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Vanessa Bryant reportedly ‘furious’ over Kobe Bryant partying, shirtless pictures

It may have been a coincidence of timing that got Kobe Bryant in trouble during Team USA’s visit to Barcelona, but the situation has reportedly angered his wife regardless. Last week, Team USA was at a social event in Spain and some photos surfaced that show Bryant in a couple of sticky situations. According to TMZ, the photo you see above was taken at an after party shortly after someone spilled their entire drink on Kobe. He was only briefly shirtless while someone when to get him a new shirt.

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NBC runs promo that spoils outcome of tape-delayed Missy Franklin race (Video)

NBC has been roundly criticized for its insistence on airing most Olympics events on tape delay, and its refusal to broadcast events live backfired on Monday night.

The network was about to air the women’s 100m backstroke that took place earlier in the day in London, but a “TODAY” show promo (seen above) spoiled the outcome of the event for unwitting viewers.

The promo aired during a commercial break before NBC aired the race won by Missy Franklin.

“When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with. We’re there when Missy Franklin and her parents reunite … a ‘TODAY’ exclusive … live, tomorrow,” the promo says.

Between the chatter on social media networks as well as other news outlets, NBC is making it difficult enough to avoid learning the outcome of events. They just proved how impractical it is to tape delay things. Maybe this will be the wake-up call it needs to make a change for the future, though based on the strong ratings the network is posting, it may not be inclined to change. At least NBC won’t be able to censor its critics on this one like it has in the past.

For the record, this is the second big “TODAY” show-related blunder in recent weeks.

H/T Deadspin, video via Guyism

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Olympics blog Medal Detector

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Athletes’ parents unable to score tickets to ‘sold out’ Olympic events

The London Olympics are only a few days old and there is already a major problem with event tickets. While watching the games on television or through an online stream, you may have noticed that there are a lot of empty seats at various events. A frenzy that is highlighted by the hashtag #emptyseats has been taking place on Twitter with people complaining that the stands are not full during many events. The problem is that most of these events are technically sold out.

An investigation is underway to try to fix the problem. London officials say the empty seats at “sold out” events are the result of corporate sponsors and media members not showing up. The major problem now is that athletes’ parents are being shut out from events in which their sons and daughters are competing.

According to the Telegraph, parents from a host of countries have had to miss competitions while a slew of seats remain unfilled during the events.

“It is so confusing for everyone,” senior International Olympic Committee member Gunilla Lindberg explained. “Parents keep calling the athletes, no one knows where the tickets are and it is not very good preparation for the athletes to be so stressed about it.”

Each athlete is supposed to be entitled to two tickets for each session in which they compete, but the Ticketmaster system through which the tickets are purchased has not been able to update in time, thus not recognizing which athletes have qualified for the finals in their event. The system has since been changed and foreign teams have been told they can pick up their tickets at the appropriate venue, but officials at the venue have not been informed of the change in some instances and have denied the parents admission.

Without parents in the stands to cheer on their sons and daughters, we miss out on potential moments like these and wouldn’t get to enjoy enthusiastic mothers like Aly Raisman’s. As one team official described it, the ticket situation in London has become “a complete nightmare.”

Three umpires get in separate arguments at once during Brewers-Nationals game (Video)

Umpires argue with managers and players all the time. It happens every day in the majors, but very rarely do we see an instance where multiple umpires are engaged in entirely separate arguments simultaneously. On Sunday, three of the guys in blue found themselves arguing separate calls at the same time.

With the bases loaded and the Brewers leading the Nationals 3-2, Milwuakee’s Norichika Aoki dropped down a squeeze bunt that was picked up by Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s throw to first nearly pulled Steve Lombardozzi off the bag, but the replay showed he was able to maintain contact long enough to get the out. The ump called the runner safe, and that’s where argument number one began.

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Missy Franklin’s nails are painted with patriotic colors (Picture)

Missy Franklin is already becoming one of the stars of the 2012 Summer Games in London. The 17-year-old swimmer won bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay team Saturday night, and she captured her first Olympic gold medal by winning the 100m backstroke on Monday.

Before the Games began, Franklin tweeted a picture of her toe and fingernails to show that she had painted them in patriotic colors. I’m guessing they’re a lot more colorful than the tattoo she plans to get after the Games. Maybe the red, white, and blue helped bring her good luck in her races.

Photo via Missy Franklin

Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella expelled from Olympics for racist tweet

Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been expelled from the Olympics for sending a racist tweet following his country’s 2-1 loss to South Korea on Sunday.

“I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!” his tweet said in a garbled form of text message/slang, according to 101 Great Goals.

Below is a look at the message:

It didn’t take Morganella long to realize how much he screwed up. He sent the following apology note on his Twitter account, which has been deleted:

“I wish to apologise to the people in South Korea and their team, but also to the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general.”

After being expelled from the Games, Morganella released the following statement through Swiss Olympic:

“I am sincerely sorry for the people of South Korea, for the players, but equally for the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It’s clear that I’m accepting the consequences”.

“After the disappointing result and the reaction from Korea that followed, I made a huge error,” Morganella added.

Morganella claimed he was under attack from fans on Twitter when he sent the message.

He is the second athlete expelled from the Olympics for a racist tweet, joining Greece triple jumper Voula Papachristou. Meanwhile, the backlash Lolo Jones faced for a relatively innocuous tweet now seems even more ridiculous.

H/T Black Sports Online for the tweetgrab

Deron Williams catches Coach K doing yoga before practice (Picture)

Before Twitter came along, US men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski could go through his yoga routine before practice began without being bothered. And if he was bothered, it wasn’t in the form of one of his players tweeting a picture of him doing yoga to more than 200,000 followers.

Deron Williams snapped a picture of Coach K in the child’s pose before practice on Monday and shared it on Twitter.  While Coach K probably would prefer that this part of his day be kept personal, there’s nothing wrong with a middle-aged man doing some yoga. In fact, an organization is even trying to make yoga poses an Olympic event, so perhaps Coach K is practicing and showcasing his skills.

Of the tens of thousands of athletes competing in London, it’s safe to say Team USA is having the most fun with Twitter and social media sites. Kevin Love has tweeted pictures like the one of all of his teammates sleeping during their flight and a few others showcasing how ridiculous everyone looked in their Opening Ceremony outfits. Over the weekend, Kevin Durant got in on the fun by showing us his awkward-looking haircut. And to think the Games are just getting started.

Jim Harbaugh blasts media for criticizing rookie A.J. Jenkins

The 49ers are going to try to establish a better passing game this season, and first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins is expected to be a significant part of the plan. By adding Jenkins, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, San Francisco is hoping their offense can become more dynamic and Alex Smith can be more effective throwing the ball. However, there has been some indication that Jenkins has not impressed in offseason workouts. The San Francisco media hasn’t exactly been blasting the rookie, but apparently they have said enough to infuriate Jim Harbaugh.

“For those scribes, pundits or so-called experts who’ve gone as far to say he’s going to be a bust, they should just stop,” the Niners coach said Sunday according to the San Jose Mercury News. “I recommend that because they’re making themselves look clueless, more than they already did. A.J. is going to be outstanding.

“I’m going to keep track of these names of so-called experts who are making these comments. And there’s going to be an ‘I-told-you-so.’ I foresee that happening.”

For his part, Jenkins said he has “no hard feelings” toward anyone who has said negative things about him and that he embraces criticism. Harbaugh has never been shy about defending his players, as evidenced by the comments he made about Smith last season and the way he denied that the Niners ever pursued Peyton Manning. In all likelihood this is just a way for Harbaugh to give an important rookie some confidence heading into the season.

Manu Ginobili says Argentina should yell in Tony Parker’s face to fog up his goggles

Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are accustomed to winning basketball games together, but on Tuesday only one of them will be victorious when France takes on Argentina at the Olympics. Such is the joy of Olympic basketball. Argentina’s Ginobili and France’s Parker will likely find themselves guarding one another in London, and Ginobili says he already has a strategy in mind.

Parker, who suffered an eye injury after the NBA season ended during a nightclub brawl involving rappers Chris Brown and Drake, has been wearing protective goggles during play. According to Spurs Nation, Manu is planning to use that to his advantage.

“Go right up to him and go ‘whooo!’” Ginobili said while demonstrating how he would blow air out of his mouth. “That should fog up his goggles.”

Sounds like a simple strategy that just might work. Unfortunately for France, Ginobili may not even need gimmicks to keep Parker at bay. The Spurs star was 4-for-11 shooting with four turnovers during France’s loss to the USA over the weekend, and he admitted that the month he had to take off of basketball after the eye injury has left him “totally out of shape.”

Having seen how much zip Ginobili is capable of putting on a pass, I’d be worried about not being able to see basketballs that are flying my way at close to the speed of light if I was Parker.

H/T The Basketball Jones

Jeremy Shockey rips Roger Goodell in Twitter rant about health of NFL players

As the issue of concussions and head injuries in the NFL becomes more prevalent, so too do the discussions about it on Twitter. On Sunday night, Jeremy Shockey decided to get in on the act by preaching about the negative effects playing football has on the health of players.

He is not the first player to do this and won’t be the last, but what was particularly interesting about Shockey’s rant was the way he ripped Roger Goodell and basically accused him of lying to players for the benefit of the game. Here are a few of the tweets.

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