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Commissioner Approves Rose's Participation in All-Star Game

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The most infamous man in baseball has been given the blessing by Commissioner Manfred to participate in this year's All-Star activities in Cincinnati.

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, has been banned by baseball since 1989 for gambling on games. He recently applied for reinstatement to the game with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Rose, 74, was a player on the Reds from 19 seasons (1963-1978, 1984-1986) and served as Cincinnati's manager from 1984 to 1989. He won the NL Rookie of the Year, won three World Series -- including being named MVP in the 1975 -- with Cincinnati.

As part of the ban, Rose is not able to access areas any fan would not be allowed to attend, without the permission of the commissioner.

Fox, who will broadcast the All-Star Game, recently hired Rose to serve as a studio analyst for their baseball coverage.



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Aldridge Will Start in Place of Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a surprise move, the head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, Steve Kerr, named Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge a starter for Sunday's All-Star Game instead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.

Kerr originally said Durant would start in place of the injured Anthony Davis but changed his mind on Saturday.

Durant wasn't going to play much anyways because of nagging injuries. The reigning MVP has missed 27 games this season due to injury. In the 26 games he has played, Durant is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists per game.

Earlier this season, Aldridge tore a ligament in his thumb and was supposed to have surgery, but instead he missed only two games before deciding to put off the operation and play out the rest of the season.

Aldridge has played in 47 games this season, averaging 23.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said in an interview with ESPN Radio Thursday that it is "very likely" he will shut it down for the season after the All-Star Game.

"It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony said to Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo on ESPN Radio. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it."

Anthony has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months, and is playing for a Knicks team that has the worst record in the NBA.

Although he is hurt, Anthony expects to play in Sunday's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. It's the first time New York City has hosted the game since 1998.

"Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave," Anthony said. "I don't think the fans deserve (seeing me miss the game). They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game."

The 30-year-old Anthony has played in 40 games this season, averaging 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 0-13 with Anthony out of the lineup.

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Lillard Replaces Injured Griffin on All-Star Team

NBA/Portland Trail Blazers(NEW YORK) -- Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will replace injured Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin on the Western Conference All-Star team, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday.

Lillard, who was thought by many to be the biggest player to be snubbed from the game, will now play in his second straight All-Star Game.

Lillard has helped lead Portland to the top of the Northwest Division standings. He currently ranks 13th in the NBA in points per game (21.6) and 15th in assists per game (6.3). He also leads the league in points scored in the fourth quarter, and is the sixth best in 3-pointers made.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who is also the Western Conference's head coach, will determine who will start in place of Griffin for Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Cousins Replaces Bryant in All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been selected to take the place of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the 2015 All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the first King since 2004 to be selected as an All-Star.

"Honestly, I really didn't expect myself to make it," Cousins said. "I mean, the West was so tough this year and there are so many talented guys in the West. But the crazy thing is, me and Dame (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) were texting after the results came out and I was telling him, 'Man, you know you're going to make this team, like, it's nothing.' It's just kind of crazy how things worked out."

Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game).

The NBA All-Star Game takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15.

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Team Toews Tops Team Foligno in NHL All-Star Game

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- If you're a fan of low-scoring hockey, then the NHL All-Star Game isn't for you. On Sunday, Team Toews came out on top over Team Foligno, 17-12.

It was the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NHL history.

New York Islanders center John Tavares scored four goals in the game, which matched a record for the game.

There was so much offense that Tavares didn't even win the MVP Award. That honor went to Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, who was playing in front of the Blue Jacket fans. He was given the award after the fans voted him the winner on Twitter.

"It's meant a lot, being a part of it -- seeing the fans and how much they've been enjoying all the festivities," he said. "We did a two-hour (autograph) signing. Everybody just seemed to be having a great time. All the kids were laughing and having a lot of fun."

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jake Voracek had a memorable game as he tied another record with six points.

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NBA All-Stars Announced

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new era has arrived in the NBA as young stars are taking over the league. On Thursday night, the NBA released the All-Star Game starters.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry passed Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James as the overall leading vote-getter for the event.

"This means a lot; it's something that I don't take for granted," Curry said in a statement. "To have support of fans not only in the Bay Area but across the nation and across the world, supporting not only myself but our team, it means a lot."

Here are the Eastern Conference starters: Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Here are the Western Conference starters: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

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AL Wins in Jeter's Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.

Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout's triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song "New York, New York" played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game's MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.

The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.

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Pelicans' Anthony Davis Replaces Kobe Bryant in the All-Star Game

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant still on the shelf, New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis will replace Bryant in the upcoming All-Star Game.

Davis originally fell just one short vote of making the team by the coaches, but now he'll have a chance to play in front of the hometown fans as this year's All-Star game is being played in New Orleans.

"It's a great opportunity for me. I'm excited to play in the game, "Davis said. "When coach [Monty Williams] said it, I was speechless. I didn't know what to say. I'm glad they chose me. I'll try to go out and represent New Orleans and the Pelicans."

In his second NBA season, Davis is blossoming into one of the best young big men in the NBA and is living up to the expectations placed on him when they made him the number one overall pick of the 2012 Draft.

In 41 games this season, the 20-year-old Davis is averaging 20.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and an NBA-leading 3.24 blocks per game for New Orleans this season.

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Clippers' Chris Paul Hopes to Return for All-Star Game

NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- Even though he's spent most of 2014 recovering from injury, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is expecting to suit up and play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 16.

"If I can play, I'm going to play, I love to play that much," Paul said Wednesday. "The All-Star game is in New Orleans and that's part of me. That's where I played my very first All-Star Game. Anytime you have that opportunity, I'm not going to pass that up because it's not guaranteed to happen next year."

Paul suffered a separated shoulder last month and he hasn't been able to play since. He was originally expected to miss six weeks of action, which would put him in line to be able to play in the annual event.

Before his injury, Paul was the leading vote-getter to start at point guard in the Western Conference, but has since been surpassed by Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.

In 34 games this season, Paul is averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 assists per game.

Paul spent the first six years of his career with the then New Orleans Hornets.

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