Much like in Game 1, there was a signature play to define Game 2 of the NBA finals. Really, it was more of a signature sequence, as LeBron James ignited a fire under the Miami Heat with two plays: a massive block on Tiago Splitter and a massive dunk at the other end of the court. It started a 30-5 run in the fourth quarter and leveled the series as it heads back to San Antonio.

 

Rafael Nadal cruised to another win at Roland Garros, dismissing David Ferrer in three sets to claim the crown for a record eighth time.

 

Tampa Bay HC Greg Schiano thinks Darrelle Revis is the best DB of the last 25 years. 

 

Aaron Rodgers says he'd like to play for seven more seasons, if not more.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals managed to force extra innings against the Cincinnati Reds, then scored seven runs in the 10th to put the game away.

 

The former coach of the Edmonton Oilers was fired via Skype

 

Chauncey Billups was given the "Teammate Of The Year Award" in its inaugural season. 

 

Jason Kidd plans to speak with the Brooklyn Nets this week about their head coaching vacancy. 

 

Southern Cal offered eighth grade WR Nathan Tilford a scholarship. I wrote this on the stupidity of offering middle schoolers scholarships last week, and couldn't be happier that Lane Kiffin did it anyway. 

 

Hanley Ramirez had an MRI on his hamstring after missing another game on Sunday.

 

ESPN takes a look at the music scene in Miami.

 

FLASHING LIGHTS

 

Kanye West performed at the Governors Ball last night, did a few new tracks and went on a rant.

 

Questlove sums up his childhood in 27 of his favorite tracks.

 

DJ Khaled, Drake, Ross and Wayne release the visuals for "No New Friends."


No New Friends by YardieGoals

 

DID YOU REALIZE?

 

The recession in Italy is worse than feared and Greek measures to restore funds are failing. Housing prices in Greece, Spain and Portugal are plunging

 

The man who leaked information about the NSA spying program is currently in Hong Kong and says he doesn't expect to see his house ever again, fearing vengeance from an all-powerful entity, the US government.

 

Car bombs near a market in Iraq killed 14 and injured 34.

 

Here is how Brazilian forces are attempting to clear out their poorest and most violent slums, as they prepare for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

 

African-American students have been targeted by a higher-education hustle, as for-profit universities offer students big promises but leave them with worthless degrees and massive student debt.

 

The Midwest faced a massive drought earlier in the year and now have too much rain which is flooding the crops. This extreme weather has been a big problem all year. Maybe we should do something about it?

 

 EVERYTHING I AM

 

The Atlantic delves further into the issue of liberty and privacy, concluding that it's "irrational" to surrender as much privacy as American citizens have surrendered, albeit without their knowledge, to fight terrorism. 

The graph below includes the 9/11 attacks, which accounts for almost all of the terrorism-related deaths. In 2001, more than 13,000 people died from drunk driving while 79,000 died from diabetes. 

 

GOTTA HAVE IT

 

Mac Miller releases a new track with ScHoolBoy Q, "Gees."