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Upper Deck Evolution 'Cards' Use LCD Screens to Play Highlight Reels

We thought collecting baseball cards went out with grunge, but apparently we were wrong. Upper Deck (one of the card companies that isn't Topps) is still clinging to life and pushing the envelope of what can legitimately be called a "card." The half-inch thick Evolution Series holds a battery and a small LCD, which loops a 60-second highlight real of one of four NFL players. Check out the...

Augusta National Designs 'Masters' Game, Still Not Sure About the Whole Women Thing

Augusta National, home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament, will finally allow women...to play its new video game. That's right -- the stodgiest country club known (exclusively) to man is releasing its own video game, in an apparent attempt to leapfrog the 20th century, and dive head-first into the 21st. 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012: The Masters,' unveiled today, has reportedly been in...

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...

Wimbledon to be Broadcast in 3-D, Streamed to Movie Theaters Around the World

Few sporting events are more deeply rooted in tradition than Wimbledon, where applause is always kept to a polite murmur and staid dress codes are strictly enforced. This year, though, the world's most celebrated tennis tournament will be filmed in 3-D for the first time, with the semi-final and championship matches being broadcast in movie theaters around the world. Sony will produce 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....

NFL Testing Sensor-Laden Under Armour Shirts at Combine Training

During this weekend's NFL Combine, some prospects will wear an Under Armour shirt equipped with an accelerometer as well as heart and breathing monitors. According to Wired, the E39 shirt is made from the same material as Under Armour's other compression gear, and weighs less than 4.5 ounces -- even with the bright yellow puck stitched just below the chest. In addition to the accelerometer, the...

Google Discusses Broadcasting Live NBA, NHL Games on YouTube

Last year, when YouTube broadcast an Indian Premier League Cricket tournament, rumors began to circulate about Google's plans to show more live sporting events on the video site. Now Google, the NBA and the NHL are discussing a plan to broadcast entire live games on YouTube -- possibly as soon as this fall or winter, according to Bloomberg News. Clearly, Google wants to broadcast live sports on...

'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...

NFL Teams May Ditch Playbooks for Tablets

Giant paper playbooks may soon be a thing of the past in the NFL. Many teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, are considering jumping on the tablet bandwagon and leaving the piles of dead trees behind. Switching to a tablet like the iPad will certainly please the environmentally inclined, as a team can easily go through 5,000 pages of playbooks and review sheets per game. It could ultimately save...

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...

Black Eyed Peas Halftime Show Suffers From Wireless Malfunction (Among Other Things)

Yesterday, before the big game, Black Eyed Peas figurehead Will.i.am promised USA Today that he would totally tweet during the halftime show! Well, he didn't. Here was his explanation, as taken from his Twitter feed, decidedly post-game: "Att crashed...ahhhh!!!! The worse." He then added, "At&t??? Wow...no service during halftime...unbelievable." It really is a shame he didn't get a...

Text Messages Reveal Sumo Match-Fixing Scandal in Japan

In Japan, sumo wrestlers aren't just athletes -- they're caretakers of an ancient tradition, rooted in noble behavior and moral dignity. Now, however, that perception may be changing, thanks to widespread accusations of match-rigging, and incriminating text messages. On May 10th, wrestler Kiyoseumi sent a text to his opponent, Kasuganishiki, asking him to "hit hard at the face-off, then go...