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After news broke recently that Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson posed nude for an Australian magazine, Jackson set the all-time WNBA.com record for weekly visits to a player page.

To celebrate Al Davis' 75th birthday, the owner and a group of old-time Raiders, including tough guys Jim Otto and Willie Brown, attended a Celine Dion show.

The independent league Brockton (Mass.) Rox are selling Grady Little bobble-arm dolls, in which the Little doll taps his bobbing left arm as if calling for a southpaw reliever.

A giant inflatable orange decorating Chicagoland Speedway for the Tropicana 400 nearly caused NASCAR driver Todd Szegedy to wreck during qualifying when it came loose and flew at his car.

The Marlins have sold advertising rights to the standard legal disclaimer on their broadcasts ("You may not rebroadcast or retransmit ...") to a local attorney.

At producer Jerry Bruckheimer's annual Bad Boys of Hockey outing, Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was booted from a Las Vegas restaurant for smashing plates.

After a request by the Yankees, CBS has electronically removed the pinstripes from the uniforms of the fictional New York Empires in its show Clubhouse.

The U.S. sent a greater number of security and military personnel, more than 600, than athletes (538) to the Athens Games.

A Packers fan, still upset by the Eagles' fourth-and-26 conversion in last year's playoffs, paid $1,800 for a billboard near Green Bay blasting coach Mike Sherman's "cream puff defense."

The Stanley Cup spent one night in a Vancouver airport luggage facility after it was removed from an Air Canada flight because the 35-pound trophy was ruled too heavy to fly.

New Zealand's Olympic medalists were not able to bring their victory olive wreaths home from Athens because of quarantine regulations.

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Tiger Woods was coached to include casual mentions of the Nike brand in conversations during Monday night's prime-time Battle of the Bridges, in which the players were miked throughout.

A Ohio man interviewed on TV after catching the 40th homer of Reds slugger Adam Dunn was recognized by police at Miami (Ohio) University, where the man has an outstanding arrest warrant.

Iran awarded judo athlete Arash Miresmaeili $125,000, saying he sacrificed a potential gold medal by refusing to fight Israeli Ehud Vaks at the Olympics. Iran does not recognize Israel.

Shawn King, a former NFL defensive lineman, says he failed a league drug test because the woman whose urine he had used to help hide his marijuana use turned out to be pregnant.

The Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League solicited bids to buy the franchise on eBay.

Groundskeepers for the new synthetic FieldTurf at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium water the field three times a week.

A promotional e-mail from British low-fare airline Fly.be invited readers to harass Euro 2004 referee Urs Meier, who disallowed a goal by England in the closing minutes of a quarterfinal loss to Portugal.

Reebok recalled 140,000 pairs of its Allen Iverson toddler shoes because the peelable logo tag on the tongue of each shoe was a potential choking hazard

Politicians and soccer officials in Nigeria want star players to stop braiding their hair and wearing earrings because they say it promotes homosexuality.

Two Houston TV stations broadcast live the 15-minute haircut that Texans QB David Carr received Oct. 4. Carr had promised not to cut his hair until the Texans won back-to-back games.

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Instead of an athlete boycotting the media, nine writers covering the Oakland Raiders decided to boycott talking to veteran defensive end Warren Sapp.

Former Oakland Raiders kicker Cole Murdoch Ford, 31, was sought in connection with a drive-by shooting at the home of Siegried and Roy in Las Vegas.

A 5-foot-9 Hong Kong man, desperate to become a pro basketball player, paid $2,600 (U.S.) to two beauty salons that had promised to make him taller. He's now seeking a refund.

Tennessee Titans fan Clay Travis, who lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands, vowed to eat nothing but pudding until the NFL allowed broadcasts of his favorite team in the Caribbean.

A female marathoner who usually finishes in the middle of the pack has received several sponsorship deals by promoting herself as a "slow-moving billboard."

A Yankees fan living in Florida is suing the Marlins and OF Juan Pierre after claiming to suffer permanent vision damage from a ball Pierre tossed to him during last year's World Series.

The Cirque du Soleil paid $2,605 for what is believed to be the last surviving Montreal Expos hot dog. To preserve the hot dog, the bun was dried and varnished and a replica was made of the wiener.

The University of Victoria in Vancouver offers a class focusing on ... hockey books. The course is called "Hockey Literature and the Canadian Psyche."

Kevin Millar said that before his Red Sox beat the Yanks in Game 7 of the ALCS, the team did shots of Jack Daniel's whiskey.

A ticket for the Dec. 10 "The Ultimate Event," a cocktail party in New York that involves a greet-and-meet with Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds, costs $7,500. To get their autographs the next day costs another $1,000.

A first-division soccer match in Moldova was stopped after Roso Floreni chairman Mihai Macovei drove his car onto the pitch and tried to run over referee Vitalie Onica, who had awarded the other team a penalty kick.

Retired Dolphins running back Ricky Williams started a 17-month course to learn the ancient Indian medical system known as Ayurveda.

A Houston jury has awarded $950,000 to a woman who says she contracted genital herpes from pitcher Jose Lima.

Item No. 1887752 on the official online shop of the New York Yankees is a sweatshirt commemorating the team's 2004 American League championship.

An original copy of the speeding ticket Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek received prior to losing Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals is now available on eBay. The starting bid is $1,000.

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