Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Off Base: This week's offbeat sports stories

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

NUVO's new series Off Base is Justin Cross's take on some of the more interesting happenings in the sports world.

click to enlarge Nick Symmonds' Twitter tattoo

5. Your name here

Olympic 800-meter runner Nick Symmonds sold his body for money. Well, part of it, at least. For $11,100, the highest bidder on eBay won the right to have their Twitter account temporarily tattooed on Symmonds' left shoulder during the 2012 Olympics in London.

4. Make up your mind, Dwight

Soon-to-be free agent Dwight Howard doesn't seem to like playing in Orlando. After naming the few teams he'd like to play for (Lakers, Mavericks or Nets), he decided he'd love the chance to play for the ugly stepchild of Los Angeles sports, The Clippers. What a difference Chris Paul makes.

3. Granny time

87-year-old Pat Hanzlick is the newly crowned queen of her fantasy football league. The competitive granny's next challenge? March Madness.

2. Heavenly match

Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow and former Christian-pop star Katy Perry are not dating... yet. Perry's mother, Mary, is trying to set her daughter up with the beloved QB. As a devout Christian, Mom believes he's the perfect guy.

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1. The Greatest

This isn't a silly sports story, but it can't be overlooked: Muhammad Ali turned 70 Tuesday. Battling Parkinson's, "The Greatest" hasn't given up the fight.

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