Friday, 21 December 2012

Kim Kardashian -- Instagram's New Policy Could DESTROY My Career

Kim Kardashian
Instagram's New Policy
Could DESTROY My Career

EXCLUSIVE

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Kim Kardashian
is afraid Instagram's new policies will torpedo the million-dollar empire she's spent years building -- and THAT'S why she's threatening to drop the photo-sharing app ... Kim tells TMZ.

Kim was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked about her tentative plans to bail on Instagram following a controversial change in the company's terms of service -- which seems to give the company power to sell user photos to outside companies without compensating the user.

Kim responded, "I just don't think they should have the right to sell [our photos] to advertising companies on our behalf. What if we don't want to advertise what they want?"

Kim's concern is pretty obvious -- she doesn't want her face promoting products that could damage her brand ... and if Instagram's got the power to use her face as it wishes, she wants no part of it.

She added, "I just hope they revise it."

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Mila Kunis -- Targeted By Anti-Semitic Ukrainian Politician

Mila Kunis
Targeted By Anti-Semitic
Ukrainian Politician

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Jewish organizations around the world are furious with the Ukrainian government ... after a Ukrainian politician used an Anti-Semitic slur in a Facebook rant about Mila Kunis.

The man who set off the controversy is lawmaker Igor Miroshnichenko -- who had written that Mila (a Jew who was born in the Ukraine) is not a true Ukrainian because she's a "zhydovka" ... a word that has been used as a slur against Jewish people since the Holocaust.

After protests by Ukrainian Jews, the Ukrainian government announced the word was OK to use because it appears in the Ukrainian dictionary as a term for a Jew that isn't necessarily a slur.

Now, the famous Simon Wiesenthal Center in L.A. is getting involved -- firing off a letter to the Prime Minister of the Ukraine to "express our outrage and indignation against the slanders of the Svoboda Party directed against the Jewish community in the Ukraine."

In the letter, Rabbi Marvin Hier explains ... the term "zhydovka" translates to "dirty Jewess" ... and was used as an "insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps."

The org. has called on the Prime Minister to "publically condemn this attack and to take measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy."

We reached out to Kunis for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Dashon Goldson's repeated NFL fines total $77,500

San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson has a large stack of manila envelopes in his locker. They are messages from the NFL informing him of all his fines this season, Goldson told San Francisco reporters Thursday.

Goldson said he repeatedly has been fined for uniform violations because his socks and uniform pants failed to meet the NFL code.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along word that Goldson estimates he has received roughly $70,000 worth of fines. This sounded odd, so we checked with the NFL. The league confirmed Goldson has been fined for uniform infractions, but it only happened twice. Both violations were regarding his pants. He was fined $5,250 for the first offense and $10,500 for the second.

The $70,000 number comes from other infractions. Goldson said he also has been fined three separate times for hits, including $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez last week. Goldson also was fined $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness penalty and $7,875 for taunting earlier this season.

Goldson also was fined $25,000 for a fight with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet last year, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. When you put it all together, Goldson actually has racked up $77,500 in league fines.

"I don't have time to sit there and dictate in the timespan I have as a football player when I'm on the football field to dictate what's a clean and what's a not-so-clean hit," Goldson said Thursday, via The Associated Press. "I'm not a dirty player. And that's just that."

The fines are intended to discourage certain behavior, but that doesn't seem to be working on Goldson.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Dashon Goldson's repeated NFL fines total $77,500

San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson has a large stack of manila envelopes in his locker. They are messages from the NFL informing him of all his fines this season, Goldson told San Francisco reporters Thursday.

Goldson said he repeatedly has been fined for uniform violations because his socks and uniform pants failed to meet the NFL code.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along word that Goldson estimates he has received roughly $70,000 worth of fines. This sounded odd, so we checked with the NFL. The league confirmed Goldson has been fined for uniform infractions, but it only happened twice. Both violations were regarding his pants. He was fined $5,250 for the first offense and $10,500 for the second.

The $70,000 number comes from other infractions. Goldson said he also has been fined three separate times for hits, including $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez last week. Goldson also was fined $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness penalty and $7,875 for taunting earlier this season.

Goldson also was fined $25,000 for a fight with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet last year, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. When you put it all togeher, Goldson actually has racked up $77,500 in league fines.

The fines are intended to discourage certain behavior, but that doesn't seem to be working on Goldson.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Jessica Biel Goes Glam in Elle (Photo Gallery)

Posted by Marissa & filed under Photo Gallery, SFW, The Daily Dose (Entertainment News).

Jessica Biel in Elle

Jessica Biel looks fashion-forward on the cover of Elle magazine. Inside, the actress opened up about being Mrs. Timberlake.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Biel’s romantic Italian nuptials to now-hubby Justin Timberlake. The actress spoke to Elle about her wedding dress. “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuschia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.”

Now that she’s a married woman, that doesn’t mean she and Timberlake have traditional gender roles. “He bakes pies. He’s Southern, so he’s got all this influence from his grandma. He does a three-layer pie…and blueberry crunch cake, which is pretty unbelievable. It doesn’t happen all that often, thank God. Otherwise, it would be a big problem.”

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Although what most of us now think of as “the book”—the codex form made up of pages bound to a spine—began to spread not long after Socrates, it took more than six hundred years for it, rather than the scroll, to lead Western readers where they pleased. This technological triumph is usually explained in terms of the codex’s greater efficiency. But such accounts have to assume that pagans, Jews, Indians, Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese, all of whom advanced quite happily without the codex, had no interest in efficiency, even though the last three were centuries ahead of the West in the development of the impressive efficiency of print. In fact, the codex is more likely to have spread among the new Christians of the West, and later the Islamists, not for its efficiency in delivering text, but for its ability to signify that its holder was bound for a new religion, not still enrolled in the old. (It should not be surprising, then, that enthusiastic readers of e-books sometimes resemble new sectarians.) Both Andrew Piper in Book Was There and Leah Price in How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain look back to the rise of the codex, noting its symbolic and practical contribution to the conversion of Augustine of Hippo.
more from Paul Duguid at Threepenny Review here.

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Lin has smaller role, production in Houston

One of the biggest sports stories last year was Jeremy Lin’s run with the New York Knicks. On Monday, Lin returns to Madison Square Garden as a member of the Houston Rockets.
The two teams played earlier this season in Houston where the Rockets blew out the Knicks, 131-103. Lin scored 13 points in that game on 6-for-12 shooting with seven rebounds and three assists.

His numbers this season are a far cry from what he did as a starter with the Knicks, but a lot of that can be attributed to the Rockets’ style of play and Lin’s usage.

Last season, Lin flourished in the pick-and-roll. His role has changed with the Rockets -- James Harden has the ball most of the time, leaving Lin in more spot-up situations.

No player has seen his role on offense diminish more than Lin has. His usage percentage (percentage of team plays used by the player while he’s on the floor) has gone from more than 27 percent as a starter with the Knicks to less than 19 percent with the Rockets -- that’s by far the largest drop in the NBA (among 121 players to start a third of their team’s games the past two seasons).

Lin’s role in the offense also shifts based on the personnel on the court. His usage percentage is 17.0 with James Harden on the court and 27.5 when Harden’s on the bench. Lin is averaging 14.3 points per 48 minutes with Harden on the floor and 26.3 points per 48 minutes with Harden on the bench.

Houston’s lineup turnover this season has resulted in a more up-tempo style of play. Last season the Rockets were 11th in pace (94.3 possessions per 48 minutes) -- this season they lead the league with 99.1.

It’s worth noting that with Lin as a starter the Knicks averaged 97.4 possessions per 48 minutes, which was second in the NBA in that span.

Jeremy Lin’s Top Moments
February 10, 2012

38 Points, 7 Assists in 92-85 win vs Lakers
In his third career start, Lin torched the Lakers for a career-high 38 points, making 13 of 23 shots from the field.

February 14, 2012
27 Points, 11 Assists, game-winning 3-pointer in 90-87 win vs Raptors
Probably his most memorable moment last season was a game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second left on Valentine’s Day to give the Knicks a win over the Raptors, their sixth consecutive victory.

February 19, 2012
28 Points, 14 Assists in 104-97 win vs Mavericks
Lin had a career-high 14 assists to go with 28 points in one of his most complete games as a pro as the Knicks beat the Mavericks.

December 10, 2012
38 Points, 7 Assists in OT loss to Spurs
In easily his best game as a Rocket, Lin took more of a scoring role with Harden sidelined by a sprained ankle, tying his career-high with 38 points. Despite the effort, the Rockets fell to the Spurs in overtime.

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Daly tells HNIC Radio there will be an NHL season

Deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly appeared on HNIC Radio Wednesday, and when pressed for a "yes" or "no" answer if there would be a 2012-13 season, responded in the affirmative.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, meanwhile, spoke to reporters for about 10 minutes in Toronto ahead of a players' association game involving the likes of Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and Phil Kessel.

When asked about Daly's qualified prediction the NHL will resume this season: "That's good news. I hope he's right. I certainly hope he's right. That's the players' goal, that's what we want to try and do."

The seemingly optimistic Daly statement is tempered by the fact that there are currently no scheduled plans for the league and the players' association to meet again to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement and end the protracted impasse.

"There does need to be a reason to meet," Daly said. "Given, I guess, where we are, somebody has to have a new idea, or something new to put on the table, to move the process along."

The back-and-forth came on the 95th day of the lockout. So far, a total of 526 regular season games have been cancelled, up to Dec. 30.

Daly also said he expected more game cancellations to be announced this week, and allowed that there's not much time left to salvage a season, which will likely not be less than 48 games, also the amount played in the shortened 1994-95 season.

Disclaimer voting until Thursday

"I don't think setting an absolute [drop dead] date serves a purpose [in negotiations] at this point, but certainly everybody knows the neighbourhood we're talking about," he said.

The players are this week in the process of voting on whether they would like to file a so-called disclaimer of interest, which would grant the players' association's executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of the inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league.

The voting will continue until Thursday, with the board reportedly having until Jan. 2 to file a disclaimer.

Fehr refused to engage any hypothetical questions as to how the process would play out if the players file a disclaimer, deeming it "an internal matter."

The NHL has deemed its lockout legal and that any disclaimer of interest would be a ploy and not bona fide, and are pursuing a ruling on that legality through both the U.S. Federal Court and the National Labor Relations Board.

The players associations for both the NBA and NFL filed disclaimers as a result of their 2011 lockouts. While those disputes ended not long after those developments, sports law experts caution that it's not necessarily a predictor of more conciliatory behaviour in labour disputes. In fact, it could lead to a spate of lawsuits and even more long-term damage to the sport.

There has been considerable damage already, according to recent market research surveys and in the opinion of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was asked about the lockout in a French television interview on Tuesday.

Fehr acknowledged as much to reporters.

"Any time you are preventing the fans from watching the sport they dearly love, which provides the business that we're all involved in, that's not a good thing," Fehr said. "It needs to be ended as soon as possible. We certainly hope we can do that. We certainly want to tell the fans we're doing everything we can to do it."

With files from The Associated Press

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The Very Best of Michael Kors’s Project Runway Quips

To say we were devastated by the news of Michael Kors leaving Project Runway would be an understatement. We’re sure new judge Zac Posen will be wonderful and breathe new life into the show, yada yada yada—but what will become of Project Runway once what’s arguably the best part of each episode, i.e. Kors’s incredible, hilarious, insightful, amazing (shall we go on?) criticisms of the designers’ work, is gone for good? We aren’t sure we want to find out.

In memorium, we’ve collected the very most excellent of Michael Kors‘s quips for your enjoyment–and then interpreted them through mediocre Photoshop jobs. Because really, who but Michael Kors could pick out an outfit as the exact perfect thing to wear at Joan Crawford’s St. Patrick’s Day party? No one, that’s who.

Proceed.


Published on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 5:53 PM

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The CFDA and Vogue Raise $1.7 Million for Sandy Relief

After Sandy hit, the fashion industry–which was pretty hard hit itself–banded together quickly to launch relief efforts. Vogue and the CFDA teamed up to launch the Fashion for Sandy Relief Initiative, which included an online auction (items up for bid included experiences like taking in a runway show with Anna Wintour, having tea with Grace Coddington, and a swim lesson with Ryan Lochte) and a designer sale.

Today the CFDA/Vogue released the results of its fundraising initiative, and we’d say it was quite a success: They brought in $1.7 million, all of which will be donated to the “Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.”

“I want to thank the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue for organizing the Fashion for Sandy Relief initiative and donating the proceeds to the Mayor’s Fund,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a release. “It’s through the dedication and contributions of people from all parts of our city, including the fashion industry, that we will rebuild and be stronger than ever.”

That’s a perfect sentiment as we head into the holiday season.


Published on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 6:07 PM

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30 Thoughts: NHL opts to play waiting game

The NHL doesn't believe the NHL Players' Association is truly ready to make a deal so barring a change, it's just going to sit tight.

As we wait for this hockey lunacy to get sorted out, here is my best attempt at a bias-free blog on where things stand.

We have killed a lot of trees and wasted a ton of bandwidth arguing about the ongoing vote into the possibility of decertifying the NHL Players' Association. I get mixed messages about how serious the players are about going down this road. There are some who really want to do it.  But there are others who want no part of it unless the NHL cancels the season.

Should that apocalyptically stupid scenario actually occur, the last three months will seem like a kiddie party compared to what happens next. The players and owners will really go for the jugular. But as one source said Wednesday: "We need an external push."

A legal threat could be just that, as it was in the NBA one year ago. Another, of course, is the true deadline for cancelling the season. As of yet, the NHL refuses to reveal that information, although it's probably around Jan. 15 at the latest.

I don't believe either constituency supports a lost season. The players want to play and the owners do, too. But the biggest problem is that they don't trust each other and the path is littered with poison.

As infuriating as all of this is, it's better they're not meeting. The breakdowns of the past two weeks are proof that the NHL and NHLPA should not be anywhere near each other unless they're both serious about making a deal. You can blame who you want, be my guest. But the truth is this: the desire to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement was not 100 per cent there on either side. Collapses only make things worse, so it sounds like the NHL is making a change in strategy.

I don't know if the league underestimated NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr or just received horrible intel on him. But it did not recognize two very important things.

First, Fehr's idealogical beliefs are very strong. You may consider his CBA history lessons boring or irrelevant. But he doesn't. More importantly, he convinced the players how much it mattered and they rallied behind him.

There've been times during this process when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's supporters have taken issue with my position that he has disrespected the players. That's fair comment and those people are correct to point out that the players, especially on Twitter, have disrespected him, too. But the fact is that some of the NHL's negotiating moves helped Fehr gain a greater buy-in. There is no doubt in my mind the vast majority of the players want to play. But some of Bettman's decisions accomplished the reverse, pushing the NHLPA in the opposite direction. It was counter-productive.

The second thing the NHL missed was Fehr's history of waiting until the last second to make deals. Whatever mistakes the league made in this process, it wanted to be playing by now. We've talked about the Proskauer Rose playbook and how this is all scripted by "the law firm that's ruining sports." But I really believe this has gone further than Bettman wanted it to, which is why he looks so frustrated. Now Fehr is controlling the tempo and has convinced his constituency that the owners will make final concessions at the end. A lot of players don't like how long this is taking yet they seem to believe that.

Hence, the NHL's change in strategy. It's going to wait.

When Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay) joined the fray two weeks ago, the NHL was upset its decision to raise the make-whole amount to $300 million wasn't received well by the players. Again, everyone can argue who is right and who is wrong. But those owners really thought that was going to be a significant move towards getting an agreement done. It didn't happen and, angrily, that offer was pulled from the table. 

I have had no correspondence with Bettman or deputy commissioner Bill Daly for this blog. However, after several conversations with other NHL executives, my opinion is if those two had reason to believe that putting the make-whole provision back on the table and moving in the players' direction on contracting issues would lead to an NHLPA vote on their latest proposal, they'd be at the bargaining table immediately to find a way to do it. But they don't believe that's a possibility. What they see is a repeat of New York City, where these things are offered and the players say, "Thank you ... and we'll see what else there is."

Bettman and Daly won't take that risk. You can argue whether or not they are right or wrong to hold that position. But I think that's where we are. The NHL doesn't believe the NHLPA is truly ready to make a deal. So barring a change, it's going to sit tight.

30 THOUGHTS

1. After hearing Kyle Turris' reported thoughts about Finland, I thought he was joking, not trying to be harmful, and that he forgot two things. First, people don't like it when you make fun of their countries, even if not meant maliciously. Second, right now, when it comes to hockey, people don't have much of a sense of humour about anything.

2. Next apology? Evander Kane, who tweeted this photo early Wednesday morning. Oof. It's a good thing people aren't prone to overreacting on Twitter.

3. Winnipeg Jets teammate Ron Hainsey had a lot of interesting things to say about Kane. He's a big fan. Hainsey believes Kane is a phenomenal talent, joking that "I can't lift 230 [pounds] once and he does it over-and-over again as a warmup." The thing, though, is Kane is 21 and impulsive and needs people around him to make sure he thinks things through. Clearly, that didn't happen here. 

4. I really hate filling this with lockout-related items, so sorry in advance. But there's some stuff to go over. Let's look at some of the sticking points. In the aforementioned NYC negotiations, the NHLPA dropped a demand that, starting in Year 2 of the new CBA, its amount of the financial pie was protected from dropping below the previous season's. But it did ask for a cap on escrow. I just can't see the owners going for that at all, even with the 2012-13 schedule on the line.

5. I think the $300-million make-whole is back on the table if the NHL gets a 10-year agreement with an out after eight (as requested by the players).

6. We've heard Fehr's arguments that 10 years is too long because too many players entering the league will be subject to a CBA they didn't vote on. To me, the bigger question is what's better for the players -- that philosophy or business partners confident that they can sign a decent-sized contract with the NHL and not have to worry about another work stoppage?

7. NHL owners are going to have to move on the five-year max contracts (seven for your own free agents). I know I mentioned it last week, but the effects of Vincent Lecavalier on the Tampa sale and Ilya Kovalchuk on the continuing New Jersey situation have these guys totally spooked. Yes, it's their own fault and they know it. That's why they've got to go six and eight.

8. The one I'm really having trouble pinning down is the amnesty buyout. It's very difficult to get a read on what's going to happen here because word is the commissioner is absolutely against anything that doesn't count against the salary cap. But you look at the possibility of a $60-million ceiling next season, see where some teams are and say, "This isn't possible without one."

9. One possibility: when Ken Hitchcock was hired by St. Louis, he was still owed about $1.3 million by Columbus. The Blues can't pay him $1 and have the Blue Jackets cough up $1,299,999. There is a formula the league uses where the new team must pay market value, where you look at the salaries of other coaches with his level of experience.

10. So what if you tried that? Well, Wade Redden has played 994 NHL games. If you add up the combined 2011-12 salaries of active players within 50 games of that, you get $3,657,533. (Range: Lecavalier to Petr Sykora.) Redden's current contract pays him $5 million for this year and next with a cap hit of $6.5 million. The New York Rangers should get stuck with the higher number so, if another team wants him, it must take a cap hit of $2,842,467 (ie. 6.5 million minus 3,657,533).

11. I have to tell you, nothing I've suggested in my career was dismissed as quickly as that and I've had some really bad ideas. The first two execs I asked shot it down so badly that I didn't even ask a third. It was interesting because the first GM said, "No one would sign Redden at that number." What's key here are the words "at that number" -- we'll get to that later.

12. In the middle of the night, I thought of something else. As it stands now, the buyout for Redden is 67 per cent of his salary over double the term remaining, so the Rangers pay out $6.7 million during the next four years (assuming no change in the next CBA). What if you affected his cap hit the same way? Give New York a choice: $6.5 million on your cap for two years or $4.355 million for four. Do the math and $4,355,000 minus $3,657,533 is $697,467. Now Redden gets another shot.

13. One final note on Redden. It looks like the Rangers have all but guaranteed he is getting the buyout (if there is one) and the sense is there is going to be a lot of interest in him. Don't know what the final salary will be. But if he's willing to be reasonable -- and you have to believe he will be -- he's going to have options. Lots of execs think he will be good value at a lower number.

14. I ran the same numbers on Scott Gomez. He has played 902 NHL games. The average salary in 2011-12 for players who've dressed for between 852 and 952 games was $3,124,656 (Range: Brad Richards to Jamal Mayers).

15. The second thing I suggested was what if teams who buy out a player can only carry 22 on their roster instead of 23? The execs liked it even less ... can't imagine that would thrill the NHLPA, either.

16. Anyway, if I was the commissioner, I'd be quietly polling my owners, asking how many of them would consider an amnesty buyout on their roster. I didn't ask a ton of guys. But those I did talk to said the number might be lower than we think. Bettman can decide what's an acceptable amount. However, for argument's sake, if it's 15, is it really worth cancelling the season for that?

17. Last thing on this topic. If I was a "have" financially, I'd be demanding it. What else are you getting in this CBA? The share is going down to 50/50 and anything you save there is going into revenue sharing. 

18. I get asked about the Olympics quite a bit. Nothing is nailed down and it might be done separately from this CBA, but it sounds like both sides want to make it work.

19. Fehr's mentor, the late Marvin Miller, absolutely hated the idea of every player being made a free agent -- a move threatened by the NHL's anti-disclaimer legal brief. There's a pretty famous story of former Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley saying baseball should do just that and Miller being relieved because he knew the other owners would never listen. Miller understood the perfect setup was similar to last summer in the NHL, when you had a few A-level guys -- Shea Weber, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter -- drive up the price for everyone. 

20. Seth Jones: crossover appeal -- a Page Six mention! (courtesy Nirva Milord from the NHL office) His father is one of the 10 nicest people on the planet.

21. Last week, it was discovered a Boston Bruins fan made a tattoo out of a Tyler Seguin autograph. This happened to Ryan Miller in Buffalo, only it was a female and, I believe, her thigh. Miller wins.

22. I'm not a big fan of players being kept from the world juniors by their NHL teams. If the player makes it clear he doesn't want to go, like Jason Spezza after three appearances, that's one thing. But I'm really torn on Mika Zibanejad. If he was from Swift Current, not Stockholm, we'd be demanding a federal investigation.

23. Zibanejad is struggling with AHL Binghamton. He has just seven points in 16 games and, while plus/minus is a flawed stat, he has one of the worst numbers on a team with few negative players. You have to assume the Senators want him to make an NHL impact as soon as possible, especially since they will try to continue momentum from their surprising 2011-12. I can see their rationale. 

24. A lot of people were very surprised that Frankie Corrado and Derrick Pouliot did not make Team Canada. There are always debates and those two were this year's hotly discussed omissions.

25. Make it four straight wins for the Portland Pirates, Phoenix's AHL edition. The Coyotes have some blue-liners coming, too. We know about Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who scored major points by deciding to stay in the AHL rather than going for a more lucrative contract overseas. But there are more.

26. David Rundblad's overall game has improved this season -- and at an important time in his career. He is a 17th overall pick (2009) who has already been traded twice and needs to establish himself. He'll never be a monster along the boards. But there is a noted difference in his willingness to compete in that area. A guy who always competed defensively, Mike Stone, is on pace for the best offensive numbers of his career.

27. Then there's Brandon Gormley, who fell to 13th in the 2010 draft amid expectations he would go higher. There were questions about his strength after a poor pre-draft combine. But a few teams saw his skill level and believed that, once he filled out, he'd be just fine. Gormley's still not where he's going to be size-wise but it's coming. And he's got a great head for the game.

28. A number of coaches, executives and scouts going back to junior really praise Gormley's ability to get his shot through. In an era of blocking, that's a big deal. Plus, he has a real confidence at the opposing blue-line. He is willing to stand outside the zone to make a play while keeping the puck inside the line. I understand why the Coyotes are so excited about him.

29. At the NHL board of governors meeting two weeks ago, a young man named Jim Charshafian waited outside Proskauer Rose, trying to make contacts and handing out his resume. Charshafian worked for the AHL San Antonio Rampage last season and was looking for something new. It's hard to get your foot in the door and not easy to cold call like that. Good luck.

30. As we approach Christmas and the Holiday season, I wanted to send the best to anyone financially affected by the lockout. There are thousands of part-time, full-time or laid-off employees whose situations are tougher than they'd want because of this outrageous battle. This is a hard time of year to feel that way. Hopefully, you get your wish -- an end, and soon. 

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You Gotta Write for Your Fight To Party

Filmmaker Paul Haggis has made the rounds at New York events, benefits, and parties, and now the Oscar-winning filmmaker is working on a movie about a party reporter who covers those affairs. Rumors have long circled the project, and Haggis elaborated on it at a brunch for Richard Gere’s “Arbitrage” on Tuesday, held at Monkey Bar and sponsored by fashion brand Brioni. “I’ve met several of you, and I thought it’s an interesting job,” Haggis said. “The character is a young authoress, and I thought, ‘Oh, a party reporter.’ She’s someone who wants to be taken seriously as an author, and the guy she’s seeing says, ‘Please, you’re a party reporter!’ It’s an interesting job for someone who wants to be taken seriously as a journalist.” Among actual New York City party reporters, buzz about the film has led to a guessing game about who the character may be based on. But “it’s none of you, sadly,” Mr. Haggis said, diplomatically. And, specifically, “it’s not based on you,” he added to me. His loss!

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Harry Styles & Taylor Swift: LA Sleepover Buddies

Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012 3:08 PM GMT

After getting new arm ink, Harry Styles spent the night at Taylor Swift's Los Angeles home.

The young couple was spotted leaving the humble abode earlier this afternoon (December 19) where Miss Swift looked lovely in a striped shirt while carrying a darling handbag.

In related news, the singing pair spent last evening at a local tattoo shop where the One Direction hottie received a brand new addition to his tricep.

After inking Harry with the giant pirate ship, Freddy Negrete shared, “Good times @harrystyles new tat and #taylorswift and me and @booboonegrete good times."

Enjoy the pictures of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles out in LA (December 19).

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Millions of Android phones and tablets vulnerable to Samsung Exynos processor hack

Samsung acknowledged today that the CPU used in many of its phones, including the massively popular Galaxy S III, is vulnerable to a hack that can give attackers full access to your phone.

The vulnerability was discovered about a week ago by a security researched named “alephzain,” who posted an overview of the exploit on XDA-Developers. Essentially, malicious code from shady applications can utilize a security hole in a phone’s source code to gain control of anything in physical memory … and thereby install apps, backdoors, or simply read your personal data data.

Unfortunately, “alephzain” also posted working sample source code before informing Samsung … meaning that the bad guys could already have made apps to attack your Samsung phone.

In its statement, Samsung says it is working on patching the hole as soon as possible:

Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.

The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.

Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.

This is not a vulnerability in the Android operating system as created by Google per se. The vulnerable portion is the kernel — the base level of an operating system — and Samsung has modified the Android kernel to run on its proprietary Exynos processor. Those modifications contain the unsafe code that enables the security breach.

If you’re concerned about your phone being vulnerable, there are a number of things you can do:

  1. Don’t download any apps until Samsung releases a fix
  2. Or, only download apps from known good sources (e.g., Google Play)
  3. Even at Google Play, only download apps that are from known and verified publishers
  4. Or, if you must, install an instant fix (which may have some negative effects on your phone’s functioning

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Wharnsby: Crosby-led Canadian juniors were best

The last two lockouts produced gold medals for the Canadian junior team. But in comparison there only is one Canadian junior dream team -- in 2004-05.

I guess I'm one of those bitter old guys who believes yesteryear was better.

Recently, I floated out an idea to a friend and long-time NHL scout that the two Canadian junior teams put together for the NHL lockout of 1994-95 and 2004-05 were close in talent.

After all, both won gold. Both didn't lose a game.

"Come on, not even close," the NHL scout said. "There was much more talent on the 2005 team. Did that first team have anybody close to a Sidney Crosby or Shea Weber? No way.

"Count up how many Stanley Cups the players from each team has won, and most of those players have only seven years in the NHL."

Okay, okay. Settle down, my friend.

He was right, of course. Besides the fact that the 1994-95 Canadian under-20 team went a perfect 7-0 and outscored the opposition 49-22 under head coach Don Hay. A decade later, the Canadian juniors went 6-0 and walloped opponents by a combined score of 41-7 with Brent Sutter behind the bench, and dominated Alex Ovechkin and the Russians 6-1 in the final.

The 1994-95 championship, hosted by Red Deer, Alta., was the third in a streak of five in a row for Canada. Ten years later, when Crosby and company won in Grand Forks, N.D., snapped a seven year gold-less slump for the Canadian junior team program.

Already, players from that 2004-05 team have a combined 11 Stanley Cup rings in Andrew Ladd (2006, 2010), Ryan Getzlaf (2007), Corey Perry (2007), Sidney Crosby (2009), Colin Fraser (2010, 2012), Brent Seabrook (2010), Patrice Bergeron (2011), Jeff Carter (2012) and Mike Richards (2012).

Ed Jovanovksi (1996), Ryan Smyth (2006), Shean Donovan (2007) and Wade Redden all went to Stanley Cup finals, but the only NHL championships among the 1994-95 Canadian junior team were from Jeff Friesen with the 2002-03 New Jersey Devils and Jason Botterill as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins front office in 2009.

I guess there was only one dream team when it comes to Canadian junior hockey.

Here are the number of NHL games each player has suited up for from both Canadian junior teams:

2005 Candian juniors       1995 Canadian juniors

G Rejean Beauchemin 0     G Dan Cloutier 351
G Jeff Glass 0                    G Jamie Storr 219
D Cam Barker 296              D Chad Allan 0
D Shawn Belle 20               D Bryan McCabe 1135
D Braydon Coburn 460        D Nolan Baumgartner 143
D Dion Phaneuf 552            D Wade Redden 994
D Brent Seabrook 552         D Lee Sorochan 3
D Danny Syvret 59              D Jamie Rivers 454
D Shea Weber 480              D Ed Jovanovski 1085
F Patrice Bergeron 537        F Larry Courville 33
F Jeff Carter 516                  F Jason Allison 552
F Jeremy Colliton 57            F Todd Harvey 671
F Sidney Crosby 434           F Darcy Tucker 947
F Nigel Dawes 212              F Jeff O'Neill 821
F Stephen Dixon 0              F Alexandre Daigle 616
F Colin Fraser 291              F Ryan Smyth 1151
F Ryan Getzlaf 512             F Jason Botterill 88
F Andrew Ladd 484             F Shean Donovan 951
F Clarke MacArthur 363      F Denis Pederson 435
F Corey Perry 530              F Eric Daze 601
F Mike Richards 527           FJeff Friesen 893
F Anthony Stewart 262        F Marty Murray 261

  Total 7,144                         Total 12,867

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Andre Leon Talley on Mick Jagger: ‘He’s Like a Dandelion’

This man is genius.

Between waxing poetic about Uggs, and defending Condoleeza Rice’s lipstick-on-teeth incident, there’s no question that Andre Leon Talley certainly has a way with words.

Most recently, he put his linguistic talent to good use to review a Rolling Stones concert for Vogue.com. And, well, let’s just say we don’t think anyone would have reviewed the concert in quite the same way. Read on for the greatest quotes from the piece.

On Lady Gaga‘s likeness to a miniature horse:

Gaga [...] looked like a little Shetland pony as she gayly walked toward her room.

On the fragility of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s son…and his designer wardrobe:

I found Sarah Jessica Parker, with her son in an old pair of Dior kid’s jeans, worrying about the high volumes and resolving the problem by finding earphones to put over her child’s delicate ears

On Mick Jagger’s likeness to a lawn-destructing weed–or a mid-20th Century actress:

Mick Jagger on stage is like a dandelion floating in the air [...] He needs no gym instructor… dancing, microphone in hand, [he] exudes the same intense brilliance of Marlene Dietrich

On leaving the party early:

Though “Satisfaction” ended at 11:26, according to The Star-Ledger timeline, he was still doing his incredibly sexy Jagger dance-a-thon at 11:33 p.m. I, however, was already in my car at 11:21 to avoid the crush of VIP cars heading out of the back of Prudential.

How much do you think ALT charges to write biographies? Because I want him to do mine.

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Michael Vick still wants to start, might wait out Chip Kelly

Sources who have spoken to Michael Vick say Vick believes he has another four years left in the NFL and wants to be a starter with whatever team signs him in the event he is released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Those sources also said Vick would not want to join the New York Jets if Mark Sanchez is still the starter, but would consider signing with the Jets if he were paid more than Sanchez, making it clear that Vick was No. 1 on the depth chart.

Schein: Looking for a good QB

Vick hasn't played since being sidelined with a concussion on Nov. 11, as the Eagles have been getting a look at rookie Nick Foles. He said on Monday that he wants to play, even though he understands the decisions the Eagles have to make as well.

"I'm a competitor, and I've always felt like and will continue to feel like I'm one of the best and can play at a high level ... I want to be out there," Vick said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I want to play, but it's just not the ideal situation right now."

Vick's age (he'll be 33 next season), salary (he's due $15.5 million in 2013) and the Eagles' disappointing performance over the last two seasons all point to a likely new team for the former Atlanta Falcon.

Aside from the Jets, Buffalo, Arizona and Cleveland are mentioned as possibilities.

The sources close to Vick said he might wait to see if Oregon coach Chip Kelly decides to take an NFL coaching job in the offseason, adding that Vick has already imagined himself playing in Kelly's fast-paced spread offense.

Follow Ian Rapoport on Twitter @RapSheet.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Ke$ha -- I Was FORCED to Sing Controversial 'Die Young' Lyrics

Ke$ha
I Was FORCED To Sing
'Die Young' Lyrics

Breaking News

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Ke$ha
has just -- shockingly -- come out and said she never wanted to sing the controversial lyrics in "Die Young" -- even though she's listed as one of the writers of the song.

TMZ broke the story ... Ke$ha's hit song has been yanked from a huge number of radio playlists since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 

Ke$ha just tweeted, she understands why her song is now inappropriate, adding,  "I had my very own issues with "die young" for this reason.  I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO."

The lyrics include this:  "Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young.  We're gonna die young.  We're gonna die young."

A bunch of people lashed out at Ke$ha on Twitter, slamming her for the song in the wake of the tragedy.

Ke$ha is listed as a co-writer of "Die Young," along with Dr. Luke and others.  She does not explain why she was forced to sing those lyrics.

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Amber Heard: Au Naturale in Philly

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 9:50 PM GMT

Taking a break from shooting her film “Paranoia,” Amber Heard stepped out onto the Philadelphia, PA streets on Tuesday (December 18).

The 26-year-old actress opted for a makeup-free face as she took her adorable dog Pistol for a walk around town.

In career news, Miss Heard is slated to join Kevin Costner in the new film “Three Days to Kill.”

Amber will portray a woman that offers Costner’s character an experimental drug that could save his life. There’s a catch; the drug causes hallucinatory side effects and the Kevin's character must complete one last assignment as a skilled assassin while on it.

“Three Days to Kill” is directed by McG and will also star Hailee Steinfeld.

Enjoy the pictures of Amber Heard out in Philadelphia (December 18).

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Conrad Murray -- I Want Out of Jail ... STAT!!!

Conrad Murray
I Want Out of Jail
STAT!!!

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Dr. Conrad Murray wants out of the pokey immediately while he appeals his conviction ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ.

Murray -- who was found guilty of killing Michael Jackson -- has been in jail since he was convicted 13 months ago.

The Doc claims in the docs that he's not a flight risk ... partly because he has a small child who lives in L.A.  Murray also says he doesn't pose a danger to the community, and believes he was wrongly convicted.

Dr. Murray has tried this before and was shut down, but he's entitled to make his case for freedom once again.

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Tiffani Thiessen -- I'm DROPPING Instagram Over 'Ridiculous' New Terms

Tiffani Thiessen
I'm DROPPING Instagram
Over 'Ridiculous' New Terms

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The Instagram mutiny is underway ... with a bunch of celebs already vowing to NEVER use the photo-sharing service again after the company announced a HUGE change in policy. 

Instagram has been under fire for updating their terms of use ... which says users "agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."

The statement pissed off tons of users -- famous and non-famous -- including Kate Walsh and Tiffani Thiessen .. who tweeted, "Really sad to have to end my luv 4 @instagram. Will be deleting my account due 2 their ridiculous new terms."

And there's more ... "Dancing with the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke is also abandoning ship ... tweeting, "Can't believe Instagrams new policy! They r allowed 2 use ALL of ur images in advertising. Will be erasing my account shortly."

FYI -- The new terms of use do not go into effect until January 16.

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Celebrate Channing Tatum’s ’10 Years’ with Celebs.com’s SIX-Blu-Ray Giveaway


Another year almost over, and it’s time to celebrate another anniversary. Birthdays, weddings, events and, of course, school graduation ceremonies all leave their mark, and tick-tock by us each year with increasing frequency.

Perhaps the new news that Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are going to become parents in 2013 is the perfect way for them to take stock of what their latest movie contains in spades, a sense that we’re all trying to get to a place where we feel secure, whether that be via love, career or our relationships with friends.

10 Years” is a candid look at the angst and anxiety created by a 10-year high school reunion and is centered, with equal measures of sincerity and drama, around an enviable cast led by GQ’s Movie Star of the Year Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Ari Graynor, Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Max Minghella, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Brian Geraghty, Ron Livingston and Anthony Mackie.

We’re offering just ONE reader the chance to win this Blu-Ray title AND MORE, just for an awesome comment below.

Produced by Channing Tatum, who’s had an unbelievable 12-months (Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street), the DVD and Blu-Ray (released today, December 18) includes extended and deleted scenes, and will be sent out to the best comment made below.

If that’s not enough, we’re also offering the lucky commenter or commenters their choice of the following additional titles to take home:

1) Happythankyoumoreplease (Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan)
2) My Week With Marilyn (Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne)
3) Paper Heart (Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen)
4) Blue Valentine (Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman)
5) Daydream Nation (Kat Dennings, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas)

Did we hear you saw “WOW!!!” Yep. Indeed. Wow. Think of it as our way of saying “Happy holidays!”

Here’s the official word on the film: Channing Tatum plays Jake, who is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and ready to propose—until he runs into his high school flame (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in years. Jake’s friend Cully (Chris Pratt) married his cheerleader girlfriend (Ari Graynor) and has been looking forward to the reunion so he can finally apologize to all the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways. Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J (Max Minghella) spend the night picking up right where they left off, vying to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins). The famous one of the group, Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is now a rock star, but is still too shy to talk to his high school crush (Kate Mara).

While that might sound like the typical run-down of events at any alumni gathering anywhere in the country, “10 Years” never seems to be forcing the tension, instead operating like a roving party, ebbing and flowing as emotions and reminiscences surface in this group of colleagues and competitors. While the name-cast could have you bewildered in the hands of another director, first-time helmer Jamie Linden (writer of “Dear John” and “We Are Marshall”) serves the story with a reassuring sense of sincerity that’s definitely worth checking out on any Sunday night.

Winner/s will be notified by The Editor’s direct reply to the comment/s, so be sure to use a valid email address when posting and/or to check back on the posting at the release date to see if you’ve won. Winners will be notified as soon as celebs.com receives the prize copies from the studio. Decisions as to the winning comment/s will be final. There is no cash value to this prize.

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A Assessment Of The No! No! Hair Elimination Product Or Service

Even nevertheless this is considered a single of the very best selections, there are a couple of downsides to take into account. The course of action is time-consuming as it demands to remove hairs one by a single. Yet another downside is that this system is not proposed for massive locations because it can need quite a few treatments over months or even decades to completely get rid of all of the hairs. Also, it has a prospective for scarring. To cut down this danger, you should really obtain a qualified practitioner who is skilled with several years of practice.

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In addition, the warmth system used in this distinct unit called ThermiconTM is not laser. In simple fact it differs from other hair elimination methods that use lasers. Conventional hair removing which utilizes laser engineering operates on melanin. If your hair is white coloured or grey, lasers may possibly have trouble distinguishing and implementing the wanted hair removal. Furthermore, lasers could trigger burn off or pores and skin discoloration on individuals with darker skin color and higher melanin quantities. Laser products might not discriminate the color of hair from the pores and skin in this circumstance and may perhaps even do harm to folks with darker skin kinds.

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As mentioned in my initial report concerning the merchandise, I dislike any style of facial or shape hair, so I started using the no!no! on my facial area and arms. On my arms, the merchandise worked splendidly and I thought no suffering as the blue light shown shiny and produced substantially of my unwanted arm hair go away.

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It is significant to hot your bath in advance of shaving as it brings about the hair to be softer Shaving will function on any element of the human body and the method will most likely repeat alone few of situations a month, for the reason that the hair will develop again speedily.

As generally, there will be some moderate facet results and pain depending on the individual. You might get dry skin due to the high temperature, as perfectly if not utilised properly the heat could possibly result in some distress. In any instance, the Thermicon process features a large amount much more practicality than laser hair elimination at any time did. With out the restriction of your hair shade or skin tone, it allows a great deal a lot more flexibility for distinctive people today. Will it switch laser hair forever? Not at the minute, but as far more requirement for elegance, permanent hair removing solutions these as Thermicon will get rid of all issues and be the key property alternative for full physique hair removal.

Miley and Liam Take Time for Each Other and Fans

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:11 AM GMT

Enjoying a little couple time, Miley Cyrus visited Liam Hemsworth on the set of "Paranoia" in Philadelphia, PA on Monday (December 17).

Casually dressed in black flares and an olive-green fur-trimmed jacket, the "Can't Be Tamed" songstress chatted with her fiancee's co-stars and crew.

For his part, Liam seemed happy to show off his bride-to-be, as the Hollywood pair took time out to take photos with anxious fans.

Fresh off her appearance at the VH1 Divas Concert, the 20-year-old songstress is currently working on a new album tentatively slated for release next year.

Enjoy the pictures of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth on the set of "Paranoia" in Philadelphia, PA (December 17).

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Kelly: Bills still only NFL option for Toronto

NFL expansion to Toronto? Beyond cameos by the Buffalo Bills, not a chance. At least, not without a commitment from the city to build and pay for a massive new playpen to cavort in.

As the rain pelted down outside the Bandbox off Bremner Avenue a few hours before game time on Sunday, an old song was blasting out of the stadium speakers claiming the dream is still alive. Inside, the Buffalo Bills were preparing to stink the joint out against the Seattle Seahawks, another down note on yet another lost year.

And working the backrooms at the fifth regular-season iteration of this Bills in Toronto series, you quickly discover the viability of the National Football League dream here depends entirely on what images you choose to believe are real.

Expansion to Toronto? Not a chance.

At least, not without a commitment from the city to build -- and pay for -- a massive new playpen for our American cousins to cavort in.

Rogers Centre seats 55,000 but is a tiny place by NFL standards, not even in the same neighbourhood of venerable Soldier Field in Chicago, where the 61,500 capacity is the smallest among the league's current establishments -- the largest being 85,000 in Landover, Md., for the Washington Redskins.

Even with a new field in Toronto, three other cities have more NFL cachet -- Los Angeles, London, where the one regular-season contest per year there has never drawn less than 76,000, and Mexico City, where a dangerous crime situation is balanced by a huge, new potential audience.

England has done so well that there will be two games there in 2013 -- one with Jacksonville Jaguars as "host" and the other, the Minnesota Vikings.

Failed NFL audition

On top of all this, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said repeatedly the league won't expand for some years and that means L.A., finally building a new stadium, would more likely get a transferred team (Jacksonville, Minnesota, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams). It's been assumed by certain dreamers that expansion into L.A. would mean Toronto almost automatically jumps into play because the NFL won't go past 34 teams. But the centre of the Canadian Universe has failed its big audition, at least for the coming generation.

The NFL has noticed Buffalo's five regular-season games in Toronto against the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Redskins and Seahawks have neither sold out (without papering) nor captured the imagination of the local populace.

And don't believe the fans' complaints about ticket prices being too high didn't prick up any ears, either. A willingness to pay whatever it takes for the privilege of hosting the Church of the National Football League is a tenet the owners there have built all of their most recent stadium and expansion decisions on.

One more problem: the NFL does not allow corporate ownership, so Rogers, Bell Media, etc., are out of the running. Who in the Big Smoke has the big cojones to pony up more than a billion loonies to get into this game?

Still, while the Bills in Toronto Series has been widely panned as a failure by critics, it certainly hasn't been from the perspective of team management. The Bills have improved their Southern Ontario season-ticket base, opened up new promotional markets and begun the process of convincing the good people around Buffalo that keeping the team in Western New York means having to accept they are a regional entity now and that region extends up to rival Toronto.

Bills fans hate the idea of giving up a home game, especially to a place that seems filled with far more fans of other teams than the prancing Bison. And for the love of Mary and Joseph, it's indoors, where the late-season advantage of freezing your toes off by Lake Erie has traditionally been a key.

Hinges on Wilson's health

Much of Toronto's NFL dream is wrapped up in what happens to the Bills when Ralph Wilson, the 94-year-old owner, dies, something that people are assured will happen eventually, even if those who know him are convinced he could live to 110. The family has already said it won't keep the team after that, putting in play a process that one long-time Bills writer believes may be up to 18 months of working out who will own the team. It could be someone who wants to move the team elsewhere in the United States, but there are limits to where that could be.

L.A. would certainly be in line.

However, Goodell happens to be from Jamestown, N.Y., hard by your Buffalo, and he's not going to want to see his childhood team move. Plus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is thinking of a presidential run in 2016 and he's not about to wear a lost Bills franchise.

Word abounds a new stadium -- or a massively rebuilt old one -- are in the cards for the Queen City and that would help keep the club around (the Gov is apparently helping things along).

Which brings us back to Toronto, where Rogers seems willing to provide its NFL neighbour with home-game revenues larger than what a gate brings in at the Ralph, while expanding the reach of the team. A new deal is expected by March.

So get used to the Buffalo/Toronto Bills, folks. This is your NFL.

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The CloudBeat Files: Our interview with AgilOne’s Omer Artun

AgilOne does cloud-based predictive analytics, and at VentureBeat’s recent CloudBeat conference, AgilOne CEO Omer Artun took a few minutes to chat with us about big data topics as well as the startup’s recent funding round.

AgilOne tries to use the cloud to predict parts of the future with some degree of accuracy. The company used CloudBeat to announce its $10 million round of funding and the launch of its product, which provides cloud-based predictive marketing intelligence to help marketers figure out what their customers are going to do before they do it.

Big data itself was a huge topic at the conference. One of the more interesting revelations as one speaker’s assertion that companies were collecting vast amounts of unstructured data on consumers — data that they then were ill-equipped to actually use. Many of the startups at CloudBeat were attempting to meet that need, to make data from social media and other inputs actually useful.

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Lin has smaller role, production in Houston

One of the biggest sports stories last year was Jeremy Lin’s run with the New York Knicks. On Monday, Lin returns to Madison Square Garden as a member of the Houston Rockets.
The two teams played earlier this season in Houston where the Rockets blew out the Knicks, 131-103. Lin scored 13 points in that game on 6-for-12 shooting with seven rebounds and three assists.

His numbers this season are a far cry from what he did as a starter with the Knicks, but a lot of that can be attributed to the Rockets’ style of play and Lin’s usage.

Last season, Lin flourished in the pick-and-roll. His role has changed with the Rockets -- James Harden has the ball most of the time, leaving Lin in more spot-up situations.

No player has seen his role on offense diminish more than Lin has. His usage percentage (percentage of team plays used by the player while he’s on the floor) has gone from more than 27 percent as a starter with the Knicks to less than 19 percent with the Rockets -- that’s by far the largest drop in the NBA (among 121 players to start a third of their team’s games the past two seasons).

Lin’s role in the offense also shifts based on the personnel on the court. His usage percentage is 17.0 with James Harden on the court and 27.5 when Harden’s on the bench. Lin is averaging 14.3 points per 48 minutes with Harden on the floor and 26.3 points per 48 minutes with Harden on the bench.

Houston’s lineup turnover this season has resulted in a more up-tempo style of play. Last season the Rockets were 11th in pace (94.3 possessions per 48 minutes) -- this season they lead the league with 99.1.

It’s worth noting that with Lin as a starter the Knicks averaged 97.4 possessions per 48 minutes, which was second in the NBA in that span.

Jeremy Lin’s Top Moments
February 10, 2012

38 Points, 7 Assists in 92-85 win vs Lakers
In his third career start, Lin torched the Lakers for a career-high 38 points, making 13 of 23 shots from the field.

February 14, 2012
27 Points, 11 Assists, game-winning 3-pointer in 90-87 win vs Raptors
Probably his most memorable moment last season was a game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second left on Valentine’s Day to give the Knicks a win over the Raptors, their sixth consecutive victory.

February 19, 2012
28 Points, 14 Assists in 104-97 win vs Mavericks
Lin had a career-high 14 assists to go with 28 points in one of his most complete games as a pro as the Knicks beat the Mavericks.

December 10, 2012
38 Points, 7 Assists in OT loss to Spurs
In easily his best game as a Rocket, Lin took more of a scoring role with Harden sidelined by a sprained ankle, tying his career-high with 38 points. Despite the effort, the Rockets fell to the Spurs in overtime.

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Steven Tyler -- My Ex-Manager Was an Insulting, Rude Dude

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Steven Tyler says the personal management company he fired has no business complaining about it, because the guy who ran the company was disrespectful, rude, and insulting to his fiance and his family.

TMZ has obtained a declaration filed by Steven, in which he explains why he gave Allen Kovac's company the boot. 

Tyler had been using a personal manager -- Kovac Media Group -- to negotiate his contract with "American Idol."  Kovac brought in a lawyer, Dina LaPolt, to help negotiate the contract, but according to Kovac, LaPolt began trashing Kovac to Tyler and A.I., and Tyler ultimately fired the Media Group.

Kovac has sued LaPolt, and Tyler is caught in the middle. 

In the declaration, Tyler says when he hired Allen Kovac's company, he never wanted Allen himself to work with him -- he liked another guy in the company, but Allen kept inserting himself.

Tyler says he likes his lawyer a lot better.  Go figure.  He calls the lawsuit "an outrage and a travesty."

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Kyra Sedgwick Covers Good Housekeeping (Photo Gallery)

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Kyra Sedgewick in Good Housekeeping

Actress Kyra Sedgwick makes aging gracefully look good. The 47-year-old beauty took time out of her busy schedule to pose for the cover of Good Housekeeping’s latest issue.

Sedgwick told the mag, “I really want to embrace my age. Julianna (Margulies) and I talk about it a lot when we see each other, and that’s helpful. We want to age gracefully and naturally and play roles commensurate with our age.”

What’s also helpful is having handsome hubby Kevin-Bacon by her side. “I don’t know how he does it, but he always makes me feel like I’m the most beautiful woman in the room- the only girl in the room. He says, ‘Honey, you look beautiful. You are sexy!’ Always, always, always!”

That attraction has made things easier now that their kids are out of the house. Sedgwick admitted, “There’s a lot more walking around the house naked.”

Read more in the January 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping.

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Amy Winehouse’s Death Inquest: Back Open

Posted Monday December 17, 2012 1:27 PM GMT

The world was stunned when she died suddenly back in July of 2011, and now Amy Winehouse's case is back open for further investigation.

According to a report, the coroner who handled the inquest did not have the proper qualifications to do the study, thereby calling into question the “accidental alcohol poisoning” verdict.

Therefore, a new hearing by the Camden Council has been scheduled for January 8th in hopes of either confirming the original findings or discovering the true nature of Winehouse’s demise.

Additionally, Amy’s family has not been involved in the request, and has not released any statements regarding the process.

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Video: Strikeforce's Larkin lashes out at Rockhold's withdrawal, questions UFC timing

by Dann Stupp and John Morgan on Dec 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET

LAS VEGAS – As expected Mike Ricci is returning to his normal weight class, and following a runner-up finish on "The Ultimate Fighter 16," he's aiming for a spot on the recently announced UFC 158 card.

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Stacy Keibler's Dazzling 2012 VH1 Divas Arrival

Posted Sunday December 16, 2012 9:04 PM GMT

Ready to enjoy a night of great music, Stacy Keibler attended the 2012 VH1 Divas Concert on Sunday (December 16) in Los Angeles.

The leggy blonde showed off her hot self in a cleavage-baring black pantsuit ensemble as she made her way down the red carpet and into the Shrine Auditorium for the evening’s festivities.

Hosted by Adam Lambert, the concert pays tribute to music legends and Divas Donna Summer and Whitney Houston.

Lending their talents to the show are Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

Enjoy the pictures of Stacy Keibler at the VH1 Divas Concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA (December 16).

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The Best Gifts Under $100 For Everyone in Your Life

The holidays are closer than ever–just under two weeks away–and you need gift ideas, stat.

You can count on us! We’ve already helped you with great ideas under $300 for everyone in your life, but if you’re on a budget (and we feel you) we’ve found more amazing gifts that are also easy on your wallet.

For everyone from your dad to your dude, and yes, for yourself, we’ve rounded up the perfect gifts for under $100. And stay tuned for our under $50 list!


Published on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 6:11 PM

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

New England Patriots' playoff-bye hopes take beating

The New England Patriots nearly pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history on Sunday night. Instead, they're left wondering how they couldn't finish off a San Francisco 49ers team that seemed ready to faceplant on the soggy Gillette Stadium turf.

A 28-point deficit quickly became a tie but ended as a 41-34 loss for the Patriots, who saw their seven-game winning streak come to a bitter end.

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Now 10-4, New England's hopes of securing a first-round playoff bye were dealt a bitter blow. The Denver Broncos -- winners earlier Sunday in Baltimore -- leapfrogged the Patriots as the AFC's No. 2 seed. The Broncos (11-3) will earn a first-round bye if they take care of business against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. The Houston Texans pace the conference at 12-2.

We don't envy the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have to host what we imagine will be a ticked-off Patriots team next Sunday. New England closes at home against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17, providing a clear path to 12-4.

That's a record to be proud of, but being on the wrong side of a Sunday night classic could hurt Bill Belichick's team on multiple levels.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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Rookie QB Wilson, Seahawks blow out Bills in Toronto

Russell Wilson has the Seattle Seahawks on a historic roll.

The rookie quarterback rushed for three TDs and threw for another as Seattle steamrolled past the Buffalo Bills 50-17 on Sunday afternoon. It marked the second straight week the Seahawks had scored 50 or more points, making them just the third NFL team ever accomplish the feat and first since 1950.

"We're definitely clicking well," Wilson said. "Guys are just playing great football, that's what it really comes down to, guys making awesome plays and just making the consistent plays.

"You have to be consistent in this game and we're actually doing that right now."

Wilson, a 2012 third-round pick, thrilled the Rogers Centre gathering of 40,770 by becoming the first player in NFL history to register three rushing TDs and one passing in a half in staking Seattle to a 31-17 lead. He guided the Seahawks (9-5), who wore new wolf grey jerseys, to their fifth win in six games and assured the club of its first winning season since it went 10-6 in 2007.

Last week, Seattle defeated Arizona 58-0.

Wilson finished 14-of-23 passing for 205 yards and added 92 yards on nine carries. The Seahawks' defence also got in the act, forcing three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) as Earl Thomas returned a pick 57 yards for a touchdown.

Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll couldn't praise his rookie quarterback enough.

"You can see now we're really playing offence with Russell," Carroll said. "For a long time we were just trying to get our offence going and not screw it up and make sure he could keep growing and taking positive steps.

"Well, we're past that now. We know whatever we're calling, something good can happen. He's got it nailed. I'm thrilled about what he's going, more than surprised."

Both Carroll and Wilson said playing in Toronto was a very positive experience.

"It was cool to hear the [Canadian] anthem," said Carroll. "We tried to make the most of it and enjoy the heck out of it and fortunately we had a real cool win, too."

Added Wilson: "It was pretty cool to play in Toronto, especially for me, it was pretty awesome. All the 12th men, the fans, the Canadian fans there were so many of them here today and that's pretty cool."

But Rogers Centre continues to be a black hole for Buffalo (5-9), which fell to 1-4 in regular-season games here since the inception of the Bills Toronto Series in 2008. And it could've been a lot worse as Seattle's Leon Washington had an 86-yard punt return TD late in the third nullified by an illegal block before the replay confirmed Sidney Rice didn't get both feet down on a five-yard touchdown catch in the fourth.

To add insult to injury, Buffalo was officially eliminated from playoff contention, extending their league-high post-season drought to 13 years.

"We played bad, we played poorly," said Bills head coach Chad Gailey, already on the hotseat in Buffalo before Sunday's lopsided loss. "If you play poorly against a good football team you're going to look extremely bad.

"We played poorly and we looked extremely bad. We did."

Marshawn Lynch contributed to Buffalo's woes, rushing for 113 yards and a TD in his first game against his former team since the Bills dealt their 2007 first-round selection to Seattle in 2010.

But it was Wilson who provided the early fireworks before a Toronto gathering that sported a myriad of NFL team jerseys, including plenty wearing Seahawks' colours. The five-foot Wilson became the first quarterback to register three first-half rushing TDs since September 2000 when Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper did so versus the Chicago Bears.

Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21-of-38 passing for 217 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble. Stevie Johnson had eight catches for 115 yards and a TD while C.J. Spiller added 103 yards rushing with a touchdown.

Fitzpatrick feels badly for the heat Gailey is taking.

"I obviously do not feel great about the way we played but especially for a guy that has given so many guys in the lockerroom opportunities.

"We played poorly and it reflects poorly on him. It just eats me up. I know it eats other guys up as well."

None of the seven Bills' Toronto Series games under the original five-year deal have been a sellout at Rogers Centre, which has a seating capacity of 54,000 for football. Last month, 53,028 fans watched the Toronto Argonauts beat the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup game here.

But the Bills will continue playing games here as there's talk a new five-year agreement will be announced once Buffalo finalizes a new lease agreement at Ralph Wilson Stadium to replace the current one which expires at season's end.

Seattle maintained its hold on an NFC wildcard spot but remains in contention for the NFC West lead. If the San Francisco 49ers lose Sunday night to the New England Patriots, the NFC West foes will meet for the divisional lead next week at CenturyLink Field.

Zach Miller also had a TD for Seattle. Steven Hauschka added five converts and three field goals.

Buffalo's Rian Lindell booted two converts and a field goal.

The Bills Toronto Series was unveiled in 2008 amid much fanfare as event organizers wanted to prove Toronto was a viable NFL city. Rogers Communications Inc. paid $78 million US for the contests expecting southern Ontario fans to flock to Rogers Centre whatever the cost.

But a slow economy, high-priced tickets — initially averaging over $180 each, compared to roughly $51 US at Ralph Wilson Stadium — and struggling Bills teams have made it a tough sell.

Event organizers have cut some ticket prices to make games more affordable, but that's not resulted in a sellout yet. The average ticket price for Sunday's game was roughly $99.

Scalpers also had to work hard for their money, with many Sunday willing to unload their tickets under face value to make a sale.

The series has given the Bills a huge financial boost. They're receiving more than double what they'd make if the games were in Orchard Park. N.Y., while being allowed to establish a foothold in Canada's biggest market.

Still, event organizers have struggled trying to recreate the NFL experience here. A huge attraction for many American football fans is being able to arrive at the stadium hours before kickoff, set up the barbecue to cook a variety of foods while throwing a football around in the parking lot or breaking down the upcoming game with friends over a cold beer.

But provincial laws make that impossible here. And then there was the security as fans were searched and their bags checked before entering the stadium.

The roof was closed, good considering the cold, wet temperatures outside. There were no corporate logos on the turf — just the Bills crest at centre field and their team name in both end zones. What especially stood out were the 10-yard end zones on a 100-yard long NFL field compared to the 20-yard end zones and the 110-yard field in Canadian football.

So too was the Jumbotron running during plays, allowing fans to watch the on-field action. That never happens during Toronto Argonauts contests. As has been the case throughout the series, large banners covered the hotel windows overlooking the field, preventing hotel guests from watching like they could during CFL games.

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Rob Gronkowski out for New England Patriots vs. 49ers

Rob Gronkowski will not play for the New England Patriots against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. The tight end was officially listed as out on the Patriots' pregame inactives list.

Gronkowski hasn't played since Nov. 18 when he suffered a broken forearm in the Patriots' blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Gronkowski practiced Friday for the first time since suffering the injury. However, a source briefed on the injury told NFL.com's Albert Breer that Gronkowski was expected to miss Sunday's game.

Breer reported earlier this week that the plan all along has been to get Gronkowski some playing time before the postseason, but that he was a long shot to return in Week 15.

Niners wide receiver Randy Moss will start in place of injured Mario Manningham, according to the Sacramento Bee. Manningham will miss the game because of a shoulder injury.

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Atlanta Falcons answer questions in win over Giants

This time, the New York Giants were the team that couldn't convert in short-yardage. This time, the Atlanta Falcons were the team to win in a laugher.

Atlanta answered a lot of questions and avenged last year's playoff loss with a 34-0 beatdown of the Giants in the Georgia Dome Sunday. The win pushes Atlanta closer to home-field advantage in the playoffs and shows they are capable of a truly dominant effort against a quality opponent. 

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez dominated on third down to maintain possession seemingly all day. (Over 38 minutes.) Ryan had almost as many touchdowns (three) as incompletions. Eli Manning's protection broke down badly all day and he threw two crippling interceptions. Tom Coughlin unsuccessfully kept going for it on fourth-and-short.

The scattershot Giants have to wonder what team is going to show up in a given week. They are capable of crushing the Packers, Saints, and 49ers, but have suffered through way too many no-show performances this season. New York's pass rush is mediocre, their grip on the NFC East has eroded and now they risk falling out of the playoffs entirely.

Atlanta can't get everyone to shut up about their playoff record until the playoffs, but this rout will do for now. The Falcons are 7-0 at home this year. In a big spot, late in the season, the Falcons played their absolute best.

The Giants, on the other hand, are in the middle of yet another second half regular season collapse. This is usually the point where they start playing well out of nowhere and go win a Super Bowl. Well, except for those two seasons Coughlin didn't even get them to the playoffs.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy

Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson's only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he's capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

"I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we'll see how it goes," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday's Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event's main card, including Ronson's feet, aired on AXS TV.

One judge scored the lopsided fight 30-25 in favor of Ronson, a native of nearby London, Ontario. The crowd, including 75 of his friends and family, chanted "UFC" during the action.

Ronson, though, snickered at the thought of a UFC offer on his desk.

"I didn't know they came that soon," he joked. "Was I supposed to get it on Saturday?"

The 26-year-old has had far more time to win over his training partners at London's Adrenaline Training Center, which Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki and Mark Hominick founded. An endorsement from the Canadian MMA stars won him the representation of agent Rob Roveta.

"They're pulling for me," Ronson said. "We'll see if I get that call."

The resources at Ronson's disposal were considerably smaller in his early career. He trained at a kickboxing academy in London and had few grappling partners.

"I would do jiu-jitsu with the guys that were there," he said, "with guys that didn't know what jiu-jitsu was, and I was fighting MMA."

That changed when Ronson joined Adrenaline in September 2010. Although he went 1-2 in his next three outings, including an eye-opening loss to the well-rounded Mike Ricci of "The Ultimate Fighter 16" fame, he has won his past seven fights.

And Healy, who's brother is current Strikeforce contender Pat Healy, couldn't keep the fight on the mat to ground and pound him.

Although satisfied with his win, Ronson expressed frustration at being unable to finish his opponent, who took no fewer than three head kicks in the waining minute of the third and final round.

"I was just upset because I think I landed six or seven clean ones with my power leg and two or three with my lead leg, and I was like, 'This guy has to go down from one of these,'" Ronson said. "So I threw the one and he wobbled, so I'm like, 'One more and he's going down.' I hit him with the second one, and he didn't go down. The more he didn't go down, the more I wanted to hurt him and try to knock him out."

The knockout didn't come, but Ronson certainly made a statement about his abilities.

If the UFC comes calling, he said he'd like to fight in February. But in reality, any time will do.

"If they call me and say, 'Do you want to fight this guy,' I'm not going to say no," Ronson said.

For more on Score Fighting Series 7, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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