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  • Retail Sales Surprise: A Glimmer of Hope? Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

    U.S. retail sales edged up in January for the first time in seven months. Are we finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel?

  • Lack Of Visibility Means Lack Of Buyers Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 12:15 PM ET

    Volume is on the light side; there are not a lot of sellers, just a lack of buyers who are having trouble talking themselves into buying stocks when corporations are coming out with lower first quarter guidance and lower or no guidance for the rest of the year.

  • Behind The "Guitar Hero" Curse Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 11:16 AM ET
    Playing Guitar Hero

    There has been plenty written about the "Guitar Hero Curse," since the latest ad features both Alex Rodriguez and Michael Phelps in it. But how about the company that makes the game?

  • Ana Ivanovic Poses For Sponsors Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 10:34 AM ET
    Ana Ivanovic

    As you might know, I am a big fan of tennis player Ana Ivanovic. That means any time we come across some new photos or ads, I'm going to post them.

  • This Morning's Retail Surprise Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 9:19 AM ET

    Surprise! Retail sales for January, up 1 percent, was significantly stronger than the decline of 0.8 percent expected, particularly after 6 straight months of declines. The main theme remains: 1) lower-than-expected guidance for the first quarter, and 2) almost no visibility beyond that, with many companies simply declining to provide guidance.

  • Jewelry Maker Boasts Unexpected Prize: Bar Refaeli's Neck Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 4:55 PM ET
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    Yesterday was a good day for jewelry maker Robindira Unsworth. Robindira, who designs jewelry with her husband Robert on their collection, discovered that their Three Strand 22K Gold Vermeil Hammered Bead Necklace was featured on the neck of model Bar Refaeli on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

  • One Random T-Shirt Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 4:11 PM ET

    Here's the perfect gift for those of you who, like me, were over the Facebook "25 Random Things About Me" phenom before it even started. It's the "1 Random Thing" T-shirt from Despair.com.

  • Minor League Team First To Give Away Shammy Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 2:50 PM ET
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    The Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are the first sports team to try to cash in on the "As Seen on TV" craze.

  • Favre Sale Is On! Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 2:49 PM ET
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    After ESPN reported this morning that New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre was retiring, we were waiting to see how long it would take the team to put Favre items on sale.

  • Is Subway Supporting Michael Phelps Or Not? Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 12:11 PM ET
    Subway

    "We still believe in Michael Phelps and we still think he can be a big asset to our brand." That's what Subway CMO Tony Pace said to Terry Lefton of the SportsBusiness Daily yesterday.

  • Send in your best caption for this photo to , along with your name and where you are from.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their best caption to our photo yesterday. We received more than 300 entries from all over the world, including captions from Guatemala, Australia and South Africa.

  • Arby's Scores In Swimsuit Issue Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
    Arby's Advertisement

    I can see why a brand would want to put an ad in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. But at $375,000 for a full page, there are a lot of challenges.

  • Phelps a No-Show at IBM Conference Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 6:18 PM ET

    CNBC has confirmed through multiple sources that Michael Phelps did not show up at the IBM Pulse 2009 Conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, where he was scheduled to speak on Tuesday.

  • Darren Walks Into A Bar... Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 3:11 PM ET
    Send in your best caption for this photo to , along with your name and where you are from.

    Today, I spent 35 minutes or so with the new Sports Illustrated cover model Bar Refaeli. In that short period of time, I found out that Bar does eat curly fries (I bought them for her in our cafeteria) and loves the Snuggie (she was surprised to find out how cheap it was).

  • NBA Game Keeps Growing Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 2:04 PM ET
    NBA

    As we approach the All-Star Game in Phoenix this weekend, the NBA has some pretty eye-opening statistics regarding its worldwide reach.

  • How Much Is Tiger's Kid Worth? Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 1:03 PM ET
    Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the eighth green during a playoff round at the US Open golf tournament, Torrey Pines Golf, San Diego, California.

    Seven and a half years ago, when Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf announced they were having a baby, tennis promoter John Korff had a great idea. He called up Graf’s agent, Phil DePicciotto, and offered Graf $10 million if they had a girl and that girl played in his tournament first when she turned 16 years old in 2017.

  • A-Rod's Big Swing At GNC Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 11:34 AM ET
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    Alex Rodriguez isn't sponsored by the nutritional supplement store, but GNC made its way into his interview three times in his interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons yesterday.

  • Phelps Takes A Hit Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | 9:44 AM ET
    Michael Phelps inhales from a bong

    The first poll taken in the wake of the Michael Phelps photo, reveals that the Olympic swimmer's image definitely took a hit.

  • Nike Reacts To A-Rod Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 7:45 PM ET
    Alex Rodriguez

    After Alex Rodriguez' ESPN interview aired tonight, in which he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, the slugger's most valuable endorser, Nike issued this comment.

  • Looking For Phelps' Photographer Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 3:49 PM ET
    Michael Phelps inhales from a bong

    It has been a while and we still don't have the name of the person who photographed and sold (if it was even the same person) the picture of Michael Phelps to British tabloid "News of the World."