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Roni Rose: I have no association with Mad Girls Fitness

Social media model Roni Rose responded to stories that have linked her to an alleged prostitution ring and told Larry Brown Sports that she has no association with Mad Girls Fitness.

Last week a man was arrested for running a company called Mad Girls Fitness, which police say doubled as a prostitution ring. The man behind the company allegedly recruited women for modeling and supposed fitness opportunities, but then told the women they had to have sex before getting a chance at modeling.

Rose, who achieved internet fame after going viral during the NBA Finals, was caught up in the scandal after some websites noticed her photo on the Mad Girls Fitness site.

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Some sites also said Rose promoted Mad Girls Fitness on her social media channels.

LBS contacted Rose about her ties to Mad Girls Fitness. She confirmed to Larry Brown Sports over email that that is her on the Mad Girls Fitness site, but she says so was not aware they were promoting her on the site.

“No I was not aware of the posting,” Rose told Larry Brown Sports. “As far as consent goes I was paid to do a Photoshoot by a photographer and with payment photographer can do as he or she pleases with the pictures after the agreement and payment is made. But no approval of mine was made.”

Rose firmly said she has “no association with mad girls fitness.”

Rose previously addressed the prostitution stories with a post on Instagram Friday.

Kyrie Irving responds to ‘white girls’ yacht party comments

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Kyrie Irving took a lot of heat on social media Friday for supposedly throwing a party on a yacht in the Bahamas that seemed to feature only white women on the boat. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard decided to respond a day later and set the record straight.

Kyrie shared a photo on Instagram Saturday that showed him as a part of a group of seven at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. His caption included, “All different shades” and a hashtag “#Tryadifferentstory.”

All different shades. #Tryadifferentstory #2016WorldChampions

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All different shades seemed to be a comment about the race/color of his traveling party, while the “tryadifferentstory” hashtag appeared to be a shot at the media.

Some outlets described it as a “milk” party while others pointed out the party was “full of white women.”

Clearly he saw all that and that Instagram post was his response.

We didn’t really think the comments from people were necessarily fair because they were based on one 30-second video (watch here). Just because one 30-second video from only one part of the boat shows a lot of white women doesn’t mean that’s how the whole thing was nor that it was done intentionally.

Jake Arrieta getting Coastal Carolina tattoo over College World Series bet

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Cubs ace Jake Arrieta will be the proud owner of a Coastal Carolina tattoo after they eliminated TCU from the College World Series.

TCU alum Arrieta made a bet with teammate Tommy La Stella, a Coastal Carolina alum, over the outcome of their College World Series showdown. The loser had to get the winning team’s logo tattooed on them, and Coastal Carolina beat TCU twice to make Arrieta the loser.

“So happy for those kids,” La Stella said Sunday, via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “When we get back to Chicago we’ll get him [Arrieta] tatted up for life.”

La Stella said that the tattooing will be recorded on one condition.

“If it’s a body part that’s visually acceptable, absolutely,” La Stella said.

With any luck, Arrieta will get this done quickly and somewhere visible so that he can show it off at the Home Run Derby, which he wants to participate in.

Sammy Watkins may not be ready for training camp

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Sammy Watkins was supposed to be ready for training camp, but the wide receiver is no longer sure that that timeline will work out.

The Bills receiver told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that he’s still pushing for training camp, but he may not be ready in time.

It’s never good to hear that a player as important as Watkins may not be ready for training camp, but he doesn’t sound too concerned about the injury.

We heard that Watkins broke his foot back in May, and due to the fact that it was addressed quickly and early, there was optimism surrounding his recovery. Perhaps is not progressing as quickly as he had hoped he would.

NBA agent believes Warriors, Heat only teams with shot at luring Kevin Durant from Thunder

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One NBA agent believes that the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat are the only two teams capable of convincing Kevin Durant to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Erik Horne of the Oklahoman spoke to anonymous NBA agents who gave their take on Durant’s situation. One agent said that it would require a good enough team and a superior market to tempt Durant away, and only two suitors can offer that.

“[It] needs to be a good team, in a better market with a better chance to win than OKC,” the agent said. “So Golden State and Miami become the only real players. It’s too hard to justify a move to Los Angeles (Lakers) or New York because they are not close to winning. Houston’s out.”

The agents in general believe Durant already has an idea of his plans, and that the series of visits he is setting up are not going to be impactful.

“He is more anticipating seeing the pitches from other teams just because he wants to,” one agent said.

Another agent went as far as to call the meetings “bull.”

“He knows his plan before this process happens,” the agent said. “It’s more formality than anything else.”

Bear in mind that these are all agents who have agendas of their own, even speaking anonymously. Still, they kind of back up the prevailing thinking that Durant’s most likely solution will be to stay in Oklahoma City. The Warriors are among Durant’s first wave of meetings, but if the speculation is true, Durant already has a good idea of what he wants.

Rajon Rondo reportedly interested in joining Knicks, Nets

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Rajon Rondo reportedly has his sights set on the east coast.

According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Rondo is interested in playing for the Brooklyn Nets. He also had interest in the New York Knicks before the Derrick Rose trade ruled them out as an option.

Rondo’s options appear to be dwindling a bit. Mike Conley is a free agent too and might be a preferable big money option for some teams in the market. The Knicks may have been interested given Carmelo Anthony’s feelings, but they’re no longer an option. He’ll find a role somewhere, but after playing last season on a one-year deal, the terms might not be what he’d hoped for.

H/T theScore

Report: Dodgers considering trade for Jay Bruce

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have serious questions in their outfield and are contemplating a trade for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday that the Dodgers are looking at the Reds outfielder as a potential acquisition to bolster their lineup.

It wasn’t that long ago that Los Angeles had a surplus of outfielders. That changed after Andre Ethier fractured his tibia during spring training, Joc Pederson struggled, and Yasiel Puig continued to fail to reach the heights once expected of him. It is a position of need at this point.

Bruce was nearly traded to Toronto during the offseason, but the deal was scuttled due to a medical issue with one of the prospects involved. That deal falling through may prove to be the Dodgers’ gain.

Report: Joakim Noah is Knicks’ top target in free agency

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The New York Knicks appear intent on reconstructing the prime Chicago Bulls of the past several years.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Joakim Noah is the Knicks’ primary target in free agency as they search for a center.

Berman characterizes the Knicks as “desperate” for a starting center to complete a lineup that includes Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and now Derrick Rose.

Noah sounds likely to leave Chicago once free agency opens up. Rose has already said that he will try to recruit Noah to join him in New York, and with that in mind, they may prove to be an appealing option for the veteran big man. However, it sounds like they will have competition from both Noah’s former coach and a team prepared to give him a significant payday this summer.

Pat Summitt reportedly in poor health, family ‘preparing for the worst’

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Legendary former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s health is reportedly deteriorating.

The longtime coach is “struggling,” according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, and those close to her are “preparing for the worst.”

“I don’t think anybody knows whether she will last a day, a month, or a year,” a source close to the situation told the paper.

“The past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type progresses,” the Summitt family said in a statement. “She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”

The 64-year-old Summitt is the all-time Division I leader in coaching wins among both men and women with 1,098. She guided the Lady Vols to 18 NCAA Final Fours and eight championships before retiring in 2012 due to her early onset dementia. The respect for her in the coaching ranks was and still is obvious.

Report: Wizards, Lakers will not get Kevin Durant meetings, Knicks have a chance

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Now that we know who is getting an initial meeting with Kevin Durant once his free agency kicks off, it’s time to get a clearer picture of which teams are interested but have no real chance of landing the superstar.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards will not be landing meetings with Durant barring unforeseen changes. The New York Knicks, however, are said to have a chance of meeting with Durant, as he has taken note of their acquisition of Derrick Rose.

Amick notes that Durant’s decision will likely come quickly. He is set to visit Europe starting on July 9, which is apparently viewed as something of a soft deadline.

The news will be hugely disappointing, if not unexpected, to both the Lakers and Wizards. Washington is Durant’s hometown and the franchise surely would have liked to believe they could tempt him home, although that factor reportedly proved a negative and not a positive. The Lakers, or at least their legendary players, wanted a transcendent star in the fold with Kobe Bryant retiring. Instead, it seems neither will get their chance to sell Durant on their team, and one of these six teams will likely end up landing the superstar.

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