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AJ McCarron had great reaction when told LeBron was following his girlfriend (Video)

aj mccarronAJ McCarron had a reaction for the ages when informed about his girlfriend’s newfound fame after the BCS National Championship Game ended.

The Alabama quarterback’s eyes popped open and his mouth dropped when he was told Katherine Webb gained over 100,000 Twitter followers Monday night.

“No way,” a dumbfounded McCarron said.

McCarron was frozen when told that LeBron James began following Webb.

“Say you swear,” McCarron told Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis.

Travis told him he swore it was true (LeBron later unfollowed her), and that’s when McCarron said he wanted to get a follow from James too.

McCarron’s reaction gives a perfect visual representation of how crazy the entire sequence of events surrounding the evening were.

Related: AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb steals the show

Video via Chelsa Messinger

Lance Armstrong reportedly tried paying off USADA in 2004

lance armstrongLance Armstrong has many supporters, but even his staunchest defenders will have a difficult time defending him against the mounting evidence he’s facing.

On Friday, The New York Times reported that Armstrong was considering admitting he doped/used performance-enhancers during his cycling career in order to improve his standing with the US Anti-Doping Agency. Now, USADA executive Travis Tygart is claiming that an Armstrong representative tried donating a large sum to the agency in 2004.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tygart told “60 Minutes Sports” that an Armstrong representative tried donating around $250,000 to the organization in 2004. In the interview, which will air Wednesday on Showtime, Tygart reportedly called the gesture “totally inappropriate.”

“I was stunned,” Tygart says in the interview. “It was a clear conflict of interest for USADA. We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer.”

One of Armstrong’s attorneys tried explaining the offer.

“At some point … I thought around the mid-2000s … someone was seeking some money for testing equipment and Armstrong offered to help,” attorney Tim Herman told the LA Times. “I don’t know for sure what happened. I only vaguely remember someone in the enforcement community needing some new testing equipment.

“There was some request to us, I thought. I can’t recall exactly, but that’s my recollection.”

Armstrong has donated $125,000 to the International Cycling Union. He gave them $25,000 in 2002, and his management company gave the organization $100,000 in 2005.

Armstrong’s actions come off as obvious bribery attempts. Don’t forget that the New York Daily News also reported that Nike paid a UCI president $500,000 in 1999 to cover up one of his positive tests.

ESPN apologizes for Brent Musbuger gushing over Katherine Webb

katherine webb espnESPN was busy issuing statements on Tuesday. First the network announced that Rob Parker was fired for his RG3 comments, and then they apologized for announcer Brent Musburger drooling over Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend.

ESPN flashed to a shot of McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, during the first quarter of the BCS National Championship Game Monday. Musburger and broadcast partner Kirk Herbstreit began gushing over Webb.

“You see that lovely lady there? She’s Miss Alabama, and that’s AJ McCarron’s girlfriend,” said Musburger. “Wow, I’m telling you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman, wow, whoa!

“If you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pops,” Musburger joked.

ESPN and many others didn’t find the comments too amusing. ESPN PR rep Mike Soltys issued the following statement:

“We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.”

Webb found the praise to be complimentary.

“It was kind of nice,” Webb told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I didn’t look at it as creepy at all. For a woman to be called beautiful, I don’t see how that’s an issue.”

Webb is a certified beauty queen, so it’s most peoples’ opinion that she is attractive. Still, Musburger was so over-the-top with his comments that many people found the 73-year-old’s words to be excessive and creepy. That’s why ESPN apologized.

Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson may be dating

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Paulina Gretzky and golfer Dustin Johnson may be dating.

Golf Digest’s Alex Myers reported on Tuesday that Gretzky followed Johnson around Kapalua’s Plantation Course in Maui where he was playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Myers says the two have been seen together all week in Kapalua, including being out at night together.

Golf reporter Stephanie Wei first mentioned Johnson’s relationship with Paulina over Twitter on Jan. 1, saying, “DJ has really hot new gf named Paulina.”

The gossip report probably comes as a shock for most people, but it really shouldn’t.

Johnson was dating female golfer Natalie Gulbis two years ago. He had a bit of an incident because it was reported that he was dating Gulbis before officially breaking up with his previous girlfriend, Amanda Caulder.

Gretzky was seen getting cozy with LA Kings center Jarret Stoll over the summer. Whatever they had together (if they were together) didn’t last very long. Stoll has been dating FOX TV host/reporter Erin Andrews for the past few months.

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Rob Parker fired by ESPN

rob-parkerRob Parker’s comments questioning Robert Griffin III’s blackness have finally cost him his job. ESPN announced on Tuesday that they would be firing the “First Take” host.

Here’s the company’s statement on the matter:

“Rob Parker’s contract expired at year’s end. Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal.”

Parker said on “First Take” Dec. 13 that he wasn’t sure what kind of brother Griffin was. He questioned the quarterback’s blackness, and the episode re-aired throughout the day on ESPN without that part being edited out of the show. As the backlash picked up throughout the day, ESPN finally addressed the comments by calling them “inappropriate.

ESPN suspended Parker and at least one producer from the show, and then announced Tuesday they decided not to bring back Parker.

In his first extended comments since being suspended, Parker expressed very little remorse for his Griffin remarks. Parker blamed others for his RG3 comments, and then he said the public took his comments out of context. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand says ESPN made the decision to fire Parker before the host’s interview with Click on Detroit.

Reggie Wayne: Ray Lewis’ dance at end of game was ‘disrespectful’

ray lewis danceRay Lewis announced prior to the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend that he would be retiring, so most people enjoyed seeing him do his trademark dance one last time. One person who didn’t find it too amusing, though, was Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

Wayne found it disrespectful that Lewis did his typical pregame dance, and then came out to play in the victory formation where he did another celebratory dance following the Ravens’ last kneel down.

“I saw it as disrespectful,” Wayne said, via WNDE’s Jake Query. “They’d already had a tribute every quarter.”

We agree with Wayne. Doing the dance before the game is one thing, but it wasn’t at all sportsmanlike for Lewis to join the offense for the kneel down and then break out the dance another time. If Lewis is anything like the high-character guy he’s led us to believe he is, he should apologize for his actions.

Urban Meyer wants Nick Saban’s coaching staff to be raided

urban meyer ohio stateOne could sense the bitterness and jealous coming from Urban Meyer as he spoke on ESPN’s postgame show following Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide had just won its third national championship in four seasons, and it was clear the program had done something Meyer did not think was possible.

“There was a time where I really believed that couldn’t be done because of the parity in college football,” Meyer said on ESPN’s postgame show. “The SEC — you saw Georgia, LSU and A&M take Alabama right to the ropes, so I really didn’t think that could be done.”

Meyer, whose Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-0, understands how difficult it is to build a dynasty in college football. You have to bring in the top recruits each year, hope they develop properly, and you need little calls or plays go your way in several games. There is also a lot of turnover to overcome; players graduate, transfer, and turn pro, and assistant coaches leave for other jobs. Knowing all this, Meyer, who won two national championships at Florida, can’t believe that Nick Saban has been able to build such a dominant dynasty at Alabama. He even made it clear after Bama beat Notre Dame that he hopes Saban’s coaching staff gets raided in order to weaken the program.

“He doesn’t lose coaches. I’m still trying to figure that out. We had that thing going at Florida and it was a turnstyle — head coaches here, head coaches there. How do you not go hire one of those assistant coaches at Alabama?” Meyer asked.

Meyer is not entirely accurate; Saban lost offensive coordinator Jim McElwain after last season, but he has managed to keep Kirby Smart as his defensive coordinator since 2007.

What’s amusing is that this is the second prominent college football coach in a week who’s tried to weaken the Bama program. These guys have a hard time topping Bama on the field, so this is all they can do to take down Alabama. It was pretty weak of Meyer to use his platform on ESPN for that purpose.

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Nobody was sadder than Lou Holtz after Notre Dame’s loss (Video)

lou holtzAlabama blew out Notre Dame to make the National Championship Game pretty boring, but the rout was almost worthwhile solely because of how much it crushed Lou Holtz.

The former Fighting Irish coach was in disbelief after the game. He was defeated. He tried to find the words to explain Notre Dame’s crushing 42-14 defeat, but he couldn’t manage an explanation.

“Alabama was really far superior. How did it happen? I really don’t know,” a lost Holtz said.

“Notre Dame never even tried to run the football consistently. If you’re going to win a championship, you gotta be able to stop the run — which Notre Dame could not — and you have to be able to run the ball, which they did not try.

“Notre Dame did not play their best football game, and that’s probably the most discouraging thing to that university and to the team and the coaches as well.”

Keep searching for the right words, Lou. We’ll get back to you in September, and maybe by then you’ll realize that your Fighting Irish didn’t deserve to be playing in the game.

AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb steals the show

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AJ McCarron played the game of his life to help Alabama crush Notre Dame 42-14 to win its second straight national championship and third in four years, but somehow it was his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who stole the show on Monday night.

The Internet was first introduced to Webb around Christmas when she tweeted a photo of herself and McCarron together for the holiday. The photo sparked speculation that the two were dating. McCarron later confirmed to the media that Webb was his girlfriend, and it wasn’t long before we found out a few details about the young lady.

Webb graduated from rival school Auburn in 2011. She was crowned Miss Alabama USA a year later.

Webb headed to Miami to support her boyfriend during the BCS National Championship Game, but she had no clue what awaited her on Monday night.

With just over four minutes left in the first quarter and Alabama up 14-0, ESPN flashed to a shot of Webb in the stands along with McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner. All it took was 30 seconds on camera for Webb’s life to permanently change.

ESPN announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit began drooling over the beauty queen:

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Carmelo Anthony waited for Kevin Garnett by Celtics’ bus (Video)

Carmelo Anthony was seen waiting for Kevin Garnett by the Celtics’ team bus after the New York Knicks lost to Boston 102-96 on Monday night. That reportedly was the second time after the game that Melo tried confronting Garnett.

Melo and KG got into it during the game and received double-technicals for jawing at each other during the fourth quarter. The two were extremely physical as they were fighting for position with about nine minutes left:

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