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University of Miami Booster Says He Provided Perks to 72 Athletes Over the Past Eight Years

A booster for the University of Miami told Yahoo! Sports that he provided cash and benefits to dozens of the school’s athletes over the past decade.

Nevin Shapiro, who’s serving a 20-year sentence for his role in a Ponzi scheme, said that some of the school’s coaches knew about the under-the-table gifts. The gifts included cash, prostitutes, entertainment costs, jewelry, and even, in one case, an abortion for a stripper whom a player impregnated.

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Jim Thome Becomes the 8th Player Ever to Hit 600 Home Runs

The Minnesota Twins’ Jim Thome hit his 600th career home run on Monday night, making him just the eighth player in Major League Baseball history to reach that mark.

The 40-year-old slugged his 599th and 600th dingers in consecutive innings of the Twins’ 9-5 win against the Detroit Tigers.

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Plaxico Burress Finally Reveals Details of Gun Incident on HBO ‘Real Sports’

Much-maligned New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress sat down with HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ recently to discuss the 2008 gun incident that led to his incarceration, the first time he’s spoken in depth publicly about the events of that night.

“I knew it had went off. I saw the fire, like, come through my jeans,” Burress said. The interview will air on Tuesday night.

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Keegan Bradley Wins PGA Championship in His First Ever Major Appearance [VIDEO]

Keegan Bradley, who staged a late-round comeback to force a three-hole playoff, won the PGA Championship on Sunday, edging out Jason Dufner. Bradley became just the third golfer ever to win a championship in his first appearance at a major.

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Want to Bat Against Giants’ Ace Tim Lincecum? Here’s Your Chance [VIDEO]

One lucky fan will get the chance of a lifetime at spring training next year and square off against Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum.

The two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher is leading a competition that asks fans to mimic his delivery (“most certainly not the vanilla, standard delivery”) on video, and the person who does the best imitation will be chosen to step into the batter’s box against the star pitcher.

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LeBron James Spends $240,000 to Renovate Clubhouse in His Hometown [VIDEO]

After leaving Ohio on not-so-civil terms with the state’s residents, LeBron James returned to Akron on Tuesday to cut the ribbon at a new clubhouse named in his honor.

The LeBron James Clubhouse resides inside an Akron Boys & Girls Club where LeBron played as a kid. He donated the $240,000 necessary for the renovation, and said that in spite of where he goes, Akron will “always be home no matter where I am.”

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Does a New Stadium Deal Mean the NFL Is Returning to L.A.?

As hard as it may be to believe, it’s been 16 years since a football team called the city of Los Angeles home. Now, however, that could change.

The city council approved a framework deal Tuesday afternoon that would lead to the construction of a $1.2 billion, 72,000-seat stadium called Farmers Field on the city’s convention center campus. Anschutz Entertainment Group is heading up the project.

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Man With No Legs to Compete in Track World Championships [VIDEO]

South Africa’s athletics federation announced that it has chosen Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee runner, to join this month’s world championships in Daegu, South Korea, AP reports. For Pistorius, 24, it’s a dream come true, since he’ll get the opportunity to race against able-bodied athletes.

Pistorius becomes the first amputee athlete at the worlds and will compete in the 400 meters event, and participate in the 4×400 relay.

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Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent Lead NFL Hall of Fame Induction Class [VIDEO]

The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed seven new members Saturday night, headlined by players Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Marshall Faulk, and Richard Dent. Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, and Ed Sabol were also enshrined.

“What separates us is that we expect to be great,” Sanders said. “I expect to be great, I expect to do what had to be done. I expect to make change.”

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Teenagers Learn Science By Playing Baseball

Summer school has met the national pastime in Boston.

The tuition-free summer MIT Science of Baseball program teaches 30 inner-city teenage boys “baseball-related math and physics” during morning classes and then show the players how to translate those lessons to the diamond during afternoon games, reports The Boston Globe.

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Could Alex Rodriguez Be Suspended for Playing in Illegal Poker Game with A-List Hollywood Stars?

Several notable Hollywood stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, were reportedly involved in an illegal, underground poker game that took place at an upscale hotel, and now Major League Baseball is reportedly investigating whether the Yankees’ star shortstop Alex Rodriguez was one of the game’s players.
“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation,” MLB said in a statement. “As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.”

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