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John Cena to Host the 2016 ESPY Awards

Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Fresh off his hilarious turn in last year’s hit Trainwreck, John Cena is poised to host the 2016 ESPY Awards.

Unlike his “Can’t see me” finishing move in the ring, fans will get their fill of Cena on July 13, as the wrestling icon steps to the stage to introduce the biggest and brightest in the sports world.

Cena made the official reveal on Facebook.

“It is truly an honor to be named host of the 2016 ESPYS,” Cena added in an official release from ESPN. “Not only will the biggest names in sports and entertainment come together to recognize some of the most spectacular athletic performances of the year, but we’ll also raise funds for The V Foundation to further much-needed cancer research.”

Cena had been dropping hints all week about the coveted gig.

On Thursday right before the news, he posted a picture on an ESPY Award.

A day ago, Cena teased that something was up when he posted a picture of the legendary “V” symbol for the Jimmy V Foundation, in honor of the late, great Jim Valvano. The show raises more than $1 million annually for cancer research.

Valvano’s iconic speech at the 1993 awards show is forever cemented in sports history.

In an interview with ESPN, Cena added that he doesn’t plan to just pick on athletes during his monologue.

“That’s not the way I do business,” he said. “I appreciate these athletes and I know they are heroes to many people including myself and it’s not like I’m going to go in there trying to be too cool for school and try to be way smarter than the room. I’m going in there as appreciative of the athletes as everyone watching the show. I’m sure you’ll see good times and humor done as good as it can be but most of it will be bouncing off of me.”

The show’s executive producer Maura Mandt summed it up when she said, “John is not only a superstar athlete and entertainer, but also a motivational force who inspires fans across the globe.”

The ESPYS are set to air at 8 p.m. ET, July 13, on ABC.

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WATCH: Inside a US Men’s Gymnastics Team Training Session

ABC News(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — The U.S. Olympics men’s gymnastics team are aiming for gold at the upcoming Summer Games in Rio.

ABC’s Nightline was invited to the U.S. men’s gymnastics team training sessions in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to get a sneak peek at what it takes as they prepare for the upcoming Olympics.

The eclectic bunch of 16 athletes are contending for one of five spots on the Olympic team. The youngest is 19 years old, and the oldest is 29.

“We don’t go into this competition expecting anything but greatness essentially,” Sam Mikulak said. “We’re training to be the best in the world.”

And Dennis McIntyre, vice president of the men’s gymnastics program, said deciding who makes the team is “really difficult.”

“It’s a puzzle piece, a little bit because we’re looking for five guys that fit best together on the events to maximize the team score,” he said.

These guys spend more than 30 hours a week in the gym, with thousands of tumbles, spins, jumps — and falls.

“When I first started to do crazy flips on P-Bar it definitely hurt a lot,” Donnell Whittenburg said. “But once you get used to it, you know when to kick out and when to land safely.”

“And you build up a callus and strength too,” added Jake Dalton.

And when they say callus, they mean the whole hand is one giant callus — “Hands of a man,” C.J. Maestas said.

Four of these men competed in London in 2012 but only one, Danell Leyva, brought home a medal — the bronze in the individual all-around event. But despite winning a medal last time, Leyva said he’s not nervous about placing again at Rio.

“I don’t think that [medal] gives me any pressure at all, honestly,” Leyva said. “It’s a completely clean slate … guys are constantly getting better, constantly improving, especially these guys.”

Most of these guys can’t — and don’t — make a living off the sport of gymnastics. Three of them are still in college, including Akash Modi, who is studying mechanical engineering at Stanford University.

“It’s really just time management,” Modi said. “I sat down with some people at Stanford to talk about which classes to take and when for each quarter and not overload myself.”

Unlike its female counterpart, the U.S. men’s gymnastics team has only taken home the all-around gold medal once during the controversial 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, when 15 Soviet countries boycotted the Games.

“Winning a medal is a dream, an honor, but … we don’t work this hard and shoot this far to win anything other than gold,” Chris Brooks said.

“I think we’ve got an incredible chance,” Dalton added. “We have so much depth. When you look at these young guys, they’re not only pushing themselves to get on that team, but they’re pushing us as well.”

Some of the guys on the team come from long family legacies. Leyva’s parents were on the Cuban national team. Others catapulted into it by chance. John Orozco said his father realized his potential after watching his years of practicing taekwondo, but the kids in the Bronx, New York neighborhood where he grew up weren’t so welcoming to his doing gymnastics.

“Kids are not very nice at all,” Orozco said. “In the Bronx, gymnastics isn’t a well-known sport to begin with.”

“With all of these stereotypes and preconceived notions, everyone thinks it’s a girls sport and its feminine,” he continued. “And it’s not really what society says the norm is for men. So I struggled a little bit through middle school and high school.”

But these days, it’s mostly injury these men struggle with.

“Micro fracture on my ankle,” Brooks said, rattling off his injuries. “I blew out my right forearm. Had five surgeries on that to get it fixed. Tore some ligaments. Had those repaired. I’ve had 10 surgeries total now.”

“Like I said, gymnastics is very hard,” Leyva added. “Even if you like it, you’re crazy.”

But ever the athletes, they said even injuries aren’t an excuse to slack off on training.

“When you’re injured, there are so many things you can work on when you’re doing gymnastics,” Orozco said. “There should be no reason why you shouldn’t come into the gym and do something.”

It’s a team that keeps on fighting, so it seems fitting that Orozco starred in Gym Class Heroes’ music video for “Fighter” before the 2012 London Games. The video, which has more than 46 million views on YouTube, has become the anthem for Team USA.

“You look at all the components talent-wise, hard work, organization, and you put all of those things together and we have the best in all of those areas,” Brandon Wynn said. “The last part of it that we have more of than anyone else is heart…. We fight to the end no matter what happens.”

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Kasey Kahne’s Team Penalized for Dover Infractions

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Kasey Kahne’s crew chief has been fined in connection with infractions incurred last weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Keith Rodden was fined 25 thousand dollars, NASCAR.com reports. In addition, Kahne was docked 15 championship driver points and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick was penalized 15 championship owner points.

A NASCAR spokesperson had said Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet failed a post-race laser inspection following the Sprint Cup’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism last Sunday.

Hendrick Motorsports does not plan to appeal the penalties.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 5/18/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 4, Arizona 2
L.A. Angels 8, L.A. Dodgers 1
Cleveland 8, Cincinnati 7, 12 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 6, Minnesota 3
Kansas City 3, Boston 2
Oakland 8, Texas 1
Baltimore 5, Seattle 2
Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 3
Houston 5, Chi White Sox 3
Boston 5, Kansas City 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chi Cubs 2, Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 2, San Diego 1
Philadelphia 4, Miami 2
Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 7, N-Y Mets 1
St. Louis 2, Colorado 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Golden State 118, Oklahoma City 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Pittsburgh 4, Tampa Bay 2

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Source: Jeff Hornacek Named New Knicks Coach

Ben Solomon / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — A source has confirmed to ESPN that Jeff Hornacek has been named the new coach of the New York Knicks.

According to ESPN, Bleacher Report first reported the news.

The news comes after the Knicks and team president Phil Jackson interviewed Hornacek earlier this week.

Hornacek formerly coached the Phoenix Suns.

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Former Texas Tech QB Webb Chooses Cal over Colorado

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb confirmed to ESPN Wednesday that he is transferring to California instead of Colorado.

According to ESPN, Webb is a graduate transfer who will still be eligible to play football for California in the fall. Webb will also compete to replace Jared Goff, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the first overall pick in last months NFL draft.

Webb originally committed to play at Colorado in January. However, ESPN reports that since he was still enrolled at Texas Tech in the spring semester, he was not bound to this commitment.

Sources told ESPN that Webb had a change of heart in February when Cal coach Sonny Dykes hired Jake Spavital as the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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Report: Woman Alleges Mets’ Bartolo Colon Fathered 2 Children With Her

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets pitcher Bortolo Colon is facing a lawsuit from a woman who alleges he fathered two of her children, according to ESPN.

38-year-old Alexandra Santos sued Colon, who has been married to his wife, Rosanna, for 21 years. Santos alleges the Colon, 42, has not paid child support for the two children he fathered with her, ESPN reports.

According to a New York Post report, the suit was fied as “Anonymous v. Anonymous,” but since Colon represented himself as one point, he has been listed as an attorney in the case.

The two sides met in a Manhattan courthouse on Monday, and they are due back in court next month.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Comments on Struggling Team

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DOVER, Del.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. had some negative things to say about his team’s progress, especially after getting caught up in a crash at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, according to ESPN.

It was evident that Earnhardt couldn’t hide his frustration in a recording posted Monday as part of the weekly “The Dale Jr. Download” on his “Dirty Mo Radio” web channel.

“We have a problem, Houston. It’s time to start understanding how severe this situation is and really get to owning it,” he said about what his team’s performance at Dover told him.

But, the Hendrick Motorsports driver said that organization will help pick up the performance sooner or later, and he is confident in his team and crew chief Greg Ives.

“I’m clearly disappointed,” Earnhardt said. “All of the guys on the team are in the same boat, and all the guys on the team are also very positive. You have to be for us to be able to get better — we all have got to work together. We know we can do it. I believe in all my guys. I believe in Greg and they believe in me. And we’ll figure it out. We’ve been down before. But it’s time to own it. It’s time to get after it. We’ve been working hard. But we’ve got look ourselves in the mirror and really get to it and figure out what’s going on.”

ESPN reports Earnhardt’s comments came after a weekend at Dover that started out well. He was in second in the first practice. But, he was ninth in hte first practice Saturday and 25th in the final practice. Earnhardt said the team changed almost everything on his car the night before the race, which he thinks contributed to the poor performance.

“We definitely aren’t the team we were the last few years,” he said on “The Dale Jr. Download.” “We have to figure out what is going on, how we’re getting beat. … I’m disappointed, team is mad, I’m mad, the fans are mad. We can’t sit here and [complain] about it. We’re going to go to work.”

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Maria Sharapova’s Case to Go Up Before Anti-Doping Panel

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LONDON) — Representatives for Maria Sharapova are expected to appear before an International Tennis Federation anti-doping panel in London Wednesday.

The hearing comes after the five-time Grand Slam winner admitted using Meldonium, a heart disease drug that was added to the sport’s banned list of substances in January. Sharapova, 29, has been taking the drug for more than a decade.

The panel’s decision is not expected to be known for about two weeks. Worst case scenario: The IFT issues a four-year ban. Experts, however, say a 6- to 12-month ban is more likely.

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Report: Chris Weidman Forced Out of Title Rematch

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — It looks like former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will have to wait a bit longer to get a chance to win his title back.

A UFC official tells ESPN the fighter will not be able to go up against Luke Rockhold, who took the belt from Weidman last December, because of an injury. The title rematch was scheduled to headline UFC 199 on June 4.

While the injury has not been disclosed, sources close to Weidman say he is seeking several medical opinions and hopes to avoid surgery, ESPN reports.

The UFC is expected to make an announcement on UFC 199 in the next day or two.

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