19
Jun

Rip Hamilton on a mission to convince Clint Dempsey to wear a face mask

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NBA star Rip Hamilton is on a mission to Brazil.

His goal is to convince Clint Dempsey to wear the plastic face mask to protect his broken nose.

He even posted a picture with a call out to Dempsey:

"On my way to Brazil to watch @clint_dempsey and Team USA at World Cup . @clint_dempsey if u need to borrow my mask I’m bringing them in my carry on bag.#MaskChangedMyCareer #TeamUSA #WorldCup#BrandJordan #BrazilPack #HugeFanOfSoccer #holdat”

Hamilton started wearing a mask in 2002 and turned it into a fashion accessory; he continued to wear one throughout his career.

Maybe Dempsey, who has so far avoided the plastic shield, would be more inclined if it got the hockey goalie mask treatment?

(h/t SB Nation)

Image courtesy of Getty.

13
Apr

Former friends meet after marital drama, and tensions boil over

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It wasn’t long ago that former teammates Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi were close friends, sharing memories and vacations together. Just seven months ago, they were pictured together on a boat, smiling and relaxing:

Since then, their relationship has turned sour, and it boiled over during Inter Milan’s 4-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. But what was it that caused the friends to part ways? Two words: Wanda Nara.

Lopez and Nara were married in 2008, and have since had two children together. They seemed the picture of a perfect, happy family, but soon Nara began a very public affair with Icardi:

At first, it seemed that Lopez was handling it well, telling Argentine media TyC:

“It has been a very difficult time in my life and I cried a lot, but it all passed thanks to football. It was not a normal break-up, but at the end of the day nobody died. All I want now is to spend time with my children. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll face Icardi on the field and we’ll have a good laugh about it.”

Well, that day came on Sunday, and it’s safe to say Lopez was not laughing.

Apparently Lopez was unhappy with Icardi posting images on Twitter of himself with Lopez’s two children that he had with Nara.

"I can understand that, being a public figure, he publishes photos. But I`m not comfortable with my kids being in those photos," Lopez said in comments to Sky Sports.

The snubbed handshake wasn’t where the drama ended. During Sunday’s match, Icardi scored twice, and definitely used his celebration to rub it in a little. And, there was a scuffle on the field that both players were involved in.

In the end, Icardi got the best of his former friend and teammate — leaving with both the win and the girl.

(Image via Getty, H/T DirtyTackle)

4
Oct

The USWNT take Hawaii by storm

Alex Morgan (left) and Sydney Leroux are pictured below, clearly enjoying a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii. Since last summer, these two helped the USA win the gold medal in the Olympics, and ushered in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League.

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Photo via sydneyleroux.

But Morgan and Leroux weren’t the only USA stars on vacation in Hawaii. In a funny coincidence, fellow gold medalist Kelley O’Hara was seated right next to Leroux on their flight to Hawaii:

Not only were they enjoying some poolside relaxing, but being professional athletes, it’s no surprise that they took in some of the gorgeous sights of Hawaii:

However, it didn’t take long to realize that the fact that these ladies were all gathered in Hawaii at the same time was no coincidence. It looks like there’s a not-so-well-kept secret wedding on Saturday. Abby Wambach (below, left) and Sarah Huffman (right), both Western NY Flash players, have been rumored to be dating for some time now.

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Image courtesy of Getty.

If Huffman’s Twitter photo of her left hand with a rather large ring on it wasn’t a dead giveaway in August, it’s all but clear now what’s about to take place.

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Wambach and Huffman are registered on ourwedding.com for a wedding reception in Poipu Beach Park in Hawaii for Oct. 5.

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Portland Thorns player Marian Dougherty all but confirmed the big event in an Instagram post, saying “Let the wedding festivities begin, can’t wait to celebrate the marriage of my two best friends,” and tagged Wambach and Huffman in the post.

It looks like the happy couple will be tying the knot on Saturday, and many of their oldest and closest friends are there to share in the wonderful day with them.

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We can’t wait to see the photos from what is sure to be a picturesque ceremony.

Attempts to reach Wambach and Huffman were unsuccessful.