Patriotic sports moment – Lex Luger body slams Yokozuna aboard the USS Intrepid on July 4

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Lex Luger was “The All-American” on July 4, 1993.

19 years ago this Wednesday on July 4, 1993, “The All-American” Lex Luger hoisted former WWF Champion Yokozuna into the air and threw the Japanese superstar onto the deck at a “Bodyslam Competition” aboard the USS Intrepid.

Luger, 54, who starred in the squared circle working for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and World Wrestling Federation (WWF), joined Vince McMahon’s outfit in January 1993.

Initially scripted as a heel managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Luger turned face shortly after Yokozuna won the title from Hulk Hogan at King of the Ring and effectively ended “Hulkamania.”

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Is Stephen Strasburg healthy?

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Washington Nationals flamethrower Stephen Strasburg will take the mound later this afternoon against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.

Strasburg (4-1, 2.21 ERA), who has gone 10-5 with a 2.42 ERA and 180 strikeouts since debuting with Washington (27-18) in June 2010, concerned a scout who watched him pitch last Sunday versus the San Diego Padres.

“I think Strasburg is hurt,” wrote an anonymous observer. “[He was] shaking his arm all last inning.”

Shopworn icon Roy Jones Jr. to fight impending jailbird Dawid Kostecki on June 30

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ESPN.com reported earlier this evening that shopworn icon Roy Jones Jr. will throw fists with Dawid Kostecki at a contract weight of 185 pounds in a 10-round cruiserweight bout on June 30 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland.

Jones (55-8, 40 KOs), who became the first former middleweight champ to capture a heavyweight crown in more than a century when he defeated Metheun’s John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in March 2003, snapped a three-match losing streak in December against a mannequin named Max Alexander in Atlanta, Georgia.

Could Mike Tyson have defeated Muhammad Ali?

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Approximately a year ago in June 2011, former undisputed heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson was deservedly inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum in Canastota, N.Y.

A friend and periodic contributor to the site, Jeff Lyons, visited the boxing cathedral last week.

Historical sports moment of the week

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15 years ago this past Friday in 1997 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament in record-setting fashion by 12 strokes over Tom Kite.