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In fewer than 140 characters, the 2012 Olympic dreams of Voula Papachristou have been dashed.

Greece's triple-jump champion has actually been removed from her country's national team just days prior to the Opening Ceremony in London because she posted the following Tweet on July 22:

"With so many Africans in Greece .. At least the mosquitoes of West Nile .. will eat homemade food!"

Voula Papachristou Picture

With backlash building and rebuke of this tasteless joke strong, Greece has announced that Papachristou will not compete at the Games due to "statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."

She has since issued her own statement/apology:

I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.

Do you think this was a proper punishment for Papachristou?

 

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Adrien Broner defeated Vicente Escobedo by fifth round TKO on Sunday night, improving his record to 24-0.

But the boxer didn't have time to speak with HBO's Max Kellerman about the victory afterward because he had a very important question for girlfriend Arie Nicole.

He got down on one knee, looked his woman in the eyes and proposed... something. Watch for yourself and wonder how Broner didn't end up with a black eye as a result of this stunt:

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First, his statue was removed from campus. Now, his name has been removed from the record books.

Following the Jerry Sandusky conviction and the subsequent independent investigation that shed light on just how involved Joe Paterno and Penn State officials were with the cover-up of this monster's sex crimes, the NCAA has come down with a number of punishments.

Among them: the football team must forfeit all victories between 1998-2001, meaning Paterno no longer holds the mark for most victories in Division I history.

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The sanctions imposed against Penn State by the NCAA include:

  • A four-year ban on all postseason play.
  • A reduction in scholarships - 20/season - over the course of those four years.
  • A $60 million fine, which "must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university," according to a NCAA statement.

Said NCAA President Mark Emmert upon doling out these football-related punishments:

"We cannot look to NCAA history to determine how to handle circumstances so disturbing, shocking and disappointing. As the individuals charged with governing college sports, we have a responsibility to act. These events should serve as a call to every single school and athletics department to take an honest look at its campus environment and eradicate the 'sports are king' mindset that can so dramatically cloud the judgment of educators."

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Following a scathing report by an unbiased investigator, which implicated Joe Paterno directly in a cover-up that allowed Jerry Sandusky to roam free years after he sexually molested a series of young boys, Penn State officially have taken down the statue of the legendary coach from its campus.

University President Rod Erickson said he reached the decision because the statue "has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing" and would be "a recurring wound" to victims of abuse had it remained.

Joe Paterno Statue Pic

Despite enormous public pressure for the statue to go, the Paterno family remains in the corner of the former head coach, who died in February of lung cancer.

The removal "does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community," said the family in a statement, taking issue with the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh being treated as a legal verdict and adding:

"It is not the University's responsibility to defend or protect Joe Paterno. But they at least should have acknowledged that important legal cases are still pending and that the record on Joe Paterno, the board and other key players is far from complete."

What do YOU think? Should Penn State have taken down the statue?

 

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Dez Bryant, a star wide receiver on the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested over the weekend on charges of misdemeanor assault.

But the details of the alleged incident sounds felonious in our view. Or at least pretty darn messed up.

Dez Bryant Mug Shot

Based on legal documents obtained by TMZ, police were dispatched to the home of Bryant's mother in DeSoto, Texas around 1:47 p.m. on Saturday.

Once there, authorities were told by  Bryant's mother, Angela, that she got into a fight with her son and, as she relayed to the officers:

"My son has assaulted me. He's here now. He won't go home. I keep telling him to go, he won't go... I can't let him keep doing me like this. I'm gonna put an end to it today."

Police said they noticed bruises on Angela's arms. She asserts that Bryant struck her in the face with his baseball cap and ripped her bra when he grabbed her by the shirt.

A Class A misdemeanor of this nature punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail.

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His personal life may be a ridiculous mess, but Kris Humphries just got his professional world in order:

ESPN reports that the ex-husband of Kim Kardashian has signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. The 27-year-old power forward averaged career-highs of 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game with that club last season.

Kris Humphries on the Nets

Does the rich new deal mean Humphries will finally relent in his divorce proceedings, signing his name on the dotted line and legally ending his relationship with Kardashian?

It doesn't seem likely.

In the latest development surrounding that bizarre case, Myla Sinanaj has addressed Kim and told her to keep her out of the former couple's beef.

One thing is certain: Humphries will be crashing the boards in Brooklyn, and receiving many more boos on the road, throughout 2012-2013.

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NBA All-Star Jason Kidd was arrested this morning for DUI this morning in New York State, reportedly for crashing into a telephone pole in the Hamptons.

Kidd was the lone passenger in the accident, which officials say happened around 2:00 a.m. Police described the basketball star as "being intoxicated."

The crash occurred near Kidd's summer home on Long Island.

Kidd

The future Hall of Fame member was taken to a local hospital to treat minor injuries but luckily was generally unharmed after the single-car crash.

After being released from the hospital, he was transported directly to a local police station for processing and booked for driving under the influence.

Cops say that Kidd was arraigned on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Southampton Town Justice Court and then released on his own recognizance.

Jason Kidd, 39, won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011; he signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal with the New York Knicks on July 5.

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Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the London Olympics this summer, ending the ultra-conservative Muslim country’s record of not doing so.

The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in the London games will include women athletes for the first time in history.

The two female Saudi Arabia Olympic competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.

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The duo, who were invited by the International Olympic Committee, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the July 9 deadline.

“This is very positive news and we will all be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said.

“With Saudi Arabian female athletes now joining their fellow female competitors from Qatar and Brunei, it means that by London 2012 every national Olympic committee will have sent women to the Olympic Games,” he added.

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Modeling It Girl Kate Upton is apparently reminding some sports fans of another famous blonde, Jessica Simpson. Why? Look at their impact on players!

The Sports Illustrated beauty is rumored to be dating Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, arguably the best pitcher in all of Major League Baseball ...

... who promptly got shellacked in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Rumors immediately began flying that Upton was to blame for his effort - just as Dallas Cowboys fans once blamed another blonde for Tony Romo's woes.

  • Cute Kate Upton Pic
  • Jess Simpson

Simpson was notably on hand (in a pink Romo jersey) for some of his worst games in a Dallas uniform, leading fans to label her a curse, jinx, and worse.

"Kate Upton and Justin Verlander? Suddenly everything makes sense," read a headline in the Los Angeles Times, calling her "the only logical explanation."

An Examiner headline hilariously read after the pitcher got rocked, "Kate Upton's bikini body blamed for Justin Verlander's poor All-Star Game inning."

If he was envisioning her Cat Daddy video or even just Kate Upton bikini photos, it would be easy to see why. But it gets better than this one incident:

Before Verlander, Upton was previously linked to New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, a long-touted prospect who has since become mediocre.

Think about it ... how could anyone focus. Fortunately for Jess' fiance, former NFL player Eric Johnson, his career was already over when they got together.

The real question: Who'd you rather ...

 

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Hope Solo of the U.S. soccer team says that the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were filled with drinking, revelry and sex ... off the field of course.

Before she packs her bags to head to London for the 2012 Olympics next week, the star revealed some sizzling secrets from the 2008 Beijing games.

Solo failed a drug test recently but was let off with a warning and will compete in London. She told the newest issue of ESPN The Magazine:

Hope Solo Photo

After topping Brazil 1-0 to take the gold, the post-match celebration was so raucous that they were still drunk during an interview the next morning.

"When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk," she says.

Still inebriated, she answered a question: "There is no pressure going into the game, other than it being a World Cup - I mean an … an Olympic Final!"

It wasn't just sports stars who enjoyed a night on the town in the Chinese city, as the soccer team was joined on their all-night bender by Vince Vaughn.

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