In 2011, Australian trick shot team How Ridiculous set the Guinness World Record for highest basketball shot, draining one from nearly 220 feet up.

Two years later, the team added nearly 80 feet to its record.

This weekend, the group nearly doubled its initial record-setting effort, tossing a shot in from atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania (415 feet high).

It's hard not to be skeptical of video on the Internet. But as these guys are Guinness-certified ... we're going to assume this one is real.

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Magic Johnson knows a thing or two about coming up big in the NBA Finals, winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and, in 2012, ranking sixth all time on ESPN Insider's list of best Finals performances for his showing in 1987.

Which leads us to this tweet from Wednesday:

This isn't crazy. Through three games, James is averaging 41.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 47.3 minutes. He's shooting only 40.2 percent from the field, but with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love out it's hard to fault James for taking a lot of shots even as the Golden State Warriors' defense keys on him (oh, and the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the series 2-1).

In other words, if he keeps this up, he could challenge Michael Jordan's 1998 (No. 2 on our list), MJ's 1997 (No. 4) and former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade's 2006 (No. 1).

Magic didn't let that tweet stand alone; he continued to talk up LeBron, and directly referenced James' field goal attempts (35.7 per game in the series).

Magic also gave a shoutout to the breakout star of the NBA Finals, and to Cleveland's overall team effort ...

... but he was not so kind to the Warriors, particularly NBA MVP Stephen Curry and defensive anchor Draymond Green:

One thing that's inarguable, and that no one is complaining about: the level of drama in this series.

H/T Sporting News

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Mike Trout surprises young fan with gifts

June 10, 2015

Tucker Vasher is a big fan of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

Vasher, who suffers from brittle bone disease, received a surprise from Trout just days before he underwent surgery.

And it was a pretty awesome surprise . . . 

"This is like the the greatest day of my life," Vasher said.

The two are friends on Twitter and occasionally message back and forth about Vasher's progress.

Trout is tied for third in the American League with 16 home runs, and he clearly knocked another one out of the park with this gesture.

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Leo Messi voted best CL player ever

June 5, 2015

Lionel Messi has been voted the best player in the UEFA Champions League ... ever.

Fans were asked in a poll to choose the best player ever to play in the league, and Messi received 27 percent of the vote.

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MasterCard, one of the sponsors of the Champions League, created the poll and shared it across Europe. Messi won the vote in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Hungary and Russia.

The three-time league winner finished ahead of Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo (Brazil) and David Beckham.

Messi and his FC Barcelona squad will face off against Juventus FC on Saturday in the Champions League final in Berlin, Germany.

(H/T Sportskeeda and Football Espana)

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The NFL and its teams are known to be rather strict.

But if Von Miller's claims are true, the players themselves can be downright draconian. Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post describes a fine system devised by the players:

Wait, what? Look, it's not great to let it go in confined spaces, but isn't the shame of committing a social faux pas enough?

Miller elaborated:

Miller is right! Although a cursory search turns up no scientific studies on such a thing, physicians from the University of Copenhagen, via the New Zealand Medical Journal, said the following in 2013, according to the University of California, Berkeley's Wellness website:

"Holding in gas can cause bloating, indigestion, heartburn and, sometimes, even pain, they noted. Intestinal distension resulting from trapped gas may also increase blood pressure and heart rate. Then there's the mental stress of trying to keep the gas from escaping. The doctors' advice: Just let it go."

You see that, Broncos players? Your policies are endangering your own health! Add to this the possibility of wrongful accusations, and it's a wonder this team hasn't fallen apart.

H/T Bleacher Report

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