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The producers of Basketball Wives are doing more than re-signing Evelyn Lozada to up the ante for Season Four. There will be new cast members in the mix, as well.

Controversial ones at that.

Kenya Bell (below, right) will be joining the show this coming season, and has already "assumed the role of the villain" and gotten into a few fights with the girls.

Kesha Ni'cole Nichols and Kenya Bell

Bell is a former Miss Michigan USA who was arrested for allegedly trying to effing stab her husband, former Michigan State star Charlie Bell, with a box cutter.

Standard Basketball Wives procedure, really.

Interestingly, not only was Kenya with Charlie before he went pro, but she also has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. So she's not a gold digger?

Weird. The other new cast member is Kesha Ni'cole Nichols (above, left). She planned to wed NBA All-Star Richard Jefferson back in 2009, but he bailed last minute.

Almost literally. They were set to tie the knot in $2 million wedding, but Jefferson called a 20-second time out, breaking up with Kesha Ni'Cole via email.

Nichols talks openly about the wedding that wasn't on the show and has, at least thus far, been well-liked by the rest of the cast. But just give it time.

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Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada has been convinced to come back for another season. She's so darn valuable, she was given an insane deal she couldn't pass up.

Evelyn was prepared to leave the VH1 "hit" before its fourth season, but she was given a package that allows her to work less, earn more, and get her own spinoff.

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Even a Basketball Wives cast member isn't dumb enough to reject that.

Earlier this fall, Evelyn had made up her mind that she was done with the show after a VH1 blog post suggested she cheated on her fiance, NFL star Chad Ochocinco.

(Cheated with Terrell Owens, to be exact).

However, once Evelyn Lozada let producers know she was out, they really made a push to keep her. Guess you gotta go all out to keep your prized "talent" in house.

Her new deal requires her to film half as often, with the flexibility to work around her daughter's school schedule and Chad's NFL games, all while getting a big raise.

The icing on the cake? The network promised to spin off Evelyn and Chad into their own show, documenting the months leading up to their wedding. Hallelujah.

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An official agreement must still be reached, but it's safe to celebrate, NBA fans: the lockout is over!

Commissioner David Stern and Player's Association leader Billy Hunter appeared at a joint press conference last night and announced that a tentative agreement had been reached, the results of which mean the following: training camps and free agency will begin on December 9. A 66-game season will kick off on Christmas Day.

What is the celebrity gossip spin to all this? Kris Humphries is a free agent, of course. Where will Kim's reality TV co-star play ball next season?!?

The bruising power forward averaged a double-double in 2010-2011, growing into one of the few bright spots for the New Jersey Nets. That team may attempt to re-sign him, but its priority will be locking up point guard Deron Williams to a long-term deal.

With no hard cap in place, the Knicks will have the deep pockets to a lure a few key free agents, and we all know how much Kris has embraced the big market lifestyle.

No matter where Humphries ends up playing, only one question really matters: With what cheer will NBA fans taunt him? We've offered a few possibilities below and we welcome any other suggestions:

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all from The Hollywood Gossip!

What would this holiday be without family, food, football and reflection upon the things we appreciate most ... in the case of THG, that means some of the turkeys we have had the privilege, the honor and the burden of covering in the past year.

We are talking some fowl individuals here ... real bird brains.

Without further ado, THG's Top 10 Turkeys of 2011 ...

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Who will win the 5th Annual Spencer Pratt Thanksgiving Turkey Award!?

10. President Obama and GOP presidential candidates (tie). On a day when we share the blessings this nation has provided us, we'll also share the blame for a polarized electorate and a federal government destined for perennial gridlock.

9. Taylor Armstrong. Refining shamelessness, one episode at a time.

8. Gloria Allred. Loudmouth lawyer for accusers in seemingly every random celebrity scandal always wants to talk turkey ... and gobble up publicity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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