Gordon Bombay and his motley crew of a hockey team called the Mighty Ducks entertained many children in the 90s. Goldberg's clumsiness manned the net. Charlie Conway was the impeccable leader. There was the knuckle puck, the triple deke, the flying V. The movie inspired many young kids to try ice hockey, and that included Nathan Walker.

Did we mention that Walker grew up in Australia?

His older brother was already playing hockey, which got him interested in the sport. But Walker said his love for the game came after watching The Mighty Ducks when he was 4.

"Mighty Ducks had a big role in it," Walker said. "The movie had a big influence."

From watching the Mighty Ducks in Australia to playing in the NHL for the Washington Capitals ... how that's for Hollywood? Well, Walker is close to pulling this off.

On the second day of the 2014 NHL draft last month, the 20-year-old Walker waited eagerly on the couch as he watched the selections. Then at 2 a.m. -- he was in Sydney -- Walker got a message from his agent. In the third round, the Capitals were selecting Walker, the first ever Australian drafted in the NHL.

"The roof in the house pretty much blew up," Walker said in a press conference at the Capitals development camp. "Mom and Dad were both crying. It was a special time."

Walker joins a very rare collection of professional hockey players with Australian ties. Tommy Dunderdale was born in Benalla, Australia, and played in many professional hockey games in Canada in the early 1900s. Dunderdale is the only Australian in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but he played before the official formation of the NHL. Jason Elliot, a Canadian, suited up as a goaltender in the Australian Ice Hockey League. Elliot was also the third goalie for the Detroit Red Wings in their 2002 Stanley Cup championship season. Though he was awarded a Stanley Cup ring, Elliot never played a single NHL game.

"This is a historic event for the sport Down Under," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "And having Nathan drafted, we look forward to seeing many more Aussies in years to come."

Walker began his career in the New South Wales Ice Hockey League, where he struggled to find serious competition. In 2007, playing in an under-14 league, Walker scored 77 goals and 25 assists in just 14 games. Walker continued to play competition that was much older than him, and continued to dominate. To continue his growth as a player, Walker had to find better competition.

At just the age of 13, Walker moved to the Czech Republic to advance his hockey career. Although it was a hard decision, Walker felt it was necessary, and had the right support system to help him along the way.

"It was difficult, going to a place where you don't speak the language, a different culture," Walker said. "Everyone pushed me through it. All of my friends and family back home were really supportive. It was really good that I had the support."

Walker learned to speak Czech and became comfortable in his new country. Walker hooked up with the HC Vitkovice Steel club in the Czech Extraliga. By the 2011 season, Walker was the youngest player in the league, and the first Australian to play professional hockey in Europe.

Walker began to attract NHL scouts. Eligible for the 2012 draft, Walker was the 21st ranked European prospect, but was not selected. He continued playing hockey, leading up to the 2013 draft, and was again skipped over. Walker never lost faith.

"It just gave me more motivation to want to get drafted the next year," Walker said. "It gave me a lot more motivation to work that extra bit harder and push myself that little bit harder."

In both 2012 and 2013, Walker was invited to the Washington Capitals development camp. Walker participated in preseason games in 2013, and continued to work with the organization. But Walker was barred from signing an NHL contract, due to an NHL rule that states that any player that played in Europe within the last year and is under the age of 20 cannot do so. He was, however, able to sign an American Hockey League contract, and joined the Capitals' affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Walker played 43 games and recorded five goals, six assists and 40 penalty minutes.

In his final year of draft eligibility, Walker wasn't even projected in the top 100 players, according to The Hockey News. But the Capitals wanted to bring Walker back, and traded their two fourth-round picks in exchange for the New York Rangers' third-round pick to prove it.

"It's a big thing," Walker said. "It means they have confidence in me, and I really appreciate that."

New assistant GM Ross Mahoney knew Walker well, and didn't want to risk losing him.

"Once you've targeted a player, you want to make sure you get him," Mahoney said in a press conference at the NHL draft. "We would rather do what we have to do in order to move up and make sure we get the player that we want rather than sit back and hope that that player is still there."

Walker's achievement has already been received welcomingly by Australians, and some believe he will quickly become a role model for Australia's youth.

"For a competition such as the NHL predominately made up of Canadian, American and European players, a 20-year-old Australian being drafted is an inspiration to young athletes across the country," Minister for Sport and Recreation in Australia Stuart Ayres said. "The people of Australia are going to quickly realize the magnitude of Nathan's achievement."

Walker, whose nickname in Australia was "Stormy," says he models his game after Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand, a speedy, gritty player who tries to get under his opponents' skins.

"It's been going great," Walker said during his time at the development camp. "It's a great bunch of guys. The coaches and staff are great. I'm learning a lot on the ice, which is the main thing with the development camp. So far, it is going really well."

While his hockey career has already been filled with Australian firsts, Walker's ultimate goal is to accomplish one more, becoming the first Australian to play in the NHL. He took a step closer toward that goal when he signed a three-year entry level contract July 25. His annual salary will be $70,000 if he stays in the minors with the Bears in the AHL, but his rate will jump to $575,000 by sticking with the Capitals.

"Obviously, the main goal is to stay and play in the NHL," Walker said. "Obviously, that doesn't happen overnight or in one year. I'm prepared that I'm going to be in Hershey for another couple of years, developing, and then we will just take it from there."

The Mighty Ducks were a bunch of kids who you would never figure to succeed in anything on the ice. But, against all odds, each player was able to accomplish something great. This young Australian would fit right in.

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Though there was no election, the town of Comfort, Texas, had a new mayor for the day last week. And even if there was an election, few would vote against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

But Brees also found out that moving the ball downfield in politics isn't always so easy.

"I tried to eliminate taxes right away," Brees cracked. "But that got shutdown. I kinda overstepped my power, I guess."

Brees' success was in changing the name of the town for the day, turning Comfort, Texas into Advanced Comfort, Texas, as part of a promotion with his sponsor, Wrangler Jeans.

Wrangler, with the help of Brees, was trying to help Comfort into becoming "The Most Comfortable Town in America." Wrangler donated new seat backings to the local high school football stadium, and passed out more than 5,000 pairs of its brand new Advanced Comfort jeans for the men and boys. They also made sure to bring some gifts for the women of Comfort too, as well as a $10,000 donation to the town.

Brees also was in charge of the "Comfort Challenge." Wrangler claimed that the jeans were so comfortable, that they could be worn in any sort of football drill.

"We put that to the test," Brees said. "We did about 15 minutes of ladder drills and cone drills and other kind of things. We proved that theory."

Wrangler’s goal is to try to make towns across America more comfortable, starting off with the blue collar town in Texas. Brees, who grew up in Texas, was happy to help out those within his community, and he had fun doing it.

"At the end of the day, Wrangler stands for hard work, integrity and family values," Brees said. "And if you think about a small town like Comfort, Texas, they have a lot in common. That’s what people in this town stand for. It made perfect sense to be able to come here and obviously have fun with the name, and then put the town through the challenge out on the field and outside the stadium. The high school football team was out there running the drills as well. We had a good time."

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Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, a perennial Pro Bowl selection, had no trouble ranking the top three defensive backs in the NFL. Even when pressed, Thomas offered up no honorable mentions.

Looks like Thomas shares the same sensibility as Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals.

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After playing the first six years of his career with the Chiefs, cornerback Brandon Flowers has relocated within the AFC West. Flowers made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season, but salary-cap considerations led to his release in Kansas City. He signed with San Diego and is eager to prove himself to his new teammates.

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Veteran defensive back Antonio Cromartie is fired up for the chance to play with talented youngsters Tyrann Matthieu and Patrick Peterson in the Cardinals' secondary. Here's how he sizes up the group:

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Richard Sherman got the Madden cover. Joe Haden got the richest contract. Depending on whom you ask, neither may be as good a cornerback as Patrick Peterson. And don't overlook veteran Darrelle Revis when discussing the best at the position.

The important thing for each player, according to Peterson, to believe he is the best. He says he respects that competitive mentality.

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The World Cup gave another huge boost to soccer popularity in this country. But sustaining growth in the next four years will require more than just compelling soccer action. It will take intriguing and magnetic personalities in the same way that Tiger Woods turned some people into golf fans simply because they were drawn to his story.

For soccer, the man for this job might be Omar Gonzalez.

The Texas native has had great on-the-field success by winning an NCAA championship at Maryland and earning MLS defender of the year in 2011. And he can generate some buzz off the field as he did during his appearance Monday with Conan O'Brien. Among the topics discussed is Gonzalez's nude modeling for the ESPN Magazine "Body Issue."

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For the New England Revolution, Jerry Bengtson is a offensive threat to be used as a substitute if the team needs some offense. For the Honduran national team, Jerry Bengtson is Superman.

The 27-year-old forward led Honduras to back-to-back World Cup appearances for the first time ever. The 2014 World Cup was just the third ever appearance for Honduras (1982, 2010).

Bengtson burst on the international stage in the 2012 London Olympics in London. Bengtson led Honduras to a win over Spain in the group stage. Honduras finished third in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying in 2013. Bengtson had nine goals in qualifying, establishing him as one of CONCACAF's elite international strikers.

At the World Cup in Brazil, Honduras lost all three games in group play, placing 31 out of 32 teams. Only Cameroon had a worse goal differential than Honduras. After elimination, Bengtson and the rest of the Honduras team returned to their respective clubs.

Bengtson returned to the Revolution on Saturday in a loss against the Chicago Fire. Bengtson played 25 minutes and did not score a goal, but was a positive influence according to head coach Jay Heaps.

"I thought Jerry did a great job coming in and impacting the game," Heaps said.

Bengtson's next chance to help the Revolution is Wednesday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour will now include a star-laden Jordan Brand TV commercial set to air before his first at-bat in his final All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Titled "RE2PECT" and released online Monday, the video shows fans, peers and icons acknowledging Jeter with a tip of the cap. The salutes ranges from little kids to the likes of Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Billy Crystal, Joe Torre, Rudy Giuliani, Jay-Z, Spike Lee, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Carmelo Anthony and Tiger Woods.

And leave it to Mr. Met to add a nice comedic twist as he and three players from the Yankees' crosstown rivals are pixelated like members of the Federal Witness Protection Program.

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Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal says that while he was with AZ Alkmaar, he taught Sergio Romero how to stop penalty kicks. Whether it was something he learned from Van Gaal or skills acquired elsewhere, Romero delivered in the clutch to oust the Netherlands and send Argentina into the World Cup championship game against Germany.

Romero became the most recent hero for Argentina by stopping two of the Netherlands four penalty kicks in the shootout after a 0-0 draw.

But before Romero became an international sensation for his penalty-kick heroics Wednesday, he was known for warming the bench for his club team in France.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper started in only three matches for Monaco last season, serving as Danijel Subasic's backup. Subasic was the second-string keeper for the Croatian National Team during the 2014 World Cup.

Throughout his up-and-down career, Romero has held the starting goalkeeper job for the Argentina National Team since the 2010 World Cup. During his time with the national team, Romero has started in 11 World Cup games and won a gold medal the 2008 Olympics.

Romero repaid manager Alejandro Sabella’s faith in him. Sabella had been the target of criticism by the Argentine media outlets for sticking with Romero. Now the papers in Argentina bear the headline "Hands of God," referring to the famous incident in 1986 where Diego Maradona intentionally handballed the ball into the goal.

Romero understands the task ahead of Argentina.

"Enjoy the moment, we will enjoy it and tomorrow we will start working for the final," he said. "I feel immense happiness, I'm really happy with everything. (Penalties) are a question of luck, that is the reality. I had confidence in myself and, fortunately, everything turned out well."

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