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Rapper J. Cole has apparently taken a hiatus from rapping to fulfill his dream as a professional basketball player.

After being passed over in the 2021 NBA draft, the 36-year-old rapper is showing off his skills in a new African sports league.

Cole is allegedly set to sign for the Rwanda Patriots this week and will suit up for the team's match against the Nigeria River Hoopers on Sunday. The game is as part of the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League, according to ESPN.

The news was first reported by the New Times Rwanda, which covered Cole recently arriving in Africa to begin quarantine ahead of the weekend game.

The Basketball Africa League will feature 12 teams, each made up of eight locals and four from other countries.

Cole has yet to comment on his new side career, but the North Carolina native isn't turning his back on music yet. His sixth studio album, The Off-Season, will be released on May, 14, 2021.

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In just one tweet, Texas Governor Greg Abbott showed the world what freedom looks like in America.

Gov. Abbott sent out the tweet around 12:30 a.m. Central time on Sunday morning, after a record 73,000 boxing fans attended the WBO super middleweight unification fight Saturday night.

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Saul Canelo Alvarez (right) defeated Billy Joe Saunders with an eighth-round uppercut to end the fight. It was Canelo's seventh middleweight fight.

The crowd in AT&T Stadium broke an indoor boxing record with 73,126 in attendance. The previous record was 63,350 when Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a heavyweight title fight in New Orleans in 1978.

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Masks were not required at AT&T Stadium, but they were encouraged. A majority in the crowd chose not to wear masks.

"The pent up demand to go to a live event it gave this fight a spike of 10,000-to-15,000 more," said Chad Estis, executive vice president of business operations at AT&T Stadium.

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Dallas KTVT-TV reported: "The turnout shows things may be returning to normal sooner rather than later."

"I am excited that we can kind a do stuff now, and kind of just be comfortable with going to events," said boxing fan Austin Valadez.

It isn't clear how many people in the crowd were vaccinated, but proof of vaccinations were not required for entry into the stadium.

Texas, Georgia and Florida have been wide open since last year, as the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci continue to insist that masks and Covid-19 restrictions are necessary.

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Racial justice organizations are livid that the International Olympic Committee barred Black Lives Matter apparel or kneeling at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The Olympic Games has long barred protests during the Games. Athletes who failed to comply with the rule faced expulsion from the Games.

The committee will allow apparel with the words like "peace," "respect," "solidarity," "inclusion" and "equality."

Athletes are banned from wearing apparel featuring the words "Black Lives Matter, along with kneeling or raising a fist.

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American sprinters Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) made headlines when they raised their fists at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The gesture was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States. Smith, the gold medal winner, and Carlos, the bronze medal winner, were subsequently suspended from the Olympic team.

Racial justice organization Color of Change voiced its opposition to the IOC's decision.

The organization called on Olympics sponsors to "keep your promises to Black communities."

"The IOC's oppressive policies cannot stand, especially when its corporate sponsors issued statements supporting Black lives. @CocaCola, @Visa, @Hersheys, @Toyota, @ProcterGamble, @RalphLauren, @Samsung: it's time to keep your promises to Black communities."

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Logan Paul is annoyed that the Internet believes the brawl between his brother, Jake Paul (right), and all-time Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Floyd "Money" Mayweather (left), was fake.

Logan insists the fisticuffs was NOT a scripted stunt to promote his and Floyd's upcoming exhibition match that headlines a SHOWTIME PPV event on Sunday, June 6.

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"I f**king wish that wasn't real," Logan (right) tells TMZ Sports. "I wish it was staged," Logan added, "That s**t is not funny. It's not fun for anyone."

Logan, aka "The Maverick, met face-to-face with Floyd on Thursday at a media event to preview their special exhibition match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Jake stole the spotlight from his brother and got right in Floyd's face, then snatched Floyd's cap and fled -- with Floyd in hot pursuit.

"It's one thing to sell a fight, and people can say what they want, but one thing no one is going to do, is disrespect me," said Floyd.

"Floyd came out of retirement, just to get re-retired," said Logan. "I'm about to beat the greatest fighter of all time!"

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Floyd was PISSED -- chasing after Jake while screaming that he was going to "kill" the YouTube superstar.

TMZ spoke with 26-year-old Logan after the violent incident involving his younger brother, Jake, 24.

Logan told the gossip outlet the incident gave him even MORE motivation to destroy Floyd when they step in the ring on June 6.

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"That s**t just got personal by default. It was supposed to be like a cute little press conference... come together, get people excited for the fight. Not people talking about killing people! What the f**k!?"

When asked if he had a message for Floyd, he responded, "This is gonna be the craziest f**king evening to ever take place in the history of combat sports."

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"My message to Floyd is this ... we're gonna get you that hat back, Floyd."

Thursday's event also included former NFL star wide receiver Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, who will be making his boxing debut in an exhibition match against an opponent to be announced on the pay-per-view undercard.

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The pay-per-view begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will also include WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal and two-division world champion Badou Jack in a 12-round rematch in the co-main event.

Plus, former unified super welterweight champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd returns to the ring to face Luis Arias in a 10-round bout.

For more information and ticket sales, please visit Hardrockstadium.com/mayweather-v-paul/

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Russell Wilson has another champion in his family. The superstar NFL quarterback congratulated his sister, Anna Wilson, after her team Stanford University defeated the University of Arizona for the women's basketball national title on Sunday.

Brother and sister posed for photos with their mother, Tammy Wilson, after the game. Russell attended all of his sister's games at the NCAA championship tournament.

Russell shared an Instagram image of his 23-year-old sister holding the championship trophy.

He captioned the image:

"Drive. Will. Passion. Energy. You've earned it all through hard work, leadership, prayer, & immeasurable Faith. I Love You Anna Wilson. I Love You Champ. @awilly03."

His wife, Ciara Wilson, also congratulated her sister-in-law on Instagram:

"So beautiful. You deserve it all @awilly03," the 35-year-old singer wrote. "Dedication & Hard work pays off! National Champs! @stanfordwbb."

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(L-R): Russell, Ciara, Anna and her older brother Harrison Wilson pose at the 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Anna, who is 5-foot-9, is a fifth year shooting guard at Stanford, where she majors in art practice.

In an essay for ESPN last year, Anna hinted at sibling rivalry between herself and her high-achieving brother. She said they've "gotten much closer" as she matured.

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"I feel like his shadow, for me, has dissipated. I don't feel like I'm living in it as much as I was in the past. I feel like I'm very much my own person now, following my own path," she wrote.

The star quarterback, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, cheered on Anna after Stanford squeaked past South Carolina 66-65 in the Final Four.

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Draymond Green gave his opinion on the wide disparity in pay between male NBA and female WNBA players.

The Golden State Warriors power forward told reporters he's "really tired" of WNBA players complaining about the pay gap.

He said, female athletes, particularly WNBA players, are "doing themselves a disservice by just complaining."

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When NBC reporter Kerith Burke noted that women are doing more to close the gap, Green said the women are just complaining, rather than taking steps to close the gap.

Green suggested WNBA players should up their game to bring fans through the door and increase revenue.

"Because the people that can change it, they're just going to continue to say, 'Well, the revenue isn't there. The revenue isn't there. So, if you don't bring in the revenue, we can't up your pay.' They're going keep using that," Green argued.

Despite his pessimism, Green is a staunch ally of women's sports and particularly the WNBA. He is pictured with Aerial Powers of the Washington Mystics in a photo dated September 24, 2019.

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Green, pictured with his son Draymond Green Jr., said he is looking at the most effective way to help women get the marketing attention and compensation they've demanded.

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A WNBA player sparked controversy on social media when she seemed to blame Black men for the league's low television ratings.

Layshia Clarendon is a male-identified transgender and non-binary who previously underwent a double mastectomy to relieve the anxiety of Gender Dysphoria.

The 29-year-old New York Liberty shooting guard sparked controversy when she compared the Black male thought process to white supremacy in a tweet on Saturday.

Clarendon tweeted:

"The amount of black men who drag our league and blame women for their problems while not making the connection to how that's exactly what white people do to you regarding your race just BLOWS MY MIND. That's the double whammy of being black AND a woman."

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Needless to say, Clarendon's followers (mostly male) went IN on her Twitter timeline:

One Twitter user wrote: "...you can't deny there are a lot of men out there trashing the hell out of the league."

Another Black male wrote: "Blk men are some of the biggest supporter s of the WNBA. Everyday on this app y'all got our names in your mouth."

And a third tweeted:

"Ma'am....I mean sir...I mean whatever tf u wanna be called...u do know that black men are really the only supporters u have for your league right? But u literally just....u know what Nvm."

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Mike Tyson, 54, has confirmed his canceled fight night with fellow boxing legend Evander Holyfield is back on.

Negotiations broke down between the two former champions despite an offer of $25 million to fight for only 3 rounds.

Very few boxers can walk away from a $25 million payday. Both former boxers have fallen on hard times.

Holyfield, 58, moved into a small 2-bedroom condo near Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, after losing his mega mansion, which was purchased at a discount by rapper Rick Ross.

Iron Mike, who infamously bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear when they met in the ring in 1997, insists the rematch will take place at the end of May.

"I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield," Tyson said during an Instagram Live session with Haute Living on Tuesday. "Holyfield's a humble man, I know that, and he's a man of God but I'm God's man. Listen, I'm going to be successful May 29th."

The previous day, Evander's manager issued a statement saying talks between the two fighters had "fallen apart".

"We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time," Kris Lawrence said.

If the fight does take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, doctors and emergency medical personnel will be on hand.

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It isn't every day that high school football players get invited to attend superstar NFL MVP and Heisman winner's Cam Newton's football camp.

Instead of appreciating the opportunity, one high school football player went viral for heckling the New England Patriots quarterback on Sunday.

Jseth Owens told Newton he was "about to be poor" since he's a free agent.

Newton shot back, "I'm rich!" The two went back and forth until Newton asked if the boy had a father.

"Where's your daddy at? Let me talk to your dad. Where's your dad?"

After the video went viral, several professional athletes took to social media to criticize Owens for trash talking one of NFL's greats.

Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young wrote: "Probably should ask him how to be a MVP in the league you probably wanna play in first."

"Man I wish I had NFL players at my 7 on 7. Let alone a player as elite as Cam Newton," tweeted Green Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. "Reality check, You got a guy who has reached every mile stone that we dreamed of as kids. You supposed to be picking his brain, being a sponge. Not a annoying fly that caused no damage to him."

L.A. Sparks WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike wrote: "kids. kids. kids. please put some respect on his name... Heisman winner & NFL MVP.. This is a CAM NEWTON appreciation tweet. (and btw... "I'm rich" is a flex like no other.)"

And Philadelphia Eagles player Darius Slay wrote: "It blows my mind cause im sure that kid wants to be a Heisman trophy winner or a draft pick an Cam did both!!"

Owens later apologized to Newton, his coaches and his parents for his embarrassing behavior.
 

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Serena Williams burst into tears and abruptly ended her post-game press conference after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals at the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Naomi, 23, easily defeated Williams 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the 2021 Australian Open final.

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Serena embraced Naomi at the net after her defeat. Naomi, who holds a 3-2 record over Serena, denied the superstar her chance to win her 24th career Grand Slam singles title, which she's been chasing since 2018.

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The 39-year-old mom-of-one lost her composure during the post-match press conference after she was asked if she was saying her final "farewell" to the Australian Open.

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"Some people wondered if... you were almost saying farewell," said the reporter.

"I don't know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn't tell anyone," Serena laughed.

But it was apparent that the question affected her emotionally.

Serena fought back tears as a different reporter asked if her "unforced errors" were caused by "a bad day at the office."

"I don't know... I'm done," she said, before rising from her seat and walking away.