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Hot Clicks: Bethany Dempsey; Kobe Bryant's mask; Clipper Darrell controversy

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After Dwyane Wade busted his nose in the All-Star Game last Sunday, Kobe Bryant had to wear this mask last night. I'm going to try something new here to see how this works. I've posted the above picture on the Hot Clicks Facebook page. When you're done reading this edition of Hot Clicks, head over there and leave a caption for the photo.
The Clippers Are The Worst (As Usual)
Despite their turnaround on the court, the Clippers remain one of the most pathetic franchises in all of sports. The team recently told Clipper Darrell, a superfan for 15 years, that it wants him to stop using "Clipper" in his nickname and stop giving interviews about the team. (He tweeted yesterday afternoon, "It is with great sadness 2 say this that I have been told by @LAClippers front office that they no longer want me 2 b Clipper Darrell") Think about this. Here's a guy who has supported a laughingstock for FIFTEEN YEARS, and now that the team is a contender, some killjoy in its front office decides to go after him. The story gets even sadder when you read Darrell's own words, in this blog post he titled, "I AM DEVASTATED." In another twist to this story, several Clippers players took to Twitter yesterday to show support for Darrell. Chris Paul tweeted, "WE GOT YOU!!!" Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also tweeted about Darrell, but later deleted the messages. One can only assume management must have gotten to them, which just adds to how pathetic the Clippers are.
Melt. Down.
Nick Vitucci, head coach of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, went completely ballistic last Saturday after he felt a Wheeling Nailers player had instigated a fight with one of his guys. By "ballistic," I mean shouting expletives, showing off an Ichiro-like arm while throwing water bottles on the ice, and flinging sticks as if they were frisbees. Puck Daddy has the story, and more importantly, the video.
Photo Gallery Of The Day
Bethany Dempsey :: Yu Tsai/SI
The U.S. men's soccer team beat Italy for the first time ever yesterday. Clint Dempsey scored the game's lone goal. His wife, Bethany, appeared in Sports Illustrated's 2010 Swimsuit Issue. This seems like a good time to revisit that gallery.
Announcers Gone Wild
Here's Gus Johnson being Gus Johnson last night as he calls the final moments of a tight Northwestern-Ohio State game. Meanwhile, over on the NBC Sports Network, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick got into a heated exchange about whether a hit was cheap or not.
The Hot Clicks Podcast
Jaime Edmondson recently made headlines for acknowledging she was dating Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. On this podcast, she talks about her relationship with Longoria, as well as her career as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader, her time on the ing Race, her life as a Playboy playmate, what it was like to be the only woman ever featured in Hot Clicks for a full week and more. You can listen to the podcast below, download it on iTunes or download it to your mp3 player.

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Sports Video Of The Day
You need to see what Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio did to the Lakers guard Derek Fisher last night.

Dominoes Video Of The Day
Yup, 850 people set the world record for human mattress dominoes yestrday.

Model Video Of The Day
I sometimes get e-mails from women asking how they can get in SI's Swimsuit Issue. I sometimes get e-mails from men asking if I can get certain women in the SI Swimsuit Issue. The truth is, I have ZERO influence or pull regarding the Swimsuit Issue. However, I've decided to make it my goal this year to get Brazilian model Lisalla Montenegro in next year's Swimsuit Issue. She tweeted the video below yesterday. The campaign begins now.

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