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• Authorities in Shaanxi province’s Xianyang city are paying five yen (just under one cent) for every cigarette butt its citizens pick up. So far, the city has paid “100,000 yuan (15,000 dollars) for two million of the butts and still owes for the remaining five million.” Next up for the Chinese city, a more controversial measure: Cash 4 Female Offspring. Ouch. [Yahoo!/AFP]

• A lovely Giants fan wants Tim Lincecum’s balls. [Busted Coverage]

• Cavs fans might not want to get overly excited regarding the team’s win over the Celtics last night. [Larry Brown Sports]

• In other NBA news, the league has banned upside-down headbands, because, well, it wants to. [That NBA Lottery Pick]

• Sad news out of Notre Dame: a student filming video of an Irish practice died when the hydraulic tower he was filming on collapsed. [Bob’s Blitz]

• Dallas TV reporter witnesses Giants fans smoking weed. Oh, the humanity! [Big League Stew]

• Some nuns are about to get paid due to a Honus Wagner card they are auctioning off. [Out of Bounds]

• Just so you know, the Atlanta Thrashers are “not trying to exploit” the black players on its roster via marketing. Good to know. [Puck Daddy]

• Blake Griffin kicks off his NBA career with two monster dunks. Bill Walton says “Throw it down, big man. THROW IT DOWN!” [You Been Blinded]

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