USWNT stars blow up Instagram during World Cup celebration in New York

The women of the United States National Soccer Team certainly know how to have a good time

Since their World Cup victory, the players have been hopping from celebration to celebration, with their medals, trophies and plenty of alcohol in tow. 

On Wednesday, the team’s celebratory parade rolled through the streets of Lower Manhattan – and our favorite rowdy athletes put on quite a show for their fans both in person and on social media. 

Stars including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger took to Instagram to post photos and videos from the party on wheels. As has become the norm for these players, there was plenty of singing, dancing and champagne to go around. 

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Washington native Isaiah Thomas helps to prove ‘disability is not inability’ at Hoopfest

H-O-R-S-E and you’re out. 

It may seem unfair to pit anyone against an NBA player in a game of H-O-R-S-E, but popular point guard Isaiah Thomas had his work cut out for him on Sunday when he went up against Philip Croft at Hoopfest in Spokane, Washington

Croft, a wheelchair basketball player, posed a new challenge for Thomas, who took several shots from a chair of his own. 

“When I had to sit in the chair and shoot the basketball, you see how strong they are, how strong your core has to be and your upper body strength to be able to get the ball to the hoop,” Thomas told AOL.com on behalf of Guardian.

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Tobias Harris is the most underrated NBA free agent, according to Isaiah Thomas

Ready. Set. Sign. Or at least, agree to sign.

NBA free agency is set to begin Sunday night at 6 p.m Eastern Time with one of the deepest classes in recent history. 

As if it wasn’t enough to have multiple 2019 NBA Finals difference-makers on the market, including but certainly not limited to Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, superstars Kyrie IrvingKemba Walker and Jimmy Butler are also up for grabs. 

But NBA veteran Isaiah Thomas knows it isn’t always the most talked about players that make the biggest difference. 

“It’s going to be all about the big names to start it off, and then there’s always a couple of signings that change things around throughout the season,” he told AOL.com from Hoopfest in Spokane, Washington, on Sunday. 

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Julian Edelman explains what he’ll miss most about ‘big ol’ teddy bear’ Rob Gronkowski

The Rob Gronkowski era in the National Football League is over, and seemingly no one is taking it harder than former teammate Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP explained exactly what it is that he’ll miss most about Gronk – and there may be some inappropriate stories involved. 

Edelman called the former tight end a “big ol’ teddy bear” and noted that he was one of the most refreshing faces to see when the grind of the NFL season got to be too much. 

“Sometimes it’s not easy to have a great attitude,” Edelman said. “And Gronk’s over there in his locker room, naked, smiling, like, ‘Hey, what’s up, dude?'”

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Anthony Rizzo lets the kids play: Cubs superstar surprises Little Leaguers in Chicago

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is taking the MLB’s “let the kids play” mantra literally.

The 2016 World Series Champion and retired Little Leaguer surprised a group of young Chicago-area baseball players on Tuesday by inviting them to run drills and imparting some invaluable wisdom.

Rizzo told AOL.com that his main advice for current Little Leaguers is simple, and it’s the same advice that he received when he was in their shoes: Just have fun.

“My mom and dad always made it very easy for my brother and I to have fun in all sports, and baseball was no different,” he said. “We always had a good time, we were always laughing, we were always the team that had the most fun. That’s what being a kid is all about.”

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Tom Brady posts selfie with longtime rival Peyton Manning: ‘We were friends this whole time’

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may have been bitter rivals on the gridiron, but off of it, they’re just a couple of buddies taking selfies.

Manning, drafted in 1998 by the Indianapolis Colts, and Brady, drafted in 2000 by the New England Patriots, have been constantly compared and often found themselves fighting it out on the biggest of stages. From 2001 to 2015, the two quarterbacks played each other a total of 17 times before Manning announced his retirement in 2016. 

The two faced off in high-stakes games so often, in fact, that their rivalry has its own Wikipedia page

Brady and Manning’s friendship had been documented previously, but the Patriots quarterback decided to put any and all rumors of bad blood to rest on Wednesday with a post on Instagram.

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12 NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl – here’s which one could in 2019

Of the 32 teams in the NFL today, 20 have been crowned as champions at one point or another in the Super Bowl era – leaving 12 still vying for their first.

That’s roughly one-third of the league that has never hoisted a Lombardi Trophy.

While some of the teams, like the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings, saw success prior to the AFL-NFL merger, others haven’t even seen the big stage once.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram is confident that his team will make it to and win Super Bowl LIV in Miami Gardens, Florida, but do the NFL experts agree?

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‘Fake Kawhi Leonard’ at Raptors championship parade baffles fans on Twitter

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors took to the streets to celebrate their first championship in franchise history, which they claimed after beating the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals. 

Fans turned out in droves to get a glimpse of the trophy and the team’s stars, including Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and … a fake Kawhi Leonard?

According to Toronto-based site blogTO, a man dressed in a full Leonard uniform with a similar hairstyle to the NBA Finals MVP was seen mingling with fans along the parade route, even signing autographs and taking selfies. 

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David Ortiz’s family members post heartwarming Father’s Day messages

Sunday marked one week since former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back at close range in his native Dominican Republic.

The Red Sox sent a team plane to transport Ortiz to Massachusetts for further medical treatment and have been giving fans regular updates on his health, courtesy of his wife, Tiffany.

Ortiz’s children, son D’Angelo and daughter Alexandria, have also been posting updates about their dad during his recovery from multiple surgeries.

On Sunday, the family took to Instagram to publish another round of tributes to the future Hall of Famer in honor of Father’s Day in the United States. As Alexandria noted in her post, the family still has Dominican Father’s Day to celebrate on July 28, which will hopefully be a much happier occasion.

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Athletes post sweet tributes to their dads, kids on Father’s Day

Social media was flooded with pictures of dads on Sunday – and that included plenty of posts from the world’s biggest athletes. 

Superstar football, baseball and basketball players all took to Instagram on Father’s Day to pay tribute to their dads. 

Many of the athletes who are fathers themselves instead dedicated their social media posts to their own kids. Pedro Martinez, Malcolm Jenkins and Jayson Tatum were among those giving shout-outs to the tiny people who made them dads.

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