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On the ESPYs red carpet [Video]

Some great athletes were in attendance at the 2011 ESPYs on Wednesday, including Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Russell Westbrook

Yet a scrawny 17-year-old named Justin Bieber drew the most excitement (read: screams) from fans on the red carpet outside of the Nokia Theater. 

Welcome to Los Angeles.

Though Beiber deftly avoided any contact with the media (sorry to disappoint), we were able to chat with some of the athletes as they strolled by looking dapper in fine suits and flashy dresses. 

Nowitzki said that if he could play with any player in the league, he would choose Kobe Bryant. Former Laker Robert Horry said the Lakers needed a new point guard. Griffin said he was excited to see Beiber. Then he giggled. I'm not 100% sure whether he was joking. 

Kevin Love said Griffin was his greatest competition in the league. Jason Kidd said his was anyone under the age of 30. 

Does that include Bieber?

At the awards ceremony, Nowitzki was named male athlete of the year and skier Lindsey Vonn was named female athlete of the year. 

-- Melissa Rohlin 


Anaheim Ducks find top score in bowling is far from perfect

Teemu Bowling1 You often read about team-building or team-bonding in sports as a way to relieve the pressure of a grueling season.

In the NHL, the prevailing theory among some coaches is that the more that players participate in team activities off the ice, the more they play as a team on the ice.

Whether true or not, it is fun to see the likes of Teemu Selanne bowling. That is what he and his Ducks teammates did on Monday afternoon, skipping practice for a team-bonding bowling session in San Jose, where on Tuesday night they will take on the Sharks.

There is no question Selanne is a terrific athlete (he also plays tennis) but maybe he doesn't get the chance to bowl very often because he did not get the top single-game score.

We're told that Todd Marchant took the top score, bowling a 204, while Ryan Getzlaf, George Parros and Kyle Palmieri took the team title.

And yes, with a 204 as the winning single-game score (far from a perfect score of 300) it's clear none of the guys bowl a lot. No word yet, however, on what Teemu's score was.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Teemu Selanne aims for a strike during the team-bonding event. Credit: Lauren O'Gorman / Anaheim Ducks

Newest member of bowling hall of fame: Taylor Swift?

Taylor Swift has been honored many times over for her musical achievements. But it's about time she receives recognition for her bowling skills.

The 20-year-old country-pop sensation has been selected as the 2010 celebrity inductee into the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

Surprised? Clearly you haven't seen the video of Swift taking part in some "hardcore bowling" with celebrity pal Selena Gomez:

Okay, so judging from this video, Swift probably isn't being honored for her bowling skills. But she does appear to be enjoying herself  --  and that seems to be the point of her selection into the Hall of Fame.

Swift was one of nine celebrity nominees selected by the Bowling Proprietors' Assn. of America for their public support of bowling. In Swift's case, she frequently has been spotted and photographed hitting the lanes with celebrity friends such as Gomez and Cory Monteith.

The selection process was then turned over to fans for the first time and nearly 1.3 million online votes were cast, with Swift edging teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, 613,324-608,015. Bill Murray was a distant third with 21,451 votes.

Reggie Bush's ex, Kim Kardashian, finished sixth with 3,628 votes. NBA stars Dwight Howard (779 votes) and Chris Paul (663) barely managed to stay out of the bottom spot -- that belonged to late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon (623).

Past celebrity inductees include former NFL stars Lynn Swann and Jerome Bettis and former baseball player and analyst Tom Candiotti.

-- Chuck Schilken


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