THG NOTE: Dodgeball can be a fun sport, but using a pitching machine to fire one at someone's head at 75 mph during a practice session might be a little excessive.
Andy Murray's Wimbledon runner-up speech left the tennis star in tears Sunday afternoon, and likely had more than a few onlookers welling up, too.
With girlfriend Kim Sears, along with Kate and Pippa Middleton, looking on, Murray wept in a post-match interview following his loss to Roger Federer.
When a BBC interviewer asked him about the emotions he felt over the fortnight, he (and Sears) broke down while the Centre Court crowd applauded ...
The interviewer's empathy was as powerful as Murray's sadness. Everyone, from Federer to Murray to the fans, truly felt for the 25-year-old Andy.
With the hopes of a nation riding on his shoulders, Murray looked poised to stun Federer and capture his first Grand Slam title. Didn't happen.
"I'm getting closer," he joked at the start, wounded but proud, defeated but respectful and classy, head sinking low while at the same time held high.
The Scotland native failed to deliver the UK its first homegrown champion of the famed tournament in 76 years, but is clearly a big winner at life.
NFL star Adrian Peterson shoved an off-duty police officer in a Houston bar early Saturday morning, leading to his arrest, the Houston P.D. says.
An off-duty officer was working security for the nightclub Live! at Bayou Place when closing time came and he told patrons it was time to leave.
The officer had to tell Peterson a second time he had to leave and the Vikings running back shot back, "Hey man, we heard you the first time!"
He then pushed the officer in the back of his shoulder, causing him to stumble.
The officer then told Peterson to turn around and put his arms behind his back because he was under arrest and Peterson began yelling at him.
The officer repeated himself and Peterson turned around to face the officer and got in "an aggressive stance," ignoring more verbal warnings.
A second and third officer then rushed over, according to the police, and they were finally able to arrest the all-star athlete and take him to jail.
He was booked on the charge of resisting arrest.
Adrian Peterson was heavily intoxicated at the time of his arrest, which was very out of character for him, according to the nightclub owner.
Peterson has been to the club before, but he has never known him to drink much. He was reportedly a difficult customer all night Friday, though.
In the latest issue of Out, the U.S. soccer star says she's never hidden her sexuality, but she's never made it official, either. Until now. Simply put, Rapinoe tells the publication:
"For the record: I am gay."
A midfielder for the Seattle Sounders Women, Rapinoe is preparing for the Summer Olympics in London and makes it clear she understands her responsibility now as a role model.
"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out. I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want - they need - to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol' U.S. of A."
Rapinoe has been dating an Australian soccer player for about three years.
U.S. Olympic track legend Michael Johnson, who won gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and posted numerous world records, made an eye-opening comment recently.
In an interview with the UK's Daily Mail, the sprinter posited that hard work and determination were mostly responsible for his world class athletic talent.
That and one other historical factor.
Michael Johnson explained, "All my life ... I believed I became an athlete through my own effort and determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations."
"Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me ... I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us. Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals."
Johnson still holds the 400-meter world record. The all-time best 100- and 200-meter races were both run by Usain Bolt ... of Jamaica.
"It's a fact that hasn't been discussed openly before. It's a taboo subject in the States but it is what it is. Why shouldn't we discuss it?" Johnson adds.
Doesn't explain Michael Phelps, but it's an interesting theory.
They've been competing at the U.S. Olympic trials, each with at least one victory over the other, and they'll be doing the same on the big stage in London next month.
So it's only appropriate for swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps to square off now where it really matters: in the hearts and groins of women around the world.
By which of these athletes would you prefer to have your breasts stroked? With whom would you rather skinny dip? Weigh in below with your take on a Lochte and Phelps and the individual you'd most want to swim a naked medley with ... if you know what we mean!
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Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco tied the knot in Miami, Fla., on the Fourth of July as friends, family and of course VH1's cameras looked on.
The reality star, 36, and the NFL player, 34, said their vows for their VH1 show, Eve and Ocho, debuting in September. Yes, that's a real show.
The football star also live tweeted portions of his big day, allowing his 3.5 million Twitter followers to gain access to his pre-ceremony planning.
Once the ceremony wrapped, Ochocinco updated his profile pic to show off an image of his and Evelyn Lozada's wedding rings. Ah, 21st Century romance.
"How many times is Eve gonna change outfits... Is this normal to have more than 1 outfit besides the wedding gown?" Ochocinco jokingly tweeted.
Getting married to the Basketball Wives star on July 4 was in part a calculated move, Chad admits, "so I'd never forget our damn anniversary."
After (mostly) enjoying a two-year engagement and weathering some ups and downs - such as briefly calling off the wedding - the couple is on cloud nine.
Says Evelyn of her new husband:
"We have a true friendship. And he can keep up with my mouth! I'm very verbal, and say what I think and feel. He's the same way. He makes me laugh."
LeBron James might wanna wait before he sizes a second finger for another NBA ring. The Los Angeles Lakers will have something to say about that in 2012-2013.
In a blockbuster sign-and-trade, the Lakers have acquired two-time MVP Steve Nash, dealing the Phoenix Suns a quartet of future draft picks and signing the future Hall of Fame point guard to a three-year contract.
Nash will now team with Kobe Bryant in pursuit of his first NBA championship and Kobe's sixth.
Citing the importance of remaining close to his family, the ever-classy Nash released a statement soon after the trade went down that thanked the Suns for their support and understanding.
"The Phoenix Suns are an amazing organization and fans should be excited about their future," he wrote. "I hope the Suns win a championship some day soon for all the amazing fans and wonderful people in the organization."
But - with a core of Nash, Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol - Los Angeles is now a lot closer to that goal than Phoenix. Just how close? Are the Lakers now the title favorites? You tell us:
Marcus Jordan has shot an airball with the law.
The 21-year old son of former NBA legend Michael Jordan was arrested early Sunday morning outside the Embassy Suites in Omaha, Nebraska after police spotted him arguing with two women.
According to various reports, it took a multitude of cops to subdue Jordan, actually placing him in handcuffs after he refused to cooperate.
He was the arrested for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing.
Marcus plays basketball at the University of Central Florida and it's unclear how this brush with the law will affect his standing there. But this much is certain: this is not an example of how to be like Mike.
Former NBA star Eric Williams allegedly got Tavia Serena Cannon pregnant while he was still married to Basketball Wives' Jennifer Williams in 2011.
Tavia now wants Eric to pony up the child support ASAP, filing a Complaint for Support in Pennsylvania last week, citing the October 2011 birth.
Cannon says she makes just $300/week babysitting and wants Eric Williams to fork over some cash and medical coverage for their love child, STAT.
Here's the interesting part. At the time the baby was conceived, Eric was still married to Jennifer Williams, who didn't file for divorce until June.
The Basketball Wives star apparently had NO CLUE about the child until Cannon filed for support; their divorce is still pending in a N.J. court, too.
Eric Williams has yet to comment on the child support situation.