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Panthers Sign DT Cole to 1-Year Deal

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The Carolina Panthers signed defensive tackle Colin Cole to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton, the contract is worth $1.05 million with an $80,000 signing bonus.

After missing the 2011-12 seasons due to a major ankle injury, Cole returned to the NFL in 2013 with the Panthers.

The 35-year-old Cole has played in 31 games for Carolina, starting 23 of them.

“It’s hard to get and maintain a job in this business. We’re so happy to be a part of this organization and this community. It’s a blessing,” Cole said. “I’m the oldest player on this team, and I’m just happy to have the ability to continue my career. It’s been a long road, but as long as they’ll allow me to play, I’ll continue to play.”

The past two seasons with Carolina, Cole has been used in a four-man rotation at tackle with Dwan Edwards, Kawann Short, and 2013 first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei.

Cole was set to become a free agent on March 10 if he had not reached a deal with the Panthers.

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Chicago Cubs Hold the Keys to the “Back to the Future” DeLorean Car

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by

Posted in National News

Volo Museum(CHICAGO) — If the Chicago Cubs win the 2015 World Series this fall, as predicted in Back to the Future Part II, you could be the proud new owner of a DeLorean time machine, the famous hover car featured in the film.

Volo Auto Museum in Illinois is hosting the giveaway for the 1981 exhibition model estimated to be worth $85,000.

“The car is fully functional. It’s a running and driving car,” museum director Brian Grams told ABC News on Tuesday. “Though we don’t guarantee time travel with the car, its flux capacitor and other board lights light up just like the movie’s car.”

But, of course, you’ll have to rely on the Cubs — who famously haven’t won a World Series since 1908 and haven’t even appeared in one since 1945. They finished dead last in their division in 2014.

Some superstitious fans believe the team is cursed. The Cubs famously were five outs away from locking up a World Series berth in 2003 when a fan reached out and deflected a ball that appeared headed for a Cubs player’s glove. The Cubs then blew a three-run lead to lose, lost another game after that and missed the World Series.

The DeLorean was acquired from a custom car builder who built various original car props for movies, including the original Batmobile for the TV series, Grams said. The car has been on display at the museum since the late ’90s.

The museum encourages Chicago Cubs and Back to the Future fans from all over the world to register beginning March 21, Grams said.

To enter the raffle, you can visit the museum with more than 400 eccentric cars in Volo, Illinois, and register on-site or online using your wristband ticket’s number.

If the museum is too far for you to visit, just send it a self-addressed, stamped envelope, Grams said, and the museum will then mail you back an eligible registration number.



This is the museum’s first car giveaway, Grams said. He said he hopes the Cubs finally win, so the car will go to a fan.

And if the Cubs drop the ball, there’s a consolation prize, Grams said.

“We keep the car, but the giveaway winner will win the museum’s hoverboard prop,” he said.

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Woodpecker Takes Weasel On the Ride of Its Life

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by

Posted in World News

Martin Le-May(LONDON) — A photograph of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker that seems almost too incredible to be true is not Photoshopped, according to the British man who snapped the now-viral photo.

Martin Le-May says he was out for a walk on Monday with his wife, Ann, in a London park when they heard a “distressed squawking.”

The couple trained their binoculars on the bird in distress and saw it was “unnaturally hopping” and flapping its wings.

“Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction,” Le-May told ABC News by email. “It was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.”

The mammal on the back of the woodpecker was a weasel. The Le-Mays watched as the woodpecker landed right in front of them and fought for its life.

“I feared the worst,” Le-May wrote. “I guess though our presence, maybe 25 meters away, momentarily distracted the weasel.”

“The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left,” he wrote. “Quickly the bird gathered its self-respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight.”

As for the weasel that caused all the drama, Le-May says it disappeared into the long grass of the park, “hungry.”

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Justin Timberlake Posts Sweet Message on Wife Jessica Biel’s Birthday

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by

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Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake, 34, usually keeps his private life private. But the singer decided to gush a little Tuesday for his wife Jessica Biel’s 33rd birthday.

“Happy Bday to the sweetest, most GORGEOUS, goofiest, most BAD-ASS chick I know,” he wrote.

He added, “You make me smile ’til it hurts. I love you like crazy! –Your Huz.”

He posted a picture of the two hugging.



It was on his birthday back in January that Timberlake let everyone know that his wife was expecting.

“Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets,” he posted on Instagram.

Timberlake and Biel, who have been together since 2007, were married on October 19, 2012 in Italy.

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“Cinderella” Star Lily James Sets Record Straight on Photoshopped Waist Rumors

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by

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Disney(NEW YORK) — When the first images from the revamped Cinderella movie were released, they set off a firestorm of speculation that Disney used special effects to make actress Lily James appear slimmer.

But James, who plays the lead character Ella, set the record straight in an interview with ABC’s Nightline, saying the rumors that her waist was Photoshopped were not true.

“I have naturally a quite small waist,” James told Nightline. “And on top of that I have a corset that was pulled me into the inch of my life.”

James said the corset part of the gown slimmed her down to a 17-inch waist.

“And then the skirt is so big that the perspective and the proportions make it look smaller than it is,” she added.

There was also speculation that Richard Madden, who plays Prince Charming in Cinderella, was wearing contact lenses to make his eyes appear bluer in the film, but director Kenneth Branagh said that also wasn’t true.

“He was not wearing blue contact lenses,” Branagh said. “He has very, very striking blue eyes and when beautifully lit by Haris Zambarloukos, these make for a very strong impact. We did not Photoshop Lily’s waist… everything you see is what was there.”

Re-imagining Cinderella’s iconic ball gown for the first-ever live-action remake of the Disney classic was the brainchild of Oscar-winning costume designer Susan Powell. It took 270 yards of fabric, over three miles of hemming, and “glass” slippers made of Swarovski crystal.

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of ABC News. The movie opens in theaters March 13.

But James said she has gotten used to wearing a corset from her role as Lady Rose MacClare on the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey.

“I’m so used to corsets now that feel like I could sleep in them, even though it’d be horrible,” the 25-year-old actress said.

And what’s worse than wearing a corset? “A boob flattener,” James said, something she had to wear for her costume to match the 1920s setting of Downton Abbey.

“It’s much more painful and much more distressing than a corset.”

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Report: Eagles Set to Trade RB LeSean McCoy to Bills

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Eagles have a trade in place to send running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to ESPN.

The trade cannot be made official until the new league year begins next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

The Eagles selected McCoy out of Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft. In six seasons with Philadelphia, the three-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 6,792 yards and 44 touchdowns on 1,461 carries. He also has 300 receptions for 2,282 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Bills drafted Alonso out of Oregon in the second round of the 2013 draft.  He missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL last July.

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Eagles Cut CB Cary Williams

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by

Posted in Sports News

Scott Boehmn/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia Eagles cut cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Eagles, playing in all 33 regular season and playoff games for the team.

Williams had one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the Eagles in 2013. By cutting Williams, Philadelphia clears $6.5 million in cap space.

There’s a possibility the Eagles will be without three-quarters of last season’s starting secondary: cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen will become free agents on March 10.

Williams joined the Eagles after a 2012 season in which he won the Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. During his two seasons in Philadelphia, Williams had 139 tackles, 22 passes defended, five interceptions, and one sack.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/3/15

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Charlotte Hornets 104 (25-33) – Los Angeles Lakers 103 (16-43)

Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (38-24) – Boston Celtics 79 (23-35)

Sacramento Kings 124 (21-37) – New York Knicks 86 (12-47)

Atlanta Hawks 104 (48-12) – Houston Rockets 96 (41-19)

Chicago Bulls 97 (38-23) – Washington Wizards 92 (34-27)

Utah Jazz 93 (24-35) – Memphis Grizzlies 82 (42-17)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (10) Maryland 60 (25-5) – Rutgers 50 (10-20)

(19) North Carolina 81 (21-9) – Georgia Tech 49 (12-18)

Georgetown 60 (19-9) – (21) Butler 54 (21-9)

NHL:  New Jersey Devils 3 (27-27-10; 64pts) – Nashville Predators 1 (41-17-7; 89pts)

Calgary Flames 3 (34-25-4; 72pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (27-26-12; 66pts)

Washington Capitals 5 (35-20-10; 80pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (26-33-4; 56pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (39-20-6; 84pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (19-40-5; 43pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (26-33-5; 57pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (28-23-13; 69pts)

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Report: Cowboys Ink WR Cole Beasley to 4-Year Contract

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by

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Football Texture/iStockphoto(IRVING, Texas) — The Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Cole Beasley agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $14 million, according to ESPN. The deal includes $7 million guaranteed.

The Cowboys signed Beasley as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Methodist in 2012. In 40 regular-season games with Dallas, he has 91 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns.

While at SMU, he had 255 receptions for 2,959 yards and 14 touchdowns in 49 games.

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Alabama Supreme Court Orders a Stop to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by

Posted in National News

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a ruling Tuesday evening, ordering a stop to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges.

The order comes after the Elmore County’s probate judge requested the state’s supreme court for further guidance in regards to issuing licenses.

In the ruling, the supreme court cites an effort to comply with Alabama law, which states marriage is between one man and one woman, as the reason to halt same-sex marriage licenses.

“As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” the ruling said. “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.”

Alabama’s probate judges now have five days to file a letter stating why they should not be bound to the court’s decision.

The order on Tuesday comes after a federal appeals court ruled last month against delaying the overturning of Alabama’s gay-marriage ban, which U.S. District Judge Callie Granade called unconstitutional.

State Attorney General Luther Strange responded to the appeals court ruling by asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay on the marriages until the high court took up the nationwide issue in the spring.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, then ordered county probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, despite Granade’s having ruled that probate judges had a legal duty to issue the licenses.

On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to halt the start of the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the state, but Moore said he would fight until the justices ruled.

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