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Die-Hard 76ers Fan Lands Job with Team After Launching Clever Twitter Campaign

Jerry Rizzo’s love for the Philadelphia 76ers is paying off. Literally.

The 23-year-old got a job working in social media with the team after he and a friend took to Twitter to help the franchise reach out to fans as part of a contest to help choose a new mascot.

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Why Doesn’t Connecticut Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma Ever Say the Pledge of Allegiance?

University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and Italy native became a United States’ citizen in 1994, but he admits that he doesn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke Killed in Plane Crash

Oklahoma State, which dealt with the tragic deaths of 10 people in a 2001 plane crash, including some men’s basketball players, is reeling from another crash that took the lives of women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and an assistant coach, Miranda Serna.

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Retired NBA Center Shawn Bradley Has Custom $10,000 Bike Returned After It Was Stolen

Former NBA center Shawn Bradley, who is 7-foot-6,  was distraught after his custom-made Trek road bicycle was stolen last week.

But thanks to some good detective work, the bike was returned to him on Thursday.

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NBA Set to Cancel Another Two Weeks of Season Due to Lockout

Having already axed the first two weeks of the basketball season due to a standoff with players, NBA officials will announce that another two weeks will be canceled, according to the New York Daily News.

That’s another 102 games off the schedule, and will keep the season from starting any earlier than Nov. 28.

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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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Basketball Player Jumps Over His Own Mother to Make Amazing Dunk [VIDEO]

Wagner college basketball player Josh Thompson wanted to do something memorable in the dunk contest held during his school’s Midnight Madness event last Friday night.

So the six-foot-five forward lined his mom up in front of the basket, with her back facing him, and then jumped over her on his way to completing a slam dunk.

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President Obama to Attend North Carolina-Michigan State Basketball Game on the USS Carl Vinson

The White House has announced that President Obama, a well-known basketball afficionado, will attend a Veteran’s Day college game onboard the USS Carl Vinson — the aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

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NBA In Danger of Canceling First 100 Games of Season If Lockout Doesn’t End This Weekend

If NBA owners and players don’t come to an agreement by Monday to put an end to the current lockout, the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled.

Complicating matters is the fact that talks won’t take place on Friday or Saturday in observance of the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur.

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LeBron James Participates in Football Practice at His Old High School

Sports fans know LeBron James for his prowess on the basketball court, but many don’t know he was once a standout football player as well.

On Tuesday, the NBA star surprised members of the football squad at his former high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, by suiting up and joining them for a late-afternoon practice. And while players were told not to tackle him, starting quarterback Kevin Besser was impressed with James’ skill.

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Kobe Bryant Likely to Play in Italy During NBA Lockout [VIDEO]

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 33, has reached a verbal deal to play in Italy during the NBA lockout, said Italian team Virtus Bologna.

“There’s still some things to arrange but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done,” Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station, adding, “This is an important investment and a unique chance for the city of Bologna and all of Italian basketball.”

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Jay-Z Reveals Brooklyn Nets Name, Concerts to Celebrate New Barclays Center

Rapper and businessman Jay-Z has announced that he’ll be doing a series of concerts next fall at the new arena where the NBA’s Nets will soon call home. Jay-Z, of course, is part owner of the team.

An all-access pass to events at The Barclays Center will go for up to $15,400 per season. It’s set to open on Sept. 28, 2012.

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