NEW YORK – With a little help from his friends, Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday in New York with a global “Peace and Love” moment.

Starr led the salute Wednesday in Times Square to throngs of spectators looking to catch a glimpse of the former Beatle. He told the crowd that being in New York was a “magical moment in 1964, and it’s still a magical moment.”

Earlier, Starr was honored at the Hard Rock Cafe with a cake and a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” He waited patiently for staff to bring a cake knife so he could cut his own cake, as is tradition in Liverpool.

Starr wants people from every part of the globe to say “Peace and Love” at noon every day by word, e-mail or any form of communication.

Where LeBron goes, ‘Weekend Update’ plans to follow

LOS ANGELES – Like a lot of other folks, Seth Meyers is waiting to learn where LeBron James is going to play basketball next season.

But Meyers’ interest is purely for laughs. The host of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” is mining the drama over James’ decision for some comic nuggets to use when Meyers hosts the ESPY Awards.

The annual show honoring the year’s best sports moments airs live on ESPN on July 14.

“I really like the idea of an entire hour of television being dedicated to a person naming one team,” Meyers joked Wednesday.

James is expected to announce his future destination tonight on ESPN.

With James and several other high-profile NBA free agents considering switching teams, Meyers said it’s had an effect on the show.

“We had written a huge opening musical number, ‘Everyone Is Playing for the Chicago Bulls,’ and it’s already completely obsolete,” he said.

Meyers is hosting the Espys for the first time.

“What I’m most anxious about is, I’ve certainly joked about athletes before but never when they’re actually physically there,” he said.

Among the scheduled presenters are Will Ferrell, singer Kenny Chesney, former ESPYs host Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Danica Patrick, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White and actor Zac Efron.

Verdict gives big payday to ‘Nash Bridges’ star

LOS ANGELES – A jury has awarded Don Johnson $23.2 million in profits from the TV series “Nash Bridges” and issued rulings that may mean even more money for the actor.

The jury award came after a two-week trial during which Johnson claimed he was owed millions in profits from the show, which aired for six seasons on CBS.

Johnson attended the entire trial and personally thanked jurors after the verdict was read Wednesday.

He sued three entertainment companies — Rysher Entertainment, 2929 Entertainment and Qualia Capital — in February 2009.

“We’re disappointed in the verdict and we’ll appeal,” said Rysher’s attorney, Bart H. Williams.

Attorneys for Qualia Capital and 2929 Entertainment, founded by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

Rysher Entertainment contended during the trial that the show lost money overall and that was why Johnson hadn’t been paid.

Jurors confirmed that Johnson’s contract for “Nash Bridges” included a provision that made him a 50 percent owner in the show’s copyright. That determination could mean more money for the 60-year-old actor in the coming years.

“It was my idea, and I owned the rights in the first place,” Johnson said in a statement. “From the beginning, I have asked only that Rysher honor our contract, and I am so pleased that the jury agreed with me.”