Saturday, October 25, 2014
 
 
 
Retired Chinese NBA star Yao Ming has traveled the world for his basketball career, and now he is on a new journey: saving some of Africa's most vulnerable creatures. Originally from Shanghai, the basketball player aims to use his star power to reverse centuries-old Chinese traditions that result in dwindling rhino and elephant populations. Last month, 33-year-old Yao debuted a film in Beijing documenting the destruction caused by ivory and rhino horn trade, called The End of the Wild.   [READ MORE]
 
Stephen Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with an 86-63 victory over Mexico on Saturday. The Golden State Warriors All-Star was 7 of 10 from the field and 6 of 9 behind the arc, continuing to move a dismal start to the tournament for one of the game's best shooters.

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Kanye West hit the gym in Australia yesterday -- challenging some friends to a pickup basketball game--but he wasn't rockin' Jordans Game 6 shoes. Instead, Yeezy strapped on some Adidas. After his relationship with Nike soured, Kanye signed a deal with the rival shoe giant last year -- and though he hasn't released his own Adidas shoe yet, he's already supporting the brand in public.   [READ MORE]
 
James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. The margin was far closer than the U.S.   [READ MORE]
 
L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes admits ... he's not proud of all of his tattoos -- in fact, Barnes says there's one piece of ink he hated so much, he HAD to go out and cover it up. Barnes was out at Kitson in L.A. Wednesday to support teammate DeAndre Jordan when he told TMZ about the regrettable work he got on his arm back when he was a teenager ... and why he had to make it go away. The tattoo, a basketball guy he inked on when he was 16.   [READ MORE]
 
Oklahoma Thunder star Russell Westbrook is the next NBA star in line for a wedding -- 'cause he popped the question last night ... with a massive diamond ring ... and his girlfriend said yes! Westbrook and longtime girlfriend Nina Earl made the announcement on social media last night ... showing off the gargantuan rock with a caption that read, "Nothing even matters..@ninamri3_ forever my lady! LOVE YOU!!!!" Earl is a former UCLA basketball player -- and the two met during their college days ... before Westbrook signed his $80 MILLION contract extension. Congrats!

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