The Detroit Lions signed Carlin Isles, a member of the United States rugby sevens team, to its practice squad last week. Isles is described as the "fastest man in rugby" and became a YouTube sensation because of his speed.
Isles ran "a 4.22-second 40-yard dash in a workout for the Lions" two weeks ago, reports the Detroit Free Press. Isles ran track at Ashland University and now plays wing for Team USA Rugby. Isles' goal is to play for the USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is seen in the top photo imitating Rio's statue of Christ the Redeeemer recently in Cape Town.
Other NFL clubs have recently turned outside the USA college system for talent this season. Kenyan-born Daniel Adongo played two games in December for the Indianapolis Colts after playing for the South African-based Southern Kings in Super Rugby last season.
More images, more legs and watch the "fastest man in rugby"—who hopefully slows down to handle some other business—in two video clips AFTER THE JUMP ...
British track star James Ellington's muscles are "fit" and "bulging" in all the right places at the recent 4th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Ellington was last seen modeling the latest in tight athletic wear in Birmingham.
The 27-year-old 100 meter and 200 meter phenom competed in the London 2012 Olympics. Ellington is seen with R20 crush object deluxe Harry Aikines-Aryeetey after the Men's 4x100 meters relay final last month in Moscow.
Great Britain initially won the bronze in the 4 x 100 behind first-place Jamaica and the United States. "Great Britain was disqualified when race footage appeared to show the team complete their second baton exchange well outside the zone," reports Toronto's Globe and Mail. "Canada launched an appeal and won to move into third."
Track and field super-phenom LaShawn Merritt strikes a pose after winning gold and regaining his world title in the Men's 400 metres final at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Since his win in Moscow, Merritt also won the 400M at the DN Galan Diamond League last night in Stockholm.
Merritt's time of 43.74 seconds in Moscow makes him the fifth fastest of all time in that event. Merritt boasted a 12 race and 12 month winning streak in 2009 . In one year he won both the Olympic and World titles, as well as gold in the 4x400 relay at Beijing.
David Verburg of Team USA strikes a ... slightly bulging pose ... after winning gold in the Men's 4x400 metres final on Friday at the spornofest otherwise known as the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Verburg, Tony McQuay, track super-phenom LaShawn Merritt and Arman Hall won the race in 2 minutes, 58.71 seconds. Jamaica was second in 2:59.88 and Russia were third in 2:59.90.
Merritt and McQuay also won the gold and silver, respectively, in the Men's 400M. More on that race later.
Watch video plus more sporno-tastic celebratory photos AFTER THE JUMP ...
David Oliver and Ryan Wilson (left) celebrate after winning the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the 110 metre hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Hurdles super-hotness David Oliver, who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, is now the World and American champion in 110M hurdles.
The United States narrowly missed out on a clean sweep of the medals "after the defending champion, Jason Richardson, stumbled after hitting the final hurdle," notes The Guardian. Oliver won "in exactly 13 seconds, the fastest time of the year. Ryan Wilson took silver in 13.13 and Sergey Shubenkov of Russia edged Richardson for bronze."
Suárez injured his leg during the London 2012 Olympics and still managed to win the bronze. Unfortunately he placed tenth this weekend in the decathlon. The overall winner was American decathlete Ashton Eaton. A few more sporno-tastic images AFTER THE JUMP ...
Swedish pole vaulting phenom Alhaji Jeng competes in the decathlon during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 today. Jeng was born in Gambia and has lived in Sweden since he was 3 months old.
Introducing James Ellington, the 27-year-old 100 meter and 200 meter phenom who competed in the London 2012 Olympics. Ellington is seen with R20 crush object deluxe Harry Aikines-Aryeetey at the Sainsbury's British Championships last month in Birmingham.
Ellington retained his 200M title in 20.45 seconds at the British Championships. That means he is headed to the 2013 World Championships in Athletics which begin next week in Moscow. More photos and watch the video where Ellington discusses his win—you'll love the accent!—AFTER THE JUMP ...
You're welcome! Another day and another serving of British track and field hotness ...
This has been a fantastic month for sprinting and bobsleigh champion Joel Fearon. The 24-year-old has been selected for Britain's bobsleigh team in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. "Fearon was part of the four-man team that recorded four top-six finishes during the 2013 World Cup campaign," adds the Coventry Telegraph.
Perhaps the bigger news story is Fearon's bittersweet journey to the World Championships next month in Moscow. Fearon will compete in the 4x100m relay ... after being disqualified from the 100M semi-finals for a false start. Reportedly this is the fifth year in a row that Fearon was invited to the British Championships "for the 100m and bizarrely has never made the final."
Watch Joel Fearon's post-race interview—and enjoy his sexiful accent!—WHEN YOU JUMP ...