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Nicolas Batum punches Juan Carlos Navarro in the nuts, later apologizes

Every Olympiad is known for some hallmark events. Beijing was known for Michael Phelps going 8-for-8 in gold medals; Atlanta saw the Magnificent Seven win it all with Kerri Strug hobbling on one leg; and Los Angeles was dominated by Carl Lewis’ four golds in track and field.

What will the London Games be remembered for? You could say Phelps, who won six medals in his final Olympics, or Usain Bolt, who maintained his status as the fastest man in the world. But I think I know the real answer: it’s the nut shots.

First there was Carmelo Anthony getting smacked in the twig and gig by an Argentina player, and on Wednesday it was Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro getting the nut shot treatment from France’s Nicolas Batum:

France was down by six with 23 seconds left when Batum turkey tapped JC (and really, you never want to mess with someone with the initials of JC), showing us that proper sportsmanship is still a high priority for the French. Spain won the game 66-59 and advances to face Russia in the semifinals. Batum at least apologized via Twitter after the game:

It’s hard to take that as too genuine, considering Batum had earlier told Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he smacked Navarro “to give him a good reason to flop.”

Frustration overcomes us all at times, and apparently Batum is no different. Only most of us don’t resort to low blows.

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U.S. upset over Argentina’s nut shot on Carmelo Anthony (Picture)

On paper, it appeared that the US men’s basketball team’s 126-97 win over Argentina in the final game before the knockout stage was a breeze. In many ways it was, but for Carmelo Anthony it was a bit more painful. As you can see from the screenshot above, Anthony took a shot to the groin as he was attempting a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

The three went in, but as the video at Eye on Basketball shows it certainly appeared that Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo threw an unneccesary below-the-belt shot as the buzzer sounded.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hit in manly region by Andy Murray (Video)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to fight through some serious pain during his semifinal match against Andy Murray at Wimbledon on Friday after being hit in about the worst place possible for a man.

Tsonga was serving up 5-3 in the third set after being down two sets to none when he got drilled in the manly region. The Frenchman had hit a drop volley and Murray came in for the passing shot, but the only thing the ball passed through was Tsonga’s groin.

Jo-Wilfried went down immediately in pain and needed to take a knee, only this time it wasn’t in celebration. After taking about a minute to recover, Tsonga resumed his serve and won the set 6-3 to continue the match.

At least Tsonga didn’t pull a Tomas Berdych after the match.

Thanks to LBS contributor A. Liu for the tip

Brandon Inge’s home run ball bounced off a fan’s nuts into a woman’s face (Video)

In some sort of incredible twist that could only happen in a comedy movie, a Brandon Inge home run ball on Sunday night went off a fan’s nuts and caromed into a woman’s face.

The video, seen above via Busted Coverage, is titled “Unluckiest couple at baseball game,” and it’s hard to disagree. That is some serious “Three Stooges” ish right there. The best part about the video is the way it replays several times kind of like the Keith Hernandez spitting video on “Seinfeld.” About the only thing to say to tell that unlucky fan is “nice catch, pretty boy!”

Former wrestler Jon Levi Miller suing opponent Clinton Woosley for fighting for real, causing him to lose testicle

Those of you who still believe wrestling is real like my buddy Will, look away. This story will change your life rather than entertain you. Former professional wrestler Jon Levi Miller is suing one of his past opponents. Miller, who is now 23 years old, claims Clinton Woosley –a.k.a. Guido Andretti — unexpectedly kicked him in the groin during a match last year, rupturing his testicle and forcing doctors to have to remove it. According to the Courier-Journal, Miller is also suing Coliseum Championship Wrestling and its owner, Sam Cosby.

The suit said that Miller, 23, was designated in advance by Cosby to win the match and that Woosley was designated as the “heel” or loser.

When Miller tried to “coordinate the match with Woosley as is the custom in the industry” before the two entered the ring, Woosley didn’t react in the normal way by discussing the choreography. Instead, Woosley indicated he understood the plan and told Miller “it would be OK,” the complaint said.

But Woosley decided to try to win by kicking Miller. Miller went down and the match was called when he couldn’t proceed, according to the suit.

Not cool. Miller underwent surgery the next day and doctors had to remove his testicle. Cosby claims Miller never indicated he was hurt and finished the match, winning it as scheduled. So let me get this straight: One guy claims he was in such pain that the match was called and another guy claims the match was completed as scheduled. Isn’t there some sort of tape that can be cued up or witnesses that were in attendance? This can’t be that difficult of a case to solve.

H/T Off the Bench

Brian Robison Kicks T.J. Lang in the Nuts (Animated)

A definite fine and possible suspension will be coming this week for Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.  Throwing a punch in the NFL is already an automatic ejection, but Roger Goodell and company may want to look into adding nut shots to that list.  During the Packers game against Minnesota on Sunday, Robison was on the ground when he booted Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang in the nuts while Lang was standing over him.  Needless to say, it looked painful.  Check out the Brian Robison-T.J. Lang nut shot, courtesy of Gifulmination:

Accidental nut shots like this one with a towel, this one on a tackle, and this one during Vikings practice on the Ol’ Gunslinger happen, but there’s no excuse for something like that.  Lang is probably going to be talking in a high pitched voice for the rest of the night, so Robison better pay for it somehow.

Knee to the Groin Reveals Cancer, Saves Taylor Statham’s Life

When 18-year-old Taylor Statham took a knee to the groin during a prep school basketball game last October, it felt like any other shot to the stones: It hurt.  Statham rolled around on the court floor in pain when the incident occurred and the swelling in his groin lingered for a few weeks.  Thank goodness for that.

When we feature nut-shot stories here on LBS, the context is usually light-hearted and joking like the Novak Djokovic prank, Chandler Parsons taking one from a teammate, or Brett Favre experiencing an incident during practice.  This particular knee to the groin, however, is hardly a laughing matter.  In fact, it saved Statham’s life.

As The Dagger shared with us on Wednesday, Statham decided to visit his doctor after he took a blow to the groin from teammate Dushon Carter during practice last year.  The 6-foot-6 center was attempting to incorporate taking charges into his game to make himself more appealing to Division I programs.  Upon visiting the doctor, it was revealed that Statham had an aggressive form of malignant testicular cancer.  Had he been examined a few months later, the doctor told Taylor it may have been too late to beat the cancer.

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