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Lance Stephenson makes backwards layup

By Christian Marin (@xianmarin) Aug. 1, 2014 5:14 PM
Lance Stephenson really made a name for himself this past season. He led the league in triple-doubles (5) and was a key member of the Pacers lineup throughout the season, averaging 13.8 points, 4.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. Of course, there was also that time he blew into LeBron James' ear:



(Credit: National Post)

Well after posting career highs in just about every category last season, Stephenson decided to test the free agent market, where he landed a 2-year / $18 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets with a club option for a third year.

The Brooklyn native recently took part in the Nike Pro City League in New York where he got to show off some of his skills. He shared this video on his Instagram account:



With all the tricks up his sleeve it will be interesting to see what else he has in store. This probably won't be the final time you see him attempt something like that.

According to one of the pictures he posted on his Instagram account, it was a classic Stephenson performance as he put up 47 points along with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Here's one of his assists:






Aussie Rugby player is gigantic

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Aug. 1, 2014 3:57 PM
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see a slightly smaller Andre the Giant play sports? Yes there are plenty of tall, heavy players in the NFL, but how many of them are truly as mobile as a running back?

Meet Will Skelton, an Australian Rugby Union player who stands 6"8, weighs 305 pounds and moves like he's Michael Turner.



Skeltton made his debut for the Australian national team in June, scoring a try and leveling every opponent in the process. Check out some of the highlights from his debut match with the green and gold.



It's not hard to imagine opposing players, even professional, being intimidated by Skelton's size. But you want to hear the scariest part? There's a second Skelton. Cameron Skelton, . who also plays rugby, stands 6"7 and weighs a whopping 320 pounds Good luck not getting demolished by a huge Skelton to those playing in the Super Rugby competition.


Athlete Selfies of the Week

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 1, 2014 3:14 PM
It`s Friday, which means it's time for another edition of BarDown's Athlete Selfies of the Week. The athletes featured in this week's edition have some company in their photos. Enjoy!

DeMarcus Cousins with Kevin Durant, James Harden & John Wall together at Team USA training camp in Las Vegas



LeBron James couldn't settle for just one selfie while on set for 'Trainwreck'



LBJ with 'Trainwreck' writer Amy Schumer



And again with actor Bill Hader



Serena Williams with actor Adam Sandler



Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson having some fun



Paul Bissonnette hit the links with Sheldon Souray



Cam Atkinson and Torey Krug also partook in some friendly golf



Emerson Etem returning from Australia with his koala bear Julie



Tyler Seguin with his new buddy



Steve Mason 'Ridin' dirty with a few of the boys'



Ochocinco showing some love for his barber




Ashley Cole took one of the most awkward team photos ever

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Aug. 1, 2014 2:07 PM
No matter if it's your first day at a new school, or your first day on a new team, fitting in can be awkward, even if you're a professional athlete. Just ask AS Roma's new defensive back Ashley Cole.

Tuesday, Cole and his new teammates assembled for a team photo, one that probably won't make it onto the Englishman's mantle at home.



Either Cole arrived seconds too late to get in close with his teammates, or the rest of AS Roma know something we probably don't want to know about the left back. Thursday, Roma teammate, and legendary Italian forward Francesco Totti mimicked Cole's awkward distancing during the team's most recent group photo.



Of course with this being shared on the internet, the internet did what the internet does best: Photoshop this awkward moment into historical moments in time, filed under #AshleyColeInHistory. Here are some of our favourites.




MiLB Mascot creates parody Derek Jeter RE2PECT commercial

By Christian Marin (@xianmarin) Aug. 1, 2014 12:41 PM
Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is hosting a contest online for fans to decide who they think are the best minor league mascots. Mr. Shucks, Cedar Rapids Kernels' giant corn husk mascot, really wants to win this year's Minor League Mascot Mania. He decided to get creative with it and put together this parody Derek Jeter 'Re2pect' promo video to try to encourage fans to vote for him.



Fans have until August 4 to vote for their favourite mascots in the league round and will be able to vote in the championship round until August 11. You can cast your vote for your favourite minor league mascots on MiLB.com or you can vote via Twitter by following Minor League Baseball and including #MascotMania in your tweets.

Jeremy Evans posterizes kid at Jr. Jazz clinic

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 1, 2014 12:33 PM
The Utah Jazz are currently hosting its annual statewide Junior Jazz clinic tour. Jazz forward Jeremy Evans is working closely with the kids on this year's tour, and he's apparently not holding back against those in attendance.



We don't think that 'getting posterized' was included in the Jr. Jazz clinic tour's brochure, but it's definitely something that he can – and should - tell his friends about. After all, it isn't very often that you get dunked on by a former NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion and have a video to prove not only that it happened, but to prove that you held your ground during it.

We're guessing that the kid who got dunked on will have one of the better 'what I did this summer' stories when he returns to school.

Awesome GIF of every NHL teams jerseys from the past

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Aug. 1, 2014 12:05 PM
In the dog days of summer there's not too much in the way of hockey news. Aside from the odd trade or signing, and Montreal going through their usual contract negotiations stalemate with P.K., things can get pretty quite on the NHL front. Well, on a day like today, why not take a trip down memory lane and view all of your favourite teams jerseys from the past?

Lest we forget the NY Islanders Fishermans Friend jersey, or the Buffle-Slugs design that caused such a stir.



Is there anything more refreshingly 90's than the Coyotes and Mighty Ducks first jerseys?

Australian Rugby Team and Samsung team up to test Slideliner

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 1, 2014 11:51 AM

[Credit: The Australian]

The Australian National Rugby team and Samsung have teamed up to test a product that may change the way fans are able to take in live sporting events.

Four Wallabies fans will get the opportunity to test the new mobile bank of seats known as the 'Slideliner' at the opening match of the Rugby Championship against New Zealand on August 16.

Created by Samsung, the chairs can move at speeds of nearly 20 km/h and are controlled by an operator with a joystick. Just so nobody gets hurt, fans taking in the game from the Slideliner must wear a safety harness at all times. They will also feature built-in cooling devices and a tablet screen so fans can take pictures from one of the four cameras mounted on the device and share their experience on social media.

Hopefully everything goes well and the seats are a hit. It would be interesting to see if Samsung plans on getting the Slideliner in different sporting venues, because it would be pretty cool to get the chance to try these seats out at a hockey game.

[H/T BBC Sport]

Sumo Wrestlers squished into a plane

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 31, 2014 6:05 PM
Hey, wanna see 29 sumo wrestlers packed into a plane and bus? Me too. I would try to explain what's going on here, but the only context I can provide you is that these 29 men are from the same stable (training group) and are flying to a hitorivc sumo region in Tokyo. Clearly, I don't know much about sumo wrestling so let's just admire the beauty of these guys being shuttled around.

Find your seats gentlemen!



This is them getting their tickets, pre-flight:



Here they are exiting the plane:



And now onto the bus:



Looks like a party to me.



(h/t rocketnews24.com)