Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks point guard who was most recently named NBA TV's First Ever "Social Breakout Player of the Year," has been nominated for his first Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) as the "Breakout Player of the Year."
Lin, 23-year-old Asian-American point guard, came into the NBA from Harvard University and was sent to multiple teams after riding the bench from his hometown Golden State Warriors. Although Lin ended up with the D-League this past season, he also managed to impress the Knicks coaches who needed him to step up when other starting guards were injured.
Lin found a way to lead his team to a six-game winning streak in February and was dubbed "Linsanity" after becoming the first player to score 20 points with seven assists in his first five NBA starts. more >>
Manny Pacquiao may be considered a rival of fellow boxer Floyd Mayweather after years of public feuding over a fight that has yet to be scheduled, but the Filipino Christian congressman recently spoke about visiting his fellow pugilist in jail.
Pacquiao, 33-year-old Christian boxer, said he was open to the idea of visiting Mayweather, who is currently serving a three-month jail sentence stemming from domestic violence charges.
"I'm open [to the idea], I would [consider it]," Pacquiao said about visiting Mayweather in a Boxing Scene report. "He is my brother in Christ and I pray for him that everything will be fine." more >>
Mark Jackson, Golden State Warriors head coach who serves as the full time pastor of True Love Worship Center International in Van Nuys, Calif., has recently made headlines for being the victim of an extortion plot stemming from an extramarital affair.
Jackson, 47, cooperated with the FBI this week to stop the alleged extortion plot created by 28-year-old former exotic dancer Alexis Adams and her 40-year-old ex-convict alleged partner in crime, Marcus Shaw. The duo reportedly attempted to blackmail the Warriors coach for six figures after threatening to expose his infidelities with Adams to his wife, according to The Smoking Gun.
The NBA coach and pastor reportedly became involved with Adams six years ago, when she was dancing at a gentlemen's club in New York and he was working as an announcer for the New Jersey Nets. Although the reported relationship between the two only lasted less than one year, Adams chose to contact Jackson's wife, gospel singer Desiree Coleman who now co-pastors with him at True Love Worship Center. more >>
Track star Lolo Jones recently qualified for the U.S. Olympic team, but the headlines that followed her Monday night interview with Jay Leno were focused primarily on what many perceive to be her romantic compatibility with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
During the interview, the 29-year-old hurdler said she never thought she would get so much attention for simply revealing that she is still a virgin. While some of her Twitter followers offered their support for her decision to remain abstinent until marriage, Jones says she also received backlash from some when she made the announcement.
"Everybody's mad at a girl who doesn't put out," she told comedian Louis C.K., who was also a guest on the show. more >>
Manny Pacquiao, 33-year-old Filipino boxer, may be getting taken advantage of by religious leaders in his home country.
Pacquiao, a congressman and boxer who recently made headlines after the boxing world became outraged with his first loss in seven years to Timothy Bradley, seems to have acquired a following of preachers who have allegedly been receiving gifts from the pugilist. According to a Cebu Daily News report, Pacquiao has been attracting the attention of preachers across different nominations for the wrong reasons.
A source told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that a group of 10 pastors have joined in asking Pacquiao for tickets to his boxing matches and money, and have received gifts from the pugilist. more >>
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, two of the world's best male swimmers, will compete today for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Swimming trials for the Olympic team began Monday morning in Omaha, Nebraska. The preliminaries began at 11 am and will play at 6:30 pm tonight on NBC before the final rounds begin.
Both Phelps and Lochte were seeded for the 400 Individual Medley, an event that requires the swimmers to swim each of the four strokes. Phelps completed the event first today, taking first place in his heat with the time of 4:14.72. While the time is low enough for the gold medalist to earn a spot on the Olympic team (he is currently in first), it is nowhere near where Phelps was when he broke the record for the 400 I.M. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the time of 4:03.84. more >>