NBA analyst Charles Barkley takes leave

ATLANTA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Turner Sports said Friday that TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley would be taking some time off to deal with his drunken-driving arrest in Arizona.

Charles Barkley cited for drunken driving

PHOENIX, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Police in suburban Phoenix said they cited former basketball star Charles Barkley with drunken driving early Wednesday.

Ex-NBA ref to begin gambling sentence

PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy's lawyer said his client hopes to work with gambling addicts or perhaps write a book when he gets out of prison.

Swayze shows up at cancer fundraiser

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Actor Patrick Swayze made an unexpected yet very welcome appearance at a Los Angeles fundraiser to fight cancer, attendees say.
'Kimmel' primetime specials set to air

'Kimmel' primetime specials set to air

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is to run special half-hour prime time shows on each night ABC airs the NBA finals, the network has announced.
Barkley says he'll stop gambling for now

Barkley says he'll stop gambling for now

PHILADELPHIA, May 19 (UPI) -- NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who reportedly owed a Las Vegas casino $400,000, said Monday his gambling days are over, at least for now.
Barkley facing bad debt charges

Barkley facing bad debt charges

LAS VEGAS, May 16 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say former NBA star Charles Barkley, now a television sports analyst, faces possible felony charges as a Las Vegas casino sues him for bad debts.

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Inmates to sing for judges' consideration

PHOENIX, March 22 (UPI) -- Singing like a canary is a good thing for six contestants in the Maricopa County, Ariz., jail "Inmate Idle" competition.

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TAVARES, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Calling the Internet a "series of tubes" earned U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens mention on MegaGenius.com's fourth annual list of Stupidest Statements.

Barkley joins Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins and Joe Dumars were inducted Friday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Kobe Bryant defends Game 7 play to Barkley

ATLANTA, May 18 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has called critique of his play in a Game 7 loss to the Phoenix Suns "completely inaccurate," and said the team is evolving.

Downloaded song reaches No. 1

LONDON, , April 3 (UPI) -- According to the Official UK Charts Company, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" became the first song to reach No. 1 on the pop charts based on the sale of downloads alone.
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Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley signs copies of his new book "Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?" at Barnes & Noble in New York on April 5, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a former American professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Sir Charles" and "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association's (NBA's) most dominating power forwards. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, the All-NBA Second Team five times, and once to the All-NBA Third Team. He earned eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances and was named the All-Star MVP in 1991. In 1993, he was voted the league's Most Valuable Player and during the NBA's 50th anniversary, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States' Dream Team. In 2006, Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Barkley was popular with the fans and media and made the NBA's All-Interview Team for his last 13 seasons in the league. He was frequently involved in on- and off-court fights and sometimes stirred national controversy, as in March 1991 when he mistakenly spat on a young girl, and as in 1993 when he declared that sports figures should not be considered role models. Short for a power forward, Barkley used his strength and aggressiveness to become one of the NBA's most dominant rebounders. He was a versatile player who had the ability to score, create plays, and defend. In 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

Since retiring as a player, Barkley has had a successful career as a color commentator on basketball. He works with Turner Network Television (TNT) as a studio pundit for its coverage of NBA games. In addition, Barkley has written several books and has shown an interest in politics; in October 2008, he announced that he would run for Governor of Alabama in 2014, but he changed his mind in 2010.

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