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    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and fined the maximum amount of $2.5 million for racist comments he made to his girlfriend. Sterling's girlfriend, V. Stiviano, recorded Sterling on a long rant saying how he didn't want her putting any black people -- including Magic Johnson -- on her Instagram account nor bringing them to Clippers games. The sickening audiotape, which was verified by the NBA, was then leaked to TMZ Sports.

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    His marriage to Khloe Kardashian may be totally over, leaving him depressed and unsure of where to go from here -- but now that Lamar Odom has signed with the New York Knicks for the remainder of the season, it looks as though his luck may be turning around.

    Granted, there was only one basketball game left in said season, which took place last night against the Toronto Raptors. Still, Lamar got to get his dribble on again, which is something he's wanted for quite some time.

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    Rumors of Lamar Odom's imminent ruination might be a bit premature. Reportedly, the baller, who has been struggling with drug addiction and marriage problems, has met with the Los Angeles Clippers' coach in hopes of being signed to the team again. USA Today Sports reports:

    The Clippers have an available roster spot and are believed to have serious interest in signing Odom.

    Wow. Would they really be that interested in signing up a guy who has supposedly been having almost non-stop crack-fueled ragers? Or could all of that stuff been highly exaggerated?

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    Most members of the Air Force can fly, right? But how many of them can make that (admittedly awesome no matter what) claim ... without the help of an airplane of some kind? Airman Nathaniel Mills of Douglasville, Georgia can -- as anyone who saw Thursday's USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas can attest. Forget LeBron James: When Mills was asked to try to dunk during a break, the Airman didn't let his combat fatigues or heavy boots stop him. Nope! Mills grabbed that ball and proceeded to throw down a windmill jam that made even Carmelo Anthony of the NY Knicks go crazy! 

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    Here's how it goes … at 3, my kids won trophies for soccer, which I assure you were not deserved. How do I know? Um, there were times my daughter would stop kicking the ball to chase a dragon fly. And, I could be wrong, but I don't think my son was bending it like Beckham when he would pick up the ball with his hands and throw it to a friend mid-game.  I know, it wasn't about them deserving their awards … they all get trophies -- because that's what we do to our millennial children, we make them think that they're the best at everything.  We praise them constantly and tell them everyone is a winner, leaving them little motivation, and little idea of what the real world is like.

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    It may not have been his intention, but NBA player Jason Collins has made history this week. Featured in a new Sports Illustrated cover story, Collins said, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." It's a simple statement, but an extremely ground-breaking one. The Washington Wizards star is the first professional athlete to come out while still playing the game.

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    In a world where, unfortunately, hateful groups like the Westboro Baptist Church still exist and kids are routinely bullied for being different, it's refreshing -- inspiring! -- to hear about parents who support and love their children for exactly who they are ... especially when one of those parents happens to be Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Johnson's 20-year-old son Earvin Johnson III, otherwise known as EJ, recently strolled down the Sunset Strip holding his boyfriend's hand -- looking pretty dang happy, I might add. And Magic Johnson couldn't be happier for him: "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way ... We're very proud of him."

    Well, no wonder EJ looks happy! And he sounds equally proud of his dad.

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    Did you see what happened to college basketball player Kevin Ware? I hope you didn't -- it's pretty gruesome. He was playing for Louisville in the Midwestern Regional final against Duke when he made a hard landing on his feet and broke his leg in two different places. But he didn't just break his leg -- his fractured right tibia broke clear through his skin. Oh noes, when we see bones! It just hurts to watch.

    Even his teammates couldn't take it. In the video (which maybe you don't want to watch), you see them all just curl up into fetal position when they see what happened to Ware. Some of them burst into tears. It's exactly how you would want your friends to react to an accident like that. But Ware found the strength to rally them. Horrific injury and all, he was still yelling from the sidelines, "Win the game, win the game!"

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    So the latest "commercial" of sorts for the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones was just released by HBO ... and man, is it weird. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is counting down the days until March 31, 2013, when the first episode of the season airs. HBO has been releasing as many posters, teasers, and trailers as they can to give us a sneak peek at what's to come.

    But after watching this one, I honestly couldn't tell if it were a practical joke or not. They picked a "celebrity" of sorts to "star" in the commercial. Sorry, I'm overusing quotations marks because I still can't get over how incredulous this whole thing is. Because they picked the wrong person to reach out to audiences who like Game of Thrones. We're nerds! Doesn't HBO know this? Why would they think a professional basketball player could possibly do anything for us? It's really quite a heart-wrenching tragedy.

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    Basketball legend and all around amazing athlete Michael Jordan has been hit with a paternity lawsuit from an Atlanta woman who claims the superstar is the father of her 16-year-old son. She wants child support and a share of medical, dental and hospital costs that are not covered by insurance.

    It’s not his first paternity lawsuit, but the first one was thrown out because (duh) he WASN’T the father. Do these women think they can cheat paternity tests?  A paternity suit against an athlete is not exactly a shocking thing in this day and age. In fact, I once heard that professional athletes are basically told early on that they can and should expect to be framed in this way by women looking for a quick pay day.

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