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The SportsNewser Interview: Holley Mangold

Holley Mangold went from an Internet sensation to a legitimate contender for the 2012 Olympic weightlifting team.

Mangold, the younger sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold, played high school football at Archbishop Alter High School in Ohio. Instead of trying to pursue football in college, Holley, who tips in at 300 pounds, switched sports after her coach noticed how much she could lift.

She will be featured Thursday on MTV’s True Life: I’m The Big Girl, which documents her weight loss and her pursuit of the Olympics. SportsNewser spoke to Holley about following in her brother’s footsteps in high school and dealing with Internet bullies.

SportsNewser: What inspired you to get into weightlifting?

Holley Mangold: I think it started from me first playing football. I was in the weight room one day and my coach said I was pretty strong for a girl. I started off doing power lifting and switched over to weight lifting.

How is training going for the 2012 Olympics?

Training is going great. I did have surgery about four months ago, but two months after that surgery, I went and competed and was back up to the weight I was doing before. Right now I’m hitting numbers that I’ve never hit before. It’s going really good.

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TNT Gives the New York Knicks More Game

Someone at TNT headquarters is paying attention to the excellent ratings the Carmelo Anthony-led New York Knicks are posting.

The cable channel plans to add the March 10 matchup between the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks to its national lineup. Ironically, the game replaces the Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets tilt. The Nuggets, of course, were Melo’s former team.

According to Sports Media Watch, “As a result, TNT will move that night’s Lakers/Heat game from 8 P.M. to 7 P.M.”

ESPN's Howard Bryant Arrested For Domestic Assault

ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant was arrested on Saturday and was charged with assaulting his estranged wife and hitting a police officer who tried to subdue him in Buckland, Mass.

Five witnesses gave statements that claimed Bryant was arguing with a woman and eventually choked and pushed her into a car. After the police arrived, Bryant reportedly struck an officer in the chest with his elbow. It took four police officers three minutes before they could subdue Bryant.

“We are gathering information about it,” spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Jeanette DeForge of The Republican.

Bryant was released on $5,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Greenfield District Court.

The former Washington Post writer was hired by ESPN in 2007 and is a contributor to ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

Turner Sports To Operate NCAA Digital Properties

Turner Sports has signed a 14-year deal with the NCAA to operate the digital properties for NCAA.com.

Turner plans to re-launch NCAA.com during the first quarter of 2011 with a focus on increased original programming, enhanced selection shows and live video for all 88 NCAA Championship tournaments across 23 sports. The deal also includes March Madness On Demand.

“Turner Sports is a perfect fit to manage the NCAA’s digital assets,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president for championships and business strategies. “The agreement will enable Turner and the NCAA to enhance the coverage of all 88 NCAA championships across multiple digital platforms. NCAA Digital will provide fans, student-athletes and their families with reliable, in-depth resources to engage with NCAA championship events both live and on demand.”

Earlier this year, Turner and CBS won a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal to broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Turner Sports and the NCAA first discussed digital rights during negotiations for a new college basketball deal.

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