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Will Rose, Bulls be big in 2014-15?

Derrick Rose apparently is dazzling in Team USA training. Not only is he throwing down big dunks, but also has assistant Jim Boeheim calling him the "most impressive guy here." This is potentially big news for a former NBA MVP who has missed almost two full seasons with multiple injuries. Will he return to form? How will the Bulls, currently a top contender with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, fare in 2014-15?

Will Derrick Rose return to pre-injury form?

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  • Which team will win the NBA championship in 2014-15?

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You might recall last week when musician Jack White took in a Chicago Cubs game and looked, um, unhappy.

Well, his tour of baseball sadness continued Tuesday in Detroit, where White was invited to throw out the first pitch before the White Sox-Tigers game. Naturally, he seemed as melancholy as ever when he stepped up ...


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And threw ...


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And this is him before he -- wait. What is that? A SMILE?!


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What in the world could White possibly be happy about? Is it because Detroit is White's hometown? Or might it be, perhaps, because he threw the pitch to Santa Claus?


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The glee didn't end there, though. Tigers mascot PAWS managed to snag a selfie with St. Nick and White in the tunnel, and:



We're just never going to get used to Happy Jack White.


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Tiger Woods and son CharlieAP Photo/Mark DuncanTiger Woods and son Charlie leaving the 2013 Bridgestone, presumably going to a mini-golf course.

Tiger Woods might not be winning a lot at professional golf these days, but that doesn't mean he's lost the killer instinct that has helped him to 14 career major titles and 79 PGA Tour victories.

Addressing the media Monday, Woods spoke about a family vacation he took with 7-year-old daughter Sam, 5-year-old son Charlie and girlfriend/champion skiier Lindsey Vonn:

"We had a good little time," Woods said. "We toured a little bit and even played a little putt-putt, which I won every single time."

That's right. Woods would rather go SportsCenter "Big Buddy" commercial than baby his kids.

And hey -- apparently it's working:

"I've got a little 5-year-old right now that is really pushing me pretty hard," Woods said. "He wants to beat me in everything. That said, I was able to kick his butt in putt-putt. I've shown him how to get it done."

(H/T The Washington Post)


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The protracted wait for Derrick Rose to return to form just might be over.

The Chicago Bulls point guard and onetime MVP is practicing with Team USA right now ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and, well, let's just say Finland and New Zealand probably aren't looking forward to defending this:

Meanwhile, if he can start hitting 3s at the rate of the other guy in this final video, the Bulls might just be Eastern Conference favorites -- even over that other contender on the American side of the Great Lakes (note: not the Bucks).


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We don't know a lot about Shelby McEwen, but we can say two things with absolute certainty. One: He has absolutely massive ups and can dunk from something like a mile away from the rim ...

... and, two: He's still in high school. Seriously, that'd be an insane dunk coming from someone in the NBA, but from a high schooler? My goodness. Where do you even go from there? We award this dunk all the points.

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