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Anthony Davis reportedly a long shot to make U.S. Olympic team

It takes a special talent to be invited to try out for Team USA before ever stepping foot on the court during an NBA game. In 2007, the invitation was extended to Kevin Durant. Durant accepted the invitation but, as expected, fell short of making the team. This year, Kentucky phenom Anthony Davis has been invited to work out with the U.S. Olympic team. While Team USA is in need of size with Dwight Howard injured, Andrew Bynum not interested, and LaMarcus Aldridge potentially out, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says it is unlikely that Davis will make the final roster.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Colangelo described Davis’ chances as a “long shot” before adding that it could help that the team is loaded with scorers and deeper in the back court than the front court.

“He’s not a guard competing for a guard position where we’re reasonably deep,” Colangelo said. “We don’t have any shortage of scorers. Anthony has a chance to make his mark sooner rather than later just by rebounding, defending, getting up and down the court, being a team player. He doesn’t have to score.”

Colangelo said the chances are slim because Davis is inexperienced, which will in all likelihood keep him off the roster. With only 12 players traveling to London, a kid fresh out of college would have to blow the coaching staff away to be chosen over other NBA veterans. The last thing you want to do is hurt a player’s confidence before he even plays an NBA game, so we expect Davis to remain in the States. The experience, however, can only help his progression.

H/T SLAM Online via Pro Basketball Talk
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Carmelo Anthony says he’s ‘excited’ to reunite with Mike D’Antoni at Olympics

Tension? What tension? After the way Mike D’Antoni’s tenure in New York ended earlier this season, there were many who believed Carmelo Anthony could be facing an uphill climb if he hopes to make the 2012 Team USA Olympic roster. D’Antoni resigned from his Knicks position back in March and is the assistant coach on the US Team. It was assumed at the time that Carmelo played a huge hand in D’Antoni’s decision and that the higher-ups associated with USA Basketball were unhappy about it, but ‘Melo insists there is no bad blood between him and his former coach. In fact, he claims he’s excited for the reunion.

“It’ll be good to reunite with him,” Anthony said Monday at a Team USA promotional event according to the NY Daily News. “When he left there wasn’t any bad blood between me and him.

“He was a big part of the ’08 win, and he’s there again. I’m actually excited about going over there and trying to win a gold medal with him again.”

‘Melo may be “excited” to compete for another gold medal and he and D’Antoni may even be prepared to put their differences aside. That being said, there are few who will believe that there was actually no bad blood between the two at the time of D’Antoni’s resignation. Coaching may have taken its toll on D’Antoni and he obviously felt the struggling Knicks would be better off without him, but it was no secret coach and superstar could not coexist. Since D’Antoni is not the head coach for Team USA, and the roster filled from top to bottom with superstars, London is an entirely different set of circumstances.

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Beer will cost over $11 a pint at Olympics

Londoners are up in arms over the steep price of beer expected for the upcoming Summer Games.

Sample menus for the Games were published on Tuesday, and one of the more notable observations made by The Telegraph is that a pint of Heineken will cost £7.23, or slightly over $11.

But fret not, Olympics organizers thinks it’s totally reasonable to gouge fans to that extent.

“We believe that our prices are more than comparable to those found at other major sporting events, which because of their temporary nature are often more expensive than the high street,” said London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton.

So the guy essentially acknowledged prices are much higher than standard ones, but he says that should be expected. I’m sure everyone will appreciate that.

Other prices include at least £8 for the classic English dish of fish and chips, £2.10 for a toasted teacake, £2.30 for a 500ml bottle of Coca-Cola and £2 for a cup of tea.

I know I’m showing my age here, but I remember the good ole’ days when a 20oz bottle of Coke only cost $1 at a vending machine. Now you have to drop over $3.50 for one. The fish and chips for just over $12 doesn’t seem like a terrible deal, but when you realize a pint of beer is almost the same price, you have to weigh your priorities.

The good news is they’ll at least let fans bring in some food.

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Nick Mangold wears hilarious shirt about Tim Tebow-Lolo Jones situation (Picture)

Since Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones admitted she is still a virgin a little over a week ago, the entire sports world has been trying to get her together with Tim Tebow. In the eyes of many fans and most of his Jets teammates, Tebow makes perfect sense for the 29-year-old. As you can see from the photo above that ESPNNewYork.com’s Jane McManus shared on Twitter Thursday, Nick Mangold has decided to put on the full-court press and try to play Cupid.

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Nick Mangold turns down opportunity to watch his sister at the London Olympics

As most of you probably know, Jets center Nick Mangold has a sister who is competing in the London Olympics this summer. Holley Mangold has qualified for the Olympics in weightlifting. At 5-foot-9 and 350 pounds, she is 43 pounds heavier than Nick and can clean and jerk a whopping 319 pounds. While Nick is certainly proud of his sister for qualifying for the Olympic Games, he has chosen to stay at Jets camp rather than traveling to London to watch her compete.

“God bless Rex (Ryan) because he did offer it to me, but I don’t think I can leave my guys in the middle of training camp,” Mangold said according to Pro Football Talk. “But we’ll figure out a way to watch, and I’m real excited and real proud for her. Somehow, some way, I’ll watch it. But I don’t know if I can do the jump over the pond in the middle of training camp.”

As a fellow competitor, I’m sure Holley fully understands. While Aaron Ross of the Jaguars has decided to miss some camp to travel overseas to watch his wife compete, everyone approaches preparation differently. If Nick feels as though he cannot adequately prepare for the season by taking a few days in the middle of camp to travel to England, you have to respect his professionalism.

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Misty May-Treanor campaigning to get back on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Misty May-Treanor‘s time on “Dancing with the Stars” was brief. But not because she was voted out. Four years ago, a ruptured Achilles forced the beach volleyball star to withdraw from the competition after just three weeks (at least she lasted longer than Kim Kardashian).

But with the producers of the popular ABC celebrity ballroom dance show putting together an all-star cast of former competitors for the upcoming season this fall, May-Treanor is asking her fans to help her have a chance at redemption.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist used her Facebook page on Monday to lobby fans for their votes to get her back on the ballroom floor. She listed four reasons why she once again wants to vie for the mirror-ball trophy:

1. I would love to finish what I wasn’t able to when I was on the show the last time
2. I wasn’t voted off
3. I would love for my husband to see me dance and compete
4. I want to perform for my fans!

May-Treanor, 34, competed in the show’s seventh season in 2008 after winning her second-consecutive Olympic gold with partner Kerri Walsh in Beijing but had to drop out after rupturing her left Achilles during rehearsal. Model Brooke Burke went on to win the competition that season. Fellow Olympian Maurice Greene placed fifth.

May-Treanor, along with Walsh, is favored to win her third-straight Olympic gold medal in London this summer. But does she have the resume to warrant an appearance on an all-star version of DWTS? She did place in the top five each time she was scored, but her brief stint probably doesn’t help her popularity among the show’s general fans (because, let’s face it, popularity matters more than actual talent).

That ABC structured the ballot in categories (athletes, actors, models, etc.) suggests that only a few people will come from each. It’s also still unclear if the ballot is the sole determinant for who comprises the cast. But if only one or two athletes will be invited to compete, we all know Warren Sapp could use the work more.

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Lolo Jones responds to suggestion that she should date Tim Tebow

Ever since Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones openly discussed her virginity, people have been suggesting that she date Tim Tebow. Why? Because people are immature, and naturally they think that any two virgins who are popular athletes and happen to be above the age of 24 would be perfect for each other. That’s the way the world works.

Rather than pretend she has not heard the suggestions over the past few days that she should get together with Tebow, Jones decided to have a sense of humor about it on Thursday afternoon.

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