NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry might have put it best when he explained why being part of the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's fight against cancer is so meaningful.

"They're go-getters," Barry said of David and Dana Pump. "I love guys that are go-getters. I hate talkers. They're not talkers. They're do-ers."

Barry, Derek Jeter, Steve Nash, Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving and Dave Winfield were among the slew of stars who attended the foundation's 15th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California:

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Ronda Rousey is so unselfish she doesn't even want her UFC 190 championship belt. In fact, she isn't even interested in having it in the United States.

Rousey reportedly donated her belt to Instituto Reação, a children's judo school in Rio de Janeiro. Last year, Rousey actually gave judo lessons to locals at the venue, and she donated $30,000 to the school in March.





Instituto Reação is owned by judoka Flávio Canto, who like Rousey, has a judo bronze metal. Canto won his in the -81 kg division in Athens in 2004. Rousey won her own bronze in -70 kg in Beijing in 2008.

Rousey also competed in Athens where, at age 17, she was the youngest judoka in the Games.

Rousey's gift to Reação's judo school and social project was actually an extension of comments Rousey made before she defeated Brazilian Bethe Correia on Saturday. Rousey hinted at such a case last Wednesday:

"Bethe did have one thing right," Rousey said. "She said that the Brazilian people deserve to have the belt left here. So I've decided that after I win it, I'm going to make sure that when I have the belt, I don't take it home with me. I'm going to give it and make sure that it stays someplace in Brazil as my gift."

Rousey beat down the hometown hero in 34 seconds.

Elijah Mainville was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma cancer at three years old. According to the American Cancer Society, children have a 40 to 50 percent chance of living five years past the diagnosis.

Well, Elijah is eight years old now, so he is at the five-year mark. But in January, the cancer spread into Elijah's bone marrow and tumors showed up in his hips and knees.

For most of the next few months, for seven days at a time, the Soulsbyville, Calif. native went through chemotherapy.

Elijah's cancer went into remission in April -- only to return. Elijah will start additional treatment again on Aug. 10.

Taking his mind off of his condition, Elijah takes shelter in his favorite sport: WWE.

Elijah made an audition video for the WWE reality series, "Tough Enough." The Mainville family posted it on YouTube for their own pleasure.

"It was just for fun –- just to humor him," Elijah's mom, Melody, told The Union Democrat on Aug. 1.

The video spread and eventually reached the WWE office. WWE Executive Vice President of Talent & Creative Triple H and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon scheduled a video conference with Elijah. Elijah was offered an honorary WWE contract on the spot.

Elijah was on hand Monday at WWE Raw in San Jose. After the wrestling ended, the main event began. Escorted by his favorite wrestler, Stardust, Elijah came into the ring, where Triple H and McMahon waited with the contract in a suitcase.

Elijah proclaimed his wrestling name, Drax Shadow, and gave an accompanying catchphrase: "Don't fear the darkness. Fear the shadow."

Being a professional wrestler is one way of showing toughness, but fighting cancer is another story. Now with the title of WWE "superstar," Elijah will take his role into treatment.

Next week, Elijah will depart for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Medical Center for treatment.

The wrestling world sent its support to Elijah on Monday night:






Kobe Bryant is a star in the United States, where he was born and succeeded in the NBA. He is a star in Europe, where spent much of his childhood.

He is a star in the Middle East, where his endorsement by Turkish Airlines increased his reach.

And Bryant is an über-mega-superstar in China, where basketball is growing and Bryant is the face of the sport.


Thank you Guangzhou #rise #muse

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Bryant is three weeks short of his 37th birthday and has only played 41 games over the past two seasons after tearing his Achilles tendon in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. China does not appear to have gotten the memo.

Bryant made the trip across the Pacific as part of Nike's Asian Summer Tour and to promote his new Kobe Inc. brand. The Brand is working with the Alibaba Group and will include a social media site in China.

Here is the Alibaba Group press release:

Alibaba Group Holding Limited today announced an agreement with Kobe Inc., a newly formed company by the renowned basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. The Alibaba Group will release Kobe's recent video narrative, Kobe Bryant's Muse, exclusively through Tmall Magic Box on August 8, 2015. In addition, Alibaba Pictures, an affiliate of Alibaba Group, will work with Kobe Inc. to create a series of Kobe branded products and distribute them through Alibaba Group's popular retail platforms including Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com, which are accessed by over 350 million active buyers throughout China.

To promote Kobe's personal narrative, Alibaba Group and Sina will collaborate with Kobe Inc. to create a brand new social media platform, bringing new avenues of connecting China's young people directly to Kobe and his philosophies.

"I believe there is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own,” said Bryant. “This narrative is an intimate look at who I am as a person, not what I am. My dream is that others are inspired by my personal story and create epic life stories of their own."

Bryant is also taking the court in his interactions with the locals. Nike is documenting much of his trip:



Wait, let's zoom in on that top right picture of Bryant again of Bryant in Guangzhou.

Bryant gets rock star treatment in China. Fans may remember the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Bryant, even with Michael Phelps setting the record for gold medals, was the most popular American athlete among locals. It was around that time that Bryant set up the Kobe Bryant China Fund, a philanthropic organization.

Bryant also tore down the house with this dagger for the United States in the gold medal game.

On a side note, Nike gave Bryant his own font before his trip to China. That is pretty cool.




No word if Bryant plans to train for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Tony Romo just wanted to throw a party for avid fantasy football enthusiasts. He even took the effort to rent out a fancy lounge in Las Vegas to host the event, where over 200 fantasy footballers would meet with more than a handful of real ones.

Players like Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Rob Gronkowski were supposed to attend the event. But then it was cancelled: the NFL did not want Romo hosting a fantasy event on casino property.

That left attending fans with a gaping hole in their fantasy hearts. On Wednesday, though, Romo came to the rescue.

He invited the 200 guests to Fizz champagne lounge in Caesar's Palace, and then hit them with a few surprises. Fans got a free drink, an autographed poster and a Facetime conversation with Romo himself.

Fans went wild when Romo hit the screen. He tried to sway a few fans toward cheering for America's team, banking on the support of the crowd.

Amid what seemed like a pro-Cowboys gathering, Romo even managed to slip in a little prediction.

"Go Cowboys, and I'll see you guys at the Super Bowl," he said as he ended the call.

We'll see if he lives up to his word on that prediction, but at least he stood with it for these fans.

Sometimes all you have to do is ask. A fan named Ernesto Guerrero sent a tweet to Texans running back Arian Foster looking help paying for his college textbooks.


Foster answered the call.






According to one of his tweets, Guerrero is attending Texas A&M International in Laredo.

Guerrero's good fortune inspired a copycat tweet at Foster, but there is a limit to what he can accomplish.



J.J. Watt's play on the field has made him one of the most popular players in the NFL. Where he separates himself from other NFL stars is with his engagement with fans in the community and on social media.

Watt's goodwill has been documented. He's bought pizza for police and firemen, surprised a couple at their wedding and proposed to a 6-year-old.

It's no surprise that Watt is becoming one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

With a track record like Watt's, it's not shocking to learn that he helped a clerk for a justice in the Texas Supreme Court inform her husband that she was pregnant.

Marcella Burke, law clerk to Justice Don Willett, met Watt in an elevator when she came up with the idea. After her pregnancy was confirmed, she made a request with Watt through the Texans. Watt agreed, and the result was a priceless photo, which Willett shared on Twitter this week:


Willett made the announcement on social media Thursday morning, a day after Watt was in Los Angeles for the ESPY's. Let's see if this will add to the almost 900,000 the Houston Texans lineman boasts on Twitter.

Serving as an extension of the ESPYs, the first Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards show honored the Chicago Bulls and WNBA star Tamika Catchings on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, the event was created to honor those in sports who make a positive difference in the community. The Bulls won the team category while Catchings, the WNBA FInals MVP in 2012, earned the individual honor.

We caught up with the event's host, former boxing champion Laila Ali, and other stars including Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Olympic icon Tommie Smith and softball star Jennie Finch for their thoughts on this ground-breaking function.

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The event, a co-production of ESPN and PlayStation, also announced four winners for the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award (ESPN + inspire). It was given for recognition of "taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged." The recipients were Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his wife, Sue; the You Can Play Project; and the "Like A Girl" campaign.

ESPN will televise highlights in a 30-minute special July 23. According to an AP report, "ESPN said more than $500,000 in net proceeds was raised for The V Foundation's Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Fund as well as funding grants."

In March 2014, Baltimore sports radio personality Nestor Aparicio detailed the struggle of his wife, Jenn, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

At the time, Jenn was in the process of treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and according to Nestor, "was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant in order to save her life." Bone marrow transplants, unlike organ transplants, require a donor with a nearly identical genetic match. Otherwise the body and immune system will reject the transplant.

Fortunately for the Aparicio family, Jenn found her miracle donor match in the form of a 21-year-old German, who remains anonymous because of that nation's medical laws.

"According to the doctors, this donor will look the same as Jenn," says Aparicio, whose program runs on WNST. "That's how genetically similar these donors have to be."

With his wife on the road to recovery, Aparicio decided to give back by raising awareness for bone marrow donations with a campaign he called #GiveASpit. His objective? To complete a 30-day journey to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. In each city, Aparicio will swab and collect DNA samples of healthy individuals, 18-55, to expand the database of donors that helped his wife conquer leukemia.

The tour, which ends in Cincinnati with the MLB All Star Game festivities July 13-14, has partnered with charities There Goes My Hero and bone marrow donor center Delete Blood Cancer.

According to Aparicio, his tour has been made possible because of efforts from friends he has made through his decades in radio and sports. Between a personal pickup at the Pittsburgh airport from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to throwing the first pitch at a Red Sox game, Aparicio tapped into his connections to give #GiveASpit high visibility.

"This has been a bucket-list trip for me for a long time," Aparicio says. "So to have Jenn here, it's awesome."

So far the the highlight has been Detroit.

"Turns out the biggest thrill came on a whim when they let me hit off on my wife in Tiger Stadium," Aparicio says. "The biggest highlight from a stadium that doesn't even exist anymore except in our memory and imagination."

During the trip, Nestor has also stressed the importance of adding non-Caucasian donors to registries across the globe as people of mixed races struggle to find identical donors such as Jenn's. According to the World Donor Marrow Association, while two out of three Caucasians find a match, the chances of a patient from another ethnic background can be as low as one in four.

When asked about the couple's message to anyone else fighting leukemia, Nestor cited his wife's blood type: "B Positive."

It turns out Cristiano Ronaldo is more than just a pretty face with a masterful foot.

The Real Madrid star also has a heart of gold.

During a recent weekend in Las Vegas, a woman named Austin Woolstenhulme tweeted that she had lost her phone. The good news? It was in the safe hands of Cristiano Ronaldo.


Not only did Ronaldo personally return the phone, he also invited the women to dinner. On an unrelated note, Ronaldo and Russian supermodel Irina Shayk broke up earlier this year

One of Woolstenhulme's friends tweeted this photo as evidence:


And more photos were leaked in the following days:



Earlier in this night, one of Woolstenhulme's friends had tweeted this, so it seems likely that the XS Nightclub is where the phone was lost.


The 2014-15 season was a bittersweet one for the Portuguese striker, who did not win any team trophies but did take home soccer's most prestigious individual award, the European Golden Shoe.

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