Let the Crowd, and Not a Hired Performer, Sing the National Anthem

Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley, on the other hand, are content to listen respectfully while someone else sings the national anthem.  (Photo by KEVIN COX/GETTY IMAGES)

Yesterday, while Americans celebrated the 238th anniversary of our independence, hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world (and here too) celebrated the beginning of quarterfinal play at the FIFA World Cup. After a three-day break the world’s biggest sporting event resumed at Noon Eastern with the national anthems of France and Germany.

What Needs to Happen for the USA to Advance to the World Cup Knockout Round?

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard after Portugal's aaa scores the tying goal during stoppage time. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

After two World Cup matches the USA is in second place in Group G and is tied with first place Germany on points. The Americans are in a better place than most experts expected them to be in at this point, and they control their own destiny going forward. But the US is not yet guaranteed passage into the knockout rounds. With that in mind, here is a look at all of the scenarios that could put the United States into the Round of 16.

Get to Know Ghana, US Soccer’s First World Cup Opponent

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Ghana is the first opponent for the United States at the 2014 World Cup. Here’s a quick primer on the country and its soccer/football team.

What Does History Teach Us About NBA Players Who Immediately Become Coaches?

New Knicks head coach Derek Fisher with team president Phil Jackson (AP Photo)

Tuesday the New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their head coach. Less than two weeks ago Fisher was the backup point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. By hiring Fisher the Knicks became the second New York City basketball team in as many years to hire a player in his first year of retirement as a head coach. The Brooklyn Nets tapped 19-year pro Jason Kidd a year ago.

25 Years Ago Michael Chang Ushered in a Golden Age of American Men’s Tennis at the French Open

Michael Chang holding the 1989 French Open trophy. (Photo from Sports Illustrated)

Twenty-five years ago a 17-year-old named Michael Chang won the French Open and changed tennis forever.

Nobody Wants the 2022 Olympics, Does Anybody Want 2024?

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Last week Krakow, Poland withdrew its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after its residents overwhelmingly rejected the prospect of hosting the games in a citywide referendum. Earlier this year Stockholm, Sweden, like Krakow a finalist to host the 2022 games, canceled its bid after political leaders there determined that lobbying for, and potentially hosting, the Olympics was a poor use of taxpayer money.

Just Move the Clippers to Seattle and Be Done With It

Alleged new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Yesterday Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling’s wife of 59 years, agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Ballmer, who resides in Washington, was part of a group that bid for the Sacramento Kings last year in hopes of moving the team to Seattle. Ballmer is also an investor in Seattle’s Sonics Arena, an NBA-ready sports venue currently in development.

GIFs and Videos of Lance Stephenson’s Game 5 Antics

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The Indiana Pacers last night overcame an 11-point second half deficit to extend their series with the Miami Heat to at least a sixth game. This is good news not only for Pacers fans but also for anyone who hasn’t yet had his or her fill of Lance Stephenson.

Video: SDSU Coach Steve Fisher Rips NCAA for Sending New Mexico State Home Following Late Night OT Loss

NMSU's Marvin Menzies had a rough night: losing in OT then having to travel back to Las Cruces in the middle of the night. (Photo by Elaine Thompson, AP)

Steve Fisher’s fourth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs outlasted New Mexico State last night in overtime. The game ended around 10:30 Pacific Time … at which point NMSU had to pack their things and catch a red-eye out of Spokane. This didn’t sit well with Fisher.

Figure Skaters Make Some Fantastic Mid-Jump Faces

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Three-time U.S. figure skating national champion Johnny Weir described his sport as “theatrical, artistic; it’s elegant, it’s extremely athletic.” World-class skaters are paragons of grace and refinement, always aware that every aspect of their appearance matters.

What Dr. Seaver from Growing Pains taught me about Serena Williams

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Growing Pains can teach you a lot. It taught me how to feel about Serena Williams.

The 12 greatest No. 1 NBA Draft picks

With the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana State University. (Photo by DON RYAN/AP)

Here’s our look at the best players selected with the top pick in the history of the NBA Draft.

2013 NBA Finals: How unprecedented would a Danny Green MVP be?

Danny Green hits one of his record 25 three-pointers in the NBA Finals, (Photo by Greg Nelson/SI)

The San Antonio Spurs lead the Miami Heat 3–2 in the 2013 NBA Finals and will have a chance to finish the series tonight in Miami (8 p.m. Central Time on ABC). With the Spurs so close to a title, the question, “Could—or should—Danny Green be the NBA Finals MVP?” has been coming up a […]

Giant San Antonio Spurs pizza is the best thing you’ll see today

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Apparently, Big Lou’s Pizza in San Antonio has the biggest pizza oven in Texas. (I’m basing this on a comment on Reddit, so take it with a grain of salt, or Parmesan cheese.) At any rate, Big Lou’s has an enormous oven and is the home of the 42-inch pizza. To get ready for Thursday […]

Spurs fan shaves Manu Ginobili’s likeness into the back of his head

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The San Antonio Spurs have some of the most passionate and dedicated fans in the NBA, and probably all of professional sports. Apparently they also know some skilled barbers. Case in point, this fan who wears his love for Spurs guard Manu Ginobili on the back of his head: