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Kobe Bryant Likely to Play in Italy During NBA Lockout [VIDEO]

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 33, has reached a verbal deal to play in Italy during the NBA lockout, said Italian team Virtus Bologna.

“There’s still some things to arrange but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done,” Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station, adding, “This is an important investment and a unique chance for the city of Bologna and all of Italian basketball.”

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Departing Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Sells Cafeteria Worker His Car for $20

Now that’s how you say goodbye.

When Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton left for a new job as defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals, he had quite a surprise for Maurice “Mo” Matthews, who works in the Steelers’ cafeteria.

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Oklahoma Sooners Fan in Critical Condition After Fight with Texas Longhorns Fan

Sometimes it’s best to just agree to disagree about sports.

On Monday night in San Antonio, Texas, an Oklahoma Sooners fan and a Texas Longhorns fan exchanged a few heated words, and then things got physical. The OU fan pulled a knife and a scuffle ensued before he was stabbed with his own weapon.

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Colts Sign Peyton Manning to New Five-Year, $90 Million Deal

The only four-time MVP in the history of the NFL, Peyton Manning has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts to a five-year, $90 million contract.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said, “Signing Peyton was a top priority for this organization and we are thrilled that the deal is complete. We feel that it is a salary cap friendly deal and it allows us more flexibility.”

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ESPN NBA Analyst Jalen Rose Sentenced to 20 Days in Jail for DUI Incident

ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose was sentenced in Michigan Wednesday to 20 days behind bars after pleading guilty to driving under the influence in March.

Before the sentence, Jalen told the judge, “I’m humbled, I’m embarrassed, and I’m very apologetic. I can assure everyone that nothing like this will ever happen again.”

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Ivy League Slashes Number of Full-Contact Football Practices to Avoid Injuries

In light of recent studies indicating college players sustain more total hits to the head in practices than in actual games, the Ivy League announced Wednesday it will now only permit two full-contact practices per week during the season, down from the allowable five under the current NCAA guidelines.

Any other practices cannot include contact or live tackles, and no player may be “taken to the ground.”

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Tennis Player Bethanie Mattek-Sands Creates Stir with Lady Gaga-Inspired Outfit at Wimbledon [VIDEO]

Tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the self-proclaimed Lady Gaga of the women’s tour, wowed spectators at Wimbledon when she showed up in a jacket adorned with fringe, studs, and tennis ball-halves.

The brainchild of British designer (and Gaga fashion collaborator) Alex Noble, the jacket even adheres to Wimbledon’s all-white rule for court attire. Mattek-Sands didn’t actually wear it to play, but rest assured, she did make quite an entrance.

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