It's no surprise that LeBron James Jr. is a chip off the old block on the basketball court. And it's also not unusual to see eager AAU parents cheering on their kids. But when one of the supportive dads happens to be the best basketball player in the world, there's something especially charming about seeing him initiate a celebratory roll-into-pig-pile with a bunch of fourth graders.

Even coach John Calipari stopped by to get an early jump on recruiting chat it up with LeBron and take in some of the action:

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Something tells us we might be talking about "Bronny" on a bigger stage than the AAU Fourth Grade Division I national championship tournament ... Too soon? Too soon.

Video courtesy of Lee K. Howard of WKYT, H/T SB Nation

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Go ahead and cringe, soccer coaches. You won't want your midfielders, forwards -- heck, even defenders -- to see what Carlos Lobaton did last Thursday, from about 65-70 yards out, during a match between Lobaton's Sporting Cristal and Peruvian Primera Division rival Juan Arich. After all, if they do, everyone will want to try it.

In other words, this goal is insane:

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Beards. Are they even cool anymore? Have they gotten too mainstream? Who can tell?

One thing that is beyond doubt, however, is that Washington Nationals fan Eric Brooks' beard is THE MOST AMAZING OF ALL THINGS ... even if, in his Instagram caption, Brooks apologizes for it ("It's sloppy because I did it very quick").

Now, we'd be inclined to think this is fake, since so much of the Internet is fake that all of us are probably hoaxes at this point. However, Brooks' Instagram account shows all sorts of examples of the all-around D.C. sports fan turning his facial hair into what at times looks like a death metal logo.

And hey, let's not forget about the Ovechbeard.

H/T For the Win / Big League Stew

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An NFL team in Los Angeles?

The NFL-to-Los Angeles talk is picking up steam again, with Marcus Allen saying the Oakland Raiders should move there if the stadium situation is not settled and the Los Angeles Times reporting that the league is looking into possible stadium sites around Southern California. It's been 20 years since the Raiders and St. Louis Rams last played in the area. Will one of them, or another team, move to L.A. anytime soon?

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American soccer is getting a little English this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs making post-World Cup, preseason trips to the United States to take on MLS teams.

Coming this Saturday: 13-time English champion Arsenal, which will face former Gunner Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2/WatchESPN).

To celebrate the team's first-ever trip to Gotham, first-teamers Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Serge Gnabry and Mathieu Flamini tried their hands at Noo Yawk accents. The results ... well, you can guess. Englishmen Gibbs and Jenkinson aren't totally awful, nor is German Gnabry, but Frenchman Flamini might not want to give up his day job as midfield enforcer.

Now here's hoping manager Arsene Wenger breaks into a Travis Bickle when asked about transfers at his news conference.

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