Dom Dwyer is MLS's second-leading scorer. Through 19 games, Dwyer has netted 14 goals, including four game-winners. His 68 shots are the most in the league. The 23-year-old Sporting Kansas City forward is a budding star at the United States' top level.

He is also not American. Dwyer is a rare young European playing in MLS. In fact, he is English.

But he may not be for long -- kind of.

Dwyer was born in Cuckfield, England, and spent his youth career with English clubs Norwich City and King's Lynn. He also attended the College of West Anglia from 2006-2008. In 2009, Dwyer left for the U.S., where he won two national championships at Tyler Junior College. In his sophomore season, Dwyer was named national junior college player of the year. He played one season at Division I South Florida before being selected 16th overall by Sporting KC in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. In 2013, on loan at then USL Pro club Orlando City S.C., Dwyer set the league's single-season goal scoring record with 15 goals in 13 matches.

Back at Sporting KC, Dwyer is going after MLS records (Kansas City's single-season goals record is 18) ... and possibly a spot on the United States Men's National Team.

Dwyer established residence in the U.S. in 2009 and received a green card upon his signing with Sporting KC in 2012. If Dwyer continues on this patriotic pace, he can apply for U.S. citizenship in 2017 -- a year before the next World Cup.

Sporting KC is coming off a 2013 MLS Cup championship. Team President Robb Heineman is already campaigning for his young firecracker to play at the national level:



“Every player wants to play on the international stage,” Dwyer told MLSsoccer.com Tuesday. “I think if I were to get called in the future and have an opportunity, I think that's something every player would love to do and dream of.”

Not to dwell any more on the USMNT's Round of 16 loss, but the Yanks could have used a scoring presence like Dwyer up front after Jozy Altidore went down with a hamstring injury. Dwyer plays with USMNT World Cup stalwarts Matt Besler and Graham Zusi at Sporting KC.

Dwyer is not without English pride. The native Englishman still has a dream to play for The Three Lions. Although, after moving to MLS at such a young age, he recognizes that dream may be farfetched:


"If the offer ever came to me, I think it would be a difficult one to say no to," he says. "I'm from England, born and raised there, but I've been in the US for quite a few years and have a lot of love for this country and enjoy being here.

"But I don't know where I'll be in 2017. You don't know where you'll be tomorrow. So you have to just kind of take it as it comes, and if the opportunity comes -- I'm not sure if [England manager] Roy Hodgson's going to be calling me any time soon, so we'll just have to wait and see."

Dwyer is clearly having fun in the U.S. Dwyer felt comfortable enough in America to take a selfie after scoring a goal.


Dwyer would be far from the first player to switch international allegiances to play for the USMNT in a World Cup. On Jurgen Klinsmann's 2014 squad, German-Americans Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, Julian Green, John Brooks and Timothy Chandler, Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud and Icelandic-American Aron Johannsson, all recorded youth caps with other national programs (Jones even had three senior caps with the Germany Senior Team).

Dwyer, however, never played at the national level for powerhouse England. He would follow a similar path to Stuart Holden, who was born in Scotland, but moved to Sugar Land, Texas at age 10. Holden played college soccer at Clemson and joined the USMNT in time for the 2010 World Cup, where he played against England. Injuries derailed Holden, who plays for English club Bolton Wanderers, a chance to play in the 2014 World Cup.

In the past few weeks, Dwyer has Instagrammed this (with the caption: 5 years ago today me and my Fwends landed in America on a football scholarship! #NotABadDecision @kylenicholls10 @joesetchell):

And retweet this from MLS:


In other words, in the 21st century, there is a chance an Englishman may transition national allegiances to play soccer for the United States. By constitutional law, Dwyer can be an American citizen -- as American as any other voter -- by 2017. If all goes as planned, at age 27, he could be wearing red, white and blue.

The road to Russia has begun.

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For Mark Calcavecchia, the British Open provides an annual opportunity to compete against the world's top players.

The 54-year-old former PGA tour member now competes primarily on the over-50 Champions Tour, but because he won the British Open in 1989, he qualifies for an automatic spot in the tournament each year until he turns 60.

But this year Calcavecchia won't be making an appearance at Royal Liverpool, and for that he's blaming American Airlines.



Calcavecchia didn't make the cut last year, but he finished tied for ninth in 2012.

Taking Calcavecchia's spot will be Canadian David Hearn, who will play the first two rounds with former Open champions Nick Faldo and Todd Hamilton. Calcavecchia graciously congratulated Hearn on his opportunity, which will be Hearn's first British Open appearance:


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The backstory behind Johnny Manziel's first commercial is as interesting, if not more so, than the spot itself.

The ad, for a Cleveland-area Nissan dealer, isn't bad as local car dealership spots come (although the bar is pretty low).

Manziel delivers some lines and then appears to drop back and throw a football through the window of a Nissan Altima. Here's the spot:

At first, the stunt may appear fake. But it turns out that Manziel actually did throw the football through the car's window. According to reports, it was a 40-yard throw into a car that was going 25 mph.

And Manziel's strike was so accurate that it hit the stunt driver in the face:

"Manziel made a perfect throw into the car," Bernie Moreno, president of the Collection Auto Group, told TMZ. "Everybody celebrated except the driver who got out the car with a huge welt on his face."

Manziel, of course, does have some notable trick shot experience.

As it turns out, the commercial was arranged for Manziel by his marketing firm, LRMR. That company's biggest client is another soon-to-be Cleveland sports star, LeBron James. The firm was founded by James' childhood friend, Maverick Carter.

"The connection actually started with Lebron and Maverick Carter," Moreno told Cleveland.com. "They've been phenomenal clients of ours for the last nine years, even after he moved to Miami -- not only LeBron but his friends and associates. He's been a super-loyal client and it was a natural for when they got Johnny to really present it to us and give us that opportunity."

After the shoot Moreno had only positive things to say about the Browns rookie quarterback, who has been questioned for his off-the-field decision making.

"He has a lot of charisma," Moreno said. "He's a naturally nice guy. He cares deeply. Despite some of the fringy things you see out there, I think in his heart he's a really good person, the kind of person that just wants to win and bring a championship to Cleveland, there's no question in my mind about that."

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John Singleton will be living every weekend golfer's dream this week when he walks the greens at Royal Liverpool.

Singleton, 30, works in a factory as a production operator for a varnish-and-resin company several miles away from the course. He once had a promising golf career -- starring at Division-II Rend Lake College in Illinois -- but it was derailed by serious injuries to both knees. After a total of six knee operations Singleton assumed his competitive golf career was over.

But he figured this year, with the British Open taking place several miles away from his home, it was worth the roughly $240 for the qualifying tournaments. With his dad caddying for him at the regional qualifying tournament, Singleton lost in the playoff and was ready to accept disappointment. But he was called up to the final 36-hole qualifier as a reserve, and a course-record second round had him on his way to the final spot in the British Open.

He's been dubbed the 'Walter Mitty' of golf, "a mild-mannered man with a blue-collar job whose fantasy of competing against the best players in the world will become a reality this week."

The last time the Open was held in Liverpool, Singleton forgot to enter qualifying and he was forced to watch as a spectator. He told the New York Times he spent much of the tournament drinking in the beer garden.

As evidenced by these Twitter posts, Singleton has had quite the memorable experience leading up to this year's tournament:




Singleton's co-workers will get Thursday off so they can watch him compete. Singleton himself has had two weeks off, with pay, so he could prepare for the tournament. That's a decision his employer may come to regret.

"I want to get a sponsor so I can continue to play golf," Singleton said. "I have to work full time. I want to play full time."

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When Lolo Jones was making the transition from hurdler to bobsledder, she had to pack on the pounds. Lots of pounds. Like 30. This resulted in a more ample derriere, a development that Jones enjoyed.

But now that Jones is back in track mode, she has had to slim down, and much to her dismay, that has included her backside. Here is her explanation:

Here are the before and after shots as Jones was preparing for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Here's her rundown of her weight-gain diet, which included bacon double-cheeseburgers as part of her 9,000-calorie daily intake:

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Floyd Mayweather, the undefeated boxer and master of the diss, unknowingly provided a slap in the face to MMA star Ronda Rousey during a recent interview.

After UFC president Dana White said Rousey could "hurt Mayweather badly" and Rousey said she could hang with Mayweather in an MMA fight, reporters were eager to ask Mayweather what he thought about challenging the 27-year-old former Olympian.

Mayweather, who is on a tour promoting his September rematch with Marcos Maidana, appears to not know who Rousey is.

It should be noted that Mayweather is a master showman, and he may be pulling a fast one here. It would be pretty surprising if he didn't actually know who Rousey is, not only because of what she and White said but because Rousey is a high-profile fighter who has even has filmed several movies (although none have been released yet).

Or, perhaps Mayweather is truly unaware of Rousey. The man runs a $100 million-per-year enterprise and maybe he's too busy to have read up on Rousey.

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Commissioner Adam Silver this week revealed that the NBA is considering an idea to make the regular season much more interesting for fans.

During a press conference in Las Vegas, where the summer league is taking place, Silver mentioned that the NBA is considering a Premier League-style midseason tournament.


Each year the English Premier League holds the FA Cup, a tournament lasting a few weeks during its season.The Premier League is put on pause for the FA Cup games to be played. The FA Cup is open to hundreds of the country's professional teams.

While Silver didn't go into any detail about the NBA's discussions, he did mention the league is looking into the possibility of an FA Cup-style competition.

"There's very few things that you can win in the NBA," he said. "I mean, when you think about European soccer, for example, they have the FA Cup and they have other tournaments throughout the season, so I could imagine if we were to look at some sort of midseason tournament I would imagine doing something in Vegas. This would be a terrific neutral-site location."

In addition to adding another trophy to the league, this tournament would presumably create intrigue for teams that are out of the running for a playoff spot. Tanking, and the subsequent negative effect it has on fan interest, has been a serious problem for the league in recent years.

Of course, it would take significant maneuvering for the tournament to happen. Adding or removing games to the NBA season would require a revised CBA, plus the league would have to rearrange its schedule for this to happen.

Still, it's promising to hear that Silver and the league are continually looking for ways to improve.


The NBA has established itself as one of the more innovative leagues in North America, in recent years rolling out he said and sleeved jerseys, social media awards and a slate of preseason and regular-season international games.

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Halfway through his final season, Derek Jeter is being lauded by the players, fans and coaches of Major League Baseball. He has received such gifts as a cowboy boots (Astros), a lego mosaic of The Captain (Indians), Jeter's number two in subway tiles (Mets), Wrigley Field scoreboard squares (Cubs) and a pinstriped paddleboard (Angels).

This week's All-Star Game festivities took that respect to another level. The week started with the launch of an emotional Jordan Brand ad featuring the tagline, "RE2PECT." During the game itself, Jeter was given a standing ovation in his first at-bat as the American League's leadoff hitter, and he could barely may a play without Target Field going bonkers.

In the midst of all the Minneapolis chaos, Jeter still found time to be the serious player that has earned him 14 All-Star nods and five World Series rings. While Joe Buck navigated the A.L. locker room before the game, he addressed Jeter and former teammate Robinson Cano, now a Mariner, who were chatting in a corner. Jeter did not take kindly to Buck's Fox pregame spot.

Perhaps it was a joke as Jeter did it with a smile. Or maybe Jeter is so classy that even his disses are friendly. But if Jeter really did embarrass a broadcaster who has spoken so highly of him and captured his best moments over the past two decade, remember this is still business. The All-Star Game decides home-field advantage in the World Series, and for a guy like Jeter who thinks championship or bust, getting in the zone for the exhibition was necessary.

Regardless of his motivation, it wasn't a distraction for Jeter. The 40-year-old shortstop went 2-2 with a single, a double and a run scored. He also made a diving play on the first batter of the game, although Andrew McCutchen beat Jeter's throw for an infield single. The American League prevailed 5-3 and Jeter was likely in the MVP conversation for an award he won in 2000.

While it is unknown what occurred after the camera cut away, the scene did not seem to disrupt the broadcast or Buck's perception of Jeter.


Jeter, a career .311 hitter, is batting .272 this season with two home runs and 25 RBI. The Yankees are 47-47, five games behind the A.L. East-leading Orioles.

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It's been quite a year for Ted Mosby. After nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, the central character finally finished telling his children the story of how he met their mother.

After the finale, Mosby got another treat: LeBron James' return to Cleveland. The fictional character hails from Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. During the course of the series, Mosby, who lives in New York, shows loyalty to Cleveland sports teams, especially the Indians.

Mosby is portrayed by Josh Radnor, also an Ohio native but from the capital city of Columbus.

In a video on Entertainment Weekly, Radnor and Mosby's worlds collide on the topic of LeBron James. One is unaffected. The other is ecstatic.

Although Radnor may have got over the top with his renewal of Mosby's character, it is a nostalgic sight to see Mosby still existing. Radnor brings back Mosby's flamboyant personality and energetic demeanor. He also uses two HIMYM props: A Wesleyan shirt (Mosby's alma mater, along with the characters Marshall and Lily) and a blue French horn.

During James' four-year stint in Miami, the HIMYM writers did weave a line into Mosby's character:

Although James is returning home, there is no sign of Ted Mosby making a comeback to television. Maybe that homecoming is four years away.

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Von Miller had a season to forget in 2013 even with the Broncos making it to the Super Bowl. Miller was suspended six games for a substance-abuse violation, then blew out his knee late in the regular season. Here's what he had to say about his team's defense and how he has been working his way back from injury:

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