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Website serves up cheapest prices on beer

For beer lovers on a budget, is a website worth a look.

Updated daily, the site lists sale prices on beer at more than 50,000 retail locations across the country, eliminating the need to thumb through all those sales circulars hunting for the best price on your favorite brand.

From Blue Moon and Bud to Yuengling, has got you covered on advertised sale prices.

But you're out of luck if you're looking for the best beer prices at retailers such as Target, Walmart and the warehouse clubs, which typically don't include that information in their ads.

In the Triangle, you can find advertised beer prices for Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and Walgreens on, though because of a glitch in data entry the beer prices for Lowes Foods aren't included this week.

The site is simple to use.

Kyrie Irving named NBA Rookie of Year

Former Duke guard Kyrie Irving was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year this morning.

The No. 1 overall pick in last summer's NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard received 117 of 120 possible first-place votes to run away with the award. 

Minnesota's Ricky Rubio and Denver's Kenneth Faried finished a distant second and third, respectively, in the voting.

Faried, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New York's Iman Shumpert (formerly of Georgia Tech) received the three other first-place votes.

Rivers huddled with family to discuss NBA options

Austin Rivers is huddled with his family in Florida this weekend to decide whether he will return to Duke for his sophomore season or declare for the NBA.

CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman reported that Rivers will sign with an agent and forgo his final three collegiate seasons, but Jeremiah Rivers, Austin’s older brother, said a final decision has not been made.

“We haven’t talked about it yet,” said Jeremiah Rivers, who is with his brother just outside of Orlando, Fla. “He had a really good year, obviously. But as far as my brother coming out, he hasn’t even mentioned it.”

What to Watch on Saturday: NBA All-Stars are a slam dunk.

Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards (7pm, GMC) - The Gospel Music Channel airs the 12th annual awards show honoring gospel music legends Pastor Shirley Caesar and the group Commissioned. Performances by Ledisi, Lucinda Moore, The Soul Seekers, and others. Airs again at 8:30pm.

Must Love Cats (8pm, Animal Planet) - Host John Fulton checks out domestic and wild cats living in harmony in Mississippi, a popular cat on TV in Little Rock, and a cat scratching-tree builder in Kansas. I noticed that night footage (so funny) from last week's episode of the klepto-kitty from California made national news this week.

NBA All-Star Night (8:30pm, TNT) - Live from Los Angeles, watch the 3-point shootout, the skills challenge, and the ever-popular slam dunk contest. Scheduled dunkers include Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, and JaVale McGee. There's also a "Shooting Stars" event with NBA legends and WNBA players.

Being Human UK (9pm, BBC America) - Not to be confused with the American remake which airs on Syfy, the original UK version of "Being Human" premieres its third season tonight.

America's Most Wanted (9pm, Fox) - In a special episode, host John Walsh attempts to find out what makes serial killers tick.  

48 Hours Mystery (10pm, CBS) - Two murders are investigated and the probe leads from the Playboy Mansion to Wall Street.

Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room (10pm, Comedy Central) - Comedian Patrice O'Neal performs in New York City. Topics include infidelity, safe sex, and harassment.

An Idiot Abroad (10pm, Science) - Tonight's episode of this always funny series sends Karl Pilkington to Egypt. I think now we have an alternate theory of what may have started that revolution.

The LeBron photo gallery

We have a neat photo gallery online of last night's NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  This was the first game back in Cleveland for LeBron James.  The photos show an irate Cleveland crowd giving the business all game long to James, who, of course, ditched them for Miami in search of a championship ring.

Here are my thoughts:

1.  LeBron James has the right to sell his services to whomever he wants to work for. In the old, old days of major league sports, players had very limited rights to change teams.  Owners took vast advantage of this. It didn't appear to bother fans back then that their heroes were basically getting hosed because the market was outrageously rigged against them.

2.  Having said that, I am reminded of what Jack Nicholson's character, private detective Jake Gittes, in the movie Chinatown, asked the the rich, powerful and dangerous businessman Noah Cross played so sinister by John Huston.  "Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can't already afford?"

In other words, James was already making a pile of money in Cleveland, and stood to continue making a ton of money. 

3. But the reason he went to Miami was sort of for the same reason the Noah Cross character in Chinatown was engineering a vast scheme to steal water from the farmers in order to benefit his land development plans:  "The future! The future, Mr. Gittes," he replied.  James went to Miami because the Heat was committed to surrounding him with the expensive talent to win an NBA championship. James has a finite amount of time to win a championship. His future will either be as one of the all-time great NBA stars, or as merely an extremely talented player who never won a ring.  In James' calculus,  Cleveland was not committed to helping him achieve his goal of immortality.  The Cavaliers just wanted to be contenders who maybe might get lucky.

The fans in Cleveland in the photo gallery were booing a professional athlete who made the difficult decision that the company he was with was not as committed as he was.

UNC basketball alum could be "Dancing with the Stars"

Depending on how you look at it, here's some positive news for Tar Heel fans today. Former Carolina basketball hotshot (and also Celtics/Lakers hotshot) Rick Fox will be competing on "Dancing with the Stars" this season, according to E! Online.

DWTS usually prefers ex-NFL players, but they did let NBA Hall of Famer Clyde "The Glide" Drexler compete a few seasons ago (he didn't do so well).

Fox played at UNC from 1988-1991, leading the Heels to the Final Four in '91. He then played for 13 years for the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers. Fox has also dabbled in acting. He's had small roles in "Oz," "One Tree Hill," "Melrose Place," "Dirt," "Ugly Betty," "Party Down," and "The Game." Fox was married to actress Vanessa Williams from 1999 to 2005. Fox is reportedly now dating actress Eliza Dushku ("Dollhouse").

E! is also reporting that Brisol Palin, David Hasselhoff, Brandy, The Situation, Michael Bolton, Jennifer Grey, Audrina Patridge, and Florence Henderson will be on "Dancing with the Stars." ABC will make the official announcement Monday night.

No decision yet for Duke's Singler on NBA

Duke forward Kyle Singler told Portland's Oregonian
newspaper on Monday that he is likely to announce a decision on whether
to enter the NBA draft this week.

The Oregon native, who was the most outstanding player of the Final Four as a junior, told the newpaper that he intends to make a firm decision rather than entering the draft without hiring an agent.

What to Watch on Friday: Let the Winter games begin!

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (8pm, NBC) - The Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics from BC Place in Vancouver honors the heritage of the host nation and also has all the other usual Opening Ceremony stuff: parade of nations, athletes oath, and lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. Afterward, competition gets underway with ski jumping. The Winter Olympics begin tonight and last through February 28.

Smallville (8pm, The CW) - Clark runs into the magician Zatanna at a comic book convention, where a magical comic book is stolen by a young man who develops special powers, which he uses to rescue Chloe. Lois becomes jealous of Clark's relationship with Zatanna.

Undercover Boss (9pm, CBS) - People are pretty divided on this show, which premiered to big numbers Sunday night after the Super Bowl. It's a new reality show in which a CEO goes undercover doing menial jobs at his or her company, to see what it's really like on the front lines. Sunday's debut featured Waste Management CEO Larry O'Donnell riding a garbage truck, picking up trash, and cleaning portable toilets (you know, the kind that don't flush). We found the show compelling, but some believe it's phony and manipulative. The truth is, it's all those things. It's a reality show. Is some of it contrived? Sure. But is it entertaining? Absolutely. This is a repeat of the Waste Management debut. The show returns Sunday with the CEO of Hooters.

NBA Rookie Challenge (9pm, TNT) - From Dallas, the 11th annual game pits NBA rookies against NBA sophomores. 

Michael Jordan: NBA Superstar

See photos from Michael Jordan's stellar career in the NBA, including his short stint in professional baseball.

June 10, 2009: Hansbrough works out for Bobcats

Former UNC player Tyler Hansbrough works out for the Bobcats in Charlotte on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

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