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Ron Artest Reportedly in Talks to Join Dancing with the Stars

Lakers forward Ron Artest, who has legally petitioned for his name to be changed to Metta World Peace, is reportedly in discussions to become the latest athlete to twinkle his toes on Dancing with the Stars. The Hollywood Gossip says Artest is “seriously thinking about it.”

Filming for the popular show ends in November, which presents a scheduling problem for Artest if the NBA lockout ends and the league’s season begins on schedule in late October.

Past athletes who’ve participated on DWTS include Hines Ward, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Kurt Warner.

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Red Sox Expand Into Spanish-Language Social Media

The Boston Red Sox yesterday became the seventh Major League Baseball team to create both Spanish Twitter and Facebook accounts, an effort to reach Spanish-speaking fans who follow a team that fields 11 Spanish-speaking players. The Sox also created a web page, RedSox.com/beisbol, that includes translations of stories from MLB.com, video interviews with players, segments from “El Reporte De Los Red Sox,” the team’s official weekly Spanish-language television show, and cultural events, the Boston Herald reports.

“Taking this communication online was the next logical step” to reach Spanish-speaking fans, said Susan Goodenow, Red Sox senior vice president of public affairs and marketing.

As of this morning, the new Twitter account – @RedSoxBeisbol – had 633 followers, and the Facebook page had 168 “likes.”

NBA Analyst Jalen Rose Returning To ESPN Saturday

ESPN/ABC NBA analyst Jalen Rose will make his return to the network Saturday.

He was suspended by the network following his DUI arrest last month in Michigan.

Rose will work the ESPN NBA studio show.

NCAA Tournament Ratings Still Going Strong

Through Saturday night, CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship has earned a 5.9 rating/14 share in metered markets, up 18 percent from a 5.0 rating/12 share from 2010.

Last night’s combined coverage delivered an overnight household rating of 6.7 rating/15 share, up 12 percent from a 6.0 rating/14 share for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage.

How Much Would You Pay for Freddy Adu to Tweet on Your Behalf?

Sure, we’ll do another one about Twitter.

The Awl puts together a wonderful list of how much various “celebrities” charge per sponsored tweets. A few athletes of note make an appearance.

American soccer starlet Freddy Adu leads the group with a simple “call.” Translation: “Too much.” Adu 385,486 followers, but there have to be some better deals on the list, right?

Well, glad you asked. Read more

NBC News Responds to New Matt Lauer Affair Allegations

Lauer_5.19.jpgMatt Lauer has already shot down the rumors, his co-anchor Meredith Vieira calls them “a bunch of lies,” and Lauer’s weatherman-pal Al Roker says “everything is fine” with Lauer and his wife Annette Roque.

But the stories of Lauer’s infidelity continue with another cover story in “The National Enquirer” this week, this time involving other members of the “Today” show family including Natalie Morales and Jenna Wolfe. The story has prompted this response from NBC News:

The allegations surrounding Matt Lauer are completely inaccurate and unfounded. These accusations are reckless and harmful to the Lauer family. Equally reckless, irresponsible and inaccurate are the accusations about his “Today” show colleagues. Matt and his wife have spoken out on this on the record and will not be discussing it further.

Last week’s Enquirer story got widespread, mainstream pickup in publications including the Daily News and Los Angeles Times.