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Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey to fight in December if Carano signs

Gina Carano

Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey will fight in December at UFC 181 in Las Vegas if Carano signs with the UFC, company boss Dana White said Friday in Ireland.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, the UFC has a meeting with Carano’s representatives on Monday. If the two sides are able to agree to a deal, Carano would be set to face Rousey on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay.

Carano (7-1) has not fought since losing to Cyborg in 2009. She won the first seven fights of her pro career, fighting mostly in the now-defunct EliteXC promotion.

After receiving attention for her fighting, Carano transitioned into movies and has appeared in seven films. She expressed an interest in returning to fighting amid rumors of a potential fight with Rousey.

While Carano was off making movies, Rousey’s MMA career was blossoming.

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Rousey credits Carano for her interest in the sport, which began not too long ago. Following a career as an Olympian judoka, Rousey began doing MMA and had her first pro fight in 2011. She’s annihilated her competition going 10-0 in a little over three years in the sport, winning all but one of her fights in the first round.

While Rousey seems to only be getting better, Carano is returning to the octagon following a five-year absence. This doesn’t set up to be a good matchup for Carano, and we seriously doubt she’ll even be able to present a challenge.

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Still, Rousey wants this fight. Carano wants the fight. The UFC wants the fight. The fans will tune in to watch, regardless of how much of a mismatch it may be. I don’t think the fight is a good idea for Carano, but it will be an interest-generator and money-maker, and that’s what entertainment is all about.

Previously: Rousey says she would move up in weight to fight Carano

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Eric Lindros was supposedly a huge a-hole as a rookie

Eric-Lindros-FlyersEric Lindros was apparently an enormous jackass during his rookie season in the NHL, at least to one particular referee. Former NFL player and official Paul Stewart wrote an entertaining column for the Huffington Post recently to share some tales from his officiating career. You may never see Lindros in the same light again after hearing one of Stewart’s stories.

Stewart says he was working a home-and-home between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils during Lindros’ rookie season in 1992. The first game “got chippy” as time winded down, and Lindros and Scott Stevens were given roughing penalties in the final five minutes of the third period. Lindros must have held a grudge, because here’s what Stewart says happened before the second game:

The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

“Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?” I asked.

The response: “[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already.”

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

If the story ended there, you would probably just think Lindros was a punk kid who wasn’t in the mood to chat. But it got worse. Stewart says he gave Lindros a high-sticking penalty right off the opening face-off and didn’t let him get away with anything because of his poor attitude. Lindros allegedly decided to get even in a classless way.

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LeBron James reached out to Kevin Love about playing together

LeBron James Kevin LoveIf there were any doubt about who’s running the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s been cleared up.

The same day a report emerged saying the Cavaliers were willing to include Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Kevin Love, we also learned that LeBron reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star.

Yahoo! Sports reports that James reached out to Love to express a desire to play together on the Cavs.

Love is entering the final season of his contract and has told the T-Wolves he will not re-sign with them. He has tried to pressure the team into trading him, but Minnesota is holding out for the best possible offer.

Yahoo! also says the Cavs are now willing to include Wiggins in a trade for Love, but they say Cleveland would need an additional team to be involved in the deal.

So far James has gotten James Jones and Mike Miller to sign with the Cavs, and he’s working on bringing Ray Allen to Cleveland, too. If he’s able to get Love on the squad, the Cavs will definitely be a championship-quality team. As a great rebounder, passer and outside shooter, Love is a perfect complement to James.

Trading Wiggins would not be easy. I think he’s going to be an awesome player. But Love can help bring the Cavs a championship in the next couple of seasons, and that’s what the Cavs are going for.

Report: Rajon Rondo makes it hard for Celtics to attract free agents

Rajon-Rondo-CelticsRajon Rondo will never be known as the easiest player to coach. Doc Rivers alluded to that on several occasions during his tenure with the Boston Celtics.

But how is Rondo as a teammate?

While the Celtics point guard certainly does a great job of sharing the ball and getting everyone involved, he’s not exactly the most affable character. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman even says the presence of Rondo makes the Celtics less attractive to some free agents.

[Related: Rajon Rondo skipped team trip without permission?]

Goodman had an interesting back-and-forth with Jeff Clark of SB Nation’s Celtics Blog on Thursday morning. Clark questioned Goodman’s belief that the Celtics should trade Rondo. That led to this exchange:

Goodman later said that he would not drop any names, as the conversations he had with players who don’t want to play with Rondo were off the record. We know Rondo and Ray Allen struggled to get along in their last season together in Boston, with Rondo later referring to Allen as “that guy.

Kevin Love met Rondo during his trip to Boston last month, and as far as we know Love would still be willing to accept a trade to the Celtics and sign a long-term deal. Perhaps Love is the exception rather than the rule.

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H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Drake jokes about Johnny Manziel doing shrooms (Video)

Drake ESPYsDrake did a decent job of delivering his monologue at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. While there were plenty of jokes that needed work and missed their mark, he was able to get enough laughs to make it through. One of Drake’s best bits came at the expense of his good friend Johnny Manziel.

When talking about LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland, Drake joked that the only person who might not be happy about it is Manziel. He then poked fun at Johnny Football’s party boy lifestyle.

“Right before I came out here I got a text from him asking if I wanted to do mushrooms and watch the ESPYs together tonight,” Drake joked. “Johnny, I hope you understand this is why I couldn’t come, but I’m sure this looks amazing to you right now.”

As expected, Manziel took the ribbing in stride.

Watch some of Drake’s other highlights below:

Video: Drake debuts great ‘Sidepieces’ song at ESPYs
Video: Drake kills it with Manny Pacquiao singing impression

Stuart Scott’s moving ESPYs speech might make you cry (Video)

Stuart Scott ESPYsLongtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott delivered an incredibly moving speech at the 2014 ESPYs upon receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The speech was powerful enough to make most people cry.

Stu has been fighting cancer since 2007 and said in his speech that he was in the hospital as of Friday following four surgeries in seven days. He had liver complications and kidney failure. He wasn’t even sure he would be able to make it to LA Wednesday to receive his award. But he did, making his speech all that more awesome.

Scott’s main message came in these powerful words: “You beat cancer by HOW you live, WHY you live, and in the manner in WHICH you live.”

He stressed the importance of having people around you who support you and care enough to help you beat cancer. He talked about how having a positive and determined attitude helps him win the fight. He also gave a lot of love to his daughters — Taelor and Sydni — describing them as his “heartbeat” and the reason he fights to live. His daughter Sydni was in attendance and teared up while watching her father’s video and speech.

To close out the speech, Stu called his daughter up to the stage for a hug.

The video shows the prepackaged piece on Scott as well as his speech. To go straight to his speech, jump to the 6:45 mark.

Earl Thomas walks out of interview with me after getting upset with question (Video)

Earl Thomas is arguably the best safety in the NFL and top player on the Seattle Seahawks’ stellar defense, but there’s a reason why he’s one of the quiet members of the Legion of Boom — especially compared to Richard Sherman.

Thomas doesn’t quite have that same media savvy as his outspoken teammate.

LBS attended the red carpet event for the 9th annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Montrian Hotel on Monday and had the chance to interview Thomas. The only problem is the interview didn’t last very long; Thomas got upset with one of my questions and walked away.

Earl ThomasThe nature of the questions were pretty simple: Thomas is in line to return punts this season for the Seahawks, so I asked him if he was looking forward to the extra responsibility. He got excited and said he was looking forward to scoring some touchdowns, which led to a natural follow-up — does he have any TD celebrations planned?

Thomas is also competing with Sherman for punt returning duties on the team, so I asked who the better punt returner is. Based on how Thomas was acting at the beginning of the interview — talking about us filming his good side and being excited about scoring touchdowns — I thought he would give a playful answer. Instead, he got upset, accused me of trying to start some drama, and walked away.

Sorry, Earl, I was just trying to have some fun, not start trouble.