Drake to Host the 2014 ESPY Awards

Drake attends the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas

Drake has announced he’s hosting this year’s ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual sports award show.

The Canadian rapper said on Twitter that he’s “honored” to host the event, which is taking place July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will of course air on ESPN.

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In a statement from the network, Drake called the gig an “incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions — sports and performing.”

“Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion for sports. We are thrilled to have him to host this year’s show,” said Connor Schell, a vp at ESPN who oversees the ESPYs.

The Toronto native played hockey as a youth and in 2013 accepted the position of “global ambassador” for his hometown NBA team, the Toronto Raptors.

Chad Ochocinco Admits To Still Having Love for Evelyn Lozada; Breaks Down Why He Can’t Stay Faithful

chad-ohcocincoThere is no escaping love. Especially when it’s lost love.

Even though Evelyn Lozada has moved on and built a new life with LA Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, her ex-husband, Chad Ochocinco still has love for her and isn’t afraid to fess up to it.

The former “Dancing With The Stars” competitor and NFL wide receiver, opened up to “NiteCap’s” Peter Bailey about Lozada (who he was married to for 40 days before ultimately splitting up after his 2012 arrest for domestic violence) as well as detailed why he can’t remain faithful to one woman.

Topics covered during the chat include:

If he still loves his ex-wife Evelyn:
“Love don’t go nowhere like that. I will always love her. Matter of fact, I love every goddamn body to an extent. It ain’t going no where. I got to know another Evelyn besides what everybody else knew. I don’t care how she operate. I don’t care what it looked like to society. I don’t care how it all played itself out. I don’t care the fact that she’s moved on. I love that being.”

Why he can’t remain faithful:
“Discipline, I lack it. Dealing with one woman…it didn’t have anything to do with South Beach or living in Miami. I don’t care how fine you are..for every fine woman you see there’s a dude who’s tired of that same woman. Human nature is undefeated. What I’ve always done, even in past relationship, was tell the truth from jump. I never lied. Why sell you a dream? There are men out there that are willing to give their all and have the discipline to be able to give them that story book ending, that fairytale as I so call it. I think I’m good for that for about a good 6 months but at some point I don’t care how fine you are, I’m going to lose interest.”

If he was himself on reality TV:
“Anytime I was on that camera, there was no script. I ain’t role playing, I’m giving you Chad…that’s raw and un-cut. Anything came out my mouth was raw and un-cut, never had a script.”

To see Chad Ochocinco full interview on “NiteCap,” check out the video below:

LeBron James Pens Letter to Deadbeat Father

lebron jamesMany times, it only takes one parent to raise an amazing child!

Well, this is the case for LeBron James. He was raised by a single mother.

His father wasn’t in the picture. And James wrote an open letter to his father about it.

In an upcoming cover story with GQ, James shares a powerful message to his father.

“Because of you Pops!” James wrote along with the photo. “Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself.”

James definitely credits his mother, Gloria James, for his success. So much so he wrote an open letter to her last month.

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He wrote, “I am honored to participate in a project that is trying to help single mothers who are struggling to make a living and raise their kids, because that perfectly describes my mother when I was growing up. You think LeBron James is a champion? Gloria James is a champion too. She’s my champion.”

Read more about his letter to his mother here.

But also, his father absence helped make him the man he is today.

The photo above reads, “It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors… So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t happened if I had two parents, two sisters,  a dog, and a picket fence, you know?”

James doesn’t know his father, but he sure isn’t Leicester Bryce Stovell  who’s stillclaiming to be James’ father after it’s been proven otherwise.

Nevertheless, whoever James’ father is, he’s saying thanks… for nothing!

Lamar Odom Signs Contract with Pro Basketball Team in Spain

Lamar Odom tries to hide his face as he returns to his car after a job at Runyon Canyon in Hollywood, California on January 4, 2014.

Lamar Odom has arrived in Spain to prepare for his upcoming season with Laboral Kutxa, a professional basketball team representing the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star was served divorce papers from Khloe Kardashian in December following months of rumors he was addicted to crack and cheated on her with several different women.

A spokesperson for Laboral Kutxa told UsMagazine.com that Odom, 34, has been signed for two months with an option to extend to the end of the season.

The former “Khloe & Lamar” star arrived in Spain Tuesday (Feb. 18) and his presentation as a new player will take place later this week. An insider added: ”He will probably be a spectator at the match and introduced to the crowd during half-time.”

Khloe, 29, had been living apart from her husband of four years, who also previously played for the LA Clippers, for several months prior to their split late last year.

Dwyane Wade’s Ex Files Court Papers Claiming He Beat Her & Gave Her an STD

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As Dwyane Wade prepares to wed Gabrielle Union, his past relationships keep coming back to punch him in the stomach.

Shortly after the Miami Heat star and “Being Mary Jane” actress announced their engagement, news broke that Wade fathered a love child at some point during their relationship.

Now…the athlete’s ex-wife Siovaughn Wade is piling on, claiming that Wade is not only a cheat, but used to beat her, and gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

According to recently filed court documents uncovered by Radar Online, Siohvaughn said her ex revealed a different side to her shortly after they married on May 18, 2002.

“I had known that Dwyane Wade had a temper and could become violent at times,” she claims in the documents, “but when we moved out of my mother’s home … into our own apartment with our infant son, the violence increased. This, however, was just the surface of the domestic violence Dwayne Wade would inflict upon me.”

“As Dwyane Wade’s income increased,” she claims, “his arrogance and pride increased as well. Dwyane Wade began to call me derogatory names more, throw things at me, hit me, take all my money from me, and even kicked me out of the house causing me not to have a place to live. … As a means of controlling me, and as part of Dwyane Wade’s domestic violence pattern, he would often hit me, lock me in rooms and not allow me out, threaten to take my sons from me and frighten me by telling me he knows judges and that they are on his pay roll and he can take the children from me at any time he wanted. The domestic violence and abuse continued on for several years in our family.”

Wade has denied the accusations and is suing Siohvaughn for defamation in another case.

“I tried to leave Dwyane Wade, but when I did, he made sure I did not have access to my own home and he cut off all my bankcards and denied me access to any money,” she continues. “This exerting of power and control has continued to this day.”

In one incident, she claims, “He picked up a garbage can made of marble stone and threw it at me. Dwyane Wade picked me up into the air above his head and slammed me down onto a large ottoman with such force that the ottoman broke into pieces when he slammed my body on it and banged my head against a marble bathroom floor.”

“Subsequently,” she claims, “I ended up having to be rushed to the emergency room of Christ Hospital and spent an entire week hospitalized.”

Siohvaughn further claims in the documents that she discovered Dwyane was cheating on her, and when she got tested for STDs, she says she found out that he had given her one. Shortly after, on May 27, 2008, Dwyane filed for divorce.

“The marriage has ended but Dwyane Wade’s abuse has not ceased,” Siohvaughn claims in the documents, “and through the court system he continues to use his money and influence to exert power and control over me.”

Indeed, Siohvaughn claims that Dwyane gave her attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars to accept a settlement that she did not approve. As part of that settlement, she was awarded the couple’s marital home in Illinois, but ordered to refinance the mortgage on the property. She has since failed to do so and has fallen behind on payments. (She claims she was denied by several banks for the refinancing.)

Dwyane filed a motion to find her in contempt for letting the home fall risk to foreclosure, but Siohvaughn filed new documents last month explaining that she simply could not afford it. Adding to her financial troubles, she claims, various companies with which Dwyane has endorsements have failed to deposit his earnings into a court-ordered mutual account, instead routing the money straight to the NBA star in what she calls a “conspiracy.”

The judge was persuaded to side with Siohvaughn, denying Dywane’s motion to find her in contempt.

Both sides will meet in court on February 28 to discuss selling the home or refinancing.

Magic Johnson Leads Group Buying WNBA’s LA Sparks

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Magic Johnson will again be part of professional basketball in Los Angeles.

The former Lakers great is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, reports the Associated Press.

“We’re totally thrilled,” WNBA President Laurel Richie told The AP. “When Magic chooses to enter into a partnership with a WNBA team, that’s a great thing. He’s a legend within basketball. He’s very knowledgeable about the game. He’s a larger-than-life personality. He’s an extremely successful businessman. He cares about the community the way that the WNBA does.”

Johnson and Mark Walter teamed with a group of investors to buy baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 for a record $2.15 billion. It will be the same group owning the Sparks, minus Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Richie said Walter, the Dodgers’ chairman, approached the WNBA about buying the Sparks a few weeks ago. She said Walter and Johnson discussed the idea on a cross-country flight and by the time they landed on the West Coast they had decided they wanted to own the Sparks.

“He is looking forward to coming to games,” Richie said. “He is a fan already and now I think he’s going to have a heightened interest in this team all together. There will be lots of opportunity to see him and interact with him.”

CEO of Madison Media Management Paula Madison speaks onstage during the BET Revealed Seminars during the 2013 BET Experience at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2013 in Los Angeles

CEO of Madison Media Management Paula Madison speaks onstage during the BET Revealed Seminars during the 2013 BET Experience at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2013 in Los Angeles

Previous Sparks owner Paula Madison informed the league in late December that she wouldn’t be able to run the team anymore. She told The AP that her family had lost $12 million, including $1.4 million last season, operating the franchise since buying it from the Buss family in 2007.

Johnson was a part owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers for a decade before selling his share in 2011.

While the franchise hasn’t been successful financially, the Sparks have been one of the WNBA’s best teams on the court and have led the league in attendance the past two seasons. They won titles in 2001 and 2002 and made it to the playoffs in five of the past six seasons. They were knocked out in the opening round by Phoenix last season.

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Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on July 14, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona

Los Angeles, one of only four original WNBA franchises left, also has one of the league’s marquee players in MVP Candace Parker.

“I do know they were very attracted to this team not just because they were in L.A. and their incredible history, but also their performance over the last few years,” Richie said. “The players, Candace being MVP, Carol (Ross) being Coach of the Year, their knowledge and experience — they recognize what an incredible franchise it is at this moment.”

Starz Orders LeBron James Comedy ‘Survivor’s Remorse’

LeBron James attends Beats By Dr. Dre special event At Marquee New York on January 31, 2014 in New York City

Starz has given a series order to the half-hour scripted series “Survivor’s Remorse,” a basketball comedy produced by NBA star LeBron James.

The show is set in the world of professional basketball and, “explores the comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about but few understand — what truly happens when you make it out. ”

The series centers on Cam Calloway, a basketball powerhouse in his early 20s who must navigate the limelight after inking a multimillion-dollar contract with a professional basketball team.

James serves as an executive producer, alongside Tom Werner (“Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show”), Maverick CarterPaul Wachter and Mike O’Malley (actor on “Glee,” writer on “Shameless”), who will also write.

Starz, which will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights, has ordered six episodes of the series.  Production will take place in Atlanta for a planned fall premiere.

La La ‘Definitely’ Thinks Hubby Carmelo Anthony will Stay With Knicks

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La La Anthony finds herself all over ESPN this morning after saying she “definitely” thinks her husband, free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony, will re-sign with the New York Knicks this summer.

“I definitely think he will stay,” La La told host Andy Cohen Monday night. “I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go.

“Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy.”

Carmelo Anthony says he will test free agency this summer. He is under contract through 2014-15 but can opt out after this season.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks can offer him a maximum contract of $129 million over five years. Other suitors can offer Anthony a maximum of $96 million over four years.

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Meanwhile, La La playfully mocked those who speculate that she will have a heavy influence on her husband’s decision.

“I get blamed for everything. No matter what happens, it’s my fault,” she said. “[There are] all these talks if he’s staying in New York or not, [and] I’m somehow the mastermind behind if he stays or not.”

The Knicks (17-27) have been a disappointment this season, causing some to speculate that Melo will take less money and sign with another team this summer.

One potential destination is Los Angeles. The Lakers are among several teams, including the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, that may have the requisite salary-cap space this summer to sign Anthony.

Kobe Bryant, a friend of Anthony’s, said Sunday that he will not be actively recruiting the Knicks forward to join the Lakers.

“Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant said when asked about Anthony’s potential interest in joining the Lakers. “I mean, New York is a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong, but it is colder than s— out here. You know, palm trees and beaches obviously are a little more appealing.

“All jokes aside, I think that players, when that time comes, will have to make the best decision for them and their families. I try not to think about it too much. If he wants to call me for advice later as a friend, I will be more than happy to give it to him.”

Bryant pointed out that one way for Anthony to be viewed as more than just a scorer is to win a title.

“The only way to do that is win,” Bryant said. “That’s it. I won five championships, and there’s some of you guys [who] still say that. You just got to take it and roll with it. The important thing is winning a championship. That’s the only way to shake it. That’s the only way Michael [Jordan] shook it. That’s the only way any top scorer will be able to shake it.”

Anthony, who is in his 11th season, said Monday that his sole motivation is to win an NBA title.

“That’s the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me when it comes to basketball,” he said. “Championship is the only thing that’s on my mind, is the only thing I want to accomplish, I want to achieve, and I’m going to do what I got to do to get that. That’s my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that.”

LeBron James & Kevin Durant Among B-ball Stars to Play in NYC Super Bowl Weekend

kevin durant & lebron jamesStep aside Super Bowl because these basketball stars aren’t gonna stop ballin’ next weekend.

Football stars will not only be present in NYC during the highly anticipated Super Bowl, but basketball pros are playing in NYC as well.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are among basketball celebrities set to play during a weekend dominated by the Super Bowl.

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are playing for their city next weekend against the Miami Heat and Oklahoma Thunder.

“Knowing that the sports world was going to descend on New York City for the Super Bowl, we knew that there would be enormous demand to see the Knicks and the Nets play, so we accommodated that interest by scheduling marquee games,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.

Durant and the Oklahoma Thunder are balling against the Nets next friday before James and the Miami Heat take on Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks next Saturday.

“A chance to put on a show, the weekend of the Super Bowl, in New York City, is something that you know they’re going to embrace and try and make the most of,” ESPN’s Mike Breensaid.

And maybe the Knicks are ready to crush the Heat on their territory.

“Regardless of whether the Knicks are playing well or struggling, to this day, to a man, these players, they treasure coming to the [Madison Square] Garden and playing at the Garden,” Breen said.

Regardless of winning or losing, don’t expect stars from the Heat coming into NYC next weekend to stay after the game. James is returning home.

“I don’t want to be here for that,” he said. “It’s going to be so crowded here and it’s probably going to be cold as heck, so I’m going back to Miami to pretty decent weather.”

So is D-Wade.

“It’ll be a great Saturday to play a game here in the Garden,” Dwyane Wade said, “and like I said, get back, get home.”

LeBron James’ Instagram Pic with Little Girl Raises Eyebrows

LeBron-James-Chris-Bosh-DaughterLeBron James sure knows how to keep people talking. Or rather Chris Bosh’s daughter.

Larry Brown Sports reports the Miami Heat all-star’s picture with his teammate’s young daughter has raised more than a few eyebrows.

On Tuesday night, James posted the photo featuring him and Bosh’s daughter on Instagram and included the following caption:

“OMG I need a daughter man! @chrisbosh I’m too jealous of u bro! She’s amazing dude. #DaddysLilGirl” James wrote.

At first glance, the picture is innocent enough. However, a closer look says otherwise as Bosh’s daughter is shown grabbing James’ crotch when the photo was taken.

(The original photo can be see here.)

James’ Instagram followers immediately picked up on the detail and made it aware to the basketball star.

Apparently, James was so caught up posing with Bosh’s young daughter that his that he didn’t notice where her hand was positioned when the picture was taken.

Nevertheless, James prevented any further talk about the picture by replacing the original with a tighter-cropped version of the photo that doesn’t include the daughter’s hand on his crotch.

Potential crisis averted. Wow!

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