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'Deeply Humbled' Obama Visits Mandela's Former Jail Cell

(We most recently updated this post at 1:50 p.m. ET.)<p>After visiting the jail cell on South Africa's Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison during the long struggle against apartheid, President Obama wrote on Sunday about the bravery of Mandela and others who demanded …

Pirate3D Printer Exceeds Kickstarter Goal By 14X

The Pirate3D Buccaneer printer has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, reaching $1,438,765 in funds—more than 14 times its original $100,000 goal.<p>The Singaporean startup burst onto the scene in May with news of its relatively inexpensive printer. The Buccaneer cost $347 on Kickstarter, far …

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

19 NBA Stars Who Were Drafted Outside The Top 10

The name most likely to be called first by the Cleveland Cavaliers is Nerlens Noel, the 19-year-old big man from Kentucky. But not even Noel is a sure pick, he is coming off a torn ACL and leaves much to be desired on the offensive end.<p>Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo wins the Most Likely To …

Pat Riley: 'I like our team'

MIAMI -- With a chance to three-peat next season, Miami Heat president Pat Riley wants to bring back the championship cast for an encore in …

Kevin Durant Is Back to Embarrassing People in Summer League Games

Basketball never stops for Kevin Durant.<p>Durant has been known to play lots of streetball in the offseason, and this year, it has started in Washington D.C.'s Goodman League at Barry Farms. To the surprise of no one, Durant has some highlight-reel moves for the lucky crowd.<p>Off-the-backboard …

Gilbert Arenas Charged Following June Arrest for Possession of Illegal Fireworks

Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas was once known for creating fireworks on the court with his exciting style of play, but actual fireworks have now gotten him into a bit of hot water with the law.<p>According to TMZ, Arenas was pulled over early in June in Los Angeles for speeding. The officers who …

No School Owns The NBA Draft More Than The University Of North Carolina

The State of North Carolina is the home of college basketball and it is also the home of the NBA Draft's first round.<p>Since the lottery system was instituted for the NBA Draft in 1985, no school has had more players selected in the first round than the University of North Carolina (28). Duke is a …

Griz make Dave Joerger new coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dave Joerger's road through professional basketball's minor leagues has finally landed him in an NBA head coaching seat.<p>His first …

Celtics-Nets trade: Final details emerge in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett deal

The pieces involved in the big trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets appear to be finalized. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and three first-round picks are still the basis of the deal.<p>The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets trade underwent a few minor changes since it was first reported on …

Doc Rivers: Bill Simmons 'Did Everything He Could to Get Me Fired'

Things got heated between ESPN analyst Bill Simmons and newly minted Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers on draft night. The vitriol has reached a new level, as Rivers is now claiming that Simmons tried to get him fired when he coached the Celtics:<p>Rivers is clearly being defensive, but that's …

Basketball

3rd man held in Aaron Hernandez murder probe; Puma drops NFL star

A third man was in custody Friday in Florida in an expanding murder investigation swirling around Aaron Hernandez, the star NFL tight end accused of orchestrating the shooting death of a friend.<p>Ernest Wallace, 41, known as “Fish,” turned himself in in the Miami suburb of Miramar, police said. …