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McKayla Maroney recovering from surgery month after kidney stones

McKayla Maroney

Former Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is recovering from surgery.

Maroney posted on her Instagram profile this week that she was recovering from a surgery. She shared a photo from what appeared to be a hospital bed and said, “I think my surgery was a success. On to recovery.”

Maroney shared last month that she was hospitalized due to kidney stones. She had been taken to the emergency room for medical attention.

The 25-year-old former gymnast said at the time that she was in pain-management mode. The operation would have been to remove the stones.

Maroney won gold and silver medals at the 2012 Summer Games in London. She also won three gold medals at the World Championships before retiring in 2016.

McKayla Maroney recovering after bout with kidney stones

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney is recovering after a bout with kidney stones.

The former gold medal-winning Olympian revealed on her Instagram Story during the week that she went to the emergency room because of severe back and stomach pain. She said she was vomiting as well. A CT scan revealed the stones.

The 25-year-old shared an update on her Instagram Story Friday to say that she was home from the hospital.

“Unfortunately nothing has changed, just on pain management,” she said of her status.

Maroney gained fame for her role on the “Fierce Five” at the 2012 London Games. She helped the U.S. win gold in the team event and she won silver on the vault. The gymnast retired in 2016 and has recently gotten into singing. She also enjoys teasing her fans on social media with videos.

‘Black Widow’ Jeanette Lee has Stage 4 ovarian cancer

Jeanette Lee Black Widow

Sad news was revealed on Thursday regarding former pool player Jeanette Lee, who was best known as the “Black Widow” in the billiards world.

Lee’s representatives revealed that the former pool star has Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Her agent described Lee’s prognosis as “dire.”

The 49-year-old rose to fame in the 1990s when she became the No. 1-ranked female pool player in the world. At the time, ESPN would often air pool events, and she became one of the faces of the game.

Lee revealed in an interview that she got her nickname because friends said she would lure people to the table and then eat them alive.

Lee was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 12 and has had numerous surgeries. She has also lived in constant pain since her first surgery. Lee’s agent says the former pool star likely didn’t notice the ovarian cancer because she is so used to living in pain.

A GoFundMe charity page was set up for people to contribute to help Lee’s three daughters.

This video is of Lee talking about her scoliosis.

Jose Canseco calls Dave Portnoy ‘liar’ after fight dive accusations

Dave Portnoy

Jose Canseco is trying to turn the tables after being accused by Dave Portnoy of taking a dive in a recent fight.

Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, put on a “Rough N’ Rowdy” pay-per-view fight show on Friday night. The headline event on the card was a bout between Canseco and one of the characters on popular podcast “Pardon My Take,” Billy Football.

Canseco’s fight with Billy Football didn’t last more than 10 seconds. Canseco went down quickly and the ref stepped in.

Portnoy immediately called out Canseco for taking a dive.

Portnoy explained the pay structure for the fight.

Canseco initially apologized for not putting on the show fans expected.

By Monday, Canseco’s tone changed and he was back to being the heel.

This sort of thing is typical of Canseco. He once no-showed at a boxing event and sent his twin brother Ozzie instead.

Even if Barstool Sports made money off the event, they didn’t give their fans the value they sought. Pleasing their fans is a top priority, which is what makes this a problem for Barstool.

OJ Simpson goes viral for ‘MAGA’ hat in Christmas photo

OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson wished his Twitter followers a Merry Christmas to celebrate the holiday on Friday, but there was one aspect of his photo that drew attention.

In the background of The Juice’s photo were a few items on a shelf. One of the items was a “MAGA” hat, which is the hat for President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign.

Trump is both beloved and despised by millions, so the hat is a symbol of great polarization. Needless to say, it produced some extreme reactions, especially when you consider Simpson is an alleged double-murderer.

This is the kind of craziness you get on Twitter.

On a related note, if you’re actually following Simpson on Twitter, you have problems, unless you’re hoping for more tweets like this.

Lindsey Vonn, PK Subban announce their breakup

Lindsey Vonn PK Subban

Lindsey Vonn and PK Subban are splitting up.

The two announced on their social media channels Tuesday that they have broken up. They posted identical photos on their social media profiles and nearly identical statements announcing the move.

Here is the post from Vonn:

And this was Subban’s post:

Vonn and Subban have been dating since at least 2018. They got engaged in the summer of 2019 but were never married. Now they are splitting apart.

Vonn, 36, is a retired gold medal-winning Olympic skier. Subban, 31, is a defenseman for the New Jersey Devils.

Paige Spiranac rips Logan Paul fight as ‘money grab’

Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac is no fan of Logan Paul and doesn’t think much of the social media star’s upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Spiranac, the social media famous former golfer, described Paul’s fight with Mayweather as a “money grab” on her podcast. She also shared why she is not a fan of Paul.

Spiranac, 27, says she has hated Paul ever since receiving death threats from his fans.

“I did an anti-bullying talk at a school and it was right after Logan Paul filmed a guy committing suicide in this forest,” Spiranac said on her iHeartRadio show. “It was a huge controversy and I was asked what I thought about it.

“I said, ‘If you have a large following of a younger viewing audience, you have to be careful with the content that you put out there.’ And I think he should have been punished more by YouTube or his sponsors or there needed to be some form of consequence bigger than what he got.

“And I ended up receiving death threats by all of these kids in that high school, that they were defending Logan Paul, and so ever since then I have hated him.”

Spiranac also said she couldn’t believe people want to see Paul and Mayweather in the exhibition. Paul and Mayweather are aiming to shatter pay-per-view records, but we have lots of doubts about them being able to generate so many buys.

Spiranac is right. It’s hard to believe people would want to watch Paul and Mayweather in a fight that doesn’t count, especially when we know it’s just for money. But some people will.

H/T Egotastic Sports
Photo: Lexie Mitchell via CC-BY-SA 4.0

Video: Nate Robinson knocked out cold by Jake Paul

Nate Robinson Jake Paul

Jake Paul got the best of Nate Robinson during their boxing match on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Paul knocked Robinson out cold in the second round of their fight. First he caught Robinson with a huge uppercut and then put Robinson away with a right hand.

The fight was immediately waved off and given to Paul as a knockout victory. Paul also scored a knockdown in the first round.

Paul is interested in fighting Conor McGregor and Dillon Dannis next.

This was Robinson’s first ever boxing fight. The 36-year-old was a two-sport star in college at Washington and enjoyed an NBA career from 2005-2015. He even tried to get into the NFL a few years back.

Massive alligator on Florida golf course goes viral

An absolutely massive alligator spotted walking along a Florida golf course went viral on Thursday.

NBC2 Fort Meyers morning reporter Nicolette Perdomo shared a video on Twitter of the massive beast, which led to thousands of views and retweets. The gator was seen walking through Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples, Fla on Wednesday. Tyler Stolting, a golf pro at the club, recorded the video.

Stolting told NBC that the gator looks even more massive in person.

“I don’t even think the video does it justice, really. In person, it looked gigantic. It looked like a Jurassic Park creature,” Stolting said.

Alligators being seen around Florida and specifically on golf courses is nothing new. A few years ago, there was a massive gator walking around a course in Palmetto, Fla. One alligator was even found in a minor league baseball dugout in Daytona.

There is no doubt about it: this alligator is massive and terrifying looking.

Alex Trebek dies — dead at 80

Alex Trebek

One of the most recognizable faces in US television history has died, as Alex Trebek lost his battle with pancreatic cancer early Sunday morning.

The official Twitter account for “Jeopardy!” confirmed on Sunday that Trebek has died. He was 80.

Trebek had hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984. He announced last March that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Trebek treated sports fans to some great moments over the years, one of which was when he hilariously zinged contestants for their lack of football knowledge (video here). He’ll be greatly missed.