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Smith Degrees of Separation

Connecting athletes to their celebrity name twins in six stages

LAST WEEK Brewers lefthander Will Smith wrote a letter to movie star Will Smith explaining why they should be friends. The two are already connected, though, as are many athletes who share names with actors.

Will Smith1 plays for Milwaukee, where he is teammates with 2 Ryan Braun, who used to be the co-owner of a Wisconsin restaurant with 3 Aaron Rodgers, who is dating 4 Olivia Munn, who was in Magic Mike, the sequel of which comes out this summer starring 5 Jada Pinkett-Smith, who is married to 6Will Smith.

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart1 is a teammate of 2 Cam Newton, who endorses Dannon's Oikos yogurt, replacing former pitchman 3 John Stamos, who starred on Full House with 4 Bob Saget, who had a cameo on Louie, created by comedian 5 Louis C.K., who has been a guest on The Daily Show with 6Jon Stewart.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett1 played for the Charlotte Hornets, where he was teammates with 2 Larry Johnson, who appeared on Family Matters with 3 Jaleel White, who was on Dancing with the Stars with 4 Gladys Knight, who along with the Pips sang for the Motown label with 5 Stevie Wonder, who recently recorded a duet with 6Tony Bennett.

Golfer Adam Scott1 used to date tennis star 2 Ana Ivanovic, who at the 2014 Australian Open defeated No. 1--ranked 3 Serena Williams, who appeared in a 2004 episode of Law & Order SVU, which also featured 4 Gary Cole, who was in Pineapple Express along with 5 James Franco, who had a cameo in Knocked Up with 6 Adam Scott.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

The Brewers banned high fives in an attempt to halt the spread of pinkeye in their clubhouse.

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AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (STEWART LEFT)

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DESIREE NAVARRO/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (STEWART RIGHT)

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BOB LEVERONE/AP (BENNETT LEFT)

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AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SCOTT LEFT)

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JASON LAVERIS/FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES (SCOTT RIGHT)

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