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Simpsons chosen for new US postage stamp

Simpsons chosen for new US postage stampLos Angeles - The dysfunctional cartoon family The Simpsons has been chosen for one of the most iconic honours in the United States. The portraits of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson will all feature on five first class postage stamps, the US Postal Service announced Wednesday.

The stamps are in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the show, which is the US's longest-running prime-time comedy and the first to receive its own stamp while still on the air.

Howard spoils Mourning's night, Magic beat Heat 101-95

Howard spoils Mourning's night, Magic beat Heat 101-95Los Angeles  - On a special night immortalizing Alonzo Mourning, the Miami Heat was victimized by Dwight Howard.

Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds - to pass legendary Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest (23 years, 112 days) to pull down 5,000 boards - and the Orlando Magic beat the Heat 101-95 on Monday night.

Howard and the Magic spoiled an emotionally touching and tearful celebration for Mourning, who became the first Heat player to have his number retired.

Pau Gasol's season-high 36 carries Lakers to top seed in West

Pau Gasol's season-high 36 carries Lakers to top seed in WestLos Angeles  - Reigning league MVP Kobe Bryant wasn't at his best, but Pau Gasol was and the Los Angeles Lakers won the West.

Gasol scored a season-best 36 points, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers clipped the New Jersey Nets 103-95 on Friday night, to clinch the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

"That's the way I like to describe myself as an efficient player," said Gasol, who made 14-of-19 shots. "I try to be effective, try to contribute in different ways because I think I can.

Rapper T.I. gets year in jail

Rapper T.I. gets year in jailLos Angeles  - Rapper T. I. was sentenced to a year in jail Friday for violating federal weapons charges by attempting to buy unregistered automatic weapons and silencers.

The sentence was part of a plea deal under which T. I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, has already served more than 1,000 hours of community service.

T. I., 28, is also starring in an MTV reality show called Road To Redemption in which he speaks out about the pitfalls of guns, drugs and violence.

Lakers end drought in Detroit, run past Pistons 92-77

Lakers end drought in Detroit, run past Pistons 92-77Los Angeles  - The Los Angeles Lakers didn't have much difficulty remembering their recent visits to Detroit - and even less trouble reversing those fortunes.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points Thursday night, and the Lakers closed the third quarter on a decisive 20-0 run to pull away from the short-handed Detroit Pistons for a 92-77 victory.

"It feels good to finally walk out of here with a win," said reigning league MVP Bryant, who added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Bruce Willis, model girlfriend tie the knot

Bruce Willis, model girlfriend tie the knoLos Angeles  - US actor Bruce Willis and his girlfriend, British model Emma Heming got wed in a small ceremony on the Caribbean Turks & Caicos Islands, press reports said Sunday.

The wedding between the 54-year-old action star and Heming, 22 years his junior took pace on Saturday at Willis' home, Usmagazine. com said. There was no official confirmation from the Die-Hard actor.

Willis and Hemings met last year.