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MLB Network bought the exclusive U.S. rights to broadcast the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but those rights do not extend beyond the English language.

Lacking alternatives on a slow Sunday, ESPN elected to use its loophole in owning Spanish-language rights to simulcast its ESPN Deportes feed.

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They aired the Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico game on the ESPN flagship station in Spanish, an unusual move that incurred surprising backlash.

Any time ESPN introduces a new audience to content usually found on another station, people tend react poorly ... and clearly this was no exception.

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NBA Hall of Fame member and longtime oddball Dennis Rodman.

North Korean strongman and baby-faced charmer Kim Jong-Un.

The unlikely pair, who hit it off in the DPRK last week, make one hell of a team - in the classic '90s video game NBA Jam, according to this hilarious video.

Look at Kim destroy his evil, capitalistic foes! HE'S ON FIRE!!!

Not surprisingly, the hometown "North Korea All Stars" absolutely annihilate the visiting "Pathetic Americans" ... with Kim doing most of the damage.

Rodman was never a big scorer, after all.

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Former Grand Slam tennis champion Jennifer Capriati is fighting back against accusations that she got into a fight with her ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan.

Capriati and Brannan allegedly got into an altercation at the Oxygen Health & Fitness Gym in North Palm Beach, Fla., one that may have turned violent.

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Brannan states that the world's former top-ranked player stalked and punched him in the chest with her fist before a yoga instructor called the cops.

According to initial reports, Capriati fled the scene before the police arrived, but there is a warrant out for her arrest. Her camp denies this is true.

A lawyer for Capriati said in a statement:

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The greatest relief pitcher of all-time has announced his pending retirement.

Mariano Rivera, who is returning to the mound in 2013 after tearing his ACL while shagging fly balls last year, confirmed at a new conference today that he will call it quits following the upcoming season.

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Said Rivera, 43, this morning at the Yankees' spring training complex, surrounded by teammates and club officials:

"After this year, I will retire... I thank God I was able to play baseball so many years."

Rivera is baseball's all-time leader in saves. He owns five World Series rings and a career ERA of 2.21.

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Bookies. What they won't think of to take bets on next.

The oddsmakers at British betting house Ladbrokes are taking bets on the pregnant Kate Middleton's due date, all the way down to the day and hour.

When are they thinking we will meet the royal baby?

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July 3, based on their most recent odds. Around noon GMT, if you're looking to get specific with your bet in the office pool you know you're starting.

As for potential Prince William-Kate Middleton baby names?

Assuming Kate is in fact expecting a girl, Elizabeth and Diana are still favorites with 5-1 odds, followed by Victoria and Frances at 7-1 and 8-1 respectively.

We like Caroline or Charlotte as a dark horse, personally.

What should Kate name her daughter?

 

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A newly-revealed 911 call sheds new light on the fight between U.S. soccer star Hope Solo and then-fiance Jerramy Stevens on the night before their wedding.

The November 13 melee resulted in the arrest of former NFL player Stevens, but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence after the fact.

Shortly after his release from jail, the couple married.

They had been dating only two months at the time.

The Hope Solo 911 call was placed by Marcus Solo, her brother. He asked that officers respond to her home, where a pre-wedding party took a violent turn.

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Eccentric NBA legend Dennis Rodman is already planning his next trip to North Korea, according to reports, with his sights set on much more than basketball.

The star wants to broker a peace deal between the United States and the (erroneously named) Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Seriously.

Obama, Rodman, Kim

Rodman's rep says that despite a storied career - Basketball Hall of Fame, five titles, records, awards - a U.S./N.K. peace deal would be his "greatest achievement."

Whoa whoa. Slow down. Guy is the career rebounds per game leader in the NBA since 1973. He once averaged 18 per game in a season! Insane.

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King James has selected a wedding date with his future Queen.

NBA great LeBron James' "Save The Date" card instructs his friends to block out September 13-15 for a destination wedding in San Diego, California.

The bride-to-be is longtime girlfriend/fiancee Savannah Brinson.

LeBron James Wedding Invite Photo

The "Save the Date" card also features caricatures of LeBron, Savannah and their two children, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, all dressed in cute wedding outfits.

No word yet on who's invited to the soiree, but we're imagining a reenactment of the Miami Heat Harlem Shake video will take place on the dance floor.

Congrats, Bron and Savannah!

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Sick of the Harlem Shake? And/or the Miami Heat?

Boy do we have a must-see video for you then!

Just when peeps were starting to declare the meme so over, LeBron James and the Miami Heat Harlem Shake video breathed new life into it last week.

Deservedly so, as the Heat Shake was admittedly sweet. But for their game in Minnesota Monday, the T-Wolves produced this just for the occasion:

Pretty epic takedown right there, but Miami, as usual, had the last laugh. They won a franchise-record 15th game in a row, routing the Wolves 97-81.

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It's safe to say that Lauren Silberman will not become the first female to play in the NFL.

The former collegiate soccer player tried out over the weekend at a regional combine in New Jersey… and only managed to get two punts into the air - one traveling 19 years, the other 13 yards - before pulling up lame with a quad injury

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"I tried staying off [my injured leg] and waited for today," said Silberman afterward. "I didn't even take kicks in warm-ups. It's pretty hard to know that you'll be in pain and I wanted to work through it and I certainly tried to, but I just couldn't do it today."

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