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Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have reconciled, but she's made one thing clear: She does not want to be married to someone who doesn't win titles, plural.

Vanessa filed for divorce last winter after claiming that the couple's differences were irreconcilable, and amid rumors that Kobe was cheating on her.

The two eventually rekindled their union and appear to be on good terms now ... though it appears as if that means it's going to be on her terms.

Basically, the marriage don't mean a thing without a ring. An NBA championship ring, that is. Vanessa Bryant said, according to New York Magazine:

  • Vanessa Bryant Photograph
  • Kobe Bryant Photograph

"I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships. If you're sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year."

The Vanessa Bryant haters are likely to offer two comebacks:

  1. GOLD DIGGER!
  2. A strong work ethic, which Kobe is renowned for, will make him a terrific player, but it won't always win titles, especially not in the NBA.

Vanessa, of course, is raising two daughters full-time, and has been with Kobe since high school, long before there was any gold to be dug.

One wonders about her word choice, though. No one's making excuses for Kobe's past indiscretions, but winning titles is somewhat out of any one player's hands.

Kobe probably pushed very hard for the Dwight Howard trade. Knowing you're gonna sleep on the couch if shirtless clubbing photos get leaked is one thing. If L.A. being the #7 seed also lands you in the doghouse? That's motivation!

Vanessa Bryant: Gold digger?

 

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Nike, the official outfitter for the London Olympics, is taking some heat for one of its new t-shirts, emblazoned with the phrase "Gold Digging."

Clever, harmless play on words? Not in the eyes of everyone.

Since the shirt's only available for women, many fashion bloggers and Twitter believe it's sexist, that aparently only female Olympians are gold diggers.

Nike Gold Digging

On one hand, people seriously get offended way too easily about the smallest stuff. On the flip side, Nike could've come up with a more positive phrase.

"Golden Girl," "Reach for the Gold," "Go for the Gold," "Good as Gold" ... all of those get the point across, without implying you're out for a man's money.

You gotta give women respect. Considering that the U.S. women took won twice as many gold medals as the men in London, they certainly earned ours.

Still, it's just a t-shirt we're talking about. Is it really worth making this into an issue? Tell us: What do you think of this Nike "Gold Digging" shirt?

 

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Melky Cabrera, the 2012 All-Star Game MVP and one of the best players in baseball this season, has failed a test for performance enhancing drugs and been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball.

The San Francisco Giants outfielder registered high levels of testosterone - and didn't deny the reason behind it.

Melky

"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," Cabrera said in a statement released by the players' union. "I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down."

In his first season as a Giant, Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI.

He will miss the remaining 45 games of the regular season and the first five of the postseason, if San Francisco qualifies. Otherwise, he will sit to start the 2013 season.

"We were extremely disappointed," the team said. "We fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game."

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Amazingly, Chad Johnson's release by the Miami Dolphins in the wake of his arrest for domestic violence took place with cameras from HBO's Hard Knocks rolling.

The behind-the-scenes, ALL-access docu-series just happens to be focusing on the Dolphins this season, meaning Johnson's termination was caught on video.

Watch Johnson's ill-fated meeting with Head Coach Joe Philbin below:

A day after he was arrested for head-butting Evelyn Lozada and charged with domestic battery, Chad met with new coach Philbin in the coach's office.

Johnson pleaded that he'd never been in trouble before - actually true as a pro, though he had a prior domestic violence arrest in college in 2000.

In any case, Philbin wasn't having it and politely but unflinchingly made it clear he didn't see Chad going in the same direction as the organization.

In the ensuing days, he was also dropped by VH1, who canned the upcoming series Ev & Ocho, and by Lozada, who filed for divorce yesterday.

He essentially lost his day job, side job and wife in a 72-hour span, all over a receipt for condoms. Hope Beverly Shiner or side piece equivalent was worth it.

Miami cutting Ocho: The right decision?

 

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Hey, if you're not good enough to be in the Olympic Games, you can at least get a TV job as a commentator and rip the athletes to shreds!

This hilarious montage of NBC's London Olympics coverage pulls together some of the best / worst digs made by the network's announcers.

Some of the commentary isn't as harsh as it is honest, but in some situations that line does seem to be crossed. See what you think below:

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Evelyn Lozada has filed to divorce Chad Johnson, not even six weeks after they got married. She filed legal documents just moments ago in Florida.

Caiming her marriage is "irretrievably broken," Evelyn was clearly motivated by the fight this weekend that led to her man's domestic violence arrest.

Even before the fight went nuclear - he's accused of head-butting her (listen to the Chad Johnson 911 call here) - the union was on shaky ground.

Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco Photo

Lozada allegedly found a receipt for condoms in the duo's car and flew off the handle, resulting in an altercation that landed the football player behind bars.

There was no coming to his defense afterward, either. Instead, Evelyn Lozada ripped him in the media for not taking responsibility for his actions.

According to the divorce documents, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place. Good thing for Johnson, as he's also out of an NFL job now.

Evelyn and Chad got married in St. Maarten in July 4, with the wedding filmed for their VH1 reality show ... which was canceled before it even aired.

The only person with reason to smile now? Kim Kardashian. Compared to Ev & Ocho, her marriage looks like a long-lasting, non-violent success.

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Ryan Lochte and his abs are coming to the CW.

The 11-time Olympic medalist will guest star on 90210's upcoming Season 5 in a pivotal role as ... Ryan Lochte, who's apparently a guest at the resort where Naomi and Max are staying in an attempt to strengthen their relationship.

A far cry from the next Bachelor, but hey.

Hot Ryan Lochte Pic

The 28-year-old, who made his "acting" debut with a Funny or Die video breakdown of peeing in pools, has shown definite interest in the entertainment world.

Will the swimming great build upon this 90210 appearance or will Ryan quickly fade now that the 2012 London Olympics are over? That remains to be seen.

In any case, he's indicated he will try to extend his amazing career through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, so expect him back in the pool before long.

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He can't throw and he can't really read coverage. But Tim Tebow is a winner. That's what everyone says about this former Heisman Trophy winner.

But can the backup quarterback backup that praise when matched against another former Heisman Trophy winner, as well as the signal caller who many believe recorded the greatest rookie campaign in NFL history last year?

Yes, readers, it's a new edition of Who Would You Rather, but with a twist. Tebow is a virgin. We can't include him in any sexual scenarios, this video of Tim Tebow shirtless notwithstanding.

But with Tebow and Cam Newton both featured on dueling covers of GQ this month, we can ask for your take: Who would you rather... have start at quarterback for your favorite team?

And the Winner is?

Tim Tebow or Cam Newton? Which of these young studs would you rather... have at quarterback? View Poll »

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Adored by generations of Boston Red Sox fans, Johnny Pesky was such a part of the fabric of the team that the Fenway Park foul pole is named for him.

Pesky, who played, managed and served as a broadcaster for the Red Sox in a baseball career that lasted more than 60 years, died Monday at age 92.

"The national pastime has lost one of its greatest ambassadors," Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement released yesterday.

Pesky

"Johnny Pesky, who led a great American life, was an embodiment of loyalty and goodwill for the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball."

Johnny Pesky passed away a little more than a week after his final visit to Fenway, on August 5 when Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4.

Yet for many in the legion of Red Sox fans, their last image of Pesky will be from the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park on April 20 of this year.

A man known for his warmth, kindness and outstanding baseball career each and every day, Johnny was moved to tears at a pregame ceremony.

By then the former shortstop was in a wheelchair positioned at second base, surrounded by dozens of admiring players and a cheering crowd.

R.I.P.

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Good news for Chad Johnson: He's out of jail on $2,500 bond.

Bad news: He's also out of a job.

About 24 hours after Chad Johnson's arrest for domestic violence, the Miami Dolphins released the loquacious, mercurial six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Johnson was released from jail Sunday after his wife, Evelyn Lozada, accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home.

Chad Johnson, Jail

Chad, who married Basketball Wives star Evelyn in Miami on July 4, was officially charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor offense.

Only five days earlier, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Johnson's roster spot could be in jeopardy if he didn't temper his freewheeling behavior.

This incident apparently was the final straw.

Johnson, who recently changed his name back from Chad Ochocinco after four years with that absurd surname, was arrested on Saturday.

Allegedly, Evelyn Lozada confronted him about a receipt she found in their car trunk for a box of condoms, police said, sparking an argument.

With the two seated in the car, they began talking about the receipt and their marriage, and Chad allegedly got angry and head-butted his wife.

Lozada ran to a neighbor's house and called police.

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