Less than two weeks after agreeing to re-sign with the New York Knicks for a reported five years and $124 million, Carmelo Anthony has found a unique way to boost his already considerable fortune.

The 30-year-old superstar announced Monday the creation of M7 Tech Partners, a venture capital firm that will invest in seed-stage tech startups. The name, M7, stands for Anthony's nickname ("Melo") and his jersey number.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Anthony is joined in the venture by his friend Stuart Goldfarb, the former CEO of Bertelsmann and executive vice president of NBC.

“We have complementary strengths and a very close, 50/50 partnership," Goldfarb told the Journal. "I have more time to do the leg work of scoping out potential deals for us. But 'Melo has incredible business instincts and a great record when it comes to product design, social media and business development."

In a statement, Anthony said he's intrigued by wearable and connected devices. The Olympic gold medalist became interested in these technologies after he and his teammates started wearing sophisticated, performance-tracking sensors during practices last year. According to the New York Times Anthony and Goldfarb began discussing how many of these devices are not available to the public, and the possibility of widespread distribution of sensor-based technology provided the initial spark for M7.

M7's first investment is in Hullabalu, a company which creates kids’ story apps for iPads.

As more and more start-ups take off, business-savvy pros are aligning themselves with the companies in hopes of reaping a fortune down the road. Recently Anthony's good friend LeBron James took in $30 million thanks to his equity stake in Beats Electronics.

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NBA All-Star. Children's book author. Mental health advocate. Reality show star. High school basketball coach.

Metta World Peace will add another line to his resume later this year when he joins the staff of the Palisades High School girls basketball program in California.

The 34-year-old free agent, who played for the New York Knicks last year, announced the move on Twitter:


The key phrase here is "as time permits." World Peace signed a two-year deal with the Knicks in July 2013 but he was waived by the team in February. His future in New York is uncertain, although the fact that his former coach, Phil Jackson, has been named president of the team may help his cause.

World Peace's daughter, Sadie, attended Palisades High and played on the basketball team. According to a tweet he sent out recently, it appears that Sadie has graduated:


"Metta's going to be heavy into the strategic portion of our practices," Dolphins head coach Torino Johnson told the Palisadian-Post. "He'll be someone you'll see around. We're both into mental health awareness and I'll be really excited to see him in the gym."

World Peace's NBA future remains unclear, but a tweet by Johnson seems to indicate that Metta himself expects to be back on the court at some point next year.


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As if the prospect of an NFL career wasn't demanding enough, one Kansas City Chiefs rookie plans to add a medical degree to his already-busy schedule.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who goes by Larry, is no normal NFL rookie. And that's not just because he's a third-year medical student. Duvernay-Tardif, 23, hails from Quebec and played his college football at McGill. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle grew up speaking French but is also fluent in English.

As Duvernay-Tardif adjusts to life in the NFL, he'll not only be learning to compete against players with much more football experience than he has, he'll also be juggling medical school in the offseason. Duvernay-Tardif revealed to reporters that he plans to spend two months of medical school a year in the offseason for four years. At that pace he should get his degree in 2017 or 2018.

"Right now it's football," Duvernay-Tardif told the Chiefs' website about his main passion. "It’s football 100 percent. I love the idea, however, of having a good backup plan for after football. I want to do my two months a year and stay in the program, but my focus will be solely dedicated to football the rest of the time. This is a professional sport, it’s a full-time job and I want to give it my all."


Duvernay-Tardif is used to working medical school around his football obligations. At McGill he scheduled rotations around his practices, and sometimes that meant little to no sleep. The day before he was drafted he was called in to McGill's medical center to assist with an emergency C-section.

Even though he's only played offensive line for two years, Duvernay-Tardif's stature and athleticism led the Chiefs to select him in the sixth round of last month's NFL draft.

“The competition may not be to the level you'd like, so he should dominate that competition, and he did," Pat Sperduto, a Chiefs scout, said of Duvernay-Tardif's collegiate opposition. “This kid has physical talent that should equate to being an NFL player."

Duvernay-Tardif isn't the first NFL player in recent years to take an interest in medicine. Former Titans and Steelers defensive back Myron Rolle, a Rhodes Scholar, retired from football at the age of 26 so he could attend medical school.

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Bernard Pollard may not be done in the NFL, but he's already got his mind on a post-retirement career.

The Tennessee Titans safety has invented and patented a new product designed to alleviate clutter in the bathroom. The tray, called Style Pro 31, fits neatly on top of the bathroom sink.

"It is truly a blessing to see this come to fruition," Pollard told the Tennessean. "Patients at hospitals, people in hotels and apartments, students in dorms, people on cruise ships who need more space around the sink. ... I just want this product to assist people and I think it can."

Pollard says he got the idea several years ago when he heard women complaining about lack of space in the bathroom. An avid fan of "Shark Tank," the entrepreneurship show featuring Mark Cuban, Pollard drew up sketches until he was satisfied. The end result of his hard work is available on stylepro31.com for $39.99 (Pollard's jersey number is 31).

Even though he bought a Style Pro 31 for his fiancee, Titans safety Michael Griffin couldn't help but tease Pollard about the idea.

"You hear Bernard talk and he can sound barbaric, like a gladiator, in interviews," Griffin joked. "And you see how he plays on the field. For someone to come off as such a tough guy, to come up with a product for women. But, hey, I applaud him for thinking outside the box and going for it. It's actually a great idea."

Pollard, a sociology major at Purdue, won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013. Last season he led the Titans in tackles.

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You may know Shaquille O'Neal as a dominating big man who won four NBA championships and earned 15 All-Star nods during his legendary career.

What you didn't know, however, is that the Big Aristotle is also the CEO of "a lot of different companies."

At least that's what Shaq claims on his LinkedIn page.

A profile which appears to belong to the future Hall of Famer was unearthed recently and verified by Turner Sports as legitimate. In it, Shaq writes that his best asset is "that I am proven to lead teams to championships. I mean multiple championships."

Can't argue with facts.

In truth, Shaq's LinkedIn page would probably put most others to shame. In addition to his incredible career in the NBA, Shaq has also worked as a cop, broadcaster, actor, musician and entrepreneur.

Shaq has a strong social media presence, which includes more than eight million followers on Twitter, where his was the first verified account. With that in mind, it makes sense that he would want a LinkedIn presence, even if he's the last person who needs a profile to get noticed.

A pre-IPO investor in Google, Shaq also had equity stakes in Vitamin Water and Muscle Milk.

He also partnered with 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov on establishing 10 signature health clubs. Then when Mastrov became part of the Sacramento Kings' new ownership group last year, Shaq was brought on board as an investor.

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It will be hard for anyone to question Shelley Smith's commitment to football after the sacrifices the 26-year-old made to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

Smith, who had been mainly a reserve offensive lineman in Houston and St. Louis the past few years, knew that he could have the opportunity to start in Miami. And so when the Dolphins offered him a two-year, $5.5 million contract, he jumped at the chance.

Unfortunately for Smith and his fiancee, Ashley, the deal went down during their wedding weekend. As Smith told reporters, he had to be absent at some inopportune times.

"It was an absolute whirlwind,” Smith said. "Me and my wife didn't expect things to quite work out that way. I ended up missing my rehearsal dinner, I missed some different wedding events. But at the end of the day, it all worked out great. I made it back for my wedding day, I made the wife happy, and I got to sign with the Dolphins."

Smith, who has only started seven games in his career, comes into an offensive line that had four holes at the beginning of free agency. He was graded by Pro Football Focus as one of the best run-blocking guards in the league, and seeing as the Dolphins just signed Knowshon Moreno, it would appear that Miami has big plans for Smith.

Plus, if his wife is happy, that's all that really matters, right?

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After winning the Super Bowl, some of the Seahawks' players have gone about fulfilling their other dreams.

Russell Wilson went to Spring Training with the Texas Rangers. Marshawn Lynch got a jersey made out of Skittles. And now Michael Robinson is appearing on his favorite soap opera, "The Young and the Restless."

The 31-year-old fullback told “NFL Total Access” during the playoffs that watching the soap opera was his guilty pleasure, and as soon as the show's producers heard that, they invited Robinson to make a cameo on the popular program. Robinson taped the bit a few weeks ago and it aired on Thursday. He got to film a scene with one of the show's longtime stars, Eric Braeden.


Robinson said before the taping, he and Braeden became fast friends.

“We actually sat and chatted for about two hours before the scene," Robinson told the SoapOperaNetwork, "And we just talked football, talked working out, talked about how excited he is about what happened in the Super Bowl. He was very much intrigued about how we work and how we go about the business… and what it takes to play this game."

As for how the former Penn State quarterback became hooked on the show, well, that's a rather interesting story.

“When my mom and dad were getting divorced and I was a young guy, about five or six years old, I remember going to my babysitter’s house,” Robinson said in an interview on the NFL Network. “In Richmond, Virginia, Y&R came on after Divorce Court. I remember watching Divorce Court expecting to see my mom and dad. I didn’t get a chance to see them so I just sat around and watched Young and the Restless.”

To hear more about Robinson's experience, check out this interview he did with some of the cast members.

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For Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, Sunday's Academy Awards were just the first of his red carpet experiences this week.

After Dunn, who invested in the film Dallas Buyers Club and had a small cameo, returned to Spring Training from his trip to the Oscars, he found his locker had been decked out with a red carpet and Oscar statuettes.


Dunn, a 14-year veteran, was initially unsure of whether he wanted to attend the Oscars because it would mean missing two days of Spring Training. But upon returning to Glendale, Ariz., after Dallas Buyers Club won three Academy Awards, Dunn said the trip was worth it.

"It’s kind of like anything else, when it's over you don't feel as bad,” Dunn told the Chicago Tribune. “When you come back, it never feels as bad as when you have to leave. Obviously, everybody here has made it really easy, and it was just fine. It was a cool experience, and now it’s over until next year.”

Dunn was back in the White Sox lineup as Chicago's designated hitter for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

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Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo comes from a family of soccer players, and in a recent appearance at an indoor soccer game the 19-year-old showed that his "football" skills aren't too shabby.

Antetokounmpo, whose grandfather, father and older brother all played soccer, was invited onto the pitch during a Milwaukee Wave game.

The Greek Freak first showed off his juggling skills, which are pretty good for someone who is 6-foot-9 and plays professional basketball. Then he was asked to make a shot from midfield through one of three small holes. It took a few attempts, but Antetokounmpo finally nails it at the 2:00 mark of the video below.

Antetokounmpo's goal won a scooter for one lucky fan.

This awesome goal continues Antetokounmpo's happy-go-lucky rookie season. When he's not tweeting about his favorite new American food, Antetokounmpo is averaging 4.6 rebounds and 7.2 points for the hapless Bucks.

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Kobe Bryant has taken his love of piano to a whole new level.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar, who has been sidelined for most of the 2013-2014 season with injuries, has dropped hints before about his love for piano. He's said sitting down at the keyboard and playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" has helped him relieve stress.

Bryant's had no shortage of stress this year -- he came back from a torn Achilles only to fracture his knee, all the while his team has been struggling mightily without him. And in these dark days for Bryant, it seems like the 35-year-old may be getting some help in the form of music.

Bryant recently unveiled a new piano shaped like his logo and with the words "Kobe Piano" inscribed on the front.


For comparison, here's what Bryant's emblem looks like:


Bryant's actually a pretty skilled pianist. Here's a short clip of him playing "Moonlight Sonata."

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