I'll never forget my first. My first pair of Adidas Sambas, that is. I was in ninth grade, and they were white with black stripes. I would put them on the second my school uniform shoes came off.

When it comes to athletic shoes, the Adidas Samba is the quintessential "oldie but goodie." Kids, men and women can all wear Sambas anywhere in the world and somehow look cool. About 35 million of them have sold worldwide. Sure, Sambas emerged in 1950 to give soccer players traction on icy ground during practice. But with their versatile, minimalist design and eye-catching stripes, they became a casual shoe icon. Now, the Samba is making new moves -- on the golf course.

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You wouldn't think the back of someone's closet is the first place a fashion designer would look for an innovative idea. But that's exactly how Nike came up with a new line of men's golf apparel.

"Learning about what golfers buy, why they buy it and why they hang on to it is a very telling exercise," Doug Reed, Nike product director, told GolfWeek.com. "The closet doesn't lie."

When Nike Golf reps realized they needed inspiration for the new Sport Collection, they went on a treasure hunt through the closets of golfers in the U.S., Japan and the United Kingdom.

So what did the Nike scavengers find in the closets of the world's golfers?

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On Wednesday, Bill Belichick will tee it up with a star-studded foursome in the pro-am at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. But the golf outing isn't a rare occasion for the New England Patriots football coach. He's been playing all his life, including more than two decades at Sankaty Head Golf Club on the island of Nantucket, which he considers his home course.

Although he stays off the links during football season, Belichick maintains around a 16 handicap and gets a dozen rounds in from February to July. In fact, he's already made one Tour stop this month.

Belichick showed up at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am just four days after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Giants.

"It's been tough," Belichick said to CBS.. "It’s a tough couple days, but Pebble Beach is a great spot to take your mind off some of the troubles we had."

As will playing with an old friend. Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who was an assistant under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns in the 90's, was also in the group. Ricky Barnes teamed up with Belichick for the weekend and they managed to finish third, impressing the PGA Tour pro.

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Jason Taylor and two of the Jonas Brothers are about to tee off.

Sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but that's actually what happened on Monday at the ninth annual Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic. The former Miami Dolphins defensive end called out all the stars to the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale to help raise money for his foundation and two other charities.

Kevin Jonas (at right) and Nick Jonas were just two of the celebs who took part in the festivities. Actor Omari Hardwick (below) and Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC were also there, on top of a slew of current and former athletes.

Ronnie Brown, Andre Dawson, Rob Gronkowski, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Brandon Marshall, O.J. McDuffie, Alonzo Mourning, Jonathan Ogden, Ray Rice and Fred Taylor turned up to support the causes. Even a few of Taylor's teammates from his 2010 season with the Jets showed up, including linebackers Calvin Pace, Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas.

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Here's a sweet story that sounds like a scene from a chick flick, but even hard-hearts will fall for this hardball tale.

While pitching for the Oakland Athletics in 2010, pitcher Brad Ziegler, 32, spotted an attractive woman in the crowd during a spring training game. After the last out, Ziegler decided he was going to try to find the woman in the stadium parking lot.

With odds stacked heavily against him, Ziegler played amateur detective, darting through thousands of fans leaving that afternoon's A's game in search of a stranger.

"I circled it four times," Ziegler told the Arizona Republic. "It was after the game, so there were a lot of people filtering out, but I remembered what she was wearing and what her friend was wearing so whenever I saw them I knew right away, even though it was across the parking lot. I was like, 'There they are.'"

Her name is Kristen, and she was at the game with an old college friend she hadn't seen in years. Let's just say Kristen was a tiny bit surprised when an unfamiliar person approached.

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No headset can cancel the noise these earphones are creating.

Lil Wayne wore what have to be the world's most expensive headphones to this past weekend's NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. The 29-year-old musician wore a pair of custom Beats by Dr. Dre. You might think that's not a big deal, but it's likely you've never seen diamond-covered $1 million headphones next to you on a plane.

These valuable headphones were first worn by SkyBlue of the electro pop group LMFAO during a guest appearance on Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show.

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By Daniel Bukszpan
CNBC.com

Most of the time, people with demanding jobs want to leave them behind when quitting time arrives. Law clerks don't want to file more briefs when they get home, actuaries don't want to weigh financial risk from their comfy chairs, and accounts receivable clerks don't want to send past-due invoices over dinner.

However, some people have no choice but to bring aspects of the workplace to their day-to-day lives. Take the professional race car driver. Unless he or she lives above a convenience store, chances are good that most errands will require an automobile. But who wants to deal with parking a Grand Prix race car at the Piggly Wiggly? Even the most accomplished race car driver will need a regular vehicle to negotiate parking lot shrubbery islands.

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Slideshow: Day Cars Of Race Car Drivers

What follows is a list of drivers who compete in NASCAR and Formula One events, and the cars they drive when they're in no hurry to get anywhere at any particular time.

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By Colleen Kane
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In the fickle world of celebrity real estate, athletes are among the more likely people to buy and sell and rent new homes, as they are subject to the whims of where their contracts take them. And in the slides to follow, you'll also see a few properties affected by the 2011 NBA lockout.

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Slideshow: Homes Of NBA Stars

In the basketball world, as we've seen in other celebrity real estate slideshows, a property sometimes trades from one set of famous hands to another pair. This recently happened with a celebrity-pedigreed house that's been on the market for nearly a year. Chris Paul bought the Bel Air house owned by singer Avril Lavigne.

The houses ahead, most provided by Realtor.com and Zillow, are a window into recent comings and goings in the basketball world. It includes big names like Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudamire, Carmelo Anthony and even Michael Jordan. It will reveal what Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom has in common with a new guy you might have heard of, Jeremy Lin. We begin with a bit of (pardon us) Lintrigue involving four NBA players and two states.

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We know former NFL running back Eddie George is quick to react. We also know from his turn as Julius Caesar that he's got stage presence. And we know he's used to being spotted in public.

But all three came together wonderfully when a TMZ cameraman cornered the Ohio State legend at Los Angeles International Airport and started questioning him on camera.

Problem: The cameraman thought Eddie was Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Wanna get away?

But Eddie -- who reported all Super Bowl week for Yahoo! Sports -- was hardly offended. He played right along. Watch:

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What happens in Mexico ... is just so much cooler.

Take the Abierto de Tenis Monterrey, a Women's Tennis Association tournament happening this week. Serena Williams was the top seed, but according to TennisNow.com, she had to withdraw at the last minute because of that nagging ankle injury that dampened her performance at the Australian Open. Instead of sitting out the whole week, Williams joined Gisela Dulko for an exhibition match that takes tennis to a whole new level. Sea level, that is.

We certainly can't blame Williams for jetting down to the Sierra Madre Tennis Club for a little hydrotherapy, and Enrique does provide the perfect soundtrack to a tennis match on the water. Baby, we like it.

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