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This story gives a whole new meaning to 15 seconds of fame. A woman was recently found guilty of extortion for trying to milk millions of dollars from former Knicks coach Rick Petino after having sex with him in a bathroom.
Karen Sypher was found guilty of 6 counts of extortion for demanding $10 million from Rick Petino to keep quiet about a 15 second sexual encounter they had in the bathroom of an Italian restaurant in Louisiana several years ago. Sypher claimed those magical seconds resulted in a child that she ultimately aborted. She believed that Petino, who was married at the time, would have paid any amount of money to keep the details of that embarrassing night under wraps.

“She was on a mission to get him,” he said. “It’s been very taxing because he loves his family. He knows he let them down that night.” Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich said.

On the stand, Pitino told the jury he was at the end of the bar when she approached him with her cellphone, asking him to wish her son a happy birthday.He obliged. Then, she started flirting with him and rubbing his leg, he testified last week. At the end of the night, she suggested they move to a booth to finish their wine.

“Some unfortunate things happened,” he said. “She opened up my pants.” Their encounter lasted only “15 seconds,” Pitino said.
“She said to me that she is extremely fertile. She said her husband had looked at her four times and that she got pregnant,” he said.
Hearing this, Pitino said, he “immediately pulled out.” Under an awkward cross-examination, he was asked how Sypher could have become pregnant if he did not ejaculate. “I did,” he said. “Down my leg.”

Sypher, who says she became pregnant and had an abortion, waited six years to threaten to reveal the details of the brief, messy time together if he did not pay up. He received three threatening phone calls and two letters demanding cash, cars and tuition for her children to keep quiet. Worried that his wife and kids would find out he had a one-night stand with a woman he met in a bar, Pitino acknowledged that he didn’t immediately tell police. He kept quiet for nearly two months, but ultimately, rather than pay Sypher, Pitino contacted the FBI.

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Brazilian soccer star Bruno has been charged with murdering his 25-year-old ex-lover, Eliza Samudio, the New York Times reports. Since 2006, he has been the goalkeeper of Brazil’s most popular club team, Flamengo.

Bruno is said to have had an affair with Samudio in 2009, and he allegedly fathered a child with his former lover. The boy was born earlier this year. Bruno, who is married to another woman, was accused of threatening Samudio and demanding that she have an abortion.

Horrifying details about the alleged killing have emerged over the past few weeks. Police believe the young woman was strangled and fed to dogs in Belo Horizonte. While Samudio’s body has not been found, authorities are confident that she is dead.

AFP reports that seven other people in addition to Bruno have been charged, including his wife and “an ex-policeman suspected of carrying out the premeditated murder on Souza’s orders.”

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Lorenzen Wright, a former NBA lottery pick who spent more than a decade playing professional basketball, has gone missing, WREG reports. The former NBA big man has not been seen since Sunday, and his family is reportedly “very concerned.”

Police do not suspect foul play, and his home was foreclosed in May.

Wright was the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played with the Clippers for three years before joining the Atlanta Hawks. He later spent five seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, and played again with Atlanta from 2006 through 2008. He spent part of one season with the Sacramento Kings and finished his time in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008-2009 season.

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Phillip Merling, 25, was initially arrested May 27 at his home in Weston. At the time of his arrest, Broward Sheriff’s Office noted that he either knew or should have known the woman was pregnant.

Authorities accuse Merling of hitting the woman in the face and head, causing her lip to bleed. She was two months pregnant with their second child.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed the charge against Merling Friday, July 16.

Merling’s attorney has already entered a not guilty plea for the charge.

Felony battery carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The NFL also could punish Merling for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Merling, who is 6-foot-5 and 305 lbs had 33 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks for the Dolphins last season.

Merling is the second member of the Dolphins to be arrested and charged with battery against a female during the 2010 offseason. Teammate Tony McDaniel was arrested in February on the charge of domestic battery against girlfriend Alaina Smith which allegedly occurred in the driveway of his Broward County Florida residence. The case has yet to be tried.

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In an interview after playing in a charity golf event in Nevada, Jordan questioned LeBron James’ decision to join the Miami Heat after seven years in Cleveland.

“There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team. But that’s … things are different. I can’t say that’s a bad thing. It’s an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys.”

Jordan won six titles with the Chicago Bulls, before moving on to play for the Wizards and work in their front office. He now is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

His good friend and fellow former NBA great, Charles Barkley, bashed the move earlier in the week to the Arizona Republic.

“Mike and I are in 100 percent agreement on this. If you’re the two-time defending NBA MVP, you don’t leave anywhere. They come to you. That’s ridiculous. I like LeBron. He’s a great player. But I don’t think in the history of sports you can find a two-time defending MVP leaving to go play with other people.”

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The mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will apparently not happen this year, as the suggested deadline to sign a deal has come and gone.

The Mayweather camp did not respond to Bob Arum’s self-imposed midnight (pt) cutoff to agree to a much-anticipated November 13th showdown.

“Floyd for whatever reason, and I’m sure he’s got some valid reason, did not want to commit,” said Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, in a press conference.

The Top Rank CEO indicated he did not speak directly to Mayweather but rather through a mediator. Pacquiao, who recently became a congressman in the Philippines, intends to fight in November, and all signs point to either Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito taking on the current welterweight champion.

The newest development in this saga comes several months after Pacquiao refused to submit random blood tests within 30 days prior to a proposed fight date with Mayweather. Arum, though, says that hurdle has been crossed

“I’m not going to go into specifics, but I think that issue was resolved,” Arum said in regards to blood testing. “Not as clear cut as [a two-week window prior to the fight], but I believe it was resolved. “

After the previous negotiations fell through, the fighters opted to get in the ring with different opponents, with Pacquiao (51-3-2) handling Joshua Clottey in a unanimous decision in March, and Mayweather (41-0) doing the same to Shane Mosley two months later.

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In an ESPN primetime presentation, King James announced that he would be joining the Miami Heat, alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. An announcement that stirred echoes of sharp disappointment from Cleveland and resounding cheers in South Beach. Whatever the dispositions of the third parties, they were irrelevant. James insisted that his decision is purely business and he must do what’s in his best interests. He listened to pitches from 6 teams, weighed his options and courageously left the nest to finalize his choice of Miami. A careful strategy that reveals James’ performance on the court and his business savvy are of high caliber.

The story of James’ pending free agency infiltrated the media. The story headlined on news outlets that don’t specialize in sports coverage but took the most relevant angle to add their voice in the sensationalized tale of the Ohioan. ESPN, who hosted the primetime showcase of James’ revelation, referred to the 9 o’clock prime-time airing as “The Decision” and even had a visible countdown on their broadcast in the hours leading up to it.

Lebron James coverage became so extensive that the craze marched onto the web and trended across the digital media landscape. To capitalize on the high level of engagement James put on his public relations hat and joined Twitter, where he again made history. His twitter handle, @KingJames accrued over 150,000 followers in 7 hours, setting a record. Both on and offline the coverage of James was reminiscent of a nation awaiting a presidential election outcome, rather than a free agent’s franchise choice.

While the media defined the preceding days of the decision, James’ announcement that he’d join the Miami Heat will be footnoted as a moment that changed sports team history. After weeks of analysis involving salary, branding, locale market value and championship potential data, James concluded that winning was paramount on his list.

Never has a high-profile player sacrificed a max-contract (Miami didn’t necessarily offer the most lucrative deal) for the sake of championship dreams. This young leader speaks into sports team history books, selflessness, unity and a tenacity to win, over monetary gains. This is a true mark of a champion in the making and history maker.

Sacrificing a max contract hardly puts James’ finances in peril. In Miami, he will save approximately $1.01 million dollars in state income taxes next year. The other prospective cities had higher tax rates, according to The Wall Street Journal. His move to the South is not only a story of what the city can do for him but what he can do for the city as well.

James is likely to have Miami’s economy on the upswing, in relation to ticket sales, merchandise, and local marketing initiatives. Both franchise holding and American Airlines Arena’s stock prices will peak because James can move markets, as demonstrated in New York. Shares of Madison Square Garden Inc, who own and operate the Knicks saw its busiest trading day and increased stock price, on presumptions of LeBron James coming to New York.

While an exact figure for his contributions in Miami have not been finalized, James will likely receive an estimated $15 million. The bulk of his capital gains and brand enhancement opportunities will be expressed in his multi-million dollar endorsement portfolio.

What can be taken from the James’ decision is that one should never deny himself of an opportunity to strengthen his legacy in order to please others – a lesson that is applicable on and off the court.

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Fugitive Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno has handed himself over to the authorities, after a warrant was issued earlier today in Rio de Janeiro state for his arrest.

Rio Homicide Division delegate Felipe Ettore released a statement informing that the ‘keeper handed himself in to police in Andarai, in the northern zone of Rio de Janeiro. Ettore added that Bruno, who was accompanied by friend and fellow suspect Luiz Henrique Ferreira Romao, known as Macarrao, was suspected of ordering the kidnap of ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio.

The crime itself, according to Ettore is alleged to have been carried out by Macarrao and an unnamed 17-year-old.

Eliza Samudio went missing a month ago and authorities believe that she was kidnapped and murdered, although police are yet to find a body. Around the time she disappeared Samudio had renewed efforts to force the goalkeeper into a DNA test, in order to determine the parentage of her four-month old baby.

Bruno had an affair with young student Eliza Samudio in 2009, allegedly impregnating her in the process. The 25-year-old model disappeared nearly a month ago, and “traces of what might be blood” were discovered in one of Bruno’s vehicles.

Bruno is said to have forced Samudio to take an abortion drug in 2009, and one outlet reported that the missing woman claimed to have received frightening threats from the soccer star. “If I kill you and throw you somewhere, you’re not going to be found,” he allegedly said.

Bruno Souza, the goalkeeper for Brazil’s league champion Flamengo team, was ordered arrested on Tuesday after his teenage cousin said he helped kidnap Samudio.

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Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are teaming up together on the Miami Heat, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

ESPN’s Shelley Smith also reported the pending move through independent sources.

Whether LeBron James, the kingpin of this summer’s celebrated free agent class, will join them remains to be seen. James will announce his decision Thursday night at 9 ET during a one-hour special on ESPN.

Wade and Bosh are expected to announce their decision on Wednesday, according to the source.

James or not, the Heat could emerge as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference with Wade and Bosh aboard. Wade, who led the Heat to the NBA title in 2006, is re-signing with the club, while Bosh will leave the Toronto Raptors after seven years with the club.

Both players are expected to get the maximum amount allowable under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, though the addition of James could change the players’ salaries. Contracts cannot be officially signed until July 8.

It was not immediately clear whether Bosh will sign with Miami outright or join the Heat through a sign-and-trade deal. Bosh could earn $125 million over six years via sign-and-trade, but only $96 million over five without it.

“Either way, he’s definitely going to Miami,” the source said.

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Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James has made one decision — he joined Twitter.

The NBA’s most ballyhooed free agent opened an account on the social networking site Tuesday. Publicist Keith Estabrook confirmed the moniker kingjames is indeed LeBron.

James had been reluctant to join Twitter or Facebook and had even joked in the past about how other athletes discussed their personal lives online.

Close friend Chris Paul posted on Twitter at midday Tuesday that while he couldn’t persuade James to tell him which team he’ll sign with, he talked him into joining the service.

Less than an hour after Paul’s tweet, James had nearly 18,000 followers — even though he had yet to make a single post.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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“I was 23 when I realized that I wasn’t Venus. She’s totally different,” Serena tells Harper’s Bazaar. “I’m super-curvy. I have big boobs and this massive butt. She’s tall and she’s like a model and she fits everything. I was growing up, wanting to be her, wanting to look like her, and I was always fitting in her clothes, but then one day I couldn’t.” She pauses. “But it’s fine. Now I’m obviously good, but it’s a weird thing.”

Surprisingly enough it’s not the massive butt that Serena hates most. She reveals that she’s actually self-conscious about her real moneymakers, her arms:

“To this day, I don’t love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills.”

Serena reveals she’s recently slimmed down from a size 12 to a size 10 thanks to Pilates and yoga, but says she doesn’t diet.

“I don’t even know the D word.”

Serena isn’t all complaints though. She admits that she likes her hair and her smile:

“Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good,” she says. She’s loving her new bob too. “I feel so much sexier with short hair. I wanted to reach inside me and feel better. I don’t want to hide behind a facade of hair.” Her favorite part of her body? “My smile. Does that count? I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don’t smile and they look so mad. But I like my smile, how it’s bright and it’s nice. Good thing my braces worked out.”

Serena adds that while she’s usually smiling, there is one thing guaranteed to make her angry… Foot faults.

“Ugh,” she moans of the incident last year in which she blew up at a U.S. Open lineswoman who called a foot fault, causing her to lose the semifinal on a penalty. “Not much makes me angry. I’m always smiling,” she says. “But foot faults piss me off because I never foot fault. I’ve never foot faulted before and never have after. Never.”

The other challenge Serena says she has faced is scheduling conflicts, which she blames on her April breakup with Common.

“His schedule is actually worse than mine,” she sighs. “He didn’t want the responsibility. It’s really tough.” When Common began promoting his latest film, he heaped so much praise on Williams that people assumed they were still on. “So I called him and I was like, Why are you saying all this stuff when we’re not together?”

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A person familiar with the team’s thinking says the Philadelphia Eagles are strongly considering releasing Michael Vick. The person says the team might cut Vick no matter what police conclude during their investigation of a shooting that followed the quarterback’s birthday celebration in Virginia Beach last week. The person spoke to The Associated Press early Saturday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The Eagles issued a statement Saturday saying “any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true. We will continue to gather information and monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment until that process is complete.” Vick has said he had nothing to do with the shooting. He also said he reported the incident to the Eagles and to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell told the former Atlanta Falcons star after reinstating him last season that his margin for error was “extremely limited.”

Vick is entering his second season with the Eagles and is due to earn $5.2 million. A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Vick is Kevin Kolb’s backup and the most experienced quarterback on the roster following the trade of Donovan McNabb.

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The Wimbledon title will be on the line when Serena Williams and Vera Zvonareva square off in the final on Saturday, and if that wasn’t enough, here are a few other things each player has on the line.

Five reasons why Serena Williams wants to win the final

1. Finally beating someone other than Venus to win

This will be Serena’s fifth Wimbledon final, and each of her three victories has come over older sister Venus — in 2002, 2003 and last year. Venus did get the better of little sis once, in the 2008 final. In fact, the Williams sisters have won this tournament eight of the past 10 years.

One of the missing years came in 2006, when Serena didn’t play, and Amelie Mauresmo defeated Justine Henin in the final. The other, well that was when …

2. Not losing to another unheralded Russian in the final

… Maria Sharapova stunned Williams 6-1, 6-4 in the 2004 final, winning the title as a 17-year-old. So Serena has been here before — in the Wimbledon final, a heavy favorite against a lesser-known Russian playing her first Grand Slam final.

“The biggest thing is for me to stay positive and not put too much pressure on myself,” Serena said. “I’ve been in this situation before where I did put pressure on myself and actually ended up losing.

“On paper, it looks like I should win. But Vera, I’ve played her several times — she’s beaten some good people. Her last two matches she’s been down a set, so she’s obviously a fighter. She never gives up.”

Serena owns a 5-1 record head-to-head against Zvonareva, though they haven’t played since 2008 and three of the five wins have gone three sets.

3. Overtaking Billie Jean King in the all-time Grand Slam list

With 12 Grand Slam titles, Serena has outstripped the rest of her generation (Venus and Henin are well back with seven each) and is now focused on climbing the all-time list. She’s currently in a tie for sixth place with Billie Jean King but would take over sole possession of the spot with a win here.

4. Overtaking Justine Henin for most weeks at No. 1 (probably)

Serena will have notched 109 total weeks at No. 1 by the end of this week, which will put her just 10 behind Justine Henin’s mark of 119. If she wins Wimbledon, she’ll be all but assured of overtaking her this summer.

5. Restoring sanity to the tournament

What with Roger Federer and Venus Williams exiting in singles and the Williams sisters, the Bryan brothers, and Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic gone in doubles, it’s been a bad Wimbledon for the traditional favorites. Serena and Rafael Nadal are two who are still standing, and a Serena victory would at least ensure a logical end to one of the most bizarre women’s events in recent memory.

“If I go out, at least I went out with some great champs,” Serena joked. “I was in good company.”

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Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson was arrested and accused of an assault in connection with a May 30 incident at an Austin, Texas, bar

The Austin American Statesman reported the arrest, based on an affadavit that details the alleged assault. Benson is accused of punching a bar employee after being asked to leave following a altercation. Employees separated Benson and another patron. The affadavit said Benson pushed an employee “in an attempt to continue the fight he was previously engaged in.” He then spit blood from his lip onto an employee, the affadavit said.

Bar staff asked Benson to leave several times. “Benson refused, and was escorted out of the bar,” the affidavit said. After leaving the bar, Benson hit an employee “with his right fist to the left side” of an employee’s face, the affadavit said. Benson posted bail and was released from custody. The Statesman reached him by phone, but he declined to comment until later.

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1. John Wall
2. Evan Turner
3. Derrick Favors
4. Wesley Johnson
5. DeMarcus Cousins
6. Ekpe Udoh
7. Greg Monroe
8. Al-Farouq Aminu
9. Gordon Hayward
10. Paul George

LAKERS KILL THA CELTICS!

Posted: June 16, 2010 in SPORTZ
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The Celtic’s took an ass whoopin losing 89-67, getting out played in every aspect of the game! Many NBA conspiracy theorists are fuming with thoughts and explanations. Here is one for you…it’s all about the dollar, dollar bill ya’ll! Everyone and their mama’s will be glued to the tube on Thursday to watch Game 7!

Will Lamar Odom and his ‘Milk Dud’ head and the rest of the Lakers show up? Will Big Baby Jesus and the Cricket (Rajon Rondo) show up for the Celtics? Get your answers on Thursday! Hey, NBA you’re not slick