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Tim Tebow ridicules media for getting gossip stories wrong

Tim Tebow was introduced on Thursday as the newest member of the Florida Gator Boosters board, and he used part of his speech to ridicule the media. Tebow specifically made light of all the rumors the New York newspapers have reported about him.

“They’ve been very accurate in their reporting,” Tebow jokingly told the audience, according to Gator Zone. “First, I was living in the city. Then I was in Hoboken — and I’ve never even been to Hoboken. I think I’ve dated three or four different girls I’ve never met. But it’s been interesting. And fun. … I just try to be myself and have fun and smile and laugh, but sometimes some of them are taken aback by it. It’s like, ‘Why aren’t you more serious?’ Because I like to laugh and have fun. I enjoy my life.”

This further confirms what we’ve always thought — some of the New York tabloids are in so much competition for a scoop, they’ll print almost anything a source tells them, regardless of whether they believe it’s true.

As far as the dating rumors, we’re guessing he’s talking about Lindsey Vonn, Glee’s Dianna Agron, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, or Kim Kardashian.

Meanwhile, Tedy Bruschi still thinks it’s Tim Tebow that’s the problem, not the media, or Tebow’s crazy fans.

Deron Williams reportedly finalized list to Nets and Mavericks

Deron Williams is the top free agent on the market, and he reportedly has finalized the list of teams he’s considering signing with to the Nets and Mavericks.

Marc Stein reports that Williams has instructed his representative to tell interested teams that call when free agency begins that he’s only considering those two franchises.

Williams was traded to the Nets two seasons ago and was said to be “leaning” toward re-signing with them now that they’re moving to Brooklyn. He’s also said to be considering the Mavericks, which are his hometown team. A February report said Williams told some Mavericks players that he wanted to play with them back when they were in the Finals a year ago.

Williams reportedly has enjoyed his time living on the East Coast while playing for the Nets, but he may choose to base his decision on which team he believes is the closest to winning a title.

“I want to go to a place where I feel like they will have a chance to build and build fast,” Williams told the LA Times earlier this month. “I’m not really in the mood for being part of a rebuilding process. I’m getting older. I’m about to be 28. I want to win. I want to win now. Also, I want to live in a place where I want to live and my kids will enjoy living. That’s pretty much it.”

The Suns and Rockets reportedly are also interested in signing Williams, while the Lakers reportedly are trying to trade for him. A May report suggested Williams was considering the Lakers, but they may not be willing to offer the Nets something enticing enough for a trade.

Unless there are assurances the Mavs can add some other free agents, we’re guessing Williams re-signs.

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tie in 100m (Photo of finish)

Sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat for third place in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials on Saturday in Oregon, and they’re waiting to see how USA Track & Field decides to break the tie to determine the final member of the Olympic team.

Carmelita Jeter won the race in 10.92 seconds, and second-place went to Tianna Madison. Tarmoh was unofficially declared the third-place finisher, just .0001 seconds ahead of Felix, but a photo review determined that the two were tied.

USA Track & Field doesn’t have a rule to determine the final spot of an Olympic team in case of a tie.

A press release from USA Track & Field explains exactly what happened.

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Victor Ortiz reps SigEp fraternity on his shorts during Josesito Lopez fight

Victor Ortiz represented the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity during his fight with Josesito Lopez on Saturday. Ortiz had “SigEp” embroidered on his trunks as a shoutout to the house he joined recently.

Back in April, Ortiz mentioned on Twitter that he was “officially a SigEp” at Kansas University.

A girl even told him to stop by her sorority house after his initiation that night.

Ortiz grew up in Kansas and is childhood friends with one of the fraternity’s former presidents. He was invited to speak to the members at some point in the past, and he ended up joining in April.

No doubt his brothers in Kansas were watching him on Saturday against Josesito Lopez. They, along with the rest of his fans, were probably disappointed with his decision to quit after the 9th round.

UCLA gives Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus his first scholarship offer

It looks like UCLA is trying to become the football home of famous rappers’ sons.

The Bruins have given Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper/actor Snoop Dogg, his first scholarship offer, according to a tweet from Diamond Bar High School football coach Ryan Maine.

Broadus (class of ’15) will be a sophomore in the fall. He transferred to Diamond Bar from Long Beach Poly last fall, and played wide receiver and defensive back on Diamond Bar’s freshmen football team. He is listed at 6’2″ and 185 lbs.

Maine recently stated that he was expecting big things from Broadus.

“We’re expecting him to really lead us the next three years,” Maine told ESPNLA. “Hopefully [our athletes] get bigger, stronger and keep leading this team.”

Broadus joins Justin Combs, the son of music/entertainment mogul P. Diddy, as another famous rapper’s son in whom UCLA has taken interest. Combs committed to play for the Bruins last November.

Let’s just hope there won’t be as much outrage if Broadus decides to accept his athletic scholarship.

Here is a highlight video from his freshman year.

Image via Hudl
H/T Bob Condotta

Cole Hamels reportedly voted for Bryce Harper for All-Star Game

Remember when Cole Hamels intentionally beaned Bryce Harper last month? And how he got suspended for five games for it? And how he got mercilessly ripped by ornery old baseball types like Jim Leyland and Mike Rizzo?

Well, now, over a month-and-a-half and one clown question later, Hamels has apparently extended somewhat of an olive branch to Harper.

According to Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki, Hamels gave Harper some help on getting named to the All-Star Game next month:

Based on the fan vote, Harper isn’t even among the top 15 vote-getters among NL outfielders, so he’s going to need a lot more than Hamels’ vote if the master deflector of clown questions hopes to play at the midsummer classic.

H/T SB Nation
Photo: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Torii Hunter asks astronaut in space about using the restroom: ‘Does it float?’ (Video)

Torii Hunter got the chance to interview Angels fan and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who is currently serving a four-month mission in the International Space Station, on Friday via satellite at Angels Stadium. Hunter took the opportunity to ask the hard-hitting questions: “Can you see Mark Trumbo’s home runs from space?” “Have you seen ET? Have you seen any alien life forms?” “Can you see the Big A?”

But there was one question Hunter asked that topped them all: “It sounds immature, but I see you floating, and there’s pretty much no gravity, so when you have to use the restroom, where does it go? Does it float?”

Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered the same at least at some point of our lives. And it wasn’t even out of line. Acaba prefaced his answer with a “that’s a great question.”

As Acaba went through astronauts’ differing methods of excretion for No. 1’s and No. 2’s, Hunter, of course, began snickering like an 8th grader during a sex-ed lecture (or Anderson Cooper at the mention of a pussy willow). So, just wait until you see Hunter’s befuddled reaction when he learned that astronauts filter their pee-pee into drinking water.

Here’s video of the exchange. Good stuff starts at the 0:33 mark:

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Manny Pacquiao recovers from Timothy Bradley loss by buying a helicopter (Video)

Fresh off his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao has gotten himself his own helicopter.

A way to cheer himself up? Not exactly.

Pacquiao says the chopper is for traveling between his home province in the Philippines and the capital Manila, where of course he is a congressman. So, the purchase isn’t strictly for luxury. That’s what his yacht is for.

The “slightly used” Bell 206A Jet Ranger seats five people. Pacquiao has already given it a custom paint job and slapped his logo all over it. All in all, it was a $427,000 (roughly 18 million Philippine pesos) bill for the boxer.

But when you’re now the second highest-paid athlete in the world, why not?

Video via ABS-CBN News

Kim Kardashian reportedly showed interest in Robert Griffin III

Kim Kardashian is known to be quite lecherous for a professional athlete or two. So, when we heard she was allegedly gauging her interest in a newly drafted Robert Griffin III, we could help but to roll our eyes.

It happened during a live taping of the show “30 Rock” in April. Kardashian was set to have a guest appearance. Griffin, drafted by the Redskins down the street at Radio City hours prior, stopped by the studio to watch the taping. That’s when Kardashian saw this sharply dressed, athletically fit man about to be entrenched in dollar signs. And given how the Kardashians practically use SportsCenter as a dating service, Kim couldn’t help but to inquire about this man they call RG3.

One of the show’s executive producers, Jack Burditt, was recently a guest on “The Rich Eisen Podcast,” and he explained what happened.

“She sat next to me while we were watching the show on the monitor and RG3 is a few seats down, and during the commercial break she starts asking me questions about him,” Burditt told Eisen. “Like, ‘Now he’s a football player, right?’ I’m like, yeah, yeah, yeah. And [Kardashian asks] ‘And he just…something big happened, right?’ And I’m like, well yeah, he just was the No. 2 overall pick tonight. [Kardashian asks] ‘And what team?’ Washington. [Kardashian asks] ‘What’s Washington?’ Redskins. She goes, ‘I don’t know much about football, but, so what’s his deal?’ And I’m thinking, you stay away from him. This is a nice young man.”

Jeez, it almost sounds like this woman is trying to decide on a car. But while Kardashian wasn’t explicit with her motives, Burditt knew what going on in her prurient mind.

“She wasn’t quite sure who he was,” he said. “But her inner alarm was going off.”

Kim, mind you, at the time had recently started dating Kanye West, and RG3 and his girlfriend, Rebecca Liddicoat, were engaged. So, for both their sakes (especially RG3’s) and the rest of human kind’s, we’re glad nothing happened.

Photo: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Woman suing 13-year-old boy Matthew Migliaccio after being hit by ball

A 45-year-old woman is suing a 13-year-old boy after being hit in the face by the boy’s overthrown ball at a Little League two years ago. Seriously.

The woman, Elizabeth Lloyd of Manchester, New Jersey, was watching her son play a Little League game two years ago and was sitting five feet from the bullpen where Matthew Migliaccio, then 11, was warming up a pitcher. Migliaccio threw a ball that sailed over the pitcher’s head and hit Lloyd in the face. She had to undergo reconstructive surgery and says she now suffers from headaches.

Lloyd has hired an attorney who’s seeking $500,000 in damages, which is the maximum amount the family’s homeowner’s insurance covers.

Migliaccio has been forced to retain counsel, and his attorney calls the suit frivolous. We agree completely.

This is an absurd lawsuit. The woman shouldn’t be granted any money from the boy or his family, and she should be forced to pay for the boy’s attorney. Even though it sucks that she was hit and had to go through the surgery, she should have been aware of where she was sitting. And if there’s anyone she should be suing, it’s the league, and only for the cost of the medical bills.

Lawsuits have become the new form of wealth redistribution in this country and it sucks. It is one of the major flaws in our legal system and this is a prime example of lawsuits at their worst.

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