Along with the heat, mountains and all the other challenges that Tour de France riders trained for this summer, there have been a few unexpected road bumps.

On the first day of the ride, a bus got stuck at the finish line, triggering a major crash.

Then, on the second day, riders narrowly avoided another would-be disaster. About 2.5 miles from the finish line a dog ran into the middle of the road. Its owner tried to catch it but the pooch got away. With bikers nearing speeds of 50 mph, things could have gotten really ugly.

Fortunately, right as the peloton turned the corner the dog raced off the road.

As Jameson Fleming of pointed out, this is hardly the first time that an animal has joined the riders. German cyclist Marcus Burghardt collided with a dog in 2007 (see clip below), and in earlier years a horse has trotted along with the peloton.

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A century ago, it was common for riders to encounter obstacles on the course. Lucien Petit-Breton, who won the Tour de France in 1908, left the race in 1912 after hitting a cow. In 1911, Petit-Breton collided with a drunk sailor.

Belgian Jan Bakelants won Sunday's stage by one second and now owns the yellow jersey. It was the 27-year-old's first pro win after being sidelined by injuries and accidents over the past few years. Bakelants, who had knee surgery earlier this year, was elated as he put on the yellow jersey.

"It's difficult to believe what happened today, it's fantastic," Bakelants said. "Today it may be the first and last time I ever wear the yellow jersey."

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For all the beauty and fanfare that comes with playing in a stadium located right on the water, the San Francisco Giants have had to battle a familiar pest with annoying regularity this season: Seagulls.

While the birds have always hovered in and around AT&T Park, for whatever reason this season they seem to be flocking to the stadium in particularly large numbers.

It was first noticeable at the World Baseball Classic, and the problem has persisted through the first few months of the regular season.

Whereas normally the seagulls arrive late in the game to munch on leftover food, this year players and fans have noticed that they're encroaching on the stands and the field earlier than before.

"I've looked out on the field and seen actual poop dropping," Giants first baseman Brandon Belt told the Wall Street Journal. "I just make sure I don't get pooped and peed on."

There are several theories as to why the seagulls are flocking to games in larger numbers this year. Jorge Costa, the Giants' senior vice president of field operations, told the Wall Street Journal that there may be a shortage of fish in the Bay.

"They'll go to where the food source is easiest," Costa said.

Another theory is related to the disappearance of Bruce Lee, a red-tailed hawk which was supposed to scare away seagulls.

To counteract the large numbers of seagulls, the team has played bird-distress calls on the loudspeakers and encouraged fans to be raucous. This doesn't always work, however, because the seagulls use certain cues to figure out when to return. For example, when they hear the singing of the seventh-inning stretch after the top of the seventh, they know the game is almost over and there is soon to be tons of free food for the taking.

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If you've been watching the NBA Finals for some high-flying dunks, well, you're missing out.

A video of a rabbit named Bini slamming home the rock has recently gone viral. And let's just put it this way -- if this bunny played the Miami Heat, there's no way LeBron James could block it.

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The Diamondbacks hosted "Bark In The Park" day at Chase Field on Sunday night, allowing fans to bring their dogs to the game and have them participate in a pre-game "Puppy Rally" and "Puppy Parade". Fans who couldn't make it were treated to a dogs'-eye view of the ballpark thanks to a "dog cam." Part of the proceeds from tickets that night benefited the Arizona Humane Society.

Check out the view from the Dog Cam below:

Fans could also bring their favorite pups to the game on Sunday night, like this one tweeted out by the Arizona Diamondbacks' Twitter account.

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Andrew James may have spent a lot of time around the Otago Highlanders, but his first -- and hopefully last -- tackle may have been one of the most important yet.

James, after all, is the Australian rugby team's mascot and wears a chicken suit to drum up fan support during games.

But as this amazing video shows, James was put into action over the weekend when a streaker ran onto the field and interrupted play during the Highlanders' game against the Blues.

"I felt as a mascot it was part of my duty," he told the Otaga Daily Times. "I had to stop him at all costs. So I gave it my all, showed some toe and managed to catch him."

James, according to the report, took a breather and then resumed his duties as the team's mascot, chicken suit back on and all.

"I saw there were no security guards on him so I thought I would just do my best and try to save the day," he added to the paper. "I started running ... as fast as I could and then I just dove and tackled him."

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Left unanswered is why the mascot of a rugby team in Australia was wearing a James Harden jersey.

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Deion Sanders has never been one to cut costs. Ever since the day he was drafted, when he wore more than a few gold chains, "Prime Time" has put his considerable fortune on display.

Even Sanders' son, Deion Jr., has Versace sheets in his dorm room.

So perhaps it's not surprising that Sanders has a $15,000 German Shepherd, which is quite an exorbitant price for a pooch.

And with a dog that expensive, you can imagine how nervous Sanders was when the dog, Yasko, got lost. According to the Examiner, Sanders' dog disappeared from his yard last year and had been gone for nine months. It was only several days ago that Yasko made his way back home.

After seeing that tweet, many people became curious: Why would anyone need a $15,000 dog? Worry not, doubters, the dog wasn't simply for show.

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