Fly’s rumorama: Cristiano Ronaldo, Takeru Kobayashi, Eric Mangini, Bill Belichick, Steve McNair, LeBron James, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez

Soccer: Tweet du jour, from Jemele Hill: "Welcome Cristiano Ronaldo to baby-daddy-hood."

Eating: Who figured the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest would lead to an arrest? Since when did professional eating need some kind of collective bargaining agreement? Would be ironic if Takeru Kobayashi went on a hunger strike, wouldn’t it?

NFL: Fly’s pal Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com reports in his NFL season preview guide that Eric Mangini would like to patch things up with mentor Bill Belichick. "When I talk about him, he was my mentor. He taught me everything, and I respect him tremendously," Mangini says." That’s not bull. That’s how I feel. I hope at some point, we’ll be able to sit down and talk about things and get back to a better relationship. It’s not there right now, but at some point, things have a tendency to roll back."

• The one-year anniversary of Steve McNair’s death leaves his family still searching for answers, USA Today reports.

NBA: Keep dreaming, Nets. The New York Daily News reports that LeBron waiting until Wednesday or Thursday gives the team more time to make salary cap room for LeBron and one of his superstar friends — most likely by trading forward Kris Humphries. According to the Daily News, the only guy the Nets won’t give up is Brook Lopez.

Soccer: Tweet du jour, from Jemele Hill: "Welcome Cristiano Ronaldo to baby-daddy-hood."

Eating: Who figured the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest would lead to an arrest? Since when did professional eating need some kind of collective bargaining agreement? Would be ironic if Takeru Kobayashi went on a hunger strike, wouldn’t it?

NFL: Fly’s pal Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com reports in his NFL season preview guide that Eric Mangini would like to patch things up with mentor Bill Belichick. "When I talk about him, he was my mentor. He taught me everything, and I respect him tremendously," Mangini says." That’s not bull. That’s how I feel. I hope at some point, we’ll be able to sit down and talk about things and get back to a better relationship. It’s not there right now, but at some point, things have a tendency to roll back."

• The one-year anniversary of Steve McNair’s death leaves his family still searching for answers, USA Today reports.

NBA: Keep dreaming, Nets. The New York Daily News reports that LeBron waiting until Wednesday or Thursday gives the team more time to make salary cap room for LeBron and one of his superstar friends — most likely by trading forward Kris Humphries. According to the Daily News, the only guy the Nets won’t give up is Brook Lopez.

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