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Ian Poulter Escapes Multiple Hazards With Luckiest Shot You'll Ever See

Ian Poulter found himself in some deep rough at the Open Championship today, with a water hazard and a bunker standing between his ball and the pin. So he did what most of us would do in the same situation: he whacked the hell out of the ball and hoped for the best.

Bryce Harper Wins Extremely Kick-Ass Home Run Derby Bryce Harper Wins Extremely Kick-Ass Home Run Derby

A Home Run Derby field that was light on star wattage wound up producing a tremendous contest, with a climactic finish featuring exactly the outcome Major League Baseball would’ve scripted if they’d had the chance: Bryce Harper surging dramatically in the final round to win it with a majestic dinger in front of a…

Paul Pogba Bossed The World Cup Paul Pogba Bossed The World Cup

Kylian Mbappé’s rifle-shot goal that put the World Cup final firmly in France’s grasp was a fitting flourish on what had been a tremendous tournament for the 19-year-old prodigy. If France’s run to glory was paced by one player, it was Mbappé, whose reality bending runs and lethal finishing elevated his team to a…

Pirates Plunder Walk-Off Win On Basically The Open Sea

Playing extra innings on Sunday in a ballpark that had essentially become an extension of the Allegheny River, the Pirates managed to capture a walk-off victory. First baseman Josh Bell was the one who showed off his sea legs and sent Milwaukee to Davy Jones’s locker, crushing the ball about 60 fathoms deep into…

Starling Marte And Gregory Polanco Combine For Rare Slice Of History With Double-Header Dingers Starling Marte And Gregory Polanco Combine For Rare Slice Of History With Double-Header Dingers

History has a habit of repeating itself over and over in sports, especially in baseball. Saturday afternoon Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco got in some history-making of their own: they became the third teammates in MLB history to amass back-to-back home runs in both games of a double-header. This unlikely…

France Topple Croatia In Hectic, Exhausting World Cup Final France Topple Croatia In Hectic, Exhausting World Cup Final

A hilariously wild and ragged World Cup final concluded with a 4-2 victory for France, after a chaotic first half marked by a pair of dumb goals for France, and a second half marked by a Pussy Riot field invasion and maybe the dumbest goal you will ever see in a World Cup Final, from Croatia.

This World Cup Final Match Absolutely Fucking Rules This World Cup Final Match Absolutely Fucking Rules

If you were worried the World Cup final would present a couple of cagey teams hoping to avoid mistakes and get lucky on one decisive set piece or counterattack, that fear was dashed in just the 18th minute, when a pretty shameless dive gave France a dangerous free kick that converted to an own goal on the very…

Boston's Blake Swihart Embarrassed On Base Path By Blue Jays Trickery

The timing on this is very fun. Red Sox first baseman Blake Swihart singled in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday, with one out and the the Red Sox down a run. Three pitches later, Sandy León skied a fly ball to left field, a harmless out that earned León’s disappointed body language. And that was before he saw…

Belgium Topple England In Sweet, Satisfying Third-Place Match Belgium Topple England In Sweet, Satisfying Third-Place Match

Belgium topped England in a loose and entertaining third-place game Saturday, behind a couple terrifying quick-strike counterattack moves, and some delightfully screwy defending from the lads of England.

Billy Hamilton Cannot Possibly Be Human Billy Hamilton Cannot Possibly Be Human

Billy Hamilton’s season at the plate has improved significantly from its dismal start. Where he was producing an awful .517 OPS in early June, and considering dropping switch-hitting as a potential remedy, he is now producing a more recognizable .636, in line with what he’s generally done over the past four seasons.…

Mookie Betts's 13-Pitch Grand Slam At-Bat Is Best Viewed In Its Entirety Mookie Betts's 13-Pitch Grand Slam At-Bat Is Best Viewed In Its Entirety

The best short film of the summer has arrived, and it’s Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts patiently working through a 13-pitch at-bat against Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ before socking a grand slam dinger over that big Green Monster in left field. It’s got pathos—Justin Smoak dropping a foul pop-up just a few pitches…

Kieran Trippier's Absolute Banger Brings It One Step Closer To Home  Kieran Trippier's Absolute Banger Brings It One Step Closer To Home 

Is it coming home or what? It only took five minutes for Kieran Trippier to do his thing and put England up 1-0 with a gorgeous curling free kick from just outside the box.

The Marlins Were Exactly What The Doctor Ordered For The Slumping Nationals The Marlins Were Exactly What The Doctor Ordered For The Slumping Nationals

The Nationals picked a really good time to have their big players-only meeting, Wednesday night, following a sweep at home at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. The Nationals had lost five in a row and 15 of 19, and were outscored by the Red Sox 18-7. Whatever spin certain of their players tried to put on it, the…

Heroic Gymnasts Continue Routine In Absolute Darkness During Sudden Power Outage Heroic Gymnasts Continue Routine In Absolute Darkness During Sudden Power Outage

You often hear athletes talk about how they practice so much, they could perform under any conditions—in the cold, in the heat, in the rain, in their sleep.

Terrible News: England Defeat Sweden To Advance To World Cup Semifinal  Terrible News: England Defeat Sweden To Advance To World Cup Semifinal 

In a truly unfortunate turn of events, England’s World Cup run can no longer go down as anything other than a tremendous success after the terrible lads triumphed over Sweden Saturday, 2-0. We are left to take inadequate consolation from the fact that under no circumstances can both England and Russia advance to the…

Brewers Outfielder Keon Broxton Was Pumped After His Fantastic Home-Run Robbery Brewers Outfielder Keon Broxton Was Pumped After His Fantastic Home-Run Robbery

Keon Broxton is only getting playing time because the Brewers needed a center fielder to replace the DL-bound Lorenzo Cain at the end of June, but he seems determined to do as much cool shit as possible before he’s no longer needed.

Javy Baez Stole Home With Another Dope Slide

Nobody makes the little things in baseball more exciting than Cubs infielder Javy Baez, and he did it again today against the Tigers. A steal of home is, of course, alright pretty thrilling. But watch the subtle yet significant way Baez contorts his body for the swim-move slide to avoid a seemingly easy tag from…

Romelu Lukaku Is A Genius Romelu Lukaku Is A Genius

More than any other soccer skill, positional awareness comes with the widest gulf between how important it is to a team’s success and how readily noticeable it is to the casual fan watching at home. This is partly due to the limitations of broadcast camera angles, and partly due to the fact that smart movement often…

Most Thrilling Half Of The World Cup Ends With Belgium Sticking A Dagger In Japan's Heart Most Thrilling Half Of The World Cup Ends With Belgium Sticking A Dagger In Japan's Heart

After an uneventful first 45 minutes, Belgium and Japan put together the best half of soccer in what has already been an extremely entertaining World Cup. Belgium generated more dangerous chances and generally looked like the better team throughout the first half, but it was a cagey affair and it seemed likely that…

Croatia Narrowly Avoid Fraud List After Surprisingly Thrilling Penalty Shootout Victory Croatia Narrowly Avoid Fraud List After Surprisingly Thrilling Penalty Shootout Victory

Croatia-Denmark opened with a bang. Denmark used a mighty throw from Jonas Knudsen to set up what was frankly a panicky, little-league-ish scramble in the box, leading to a charmingly fluky goal from Mathias Jorgensen, helped along by Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic. This was in the first minute of action:

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