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Tony Farmer - an 18-year old rising senior at Garfield Heights High School in Ohio who was ranked as one of the top 100 high school basketball recruits in the country - was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for kidnapping and felonious assault.

Upon hearing the news, Farmer collapsed to the floor out of shock and agony. See for yourself here:

The star athlete expected to receive probation from Judge Pamela Barker because so many friends and family members spoke out on his behalf.

Even Andrea Lane, the ex-girlfriend who Farmer attacked last April, asked for a lenient sentence.

"I know he was a good person," she told the judge. "I hope he still is."

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Former NFL star Junior Seau had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system upon committing suicide this year, nor did he exhibit any signs of brain damage.

According to the autopsy and toxicology reports released Monday by the San Diego County medical examiner, Seau's medical history was unremarkable.

His girlfriend, Megan Noderer, told police that Seau gave no indication that he planned to kill himself, making his decision to do so even more of a mystery.

Junior Seau Picture

When Noderer returned to their home May 2 after a morning workout, she found Seau in bed, dead of a gunshot to the chest from a .357 magnum revolver.

No note or "documents that were suicidal in nature" were found. The San Diego County medical examiner declared Seau's death a suicide the next day.

The 43-year-old was taking prescription medicines for orthopedic problems and insomnia, and was under the care of Chargers physician Dr. David Chao.

The former Oceanside and USC football star drank only "socially [and] did not smoke, and there was no history of illicit drug use," according to the report.

Seau "had an unremarkable medical history" and exhibited no "suicidal ideation or confirmed suicide attempt," Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Nelson wrote.

Brain damage among football players due to concussions has become a controversial issue in the NFL, where Seau was a star for the San Diego Chargers.

At the request of the Seau family, brain tissue was sent to the National Institutes of Health for more advanced investigation. May he rest in peace.

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Darla Moore, who was invited to join the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club this week along with Condoleezza Rice, is a heavy hitter in her own right.

In fact, Fortune once dubbed her the Toughest Babe in Business.

In the '90s, Moore found love, a new career and a reputation in the financial industry by running the portfolio of her billionaire husband, Richard Rainwater.

"Don't mess with Darla," said Rainwater, who let his glamorous other half chop CEO heads and do his dirty work - to the tune of immense profits.

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Making history as a pioneer for women's equality was Moore's goal, but in a way, she became one when she and Rice became Augusta's first female members.

Since leaving the world of finance, Moore has left a major mark in philanthropy in her native South Carolina, giving over $70 million to the state university.

Now 58, she has directed time and big money to try to find a cure for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), the rare brain disease that afflicts Rainwater.

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Earlier this summer, Roger Clemens was found not guilty of lying to a grand jury over his alleged steroid use.

But the fireballer apparently is guilty of making like Brett Favre: no, he hasn't texted a photo of his penis to any young female employees. But he also doesn't know when to truly retire.

Clemens, 50, has actually signed with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to start for the minor league organization on Saturday.

Roger Clemens Plays Golf

Note to Roger Clemens: Stick to golf.

Agent Randy Hendricks hasn't said anything about his client attempting a Major League comeback if all goes well, but did say in a statement:

"His fastball was clocked at 87 mph; all of his pitches were working. He threw a three-inning simulated game after an extensive workout warm-up."

Clemens last pitched for the Yankees in 2007, finishing 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA. His 4,672 strikeouts rank third all-time and he was named to 11 All-Star Games.

He's also eligible for the Hall of Fame next year - barring a return to Major League Baseball - although voters are unlikely to vote for the man who most people believe took performance enhancing drugs for many years during the second half of his career.

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The Augusta National Golf Club has, for the first time in its history, admitted a woman as a member: Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!

The prestigious, ultra-exclusive organization has been all-male since it opened in 1933; it was also all-white until as recently as 1990. No longer.

This morning, the home of The Masters tournament announced it has invited Rice, along with South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore, to join.

Do they even have a women's restroom there right now?

Condoleeza Rice Photo

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said: "It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall."

"This is a significant and positive time in our club's history."

"On behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family."

"These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership," Payne added.

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Vanessa Bryant may not be a gold-digging, domineering basketball wife ... but she gave a quote earlier this week that certainly came off that way.

Regarding husband Kobe Bryant, she told New York Magazine, "I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships."

"If you're sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year."

Yeah. Probably not the best word choice. Vanessa is now setting the record straight, clarifying to TMZ that she loves and supports Kobe, no matter what.

Kobe Bryant, Wife Vanessa Bryant

"I'm sad to hear that some of the comments in my New York Magazine interview are being misconstrued and taken out of context," says Vanessa Bryant.

"I have been with Kobe for 13 years. I accepted his marriage proposal PRIOR to him winning any of his 5 championships with his teammates."

"I have and will continue to support my husband’s dreams. For anyone to think otherwise is wrong. It is not about being married to a ‘winner.'"

"It is about our sacrifice as a family."

Kobe and Vanessa got engaged in 2000, the year he won his first NBA title, so you can't argue with her there, and she took him back after he allegedly cheated more than once. Basically you gotta cut the female Bryant some slack ... right?

Vanessa Bryant: Digging for gold?

 

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In the wake of his shocking dismissal from the LSU football team last week, many pundits have been wondering: where will Tyrann Mathieu end up?

The answer, for now at least, is not at a rival collegiate power, however, but in a drug rehabilitation center.

According to WVUE-TV in New Orleans, Tyrone Mathieu says his adopted son (and one of last year's Heisman Trophy finalists), has been at the Right Step recovery center for days and is being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas.

The 20-year old Mathieu is reportedly committed to getting clean and is not giving any thought to transferring or agreeing to return to LSU in 2013 until his health is taken care of.

Known as "Honey Badger," Mathieu was given the boot from LSU's squad on August 10 for what a source told ESPN was a violation of the school's substance-abuse policy.

Just a few months ago, he won the Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player as a sophomore, also becoming the first defensive back to be a Heisman finalist since Charles Woodson in 1997.

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Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani are ready for some football!

The new American Idol judge and the No Doubt singer will help ring in the 2012-2013 NFL season… by rocking out in Rockefeller Plaza!

Sources confirm to The Huffington Post that these beloved crooners will be featured during the hour-long pre-game show leading up to the New York Giants beginning defense of their title by taking on the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Mariah Carey in England
  • Gwen Stefani on Stage

In the past, such acts as Bon Jovi have taken on a similar role.

But let's look ahead to the future: Who do you think will be holding aloft the Vince Lombardi trophy next year?

 

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It's been quite a week for Chad Johnson. To recap, the NFL star has been released by:

  1. The Miami Dolphins, who cut Chad on Hard Knocks no less.
  2. VH1, which sacked Ev & Ocho before it even premiered.
  3. Evelyn Lozada, who filed for divorce after 41 days of marriage.

An arrest for domestic violence is never good, but was it the nail in the coffin for the 34-year-old "Ochocinco" and his already declining career?

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Being charged with domestic violence for head-butting his wife means a serious legal issue hanging over his head as he searches for a new job.

Will an NFL team actually offer him one?

Clubs are increasingly focused on avoiding any individuals who have personal problems or who are distractions to the team, regardless of their talent.

Johnson's consistently outrageous antics, reality TV career and prolific oversharing on Twitter raised red flags long before last Saturday's events.

Combined with his inability or unwillingness to learn plays in New England last year, it may all be too much for him to overcome going forward.

What do you think? Is Chad's career done?

 

Were the Dolphins smart to cut him loose?

 

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Hope Solo claims in her new memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, that Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her across the face on Dancing With the Stars in 2011.

Maksim is reportedly adamant that this did NOT occur and shocked that the slap story somehow made it into the U.S. women's soccer team goaltender's book.

In it, she says Chmerkovskiy slapped her hard during a tense rehearsal while trying to put her head in the correct position for a dancing move. You buy it?

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The two were partners who famously clashed on the show, but this was mostly attributed at the time to them each being intense competitors and athletes.

They've had dinner several times since the show, and she tweeted to Maks before the Olympics, offering him free tickets (Hope led the U.S. to gold, as usual).

Maks says he has no idea why Hope would publish such a false, defamatory statement and posted a statement on Twitter Thursday without naming names:

“Always hated hypocrites and liars… but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense,” he wrote.

Is it possible that she exaggerated an incident for her book just to make splashy headlines? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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