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For weeks there were rumors about an upcoming round of layoffs at ESPN. The sports network is bleeding cable subscribers due to its radical leftwing agenda that rubbed mostly conservative sports fans the wrong way.

ESPN's layoffs were expected to bring surprises, as anchors and field personnel alike sweat bullets wondering whose head was on the chopping block.

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Serena Williams Venus Williams

Serena Williams's seemingly easy straight set victory (6-4, 6-4) over big sister Venus Williams at the Australian Open gave her back her No. 1 ranking.

But most importantly, the Australian Open title gives Serena 23 Grand Slam singles titles -- breaking a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open-era.

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Robert Bobroczky

Robert Bobroczky could be the tallest NBA player in history. Bobroczky is a 7-foot-7 high school basketball player from Romania who is getting a lot of attention in the U.S.

Bobroczky, who is nicknamed "Big Rob", has a smooth jump shot and hits 3s from any spot on the court. But the 16-year-old impresses off the court as well.

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Shakur Stevenson

An American boxer made headlines at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, but not for his fighting skills.

19-year-old Shakur Stevenson broke down in tears after losing the bantamweight gold medal to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez in a split decision.

Seasoned boxing journos were stunned as Stevenson screamed and wailed inconsolably after the match.

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Gaby Douglas Michael Phelps

20-year-old Gabby Douglas had hopes of reclaiming some of her former glory as the darling of the 2012 Olympics. She was hurt by all the taunting on social media about her hair and her sour attitude.

"It doesn't really feel good. It was a little bit hurtful," Douglas told reporters on Sunday.

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Simone Manuel

There goes the racist stereotype that black people can't swim.

20-year-old Simone Manuel won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle swimming event at the Rio Olympic Games on Thursday.

Tears streamed down her face as the 5-foot-11 Houston native realized she tied 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak to share gold medals -- a rarity in Olympic sports..

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Dwight Howard

NBA superstar Dwight Howard will suit up for the Atlanta Hawks this upcoming season. Howard and the Hawks agreed to a three-year, $70 million deal, according to Yahoo Sports.

The pouty, tantrum-prone, 6' 11" center has settled on the number 8 for his jersey.

If you follow numerology then you understand the significance the number 8 has in his life.

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Kevin Durant

Former Oklahoma Thunder star Kevin Durant signed announced he will sign a 2-year, $54 million contract with the hapless Golden State Warriors. The deal includes a player option after the 1st year.

The player option will allow Durant to maximize his salary under the NBA's $107 million salary cap in 2017 (an increase from $94 million this year).

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LeBron James

NBA superstar LeBron James kept his promise to bring the city of Cleveland its 1st ever NBA championship.

The Cavaliers beat the hapless Golden State Warriors 93-89 to win the 2016 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday.

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daniil medvedev

A racist rant by Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev led to his disqualification from the Savannah Challenger USTA event on Thursday. His opponent Donald Young won the match by default.

Medvedev, 20, was down 3-1 in the first set, but was about to break Young's serve when chair umpire Sandy French said his forehand shot went wide.

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nick young

L.A. Lakers star Nick Young was removed from the team's active roster prior to the Laker's loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Lakers Coach Byron Scott said benching Young for the past 11 games was purely a "basketball decision" and nothing to do with Young's highly publicized personal problems off the court.

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Rapper Drake might be banned from sitting court side at NBA games if he keeps this up. The 29-year-old Toronto rapper nearly influenced the outcome of the game between his beloved Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

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How embarrassing. Hip hop prima donna Drake Aubry was all set to greet NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto when both players walked right past him and refused to shake his hand.

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Cam Newton

Beyonce was the clear winner of Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers were the odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl, but they couldn't overcome the Bronco's fierce defense.

Then there was Beyonce.

She sang the National Anthem during Super Bowl 38 in 2004 -- the only other time the Panthers played in a Super Bowl.

The Panthers lost that game to the New England Patriots.

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Cam Newton

No surprise here: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, 6' 5" quarterback led the Panthers to a spectacular 15-1 regular season. The team's only loss was to our Atlanta Falcons 20-13 in week 16.

The Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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R&B singer Ciara Harris shocked NCAA college football fans by wearing a nude dress to sing the national anthem at the NCAA championship game on Monday. Ciara's breasts were clearly visible under the sheer see-through fabric.

Many NCAA fans said Ciara might as well be wearing nothing since nothing was left to their imaginations.

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Adam 'Pacman' Jones

The Cincinnati Bengals nearly won a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a NFC wild card game on Sunday. The Bengals who were down 15-0 in the 3rd quarter scored 16 straight points to take a 16-15 lead with a minute and a half left on the clock.

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