The LA KISS finished 4-14 in the team's second season in the Arena Football League. But the KISS, founded and owned in part by rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, makes a point to reach fans at a personal level. That community connection is a big reason why the team has made an impression, despite its subpar record. Here's a closer look:

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Fans of the Steelers and Ravens are probably familiar with the story of the Kemoeatu brothers. They were born in Tonga and made it to the NFL. Chris was an offensive guard who helped Pittsburgh win two Super Bowls. Ma'ake played defensive line with three teams and was part of Baltimore's Super Bowl XLVII championship run.

A serious kidney problem ended Chris' NFL career after eight seasons in 2011. In 2014, Ma'ake decided to retire so he could donate a kidney to save Chris' life.

The latest edition of HBO's Real Sports takes a deeper look at the special connection between the brothers. Here's a clip from the story that premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT:

Established in 1973, the Drew League has become an institution in Los Angeles for summer basketball. NBA stars from past and present flock to the Drew as competitors and spectators alike. James Harden and DeMar DeRozan were among the locals going head to head in this year's finale. ThePostGame takes a closer look at what makes the Drew so special as well as some sick dunks:

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Last fall, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth stood at opposite ends of the Ryder Cup spectrum. Mickelson was the second-oldest member of Team USA at 44 (Jim Furyk is a month older) and Spieth was the youngest by three years at 21.

Little did we know, the event would be the start of a budding bromance.

Spieth And Mickelson

After the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron on Sunday, where Speith finished tied for tenth and Mickelson finished 63rd, Spieth began talking about this weekend's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. He began describing his planned Tuesday practice round in which he and Justin Thomas were to duel Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. Spieth, who won this year's Masters and U.S. Open and came within one shot of a playoff at the British Open, got downright nasty.

"I'm going to try to get the U.S. Open trophy flown in so I can sit it on the front of each green for Phil so I'll have something for him," Spieth said. "We'll see if we can get somebody to carry it around for the round. It's the first time I have something on him."

Savagery. Just savagery.

Mickelson has five major championships, but none in the U.S. Open where he has a record six runner-up finishes: Payne Stewart's late hold in 1999, Tiger Woods' Bethpage win in 2002, Retief Goosen's second U.S. Open in 2004, Phil's Winged Foot collapse in 2006, another Bethpage second in 2009 and a final-round crumble in 2013 at Merion.

Spieth won at Chambers Bay this year in his fourth U.S. Open try. The Texan, who turned 22 just two weeks ago, showed no mercy in dissing one of the greatest American golfers of all-time.

Of course, Mickelson, a well-documented jokester, responded by reminding Spieth that he has something the kid does not have: A Wanamaker, the PGA Championship trophy.


The Dallas Morning News documented much of the round, noting that Mickelson constantly put pressure on Spieth and Thomas, despite the round being "practice." "Phil's Game" is a common term on tour for the 45-year-old's decision place wagers with younger players on practice days to take his training more seriously.

Spieth is already learning how to fend off Lefty's chirps. He claims the way to get in Mickelson's head is to keep quiet and go unchanged by Mickelson's trash talking.

"[Mickelson] doesn’t like it if you’re quiet," Spieth said Tuesday. "If you give it back to him, that's when he knows [his trash-talking] is bothering you."

Mickelson thought he had an easy dig at world No. 1 Rory McIlroy who ruptured an ankle ligament playing soccer last month. The PGA Championship will be McIlroy's first appearance since the injury.


Spieth, Mickeson and friends played the highest profile practice round match of the week and it did not disappoint. Down two with two to play, Mickelson drained a 15-foot birdie on 17 to tie it. On 18, Fowler knocked in a 35-foot birdie putt, forcing Spieth/Thomas to birdie as well. Spieth's approach shot came to rest five feet from the hole, which set up an easy birdie for the Player of the Year frontrunner.

"I don’t know if I speak for anybody else, but you could feel the nerves at the end of that round," Spieth said. "Because you don’t want to have to hand those guys whatever we play for."

The competitive Mickelson was not happy with the way his round ended, but if there was any more trash talk, it happened off camera. When the round was finished, Mickelson put on his mentor face.

"We have some young guys in the game, like Jordan and Rickie and McIlroy, who are great guys, quality individuals,” Mickelson said. “They treat people well. They represent the game well, as well as having incredible games."

Spieth And Mickelson Red And White

Spieth is a 6-1 favorite to win the PGA Championship, while McIlroy is tied for second at 12-1 odds. Fowler is tied for fifth at 20-1 odds and Mickelson is tied for tenth at 40-1 odds. Tiger Woods is down further at 50-1 odds.

Spieth and McIlroy open the tournament on the tee together, along with British Open champion Zach Johnson, at 2:20 p.m. ET Thursday. Mickelson, who won the tournament in 2005 and finished one shot short of McIlroy last year, tees off at 2:30 p.m. with fellow former champions Jason Dufner and Padraig Harrington.

Woods, the 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA champion, tees off at 9:15 a.m. with former champions Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley.

Nothing is ever as it seems for the Jets. One moment, Gang Green has a new coach (Todd Bowles), new go-to receiver (Brandon Marshall) and new/old cornerbacks (Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie) and a new outlook on NFL life. Then the starting quarterback gets punched in the face.

After Geno Smith sustained a broken jaw in the most Jets way possible, the team is getting an unexpected pitch for a replacement.

The "Hefty Lefty" nominates ... himself. Jared Lorenzen last played professional football in 2014 for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League and his 320-pound weight was well-documented. But he's willing if the Jets are.


Lorenzen, who was listed at 288 pounds coming out of college in 2004, knows a thing or two about being a backup quarterback in New York. After signing as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in 2004, Lorenzen appeared in four games from 2006-2007. He went 4-of-8 for 28 yards passing as Eli Manning's backup. Lorenzen did not see action in Super Bowl XLII, but he did go home with a ring and the satisfaction of ending the Patriots' perfect season.

After failing to make the Colts' roster in 2008, he joined the financially crumbling Kentucky Horsemen of arenafootball2 in 2009, Lorenzen made his way to the River Monsters, then part of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He served as general manager before deciding to lace up his cleats again. Lorenzen won the UIFL MVP Award in 2011 and was named commissioner of the league in 2012. After a year with the Owensboro Rage of the Continental Indoor Football League, Lorenzen returned to the River Monsters, who moved to the CIFL, in 2014. A broken tibia derailed Lorenzen's second go-around with the team.

With the Jets' job opening up, Lorenzen sees his chance to play quarterback again -- and plug his clothing line.




For the time being, the Jets say veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter in Smith's absence. But Jets fans are getting ahead of themselves:



The Jets open the season Sept. 13 at home against the Browns. Of all the choices the Jets make, would bringing Jared Lorenzen into training camp really be the worst one?

During Raiders running back Latavius Murray’s breakout game on Nov. 20, 2014, he gashed the Chiefs defense for a 90-yard touchdown run.

One of the prime victims on that play was Eric Berry. Murray galloped past, and Berry never narrowed the gap between them to fewer than five yards. It was a poor performance by one of the best safeties in the game.

But Berry’s struggles in that contest seem more than understandable in retrospect. He was playing with a cancerous tumor in his chest, which would end his season after that game and require six phases of chemotherapy.

Eric Berry

Just 247 days after the Chiefs announced Berry had cancer, he was back practicing at training camp.

"He’s done a tremendous job with what he has been through," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. “To come back this soon on the field is an incredible story.”

Berry’s comeback is not only an incredible story, but his presence also will help a Chiefs defense that will be without two of its best defensive players during the first several weeks of the season.

Dontari Poe

Dontari Poe is the heart of the Chiefs defense. The 6-3, 346-pound nose tackle collapses the pocket, allowing edge rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to attack the edge and get to the quarterback.

But the four-year player underwent a microdiscectomy on July 15 to remove a portion of a herniated disc that was impinging on a nerve in his back. (Chiefs LB Dee Ford underwent the same procedure in college.)

Even with intense rehab, it still will take a physical marvel like Poe about four to six weeks post-operatively until he can lift weights and three months post-op before he can play football.

Dontari Poe

That means Poe -- an excellent pass rusher and tough run defender -- is likely out until around Week 6.

“That’s a huge loss. Dontari’s made the Pro Bowl three years in a row,” Hali said. “He’s a sack guy. You can’t leave him one-on-one. He’s very athletic. He demands for two men to block him every play.”

Few can match Poe’s combination of power and speed.

During the 2012 NFL Combine, Poe benched 225 pounds a staggering 44 times -- a Combine-high that year -- while running the 40 in 4.98 seconds. That speed explains how a 346-pound nose tackle runs down running backs on screen passes -- as he did to RB Ryan Mathews.

Poe also has demonstrated incredible stamina. Heading into Week 14 of the 2013 season, for example, he had been in the lineup for 95 percent of Kansas City’s defensive plays, which amounted to 804 snaps and was 85 more than any other NFL defensive tackle.

“He doesn’t like to come off the field,” Sutton said. “That is an usual thing for the big guys like that.”

Poe’s absence represents a major void. Traditional 3-4 ends Jaye Howard and Mike DeVito, who missed last season after tearing his Achilles tendon in Week 1, may slide over to replace Poe.

“I like playing nose. It’s definitely different (than playing) a three technique,” DeVito said. “It’s funny. It’s what -- only a couple yards over -- but it’s really a different world down there. But I am excited and I am ready to go if they want me to do it.”

Sean Smith

The Chiefs' best cornerback from the 2014 season, Sean Smith, will miss the first three games of the 2015 season after pleading guilty to an April DUI charge.

Sean Smith

One of the biggest cornerbacks in the NFL at 6-3, 218 pounds, Smith has the perfect body type for the aggressive man coverage Sutton employs.

Much of the burden to replace Smith will fall on rookie Marcus Peters, who the Chiefs drafted with the 18th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and was seen receiving tips on outside combination routes from Smith during practice.

Peters was considered by many to be the best cornerback in the draft, but a variety of off-the-field issues -- which ultimately resulted in him getting kicked off the University of Washington football team -- caused him to slide in the draft.

For what it’s worth, the 6-0, 197-pound rookie has played well early in training camp, even intercepting four passes during an Aug. 3 practice.

“Marcus did some really nice things. He had a couple of nice plays,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Now it’s important that he’s consistent.”

Eric Berry

Berry’s speedy recovery could help replace Smith as well, potentially allowing Ron Parker to shift from safety to cornerback.

Instead of receiving chemotherapy in the traditional way through a port or a center catheter that goes to a major vein in his heart, Berry opted to have IVs every time he underwent chemotherapy so that he could exercise.

"Even when he was going through chemo, he was always constantly working out," Houston said. "He is built different. ... For a guy to still be going through chemo and not stopping working out and constantly always working, you have to be real strong-minded."

Chiefs Fans

Berry went from not leaving his bed to being unable to perform five push-ups ... to squatting 375 pounds five times and benching 275 five times right before training camp.

He recorded those numbers in the weight room as he was being evaluated for a return to football. Berry underwent four extensive tests over six days. Doctors monitored his strength, hormone levels, bone density, lung and cardiac capacity.

“He sailed through every test that we gave him,” said Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder.

Having passed the health tests, Berry is currently practicing with the second team behind free safety Husain Abdullah. Whether Berry can regain the form that sent him to three Pro Bowls remains to be seen.

Regardless, his return to the field represents an uplifting story for a defense sorely in need of one.

Tim Brown played nearly his entire NFL career with the Raiders, first in Los Angeles and then Oakland. He was their first-round pick in 1988 after winning the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame. He helped the Raiders reach Super Bowl XXXVII. He finished his career with one season in Tampa Bay in 2004. When he retired, his 14,934 receiving yards were second-highest total in NFL history. Brown will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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ThePostGame: Hey Tim, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us during this busy week of yours. First off, what is going on these days with you and TGI Fridays? There's something going on August 7?
TIM BROWN: We are having an event at TGI Fridays at the Canton location. Raider Nation, some of my Notre Dame boys ... we're all getting together for a little private celebration. Should be a great, great night. I love TGI Fridays, big fan going back almost 30 years now so no better restaurant for me to partner with on this occasion than TGI Fridays. So I'm looking forward to being with them on Friday evening.

TPG: So you're set to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You've spent six years waiting. How you feeling right now?
BROWN: Doing great, man. You know, really looking forward to this weekend. Monday is gonna be a beautiful day, I can tell you that. It's just gonna be the best day ever. All this will be behind me and I'll be able to relax and really start to enjoy the fact that you're a Hall of Famer. So there's been so much going into this weekend, from the parties to the beach to all the travel, your family. Boy, I can't wait to get back home Monday and just start living the regular life.

TPG: Do you feel that this selection is overdue? Or do you understand that there is a logjam in Canton and that this is how the process is at the moment?
BROWN: Yeah. I mean you play 20 years ago and you probably wouldn't have had that issue. But in today's football, when you look at the guys that I was out with. When Jerry [Rice] came out, everybody knew what was gonna happen with him. Cris [Carter] had been out for a while, everyone knew that he was gonna be in first ballot. So I think they just wanted to make the position special and the next couple years nobody went in and I think those years were the toughest years for Cris and Andre and myself. Watching the Hall of Fame go by a couple years without any wide receivers in it. But after that, man, Cris went in, Andre went in, you can't help but be happy for them and at the same time you hope that the next year is gonna be yours and thankfully it was.

TPG: Touching on the state of wide receivers in football. You were the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy. Do you feel that wide receiver is undervalued in today's game? Why do you think it is that wide receivers have a hard time getting appreciation?
BROWN: In today's game it's totally different, man. These guys are throwing the ball 40, 45 times a game, probably more than that in college. So it makes it very difficult to say, "I'm something special," when everybody is catching 10, 12, 13 balls a game. So I think from that point of view, you have a lot of great receivers come out and none of them really come close to winning the Heisman

I guess Amari [Cooper] was top five last year. But the reason they're not winning the Heisman is because the way Desmond [Howard] and I did it was by returning a bunch of kickoffs. So I think you really have to set yourself apart from just being a receiver. When I came out, we had Michael Irvin and Sterling Sharpe and Wendell Davis and all these great receivers. But the difference between me and them was the fact that I returned a bunch of kickoffs and it was probably the reason that I went higher in the draft than those guys.

TPG Do you agree with the current state of football where coaches are keeping their stars away from kick returns to avoid injury?
BROWN: Nah, not to keep them from being injured. This is football, man. You can jog on the field and step in a pothole and get injured the way some of these fields are. You gotta be able to play the game and be free and just understand who you are and what you are capable of doing. As long as you aren't putting yourself in a bad situation time after time, you should be OK. But to me, sometimes it is much more dangerous playing wide receiver and going across the middle of the field than it is returning kickoffs.

TPG: I heard that you had to keep football a secret from Mom. Back in high school she wanted you to stick to marching band. Why did you end up keeping it a secret?
BROWN: My mom she looked at football as the anti-Christ. Literally, she thought that her son was gonna get swooped up into that world of being all arrogant and that kind of stuff and she just didn't want that for me. So it was a process, no doubt about it. The better I kept doing, the more she realized I'm playing great football but I'm not being arrogant about the situation so I think she got a little bit more comfortable with me playing.

I was in the marching band my freshman year. She just wanted me to stay in the band. I was going to all the Friday night games my freshman year. So the next year when I was playing on varsity, I was obviously still going to Friday night games so she thought I was still playing in the band. So it wasn't until I had a really good play my sophomore year and I made the paper and one of her friends called her and said, "Hey, your son is in the papers." So she came at me like, "What did you do, what did you do, why are you in the paper?" And all I could say was "I don't know, I didn't know I was in the paper." So we looked at every section and finally when we got to the sports section and saw my face, I had a picture of me running the ball and it read, "Sophomore Sensation." So that was the beginning of the end right there.

TPG: What instrument did you play?
BROWN: I played the bass drum. I played percussion but as a freshman band member, you get the hardest instrument and the hardest thing was carrying that big bass drum around! So that's what I did. I was gonna be moving up to the small bass drum the next year but I obviously didn't make it that far.

TPG: Throughout your whole career, whether at Woodrow Wilson [High School], Notre Dame or in Oakland, you weren't always on a winning team. A lot of young athletes struggle with winning and individual performance. How did you keep yourself from getting discouraged and stick with it? What helped get you through?
BROWN: My time at Woodrow, man, I was 4-25-1 during my three years on varsity. One thing happened to me in my junior year: One of my coaches really, really got on me about continuing to play hard. "Keep pushing, Tim. Don't let the circumstances stop you from playing." And that's what I did, man. I just kept playing the game and enjoying what I was doing and especially when I knew there were colleges looking at me. Then it was certainly a lot easier to keep myself working. But it certainly taught me something. We had rough times at Notre Dame my first couple years and had a few rough years with the Raiders but I was always able to reach back and think to those times when I was in high school and I think that just kept me playing and playing my best ball whether or not we were playing good football as a team.

TPG: You had 17 quarterbacks throwing to you, not counting the three in Tampa Bay. Who was your favorite to catch passes from?
BROWN: I'm gonna list all of them on Saturday night. For me, I had a great relationship with Steve Beuerlein because we had played together three years in college. So he was probably my favorite quarterback to play with. But obviously I had the most success, the season-record with the Raiders, with Jeff George. He was an incredible quarterback as far as throwing the ball. He could put the ball wherever it needed to be. So it was amazing to have that one year with him. But Rich Gannon was probably the best overall quarterback that I played with and the numbers probably bear that. We had an incredible year together; it was great playing with Rich.

TPG: How do you feel about the Raiders' potential move from Oakland to Los Angeles and where is home for the Raiders in your heart?
BROWN: The original name of the team is the Oakland Raiders so there is no doubt that the home for the Raiders is in Oakland. But the problem is I don't know if the home city can afford the team. So that being the case, it will be very difficult for them to stay there. I know they want to stay there and that's where they want to be but at the same time, they are gonna have to find a way to come up with a couple hundred million dollars to keep the team around.

TPG: As a Duck, I have to have them winning the national championship this season. Who do you have winning the college football national championship? Notre Dame?
BROWN: You got the Ducks winning? Without Marcus Mariota!? I can't pick them to win. I think it's gonna be a very interesting year in college football. I don't know how good Alabama is gonna be without Amari Cooper and a couple other guys they lost, but you know they're gonna come up with something and the SEC is gonna have a tough team. Notre Dame is gonna be pretty good this year. Man, I hadn't thought about college football. I can't think about anything but the Hall of Fame right now! Tell you what, though. My money is definitely not gonna be on the Ducks right now. I gotta see them and their new quarterback play before I can put that kind of pressure on them.

TPG: Last question. You caught 1,100 passes in your professional career alone. How do your fingers feel?
BROWN: Actually they're fine. You know, I wore that tape around my joints, so it really kept my joints in place. I'm not having any issues. I actually almost broke my pinky a little while ago so it looks like a football injury but it's not. Actually, it was flag football and I won a truck. So I guess it wasn't the worst thing. So every time I look down at my bent finger, I remember that I'm driving around in a brand new truck, so that helps. But the fingers are doing pretty good right now, brother.

That Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned to practice Wednesday after finishing treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma is amazing on its own.

Even more amazing: instead of shedding weight and muscle mass, Berry came out of chemotherapy one pound heavier.

Yes, you read that correctly. Berry took IVs after chemotherapy treatments in order to allow him to work out along the way, keeping his focus on his football career throughout the eight-month ordeal.


As tough as Berry is on the field, he might have just proven himself tougher off of it. Tackling Hodgkin's lymphoma while working out beats any of the Pro Bowl safety's football-related accomplishments.

"I'd first like to start off by saying, thank God, man ... my support system just took care of me," Berry said at a press conference Wednesday, flanked by his parents. "The two things I could control is my attitude and my effort. You can't look too far ahead."

It's unclear whether Berry can participate in full football activities, which would give him a chance to play his first game since December in Week 1.

Still, his teammates were happy to see him back.


Regardless of when he'll suit up next, seeing Berry on the field and a pound heavier is a win in itself.

His journey has been long and winding, but Michael Sam is finally set to make his pro football debut.

In Canada, at least.

After failing to latch on to an NFL roster and then briefly leaving his Canadian Football League club for "personal reasons," Sam is poised to play in his first non-exhibition football game since college, according to the Associated Press.

The former Missouri star "is getting so much closer to being able to play," according to Montreal Alouettes coach Tom Higgins. "He wants to go, and I think it's going to happen sooner than later."

Sam, however, was not made available for comment.

Since coming back to the team at the end of June, Sam has been working to get himself back in shape and ready to contribute to the team.

The club has not set a date for his debut, but the team plays five games in August, and it's likely he returns at some point during that span, possibly as early as this Saturday.

If and when he does step onto the field, Sam will make history as the first openly gay professional football player at that level. Prior to this season, he signed a two-year deal in Montreal.

But that's merely a consolation prize to a man who has repeatedly stated his desire to play in the NFL.

Despite performing well in preseason last year for the St. Louis Rams, Sam was cut before the regular season began. He joined the Dallas Cowboys as a member of its practice squad but was released prior to the end of the 2014 season.

Sam is hopeful that a strong performance in the CFL could open doors to an NFL career.

He'll be playing his first game in almost a year when he does step onto the field, so fans and reporters will be eager to see how he measures up after a long absence.

At his press conference ahead of this week's Quicken Loans National event, PGA Tour pro Billy Hurley III revealed that his father has gone missing without a trace, and the family is seeking the public's help to find him.

"Last Sunday -- nine days ago -- my dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and he drove away, and no one has heard from his since," said an emotional Hurley.


Hurley said his father has sound mental health, but that the family has no indication for why he might have left so suddenly.

His father was a police officer for 25 years in the same town where he currently lives, and where Billy Hurley was raised.

"[My parents] still live in the house that I grew up in in Leesburg (Virginia) and I'm just hoping that there’s a story that maybe he goes to PGATour.com to check my tee time or check my score, and sees this and understands that, Dad, we love you and we want you to come home," Hurley said.

Hurley did not take any questions following the announcement. He said he does plan to play in the tournament later this week, which is being played close to his hometown.

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