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The Dwight Howard saga has finally come to an end, much to the extreme pleasure of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

This immature, dominant center has been traded to the purple and gold, getting his wish to leave the Orlando Magic and joining a roster that also included free agent signing Steve Nash.

Howard as a Laker

With the league still needed to approve the deal, ESPN reports the Lakers will receive Howard; the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala; the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson; and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the three teams.

The blockbuster positions Los Angeles to really challenge for the title in what ought to be one of Bryant's final years as a true NBA superstar.

Does it make the Lakers the favorites, though? You tell us: Will they win the championship with Howard?

 


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McKayla Maroney's brutally honest, unmoved reaction after winning the silver medal and not the gold in the Olympic individual vault competition earlier this week has spawned a hilarious Internet meme starring the American gymnast.

If you missed it, here's McKayla's expression:

McKayla is Not Impressed

Hey, you can't blame a girl for her high standards, or for wearing her heart (and look of disappointed apathy) on her sleeve. She just expects better.

This demanding philosophy extends to all facets of Maroney's life, it turns out.

According to a new Tumblr created in honor of the exacting vault queen, McKayla is not impressed by the well-endowed U.S. rowing team either ...

McKayla, Rowers

... or the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton ...

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Penn State football uniforms will look different in 2012.

The iconic navy blue jerseys will feature player names on the back for the first time, along with blue ribbons to support victims of child abuse.

The decision to add names was made “in recognition of (their) resolve and dedication to the team and the university,” according to a statement.

The blue ribbons speak for themselves.

Penn State Uniforms

Penn State uniforms have been widely known for their simple design and lack of a name across the back, but this is a different program now.

Coach Bill O’Brien said in May that the uniforms wouldn’t change from the design favored by Joe Paterno, but apparently had a change of heart.

The fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal was immense as a committee found Joe Paterno and Penn State culpable as well as the child molester himself.

The university's statue of the coaching legend, now deceased, has been torn down. In 2012, the uniforms will further signal a new era at PSU.

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Kristin Cavallari and fiance Jay Cutler welcomed their first child early Wednesday morning, she announced on Twitter. The beautiful baby boy's name?

"We are thrilled to welcome Camden Jack Cutler into the world," she wrote. "He was born this morning weighing 7lbs 9oz. Everyone is doing great!"

Little Camden is the first child for the former star of The Hills, 25, and the Chicago Bears quarterback, 29, who got re-engaged in late 2011.

The couple split last summer, then reconciled ... then got pregnant!

Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari Picture

Just last month, the reformed party girl gushed over her hubby-to-be's care-taking skills, along with declining mobility in her third trimester.

"Jay is currently making me lasagna... he takes such good care of me. Which is a good thing, because I can barely move," Kristin Cavallari tweeted.

Aww. She also said he's "gonna be a great dad! He's so cute with kids... He's good with my little dog, so he's gonna be really, really cute with kids!"

We have no doubt. Congrats to Kristin and Jay!

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It appears safe to say this participant in the 110-meter hurdles in the Chinese University Games won't be going to the Olympics. Lolo Jones, he is not.

  • Number of hurdles actually cleared in the event: None.
  • Number of f--ks given: None.
  • Number of competitors bested: Surprisingly not all! If you thought failing to jump would give you an advantage in this race, you'd be wrong!

Watch this epic Chinese "hurdler" do his thing below ...

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Michael Phelps stepped out with Megan Rossee on his arm last night in London.

The newly-retired Olympic swimming legend, whose work in these games (and all future games) is done, made his red carpet debut with his very pretty, newly-revealed girlfriend Monday at an event for Speedo, one of Phelps' primary sponsors.

Here's Michael with Megan Rossee at the event ...

  • Megan Rossee, Michael Phelps
  • Michael Phelps, Megan Rossee

They didn't do much press, but Michael Phelps' girlfriend did say she's doing well so far handling the torrent of publicity after being identified.

The 27-year-old has been linked to seemingly endless women in recent years, but has probably dated none of them seriously. Training and all.

Now that he's won a record 22 Olympic medals and called it a career, perhaps that will change. Last night's public debut certainly suggests it.

"Megan and Michael have been taking things slow leading up to the Olympics, but they are excited to spend more time together," says a source.

"Megan is a beautiful person, inside and out."

They've supposedly been together five months, so it sounds like Phelps and Rossee are smitten! Here's hoping they enjoy their planned post-Olympic vacation.

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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa may not have captured a medal at the London Olympics, but you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger winner at the games, or in life.

This photo surfacing Sunday on Twitter proves it 1,000 times over.

It's an older image, but it resurfaced after Pistorius raced in the 400-meter semifinals. What Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, did this week is immeasurable.

Because of him, Ellie Challs, the young girl he is seen racing here, can look up to a man who faced the same obstacles as her but refuse to accept limits:

Oscar Pistorius Runs With Girl

Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner after his cutting-edge prosthetic sprinting legs, inspired more than fellow amputees with his effort at the Olympics.

Though he didn't make the final, he did run well enough to make the semis and held his own against the best in the world in his track and field event.

Kirani James, the man who won the semifinal Pistorius ran in, was so moved that after the race, he held up the nameplate from Pistorius' uniform to the crowd.

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Tragic news today out of the world of professional sports: Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at the club's training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

Reid's body was found by local police after a 911 call was placed at 7:20 a.m.

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Police chief Edward Shupp says "no suspicious activities" have been reported.

The team gathered for practice this morning, without Andy Reid present, and said a prayer prior to assistant coaches leading the squad through a walk-through.

Garrett and younger brother Britt have each battled substance abuse problems over the years. They were arrested on drug charges after two separate traffic accidents in 2007 and Garrett was in jail off and on in 2009.

"This is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "Garrett grew up with this team and this makes this news even harder for us to process."

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Andy Murray of Great Britain won an Olympic gold medal for the host country in tennis on Sunday, stunning top-ranked Roger Federer in straight sets.

The victory marked a career breakthrough for the 25-year-old Murray, who had lost all four of his previous Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.

Redemption came in the form of a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 blowout.

Murray, A.

Murray, who lost to Federer just last month in his bid to become the UK's first Wimbledon champion in 76 years, dominated him on the same court today.

"I've had a lot of tough losses in my career," the pride of Dunblane, Scotland said. "This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final."

"I'll never, ever forget it."

For 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer, the loss marked a surprising disappointment as he has now failed to win singles gold in four Olympics.

"He was much better than I was today," said the Switzerland native, as classy an athlete as there is in any sport. "Still I'm very happy with the silver."

Murray won nine straight games spanning the first two sets to take control, breaking Federer's serve an unheard of four times in a row at one point.

He credited his inspired play to the raucous crowd support he received from British fans, who cheered their hero's every shot en route to gold.

America's Serena Williams won the women's gold medal Saturday.

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A remarkable kick save - yes, you can do that - made by a member of Brazil's women's volleyball team didn't result a medal, or even help win a match, but is still one of top highlights of the London Olympics so far.

Don't believe us? Watch and you'll agree:

Like many residents of her soccer-crazed nation, Fabiana Oliveira clearly plays that sport in addition to volleyball, as evidenced by the INSANE bicycle kick save she executed to keep a point alive in the second set against South Korea.

South Korea would ultimately win the match, but Brazil went on to win the point after "Fabi" made the save. Thank goodness, because she deserves every decibel of the ovation she got from her stunned teammates, and the crowd.

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