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It has all come crashing down for Lance Armstrong.

In the face of new drug charges and having been stripped of seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong was fired this week from his role as a Nike spokesperson.

"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him," the company said in a statement.

Lance Armstrong Riding

Such evidence includes testimony from 11 ex-teammates who all allege Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs.

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UK diver Tom Daley recently scored a sponsorship from British Gas.

Perhaps in retrospect, he wishes he hadn't ... or that they'd at least reconsider the placement of their ad on his Speedo. Take a look at the image below:

British Gas

Yeah, that's pretty awkward. But it is natural gas, are we right??

Also, any publicity is good publicity. Who will forget the utility company's association with the 18-year-old phenom and the British diving team now?

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The Countdown to Super Bowl XLVII is officially on.

In a selection the THG staff is crazy (in love) over, Beyonce has been chosen to perform at the big game's halftime show, sources confirm to The Associated Press.

The 31-year old sang the National Anthem prior to the same contest in Houston in 2004.

Beyonce Tumblr Photo

Beyonce follows such major acts on this grand stage as Britney Spears, Paul McCartney and, last season, Madonna, whose Super Bowl performance you can relive now.

What do you think? Is Beyonce is a good choice for the Super Bowl?

 

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The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was in the midst of discussing Sunday night's Packers-Texans game when he took a football to the face on live TV.

His reaction? Professionalism at its finest!

It's not clear whose throw landed in his grill, but you gotta respect his commitment to the cause. He doesn't even check his face to make sure he's not bleeding!

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The top story of last night's American League Championship Series. Derek Jeter fracturing his ankle and missing the Yankees' final three losses to Detroit rest of the playoffs.

The #2 story? Kate Upton and Justin Verlander are dating for real!

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Justin Verlander apparently has another reason to celebrate.

So says the grandfather of the Detroit Tigers' pitching ace.

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Derek Jeter, the captain and starting shortstop for the New York Yankees, fractured his ankle in the 12th inning of the American League Championship Series opener this evening and will miss the remainder of the postseason.

Which, at this rate, will last approximately three more games for the Yankees.

Sportsman of the Year

Following a record-setting, game-tying home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees offense once again sputtered and couldn't push anyone across the plate over the next three innings.

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Beano Cook, one of the country's most well-known college football experts, has passed away from unknown causes. He was 81.

Beano Cook

A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Cook worked for 10 years as a sports publicist for that school before eventually catching on as an ABC studio commentator in 1982.

He then joined ESPN in 1986 and was given the nickname "Cardinal of College Football" due to his vast knowledge of the sport. Most recently, Cook joined ESPN's Ivan Maisel on a weekly podcast.

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London authorities are trying to determine if cheating played a role in the American poker star Phil Ivey's recent winning streak at a game called Punto Banco.

A variant of baccarat, the game is a favorite of Ivey, often called the Tiger Woods of Poker for his dominance and resemblance to the golf great.

Phil Ivey Photo

In August, Ivey, 35, and a companion entered Crockfords in London's fashionable Mayfair district, the city's oldest gambling club and among its most prestigious.

Over the course of two days, the couple played for seven hours, first losing heavily, then winning back their losses plus many millions more - $11.5 million in all.

He's still waiting for the money.

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Lance Armstrong and his team ran a sophisticated and professional doping scheme for years, according to 11 of the cycling legend's former teammates.

A report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency details the complete case against Armstrong, 41, who was stripped of his Tour de France titles this summer.

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It contains testimony from 11 of his former U.S. Postal Service teammates. Lance has always denied doping but has not contested these charges.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said there was "conclusive and undeniable proof" of a team-run doping conspiracy headed by the all-time great.

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Alex Karras, an NFL lineman who starred with the Detroit Lions in the 1960s, then went on to a successful acting career, has died. He was 77 years old.

Alex Karras

Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, his attorney.

Alex starred in the sitcom Webster and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles, among other acting achievements.

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