Remember the Stephen Curry behind-the-back crossover that left Chris Paul's ankles shaking? Well, Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes did the same thing to Houston Astros catch Hank Conger.

During the Indians-Astros game in Houston Thursday afternoon, Gomes, who was the designated hitter, came charging home for a play at the plate. Conger had the ball long before Jones reached home plate. In fact, maybe too long.

Gomes moved his body right and then shifted his weight back to the left in what could be called a body crossover. His shake-and-bake move left Conger in the dust and gave Gomes a chance to slide well under the tag.

In his 269-game career, Gomes has only stolen two bases, so the 27-year-old is not exactly a speedster. Conger, also 27, is in his sixth MLB season and first with the Astros.

The Indians and Astros spilt the first two games of the season before what will forever be known as "The Yan Gomes Crossover Slide Game."

As Tiger Woods makes his return to golf at The Masters, it's clear his long run of dominance -- at least for the moment -- has been usurped by Rory McIlroy. It's fitting, though, that Woods now has to grapple with a generation of golfers who grew up idolizing him. The latest video from Nike draws is a moving story about this relationship.

In most cases, a 34-year-old has no shot of making it into the NFL. But Nate Boyer is not like those other cases. The former Green Beret in the U.S. Army is chasing a pro football dream that began with him teaching himself how to long-snap while on special forces duty.

In 2010, Boyer walked on to the football team at the University of Texas. It was two years before then-coach Mack Brown found out he'd never played football before. That's how good Boyer was.

Now, Boyer is hoping he can latch on with an NFL team. On the surface, this goal seems like a pipe dream: the NFL doesn't have much interest in old rookies, and Boyer is much, much older than his peers. And, while he's a talented long-snapper, there aren't a lot of job opportunities in the NFL -- most teams employ only one, and those lucky players that do get a job try to hold onto them as long as they can.

But, as Peter King explains for MMQB, there are reasons Boyer can't be completely dismissed. Despite his age, he's very good at long-snapping: he's logged more than 500 long-snaps at Texas, and every single one hit the mark.

King also notes that his speed in delivering the long-snap is right in the ideal range that NFL teams look for. Mechanically speaking, Boyer is NFL-caliber. Boyer has also been endorsed by Colts long-snapper Matt Overton, who has worked out with him and believes Boyer is more than just a feel-good story.

"There is no question in my mind he can do it. None. He can legit long-snap at the NFL level," Overton told King.

Another thing Boyer has going for himself is that NFL long-snappers have a longer lifespan than other position players. If he were a running back, he'd already have passed his prime playing window. But with a little luck, Boyer could last a half-decade or more.

Having a Special Forces physique and training doesn't hurt with that, either. Boyer may still be considered a long-shot, but his skill will be taken seriously.

West Virginia had its WNIT quarterfinal against Villanova all but won. But on the Wildcats' side, there was one more loose end to tie up. Senior Emily Leer was playing in her last college game, and was stuck on 999 career points.

With just seconds left in the game and the Mountaineers up six, West Virginia coach Mike Carey called for his team to foul Leer, sending her to the line for two free throw attempts.

She made one, hitting the 1,000-point mark. West Virginia released video of the final sequence.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Coach Mike Carey asked his player to intentionally foul Villanova senior Emily Leer so that she had an opportunity to reach her 1,000th point before her career concluded. Leer was fouled and hit the front-end of a free throw to score her 1,000th and final career point.

Posted by WVU Women's Basketball on Monday, March 30, 2015

In the video, it appears that Carey and Villanova coach Harry Perretta come together near mid-court for a quick discussion. Presumably, the exchange is Perretta asking Carey to call for a foul on Leer.

Whether it was solicited or not, Carey's willingness to foul the opponent -- in a six-point game, no less -- is commendable. West Virginia went on to win, and both sides walk away as part of a feel-good example of sportsmanship.

Here's your good news for the day: Devon Still's daughter might be well on her way to beating cancer.

Leah Still, whose battle against pediatric cancer has become a national storyline, went in Tuesday for a special body scan that detects cancer connected to the nervous system. The news was overwhelmingly positive: Doctors didn't find any cancer.

Leah and her NFL football father were overjoyed. According to Still's Instagram page, there's only one thing to do when you get the best news of your life:

You flex.

Leah isn't completely out of the woods yet -- she'll have to undergo an MRI that will search for cancer in other parts of her body. But the lack of any cancer in the brain or nervous system, where the disease originated, is excellent news for the young girl and her father.

That second test will probably come soon, but in the meantime, Still and her father are choosing to celebrate this huge achievement.

Soccer has a custom of kicking the ball out of bounds when your opponent is down with an injury. But it's far less common to see a player turn down a wide-open goal in the name of good sportsmanship.

That's exactly what happened in a recent game between professional teams based in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, according to a Reddit user. In the second half of a match, Mahmoud Za'tara, a player for Jordan's Al Wihdat, had a one-on-one opportunity with a goalie and turned it down to kick the ball out of bounds. Just before receiving the pass into the box, Za'tara saw one of the opponent's players fall with an injury.

His decision to kick the ball out of bounds drew praise from his teammates as well as the other team.

Although it is seen as good sportsmanship to act that way when the opposing team is injured, that certainly doesn't happen all the time -- and it's extremely rare to see a player make that decision with such a great opportunity to score.

Furthermore, Za'tara reacts pretty quickly after seeing the injured player, and the automatic nature of his response is pretty remarkable on top of his sacrifice of personal stats.

It should be noted that Za'tara's team was up 2-0 at that point and the game was in good shape. Even so, the allure of a goal would tempt many other players, and they probably wouldn't be criticized much for it. Credit Za'tara for his quick thinking and great example of sportsmanship.


For Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, the point guard's meniscus tear in his right knee couldn't have come at a worse time.

But for Powerade's latest ad campaign, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Even though the sports drink brand is unlikely to celebrate the fallen star's injury, there's no question that the company's latest campaign stands to benefit.

Not even 48 hours after the Bulls announced that the one-time MVP would need another surgery on his knee -- thus thrusting the rest of his season into doubt -- Powerade has come out with a new ad campaign called #PowerThrough. The campaign pairs images of Rose -- and ostensible scenes from his childhood home of Englewood, a neighborhood in Chicago -- with selections from Tupac Shakur's poem, "The Rose That Grew from Concrete."

The commercial is quite striking in its emotional power, and the story of Rose's struggles -- not only in childhood, but after facing three major injuries in fewer than three years -- only amplify the message of Shakur's lyrics.

Rose shared the commercial on his Facebook page, which he often uses to post messages of encouragement and to relay his determination to his fans. It's obvious the ad campaign was already in the works before his latest injury, but Powerade hasn't said whether it hurried up its release to better coincide with the Bulls star's latest setback.

At any rate, it's rare for an ad campaign to be so prescient and relevant to current events. Given the latest hurdle facing Rose, its message is very moving.

Racist signs displayed by students at a Texas high school basketball game pushed a local sports broadcaster over the edge, prompting him to deliver a powerful speech on racism -- and how it should be fought.

Dale Hansen, sportscaster on the WFAA newscast in Texas, is no stranger to coming out strong on potentially divisive subjects. His support of Michael Sam, the openly gay football player trying to break into the NFL, went viral.

Now, after students in Flower Mound, Texas, held up signs reading "White Power," Hansen is taking aim at the way in which racism is instilled and continued in successive generations. He does so about relaying his own experience growing up with a dad who "used the 'N-word' like it was a proper noun."

"The one black family he knew were good people; all the others he didn't know? They were the bad people," Hansen explains. "The ignorance in that reasoning, if you think about it long enough, will twist your mind.

"And it twisted mine."

Hansen explains that he was a teenager before he was even aware that his upbringing was racist. He also contends that racism is a learned opinion produced by an environment -- kids, including those at the high school, aren't inherently racist, they just come from environs that are racist themselves.

The solution? Hansen says the best thing anyone can do is not be silent on the issue. Ignoring racism, he says, helps it to persist. His on-air speech should serve as an example.

Just last week, Leah Still was in the midst of an eight-day hospital stay to receive an advanced treatment for pediatric cancer. Still, who is battling a Stage IV neuroblastoma, started a second round of treatments late last month.

That wasn't enough to keep her away from New York Fashion Week, though, where she was invited to participate as a runway model. At the Nike Levi's Kids Fashion Show, she came on stage carrying a small guitar, looking stylish and holding her modeling pose all the way through.


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Still walked to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," and her father was able to catch a snippet of her appearance.

My little supermodel

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Devon and Leah Still were easy to pair together. They wore similar outfits at the Fashion Week event. The Bengals defensive tackle said he is optimistic about the results of his daughter's current treatments, saying that there is still a lot of "disease" to be eradicated from her body.

She tries to match my style

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Meanwhile, the outpouring of support keeps on going for Leah. In addition to a children's book she wrote that comes out this month, sales of her father's jersey -- the proceeds of which are going to her medical expenses -- has recently surpassed $1.3 million.

Let's get one thing straight: Lew Dunlap was working the plate for decades before you were even born. The 88-year-old has lived a long, full life, and he's not about to back down when someone throws some heat a little too far inside.

So what if that heat was thrown at Colorado Rockies fantasy camp? Respect is respect. And one can also imagine that Dunlap's baseball fantasy does, indeed, feature him as the resident bad boy.

Dunlap has joined a bunch of other life-long baseball fans at the Rockies' week-long fantasy camp, an event that typically doesn't draw a ton of media. But Dunlap is a special case worth the attention. As you can see in the video below, the Rockies have been delighted by his presence -- not just his plate presence, but his larger-than-life attitude:

Give Dunlap credit: This is fantasy camp, after all, and if your fantasy is attempting to fill a pitcher with the fear of God, by all means, you should go for it.

We also have to give credit to CBC Sports for drawing a connection between Dunlap's antics and the less-than-ideal fantasy baseball experience endured by Kramer in an episode of Seinfeld:

Enjoy the ride, Lew.

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