NBA Cheerleader Gets Hurt During Magic-Knicks Game

NBA cheerleader Jamie Woode was forced to leave the Amway Arena on a gurney after getting severely hurt during the Magic-Knicks game on Tuesday. The professional dancer lost her balance during one of the stunts landing face-first into the ground, the Inquisitr reports.

Jamie Woode was supposed to enchant the crowd at Amway Arena and provide moral support to players performing during the Orlando Magic-New York Knicks contest on Tuesday. Her plans were shattered by a moment of carelessness during which Woode lost control of her body and fell to the ground.

The cheerleader faltered during one of the stunts she prepared for the show, but she didn’t have time to recover because she was immediately thrown into the air by her male partner. Instead of landing on her two feet, Jamie fell face-first into the ground and remained motionless for several minutes. Her male partner, as well as the rest of the people in the Arena was shocked by the incident.

Paramedics arrived on the basketball court to attend to the hurt cheerleader. The game was interrupted for various minutes until medics were able to lift the injured woman and safely place her on the gurney. They asked her to move her hands and feet so they could determine whether she was paralyzed or not. Luckily, Jamie’s injuries were not as bad everyone thought, but she was definitely in great pains, judging by the looks on her face.

Feeling responsible for the accident, the cheerleader’s male partner was very disturbed throughout the whole medical routine. Insiders report that the man could hardly refrain from bursting into tears when Woode was lifted from the ground. One of the doctors on the court tried to calm him down by reassuring him that the woman will recover soon.

Jamie Woode was taken to the nearest hospital where she received special care. Her condition is now stable, so she will be released in the following days.

Former League Pitcher Pascual Perez Stabbed In Dominican

The former league pitcher Pascual Perez was found dead in his home in the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Police officers were called at the ex-Yankee’s residence and the first analyses indicate that Perez was stabbed during an act of robbery, the Associated Press reports.

Pascual Perez, who last played with the New York Yankees during the 1991 majors, was found dead on Thursday, in his home near the capital of Santo Domingo. According to Joel Valdemiro, one of the prosecutors involved in the case, the death of the former league pitcher might have been caused by a severe head wound. As the evidence suggests, the killer broke into the baseball player’s house in order to look for money.

At the time when police officers arrived at the scene, there was no one left in the house except for Perez’s lifeless body. Prosecutors did not reveal whether they have any suspects in the case, but they are, nevertheless, convinced that the crime was committed by more than just one assailant. Valdemiro described the death as “as an act of criminality”, but he has many reasons to believe the crime had been premeditated.  

The first to discover Perez’s body was his wife, Maritza Montero, who arrived at home around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. Investigators estimate that the demise of the ex-Yankee occurred eight hours before his wife found him, but the coroner’s report will give them more information about the murder. Perez’s brother, Carlos, spoke with the press and confirmed that the man who was found dead in the San Gregrorio de Nigua residence was, indeed, his brother.

Pascual Perez’s baseball career spanned over 11 seasons, but it was most of the time marked by unfortunate events. The pitcher was suspended two times because of drug use and suffered various injuries on the field. Despite this, he managed to compile a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees.

Tim Tebow Dating Actress Camilla Belle

Rumors about a possible relationship going on between the New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and actress Camilla Belle were spread after the two were spotted out in club Latitude 30 in Jacksonville Florida, on Tuesday night. The rumors haven’t been confirmed by any of the two love birds, but insiders claim they were very affectionate the entire night.

Tim Tebow’s responsibilities on the football field have diminished lately, so the famous quarterback can finally concentrate on finding a girlfriend. The popular virgin was out on a date with actress Camilla Belle and, according to insiders, they seemed to enjoy each other’s company. They spent the Tuesday evening together inside club Latitude 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sources claim Tebow held Belle’s hand all night long and made sure she was having a good time.

Tim Tebow was often described as the sexiest football player in America, but his new girlfriend seems to be just as popular as him. She was named one of the most beautiful people in a 2011 chart published by People’s Magazine and she made quite an impression during this year’s edition of the MET Gala. Despite her sexy looks, Belle won’t try to corrupt the Jets quarterback into giving up his conviction of staying chaste.

In fact, Camilla seems to feel at ease around virgins. The former “From Prada To Nada” star was recently involved in a relationship with another well-known celibate star, namely, Joe Jonas. Their relationship ended in 2009, but they remained close friends afterwards.

Even though the recent declarations made in relation to Tim Tebow and Camilla Belle suggest that the two are romantically involved, the rumors haven’t been confirmed yet. Their reps were not available for comments when reporters contacted them.

Is Lindsey Vonn Racing Against Men For The World Cup?

The International Ski Federation will decide during next week’s meeting in Switzerland whether Lindsey Vonn should be racing against men for this year’s World Cup title. While the event could turn out benefic for the sports competition, the federation cannot accept Vonn’s request to compete in the women’s downhill season-opener that will be held on the same course, according to Reuters.

Lindsey Vonn has enough talent and ambition to become an international ski champion. The fact that the 28-year-old speed queen has expressed her wish to take part in men’s season-opening downhill on November 24 in the Canadian Rockies, has contributed to her good reputation.

Vonn’s initiative was also praised by Alpine Canada president Max Gartner, who told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday that having a sports woman compete against men skiers could draw people’s interest in ski. “That is what the sport needs, stories that are bigger than the sport itself,” Gartner added.

However, there are several aspects that need to be solved before the president of Alpine Canada can add Lindsey’s name on the start list. Vonn declared that she would only race the men’s World Cup downhill at Lake Louise if organizers allowed her to take part in the women’s season-opener which is due to take place next weekend. Her request contravenes the International Ski Federation rules, according to which, racers are not allowed to ski on the race course a week prior to their competition.

During the meeting that will be held in Switzerland on November 3-4, the rule will be subject to a review because sports event organizers think new modifications should be enacted. According to Gartner, the laws dominating the sports competition world are not as strict as the other ones, so the decision could be in Vonn’s favor.

Lindsey has been on the Lake Louis course several times before, which is why she is not afraid of raising the stake by competing against men. There is another limit she would like to push before she retires, that is, to race Kitzbuehel. Former contestants, including Canadian downhiller Brian Stemmle who was fatally injured on Kitzbuehel, suggested her to remove this item from her bucket list as the course is too dangerous for her.

Fan Rushed To Hospital After Falling From Escalator at MetLife Stadium

The Inquisitr reports that a fan was rushed to the hospital after falling more than 20 feet from an escalator at the MetLife Stadium. The accident occurred at the end of the Giants – Redskins game giving authorities a hard time to figure out what might have caused the man to lose his stability.

A man, whose name hasn’t been disclosed yet, was severely injured after falling from the escalator of the MetLife Stadium during the New York Giants – Washington Redskins game that took place on Sunday night. While the game ended well for the New York team, the same thing can’t be said about the 42-year-old fan, who had to be airlifted to the Hackensack University Hospital and is now in critical condition.

Authorities are still trying to puzzle out the circumstances which led to the accident. The information they obtained so far was not enough to shed light on the case. According to sources, who have witnessed the scene, the man was on the escalator when he suddenly lost his balance and fell over one of the metal stages at the New York stadium. Sgt. Grossman did not make any comments in relation to the accident and did not say whether the injured man had been drinking or not.

Similar accidents have taken places during important games in the past. At the beginning of the year, a student at the University of Tennessee was killed after falling from the upper deck of the Georgia Dome. Police officers found out that the fall was caused by an overly-excited fist pump occurring after a touchdown. Even though the Giants won the game with a 27-23 score, investigators doubt that the fall from the MetLife Stadium escalator was caused by yet another exciting fist pump.

The Reliant Stadium was also subject to a thorough investigation after a fan fell from an escalator during the Minnesota Vikings – Houston Texans last season. The fact that the man tried to slide down the handrail of the escalator was described as the main cause leading to his fall and, consequently, his demise.

Ronaldo, The Most Loved Athlete On Facebook

The Inquisitr reports that Ronaldo, the famous Real Madrid striker, has become the most loved athlete on Facebook after his page gathered 50 million Likes. The soccer player has, thus, joined the group of other social media famous celebrities, such as, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Eminem and Rihanna.

Portuguese soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo is not only popular on the field, but also on Facebook. The Real Madrid striker gathered more than 50 million Likes on Thursday and it seems his popularity could increase in the following period due to the great results he obtained this season. Ronaldo scored 16 goals during the 15 games he played this year.

Even though the Likes on his Facebook page clearly prove that Ronaldo is the most loved soccer player, in real life there are people who consider him the second best player in the world to Barcelona’s Leo Messi. The latter enjoys lots of popularity among soccer fans, but his Facebook account could not gather more than 38.6 million fans.

Ronaldo is not the only celebrity to be acknowledged as the most talented person on Facebook. Sexy R&B singer, Rihanna holds the greatest number of Likes, namely, 61.8 million, being closely followed by rapper Eminem with 61.5 million. Shakira (55.2 million) and Lady Gaga (53.3 million) managed to set up social media empires by constantly communicating with their fans. The Facebook page of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, could, nevertheless, be outrun by Ronaldo as the singer holds only 52.1 million Likes.

Analysts think Ronaldo’s success on Facebook was predictable to a certain extent. In fact, it was the natural consequence of being a very talented soccer player. According to Sports Illustrated soccer editor Jen Chang, there are several requirements that people need to fulfill in order to become as popular on Facebook as the aforementioned celebrities and Ronaldo has checked them all. He has been recognized as the best player in the world, he has great looks, he has a famous girlfriend and his team is winning like crazy.

Nike Drops Lance Armstrong As Spokesman

Following last week’s detailed doping report, Nike announced it is dropping Lance Armstrong as spokesman. However, Nike will continue to support Lance Armstrong’s foundation. Livestrong.

Last week, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a detailed report containing 26 statements from witnesses that say Lance Armstrong participated in doping. 11 of the 26 witnesses are Lance Armstrong’s former teammates. As a result, Nike announced it has decided to drop the seven-time Tour de France winner as their spokesperson.

“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him” Nike announced Wednesday. The company added that it “does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner”.

But Nike won’t cut support for Livestrong foundation. “Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer” reads the company’s statement.

The news about Nike dropping Lance Armstrong as their spokesman came shortly after the cyclist’s own resignation as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation aka Livestrong. Armstrong said that he is stepping down to “spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding [his] cycling career”. He remains however on the foundation’s board.

“I am deeply grateful to the people of the foundation who have done such hard and excellent work over the last 15 years, building tangible and effective ways to improve the lives of cancer survivors” said Lance Armstrong in his resignation statement.

But Nike isn’t the only company dropping Lance Armstrong as spokesman. Last week’s detailed report on doping had RadioShack Corp. cut ties to the athlete too. “I can say that RadioShack has no current obligations with Lance Armstrong” a company spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.

Much like Nike, RadioShack will continue support for the foundation. The company said it “continues to be proud of what we’ve accomplished with our customers in generating more than $16 million to date for the fight against cancer”.

Last week’s report was aggressively criticized by Lance Armstrong’s lawyer, Tim Herman. “USADA has continued its government funded witch hunt of only Mr. Armstrong, a retired cyclist, in violation of its own rules and due process”.

The report depicts Armstrong as the main culprit and founder of the doping network.

Beyoncé To Perform During The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Cards have already been dealt for the biggest sports event in the United States as Beyoncé was selected to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. The singer communicated the news to her fans by posting a picture of her wearing eye black and the official date of the Super Bowl, February 3, 2013, according to Reuters.

As is the custom, the Super Bowl halftime concert must be hosted by one of the greatest pop singers in America. This time, it was Beyoncé’s turn to evince her strong vocal abilities as the organizers have selected her to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show which will be hosted at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, on February 3, 2013.

Beyoncé Knowles is one of the most appreciated pop artists at present. She received 16 Grammy Awards since the beginning of her solo career and delighted fans with hits, such as, “Crazy in Love”, “”Irreplaceable” and the most recent “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”. This is not the first time when rapper Jay-Z’s wife will walk up the Super Bowl stage to perform. She also hosted a concert in 2004 during the Super Bowl competition when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.

Last year, organizers selected Madonna to sing for the NFL competition, but her performance was both praised and criticized by those who watched the show. CeeLo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A were the other artists who performed on the same stage with Madonna last year. The National Football League did not communicate the names of the other artists who will show up on stage in 2013. It is very likely, however, that Jay-Z and the former Destiny’s Child band mates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, could feature in the Super Bowl halftime concert.

New Orleans residents have many reasons to be happy as the Super Bowl competition returns to the city after 10 years. This will be the first NFL championship that will be hosted in the region since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana Superdome in 2005.  

Orlando Cruz Is First Openly Gay Boxer

For the ultimately macho sport, an official gay boxer is a huge milestone. Orlando Cruz is the first openly gay boxer while still competing. Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz told The Associated Press coming out of the closer is a relief.

On Thursday, Orlando Cruz went from pro boxer in the featherweight category to a pro boxer that made history. Cruz is No. 4 best featherweight boxer according to the World Boxing Organization and is preparing to fight for the WBO Latino title. Just two weeks ahead the fight, Orlando Cruz became the first boxer to announce he is gay.

“I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho” said boxer Orlando Cruz. “I kept this hidden for many, many years” the 31-year-old athlete added.

Orlando Cruz isn’t the first gay athlete in history, but he is the first to announce he was gay while still competing. Back in the 50s, Emile Griffith was rumored to be gay, and he confirmed it half a century later in 2008.

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself” the Latino boxer told USA Today. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career” Orlando Cruz added. “I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man” the 31-year-old boxer revealed.

Whereas gay rights have come a long way, there are only a few pro athletes that came out of the closet while still active. The NBA or the NFL still don’t have an openly gay player. But civil rights advocators hope that Orlando Cruz’s coming out as gay will help change that.

“It also gives a lot of hope to young gays who can see in him the integrity and bravery to be who you are and face a society that is often intolerant, especially in this type of sport” said Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesperson for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Grunting On The Tennis Court To Be Banned

Tennis has always been perceived as a society, civilized sport, but down to the court athletes sweat and grunt. Officials are working to get grunting on the tennis court banned.

If you’ve been to a tennis game at least once, then you know it’s not exactly the quietest place around. And it’s not that the fans are cheering their hearts out. If you’ve heard Maria Sharapova playing, then you must know how loud tennis grunting can actually be. Officials are now looking into banning grunting on the tennis court. Or at least instate some decibel limits.

Maria Sharapova is known for a lot of things, and ear-bashing grunting is at the top of that list. She might be one of the best tennis players in the world but she is also one of the loudest. People that often go to see her play tennis, are taking precautionary measures such as ear plugs, and it’s not a joke. Her screams are comparable in decibel power to a speeding train or a pneumatic drill. None comfortable for the human ear.

According to Reuters, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has put together a plan that is basically banning tennis grunting. Many have complained about how loud grunting can get on the tennis court and that includes everybody from fans to coaches and even players. But some of the best tennis players are also the loudest grunters…

Maria Sharapova is among the players backing the idea of banning tennis grunting. “The WTA created a plan. That’s the smart way to go about it, rather than like taking someone’s forehand and grip in the middle of their career and telling them to change it” said the tennis player.

So whereas today’s tennis players might have a hard time fighting a natural instinct, perhaps tomorrow’s athletes will keep shush on the court. “I started grunting since whenever I can remember” Maria Sharapova says. “I see videos of myself and I’ve grunted for that long. Nobody told me to do it in Russia or in Florida. It’s just a natural habit” she adds.

So, the WTA plan is to essentially have coaches teach their players a certain breathing technique that will put an end to the loud grunting. But that means most of the fun in tennis will be gone. So will the players’ weapon to distress the competition into making mistakes.