McKayla Maroney knows how Cristiano Ronaldo feels.

The Portuguese striker lost out on the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe award to Spain's Andres Iniesta. Despite a La Liga title for Real Madrid to go along with 63 goals, Ronaldo was shut out once again. And he couldn't help but show some disappointment. For those who weren't watching the awards ceremony, Ives Galarcep of soccerbyives.net tweeted a photo of Ronaldo's expression as Iniesta accepted the award.

Strangely, Ronaldo's scowl resembled that of McKayla Maroney, the American gymnast who let loose a facial expression that would become an internet sensation as she accepted her silver medal in London. For both Ronaldo and Maroney, the expression speaks to the extreme depths of their disappointments.

Largely considered one of the best players of his generation, Ronaldo has often been relegated to second fiddle. He's watched as Leo Messi of Barcelona won the last two FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, and he and his Portugal teammates have been witnesses as their Spanish rivals make the most successful soccer run of all time.

But at the end of the day, it's hard to fault these two for expressing the slightest disappointment. These are a pair of uber-competitive, world class athletes who narrowly lost out on an incredible honor. Many of us would not have nearly this much composure in the same situation.

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Just about the only thing that went well for Rice on Thursday in its 49-24 loss to UCLA was its marching band.

Performing during halftime, the Rice marching band decided to needle UCLA's Los Angeles rivals, USC. The band, known as the MOB (Marching Owl Band), spelled out "U$C," a reference to the former USC players who received money and gifts from agents.

The MOB was familiar with that formation, as just last year they mocked Texas A&M's move to the Southeastern Conference by spelling out "$EC" during a game against Texas.

The marching band, which dubs itself as "not your average marching band," is known for its quirky performances.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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It seems that every week a new instance of Tebowing surfaces, but recently the phenomenon recorded what is likely a first: Inclusion in a police report.

In perhaps the most outrageous story of Tebowing yet, a man reportedly Tebowed after assaulting a teenager on a lawnmower in Pennsylvania this week.

Josh Ehrenberg, 17, was mowing his lawn outside his home when he turned around on the road and saw a vehicle. Ehrenberg said a man got out of the vehicle and clotheslined him. As the man was leaving, he mocked Ehrenberg by Tebowing on the road.

A police report acquired by The Smoking Gun describes the incident:

[The suspect] knocked the juvenile off the lawn mower and assaulted him in the front yard of the residence. The male then walked back towards his vehicle, stopping and kneeling down as if in prayer (a 'Tebow').

The suspect was described as a taller, bald male wearing glasses and possibly driving a 1980s maroon Chrysler New Yorker.

Tebowing was cute at first, and it can still be done humorously, but if true, this is appalling.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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Philadelphia Phillies fans seem to have a lot of time on their hands these days.

A few weeks ago a man managed to stack three beer cans on his buddy's head during a game.

And during a game this week between the Phillies and the New York Mets, a fan took the time to paint her entire face red with lipstick. She kind of looks like the Wicked Witch of the NL East.

That had to be a pain to get off. But at least she could say that for a few hours, her face matched her hair.

(H/T to Yardbarker)

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Stop us if you've heard this one before:

A superstar athlete fresh off of a championship performance is passing through a luxury hotel when he bumps into a couple taking wedding photos. And of course, he happily joins in on the photos.

LeBron James, you have company.

Days after winning his first NBA Championship, James got in on a couple's wedding photos at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove.

Recently it was Usain Bolt's turn to say 'cheese'. Bolt was staying at the five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England, when he spotted a couple taking their wedding photos. The six-time gold medalist joined the bride and the groom, as well as some of the wedding party, for a few photos.

Bolt was in Manchester to meet with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and to attend the club's Premier League opener. Manchester United proved victorious, beating Fulham, 3-2.

"I shook [the players'] hands before they went on the field so I guess I was a good luck charm," Bolt said.

The couple at the Lowry should be thankful that Bolt blessed them with his presence. Everything he touches, it seems, turns to gold.

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From an outsider's perspective, it seems like NBA rookies have a lot of on-court issues to worry about during their adjustment to the professional ranks: The style of play, the schedule, new teammates, etc. But recently, several high-profile NBA rookies have opened up about one surprising factor that can derail a successful career: Conniving women.

Top pick Anthony Davis got the earliest lesson in the possible perils of certain females. The New Orleans Hornets rookie spent the summer playing with the league's top talent on Team USA, and he says some of the most salient guidance he received was about dealing with suspicious women. Davis told Sports Illustrated that the best advice he got from LeBron James was, "watch your money, and watch out for women."

Last week the NBA convened the NBA Rookie Transition Program, and the newcomers attended an informative sex talk that drew rave reviews. The league commissioned motivational speaker Tony Gaskins to speak to the rookies about pre-marital sex, cheating and relationships in general. Gaskins, a former college basketball player, is familiar with the thinking of certain NBA players.

"The mindset with a lot of guys is, 'I'm the man, I make all the money, she knows I'm going to cheat and that's that,'" Gaskins told ESPN.com. "If she's letting you cheat, nine times out of ten she's cheating too. You're out of town and she's spending your money on another man, who is scheming to take her from you."

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After the session, Phoenix Suns guard Kendall Marshall tweeted that he was "turning my playa card in" and espoused his new knowledge.

"The female species are a lot smarter than us so we have to realize maybe it's not always that we're the best-looking guy they've ever seen," Marshall told the Arizona Republic. "Maybe there is some incentive behind it."

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton recently expressed similar concerns about superficial women and friends.

"It's a cliché for people to say you have to be on alert," Newton said. "But sometimes, that is the case. You may see a particular female who's attractive, but you already sense it. I pray for discretion every single night, that I can see through people, see what their greater good is. Sometimes that individual 'wows' you by the eye, but when it come to heart to heart, that person's not there for you."

But "gold-diggers" only represent a tiny fraction of the women that these athletes will be dealing with, so it is refreshing to know that the NBA rookies also heard the other side of the story.

"At the same time, there are great cases where guys have happy marriages," Marshall said. "They've shown us both cases. We just have to be smart (and realize) that people don't always have our best interests in mind."

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One Ohio woman was recently caught tossing up a loaded Hail Mary.

Janine A. Fulton was arrested and charged with illegal conveyance of drugs for allegedly throwing two Wilson footballs filled with pills, marijuana, cigarettes, cell phones and cell phone chargers over the fence and into the Richland Correctional Institution.

"I was surprised at the amount of contraband and drugs that can be put in a football," said METRICH Commander Lt. Ken Coontz.

While Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Kemmer said this was the first time he had seen a football tossed into the prison, it's not uncommon for objects to be thrown over the fence due to the large perimeter. Kemmer told the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum that authorities recover an estimated 90 percent of contraband before it gets into the correctional facility.

Fulton has a history with contraband in prisons. According to Coontz, Fulton used to work as a corrections officer but was fired for finding a prisoner with contraband and letting him keep it.

Coontz said two inmates may also face charges.

(H/T to Off The Bench)

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Justin Toole had already played five different positions this year for the Single-A Carolina Mudcats, and on Saturday his manager figured he might as well complete the feat and try his hand, er, glove, at every position on the diamond.

So Toole, 25, started the game against the Salem Red Sox in right field, moved to center in the second inning and left field in the third. In the fourth inning Toole played first base, and he moved his way across the infield over the next three innings. He played behind the plate in the eighth inning and closed the game on the mound. Afterwards, he tweeted an image which featured a photo of him playing each position.

"My manager ... came up to me at the beginning of the year and asked me where I could play. I told him, 'Anywhere,' and he came up to me later and said I'd play all nine positions later this year," Toole told MiLB.com. "I kind of laughed [at the time], but as the season was winding down, he picked tonight and we ran with it."

The team deemed the game "Toole Time" in honor of Toole's incredibly versatility throughout the year (before the game he had played every infield position as well as left field). Toole even took part in the pre-game broadcast and brought the lineup card out to the umpires.

For the most part, Toole's evening went smoothly. He said he was most nervous about playing catcher, but he caught a perfect eighth inning that included two strikeouts. He struggled on the mound, giving up back-to-back homers, but he managed to hold Salem scoreless for the rest of the inning and helped the Mudcats pull out a 4-2 victory.

Toole, who has appeared with both the Double-A and Triple-A Cleveland Indians affiliates this year, went 1-for-4 at the plate on Saturday.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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Rickey Callahan has cheered on the Holmes County Blue Devils since he was in fifth grade. And for the past 12 years, he even served as the team's PA announcer.

Last fall, after Holmes County lost to rival Chipley High School in the playoffs, Callahan went to a Chipley game to root for the Tigers. He figured it would be good to support a neighboring school representing the Blue Devils' district in the state playoffs.

Holmes prinicpal Eddie Dixon didn't see it that way, and last week Dixon fired Callahan for supporting Chipley.

Callahan thinks there may be more to the story, and he told WTVY that his refusal to support Dixon for superintendent may have played some part in his firing.

If Dixon thought it was reasonable to fire Callahan because he cheered on a neighboring school, or because of his political beliefs, you've got to question Dixon's judgment and wonder whether he's fit to be superintendent in the first place.

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A certain Wisconsin landlord has found himself in a bit of a quandary recently.

The man, who posted on a Landlord Protection Agency forum under the name Carl, said that he unknowingly rented his Green Bay house out to Chicago Bears fans. And he is so "pissed" that he wants to know if he can evict the family. He writes that we would rather take a loss on the property than rent it to Bears fans.

Here is the meat of the post:

I own a home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My job took me down Lake Michigan a ways towards Milwaukee, but I do plan on living back in Green Bay when I retire in a few years, so I am renting the place out as I do not want to sell it. As you can imagine, people are VERY fanatic about the Green Bay Packers there. My new tenants lied to me on my application and are actually Chicago Bears fans! They have made this known by putting out Bears crap all over the front lawn (flags, lawn gnomes, placemats, etc.). This has pissed off my neighbors something fierce as they do not want to live next to such blowhards.

First of all, it's amazing that an application actually asked whether the prospective renters were Packers fans. And also, it's got to take some nerve by these Bears fans to lie on an application, relocate to Green Bay and then decorate their house with Bears gear.

In fact, this makes one question whether the post is real at all. But if it's not legitimate, at least we all got a good laugh out of it.

(H/T to USA Today)

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