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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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Woman Juggles Five Basketballs With Hands and Feet [VIDEO]

While juggling five basketballs would be quite difficult for the layman, it’s a trick any self-respecting clown should have in his arsenal.

Juggling five basketball with your hands and feet, however, is an almost infinitely more difficult task, and one that acrobat Selyna Bogino is able to flawlessly pull off in the video below.

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Will the NBA Draft Be Expanded to Three Rounds?

The NBA may be in lockout mode, but that doesn’t mean league activities have stopped. Owners have proposed adding a third round to the annual draft, which could lead to even more sweeping changes to the annual event, according to SheridanHoops.com. The goal is to create a more competitive balance of power across the league.

One proposal would keep the entire first round to the league’s bottom half of teams, pushing the better franchises into the second round. Another proposal would give the league’s worst eight teams additional first round picks.

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LeBron James Spends $240,000 to Renovate Clubhouse in His Hometown [VIDEO]

After leaving Ohio on not-so-civil terms with the state’s residents, LeBron James returned to Akron on Tuesday to cut the ribbon at a new clubhouse named in his honor.

The LeBron James Clubhouse resides inside an Akron Boys & Girls Club where LeBron played as a kid. He donated the $240,000 necessary for the renovation, and said that in spite of where he goes, Akron will “always be home no matter where I am.”

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Is the Lingerie Basketball League As Sexy As It Sounds? [VIDEO]

Labor issues could very well wipe out the 2011-2012 NBA season, but a fledgling basketball league appears prepared to pick up the slack if Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and company aren’t allowed to hit the hardwood.

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Ron Artest is in Talks To Do ‘Dancing with the Stars’

With labor issues casting doubt over over the 2011-2012 NBA season, Ron Artest might be taking his talents to ‘Dancing With The Stars.

TMZ reports that the Los Angeles Laker, who recently changed his name to Metta World Peace, is currently in talks to appear on the upcoming season of the reality TV show.

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Former NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Charged for Leaving Scene of Highway Crash

Former NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning is facing criminal charges after authorities say he left the scene of a highway accident in Miami on July 17.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Mourning’s Porsche Panamera S crashed into an Audi A4 around 3 a.m., just moments after the same Audi was overturned in another accident with a Chevrolet Impala. Neither driver were in their cars when Mourning’s car hit the Audi, the FHP said.

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Will Kobe Bryant Play in Turkey Next Season?

Is Kobe really going to leave us? It’s entirely possible.

After Deron Williams agreed to play for Turkish club Besiktas if the NBA lockout continues, other NBA stars have begun to reconsider their options, with superstar Dwight Howard leading a class of players who are reportedly looking into options overseas. But now Kobe Bryant has emerged as the biggest star mulling a move.

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NBA Stars Blake Griffin and Kevin Love Offer to Do Your Chores As ‘Lockout Professionals’ [VIDEO]

With both NBA and NFL players being locked out by management, America faces an unprecedented surge in able-bodied professional athletes with no proper employment.

In this spoof video that aired during Wednesday Night's ESPY Awards, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and other locked-out pros offer themselves up as 'Lockout Professionals,' who are more than willing to do your household chores for the low, low price of $9,000,000.99.

According to the ad, Lockout Professionals can do everything from helping you grab things on high shelves to filing your taxes for you. Check it out below.

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Watch! Dirk Nowitzki Mangles Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ [VIDEO]

Dirk Nowitzki had best stick to basketball.

The Dallas Mavericks star, who won the Most Valuable Player Award while leading his team to the NBA championship, showed off some less-than-impressive skills when the city held a victory parade on Thursday.

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