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Will Smith and Wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Among New Owners of NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

“West Philadelphia-born and raised” actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, are among a collective group announced as new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers at an introductory press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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Injuries finally force the seven-footer to call it quits
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Yao Ming Retires After Injury-Plagued Career

Oft-injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has informed the NBA he has retired after eight seasons in the league. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

The top pick in the 2002 draft was an eight-time all-star, despite averaging just 48 games in each of the last five seasons. Yao appeared in only five games during the 2010-11 season after suffering a stress fracture in his left leg Nov. 10.

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Shaquille O’Neal Announces Retirement [VIDEO]

Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominating and entertaining centers in NBA history, has announced his retirement. Never one to shy from the limelight, the star broke the news in a short video he made.

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Will Phil Jackson Coach the Knicks in 2012?
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Will Phil Jackson Coach the Knicks in 2012?

On Sunday, coach Phil Jackson made it clear he had every intention of retiring following the Lakers' devastating playoff defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.

"In all my hopes and aspirations," he said, "this is the final game that I'll coach."

Of course, Jackson has cried wolf before, so it should come as no surprise that he's considering taking over the New York Knicks in 2012.

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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Kiss at L.A. Lakers Game [PHOTO]

Funnyman Will Ferrell surprised Lakers fans -- not to mention friend John C. Reilly -- when he planted a kiss on his 'Step Brothers' co-star during last night's semi-final game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What prompted the man-on-man kiss? The Kiss Cam, of course.

Check out a larger photo of the lip-locked duo after the jump.

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Jeff Green’s Dunk Blocked by His Own Head [VIDEO]

The Boston Celtic faithful were none too pleased when the team traded for forward Jeff Green earlier this season.

This wasn't so much of a reflection on Green; he's a perfectly adequate NBA role player. Instead, Celtic nation was bummed that the price for acquiring Green included popular center Kendrick Perkins.

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LeBron James' Mom Arrested in Miami
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LeBron James’ Mom Arrested in Miami

Gloria James, the mother of Basketball star LeBron James, was arrested early Thursday morning and cited with "misdemeanor simple battery" following a scuffle at the Miami Beach Hotel, RadarOnline is excl

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How ‘Bout Those Lady Ags?! – National Champions!!

What a great game last night as the Texas A&M Lady Aggies brought home their first ever national championship with a 76-70 victory over Notre Dame.

What made the victory even more special for folks around here was the post-game, nationally televised interview with head coach Gary Blair.

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Jacob Tucker Wins NCAA Slam Dunk Tournament
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Jacob Tucker Wins NCAA Slam Dunk Tournament

Last month, a video of a Jacob Tucker pulling off a series of spectacular slam dunks became a viral hit. What made the video so striking is that Tucker, a guard for Division III school Illinois College, is white and under six-feet tall -- both traits that aren't typically associated with the dunk.

The purpose of the video was to convince the public to vote Turner into the NCAA's annual slam dunk contest. The public obliged, and on Thursday night, he justified their decision by winning it.

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See How the Amazing NBA Time Travel Promos Were Made [VIDEO]

If you've been watching pro basketball lately, you've probably seen one of the NBA "Encouragement" promos, in which fans go back in time and tell younger versions of players like Steve Nash, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant all about their subsequent basketball careers.

In this two-minute video, the technology behind the Steve Nash spot is explained.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament – Week One Highlights

The first week of the NCAA Basketball Tournament has been put to rest.  Here are the highlights:

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ESPN Employees Banned From Filling Out NCAA Tournament Brackets (image)
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ESPN Employees Banned From Filling Out NCAA Tournament Brackets

In workplaces all over America, folks spent Thursday morning scrambling to get their NCAA tournament brackets filled out before it was too late.

Not so at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut

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