Much of Lakers swingman Nick Young's appeal as a player is his belief that he can do anything. Swaggy P has never met a shot he doesn't think he can make, a pass he doesn't think he can complete or, apparently, a vehicle specifically constructed for the purpose of smoothing and cleaning ice hockey rinks that he doesn't think he can drive.
Considering the Kings lost in overtime to the Sharks on Tuesday night and are down 3-0 in the series, this picture might end up being the highlight of their 2014 postseason.
Albert Pujols smacked two home runs Tuesday night, making him the 26th player in MLB history to reach the 500 home run mark. Over to you, baseball history buffs: Can you name the other 25? Some are obvious, but several -- unless you've got your MLB milestones memorized -- are tricky.
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It looks like the United States has LeBron James on its collective mind.
LeBron topped the list of the most-Googled athletes in the country, coming in first in 24 of 50 states, according to besttickets.com. His influence extends into unexpected places -- why else would New Yorkers be searching for him more than, say, Derek Jeter? The other most-Googled athletes make a certain kind of geographic sense: Peyton Manning takes a swath of states near Colorado but also trends in his former homes of Indiana and Tennessee, and Tom Brady is followed by most of New England.
LeBron, however, is so much of a cultural force that even legends like Kobe Bryant find their influence limited to either a single large state or a few smaller states located around their main teams. It's like LeBron simply fascinates the majority of sports fans in this country in a way that no other athlete has for a long time. We'd imagine this is roughly what Michael Jordan's chart would look like if he played in the digital age.
If this were a presidential election, LeBron would just barely eke out a win in the electoral college -- four votes over the required 270 electoral votes needed to become president. Can you be King and President at the same time? Good thing we don't elect leaders through Google. A surprise runner-up? Bryant, who despite winning only a single state would come in second place with 55 electoral votes. It helps when you play in a state with almost 12 percent of the total population of the United States.
A few other interesting highlights:
- Hawaii seems to be following either Manti Te'o's nascent NFL career or the latest updates on his fake girlfriend scandal.
- Bad news for Tony Romo: Johnny Manziel hasn't even played a down in the NFL yet fans in Texas already can't get enough of him.
- Geno Smith was a force of nature during his time at West Virginia, and the state either misses him a lot or is following his NFL career with interest.
- People in Vermont inexplicably seem to enjoy following Tiger Woods. We're honestly not sure why that is.
- Kansas loves Googling Andrew Wiggins -- obviously -- but so does Kentucky. This might be out of envy or spite. Either way, it's a little strange.
Peyton Manning took some time Tuesday to throw passes at a local elementary school. But he didn't have to go all "Saturday Night Live" on the students. Not after one of them pulled off this vicious double-move to get open:
Considering the success Manning has had with myriad receivers over his career, the Denver Broncos might consider a camp invite.
Albert Pujols hits 500th HR
With a pair of homers off Washington Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan, Albert Pujols became the 26th player to reach the 500 home run mark in his career. The 34-year-old Los Angeles Angels first baseman has eight homers in his past 13 games, making one wonder if he's shaken off his injury problems and returned to baseball's slugging elite.