If the name Jeremy Lin does not ring any bell, you really need to emerge from the coconut shell you’ve been living under.

Buried deep on the bench a little more than a week ago, 23-year-old Lin was recently called up to start in the absence of marquee players Carmelo Anthony (groin injury) and Amare Stoudemire (bereavement leave).

In his first four games as a starter, Lin has propelled the Knicks to four straight victories with point totals of 25, 28, 23 and 38 against the Nets, Jazz, Wizards and the Lakers. His incredible feat has raised him from obscurity to international stardom.

Jeremy Lin

In the game against the Lakers on Friday night, “Linsanity” outgunned Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (34 points), ending the mighty Lakers’ dominance of the Knicks as New York held off the Los Angeles Lakers. His two free throws with 52 seconds left amid booming “MVP! MVP!” chants stopped the Lakers’ final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the highest-scoring game by a Knicks player this season.

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Garrett McNamara rode what might possibly be the largest wave ever successfully negotiated during a tow-surfing session Tuesday off the coast of Nazare, a small fishing town 70 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. The wave face measured “around 90 feet,” according to a news release announcing the feat.

The coastline of Nazare is home to a deep water canyon which funnels large swells from the Atlantic Ocean, creating record-breaking waves such as the one McNamara rode. McNamara, a big-wave surfing icon from Hawaii, was riding large waves in the area with UK surfer Andrew Cotton and Irelands Al Mennie as part of a study into why the waves reach such huge heights when three gigantic waves appeared on the outside. Cotton used a personal watercraft to tow McNamara onto the massive shoulder of one of those rogue waves.

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Malaysian squash superstar and World No. 1 Nicol David etched her name in sports history by outplaying long-time rival and world No. 2 Jenny Duncalf of England to become the first woman player to win a record six world championship squash titles.

Nicol played superbly to a straight games victory, winning 11-2, 11-5, 11-0 in just 29 minutes, at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam of Netherlands on Sunday.

Nicol David - the first woman player to win a record six world championship squash titles

It was her sixth appearance in the final of the world championships and she has won all now.

The Amsterdam-based Malaysians outstanding speed, immaculate driving, incisive front court play, and an almost error-free performance culminated in her best performance in a world final.

Duncalf, though in excellent form, was unable to halt the record-breaker, even though she kept calm, made relatively few unforced errors herself, and tried to mix up the rallies.

The frustration of coping with David’s onslaught was shown when Duncalf once kicked the ball away, after she had launched a brilliant winning volley return of serve to score her first point in the second game.

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During Thursday nights top-flight clash between the Golden Arrows and Amazulu in South Africa, Arrows defender Robyn Johannes thought he was playing it safe when he sent the ball back to keeper Virgil Vries.

Unfortunately the 20-year-old keeper screwed up spectacularly, completely missing the pass when under no pressure whatsoever, thereby conceding arguably the worst own goal of the season.

That goal is gonna be on YouTube as the most disastrous goal! fumed Golden Arrows coach Muhsin Ertugral.

Enjoy this video clip of what is possibly the worst keeper cock-up in history.

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Italy’s Marco Simoncelli is dead.

Marco Simoncelli

Simoncelli succumbed to injuries sustained in a horrific accident during the Malaysian MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit today.

On the second lap four minutes into the race, Simoncelli lost control of his Honda bike which veered across the track and straight into the path of fellow competitors Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

Simoncelli, 24, who had his helmet knocked off in the crash, lay motionless on the track. American Edwards also fell but escaped without serious injury, while former multi-world champion Rossi was able to return to the pits on his Ducati.

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Norways Tippeligaen match between Odd Grenland and Tromso on Sunday evening, which finished 3-1 to Odd, produced one of the most sensational headed goals ever seen in world football.

Finding themselves 2-1 down at Odd Grenland as the game ticked over into injury time, Tromso threw everybody, including the keeper, forward in search of a late equaliser from a corner.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the ball was cleared from the corner kick and was shot downfield where the lone Tromso defender left to man the back headed the ball back over the halfway.

Odds Jone Samuelsen, capitalizing on the open goal as the Tromso keeper was still stranded upfield, connected with the defensive header before the ball hit the floor and powerfully headed the ball a full 60 yards into the goal.

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Thanks to this incredible goal, hailed as one of the longest range headed goals of all time, Samuelsen has become an internet sensation after a video of the goal went viral.

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LA Lakers star Ron Artest is now legally known as “Metta World Peace.”

World Peace clowning around

The most ballyhooed name change of the year became official Friday morning when a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner granted Ron Artests name change petition to become Metta World Peace, more than three months after Mr. World Peace decided to undergo an identity switch.

World Peace was expected to attend the hearing, but about an hour after the court doors opened, his attorney, Nahla Rajan, announced that the Lakers forward was not coming because of a ‘jam-packed schedule for ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ A few minutes later, Commissioner Matthew C. St. George approved the name change in a hearing that lasted about 30 seconds.

World Peace is 6 feet 7, wears No. 15 for the Lakers and once participated in the infamous “Palace brawl.” He will be wearing his new jersey with World Peace stretched across the back.

Ron Artest's new jersey

World Peace’s publicist, Courtney Barnes, said his client had been contemplating the switch for years, “but it took many years of research and soul-searching to find a first name that was both personally meaningful and inspirational.” Metta is a Buddhist term that means loving kindness and friendliness toward others.

World Peace had hoped to adopt his new moniker last month but was rebuffed because of an outstanding traffic ticket. He was cited for driving without a license and faced an additional charge after missing a court date, Rajan said.

Now that the outstanding debts to the DMV has been settled, World Peace can now reign.


Li Na created sporting history at the French Open when she became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, defeating defending champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6, in the finals.

Li Na - the first player from an Asian country to win a grand slam singles title.

The victory should help ignite a tennis revolution in the country of 1.3 billion and could prove to be a critical boon for a sport badly in need of new markets and sponsors. Because of Yao Min, China is the NBA’s biggest market. Tennis may now follow suit due to Li Na, Grand Slam champion.

The win came just before midnight in Shanghai. It’s expected that as many as 50 million households in China watched the match, the same number that watches NFL conference championship games in the United States.

In her second Grand Slam final of the year, Li Na was more composed and played with the calm and precision of a tried and true champion. During her first Grand Slam final in Melbourne, the world No. 6 was flustered, even when winning the first set against Kim Clijsters. She complained to the chair umpire about loud fans and shot her husband frustrated glances throughout the match.

For 30-year-old Schiavone it was a bitter pill to swallow one year after she upset the odds to become Italys first and so far only Grand Slam womens champion.

I have to say congratulations to Li Na because she improved this year and she played really well today, said Schiavone. However, one has to lose, one has to win. She deserved to win as she played well. I couldnt push her from the baseline when I wanted to. It was a good match.

The final pitted two contrasting styles and in the end Li's power overwhelmed Schiavone's artful spins and sharp angles. She hit 31 winners, 15 off her forehand, and made 24 errors. In the second set tiebreak, she raced out to a 6-0 lead in an instant.

Li has had a whirlwind season. She was a surprise finalist at the Australian Open and then she went into a miserable slump. To get out of it, she hired a new coach, which was no easy decision since her previous coach was also her husband, Jiang Shan. After she lost in the second round in Stuttgart in April, Li and Jiang sat down and agreed that it was time to make a change. Enter Michael Mortensen.

Mortensen began working with Li in Madrid at the end of April. He admits that a lot of what he has told hertake a more direct path to the ball, make contact further out in front of her bodymight well be advice she has heard many times before.

As Li won the final point and celebrated by falling flat on her back in the red clay, her husband and her new mentor, Michael Mortensen, hugged. When Li emerged from the locker room, Mortensen was there to greet her.

Li Na estatic after winning the French Open

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Francesca Schiavone of Italy in two sets 6-4, 7-6

An overjoyed Li Na after winning the French Open

"Thank you Michael," she said as they embraced. "Li Na, I'm so proud of you," he said.

By winning the French Open, Li is expected to move to No. 4 in the rankings, equaling the record for the highest ranking by a woman from Asia. Japanese player Kimiko Date-Krumm has also been ranked No. 4.


The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) recently rolled out its new “Strong is Beautiful advertising campaign, focusing on the personal stories, pressures and dreams of WTA stars to illustrate that being physically and mentally strong is beautiful.

WTA's "Strong Is Beautiful" campaign

The campaign highlights “athleticism and grace — a unique combination that has turned the stars of the WTA into the most recognizable and followed female athletes on the planet,” according to a WTA statement.

The ads, which feature dozens of stars including Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Li Na, were shot by filmmaker Dewey Nicks, who produced a similar series for The New York Times Magazine last year.

Sugar and Spice, the first in the “Strong is Beautiful” series, focuses on all of the characteristics necessary to become a successful professional tennis player. World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki described the video this way: “It takes so many elements to reach the top of such a competitive sport as tennis – strength of character, discipline, and will power. All of these things define who we are as people and as athletes. For me the new campaign is able to capture the inner strength of players in a beautiful way.”

Shot by famed Los Angeles photographer and filmmaker Dewey Nicks, the stunning imagery portrays the players in a unique way with an ultimate focus on their inner strength. The players featured in this clip are Sam Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka & Kim Clijsters.

Each 30-second shot in the series features a star tennis player delivering not just a ball but also a voice-over storyline.

In her clip, Kim Clijsters, whose pregnancy and brief retirement from tennis several years ago generated considerable buzz, rejects the idea she had to compromise now that she is a mother.

"Before I had a baby, I devoted all my time to tennis," she says as she returns a forehand crouched in a near split. Afterwards, I had to compromise. Now I devote 100 percent of my time to the baby--and 100 percent to tennis."

Li Na, who recently became the first Asian player to reach the finals in the Australian Open, speaks about the feeling of playing for a nation with 1.3 billion people that has never had a No. 1 ranked player or Grand Slam winner. “No pressure,” she says at the end of the video as the follow-through of a backhand carries both her and her slinky white dress into the air.

Like numerous other players, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic has had to overcome hardships, growing up in war-torn Serbia. Growing up in war-torn Belgrade made tennis practice difficult but it didn't deter her from striving to be the best.

Serena Williams’ ubiquitous self confidence comes through while assuring the viewer that the only reason she brings seven tennis outfits to each Grand Slam is because she intends on wearing them all, for each match she plans on winning.

Victoria Azarenka is known for her power game, using every inch of her body to crush the ball. However, it's not physical strength alone that has propelled the Belarusian up the rankings, but mental prowess too.

Watch what happened behind the scenes of “Strong is Beautiful.” The featured players are Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na, Aravane Rezai, Flavia Pennetta, Rebecca Marino, Francesca Schiavone, Ana Ivanovic, Heather Watson, Sabine Lisicki, Yanina Wickmayer, Andrea Petkovic, Alisa Kleybanova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Daniela Hantuchova, Zheng Jie, Gisela Dulko. Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA, lends the campaign her indelible stamp of approval with an appearance at the end of the video.


A 1-1 draw with Blackburn at Ewood Park was enough to secure Manchester Uniteds record-breaking 19th league title to overtake Liverpool as the most successful club in English football history.

Blackburn had taken a first-half lead through Brett Emerton after a mix-up in the United defence involving stand-in goalkeeper Thomas Kuszczak.

United was staring at defeat until Blackburn Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was ruled to have brought down Javier Herndandez and United was awarded a penalty. Wayne Rooney kept his nerve to fire home the spot-kick.

Manchester United players celebrate after Wayne Rooney scores the equalising penalty

Rooney’s 73rd-minute penalty shot sparked scenes of celebration as United gained the point to take them beyond the challenge of Chelsea in the title race.

Manchester United is the English Premier League champion!