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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Final Four - Practice
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NOW ONLY TWO

I realize that not everyone is a sports fan but I think when March Madness comes around, it's like the World Series...we all get our interest peaked in seeing who goes home with all the marbles.

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Wilt Chamberlain
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Triple Overtimes, Wilt and Kobe

Mark mentioned in Sports Trivia this morning that it was on this date in 1957 that North Carolina beat Kansas in a triple overtime NCAA men's basketball championship game. That got our research department into overdrive! Check out what we found out after the jump.

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Blake Griffin Dunk
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Watch the Blake Griffin Dunk That Didn’t Count[VIDEO]

Phoenix Suns' head coach Alvin Gentry labeled the dunk Los Angeles Clippers' rookie Blake Griffin threw down over Suns' center Marcin Gortat on Sunday as "impressive of a dunk as I have seen in the NBA in 23 years."

Unfortunately for Griffin, the dunk didn't count, since he was called for a charge.

After the jump, watch Griffin posterize Gortat. (Does it still count as posterization when you commit a foul on the play?) We've also included bonus videos of Griffin dunks that were actually worth two points.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament - Week One Highlights
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NCAA Basketball Tournament – Week One Highlights

The first week of the NCAA Basketball Tournament has been put to rest.  Here are the highlights:

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Smiley Face
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Beach Boys Putting Out “New” Album

The Associated Press reported this morning that the Beach Boys are finally going to release their "Smile" album that was supposed to be the follow up to their "Pet Sounds" album. That means that album has been sitting on the shelves for 44 years! Brian Wilson says he's looking forward to fans hearing the "beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release."

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University Hill, Syracuse
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KSEN Is Ready For The Madness!

Our coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament begins Thursday night! I'll have scores of the early games on my show Thursday and Friday, then we'll join the Westwood One coverage at 6 those nights.  Saturday and Sunday mornings, Westwood One starts their broadcasts at 10, and we'll stay with the tournament until we join Super Gold Saturday night and Back to the 70s Sunday!

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NCAA Tournament's Field of 68 Set
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NCAA Tournament’s Field of 68 Set

The Big East snagged a record 11 spots for the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, including a one seed in the Southeast region for Pittsburgh, who had been the Big East's  regular season champions.

Rounding out the top seeds were the defending NCAA champions

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Play Ball…Ladies!

Thanks to Tom Bergeron (no, not the Dancing with the Stars guy) for a great story about the first high school baseball game with two female starting pitchers! The story is very well done, with an interesting angle about one girl who has received much notoriety for playing with the boys, while the other has even been attacked for her choice of baseball over softball.

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83rd Annual Academy Awards - Show
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James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s Opening Monlogue For The Oscars [VIDEO]

James Franco and Anne Hathaway were certainly outside-the-box picks to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards.  And after a pre-taped opening in which they tried to elicit advice from last year's host Alec Baldwin by channeling his dreams, “Inception” - style, the duo weren’t required to do a whole lot of heavy lifting in their opening monologue.

In it, they made reference to how their youth was intended to appeal to a new younger demographic.  Then  they spent a good chunk of the monologue acknowledging their elders:  Hathaway had a conversation with her mother, who was in the audience, and Franco did the same with his grandmother.  Read on to check it out.

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The Rock
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The Rock Returns to Wrestling [VIDEO]

Dwayne Johnson is returning to wrestling. The artist still known as The Rock was introduced last night as the surprise host of Wrestlemania 27, which will take place in Atlanta at the end of March.

Johnson, whose last ring appearance was in 2004, left professional wrestling to pursue a career in acting. The 38-year old told the crowd at WWE Live Monday night that “I am back in the ring” and that “I am never, ever going away."

Johnson still has three movies in production, according to IMDB, so his film career isn’t necessarily over because he is wrestling again.

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Mark Walbergh
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Mark Wahlberg Makes His Kids Watch His Tattoo Removal [VIDEO]

Mark Wahlberg is known for the tattoos he displayed on his shoulders and around his neck. But the actor feels like he has outgrown his ink, and had been getting his tattoos removed.

On "The Tonight Show," Wahlberg described the painful process as “like being burned with hot bacon grease."

In fact, Walhberg takes his two oldest children with him to his tattoo removal sessions, in hopes that his suffering will encourage them never to get tattoos.

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Marathon Man
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Runner completes 365 Consecutive Marathons [VIDEO]

Belgian runner Stefaan Engeles has just completed a marathon for every day of the past year.

Saturday was the 49-year-old’s 365th consecutive 26.2 mile race, shattering the record of 52 consecutive marathons set by a Japanese man last year.

Engeles attributed his ability to run for so long to the fact that he doesn’t run very fast. However, his average of about four hours per marathon is still 30 minutes faster than the average finishing time in the New York City marathon.

Overall, Engels ran 9,569 miles.

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