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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Buzz That Was: Sign us up

By D'Arcy Maine
espnW.com

Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers brought high school senior Kevin Grow into their huddle for a two-day contract.

In case you were one of the 497 celebrities who appeared on the "Tonight Show" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.

A good sign

The Philadelphia 76ers haven't exactly given their fans much to cheer about this season. But that all changed on Monday when the team signed Kevin Grow, a senior at nearby Bensalem High School, to a two-day contract. Grow, who has Down syndrome, became an Internet favorite after scoring 14 points -- including a buzzer beater -- for Bensalem during the last two games of the season.

It's official! Bensalem High School senior Kevin Grow is a Sixer! #SIXERSSTRONG pic.twitter.com/ji8xbDy837

- Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) February 17, 2014

Grow participated in practice on Monday and even had dinner with team in the players' lounge. Tonight he will take part in the Sixers' pregame activities - even standing with the team for the national anthem -- when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 18-year-old will be honored and introduced to the crowd during a timeout.

All for nothing

Today in incredible buzzer-beater news, Oklahoma State's Leyton Hammonds stole a last-second Baylor pass, dribbled and then nailed a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

And in "don't get too excited there, Oklahoma State fans" news, the Cowboys still suffered their seventh straight loss. Likely prompting Cowboys fans everywhere to count down the minutes until Marcus Smart's return this weekend.

Dog days

Olympic snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis isn't bringing home a medal, but she somehow might have found an even better consolation prize. Like fellow American Olympian Gus Kenworthy, Jacobellis is adopting a stray puppy.

This Sochi Stray scored a one way ticket to the USA with @LindsJacobellis #luckydog #justintime pic.twitter.com/NFhKFDj2dp

- Holly Brooks (@brooksha1) February 17, 2014

Olympic medals are SO overrated. Honestly, who needs one when you have an ADORABLE PUPPY to play with?

Unconventional preparation

Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator prepared for their first bobsled run on Tuesday like anyone would. By posing for Twitter pictures on a fake bobsled, of course.

One way to blow off steam before your first two #bobsled runs of #Sochi2014 - right @JazmineFenlator & @lolojones? pic.twitter.com/YyEo9eDfWA

- US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) February 18, 2014

Well, at least we know they're not nervous.

The longest yard

On Saturday, Jennifer Welter became the first woman (in a non-kicker or placekick-holder role) to play in a men's professional football game. Suiting up for the Texas Revolution of the 8-on-8 Indoor Football League, the 5-foot-2 Walters played running back in a preseason game against the North Texas Crunch. The 36-year-old finished with three carries and took three huge tackles. Per the Dallas Morning News , she reportedly turned to Crunch lineman Cedric Hearvey after the first hit and said, "Is that all you got?" A fan posted videos of her goal-line attempts on Instagram. If you're wondering how to locate Welter in this clip, she's the one being tackled by a much larger individual.

The Revolution is expected to announce its regular-season roster on Wednesday. With that kind of toughness and the whole COMPLETELY CRAZY MEDIA ATTENTION this will bring, I think Welter has a pretty decent chance of being on it.

Turn the page

The always-hyped Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue hits the stands today, so if you're not exactly in your summer-bikini-body mode just yet, you might want to stay off social media for the next few days. Not content with just being incredible athletes, Alex Morgan and Skylar Diggins decided to join the likes of the world's most beautiful women by appearing in the issue. Move over, Chrissy Teigen!

Miss you awesome human! ❤��"@alexmorgan13: So honored to be a part of #SISwim50!! #ohitsabeautifulmorning pic.twitter.com/xeIwjUKTyq"

- MJ Day (@MJ_Day) February 18, 2014

#Swim50 pic.twitter.com/QI6xLQfawT

- Skylar Diggins (@SkyDigg4) February 18, 2014

Let it fly, Steven Holcomb

Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of the "Tonight Show," and he brought his superlatives bit with him. If you've been searching through the Sochi athletes desperately trying to name who is "Most Likely to Be Justin Bieber in Disguise" or "Most Likely to Find an Old Hot Wing in His Pocket," your prayers have been answered.

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