A banner year for Michael Phelps has ended on a sour note, as TMZ is reporting that the Olympic legend and his model girlfriend have called it quits.

According to TMZ, Phelps felt that his relationship with 25-year-old Megan Rossee "wasn't going anywhere, so he decided to end it so he could pursue other options."

The couple, whose relationship was revealed around the time of the London Olympics, have reportedly been dating for 10 months.

The break-up happened in the last few days, as the couple was at the Baltimore Aquarium together on Dec. 27.

On Saturday, model and former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler posted a photo of herself and Phelps playing beer pong in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Keibler, who is an item with George Clooney, is, like a Phelps, a Maryland native, and she was once a Ravens cheerleader.

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You're all set. You've got packs of people showing up for the big game. They're all bringing some tasty treats as well as their appetites. Even if the wrong team happens to be winning on your ultra-mega-dynamo-jumbo screen TV, nobody will have a complaint about filling up with savory selections.

So what might be missing?

Are you drinking in style?

And by "in style" we mean, are you creating the sports bars vibe within your own domicile?

Anybody can fill a cooler with ice and dump in a dozen of bottles and cans. There's nothing wrong it with that, and we're not here to diss a tried and true approach of keeping your guests happy with their favorite beverage.

But for big games and big crowds, why not go the extra few yards for that professional touch?

We're talking customized and personalized tap handles.

You can get them to tout the fact that you're the host with the most or to provide another piece to show your support for the team.

It's stuff like this that makes a distinction between watching a game with friends and truly experiencing it with them.

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The swimming world was briefly turned upside down this summer when Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps shared a disturbing truth: they pee in the pool.

Lochte was the first to admit it, when he told Ryan Seacrest that he sometimes urinated in the Olympic warm-up pool.

Phelps confirmed Lochte's admission in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying that there's nothing wrong with peeing in the pool because any chemicals in urine are killed by the chlorine.

"I think everybody pees in the pool," Phelps said. "It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we're in the water for two hours, we don't really get out to pee."

And as it turns out, they're right.

In a recent review titled "Celebrities and Science 2012," the British non-profit Sense About Science (SAS) asked biochemist Stuart Jones to give his opinion on the matter. Jones' response backs up Phelps' and Lochte's claims, if not exactly for the same reasons.

"Urine is essentially sterile so there isn't actually anything to kill in the first place," Jones said. "Urine is largely just salts and water with moderate amounts of protein and DNA breakdown products."

What's more, Jones says that a few swimmers peeing in a huge pool has little effect on the entire pool's composition.

So Lochte knew what he was talking about all along. Maybe this guy is more of a science whiz than we realized.

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Justin Bieber got much more than the price of admission while attending Thursday's contest between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics.

The 18-year-old pop sensation also got a babysitting gig.

For part of the game Bieber was watching over guard Chris Paul's 3-year-old son, Chris.

Bieber, who was sitting courtside, looked like he was getting a kick out of the gig.

And it was an unforgettable experience for little CP4 as well.



Hopefully little Chris understands that not all of his babysitters will be multi-platinum, global sensations.

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By now you may or may not have heard about the Israeli rap video dedicated to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

If you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out below. It is wonderful.

In light of the video's recent popularity, many wondered whether the man himself had even seen it. After all, Popovich isn't exactly known for fanfare.

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News went to find out if the head coach was aware of the video, and it turns out he is. And not only does Popovich know about it, he used it to prank the Spurs before their final preseason game.

Spurs forward Stephen Jackson explained:

"[Popovich] was showing some film of me messing up, getting on me real hard. I was like, 'You know what Pop, I don't even want to play basketball. I'd rather do this. Kick it!' And they played two of my videos. And Pop was like, 'You know what? Don’t worry about it, Jack. I got my own video.' It was pretty cool."

McCarney spoke to some players about the prank, and they too got a kick out of it:

Boris Diaw deemed the stunt "hilarious" while noted music aficionado Matt Bonner also gave his seal of approval.

Well played, Pop.

He may not be the most exciting coach in the league, but it can never be said that Popovich doesn't have a sense of humor.

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(H/T to Deadspin)

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In a country known for its bleak weather, and this year for its equally gloomy economic forecasts, the Olympics may have been just what England needed.

A new survey released by the Guardian and ICM Research shows that more than two-thirds of those polled said the Games "did a valuable job in cheering up a country in hard times," while just 20 percent characterized them as "a costly and dangerous distraction."

Overall, the Olympics cost England roughly $14.5 billion (£9 billion), but in the months since the closing ceremony the Games have been viewed positively across almost all demographics. Every age bracket surveyed by the Guardian said the Games were well "worth the cost," while 79 percent of men and 77 percent of women agreed.

Interestingly, the good vibes appear to have increased since the apex of the Games themselves. ICM Research posed similar questions after Super Sunday, when popular athletes Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford all took home gold medals. At that point, support for the Olympics was at 55 percent.

Last year 60 percent of Britons who took the Guardian's poll said they thought the Olympics would make their nation a more miserable place to live. Now, however, nearly half of the respondents said they think Britain is a better place to reside after the Olympics.

(H/T to Game On!)

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In October we showed you this video, of a Norwegian kicker named Havard Rugland and his amazing kicking skills.

The compilation exploded across the Internet and currently has nearly one million views. Even some NFL scouts took notice. And, to say the least, they were impressed.

So the scouts asked kicking coach and former NFLer Michael Husted to work with Rugland in San Diego. After some training Rugland, who has never played American football, recently had a tryout with the New York Jets.

"It went well," Rugland told Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. "They tested me on field goals and kickoffs. Obviously you feel a little more pressure here, but I stayed pretty calm."

It takes only one viewing of the video to see that Rugland has some serious potential. In fact, Husted even compared him to Sebastian Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders.

"Havard has incredible talent as a kicker," Husted told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "He has a cannon for a leg. As he continues to refine his technique, he could be one of the strongest kickers in the NFL."

The 27-year-old Rugland, who says his goal is to get an NFL contract by the 2013 season, wouldn't be the first Norwegian kicker to play professional football. In fact, he'd have extremely lofty standards to live up to. One of the three kickers in the NFL Hall of Fame is Norwegian Jan Stenerud. The former Chiefs, Packers and Vikings kicker played 19 seasons in the NFL and was a four-time Pro Bowler.

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Sam Jones recently accomplished something on the golf course that you would have to see to believe.

Luckily for the 76-year-old Jones, who doesn't see long distances well, he was playing with other people who had better eyesight than he does.

Nick Cole of the Tennessean writes that Jones recorded not one but two holes-in-one during a recent round at Windtree Golf Course in Mount Juliet, Tenn.

The odds of scoring two holes-in-one during a single round are 67 million to 1, according to the National Hole-in-One Registry.

"I was just beside myself," said Milton Frazier, one of Jones' playing partners. "It is just an unbelievable feat. If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't believe it -- I saw it and it is still hard to believe."

Jones used his Cleveland 4-iron hybrid for both shots. The first was on the par-3 fifth hole, a distance of 120 yards. The second was on the par-3 11th hole, a distance of 125 yards.

"I was just kind of dumbfounded, I guess," Jones said of how he felt after his second hole-in-one. "I thought it was going to be short, but it hit the green about middle of the way and rolled up into the hole."

While many people never record a hole-in-one during a lifetime of golf, Jones' double will go down in the Windtree Golf Course history books.

"For an amateur to accomplish something like that," said Dan Felton, events director at Windtree Golf Course, "is pretty unheard of."

(H/T to USA Today)

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A veteran announcer's insensitive remark during a college basketball game sparked outrage online and across social networks.

Mitch Holthus, known as "The Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs," was calling Saturday's game between Kansas State and Florida along with Fran Fraschilla. Midway through the second half, Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez picked up his third foul. Fraschilla and Holthus discuss the questionable nature of the foul, and Holthus ends the conversation with the following lines:

"Sometimes that Puerto Rican temper gets in there. They need him on the floor instead of picking up a third foul."

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Holthus apologized on Twitter the day after the game.


This is not the first time this year that Rodriguez and his ethnicity have been at the center of a controversy. In March some students in the band at Southern Miss chanted "Where's your green card?" to Rodriguez while he was shooting free throws.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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If the world did really end on Dec. 21, no one would have had a cooler lead-up to the apocalypse than aerobic paraglider Horacio Lloren.

The Spaniard recently set out to break the single dive record for infinity tumbles, a move invented by his cousin. According to Red Bull, an infinity dive is when "the pilot goes over the vertical line of the paraglide sail in consecutive loops." Someone who nailed an infinity dive would experience a pull six times the force of gravity.

Lloren, who made the jump in Guatamala in a nod to the Mayans, needed to pull off more than 392 loops. And not only did he break that mark, he crushed it.

As you'll see in the video below, Lloren recorded 568 dives in a row. And he says he could have done more, but he got dizzy. That's understandable.

(H/T to Wired)

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