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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NCAA approves bowl waiver for UCLA

UCLA will be playing in a bowl game. The NCAA approved a waiver for the school if the Bruins lose to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.

A loss would drop UCLA to 6-7 on the season and teams with a losing record are not typically eligible for selection.

A release by the school did not specify why the NCAA granted the waiver. The Bruins are only playing in the Pac-12 title game because USC is ineligible due to NCAA sanctions.

"As a program, we appreciate the NCAA approving our petition for a bowl waiver," UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. "We will be able to give our 18 seniors one more chance to represent their university and end their collegiate careers on a high note, regardless of the outcome of this Friday's Pac-12 Championship Game. We'd like to thank the NCAA for considering the unique situation in which we find ourselves this year and rewarding us with this opportunity."

Rick Neuheisel will not coach UCLA in its bowl game. Neuheisel was fired Monday and will lead the team against Oregon before stepping aside for interim coach Mike Johnson.

Mike Leach has agreement to coach Washington State

Mike Leach will be back on the sideline next season. Washington State reached a verbal agreement with the former Texas Tech coach one day after firing Paul Wulff.

The school said Wednesday that Leach had agreed in principle to a five-year contract and will be introduced at a press conference next Tuesday.

Financial terms of the contract were not available, but according to a story by CBSSports.com, the deal is for five years and would make Leach the third-highest paid coach in the Pac-12.

In a statement released through the school, Leach said: "I have always admired the tradition of Washington State. It's a university on the move that is experiencing growth. I'm excited about what they are doing with the facilities and it's a team that has battled through some hard times and shows great promise in the future.

"I'm proud to be a part of this team."

Leach, 50, was fired by Texas Tech in December of 2009 following a dispute over his handling of receiver Adam James. The son of ESPN announcer Craig James, Adam James claimed Leach forced him to sit in a construction closet during practice after suffering a concussion in a game.

In reaction to his firing, Leach filed a lawsuit against the school and ESPN. That lawsuit is still pending.

On the field, Leach was a big success. His teams were 84-43 and reached a bowl game in each of his 10 seasons.

Tommy Tuberville succeeded him and is 13-12 in two seasons, including a 5-7 mark this year which is the school's first losing record since 1992.

Leach will have a big task rebuilding Washington State, which has not played in a bowl game since 2003 after Rose Bowl appearances following the 1997 and 2002 seasons.

Wulff was 9-40 in four seasons with the Cougars, though the team improved to 4-8 in 2011.

Contributing: Wire reports

David Guetta And Usher Team Up For “Without You” On ‘Ellen’ - VIDEO


Usher is one of many major artists who teamed up with David Guetta on his club-friendly LP Nothing But The Beat, and their single “Without You” has been faring quite well (currently #1 on the Pop charts). To push the single further, the duo teamed up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform the rising hit in a rare appearance by a single’s DJ along with the vocalist. (Then again, Guetta is one of very few producers becoming a household name.) Check it out below.

David Guetta, Ellen DeGeneres, and Usher

Usher joined forces with David Guetta to perform their chart-topping smash “Without You” on Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  Looking sharp in all black, Ursh emerged from the smoke as laser beams shot across the stage, with the French DJ working the turntables behind him.  Ellen even got in on the fun at the end.  They will do it again tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

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Robin Thicke’s ‘Love After War’: Preview The Album


There’s gonna be a whole lot of babies born nine months after December 6 — aka, the day Robin Thicke’s sultry new set of tunes, Love After War, is released in stores. The LP, the fifth of Thicke’s career, is a concept album based off his relationship with wife Paula Patton, who appears in the upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie — as well as Thicke’s “Love After War” video. Get your bedroom temperature to a high, sizzling heat a week early by listening to over a minute of each song off the R&B crooner’s new album below.

Robin Thicke – Love After War (snippets)

Songs we’re most excited about? The Motown-sounding “An Angel On Each Arm” and the inspired, orchestral “Never Give Up”. How about you?

David Guetta & Usher Light Up ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ With “Without You” - VIDEO

With David Guetta and Usher’s collaboration “Without You” currently lodged at #4 on the Hot 100 — the highest position yet for any Guetta single in the US — the pair did double duty by hitting up the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage following their appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. David’s DJ dais glowed yellow and blue while Usher and his backup dancers busted their moves during the uplifting dance tune. Can they get “Without You” all the way to #1? Watch below and see if you’re motivated to shell out $1.29 for the cause.

David Guetta Usher Without You Jimmy Kimmel Live

Britney Spears’ Christmas Gift To Mexico City Is Herself: Morning Mix

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:: Britney Spears will perform a free concert in Mexico City to “kick off the Christmas holidays.” Okay, Brit — but your fans in the U.S. better get something just as nice from you this year. [ONTD]

:: The members of Gym Class Heroes open up about Travis McCoy’s serious and scary illness. [PopCrush]

:: Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie likens his eight-year marriage to Madonna to stepping into “a soap opera.” Gasp! How dare he imply Madge isn’t fit for primetime! (Though that’s still better than stepping into Swept Away.)  [Huffington Post]

:: Justin Bieber gets buddy-buddy with Michael Bublé on the singer’s upcoming Christmas special. [Neon Limelight]

:: The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton is up to some pretty cool stuff lately. She’s rumored to be currently collaborating with some folks from Foster The People and Florence + The Machine, just to name a few. [Popdust]

After the jump, find out which acts you can find on the tube today (or, hint: “Tonight Tonight”).
Music On TV:

:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Justin Timberlake, The Civil Wars (repeat)
:: Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) — Iron & Wine
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — My Morning Jacket
:: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — T.I., Hot Chelle Rae
:: Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC) — Mona (repeat)
:: Live With Kelly — Hot Chelle Rae
:: The Ellen Degeneres Show — Stevie Wonder
:: The Wendy Williams Show — Monica

Lady Gaga Does Double Duty On Two ‘Elle’ Covers

My, how we’ve seen an awful lot of Lady Gaga (and her ladybits) today! On her dual covers forElle UK’s January issue, however, Mother Monster keeps all her clothes on — and what gorgeous clothes they are, including one designed by the singer’s late friend and fashion god Alexander McQueen. You’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of her Elle photo shoot, now check out both of her flirty, feminine covers. (Jump below to take in the pop star rockin’ some serious coral color, as well as some quotes from her interview.)atATd
In her corresponding interview, Gaga discusses her love life (yet again): “I had abusive relationships: I dated men much older than me – I was 15, they were 30 – which I don’t recommend. I was never brave enough to be the person who I am today.”
Her true love? Why, her fans, of course! “My fans don’t care what I am, that’s what I like about them. They don’t care if I’m a boy or a girl or an in-between or a phoenix or a mermaid or a unicorn. They don’t care.”
Which cover are you coveting more, little monsters? Mint, or orange? We’ll throw in one extra full-length pic to sway the voting to our personal preference:
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2012 Grammy Nominations: Our Predictions & Wish List

Adele Bruno Mars Nicki Minaj Lady GagaTonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! special will not only boast performances by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj Sugarland, and Jason Aldean, it will also, naturally, reveal who’s up for the big categories at the 54th Grammys, which will be broadcast live by CBS on February 12. Now is probably a good time to mention that patience has never been one of our virtues —  hence the fact that we ran our itchy fingers across our Crystal Ball Of Pop and then typed out our predictions for the Grammy Album, Record and Song Of The Year nominees, as well as those for Best New Artist. See them below!

Album Of The Year predictions:
Adele, 21
Tony Bennett, Duets IILady Gaga, Born This Way
Taylor Swift, Speak Now
WHAT SHOULD BE NOMINATED: There is no doubt that Adele deserves to be nominated for Album Of The Year. There is also no doubt that she will be nominated. We’d could also state a case for Foster The People’s excellent, genre-defying debut Torches (which, mind you, made our own Favorite Albums Of The Year list), but NARAS might deem the L.A. band to be a bit too wet behind the ears, or consider them to be destined for one-hit-wonderville at this particular juncture.
Record Of The Year predictions:
Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
Lady Gaga, “The Edge Of Glory”
Maroon Five feat. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Pink, “F*ckin’ Perfect”

WHAT SHOULD BE NOMINATED: Katy Perry might just edge her way in here with inescapable Stargate-produced hit “Firework”. But we’re guessing, with its upbeat message of accepting oneself as they are, it’s more a shoo-in for a Song Of The Year nomination (which focuses on songwriting, whereas Record Of The Year is for producers and engineers). That said, chart and radio behemoth “Rolling In The Deep” absolutely deserves recognition here.

Song Of The Year predictions:
Adele, “Someone Like You”
Lady Gaga, “You And I”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Christina Perri, “Jar Of Hearts”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
WHAT SHOULD BE NOMINATED: We’d be content with our predictions for “Jar Of Hearts” and “Someone Like You” coming true. After all, they were this year’s somber piano ballads that haunted us relentlessly and played with our emotions. But if we’re boiling it down to which one lives in our head more, “Someone Like You” gets the more deserved nod from us.

Best New Artist predictions
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Nicki Minaj
Christina Perri
WHO SHOULD BE NOMINATED: High-as-a-kite Wiz Khalifa and Nashville duo the Civil Wars could very well sneak into this category. Though, if we had our say, we’d love to see Holy Ghost! (never going to happen, but we can dream) and Oh Land get some Grammy love. Ah, well — at least the latter got some Idolator love, via our South By Southwest Pray For Pop partyand Favorite Albums Of The Year list!
 Who do you think should be nominated in the above categories? Let us know in the comments below, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter!

Source: Idolator

Fish may protect the brain, study indicates

Baked or broiled fish eaten at least once a week may protect against Alzheimer’s and other brain problems, new research says. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg - For The Washington Post)

People who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be protecting their brains from Alzheimer’s disease and other brain problems, researchers reported Wednesday.
Cyrus Raji of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and colleagues conducted brain scans on 260 healthy adults and examined whether there was a relationship between the amount of gray matter, which is crucial to maintaining a healthy brain, and their risk of developing Alzheimer’s or a condition known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) over the next five years.
After taking into consideration factors such as age, gender, education, race, physical activity and obesity, the researchers found that those who regularly consumed baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis were more likely, a decade later, to have more gray matter in several key parts of the brain, including the hippocampus, the posterior cingulate and the orbital frontal cortex, the researchers reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago. In addition, those who were regular fish eaters were almost five times less likely to develop MCI or Alzheimer’s, the researchers found. The fish eaters also scored higher on tests measuring thinking abilities, such as working memory, they said.
“Consuming baked or broiled fish promotes stronger neurons in the brain’s gray matter by making them larger and healthier,” Raji said in a news release. “This simple lifestyle choice increases the brain’s resistance to Alzheimer’s disease and lowers risk for the disorder.”
No such protective effect was found for those who ate fried fish.

Police arrest more than 200 in Los Angeles and 50 in Philadelphia as Occupy camps dismantled


LOS ANGELES — More than 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear, cleared the Occupy Los Angeles camp early Wednesday, driving protesters from a park around City Hall and arresting more than 200 who defied orders to leave. Similar raids in Philadelphia led to 52 arrests, but the scene in both cities was relatively peaceful.
Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia moved in on Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness in an effort to clear out some of the longest-lasting protest sites since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.
Beanbags fired from shotguns were used to subdue the final three protesters in a makeshift tree house outside Los Angeles City Hall, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said, describing it as a minor use of force incident. No serious injuries were reported.
Police Chief Charlie Beck praised the officers and the protesters for their restraint and the peaceful way the eviction was carried out.
Officers flooded down the steps of City Hall just after midnight and started dismantling the two-month-old camp two days after a deadline passed for campers to leave the park. Officers in helmets and wielding batons and guns with rubber bullets converged on the park from all directions with military precision and began making arrests after several orders were given to leave.
There were no injuries and no drugs or weapons were found during a search of the emptied camp, which was strewn with trash after the raid. City workers put up concrete barriers to wall off the park while it is restored. As of 5:10 a.m. PST, the park was clear of protesters, said LAPD officer Cleon Joseph.
The raid in Los Angeles came after demonstrators with the movement in Philadelphia marched through the streets after being evicted from their site. Over 40 protesters were arrested after refusing to clear a street several blocks northeast of City Hall, said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. They were lined up in cuffs and loaded on to buses by officers. Six others were arrested earlier after remaining on a street that police tried to clear.
“The police officers who were involved in this operation were hand-picked for this assignment,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. “They’re highly trained and disciplined and showed a tremendous amount of restraint and professionalism in carrying out this morning’s operation.”
Nutter said the eviction had been planned for several weeks and went off without largely without problems.
Ramsey said he would have preferred to evict the protesters without making arrests, but some refused orders to clear the street and had to be taken into custody. Three officers had minor injuries. One protester was injured when a police horse stepped on her foot, Nutter said.
The Philadelphia protesters were ordered to clear their encampment in part because a $50 million renovation project was due to start at the City Hall plaza this fall.
“Dilworth Plaza was designated as a construction site,” Ramsey said. “They had to vacate. They knew that from the very beginning.”

Central banks expand system of ‘swapping’ money to ease credit crunch

The world’s major central banks unveiled a new strategy Wednesday morning to create a wall of money to try to prevent Europe’s financial woes from undermining the stability of the global banking system.
The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and central banks in Canada, Britain, Switzerland and Japan said in a joint announcement that they will extend the timing and lower the interest rate paid on “swaps,” arrangements that have been used intermittently since late 2007 to funnel dollars to the banking systems of countries where there is need.
The action recalls the fall of 2008, when the global central bankers took a series of coordinated actions to try to stem a worldwide financial panic. However, the impact of the latest measure might be more symbolic than substantive. The Fed already had made available unlimited dollars to other leading central banks, and $2.4 billion of such lending was outstanding as of last week (that number might increase now with the lower interest rate).
The policy does nothing to address the fundamental problems in Europe — namely a loss of confidence in the ability of Italy and other nations to repay their debts and fears that this could cause the euro currency area to break apart. It could, however, help European banks avoid any cash shortage. And more broadly, the new move offers a sense of common purpose and deep resolve among the world’s central bankers at a time of widespread fears, even if the substantive impact on the crisis is slight.
Separately, China’s central bank eased a key regulation to allow banks to lend more money as concerns mount about a possible slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. In cutting bank reserve requirements for the first time since December 2008, the People’s Bank of China signaled that its focus is shifting from inflation to economic growth.
The joint central bank action, the China news and a report from payroll company ADP that showed a rise in U.S. job creation in November are “signs of distress in the international financial system and an economy that has some spark but no fuel to catch fire,” said Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities in a report.
Stock markets in the United States and in Europe surged after the news was announced. The Dow Jones industrial average and the broader S&P 500 index were up about 3.2 percent in early trading. The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose about 3 percent. In Europe, Germany’s DAX soared 4 percent. France’s CAC 40 was up 3.3 percent, while Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 3.1 percent.
The coordinated action comes as Europe, in particular, is in the grips of a growing credit crunch, making it harder for some companies — and households — to get quick, affordable access to cash.
European banks have seen their funding costs rise to the highest levels since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008. That, in return, has weighed on the region’s growth, increasing fears that constricted lending could plunge the continent back into a recession and deal another setback to the global economic recovery.

Clinton arrives in Burma to assess progress on reforms

NAYPYIDAW, Burma — Hillary Rodham Clinton touched down Wednesday in the desolate new capital of Burma, becoming the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the authoritarian country in more than half a century.
She brings with her potential incentives for Burma’s authoritarian leaders to continue their recent movement toward reform — and also the intent to press them on the country’s suspected weapons trade with North Korea.
Clinton’s plane was met by a raft of Burmese officials, apparently eager to engage with the United States and demonstrate their sincerity about progress after decades of economic sanctions and international criticism over their crackdown on democratic activists, violence against ethnic minorities and human rights abuses.
“I am obviously looking to determine for myself and on behalf of our government what is the intention of the current government with respect to continuing reforms both political and economic,” Clinton told reporters shortly before her arrival. “We and many other nations are quite hopeful that these flickers of progress. . . will be ignited into a movement for change.”
Clinton’s visit comes as Burma, also known as Myanmar, appears poised for historic reforms — an opening the Obama administration is seeking to encourage through incentives. The arrival of the chief U.S. diplomat is itself the largest reward thus far, lending the reclusive country the international prestige and recognition its leaders crave.
Clinton’s advisers declined to discuss what additional incentives the secretary was bringing on this trip, saying those would depend on her sense in meetings of the government’s willingness to continue reforms.
“We are actually deeply realistic for what can be expected.  There have been a number of failed attempts at reform, over decades,” said a senior administration official who was not authorized to be quoted by name. “We are mindful of the risks, and we will be very careful as we go forward.”
The two biggest signs of sincerity that U.S. officials say they are looking for are therelease of all political prisoners and an end to the war between government troops and ethnic minorities.
Since October, Burma has released 200 political prisoners. But activists say that at least 1,600 remain imprisoned, including some top opposition leaders. Some government officials have blamed the lack of further releases on recent political protests.
“The president has this issue in his mind,” Ko Ko Hlaing, chief political adviser to President Thein Sein, said in an e-mail interview. “I think the next batch of release may be depend upon how the released persons are doing with politics. If their activities are going well in accordance with national reconciliation efforts, I think it will make better condition for next amnesty.”
On ethnic violence, the adviser said, negotiations are in process. Human rights advocates point out, however, that violent clashes with soldiers occurred as recently as last week.
Clinton will also press the government on its suspected weapons trade with North Korea, officials said. The United States in recent years has blocked North Korean vessels believed to be transporting arms to Burma. And Burmese defectors have accused the junta of illicitly conducting nuclear research.
The senior official traveling with Clinton said the secretary is primarily focused on Burma’s trade in missile technology, rather than its nuclear program. “We’ve looked at this fairly carefully, and we do not see signs of a substantial nuclear effort at this time,” he said.
Clinton nevertheless will ask Burmese officials to sign an International Atomic Energy Agency protocol that would open it up to nuclear-related inspections, the official said.
The secretary’s historic visit is partly clouded by uncertainty. Because of Burmese leaders’ habitual secretiveness, U.S. officials acknowledge that they do not know exactly how decisions are made in Thein Sein’s nominally civilian government — nor how much control the president wields.
Thein Sein, like many members of the leadership, is a former military officer. His precise motive for launching the country’s sudden and surprising move toward reform is also unknown, though many suspect it stems in part from a desire to avoid over-reliance on China, Burma’s strongest ally but also a voracious consumer of its natural resources.
“China has no resistance toward Myanmar seeking improved relationships with the West, but it will not accept this while seeing its interests stamped on,” the state-run Chinese paper the Global Times wrote in an editorial on Clinton’s visit.
Clinton will spend Thursday meeting with the president and Burmese parliamentary leaders. Flying next to Rangoon, she will meet for the first time Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s long-persecuted democracy movement.
After a private dinner with Suu Kyi on Thursday night, the two women will meet again Friday. Clinton is also scheduled to meet with representatives of Burma’s ethnic minorities and civil service organizations.

Kourtney Kardashian expecting second child; Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show models hold viewing party

Kourtney Kardashian. (Frederick M. Brown - GETTY IMAGES)

Kourtney Kardashian. (Frederick M. Brown - GETTY IMAGES) A mix of the morning’s entertainment headlines... 
Get ready to keep up with (or ignore) another Kardashian. Kourtney Kardashian has revealed that she’s nine weeks pregnant with her second child. ”You're supposed to wait 12 weeks to tell people, but I feel confident,” she tells Us Weekly in a cover story about her pregnancy.

The eldest Kardashian sister has a son, Mason, with her boyfriend and reality TV co-star, Scott Disick. (Us Weekly

Kim Kardashian, on the other hand, has a case of the sads over her lack of children: “At first I was like, I want six kids. Then I went down to four, then I was down to three…and now I’m like, maybe I won’t have any. Maybe I’ll just be a good aunt. ... At this moment in my life, I feel like maybe I’m not supposed to have kids and all that.” (Glamour)

Daniel Craig apparently does not have any love for the Kardashian family, saying they “behave like [expletive] idiots” in the new issue of British GQ: “You can’t buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. [Expletive] you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta and now you want some privacy?” (Gossip Cop)

As the one-hour Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show advertisement aired last night, Miranda Kerr and some other “angels” gathered together for viewing party. Watching yourself walk down a runway half naked is a super fun experience, I’m sure. (Lifeline; Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, E! ponders the big questions, like are models too skinny? (E!)

Twilight: Breaking Dawn ” has passed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office. (THR)

Geroge Michael is “improving steadily” from a nasty case of pneumonia. (Reuters

Daneil Radcliffe lands a new role, after the jump. 

Daniel Radcliffe will play Allen Ginsberg in the indie film, “Kill You Darlings.” (Vulture)

Us Weekly seems to think Ben Affleck has a dolphin tattoo on his hip. It looks to me like part of a tribal piece. (Us Weekly)
The dress Amy Winehouse wore on the cover of “Back to Black” sold at a charity auction for $68,000. That’s about $68,000 more than anyone would pay for my clothing. (Reuters)

In case you were dying to know... Ali Fedotowsky broke up with her fiance because they were “having problems.” (People)

Source: Washingtonpost