Trending: Ronaldo is the new LeBron

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Spain's victory over Portugal via penalty kicks brought this forecast from veteran striker Michael Owen, who is expected to sign with Al Shabab in the United Arab Emirates after contract with Manchester United contract ends on Saturday.

This soon-to-be Bristol City midfielder expressed the thoughts of many who were feeling various levels of LeBron-like hate toward Cristiano Ronaldo after he failed to appear during penalty kicks or score in regulation play despite two free-kicks and an open rush:

And like James, the Portuguese soccer superstar can never win - until he wins:

Five-hundredths of a second. That was the margin of victory by Michael Phelps over Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter freestyle final in the U.S. Olympic team trials Wednesday. "Every time we get into the water, it's coming down to a touch," Phelps said. The rest of the world be warned, as Lochte congratulated several of his Olympic teammates:

The plight of wildfire-ravaged residents living in and around Colorado Springs brought an avalanche of support across social media:

If luck runs in the family, look for Kenny Wallace's No. 42 Toyota Camry in Victory Lane Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway. And if he doesn't win, at least he's covered for gas:

Sometimes it’s nice to be asked. Unfortunately for Bryce Harper ‘s would-be suitor, the Nationals slugger has indicated he was not likely to say “yes” to any “clown question" – real or otherwise.

John Calipari's boast about dealing with all those NBA teams wanting his players brought this response from the coach of Brewster Academy, a nationally-ranked prep school in New Hampshire:

And this rebuttal from South Carolina coach Frank Martin:

The new Ajax home for the 2012-13 was unveiled Wednesday and will on sale on July 12. The shirt is embroidered with three gold stars and the video is pretty sharp, too:


• Sarah Robles is America's strongest female Olympic athlete, but she lives in poverty and struggles to pay for food due to the fact that she's living off the $400-per-month stipend she receives from USA Weightlifting. (Buzzfeed)

• New England Patriots defensive back Patrick Chung is getting ready for the big day - not the start of training camp next month but his wedding this weekend. Chung went shopping for some new post-marital threads this week, but ended stocking up on Levis. (Boston Herald)

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