USA Today: EA Sports To Rollout ‘10 Tiger Game

Michael McCarthy of USA Today reports that EA Sports is apparently unwavering in its support of Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods walks on water in EA Sports Video Game

(Woods may have performed miracle in saving gaming deal)

EA is expected to confirm today that it’s moving forward with this month’s scheduled rollout of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online, a browser-based golf game that’s been in development for the last year.

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Manny Being Booed By Bonds-Loving Giants Fans

• Suspected steroid abuser Manny Ramirez gets a rude reception from San Francisco Giants fans - the same Giants fans who were so passionate in supporting suspected steroid abuser Barry Bonds.

Manny Ramirez Giants fan sign

• 49ers coach Mike Singletary makes a mountain out of a molehill, forcing QB Alex Smith to watch the rest of practice from high above.

Bobby Bowden would like to share his prostate problems with you.

• EA sports donates advanced copies of Madden 10 to a U.S. submarine crew who are shipping out before the game’s official release date.

• Would it really kill the NHL to let Jim Balsillie move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario?

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EA Donates Madden 2010 To Deploying Sub Crew

Many people much wiser and braver than myself have described life in the military as - we’re paraphrasing here - unendurable boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. A Marine friend spent the better part of the 2003 Iraq invasion sitting outside in the Kuwaiti desert heat, smoking cigarettes and watching Disney DVDs. That’s not to say that sitting around in wartime is fun - the 130-degree heat, constant preparedness and the knowledge your life could end any minute takes a major physical and mental toll, even if you’re watching The Lion King while puffing on a Marlboro.

Madden 2010 Support our Troops

EA Sports recognizes this, and has decided to do something pretty cool about it - giving advance copies of Madden 2010 to a group of submariners deploying just before the game’s August 14 release date. As far as supporting our troops, this beats the hell out of a magnetic made-in-China ribbon.

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Emelianenko Spurns UFC, Sticks With M-1 Global

After Affliction’s sudden, immediate, largely hilarious demise in the world of fight promotion (no worries, meatheads, you can still wear those silly shirts with the skulls and stuff on them), all eyes were immediately trained on human/wolverine hybrid Fedor Emelianenko.

Fedor gets punchy
(FEDOR FACT: punching people in the face is awesome.)

With his stature and the seeming dearth of serious UFC competition for fellow destruction machine Brock Lesnar, it seemed like Emelianenko was a natural fit for moving to the UFC. As a matter of fact, the LOS ANGELES TIMES cited sources close to the situation in a report that Fedor would be signing with UFC by Friday.

Um, about that. Whoops.

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MMA Fighter Leaves Army To Kick Different Butts

Meet Tim Kennedy, a combat veteran who is assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. (read: Green Beret). At least he will be posted there until Aug. 4, when his six-year enlistment runs out. Kennedy is choosing not to return, because his unit commanders won’t let him participate in his other love besides the U.S. military: Mixed Martial Arts.

Tim Kennedy

By all appearances, he’s pretty good at both. Kennedy, who trained with Chuck Liddell before joining the Army, beat Nick Thompson, ranked 10th in the world in his weight class by MMAWeekly.com, on June 19 in a fight aired on Showtime. If it were me, I’d want someone like that on our side, and would do everything in my power to keep him happy. But then I’ve never invaded Iraq.

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That’s It, Houshmandzadeh Boycotting Madden ‘10

ESPN may be boycotting the Ben Roethlisberger story, but it’s all over this breaking news: Former Cincinnati Bengals & current Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (“championship!”) is boycotting “Madden ‘10″ because, he says, his rating is too low. (Terrorists throw up hands in disgust, say it’s just not worth hating us anymore).

TJ Houshmandzadeh

Houshmandzadeh (“championship!”) appeared on Colin Schrutebag’s show on Monday and waxed eloquently on a variety of subjects, including the fact that Seahawks coach Jim Mora invited Houshmandzadeh to climb Mount Rainier with him. But the most head-scratchingly funny moment came when he discussed the Madden ‘10 video game: Read more…

The Skinny: Erin Andrews Looking A Bit Too Thin

Erin Andrews seems to look a bit emaciated at the MLB All-Star Game:

Erin Andrews Looking Scary Thin On ESPN

Somebody get that gal a huge plate of St. Louis BBQ ribs, pronto!

• Pics of the bloody strap & knife that Amanda Rodrigues allegedly used to kill her ex-boxer husband Arturo Gatti.

• If the United Football League will be remembered for anything, it could be for the wireless QB wristband known as the ID Coach.

• Delaware to allow betting on NFL games. Wilmington, here we come!

Albert Pujols says he’s so not doing steroids that he dares you to help yourself to his bathwater.

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EA Told Dana White MMA “Not A Real Sport” In ‘08

As you might recall, EA Sports revealed that they’re developing an MMA game, cleverly titled “MMA.” That’s strange, because the UFC already has their own game through THQ (with their own fighters, naturally) that’s already out and selling reasonably well.

EA Sports MMA
(Are they seriously trying to brand this thing with a tramp stamp?)

Then again, it’s also strange because according to UFC’s head hypermanic gorilla in charge, Dana White, EA Sports told him just last year that his sport, well, wasn’t one. Fast forward to today, and the war is on.

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UFC Has Competition With EA Sports MMA Game

What the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is for fans of erotica, E3 is for hardcore gamers. Starting today in Los Angeles and going through Thursday, E3 is a virtual cornucopia of excess for the gaming world, with all of the big names making major announcements and rolling out new titles. (And with every company employing scads of scantily-clad “booth workers” to intice horny video game nerds, it’s a lot closer to an adult video convention than you would think.) And while the main headline so far has been the announcement of “Rock Band: Beatles” (complete with a virtual Yoko Ono shrieking at you during the Expert levels), there has also been plenty of news on the sports video gaming front.

EA Sports MMA

For example, GAMASUTRA says that EA Sports (the 700 lb. gorilla of sports video games) is readying an MMA video game for a 2010 release, as a competitor to the UFC-branded game series by THQ. Their press release on “EA Sports MMA” mentions that they plan on having “a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world,” which seems almost impossible without the UFC brand. They could include fighters like Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, but the names the casual fan knows will be tough to pull off since they are all part of the UFC banner.

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Manny Ramirez Suspended After Failing Drug Test

Manny Ramirez gets suspended for 50 games after failing a drug test.

Manny Ramirez Dodgers

How will the baseball media “experts” react to his Hall Of Fame status?

• But here’s an even bigger story coming straight outta Dodgertown - Kim Kardashian threw out last night’s first pitch!

• Is Red Sox Nation trying to fill the NL All-Star ballots full of Washington Nationals so Boston will have World Series home advantage?

• We figured Jelena Dokic’s dad was crazy & abusive, but would he really take out an Australian ambassador with a rocket attack?

• Ex-Nebraska & Arizona State QB Sam Keller is taking the NCAA & EA Sports to court over his likeness being used in a video game.

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