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If you're a hardcore baller then you've already heard of AND 1, the street ball sensation that lets basketball talents from playgrounds nationwide have a shot at the spotlight. But Raleigh gets a wake-up call when the AND 1 Mix Tape Tour (pictured right) lands at the RBC Center Aug. 7, part of a nationwide tour boasting the world's best playground ballers and rising hip-hop artists to boot. It's all featured on ESPN's summer series Street Ball (Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m.), but Thursday's festivities also include an open run and expo before the game, in which local talent can lace up and compete to join the 2004 AND 1 tour. The open run begins at 4 p.m., the pre-game show kicks off at 7 p.m. and the game at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15-$30. Call 834-4000.

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