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BRYCE HARPER’S SCRIPTURE CASE — Like it or not, athletes are public figures.
Some of them share portions of themselves many would prefer stay private, and some of them are more introvertive.
Others are just like the rest of us: big fans of Pokemon Go.
Either way, here are a few of our favorite sports moments from the weekend.
Bryce Harper shows off new scriptures
The Washington Nationals’ all-star slugger from Las Vegas showed off his latest find Saturday via Instagram.
Harper received a new set of LDS scriptures, engraved with his name and everything, before a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Some fans took to the professional baseball star’s display of his faith. Others didn’t. We won’t repeat anything the #InternetCommenters said in this post, but you can read them if you want.
MMA fighter celebrates win with Pokemon Go
Michael “Venom” Page took down Brazilian fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the Bellator 158 in London late Saturday night.
The 29-year-old London native took down Cyborg with a flying knee to the forehead in the second round, and celebrated his knockout by putting on a Pokemon hat and throwing a nearby Pokeball at his downed opponent. The celebration is pretty epic.
Unfortunately, there was bad news. In the rough-and-tumble sport of mixed martial arts, fighters often get hurt — and sometimes seriously. Cyborg was hospitalized with a fractured skull and was being held in the United States for future surgery, according to an interview with MMA Fighting.
Cyborg’s ex-wife Cris “Cyborg” Justino posted a photo of the fracture on Instagram (you can see the gruesome images here, if you have a strong stomach). Page also extended his heartfelt condolences to the injured fighter on his own Twitter page.
I would like to express my best wishes to @CYBORG121 & his family, as he is currently being held in hospital for a fractured skull— Michael Venom Page (@Michaelpage247) July 17, 2016
Former England international scores bike in Florida
In a nationally televised match of the second-division North American Soccer League, former England international Joe Cole showed he’s still got it.
The 31-year-old who previously spent time with Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa (among others) scored on a bicycle kick off the volley to lift the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico FC.
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WHAT A GOAL BY JOE COLE! 🔥🔥🚴 pic.twitter.com/ymaOsVySgQ— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) July 17, 2016