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Get served on the court

SAT 8/6

he Heat may have lost to the Detroit Pistons, much to the dismay of the majority of us sports fans, but we, the people of Miami, still have a chance to show off our mad b-ball skillz and possibly bring some glory to the city. Foot Locker, which boasts to be "the world's largest athletic specialty retailer," is dribbling into town with its 3on3 Basketball Tour, giving young people and adults the opportunity to form teams of three to five players and show off their game. The winning team will advance to the National Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York City against the winners from other cities around the country. They may not be Shaq or Zo, but these players have spirit and talent, and most important, they are from our community. So come talk some trash and cheer for these Miamians today from 9:00 to 7:00 on the blacktop at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission for spectators is free. Call 888-354-007, or visit --Ilona Solomon

Race to Raise Funds

SUN 8/7

Huntington's is a genetic disorder that impedes a person's ability to move or think fluidly. It works slowly over several years, eventually leaving the sufferer fully incapacitated. Researchers are desperately trying to find a treatment for the disease, but they need your help. That's why the South Florida Chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society is hosting its fourteenth annual triathlon. You can support the cause by participating in either the Olympic or Sprint distance event.

If you're not the triathlete type, gather a few friends to compete in the relay. You can have up to three members on your team: one to swim, one to ride, and the last to run. The race begins this morning at 6:30 at Crandon Park, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Registration fees start at $65, and depend on distance and classification. You must register by August 6. Call 305-971-4372, or visit -- Karen R. Figueiredo

Rock Hard

Climbing the Walls

SUN 8/7

It may seem corny, and way less cool than poker night, but group sporting activities are hot. The eXtreme Miami Sports Club has mushroomed in its first year with offers of fresh air, salt water, and sweaty muscles. "You feed off the strength of everyone else," explains founder Tom Mattison, about why working out with others is more fun than going it alone. The ex-Eagle Scout wants people from all over to join him for rock climbing today at 4:00 at the Xtreme Rock Climbing Center (13972 SW 139th Ct., Kendall). Admission is $12 for four hours. Call 305-460-9031, or visit Maya Ibars


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