Trending: Not even Loki can help England

You don't want to get Tom "Loki" Hiddleston mad, but he couldn't even help England in Euro 2012. Courtesy of Marvel

Not even the support of Thor's bad-boy brother "Loki" could keep England from being eliminated in Euro 2012 play by Italy via a penalty kicks. Sadly for his team, his "Henry V" call from Shakespeare went unheeded:

There is no denying the impact of Euro 2012, even when you fail to advance:

Those penalty kicks by the soccer merchants of Venice, Rome and across Italy exacted more than a pound of flesh. Second-guessing came from former Manchester United star Michael Owen, who suggested technical shortcomings and the absence of his ex-teammate Paul Scholes were the keys to England's exit.

Contrition was in order for Joey Barton, who has stripped of his Queens Park Rangers captaincy Monday and fined him six weeks' wages for his conduct against Manchester City in the final round of the Premier League. The move came a month after Barton was banned for 12 matches by the English Football Association for elbowing Carlos Tevez, kicking Sergio Aguero and trying to head-butt Vincent Kompany before being escorted off the pitch by his teammates.

Up next on Wednesday - Spain vs. Portugal. No one is taking it easy:

Now, for a different type of pitch, Tampa Bay's David Price answered a few questions from his Twitter followers. As far as this one goes, we've certainly got nothing but love right here:

School's out for some, but not for this NBA superstar:

There are bigger thrills than winning a NASCAR race:

Sometimes you can have too much sunblock in Florida:

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