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Lindsey Vonn talks trading skiing for commentary on 'Today': 'It's going to be so hard'

Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn didn’t let a badly bruised shin stop her from snagging gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or from being named PopWatch’s Olympic Stud of the Day — but unfortunately, an uncooperative knee will keep her from competing in Sochi this February.

The silver lining: NBC announced yesterday that Vonn is officially joining the network as an Olympic correspondent. Though the gold medalist and Wheaties cover girl isn’t traveling to Russia, she’ll still report daily for Today, “shar[ing] her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”

Of course, this new role is going to take some getting used to. “It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning in her first interview since officially pulling out of the Olympics. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it’s killing me. I’m trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it’s going to be really hard to watch the alpine events.”

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Bravo's 'Toned Up' premiere: Which beach babe just dug a hole and peed in the sand?

Very few people will be searching for recaps of Toned Up, Bravo’s new late-night dump reality series, which features two super-hot women who’ve become super-rich YouTube stars simply by unrolling their yoga mats and doing basic exercises in unison….on the beach! READ FULL STORY

New Year's Resolutions inspired by Beyonce's 'Visual Album'

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What do you want from me? I’m a slow study, plus I’ve been busy eating all the meat in the Midwest and napping. Well, NO MORE! It’s taken a whopping 17 days, but the power and glory of the almighty Beyoncé’s Visual Album has officially crept into the contours of my brain like one of her intricately gilded thongs. Thanks to my new mentor, I am emboldened towards and horny for 2014 a whole two days early, armed with the following new set of standards:

Just say no to spray tans!
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Finally learn how to surf.
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Nelly talks sports superstitions, going country, laughing at himself on 'Real Husbands of Hollywood'

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Ever wonder what it’s like to watch a football game with Nelly? Probably not what you think. The rapper talked with EW as he hosted the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Pre Game party in West Hollywood about his game day traditions, collaborating with Florida Georgia Line, and the joys of being one of the Real Husbands of Hollywood.

“I’m very intense when it comes to sports,” the rapper/actor told EW. “I’m probably not the Nelly that’s on television.” Claiming to be superstitious, understitious, overstitious, and anything else in between, Nelly makes sure he has all the essentials, like snacks and drinks, ready before a game even begins.”You got to make sure everything is going right before the game so you put that good omen out.” Nelly says he usually watches football with his 14-year-old son like any other country boy — shorts on, socks off.

The rapper recently collaborated with country duo Florida Georgia Line on a remix for their song “Cruise”, performing at the American Music Awards and winning Single of the Year. “They had a version of the song a year before and it was brought to me by my guy Monte Lipman, who is the president of Republic Records and he’s a real good friend of mine, and he brought it up to me and asked me, would this be something I was interested in.” The original version of the song topped out at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100; Nelly’s version jumped to No. 4. “I respect Monte, because he’s been with me from the beginning of my career. I said, ‘Let me listen to it, let me try something out.’ I said, ‘If I can come out with something that’s worth trying, then I will.’ So I listened to it and found out what I could do to take the song to a whole new audience. And I played it for everybody and everybody loved it. Who knew?”
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British diver Tom Daley announces he's dating a man -- VIDEO

Diver Tom Daley, the British heartthrob who was one of the faces of the 2012 London Games where he won a bronze medal in the 10m platform, has announced he’s dating a man in a video posted on YouTube. Watch it below. At around 2:10, the 19-year-old begins speaking about a change in his life that occurred last spring, “when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And well that someone… is a guy,” he says. “Of course, I still fancy girls,” he continues, “but, I mean, right now I’m datin’ a guy and I couldn’t be happier. It feels safe, and it just really does feel right.”

Daley, who lost his father to cancer in 2011, goes on to anticipate fan reaction, whether it be disbelief or questioning what his late dad would say (“He always said to me, ‘As long as you’re happy, I’m happy,’ and right now, I couldn’t be happier”). While his mother and close friends have been extremely supportive, he says the rest of his family have had “mixed opinions” about how he should handle his happiness: keep it a secret, just do a statement, do a magazine cover or a TV interview. “I didn’t want to get my words twisted. I wanted to put an end to all the rumors, the speculation, just say it and just tell you guys,” he explains. “My friends and family are always there to support me, and I hope you guys can be, too.”

Daley has his sights set on winning a gold in Rio in 2016, and is headed to a training camp until Christmas. READ FULL STORY

Can't get ladies to watch your basketball games? Easy, just give 'em a 'Girls' DVD

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ marketing team thinks they’ve totally figured out the female basketball fan demographic. And who better to represent all female fandom than Lena Dunham?

To get more women in the stands, they’re offering a “Ladies Night Out” ticket promo which includes a spa discount, a beverage, and … a DVD of Girls Season 1, according to Bleacher Report. Should we be insulted or encouraged that the Minnesota Timberwolves think they’re appealing to (or pigeonholing) women’s TV tastes with a specific female foursome show conveniently called “Girls”? Not to mention the interesting detail of only offering  season 1. Were they scarred by season 2′s naked ping-pong too? BR surmised that perhaps the team is merely trying to unload extra inventory, as the Minnesota Timberwolves promoted the same deal last year.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first season of Girls, Lena Dunhams’ quirky-edgy writing, but there’s something about the promotion that reeks of a failure to understand female sports fans. Here’s a better way to get more female fans in the stands for the middling Midwestern team — convince Wally Szczerbiak to come out of retirement, Kevin Garnett to come back, or just let female fans purchase a ticket because they are fans, and not some stereotyped female consumer.

The official promotion (with purchase of an $18 ticket) includes:

“Free beer, wine, or soda,”  a “DVD copy of season one of the hit HBO series Girls,” and “get $25 off any $100 service with your Wolves game night ticket at any LifeSpa.”

What say you, PopWatchers? Is a DVD of the HBO show featuring Lena Dunham’s anatomy enough to get you to cheer on the Timberwolves or is it a total turn-off? What do you think of sports teams’ attempts to increase female patronage?

NYC Marathon: Pamela Anderson, Patrick Wilson, Bill Rancic, more celebs run -- PHOTOS













A record 50,740 runners showed up for Sunday’s NYC Marathon, and among those brave souls was a handful of celebrities, who took to social media to share pictures from the scene and information about the causes they were supporting.

One celeb there as a fan was Sean Penn, who sponsored five Haitian runners through his J/P Haitian Relief Organization to run their first American marathon. Last month, after returning from Port-au-Prince to watch the runners train, Penn told The Associated Press, “I love their great discipline and spirit.” Penn posed for a picture with the runners following the race:
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Olympians face call to boycott Sochi at 100 Day Countdown event -- and explain why they'll compete

An official Winter Olympics countdown event was disrupted in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday by gay rights activists protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws. At the 100 Day Countdown, U.S. hopefuls heard chants calling for the United States Olympic Committee to boycott the Games in Sochi. As the publicized media hour began, members of the activist group Queer Nation lined a crowd barrier and unfurled banners with the words “Don’t Buy Putin’s Lies!” and “Boycott Homophobia!” — and chanted while four athletes were interviewed on stage.

On Monday, Russian President Vladmir Putin assured the International Olympic Committee that the host country would make the athletes and guests feel comfortable in Sochi “regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation.” Contacted after the Times Square demonstration, Queer Nation member Andrew Miller noted that the group is working with more than three dozen LGBT Russian activists, supports a boycott of all Russian goods and services and believes international events including the Olympics should not be held in Russia, and sent EW the following statement: “By buying into Putin’s hollow attempts to pacify his international critics, the International and United States Olympics Committees are complicit in the arrests, jailings, beatings, rapes, and murders of LGBT Russians that Putin’s anti-LGBT laws have engendered. Clearly, we’ve succeeded in embarrassing Putin by forcing him to make such hollow assurances. But if Putin wants gay men and lesbians to feel welcome in Russia, he must overturn his country’s anti-gay laws. The real issue is the Russian LGBT community, not Olympic athletes and tourists.”

EW spoke with three of those athletes who’d had their interviews interrupted at the event. Billy Demong, a four-time Olympian who became the first American athlete to win gold in Nordic Combined in Vancouver, understood the timing of the protest. “Obviously it would be nice if they waited, but then they wouldn’t have the platform,” he said. “We live in a free country, and this is also an opportunity for them to voice some of their concerns about what’s happening overseas. As an older athlete, I know enough to allow them to do their thing but focus on what I’m here to do and say.” That will be his mind-set in Sochi, if/when he qualifies for his fifth Olympics in December: “Certainly I have opinions about a lot of things, but I have to remember what my role is: I’m an athlete, and I’m here to compete, train, and do my very best for the United States at the Olympics.”
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McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Simone Biles rock the Gymnastics World Championships

More than a year later, some of us gymnastics fans still haven’t gotten over Olympics fever. It’s a little ridiculous and extremely embarrassing how many times I’ve re-watched watched the Team Final in which McKayla Maroney stuck that spectacular vault and the All-Around competition where Gabby Douglas took the gold.

Even though the 2016 Olympics are three long years away, this year’s Gymnastics World Championships could be the first introduction to what we might see in Rio. Two members of the Fierce Five — Maroney and Kyla Ross — and up-and-coming American Simone Biles competed in Antwerp in the biggest international gymnastics competition since the London Olympics. Even though the action went down last week, NBC broadcast the competition for the first time in States today. For those of us who wish we could just perform a side cartwheel without falling over, here are five highlights from the 2013 World Championships. READ FULL STORY

Ylvis' 'The Fox' cover: Ohio University marching band knows what the fox says -- VIDEO

Ylvis’ “The Fox” is hitting all the viral-video milestones. First, it’s racked up nearly 30 million views on YouTube. Now, it’s been covered — in epic, choreographed fashion — by a college marching band.

The Ohio University band performed a John Philip Sousa-approved version of the jokey EDM song during halftime on Saturday, even setting down their instruments and busting a move in the middle. Watch the foxy footage below:
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