During the preseason, eight NBA teams are playing a total of eight games in six countries across the world. And of all the players on all those teams, we can say with near certainty that Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is having the most fun on his trip.

Noah, the All-Star seven-footer, has an international background, as his mother is from Sweden and his father is from France. Over the offseason he's also traveled to China and Cameroon. Simply put, the dude loves to go abroad.

From the moment Noah stepped off the plane in Brazil, he's been having a blast.



Noah had been to Rio one time before, when he was 14, and he says he couldn't wait to get back.

"Brazil is like one of those places -- I’ve always wanted to come here -- the people are just full of energy," Noah said. "The culture is so cool, they’ve got great food, and it’s just an unbelievable culture with great people. So just to be a part of this, I couldn’t be happier."

The Bulls' game against the Wizards on Saturday will be the first in a South American country, and there is a lot of anticipation for the matchup in a country where basketball is very popular. Noah is doing all he can to match the fans' energy. Just check out his awesome entrance to Fan Appreciation Day.

Unfortunately for basketball fans in Brazil, Noah may not even suit up for Saturday's game. He has been held back the past few weeks by a groin injury and was deemed "questionable" by coach Tom Thibodeau.

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In case you were wondering how LeBron James' first few days as a married man is going, here are some pictures he has shared with the world of his honeymoon.

"Wow what an experience!" he wrote. "The Colosseum up close and personal. #BucketList #Rome #MaximusAriliusDecimus #AreYouNotEntertained"

The Miami Heat star married his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson at a private ceremony in San Diego last week. British newspaper The Daily Mail also published some paparazzi shots of the two walking through Rome during the trip.

James, shortly after the wedding, added this Instagram photo:

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The Vendee Globe Sailboat Race is known for its difficulty, and it is easy to understand why. The rules are simple but brutal. Sail solo around the world in three months with no stops allowed. This is more than just competing. It's risking your life.

The first race was held in 1989, and now, like the Olympics, the race is held every four years. The most recent event ended in January.

HBO's "Real Sports" takes a closer look at this grueling event through a profile of British sailor Alex Thomson. The latest episode premieres 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday. Here's a preview:

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Every sports fan in the country should be jealous of Kevin Durant.

Not just because the 24-year-old is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA, although that is certainly a fair cause for envy. People should be jealous of Durant because this weekend he got to live out the dream of just about every red-blooded sports fan.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star, a Washington, D.C., native who attended Texas for one year before bolting for the NBA, was on site to watch both his college and his pro team.

Durant got the weekend started on Saturday in Austin. He watched his Longhorns get clobbered by Ole Miss 44-23, but at least it looks like he had a good time.

Then Durant traveled to Wisconsin, where he was on the sidelines at Lambeau Field to watch his Washington Redskins take on the Green Bay Packers. Things didn't go much better for Durant on Sunday, as his team got smoked by Aaron Rodgers and Co., 38-20.

But Durant still managed to enjoy himself:



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During the summer we hear about lots of current and former NBA players making trips abroad. Many times these trips are to promote the sport, a product, or both.

One trip that may have flown under the radar was Derek Anderson's journey to Belize, where he gave motivational speeches and promoted his new book, "Stamina."

Anderson overcame no shortage of hurdles -- including fathering a child at age 14 and mourning the death of his sister by his father's best friend -- to achieve the highest success at both the collegiate and professional levels. He won an NCAA championship with Kentucky in 1996 and 10 years later won an NBA title as a member of the Miami Heat.

Because of his difficult upbringing, Anderson says he can emphasize with the struggles of young people in Belize.

Anderson traveled to Belize as a guest of the United States Embassy. In addition to giving a pair of speeches, he toured the country and got to enjoy its magnificent beauty.


Below is an interview with Anderson from during his time in Belize:

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DeAndre Levy has to face Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte and Aaron Rodgers a total of six times each year, but those tasks pale in comparison to the challenges with which Levy was confronted during the offseason.

Levy, a four-year starter at outside linebacker for the Detroit Lions, ventured to South Africa and Botswana last year and continued his offseason globetrotting this year when he spent several weeks roughing it in South America.

He hiked the Inca Trail leading up to Machu Pichu and camped out in the Amazon rainforest. As if this didn't sound like an episode of "Survivor" already, Levy told John Niyo of the Detroit News that some of his meals consisted of frogs and rats that he speared himself. He also slept with a machete at night, just to be safe.

If you think Levy sounds crazy, you're not alone.

"Most of [my teammates] think it's crazy," Levy told Niyo. "They found out I went skydiving and they thought that was crazy. They thought the Amazon was nuts, eating frogs and rats and piranha and stuff like that."

For Levy, getting to the Amazon was a lifelong dream.

"Ever since I was little I've wanted to go to the Amazon,” Levy said. "And the way I went about it — I didn’t want to go on a cruise or to a resort or anything like that -- I was just out there."

Now that he's accomplished that he can move on to bigger and better things, literally. He says Mount Kilimanjaro and Kenya are his next destinations.

(H/T to For The Win)

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Remember driver's ed? The utter fear of failing your final test because you hit the brakes too hard, didn't signal that left turn, or hit a pedestrian (which wasn't on purpose and those charges were totally dropped)? Well, fear driving instruction no more, because adventure retreat Gateway Canyons Resort wants to teach you to drift, turn, and jump through crazy mountain terrain in a Pro-Baja truck. Get ready to strap in.

The package includes a choice of luxe accommodations at Gateway Canyon Resort & Spa in Western Colorado, which, amazingly, was established by the founder of the Discovery Channel. Get your rest and be sure to eat your comp breakfast in the morning, because what lies ahead...

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... is a FULL day of taking these Pro-Baja trucks off-road for crazy aerials and sick drifting maneuvers. You'll take expert instruction from professional Baja drivers, showing you how fast to hit a curve and how fast you can lose your comp breakfast.

Once fully acclimated, you'll take on this two-mile desert training facility for a solo off-road runabout.

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And if the idea of flying gloriously over a hill in not-so-slow motion doesn't get your heart pumping, this video showing exactly what you're in for should do the trick.

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The good people at Hatchet Caye Resort in Belize are fed up with the Lionfish -- the population is exploding, it's not even indigenous to their waters, they're eating up all the much prettier fish, and they're basically ruining EVERYTHING. So they're asking for your help to keep the species under control. Your mission: Jump on a plane down, grab a speargun and guide, scuba over to where those aquatic assholes are lurking, and pump a blade into their faces.

This is Hatchet Caye, the tropical, Richard Branson-esque private island where you'll greet your fellow hunters and sleep BEFORE you're with the fishes.

One more island shot, just so you realize how ridiculously gorgeous this joint is.

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Oceanfront cabanas will be your vacation dormitory, even though this will be thousands of miles from anything like Spring Break.

The mighty whale shark: just one of the many native species NOT DOING ITS JOB.

You also don't want to spear this local loggerhead turtle, partly because it's adorable but mostly because it's illegal.

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Here he is. Indigenous to the Pacific, this species has overrun the Atlantic due to voracious eating and rabbit-like mating habits. More than likely, it made its way over due to some irresponsible Floridian aquarium owner, which is speculation, but is also probably true because Florida is the worst.

Zapped. Now that you've hooked that poisonous peacock, keep him as far from your body as possible, considering their venomous spines have been known to cause paralysis of the limbs, heart failure, and even death.

Wait, and now you're eating him? Yes, you'll take that carpetbagger back to the aptly-named Lionfish Bar & Grill, where they will clean and prepare him before, once again, you take a blade to his face.

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If you've ever dreamed of following the Red Sox on a road trip, or seeing Auburn play in Tuscaloosa, or catching Maroon 5 live in London, well ... seriously, Maroon 5? Really? OK, that's cool. Either way, doing any of the above is now infinitely easier thanks to Travelatus, an all-in-one event-planning hub that helps you score tickets, hotels, and even flights -- everything you need to catch your favorite bands and sports teams around the globe.

You have three search options right out of the gate: 1) type in the team/band you want to see, 2) use the psychic algorithm to provide personal recommendations based on your FB profile, or 3) hit the random result-generating "Some Magic" button and find yourself at… a Bieber concert in Toronto!

Regardless of which option you picked, scroll through a picture-filled list of upcoming games/tours (sorted by date) before deciding that a Red Sox game at Dodger Stadium would, indeed, be pretty awesome. Add the tickets to your "Travel Pack".

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But where to stay in LA? Such a sprawling town. Oh look! The next tab provides details on hotels located at (or around) the event. That was easy. If you want to stay on the beach, in a 5-star hotel, or even where they filmed Encino Man, use the filters (distance from venue, budget, etc.) to re-sort the list. Add a hotel to your Travel Pack.

You see where we're going here, right? Tickets are done. Hotel is set. Now it's time to find a flight, train, or bus to get there, and while you're at it you can spy a handy Gmap with directions from the airport to the event venue.

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Finally, break out the credit card and head to the checkout (to make sure you don't get Marooned).

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Perhaps you've never heard of the Barkley Marathon, but it is the most insane race ever, and here's why...

Taking place sometime every year (the date is never officially disclosed), somewhere in Warburg, Tenn., (the official location isn't revealed until the last minute, even to the racers), it's the brainchild of a local dude named Gary Cantrell. He was inspired when he found out that after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin, James Earl Ray, escaped from the now-abandoned Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, he only made it eight miles through the woods after running for nearly 55 hours. Cantrell figured he could do at least 100 miles through the same terrain in that time. Well, it turns out he totally couldn't. Undaunted, however, he's been orchestrating attempts for other people to mostly fail at the same task since 1986.

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Should you be able to figure out where to send your registration for Cantrell's more-or-less-totally-insane race (the only people who know are former racers), it only costs first-timers a personal essay, $1.60 cash, and a license plate from their home state, which is then displayed here. Only 35 (out of hundreds) of these lucky applicants will get in, and of the more than 1,000 people who've competed in The Barkley throughout its history, only 14 runners have ever finished (two of whom were DQd after messing up a single 200-yard portion).

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Among the reasons it's so hard? Beyond the fact that it's 100 freaking miles, including around 59,000 feet of climb and 59,000 feet of descent? Well, there's the fact that the trail uses clues deliberately meant to trick you, there are hecklers, no aid stations, a totally unmarked course, and about a dozen books placed at various intervals from which you must rip out the page that corresponds to your race number. Oh, and the whole thing is started by the lighting of a cigarette.

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