Stanton Poses ‘In the Flesh’ for ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue”

There’s apparently more than meets the eye when it comes to Giancarlo Stanton… At least when he’s wearing his Miami Marlins uniform.

The 23-year-old half-Puerto Rican professional baseball player, who was named Topps All-Star Rookie Outfielder in 2010 and a National League All-Star in 2012, shows off his oh-so-toned cuerpo in ESPN‘s fifth annual “The Body Issue.”

Giancarlo Stanton

Stanton, an MLB Home Run Derby pick, is one of more than a dozen athletes appearing completamente desnudos in the sports magazine’s popular issue, which aims to admire the vast potential of the human form and appreciate “the bodies we want.”

“Baseball — it’s a grind, man,” says Stanton. “With all the travel, you have to schedule your workouts. But I have cheat days. If I’m going to cheat, I’m going to cheat. It’s no, ‘Oh, I’ll have one bite.’ I’m eating the whole thing and you order on your own.”

For his wet-and-wild shoot, the Marlins outfielder stripped down to his birthday suit and was coated with gold paint before being splashed with water in his infield area.

But Stanton isn’t the only Hispanic athlete featured in ESPN’s “The Body Issue.”

Daila Ojeda

Daila Ojeda appears opposite her boyfriend Chris Sharma in a dramatic series of rock images.

The 32-year-old Spanish rock climber says, “through climbing, you can learn important things like motivation, personal growth, fear. The important thing for me is trying to force my own limits. I try what I want to try; I don’t think about the success,” says Ojeda.

Marlen Esparza

Meanwhile, Marlen Esparza hits the ring in her birthday suit and a pair of boxing gloves.

The 23-year-old Mexican American boxer, who earned a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, is photographed in mid-action, as she takes jabs at a punching bag.

“I imagine the fight over and over,” says Esparza. “I imagine my opponent, I imagine what she’s throwing, what I’m going to throw back. Sometimes I win the fight, sometimes I lose. I just imagine every scenario – that way when I get in the ring it’s not as intimidating, it’s like I’ve already done it.”

Stanton, Ojeda and Esparza follow in the naked footsteps of Carlos Bocanegra, Maria Gabeira and Danell Leyva, who were featured in last year’s issue.

Lochte Breaks His Own 200-Meter Individual Medley Record

Ryan Lochte doesn’t seem to be slowing down after the 2012 London Games

The 28-year-old swimming sensation – an 11-time Olympic medalist – broke his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley Friday at the short-course world championships, and he celebrated the feat by giving away his medal to a boy in the crowd.

Ryan Lochte

“To see that smile on that little face means everything to me,” said Lochte, who finished the eight laps in 1 minute, 49.63 seconds. Daiya Seto of Japan won the silver in 1:52.80, and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary won the bronze in 1:52.80.

Lochte set his earlier record of 1:50.08 at the last short-course championships in Dubai in 2010, when the American won six gold medals and one silver. He’s won four races so far at this year’s event, which is taking place in Istanbul. He captured five medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, including two golds.

“Any time you break the world record, it’s amazing,” said Lochte. “I swam my best time, of course. I wanted to do something that no one else did here. I didn’t know I was going that fast anyway.”

After the awards ceremony, Lochte gave his medal to a fan, 9-year-old Arda Cakmak. Cakmak, the medal ribbon around his neck, showed off the prize to friends and photographers at the Sinan Erdem Arena.

Ryan Lochte III

“One of the main reasons for racing is because of my fans, so I always want to give something back,” the swimmer said. “If I took the medal, it would end up in a sock drawer. If I give it to a fan, they’re going to treasure it. It will make their day or even their life.”

This was Lochte’s fourth consecutive gold medal in the discipline, making him the second man to achieve that feat at the short-course championships. James Hickman of Britain won the 200 butterfly five times between 1997-2004.

del Potro Defeats Federer to Claim Swiss Indoors Title

Juan Martín del Potro played the role of spoiler at the Swiss Indoors Basel to add another title to his count…

The 24-year-old Argentine tenista beat hometown favorite Roger Federer in the finals on Sunday, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) to claim his fourth title of the year.

Juan Martin del Potro

Del Potro demonstrated a remarkable all-around game to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Federer in the 2012 Olympic Games semifinals in August.

“It was an unbelievable final,” said del Potro, who never dropped serve and raised his game in the decisive tiebreaker. “You can’t wait, you have to go to (get) the victory.”

Federer, who won the event in five of the past six years, was seeking his 77th career title to tie John McEnroe at fourth on the Open Era list.

“I didn’t play a good tiebreaker in the third and that was the story of the match,” said Federer, offering generous praise to his opponent. “I definitely think he is right there again.”

Juan Martin del Potro

Del Potro ended a six-match losing streak against the top-ranked Swiss player this year, which included a five-set defeat at the French Open.

“This time it was for me,” said del Potro, who improved to 3-13 lifetime against Federer. The first of those victories was in the 2009 U.S. Open.

del Potro won for the second straight week after taking the Vienna title. It’s the 13th title of his career. He will likely remain No. 8 in the world when the rankings are updated Monday.

del Potro Claims Erste Bank Open Title…

It’s a perfect dozen for Juan Martin del Potro

The 24-year-old Argentine professional tenista , currently ranked No. 8 in the world, won his 12th career title on Sunday, beating qualifier Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open.

Juan Martin del Potro

It’s only the second indoor title for “Delpo,” who earned the bronze medal in men’s singles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

del Potro, the top-seed at the Austrian event, was playing his first tournament since returning from a right wrist injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

“It’s been a fantastic week,” said del Potro. “Coming back to the tour and being seeded No. 1 put me under pressure. I am so happy now. Winning a tournament means a lot. It’s important to have a good end to the year.”

del Potro improved to 12-5 in finals and is a strong favorite to pick up one of the remaining berths at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

Juan Martin del Potro

“That was on my mind coming here,” he said. “I am looking even better now … but I still have two big tournaments and must do well in Basel and Paris.”

A losing finalist last year, del Potro survived a shaky start against the 70th-ranked Zemlja, who was the first player from Slovenia to reach a final after upsetting Janko Tipsarevic in the semifinals.

At 2-2 in the opening set, del Potro lost serve for the first time in the tournament. But from 2-4 down, he won 11 of the next 15 games to close out the victory.

“It wasn’t a good start, I was nervous because it was a final,” said del Potro. “In the second set, I broke him early and that gave me confidence to play the final like everyone expected me to do.”

Aguilera Mocks Her Fellow Coaches in Latest “The Voice” Promo

The upcoming season of The Voice may still be more than a week away… But, Christina Aguilera and her fellow coaches are pulling out all the stops to make sure NBC’s hit reality singing competition stays top of mind…

Following the release of the Olympic-themed promo for The Voice, NBC has released an entertaining promo clip to promote the show’s third season and highlights the celebrity coaches’ great chemistry.

The Voice Judges

The video features the 31-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton—who were recently puppetized for Sesame Street getting their imitations on, as they do their best impressions of one another.

For her part, Aguilera mimics Shelton’s Southern accent, saying “I’m married to Miranda.”

When asked to give their best impression of the only female coach on the show, Shelton twitches his right upper lip while Levine tilts his head right and left.

Meanwhile, Shelton’s impression of Green has him moving his head back in a mock snooze. The country music crooner later gives a blank expression when mimicking Levine. The Maroon 5 frontman, on the other hand, imitates Shelton’s trademark line, “Damn it, Christina!”

The Voice will kick off its third season on Monday, September 10 at 8:00 pm on NBC with some new twists, one of which will allow coaches to “steal” the other coach’s protégés during the battle rounds.

Anthony’s VH1 Reality Series Gets Third Season Order

It’s the power of three for La La Anthony

VH1 has ordered a third season of the 33-year-old Nuyorican actress and reality television star’s series La La’s Full Court Life.

La La Anthony

The new season will follow Anthony as she launches a new clothing line and travels to London to watch her husband, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, go for the gold at the 2012 Olympic Games as a member of the USA men’s basketball team.

The second season of La La’s Full Court Life averaged 1.6 million viewers.

The third season is set to launch early next year.

Marques Becomes First Latina to Win a Modern Pentathlon Olympic Medal

London Olympics 2012

Yane Marques’ name should soon appear in the Olympic history books following her medal-winning performance at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Yane Marques

The 28-year-old Brazilian athlete claimed the bronze medal on Sunday in the modern pentathlon at the London Games, making her the first Latina to win a medal in that event since it was added to the competition roster at the 2000 Olympic Games.

The modern pentathlon contest includes five events: fencing, swimming, riding and a combined run/shoot portion.

Yane Marques

Marques and top-ranked Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania were tied for the lead going into the final contest, the combined running and shooting event. Marques shot better, but Asadauskaite overtook her in the first running lap and stayed ahead of the field to claim the gold medal.

Samantha Murray of Britain edged Marques out of silver position after overtaking her in the final round. Marques’ final score was a 5340, only 16 points behind Murray’s score of 5356.

Yane Marques

But Marques shouldn’t be ashamed… It was a vast improvement from her previous Olympic effort for the 2007 Pan American Games champion, who finished in 18th place at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Carrazana Strikes (Boxing) Gold at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Following his stellar performance at the 2012 Olympic Games, Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana could be considered a teenage (boxing) dream and the sport’s bright future…

The 18-year-old Cuban fighter beat Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia on Sunday to win flyweight gold at the London Games.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana
After Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo won Cuba’s first Olympics boxing gold in eight years on Saturday, Carrazana’s winning performance gave the country its 34thgold.

Throughout the bout, Carrazana showed a striking display of skill. He sized up his opponent in the opening exchanges before taking a tight first round that proved to be a battle of the left hooks.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana
Carranza, who breezed through his draw, soaked up more pressure in the second round, evading much of what was thrown at him to keep his narrow lead going into the last round.

The fight opened up a little more in the last round as Carrazana began flinging and landing left upper cuts, but Nyambayar—who upset world champion Misha Aloian of Russia on his way to the final—could not get through the quick Cuban’s defense.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana

Carrazana fell to his knees when the final score of 17-14 was called before dancing around the ring, showboating a little by doing a few push-ups and taking a lap of honor with the Cuban flag.

López Claims Cuba’s Second Wrestling Medal at London Games

London Olympics 2012

Liván López Azcuy has claimed Olympic bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games…

Livan Lopez Azcuy

The 30-year-old Cuban grappler beat Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan in his bronze medal match on Sunday in the men’s freestyle wrestling 66kg at the London Games.

In winning the bronze medal at this year’s match, López matches his medal-earning performance at the 2011 world championships in Istanbul. He also claimed the gold in the category at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Livan Lopez Azcuy

López gives Cuba its second wrestling medal at the London Games, after Mijaín López’s won a Greco-Roman wrestling gold earlier in the Games.

Iglesias Wins Light Welterweight Gold at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Roniel Iglesias has gone from third to first at the 2012 Olympic Games

The 23-year-old Cuban fighter won the men’s boxing light welterweight (64kgs) gold medal at the London Games on Saturday with a 22-15 win over Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk, earning Cuba’s first Olympics boxing gold in eight years.

Roniel Iglesias
Mongolia’s Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg and Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre won bronze medals.

Iglesias, the 2009 world champion, improved on the bronze he won at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with a solid display.

“Today is the most important in my whole career,” said Iglesias “Without my family I could not achieve this victory. They will be so proud and I dedicate this to them.”

Roniel Iglesias
Iglesias deserved the title after showing consistency throughout his match en route to the final, including his 18-15 win over Brazil’s world champion Everton dos Santos in the Round of 16.

With some quick jabs and solid head shots, the Iglesias took the first round 5-4, having knocked Berinchyk down, and he maintained his work-rate to take the second 6-5.
Roniel Iglesias

Berinchyk was out-classed in the third as Iglesias upped the pace and finished by taking the round 11-6 to take gold, giving Cuba it’s first boxing gold at this year’s games after the traditional amateur power failed to win a gold in Beijing