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Once upon a time, Carmelo Anthony called the Rockets' offer to Jeremy Lin "ridiculous." The latest chapter in the stars' saga unfolded Wednesday.

In case you were too busy getting an early start on your Fourth of July celebrations and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.

Jeremy Lin well versed

Free agent Carmelo Anthony took his "HOW BAD DO YOU WANT ME?" tour to Houston on Wednesday to meet with the Rockets. Much like the Chicago Bulls did for Anthony's visit on Tuesday, the Rockets decked out the Toyota Center in all 'Melo everything. The team plastered images of the superstar in a Rockets uniform seemingly everywhere he turned during his arena visit.

And while that's great for Anthony's ego and all, there was just one little problem. Jeremy Lin already wears No. 7 for the team. So that's awkward. The point guard and former Anthony teammate responded on Twitter a few hours later with the ultimate response -- a timely and topical Bible verse about turning the other cheek. Oh snap!

Lin's agents told Yahoo Sports that their client had not been warned in advance that his jersey would be superimposed on Anthony. Considering the complicated history between the players from their shared playing days on the New York Knicks, you could maybe/possibly/DEFINITELY see why this situation should have been treated sensitively. Because it's going to be even more awkward if Anthony spurns the team to sign elsewhere and they're stuck with a disrespected Lin. Good luck, Rockets. You're going to need it.

Obama to Tim Howard: Better shave your beard

While losing to Belgium at the World Cup in the Round of 16 may not have exactly been the way the U.S. players would have chosen to end their tournament, getting a phone call from the leader of the free world likely eased the blow a little. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama called Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey and congratulated them on a job well done.

And the calls from Washington D.C. didn't stop there. After the Wikipedia entry for U.S. Secretary of Defense was changed to Howard's name, Chuck Hagel -- the actual guy in the job -- called the star goalkeeper to thank him for defending the country at the tournament. And perhaps get advice on strategy.

Nice touch holding that soccer ball there, Chucky.

Serena hears no evil

Two days after pulling out of her Wimbledon doubles match with sister Venus because of a mysterious "viral illness," Serena Williams took to Twitter on Thursday morning to thank her fans for their support. She made no mention of any of the approximately 18 million people who speculated on alternate theories for her bizarre play on Tuesday.

A royal bummer at Wimbledon

Defending Wimbledon champion and local favorite Andy Murray lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, ending his repeat mission at the All England Club. While fans all over the United Kingdom were devastated, the feelings were best summed up by the many facial expressions of Kate Middleton throughout the match. Seated in the royal box with her husband -- some dude who might be king someday -- the Duchess of Cambridge reacted accordingly to Murray's lackluster day.

The Duke of Cambridge didn't look too thrilled by the result either, undoubtedly muttering to himself, "I GAVE YOU THE OBE FOR THIS?!?" This picture pretty much says it all.

Out of his league

Recently drafted Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has wasted no time in trying to help his new team. The former Kansas star took to Twitter to try to convince LeBron James to join the squad. Um, good luck with that one.

After a day passed without a response from the four-time MVP, Embiid -- who has yet to read "He's Just Not That Into You" -- took his desperation to Twitter again on Wednesday.

This is getting kind of sad. Sorry, Joel, but I think LeBron might just be a little out of your league. I think Kris Humphries is available, though.

Shaking it up with Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and Doane College softball player Amber Alvarez showed off a pretty impressive handshake that likely made their teammates jealous before Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

Does everyone have a special handshake with Puig but me? Feeling kind of left out here!

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