Critics and child advocates called for the NCAA to levy the so-called "death penalty" on Penn State. But just moments ago, NCAA president Mark Emmert hit Penn State with a $60 million fine and a 4-year suspension during a press conference.

Saying Penn State was too big to fail, Emmert spared Penn State the dreaded "death penalty." Instead, he stripped the school of its football wins from 1998 through 2011 -- which places Joe Paterno behind football legends Eddie Robinson and Bear Bryant as the most winningest coaches in football history.

In addition to losing 1 year in football revenues, the NCAA also imposed a 4-year bowl ban on Penn State. The NCAA will allow Penn State football players to transfer to other schools where they will be eligible to play immediately.

The announcement came one day after demolition crews tore down the Joe Paterno statue on the Penn State campus. Paterno, who died in January, is accused of turning a blind eye toward the child molestation charges lodged against his former coach Jerry Sandusky.


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  • "Linsanity" is over -- at least in New York City where it all started with a bang back in February.

    Jeremy Lin, the Asian sensation who lit up the NBA coming off the bench for the Knicks, is now a Houston Rocket. The Knicks passed on Lin before the Tuesday deadline rather than match the staggering $25 million offer sheet from the Rockets.

    Sports purists say Lin isn't worth $25 million, which includes a balloon payment of $15 million in the 3rd year of his contract.

    Ironically, Houston dumped Lin before the start of last season. Many Red Nation fans don't ever remember him in a Rockets uniform. Lin was claimed off waivers by the Knicks in December -- and given a bargain basement salary of $600,000.


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    Students of body language had no trouble recognizing the first lady Michelle Obama's closed body language during Monday night's USA vs Brazil exhibition game in DC. Team USA (led by LeBron James) defeated the Brazilians. But Mr. Obama apparently struck out with his wife.

    It took two "Kiss cam" tries for the president and Mrs. Obama to lock lips.

    During the first "Kiss cam" try, Mrs. Obama coldly rejected her husband. The 2nd time around, they kissed but her arms were closed and it was clear that she was not receptive to his touch.

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    Nobody ever heard of NY Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin until February when the baby faced Asian-American Harvard grad came off the bench to spark a 7-game winning streak. But Lin's meteoric rise to NBA stardom was interrupted by a season-ending injury that forced him to sit out the Knicks' first round loss during the NBA playoffs.

    Now Lin is the hot ticket in the NBA's free agency market. The Houston Rockets sweetened the pot with a $25 million offer sheet last week. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson was confident that the Knicks would match the offer by Tuesday's 11:59 p.m. deadline. That is until Lin flew to Las Vegas under the cover of darkness to sign a new offer sheet -- one that would guarantee the turnover-prone guard a three-year, $25 million contract — with a final year balloon payment of $14.9 million.

    Due to the stiff penalties for NBA luxury-tax repeat offenders, the Knicks could conceivably pay $58.3 million for the season to retain Lin's services.

    Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony -- who wasn't fond of sharing the attention with Lin -- called the contract offers for such an inexperienced player "ridiculous."

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    Most of you have seen the touching commercial featuring former Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen and his wife Shannon Allen discussing their son Walker's type 1 diabetes.

    According to Black Celeb Kids, Ray Allen delayed his decision to sign with the NBA champs Miami Heat until he was confident with the medical care his son would receive in Miami.

    His son's care was a huge part of the decision on whether to sign with Miami. Even before the deal got done, plans were already being put in place to make sure Walker Allen would have all the support he would need in South Florida.

    "We're saying goodbye to a lot of people that we grew up to know and love in our community, in the organization," Allen said. "Everything changes. You are sad about that. But it doesn't keep those people from still being close to our heart or still being friends." Source

    Ray and his wife have four children together. Watch the Allens' commercial after the break!

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    The Joe Paterno backlash continues: TMZ.com reports NIKE is changing the name on its Joe Paterno Child Care Center in the wake of news that the famed Penn State coach covered up allegations of child abuse against one of his coaches.

    Nike President Mark Parker said in a statement, "With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters."

    Former NFL great Warren Sapp added his voice to the protests, suggesting that the university remove the statue honoring Paterno from the campus.

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    Congrats to Baylor women's basketball star Brittney Griner who took home the Best Female Athlete of the Year trophy during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre in LA on Wednesday. The 6-8 center was also named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, among her many accolades.

    Griner led Baylor to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in April. The Texas native wears a men's 17 or 18 shoe size. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes.

    Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America

    All soccer superstar Ronaldinho wanted to do was quench his thirst when he sipped from a can of Pepsi during a press conference. But that seemingly innocuous gesture revived a longstanding feud between soft drink giants Coco Cola and Pepsi.

    According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Atlanta-based Coke reacted to Ronaldinho's two-timing by yanking the Brazilian star's lucrative $750,000 sponsorship. That'll teach him to be faithful.

    “The fact that the player has appeared with a can of Pepsi was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Coca-Cola marketing chief Marcelo Pontes told the newspaper. “The sponsorship had become embarrassing.”

    The press conference was held to promote his new team, Atletico Mineiro, of which Pepsi is a sponsor. Coke's $750,000 sponsorship deal with Ronaldinho was scheduled to run through 2014.


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  • OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant is not pleased that he's playing with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James on the Men's USA Olympic basketball team this Summer in London. Durant and OKC guards Russell Westbrook and James Harden were selected to play for team USA.

    Durant suffered a humiliating loss to LeBron and the Heat in the 2012 NBA finals in Miami. OKC was favored to defeat Miami by nearly every basketball analyst.

    Speaking to the Associated Press on Tuesday, the sore loser said he's annoyed that he has to see James everyday as he prepares to practice with team USA in London:

    “It does. It does, but what can I do?” Durant said Tuesday. “He’s my teammate now. I’m a team player. I can’t let that affect this. This is bigger than that. It’s tough to lose in the Finals and play the guy you’ve been going up against for five games who beat you.”

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    A former high school and collegiate basketball star-turned-coach was arrested and charged with having sex with the girls she coaches.

    Marquita Adley (pictured), was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with three counts of sexual battery by a custodian on a victim under 18 years of age.

    Adley was released on $15,000 bond after spending the night in jail. The West Broward High School girls basketball interim coach is accused of fondling a 16-year-old girl and committing other sex acts on her between April and June at the girl’s house, a teammate’s house and during a road trip.

    The girl told police that she engaged in consensual sex with the coach. She said that she did not ask Adley to stop or push her away. But in Florida a 16-year-old can't consent to sex with an adult.

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    Former Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash is now a Los Angeles Laker thanks to a new sign-and-trade deal that will send the free-agent point guard to the Lakers for future draft picks.

    But the deal almost didn't happen according to Nash in a statement to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    In the statement Nash said he approached Suns owner Robert Sarver and president of basketball operations Lon Babby and asked them to make the trade happen with LA so he could be closer to his children.

    “I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family. They were very apprehensive and didn’t want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered.”

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    The biggest news at Thursday's NBA draft -- besides the 1st and 2nd picks emerging from Kentucky -- was the drama involving current Golden State Warriors' head coach Mark Jackson.

    According to The Smoking Gun Jackson was the target of an extortion plot by a stripper with whom Jackson carried on an extramarital affair.

    The extortion attempt culminated this week with the arrests of the stripper, Alexis Adams, and her alleged co-conspirator, ex-convict Marcus Shaw.

    Adams and Shaw are accused of trying to extort a six-figure payment from Jackson in return for not "disseminating/selling graphic photos of Jackson to the 'vultures of the media.'"

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    Unlike androgynous realty TV star Joseline Hernandez, University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis has thick skin.

    From the time he set foot on the UK campus, his teammates prevailed upon him to shave his unibrow. But Davis took the taunts in stride.

    To the 19-year-old future NBA star his unibrow was his trademark -- and now he's making it official.

    Davis, who is expected to be the top pick of the Hornets in Thursday's NBA draft, plans to trademark the phrases "Raise the Brow" and "Fear the Brow" -- in reference to his uniquely fused eyebrows.

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    The son of rapper Snoop Dogg has 3 years to consider an offer to play on the UCLA football team with Sean Combs' son, Justin (right).

    The NY Time's Page Six reports that Broadus' high school, Diamond Bar, said on Twitter, "Cordell Broadus (2015) received his first offer from UCLA." Broadus, a 6ft, 2in, 185-pound wide receiver, has three years of high school remaining.

    Combs, a 5ft, 9in, 170-pound cornerback, made headlines when it came to light that he was offered a $54,000 scholarship to play for UCLA. To Justin's detriment, his dad is a prodigious braggart who shamelessly flaunts his wealth and boasted about dropping $2 million at a Miami strip club.

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    Chris Bosh's first wife, Allison Mathis, the mother of the Miami Heat star's daughter, couldn't let him enjoy the feeling of winning his first NBA title. Even before Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to the NBA championship, Allison was throwing dirt and denying Bosh the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take his daughter to London to watch him play in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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    The victorious NBA champs Miami Heat celebrated their NBA title with a parade in front of cheering crowds in Miami, Florida Monday. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, their families and teammates partied despite the rain from Tropical Storm Debby after their momentous 4-1 championship win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.

    The team and their families and friends rode through the streets of South Beach on double decker buses and flat bed trucks.

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    Excitement for the London Summer Olympic games is already heating up. The games begin July 27, and fans of the NBA champs Miami Heat, and the OKC Thunder, can't wait to see their favorite teams join forces on the men's Olympic basketball team.

    Two U.S. sprinters have already set a precedent for determining the winner of the 100 yard dash trials. Olympics officials may toss a coin to determine the winner of an incredible too-close-to-call finish during the U.S. Olympics trials.

    Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh both crossed the finish line third in the same 1000th of a second -- 11.068 seconds -- and even a photo finish couldn't determine the 3rd place finish.

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    Actress Gabrielle Union, girlfriend of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, says her man couldn't sleep the night before winning the NBA title Thursday.

    He stayed at the gym until 1:30 a.m., working out with a trainer. Then he showered and went home, where Wade and Union watched game film from last year's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Afterwards, around 4 a.m., they went to bed. But Union says Wade tossed and turned until 8 a.m., when he rolled out of bed and called his teammate LeBron James.

    "What they wanted to do today, more than anything, was to play a complete game of basketball," Union told Sports Illustrated magazine.

    She said the two best friends drew up a blueprint over the phone for game 5, detailing exactly how they were going to lead their team to victory.

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    It took 9 long years but LeBron James finally has his first ring!

    The Miami Heat were the underdogs going into the NBA Finals series against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the Thunder didn't have LeBron's steely determination or his fiery will to win.

    "Happiest day of my life," said LeBron after the Heat defeated the Thunder 121-106 to win the NBA title Thursday night in Miami.

    "It means everything," James said after the game. LeBron hoisted the NBA trophy before accepting his Finals MVP award. "I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about. I knew we had a bright future... This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off."

    After the game, an emotional LeBron embraced his fiancee Savannah Brinson and their children LeBron James Jr., 7, and Bryce Maximus James, 5.

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    The blazing hot Miami Heat have a date with destiny tonight in game 5 of the NBA Finals. And the hapless OKC Thunder have a flight to catch back home to Oklahoma City.

    The Miami Heat, led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are just one win away from the NBA championship.

    The Heat have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Thunder in the best-of-seven series. LeBron, 27, and Dwyane Wade, 30, have experience (total 18 years combined), talent and destiny on their side.

    The young upstart Kevin Durant, 23, has only been in the NBA for 5 years. The Thunder don't have an answer for the big 5: LeBron, D.Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier. And no other team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals since the NBA adopted the 2-3-2 format.

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    League MVP LeBron James poured in 32 points to lead Miami to a 100-96 game 2 NBA Finals win over Kevin Durant and the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Miami's win evened the series at 1-1.

    After the game, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith called OKC's Russell Westbrook the "worst point guard" in NBA Finals history - despite Westbrook's 27 point effort.

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    With game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals already on the books, more and more women are tuning in to see who will win the ring: LeBron James of the Miami Heat or Devin Kurant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    HERSTAR™ makes it easier for the NBA fan to attend the games in style with their hand made crystal platform pumps.

    According to the HERSTAR™ website, the Limited Edition, authentic HERSTAR™ Custom Crystal Pumps are fully hand strassed in luxurious, hand selected Middle Eastern crystals, then offset by a sky-high 6” heel and 3" internal platform to put glitter in her step.

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    Former New England Patriot WR Chad Ochocinco is no longer unemployed. The 34-year-old reality TV star, whose real name is Chad Johnson, signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

    Johnson grew up in the seedy Liberty City neighborhood of Miami and attended Miami Beach high school.

    He worked out with the Dolphins on Monday -- four days after he being released by the Patriots for underperforming.

    Chad's final year with the Patriots was unremarkable.

    Last year he caught 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 regular season games and he caught just one pass for 21 yards in the Super Bowl.

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    NY Knicks' center Amar'e Stoudemire and his fiancee, Alexis, watched Boston Celtics defeat the Miami Heat in game 5 at American Airlines Arena Tuesday night. Amar'e popped the question at a romantic setting in Paris, France last week. The couple have 3 children together - 2 girls and a boy.

    The pressure shows on LeBron James' face as his Miami Heat loses to the struggling Boston Celtics in game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night.

    Photos: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America; and NBA.com