The past year of Kobe Bryant's basketball life, between coaching changes, the addition and subtraction of Dwight Howard, the ups and downs of winning and losing and a significant injury, has been more than just a little interesting -- and now he's recovering from offseason surgery. How's [Bryant's] rehab going? Well, judging by his latest Vine post, his torn Achilles tendon is doing well enough to jump 40 feet off a diving board into a pool. For a 35-year-old recovering from one of the worst injuries a professional athlete can have, this seems like a dangerous stunt to try. But Kobe pulls it off, landing safely in the water. Maybe the rumors of the Black Mamba shooting to suit up for the Lakers on opening night are true after all. (USA Today) Comment
Depending on your perspective, the Cardinals took two days off before their road trip, including one Wednesday night against the Reds. Some press box observers believed [Adam Wainwright] had a problem getting loose during the pregame warmup; he seemingly took some extra time to stretch. The relevant parties denied this after the game. The increasingly and bizarrely petulant manager Mike Matheny resorted to spitting out one-word answers and tapping impatiently on the interview podium in a childish response to reasonable postgame questions. Wainwright -- as usual -- gave mature, thoughtful, forthright adult answers when asked about his condition. "I felt fine. What can you say? I pitched terrible and that's why we lost the game," he said. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment
A man of action on the field himself, former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus wants to see HGH testing in the NFL, and fast. "It is inexcusable to not have HGH testing in place for the 2013 season," the Hall of Famer said in a statement released to PFT. "If you care about the health and safety of players, you should not play without first conducting HGH testing. Guys playing clean in the NFL are getting the short end of the stick. They are being put at risk and penalized for doing things the right way. Most importantly, young players at every level are watching and paying attention. They are waiting for the players to lead." ... NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT via email that no progress has been made regarding the finalization of an HGH policy. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
Williams-Brice Stadium was cleared by a 104-minute weather delay that soaked the fourth quarter of college football's opening night game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, SC. By that point, the Gamecocks had their 27-10 win in hand. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Tonopah Valley (Arizona) High School team pranks its QB with the good old "Fainting Mule" trick.