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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.

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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:

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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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Former MLB star and apparent hard ass criminal Lenny Dykstra was given 20 YEARS in prison today ... on top of the three he was already serving.

Dykstra pleaded guilty in federal court to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering following his unreal arrest late last year.

"Nails" had been accused of filing for bankruptcy, then illegally hiding and selling up to $400,000 worth of possessions stashed inside his mansion.

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Dykstra's sentencing is scheduled for December 3.

Dykstra has already been behind bars since March. He is currently serving three years for grand theft auto and falsifying financial statements.

Oh, and worse still, Dykstra also has a nine-month jail sentence hanging over his head for exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist.

Soon he may be able to check off the sex offender box as well. Guy is hitting for the cycle of crime ... or something. Eh, forget it. Enjoy prison.

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Kate Upton boozing at a baseball game might not seem like a big deal, but she's only 20, so it's kind of illegal. And not at all surprising or newsworthy.

But this is modeling's It Girl, of course, so it's news. Also, it took place in Tigers ace hurler Justin Verlander's luxury suite, with TV cameras watching!

That would be her rumored boyfriend, Justin Verlander. Regarding the beer, and the alleged BF ... Kate's rep wouldn't seriously comment on either.

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The rep told TMZ that underage Kate was not drinking beer, and was only there to see a game with a friend. The rep would not say what Kate was drinking.

A rep for the Tigers said that "all patrons who appear to be under 30 years old are ID'd," so presumably Kate was ... though that certainly looks like a beer.

As for Kate being in Verlander's box, and the rumors that they're dating, the rep had no comment whatsoever, making this story pretty much pointless. Oh well.

Sadly, there was no Kate Upton Dougie video at this sporting event either. Just some fully-clothed, non-scandalous Kate Upton pics. Maybe next time.

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Joe Paterno and other Penn State University engaged in a major cover-up to hide years of child abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

So state the findings of a new independent investigation into the horrific world of the man recently convicted on 45 charges of sexual assault against minors.

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According to The Freeh Group, a task force hired by the University Board of Trustees, Paterno "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

The reports goes on to cite the famous, late football coach numerous times - and also includes references to Penn State president Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz - and states the leaders "repeatedly concealed critical facts" in order to stave off bad publicity for the school.

Based on interviews and emails, the group alleges Paterno knew about Sandusky's appalling, illegal actions since March 1998 and never acted to deny his co-worker access to young boys.

"They showed no concern about the victim," the report reads. "At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building."

Paterno, who passed away in January of lung cancer, is classified as contributing to a list of "catastrophic failures" by the university to stop a child predator in his tracks.

It's a damning litany of accusations against a man long considered to be one of the most revered sports figures of the 20th century.

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The ESPY Awards celebrate the very best in the world of sports.

But we're here to celebrate the very hottest.

Yes, way to go LeBron James and company for taking home the 2012 trophies from this ceremony, but our concern here is less who performed well on the court and who looked the best on the red carpet. With that in mind...

.. come on down Lindsey Vonn and Danica Patrick, two of the best looking female athletes of this era! Who was at her sexiest at the ESPYs? Compare and vote now:

Fashion Face-Off!

They are two of the most celebrated female athletes of this era. But did Lindsey Vonn or Danica Patrick look hotter at the ESPYs? View Poll »

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LeBron James just won an NBA title with the Miami Heat.

Now he can add three-time ESPY winner to his resume.

The basketball superstar won individual trophies for male athlete of the year, best championship performance and best NBA player at the 20th annual gala/TV ratings extravaganza celebrating the year's best athletes and moments in sports.

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James, who is in London for the Olympics, has plenty to smile about.

LeBron bested tennis great Novak Djokovic, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for top male athlete.

He also shared in the best team award with the Heat.

Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner won female athlete of the year, topping Maria Sharapova, skier Lindsay Vonn and soccer player Abby Wambach.

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Rumors that Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander are dating have been running rampant after a series of photos of them together.

Busted Coverage posted the images allegedly featuring the supermodel getting cozy with one of the best pitchers in all of Major League Baseball.

The Detroit Free Press claims a woman named Amanda Waynick, who was celebrating her 25th birthday at the bar, asked Verlander for a photo.

He declined, politely ... but she later spotted him with Kate Upton in the background of several photos she took of herself and some friends.

Kate and Justin

Woo hoo! Hottest possible couple ever!

Of course, Verlander has been linked to his longtime girlfriend Emily Yuen, so this is all just speculation and may be much ado about nothing.

Or it may be the starting American League pitcher in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and the all-star creator of the Cat Daddy video hitting it.

The two met on the set of a commercial for MLB 2K12, so they are definitely acquainted, but beyond that, only time and celebrity gossip will tell.

For what it's worth, Verlander was LIT UP in the All-Star Game last night, yielding five runs in a single inning. Wonder if his mind was on something else ...

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Rob Gronkowski set the record for touchdowns by a tight end last season.

But the New England Patriots star is thinking about spiking a different kind of balls on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue. That's right, he's naked!

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Gronkowski, who once said he would bang Tim Tebow, is one of many athletes who bare very nearly all within the pages of the publication. Others include: Brad Richards, Tyson Chandler and all members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.

Take a close, long, hard look at the NFL All-Pro now and decide: Would you hit that?

 

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