESPN's camera angle apparently left some viewers unhappy.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Our Swimsuit Issue Lovely Lady of the Day Tour continues as we welcome the always-beautiful Samantha Hoopes. The Penn State alum and three-time Swimsuit model dazzled in her 2016 shoot in Malta. (Click here for Samantha's full-sized gallery.)
A Hard Day's Night
In one of the most unbelievable post-Grammy stories, Sir Paul McCartney was denied entry to rapper Tyga's after party on Monday. Go to the :28 second mark to see McCartney's hilarious reaction: "How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit, guys. We need another hit."
Who's Gonna Pay for This?
This trampoline-dunking crew got a little more than it bargained for—Wait for it.
We Hope She's OK
Odds & Ends
Nine years ago today, Britney Spears made headlines with her head-shaving meltdown .... Blake Griffin is "truly, truly sorry" for punching the Clippers equipment manager ... Memo to NBA players: Jumping on an opponent's back can now be considered a flagrant ... Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo used Instagram to announce his retirement ... What's being described as a crocodile-fish monster was found washed ashore in Australia ... Aaron Rodgers inadvertently linked to Garfield porn ... Joseph Blandisi of the Devils tried to flop in Tuesday's game and got penalized instead with an embellishment penalty ... RIP George Gaynes, who appeared in Punky Brewster, Tootsie and Police Academy. ... These 10 players could surprise in NFL free agency. ... Nine key questions from Tom Verducci as baseball's spring training gets set to begin. ... The latest rumors as the NBA trade deadline approaches.
As If the Campaign Trail Wasn't Weird Enough Already
For some strange reason, Hillary Clinton worked a bark into a campaign speech and the internet had some fun.
In Case You Missed It: Mississippi State's Buzzer Beater
Have a Good Day, Everyone
Two days after receiving the Grammy for Song of the Year, Ed Sheeran gets to have his Be Like Mike moment and celebrate his 25th b'day on the same date that MJ turns 53. Here's the award-winning "Thinking Out Loud" for a little hump day pick me up.