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Be a sport: Photos from the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Sportscaster Chris Berman (R) and Bailey the Los Angeles Kings Mascot arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: A general view of the finale is seen onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Actress Cody Horn arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) NHL players Matt Greene, Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings eith award for Best Upset posing in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippers (L) and actress Hayden Panettiere arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) NBA player Steve Nash and Nascar driver Danica Patrick present award for Best Team onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Blake Griffin (L) and Kevin Love speak via satellite during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional skiier Lindsey Vonn walks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Host Rob Riggle speaks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Actor Rob Lowe with award recipient Eric LeGrand onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Demaryius Thomas arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: UFC fighters Jon Jones and Anderson Silva arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Rappers NAS (L) and Swizz Beatz perform onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Lehigh Basketball team Coach Murray Goodman, Gabe Knutson, John Adams, Jordan Hamilton, Coach Antoni Wyche and CJ McCollum arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Matthew Stafford of the Detriot Lions wins award Best Comeback Athlete poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Backstage & Audience

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson poses backstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA players Juwan Howard (L) and Mike Miller (R) of the Miami Heat accept the Best Team award from NBA player Steve Nash and Nascar driver Danica Patrick onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional surfer Maya Gabeira and actor Jesse Spencer arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional skier Maya Turski arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Backstage & Audience

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA players Juwan Howard (L) and Mike Miller of the Miami Heat, winners of the Best Team Award pose onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos and Professional skiier Lindsey Vonn onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Tennis player Daniela Hantuchova and NFL player Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Soccer player Carlos Bocanegra arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (L) and actress Zooey Deschanel speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Cleveland Browns player Josh Cribbs arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Brothers Dan Gronkowski, Gordie Gronkowski, Rob Gronkowski and Glenn Gronkowski arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Green Bay Packers player Desmond Bishop (ring detail) arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) UFC fighters Anderson Silva and Jon Jones arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL players Victor Cruz and Eli Manning of the New York Giants with Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional snowboarder Shaun White (L) and actress Olivia Munn speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: TV Personality Holly Robsinson Peete and kids arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional surfer Maya Gabeira and actor Jesse Spencer arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Demaryius Thomas accepts award for Best Moment poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Christian Watford wins award for Best Play poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Alpine Skiier Bode Miller (L) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: College Basketball player Pendarvis Williams (R) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NHL players Matt Greene, Dustin Brown, and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings accept the Best Upset award onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Eli Manning of the New York Giants arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Jessica Biel poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA player Steve Nash (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers and former Los Angeles Lakers coach, current head coach for the Texas Legends Del Harris arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Former NBA player Julius Erving and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: The Sasquatch (L) and actor Joel McHale arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Bailey The Los Angeles Kings Mascot arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Musician Nas and Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: US Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner (L) and NBA player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippers arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


Relive the glory and the rug burn of the red carpet and ceremony with a slideshow sampling of winning photos from Wednesday night's 2012 Espy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. 

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Could it be? Reports say Steve Nash headed to the Lakers

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Could Steve Nash be headed to the Lakers? ESPN thinks so.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, is reporting that Phoenix Suns' point guard Steve Nash, two-time NBA MVP is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal.

The sports network says an extra push from Kobe Bryant and the lure of staying near his family in Phoenix swayed Nash towards LA. 

The Arizona Republic has more details, reporting L.A. will send "two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $3.1 million in exchange for signing Nash to a three-year contract worth more than $25 million."

UPDATE from AP: Nash is indeed going to the Lakers — his agent confirmed that the deal was finalized on Wednesday at about 6 p.m.

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World Peace talks about not shaking hands after Lakers beat Denver in Game 7

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, of Spain reacts after scoring as Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried reacts as well during the second half in Game 7 in their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 96-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

THe Los Angeles Lakers defeated the the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, 96-87 in Game 7 of a first round series.

"Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum dominate inside, combining for 39 points and 35 rebounds while Steve Blake comes off the bench to hit five of six three-pointers and score 19 points," the L.A. Times reports excitedly.

Metta World Peace, after contributing 15 points, five rebounds and four steals in his first game back after a 7-game suspension for a controversial elbow to James Harden's head, told ESPN "I don't shake substitutes' hands," speaking about Harden's stand-in for Monday's game against Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Taxi torching arson suspect arrested for 2010 post-Lakers game melee

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An arson suspect in the two-year-old case of the taxi that was set on fire after the Lakers won the NBA Championship in 2010, was arrested and released on bail last weekend.

22-year-old Darren Cooper of San Bernardino came to the attention of investigators thanks to witness tips and footage taken of the June 17, 2010 incident, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

One of several acts of violence and vandalism that occurred near the Staples Center downtown, Cooper is accused of burning the taxi, and was charged with one felony count of arson to property, say authorities. 

"The taxi driver, out of fear for his own life, got out of the vehicle, and they proceeded to break the windows of his taxi, jump on his taxi, tear off the mirrors, tear off the taxi sign, graffiti across the hood of his car - and there were six individuals that we feel were responsible for the burning of his vehicle," said LA Fire Captain Jamie Moore who says they identified Cooper from a video taken by someone on the street.

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Arms deal: Lakers' Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow swing

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Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in L.A.

Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games, the NBA announced Tuesday. It is his tenth league suspension since 2003, notes the L.A. Times.

During last Sunday's game, Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden suffered a concussion when his head connected with MWP's swinging elbow.

Harden has not yet been cleared to play.

The suspension means World Peace will miss out on Thursday's regular-season finale at Sacramento. He also would not be eligible to play in six playoff games, should the Lakers soldier forth into that territory.

Any remaining part of his suspension will be applied to the beginning of next season.

He will not be paid for missed games.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

 

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