Granderson Excited For New Start – ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Curtis Granderson slipped on a No. 3 jersey and began his New York Mets career with a playful zinger directed at the fans of…

MLB banning home plate collisions starting in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Home plate collisions, the type of plays that wrecked the career of former All-Star Ray Fosse and injured Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila in…

‘Smaug’ is another slog through Middle-earth – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSmaug is not so much desolate as he is a one-dragon demolition derby in the latest Hobbit entry. Despite his billing, the titular Smaug doesn’t show up until 2…

Snapchat snaps up $50 million – USA TODAY

Snapchat snaps up $50 millionUSA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Snapchat has snagged $50 million in funding for its wildly popular photo- and video-based text messaging service. Venice, Calif.-based Snapchat on Wednesday…

Seattle agrees to 1-year deal with Corey Hart – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSEATTLE (AP) — Corey Hart and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a one-year contract, putting another slugger in a lineup that’s already added Robinson Cano this offseason.…

‘We became a friend of the nation’ – Mandela’s impact on SA’s police – BBC News

BBC NewsSouth Africa’s former police commissioner has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela’s contribution in helping to rebuild the country’s police force. George Fivaz was appointed by Mr Mandela to transform…

Andrew McCutchen proposes to his girlfriend on Ellen – USA TODAY

USA TODAYEMAIL. Pirates center fielder and NL MVP Andrew McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend, Maria, on Ellen on Wednesday. McCutchen is pretty much awesome at everything, so it’s no surprise…

Doc Rivers returns to the Celtics team he admits he walked out on – USA TODAY

USA TODAY“Well I’m sure there will be some, because they were booing when I coached,” the Los Angeles Clippers coach told news reporters this morning. Rivers, who coached the Boston…

Steam Machine prototypes shipping this week for 300 lucky beta testers – GameSpot

GameSpotSteam Machine prototypes shipping this week for 300 lucky beta testers. 300 Valve-produced systems and controllers leaving the factory on Friday; participants will be notified today at 2 p.m. PDT.…

Behati Prinsloo: Adam Levine Blew Kisses At Victoria’s Secret Fiancee At Show – Hollywood Life

Hollywood LifeAs 2013′s ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ Adam certainly couldn’t have found a more perfect fiancee than the stunningly sexy Victoria’s Secret Angel, Behati! And he made sure to really show…

Steel statue honoring Mandela to be unveiled – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPRETORIA, South Africa — Just a short downhill walk from where Nelson Mandela’s body rests for a final public viewing, a new steel statue is about to rise in…

NSA director defends surveillance programs as necessary – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander said Wednesday that “there isn’t a better way” to help defend the country from potential terror threats than the ongoing and…

UPDATE 1-Microsoft says Xbox One global sales top 2 million – Reuters

ReutersBy Malathi Nayak. SAN FRANCISCO Dec 11 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sold more than 2 million Xbox One video game consoles since its Nov. 22 launch, catching up with…

’12 Years a Slave’ leads SAG Awards movie nods – USA TODAY

USA TODAYLOS ANGELES — 12 Years a Slave, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and August: Osage County struck first Wednesday in Hollywood’s three-month awards campaign, scoring multiple Screen…

Hey 300 Steam Machine Beta Winners, Valve’s Shipping Your Systems on Friday – TIME

TIMEHappy holidays, lucky beta participants, your living-room-PCs-of-the-future are nearly here. By Matt Peckham @mattpeckhamDec. 11, 20130. Share. Read Later. Send to Kindle. valve-steam-machines. Valve. Email

Amazon launches grocery business in San Francisco – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com launched its grocery delivery business, AmazonFresh, in San Francisco Wednesday as the world’s largest Internet retailer expands further into the giant consumer packaged goods sector.…

Mack’s firing is no joke, but Horns’ handling of coaching switch sure is – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comHell, Texas firing its football coach already has been a hoot, comedy masquerading as drama and put on by a bunch of middle-schoolers. It’s a farce and it will become…

Phil Matier: Few Recruits For Oakland Police Lateral Academy – CBS Local

Phil Matier: Few Recruits For Oakland Police Lateral AcademyCBS LocalOAKLAND (KCBS)— The Oakland Police Department started a new lateral academy Tuesday designed to help rebuild its understaffed force. While city…

Toasting The Port Bar In 2014-New LGBT Bar Oakland’s Uptown

We are so pleased that so many folks have come out and supported our crowd fund effort to open a 7 day a week LGBT focused bar in Oakland’s hot…

What Chevron and SAC Chief Steve Cohen’s Ex-Wife Have in Common – Businessweek

What Chevron and SAC Chief Steve Cohen’s Ex-Wife Have in CommonBusinessweekThe Second Circuit did not rule on the merits, but it did say that Patricia Cohen validly asserted claims that…

Syria crisis: UK suspends non-lethal aid for rebels – BBC News

BBC NewsThe United Kingdom has joined the US in suspending aid for the opposition in northern Syria, the UK’s minister for the Middle East says. Hugh Robertson told the BBC…

The Obamas and the prime minister: Insulting catfight insinuations – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesIt’s nearly 2014 and here’s where we are in the gender wars: A woman prime minister talking to a male president is presumed to be flirting, and he…

Pope gets nod over Miley Cyrus for ‘Person of the Year’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCalling him “The People’s Pope,” Time magazine on Wednesday named Pope Francis its Person of the Year. “For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets,…

Breakdown: How Hibbert, Pacers bruised their way to win over Miami – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comWhen the Triad formed for the Miami Heat in 2010, there was an immediate basketball reaction. Beyond the talk of teaming up and heart and guts and whatever, the question…

CES 2014: Social Media Command Center Connects Vegas – Crave Online

Crave OnlineThe Social Media Command Center at the 2014 CES will be powered by FleishmanHillard’s black box, “an interactive, portable, human-powered technology platform that integrates business data — including traditional,…

Drake’s Bay Video Shows Oyster Farm Business Builled By Feds

Drakes Bay Oyster Company, as of this writing, is still open, and fighting a tough legal battle to close it, and all because the Federal Department Of The Interior under…

Sales of Xbox One top 2 million – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMicrosoft says it has sold more than 2 million Xbox One video game consoles worldwide since launching last month, as it attempts to keep up with rival Sony and…

Kim Kardashian flaunts post-baby bod in bikini – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSlimmed-down figure. Check. Famous curves. Check. White bikini. Oh, yes. Haters put in place? Kim Kardashian, who endured some serious snark during her pregnancy for her weight, is proudly…

Boise State hires Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBoise State has hired Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin, a person with knowledge tells USA TODAY Sports. Harsin, 37, went 7-5 last season in his first year as a…

Nelson Mandela’s casket goes on public view – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPRETORIA, South Africa — Thousands of people waited in long lines Wednesday to pay their respects to South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, whose body arrived in the country’s…

Pope Francis, The Choice – TIME

TIMEWith a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience. Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is TIME’s choice for Person…

Dell Chromebook 11 Gives Students and Teachers Affordable, Easy Access to … – Broadway World

Broadway WorldDell Chromebook 11 Gives Students and Teachers Affordable, Easy Access to Technology at School and Dell today announced the expansion of its robust portfolio of next generation learning solutions…

Pacers links: There’s no more denying rivalry with Heat – Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis StarPacers center Roy Hibbert celebrates a play in the second half of their 90-84 win over Miami Dec. 10, 2013 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Photo: Matt Kryger / The…

Tila Tequila Is Apparently a Nazi Now? – NewsOK.com

NewsOK.comIt appears Tila Tequila recently decided to convert to Nazism. The reality star has posted a number of questionable pictures on her Facebook page, including one (apparently since removed) of…

Danica Patrick reveals ‘secret’ country music album at 2013 American Country … – Fox News

Fox NewsCountry music’s biggest stars cleaned up the Sin City with some down-home entertainment at last night’s 4th annual American Country Awards (ACA) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino…