Media Overhype: Did Obama Call Tiger Woods and offer support?

Either you’re outraged to hear that President Barack Obama is busy calling Tiger Woods to console him during his time of sexual scandal instead of fixing the healthcare plan OR you can sniff out media hype a mile away.

Apparently the rumor that Obama “made a personal call to offer encouragement” to Woods, has been traced back to Golf Digest, as reported by, don’t worry it’s been expunged already (ah, the convenience of online reporting), but not before a ton of blogs ran with the story, including

Latest rumor has it, Bill Clinton called Tiger. Now that we can believe -the man has been known to make bad choices, and even ran with that story!

Color on the Cover: Serena Williams Strips for ESPN Mag

serena-williams-espnTennis sensation Serena Williams bares her birthday suit for the cover of ESPN magazine’s first Body Issue which debuted this past Friday.

“They told me that I have a great body and wanted me for the cover, and I was super flattered that they asked. I think they did a great job with the photos,” Williams said.

The special publication features athletes from a range of sports showing off their semi-nude physiques including mixed martial artist Gina Carano (also known as “Crush” on the recent NBC revival of American Gladiators), Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, and NFL superstar running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

But will it rival Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue?

South African Runner Semenya Shows off Girly Make-Over for Cover of You Magazine


Maybe it was to silence the critics who claim she’s really a man, or maybe she just wanted to feel glamorous in make-up and pretty clothes like most woman. Whatever the case, South African runner Caster Semenya cleaned up and dolled up for a fashion shoot in the September issue of South African magazine YOU.

Last month’s world track championhsips thrust 18 year-old Semenya into the spotlight as her gender was brought into question. One of her coaches, Wilfried Daniels, has since resigned amidst the controversy claiming he was ashamed of being “part of the collective responsibility and blame” for having Semenya unknowingly gender tested and the resulting public scandal for what should have been a private medical issue.

Semenya says in the magazine, “I’d like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance. I’d also like to learn to do my own make-up” and: “I’ve never bought my own clothes – my mum buys them for me. But now that I know what I can look like, I’d like to dress like this more often.”

Some critics like UK’s Times Online aren’t buying Semenya’s timely make-over or the necessity for her to even force a feminine appearance, calling her a pawn in the politics of sports.

James Blake and Venus Williams Kick-Off US Open at Heineken’s Official Player Party in NY

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Tennis pros James Blake and Venus Williams were among the celebs at Heineken’s USTA US Open Official Player Party at Skyline Studios in New York on Friday.

Proving to be a party early bird, Blake was there before the action was in full swing and we even spied him making a beeline for the door way before midnight.

Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgely and Matthew Settle and stylist Keino Benjamin were among the non-tennis revelers, but sadly Blake Lively sat this one out.

Noticeably missing from the party was Venus’ other and arguably better half Serena Williams and French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Ok, so maybe only we were looking for Tsonga. But conspicuously present was Vince Offer, the ShamWow pitchman, who played Wii Tennis with his date.

England’s Marks & Spencer To Launch Lewis Hamilton Clothing Line For Boys, ‘Living The Dream’


British retailer Marks & Spencer is launching a line of clothing for boys in collaboration with Formula One team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and the reining F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

The motor racing-themed collection, called Living The Dream, will feature T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and jackets with bold colors and graphics of racing motifs and branding of the team’s drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen.

Living The Dream is set to launch September 19 in the UK, online and a selection of international stores.

Obama Throws First Pitch at St. Louis All-Star Game

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President Barack Obama threw out the ceremonial first pitch to the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.

Obama is the seventh President to make an appearance at an All-Star Game, but only the fourth to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The President had just returned from Africa where he toured the Portugese slave castle Elmina in the coastal country of Ghana and urged for the continent to have greater openness, fairness and honesty in busines and government.

Serena Williams Beats Big Sis Venus for Wimbledon Title

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Talk about sibling rivalry!

Serena Williams beat her older sister and two-time defending champion Venus Williams to take the Wimbledon women’s tennis title in London this weekend. In the fourth all-Williams final at the All England Club, Serena took her third Wimbledon crown!

In other Williams sister news: Partnering together in their ladies doubles match, Venus and Serena defeated Australians Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stosur for the Wimbledon championship.