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March Madness Contest Guide, With a Little Coaching from Bracketologist Brad Wachtel

March Madness serves as the ultimate sports equalizer. The seemingly infinite number of outcomes, and the requisite unforeseen upsets, annually level the bracket playing field. Even the most uncoordinated and uninformed Tournament rookies can -- and frequently do -- conquer the cocky braggarts who spend months poring over trends and statistics. And with myriad options of tracking the tournament...

Explore March Madness Arenas in 3-D with Google Earth

Tonight's First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, will tip off the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Until then, Google has a remedy for March Madness, offering 3-D virtual tours of the tourney's 14 host arenas. You can get a sneak peek, inside and out, at the places in which all the hoop heartbreak and joy will go down. In addition to the 3-D tours, Google has created a map that pinpoints the...

NBA Referee Slams AP Writer With Twitter Defamation Lawsuit

An NBA referee has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Associated Press reporter over an accusation the reporter made on Twitter. During a Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets game on January 24th, AP writer Jon Krawczynski wrote, "Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks." Rambis is the...

March Madness On Demand to Bring Free Live Games to iPad, iPhone

There's really no reason why college basketball fans should miss any of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, which kicks off on March 15th. Aside from watching live games on TV or streaming for free on the Web, live tournament games will be available for free on the iPad and iPhone for the first time. In the past, you needed a paid app to stream live games on the iPhone. CBS, which is now...

Freakish Robot Seal Is a Better Basketball Player Than You

If robots were allowed to play in the NBA, this mechanical arm disguised as a Muppet seal would be a huge star. The 'bot, whose gripper terrifyingly juts out of the sad-eyed stuffed animal's mouth, is able to sink a basketball with 98-percent accuracy. Check the interesting and slightly unsettling video above....

'NBA Legend' Brings 'FarmVille'-style Facebook Gaming to Pro Ball

During this, the week leading up to its all-star game in Los Angeles, the NBA has unveiled a new social game for Facebook users. The game, 'NBA Legend,' which was developed by Lionside in partnership with the NBA, is similar to 'FarmVille,' 'Mafia Wars' and other popular social games that clog your News Feed with incessant updates. Users create avatars and purchase points to increase their...

Nike Unveils New 3-D Shoes for Kobe Bryant's All-Star Appearance

At this year's NBA All-Star Game, the ageless Kobe Bryant will be gliding around the court in a pair of specially designed 3-D shoes from Nike. The new Zoom Kobe VI kicks feature a 3-D appliqué, and an 'LA' logo on its inner sock liner -- both of which, apparently, can be viewed in relief with the proper 3-D eyewear. If you're interested in grabbing a pair of your own, you can buy them for...

Kobe Bryant to Star in 'Revolutionary' New Facebook Game

It looks like Kobe Bryant is taking his talents to Facebook. According to a press release from social gaming publisher 6waves, the prickly Lakers star is set to star in a "revolutionary" new game from Endemol USA -- although it's still not clear whether said game will involve basketball. 6waves says Bryant will serve as the "inspiration and focus" behind the new game, and that he'll have a hand...

NBA Goes 3-D With ESPN 3D's Coverage of Heat vs. Knicks Tonight

The ESPN 3D channel broadcast World Cup games over the summer and college football games during the fall. Now, the network -- which just released its NBA 3-D schedule -- is ready for some round-ball. The 3-dimensional hard-court coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. (EST) when the New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat. The network currently plans to offer 3-D hoops on a somewhat regular basis...

Does 'NBA Jam' Have a Liberal Bias? FOX News Thinks It Might

We, like most good Americans, rely on FOX News to let us know which media outlets to trust (i.e., FOX News), and which agenda-driven sources we should disregard as pawns of the vast left-wing conspiracy (i.e., everything else). Yet, as much as we've enjoyed existing within Rupert Murdoch's vacuum of objectivity, we couldn't help but raise a few eyebrows when our guiding light of journalistic...

First NBA 3-D Broadcast to Be Heat vs. Knicks on ESPN in December

This year, we've seen professional baseball games broadcast in 3-D, and according to The New York Times, NBA fans can watch the world's first basketball game broadcast in 3-D when the Miami Heat visit the New York Knicks on December 17th. ESPN 3-D will broadcast the game, which will be one of eight regular season and six playoff games broadcast on the channel this season. The decision to...

Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert Rages at LeBron James in Comic Sans

Let's say you've been betrayed. Someone you've dedicated the last several years of your life to just up and walks away from you. And worse still, makes sure to create a self-serving, over-dramatic spectacle as he does so. When you decide it's time to vent your frustrations, and address not only the person who stabbed you in the back but the people who were collateral damage in breakup, what font...

LeBron James Causes Frenzy With Late Entrance to Twitter

Finally, the world's biggest sports superstar has joined the Twitterverse. NBA star LeBron James announced his social networking presence with a simple greeting that read, "Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building 'Finally'." As Geekosystem reports, the verified Twitter account dubbed KingJames emerged Tuesday. Before James even sent one tweet, he had 86,000 followers. Now, he's...

Dwight Howard Fined $35K for Criticizing Refs in a Blog Post

Frustrated with referees, the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard did what any young NBA superstar would do -- vent on his blog. But the NBA retaliated by hitting him where it hurts. According to an Associated Press report, Howard was fined $35,000 Wednesday for criticizing referees in a post on his personal blog. Howard was in chronic foul trouble during his team's recent series against the Charlotte...

New Jersey Nets Offer Free Tickets to Poor, Unfortunate Gowalla Users

In an effort to get fans to come watch an abysmal NBA team, the New Jersey Nets turned to Gowalla, a location-based social network, earlier this month. The Next Web writes that the team deposited 500 virtual tickets at sports-related locations within 75 miles of the Nets' arena, like sports bars, basketball courts, sporting goods stores and so on. Then, Gowalla users visited these locations and...