Roy Jones Jr. was at the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California, to help honor Sugar Ray Leonard, but he ad-libbed a shout-out his hometown buddy Emmitt Smith, who was also a guest.

Jones and Smith grew up at the same time in Pensacola, Florida. Jones said it wasn't easy to get out of Pensacola to become an elite athlete, but he and Smith showed it could be done.

"There's one other guy in room that's also responsible for pushing me as far as I could go," Jones said. "And it's that man sitting right there. His name is Emmitt Smith. He's from Pensacola too. When we was coming up, nobody thought you could make it out of Pensacola, Florida. Me and him changed that law."

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Jon Dorenbos has made it to the Pro Bowl as a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he might be more famous as a professional magician.

And despite his improbable football career -- he is headed into his 12th NFL season after going undrafted out of Texas El-Paso -- magic is what means the most to him.

When Dorenbos was 12, his father murdered his mother.

To help him deal with the depression that followed, a friend introduced Dorenbos to magic, and there was an immediate connection.

"It was something that at the darkest time in my life was genuinely fun for me," Dorenbos told Bryant Gumbel. "It saved me."

HBO's Real Sports takes a closer look at how Dorenbos recovered from such a shocking experience in an episode that premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday. Here's a preview:

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Sugar Ray Leonard continues to show why he was known as a gracious champion.

On the night he received a lifetime achievement award from the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation for his help in fighting cancer, Leonard honored his old rival Thomas Hearns.

Leonard won the first fight against Hearns in 1981 with a TKO in the 14th round to unify the welterweight title. The 1989 rematch was scored as a draw, but most observers thought Hearns deserved the decision.

Leonard himself acknowledged that The Hitman had earned the victory as he accepted his award at the foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California.

"We were rivals -- major rivals," Leonard said.

Hearns responded, "We were? We still are."

Leonard then proceeded to talk about the second fight.

"Well, to me, Tommy Hearns won that fight," Leonard said. "So give him a round of applause."

See how this all played out on stage:

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Jim Brown was an NFL icon as running back with the Browns and a movie star who had roles in hits such as The Dirty Dozen and Any Given Sunday. That's why it was fitting that the presentation of his lifetime achievement award from the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation included fellow Hall of Famers, including Marcus Allen, and an Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx.

During his acceptance speech at the foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California, Brown stressed the importance of education.

"I honestly don't prefer awards because it sort of kind symbolizes the end of something," Brown said. "I know in my life I'm just starting on a plan that will maybe eradicate some of the violence we have in this country with our young people, and create an environment that our young people can have quality education."

Check out Brown's complete message:

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In one of Robin William's most recognizable films, Patch Adams, he has the remarkable ability to brighten the day of children in the most tragic of situations. Champion Paralympic athlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson knows firsthand that this was far from just an act.

Born with popliteal pterygium syndrome, a condition in which webbing of the skin limits mobility, Rudy Garcia-Tolson was just 5 when both of his legs were amputated above the knee so he could use prosthetics more effectively. This did little to stop Rudy's competitive drive. At 6, Rudy began swimming, and a decade later he won gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games, breaking a world record in the 200-meter individual medley.

In 1996, Rudy began participating in triathlons as the swimmer on relay teams. The following year he met Williams at a Malibu triathlon, and it was the start of a surreal relationship.

"It was almost mythical," Garcia-Tolson said. "I was the kid that had the big movie star as a friend."

Garcia-Tolson's father informed him of Williams' passing Monday.

"I will always carry Robin with me," Garcia-Tolson said. "We will really miss him this year."

Williams was huge cycling fan. "He would even go to the tour de France," Garcia-Tolson said.

It was this passion along with the help of professional triathlete Scott Tinley that led to the formation of Team Braveheart in the annual triathlon for the Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego. For 11 years, Garcia-Tolson did the swimming, Williams did the cycling and Tinley finished it with the run.

Williams' participation and genuine passion for CAF led to "much more exposure for people with the same circumstances as me," Rudy said. "He genuinely understood the daily problems of an amputee. ... He would even bring other celebrities to the events like Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. It did a lot to bring attention to the foundation."

Their friendship grew beyond the triathlon team. He competed in online gaming with both Williams and his children, all of whom were close in age to Rudy. Garcia-Tolson even found himself at the film star's home in northern California.

Now 25, Garcia-Tolson said Williams was a subtle yet powerful influence, providing that inspiration so frequently seen on screen. Rudy remembers the concern Robin had for his well-being throughout his life as well as the constant effort put forth by Williams to make him smile. Despite Robin's ever-present fame, Rudy never saw any difference between the Robin Williams on the big screen and the Robin Williams he knew.

"He just went full speed with it," he said. "I think he knew from a young age that making people laugh was his gift, so him in reality was the same as on camera."

From the day they met, Robin had an immediate interest in the challenges that athletes such as Garcia-Tolson faced.

"He was really interested in my legs, how they worked; he had an engineering mind," he said. "He genuinely understood the challenges we faced more than most people."

Garcia-Tolson, who earned an ESPY nomination in 2010 for Best Male Athlete with a Disability, is recovering from a shoulder injury after completing another Ironman triathlon competition with Tinley. (Rudy was the first double amputee to ever complete an Ironman in 2009.)

After some rest, Rudy will train for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He will be competing in both swimming (100- and 200-meter individual medleys) as well as track and field (long jump).

Adding to this packed athletic schedule, Rudy has also just announced his bid to make the U.S. Paralympic triathlon team. He lives in Chula Vista, California, where he also works out at the Olympic training center.

Even with all of his athletic accomplishments, Garcia-Tolson said it was still his special connection with Williams that made him "the luckiest kid in the world."

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Sugar Ray Leonard received a lifetime achievement award from the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation for his efforts in raising money to knock out cancer.

As Leonard was honored at the foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California, he was able to share the moment with some of the sport's biggest names. His old rival Thomas (The Hitman) Hearns joined him on the microphone to talk some playful trash.

Check out the festivities, which also included former women's champ Laila Ali and ring announcer Michael Buffer:

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Kobe Bryant will be 36 by the end of this month, and injuries to his knee and Achilles limited him to six games last season. So it would be understandable if expectations were low heading into this season.

But new Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't buying into that line of thinking. In fact, Scott is projecting Bryant to produce numbers on par with his career averages in three major categories.

Kobe, even "with one leg, can average 20-something points a game," Scott told ThePostGame. "I think that's very realistic. I think he'll do something like that. Five rebounds and five assists a night as well. He's going to surprise a lot of people."

Bryant's career averages are 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

Last season was a washout as he averaged a career-low 13.8 points in those six games. But his 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists weren't that far off the pace, so perhaps Scott, a teammate during Bryant's rookie season in 1996-97, isn't really reaching.

"When people start to write him off, that makes him even more driven," Scott said while attending the 14th Annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Celebrity Dinner in Century City, California.

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Stephen Curry watched Paul George suffer a compound fracture to his right leg. As an active member of the USA Basketball Team, Curry was in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the night of Aug 1. As was the case with basketball fans across the world, Curry held his breath.

"It's tough. Any time you see an injury like that it shakes and shocks most people, especially guys that were in the arena," Curry says.

George and Curry are cut from the same cloth. Both were under-recruited as high schoolers and ended up at mid-majors–George at Fresno State and Curry at Davidson. Both silenced their naysayers by striving at the collegiate level. Both became top ten picks, but both still faced critics, in the NBA, whether it be for their size or athleticism. Both have become NBA superstars.

Curry knows it could've been him who jammed his foot into the base of the basket instead of George. He knows this can still happen at any time. But it is not going to slow him down.

"There's a reason we're all playing. There's a risk when you play USA basketball and every time you step on the floor, really," Curry says. "To have the opportunity to represent your country and play against the best in the world while you still can is something I don't take for granted. It'd be really special to win the gold medal now, with all the things that have happened so far."

Along with the injuries, Team USA lost 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Kevin Durant and Kevin Love to withdrawals. The entire infrastructure of international basketball has been under fire thanks to George, Durant and Love. Critics feel the competition extends fatigue and risk of injury while taking away from contract negotiations and endorsements. (Durant's reported $325 million Under Armour deal could have been a factor in his decision to withdraw.)

Curry, who played on the gold medal World Championship team in 2010, is among the strongest proponents of preserving international basketball. For the point guard, international competition is a basketball gift, rather than a hassle. Curry sees the same attitude in George, who communicated with many of the American players from his hospital bed.

"His attitude of 'I'm coming back stronger than ever' -- that's all he really needed to say," Curry said at a clinic he conducted on behalf on one of his sponsors, Degree deodorant. "We were all there and know how crazy the scene was, but for him to just be positive about it is all the motivation we need."

George is expected to make a full recovery, although, he will likely miss the entire 2014-15 season.

As for the competition, Curry will head to Spain at the end of the month for the World Cup (formerly known as the World Championship) with a different mindset than he had four years ago. In 2010, Curry arrived in Turkey fresh off his rookie season. He played 85 minutes in eight of Team USA's nine games, the fourth-lowest total on the roster. Curry was scrawnier and had not developed an elite NBA passing game. His raw talent made for a respectable spark off the bench, but not much more.

In 2014, Curry has a chance to be the starting point guard for the red, white and blue. He averaged 24.0 points and 8.5 assists last season while draining 261 three-pointers in 78 games. Curry's performance earned him a start in the 2014 All-Star Game -- his 1.05 million votes were second in the Western Conference to Kobe Bryant -- and a place on the All-NBA Second Team.

Likewise, USA Basketball is in a different place. In 2010, the United States was coming off the Redeem Team's Olympic gold in 2008, but the U.S. had not won a World Championship gold medal since 1994. Now, the U.S. has won three straight gold medals in World Championship and Olympic events, and the pressure is on.

"I'm at a different place in my career. The stage has been set for us as a national team to defend gold medals rather than chase them," Curry says. "Obviously with the injury to Paul George and Kevin Durant dropping out, it's a different mood, but I know guys are still committed and obviously the mission's to win a gold medal. We'll do that any way we can."

The road to gold is sure to include a series of bumps and possibly a wall to climb. Nations such as Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Croatia are rich in former, current and future NBA talent.

Of course, Team USA's most recent rival, Spain, will loom over the American radar. The silver medalists at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics are loaded with NBA talent. Ricky Rubio, Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Jose Calderon headline the deepest of international foes. "La Roja" also serves as the host of the 16-day tournament.

"Spain's the team with the most NBA talent and they've been together for so long. Obviously this year they have home court advantage–home country advantage," Curry says. "They played us tough, but we've been able to come out on top in a lot of matchups recently. We need to continue that trend. We know it's going to be tough to beat them in their own country, but we feel like we have what it takes to make it happen."

In 2010, Curry cut down the nets in Istanbul. He was a skinny kid surrounded by NBA All-Stars. He was a contributive presence to a roster that could have survived without him, to put it bluntly.

In 2014, Curry will be at the forefront of Team USA, as it trots into the FIBA World Cup with some scabs hanging off it. He is a constant on a national team in flux. For Curry, there is no looking back. The man who says he is a better offensive player than LeBron James wants that leadership role.

And he is not taking it for granted.

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Just like the rest of Facebook's interns, Harrison Barnes shadowed full-time employees, sat in on meetings and gained a better understanding of how the world's most popular social network operates.

Unlike the rest of Facebook's summer interns, the 6-foot-8 Warriors guard also attended USA Basketball's prestigious training camp in Las Vegas.

Thus is life for Barnes, a rising star in the NBA and one of the league's most fan-friendly athletes. In between training with USA Basketball, flying to Brazil for the World Cup and working on his game, Barnes squeezed in a weeklong crash course at Facebook.


Sam Laird describes Barnes' experience in a new feature for Mashable. Laird notes that in addition to providing Barnes with a better feel for the platform which he has used to engage with hundreds of thousands of fans, the star also dished out insight to Facebook's staff about how pros use the social network. More and more these days athletes are using Facebook to speak directly to their fans. Derek Jeter and Landon Donovan announced their retirements on Facebook.

"Being in the NBA and able to connect with fans through social experiences is great," Barnes told Lair. "But then to come here and connect with the people who make these tools and learn how to use them more effectively and also talk about how they can be enhanced is even better."

Barnes, of course, took to Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) to post several photos from his internship, which was officially an "externship." Barnes was not getting paid and he was not taking the spot of another intern, so he was technically considered an "extern."


Barnes even got a look at the the Oculus Rift headset, the prized product of the company Oculus, which Facebook recently purchased for $2 billion.

The 22-year-old Barnes may have a future at Facebook, but for the time being he's doing pretty well for himself with the Warriors. The seventh overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft, Barnes was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team in 2013. He's averaged at least 25 minutes and nine points in each of his first two seasons in the league and he figures to be a crucial piece for the Warriors as they look to establish themselves as a force in the rough-and-tumble Western Conference.

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Between maintaining a full class schedule and earning a spot on a major-conference college football roster, walk-ons have their work cut out for them before the first whistle of practice. Tom Hruby, a junior attempting to join the Northwestern Wildcats this season, makes that whole process look like nothing.

For starters, Hruby is 32. He has a wife and three kids in Crown Point, Ind., a good 68 miles from Northwestern's campus in Evanston, Ill.

He's also an active Navy SEAL, and the subject of a terrific feature in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hruby became a SEAL in 2006. He began in California, where he trained as a breacher -- an expert in explosives and forced entry -- and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other countries in the Middle East.

Last year, Hruby took the SAT, and enrolled at NU shortly after. At 6-3 and 230 pounds, Hruby is attempting to secure a roster spot as a defensive end. He'll be living in a dorm, attending 6 a.m. conditioning sessions, and continuing work as a SEAL instructor at Great Lakes Naval Station. The Wildcats have done promotional training campaigns with the Navy SEALs the past few seasons, so why not take the next step and add one to the depth chart?

It's been an interesting month for college football walk-ons. Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen surprised walk-on long snapper Connor Udelhoven with a scholarship during team "bucket hat trivia" last week, and Iowa walk-on Boone Myers was just announced as the team's second-string left guard.

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