Shortly after Ronda Rousey finished off challenger Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds Saturday night, there was a growing buzz about her competing against men in UFC. It's actually a ridiculous and disrespectful idea, as Kevin Iole articulates, but there is always room for Rousey's handling of male MMA journalists who wise off to her. See the unfortunate fate of MMA Prime's Aaron Tru:
Normally one of the NBA's most buttoned-up coaches, Erik Spoelstra let his guard down and showed a completely different side during a performance at Shane Battier's annual charity karaoke event, "Battioke."
Spoelstra, 44, was accompanied by his girlfriend, former Miami Heat dancer Nikki Sapp, on stage for a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Spoelstra puts in a good effort and even shows off some snazzy moves, but he doesn't have the best command of the lyrics.
Luckily for the man who led the Heat to the past four NBA Finals, his girlfriend is there to help him along.
Afterwards, Sapp had this to say about the couple's act:
Welp. That solidifies it... I still can't sing ;) #Battioke2015
— Nikki Sapp (@NikkiSapp) March 4, 2015
It's performances like these that make "Battioke" so special. In its fourth year, Battioke has blossomed into a night full of players, coaches and executives cutting loose and having fun. Here's Spoelstra's mentor, Pat Riley, singing "Twist and Shout":
Michael Beasley and Henry Walker went in a different direction with Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles."
Proceeds from the event go toward Shane and Heidi Battier's Take Charge Foundation, which works with underserved youths in Miami, Houston and Detroit.
Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Hannah Davis has an accomplished tennis background, and proved to a reporter last year that she still has some game.
Davis just tried golfing for the first time. Although she included the hashtag #dontbringatennisplayergolfing in the caption to her Instagram video, Davis has pretty good form for someone claiming to have never played before.
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Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made a guest appearance when the Professional Bull Riders ran an event in Kansas City, but he ended up being upstaged in a dance competition by a fan. A heavyset fan who says his nickname is Skim Milk.
The PBR's Fan of the Night segment is a dance-off with a snazzy belt buckle given as a prize (courtesy of Cooper Tires). Kelce delivers a strong performance by breaking out the Carlton Dance with "It’s Not Unusual" as the musical selection. It just isn't strong enough to overcome Skim Milk's impressive array of wiggles and jiggles.
Maryland pulled off a big upset of No. 5 Wisconsin on Tuesday night, but that's hardly what has the Internet abuzz. You don't have to be a basketball fan to appreciate the show that Terps fans put on during a break from the game, when the school's mascot came out to lead the entire arena through a choreographed flash dance.
Judging from the video, it looks like Maryland's student section was the main group of people involved in the dance, which features a surprising number of moves -- not the least a wave-like stripping away of coats to reveal bold yellow shirts. The students were ringed around the lower bowl of the arena, creating an impressive display that translates well to video:
Maybe the flash mob didn't directly affect the game's results, but it had to boost the crowd's energy in what wound up being a signature win on the program's NCAA tournament resume.
Here's the flash mob from a fan perspective:
Apparently the dysfunction of the New York Knicks extends beyond the team's league-worst record to the team's celebrity fans.
During a break in the action of Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden between the Knicks and the Cavaliers, MSG reporter Jill Martin interviewed actor Justin Bartha. Things went haywire quickly as Bartha, who is best known for his role in The Hangover trilogy, put his arm around Martin and turned the interview into a referendum on his Hangover co-star Bradley Cooper.
For the record, Bartha got married in January 2014 and his wife gave birth to the couple's first child in April of that year.
The Knicks' play was just as unfortunate as Bartha's interview, as LeBron James and the Cavaliers crushed the Knicks, 101-83. It was a loss so disgusting, in the words of president of basketball operations Phil Jackson, that it gave the basketball gods heartburn.
As football looks for ways to reduce concussions, one suggestion has been to teach tackling techniques used in rugby. Rather than using the head/helmet as a weapon and a target, players should focus on wrapping up the ball carrier. Of course, this can still be done with a massive amount of force, as Dave Dennis of the NSW Waratahs just demonstrated during a match in Australia. Mike Harris of Melbourne absorbs the punishment:
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been known to hit the clubs quite often (even while injured). However, when asked at the Players' Tribune launch party on Valentine's Day what his favorite post-Super Bowl party was, Gronk gave an answer that might surprise you.