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The greatest relief pitcher of all-time has announced his pending retirement.

Mariano Rivera, who is returning to the mound in 2013 after tearing his ACL while shagging fly balls last year, confirmed at a new conference today that he will call it quits following the upcoming season.

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Said Rivera, 43, this morning at the Yankees' spring training complex, surrounded by teammates and club officials:

"After this year, I will retire... I thank God I was able to play baseball so many years."

Rivera is baseball's all-time leader in saves. He owns five World Series rings and a career ERA of 2.21.

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Bookies. What they won't think of to take bets on next.

The oddsmakers at British betting house Ladbrokes are taking bets on the pregnant Kate Middleton's due date, all the way down to the day and hour.

When are they thinking we will meet the royal baby?

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July 3, based on their most recent odds. Around noon GMT, if you're looking to get specific with your bet in the office pool you know you're starting.

As for potential Prince William-Kate Middleton baby names?

Assuming Kate is in fact expecting a girl, Elizabeth and Diana are still favorites with 5-1 odds, followed by Victoria and Frances at 7-1 and 8-1 respectively.

We like Caroline or Charlotte as a dark horse, personally.

What should Kate name her daughter?

 

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A newly-revealed 911 call sheds new light on the fight between U.S. soccer star Hope Solo and then-fiance Jerramy Stevens on the night before their wedding.

The November 13 melee resulted in the arrest of former NFL player Stevens, but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence after the fact.

Shortly after his release from jail, the couple married.

They had been dating only two months at the time.

The Hope Solo 911 call was placed by Marcus Solo, her brother. He asked that officers respond to her home, where a pre-wedding party took a violent turn.

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Eccentric NBA legend Dennis Rodman is already planning his next trip to North Korea, according to reports, with his sights set on much more than basketball.

The star wants to broker a peace deal between the United States and the (erroneously named) Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Seriously.

Obama, Rodman, Kim

Rodman's rep says that despite a storied career - Basketball Hall of Fame, five titles, records, awards - a U.S./N.K. peace deal would be his "greatest achievement."

Whoa whoa. Slow down. Guy is the career rebounds per game leader in the NBA since 1973. He once averaged 18 per game in a season! Insane.

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King James has selected a wedding date with his future Queen.

NBA great LeBron James' "Save The Date" card instructs his friends to block out September 13-15 for a destination wedding in San Diego, California.

The bride-to-be is longtime girlfriend/fiancee Savannah Brinson.

LeBron James Wedding Invite Photo

The "Save the Date" card also features caricatures of LeBron, Savannah and their two children, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, all dressed in cute wedding outfits.

No word yet on who's invited to the soiree, but we're imagining a reenactment of the Miami Heat Harlem Shake video will take place on the dance floor.

Congrats, Bron and Savannah!

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Sick of the Harlem Shake? And/or the Miami Heat?

Boy do we have a must-see video for you then!

Just when peeps were starting to declare the meme so over, LeBron James and the Miami Heat Harlem Shake video breathed new life into it last week.

Deservedly so, as the Heat Shake was admittedly sweet. But for their game in Minnesota Monday, the T-Wolves produced this just for the occasion:

Pretty epic takedown right there, but Miami, as usual, had the last laugh. They won a franchise-record 15th game in a row, routing the Wolves 97-81.

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It's safe to say that Lauren Silberman will not become the first female to play in the NFL.

The former collegiate soccer player tried out over the weekend at a regional combine in New Jersey… and only managed to get two punts into the air - one traveling 19 years, the other 13 yards - before pulling up lame with a quad injury

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"I tried staying off [my injured leg] and waited for today," said Silberman afterward. "I didn't even take kicks in warm-ups. It's pretty hard to know that you'll be in pain and I wanted to work through it and I certainly tried to, but I just couldn't do it today."

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Michael Jordan‘s wedding to model fiancee Yvette Prieto is set for April 27, according to reports, despite the lawsuit he's facing from Pamela Smith.

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The retired NBA star is being sued by Smith, 48, who says she got pregnant after sleeping with him in 1995 when he was still married to Juanita Vanoy.

The alleged indiscretion - if it even took place - hasn’t hindered his plans to wed his Cuban-American bride, with their nuptials now just weeks away.

A lavish ceremony is reportedly planned at Jordan’s mansion on Jupiter island, Fla. His neighbor and friend Tiger Woods is expected to attend.

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A New York State high school sectional title game resulted in one of the craziest basketball game endings you'll ever see, if not the craziest.

Mt. Vernon H.S. led New Rochelle H.S. by two points with just 2.9 seconds remaining, with New Rochelle inbounding on the far end of the court.

A long pass up the court by Khalil Edney was intercepted by Mt. Vernon’s Jalen David, at which point the game should have been over. But it wasn't:

David tossed the ball up in the air, trying to kill off the remainder of the time without giving New Rochelle the chance to foul and take a final shot.

Yet the strategy backfired because time never ran out, and the ball eventually landed in Edney’s hands just behind midcourt with 0.1 seconds left.

Edney then drilled a desperation, 55-foot heave for the 61-60 win.

As if all that weren't insane enough, both teams began celebrating, leading to full-on chaos - Mt. Vernon believed Edney didn't get the shot off in time.

The refs eventually confirmed that he did, and here we are. Wow!

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Back from a whirlwind trip to North Korea, Dennis Rodman says his "friend for life" Kim Jong Un just wants President Barack Obama to call him.

The former NBA star told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on This Week, "He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him. He said, 'If you can, Dennis.'"

"I don't want [to] do war. I don't want to do war.' He said that to me."

The 51-year-old athlete said the two sides already have common ground, and he offered Kim some advice for potential future talks with Obama.

"[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said, 'Obama loves basketball.' Let's start there," the Basketball Hall of Fame member said.

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