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Updated: December 2, 2012 10:23PM



Muhammad Ali says he used to abstain from sex for six weeks before a fight. MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is taking a different training method.

Rousey, widely considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, was asked by Jim Rome how long a fighter should abstain before a bout.

“For girls, it raises your testosterone, so I try to have as much sex as possible before I fight,” she said.

Rousey quickly clarified that her training regimen depends on whether she has a steady boyfriend, saying, “I don’t put out Craigslist ads or anything.”

The great debate about whether athletes should have sex before competition rages on. Science aside, the best quote on the subject comes from Casey Stengel.

“It ain’t getting it that hurts them, it’s staying up all night looking for it,” he once said.

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Rasheed Wallace picked up two technical fouls and was ejected for the first time since returning to the NBA in the first quarter of the Knicks’ victory over Phoenix on Sunday.

Wallace played only 1:25 off the bench before getting upset after fouling Luis Scola. He was called for a first technical for hitting Scola across the arm after the whistle, then hit with the second and an automatic ejection after yelling “Ball don’t lie!” — his way of saying the call was wrong — toward an official after Goran Dragic missed the free throw.

It was Wallace’s 31st career ejection, most in the NBA since 1991-92, according to STATS, LLC. The temperamental forward has been called for more than 300 techs in his career, leading the league seven times.

AP

Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash.

The Hall of Fame shortstop sold his 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1980-92 for $519,203, SCP Auctions said Sunday. His 2011 St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series ring sold for $51,364 and his 2006 ring went for $42,448. Both were gifts from the team.

Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves used during fights each sold for $385,848. They were used against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, and for his first bout against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971.

A Babe Ruth team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642, Oscar Robertson’s NBA MVP Award from 1963-64 for $177,632 and a Robertson 1960 U.S. Olympic team jersey for $121,324.

Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy sold for $173,102. A Lou Gehrig game-used bat from 1938 or ‘39 sold for $75,205 — the same price as a 1966 Green Bay Super Bowl ring presented to Steve Wright.

AP

Louisiana Tech, with a 9-3 record and the top-rated offense in the country, isn’t going to a bowl game.

La. Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said that Independence Bowl organizers offered a spot in their game on Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs had other possibilities available. Van De Velde said he asked the Independence Bowl for more time to make a decision, but was told by game organizers that they couldn’t wait.

“Nobody turned a bowl bid down,” he said. “We asked for more time to vet two other opportunities that we had that we felt good about.”

But when Northern Illinois slipped into the Bowl Championship Series, taking a possible BCS bid away from Oklahoma, it started a domino effect that filled those spots with teams from the Big 12. AP



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