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The Los Angeles Angels became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot on Monday night, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle...More >>
The Los Angeles Angels refused to indulge in champagne, cigars or self-congratulation after securing their first playoff spot in a half-decade.More >>
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Andrew Luck threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw to give the Indianapolis Colts a 7-3 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles after one quarter on Monday night.More >>
Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night.More >>
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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.More >>
Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.More >>
(RNN) – No one likes a showboat, but if you're a beast-mode tight end and you score a touchdown in the NFL, you deserve to celebrate however you choose.
If dunking over the goal post, a la recently retired and future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, is your thing and you're in the National Football League, then you will be penalized as a part of a new amendment to an existing rule.
The current rule says players can't use a prop during a scoring celebration; props include the football, the pylon, taking Sharpies out of your shoe and signing something or using a hidden cell phone and making a pretend call. The rule now includes the crossbar of the goal post – a decision made at the NFL Owners' Meetings that wrapped up in Orlando, FL, Wednesday.
The new rule will be assessed beginning in the 2014 regular season.
NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Network the crossbar was added to speed up the game and keep up the air of good sportsmanship. He cited the situation of New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunking and hanging on the goalpost for so long that it threw it off-kilter and delayed the game until the problem was fixed.
The NFL seems to have its priorities a bit confused – the richest, most prosperous professional sports league in the U.S. wants to end a piece of its entertainment value by making the rules more and more strict, in one instance. In another, the league wants to expand its season, either by adding two games to its regular season or expanding the playoff field.
Is NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell making Mark Cuban look right – is the greediness of the NFL going to be its sad ruin? If these highly paid athletes can celebrate how they'd like but can be subjected to more games for our entertainment, what's a little dunking going to hurt?
A little something from YouTube: Dutch beer company envisions entertainers lost too soon on deserted island together
A new commercial for Dutch beer Bavaria has recently gone viral, and it features the conspiracy theory pop culture enthusiasts love – entertainers who died too soon aren't dead at all – they are chilling on a deserted island, drinking beer.
Picture the scenario (or just check out the video) of aged versions of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Tupac Shakur, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain hanging out on a deserted beach drinking cheap beer. Yes, it's as bad as it sounds – the commercial and the beer.
According to the company's translated description on YouTube, the commercial is meant to be an explanation of what really happened to these celebrities.
"We all know the stories and theories surrounding the death of certain stars. But what's the real story? This Bavaria Radler commercial makes it clear once and for all," it says.
And for those looking for a cheap import brew, don't bother with Bavaria. Beer Advocate doesn't give Bavaria good reviews at all, and as for the Radler – in grapefruit and lemonade – doesn't even seem to register with fans of beer. One other thing, for the youngsters out there - John Lennon did not write Hey Jude - Paul McCartney did. Just wanted to clear that up.
Music: Summerfest 2014 is the best lineup of all the festivals
Looking for the ultimate summer music getaway? Then save your pennies and travel to Milwaukee – yes, Milwaukee – for perhaps the most talented lineup for the summer music festival season at Summerfest 2014.
Dubbed "the world's largest music festival," the event spans 11 days, June 25-29 and July 1-6, and features more than 800 acts, including Nas, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Bonnie Raitt, Ludacris, Five Finger Death Punch, Neon Trees, Tegan and Sara, Girl Talk, Melissa Etheridge, Ziggy Marley and so many more.
Check out the Summerfest 2014 lineup and try to control your desire to run away to Minnesota – it snows up there in the winter.
Celebrating their reunion and subsequent 20th anniversary as the iconic southern hip-hop duo has granted Outkast top billing on almost every major music festival in 2014. As music columnist Jennifer Bowen said in a conversation Wednesday, "I would love to be their booker right now."
Bowen has a point – the nation's eagerness for Outkast's reunion made them a major act. The house will be brought down when this ultimate summer anthem is played in venues from Coachella to Lollapalooza.
TV: How to engage, revolt a hipster in conversation – as told by the cast of ‘Portlandia'
Hipsters – they are the most misunderstood and heavily mocked of all American subcultures, and perhaps it's their love of a good nonchalant attitude and flannel that fuels it.
But the show Portlandia makes the hipster and their mecca, Portland, OR, seem relatable to the non-hipster. Who would have thought a hipster dude and chick would want to be understood?
If anyone ever asks you to "foster these disabled cats" then you know that person probably thinks you're a hipster - or a cat lady. Either way.
Tumblr of the Week: Shaming your dog may not be nice, but it sure is funny
Every dog has its day – to be shamed on social media.
At least that's the reason several dog owners have taken to the Tumblr blog Dog Shaming, where dogs that like to eat poop or pee in the house can be collectively shamed for our amusement.
Movies: ‘Divergent' debuts at No. 1, stifles opening weekend of ‘Muppets' sequel
The trend of young adult novels succeeding on the silver screen continues with the monster debut of Divergent, starring Shaliene Woodley and Theo James.
The film grossed more than $50 million over the weekend, casting a large shadow across the Muppets Most Wanted, which debuted in the second spot.
Here's last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):
Divergent (NR) $54,607,747
Muppets Most Wanted (NR) $17,005,126
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (1) $11,832,558
God's Not Dead (NR) $9,244,641
300: Rise of An Empire (2) $8,504,075
In theaters: March 28
Noah - From Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, the Biblical story of Noah and his ark's construction per God's orders is told. Looks epic and could be the best of the Bible stories told from the big screen this year. The movie stars Russell Crowe as the title character, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Nick Nolte.
Cesar Chavez – An all-star cast tells the biography of civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez. The film stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich.