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Issue 118 • Friday, December 13, 2013
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Last Thursday, Chicago Bulls Luvabulls
cheerleader, Ariana Rosado, got the surprise
of her life when her boyfriend, Shane Zack-
ery, popped out of a Benny the Bull mascot
suit and got down on one knee to pop the
question at half court during a third quarter
"It did take a little bit of planning," Zackery
explained. "I did have help from some of the
Luvabulls ... From there, I just started talking
to her coach, the manager of entertainment,
and just making sure we set everything up in
the right way and make sure this was going
to be something special for Ariana."
Rosado was mid-performance when the
music cut out and Bruno Mars' Marry You
started playing. She soon realised that her
teammates were doing new choreography
that she hadn't yet learned.
Zackery said he planned the proposal in
conjunction with the Heat game because he's
a LeBron James fan, and it was also his birth-
day. As for Rosado, she was completely
shocked at what was happening.
"I had no idea whatsoever," she said. "I
was in complete shock and awe. It was an
So what exactly was going through her
"As a dancer, you're told to just continue to
go, no matter what happens in the music,"
Rosado said. "So I'm thinking, okay the music
messed up and then the DJ put on the wrong
song. And so I realised everyone else was
breaking into new choreography. And I was in
such shock that I really didn't even hear the
song for a while until I actually sat down in
the chair and paid attention to it. After that, I
heard the song and I started kind of under-
standing what was going on. I kept on asking,
'Where's Shane? Where's Shane? Where's
Shane? Where's my boyfriend?' And I had no
clue where he was so then I started getting
nervous ---maybe he backed out, maybe it's
not really happening, maybe it's a coinci-
dence that it was playing. But it was a really
cool opportunity for him to be able to do
The couple met at St Xavier university in
Chicago when they were freshmen and were
friends for two-and-a-half years before they
took their relationship to the next level.
Of course, Rosado said yes, and, just as im-
portant: The Chicago Bulls beat the Miami
Heat, so there was cause for celebration for
• Check out the proposal:
Speaking of red hot bulls...
Red Bull's four-times world champion, Se-
bastian Vettel, has branded as "absurd" a
rule change to award double points at the
final grand prix of the Formula One season
from next year.
The 26-year-old, winner of the last four
championships, said that he sees no merit in
the change. "You can hardly imagine that on
the last match of the Bundesliga season
matches are suddenly worth twice as many
points," said Vettel. "It's absurd and it pun-
ishes the drivers who have worked hard
through the whole season. I value the old tra-
ditions in Formula One and don't understand
The change, announced by the Interna-
tional Automobile Federation (FIA) on Mon-
day after a meeting with the sport's new F1
strategy group that is made up of six teams
including the champions Red Bull, has been
roundly criticised by fans.
The FIA claimed the rule change would
"maximise focus on the championship until
the end of the campaign" but others ques-
tioned the need for such a tweak. "Double
points for the last F1 GP of the season looks
like an answer to a question nobody was ask-
ing. Devalues the other races, too," said the
former F1 driver and current Sky TV pundit
Martin Brundle on Twitter.
Vettel won his 13th race of the season to
equal Michael Schumacher's 2004 record
with Ferrari, and also equal Alberto Ascari's
record of nine consecutive wins, racing un-
beaten for four months, since the race in Hun-
gary at the end of July.
Kobe Bryant played in his first NBA game in nearly eight
months since tearing his Achilles, but he wasn't happy with
Bryant criticised himself following the Los Angeles Lak-
ers' 106-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
"I'm just insanely critical," Bryant said. "There was a
bunch of things that I completely messed up on."
Bryant finished the game with nine points, eight re-
bounds, four assists, two steals and eight turnovers in 28
"I failed miserably at that," Bryant said after telling re-
porters that his personal goal for his debut was to avoid
"My rhythm is completely out of sync in terms of being
able to read passing lanes and judge the timing of players in
between those lanes and so forth," Bryant said. "But I guess
it's a start. I guess a start is good."
Bryant and the Lakers (10-10 at press time) will try to get
a win on the road tonight against the Oklahoma City Thun-
der (15-4) and tomorrow against the Charlotte Bobcats (10-
11), with two more road games early next week before
returning home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-11).
That road trip is gonna be nuts for Kobe and co, espe-
cially when they get to Oklahoma City, where even the OKC
fans can make the big money shots... roll the tape:
• Check out how Kobe made his entrance:
Track athlete Lolo Jones could be closer to re-
turning to the Olympic stage---in the Winter
Olympics. Jones is a second-year member of the US
women's bobsled team and on Saturday, the US
swept the medals in Park City, Utah, at the
Women's Bobsled World Cup. Jones and Jamie
Greubel tied for silver with Jazmine Fenlator and
Lauryn Williams with a time of 1:39.24.
Jones is best known for her career as an elite
track athlete---she finished fourth in the 100m hur-
dles at the 2012 London Olympics---and social
Jones took up bobsledding in 2012 after an-
nouncing her retirement from track and secured a
spot on the bobsled national team in October.
"Last year I was just soaking everything in. It
was an adventure, it was fun, it was nothing really
on the line for me," Jones said. "It was just kind of
an escape and there were no expectations. So now
coming into my second year, they expect me to be
more knowledgeable and more of a leader." The US
Olympic team for the Sochi games will be named in
mid-January, and Jones and Greubel's silver medal
puts them squarely in the mix for spots on that ros-
• Check out the heats in Utah:
He did what?
Mick Mills, who led England at the 1982 World
Cup, has been accused of "turning a blind eye" to
the abuse of several players, including former ap-
prentice George Blackstock, when he was manager
of Stoke City in the mid to late 1980s.
Blackstock's lawyers are seeking to launch a full
civil hearing after alleging their client was a victim
of a ritual punishment assault known as "The Fin-
ger" in which he claims that former goalkeeper
Peter Fox smeared his glove with heat cream and
used it in a sexual assault while being egged on by
a number of senior players.
A preliminary hearing is being held at Preston
county court to determine whether the case can
proceed, due to the length of time that has passed
since the alleged incidents took place. Mills denies
any knowledge of this alleged act.
Blackstock, now 43, is suing Fox and the club for
at least £5,000, citing "distress, pain, humiliation,
injury, loss and damage". He said neither Mills, nor
Tony Lacey, the club's youth development officer at
the time, intervened. Blackstock did not report the
abuse at the time as it would have jeopardised his
chances of embarking on a professional football ca-
In his written defense Fox says: "It is an allega-
tion without any substance whatsoever, made at
least 25 years after the alleged events are sup-
posed to have taken place" and he denies assault-
ing "any apprentice... at Stoke City or anywhere
Chicago Luvabulls dancer Ariana Rosado received the sur-
prise of her life last week when her fianceè, Shane Zackery,
proposed to her during the Bulls/Heat game.
Lolo Jones, second from left, is fighting to keep
her spot on a dominant US bobsled programme.
Can he ball like he used to? Time will tell, but time
isn't something the LA Lakers can afford right
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