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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Trending: Chelsea, Dhani Jones, Jon Jones

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

Chelsea FC began its four-game U.S. exhibition tour (#CFCTour) with a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field Wednesday. Chelsea's next game comes against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in New York.

First win of the pre season in front of 53,000 here at seattle,good start twitpic.com/a97f88

— Yossi Benayoun (@YossiBenayoun15) July 19, 2012


Before Wednesday's game, few players from Chelsea tried their hand at fish-catching at Pike Place Fish Market. Just imagine if they could use their feet:



Up next, the weather report brought to you by Dhani Jones:

#stormcoming #nyc #isolated I've never seen a storm so concentrated.The power of mother nature!instagr.am/p/NOuYQYgpx4/

— Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones) July 18, 2012

From Dhani Jones via Instagram



Happy birthday today to Jon Jones. UFC fans have their own wish - a fight with Anderson Silva.

Grateful to be turning 25 tomorrow, I know a lot of people who didn't make it

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2012


Chad Johnson put on a dog show of sorts on Twitter, telling his followers he was looking for pitbull to purchase in Los Angeles to take back to Miami. He got this response:

Wait they are? RT @mynameiswhizzle: @ochocinco Pit's are illegal in all of Dade Co., not that you give a damn just FYI.

— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 18, 2012


The Dolphins wide receiver later posted this photo of the five pooches that belong to his wife. Johnson said the two mastiffs he used to own now belong to Edgerrin James and needs a big dog or two to call his own:

These 5 dogs count as 1 n they are Eve's not mine RT @Tashapollard1: @EvelynLozada @ochocinco y'all already have 5 dogs lockerz.com/s/226235959

— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 18, 2012

From Chad Ochocinco via Lockerz


Apparently, Johnson’s social media efforts have not gone unnoticed:

If @ochocinco had a #twitter school I would enroll, he understands the energy of the tool #BeLimitless

— Ricky Williams (@RickyWilliams) July 18, 2012


Not every football player has embraced the entire social media spectrum. Rob Gronkowski having trouble figuring out Instagram. Imagine what he would say if he knew the company recently sold for a $1 billion?

Everyone keeps hitting me up about these instagram accounts! NEVER made one in my life and have no clue how to do it! All are fake!

— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) July 18, 2012


Not all the fancy moves were made during the NBA playoffs. Check out these fakes by Memphis' Jeremy Pargo, who works two amazing crossovers before dishing off to Mitchell Watt for an easy two points in the Grizzles' summer-league game against the Wizards in Las Vegas. (You Tube via Buzzfeed):



Chandler Parsons wasn't shy about making himself and his Florida Gators the focus of this interview with Rockets teammates Josh Harrellson and Patrick Patterson during a break in the action at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.




Now that he's back in Houston, what is Jeremy Lin's biggest concern? Finding his next victim:

@stevenovak20 who am i gonna make fun of now???

— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 18, 2012



Meanwhile, back in Gotham ... Knicks fans had to stomach this tweet from Golden State's Nate Robinson poking fun at the face that Raymond Felton is the Knicks new point guard, a position Robinson once played in New York:

Everybody loves raymond RT @_newnew: *no photoshop lol RT @MilfGod: No way RT @NO_TATS_B KNICKS POINT GUARD twitpic.com/a8vom9

— Nate Robinson (@nate_robinson) July 18, 2012



Ding. Ding. Mariano Rivera got trading started on Wall Street by ringing the opening bell at the NY Stock Exchange:

I had a great time today at the #NYSE - here is the video: sportsgrid.com/mlb/watch-mari… - @NYSEEuronext

— Mariano Rivera (@MarianoRivera) July 18, 2012



Webb Simpson skipped the British Open because he awaiting the birth of his second child. But he did manage to squeeze in a baseball game:

U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson tosses first pitch in the Bronx: atmlb.com/MwMxvT

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 18, 2012
If you see any offbeat and fresh newsy links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or bsperos1@gmail.com.