McKayla Maroney is finally satisfied.

The Olympic gymnast, who became an Internet sensation over the summer for her sour face, is scowling all the way to the bank.

This week the Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced a partnership with Maroney, and the drink company claims to have found something that impresses her. It is unveiling five new soft drinks, each with 10 calories, and they have Maroney turning her frown upside down.

"What we're hoping is the fact she's finally impressed" will "get digital buzz across the Internet," Regan Ebert, senior vice president for marketing at Dr Pepper Snapple, told the New York Times.

The new drinks are 10-calorie versions of 7Up, A&W, Canada Dry, RC and Sunkist, joining Dr Pepper Ten in this category.

Maroney will not appear in advertisements for the new drinks, but she will be in New York on Thursday in a section of Penn Station that will be renamed "Ten Station." For several hours she'll meet the public, and people are encouraged to take photographs of their "impressed" face.


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Everything Floyd Mayweather does seems to involve copious references to money. Specifically, his considerable fortune.

The champion boxer and his entourage are called "The Money Team" and he has never been shy about flaunting his dough. Heck, Mayweather's nickname is "Money."

And so what better way to celebrate Mayweather's 36th birthday than with a huge cake shaped like a $1,000 dollar bill?

Mayweather, whose birthday was Sunday, tweeted a photo of the cake over the weekend. The cake looks exactly like an actual $1,000 bill, except it has Mayweather's photo in the middle. Apparently Grover Cleveland wasn't good enough.

This isn't the first time Mayweather has celebrated with special dough. Two years ago he had a cake fashioned in the shape of a stack of bills.

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This is a big year for Nick Franklin.

The 21-year-old Seattle Mariners prospect has spent parts of the past four seasons bouncing around the minor leagues, and this could be the year that he breaks in with the big league club.

So how did Franklin prepare for this season? By eating everything he could.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the 6-foot-1 Franklin finished the 2012 campaign at a measly 162 pounds, and he knew that wouldn't be enough to get him through an entire year.

So in the offseason Franklin started a 6,500-calorie-a-day diet, and he showed up to camp 34 pounds heavier.

"Last year, during the season, I felt my body starting to collapse on me," Franklin told Baker. "At the end of August, I weighed 162 pounds and I was hitting balls to the gap that probably should have been out and they ended up going off the wall. One of them bounced to the wall. Those balls could have been out, so I wanted to put a lot of weight on and try to get to at least 200 pounds by the end of the spring, take the season from there and see whether I can maintain it."

To get to 6,500 calories, Franklin worked with performance coach Jeff Higuera on a beefy meal plan. Normally, Franklin would take down several 500-calorie shakes per day, along with three 1,500-calorie meals. Breakfast was six scrambled eggs and a protein shake while lunch was often a Burrito Bowl from Chipotle. Sometimes Franklin added a chicken sandwich from Chik-Fil-A to the pre-supper mix as well. For dinner, Franklin said he enjoyed the chicken alfredo pasta from Carrabba's Italian Grill.

Throughout the process of putting on weight, Franklin and Higuera worked together to ensure that Franklin wouldn't lose any of his mobility or strength.

But perhaps the most difficult part of the entire process for Franklin was simply eating all the time.

"Honestly, there are some days where I just want to let it all go," Franklin told Baker. "It's hard to hold it down sometimes. Other than that, I feel like I'm on a full stomach the entire day. There's not one point where I'm hungry. I'm always full when I'm eating, let's just say that. I'm always eating when I'm not supposed to be eating."

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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reported to spring training about 10 pounds lighter than he was at the end of the 2012 season, and the hefty lefty had a funny and familiar reason for the new look.

"No Cap'n Crunch," Sabathia told reporters. "Same thing I did last offseason, just worked out and watched the diet. I worked out every day, just made sure I watched what I ate.”

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Sabathia has struggled to rid himself of the evil that is Cap'n Crunch. Around this time two years ago, Sabathia admitted that he used to eat the sugary breakfast cereal by the box. That's 15 times the recommended serving size, and it amounts to an extra 2,000 calories and nearly an entire cup of sugar a day. After spending the 2010 season at well over 300 pounds, Sabathia needed surgery in the offseason to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. His weight might not have been the primary cause of the injury, but it certainly wasn't helping the situation.

So going into the 2011 season, Sabathia cut himself off the Crunch and dropped 25 pounds.

That worked out pretty well for Sabathia, as he pitched 237.1 innings in 2011, striking out 230 batters (his most as a Yankee) and finishing the year with a career-high 7.0 WAR mark.

Swearing off Cap'n Crunch could be a problem for Sabathia in the Yankees clubhouse, as manager Joe Girardi has admitted that it is one of his favorite cereals.

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There's not much for San Francisco residents to savor about their team's loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

Except the city's consolation prize, courtesy of Jell-O.

The pudding company announced before the game that it would deliver thousands of cups of chocolate pudding to the losing city. And so by losing in the Super Bowl, the 49ers won free cups for their city.


"It's a fine line and we don't want to ever come across as rubbing it in," Greg Gallagher, senior brand manager for Jell-O, told ESPN. "But it was a big accomplishment to get to this game and we want to give these fans a little something to look forward to."

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