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by Katy Perry Ellis at . Comments

Former Cy Young winning Dodgers and Athletics pitcher Bob Welch has died at age 57 from a heart attack.  According to a Dodgers press release, he died in his home in Seal Beach, California.

Oakland Athletic's president Michael Crowley said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Welch.  He was a legendary pitcher who enjoyed many of his best seasons with the Oakland A's. He will always be a significant part of our franchise's history, and we mourn his loss. We send our greatest sympathies to his family and friends."

Bob Welch Photo

Welch pitched in the majors for 17 seasons, 10 with the Dodgers and seven with the A's. He was a two-time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award in 1990.  He pitched in the playoffs eight different seasons, appearing in four different World Series. He won World Series rings in 1981 with the Dodgers and 1989 with the Oakland A's. 

A's general manager Billy Beane also issued a statement, saying, "This is a sad day for the entire A's organization.  Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly. My condolences go out to his family."

Welch is survived by sons Dylan 25, Riley 23, daughter Kelly 18, and ex-wife Mary Ellen.

by Andrea at . Comments
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has announced he will retire from baseball at the end of the 2014 season.

"The 2014 season will be my last year playing baseball," Jeter said in a post on Facebook.

The 39-year-old, 13 time All-Star began his career with the Yankees, which includes five World Series rings, in 1995. His Facebook post began and ended with a simple thank you.

"Last year was a tough one for me," Jeter said in the statement. "As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and we're always fun had started to become a struggle. The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job it would be time to move forward.”

Jeter never fully recovered from a fractured ankle he sustained in the 2012 American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers.

In 2013 he reinjured the ankle during spring training.

"I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx," said Jeter.

"In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter," Bud Selig said in a written statement. "He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his -- or any -- era."


by Andrea at . Comments
david beckham press conference

 David Beckham  revealed his plan to buy into a Major League Soccer team in Miami during a press conference Wednsesday at Perez Art Museum.

The Miami Fusion, Miami's last pro soccer team, folded in 2001.

"I'm going to work hard for this city and this team," said Beckham, who was joined by MLS commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giminez. "Everything I do is personal, and I want to make this my team."

Plans include finding a site downtown to build a stadium. "Soccer fans love to walk to games," said Beckham. "That's part of the tradition."

“Miami is a vibrant city, a city with a lot of passion,” Beckham said. “It’s ready for football, for soccer. And I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time here.”

photo: WENN

by Meg at . Comments
budweisers puppy love wins ad meter

The Super Bowl XLVIII ad meter results are in at USA Today and the commercial that garnered the most favorable hype turned out to be Budweiser's Puppy Love.

A spunky pound pup with a cute personality has a special friendship with a Clydesdale horse in a beer ad that aired with just two minutes left in what USA Today described as "a dog of a game."

The pooch is adopted but keeps coming back to interact with his horse pal.

Other ads that scored well were Doritos' Cowboy Kid, Budweiser's Hero's Welcome, Doritos' Time Machine and Radio Shack's Phone Call.

According to the New York Times, "Most of the commercials that Fox broadcast nationally during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday sought to invoke fuzzy feelings that would warm the cockles of consumer hearts, if not MetLife Stadium.  The television and social media audiences were exhorted repeatedly to forget their troubles and put on a smiley face."

Check out the winning ad below:

 Photo:  Video Screen Grab

by Meg at . Comments
seahawks wins super bowl xlviii

The Seattle Seahawks were victorious against the Broncos on Sunday with a show of total domination that turned Super Bowl XLVIII into a one-sided game.

Quarterback Russell Wilson led his underdog team to a 43-8 annihilation of Peyton Manning and his Denver team.  The second year pro passed for 206 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl since Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins to victory in 1988.

Wilson recalled something his late father would frequently tell him, "He always used to tap me and say, 'Russ, why not you?'  So, I told the guys, 'Why not us?'"

Coach Pete Carroll said, "We tried to do a little bit of everything, but mostly we tried to play the football that we know how to play.  We got great play out of everyone."

Named MVP was Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned an interception for a 69 yard touchdown late in the second quarter.  He said afterward, "It's unbelievable.  I'm in shock.  We expected a great fight from them.  We kind of just dominated the game.  To be in the Super Bowl and dominate the game says a lot about our group."

Check out Smith's new commercial that was filmed shortly after he was named MVP.  As the Walt Disney theme song plays in the background, the star athlete grins as he exclaims, "I'm going to Disney World!"


Photos:  Video Screen Grabs

by Meg at . Comments
super bowl xlviii qb matchup

After winning their respective conferences, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will compete in Super Bowl XLVIII at 5:30 p.m. on FOX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Veteran quarterback Peyton Manning, 37, is looking for his second Super Bowl ring, while Seattle's quick-footed Russell Wilson, at age 25, is a relative newcomer with only two NFL seasons under his belt.

Manning's record-setting season earned him The Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night by a landslide 49 of 50 votes.  It was his fifth MVP award ... two more than any other player has ever earned.

He said, "I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos organization, and of course, my coaches and my teammates."

Because Broncos #18 was too busy to be on hand to accept the award, he dispatched his father Archie Manning to pick up his trophy.  The family patriarch was hold Peyton's son Marshall in his arms as he received the honor from two former MVP's, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.

Wilson, a multi-talented athlete, played college baseball from 2008-2010 at NC State, and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft.  After two seasons of lackluster stats, he decided to pursue a career in football.  He transferred to the University of Wisconsin for the 2011 season and led the Badgers to a Big Teen title and the 2012 Rose Bowl, where they lost to the Oregon Ducks.

He signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract with the Seahawks on May 7, 2012.  At the end of the season he earned a bonus of $222,000 through the NFL's Performance-Based Pay program.   Seahawks #3 was named to the 2012 and 2013 Pro Bowl teams.

According to oddsmakers, Denver is a shoe-in to be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of tonight's contest.  Vegas is even taking betting action on how many times Manning will say "Omaha" during the biggest game of the year.

Photos:  WENN

by Meg at . Comments
ellen grooves to beats music app

Ellen DeGeneres reveals a decidedly cool minute-long video on her talk show Thursday featuring a Super Bowl ad that she recently filmed for Beats Music.

The commercial is a modern take on the fairy tale The Three Bears, and shows her, in character as Goldilocks, sneaking into a luxury condo where she tries on several different headphones.

She soon discovers that the music is either too fast or too slow -- until she finally tries the Beats Music streaming app and discovers that it is just right.  It prompts her to bust a few of her signature dance moves.

Ellen told her audience, "I had so much fun shooting the commercial.  You're really not supposed to see it until the Super Bowl, but it's my birthday and my show, so I get to do what I want."

The comic used the opportunity to get in a plug for the Beats Music app, "I love them because they're changing the way you listen to music.  They have a new digital streaming service that brings you totally personalized music.  You can download the app on your phone, then hear any song at any time."

Check it out below and let us know what you think:

Photo:  Video Screen Grab

by Meg at . Comments
girls got guns in new godaddy ad

A new GoDaddy ad featuring racer Danica Patrick will air during the 2014 Super Bowl.   Suffice it to say, we'll be seeing her in a whole new light.

The NASCAR driver was asked to don a full body muscle suit for her thirteenth Super Bowl ad.  Her latest commercial also features a veritable army of body builders of the male persuasion.

When Danica first saw the muscle body suit that she was being asked to wear, she responded, "Holy crap!"

Patrick and her man posse take to the streets in mass on their way to a spray tanning salon.  As they press their flesh against the shop window, attractive shop owner Selena picks up her sprayer, a sure sign she is ready for the onslaught of new business.  She whispers, "It's Go Time."

Previous Super Bowl ads have shown Danica in a more sexual light but this year the brand has decided to go in a totally different direction.  GoDaddy's new CEO, Blake Irving acknowledges that previous ads were "provocative, sexy, crazy, gutsy."

They have decided this year to showcase the 'little guy' looking to compete with the 'big guys.'  In the new ad we see small business owner Selena welcoming the opportunity to work with her new clientele.

The Web-hosting company has purchased two 30-second slots that will allow them to showcase their new theme in each half of Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.

Irving stated emphatically, "We've matured.  We've evolved.  Our new brand of Super Bowl commercials will make it crystal clear what we do and who we stand for.  We may be changing our approach, but as we've always said, we don't care what the critics think.  We are all about our customers."

Check it the behind the scenes shots followed by the ad and let us know what you think:

Photo:  Video Screen Grab

by Missy at . Comments
shaun white crashes during qualifying

Shaun White fell Thursday during the Olympic Slopestyle snowboarding qualifying run at Mammoth Mountain, California.

He landed face-first into the snow while trying a double flip on the second big jump of the course.  He remained down for about 5 minutes and seemed shaken after the crash.

White told the AP, "I haven't taken a hit like that in a long time.  You crash, and then the next morning is when you really feel it. I have a date with a tub full of ice right now."

He turned things around Friday and qualified in two events.  The snowboard star has his sights set on taking home gold in Russia next month.

After turning things around, he told reporters, "I'm so thankful to make that run and to be on top of the podium and headed to Sochi. I'm beside myself. It went from one side of the coin all the way to the other from this morning with that crash to, now, winning."

He is considered a heavy favorite to clinch a spot on the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe team on Sunday.

Watch Shaun's fall below:

Photo Credit: Video Screen Grabs

by Meg at . Comments
lindsey bows out

Lindsey Vonn announced on Tuesday morning that she will not compete during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

She said on Facebook, "I am devastated to announce that I will not be competing in Sochi.  I did everything that I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.  I'm having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February."

"On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold.  Thank you all so much for all of the love and support.  I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA! XO Lindsey"

Bill Marolt, president of the U.S. Skiing and Snowboard Association said, "While Lindsey won't be in Sochi, we have a strong team that is well prepared to challenge.  The women's speed team is experienced with five athletes who have achieved World Cup podiums and a seasoned veteran in Julia Mancuso, who has won three Olympic medals in her career.  Now is the time for those athletes to step up towards our best in the world vision."

The sudden departure of Vonn from the Sochi Olympics is likely to send Procter & Gambles, Under Armour, Head, Red Bull, Oakley and Rolex into overdrive.  Each of these top brands have already cast Lindsey as the face of their Sochi Games media blitz prior to and during the 2014 Olympics.

Photo:  WENN, Video Screen Grab

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