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Cam Newton won the NFL's Rookie of the Year Award last year, but the prolific passer is now after something far more important.

An ongoing fan vote to determine who should grace the cover of wildly-poplar video game Madden '13 is down to the Carolina Panthers quarterback and Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions.

And in an attempt to win over the masses, Newton has released a lengthy video, pleading to boys, girls, cat and dogs that he deserves the honor. On what grounds?

Well, he's quite adept at the game, that's for certain, giving fans a tour here of his multi-screen setup. His nicknames also include "Mr. Swagman" and "Mr. Goes H.A.M." So he has that going for him.

Last season, Peyton Hillis of the Browns covered Madden... and proceeded to produce the worst season of his career. Careful of what you wish for, Cam.

Who do you want to see on the cover of Madden '13?

 

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The Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls last night, 83-72, inching to within a game-and-a-half of the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

It was an intense game featuring multiple flagrant fouls and one ejection, although both sides were missing a star: Derrick Rose for Chicago and Chris Bosh for Miami.

What were future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal's thoughts on the contest? The TNT analyst is featured in the clip below, analyzing a troublesome development on the Heat bench: a fart that, as Shaq illustrated, clearly goes "four deep." Hold your nose and see what he means now:

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Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams cannot BELIEVE Nia Crooks slapped her in the face on this week's episode, and has slapped her with a lawsuit in return.

Filing a civil complaint alleging assault and battery Wednesday, Jennifer seeks damages from Nia - Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada's personal assistant.

According to Williams, Crooks was "negligent, reckless and careless" when slapping Jennifer across the face during an altercation that took place January 21:

"Someone needs to put a number on this bitch and let her race around the track because she's acting like an animal," Williams said of Crooks on Monday.

The episode documented the fight taking place in a VIP suite at Gulfstream Park racetrack in Florida, in which Williams says she suffered "serious injuries." 

She alleges she "suffered pain, shock [and] mental anguish" after being slapped by Crooks as their cast mates and VH1 crew members tried to break it up.

Williams is seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages from Crooks.

"Violence used against any woman is wrong," the reality star says.

"I chose to use the justice system to fight back. If I can have a positive effect for women by fighting back with civil litigation it serves an important purpose."

Not everyone sees it her way, however.

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Following a record-setting 38-year career as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Pat Summitt resigned from her legendary post yesterday.

The announcement came less than a year after Summitt's diagnosis of early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type.

UT Coach

"I've loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role," Summitt said in a statement, adding:

"I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer's through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund."

Summitt - who was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2011 along with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski - will take on the job/title of "head coach emeritus," be permitted to sit behind the bench during games and serve as a supervisor to the program she helped build.

Veteran assistant coach Holly Warlick has been promoted to the lead job.

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Delonte West is back to poking those he should not poke again, although this time the victim is Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward, not the mother of LeBron James.

On Monday night, during his team's triple-overtime loss to the Utah Jazz, West was called for traveling... back to elementary school when he gave Hayward a Wet Willy during game action. Seriously! See for yourself:

West received a technical foul for the display, reacting afterward with sarcasm.

“We are two warriors, out here battling. I forgot the NBA is a gentleman’s game," the troubled former Saint Joseph's University star told reporters.

Hayward, meanwhile, took the reasonable road:

“I wanted to fight right there, but you can’t do that. It wouldn’t have been the smart idea. I’d risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. There’s more important things than fighting someone out on the court. The more important thing was getting the win and we were able to do that.”

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Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback and MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLIV, will host Saturday Night Live gig on May 5, the NBC show announced.

The musical guest that night? None other than Rihanna!

Manning previously appeared on the program five years ago, but only as audience member when his big brother Peyton Manning hosted the broadcast.

It will be Rihanna's third musical appearance on SNL.

  • Eli Manning, MVP!
  • Rih-anna

The five-time Grammy winner visited the late night institution in October 2010, with Mad Men star Jon Hamm handling hosting duties on that occasion.

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Is a reconciliation between Los Angeles Lakers all-star Kobe Bryant and his estranged wife Vanessa Bryant imminent? Recent photos sure suggest it's far from unlikely.

For the second time in two months, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, who filed for divorce in December, were photographed together with their two daughters.

On Sunday, Kobe stuck around Staples Center to watch Game 3 of the Kings-Canucks NHL playoff series. He and his family sat a few rows above the glass:

Kobe, Vanessa Bryant Pic

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, who have been rumored to be getting back together ever since they split, sat apart from each other with their girls in between.

In February, Vanessa attended the Lakers-Hawks game on Valentine’s Day and the two were pictured kissing in a tunnel. That will start rumors, for sure.

Kobe has reportedly promised not to cheat again and begged for another chance, but it doesn't appear he's officially gotten it from Vanessa ... yet.

In any case, though, they clearly get along much better than most couples in the middle of a divorce. If nothing else, that's good for their kids' sake.

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Tim Tebow is now a member of The New York Jets, meaning he's a divisional rival of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

But the All-Pro appeared at the University of Rhode Island last night and expressed nothing but love for the polarizing quarterback. Sort of.

Playing the game "Boff, Marry, Kill" with an audience member, Gronkowski was given the options of Rex Ryan, Betty White or Tebow. And he wasted little time in choosing Tebow for the former act, explaining why in this video from the event:

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After welcoming their son Hawkins on Monday evening, Tony Romo and Candice Crawford snuggle up to their baby boy in a sweet new snapshot.

The picture-perfect moment came after she delivered the 8 lbs., 8 oz. newborn, already named “a part of the Dallas Cowboy family” by the team.

The Dallas Morning News reports that as of Wednesday morning, the proud new parents packed their bags and headed home from the hospital.

All together now ... AWW!

Tony Romo, Son Photo

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The University of Arkansas has fired head football coach Bobby Petrino after he attempted to conceal, and later admitted to an “inappropriate relationship” with his recently hired 25-year-old employee, Jessica Dorrell.

Petrino’s relationship with Dorrell lasted a “significant” amount of time, and at one point, Petrino gave her $20,000 out of his own pocket as a “gift.”

Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball player (below), was hired by Petrino on March 28, only four days before both were involved in a motorcycle crash on a rural road outside the city, prompting the coach to lie but ultimately exposing Petrino's affair.

Jessica Dorrell Picture

Jessica Dorrell, who reportedly called off an engagement one week before the accident, has hired a lawyer and could sue for sexual harassment.

As the story unfolded after Petrino crashed his motorcycle 10 days ago, many Arkansas faithful came to their coach’s defense, rallying to show support and pleading with the administration to forgive Petrino and move forward.

But in the end, Bobby Petrino accepted the fate he earned - dismissal.

In a statement, issued after the announcement, Petrino was contrite:

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