20 great moments when sports and celebrities collided in 2014
Celebrities — not only are they just like us, they like themselves some sports entertainment, too. This year provided numerous memorable convergences between the celebrity and sports worlds, captured in everything from music protests to Odd Couple pairings, World Cup revelry to one fantastic yawn. Check it all out.
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Rihanna celebrates Germany’s World Cup win
The Barbadian singer was a captive World Cup viewer and frequent commenter throughout Rio de Janeiro's global soccer event, even attending the Germany-Argentina final and getting cozy with German victors Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger. “I touched the cup, held the cup, kissed the cup, took a selfie with the cup!!!” she wrote on Twitter. “I meeeaan.... what is YO bucket list looking like bruh?”
Steve Perry serenades Giants fans
Some baseball fans may be getting tired of hearing 'Don't Stop Believin'' at games, but Steve Perry clearly isn't. The Journey singer serenaded Giants fans in the stands during the World Series, and judging by the way it turned out, this anthem still has some legs.
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Justin Verlander and Kate Upton get back together
With the loss of such sports power couples as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, and Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, we needed this reunion of the Detroit Tigers ace and the supermodel. We didn't need their leaked nude photos, but we got those, too.
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Justin Timberlake owns a fan who accused him of bandwagoning on the Memphis Grizzlies
Timberlake responded to the accusation on Twitter, “Uh... I'm from Memphis and I'm an owner. Anyone else?” Check and mate. Get your facts before going on attack, people.
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Meryl Streep, 50 Cent and Kobe Bryant posed for a picture. That is all
Not something you see every day: The legendary actress sat courtside at a Knicks-Lakers game with rapper 50 Cent. Then Kobe joined in for the photo. As 50 Cent wrote, 'Things got a little gangsta.' Indeed.
Ben Affleck breaks from 'Batman' to hit weights with MSU Spartans
Affleck needed to pump some iron during his stay in East Lansing, Michigan, while filming some scenes for the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.' Affleck began his pep talk to the the eighth-ranked Spartans, 'I’m Batman.'
Kegger at Paul Rudd’s mom’s house after Royals advance to World Series
The Kansas City native and huge Royals fan joked that everyone was welcome at his mom’s house for a keg party after the Royals toppled the Orioles in the ALCS. We’re not sure if anyone actually showed up at Mrs. Rudd’s, but KC spirits were awfully high that night as the Royals reached their first World Series since 1985.
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Drake lint rolls his pants while sitting courtside at a Raptors-Nets game
Turns out Drake really, really likes to keep his pants lint-free. And the rapper and Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador didn't just take the ensuing mockery in stride — he capitalized on it by producing his own brand of Drake lint rollers.
Katy Perry joins 'College Gameday'
The pop star joined Lee Corso & Co. prior to cheering on the Mississippi Rebels against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Perry revealed her crush on Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight, trolled LSU fans with corn dogs and later had a wild night in Oxford. Maybe the NFL should ask her to do more than just perform during halftime at the Super Bowl.
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Tosh.0’s 'Kiffin Krimson Korner' sketch about Lane Kiffin
Alabama’s offensive coordinator is no doubt an easy target, but comedian Daniel Tosh scored a bull's-eye with this perfectly executed sketch about the controversial coach.
Rob Ford jumps for joy when Canada’s women’s hockey team wins gold at Sochi
Nobody at Toronto’s City Hall was more excited about Canada’s Olympic victory than the former Toronto mayor. His leadership abilities may have left much to be desired, but no politician could rival Ford’s passion for sports, as evidenced by his celebratory 18-inch vertical.
Mark Wahlberg leaves Patriots owner Robert Kraft hanging
Boston native Wahlberg got to hang out in the owner’s box at a Patriots game but fixed his eyes on the field after a touchdown, leaving poor Kraft hanging. Now he knows how Tom Brady feels.
50 Cent’s errant first pitch at Citi Field
Juuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside. The gold standard for bad ceremonial first pitches now belongs to 50 Cent.
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Curb your enthusiasm, guys
The Lakers down 20 in the second quarter of a November game all seemed too much for poor Jack Nicholson, while Larry David provided one of the most memorable moments of the Knicks’ lowly 2013-14 campaign when, during an overtime game in January, he yawned wide and long enough for his physician watching at home to examine his throat.
Ronda Rousey joins 'The Expendables'
The baddest woman in the UFC broke through to the mainstream this year, making her feature film debut alongside Sylvester Stallone & Co. in 'The Expendables 3.' Rousey didn't earn any rave reviews, but she'll be back for more next year in 'Fast and Furious 7' and the 'Entourage' movie.
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Bill Murray takes tickets at a minor league baseball game
The eccentric part-owner of the St. Paul Saints appeared at the Saints' final game at Murray Park in August before the team moves to a new stadium next season. (No one will ever believe you.)
Drake drools over Johnny Football
Johnny Manziel has gotten plenty of support from LeBron James, but nothing The King has done compares to Drake turning into Manziel's one-man entourage at the Final Four game between Kentucky and Wisconsin. No wonder that guy goes out all the time.
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Bieber joins Steelers' Bible study
Justin Bieber has made more than his share of sports cameos this year, including walking out Floyd Mayweather Jr. (above) before his fight against Marcos Maidana and scoring an impressive goal in hockey. But the best headline of the bunch came when the pop star joined the Pittsburgh Steelers' Saturday night Bible study group. The Steelers then lost to the Jets, and QB Ben Roethlisberger had to publicly state that Bieber didn't jinx the team. Classic.
Prince and Elton John watch tennis
Gotta give the edge to The Purple One, who looked like royalty at a Rafael Nadal match at the French Open, over Sir Elton, who made an appearance at a World Team Tennis event and fell out of his chair.
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Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock snare stray balls
The '30 Rock' star snagged a tennis ball with one hand at the US Open in New York, while his comedy comrade grabbed a foul ball at a Yankees game. All we needed was Spike corralling a loose ball at the Garden.