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Rio Ferdinand, Lucas and Vincent Kompany hail the NBA champions, Simon Cox heads off to Royal Ascot and Ray Parlour attempts to increase the crowds at his new club

With domestic action over until August and more than half of Euro 2012's teams now sent home, football's stars have began to unwind and enjoy the endless cloud that hangs over Great Britain in June.

To take a break from the game, the players reveal their other hobbies, with the conclusion of the NBA season, the latest TV shows and the horse racing at Royal Ascot receiving plenty of attention across the Twittersphere.

In Word on the Tweet, Goal.com takes a closer look...



"The Heat won I can see then + @KingJames took the #MVP !! A monster in the NBA, eating away all types of records!"
Rio Ferdinand can't speak highly enough of the 'King' across the pond, LeBron James, as the Miami Heat are crowned NBA champions.



"Congratulations to @KingJames for the title last night !!! #LETSGOHEAT"
Liverpool hard man Lucas Leiva is also a fan. There are other players as well, you know.



"Seeing Heat celebrations just makes me wanna get back to work already and kick off that new season. Patience though... Patience. #Champions"
Vincent Kompany can't wait for the 2012-13 Premier League season after watching North America's finest taste success.



"massive statement can't have seen Entourage"
Joleon Lescott gets it all wrong when advised to watch The Wire by one of his followers, who correctly describes it as the greatest TV show ever produced.



"I haven't even got boots for the tournament. #HadAMare!"
Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe is raring to go ahead of the European Under-19 Championships, as he reveals to team-mate Ross Barkley of Everton.



"Off to ascot today. Let's hope for better tips and winners than yesterday."
Simon Cox has had as much luck at Royal Ascot as the Republic of Ire... I won't.



"Last day to chill and try and get a tan! Before we have to go back to the rain!!"
Anthony Pilkington can barely contain his excitement as his holiday draws to a close and he returns to Norwich City.



"Season tickets a little cheaper at Wembley FC than the Emirates!"
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has come out of retirement and looks to win his new club a few more supporters.

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