Mike Rice

Welp, that didn't take long.

Rutgers University has fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice less than 24 hours after ESPN's Outside the Lines aired shocking video footage of Rice verbally and physically abusing his players.

The video footage shows an unhinged Rice physically attacking his players and throwing basketballs at their heads during practice.

The video sparked anger and outrage on Wednesday. NBA star LeBron James vented his anger on Twitter.com Tuesday, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was "deeply disturbed" by the video.

LeBron reacts to Rutgers video

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Kevin Ware trophy

Louisville Cardinal's guard Kevin Ware suffered a possible career-ending injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college tournament on Sunday (Mar 31) in Indianapolis.

The injury occurred when Ware sprinted across the floor at full speed to challenge a 3-point shot by Duke's Tyler Thornton. As he landed he rolled his ankle, transferring the impact of the hard landing to his right leg which caused a shear force fracture of the tibia bone. Part of the bone was left protruding from his lower leg.

As horrific as his injury looked, Ware was composed enough to encourage his teammates to beat Duke to advance to the Elite 8, which the team did in convincing fashion.

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Miami Heat lose to Chicago Bulls

The world champions Miami Heat stumbled in a hard-fought loss against the hardscrabble Chicago Bulls in Chicago Wednesday night. The Bulls, led by Luol Deng's 26 points, shredded the Miami Heat's defense to snap the Heat's win streak at 27 games. The Heat, who hold the record for the 2nd longest winning streak in NBA history, last lost a game in Indiana on February 1st.

"It really doesn't matter. I'm glad it's over," said Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, referring to the win streak.

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Kobe Bryant ankle injury

Kobe Bryant ankle injury

Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant is out for the season with a severely sprained ankle that he suffered in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday.

Calling the injury his worst in 13 seasons, Bryant blamed Hawks player Dahntay Jones for "playing dirty."

According to The Washington Post, Bryant was injured when he landed awkwardly on Jones’s foot as he attempted a potentially game-winning layup in the final seconds of the Lakers’ 96-92 loss to the Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

X-rays of Bryant's ankle were negative but the Lakers say their bread and butter playmaker is "out indefinitely."

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Chris Culliver

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If you didn't know who Chris Culliver was before today, you will be very familiar with him by tomorrow. That is because the gays are coming for his neck after what the San Francisco 49ers cornerback had to say about gays in the NFL.

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San Francisco 49ers defeat Atlanta Falcons

San Francisco 49ers defeated the hapless Atlanta Falcons 28-24 after falling behind 17-0 at halftime in the NFC championship game Sunday. The Falcons' momentum faltered after fumbling the ball twice in the 3rd quarter.

The 49ers scrambling quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 25, rushed for only 21 yards in the game. But it was the mere threat of him running that discombobulated the Falcons defense. Kaepernick passed for 233 yards and one touchdown to earn himself a shot at winning his 1st Super Bowl ring.

The Falcons had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of the 4th quarter. But the 49ers defense held quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons on 4th-and-4 to win their first trip back to the Super Bowl in 18 years.

The 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens in the big game that has been dubbed the 'Beyonce Bowl' in New Orleans on February 3.

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LeBron Shaquille hickey

LeBron James celebrated his 28th birthday on December 30, and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal gave his former teammate a late birthday gift: a hickey on his neck!

The video is all over the Internet. But I won't post it here due to the ignorance of the video uploader.

The Miami Heat cruised to a 99-90 win over the hapless LA Lakers behind LeBron's 39 points and 8 rebounds in last night's game at the Staples Center in LA. The win wrapped up the Heat's six-game road trip on Dwayne Wade's birthday. He turned 31 Thursday.

On January 16, LeBron became the youngest NBA player to reach 20,000 points in his career in a win over the Golden State Warriors.

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  • Dwyane Wade heckler ejected

    Okay, I'm kidding about the Honey Nut Cheerios thing. But the guy who was ejected from last night's Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz game for heckling Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade had a very expensive front row seat. Just because he's a well-heeled fan doesn't give him the right to shoot off his mouth and disrupt a NBA game. Only NY Knicks superfan Spike Lee can do that.

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    Dwyane Wade kicks Ramon Sessions

    It was funny at the time, but to the NBA, a superstar player kicking an opposing player in the groin on national TV is no laughing matter.

    The incident occurred during the 4th quarter of the Miami Heat vs Charlotte Bobcats game on Wednesday. Miami was ahead 83-79 with 8:12 left in the 4th quarter, when Wade dribbled the basketball down the court and was fouled by sessions. As the ref blew the whistle, Wade lifted his left leg impacting Sessions' nether regions.

    It was difficult to believe that the kick was not intentional, as Sessions rolled around on the floor in obvious distress.

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    Brooklyn Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson

    Brooklyn Nets players were caught off guard when their coach, Avery Johnson, was fired today. The move came one day after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Nets 108-93. The loss dropped the Nets (14-14) to .500 for the season. Rapper Jay Z is a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets. The success or failure of the team rests on Jay Z's shoulders.

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    Robert Griffin cornball brother

    An ESPN analyst sparked controversy yesterday when he called Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother" who dates white women and votes Republican.

    At issue for ESPN analyst Rob Parker was Griffin's refusal to be defined by his skin color.

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    Jay Z Beyonce Lebron Savannah

    Last night, Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay Z, far left, attended the 2012 Sportsman of the Year event honoring exceptional athletes who excelled in their sport this year. Naturally, LeBron James, 2nd from right, who led his Miami Heat team to the NBA title, won the highest honor of the night. His fiancee, the lovely Savannah Brinson, far right, was there to cherish the moment with her man. It was obvious from her body language that she loves LeBron unconditionally -- despite rumors of infidelity which every woman faces at some point in their lives. On the other hand, Beyonce's body language indicates she is over Jay-Z.

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    Tim Duncan Tony Parker Halloween photo

    A Halloween prank photo circulating the Internet may keep the San Antonio Spurs in David Stern's dog house.

    The NBA commissioner slapped the Spurs with a $250,000 fine last week for sending their starters home to rest rather than play the defending champs Miami Heat during a nationally televised game in Miami.

    The photo shows Spurs superstars Tim Duncan, left, and Tony Parker, right, dressed in Halloween costumes and holding guns to the head of a party guest dressed like NBA ref Joey Crawford.

    The photo of Duncan wielding a sawed off shotgun -- and Parker holding a toy automatic weapon -- to the guest's head was taken during a party at a hotel or private residence.

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    Kris Humphries after fight

    Kris Humphries Rajon Rondo fight

    Kim Kardashian's ex proved he's no punk during last night's Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics brawl in Boston. It all started when Humphries shoved Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett to the floor as Garnett drove to the basket. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo took exception to the foul on Garnett by pushing Humphries out of bounds and then punching him in the head.

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    NFL players on Viagra

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall suggests that some NFL players may be popping Viagra for the drug's performance-enhancing capabilities.

    We know that a few well-known rappers regularly pop Viagra, but it seems professional athletes are abusing prescription drugs to give them an unfair advantage over their opponents.

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    Deanna Nolan and Dorothea Sanchez-Nolan

    Last week the news broke about the arrest of former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw who took a bat to her ex-girlfriend's car and fired a handgun into it.

    Holdsclaw isn't the only WNBA player to be arrested for assaulting or threatening her lesbian lover.

    Professional basketball player Deanna "Tweety" Nolan, 33, was arrested earlier this year for beating the air out of her wife and mother of her 2 children.

    Very little, if any, news coverage was given to the Deanna/Dorothea fisticuffs.

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    Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown

    The LA Lakers front office handed coach Mike Brown his walking papers after just 5 games.

    The Lakers landed at the bottom of the NBA Western Conference with a dismal 1-4 record after breaking the bank to sign Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

    Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant reportedly expressed frustration with Brown's coaching strategy in the days leading up to his sacking. Bryant's angry stare at Brown in the closing seconds of the Lakers' loss to Utah on Nov. 7 set tongues wagging.

    Brown becomes the 3rd Lakers head coach to lose his job due to Kobe's tantrums.

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    The Dallas Mavericks waived troubled guard Delonte West on Monday following his "indefinite" suspension for being a bad influence on the younger players. The Mavs suspended West twice during the 2012 preseason for unspecified reasons.

    On Monday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban told the media West could possibly return to the Mavericks lineup after his suspension.

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    On Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt star guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets in a trade that caught the sports world by surprise.

    One of those surprised by the trade was Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, who called Thunder's trade of Harden to the Rockets “shocking.”

    “It was shocking but they made the move they felt was right for them," Wade said, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Miami Heat beat the Thunder in 5 games to win the NBA title earlier this year.

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    Rapper Lil Wayne was invited to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning of Game Six of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on Sunday. Weezy wasn't bad at all. He did surprisingly well. Also this weekend, I bumped into Weezy's daughter, Reginae, and her mother, Toya Wright, inside Jeffrey shoe boutique at Phipps Plaza. Reginae is a sweetie pie! She even helped me pick out a pair of shoes. Reginae has good taste! :)
    Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

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    Alexis Welch is one lucky woman. She stood by her man, NBA star A'mare Stoudemire, when he was out sowing his wild oats, and he rewarded her loyalty by asking her to be his wife. Most women would have bounced at the first sign of cheating (especially with a public figure like Ciara). But Welch (age unknown) realized that a man is going to be a man -- and regardless of what he does in the streets, her role is to be a good mother to his children.

    Stiletto Jill reports that Alexis attended Fall 2013 bridal shows with Stoudemire's credit card looking for that perfect wedding gown to wear when she walks down the aisle with A'mare at their wedding next year. Some of the designers included Ines Di Santo, Reem AcraKenneth Pool, Christos and Rivini. Good for her!

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  • Atlanta's sports franchises won significant victories over world class contenders this past weekend.

    First, the Atlanta Falcons overpowered the hapless Washington Redskins -- knocking out star quarterback Robert "RG3" Griffin III in the process. Griffin, 22, left the game in the 3rd quarter following a vicious clothesline hit from Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

    Griffin suffered a cut lip and what the Redskins described as a "mild concussion". It was more like a case of lost nerves. RG3's NFL career will be brief if he heads to the locker room after every NFL-size hit. He's playing with the big boys now. He will need to toughen up.

    The Falcons went on to defeat the Redskins by a score of 24-17 to remain undefeated at 5-0 for the first time in Falcons franchise history.

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    Our NBA World Champions Miami Heat starting 5 were pictured leaving a recent practice together. Pictured from left to right are forward LeBron James, point guard Dwyane Wade, Center Rashard Lewis, guard Ray Allen, and forward Chris Bosh.

    The Heat, who soundly defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals earlier this year, will begin defending their title on Sunday, Oct. 7, right here in Atlanta.

    Just this morning, the Atlanta Hawks front office reached out to Sandrarose.com (again) to offer special rates on tickets to Hawks games this season for my readers. More details on that later!

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    Rap mogul Jay Z will officially open the brand new Barclay's Center with a concert tonight. The 675,000-square-foot arena in Brooklyn, NY is home to the Brooklyn Nets. Without Jay Z's influence this night would probably never happened.

    The 42-year-old rapper, real name Shawn Carter, used his political clout and business connections to move the former New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, which is just a stone's throw from his former stomping grounds where he dealt drugs as a wayard teen.

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    Falcons running back Michael Turner celebrated his touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos by tossing back a few too many drinks Monday night.

    Turner, 30, of Suwanee, GA was stopped by a DUI Task Force officer for driving his black Audi R8 97 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-85 northbound just east of Atlanta. He was booked into the Gwinnett County jail just after 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to jail records reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    “The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said in an e-mail to the AJC. “During the course of the investigation, the officer developed probable cause to charge Mr. Turner with DUI and speeding.”

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    Sean "Diddy" Combs, 42, the CEO of Bad Boy Records dotes on all of his children, but his firstborn son, Justin Combs, is the apple of his eye. So when Justin took to the field in his first game for UCLA on Saturday, Sean Combs and Justin's mother, Misa Hylton-Brim, were right there in the stands to show their support.

    Watch the video after the break.

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    Two-time NBA Champ and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade shares his story of personal triumph and tribulations in his upcoming memoir A FATHER FIRST (in stores Sept. 4).

    "In A FATHER FIRST, we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane's stunning basketball career-from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat.

    This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action-from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives-that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves."

    Source: William Morrow Marketing Team


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  • A top high school basketball recruit collapsed in court after he was sentenced to a minimum of 3 years in prison. Cameras in the courtroom caught Tony Farmer, 18, mouthing the words "Oh, no," just before he collapsed as Judge Pamela Barker read his sentence.

    Farmer, who is 6-7, pleaded guilty to to kidnapping, felonious assault and other crimes, but the basketball star and his family and friends assumed he would be sentenced to probation.

    The judge sentence Farmer to prison, even though his victim -- his ex-girlfriend Andrea Lane -- asked the judge not to send Farmer to prison (watch video).

    "I know he was a good person," Lane told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I hope he still is."

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    Nike is selling LeBron James' new basketball shoes for $315. No, that's not a typo. Nike blames the absurd price on the "increased costs of materials" such as cotton and shipping costs. The 'LeBron X Nike Plus' shoes debuted during the USA vs Spain gold medal game at the 2012 London Olympics.

    LeBron's 1st sneaker release was in 2003. That shoe sold for $110. The price increase comes as Nike continues its free-fall in the stock market. Nike's margins are now lower than most of its direct competitors, including rival Adidas, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    Critics of Nike's price increases are taking to social networking websites to urge others not to buy the high-priced sneakers.

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