By SoE Staff
Ready for a truly inhuman feat?
Abbie Girl, an 11-year-old Australian Kelpie, earns an honorable mention this week after taking the top spot at the Second Annual World Dog Surfing Championship on Aug. 5 in Pacifica. The "surfing dog," who holds the world record for longest wave surfed by a dog on open water, won first place in the medium-sized dogs category and first place overall.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay posted a triple-double in his side's 108-97 loss while playing for Team Africa in the NBA Africa Game in Johannesburg. The guard had 22 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals.
And now for our top 5 …
5. Tim Beckham
Beckham is already one of the Baltimore Orioles' best Trade Deadline acquisitions in recent years. Since joining the O's, the shortstop has posted a .583/.600/1.167 slash line and mashed three home runs in six games to earn AL Player of the Week honors.
4. Hideki Matsuyama
The Japanese golfer won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by five strokes on Sunday in Akron, Ohio. He tied the course record with a score of 61 in the second round. It was his fifth PGA Tour victory and third of the season, tied for the most in 2017.
3. Bartolo Colon
Big Sexy continues to dazzle at 44 years old. During Friday's game against the Texas Rangers, the Twins right-hander became the oldest MLB pitcher since Jamie Moyer in 2010 to throw a complete game, and the oldest in Minnesota Twins' history.
2. Justin Gatlin
The stage was set for Usain Bolt to win his final 100-meter race at the IAAF World Championships on Saturday after announcing his retirement -- that is, until, Gatlin spoiled the drama by taking home the gold medal. Gatlin finished in 9.92 seconds, with his fellow American Christian Coleman earning the silver at 9.94 seconds and Bolt trailing in third at 9.95.
1. Jayce Blalock
Little Leaguer Blalock, 13, is already known among his Georgia team for being a home run prowess. So when he came to the plate in a Southeast Regional Game on Sunday, ESPN announcers claimed "he could hit it into the trees," referring to a cluster of timber about 150 feet beyond the outfield fence. On the next pitch, Blalock fulfilled the prophecy, driving the ball into the sticks for a grand slam.
Move over Stanton and Judge -- there's a new slugger in town.