Trending: Mike the Tiger, Torres, Howard

Mike the Tiger put RG III in the LSU backfield and a young boy in Ohio slotted Desmond Howard in the Buckeye offense during a couple of new spots promoting EA Sports NCAA Football 2013. But this Heisman Trophy winner’s transaction just might be considered a felony in Georgia, or at the very least make fans in Athens and Gainesville sick to their stomachs:

Meanwhile, Mike's newfound fame on You Tube has left LSU coach Les Miles just a bit envious, but with his sense of humor intact:

The coach also issued this veiled warning to another famous first-name feline, who's grrrrrreat in his own right:

Mixed emotions came via Twitter as the final roster of the U.S. Olympic swim team was finalized Monday. Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 45, will be watching the Games from her Florida home, missing in her bid to compete in the 50-meter freestyle event by nine-hundredths of a second:

Swimmer Ricky Berens learned about his spot in the 200-meter individual freestyle race when Michael Phelps' coach Bob Bowman tweeted news that Phelps was skipping that race:

People pay thousands of dollars for the honor of carrying the Olympic torch, but these kids in Coventry, England, figured they'd try to do it on the cheap in this video via ITN:

At least those kids didn't cross paths with French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. The Algerian-born athlete won the gold in the European Championship's 3000 meter steeplechase in Helsinki and then marked his victory by shoving the event's mascot "Appy" (played by a 14-year-old girl) after smacking a gift-bag out of its hands:

Dwight Howard may or may not end up in Brooklyn, but some New York basketball fans are already making their choice:

Bryce Harper, who says he is voting for Chipper Jones for the final National League All-Star spot, got some support of his own from a Washingtonian in a different league:

Residents across the Northeast are still wrestling with power outages and storm damage from last weekend's vicious weather. Free-agent center and former-Hoya Roy Hibbert notes the loss of a personal landmark in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood:

The tree held some special memories for Hibbert, which he shared with Twitter pal and fellow comedy writer Chelsea Perettl:

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