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European money machine and reigning UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid currently is in the U.S., training at UCLA for games in Berkeley, California, and Dallas.

New York Knicks star and big-money player Carmelo Anthony is almost always in the U.S., and he too spent some time at UCLA on Wednesday with friend Dontaye Draper ... who happens to have played for Real Madrid's basketball team.

And so the two famous entities met, with Anthony and son Kiyan playing a little soccer -- albeit not against any of los Galacticos -- taking photos with stars such as Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso, and answering questions about (naturally) new Knicks teammate/Spanish basketball star Jose Calderon.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with several Real Madrid players.

Anthony & Bale & DraperReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony, right, with Dontaye Draper, left, and Gareth Bale.

AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with Xabi Alonso.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony goes for goal.

AnthonyReal Madrid/Facebook Carmelo Anthony goes for a header.

This comes about six weeks after Real Madrid's own top star, Cristiano Ronaldo, tried his hand at American football.

So we ask: Who would be better at their new sport, Ronaldo or Melo?

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The "next Michael Jordan" debate/discussion will never stop raging. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, though, thinks the case has been closed for a long time.

Speaking to the crowd at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am, the Emerald City native introduced Kobe Bryant as "this generation's Michael Jordan." Check it out, as captured by davidverts on Instagram:

Bryant certainly has something of a claim, using his prodigious shot-creating ability to win five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Others, though, believe LeBron James deserves the title, while many surely believe there will never be a "next Michael."

What do you think?


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Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?

Perhaps we haven't seen the last of elite player movement in the 2014 NBA offseason. After long insisting they wouldn't trade Andrew Wiggins, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are willing to include the No. 1 overall pick in a deal that would bring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves and pair him alongside LeBron James. This would firmly entrench the Cavs in win-now mode. Would it be the right move for Cleveland? For Minnesota?

  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • If you were the Timberwolves GM, would you trade Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for a package that included Andrew Wiggins?

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  • Where does Kevin Love rank among current NBA players?

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  • If the Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, would they win the NBA championship in 2014-15?

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Want to see the most Akron, Ohio, wedding photo you could possibly create in 2014?

It's this:

LeBron James Wedding Photo Courtesy of Inlux Photo

Now, as told to Fox Sports Ohio, the bride and groom -- Christa Deckard and Nick Jones -- didn't plan to have their eight groomsmen wear LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers (or St. Vincent-St. Mary) jerseys at their July 12 wedding. But when the Akron native chose to return to the Cavs one day before the couple tied the knot, they improvised.

"I quickly collected my jerseys, and we got everything rolling," Jones said. "We pulled the photo off even better than I could expect."

Now we'll see if LeBron follows up with the ultimate anniversary gift: a title.

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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

  • Which team will win the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2014-15?

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  • What do you make of Lance Stephenson leaving the Pacers for the Hornets and a three-year, $27 million contract?

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  • How will Derrick Rose fare this season?

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  • Which team will Andrew Wiggins be with at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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