Adrian Peterson’s rushing record not Vikings’ ‘focus’

Adrian Peterson’s quest for the single-season NFL rushing record has overshadowed the Minnesota Vikings turning around their wayward season over the last two weeks. Back-to-back wins over the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams puts the Vikings at 8-6 and right in the middle of the wild-card race.

No matter what happens the rest of the way, the Vikings’ season should be viewed as a success. But Christian Ponder says Peterson’s record is not the goal.

“That is not really our focus,” Ponder told “NFL AM” on Thursday. “Obviously our focus is to keep our wild-card spot that we have right now and making the playoffs is our No. 1 goal. But we obviously really want Adrian to get that record and we are going to keep handing the ball off to him and if he keeps doing what he’s doing, especially the past eight games, then hopefully he’ll achieve that record.

“I think it’s important for him and it’s important for us, for him to get that.”

Brooks: Adrian Peterson’s secret

The smart folks at Accuscore project Peterson to gain 268 yards over the final two weeks, which would leave him 26 yards short of the record. There is a lot of optimism Peterson can break the record, in part because the Houston Texans’ defense doesn’t look as stout as it used to.

Vick Ballard of the Indianapolis Colts kept getting to the edge against the Texans last week on the way to 105 yards (on only 18 carries). The New England Patriots ran for 130 yards the week before. Houston is 13th in the NFL in yards-per-carry allowed. The Green Bay Packers, the Vikings’ final regular-season opponent, also has an average run defense.

Getting Peterson the record might not be the Vikings’ primary focus, but there’s plenty of reason to think he’ll break it anyway.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Robert Griffin III expected to start for Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins expect Robert Griffin III to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, barring any setbacks, according to sources briefed on the rookie quarterback’s medical status.

Griffin was a full participant in practice Wednesday, and the Redskins feel confident he’ll be ready to go this weekend, but he’ll be evaluated Thursday and throughout the week because of the nature of his injury. With an lateral collateral ligament sprain, there can be swelling after physical activity.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, Griffin looked good to go.

“I was able to go through a full practice, so that was good,” Griffin said. “I feel good. It was exciting to get back out there and practice with everybody — get ready for the game.”

Griffin only participated in individual drills, and backup Kirk Cousins led the Redskins’ first-team offense through team drills.

Griffin said after Wednesday’s practice that his knee doesn’t feel weak or unstable, and that he has improved on a day-to-day basis. He added that if pressed, he believed he could’ve played last weekend.

“It is frustrating,” Griffin said. “Like I said, players play. I told them in the locker room when they told me that night, I would be upset. But once we step on the field, I was all for this team and all for Kirk. That’s the way you have to approach it. You don’t take those things to the field and try to become a cancer or a distraction to the team.”

Cousins said he’s preparing this week like he has during other weeks, though the obvious difference is there: Last week, he was be readied to start, and this week, that looks less likely.

The fourth-round draft pick also understands the chance that was presented to him as he tries to become an NFL starter, somewhere.

“I view every opportunity I get as a chance to sell myself to these coaches here in D.C. and to 31 other coaches, 31 other teams,” Cousins said. “That doesn’t just mean a regular-season game. That’s a preseason game, that’s practice reps, but every opportunity I get, I want to be full prepared for those moments when they come.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was non-committal on who’d start during his Wednesday news conference. But afterward, he emphasized that he feels confident with either guy and the system’s malleability to move from one quarterback to the other seamlessly.

“That’s our system,” Shanahan told NFL.com. “We have the ability to go a number of different ways. You just got to put together a game plan that best fits each guy.”

Follow Albert Breer on Twitter @AlbertBreer.

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Daly tells HNIC Radio there will be an NHL season

Deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly appeared on HNIC Radio Wednesday, and when pressed for a “yes” or “no” answer if there would be a 2012-13 season, responded in the affirmative.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, meanwhile, spoke to reporters for about 10 minutes in Toronto ahead of a players’ association game involving the likes of Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and Phil Kessel.

When asked about Daly’s qualified prediction the NHL will resume this season: “That’s good news. I hope he’s right. I certainly hope he’s right. That’s the players’ goal, that’s what we want to try and do.”

The seemingly optimistic Daly statement is tempered by the fact that there are currently no scheduled plans for the league and the players’ association to meet again to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement and end the protracted impasse.

“There does need to be a reason to meet,” Daly said. “Given, I guess, where we are, somebody has to have a new idea, or something new to put on the table, to move the process along.”

The back-and-forth came on the 95th day of the lockout. So far, a total of 526 regular season games have been cancelled, up to Dec. 30.

Daly also said he expected more game cancellations to be announced this week, and allowed that there’s not much time left to salvage a season, which will likely not be less than 48 games, also the amount played in the shortened 1994-95 season.

Disclaimer voting until Thursday

“I don’t think setting an absolute [drop dead] date serves a purpose [in negotiations] at this point, but certainly everybody knows the neighbourhood we’re talking about,” he said.

The players are this week in the process of voting on whether they would like to file a so-called disclaimer of interest, which would grant the players’ association’s executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of the inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league.

The voting will continue until Thursday, with the board reportedly having until Jan. 2 to file a disclaimer.

Fehr refused to engage any hypothetical questions as to how the process would play out if the players file a disclaimer, deeming it “an internal matter.”

The NHL has deemed its lockout legal and that any disclaimer of interest would be a ploy and not bona fide, and are pursuing a ruling on that legality through both the U.S. Federal Court and the National Labor Relations Board.

The players associations for both the NBA and NFL filed disclaimers as a result of their 2011 lockouts. While those disputes ended not long after those developments, sports law experts caution that it’s not necessarily a predictor of more conciliatory behaviour in labour disputes. In fact, it could lead to a spate of lawsuits and even more long-term damage to the sport.

There has been considerable damage already, according to recent market research surveys and in the opinion of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was asked about the lockout in a French television interview on Tuesday.

Fehr acknowledged as much to reporters.

“Any time you are preventing the fans from watching the sport they dearly love, which provides the business that we’re all involved in, that’s not a good thing,” Fehr said. “It needs to be ended as soon as possible. We certainly hope we can do that. We certainly want to tell the fans we’re doing everything we can to do it.”

With files from The Associated Press

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UFC on FOX 5′s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8′s main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and featherweights Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and top contender Nate Diaz.

Although FUEL TV carried past UFC on FOX prelims, they now head to the bigger FX. Other bouts part of next week’s three-hour broadcast, which follows additional prelims on Facebook, include heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 15″ lightweight winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), “TUF 13″ runner-up Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Joe Proctor (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and lightweights Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
  • Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Mike Easton)

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel — Fetch My Butt Washer!

Victoria’s Secret Angel
Fetch My Butt Washer!

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Got a little sand on your perfectly-toned butt? No problem. Just ring that little bell and your loyal butt-washing attendant will be right over … carrying a gleaming silver pail filled with Fiji water just to de-sand your perky cheeks.

Just one requirement: you must be Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel … who proudly showed off the ridiculous ass-splashing service she got during a recent photo shoot in St. Barths.

FYI — we were joking about the Fiji part … but La Toya wasn’t.

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Brooke Mueller Out of ‘Rehab’

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Out of ‘Rehab’

EXCLUSIVE

1217_brooke_mueller_tmz_articleBrooke Mueller is out of “rehab” in record time … TMZ has learned.

Brooke spent 6 days for her addiction to Adderall … which sent her off the rails.  It’s the 19th time Brooke has been in rehab, so she clearly has a problem.

Sources say her mission this time around was to detox, which can certainly resolve immediate addiction issues, but such a short stay does not deal with underlying problems.  Brooke does, however, have ongoing psychological outpatient treatment.  She says she’s feeling much better.

As for her twins, we’ve learned they’re back in her custody.  As we first reported, Brooke gave Bob and Max to Denise RichardsCharlie Sheen‘s second ex — to care for them while she was detoxing, but Brooke went nuclear when Denise asked if she could take the kids to Charlie’s XMAS party.  Brooke’s mom picked the kids up the next day.

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Russell: Power and influence in Canadian sport

CBC Sports is about to reveal its Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport on Sports Weekend this Saturday. The way I see it, there aren’t enough athletes on the list.

CBC Sports is about to reveal its Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport on Sports Weekend this Saturday. The way I see it, there aren’t enough athletes on the list.

At the top, you’ll find the NHL commissioner. But there’s a union organizer right behind him and a professional baseball executive, too. The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee is front and centre as are the men in the boardrooms of the CFL. Meantime, only three bonafide athletes made the cut, according to our editorial board.

That’s because power and influence in sport have, for too long, been defined by what happens on the sidelines.
 
It’s evident that money talks and those who have the power to spend it on salaries or dole it out to various national athletes and teams carry the big stick. This has become a widely accepted notion, that sport is nothing if not business.

That’s why you tend to find administrators, media moguls and major corporate sponsors on these kinds of lists. Those who pull the strings behind the scenes have a major influence on what the fans eventually see and how sport is presented.

According to this formula, those who patronize sport have little to no power. Do the power brokers pulling the strings during the NHL lockout fiasco really care about the consumer? It’s obvious that they don’t. They assume that rabid hockey fans will rush back to arenas when play resumes.

In Canada, they may be right. South of the border, in some of the swing states of hockey, well, they just might be looking at an entirely different animal.

So where does all of this leave the stars of sport themselves, the athletes? Ultimately, who has the power to create an iconic sporting moment like Lou Marsh Award winner Christine Sinclair did when she almost singlehandedly put soccer on the map in this country at the London Olympics? The answer is precious few Canadians.

Listen to how the man in charge of the Canadian Soccer Association described Sinclair’s affect on sport. 

“That award is a tribute to Christine and her teammates and all they’ve done in both our national and international sporting communities in 2012,” said Peter Montopoli, the CSA’s general secretary.

In Halifax, there is further proof of Sinclair’s influence. Soccer clinics sold out immediately once parents became aware Sinclair would be there to teach their kids.

“The enthusiasm of parents trying to get the kids into the camp, I don’t know how to describe it to you,” George Athanasiou of Soccer Nova Scotia told the National Post. “Plenty of people were begging for us to put them into the camp.”

Now that’s real influence in sport — the power to motivate young people and make them want to play. 

Further to that, who’s been a bigger game changer in hockey than Sidney Crosby? Who sells as many sweaters with his/her name on the back?  When Crosby plays, fans get excited and come to watch.

And who’s a better role model than the indomitable speed skater/cyclist Clara Hughes? Very few people can inspire Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life as she can. The same can be said of Milos Raonic, who has sparked a Canadian tennis revival because of his dramatic rise in the world rankings. 

Georges St. Pierre has turned a nation on to UFC and become a champion to millions with his victorious return from injury and to the top of a vicious and uncompromising sport.

Once quarterback Ricky Ray arrived in Toronto, the lamentable Argonauts thought of and then won the 100th Grey Cup in their hometown and captured the imagination of the country’s largest and most diverse city.

The point is this: athletes have the ultimate influence by virtue of their performances.

Only the athletes have the power to compete and to win or lose. They send the message. They deliver on the promise. They are the reason the fans watch. Real power in sport only exists because of what transpires on the field of play.

What’s On CBC Sports Weekend

CBC Sports Weekend is on the air at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday.

Cross Country World Cup action comes to Canmore, Alta., with the Canadian men led by trailblazers Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw. Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford, a Canmore native, is the last Canadian to win on the course in 2008 and is back competing on home snow for the first time in three seasons.

In Europe, the Canadian Cowboys saddle up for a World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy. They’re led by reigning world champion Erik Guay, who has looked sharp in training. But they’ll have to deal with Norwegian ace Aksel Lund Svindal, who won Friday’s super-G by a wide margin.

Plus, our Big Picture panel featuring Jenn Heil, Perdita Felicien and Jonathon Gatehouse of Maclean’s magazine tackles the subject of power and influence in sport as CBC Sports reveals it’s Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport.

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Russell: Power and influence in Canadian sport

CBC Sports is about to reveal its Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport on Sports Weekend this Saturday. The way I see it, there aren’t enough athletes on the list.

CBC Sports is about to reveal its Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport on Sports Weekend this Saturday. The way I see it, there aren’t enough athletes on the list.

At the top, you’ll find the NHL commissioner. But there’s a union organizer right behind him and a professional baseball executive, too. The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee is front and centre as are the men in the boardrooms of the CFL. Meantime, only three bonafide athletes made the cut, according to our editorial board.

That’s because power and influence in sport have, for too long, been defined by what happens on the sidelines.
 
It’s evident that money talks and those who have the power to spend it on salaries or dole it out to various national athletes and teams carry the big stick. This has become a widely accepted notion, that sport is nothing if not business.

That’s why you tend to find administrators, media moguls and major corporate sponsors on these kinds of lists. Those who pull the strings behind the scenes have a major influence on what the fans eventually see and how sport is presented.

According to this formula, those who patronize sport have little to no power. Do the power brokers pulling the strings during the NHL lockout fiasco really care about the consumer? It’s obvious that they don’t. They assume that rabid hockey fans will rush back to arenas when play resumes.

In Canada, they may be right. South of the border, in some of the swing states of hockey, well, they just might be looking at an entirely different animal.

So where does all of this leave the stars of sport themselves, the athletes? Ultimately, who has the power to create an iconic sporting moment like Lou Marsh Award winner Christine Sinclair did when she almost singlehandedly put soccer on the map in this country at the London Olympics? The answer is precious few Canadians.

Listen to how the man in charge of the Canadian Soccer Association described Sinclair’s affect on sport. 

“That award is a tribute to Christine and her teammates and all they’ve done in both our national and international sporting communities in 2012,” said Peter Montopoli, the CSA’s general secretary.

In Halifax, there is further proof of Sinclair’s influence. Soccer clinics sold out immediately once parents became aware Sinclair would be there to teach their kids.

“The enthusiasm of parents trying to get the kids into the camp, I don’t know how to describe it to you,” George Athanasiou of Soccer Nova Scotia told the National Post. “Plenty of people were begging for us to put them into the camp.”

Now that’s real influence in sport — the power to motivate young people and make them want to play. 

Further to that, who’s been a bigger game changer in hockey than Sidney Crosby? Who sells as many sweaters with his/her name on the back?  When Crosby plays, fans get excited and come to watch.

And who’s a better role model than the indomitable speed skater/cyclist Clara Hughes? Very few people can inspire Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life as she can. The same can be said of Milos Raonic, who has sparked a Canadian tennis revival because of his dramatic rise in the world rankings. 

Georges St. Pierre has turned a nation on to UFC and become a champion to millions with his victorious return from injury and to the top of a vicious and uncompromising sport.

Once quarterback Ricky Ray arrived in Toronto, the lamentable Argonauts thought of and then won the 100th Grey Cup in their hometown and captured the imagination of the country’s largest and most diverse city.

The point is this: athletes have the ultimate influence by virtue of their performances.

Only the athletes have the power to compete and to win or lose. They send the message. They deliver on the promise. They are the reason the fans watch. Real power in sport only exists because of what transpires on the field of play.

What’s On CBC Sports Weekend

CBC Sports Weekend is on the air at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday.

Cross Country World Cup action comes to Canmore, Alta., with the Canadian men led by trailblazers Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw. Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford, a Canmore native, is the last Canadian to win on the course in 2008 and is back competing on home snow for the first time in three seasons.

In Europe, the Canadian Cowboys saddle up for a World Cup downhill at Val Gardena, Italy. They’re led by reigning world champion Erik Guay, who has looked sharp in training. But they’ll have to deal with Norwegian ace Aksel Lund Svindal, who won Friday’s super-G by a wide margin.

Plus, our Big Picture panel featuring Jenn Heil, Perdita Felicien and Jonathon Gatehouse of Maclean’s magazine tackles the subject of power and influence in sport as CBC Sports reveals it’s Top 10 most influential people in Canadian sport.

Back to accessibility links

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Jessica Biel Takes the Dogs for a Saturday Morning Stroll

Posted Saturday December 15, 2012 4:20 PM GMT

Taking her furry friends out for a long morning walk, Jessica Biel was spotted in New York City on Saturday morning (December 15).

The “Total Recall” star was bundled up in a blue parka and skinny jeans, while Tina and her boxer packmate flanked her.

Recently, the 30-year-old actress talked to Elle magazine about married life with Justin Timberlake.

She explains what being married means, saying, “It means always having someone there to open the pickle jar. Someone to change a lightbulb. Someone to take out the garbage. To share the ups and downs with, have adventures with. Someone to go swimming naked with. That kind of thing.”

Enjoy the pictures of Jessica Biel walking her dogs in New York City (December 15).

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UFC on FOX 5′s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8′s main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and featherweights Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and top contender Nate Diaz.

Although FUEL TV carried past UFC on FOX prelims, they now head to the bigger FX. Other bouts part of next week’s three-hour broadcast, which follows additional prelims on Facebook, include heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 15″ lightweight winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), “TUF 13″ runner-up Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Joe Proctor (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and lightweights Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
  • Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Mike Easton)

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Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy

Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson’s only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he’s capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

“I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we’ll see how it goes,” he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday’s Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card, including Ronson’s feet, aired on AXS TV.

One judge scored the lopsided fight 30-25 in favor of Ronson, a native of nearby London, Ontario. The crowd, including 75 of his friends and family, chanted “UFC” during the action.

Ronson, though, snickered at the thought of a UFC offer on his desk.

“I didn’t know they came that soon,” he joked. “Was I supposed to get it on Saturday?”

The 26-year-old has had far more time to win over his training partners at London’s Adrenaline Training Center, which Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki and Mark Hominick founded. An endorsement from the Canadian MMA stars won him the representation of agent Rob Roveta.

“They’re pulling for me,” Ronson said. “We’ll see if I get that call.”

The resources at Ronson’s disposal were considerably smaller in his early career. He trained at a kickboxing academy in London and had few grappling partners.

“I would do jiu-jitsu with the guys that were there,” he said, “with guys that didn’t know what jiu-jitsu was, and I was fighting MMA.”

That changed when Ronson joined Adrenaline in September 2010. Although he went 1-2 in his next three outings, including an eye-opening loss to the well-rounded Mike Ricci of “The Ultimate Fighter 16″ fame, he has won his past seven fights.

And Healy, who’s brother is current Strikeforce contender Pat Healy, couldn’t keep the fight on the mat to ground and pound him.

Although satisfied with his win, Ronson expressed frustration at being unable to finish his opponent, who took no fewer than three head kicks in the waining minute of the third and final round.

“I was just upset because I think I landed six or seven clean ones with my power leg and two or three with my lead leg, and I was like, ‘This guy has to go down from one of these,’” Ronson said. “So I threw the one and he wobbled, so I’m like, ‘One more and he’s going down.’ I hit him with the second one, and he didn’t go down. The more he didn’t go down, the more I wanted to hurt him and try to knock him out.”

The knockout didn’t come, but Ronson certainly made a statement about his abilities.

If the UFC comes calling, he said he’d like to fight in February. But in reality, any time will do.

“If they call me and say, ‘Do you want to fight this guy,’ I’m not going to say no,” Ronson said.

For more on Score Fighting Series 7, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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“Freeloaders” Clip Released Featuring Olivia Munn: Watch Here!

Posted Friday December 14, 2012 8:46 PM GMT

In anticipation of its release in January, a new clip from “Freeloaders” was released on Wednesday (December 12).

The comedy from the producers of “Super Troopers” follows a group of slackers who are living for free in a rock star’s mansion who find their sweet lives threatened when the musician decides to sell his pad.

Available now on VOD, the flick stars Olivia Munn, Josh Lawson, Dave Foley, Jane Seymour, Nat Faxon, Denise Richards, Zoe Boyle, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Sussman, Warren Hutchinson, and Brit Morgan.

In the clip, Olivia’s character Amy chastizes Josh Lawson’s character about taking advantage of their friend’s generosity. Check it out in the player below.

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Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy

Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson’s only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he’s capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

“I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we’ll see how it goes,” he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday’s Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card, including Ronson’s feet, aired on AXS TV.

One judge scored the lopsided fight 30-25 in favor of Ronson, a native of nearby London, Ontario. The crowd, including 75 of his friends and family, chanted “UFC” during the action.

Ronson, though, snickered at the thought of a UFC offer on his desk.

“I didn’t know they came that soon,” he joked. “Was I supposed to get it on Saturday?”

The 26-year-old has had far more time to win over his training partners at London’s Adrenaline Training Center, which Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki and Mark Hominick founded. An endorsement from the Canadian MMA stars won him the representation of agent Rob Roveta.

“They’re pulling for me,” Ronson said. “We’ll see if I get that call.”

The resources at Ronson’s disposal were considerably smaller in his early career. He trained at a kickboxing academy in London and had few grappling partners.

“I would do jiu-jitsu with the guys that were there,” he said, “with guys that didn’t know what jiu-jitsu was, and I was fighting MMA.”

That changed when Ronson joined Adrenaline in September 2010. Although he went 1-2 in his next three outings, including an eye-opening loss to the well-rounded Mike Ricci of “The Ultimate Fighter 16″ fame, he has won his past seven fights.

And Healy, who’s brother is current Strikeforce contender Pat Healy, couldn’t keep the fight on the mat to ground and pound him.

Although satisfied with his win, Ronson expressed frustration at being unable to finish his opponent, who took no fewer than three head kicks in the waining minute of the third and final round.

“I was just upset because I think I landed six or seven clean ones with my power leg and two or three with my lead leg, and I was like, ‘This guy has to go down from one of these,’” Ronson said. “So I threw the one and he wobbled, so I’m like, ‘One more and he’s going down.’ I hit him with the second one, and he didn’t go down. The more he didn’t go down, the more I wanted to hurt him and try to knock him out.”

The knockout didn’t come, but Ronson certainly made a statement about his abilities.

If the UFC comes calling, he said he’d like to fight in February. But in reality, any time will do.

“If they call me and say, ‘Do you want to fight this guy,’ I’m not going to say no,” Ronson said.

For more on Score Fighting Series 7, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler has sprained MCL, report says

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler apparently has a lot more to worry about than just a neck injury.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports Cutler has a sprained MCL in his knee. The Bears list Cutler on the injury report with neck and knee injuries. He’s expected to fully participate in Friday’s practice and start in Sunday’s big game against the Green Bay Packers.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he wasn’t worried about Cutler’s mobility, but it’s notable the team did not mention his knee injury when he was knocked out of last week’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The team only said that Cutler hurt his neck.

Cutler famously was knocked out of the NFC Championship game against the Packers in 2011 by a sprained MCL, but Biggs reports this injury is not as serious.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian: Lovey-Dovey Lunch Date

Posted Thursday December 13, 2012 9:17 PM GMT

Appearing happy and very much in love, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian left the Riviera restaurant in Calabasas, California on Thursday (December 13).

The country crooner clung to her man in a black top, gray leggings, and black boots while Eddie was casually dressed in a red T-shirt and jeans.

On Wednesday, the 30-year-old star attended the NOH8 Campaign event in Hollywood where she had an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. As she arrived with her husband, her right nip slipped out of her low-cut top.

However, Leann is not alone in her misery. Her embarrassing faux pas comes just two days after Anne Hathaway’s underwear-less flashing incident at New York’s “Les Mis” premiere.

Enjoy the pictures of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian leaving the Riviera restaurant in Calabasas, California (December 13).

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