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david beckham soccer

Professional soccer player David Beckham is heading to France.  The former Los Angeles Galaxy star fielded 12 offers from soccer clubs around the world and has signed with the Paris Saint-Germain team.

Beckham, 37, was introduced at a press conference at Parc des Princes stadium this morning after signing a five-month deal.  He plans to turn over his multi-million dollar salary to a children's charity.

He told reporters, "I consider myself to be part of this helping the French league to grow and also helping this club to be one of the biggest powerhouses in football."

The pro athlete acknowledged that Victoria Beckham and their four kids won't be joining the soccer star full time in Paris, "My wife and children will be staying in London because the children are in school there."

Victoria released a statement: "Incredibly proud and supportive of David. And we are excited about spending some time as a family in Paris over the coming weeks. We are passionate about supporting children's charities and donating to a local children's charity in Paris is something we are delighted to do."

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caleb moore died

X Games professional snowmobile racer Caleb Moore, 26, died this morning in Aspen of injuries suffered during a crash last week while attempting a backflip.

Caleb, a four-time X Games medalist, was on his 450-pound snowmobile last Thursday in the freestyle finals when he went over the handlebars and his sled flipped over on top of him.

The racer was able to leave the scene under his own power but his condition deteriorated at an area hospital.   He underwent emergency surgery for treatment of brain complications related to a concussion and bleeding around his heart.  Moore remained in critical condition until his death.

ESPN released this statement, "We've worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts for each of the 18 years of X Games. Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain."

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beyonce sings live

In an effort to clear the air prior to her Super Bowl Halftime extravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 3, Beyonce sang a live rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner' at a New Orleans news conference Thursday.

After asking the assembled reporters and photographers to stand, she belted out a flawless performance of the National Anthem.

She acknowledged afterward, "I am a perfectionist.  One thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed.  I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra.  It was a live television show.  It was a very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments."

"Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk.  It was about the President, the inauguration.  I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along to my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry."

She added as reporters applauded, "I'm very proud of my performance."

Regarding her upcoming performance ... it will not be pre-recorded.  She said emphatically, "I will absolutely be singing live.  That is what I was born to do."

Check out her live performance below:

Photo:  Video Screen Grab

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kate upton blows soap bubbles

Super Bowl advertisers intentionally target the male population by featuring attractive women in their commercials.  This year Mercedes-Benz has chosen supermodel Kate Upton to help wash one of their luxury rides.

She approaches a group of football players who are raising money for the team by cleaning cars.  The 1:30 ad spot uses slow motion head-to-toe panning of the sexy model, who is sporting cut-offs and a decidedly low-cut black tank top.

The teens can't keep their eyes off of Upton as she blows a handful of soap bubbles toward the group.  While sashaying around the new Mercedes CLA she purrs, "You missed a spot."

Does it make you want to buy a new Mercedes?

Check out the video:

Photo:  Video Screen Grab

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tim mcgraw people magazine cover

Yee haw!  Country singer Tim McGraw covers the PEOPLE magazine issue hitting newsstands Friday.

In a decidedly candid interview, McGraw addressed his new album, family, health, and his decision to stop drinking.

Tim admits he gave up alcohol 5 years ago and added an intense weight-training workout regimen to his daily schedule.  He also plays basketball with his band when they get a chance while on tour.  The PEOPLE photo layout includes a shirtless pose revealing his six pack abs.

McGraw acknowledged, "I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop.  I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run."

Tim is pumped up and ready to get back out on the road, "Working out is a great way to go out on stage.  When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready."

His new album 'Two Lanes of Freedom' drops on February 5 and McGraw is ready physically and mentally to embark on a 30-city tour.  He claims, "I'm in a good place right now.  I really feel like this new album in not a culmination of the things I've done, it's a new beginning of the things I am going to do.  I want to enjoy my career and my family.  I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life."

He and his country singer wife of 16 years, Faith Hill, have three daughters: Gracie Katherine, 15, Maggie Elizabeth, 14, and Audrey Caroline, 11.

Photo Credit: PEOPLE

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michael lohan and kate majors

Michael Lohan became a father again for the sixth time yesterday when his girlfriend Kate Major gave birth to a baby boy in Florida.

Major delivered Landon Major Lohan at 2:30 p.m.  The newborn weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and is 20 inches long.

Lohan's rep told US Weekly that he was with Kate throughout the entire labor and delivery and cut the umbilical cord.  The baby daddy reports that mother and child are doing great.

The couple have had a stormy relationship with several physical altercations that landed him in jail.  Major broke off their engagement in 2010 and since that time they have been on-again off-again.  Lohan revealed in July 2012 that she was about to be a first time mother -- pregnant with his child.

Lohan offspring include Lindsay, 26, Michael Jr., 25, Ali, 19, and Cody, 16 with ex-wife Dina Lohan.  A paternity test recently proved that he has another daughter, 17-year-old Ashley Horn, a love child conceived during an extra-marital fling.

Kate Major became media fodder when she began dating reality star Jon Gosselin while reporting for Star magazine.  The 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' reality dad introduced Major and Lohan and it wasn't long before she ditched one wayward dad for another.

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danica patrick dating ricky stenhouse jr

Danica Patrick has found new love with two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

It didn't take long for Patrick to seek out male comfort after announcing her split with husband Paul Hospenthal in November 2012.

Patrick, 30, and Stenhouse, 25, have a great deal in common including their status as 2013 candidates for NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year.

She told the AP last Friday, "I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard.  We are dating, and I know there's been a bit of a runaround this week at the media days and poor Ricky got grilled with questions.  It was out of respect for NASCAR to just allow the news of the day to be about racing and not let anything interfere with that."

Stenhouse confirmed the relationship, "Yes we are dating.  I don't normally say too much about my private life, always been focused on the track."

Danica acknowledged, "As opposed to speculation and people make up their own stories or talking amongst themselves or us feeling uncomfortable walking into each other's motorhomes, it's just easier to be up front and get it out of the way then to have any kind of awkward speculation."

She'll race this year full-time in the #10 Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing.  He'll be driving the #17 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing.

Will the relationship affect their track performance?  Patrick claims, "It won't affect how I race.  I want to go out and win.  I race everyone hard."  Stay tuned race fans.

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bliss before the split

After more than a decade of marriage, Ashley Judd and Scottish racecar driver Dario Franchitti have announced they are seeking a divorce.

The actress and her three-time Indianapolis 500 winning spouse released this statement:  "We have mutually decided to end our marriage.  We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed."

In a show of solidarity she tweeted, "Family Forever @dariofranchitti."  He responded in kind, "@ashley judd family forever."

Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 30, have a home near Franklin, Tennessee.  They wed in a private ceremony at Skibo Castle in Scotland in 2001 after a two year engagement.  Serving as her maid of honor was her country singing sister Wynonna Judd.

Ashley has had a string of bad luck with her 2011 film 'Flypaper' co-starring Patrick Dempsey and the short-lived 2012 ABC series 'Missing.'  The film was panned by 15 of 18 critics and received a Rotten Tomatoes rating.  The TV gig aired for two months and was not renewed for a second season due to low ratings.

Franchitti fared better than his wife, winning the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012 - photos here.

Photo:  WENN

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gilbert and busfield engaged

Melissa Gilbert, a recent celebrity contestant on 'DWTS,' is engaged to wed actor Timothy Busfield of 'Thirtysomething' fame.

The former 'Little House on the Prairie' child star confirmed through her rep that he popped the question shortly after they dished up Christmas dinner as volunteers at the Los Angeles Mission. They are planning a 2013 wedding.

According to her spokesperson, "They are engaged and both are incredibly happy."

Melissa was cast on season 14 of 'Dancing with the Stars' with Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her pro partner.  The 48-year-old actress finished in fifth place.

Gilbert was previously married to Bo Brinkman from 1988-1992 and actor Bruce Boxleitner from 1995-2011.  During the two unions she gave birth to sons Dakota Brinkman and Michael Boxleitner.  Her celebrity sister is actress and 'The Talk' co-host Sara Gilbert.

Her fiance, 55, won an Emmy for his 1991 Best Supporting Actor role in the popular television series 'The West Wing.'  He is twice divorced and has three children.

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