Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson is no stranger to acting. He's shown up as himself on grown-up TV shows before, but this month he makes his first appearance on a kids program. On June 9, Peterson will guest star on Disney XD's Mighty Med, a show about two normal boys who are doctors in a superhero hospital. For the episode "Fantasy League of Heroes," two characters challenge each other to a sports trivia competition — and one of them drafts AP to help him win the contest.
Recently, SI Kids Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch spoke with Peterson about his role on the show and whether he thinks he could be an actor once his NFL career is over.
Heads up, baseball fans. If you're looking for some gear to set you apart from other fans, check out what Topps (yes, the baseball card company) just made available: Rad throwback shirts that celebrate some of the best teams of the '70s and '80s.
There are seven t-shirts in the series — the 1974 Oakland A's, 1977 New York Yankees, 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1984 Chicago Cubs, 1986 New York Mets, and 1988 LA Dodgers — that look and feel like they were pulled right out of the Astroturf Era. That's the Oakland shirt at the top of the page. The others are below. Check 'em out:
As we get closer to June, more and more attention is turning to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. But there's a different kind of World Cup kicking off this weekend in Europe. The Rabobank Hockey World Cup begins May 31 in The Hague, Netherlands, and concludes June 15.
Rabobank hockey is another name for field hockey, and it's crazy popular across the Atlantic. The sport has hundreds of thousands of fans on social media, and it's expected that some 250,000 people will attend this year's World Cup games. And if the tournament sells out, the International Hockey Federation will make sure as many people outside the competition's two stadiums can still get in on the action.
"I was talking to someone who's over there, and they said they're setting up massive screens in the center of the city for people who don't have tickets so they can watch the games," US star (and STX athlete) Katie O'Donnell says.
The 25-year-old striker joined Team USA when she was only 16. She was the youngest person to ever be named to the national team, and made a name for herself competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In college, she played for Maryland and was a three-time First Team All-American and two-time National Offensive MVP. She's holds the ACC and Maryland records for assists (74), is the NCAA Tournament assists leader (13), and Maryland's career points leader (208). And in 2010, she was named the National Sportswoman of the Year (Team Sport) by the Women's Sports Foundation. Previous winners? Mia Hamm and Serena and Venus Williams.
O'Donnell is the most decorated field hockey player in the United States, and she has here sights set on bringing home a World Cup championship. But before she left for The Hague, she took SI Kids' 10 Questions personality quiz!
Three weeks ago, the New York Rangers were a game away from their season being over. But after digging themselves into a 3-1 hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs, the Rangers scrapped out a win to keep the series going. Then they won again. And again. And again. They kept winning, all the way through the Eastern Conference Final.
And last night, the Blueshirts moved moved within four wins of the Stanley Cup. New York defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, to win the East and clinch its first Final appearance since 1994.
"It's something you feel good (about), but you have to keep in the back of your mind that this isn't the ultimate goal," center Brad Richards said. "It's an amazing achievement to be able to play for the Cup."
Back in December, we gave you a peek at Brazuca, the official 2014 World Cup match ball. Most of the games will be played with it — but not all of them. There will be a special ball for the World Cup final, and that made its debut today.
Brazuca Final Rio will hit the pitch with the two teams that make it to the championship game. And for the most part it's exactly the same as the everyday Brazuca. The biggest change is in the color scheme. The match ball is full of blues, greens, and oranges, but Final Rio's look is stripped down to green and gold to mimic the design of the FIFA World Cup trophy.
Here are a couple more looks at Brazuca Final Rio, as well as a comparison to the everyday Brazuca:
Nine-year-old Sabre Norris from New South Wales, Australia, can't ride a bike. But she's big into skateboarding. And when she was out on the half pipe recently she landed her first 540. She told the website The Berrics that she tried 74 times that day before finally pulling off the trick. "Every time I tried one and didn’t land it I put a rock on the table. It ended up being my 75th rock. I was frothing," Sabre said. And, of course, her parents were there to capture the moment on video. It's a great clip, not just because it shows her pulling the trick off but also because we get to see her mess up, fall, and get right back on the board.
There were 15 Major League Baseball games played yesterday, and four of them were decided by walk-offs. That's kind of crazy. There were a couple walk-off home runs, a walk-off single, and even a walk-off bunt (which is the best kind of walk-off, let's be honest).
In case you missed any of them, here's your video roundup.