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Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2003 with 314 to follow.
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PAT NASON and DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Houston 93; L.A. Lakers 89

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Yao Ming had a breakthrough game Sunday night with a season-high 20 points as the Houston Rockets survived an electrifying performance by Kobe Bryant and beat t

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Nets try to get even with Lakers

Nets hope to bounce back against Lakers

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- The New Jersey Nets hope to get off to a better start on Friday night and even the NBA Finals at a game apiece when they play the homestanding Los Angeles Laker

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2002 with 314 to follow. The moon is in its first quarter.
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Knicks activate Weatherspoon

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- New York Knicks forward Clarence Weatherspoon, who has missed the last 25 games with a partially torn tendon in his right foot, Saturday was activated off the i


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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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