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Top 10 Athletes to Follow on Facebook: Olympic Edition

PEOPLE Recommends: The Top Athletes on Facebook

Originally posted 08/08/2012 05:00PM

Worried you might go into Olympics withdrawal now that the Games are reaching their final stretch?

Keep the Olympic flame burning long after the Closing Ceremonies Sunday, courtesy of a select group of athletes who've obsessively Facebooked about the Games and are fun to read. Here are the top athletes to follow on Facebook – and don't forget to like People.com for all your celeb news.

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LeBron James: Proposing 'Felt Like Before a Finals Game'

LeBron James: Proposing 'Felt Like Before a Finals Game'

Originally posted 06/29/2012 11:00AM

There are few things more pressure-filled than helping a professional sports team win a national championship – but for LeBron James, one of them was popping the question to his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson.

"I was nervous," James, 27, tells Oprah Winfrey on Oprah's Next Chapter. "It felt like before a finals game."

The Miami Heat star proposed to his high school sweetheart during a New Year's Eve party in South Beach.

"I knew all my teammates and my friends and family was going to be there, and I thought I was ready to make the next step in my commitment with Savannah," he tells Winfrey.

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LeBron James Is Engaged

UpdatePosted 01/02/2012 11:00AM

LeBron James Is Engaged

Originally posted 01/01/2012 11:00AM

LeBron James had more on his mind than just ringing in the new year on Saturday night.

At a New Year's Eve dinner and party at SL nightclub at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach, the Miami Heat star, 27, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson. And he got their kids in on the action as well.

Right after popping the question, James picked up the couple's sons LeBron Jr., 7, and Bryce, 4, and swung them around on the floor. "It was so sweet to watch," a rep for Remy Martin V, who hosted the dinner, tells PEOPLE. "Everyone is extremely happy."

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LeBron James Gets Upstaged – by a Panda! | LeBron James

LeBron James Gets Upstaged – by a Panda!

Originally posted 08/16/2011 02:00PM

On each leg of his summer tour of Asia with Nike, LeBron James has been greeted by a frenzy of camera-toting fans. But when the 6-ft., 8-in. basketball star kicked back with a panda cub at the Chengdu Panda Reserve, he was the one doing the admiring.

"Relaxing and holding down the pandas!" said James, who shared a photo of his panda cuddle on Twitter Sunday.

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Couples Watch: Katie Holmes Throws Tom Cruise a Surprise 49th Birthday Bash | Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise

Couples Watch: Katie Holmes Throws Tom Cruise a Surprise 49th Birthday Bash

Originally posted 07/04/2011 06:00AM

• Katie Holmes surprised Tom Cruise, who is in Florida filming Rock of Ages, with a surprise 49th birthday bash at Miami Beach's SoHo Beach House. "Katie planned everything herself," a source tells us. Cruise's three kids – Suri, Connor and Isabella – were all there to celebrate, along with 40 close friends. The bash took place on the roof and inside the private venue, and guests enjoyed pasta, shrimp and other Italian dishes, in addition to chocolate birthday cake. "Katie has been very excited and actually did the RSVPs herself," the source says. "She wanted to be sure everything was just right."

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LeBron James's Mother Arrested in Miami

LeBron James's Mother Arrested in Miami

Originally posted 04/07/2011 11:05AM

LeBron James's mother, Gloria, was arrested early Thursday after an alleged altercation at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach.

"There was an incident involving Mrs. Gloria James and an employee of our valet parking provider while she was exiting the hotel early Thursday morning," a spokesperson for Fontainebleau Miami Beach, said in a statement. (Lebron, meanwhile, had a game that night.)

According to a source on the scene, Gloria and some girlfriends came to party at club LIV at the Fontainebleau, where she was being "sweet as pie" during the the night out. When it came time to leave around 5 a.m., a security guard escorted her to the valet area to collect her car. The escort was not because she was behaving badly, the source says, but because it's a Fontainebleau policy to provide their VIP guests with an escort.

"When Gloria went to get in her car, she said she couldn't find her keys which she was told were in the car," the source tells PEOPLE. "She got angry quickly and swung her bag at the valet person who brought the car."

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LeBron James Celebrates His 26th Birthday in Miami

LeBron James Celebrates His 26th Birthday in Miami

Originally posted 12/31/2010 04:15PM

LeBron James celebrated his 26th birthday Thursday night with a private, star-studded bash in his new Miami hometown.

The basketball star hosted a dinner for his celeb pals at STK, followed by a late-night party at Coco Deville next door. In addition to his mom, James's girlfriend Savannah Brinson was on hand. Other famous faces in the crowd: Drake, Gabrielle Union and her beau, James's Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Kelly Rowland, Vivica Fox, Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Spike Lee, Tyrese and Trey Songz.

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LeBron James Feels the Heat From Cleveland Fans at Ohio Game

LeBron James Feels the Heat From Cleveland Fans at Ohio Game

Originally posted 12/03/2010 10:45AM

It was a familiar scene for Cavaliers fans: LeBron James reigning supreme on the basketball court in Cleveland. Except, this time, the NBA star was wearing a different jersey.

Thursday's game was James's first time back in Ohio playing basketball since he signed a five-year contract with the Miami Heat. And as the Heat beat the Cavaliers – the team James, 25, led for seven years – in a 118-90 victory, fans were not discrete about their disapproval of James's defection to the Sunshine State.

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Barbara Walters Reveals Her 2010 Picks for 'Most Fascinating People'

Barbara Walters Reveals Her 2010 Picks for 'Most Fascinating People'

Originally posted 11/29/2010 08:45AM

From the queen of Hollywood to a princess in waiting, Barbara Walters has revealed eight of the 10 names on her 2010 Most Fascinating People list.

Sandra Bullock and Kate Middleton are joined on the list by Justin Bieber, Betty White, LeBron James, Sarah Palin, new American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and the cast of Jersey Shore.

As usual, Walters won't divulge the final names – or the overall Most Fascinating Person – until the special airs Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. EST.

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LeBron James Nike Ad Raises Lots of Questions

Originally posted 10/26/2010 12:45PM



It's a question Miami Heat non-fans probably wish LeBron James would have asked months ago: "What should I do?"

But in an ad for Nike, titled "Rise," the NBA star asks just that – many times, in many ways.

In the clip, the basketball star, 25, makes reference to his recent decision to sign a five-year contract with the Miami Heat – and just about every other decision he's made in his life.

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Filed Under: Nike, LeBron James

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