Ronda Rousey: ‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world’

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey still dominates opponents with little effort in the octagon, but mixed martial arts is not the only thing on the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion’s mind. Rousey has been open about her passion for acting, which she discovered with her role as Luna in “The Expendables 3.” But the 27-year-old doesn’t want to be known as a fighter who has been in movies. Eventually, Rousey hopes to be a well-known and respected actress.

“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star,” she recently told ESPN the Magazine. “I just didn’t think it was in the cards. Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, “Screw it, I don’t give a s—, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.” I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who gained his fame through professional wrestling, was the top-grossing actor of 2013 after his movies — including “Fast & Furious 6″ — raked in $1.3 billion globally. The Rock was second behind Robert Downey Jr. on the same list in Forbes this year.

Rousey still has a contract with Dana White and UFC and could end up fighting Gina Carano in what would be one of the most-watched female MMA fights of all time. Despite that, she said she did many of her own stunts in “The Expendables 3.”

“I did all of my own stunts, except for a couple of falls,” she explained. “I had a fight that December, so Dana White wouldn’t let me do anything too dangerous, but nobody else could do a lot of those fight scenes, so it fell to me. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I love jumping off of stuff, so they promised to let me do my own falls if I don’t have a fight next time.”

In addition to “The Expendables 3,” Rousey also has roles in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 7″ and “Entourage.” She has already put together a fairly impressive resume. I doubt Rousey will ever be the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood, but a full-time acting career is a definite possibility after she is done fighting.

H/T MMA Junkie

Wayne Gretzky told Dustin Johnson to clean up his act?

dustin-johnsonDustin Johnson has supposedly had problems off the golf course for quite some time now, and it sounds like his behavior was a cause for concern for his future father-in-law. Did Wayne Gretzky have a chat with Johnson to tell him to tone down the partying?

According to Hollie McKay of FOX411, the Great One did just that. Gretzky, father of Johnson’s 25-year-old fiancee Paulina Gretzky, reportedly told Johnson at one point to “clean up his act” or there would be no wedding. The Gretzkys are said to be well aware of Johnson’s party boy antics, and Wayne has tried to be a positive influence.

[Related: Alli MacKenzie denies Dustin Johnson broke up her marriage]

Johnson and Paulina Gretzky got engaged last summer and were initially planning a Fall 2014 wedding. Wayne Gretzky later said in an interview that the wedding has been postponed due to Johnson’s busy schedule, but it would be fair to wonder if there was more to it than that.

Johnson has taken a “voluntary leave of absence” from golf and the PGA Tour insists he has not been suspended, though a report from Golf.com claims he was suspended for six months after testing positive for cocaine. In addition to the drug allegations, Johnson has also been accused of sleeping with at least one other PGA Tour golfer’s wife.

It is unclear what effect, if any, Johnson’s troubles will have (or have had) on his relationship with Paulina.

Model Ashley Bongiovanni did her best to get Rory McIlroy’s attention at Bridgestone (Video)

A blond model named Ashley Bongiovanni has become somewhat internet famous this week after she was captured by CBS doing her best to attract the attention of Rory McIlroy during the final round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron on Sunday.

McIlroy hit his tee shot on the 15th hole and Bongiovanni was right behind him in the gallery looking pretty and running her hand through her hair in an attempt to get the No. 1-ranked golfer’s attention.

After a few folks on social media took note of the blonde in the crowd, Bongiovanni actively responded to get her name attached to the story. For instance, she replied to this tweet sent by CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter:

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Darren Lewis facing 25-30 years in prison after guilty pleas

Darren Lewis mug shotFormer Texas A&M star running back Darren Lewis is facing 25-30 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple armed robberies dating back to 2012.

Lewis pleaded guilty “to three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence,” the Dallas Morning News reports. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 25 and is facing 25-30 years in prison.

The first armed robbery committed by Lewis and his partner-in-crime Christopher Washington was at a Hampton Inn on Oct. 30, 2012. They held up a La Quinta Inn in Cedar Hill, Texas, a week later.

Lewis pleaded guilty to holding up two 7-11 convenience stores on consecutive days beginning on Jan. 28, 2013. In the second of the two robberies, Lewis actually shot a clerk in the thigh. On Jan. 27, 2013, Lewis robbed a CVS pharmacy.

Lewis rushed for 5,012 yards on 909 carries during his four-year career with the Aggies from 1987-1990. He led the country with 1,691 rushing yards in his senior season in 1990 and he scored 19 touchdowns that year. He was an All-American and finished 8th in Heisman voting in 1990.

Lewis was projected to be a high draft pick but slipped to the sixth round after testing positive for cocaine. He says cocaine cost him his career, wife and house.

Report: Under Armour to make Kevin Durant huge offer

Kevin DurantKevin Durant will not be an NBA free agent until 2016, but he is currently in the middle of a different kind of free agency.

Durant’s contract with Nike is expiring and he is being pursued by sports apparel giants Adidas and Under Armour. Nike, of course, wants to retain him. Of the three, UA might be the company to watch here.

The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola reports that Under Armour could offer Durant as much as $30 million a year.

While the number sounds outrageous — and we doubt they would offer him that much — it sure sounds like they mean business in these negotiations.

Under Armour pursuing Durant and potentially signing him could have other implications. UA is based out of Maryland, which is nearby Durant’s hometown of D.C. Ever since LeBron James decided to go home to Cleveland, there has been a lot of noise about Durant one day going to play for the Wizards. Durant even seems to be giving serious consideration to that possibility.

I would be shocked if Durant signed with Under Armour over Nike (with the implication being that UA outbid Nike by a large amount), but I doubt Isola would throw this out there if he didn’t have solid information on the matter. We’ll see what happens.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Report: Biogenesis suspensions coming for two more players

Tony BoschTony Bosch and a number of other people who are linked to his Biogenesis clinic were arrested on Thursday morning in connection with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s “Operation Strikeout.” Bosch will plead guilty to illegally distributing steroids, and more MLB suspensions are expected as a result of the investigation.

According to ESPN’s TJ Quinn, law enforcement officials said Tuesday that their investigation has revealed two previously unnamed MLB players. Both are expected to be suspended by MLB.

[Related: Tony Bosch supplied high schoolers with PEDs]

Bosch has provided steroids and other drugs to both professional athletes and high school-aged athletes. It was previously reported that MLB would put in a good word for Bosch with law enforcement officials if he cooperated in nailing Alex Rodriguez to the wall, which it seems he has done.

While Bosch could face up to a 10-year prison sentence for his charges, Quinn reports that the Biogenesis founder’s attorney struck a deal with the US Attorney’s office that had “little to do with” MLB. It is unclear if that alleged deal has anything to do with the two new names that have surfaced.

Also see: Biogenesis has some hilarious Yelp reviews
Also see: Report – A-Rod leaked info implicating Ryan Braun, Francisco Cervelli

Spurs hire Becky Hammon as first ever female NBA assistant coach

Becky-HammonThe San Antonio Spurs made history on Tuesday by announcing that they have hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season. Hammon, who is currently in her 16th year with the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, will retire as a player at the end of the season and join Gregg Popovich’s staff.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Popovich said in an NBA.com statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Hammon was named one of the top 15 WNBA players of all time in July 2011. She ranks seventh in WNBA history with 5,809 points, fourth with 1,687 assists and sixth in games played with 445. The six-time WNBA All-Star is the Stars all-time leader in assists with 1,112 and three-point field goals with 493.

Hammon’s basketball resume speaks for itself. Gregg Popovich is not the type of coach who would make an addition to his staff for publicity, so you know Hammon must be regarded as a fantastic basketball mind. Her hire could help open a door that has long been closed.