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BCS Championship: Who are celebs rooting for?

The undefeated Notre Dame takes on Alabama in tonight’s hotly anticipated BCS National Championship Game. And on Twitter, a clear divide is forming.

From our extensive search (well, as “extensive” as Twitter search can be…), the Fighting Irish seem to be the favorites among the Hollywood crowd, but will more Bama fans come out in support as the game goes on? Check back for updates. Meanwhile, take a look at some of the action so far.
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The 'Field of Dreams' baseball field will become a baseball mega-complex

Further evidence that dreams really can come true, so long as those dreams initially have a movie made about them: The eastern Iowa Field of Dreams movie site has officially been sold to an investors group called Go The Distance Baseball LLC. As reported by CBS news, the investment group — which counts among its membership baseball legend Wade Boggs — will transform the site into a massive baseball complex with 24 fields, mainly for youth baseball and softball. READ FULL STORY

Oy vey goes the dynamite: Billy Crystal preps for his SportsCenter debut -- VIDEO

Billy Crystal loves his sports. He loves the New York Yankees, especially his boyhood idol Mickey Mantle, and he even donned a uniform once and took his cuts in a Yankees spring training game.

Even when there’s not an obvious sports angle, he’s inclined to find a sport angle. For instance, for Parental Guidance, his upcoming comedy with Bette Midler, he’s co-hosting tonight’s 6 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN.

Click below to see him practicing some choice catchphrases: READ FULL STORY

'Sports Illustrated' Moment of the Year -- Will it be Gabby Douglas or Michael Phelps? VOTE

Here’s something you don’t see all the time: PopWatch covering sports.

But it seems like this year sports stuff had a bigger place in pop culture than normal, what with the London Olympics dominating late-summer television. Even non-Olympic events like Peyton Manning’s return or Tim Tebow taking on the Steelers had us glued to the edge of our seat – something we previously thought only happened during Homeland.

Sports Illustrated (our sister publication) is running their annual Facebook contest right now to determine who gets to be on the year-end fan-voted cover.  I don’t regularly follow football or baseball, so for me, the moment of the year would totally be Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas. Both of them consistently delivered jaw-dropping moments during the London Games. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Tom Brady's Ugg commercial is all kinds of confusing -- VIDEO

This must be a leftover sketch from when Tom Brady hosted Saturday Night Live.

That’s the only possible explanation I can think of for this Brady-starring Ugg advertisement that is part love story and part weird meet up.

A random football player goes to his locker and lovingly unwraps a box of Ugg slippers — not just for the ladies anymore, apparently! — and then Brady appears and…I don’t know. Are we to believe that Brady goes around gifting Uggs, but couples it with vaguely threatening gestures so that no matter how comfortable your Uggs are you’re never too comfortable?

In a behind-the-scenes video of the commercial, a woman explains that when developing segments for Brady, it has to “feel authentic.” Does that mean Brady really loves Uggs (Actually, yes. According to the Boston Globe, Brady gifted the New England Patriots with Uggs last Christmas.)

Watch below and tell me if you can figure out what’s going on: READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem at World Series -- VIDEO

Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem during Game 4 of the World Series yesterday before the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers.

The pop star displayed impressive vocal range, but didn’t quite possess an X factor. Smooth at times and pitchy at others, she definitely didn’t hit it out of the ballpark this time around. Her rendition of the song was much more memorable during Game 5 of last year’s World Series.

Lovato followed in the footsteps of American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, and New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, who set the bar high during their respective World Series performances last week by bringing their own unique flare to the anthem.

Watch the video below and tell us what you thought of the X Factor judge’s performance: READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne croons 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' at Giants-Cardinals playoff -- VIDEO

Weezy may not be a human being, but he sure sings like one — and not one with a particularly strong voice. The rapper took to the field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park last night, cheering on the home team with an endearingly off-key rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Though Lil Wayne is originally from New Orleans, he does have a connection to the Boys from the Bay — he’s friends with Giants second baseman Ryan Theriot, another Louisiana native.

So what if he wasn’t exactly Whitney at Super Bowl XXV? What matters is that Wayne had a good time:

Judge for yourself by watching below.

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Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles? Poof. Gone.

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling’s governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA’s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” McQuaid said at a news conference. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”

The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005. READ FULL STORY

Nike does the impossible: Makes Lance Armstrong seem sympathetic

Convicted dog-killer Michael Vick remains welcome at Nike. So is serial philanderer Tiger Woods. Back in 2009, when Alex Rodriguez admitted using steroids to help him hit home runs, Nike stood by him and fulfilled his contract (until they quietly let it expire). But today, the billion-dollar sports apparel company found religion and cut ties with Lance Armstrong after the United States Anti-Doping Agency published evidence from its investigation into performance-enhancement doping. Accusations have always swirled around Armstrong, who recovered from cancer to win an unprecedented seven Tour de France races, but he’d never tested positive and repeatedly and passionately denied ever cheating.

Apparently, the latest revelations, which include sworn testimony from 11 former teammates, were the final straw. “Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him,” Nike said in a statement. “Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.”

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R.I.P. New York Yankees dynasty: 1996-2012

Tonight in Detroit, the Yankees dynasty might very well be given its last rites.

Down 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the best-of-7 playoff series, missing their captain Derek Jeter after a fractured ankle, and featuring a lineup of high-priced, underperforming sluggers, the New York Yankees are seemingly doomed. On the mound for the Tigers is their ace, Justin Verlander, he of the 100 m.p.h. fastballs that Alex Rodriguez will need to start swinging at now to have any prayer of contact. If Verlander stomps the Yankees tonight in Detroit, the writing will be on the wall. As Yankee fans know all too well, only one team in baseball history has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit (that would be the magical 2004 Red Sox who stunned the Yankees) and these Yankees seem too bloated and tired to dig out of such a ditch. Jeter is finished. Human cyborg Mariano Rivera is gone. Alex Rodriguez, unfortunately, remains in uniform. READ FULL STORY

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