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New York native Lady Gaga stormed into the Bronx Friday night wearing the mandatory pinstripes, but not much else. After her team lost to the cross-town rival New York Mets, Gaga apparently talked her way past security and into the clubhouse before press was allowed to visit with the team. The NY Post originally reported that Gaga was later banned from the clubhouse

A fuming Hal Steinbrenner informed Yankee Stadium executives that Lady Gaga is permanently banned from the team’s clubhouse after her boozy antics — including swigging whiskey and repeatedly fondling her boobs — during a visit to the house that Ruth built Friday night…

Since the initial report, it appears the Yankees are singing a different tune and Lady Gaga, like other celebs, is welcome to meet with the team.

“She’s not banned,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday. “Celebrities aren’t banned. If Michael Jordan showed up here he would have access (to the clubhouse), but not after a loss.”

While names of the players that visited with the new Queen of Pop, it’s rumored that both Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez visited with her.

Lady Gaga has been the fixture of much baseball drama in New York City over the past several days, starting with her visit to Citi Field on June 10th when she warmly flipped off Mets fans and photographers. ESPN.com is reporting:

This provided not only a treat for photographers but also a marketing opportunity for the Mets; they’ve designated this coming Wednesday’s game vs. the Tigers as “Go Gaga for Wright” night, to campaign for third baseman David Wright’s election to the National League All-Star team. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a blue foam hand with the index finger extended — “the best finger,” according to a TV commercial for the promotion — and the words “Make Wright #1” printed on it.

Fanhouse.com is reporting:

On Friday, the officiating at the FIFA World Cup came a bit more into focus.

A controversial call took a goal away from the United States late in their match against Slovenia. As a result, the American team had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Slovenia. The U.S. was denied a chance to become the first team ever to rally for a win after trailing a World Cup match 2-0.

Friday night, there was a report that referee Koman Coulibaly would not be used by FIFA for any more matches in the World Cup. Monday, FIFA indeed moved in that direction, keeping Coulibaly off its list of referees for upcoming matches.

The latest list covers matches being played Tuesday and Wednesday. Included in that is the next game for the U.S., which comes Wednesday against Algeria in Pretoria. The Americans can advance to the round of 16 with a win, or they can draw the match and get help from the other Group C match, which pits England against group leader Slovenia in Port Elizabeth.

Coulibaly is not on the list, as a referee or an assistant.

Moreover, FIFA looks to have assigned a highly-respected referee to the U.S.-Algeria match. Frank De Bleeckere of Belgium will work the next game for the Americans.

FIFA has come under fire during this World Cup for a number of controversial calls that have been made, including another one Monday that saw a Swiss player sent off with a red card against Chile. Brazilian star Kaka appeared to be on the wrong end of a bad call Sunday, getting his second yellow card of the World Cup — leaving him ineligible for Brazil’s match against Portugal Friday — on a call that looked to be marginal at best.

The call that went against the Americans in the 86th minute Friday may have cost them a win, but another controversial call by Coulibaly will carry effects over to Wednesday. Robbie Findley was given a yellow card erroneously for a handball in the first half, and he will have to miss that match against Algeria. It was his second yellow of the World Cup.

It was a thrilling game with some questionable calls. The refs weren’t exactly up to par with some spectators’ expectations:

Check out the best post-game speech ever made…

Armani has released the first set of ads with their new spokesman, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates take the field on Tuesday at 10am (EST) vs. Ivory Coast in the 2010 World Cup.

Dallas Police have released video of Tennessee Titan QB Vince Young in a back room altercation at a strip club over the weekend. While the cause of the fight has not been released, reports suggest that Young was extremely cooperative with authorities and could face a fine of up to $500.

While the fight is not expected to draw punishment from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, it does come as a surprise to some who followed Young’s personal struggles off the field over the last 2 seasons.

Less than 24 hours after the blown call heard around the world, the Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga met a teary-eyed Jim Joyce to present today’s lineup card at home plate.

It’s only happened 20 times in history. The elusive perfect game was just 1 out away from becoming a reality for the Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga when umpire Jim Joyce missed what should have been the simplest of calls to take away Galarraga’s place the history books.

Joyce later made a statement admitting his mistake saying:

I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he (Jason Donald) beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career. I don’t blame them a bit or anything that was said. I would have said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would have been the first person in my face and he never said a word to me.

As soon as Joyce called the runner safe, Galarraga stood there smiling, the image of grace and perfection – even if it won’t show up in the record books.

It was only a matter of time before the instant replay became a part of the game with home runs… is it time to implement it when history is involved?