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There's no question that Twitter has enhanced the entertainment value of sports, reality TV, award shows and much more. But this takes it to a new level.

The annual college football battle between Mississippi State and Mississippi will feature the first Twitter end zone hashtag in the history of college football.

MSU has painted #HAILSTATE (the school’s traditional rallying cry and fight song, in hashtag form) in its north end zone. Visitors beware. Fear the Twitter!

Mississippi State Hashtag

College teams typically decorate end zones with school name, mascot nickname or color scheme, so Mississippi State’s Twitter-based variation has its critics.

It also has its proponents.

“It’s a phenomenal idea,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who likely wishes he thought of it. “It’s a fun way to involve social media at the game, and to TV viewers it’s guaranteed to stir up some emotions between both teams.”

We just hope someone on either team scores a touchdown, whips out a smartphone and Tweets about it. That would be the most worthwhile 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty since T.O.'s infamous Sharpie autograph session.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, served as grand marshals yesterday prior to a NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They were on hand to promote the military family-based project Joining Forces, starting the race along with a wounded veteran named Andrew Berry and his family.

And the famous wives were audibly booked upon being introduced to the crowd. Hear for yourself:

The sports governing body downplayed the response via a statement by Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs. It reads:

"The NASCAR community and the vast majority of those attending our race Sunday welcomed the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden and the military families in attendance. We are proud to support military families across the country and proud to support the Joining Forces initiative."

But, come on, we have ears. We can hear the negative reaction of many in attendance. Which leads us to ask: Booing the First Lady during a non-political appearance? Right or wrong?

 

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Greg Halman, a Dutch baseball player with the MLB's Seattle Mariners in 2010 and 2011, was stabbed to death in his native country of The Netherlands today.

His brother has been arrested in connection with the crime, according to reports.

"A 24-year-old was killed this morning in a stabbing and authorities have arrested the 22-year-old brother of the victim," a Rotterdam police spokesman said.

News organizations later identified the deceased as Greg Halman.

Greg Halman

Of the brother, a police spokesman told the AP: "He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned. It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened."

Police found Greg Halman bleeding from a stab wound at a home in Rotterdam after responding to a call early today. They were unable to revive the baseball player.

Halman hit .230 for the Mariners in 2011, with two home runs and six RBI. The outfielder appeared in 44 career games with the club in a reserve role.

R.I.P.

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Over the years, ESPN's College GameDay has become of the most popular pregame shows in sports because of the party-style atmosphere mixed with serious analysis.

Saturday tilted a bit too far toward the former, however.

In the final segment of the program, when Lee Corso picks the winner of a big game and dons the projected winner's mascot headgear in the process, he jokingly went to pick Southern Methodist over Houston, before calling a late, expletive-laden audible:

His fellow analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Carl Lewis were taken aback, as were fans.

Following the incident, ESPN had Corso tape a segment in which he apologized for the error and promised that it would never happen again to the camera.

That, of course, caused hundreds of thousands of people who missed it - and it was fairly innocuous in the grand scheme of f-bombs - to go find the clip online.

Counterproductive? Might've been better for ESPN to say "aww, f--k it" themselves.

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Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who was fired last week due to his role in a child molestation cover-up, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer.

Joe Paterno Pic

His son, Scott, said the diagnosis took place last week and released the following statement:

"He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment."

Penn State remains under intense scrutiny and investigation for the alleged actions of ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces 40 counts of sexual abuse charges stemming from his interactions with young boys on and off the university's campus.

He recently admitted to showering with these young teens.

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Oklahoma State head women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, one of his assistant coaches, have died in a plane crash along with two others.

Their tragic deaths happened just 10 months after the school marked the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 10 men associated with the men's program.

The plane went down Thursday night in Perry County, Ark., killing the pilot and another individual not affiliated with the university, Oklahoma State said.

No one survived the crash.

Kurt Budke Picture

Kurt Budke, 50, had opened his seventh season as the Cowgirls' coach on Sunday with a 96-60 win over Rice in a home game in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

"The entire Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," University President Burns Hargis said Friday in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims."

"Kurt Budke was an incredibly positive influence on his players and a tremendous coach. He quickly turned our program around and put Cowgirl basketball on the map."

Associate head coach Jim Littell will take over as interim head coach, though the school canceled the team's games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The Cowboys' college football team, currently ranked second in the nation, plays Friday night at Iowa State. That game will be played as scheduled.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased.

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In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that has roiled Penn State, two Syracuse University ball boys say they were molested by the school's associate head basketball coach, Bernie Fine, in the late 1970s and continuing into the 1990s.

Police in Syracuse said they have opened an investigation. In a statement Thursday night, Syracuse said it has placed Fine on administrative leave.

One of the alleged victims, Bobby Davis, told ESPN that Bernine Fine molested him starting in 1984, shortly before Davis entered the seventh grade.

Bernie Fine Picture

Davis, the team's ball boy for six years beginning in 1984, said the abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities, and on road trips.

The second alleged victim, Mike Lang, now 45, is Davis' stepbrother and was also a ball boy for several years. He said Fine molested him at a similar age.

Davis said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim saw him in Fine's hotel room on several of those road trips, but never told Boeheim about the alleged abuse.

Police stressed that they are in the early stages of the investigation. Thursday evening, police planned to interview both men who made the allegations.

Both men spoke in video interviews with ESPN Thursday night, describing the alleged acts by Fine - reaching into their shorts and rubbed their genitals.

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Cementing its status as the timeliest and least tactful show on TV, South Park turned its sights on the Penn State sex scandal last night on the Season 15 finale.

Even a child rape scandal can't dissuade Trey Parker and Matt Stone, whose South Park quotes went after Joe Paterno, his assistants and the entire program.

At one point in the show, a social worker discovers a torture chamber in a foster home ... and says to himself, "What am I ... a recruitment coach for Penn State?"

It got worse. There was also this cringe (or LOL) worthy scene:

We've seen South Park skewer Osama bin Laden, Michael Jackson, Jersey Shore, the Kardashians and many other topics. The show is an equal opportunity offender.

Still, the alleged actions of former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have roiled the college and stunned the nation like few scandals we've seen before.

Some will undoubtedly say SP went too far here. You? Tell us ...

What do you think of South Park's Penn State bashing?

 

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A day after Jerry Sandusky gave a disturbing interview to Bob Costas - in which the former Penn State defensive coordinator admitted to showering with young boys - Mike McQueary has also made news for his role in the alleged cover-up of child molestation at the university.

McQueary is the assistant coach who, according to a grand jury report, walked in on Sandusky anally raping a 10-year old in a shower in 2002. He has come under extreme fire for going to his father about the incident, as opposed to the police, while also not actually stopping the act.

Penn State Wallpaper

But a new email has surfaced, sent by McQueary to a reporter last week, in which the ex-coach says he DID break up the rape and DID speak to authorities about what he witnessed. This is what it reads:

You are the first person I have told this ... and I don't know you extremely well ... and I have been told bye (sic) officials to not say anything...

I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room ... I did have discussions with the official at the university in charge of police ... no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds...trust me.

Do with this what you want ... but I am getting hammered for handling this the right way ... or what I thought at the time was right ... I had to make tough impacting quick decisions.

What an enormous, tragic mess.

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Monday night, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky broke his silence on the stunning sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the university.

Facing 40 counts of sexual abuse against eight boys over a 15-year span, the former coach granted an exclusive interview with Bob Costas on NBC's Rock Center.

Despite admitting he showered with boys, Sandusky maintained his innocence and rejected the term "pedophile," amid some intense questioning by Costas:

The scandal led to the firing of Joe Paterno and Penn State's president. But it's Sandusky at the center of the allegations, and in a word, they are disturbing.

Sandusky had to pause and think before answering Costas' question, "Are you sexually attracted to young boys," in his first interview since the scandal broke.

Costas, who was interviewing Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, before the coach himself got on the phone, proved he's one of the finest journalists around.

Handling the situation with professionalism, but also with brutal honestly, he succinctly asked the accused very tough questions that are on everyone's mind.

Follow the jump for a transcript of one exchange, in which Bob Costas questions Jerry Sandusky's innocence, citing a conversation with an alleged victim's parent:

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