As it has done for the past five years, the Steve Nash Foundation gathered some NBA and professional soccer stars (with a cameo by Nash's adorable son) at the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in New York City for an 8 v 8 pickup game (with uniforms and hundreds of screaming fans watching on bleachers and through the fences surrounding the park) to benefit underserved children.

The game split up the players into two teams, Team World (captained by Nash) and Team USA, for two 35 minute halves. The game in the past has produced incredibly funny moments from big stars--last year Spurs' breakout star Danny Green whiffed often--but is mostly amazing because of the excitement that the NBA stars seem to get from slightly succeeding at another sport.

Case in point? Though he looked lost on the field for much of the game, Joakim Noah managed to put in a goal for his side and instantly took off on a authentic soccer-style goal celebration around the field. He was later named the Girard-Perregaux MVP, after his squad became the first one to ever beat Nash's team in the game.

"I know this guy well, he's a great guy I love him and you know he's the guy that everyone wants to have on their team," said Marco Belinelli, Noah's teammate on the Bulls, when asked what his impression of the big man's play was.



As for other important news gleaned from the game? When asked how point guard Derrick Rose was doing Noah, surrounded by an intense mob of children asking for his autograph, smiled.

"He's doing well."

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They may have lost the Stanley Cup in perhaps the worst minute in Bruins' history, but the team will always have at least one forever loyal fan.

A 77-year-old Boston fan came forward to the Boston Globe to tell the story of how she has free tickets to her favorite team for life -- thanks to Charlie Jacobs, the son of the Bruins owner.

Marge Bishop has been a fixture at TD Garden since she and her husband began attending games in the 1960s. According to the Globe, Bishop was well known around the rink because she gave chocolates to the Zamboni drivers in between periods.

When ticket prices jumped out of her price range in 2004, she was almost forced to give up her seats. That is until Jacobs reportedly jumped in. He asked her to join the season-ticket advisory board, and she stuck with her seats.

But in 2006, when the tickets went from $90 to $150, she made the decision to let go. That is, until Jacobs stepped in, took her on a tour of the arena and gave her an all-access pass so she could come any time.

"It was the most unbelievable gesture," Bishop said, according to the newspaper. "People just don't do things like that."

Shortly after the Bruins fell in the Stanley Cup finals, Bishop decided it was time to tell her story.

"I finally wanted to talk about it because I think people should know,” Bishop told the newspaper. “Charlie Jacobs is an amazing person."

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The 2005 Super Bowl ring that Robert Kraft "gifted" to Russian president Vladimir Putin is probably the least of Kraft's worries now, but a statement made by Putin should help put any lingering feelings to rest.

The New England Patriots owner recently said the Russian president stole his 2005 Super Bowl ring, which was worth more than $25,000. Kraft later admitted that he was kidding about the whole story, but he still seemed a little peeved that the ring wasn't in his possession.

At the St. Petersburg Economic Forum this week, Putin was asked about the whole ordeal (because what else is there to talk about at an economic forum?) And while Putin said he doesn't remember meeting Kraft or taking the ring, he made an offer that will be hard to turn down:

“If it is such a big treasure for Mr. Kraft and the team ... I have a suggestion," Putin said. "I will ask a jewelry firm to make a really good and big thing, so everyone will see it is a luxury piece, made of quality metal and with a stone, so this piece will be passed from generation to generation in the team whose interests are represented by Mr. Kraft."

Well, that was nice. If only Putin and President Barack Obama got along this well maybe they'd have less meetings like this one.

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Paul Neshek, the brother of Oakland A's reliever Pat Neshek, may not be the one who was winning the baseball games at home all the time when the two were growing up. While Pat made it to the major leagues, Paul has stayed in the game, acting as a ballboy for the Minnesota Twins.

Of course, few made the connection until he made this spectacular catch on Thursday night:

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"That's a highlight reel-effort by the ball boy," the announcers say. "You gotta have some skills to be the ballboy."

Apparently it runs in the family.


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Snoop Lion is still a busy man. There was the name change, his new album out earlier this year, and his voice role in the upcoming animated movie "Turbo," which hits theaters July 17. He also made time Saturday to host a youth football event at Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles, which included NFL stars such as DeSean Jackson, LaMarr Woodley, DeMarcus Ware and Richard Sherman, plus former greats like Warren Sapp and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Snoop had some words of advice for the kids.

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Last year, Richard Sherman was an All-Pro cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks in only his second NFL season. Yet it wasn't long ago that the brash fifth round draft pick from Stanford was a much lesser-known player at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. Sherman returned to South Los Angeles for a youth football event hosted by Snoop Lion and spoke from his personal experience to inspire the kids in attendance.

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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll returned to Southern California the past weekend for a youth football event at Crenshaw High School. Carroll's foundation, A Better L.A., is still active despite his relocation. ThePostGame briefly caught up with Carroll, after he shared some words of wisdom with the kids and threw touchdown passes to the event's host, Snoop Lion.

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ThePostGame: How does it feel to be back in L.A.?
PETE CARROLL: It's always good to be back in L.A. It's my home, so even though we're up in Seattle, this is still home for us. I’m back and forth a lot, and I love to contribute and be a part of something particularly special as Snoop's event here. A Better L.A. is here to support him, and he's supported us in the past. We like working together on that kind of stuff.

TPG: You just took some pictures by the taco truck for "Turbo" (an animated movie coming to theaters July 17). What's your favorite sports movie of all-time?
CARROLL: I'm trying to think of that Robert Redford baseball movie … "The Natural."

TPG: You recently held a second "town hall" meeting with the Seahawks fans in Seattle. It seems like you’ve really tried to bring that college vibe to the city. How have you tried to implement that, and do you think it's been successful in the NFL?.
CARROLL: Our fans are extremely important, and they are extraordinary up there. "The 12th Man" is a real entity, and so I want to just give back to them for all of the great stuff that they give us. And I think that the more they understand who we are and what we're all about, the better they can support us. So it’s really an effort to give back to them but also to give them some insight, so they know what’s going on and support us more astutely and be connected to us.

TPG: St. Louis had a good draft this year, the 49ers are a really strong team, you guys are a really strong team -- looks like it's going to be as tough a division as ever this year. What are your thoughts?.
CARROLL: I don't think any division is tougher than what we've got going now. It's been a tremendous turnaround in a couple years' time. The Niners are obviously for real, Jeff [Fisher] is going to bring the Rams to a really high level, and so we have to get our game together and just be able to compete with those guys. The whole mindset just to be ready for our division gets us ready for the season.

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When Jeff and Stacie Mockbee's son, Jacob, was born, they weren't sure how long he would live.

Jacob had Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and some doctors told the Mockbees their son might not live for longer than a year.

So recently, when Jacob turned 16, the Mockbees wanted to make his celebration extra memorable. They aimed to collect 1,600 birthday cards from well-wishers around the world.

Amazingly, by the time Jacob's birthday rolled around, the family had received some 4,600 cards. The Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs had sent greetings. So did the Notre Dame football team.

"We never imagined it could be anything like this," Stacie Mockbee told Justin Schecker of KGUN 9 in Tucson. "We weren't sure we'd every reach 1,600 cards."

Jacob got cards from quite a diverse array of people. Food Network personality Giada de Laurentiis sent Jacob a signed card, and well-wishers from Italy, Sweden and Germany mailed in notes.

A huge Arizona Wildcats fan, Jacob was very happy to see a signed basketball from the school's basketball squad. Schecker told ThePostGame that Jacob also got cards from the Tim Tebow Foundation and the University of Memphis basketball squad.

"Oh my goodness," Jacob said upon seeing the thousands of notes wishing him a happy birthday. "Lots of birthday cards."

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Say what you will about JaVale McGee, but the man sure knows how to keep his fans interested.

Whether it's saying he enjoys having ADD or planking in the grocery store, McGee never has a dull moment.

This week McGee had another "JaVale being JaVale" moment, and luckily he recorded it for the world to see. McGee posted a Vine of him apparently giving a homeless man $100. Now, it's hard to tell whether the bill he slipped under the sleeping homeless man was actually $100, but it sure looks real.



McGee is actually not the first high-profile professional athlete to bankroll a homeless man recently, and luckily thanks to social media, we can all witness these guys' extreme generosity.

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In his last season, Mariano Rivera (as has been previously reported) is doing a completely Mariano Rivera like thing: Showing his appreciation for someone behind the scenes at every ballpark. The latest from the Yanks' closer came in Oakland where he surprised Athletics employee Julie Vasconcellos in the mailroom, where she has worked for 25 years, according to the Associated Press.

Rivera disguised himself as a pizza delivery man to surprise Vasconcellos. "Twenty-five years, Julie, that’s great!" he told her. "You’re special, Julie, that’s what it is. People here love you.’’

Vasconcellos, according to the report, was brought to tears. Rivera also signed a ball and posed for pictures with her.

"Whew, this is really something," Vasconcellos told the AP. "In grammar school, we could only get the Yankees on our PA system. I grew up here, but there was no Oakland team yet."

Vasconcellos said that she too hoped to retire soon.


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