July 2013 | Sharapova's Thigh

NBA Summer League play began on Sunday, with the Orlando Summer League getting underway (it runs through July 12th, while the Las Vegas Summer League is from July 12-22). It was the first chance for many rookies to get their first NBA (ish) action.

One such player was the Nets' Mason Plumlee, who was selected 22nd by Brooklyn in the June draft. While the Nets lost their Summer League opener 76-67, Plumlee put up 10 points and grabbed 14 boards, and threw down a monster dunk over Pistons rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (the eighth pick in June's draft out of Georgia).

Here's video of Plumlee's posterizing dunk:


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MLB insider Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and MLB Network was tweeting his thoughts on the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones hitting a two-run homer off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, when he had a very, very unfortunate typo on a hashtag:


Best. Hashtag. Typo. Ever.

Heyman tweeted this shortly after his hilarious hashtag error:


What Heyman was of course trying to say, was "#hugehits", and that hit from Jones off the Yankees' future Hall of Famer was indeed a huge hit. It served as what would end up being the game-winning hit, in fact, and moved the O's a half game ahead of the Yankees in the tightly packed AL East race.

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If you're a baseball fan and haven't been following Manny Machado closely, now is the time to change that.

The 21-year-old (which he just turned on Saturday) Orioles third baseman has a ridiculous 39 doubles on the season, before we're even at the All-Star break. He's on pace for 71 doubles, which would break the MLB record of 67, set by Earl Webb in 1931.

And the 2013 AL All-Star isn't only getting it done on the offensive end.

Machado, who came into 2012 as Baseball America's No. 11 overall prospect, played shortstop in the minors, and that's where he could end up before long. For now, he's playing third base with rock-solid veteran JJ Hardy manning the shortstop position, and you can see some of Machado's shortstop-esque talents in his play at the hot corner. He's displayed tremendous range, hands, and especially, a cannon arm.

On Sunday, Machado showed off his arm with this play against the Yankees:




What a throw.

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