The annual National Basketball Association All-Star Game isn’t taken too seriously by basketball fans. It’s best appreciated as the culmination of a weekend of parties attended by athletes and their celebrity friends. Before the most recent competition on Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, the players mingle beside the court with director Spike Lee and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Rapper-turned-actor Common visits Cee Lo Green. Their younger peers, Lil Wayne and his protégé, Drake, make faces for TNT’s cameras.
Lew Wolff , co-owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, began acquiring luxury hotels in the 1990s, when they were considered a risky investment. Now he may be selling as rivals are buying properties.
BAE Systems Plc, Europe’s largest weapons maker, and Formula 1 team owner McLaren Group Ltd. are among British companies and universities offering engineering know-how to raise the U.K.’s Olympic medal count this summer.