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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/21/2014

John Calipari calls Mike Francesa’s radio show to defend John Calipari

Well, it was magical when John Calipari and Kentucky won one of these… (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

A funny thing happened after Mike Francesa interviewed Kentucky Coach John Calipari on his WFAN radio show, and, afterward, opined that Calipari isn’t a “classic” Xs and Os coach.

Francesa’s assertion that Calipari is a master at recruiting and motivating players caused a phone line to light up and, suddenly, “John from Kentucky” was on the air for a spirited debate.

“Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that while I was sitting next to you?” Calipari said with a laugh.

He went on. “You said, ‘he’s not not too good.’ That’s basically saying I can’t coach. … You know what they call me? The magician. ‘Cal the magician.’”

It’s fairly amusing August entertainment.

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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 08/21/2014

Jeremy Lin is Madam Tussauds latest wax figure. He also smashed his mom with a cake.

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Jeremy Lin is keeping busy during the NBA offseason by getting immortalized in wax and having some birthday fun with Mom.

On Thursday, the Madam Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco will be unveiling its wax figure of Lin, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lin, who was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in July and began his career with the Golden State Warriors, grew up in nearby Palo Alto.

Sadly, no pictures are readily available at the moment, but based on past renderings of athletes, their track record is pretty good.

Then Lin instagrammed a video of him cake-boming his mom on her birthday.

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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 08/21/2014

#NBAMovies proves good things happen when PhotoShop, Hollywood movies and the NBA collide

Remember when Shaquille O’Neal was in an actual Hollywood film, though? (Rico Torres/Touchstone Pictures)

There’s a hilarious hashtag trending on Twitter — #NBAMovies. And, excuse me while I channel “Saturday Night Live” club kid Stefon when I say this, but this hashtag has it all: Puns, PhotoShop, famous athletes, a Charles Barkley-fied “Lord of the Rings” Gollum (it’s precious)…

And the best part might be that it’s not just fans who are getting in on the fun, but the basketball teams themselves, as well as the TNT network, which boasts Barkley as a commentator. Check out some of the best of #NBAMovies below.

Oops… never mind. That last one is real.

By Marissa Payne  |  11:13 AM ET, 08/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/21/2014

Will Mike Ditka be suspended by ESPN? Rush Limbaugh thinks so

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Hall of Famer Mike Ditka couldn’t have been clearer in expressing his support for the Washington Redskins’ nickname and one fellow conservative thinks he may pay a price for it.

Rush Limbaugh mused that Ditka, who said the debate was manufactured by “all the political correct idiots in America,” might be suspended from his broadcasting job by ESPN for his remarks.

“I think it’s very classic the way the media does this,” he said on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” “They present the story as though everybody agrees with them and everybody agrees this has gotta go. Out of nowhere! This is just the agents of intolerance on the march demanding that everybody agree with them. It’s the same thing and the same myth that’s propelling the Ferguson story. There’s a myth here that this nation is fed up with the name Washington Redskins.

“There’s a myth that everybody wants it changed. There is a myth that numbers, millions of people are routinely/profoundly offended by it. None of that’s true. Again, we’re dealing with a politically correct minority intent on having their way, and Ditka is just speaking up for people who say, “What the hell is this? There’s no real issue here! Nobody’s really upset. There’s more important stuff going on. Leave it alone! Hope the owner hangs in there.”

“Anyway, he works at ESPN, but I don’t know… I mean once this gets out, he’s at least gotta be suspended.”

Ditka’s comments came shortly after Tony Dungy, of NBC’s top-rated “Sunday Night Football,” and Phil Simms of CBS said they would no longer use the nickname. In an interview with Mike Richman of, he said:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Proudskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.

“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

Richman theorized that the debate is coming from outside the D.C. area.

“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” Ditka said. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”

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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 08/21/2014

Serena Williams warms up for U.S. Open by channeling Marilyn Monroe in karaoke

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Serena Williams hit the floor at a New York City club on Wednesday night and darned if she didn’t nearly bring down the house.

Williams, who will play in the U.S. Open next week, did a little karaoke on the stage, choosing to belt out “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” made famous by Marilyn Monroe.

Saying, “I’m really nervous,” Williams divulged that karaoke is her “favorite thing” at the Delta Airlines event.

“I do like ’80s, ’90s rock because it’s good for my voice,” she said (via Fox Sports). “The thing about karaoke is picking a song that works for your voice, that way if you sing like a cat — like I do — you can still sound pretty good.”

As for her chosen profession, Williams, the No. 1 seed, is going for her third straight U.S. Open title.

“I feel good. I feel good. I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “I am going to be relaxed and enjoy myself.”

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