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Hollywood and the sports world played together nicely for Espn’s 2014 Espys award ceremony. The mixture of stars, stand-up comedy and speeches at the annual telecast at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre created a light yet sometimes highly emotional atmosphere during Wednesday night festivities.
Rapper and one-time “Saturday Night Live” host Drake hosted the live broadcast and took jabs at several of the champions being honored in his opening monologue.
Before the night’s events, Drake warned that he would not hold back any punches with his jokes, but did not intend any of them to be mean-spirited.
“I definitely think that hip-hop is a little more malicious than what any host is going for,” Drake said of how his music career would influence him as a host. “I think we’re not trying to end people’s careers or make people feel bad in any way. So our night, »
- Jordyn Holman
Check out which sports stars took home trophies at the 2014 Espy Awards
Rapper Drake hosted the evening-- which was filled to the brim with memorable segments. SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott talked about his battle with cancer during his acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, while Michael Sam - the first openly-gay football player to be drafted into the NFL – won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Watch: Drake and Chris Brown Team up for Espys
If you missed the ceremony, check out the long list of athletes who took home trophies!
Best Female Athlete
Ronda Rousey, Ufc
Best Male Athlete
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Davis, Auburn University
Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar
Best NFL Player
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos »
Espn the Magazine released its annual Body Issue on Friday, and the results, as expected, are nothing short of breathtaking. The six lucky cover stars are swimmer Michael Phelps, snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City Thunder player Serge Ibaka, and tennis heavyweight Venus Williams, and all the athletes show off their stunning bodies in tasteful, eye-opening ways in the pages. Scroll through to see the flawless physiques featured in this year's Body Issue, and be sure to check out all the best pictures from years past. Source: Espn »
- Brittney Stephens
The 2014 Espn Magazine Body Issue hits newsstands this Friday, but the kind folks behind the annual edition - which shows off the impressive physiques of A-list athletes - gave us a glimpse of this year's stunning selection via social media this week. The six lucky cover stars are swimmer Michael Phelps, snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City Thunder player Serge Ibaka, and tennis heavyweight Venus Williams, though many more buff bodies will be on display when the issue is officially released. To celebrate the sixth annual Body Issue - and because honestly, why not - here are some of the most jaw-dropping, exquisite photos of nude athletes that have graced the pages over the years. Source: Espn »
- Brittney Stephens
Bring on the naked athletes! Espn The Magazine just released their Sixth Annual Body Issue, and some of sports' biggest stars are stripping down for the popular edition. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps shows off his tan-lined booty in the new issue, alongside 22 other athletes. Wimbledon champ Venus Williams, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka are some of the other athletes who show off their fit figures in the mag. The popular edition started out just five years ago with the mission to celebrate "the athletic form." And every year, Espn hand-picks some of the world's most elite athletes to pose fully naked. What do you think about Michael's sexy shot? Tell toofab in the comment section below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more stars from Espn's Body Issue! »
- tooFab Staff
Snowboarding season is Over ... it's time for Bikini season -- at least according to Team USA gold medalist Jamie Anderson ... who flaunted her world-champion physique in Vegas this week. Anderson -- who won gold in the slope-style event in Sochi -- hit up the Azure Luxury Pool at Palazzo hotel ... along with fellow gold-medalist Kaitlyn Farrington (she won gold in the half pipe). The ladies were joined by a bunch of the women they crushed »
- TMZ Staff
We knew the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were going to be a mixed bag when we watched the opening ceremony and saw dazzling displays alongside some unfortunate mishaps. Here are the stories that made us tear up, smile, and sometimes yell at the TV in frustration. Sochi Strays Find a New HomeSnowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis may not have won gold, but she still scored a pretty special souvenir - one of Sochi's stray dogs. And she's not the only animal-loving athlete to bring home a something warm and furry. Silver medalist freeskier Gus Kenworthy Tweeted his plans to fly a »
- K.C. Blumm
The 2014 Winter Olympics have come to a dramatic close, but we'll always have the Instagrams from the Games. Between competing in snowboarding, figure skating, skiing and more events, American Olympians - like Julia Mancuso, Gracie Gold and Shaun White - snapped amazing photos and posted them to Instagram. These 10 athletes from Team USA saw the most engagement during the Games in terms of likes and comments. Here they are with some of their most interesting posts. Enjoy! 1. Nick Goepper, Freeskier2. Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarder3. Jamie Anderson, Snowboarder4. Julia Mancuso, Skier5. Gus Kenworthy, Skier6. Gracie Gold, Figure Skater 7. Bobby Brown, Skier8. Ashley Wagner, »
- Alex Heigl
Here’s what we learned when we invited three hardware-sporting U.S. Olympians — snowboard slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson, snowboard halfpipe gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington, and ski slopestyle silver medalist Devin Logan — to EW to take our pop culture personality test: These ladies may be fearless during their runs, but don’t ask them to sit through a scary movie. Also, There Was Karaoke In The Mountain Village. Anderson, however, was the only one to find it. Farrington didn’t stay in the village; Logan can’t believe she missed it.
Watch the videos below. Anderson also acknowledges being dubbed EW. »
- Mandi Bierly
Jamie Anderson became the first female gold medal winner in snowboarding slopestyle when she took first place in the fledgling event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Tuesday (Feb. 18), she stops by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where she talks about what a roller coaster ride it's been.
"It's pretty surreal," says Anderson, who is basically the Shaun White of female snowboarders. "[But] it's my favorite thing to do, still to this day. ... [snowboarding] brings you into that place of present-time consciousness because nothing matters except for that moment."
Ellen then reveals two surprises for Jamie: An amazing photoshopped giant framed picture of the two of them snowboarding, which Ellen says is the place where Jamie should keep her gold medal safe (there's a case in the back of the frame); and then Ellen brings out Jamie's family, who she hasn't seen since before she left for Sochi. Aww. »
About one week through the Winter Olympics in Russia, the United States has been relatively strong, pocketing 12 total medals. And as it turns out, many of our American winning athletes also deserve medals for being super hot!
So far, the United States hasn’t exactly blown away the competition at the Winter Olympics (give us a break, we don’t live in sub-zero year-round like those Norwegians), but we do have something else to hang our hats on. Because some of the American athletes who have won in Sochi are some of the sexiest people we’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look.
The Sexiest Medal-Winners From The USA
Because of an unreal photo shoot Julia did with GQ before the games, we had our eyes on Julia. And she did Not disappoint. The skier, who might as well be a Victoria’s Secret model, took a bronze medal in alpine skiing. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Olympic villages have always traditionally been a hotbed of hormones and sex, but it’s been even wilder at the 2014 Winter Olympics thanks to a certain online dating app.
It’s no secret — when Olympic athletes aren’t winning gold medals, they’re getting down and dirty. And hooking up has never been easier and more rampant than at the Sochi Games, mostly because of Tinder, an app that easily allows close-by users to meet up.
Tinder: App Helps Olympians Hook Up
Jamie Anderson, the U.S. snowboarder who won gold in the slopestyle event, revealed the Sochi Games’ dirty little, app-aided secret. “Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level,” she told Us Weekly. “It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties on there.”
Sexiest Winter Olympians Jamie Anderson Wins Slopestyle Event Take Our Poll
For Tinder virgins, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Tinder doesn't want to be to blame if Team USA doesn't win a lot of medals at the 2O14 Winter Olympics in Sochi! After American snowboarder Jamie Anderson told Us Weekly she was using the dating/hookup app in the Olympic Village to check out "some cuties," Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen has issued a statement pleading with athletes to focus on the Olympic Games. "Tinder is a great way to meet new people when you're traveling and want to get the most out of your experience in a [...] »
U.S. Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who took the gold in the women’s slopestyle event, has revealed that hook-up app Tinder is all the rage in the Olympic Village at Sochi 2014.
Tinder Used By Athletes At Winter Olympics
There’s been ample talk about the sex lives of Olympic athletes during the games, especially since the exposé in Espn came out in which swimmer Ryan Lochte guessed that 70-75% of the athletes seal the deal during the Games. This time around, in addition to checking each other out at the Olympic Village cafeteria, there’s hook up app Tinder.
"Tinder! Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level,” Anderson told Us Weekly. “It's all athletes! In the mountain village it's all athletes. It's hilarious. There are some cuties on there."
Although Anderson liked what she saw on the dating app, she claims that it threatened to be a distraction as she prepared to compete. »
By now you may have checked out slopestyle, the snowboarding and freestyle skiing event making its Olympic debut in Sochi with long rails and big jumps. The U.S. has represented well with golds for snowboarders Sage Kostenburg and Jamie Anderson and silver for skier Devin Logan, but the best may be yet to come.
Nineteen-year-old Nick Goepper drops in Feb. 13 as the favorite in men’s ski slopestyle. Qualifying and finals live-stream on NBCOlympics.com at 1:15 a.m. Et and 4:30 a.m. Et before making NBC’s prime-time cut Thursday. (Click here for results.) He defended his »
- Mandi Bierly
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are in full swing, and so is the hooking up in Olympic Village. Or, at least the browsing of potential hookups.
Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, 22, tells Us Weekly that she and her fellow female athletes were spending so much time using the dating app Tinder to scout out their male prospects that Anderson had to remove the application from her phone entirely.
"There was a point where I had to be like Ok, this is way too distracting," she tells the magazine. "I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics."
Fortunately the focus away from attractive men and onto her sport worked, as Anderson took home the gold medal in the women's slopestyle event on Feb. 9. Maybe now she can celebrate with reinstalling the app.
"Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It's all athletes! In the mountain village it's all athletes. It's hilarious. »
The Olympic village is teeming with hot athletes. And if you're in Sochi looking for a love connection, there's an app for that! Gold medalist snowboarder Jamie Anderson told Us Weekly: "Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It's all athletes! In the mountain village, it's all athletes. It's hilarious. There are some cuties on there." As with every Olympics, the village is supplied with 100,000 condoms in case any of the 7,000 athletes need protection. As for Jamie, she says she put her smartphone, and potential for hooking up, on hold: "There was a point where I had to be like Ok, this is way too distracting," she said of Tinder. "I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics." It worked. She took home the top prize in the women's slopestyle event. »
- Annie Gabillet
It hasn't been all work and no play for Jamie Anderson at the 2014 Olympics. The 23-year-old American snowboarder shared with Us Weekly senior reporter Jennifer Peros on Monday, Feb. 10 how she and her fellow female athletes like to play matchmaker while chilling together in the Olympic Village in Sochi. "Tinder!" Anderson told Us with a laugh about the dating app. "Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It's all athletes! In the mountain village it's all athletes. It's hilarious. There are some cuties on [...] »
J.R. Celski, failed to earn a gold medal in the 1,500 meter short-track speedskating event Monday, Feb. 10.
Let the games begin. Time to show the world what we do best. #TeamUSA #Sochi2014 #TeamCelski
— J.R. Celski (@jrcelski) February 7, 2014
Celski, 23, a speedskater who specializes in short-track races, won a bronze medal in the 1,500, and another bronze in the 5,000-meter relay, at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. He was the only American to make it this far in the short-track race, and was considered a favorite to medal, if not to take the gold.
He believes his narrow loss on Monday is due to bad luck and a poor strategy – he slowed down after gaining a lead, and ended up in third place before losing momentum and coming in forth.
“I got a little unlucky. But last time I benefited and won the bronze because of some falls. Sometimes you’re on the good side of it, »
The curling competition began at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Monday, perplexing and intriguing those unfamiliar with the sport.
What Is Curling?
Curling, a variation of shuffleboard that’s played on ice, only relatively recently became an Olympic sport. Its first introduction to the Games came in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Since then, the U.S. has only placed once – earning a bronze medal in the 2006.
During a game of curling, two teams of four set up on either side of the ice lane called a “sheet.” Each team will proceed to slide their 44-pound stones to the target on the other side of the lane. In the center of the target – or “house” – is the “button,” which is like a bull’s-eye. Throughout an “end,” each team throws 8 stones. There are 10 ends in a curling game.
The players on a curling team take up the following positions – the lead, »
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