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Sun-Up: Cam Newton allegations surface; Doc Rivers says Charlie Villanueva broke 'unwritten rule'; Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillio; Happy trails, Edgar Renteria

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Things were going so well for Cam Newton.

He is the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman, is master and commander of the undefeated Auburn Tigers and the subject of a recent "Sports Illustrated" feature chronicling his unusual path to this point atop college football

But now, reports of a man claiming to represent the quarterback during the height of his recruitment from junior college last year trying to solicit a six-figure payment have surfaced.

One-time Mississippi State quarterback John Bond said he was contacted by a former teammate who "said it would take some cash to get Cam."

Newton's father, minister Cecil Newton, denied having any knowledge of the alleged offer.

The NCAA has not yet commented on the situation ...

Talents to South London?
LeBron James continued his recent trend of attempting to play for super-teams. The Miami Heat star is interested in playing for the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

Earlier this week, Kobe Bryant committed to play in London.

Patriotic Cavaliers fans would have to root for him then, right?

Tattler!
Doc Rivers says Charlie Villanueva broke an "unwritten rule" by sharing some trash talk doled out by Kevin Garnett.

The Detroit Piston stirred up trouble when he alleged the Boston Celtics big man told him he looked like a cancer patient. Garnett responded by saying he told Villanueva he was "cancerous to his team."

I know, I know, all very mature.

Rivers lamented that guys these days take trash talk so personal and pined for the past, where he claimed to have enjoyed going insult-for-insult with Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller.

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Back on that horse
Noted Cincinnati Bearcats fan Nick Lachey is engaged to Vanessa Minnillo. The former 98 Degrees crooner previously entered into holy matrimony with Jessica Simpson. That, of course, didn't last.

And finally ...
Just days after winning the World Series MVP, the San Francisco Giants have dropped Edgar Renteria.

Yeah, that's how fast things can change in the big leagues.

The decision to not pick up Renteria's $9.5 million option isn't surprising because the 34-year-old shortstop is considering retirement.

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