Wale probably wants Kevin Durant to come back to his hometown and play for the Washington Wizards, but the rapper can't say that in public.

The D.C.-born Wale, who recently released "The Album About Nothing," is friends with Durant and can count the Oklahoma City Thunder star among his fans. Durant has tweeted several times about "The Album About Nothing," which is sometimes abbreviated as "TAAN":



Surely Wale would like to see Durant sign with the Wizards when he becomes a free agent next summer. But because Wale was recently hired as a "creative liaison" for the team, he has to keep his lips locked.

In August Drake gave a shout out to Durant and tried to recruit the 2014 NBA MVP to Toronto. But because Drake is a "global ambassador" for the Raptors, the NBA deemed the recruiting attempt tampering and fined the organization $25,000.

During an appearance this week on ESPN's "His and Hers," Wale was asked about the possibility of Durant coming home. Here's what he had to say:

"I'm an employee of the Washington Wizards," Wale said. "I can't speak on that...I'm not going to get my organization fined."

A $25,000 fine wouldn't have been the end of the world for the Wizards, but it wouldn't have looked good for Wale if he racked up a bill in the first few months of his official employment with the team.

Juan Arango is 34 years old. Perhaps, the Venezuelan attacking midfielder, who now plays his for Club Tijuana, has lost a step. However, that does not warrant "pulling a Suarez."

During Tijuana's 4-3 loss to Monterrey Saturday in Liga MX in Mexico, Arango did his best impression of Luis Suarez. Arango chomped down on Monterrey's Jesus Zavala. Arango appears to trot on after the hit and run acting as innocent as possible.

Here is ESPN's take:

Arango, a first-time bite offender, did not get full Suarez treatment after his bite. Arango will be suspended for Tijuana's next two matches. The Venezuelan's nine goals in 27 appearances will be missed for his club.

Meanwhile, Zavala took to Instagram to show his battle wounds:


In a sport meant to be played by feet, the teeth are getting a lot of publicity over the last year.

If J.J. Watt and Caroline Wozniacki have a burgeoning love they'd like to keep quiet, they're doing a terrible job at it. After the Houston Texans defensive star and the women's tennis stud were spotted next to one another at the NCAA men's basketball championship game Monday night, rumors are running rampant that the two are an item.

It makes perfect sense that Watt would be at the game. He played football at Wisconsin and identifies strongly with the school. Wozniacki, though, is a different story. Unless the Danish athlete has cultivated a deep appreciation for basketball in secret, the odds are strong she was at the game to be with a certain somebody.

The potential relationship is also notable because Wozniacki was engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy, who broke off their relationship less than one year ago.

It's hard to draw too many conclusions since this is the first time Watt and Wozniacki have been connected to one another, but to be seen together at such a high-profile event means that if there is something there, we'll probably get some confirmation on it soon.

Until then: can you imagine the biceps those babies would have?

Floyd Mayweather can't help but surround himself with money. It's on his bed, on his birthday cake and, now, in his mouth.

TMZ is reporting that Mayweather, who is preparing for a May 2 megabout with Manny Pacquiao, pays roughly $25,000 for each of his custom-made mouthguards.

So, why does Mayweather drop a fortune on these mouthguards? The undefeated 38-year-old likes to customize them with lavish details, like gold flakes and diamonds. He also apparently likes putting real $100 bills inside the mouthguards.


Mayweather gets his mouthguards from Dr. Lee Gause, a dentist in New York City who often flies out to Las Vegas before Mayweather's fights to make sure the mouthguard fits. Mayweather says Gause's mouthguards help him breathe better.


Congrats to TBE Floyd Mayweather - #iceberg #tmt #tbe #hardworkdedication

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The pair connected before Mayweather's 2012 bout with Miguel Cotto and have been together ever since.

"Athletes don’t like mouthguards because they can’t breathe with them," Gause told the New York Daily News. "If you watch the Cotto fight, you’ll see he pops his mouthguard out about 15 times. Then you see Floyd, and he drinks water with it in, talks to his trainer in the corner. He never pops it out during the competition."

It's a good thing Mayweather is extraordinarily wealthy, because his preparation for the Pacquiao fight could set him back hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition to customized mouthguards, Mayweather is dropping serious coin on his meals in the leadup to the fight. TMZ reported that Mayweather has been paying his personal chef $1,000 a meal, which could amount to as much as $184,000.

But Mayweather has never been especially stingy, and when it comes to protecting his teeth, he has his priorities in order.

"My career's gone on 19 years," Mayweather told TMZ, "and I've been able to preserve my smile."

Mayweather, who is worth $250 million and is already the highest paid athlete in the world, is expected to take in around $180 million from the upcoming fight.

The age-old rule of the photo booth: If it's there, people will use it.

Figuring it was the right moment for such a device, the Final Four dropped some dollars to make a photo booth available during its media day festivities. The players from Kentucky and Wisconsin did not spoil the opportunity, printing off a reel of photos -- several of which have made it online.

Both teams will face off in the semifinal round for a shot at playing in the national championship game. For the moment, though, everyone's all smiles and colorful props:






Given the way both Wisconsin and Kentucky have become two of the tournament's most fun stories, the worst part of their upcoming game is that only one can advance to the title game.

This Green Bay Packers quarterback tested his know-how against a famous NASA astronaut and a TV personality.

Who is Aaron Rodgers?

Yes, Rodgers will be on an upcoming episode of the show shot this week, according to the Twitter account of Kevin O'Leary. O'Leary, an investor and financial expert better known as a panelist on ABC's "Shark Tank," posted a selfie of himself with Rodgers, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and Alex Trebek.

According to the caption, the show will air May 12.


Celebrity Jeopardy is a long-running special feature of the trivia show, one made even more famous by a successful run of skits put on by Saturday Night Live, in which Trebek -- played by Will Ferrell -- is insulted and hassled by self-centered celebrities who know almost nothing in terms of useful information.

Rodgers' appearance on the show provides a perfect time to revisit the best athlete moment in the history of Celebrity Jeopardy: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar answered a question with his own name -- and got it wrong:

Tough one, Kareem. You looked like a real Turd Ferguson.

David Beckham is planning on adding air conditioning as part of a $7.4 million renovation to his $46.5 million London home, and at least one neighbor isn't happy about it.

The British soccer star and his wife, Victoria Beckham, are upgrading their lavish London mansion, which is sometimes called "Beckingham Palace II."


But one neighbor isn't pleased with the family's plans to add air conditioning to five new rooms. That person filed a complaint with the local council that the plans will "affect the historic character of the Victorian house of the streets, my house included."

In particular, the noise of the air conditioning and its appearance have the neighbor peeved. The letter, obtained by the Daily Mail, includes the following complaint:

"The council must identifed (sic) our deep concerns about all adverse impacts on living conditions from noise, vibration, dirt, pollution and dust from construction and from associated traffic, in addition to concerns about impacts on drainage, on appearance and landscape, on structural stability, and on historic buildings."

According to the Telegraph, the Beckhams submitted their upgrade application in February, and they'll hear back within three weeks from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council.

The air conditioning is just one of the renovations planned by the couple. They also want to expand the basement wine cellar and instal a screen for a new movie theater. When the house is finished, it will include six bedrooms, a gym, study, office, movie theater and an underground tunnel to one of the Beckhams' other properties.

After the work the house's value is expected to increase to $62 million. That's nothing compared to the net worth of David and Victoria, which is upwards of $600 million.

It may be more than two months until the Entourage movie is released in theaters, but the private screenings for the much-anticipated film have already begun.

The creator of the HBO show-turned-movie, Doug Ellin, has hosted a few private showings of his film. Two of those screenings have been for a pair of dominant basketball teams that were passing through Los Angeles.

During their visit to the NCAA tournament's West Regional, the Wisconsin Badgers got a sneak peek at the flick.


Fun screening with the Badgers. Good luck tomorrow! #entouragemovie

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Great time last night. #gobadgers #entouragemovie

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Badgers forward Duje Dukan had rave reviews:


A few days later the Golden State Warriors were in Southern California to play the Los Angeles Clippers. Mark Wahlberg invited the team, as well as some special guests, to his house to see the movie. The show is loosely based on the journey of Wahlberg and a few of his close friends.

Along with Warriors players like Andrew Bogut, Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Ellin invited Steve Nash, Baron Davis and skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.


Solid starting five #entouragemovie

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Reviews were positive:



Athletes play a big role in the series and the film. Pros with cameos in the movie include Ronda Rousey, Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Durant, Tom Brady, David Diehl and Amare Stoudemire.

As Jerry Ferrara, one of the film's stars, points out, the Badgers went on to beat Arizona and advance to the Final Four after seeing the movie.


Meanwhile the Warriors picked up an impressive win over the Clippers.

Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford has had a rough Spring Training after his 2-year-old son was bitten twice by a rattlesnake. The boy has been in a tense battle for the past week, and while his right foot has been saved from amputation, it remains possible that one of his toes will be removed.

Axford, meanwhile, is missing Spring Training to deal with the difficult recovery. The team has picked up his option and he's considered safe to make the team's regular-season roster, but the personal battle continues.

The Denver Post reports that Axford had just finished pitching in a Spring Training game when he received a call about his son's accident. At the time, his son was being rushed to a nearby hospital and was in critical condition.

"It was sheer panic," Axford told the Post. "Things got very bad, very quickly."

By the time Axford arrived at the hospital, his son had received anti-venom medication. Although he stabilized, complications developed: His foot swelled, then began to blister, and black spots develops. To save the foot from amputation, doctors had to scrub dead tissue from the boy's foot on a daily basis until the following Tuesday -- a very painful process.

Axford doesn't know when he will return to the team -- he and his wife are vigilantly watching their son's progress, hoping his entire foot will recover and that their son's health will be preserved.

Although the circumstances of the snakebite aren't entirely known, it is suspected that the 2-year-old stepped on a baby rattlesnake in the backyard of Axford's Scottsdale rental.

No, LeBron James isn't best friends with Kevin Love. And yes, that's perfectly OK.

As media and fans try to split hairs over the uncertain chemistry between James and his new Cleveland Cavaliers teammate, LeBron isn't making any bones about it: They aren't best friends.

But that's not a diss.

"First of all, I’ve got three very good friends in this league, and that’s Carmelo [Anthony], and that’s C.P. [Chris Paul], and that’s D-Wade," James said, according to Cleveland.com. "And after that I have a bunch of teammates. I have guys I ride for every day."

James' comments were partially in response to Love saying that he and James weren't best friends. In that case, too, Love downplayed the implications of that non-friendship, saying that they got along as teammates.

James agrees that the friendship component of their relationship doesn't determine their on-court success.

"Kyrie [Irving] is a guy I understand how important he is to this team, how important he is," James said. "And the same with [Kevin] as well."

Earlier this month, Love said that his former UCLA teammate and current Oklahoma City Thunder star, Russell Westbrook, would be his pick for MVP. That rubbed some observers the wrong way, who saw it as a slight that he didn't pick his own teammate in James.

Again, James shrugged off those comments and said he didn't take them personally. And while it's true that their personal relationship has nothing to do with their on-court success and title aspirations, one can't help but wonder what it says about the long-term stability of the current Cavs roster.

Then again, James did ditch his self-proclaimed best friend this summer when he left Miami and Wade to play in Cleveland. Maybe it really is all about basketball.

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