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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova poses with packets of her new candy brand called 'Sugarpova' in Selfridges, central London on June 20, 2013.

Sweet marketing move Maria 'Sugarpova'

*UPDATE: Sharapova's publicist says name change is not happening, "too complicated."

The Times of London tennis superstar Maria Sharapova wants promote her line of candies, by legally changing her name to Maria "Sugarpova" before she plays in the U.S. Open.

Tom Brady to fans: "Start drinking early." Drinking what?

Hello all of you Robin Meade fans out there! Carlos Diaz here… I LOVE this first story about a certain quarterback giving the most honest quote of this young football season…

Tom Brady has committed a major foul off the field, insinuating that fans in New England should get drunk before this Sunday’s game. Now the Patriots front office is doing some spin control. Tom Brady was asked about how Patriots fans should prepare for this Sunday’s home-opener against the Chargers, and his response left the NFL cringing. "Yeah, start drinking early. Get nice and rowdy. 4:15 game, lot of time to get lubed up. Come out here, and cheer for the home team." The Patriots PR staff immediately attempted to clarify their start QB’s slip of the tongue by saying. “He meant ‘stay hydrated, drink a lot of water.’” Riiiiiiiiiiiight….

Should college players get paid?

Tuesday’s are always better after a night of football! Patriots and Raiders are winners last night… but first I want to focus on a VERY controversial sports topic

National Collegiate Athletic AssociationShould college athletes get a piece of the money pie? A new study shows exactly how valuable these athletes are, and the group behind it says, yes student athletes should get paid. It's always been a hot button topic: the study not only says they
should get paid, it gives an actual dollar amount. The study
claims the average football player is worth more than
$120,000
to their big-time college, basketball players have a market value of over $265,000. Despite the fact that these athletes generate millions of dollars in revenue for their schools, many are living below the federal poverty line and that forces athletes to get paid under-the-table. The study was done by a group representing college athletes. It also calls for scholarships to include the extra costs of attending school and for athletes to be able to make money through endorsements. The NCAA told the Associated Press it hasn't looked at this report, but it was already looking at some possible changes.

Huntington Beach, CA kids win Little League World Series

Hope you had a great weekend! Here’s some Sports with Tiny Winners, Biggest Losers and athletes who are K-I-S-S-I-N-G

The kids from Huntington Beach, California are the Little League World Series Champions, and they grabbed the title in super-dramatic fashion. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the final inning, the coaches son Nick Pratto drilled a bases-loaded single which sent Eric Anderson across home plate giving California the 2-1 victory over Japan. The start of the game was delayed more than three hours after the outer bands of Hurricane Irene brought more rain than expected to the Williamsport area. But the sun came out half way through the game, and it was quite fitting that the team from California celebrated in the sunshine.

49ers vs. Raiders pre-season game turns violent at Candlestick... off the field

Here’s a reminder as you read these first few stories of fan violence: It’s JUST a sporting event! Chill out!

Ok, now that I have that off my chest, check this out…

Young San Francisco Giants fan's EPIC pout pays off

Robin Meade gets a kick out of Carlos Diaz's dramatic re-enactiment of pouting boy at Giant's game

A little Giants fan has become an internet sensation because he pouted in the most legendary way after not getting a foul ball that was snagged by a guy in the row in front of him. The Giants baseball announcers focused on the little guy and arranged for this little fan to get his own baseball. Watch his epic "lip stick-out": CLICK HERE.

Charlie Sheen on steroids

Gooooooood Morning! Allow me to thrill you with some sports!

Charlie Sheen took steroids to prepare for his role as a pitcher in the movie Major League!! Sheen tells si.com that the steroids made his fastball faster... and his mood a little edgier. Sheen admits he didn't experience full-on rood rage because he claims he didn't take enough of the performance enhancing drug... But he did stay on steroids for about 8 weeks while filming. He says it's the only time he's ever taken THAT drug.

Wimbledon grunting sparks online challenge

appy Hump Day all of you Robin Meade fans!! Let’s talk sports!

USA!! USA!! The American Women’s Soccer Team got a big win yesterday in their first World Cup match. It was like a collective sigh of relief to get through that first game with a victory. The American women said it themselves… that they were stumbling into World Cup with inconsistent play… But yesterday’s 2-0 win over North Korea is a huge shot of confidence. Lauren Cheney used her head for the Americans' first goal… Rachel Buller added some insurance later… And the women will have some support from the White House in their next match… President Obama has announced that a Presidential Delegation will attend the women’s next World Cup match on Saturday against Columbia in Germany.

Dodgers file for bankruptcy & Mum's tweet embarrasses Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Happy Tuesday! Good to be back from a long weekend!

L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has filed for bankruptcy protection, a move some are calling one of the darkest moments in the history of this famous baseball team. McCourt hopes this move will buy him time to make payroll. McCourt owes millions of dollars in payroll this Thursday, and he hopes he can convince a bankruptcy judge that he can raise those millions in the next 2 days. If McCourt doesn’t raise the cash, the bankruptcy judge could take over, and in order to make sure everyone gets paid, the court could sell the Dodgers to the highest bidder. What probably will happen? Major League Baseball will probably step in and say, "OK, you filed for Bankruptcy, so we're going to take over the Dodgers & WE will pay all the people owed money." As far as on the field, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t think the team's financial problems are going to affect how each Dodger performs at the plate... and it looks like he’s right... the Dodgers beat the Twins last night 15-0! There will be more news breaking on this story later today after the bankruptcy hearing.

New Wimbledon dress code: tennis balls, tassels and spikes

Let's get to some sports with your coffee!

Finally some good news for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan beaten into a coma in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium 3 months ago. Doctors have now upgraded Stow's condition after he has shown increasing brain activity... and he’s now breathing without a ventilator. Doctors warn the recovery process is still a long road, but they're encouraged that Stow is moving his left arm and following some basic commands.

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