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NBA Commissioner David Stern gave a surprising response to sports radio host Jim Rome's question about the NBA Draft lottery being rigged Wednesday.

When Rome, who acknowledged it was a conspiracy theory from the get-go, asked if the fix was in for New Orleans to get the #1 pick, Stern replied:

"Uh, you know, I have two answers for that. I'll give you the easy one - no - and a statement: Shame on you for asking." That's it, right? Wrong.

When Rome pressed on, Stern bristled, asking him, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" Thrown off, Rome said, "Yeah, I don't know if that's fair."

"I just don't know that that's fair."

Stern, of course, wasn't actually asking if Rome stopped beating his wife.

He was evoking a rhetorical move of sorts, intended to put an opponent in an untenable position and to prove a point about Rome's inquiry.

If Jim Rome responds yes or no (he did neither) ... he's saying that he's been beating on his wife. You incriminate yourself just by participating.

The point Stern was making, it appears, is that in order for him to respond to Rome at all, he must acknowledge that the leagues has rigged lotteries.

Fair enough ... but was it really necessary to evoke domestic violence during a sports radio interview? Also, there is a way to answer Rome's question.

Stern did moments earlier. It ended with "Shame on you for asking."

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According to a letter sent this week to Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion is facing new charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that threaten to strip him of those titles.

The 15-page document, obtained by The Washington Post, says the USDA took blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were tested and proved to be “fully consistent with blood ma­nipu­la­tion including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”

In accordance with these charges, Armstrong is currently barred from triathlon competition, a sport he took up not long after retiring from cycling in 2011.

Lance Armstrong Photograph

In a statement released by his publicist, Armstrong says:

“I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence. Any fair consideration of these allegations has and will continue to vindicate me.”

The letter in question names "more than 10 cyclists" as having "firsthand knowledge" of "long running doping conspiracy" involving Armstrong and a quintet of former cycling team associates.

Of course, even if these allegations are proven true, they wouldn't be the most embarrassing facts about the star athlete to come out. He did once date Ashley Olsen, after all.

Do you think Lance Armstrong took performance enhancing drugs?

 

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The U.S. soccer team is facing considerable backlash for snubbing American troops in Guatemala Monday, but claims it was all a misunderstanding.

Team America flew in for a World Cup qualifying match, where troops gathered on the tarmac and cheer them on to victory in Central America.

When the guys got off the plane, they walked right to the waiting bus and peaced out, though, without even an acknowledgement or thank you.

Some of the troops were understandably insulted.

US Soccer Team Snubs Troops

Some soldiers' friends and family took to Facebook to express their disgust. Among the many choice comments posted after the perceived slight:

"What a disgrace that a team that wears American colors can't take five minutes to acknowledge the soldiers that fight for what those colors represent."

A rep for the team apologized, saying, "The players and staff were simply unsure of the correct protocol in terms of engaging the military members."

"[We] weren't sure if they were welcoming them or providing security." Their apology went over well with the troops, supposedly, so that's good.

As for the outcome of the game ... we have no earthly idea.

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Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons was cut by the Dominican Republic national team because he's out of shape, head coach John Calipari said.

This is, needless to say, a rarity for an NBA player.

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and this was a decision taken collectively ... the only problem was his weight."

Charlie Villanueva Cut

Villanueva was thus cut by the national team, which reportedly was not pleased with his conditioning months ago, despite an active role in recent years.

An ankle injury slowed his progress and any hopes of getting much playing time for the Pistons this season, but his release still comes as a surprise.

Villanueva fired back at Calipari by tweeting the above photo of his scale, which reads 243.5 pounds, or 11.5 under his "playing weight" of 255.

He also conspicuously holds his college championship ring from the University of Connecticut in 2004, in an apparent bid to ... prove something.

Since that was eight years ago, in college, and Calipari won his year's NCAA title with the Wildcats anyway, we're not sure what. But something.

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Amar'e Stoudemire may not be able to co-exist successfully with Carmelo Anthony on the basketball court, but the power forward hopes things are different between him and Alexis Welch.

Because the couple is now engaged!

Amar'e Stoudemire Picture

The Knicks star Tweeted confirmation this week that he proposed to Welch - who he met way back in 2002 and who is the mother of his three children - on June 3 during a vacation in Paris.

"There were rose petals leading to a balcony with a 365-degree view of Paris," Welch tells The New York Post. "He had an acoustic-guitar player. He had a saxophonist. This is another side of Amar'e that people don't get to see."

Added Stoudemire, who popped the major question with a 8.5 carat ring: "When she said yes, it was surreal. I'm still floating. #engaged."

The baller was linked in late 2010 to Amber Rose and has also been a rumored love interest of Ciara. But now that he's set to settle down, only one question remains: Will the Knicks ever contend for a title again?!?

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The first victim in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual molestation trial was gasping for breath as he detailed repeated acts of oral sex with the disgraced former Penn State University football team's defensive coordinator today.

Now 18, the witness sat with his hands clasped in his lap, leaned into a microphone and painfully shared disturbing memories of being an 11-year-old boy, alone with Jerry Sandusky on the waterbed in Sandusky's basement.

This story only gets more graphic from here, so be advised.

Tears flowed throughout the Centre County Courtroom as jurors looked on, a couple noticeably disturbed. A few grimaced and shook their heads.

Sandusky sat hunched over, often rubbing his chin. The 68-year-old is facing 52 counts based on using his charity and his stature within the Penn State football program to manipulate and sexually molest 10 children over a 15-year period.

He's maintained his innocence on all charges.

The witness was 10 when he first entered Sandusky's Second Mile charity, which worked with at-risk youth in Central Pennsylvania.

He never knew his dad and lived with his single mother in public housing. After a few years in the Second Mile program, he began spending time alone with Sandusky.

Tuesday morning in court, he told of the sexual abuse, including in 2005 when Sandusky's repeated petting and cuddling went to another level.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says jail is killing his boxing career ... after just 12 days. The poor woman-beater can't get the training or caloric intake he needs!

Mayweather says in legal papers - in which he begs a judge to release him from jail into house arrest - that he needs to get out or he'll lose everything.

Floyd must serve only 78 more days in lockup, mind you.

He says he spends 23 hours a day in isolation for his own safety, but he claims that it's taking a "cruel and inhuman" toll on his physique ... seriously.

Floyd Mayweather Mugshot

In the papers, Floyd, 35, estimates his career only has a few years ... his days of making excuses for not fighting Manny Pacquiao are dwindling!

Floyd's doctor told the court he's concerned about Floyd's diet - down from 3,000-4,000 calories a day to 800, supposedly - and lack of exercise.

Floyd says his doctor also "expressed deep concern for [Floyd's] health," predicting likely "irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather's physique."

Mayweather claims doctors are deeply concerned about his "dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes."

If only Floyd were concerned about the appearance of Josie Harris' face, he might not be in this position. Wrap your membrane around that.

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Dominique Moceanu, a member of the 1996 Olympic gold-medal-winning US women's gymnastics team, received the biggest bombshell of her life.

As her father was dying, and weeks before she gave birth to her first child, she got a letter fro, Jen Bricker, saying that she her biological sister.

As ABC's 20/20 reported last Friday, Bricker revealed that their parents gave her up for adoption when they found out that she had no legs.

The news was equally shocking to Bricker, who grew up idolizing Moceanu, the youngest member of the US Olympic teams "Magnificent Seven."

“I wouldn’t shut up about Dominique!" said Bricker, who incredibly had no idea at the time that the gymnastics champion was her sister.

"I knew she was Romanian. I knew we looked alike. Her biggest fan!”

Amazingly, Bricker, now 24, is a gymnast too. Having no legs didn't stop her from excelling in volleyball, basketball and softball in her youth.

But, just like her sister, 30, her true passion is gymnastics. Bricker even made it all the way to the Junior Olympics as a power tumbler.

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The Los Angeles Kings stormed to the first title in franchise history last night, defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-1.

And, in response, the Twitterverse, especially in Hollywood, was filled with congratulatory messages for the team that had gone 44 years without hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Among the most famous fans responding on that social network...

Hockey photo

Alyssa Milano: "#LAKings #StanleyCup  #WeAreTheF--kingChampions

Josh Duhamel: "History has been made. Lord Stanley's Cup now resides in LA. Congrats to the #KINGS on an amazing run!!"

Marlon Wayans: "Congrats to all the LA Kings, LA, all the Canadians that r illegally in la & love hockey and had to pick the kings by default"

D.L. Hughley: "The Kings win the Stanley Cup! It's weird for LA 2 win a Championship without riots! I guess Mexicans haven't figured out what 2 burn yet"

Matthew Perry: "We win the Stanley Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Kevin Connolly: "Me winning the Stanley Cup!!! Oh, no wait. I'm an out of work actor... Sorry!!! #maybenextyear http://yfrog.com/nzdhjabj"

Ryan Seacrest: "45 years in the making, the Kings have earned their crown."

Erin Andrews: "The Kings are kings"...great line by Doc...great story & moment..#congrats"

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In the most anticipated boxing match of the year, Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao by split decision last night - and almost everyone who watched it believes the fight was fixed.

Pacquiao landed 253 punches to 159 for Bradley, with Compubox statistics proving the former also connected on more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.

The Associated Press had Pacquiao winning 117-111, but that service doesn't get a vote. Instead, Bradley was named the winner - by a score of 115-113 - on the scorecards of judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross.

Boxing Sign

"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight," said Bob Arum, who promoted both fighters, soon after the outcome was announced. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, `I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy.'"

Adding fuel to the allegations of foul play? Bradley had printed out a poster for a November 10 rematch prior to this bout, something that would only occur if he defeated Pacquiao.

A consensus is building that the judges/Powers That Be in boxing arranged a Bradley victory solely to ensure another big pay-per-view buy in five months.

"I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous," Arum said.

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