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NBA: Raptors' Ross to defend Slam Dunk title

Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross will defend his Slam Dunk crown during the NBA's All-Star weekend in New Orleans in a field that includes three actual All-Stars. All-Stars Paul George of the Pacers, John Wall of the Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers -- who all garnered spots in the February 16 contest -- will join Golden State's Harrison Barnes and Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore in seeking Ross's title in the Slam Dunk competition on the eve of the All-Star Game.

NBA: Raptors' Ross to defend Slam Dunk title

Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross will defend his Slam Dunk crown during the NBA's All-Star weekend in New Orleans in a field that includes three actual All-Stars. All-Stars Paul George of the Pacers, John Wall of the Wizards and Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers -- who all garnered spots in the February 16 contest -- will join Golden State's Harrison Barnes and Sacramento rookie Ben McLemore in seeking Ross's title in the Slam Dunk competition on the eve of the All-Star Game.

Dark and deadly, the 'Nordic Noir' hits keep coming

By Nigel Stephenson LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of people around the world have become avid fans of what is known as Nordic Noir detective and crime stories set in Scandinavia, with the next question after whodunit being why are they so successful? "The Bridge", a subtitled Danish-Swedish eco-terrorism crime saga reached its conclusion on British television on Saturday with more than a million viewers - the latest international success for the TV, film and literary genre.

Skiing: World Cup champion Maze hires Pini for Olympic bid

World Cup champion Tina Maze hired veteran Swiss coach Mauro Pini on Wednesday as the Slovenian star set her sights on a first Olympic gold medal at Sochi next month. Maze swept through the 2012/2013 World Cup season with a record 24 podiums and 11 wins. But her attempt to win gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver ended in two silvers, in super-G and giant slalom. "It was a request which I wasn't expecting. I am curious to start this adventure," Pini told RSI radio.

Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear

Unable to get to that must-see tourist site but can't bear for your teddy to miss out? Then Japan has just the thing for you -- a travel agency that takes stuffed toys on package tours and even provides the holiday snaps to prove it. Tokyo-based Unagi (Eel) Travel has a range of offers to suit every cuddly companion's purse. For instance, a day trip around sightseeing spots in the Japanese capital is $45, plus travel -- by parcel post -- from and to the toy's home address.

Redline Communications names Robert Williams to chief executive, director

TORONTO - Redline Communications Group Inc. (TSX:RDL) has named Robert Williams as its chief executive and director. Williams has been interim CEO at Toronto-based Redline since August. He joined the company in May 2010. "Redline's board of directors engaged in a global search for a leading executive who could continue the Company's momentum," board chairman Philippe de Gaspe Beaubien said in a statement Tuesday.

Aqua-Spark fund dives into fish farming future

Investment fund Aqua-Spark is setting course to make money while promoting healthier oceans and feeding the world. A fund devoted to technology, techniques and businesses focused on farming seafood instead of hunting it got underway with $1.5 million poured in by investors courted during a visit to San Francisco. "Aquaculture is one of the few sectors where you can make an old-fashioned return and do good," Aqua-Spark founder and managing partner Mike Velings told AFP.

Asia's animators draw inspiration from Japan's Miyazaki

As Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki heads into retirement, industry watchers say the next generation of Asian filmmakers stepping out of his shadow will struggle to match the Japanese master's box office domination. "The view here is that there will be no 'second Miyazaki'", Tokyo-based author and film critic Mark Schilling told AFP. The market for Asian animation is dominated by children's films, Schilling said, and not the more adult-themed productions Miyazaki became famous for, such as his Oscar-winning "Spirited Away" in 2002.

RugbyU: Toulon boss blasts 'stupid' Armitage jeers

Toulon coach Bernard Laporte blasted as "stupid" the constant barrage of jeers aimed at full-back Delon Armitage for a controversial gesture he made during last season's European Cup final. The English star was widely criticised for waving at Clermont's Brock James as he scored a try in Toulon's 16-15 victory over their French rivals in the final of the European showpiece and has been regularly booed since. "I can't accept this whistling and I will not accept it even if he wasn't a Toulon player," said Laporte.

Anime master Miyazaki's new film sounds a warning for Japan

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Hayao Miyazaki's new film is already a box office hit but its themes about the dangers of nationalism and war have set up the Oscar-winning animator for unprecedented criticism. "The Wind Rises", which debuted at the top of the Japanese box office last month and has a competition slot at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, is based on the man who designed Japan's feared Zero fighter plane used in World War Two.
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