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Dancing With The Stars: Sports Flavor Again

With the success of Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith in the past, ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" is stepping up it's presence in the sports world, naming three world class athletes to this years lineup.  Another Texas athlete will look to pick up where Emmitt left off.  Houston Rockets legend Clyde "The Glide" Drexler is competing.  Professional boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of former Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, is competing.  Also competing is Olympic Gold medal winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.  The 4th season begins March 19th.  Here's a complete list from ABC of the celebrities competing this year:

Laila Ali

Daughter of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali jumped into the women's boxing ring in 1999. After a string of high-profile wins, the 29-year-old retired from boxing earlier this year.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus is probably best known for his 1992 hit, "Achy Breaky Heart." He's made the transition from music to television and currently stars in the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" with his daughter, Miley.

Heather Mills

A former model, Heather Mills now campaigns for a variety of causes: She is currently a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. Mills also recently separated from singer and songwriter Paul McCartney.

Clyde Drexler

Former NBA player Clyde Drexler ruled the court as a shooting guard for the Houston Rockets. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and an NBA championship in 1995.

Joey Fatone

As a member of one of the original boy bands, 'N Sync, Joey Fatone wowed millions of fans around the world with his voice and signature dance moves. Since the breakup of 'N Sync, Fatone has pursued an acting career, making an appearance in 2002's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

Shandi Finnessey

Shandi Finnessey achieved the beauty queen's dream when she won the Miss USA pageant in 2004. After her reign ended, she became a TV hostess for the Game Show Network.

Leeza Gibbons

From 1994 to 1999, Leeza Gibbons and her talk show, "Leeza," were a fixture of daytime television. She has also made appearances on "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra" and "The Simple Life."

Paulina Porizkova

Czech-born Paulina Porizkova rose to supermodel status in the 1980s, appearing on the cover of the Sport's Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984 and '85. She later posed for Playboy magazine.

Ian Ziering

"Beverly Hills 90210" fans will remember Ian Ziering as the affable Steve Sanders, the TV character Ziering played from 1990 to 2000. Since the end of the show, Ziering has acted in a variety of television and film roles.

Vincent Pastore

Bronx-born Vincent Pastore is probably best known for his role as Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on "The Sopranos." He also hosts a show on Sirius satellite radio.

Apolo Anton Ohno

Apollo Anton Ohno's career will no doubt help him on the "Dancing With the Stars" stage. As a speed skater, Ohno has won five Olympic medals, making him a master at footwork.

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