YouTube's most popular sports videos: Huge basketball hurl, pre-season soccer highlights

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The most watched sports video on YouTube for the week ending August 10 shows a basketball thrown from atop a 134-foot-high tower, hurled by a high school quarterback into a net below. Whether it really is the world's farthest basketball shot is of secondary importance to many commenters - what everyone wants to know is whether it's real or fake.

Of course, patience and practice eventually pay off, and The Legendary Shots have over two years' worth of videos on their YouTube channel to showcase a variety of increasingly spectacular throws. This particular shot, from atop the Vulcan statue in the US city of Birmingham, Alabama, is said to have taken nearly two hours of persistence until it finally went in.

Soccer features strongly among the rest of this week's clips, and even Dave Stala of Canadian Football league team the Hamilton Tiger-Cats celebrates a touchdown with a bit of keepy-uppy.

In pre-season friendlies, Manchester United's new signing, 'Chicharito' Hernandez, scores during the 7-1 defeat of an Irish league selection, Cristiano Ronaldo scores a screamer for Real Madrid against the Mexican side Club América, a defender from Kazakhstani team Aktobe lobs his own keeper in a Champions' League qualifier, and a linesman at the Brazilian Cup Final can't hide his feelings at Santos winning the trophy.

Elsewhere, a Japanese baseball player makes an amazing wall-climbing catch, Tyson Gay beats World Record holder Usain Bolt over 100m, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship brings the hype for the August 7 middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.

1) The world's farthest basketball shot - 4,172,404 total views
2) Kevin Glenn 11 yard touchdown pass to Dave Stala soccer celebration - 1,049,184 total views
3) Airtricity League XI 1-7 Manchester United - all goals and highlights - 881,895 total views
4) Ballplayer's amazing wall-climbing catch - 712,430 total views
5) Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Aktobe, the funniest own goal - 509,841 total views
6) Cristiano Ronaldo fantastic goal - Real Madrid 3-2 Club América - 463,897 total views
7) 'What did the linesman say?' - 443,880 total views
8) UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen Main Event feature - 525,219 total views
9) Tyson Gay vs Usain Bolt 100m in Stockholm - 476,567 total views
10) AMAZING Japanese baseball catch by Masato "Spider-Man" Akamatsu! [HD] - 445,274 total views

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