If Boston had its own Mount Rushmore of living celebrities, Mark Wahlberg might make the cut. The actor started his adult life as the namesake for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, a Boston-based hip-hop group. In his acting life, Wahlberg has starred in such Boston-centric classics as The Departed, The Perfect Storm and Ted.

Even with all the Boston blood in him -- he grew up in Dorchester -- Wahlberg cannot help but pay his respects to Derek Jeter. Wahlberg is the latest to tip his cap to The Captain:


In the course of Wahlberg's career, he has not avoided all New York-related roles. It is important to remember Wahlberg played NYPD detective Terry Hoitz in The Other Guys. It is also important not to forget part of Hoitz's character development is a result of a pre-plot incident involving the detective and Jeter:

The fictional clip gave Wahlberg's character the nickname "The Yankee Clipper." Of course, there is irony in Wahlberg, a noted Red Sox fan, pulling the trigger on Jeter. In Ted, Wahlberg made an attempt to save the title character by climbing up the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

As for the particular shirt Wahlberg is wearing in the tweet, the "RE2PECT" moniker surrounding Jeter attire is a development by the Jordan Brand, a Jeter sponsor. Wahlberg is a close friend of Michael Jordan and consistent wearer of Jordans. In June, after eating a meal with Jordan, TMZ caught up with Wahlberg, who said he paid the bill, partly due to all the Jordans MJ provides him with.

The Yankees and Red Sox open up a three-game set in the Bronx Tuesday night. The mid-week affair will make up Jeter's final home stand against the rival Red Sox. However, the Captain could potentially end his career in Boston. The Yankees end the regular season with a three-game series at Fenway Park Sept. 26-28.

The Bronx Bombers are currently four games out of the fifth and final American League playoff spot.

Beyonce's nearly 20-minute performance at Sunday's MTV VMAs left many people speechless. The 32-year-old, who also received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, put on an unforgettable show that features cameos from her husband, Jay-Z, and her daughter, Blue.

Eric LeGrand had something to say about Beyonce's performance, but it wasn't what anyone would have expected.

The former Rutgers football player, who was paralyzed while making a tackle against Army in October 2010, sent out this tweet to his 132,000 followers after watching Beyonce perform her song, "Drunk in Love":


The image shows the moment that LeGrand became paralyzed, and not all of his followers found the joke funny.


For the most part, however, it seems people gave LeGrand the benefit of the doubt.



An hour after the original tweet, LeGrand sent out this message:


LeGrand has been known to have a sense of humor about his predicament, and in the past he's moved on quickly when his paralysis became the subject of controversy. Still, it is a little jarring to see such a devastating injury employed for the sake of humor.

A few short months ago, during the NCAA basketball season, Joel Embiid was projected as the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft ahead of fellow Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins. A 7-0 specimen from Cameroon, Embiid then missed the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments with a stress fracture in his back and settled for being the third overall pick.

During the past month and a half, since being selected by the 76ers, Embiid has showed off a different talent: Social media. Embiid has tweeted at such celebrity women as Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Andi Dorfman. He also attempted to persuade free agent LeBron James to overlook the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat for the 76ers.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Embiid opened up about his life off the court at Kansas. It appears he was just as much of a goofball in college as he is as a pro. Before earning a paycheck, Embiid kept a lower national profile.

Weissman seems to roll with things here, as an interview with Embiid can apparently go anywhere. Unlike other eccentric NBA personalities such as Metta World Peace, Dennis Rodman or Shaquille O'Neal, Embiid delivers his cracks with a calm demeanor like he is not doing anything out of the ordinary. As Embiid moved to the U.S. at age 16, he also has a language barrier to deal with.

As for the rest of the interview, Embiid breaks down his Twitter presence, interactions with Rihanna and eating his first Philly cheesesteak. He went to Pat's.

When Embiid says the word, "rules," it can easily be mistaken for a different word, notably in the title of the above YouTube video. On Twitter, Embiid can censor himself to avoid such confusion:


Joel Embiid has not yet played an NBA game, but he has made his name known in the Twittersphere beyond sports fans. The third pick in the NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers center tweeted at LeBron James trying to court the star to The City of Brotherly Love.


When that did not work, he moved on to wooing Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. All he managed to get was a a follow from Rihanna on Twitter, and possibly some respect for his PhotoShop skills.







Apparently, Embiid has moved on from Kardashian and Rihanna. His new sights are set on Andi Dorfman, the recent star of "The Bachelorette." Soon after Dorfman selected former second-round MLB draft pick Josh Murray as her man, Embiid tweeted a suggestive picture of an edited US Weekly cover.


No response yet from Dorfman. Also, no sign if this is just a phase for Embiid or if he will further his pursuit of the Atlanta-based attorney.

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David Ortiz had been the leader in the clubhouse for epic sports selfies after snapping a shot of himself with President Obama.

But a 29-year-old Australian field hockey player might have just put an end to any competition.

Jayde Taylor was taking a selfie with a teammate at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when her photo got an unexpected visitor. Taylor's selfie included a smiling Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Photobomb:


The Queen also part of a notable tweet last month during the World Cup. Italian striker Mario Balotelli asked for a royal kiss on the cheek if Italy won Group D, which included England.


Italy lost 1-0.

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Joel Embiid may be off the basketball court for a little while after surgery last month to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, but the 7-footer has kept extremely active on Twitter.

Embiid, a candidate for the top overall pick in this year's NBA draft before injury concerns dropped him to third, has shown his lighter side on social media with the active and relentless pursuit of Kim Kardashian and Rihanna.

Last week Embiid tweeted at Kardashian in the hopes of scoring a date with the 33-year-old reality TV star.


There's just one minor problem with pursuing Kardashian, and Embiid quickly came to his senses:


It didn't take long for Embiid to mend his broken heart, as he quickly moved on from Kardashian to Rihanna. And his announcement of his new pursuit was comedic gold:




Embiid went as far as to post a photoshopped picture of Rihanna wearing his No. 11 Philadelphia 76ers jersey:


Should he exceed all expectations and actually score a date with Rihanna, Embiid actually wouldn't be the first NBA player to successfully court a high profile woman on social media. Quincy Pondexter and b>Andre Drummond both pulled off the feat.

Alas, to the disappointment of everyone, Embiid revealed later that he's just playing around with the tweets:


Still, that didn't stop Embiid from creating a couple name for he and Rihanna should the pair ever get together:


Embiid has a long recovery ahead of him, and depending on how his rehabilitation goes he may even miss the entire 2014-15 season. If Embiid can stay healthy, many experts believe he has the physical tools to dominate in the NBA. But his confidence has to be suffering after no responses from Kardashian or Rihanna.

And to make matters worse, Embiid's passionate pursuit earlier this month of another partner also got rejected:





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No one, it seems, remembered the birthday of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, so the quirky 7-footer swallowed his pride and took to Twitter to wish himself a happy birthday.

Adams, the second year man who known for his funny side, posted these tweets Sunday:



The confusion, it seems, stems from bad information on Adams' Wikipedia entry:


About an hour after Adams' tweet, the Thunder's official Twitter account sent out this message:


Adams, a New Zealand native and the 12th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, is coming off a solid rookie season. He played in 81 games for the Thunder, averaging about 15 minutes and four rebounds per night. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

As for a birthday gift, Adams isn't looking for anything too extravagant:



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Tim Howard is still living on cloud nine and has at least a few more weeks before the dust settles on his World Cup performance. The U.S. goalkeeper became an American sports icon by making a tournament-record 16 saves in the nation's 2-1 round of 16 loss to Belgium.

Howard's face is featured on a gold mine of memes and he recently landed on the cover of Adweek shirtless. His English Premier League club, Everton, is trying to recruit new American supporters.

Meanwhile, Howard, 35, may be trying to recruit himself to an American franchise. On Thursday, Howard, who joined Twitter in late May shortly before the World Cup, tweeted out a photo of himself in a Knicks jersey.


Tim, Knicks fans would love to hear your demands. If you are willing to accept the veterans' minimum, Phil Jackson may be able to weave you into the roster. If you are looking for big money, the Knicks are not your destination at this time. New Yorkers will be the first to tell you the franchise is one year away from the contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire ($23,410,988) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) coming off the books. Maybe try then.

Howard was born in New Brunswick, N.J. and grew up in the Garden State. His first two professional teams were the North Jersey Imperials of the United System of Independent Soccer Leagues and the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) of MLS.

The Knicks re-signed Carmelo Anthony to a five-year, $124 million earlier this week. However, they also traded former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. The Knicks need a new defensive stopper. Considering Tim Howard is rumored to be able to stop anything, he seems like the natural upgrade for the Knicks defense. (Howard is 6-3, but as they say in basketball, he plays bigger.)

Unfortunately for Knicks and NBA fans, this Throwback Thursday is only a dream. Howard will be back in action for Everton in August. Americans will have many opportunities to see his Liverpool-based club play across the pond.

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Neither the Phoenix Suns nor the Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs this past spring. The two teams play on opposite sides of the country, and other than hosting Charles Barkley's antics, the two franchises do not have a lot in common.

That did not stop the two teams from engaging in possibly the greatest Twitter interaction between two professional sports franchises ever (step it up, @LAKings). When the teams met Tuesday night in Las Vegas for NBA Summer League action, the Suns made an observation.







The Suns won the actual game 97-88 behind 28 points from T.J. Warren, the 14th overall pick from North Carolina State.

The Suns used a different fictional character to salute Warren:


Twitter and the NBA. What a country.

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J.R. Smith and Rihanna have a feud. That sounds pretty ridiculous, but it's true.

The friction between the New York Knicks guard and the recording artist's began May 8, 2013. One day after the Knicks beat down the Indiana Pacers 105-79 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden, a photo surfaced showing the two at a New York club for Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour After Party . Smith can be found over Rihanna's left shoulder.


At the time, the Knicks knotted the series at 1-1 and had three full days off. The series took a turn for the worst in Indiana, though. The Pacers won both Games 3 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to go up 3-1.

With Game 5 looming and Smith struggling -- the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year averaged 14 points in Games 3 and 4 -- Rihanna lashed out on her paparazzi partner on Instagram. Here's a comment captured by Larry Brown Sports:

The Knicks lost the series in six games. Smith had an abysmal 2013-14 season and the Knicks missed the playoffs.

This did not stop Smith from taking a shot at Rihanna on Monday.

The caption reads, "Lmfao #greatmorningworld," but the meme text is what matters. The message is clearly a mockery of Rihanna following LeBron James, who played for the Miami Heat from 2010-2014. James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his first NBA team, over the weekend.

Rihanna has seven Grammys. J.R. Smith's only professional All-Star Game appearance came in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Despite the comparison, it is perhaps to no one's surprise that Smith would take a shot at a much more successful individual. Besides, when has Smith ever passed up a shot, ill-advised or not?

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