On Sunday, the rumors became official as the NFL confirmed that Madonna will play the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. Here is a look at the connection between the pop singer and sports. In 1992, Madonna landed the role of outfielder Mae Mordabito in A League of Their Own , directed by Penny Marshall. She also composed the movie's theme song, This Used to be My Playground . The film reached No. 1 in the box office and made over $100 million.
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Before filming began, Madonna had to learn how to play baseball. In this photo, the singer works on her baseball skills during a summer in Chicago.
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Prior to A League Of Their Own , Madonna's only baseball experience was playing the role of interviewer to Randy Quaid (dressed as Cardinals pitcher Joaquin Andujar) during a November 1985 episode of Saturday Night Live.
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In 1994, Madonna started dating Spurs forward Dennis Rodman, which made the former Pistons star an easy target for fans. The relationship lasted just two months.
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Madonna takes in Game 4 of the 1994 NBA Finals with Magic Johnson and friend Ingrid Casares.
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Madonna and Muhammad Ali attend the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's annual dinner in 1995.
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Madonna can't get enough of the Knicks, as she attends another game at Madison Square Garden and talks to the team's No. 1 fan, Spike Lee.
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Madonna jogs in London's Green Park under the watchful eyes of her bodyguards in this 1997 photo.
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In 2008, rumors spread that Madonna was dating Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who had just divorced his wife. Though the two never publicly confirmed a romance, fans still heckled A-Rod.
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Madonna enjoys her seat along the third base line during a 2008 Reds-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.
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Madonna's night at the ballpark was soon ruined by the rain. In this photo, she tries to keep her son David dry as the duo is escorted out of the stadium.
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Madonna enters a 2009 taping of Late Show with David Letterman while riding on the hockey sticks of the New York Rangers, who delivered the "Top Ten List" for the broadcast.
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Madonna is so big in Toledo, Ohio, that the Mudhens named their mascot after the pop superstar.
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Madonna cuts the ribbon to officially open the Hard Candy Fitness gym in Mexico City.
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