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NBA mascot RKO's fellow mascot before diving off a ladder and through a table

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Sim Bhullar makes history as first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA

Canadian played 16 seconds for the Sacremento Kings

Russell Westbrook gives the car he won at the NBA All-Star game to a single mum

Kerstin Gonzales initially thought it was 'a prank'

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Kevin Durant could be offered a $320m shoe deal with Under Armour

Steve Nash retires: Two-time MVP ends stellar career after long battle with injuries

Nash, 41, is a sure-thing to reach the Hall of Fame

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter falls out of his chair after son RJ hits miracle game-winning shot with just 2.6 seconds left

Hunter was only sitting in his chair because he had torn his Achilles - celebrating his team's previous win on Sunday

Michael Jordan appears on Forbes' World's Richest Billionaires list for first time

Former NBA star is the 1,741st richest person in the world

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Legendary semi-naked dancing fan known as 'Jiggly Boy' returns to welcome back Minnesota Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett

Garnett was so moved by 'Jiggly Boy' that he has decided to give away 1,000 free tickets for the Timberwolves' next home game

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Francois Hougaard, a Springbok scrum-half quick enough to play Test rugby on the wing and therefore a major target for more than one ambitious English club, may prove too elusive for his Premiership suitors, no matter how much cash they throw at him. Heavily linked with Leicester and Exeter, the South African is thought to be considering the most lucrative of all following this autumn’s World Cup – a move to Japan.

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The domination of Giles Scott in the heavy Olympic singlehanded Finn class brought another gold medal at the inaugural re-launch of the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres. Another Brit, Ed Wright, secured the bronze, sandwiching Vasilij Zbogar of Slovenia and confirmed Britain’s authority in the class which started with Iain Percy winning gold in Sydney and Ben Ainslie taking up the baton for three more.

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