Novak Djokovic is making the more noise than anyone else these days in professional tennis -- on and off the court. Now America is about to meet his sidekick. The world's No. 1 player since July has brought Pierre, his French poodle with him to New York City for the US Open.

The New York Post reports Djokovic's coddled canine wasn't allowed in the UK during Wimbledon. The star was apparently crestfallen without his companion. But Djokovic was spotted with Pierre while on a modeling shoot for watches last week.

The 24-year-old Serb made odd headlines when he told the Wall Street Journal he's had an advantage this year thanks to a spaceship-like pressurized egg which supposedly helps the body increase oxygen absorption, leading to muscle recovery.

"I think it really helps -- not with muscle but more with recovery after an exhausting set," Djokavic said. "It's like a spaceship. It's very interesting technology."

As for Pierre, the worshiped mutt has its own Twitter account. Despite not tweeting since June 26, the pampered poodle has 1,152 followers. But that's nothing compared to Mark Zuckerberg's dog, Beast, who has 153,000 likes on Facebook.

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Very people actually look forward to running; but can you imagine doing it everyday for 40 years?

Only five Americans have reached that level of galloping glory, with Joe Simpson set to join them Tuesday as the sixth member of the ultra-exclusive fitness club that has jogged at least one mile, every day, for four decades.

Simpson, a retired dentist from Memphis, Tenn., has run every day, rain or shine, snow or heat since Aug. 30, 1971. He started running to build strength in his legs after contacting polio as a teen. At age 73, the Wall Street Journal reports Simpson walks with a limp, but when he runs you can barely notice it.

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Since Simpson began his streak, the mobile phone (1979) was invented along with the compact disc player (1981), camcorder (1982), World Wide Web (1989), smart phone (1993) and the iPod (2000) -- which replaced the CD player.

Their are 286 Americans signed up with the U.S. Running Streak Association who have run a mile for at least one year, but again only six who have done it for 40 years. There are more baseball players with 600 homers (8), NFL quarterbacks with 40,000+ yards passing (12) and NBA players who have played in 1,300+ games (11).

A 60-year-old track coach at Antelope Valley College named Mark Covert owns the longest streak. The Lancaster, Calif. resident has been running that magical mile-a-day since July 23, 1968.

Six members of the 40+ year running club (1 mile each day)

1. Mark Covert (age 60); Lancaster, Calif., Track Coach; July 23, 1968
2. Jon Sutherland (60); West Hills, Calif., Writer; May 26, 1969
3. Jim Pearson (67); Bellingham, Wash., Retired; February 16, 1970
4. Kenneth C. Young (69); Petrolia, Calif., Software Developer, July 6, 1970
5. Stephen W. DeBoer (56); Rochester, Minn,, Dietitian June, 7 1971
6. Jon Simpson (73); Memphis, Tenn., retired dentist, Aug. 30 1971.

DeBoer tells the Wall Street Journal that he's gone to crazy lengths to keep his streak alive. When his family went on vacation to Australia, he made sure to schedule a long enough layover in Los Angeles to squeeze in a jog along the Pacific. He was concerned about the dreaded time change.

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The Miami Dolphins thought they were doing the right thing, but plenty of local fans could not agree less.

"Gator Day" at Sun Life Stadium, a promotion put together by the Fins, has some supporters of the team boiling mad. The plan is to have a reunion for some members of the 2008 Florida Gators national championship squad on the same field they won the crown. One problem: It's now the home field of the rival University of Miami Hurricanes football team.

As CBS Miami points out, this is like Alabama hosting a party for Auburn players to celebrate the 2010 Tigers national title. And of course it doesn't help that this is happening in the wake of Yahoo! Sports' devastating report on "The U."

Oh, but it gets worse for Canes fans:

Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos will be in South Florida to play the Dolphins on "Gator Day", which is Oct. 23.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee addressed the idea of paying tribute to the Florida Gators on the Hurricanes home field, but he didn't seem to understand the resentment.

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"If we were honoring Virginia Tech or the University of Georgia or somebody that was outside the state of Florida, I could maybe see it more clearly," Dee said of the backlash. "We have a great relationship with the University of Miami. They're terrific partners, and none of this is coming from the university. As it relates to the fan base, we know fans down here are passionate about their teams. There are more U of M fans who are fired up. But I think it is fair to point out that quite a few Gator fans are coming to the forefront and saying that it's great."

The move is being described as a desperate attempt to sell tickets by a team that has been second-rate for the better part of a decade. Angry fans say the Dolphins are willing to offend both University of Miami and Florida State fans to make a few bucks.

Dee told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Hurricanes turned down a similar offer to honor the 10th anniversary of the school's last national title during a Dolphins game this year.

"They politely declined and said that they were going to do something to honor that team at one of their own home games," Dee told the paper. "We reached out to both schools at about the same time in early to mid July."

The Canes play their first home game of the season on Sept. 17 against Ohio State.

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Blake Griffin has come up with his first big idea since taking a summer internship with actor Will Ferrell.

The most popular athlete on YouTube is working for free at Ferrell's website, Funny or Die. Griffin has been involved in some of the writing and the behind the scenes work on the site. Over the weekend he delivered his concept for a new program to his 479,602 followers on Twitter.

Griffin's celebrity rose after a serious of inhuman, ferocious, barbaric, voracious dunks with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Blake Show won the NBA Slam Dunk title and was named the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year. Griffin averaged 22.5 ppg and 12.1 rebounds in his first professional season.

Of course going through someone's search queries might not exactly go over well with privacy experts, but let's go with it for the sake of argument (and fun).

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Think of the searches on Heat star LeBron James' computer ...

"give away"

How about Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco's searches?


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Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, no wilting flower when it comes to criticism of the NBA, is now taking aim at the NCAA.

While the debate continues on blogs and sports talk radio about the latest scandal to rock the University of Miami football program, Van Gundy believes the while set up is a fraud.

"The system is set up for everybody but the kids while pretending to be about the kids," Van Gundy told the Miami Herald. "Athletics and education should be separate. Colleges shouldn't be farm systems. It doesn't make any logical sense. But the schools don't want to be blatantly in the situation of being professional sports even though they already are professional sports. They just want to disguise it, so they hide behind education. But, really, all you want is enough of your athletes to graduate so it looks like that's what you care about. Anyone around sports knows it is all a bunch of bull [expletive].

"I am not calling college coaches or administrators hypocrites. I believe that, in general, they care about the kids and education. But the system is wrong. Being a farm system creates problems that are beyond the control of even the best and most well-meaning administrators of which [UM’s] Donna Shalala would be at the top of my list."

Van Gundy isn't just blowing hot hair; the University of Texas football program made a profit of $68.8 million in its most recent financial disclosure, according to 2010 Department of Education data. The University of Georgia had $52.5 million in profits and the University of Michigan was third with $44.9 million. That doesn't sound very amateur to rational people.

Writer Dan LeBatard points out the stunning fact that Alabama coach Nick Saban, a major defender of the status quo in college sports, earned more than $6 million dollars in 2010, more than all but five coaches in all of professional sports. The Crimson Tide had a profit of $40.7 million thanks to the system Saban loves.

While many have preached about change in college sports, Van Gundy actually has a plan to make things right.

"Let the schools decide whom they enroll and how -- no entrance or eligibility requirements, how much the boosters want to pay them and whether or not they go to class," he says. "There are two rules. You play only four seasons, and the upper age limit is 25. No other rules. Players who are paid must declare their income and pay taxes on it. If they don't and get caught, then they have to deal with the IRS and instead of giving back the Heisman they risk going to jail. This drops the myth about amateurism and education. It allows players to get paid but puts it out in the open. Now people can stop hiding behind their idealism about the purity of college athletics and let you know what the school and alumni truly value. NCAA enforcement is the drug war. We've lost. Let's find a different, more realistic approach."

Van Gundy has a .651 winning percentage over 6-plus seasons as coach of the Heat and Magic -- the 13th best winning percentage in NBA history. He believes the world of college sports should be more like politics.

"Let boosters run amok," Van Gundy says. "You like a guy in politics, you give money to his campaign. It would feel unseemly, and the Stanfords and Dukes would object, but why disguise the mercenary nature of all this? As it is now, if you want to play football or basketball professionally, you have to go to college even if you have no interest in education. So a young athlete gets someone to take the SAT for him. Or he gets papers written for them. They aren't bad people. They don't have any less integrity than anyone else. They are just caught in a ridiculous system they have to navigate to be able to play and enhance their career opportunities. You are putting them in a position to have to fake school."

The Orlando Magic coach actually began his career as a college head coach before heading to the pro level. He coached at the University of Wisconsin, Castleton State College in Virginia, and UMass. In eight years as a college head coach, Van Gundy had a record of 135-92 (.595)

Van Gundy better keep winning games in the NBA, though. He'll likely never get the opportunity to coach again at the college level after this award-winning rant.

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You might have already forgotten about Paris, but comedian Billy Crystal is hard at work on his next sports film.

A near-capacity crowd packed a minor league ballpark in Fresno, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to see Crystal in his latest project. The veteran actor plays Artie Decker, the radio voice of the Fresno Grizzlies.

The Fresno Bee reports the film "Us & Them" spent one day filming in the California city. In the film, Crystal and his wife travel to Atlanta to take care of their grandchildren while their daughter is on vacation.

Most of the film will be shot in Georgia, beginning in October.

Crystal threw out the first pitch, introduced to the 12,500 fans on hand as his Artie Decker character. Right-hander Shane Loux, whose previous claim to fame was being part of the horrible Detroit Tigers of 2003, caught the ball from Crystal. Loux, who also pitched briefly for the Angels, had a 1-1 record and 7.12 ERA for the 119-loss '03 Tigers. That total set the American League record for futility.

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Loux also mentioned on Twitter that he had the chance to warm Crystal up in the batting cage before the game.

The San Francisco Giants' Triple-A team made just two changes to the ballpark for the film, adding two huge signs on the outfield fence. One had a big photo of Crystal in a minor league cap that said "Artie Decker voice of the Grizzlies." The other was a special Thirsty Thursday promotion that's part of the film.

The die-hard New York Yankees and Los Angeles Clippers fan hasn't acted in a sports flick since he played the role of Mickey Gordon in the 1995 film, "Forget Paris," in which Crystal played an NBA referee who travels to France to bury his father.

Despite his love of the Bronx Bombers, Crystal wore a New York Mets cap in the iconic 1991 film "City Slickers," and again in the 1994 follow-up.

In addition to acting, Crystal was the executive producer of "61*," the 2001 TV movie that starred Barry Pepper as Roger Maris racing to top Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

"Us & Them" is expected to be released by 20th Century Fox sometime in 2012.

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If you ever get the chance to visit the players' parking lot at your favorite NBA, NFL or Major League Baseball game, you'll be blown away by how many shiny Cadillac Escalades are parked there.

Turns out the jocks aren't the only one's who like them. Car thieves are more than six times as likely to target a Cadillac Escalade over any other car, according to research released by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

The HLDI analyzed insurance claims on vehicles from 2008 to 2010 to determine that four different versions of the luxury SUV appear at the top. The Escalade EXT is the most stolen, with 14 claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years -- more than eight times the average.

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The Ford F-250 is also popular with criminals -- it's second to the Escalade for the most theft claims. The HLDI reports pickups have much higher theft losses than passenger cars and SUVs.

If you drive a Chrysler 300 -- and many athletes do -- congrats, it's the most targeted car outside of luxury and sports cars. Following the Chrysler 300 HEMI are other models with powerful engines, including the Dodge Charger, HEMI and the Nissan Maxima.

The Audi A6 4-wheel-drive sedan and Mercury Mariner, a small SUV, lead the list of cars with the lowest claims.

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Cars, Research

The deaths of two high school football players following practices this summer have led to new heat guidelines.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released the new recommendations, warning that keeping athletes hydrated during the blistering hot summer practices is not enough.

WALB reports the University of Georgia is wrapping up a three-year research study in October on 30 high schools. The report will give scientists new information on how best to set rules for practicing in excessive heat.

Since 1980, a majority of heat-related football deaths have taken place in early August -- with nearly 25 percent of those tragedies transpiring during the first three days of practice. So the report calls for slower acclimatization to heat.

"Participants should be gradually introduced and permitted to adapt to the climate, uniform/protective gear, and intensity and duration of activities," researchers wrote.

The study also calls for longer time in between two-a-day practices.

Heat-related deaths have skyrocketed since the mid-90's, and nearly 95 percent of players who died were overweight.

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Some players nap before games, crank up music, read books, play games etc. Others break up fights at fast food restaurants.

Ravens receiver Tandon Doss prevented a potential tragedy at Five Guys burgers just hours before the start of Thursday's game against the Redskins.

Carl Fisher, 34, manager at the Inner Harbor Five Guys, told the Baltimore Sun that a Ravens player had muscled in to break up a skirmish right before the dinner rush.

A spokesman for the Baltimore Police wouldn't confirm that Doss stepped in, but said the argument took place about 4:30 p.m. A man upset about being fired from the restaurant is believed to have attempted to attack the manager with a knife.

Police say two men who used to work at the burger joint left the scene, but dropped the knife inside the restaurant. The Five Guys manager suffered a minor cut on his chin and was released from the hospital.

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Doss, 21, was a fourth-round pick (123rd overall) out of Indiana in the 2011 NFL Draft. The 6-2, 205-pound wideout had two receptions for 28 yards against the Redskins on Thursday night. Overall, in three Ravens preseason games, Doss has six receptions for 65 yards.

Doss let his followers on Twitter know about his heroics with this tweet:

The Ravens picked up veteran Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills to start on the other side of Anquan Boldin. Torrey Smith and David Reed are the backups on Baltimore's depth chart. Doss is battling for playing time with Marcus Smith, Justin Harper and LaQuan Williams.

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Former Yankee Jim Leyritz is starting a new life in Los Angeles. He was acquitted of DUI manslaughter charges in Florida after a 2007 crash that killed a Florida woman.

The NY Post reports Leyritz is leaving the New York area to join his girlfriend in LA. The former catcher plans to marry Michelle Caruso next year. He recently resigned as the minor league Newark Bears pitching coach. Leyritz was accused of battery on his ex-wife Karrie Leyritz in 2009, but the charges were later dropped.

In addition to finding love in La La Land, Leyritz is also getting into the radio business. He's got plans to host a weekly radio show on baseball for Voice of America.

The University of Kentucky product played for the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, Padres and Dodgers in addition to the Bronx Bombers during his 11 seasons in the big leagues.

Leyritz admitted using amphetamines during his career. He's best known for his three-run home run off Atlanta closer Mark Wohlers during Game 4 of the Yankees' World Series comeback win against the Braves in 1996.

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