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Stephen Colbert Challenges Sugar Ray Leonard to Thumb Wrestle (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 8th 2011 4:55AM
Sugar Ray Leonard, 'The Colbert Report'If you can't beat a champ at their game, level the playing field to something you're more confident in. That's exactly what Stephen Colbert did to Sugar Ray Leonard on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

"I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm gonna throw down the glove right now," he declared dramatically. "Will you thumb-wrestle me?"

Leonard tried to get inside his head by reminding Colbert that he was a "real fighter," but it didn't work. "I had eight brothers," Colbert returned.

And then it was on. A brutal match, with both fighters trying to psych each other out, several false starts, but in the end there could be only one victor.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Would Rather Get Punched Than Learn the Paso Doble (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 14th 2011 1:15PM
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Sugar Ray Leonard and his partner Anna Trebunskaya were eliminated on 'Dancing With the Stars' this week. It came none too soon, judging by the couple's appearance on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' today. Regis Philbin suggested Leonard should have punched 'DWTS' judge Bruno Tonioli, and Leonard admitted he thought about it. Kelly Ripa also asked if he'd rather get punched in the head repeatedly or learn the paso doble.

"I would prefer to get hit in the head by Tommy Hearns every day," said Leonard. "The paso doble was pretty tough." What held him back from punching Tonioli, said Leonard, was that his fists are lethal weapons.

Ripa also asked if Leonard had to register his hands as lethal weapons. He said no, then she added, "Because that is so sexy, so just tell me yes." Leonard quickly changed his answer to yes.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Sugar Ray Leonard's Exit and More Dating Rumors

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 13th 2011 7:00AM
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna TrebunskayaDespite an improved performance and not being the lowest scoring couple, Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya were sent packing last night on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

The couple had scored 21 points on Monday's performance show and earned high praise from taskmaster judge Len Goodman, who said he was "thoroughly entertained" by the duo's Viennese Waltz.

Producers kept everyone guessing by having host Tom Bergeron announce that top-scoring duo Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas were in jeopardy and could be sent home. In the end, however, it was the revered fighter who went down for the count.

Leonard and Trebunskaya spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line immediately after the live results show.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Wanted to Win 'DWTS': 'My Heart Hurts' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 4:10AM
Anna Trebunskaya & Sugar Ray Leonard, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Sugar Ray Leonard may not have looked all broken up about his elimination from 'Dancing with the Stars' this week, but the competition did matter to him. As a boxer, competition is something that's in his blood, so it's hard to imagine him not caring, as Jimmy Kimmel suggested on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

"An Olympic gold medalist, boxing champion over and over and over again," Kimmel said detailing some of Leonard's achievements. So, of 'DWTS': "Who cares, really? Right?"

"I care," Leonard responded. "I wanted to win."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Results: 'The Heart of the Show' Eliminated (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 1:00AM
'Dancing with the Stars' eliminationKendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel went into this week's 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) results show with the lowest score (18) from the judges for their Viennese Waltz.

The couple with the next-lowest score was Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya, at 21 points. In other words, it was going to take the power of the people to save the former 'Girl Next Door.'

But so far this season, we haven't seen the popular vote make a difference in the final results. Was the writing on the wall for Kendra? Would Kirstie Alley's fans come through for her, despite her shoe fumble on the dance floor and her third-from-worst 22 points?

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Will Mike Catherwood Go From 'Dancing With the Stars' to 'The Bachelor'?

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 30th 2011 11:30AM
Lacey Schwimmer and Mike CatherwoodIt wasn't too shocking that 'Psycho' Mike Catherwood, a Los Angeles–based disc jockey, was the first celebrity sent packing last night on season 12 of 'Dancing With the Stars.' After all, he earned the lowest combined score after two dances.

His pro partner, Lacey Schwimmer, who went all the way to the finals last season, now finds herself as the first dancer to exit the show. On the plus side, the dancer/singer got to meet Britney Spears last night since she was a guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' (Ejected stars and dancers are invited to appear on the late-night talk show the night that they're voted off the program.)

Before the couple headed to Hollywood to appear on Kimmel's show, they chatted with TV Squad on the post-show press line to talk about their 'DWTS' experience and plans for the future -- specifically, would Catherwood be the new 'Bachelor' on ABC?

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'Dancing With the Stars' Results: Who Was the First Eliminated Contestant? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2011 12:18AM
'Psycho Mike' Catherwood, 'Dancing With the Stars'After two weeks of performances, there has been a consistency toward the bottom of the leader board on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). Wendy Williams and "Psycho Mike" Catherwood have struggled with the lowest over-all scores each week from the judges. Could support from viewers at home save them?

It certainly wasn't going to be easy for them, but we've seen crazier things on this show. Wendy Williams has a very loyal following from her television show, while "Psycho Mike" has his loyal listeners.

It wouldn't take too much to elevate them above some of the other lower-scoring contestants like Sugar Ray Leonard, Petra Nemcova, Kendra Wilkinson and even Chelsea Kane. This is where the blend of public and judge's votes can make things interesting.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Week Two Elimination Nerves

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 29th 2011 9:00AM
He may have the best smile, but Mike Catherwood is also the least-known star on season 12 of 'Dancing With the Stars', and his combined score of 30 after two weeks of dancing is the lowest. Can the Los Angeles disc jockey and his partner Lacey Schwimmer evade tonight's elimination on 'DWTS'?

"I have the lowest fan base and lowest score," Catherwood told TV Squad on the post-show press line last night. "If anything keeps us on the show beyond this week we'll have to do things differently. It can't be just, 'Oh, I'll try harder.' We'll have to go back to the drawing board and break it down."

If Catherwood manages to avoid being sent home during tonight's elimination show he'll have Schwimmer to thank. She brings her own fan following, not just from 'DWTS,' but also from 'So You Think You Can Dance' on which she appeared from 2007–08.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Week One Was 'Terrifying'

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 22nd 2011 9:00AM
Karina Smirnoff and Ralph MacchioRalph Macchio, 49, and Kirstie Alley, 60, are two of the older contestants on season 12 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' but after the first night of dancing they took early leads with top scores of, respectively, 24 and 23.

The star of 'The Karate Kid' and his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, performed a Foxtrot that judge Len Goodman called the best one of the night.

Macchio's an actor; did that play a role in how successfully he embraced his part on the dance floor?

"Yes. Dancing is like acting only you use your body," said Smirnoff. "It allows him tap into the character so much better."

"[Acting] is less painful," joked Macchio. "Less painful."

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'GMA' Goes Behind the Scenes at Final 'DWTS' Rehearsal (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 21st 2011 2:00PM
'GMA' Goes Behind the Scenes at Final 'DWTS' Rehearsal'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) went behind the scenes at the final 'Dancing With the Stars' rehearsal as contestants took one last opportunity to hone their skills before tonight's premiere.

Several celebrities seemed to suffering from a case of nerves. Kendra Wilkinson, in particular, said she was battling stage fright. "I swear, if I make eye contact with one person in the audience, I will just freeze and just stop," she said.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Talks Practice for New Season of 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 7th 2011 2:00PM
Sugar Ray Leonard Talks Practice for New Season of 'Dancing With the Stars'Sugar Ray Leonard complains on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated) that practice for the new season of 'Dancing With the Stars' was frustrating at first. But, he's slowly gaining confidence over time as he hones his moves.

"The first two days I was really frustrated and I was really discouraged because the things didn't happen. You know, I was thinking about moving this way, but my body did not operate the same time. But now, it's getting better and better," said Leonard, who's partnered with Anna Trebunskaya.

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Does the DWTS 2011 Cast Have Enough Controversy?

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 1st 2011 11:00AM
DWTS 2011 season 12 cast
Forget about having to master the Argentine Tango and the Paso Doble. 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants have to also learn how to handle the media since doing press is a big part of the show.

The season 12 contestants (minus model Petra Nemcova, who wasn't at the cast announcement) got their feet wet immediately after they were announced during Monday night's 'The Bachelor' by doing a round of start-up interviews with members of the media. TV Squad was on the scene to quiz the stars with a variety of questions.

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'Dancing With the Stars' 2011: Season 12 Cast Announced

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:12PM
Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 12 castThe 'Dancing With the Stars' 2011 spring cast, announced Monday night during 'The Bachelor,' includes a talk show host, model, football star, '80s acting faves and Disney Channel starlet. So, all in all, it was a typical line-up for the popular ABC reality show.

The rumors we reported earlier came true: 'Cheers' star Kirstie Alley and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson were both on the official roster. And while Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't end up joining 'DWTS' (and neither did Joy Behar, despite our wish list), pro wrestler Chris Jericho and talk show host Wendy Williams will be among the celebrities shaking their hips.

Two of the bigger names on the cast are actors who broke out in the '80s -- Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio. Can the 'Cheers' star and the 'Karate Kid' have a shot at following in the foosteps of Jennifer Grey, who starred in the classic 'Dirty Dancing'?

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Seven Olympic athletes who transitioned to television - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 13th 2008 2:02PM

When I think about the Olympics I don't think about the grandeur of the competitions, the feeling of global community, the individual stories of the athletes, or the mesmerizing synchronized swimming routines. The one thing that comes to mind when I think about the Olympics: anonymity. Out of the thousands of athletes that compete in these games many fade into the daily routine of their countries once the Closing Ceremony is completed.

Yet, there are a handful, particularly the up-and-coming stars of each Olympic games, that remain in the spotlight well after the torch has been extinguished. Some continue into the professional sports realm, others become "experts" in their field, and some jump into another profession altogether. Then there are those who enjoy the television spotlight so much that they remain in the medium in one capacity or another.

Sometimes it's as themselves on other television properties. Other times they dabble into the acting field with mixed results. Here are seven Olympic athletes who continued their careers on television in one form or another.

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The Contender returns for a third season

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 10th 2007 3:23PM

The Contender returns to ESPN for a third seasonYou probably thought that The Contender had disappeared from the television galaxy after its one and only season on NBC, didn't you? Well, you'd be utterly wrong. The fact of the matter is that the boxing reality show has been a quiet success on ESPN. So much so, that it has been renewed for a third season.

To refresh your memory The Contender, which is hosted by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, features 16 fighters that compete for the Contender championship and the share of a seven-figure purse. The season two finale of the show drew 2.3 million viewers and was ESPN's top-rated boxing telecast in nine years.

In the third season, which will premiere on September 4th at 10 pm, look for a new weight class, new trainers, and a bigger purse. In addition, viewers will be able to see unedited versions of each week's episode-ending bout on ESPN2.

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