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Timberwolves causing a stir on Twitter

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire ) Jul. 23, 2014 6:59 PM
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the rumour mill on a daily basis with reports that All-Star forward Kevin Love is going to be dealt very soon. So, when the Timberwolves public relations Twitter feed made this announcement, people got really excited.

Cue speculation about a possible Kevin Love trade.

Reggie Wayne shows up to training camp in IndyCar

By Christian Marin (@xianmarin) Jul. 23, 2014 6:23 PM
Reggie Wayne is entering his 14th season with the Indianapolis Colts. One of the game's top receivers, the 35-year-old has been known to make grand entrances at training camp. Last year he arrived in a helicopter and figured out a way to top it this year:

That's Reggie Wayne getting a ride to training camp from IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter.

Now let's rewind back to 2006 when Wayne started making his grand entrances. Prior to the '06 season, the Cardinals signed Edgerrin James, a close friend and longtime teammate of Wayne's. That year, Wayne decided to show up to training camp in an Edgerrin James Cardinals jersey:

[Credit: Matt Kryger Indianapolis Star]

The following year he arrived in hunting gear:

[Credit: Indianapolis Star]

He took a year off but came back a little more creative in 2009 when he showed up in a garbage truck:

Cristiano Ronaldo Makes Awkward Japanese TV Appearences

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 23, 2014 5:26 PM
If you've been wondering what Portuguese soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been up to since the World Cup, you've come to the right place. Apparently, Ronaldo has spent his summer making super awkward appearances on Japanese television. Special thanks to The Big Lead who provided us with the video footage of Ronaldo answering super awkward questions. See for yourself.

This tweet sums it all up pretty perfectly.

Also going on in Asia, Ray Allen appeared on a Chinese television show a couple days ago... dressed as an archer and shooting arrows. You can't make this stuff up.

If Hockey Players Went Home: American Teams

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 22, 2014 5:21 PM
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Last week, we showed you what the seven Canadian teams would look like if all their hometown players returned to play for their respective teams. Today, we're going to show you what the league would look like if American teams had that same privilege. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best American teams, as selected by us.

Rise Against - 'I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore'

By By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 23, 2014 9:35 AM

Just over a week ago, BarDown gave music fans an exclusive opportunity to stream Rise Against's highly anticipated new album, The Black Market, before it's release. Today, we are giving Rise Against fans another awesome opportunity by allowing you to check out their brand new music video for their hit single, "I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore."

The song comes off of Rise Against's seventh studio album, The Black Market, which debuted at #1 on Canada when it was made available for purchase last Tuesday.

Hear what the boys of Rise Against had to say about how the music video really reflects the meaning of the song and why it's so important to discuss.

"Our new video for the song I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore encompasses the overwhelming noise of our world and the fatigue we all feel as its witness. This song is a starting point, not an ending point. It's about the wake-up calls in life that let us know something needs to change."

For more information on Rise Against's new album and upcoming tour, check out their official website.

Joel Embiid shoots for the stars, lands a date with one

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 23, 2014 9:37 AM
This past weekend we brought you the greatness of Joel Embiid and his twitter account. Well, he has been fighting himself to stay off Twitter to concentrate on rehab. Luckily for us, he's losing that fight.

Allow me to bring you the saga of Embiid and Rihanna. Yes, that Rihanna:

It started with Embiid moving on from his crush on Kim Kardashian.

Then he switched gears, moving on from his first love to his second ... in one hour.

And away we go!

The best young athlete you probably haven't heard of

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 22, 2014 5:38 PM
If you look back at the history of the ESPY's Best Male College Athlete award you'll see a trend; basketball and football. Not that it's surprising, but other sports don't get a lot of love. This year, however, a stranger appeared on the ballot next to Florida State's QB Jameis Winston, Creighton Basketball star Doug Mc Dermott (the eventual winner), Penn State Wrestler David Taylor, and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College. That stranger was Lyle Thompson, a lacrosse player from the University of Albany.

This past weekend, you may have seen him competing at the World Lacrosse Championships where he led the Iroquois National Team to a third place finish, their first ever medal in the event. To get you started here's an amazing highlight from their surprisingly tight 8-9 loss to Canada, who later won gold:

Lyle Thompson, his brother Miles, as well as their cousin Ty, all played together at Albany. This year, Lyle and Miles shared the Tewaaraton Award, the top honour in Lacrosse, having both beat the previous season scoring record of 114. Miles, in his senior year, finished with 119 (82 g, 37 a) meanwhile, sophomore Lyle notched an amazing 128 (51 g, 77 a). Here's some amazing stuff from all three Thompsons this season: (Lyle is #4, Miles #2, Ty #91)

If you want to read more about the family who went from living on the Onondaga Nation (just outside Syracuse, NY) to Lacrosse stardom; check out this Inside Lacrosse article from 2010.

(Ty, Miles, and Lyle Thompson)

Wanna see him destroy a Watermelon? Of course you do.

It's still early, but the type of impact Lyle is making on his sport is comparable to someone like Sydney Crosby in hockey. Keep your eyes peeled, you're going to be seeing a lot of this guy.

(h/t indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)

What happens when Patrick Kane shows up for your men's team?

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 22, 2014 10:02 PM
We put up a post this afternoon about NHL players going home (like LeBron) to the team closest to their home town. Well Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks kinda did that. On Monday night he joined the Piranhas at a local rink in Buffalo where they proceeded to beat down the Essex St. Pub team 13-5.

Here's the box score from the game:

And here's the scoring summary:

Here's a few more pictures of Kane with the boys:

And don't worry Essex St. Pub, he routinely makes NHL goalies look silly too.

If you're wondering, "Who's the guy is that scored seven goals?" That's 24-year-old Vinny Scarsella, who played this past season for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

Scarsella's also a former linemate of the Buffalo Sabres' Cory Conacher as they both attended Canisius College, which is in Buffalo. This is actually the second game Kane has played with them, he had one goal, and two assists in the other appearance. There is one more NHL link; according to @PerformaxHockey the Washington Capitals' Tim Kennedy also plays on this team. To make Essex St Bar feel better, we should also point out that other members Matt Krug and Anthony Day play for Union and Yale respectively.

This is all bad news for the Piranhas' next opponent, the Peace Frogs, something tells me there won't be anything peaceful about it.

Pretty much the coolest thing you can do with a baseball bat

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 22, 2014 2:28 PM
Let me introduce you to Bercules. Actually, this is Johnny Burke, an athletic trainer who has mastered bat tricks -- or what he refers to as #BaseballSwag. Check him out:

He's good, but SportsNation's Michelle Beadle is pretty good too:

(h/t ftw.usatoday.com)