Ping-pong is a game most Americans play in their basements. But competitive table tennis is a different story. In fact, it's an Olympic sport, and the United States has a bright, new star representing Team USA in London: 16-year-old Ariel Hsing.
The NBA will hold this year's lottery in New York City, instead of its traditional location in New Jersey, which ... well, let's face it: They could hold it in your backyard and if you felt a raindrop, you would go inside and watch it on TV. The location is not relevant. It is a TV event.
Newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries had a date night at Susan Sarandon's ping-pong club, SPiN New York. Ever competitive, the duo sipped cocktails and played a few rounds against each other. They also ordered mini-burgers and tuna tartare from the bar. "They were very sweet and affectionate, but Kim really wanted to win," a source tells us. - Linda Marx
It's official: Sony Computer Entertainment has launched its much-hyped Move controller for the Sony PlayStation 3, a motion-sensing peripheral that lets you interact with games by waving the device in front of the television.
â¢ Courteney Cox Arquette, cheering on hubby David Arquette as he faced off against table tennis pro Biba Golic at the ping-pong table. The actor showed considerable skill during the match at the Killerspin-hosted picnic at the Malibu Lumber Yard. And James Marsden showed off his expert forehand during his own game as his 3-year-old daughter Mary James watched.
At just 9 by 5 feet, it's the smallest field of play in the Olympics, but here in Beijing the playing surface for table tennis is the most intensely watched 45 square feet in the entire country. A capacity crowd packed the Peking University Gymnasium for the men's singles gold medal match Saturday night for a friendly: China's Wang Hao versus China's Ma Lin.
Michael Phelps may rule the American sports universe for these Olympics, but in China, ask local fans who they're supporting and you'll start hearing names like Lin Dan (badminton), Zhang Yining (table tennis) and Zhao Ruirui (volleyball).
BEIJING -- The 24-hour Olympics are so 2004. In what NBC Universal is calling the most ambitious single media project in history, the network and its affiliates will present 3,600 total hours from Beijing on seven NBC Universal networks: NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen (for the first time), Telemundo and Universal HD, as well as NBCOlympics.com. That's an average of more than 212 hours per day of Olympic coverage.
Look what you did, Willie Williams. You inhaled steak and lobster. You flew on a private jet and rode in a Cadillac Escalade. You stayed in a room called the Paradise Suite. You partied on South Beach.
AR: Yaping, good to have you on Talk Asia this week. Now you're an Olympics legend here in China. You've got four gold medals and also 14 other world championship titles. How does it feel to be hosting the Olympics in your home country?
It has been quite a roller coaster ride these last two months for Danny Ainge. The beleaguered Boston Celtics director of basketball operations oversaw one of the worst seasons in the Celtics' storied history and saw his only chance at redemption -- landing the top overall pick in the NBA draft -- lost with a fateful bounce of a Ping-Pong ball. His frantic attempts to acquire the type of veteran talent that would appease franchise player Paul Pierce while not gutting the franchise of its youth fell short. Kevin Garnett wouldn't play for them. Shawn Marion would, but only if Boston agreed to pay him like Garnett. It seemed hopeless.
In Nashville the accursed white whale is red. Since the Predators entered the NHL in 1998, they have chased the elusive, hulking glory of the Red Wings, not only in the Central Division but also in their own city, which is heavily sprinkled with Detroit fans. Now, with five weeks remaining in a season in which Nashville used a run of 20 wins in 24 games to cement its status as a Stanley Cup contender, the Predators -- with visions of a silver chalice rather than Ahab's gold doubloon shimmering in their minds -- are hot on the great beast's tail.
No. The East is going to be wide open right to the finish, with the Pistons, Cavs, Bulls and Wizards battling it out for the best record until the final weeks. If I had to pick a team, I'd go with Detroit because of its starting five and its experience. But Chicago is learning to play together and has the depth and style of play to withstand injuries. The Bulls, with the hardest part of their schedule behind them, could be a good darkhorse candidate to finish with the best record and the No. 1 seed.