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Feb 17, 2013

Yao still involved in basketball, just not on the court

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Yao Ming looks like he could still tangle with Dwight Howard under the basket but the former National Basketball Association number one draft pick clearly has put his playing days in the rear-view mirror.

The eight-time Houston Rockets All-Star left the game following the 2010-11 season after the final five years of his career were filled with injuries, most notably to his foot and ankle.

Feb 17, 2013

Ross wins slam dunk title, Irving top long-range gunner

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross won the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday with a one-handed, though-the-legs rim-rattler after leaping over a ballboy.

The windmill slam earned the wild applause of the sold-out crowd at the Toyota Center and lifted the 22-year-old rookie to the title over Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz.

Feb 16, 2013

All-Star game may get hostile, says West coach Popovich

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Players and coaches concede that Sunday’s NBA All-Star game is a show for the fans yet when the game is on the line, action on the basketball court could become a little hostile.

“The main object is fun … the players want to show their talents and they want to play with each other. Certain players are never going to play with somebody else on the same team,” said West coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.

Feb 16, 2013

Michael and LeBron go one-on-one … verbally

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Michael Jordan never played against LeBron James but that has not stopped the two from going one-on-one over how to determine greatness on the basketball court.

Jordan, widely hailed as the best player of all-time and who turns 50 on Sunday, believes it is all about championship rings, while James, 28, thinks that view is a little too simplistic.

Feb 16, 2013

Now a basketball player? You must be Usain

HOUSTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, do not quit your day job.

The world’s fastest man played in a celebrity basketball game on Friday in the run-up to Sunday’s NBA All-Star game and failed to impress the crowd — or himself — with his skills.

Bolt hit one of five shots, missed both of his free throws and totalled just two points in 29 minutes. The only shot the sixt-times Olympic champion made was a dunk.

Feb 15, 2013

Payton, Heinsohn and Hardaway named Hall of Fame finalists

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Nine-time NBA All-Star guard Gary Payton, two-time NBA-winning coach Tom Heinsohn and smooth shooting point guard Tim Hardaway were named on Friday among the 12 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Among those also named as first-time finalists were three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, WNBA All-Star guard Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond.

Feb 12, 2013

Sanderson saddened by IOC wrestling vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former champion Cael Sanderson said on Tuesday he was saddened wrestling was on the Olympic chopping block but remained optimistic the sport would ultimately remain in the Games.

“Wrestling and the Olympics go hand-in-hand,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “When you start taking the original sports away from the Olympics, you really change what the Olympic Games are.

Feb 12, 2013

Olympics-Sanderson saddened by IOC wrestling vote

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Former champion Cael Sanderson said on Tuesday he was saddened wrestling was on the Olympic chopping block but remained optimistic the sport would ultimately remain in the Games.

“Wrestling and the Olympics go hand-in-hand,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “When you start taking the original sports away from the Olympics, you really change what the Olympic Games are.

Feb 7, 2013

It is back to work for the Ravens’ Harbaugh

OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (Reuters) – Just days after winning the Super Bowl and being hailed as a hero by several hundred thousand fans, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is already preparing for next season.

“We talk to our team about, ‘We’ve got to improve,’” Harbaugh told reporters on Thursday. “We have to get better next year as a football team, just like we always do.

Feb 5, 2013

Ravens’ Lewis delights fans with dance at Super Bowl parade

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of fans attending a parade honoring the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were treated to one last dance by future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

For 17 National Football League (NFL) seasons Lewis’s pre-game dance got Ravens fans fired up and it was no different on Tuesday when he delighted them with his signature moves at M&T Bank Stadium.