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Orlando Magic stars Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic talk diving, Kaka, MLS

Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo talks Orlando City SC and gives his take on the difference between diving in soccer and basketball.

With the Major League Soccer season (its 20th) about to start, NBA stars Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic took time out of their schedules to talk about the beautiful game with ESPN FC's Adrian Healey.

After all, the Orlando Magic duo now have an MLS team in their backyard as expansion franchise Orlando City SC host fellow league rookies New York City FC at the sold-out Citrus Bowl on Sunday.

Above, shooting guard Oladipo tackles the topic of flopping. The nefarious act, at times considered...

 By Chris Wright

Austrian team attempt dizzy penalty shoot-out

Back in the good old days when Toe Poke was still in short trousers and wet-look hair gel, there used to be such a thing as "American penalty shoot-outs".

We're sure some of our readers of a slightly more senior vintage may remember them well. If not, allow us to fill you in.

First used in the NASL in the 1970s and on into the 1980s in various guises, this alternative take on the penalty shoot-out saw players given five seconds to dribble toward goal from 35 yards out before attempting to beat the...

 By Chris Wright

Western Sydney Wanderers & Guangzhou Evergrande injury time epic

Zeng Cheng of Guangzhou receives attention during the Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande.

The recent Asian Champions League tie between Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande proved to be a record breaker as both sides were forced to play out a massive 17 minutes of stoppage time.

Coming as the result of a nasty facial injury sustained by Evergrande goalkeeper Zeng Cheng, who suffered a concussion and a fractured cheekbone in a sickening collision with one of his own defenders.

With Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro looking on from the sidelines, Cheng was treated on the pitch...

 By Chris Wright

Cristiano Ronaldo puts on his dancing shoes in new advert

No stranger to making himself look a bit daft on television, Cristiano Ronaldo has donned his finest glad rags and dancing shoes in a new advert for his CR7 footwear collection.

Ronaldo even cadges a couple of signature moves from Michael Jackson as he uses the medium of interpretive dance to proudly show-off his latest fashionable wares.

Such style, such grace, such panache. I guess it's no surprise the man can move, even if some of his steps seem to have been digitally enhanced.

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Rob Schneider shows his support for Mexican club Tigres

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Rob Schneider loves two things: making copies, and Mexican club Tigres.

Well, he probably has more than two loves (his wife, for one), but the latter came to light Thursday night, when the man who made Deuce Bigalow a household name tweeted his support before Tigres' 1-1 Copa Libertadores draw with Argentine giants River Plate.