7’9″ Sun Ming Ming marries 6’3″ Xu Yan to build the world’s tallest married couple

 Sun Ming Ming  Last night wedding, the wedding has appeared on another bride.

Last night, 2.36 meters tall basketball player Sun Ming Ming, and height 1.9 m handball player Xu Yan held a wedding. Both the total height of 4.26 meters to become the world’s tallest pair of husband and wife.

CCTV host Zhang Bin, former world champion Sunland  and other sports celebrities offered his congratulations via video some of the actress also sent a blessing.

Halfway through the wedding held in the morning when the bride had just arts actor who accidentally Sun Qian also holding a large bunch of lilies arrived on the scene, bless Sun Ming Ming, XU Yan tied the knot. Sun Ming Ming Sun Qiante Do not praise enough loyalty groom, thank him in his busy preparing the wedding morning also found time to go to her wedding. Sun Ming Ming is moved to say, I did not expect Sun Qian Gu did not even bridal motivated, they first went to his side to get a blessing.

It is reported that after the team left Beijing Shougang, Sun Ming Ming’s life is very rich, with the help of friends to complete the wedding. Stage, Sun Ming Ming promises more than willing to play after marriage, wife Xu Yan never wrong. Xu Yan said that if they have children, I hope can play basketball, because sports people physical and mental health.

via 2 m 1 m 91 36 Sun Ming Ming Xu Yan to build the world’s tallest married couple (Figure) _ Basketball-CBA_ storm _ Sina Sina Sports.

Sports Illustrated Model Jessica Gomes in TV ad

David Jones has released a sneak peek for its upcoming Spring Summer 2013 TV campaign, with Aussie models Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox and manhunk Jason Dundas prancing around a pool in swimwear.

Traditionally, supermodel Miranda Kerr has been the face of these campaigns, but she stepped down as brand ambassador for David Jones earlier in the year.

If this behind-the-scenes sneak peek is anything to go by, newcomer Jessica Gomes has taken on the role with ease.

via AdNews: David Jones launches sneak peek of spring summer TV ad.

Brittney Palmer & Arianny Celeste Sexy-Up UFC Fan Expo [VIDEO]

Of course, UFC Octagon Girls Brittney Palmer & Arianny Celeste were featured stars during the UFC’s Fan Expo in Las Vegas prior to the Silva-Weidman fight at UFC 162 earlier this month. Dana White & Co. aren’t stupid; they know that fans engage longer around Celeste and Palmer than they do with some of the fighters.

In the video above, you can see Palmer play the role of news reporter while Celeste signs autographs for the masses (meanwhile UFC commentator Jon Anik is all but ignored). You also get to see Palmer and Celeste inside their dressing room prior to the UFC 162 weigh-ins and the fight.

Celeste and Palmer seem to get along well, but you know that, sooner or later, White will add another Octagon Girl to the stable. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it get a little catty after another girl comes on board.

via Brittney Palmer & Arianny Celeste Sexy-Up UFC Fan Expo [VIDEO].

This Korean pitcher should be in the MLB All-Star game

How is that physically possible?! I’ve watched the clip backwards and forwards — see below — and still have no idea how she contorts herself in that way. But anyhow, the pitch is amazingly accurate, and easily one of the greatest first pitches I’ve ever seen.The pitch was thrown by rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji  in South Korea for the Doosan Bears, who were playing the Samsung Lions.

via Watch possibly the greatest first pitch ever | For The Win.

Watch possibly the greatest first pitch ever | For The Win

Koreans takes top three spots in U.S. Women’s Open. Inbee Park wins 3rd major in a row

So Yeon Ryu

Inbee Park of South Korea methodically marched to history Sunday at seaside Sebonack Golf Club with an authoritative four-stroke victory in the 68th U.S. Women’s Open, joining Babe Zaharias as the only players in LPGA history to win the first three major championships of the season.

With a final-round 2-over-par-74, the world No. 1 kept runner-up I.K. Kim (74) at bay throughout the cloudy day and now is three-fifths of the way toward an unprecedented sweep of all five majors on the LPGA tour’s calendar this season.

In a nod toward her native country, perhaps it should be called the Da-seot (five in Korean) Slam?

“I think I have a heartbeat. I don’t know if Inbee has one,” said Karrie Webb, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who has won seven majors. She tied for 13th. “You can obviously feel for someone like I.K. Kim who would be winning any other U.S. Open on this golf course if it weren’t for Inbee.

“Sometimes it’s just not good enough when someone is as hot as Inbee is.”

Park finished at 8-under 280 to win her second U.S. Women’s Open and then was doused in champagne by defending champion Na Yeon Choi and So Yeon Ryu. Kim finished at 4-under 284. Ryu, the 2011 winner of this championship, was the only other player to finish in red numbers at 1 under with a closing 72. Paula Creamer, the 2010 winner, shot 72 and tied for fourth with Angela Stanford (74) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (76) at 1 over. Asian players have won the last 10 majors.

“I just hope this is not a dream,” Park said. “It feels great. It feels great to put my name on this trophy twice. That just means so much. … It was a tough day out there. The golf course was playing tough. I tried to stay calm, and I think I did. I really stayed calm out there, and I just didn’t know what I was doing out there. If I knew what I was doing (in terms of history), I think I wouldn’t be able to stand.”…

I.K. Kim

via Inbee Park wins U.S. Women’s Open; 3rd major in a row.

1 Inbee Park +2 F -8 67 68 71 74 280 $582,500
2 I.K. Kim +2 F -4 68 69 73 74 284 $350,000
3 So Yeon Ryu 0 F -1 73 69 73 72 287 $217,958
T4 Angela Stanford +2 F +1 73 68 74 74 289 $127,972
T4 Paula Creamer 0 F +1 72 73 72 72 289 $127,972
T4 Jodi Ewart Shadoff +4 F +1 70 69 74 76 289 $127,972

Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson donates her hair for cancer victims

According to a June 15 tweet from UFC star Julie Kedzie, Invicta FC atomweight champ Michelle Waterson chopped off 14 inches of her beautiful hair to support kids with cancer.

Waterson, who is coming off a championship victory over Jessica Penne at Invicta FC 5, showed she is also a champ outside the cage by reaching out to help those in need.

“Look! @InvictaFights Atomweight Champ @karatehottiemma chopped off 14″ of her hair to donate to kids with cancer,” Kedzie tweeted, along with the photo of Waterson after her haircut.

Waterson’s luscious locks will be turned into hair prosthetics that can be worn by a child with cancer, which will help boost their confidence and put a smile on their face as they fight through the illness.

For a child, losing one’s hair due to cancer can be a tremendous blow to confidence and self-esteem.

via Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson donates her hair for cancer victims – Long Island MMA | Examiner.com.

UFC Girl Kang Ye Bin Shows Off Body at Health Club

Kang Ye Bin showed off her sexy body at a health club! (Fitness Center) On June 10 she wrote on her me2day, “This is what I wear every day when I work out. Tomorrow morning I am going to appear in a live broadcast. Please cheer on my appearance on home shopping.” The me2day post was accompanied by 4 pictures showing Kang Ye Bin working out.

Netizens that have come across the picture stated, “Kang Ye Bin’s body is the best,” “Kang Ye Bin, I wish you would stop showing off your body,” “I think she really works out hard,” and “I am envious of her body.”

Kang Ye Bin is a model and actress. She has appeared in the 2011 film “Pitch High.” Recently she has joined the 12th season of tvN’s “Rude Miss Young Ae.”

via Kang Ye Bin Shows Off Sexy Body at Health Club | Soompi.

Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin tops poll of favorite athletes

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) — Ryu Hyun-jin, a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was picked as South Korea’s favorite athlete in a national survey released on Tuesday.

According to Gallup Korea, Ryu, the left-hander in his first Major League Baseball (MLB) season, earned 28.1 percent of support in the May 27-30 survey.

Gallup Korea polled 1,216 people nationwide at least 19 years of age, and the polled could select up to two athletes.

Figure skater Kim Yu-na was second behind Ryu with 24.6 percent of support.

Ryu signed with the Dodgers last December after dominating the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) for seven seasons with the Hanwha Eagles. He became the first South Korean to make the jump from the KBO to the big leagues.

Ryu is enjoying a fine rookie season, with a 6-2 record and a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. He has struck out 67 batters in 71 2/3 innings, and pitched his first complete game shutout over the Los Angeles Angels last Tuesday.

Ryu missed his last scheduled start against the Colorado Rockies on Monday with a foot injury. He took a comebacker off his left foot in the match against the Angels last week, but is scheduled to return to the rotation on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.

Gallup Korea said 51 percent of men in their 30s picked Ryu as their favorite athlete.

Park Ji-sung, midfielder for the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in English football, came in at third with 15.5 percent. Park, who served as QPR’s captain early in the Premier League season, had a subpar season and couldn’t prevent the team from being relegated to the second division for next year.

Choo Shin-soo, outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds and one of two South Koreans in the majors this year beside Ryu, ranked fourth at 14.8 percent. Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae ranked fifth at 11.1 percent.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Ki Sung-yueng, midfielder for Swansea City in the English Premier League; Park Tae-hwan, an Olympic swimming star; Lee Dae-ho, slugger for the Orix Buffaloes in Japanese baseball; Son Heung-min, forward for Hamburger SV in Germany’s Bundesliga; and Lee Seung-yeop, first baseman for the Samsung Lions in the KBO.

Lee Seung-yeop, who owns the KBO’s single season record for home runs with 56, is the only South Korea-based pro athlete in the top 10.

via Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin tops poll of favorite athletes | YONHAP NEWS.

Jessica Gomes interview on being the face of David Jones and racism

Model Jessica Gomes replaced Miranda Kerr as the face of David Jones in March. The Sports Illustrated model touched down in Sydney this week to attend the department store’s black-tie 175th birthday celebrations. Kate Waterhouse caught up with the 27-year-old to talk about filling Kerr’s shoes, finding success in her home country and having her sights on Hollywood.

Congratulations on your new role. Did you have any idea you were going to be the new David Jones ambassador?

No, but it was always a dream of mine, so it was very exciting when I found out. I still can’t believe it; it really is huge. It is a big deal in Australia and it’s a great gig for a model. Obviously we have seen what it has done for Megan [Gale] and Miranda [Kerr], so I definitely feel very lucky. And I’m proud of myself, too – I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today.

You are a household name in South Korea and in the US. Is it nice to finally be finding that success in your home country?

Yes. I’ve worked with people like [famed photographer] Mario Testino and had my own TV show in Korea and they are amazing achievements that I’ve conquered overseas. But conquering this achievement in my own country is the most rewarding because I’m proud of being Australian, so it’s really nice to be recognised for what you do in your home town.

You are becoming recognised in Australia. Have you found the spotlight more intense since you arrived back in Sydney this week?

Yes, when I arrived at the airport and there was paparazzi and everything. I was like, ”Oh my god, this is so funny!” It felt like I was Madonna or something. I was laughing to myself. It’s a great feeling to be supported by your home country and for people to recognise you for what you’re doing.

You were once told you would never be the face of David Jones because of your ethnicity. How do you feel about that now?

Yes, and there has been a lot of talk about the whole racial thing and how ”she overcame racial taunts” and I think, oh, how dramatic. Yes, it was pointed out to me because obviously I’m ethnically ambiguous – I’m half Asian and half Portuguese. I had been told that it would never happen because it wasn’t the ”Australian aesthetic” and I thought, OK, cool. I started modelling 10 years ago and it was just different then and I had to go to Asia [to find work] and that is all good; I’m happy with the journey I had to take to get to where I am now. I’m really happy that Australia is now embracing all these different cultures because that is what the world is coming to now. Look at America, they have conquered a lot of racial problems; they now have a black president. It’s great that we are embracing and becoming more open-minded about cultures.

via Date with Kate: Jessica Gomes.


Arianny Celeste on the cover of UFC 360

The new UFC 360 magazine is coming out…and in a truly strange move to try and sell copies (will it work on a young, predominantly-male demographic?!?!?), the editors have chosen very attractive UFC Octagon Girl, Arianny Celeste, to model in a bikini on the cover.

Here is the cover:

via Arianny Celeste UFC 360 Cover Bikini | SLIDESHOW | SportsGrid.

Korean Gymnast Son Yeon-jae now star in her own right

To be clear, Son Yeon-jae, the photo-friendly rhythmic gymnast, has always been uber-popular, evidenced by her ubiquitous presence in television commercials and print ads. But that had more to do with her being a rare athlete who was prettier than most supermodels and film actresses.

Now, it’s impossible not to take her seriously as an athlete. Since her surprising fifth-place finish at last year’s London Olympics, the 19-year-old has been showing rapid improvement in international competitions, giving men an excuse to stare at the television for longer.

Son ended the recent World Cup event in Minsk, Belarus, with two silver medals in hoops and clubs, becoming the first Korean ever to win multiple medals at a World Cup competition, which secured an overall fourth-place finish.

Son appears to be in the midst of the best season of her career. She started the year by winning a bronze in clubs at the Moscow Grand Prix in March. She finished ninth all-around and third in ribbons at the Lisboa World Cup in April and a sliver in ribbon at Pesaro weeks later.

In Sofia, Bulgaria, earlier this month, Son finished fourth all-around and shared the bronze medal in hoops with Ukrainian Ganna Rizatdinova. Her next goal is to win a gold in the Asian Championships in June and set a personal best at the World Championships in August.

”I have been competing in more international competitions than before and I think that the quality of my performance is becoming more consistent as I gain the weight of experience,’’ Son had told reporters before leaving for Minsk.

”The Asian Championships will be a preview of the Asian Games competition next year in Incheon, so I am certainly looking to show my best there.  Korea has never won a gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics in the Asian Games, and my goal is to deliver the first one. I will participate in as many competitions as I can before the August World Championships.’’

A performance that mixes balls, hoops, ribbons and juggling clubs, rhythmic gymnastics requires a high level of athleticism and artistic expression from competitors. And this is a sport that has been thoroughly dominated by athletes from Russia and Eastern Europe, while barely registering in the public consciousness elsewhere.

Korea’s definitely interested now: MBC television, the country’s second-biggest television station, yanked a popular late-night comedy show Sunday night to provide live coverage of Son’s performance in Sofia. That marked the third time the network rescheduled the show in less than a month to follow Son at her World Cup events.

via Gymnast Son Yeon-jae now star in own right.

UFC’s Brittney Palmer & Arianny Celeste Land on FHM Top 100 Sexiest of 2013

You probably didn’t need FHM to tell you how attractive UFC octagon girls Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste are, but they went ahead and did it anyway in their Top 100 Sexiest list of 2013.

Think you know who ranked better on the list? I’ll give you three seconds… Alright, time is up, I don’t have the patience for that. Palmer ranked in at #51 on the countdown, while Celeste is way back at #79. It seems the tides are changing in favor of Palmer these days, and you won’t see any complaints from us about it.

Palmer and Celeste both recently appeared on the cover of May issue of FHM, representing the red, white and blue as faithfully as they could.

via UFC’s Brittney Palmer & Arianny Celeste Land on FHM Top 100 Sexiest of 2013.

Kim Yuna tries out double-eyelids look for ‘Romanson’

Kim Yuna surprised everyone by shooting her latest CF and pictorial with a new look!

Kim Yuna, who is famous for her beautiful mono-eyelid eyes, underwent a transformation as the makeup artists created a double-eyelid look, most likely using the special glue or tape, for the watch brand ‘Romanson‘ pictorial. The figure skater stops time with her timeless beauty and contrary to her lively performances on stage, she shows a more serene image in the photos.

Check out the shots up close through the previously released interview clip below. Do you like the double-eyelid look on her?

via Kim Yuna tries out double-eyelids look for ‘Romanson’.

Celestial brings Lingerie Football League to Asia

The LFL, which is based in Las Vegas, launched in 2009 and comprises twelve teams, including the Los Angeles Temptation and Las Vegas Sin.

In the US, games from the last two seasons of the League have aired on MTV2.

“We are excited to partner with the Lingerie Football League to bring America’s fastest growing sports league to Asia,” said Betty Tsui, vice president, programming – KIX and Thrill, Celestial Tiger Entertainment. “The LFL is not about models attempting to play football. The LFL presents tough, sexy, and talented female athletes playing full-contact, American football.”

“This partnership with Celestial Tiger Entertainment is yet another step towards building a global sport. We thank Celestial Tiger for being the pioneers that introduced LFL Football to Asia,” said, Mitchell Mortaza, founder & chairman, LFL Global.

via Celestial brings Lingerie Football League to Asia / TBI Vision.

Invicta FC 5 results: Michelle Waterson “Karate Hottie” upsets Penne to win atomweight title

There was no quit in Michelle Waterson, and it paid off with an Invicta Fighting Championship title.

Waterson upset atomweight champion Jessica Penne in the main event of Invicta FC 5 on Friday, getting a seemingly out-of-nowhere armbar for the finish in the fourth – just one round after nearly being finished with an armbar herself.

Invicta FC 5 took place at Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Kansas City, Mo. The 13-fight event streamed via online pay-per-view at InvictaFC.com.

Waterson worked early kicks, but Penne pinned her against the fence. As the two scrambled, Penne jumped guard and went to her back. Penne went for an armbar, and in the process of defending, Waterson had to give up top position and went to her back. Waterson looked for an arm there, and then went after an omoplata.

But Penne scrambled out of danger – for the time being. As Penne tried to get to side control, Waterson went after the arm again – but instead ate some ground and pound as the first round came to a close.

Penne looked for a leg lock a minute into the second, but then bailed out of it. Waterson took top position and then got to full mount on the champion. But Penne survived without taking much damage.

Penne went to work in the third, getting some good ground and pound in. And Waterson spent most of the third in complete danger.

With 80 seconds left, Penne latched on to an armbar, and she torqued it tightly. But Waterson refused to tap, and moments later reversed to wind up on top. She couldn’t do much there, though, and Penne shortly thereafter was back on top to close the round.

As the fourth round marched on, both fighters appeared to be slowing down just a bit. And they scrambled on the ground, looking for position. But almost out of nowhere, Waterson went after an armbar midway through the round. She got it, it was tight, and Penne had to tap.

“You just can’t quit,” Waterson said after getting the 105-pound belt. “Even when you feel like you can’t go on. She’s an awesome fighter, but this is a dream come true. You just really have to believe in yourself and don’t let anyone take that away from you. Through my whole training camp, I had to tell myself I could go with her. And she pushed back, and it was a good fight.”

Waterson (11-3), a Jackson’s MMA fighter, won for the fifth straight time. Penne (10-2) had a three-fight win streak snapped and was stopped for the first time in her career.

via Invicta FC 5 results: Waterson upsets Penne to win atomweight title | News – MMAjunkie.com.

Patrick Chan wins third straight world figure skating title

On Friday night in Ontario, 22-year-old Canadian skater Patrick Chan won his third consecutive world figure skating title, becoming the first men’s singles skater in 13 years to win three straight championships: World figure skating championships: Canada’s Patrick Chan wins third straight title.

Victory number three wasn’t flawless. Heck, it was pretty darn dreadful — he fell twice during his free skate to La Boheme — but he came into the evening with a huge seven-point lead, thanks to a strong world-record short program score of 98.37:

Thanks to a world-record short program, Chan took a huge seven-point lead into a free skate that was indicative of his topsy-turvy season — an error-filled four-and-half minutes to “La Boheme” that included a couple of falls and downgraded jumps.

“I definitely was disappointed in myself because I really wanted to go out there and have a short program moment,” he said. “The moment wasn’t as good as it could have been, but it was nonetheless very special.”

Dressed in a V-neck white shirt under a blue vest, Chan opened with two huge quads and looked headed for certain victory. But he had uncharacteristic fall on a triple Lutz, a jump he could land in his sleep, then went splat on his triple Axel — the jump that’s always been his nemesis — en route to 267.78 points.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Denis Ten of Kazakhstan took the silver medal, earning his first-ever finish on the podium and giving his country its first world championship medal: New world order in men’s skating.

And of course, Kim Yu-na of South Korea, returning spectacularly after a year and a half out of competition, took the women’s gold. Like you never missed her. Here’s video of her exquisite performance to music from Les Miserables: 2013 ISU Figure Skating World Championship: Women’s Free Skate: Kim Yuna wins.

via Patrick Chan wins third straight world figure skating title.

When rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon jae meets the world class designer

Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon jae is popular with her cute and pure image and her shapely figure. On March 6th, Son Yeon jae had a chance to meet World class designer at FILA 2013 FW Sales meeting. At the event place Son Yeon jae met Ginny Hilfiger. Ginny Hilfiger is the creative director of FILA.Meanwhile, Son Yeon jae is currently working as the main model of FILA.

via When rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon jae meets the world class designer – Yahoo! OMG! Philippines.

Michelle Waterson Talks Balancing Fighting Career With Being A Mom: Exclusive – FightLine.com

Known as “The Karate Hottie,” Michelle Waterson has developed a strong following in female MMA.Waterson will return to the cage in April, taking on Jessica Penne at Invicta FC 5 for the atomweight championship. The card takes place from Kansas City, and the two will headline the event.After giving birth – thats a first for me in an MMA article, by the way – Waterson returned in 2012 and reeled off a pair of victories over Diana Rael and Lacey Schuckman, pushing her current win streak to four in a row.The 27-year-old Jacksons MMA-trained fighter recently talked with FightLine.com about the “joys” of having a child, returning to the gym and her upcoming bout with Penne.Waterson and her husband welcomed a baby girl to this world in 2011. She credits two people with helping her balance out being a mother, wife and fighter – oh, and a mover, as the family is currently in the process of renovating and moving into a new home.”I have my mom to help me a lot to watch the little one, and my husband is very supportive,” Waterson said. “Between the two of them, thats how I am able to train and do the things I need to do.”She added that when she does get to the gym, “I make sure to give it my all because I only have an allotted amount of time to train.”While the balancing act is one that takes patience and help, it is something Waterson would not trade for the world.”Its crazy, and having a child totally changes your life; it takes over your life in a good way,” she said, “but when I drive home from training, I cant wait to see her. and I wouldnt trade it for anything in the world.”Waterson brings her to the gym from time to time, and the youngster enjoys it.”She watches me hit mitts and she will go and grab my bag and tells me, Mommy, lets go,” Waterson said. “It is totally normal for her to see me get hit in training and she will yell at me and say, Mommy, get your hands up.”Waterson last competed in October, the same night Penne defeated Naho Sugiyama via second round submission to become the first-ever atomweight champion. She went right to her manager and Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp and asked for the shot at Penne.”I was able to watch her fight in October,” she said. “Thats one of the reasons I asked my manager, my coach and Shannon if it would be okay if I fought her, because I think I can beat her.”While many of the top female fighters in the world are entering the UFC, Waterson is happy with where she currently is.”Invicta is amazing. They are just so professional, the entire staff, they make everyone feel respected,” she said. “Thats why I feel they have been able to propel themselves so fast. They expect a lot from the female fighters and in return, we give them what they expect.”Thats what us females have been waiting for – to be taken seriously as an athlete. Invicta FC takes us seriously.”

via Michelle Waterson Talks Balancing Fighting Career With Being A Mom: Exclusive – FightLine.com.

Sports Illustrated models Jarah Mariano and Gevenieve play ping pong

Sports Illustrated models Genevieve Morton and Jarah Mariano showed off their ping pong skills on Thursday in celebration of the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York City. Well, it is Sports Illustrated, after all. And no, Kate Upton, posing is not a sport (even in Antartica.)

Practical sports ‘dos.

Genevieve and Jarah took to the table rocking ultra sporty looks worthy of a day out at the beach or a glamour trip to the gym. Jarah even had her shiny locks out, perhaps not the most practical, but she wasn’t going let a little thing like that diminish her competitive spirit. Plus, it gave her the opportunity to whip her hair back and forth.

Genevieve, on the other hand, opted for a tennis-style ponytail. We loved their coordinating styles but it looked to us like Jarah had the upper hand… at least on the gloss front.

One night showdown

The showdown will be held on 3 March 2013 in Madison Square Gardens in New York. Over the years, the event has attracted some of the world’s best tennis players who compete in the one-night-only, single elimination tournament to bag the Billie Jean King Cup.

Past players have included Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi. Jarah and Genevieve will be on hand at the event to throw out the first ball.


Jarah was obviously excited about their ping pong showdown. She tweeted: “So much fun @spinpong for @MSGSportsNYC how cool is my customized paddle?!!”

Jarah has modelled for a variety of brands including Victoria’s Secret and H&M in addition to appearing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2008 and 2009

via Sports Illustrated models Jarah Mariano and Gevenieve play ping pong.

Michelle Waterson Challenges Jessica Penne for Atomweight Belt at Invicta FC 5 in California

Invicta Fighting Championshipsatomweight titlist Jessica Penne will defend her belt against Michelle Waterson at Invicta FC 5, which is expected to take place April 13 in California.

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced the news Thursday, revealing that the all-female promotion will make its first appearance on the West Coast after holding its first four shows at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. Knapp unveiled the update during a radio appearance on MMAJunkie.com, asserting that the event may take place at the UCI Bren Center in Irvine, Calif.

Penne, 29, captured her title on Oct. 6 by submitting Jewels champion Naho Sugiyama with a second-round triangle choke at Invicta FC 3 on Oct. 6. The win marked Penne’s second consecutive conquest since returning to competition last year following 17 months on the sideline. The once-beaten atomweight made her Invicta debut at the promotion’s inaugural event in April, taking out Lisa Ellis via third-round technical knockout.

Known as “The Karate Hottie,” Waterson has won four straight fights heading into her sophomore promotional effort, most recently taking home a split decision victory in her Invicta debut against Lacey Schuckman on Oct. 6. Waterson owns six of her 10 career wins by submission and has gone the distance just three times in nearly six years as a pro.

via Michelle Waterson Challenges Jessica Penne for Atomweight Belt at Invicta FC 5 in California.

UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste looking for votes for Maxim’s 2013 Hot 100 list

UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste tweeted on Jan. 9 that she’s looking for fan support to secure a spot on Maxim magazine’s highly-coveted 2013 Hot 100 list.

“Vote for me in this year’s @maximmag #2013hot100 on http://maxim.com,” Celeste posted to her official Twitter page. “Pretty please!”

Maxim is narrowing down the list of the most beautiful women in the world to an elite group of 100, and Celeste is hoping her millions of fans from around the globe will help her secure a spot by checking out the Maxim website to cast a vote.

Celeste has tough competition in the contest, as she goes head-to-head with some of the most gorgeous babes in the universe.

Eva Mendes, Danielle Fishel, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba are just some of the contenders gunning for spots on Maxim’s list.

Celeste will undoubtedly have the support of the MMA community, as she’s the only professional ring girl on Maxim’s list.

Celeste, 27, has been a UFC ring girl since 2006, and she has appeared everywhere from Playboy to Sports Illustrated.

via UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste looking for votes for Maxim’s 2013 Hot 100 list – Long Island MMA | Examiner.com.

Gymnast Son Yeon-jae Voted Korean Athlete of the Year

Top gymnast Son Yeon-jae was named Sports Star of the Year for the first time by Gallup Korea on Friday based on a survey on 1,700 people aged 13 and upwards. Son received 37.2 percent of the votes in the poll, which Gallup has conducted every year since 2005. Respondents were allowed to vote for up to two people.

Son became the first Korean rhythmic gymnast to advance to an Olympic final in the individual all-around in London this year. She finished fifth in a discipline traditionally dominated by Russian and East European athletes. Viewer ratings went off the charts in Korea when she was scheduled to compete during the Summer Games and messages of support flooded online forums.

The stars of the 2012 London Olympics grabbed most of the top spots. Swimmer Park Tae-hwan, who won two silver medals, was the runner-up with 29.1 percent of the votes. He experienced heartache then elation when he was disqualified then reinstated in the 400-m freestyle, and added to his medal haul by also finishing second in the shorter 200-m race.

Yang Hak-seon, who won Korea its first-ever gold medal in gymnastics by dominating the men’s vault, came in fifth with 16.3 percent, and Ki Sung-yueng, who played a crucial role in securing the men’s football team’s bronze medal, finished sixth with 6.1 percent. Ki on Friday was also named Player of the Year by the Korea Football Association for the second straight year.

However, despite a banner year for baseball which has seen attendance pass the record 7-million mark this year, top players in the Korean Baseball Organization got fewer votes than expected.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who left the Hanwha Eagles at the end of the season and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball, finished eighth with 4.3 percent of the votes. Choo Shin-soo, who the Cleveland Indians recently traded to the Cincinnati Reds, was seventh (5.1 percent); Park Chan-ho, who recently announced his retirement, came ninth (3.8 percent); and Lee Dae-ho, who plays for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan, finished 10th (3.8 percent). Since the survey began in 2005, it is the first time that no baseball player has made it to the top five.

Park Ji-sung, who plays for Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League, dropped from first place to third this year with 23.7 percent. He was named captain after he transferred from Manchester United in the off-season, but has failed to shine with his new club and has been sidelined for several weeks now due to a knee injury.

Figure skater Kim Yu-na, who recently made a strong comeback to the world of competitive skating after 20 months of absence by winning the event in Dortmund, Germany, came fourth with 23 percent of the votes.

via The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Gymnast Son Yeon-jae Voted Athlete of the Year.

Pinay baller Sofia Olalia Roman chases WNBA hoop dream

Filipino basketball fans are always eager to see who will be the first Filipino to make it to the NBA. Half-Filipino Raymond Townsend played in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors back in the late 1970s, but we all want to see a full-blooded Pinoy make it in the big leagues. Johnny Abarrientos was reportedly on the NBA scouts’ list in the early to mid-1990s, but never got invited. Japeth Aguilar‘s NBA aspirations were doused when he recently failed to make the cut with the NBA D-League team that drafted him. The search, then, will have to continue.

While we hunt for a legit Filipino NBA prospect, we already might have a kababayan who has a legitimate chance to be the first WNBA player from the Philippines. Her name is Sofia Olalia Roman. She was born here in the Philippines in 1994, but her father, Tonyboy, an attorney, and wife June, moved the entire family to the United States in 1998, when Sofia was only four years old. She has lived most her life in White Plains, New York, but recently had to move away from the comforts of home to be a student-athlete at Dartmouth, an Ivy League college in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is now a 5’7 freshman guard for the Big Green in the US NCAA Division I.

Tony recalls that when Sofia was eight, her new school was looking to form a girls’ basketball team for an inter-school league. Sofia signed up because “it was fun to play with her classmates.” She continued playing for two years, and, like other girls her age, “shot with two hands that crossed on ball release, played defense standing with arms outstretched, and dribbled shoulder-high.” The difference with Sofia, though, was the passion she developed for the game, and the desire to improve each day.

In the US, she likes Jeremy Lin, her former hometown boy with the NY Knicks, and now of the Houston Rockets, whom she always watched while he was still in town. She says she loves the way Lin carries himself on and off the court, the way he is deeply religious, humble and hardworking. Sofia says she can relate to the struggles Lin has faced in his life….

via Pinay baller chases WNBA hoop dream | Judgment Call – Yahoo! Sports Philippines.

UFC introduces sexy Korean television star as guest octagon girl

According to an Oct. 26 report from the New York Post, the UFC is set to introduce a sexy new octagon girl for its Nov. 10 ‘UFC on Fuel TV’ event in Macau, China.

The UFC event in Macau, China, is set to feature a main event of Rich Franklin against Cung Le, in a battle of two MMA legends.

However, all eyes will be on Kang Ye-bin, the UFC’s newest octagon girl.

“I’m thrilled to be Korea’s first Octagon girl,” Kang told Chosun Media. “I’m just a little anxious whether I’ll be able to do a good job, but I’ll try my best and hopefully can raise the spirits of our three Korean fighters in the UFC.”

Ye-bin is a regular on Korea’s “Super Action” cable television channel and also hosts its “UFC Insider” program.

Despite being a newcomer to the MMA scene, Ye-bin isn’t shy about her expectations. She already said she hopes to look sexier than UFC octagon girl veteran Arianny Celeste.

“I’d like to look sexier and hotter than Arianny Celeste,” Ye-bin said.

Celeste has been with the UFC since 2006, and she recently ventured into the field of music. It’s unclear if Celeste will also be appearing at the China event.

via UFC introduces sexy Korean television star as guest octagon girl – Long Island MMA | Examiner.com.

Meet the NBA’s first female coach Natalie Nakase. Well, not yet.

The beach is where Natalie Nakase is sweating through a Navy SEAL workout with Billy Knight and Earl Watson. The trio attended UCLA together a decade ago, playing basketball for the Bruins. Now, during an afternoon session in Santa Monica beneath the blazing summer sun, they are shuffling and backpedaling and straining on the constantly shifting sand.

A few minutes into their session, a man bikes past and eyes them, craning his neck to get a better look at the unusual scene: two strong, tall, black men crawling on the beach alongside a small, fit, Asian woman. “We always draw a few stares,” Nakase says with a laugh. “I guess people don’t see this every day.”

Nakase has spent the past few years coaching professional basketball overseas — coaching men who tower over her — and the 32-year-old California native earns a living in the offseason by training kids and college players. She doesn’t have to be here today, submitting to this torture with Watson, a veteran NBA point guard, and Knight, a shooting guard who plays abroad. But all three friends are chasing something, an intangible edge that comes with pushing the limits.

Which is why Nakase is dragging a 15-pound weight bag through the sand between four orange cones about 20 yards apart, pausing at each one to do 20 soldierlike pushups. After she finishes…

via ESPN – Dream Role – E-ticket.

Invicta FC 3’s ‘Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson unsure of next fight, open to Jessica Penne title shot

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The “Karate Hottie” keeps shaking off the rust and finding a way.

Following a back-and-forth 15 minutes of action in just her second fight since April 2010, Michelle Waterson (10-3) earned a split-decision win over a very game Lacey Schuckman (7-6) in atomweight action.

The bout was part of the main card of Invicta FC 3, which took place Saturday at Kansas City, Kan.’s Memorial Hall. The event streamed live on InvictaFC.com.

“I’m happy with what I did as far as my mental state throughout the fight,” Waterson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the fight.

The physical part, well, it continues to need refinement.

“Now we can start piecing things together,” Waterson said. “At first it was my karate. And then I had to work on my jiu-jitsu. And now I have to work on my wrestling, obviously. There are always things to work on.”

Early in the first round, Waterson dropped Schuckman to her knees with a front kick. However, Schuckman withstood the blow and shot for a takedown up against the fence. Waterson countered with a guillotine choke, but Schuckman took her back in a scramble and nearly secured a rear-naked-choke finish.

“At that point I decided, you know what, let’s have fun,” Waterson said. “Don’t worry about winning or losing. Just have [expletive] fun. I got out of it and pulled myself together. From then on I was going to have fun.”

Her head coach, Greg Jackson of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, and former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman were in her corner trying to figure out a way to change the complexion of the fight in between rounds.

“The most important thing was she didn’t want to stand with me, so to just remember to not let her get me on the cage,” Waterson said. “And so that’s what I did.

“Coach Jackson said [the rear-naked choke] could have discouraged me, or I could have pulled my head out of my ass and got going. And I did. It ended up working for me.”

Waterson rebounded in the second stanza and took Schuckman’s back. She regained half guard, but Waterson landed ground and pound and did enough damage to win the round.

The fight was up for grabs heading into the third and final frame. After both women traded shots on the feet, Schuckman pushed Waterson up against the cage and got her to the ground. However, Waterson immediately swept into mount and attempted an armbar before losing the position. Both stood, and Waterson scored on a series of kicks to cap off the contentious battle.

“I thought it was a close fight,” she said. “I was landing a little bit more of the better shots than she was.”

The judges agreed and her awarded the decision via 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29 scores.

After not competing in 2011, Waterson returned to defeat…

via Invicta FC 3’s ‘Karate Hottie’ unsure of next fight, open to Jessica Penne title shot | MMAjunkie.com.

Success brings curbs for Jessica Gomes

Perth-raised model Jessica Gomes has garnered quite a following throughout Asia – so much so that the 29-year-old has hired her own security entourage to accompany her while travelling through Korea.

“I have security guards when I’m there,” she told InStyle magazine, out today. “Because I’ve been on TV – I did Dancing with the Stars there – people want to come and talk, have photos taken with me, poke me!”

Channelling boho chic in an edgy spring fashion shoot for InStyle’s November edition, Gomes was catapulted into modelling fame during her late teens, finding widespread success in Asia after featuring in a string of campaigns for LG, Samsung and Max Factor.

At 20, she moved to New York where she was based for six years, before returning to Australia to soak up the local opportunities.

“I feel so proud to be able to work here,” Gomes said. “Ten years ago, I would have said, ‘I probably won’t ever work in Australia’. Being Eurasian, I thought I’d be working permanently overseas in Asia or America.”

But the dark-haired beauty said she now embraces her womanly curves and exotic Eurasian heritage – her mother is Chinese and her father Portuguese – though in her younger years, she struggled to accept her looks.

“I’m now the most comfortable I’ve ever been with my body,” she said.

Having been based in Los Angeles with her partner, Australian property developer Sebastian Drapac, over the past year, Gomes has been using her time in the glitzy Californian city to explore acting.

“As a model, you need to have many facets,” she said.

via Success brings curbs for Gomes – The West Australian.

WATCH: Behind-the-scenes look at UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste’s calendar shoot

There’s where Arianny Celeste comes in for the UFC. The gorgeous Octagon girl, who parades around the cage holding the number of the round during stoppages in the action, has been with the company for six years and is more famous than most of its fighters.

It’s not hard to see why.

Celeste has graced the covers of Playboy, Maxim and FHM. This video shows a behind-the-scenes look at her 2013 calendar shoot.

via WATCH: Behind-the-scenes look at UFC Octagon girl Arianny's calendar shoot.

Invicta FC 3 Michelle Waterson vs Lacey Schuckman

Lacey Schuckman vs Michelle Waterson

Round 1 – Waterson getting her kick on early. Schuckman stalking her. Schuckman lands a big kick, then comes forward with punches. Waterson steps back and laces her with a big kick. They hit the ground and Schuckman is on top but Waterson has her neck. Waterson going for the guillotine. Schuckman frees her head then moves to full mount. Waterson rolls giving up her back and Schuckman immediately looks for the choke. Schuckman softening her up with left hands. Back to the rear naked attempt now. Waterson is battling two-on-one to survive. Schuckman back to the left hands now. Waterson rolls and sneaks a leg in. Schuckman still on top in the half guard. Waterson gets her other leg inside and retains guard. Waterson going with a very high guard. She transitions to the armbar now. It looks tight. A scramble ensues and Waterson is on top now. She backs off and they get back to the stand up. Schuckman comes forward and closes the distance so Waterson can’t get off from the outside. Waterson on the cage now. Knee just before the bell. PMN scores the first round for Schuckman, 10-9.

Round 2 – Big right hand from Waterson. Knees now. Big right hook from Waterson. She’s circling out as Schuckman stalks. Schuckman goes high with the kick but misses. Leg kick Waterson. Waterson with an exe kick. Schuckman catches the foot and pays for it. Waterson lands a couple of right hands inside. Schuckman now looking for the takedown on the cage. Schuckman snatches a leg and they hit the mat but it’s Waterson that lands on top and on the back. Waterson looking to sneak her arm under the chin. Schuckman escapes the choke, but still has Waterson on top. Left hands from Waterson now. Schuckman doing a good job controlling the posture of Waterson so far. Right hands now from the top. Short hammerfists now from Waterson. Schuckman still locking up the body of Waterson keeping the punishment to a minimum. Under a minute to go now. Waterson tries to work to sidemount but Schuckman retains full guard. Waterson landing some ground and pound now to the bell. End of Round. That one goes to Waterson, 10-9.

Round 3 – Kick from both to start the final frame. This round could decide it. Lead right hand from Waterson. Leg kick from Waterson. Schuckman a little hesitant to start. Spinning head kick from Waterson. Winging left hand from Schuckman misses. Schuckman’s corner is screaming for her to engage. Another leg kick. Schuckman wades in with a flurry of lefts. Knee from Waterson as she pushes off and steps away. Nice work by Waterson. She dips in, lands, and steps out. A takedown could decide the fight and Waterson is staying on the outside to avoid that. Schuckman clinches and nearly gets the takedown. Waterson is fighting off the takedown on the cage. So far she has. Foot stomps from Schuckman. Elbows from Waterson. Schuckman gets a huge takedown. If Waterson can’t get to her feet she may lose. Elbows from the bottom. Just over a minute to go. Waterson looks to sweep and grabs an arm. The armbar is there. She’s on top but only for a moment. Now Schuckman is back on top. She grabs an arm and Schuckman pulls out and steps back. 30 seconds to go. Head kick from Waterson. Leg kick, to the body from Waterson. Big exchange, clinch, bell. Wow great fight. PMN scores a close third round for Waterson, and the fight overall to her at 29-28.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Michelle Waterson def. Lacey Schuckman by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

via Invicta FC 3 LIVE results and play-by-play.

Invicta FC 3 Naho Sugiyama vs Jessica Penne

Atomweight Title Fight: Naho Sugiyama vs Jessica Penne

Round 1 – Sugiyama is the top-ranked atomweight. One of these women will leave ranked #1 wearing Invicta gold after this one. Penne jabbing early, using her reach well. Sugiyama is flashing hers while looking for an opening. Right hand Sugiyama. Penne lands a nice stiff jab that snaps the head of Sugiyama back. Pennes catches a kick and puts Sugiyama on the deck. Penne advances to full mount but only for a moment. Sugiyama employs the butterfly guard to prevent the mount. To the body from Penne now. She’s caught in the half guard as her corner calls for her to pass. More body shots from the top. Penne is working short elbows now. Sugiyama doing a good job of keeping her guard and preventing too much punishment. Penne fires off some short left hands to the face, then back to the body. Body-body-head from Penne. Penne steps over for the mount but again the butterfly guard prevents the mount. Nice scramble. Back to the feet. Penne lands a knee on the break. Big jab from Penne. Sugiyama gets off with her right hand. Penne locks her up in the clinch and goes to work with knees. Sugiyama pressing now. She puts Penne on the cage but gets reversed. Penne looking for a throw to secure a late takedown. Sugiyama maintains her footing. End of Round 1. PMN gives the first to 10-9.

Round 2 – Sugiyama coming forward to start the second. Penne goes right back to her jab. Counter right from Penne as Sugiyama steps in for the kick. Leg kick from Sugiyama. Penne returns fire. Sugiyama finally lands a solid right hand as Penne comes forward. Plum clinch and knees from Penne. She pulls Sugiyama to the mat but then gets reversed. Penne is looking for a triangle now. Sugiyama stacks Penne but she may be in trouble. Sugiyama is trying to posture out but is in trouble. Penne still working the sub attempt. Sugiyama is stacking her. Penne readjusts and the tap comes. Wow!! Beautiful finish. Jessica Penne is now the first-ever Invicta Atomweight champion.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Jessica Penne def. Naho Sugiyama by submission (triangle choke) Rd 2 (2:20)

via Invicta FC 3 LIVE results and play-by-play.

Video: Michelle Waterson to fight Lacey Schuckman at Invicta FC

Naho Sugiyama

Invicta FC, the first all women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the history of the sport, will hold its third offering on Oct. 6, 2012.

The card will feature 28 of the most talented women in the sport today looking to make it big and climb the ranks in women’s MMA and will feature a main event between Jessica Penne and Naho Sugiyama for the promotion’s 105-pound title.

Ahead of their next event, Invicta officials created an “Invicta’s Got Talent” contest to see which one of the ladies could come up with the most creative promotional clip for their next upcoming fight.

Michelle Waterson, who will take on Lacey Schuckman, enlisted the help of her Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts stablemates down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help her outclass the competition and put her over the edge.

The video stars “Karate Hottie” as herself, Greg Jackson as her trainer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight contender John Dodson doing his best Mario Yamasaki impersonation and UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Heavyweight contender, Travis Browne, doing what one can perceive to be their best Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer impressions.

via Video: UFCs Jon Jones and Travis Browne wear manties to pimp Invicta debut of Karate Hottie – MMAmania.com.