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Jaguars’ Mularkey unaware of any Tebow trade talks (Yahoo! Sports)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are back in the middle of Tim Tebow talks again.

Though this time, they say the reports are not true.

A local television station reported that the Jaguars and the New York Jets were talking about a trade involving the popular quarterback.

The report by Action News in Jacksonville sounded plausible since the Jaguars tried to acquire Tebow in March. But Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says there’s no truth to the report of ongoing talks between the Jets and the Jaguars.

Mularkey said Wednesday there are no discussions ”that I am aware of.”

Tebow, the former Florida Gators star, has completed 2 of 3 passes for 32 yards with the Jets as Mark Sanchez’s backup this season. Tebow also has eight carries for 23 yards.


Rapper Ice- T’s wife, CoCo gives viewers a boob tease in Hurricane Sandy storm! (video)

Some people are just BLESSED. Rapper Ice- T is one of them. Look at who he’s married to. CoCo! It’s like going to a museum to see a work of art, but there’s one restriction. You can look but you can’t touch. However, as she was giving what it seems like a balcony interview of Hurricane Sandy from her New Jersey home (one of them), you’d want to reach out and grab her, just to call it PROTECTION.

Check out this video of CoCo giving a video interview from her balcony at her New Jersey home.


QB Vick still starter for struggling Eagles (Yahoo! Sports)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick will remain the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Andy Reid announced the decision on Wednesday. The Eagles are off and Reid and Vick are not scheduled to address the media again until Thursday.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three straight games.

Reid didn’t endorse Vick after Sunday’s 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he’s going to evaluate all his starters. Vick then said he would support whatever decision Reid makes.

That led to speculation Vick’s days were numbered. But Reid is sticking with Vick over unproven rookie Nick Foles as of now.


Did Cee-Lo Green bring out his ‘Closet Freak’? Accused of sexual assault!

No No, this can’t be true. Cee-Lo Green? ATL.’s own. My hometown O.G. of the Goodie Mob? Well, here’s the story. An incident occurred in Los Angeles, California perhaps at a downtown LA restaurant to which Cee-Lo, real name Thomas DeCarlo Calloway was accused of sexual assault. But despite the accusation, Green has confessed his innocence.

Cee Lo tells TMZ he categorically denies ANY wrongdoing. In fact, the singer says he hasn’t been to the restaurant in question in 3 months … and insists, “Nothing ever happened there or anywhere else.” We also spoke with a source who is constantly with Cee Lo … who tells us, “I have never seen Cee Lo act in a physical way toward anybody.” The investigation is in its infancy … no charges have been filed and the case has not been referred to prosecutors. (TMZ)

Shouts out to Cee-Lo Green. MartaCard Report and the ATL stand behind you man.


Lil Wayne Scolded In Court After No Show Appearance

Recovering MC Lil Wayne has a new set of problems on his hands. The YMCMB flagship artist was reprimanded following his absence during a court appearance when video from a previous deposition took center stage in court.

The judge overseeing his lawsuit against Quincy Jones III scolded the Young Money boss for his behavior in video depositions.

Wayne’s lawyer informed the judge that the deposition tapes will be played for the jury in his client’s absence. The tapes show the “A Milli” MC brushing off questions from attorney Pete Ross with taunts and repeatedly defiant answers to questions.

In the video, Wayne tells his lawyer, “Pete Ross, that’s a stupid ass question,” after the counselor asks the rapper to verify that he’d given an interview with Katie Couric. When Ross asks if he remembered his 2010 stint on Rikers Island, Wayne glibly replies, “I don’t know.” With each question, Wayne grows visibly more irritated with Ross, ultimately issuing a vague threat by the end of the video.

The tapes, released by TMZ last month, inspired thousands of responses on Twitter to Wayne’s “hilarious” deposition. The judge was not laughing, however, saying the Young Money CEO is shown displaying “unreasonable conduct in the deposition” and “irresponsible behavior.”

The rapper, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is suing Jones over what he called the director’s “scandalous portrayal” of him in “The Carter,” a 2009 documentary about the multiplatinum spitter’s life. Wayne is also suing over the alleged unauthorized use of his music for the film.

Weezy suffered a medical emergency while flying on his private jet Thursday and was hospitalized briefly after his plane made an emergency landing in Texas. His rep issued a statement that the rapper had been successfully treated for a severe migraine and dehydration, refuting earlier reports that he had suffered a seizure. TMZ reported that he suffered a second seizure, but reps also denied that to MTV News. Wayne took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that he was all good and thanked everyone for their prayers. Wayne is currently recovering at his mother’s home in Louisiana.


Fisher says Rams won’t trade running back (Yahoo! Sports)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams say running back Steven Jackson is not available in a trade.

Coach Jeff Fisher did his best to quash persistent rumors, saying Tuesday that the Rams aren’t shopping Jackson and have not been getting calls about him, either.

”The Steven Jackson rumors are rumors,” Fisher said. ”He’s our running back and we’re not calling around, nor are we getting calls for that matter.

”Put that to rest.”

Jackson, who entered the season with a franchise-record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, is sharing carries on an extensive basis for the first time in his career.

Jackson is 11th in the NFC with 403 yards on 108 carries with a 3.7-yard average and one touchdown and rookie Daryl Richardson is 12th in the conference with 335 yards and a 5.4-yard average.

Richardson, a seventh-round pick out of Abilene Christian, jumped ahead of second-rounder Isaiah Pead in training camp.

Fisher also said that rookie defensive back Matt Daniels was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury sustained in the Rams’ 45-7 loss to the Patriots in London on Sunday.

Daniels made the team as an undrafted free agent and played on special teams in four games.

The Rams (3-5) have a bye this week and will practice Wednesday and Thursday before getting four days off. They return to action Nov. 11 at San Francisco.

Fisher said the practices this week will emphasize opportunistic play.

”We have a lot of work to do in all areas halfway through the season,” Fisher said. ”Right now we’re not scoring touchdowns and we’re not getting takeaways, and that’s going to be our focus during the bye week.”

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The Newest Addition to the MartaCard Family – Danasia Fantastic

Danasia Fantastic

Hello MartaCard Report Readers!

My name is Danasia Fantastic and I am the newest member of the MartaCard Report Family! Each week I will be bringing you the latest entertainment news and celebrity gossip! I’m so excited to be involved with www.martacard.com and I look forward to connecting with you all!


Jam Master Jay Remembered 10 Years Later By Best Friend Shake

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[MTV News takes a look back at Jam Master Jays murder five years ago]

Hip-Hop icon Jam Master Jay was unfortunately gunned down 10 years ago today. Jay and one of his studio pals were hanging out in his Jamaica studio playing XBOX video games when two gunmen burst into the second floor studio and fired on Jay killing him.

One of Jay’s closest friends, Eric “Shake” James, wants to keep the focus on all of the great things that the turntable legend born Jason Mizell did while he was here.

“I just want to focus on the positive stuff that Jay did and the way the music touched the people,” Shake told MTV News. “I know he was killed, so that will always be a part of it, but it was more to Jay than just being killed, you know what I’m saying? If you ever met this guy, he was like the greatest dude. He was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back and not ask for anything in return.

“I was running around the world with these dudes and I’m looking up at these bright lights and people screaming ‘Run DMC’ and going crazy and Jay never made me feel like a hanger-on type of dude. He was always introducing me to people,” he added. “Anybody that we were around, he introduced me to them. Even Tupac, that’s how I met Tupac. He was like, ‘This is my man Shake’ to Tupac. I swear running around with them was the greatest time of my life!”

Last month, the multi-platinum triumvirate from Hollis, Queens known for such crossover hits as “It’s Tricky,” and “Walk This Way,” reunited for the first time in more than a decade without Jam Master Jay to perform for thousands at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia.

“That was the greatest right there,” Shake told MTV News. “I’ve been waiting for that since the day they stopped touring. It’s kinda crazy because we were in Philly doing the rehearsals for Made in America and it was cool and it great but it was supposed to rain. It was cloudy and we going on at five and it was supposed to rain from three to nine or whatever. So it was the first show and I said to myself, ‘Man, Jay ain’t gonna let it rain.’ So we went on and performed and it didn’t rain until we got off the stage. That was incredible.”

The highlight of the performance, though, was JMJ’s two sons, Jason “Jam Master J’Son” Mizell Jr. and T.J. “Dasmatic” Mizell hitting the stage in a fitting tribute to their legendary father.

“That was incredible,” Shake told MTV News. “I be watching Dasmatic DJ and he already look like his father but when Jay used to really get busy, his bottom lip used to hang So as I was looking at Dasmatic DJ, I was like, ‘Oh, sh–, he look just like Jay’ and then I was like, ‘The only thing he missing is that bottom lip hanging’ and then while he was up there DJ’ing, that f—in’ bottom lip dropped and I was like, ‘oh sh–!'”

In a recent exposé on the still-unsolved murder case, NY Daily News reported that JMJ’s murder was likely the result of a decade-old drug debt owed to former friend Curtis Scoon. The story further alleged that Ronald Washington was either the lookout or the gunman in the slaying. Shake, who is despondent that there is still no justice for his friend, doesn’t have any new information about the ongoing investigation of the case.

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Smith almost perfect, 49ers flatten Arizona 24-3 (Yahoo! Sports)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Three touchdown passes, one incomplete pass.

Not a bad night for Alex Smith, and it could have been better, considering that the one incomplete pass was dropped by a wide-open receiver.

The San Francisco quarterback completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns – two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss – to help San Francisco flatten the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on Monday night.

”Eighteen of 19, I have never seen that,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. ”How important for your quarterback to play very well? It is very important and I don’t know how you play much better. It was a fantastic game by him.”

Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett could hardly believe what Smith had done.

”Everyone’s surprised. My 5-year-old son’s surprised,” Dockett said, ”but at the end of the day it wasn’t like he had to make the long perfect throws. He had some guys open and we missed some tackles and they made plays.”

Smith said he had no idea his stats were that good.

”Which is a good thing,” he said. ”I don’t want to think about my stats or incompletions or anything like that. I was kind of in a good rhythm, the whole offense was. ”

Smith has withstood more than his share of criticism he was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2005. He was not interested in calling this a statement performance.

”At this point I don’t care,” he said. ”if you ask me a few years ago, yeah maybe, but at this point I don’t really care. I am concerned about winning. The guys in the locker room know what I am about and that is what really matters.”

As for reports he had lost his confidence, Smith said, ”It was in my closet. I found it.”

Smith was 14 of 15 for 146 yards and two touchdowns, both to Crabtree, as the 49ers built a 17-0 halftime lead.

Moss caught a 47-yard TD pass, dodging tacklers down the sideline on a play that seemed to turn back the clock to the receiver’s prime. With the catch, he tied Terrell Owens for fourth on the NFL career touchdown list with 156.

Smith, who tied a career high with the three touchdown passes, spread out his completions to 10 receivers. Crabtree led the way with five catches for 72 yards.

Arizona’s defense, supposed to be the team’s strength, missed tackle after tackle in an embarrassing nationally televised performance at home. The 24 points were the most allowed by the Cardinals this season.

”This was a big test for us, and everyone saw how it went,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said. ”It was disappointing to say the least.”

Quarterback John Skelton called the loss ”embarrassing” and ”humiliating.”

Led by Smith’s near-perfect precision passing, the 49ers methodically dominated from the start. He had the best completion percentage of his career, and he would have been perfect had Delanie Walker not dropped the ball when he was wide open on a crossing route in the first half.

A 10-play, 77-yard drive that consumed just over 6 minutes of the first quarter put San Francisco up 7-0. On third-and-goal from the 3, Smith threw a sidelines pass to Crabtree, who outfought Patrick Peterson for the ball and the touchdown.

A flurry missed tackles, most notably an open-field whiff by Sam Acho, helped Ted Ginn Jr. return a punt 35 yards to the Arizona 45 in the second quarter. Daryl Washington sacked Smith to help set up a third-and-23 from the Arizona 46. But Smith found Crabtree over the middle for 22 yards, just a yard shy of the first down. David Akers’ 43 yard field goal made it 10-0 with 5:58 left in the half.

Crabtree beat Peterson again for San Francisco’s second touchdown. Smith threw over the middle to the receiver, who caught the ball, then fooled Peterson with an inside move into the end zone to make it 17-0 with 1:41 left in the half. The 49ers drove 68 yards in eight plays, again overcoming a sack, this one by Calais Campbell, that made it second-and-goal from the 16. Smith threw 7 yards to Mario Manningham to set up the TD toss to Crabtree.

The Cardinals were booed off the field by the home crowd at the half.

Things didn’t get any better for the home team in the third quarter. On third-and-9, Smith threw 30 yards to Crabtree, who evaded a host of tacklers. Then on third-and-8, Smith tossed a short pass to Moss, who sidestepped a series of would-be defenders all the way to the end zone, putting San Francisco ahead 24-0 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals averted a shutout with Jay Feely’s 28-yard field goal

John Skelton, making his second start since Kevin Kolb went down with rib injuries, completed 32 of 52 passes for 290 yards, often overthrowing receivers. The Cardinals rushed for just 7 yards in nine attempts against the 49ers, who entered the game as the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL, No. 2 against the run.

Arizona’s final possession ended when Larry Fitzgerald was stopped at the 1.

Notes: The roof was open at University of Phoenix Stadium, a rarity for Cardinals games. … San Francisco C Daniel Kilgore left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. … Washington had two sacks, giving him eight for the season. … In its two nationally televised night appearances this season, against St. Louis on a Thursday and San Francisco on Monday, Arizona was outscored 41-6. … The 49ers improved to 3-1 on the road, winning their last two away from home by a combined 55-3. … Only Jerry Rice (208), Emmitt Smith (175) and LaDainian Tomlinson (162) have more touchdowns than Moss. … Justin Smith had two of San Francisco’s four sacks. … The 49ers have a bye this week. The Cardinals are at Green Bay on Sunday.

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Jaden Smith Taps Pal Justin Bieber For ‘Love Me Like You Do’

By Georgette Pierre

Born into Hollywood royalty, Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, is literally following in his father’s footsteps. From acting (known for his role in “The Karate Kid”) to rapping, Jaden shows off a more vulnerable side in his latest song ‘Love Me Like You Do’. With a little vocal assistance from his buddy Justin Bieber, Jaden expresses his needs of wanting to me loved a certain way.

Who would’ve thought the 14-year-old had bars with lyrics like, “We can take the car to your apartment up the street, if you want to get it started ‘cause my heart is what you need. And it’s really up to you there baby girl and that’s for me. Put your hand up on waist and I’ll let you take the lead.”

But this isn’t the first time the 14-year-old showed his vulnerable side on wax. The young actor/rapper channeled Drake in a ‘Marvin’s Room’ type confessional on ‘Starry Room’, where he apologizes to all the women he dated for his past ways.

What do you think of Jaden’s lyrical ability on ‘Love Me Like You Do’?

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AP Sources: Vick still starter for Eagles (Yahoo! Sports)

Michael Vick remains the starting quarterback in Philadelphia, for now.

Three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night that coach Andy Reid hasn’t benched Vick.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because all announcements about the starting lineup come from Reid. The Eagles’ headquarters was closed Monday due to Superstorm Sandy, and there was no media availability.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three straight games.

Reid didn’t endorse Vick after Sunday’s 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he’s going to evaluate all his starters. Vick then said he would support whatever decision Reid makes.

That led to speculation Vick’s days were numbered. But Reid is sticking with Vick over unproven rookie Nick Foles as of now.

Reid has changed his mind on his starting quarterbacks in a 24-hour period before, reversing his call on Kevin Kolb and replacing him with Vick in 2010. It’s unlikely he would do it again and give Foles his first NFL snap on the road in a Monday night game against New Orleans (2-5) next week.

Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and guys who didn’t make a roster. Foles impressed coaches and teammates, and fans have been calling for him to start since Week 1.

Vick wasn’t the problem against the Falcons. The defense under new coordinator Todd Bowles allowed scores on the first six possessions, including touchdowns on the first three.

As for the offense, injuries to All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce have crippled the unit. Vick hasn’t had much time to throw and gets hit often. Playcalling isn’t helping, either. Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg have underused All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy in the past three losses.

Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on its final drive the first two games of the season. But he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles. He’s coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.

Benching Vick and turning the offense over to Foles could be a way to shake things up. It also could be interpreted as giving up on the season.

The Eagles still have time to turn things around and save Reid’s job. He’s already been told by owner Jeffrey Lurie that another 8-8 finish would be ”unacceptable.”

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Manning throws for 305 yards, Broncos top Saints (Yahoo! Sports)

DENVER (AP) — The dinged-up thumb. The New Orleans defense.

Neither came close to slowing down Peyton Manning on Sunday night.

Despite banging his throwing thumb on an opponent’s helmet in the second quarter, Manning passed for 305 yards and three scores, led a pair of 90-plus-yard touchdown drives and easily outplayed Drew Brees to lead the Denver Broncos to a 34-14 victory over the Saints.

Manning surpassed the 300-yard mark for the fifth straight time to match his personal best and set a franchise record for Denver (4-3). He completed 22 of 30 throws for a passer rating of 138.9. Willis McGahee ran for 122 yards and a score for the Broncos, who won two in a row for the first time this season and took sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

”It’s fine,” Manning said about his thumb. ”As a quarterback, your biggest fear is hitting your hand on the helmet of a defensive lineman. It’s mostly the nail. Might be sore tomorrow.”

The Broncos gained 530 yards – a season high – against the NFL’s worst defense. The Saints are the first team to allow 400 yards in seven straight games since 1950, which is as far back as STATS LLC can search its NFL database.

Coming in on a two-game winning streak of its own, New Orleans (2-5) was hoping to get a boost from the return of linebackers-turned-interim head coach Joe Vitt from his six-game suspension for the team’s bounty scandal. All he can do is stand on the sidelines, though, and linebacker Jonathan Vilma – another Saint implicated in the scandal – returned to the starting lineup, but he couldn’t plug the holes, either.

”I’ve got to do a better job of preparing our football team,” Vitt said. ”I’ve got to do a better job of getting the team ready physically, mentally and emotionally to play in a game like this. And quite frankly, there’s things I need to do better.”

The Broncos held Brees and the league’s top passing offense to 213 yards and two scores, the second marking the first points Denver has allowed in the fourth quarter since opening week.

Brees extended his record to 50 straight games with at least one touchdown pass. He also reached 301 career touchdown passes to climb past John Elway for sixth on the career list.

Small consolation on a night in which the Broncos’ defense looked almost as good as the offense.

”That was a very poor performance on our part,” Brees said. ”We were not able to sustain drives and we left our defense out there entirely too long. That was just very stale.”

The Saints converted only 1 of 12 third downs.

”This football team has been through a lot,” Vitt said. ”But it’s not an excuse for the way we played tonight. It’s not an excuse for dropped balls, missed tackles.”

Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard did extensive damage, finishing with 13 tackles, two pass breakups, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception, when Vitt chose to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Denver 47 early in the second quarter with the game tied at 7.

”They told me before the game they would keep me free to make plays,” Woodyard said.

Manning capitalized on Woodyard’s pick by leading Denver on a 56-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown, capped on a 13-yard pass to Eric Decker, who was all alone when Jabari Greer slipped. Decker celebrated by spiking the ball a good 10 rows into the stands.

A bit later, Manning followed through into a New Orleans player’s helmet while completing a 23-yard pass to Decker, leaving a trace of blood across the quarterback’s thumb. Manning handed off the next four plays and the Broncos settled for a field goal before halftime. But when Manning returned for the third quarter, he warmed up with no trouble and showed no signs of injury.

He then answered any questions by going 4 for 4 to start the third quarter, moving the Broncos 93 yards and capping it with a 1-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas for a 24-7 lead.

”I was really nervous at first but then I realized what a tough guy he is,” Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley said about Manning’s injury.

Thomas finished with seven catches for 137 yards. Decker also caught a 2-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter for a 31-7 lead. He finished with 43 yards receiving.

Denver’s first scoring drive opened at the 2 and began with four straight runs by McGahee for gains of 4, 12, 7 and 3. That set up play action and Manning hit Thomas for 41 yards. Five plays later, Manning dropped back, peaked through the crowded line and somehow picked out McGahee among all the big men clogging things up. That little flip screen was good for 14 yards and set up McGahee’s 1-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

After getting through the toughest part of their schedule and reaching the bye week at 3-3, the Broncos have only one opponent on the rest of the schedule that currently has a winning record (Baltimore). Too early to call them front-runners, though they certainly played like it against one of the league’s most beleaguered teams.

”I’m sure the coaches will find some mistakes on the film,” Manning said. ”But it was what we were looking for.”

Notes: The Broncos lost a fumble in their 12th straight game, the longest streak in the NFL since the Cardinals lost 18 straight in 1996-97. … Saints S Roman Harper left in the third quarter with a concussion. … Manning threw for 300 yards, three touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes for a record fourth straight game. … The lead blocker on McGahee’s 1-yard touchdown was DT Mitch Unrein. … The Saints fell to 2-8 lifetime against the Broncos.


Chinese man sues wife for giving birth to “ugly” baby, and WINS!

WOWWWWW. This is something else. That’s why you have to be careful about whom you choose to mate with for the rest of your life before tying the knot. Or should I say use wisdom before laying with that woman/man. One wrong decision could ruin the rest of your life. Ask this man in China who sued his wife for giving birth to what he considers to being an “ugly” baby. And guess what, he WON. Big too. The court awarded him 748,764.00 Chinese Yuan, which is equivalent to $120,000.00.

Upon the baby’s birth, Feng noticed that the baby was … ugly. So ugly, in fact, that Feng couldn’t believe that the little girl he was seeing came from the beautiful woman he married. He reportedly accused his wife of adultery, since the baby looked nothing like either of her parents. He insisted that his wife tell him who the real father of the ugly baby was.

The wife insisted that the baby did look like her. Or at least, what she used to look like.

Feng’s wife admitted to having over $100,000 worth of intensive plastic surgery before she met and married him. The surgery completely altered the way that she appeared. Obviously, her genes were passed on to her baby girl, but not the genes that Feng was expecting … or wanted.

Should the court have gotten involved in the matter or should this issue be between the husband and wife?

Part of this article is courtesy of www.inquisitr.com

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Meek Mill Recounts Journey To Dreams And Nightmares In Philly

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(Meek and friends rock Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia)

Meek Mill’s debut album Dreams and Nightmares is in stores Tuesday (October 30) and the Philly native had a chance to celebrate with his hometown during the annual Power 99’s Powerhouse Concert in Philadelphia on Friday night (October 26). He had some help from a few friends, including Rick Ross, Usher, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Trey Songz.

Fans who came out to enjoy the 30th annual show likely knew that they were in for a celebration. Early in the night, Miguel hit the stage performing tracks from his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, 2 Chainz got things rocking with hits like “Birthday Song,” and French Montana and Big Sean both hit the stage solo, with all intentions of returning later to help Meek and MMG close out the night with a bang.

When time rolled around for the Maybach Music takeover, Wale was the first to hit the stage performing fans favorites like “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Chain Music” from Ambition, but even then he started to prep the crowd for Meek, asking for separate “Dreams” and “Nightmares” chants from opposite sides of the arena.

Meek eventually took the stage sporting his satin Eagles jacket–and pointing it out to the crowd in case they didn’t notice–getting right into his set with his first Dreams and Nightmares single “Young Gettin’ It,” before hitting mixtape favorites like “Racked Up Shawty” Self Made Vol. 2’s “Actin’ Up” and some older material before revealing his surprise for the night. It was the Trouble Man himself, T.I. who announced that he’s still aiming for a December 18 album release date, and seemed to outdo even Meek with his energy levels. The crowd erupted while he performed hits like “What You Know,” and one of Meek’s self-proclaimed favorites “Top Back.”

Big Sean, who had completed his set earlier in the night and told MTV News backstage that he was sticking around to rock out with Meek, made his second appearance for their Dreamchasers 2 collaboration “Burn.” At this point, Meek really had the party rolling, stripping off his Eagles jacket as things continued to heat up. “Since we’re in Philly, at home, it’s only right we have a house party,” he told the crowd, launching into his party anthem.

“Every time I come home, I’m in the hood, I feel good,” he continued, gong on to introduce his new Dreamchasers Records roster, which included producer Jahlil Beats and local female rapper Lee Mazin. “I started from the bottom, chasing my dream,” he told the crowd, setting up an easy segue into “I’ma Boss.” And what better moment for Rick Ross to finally hit the stage, sending the crowd through the roof as he followed up with “Bag of Money” and “B.M.F.”

Trey Songz showed up for “Face Down,” French Montana returned (with bottle in hand) for “Pop That” and “Stay Schemin,” and even Omarion made a quick appearance, but Usher, most notably, joined Rozay and crew for their first joint performance. Dressed in all black, with bright red sneakers, Ursh and Ross delivered “Lemme See,” together while the singer also had a solo moment, asking all the ladies to sing-along to his hit “Climax.”

A few more MMG staples like “King of Diamonds,” closed out the memorable set, leaving Meek free to finish off the celebratory night in his hometown.

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Ryan leads unbeaten Falcons over Eagles 30-17 (Yahoo! Sports)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asante Samuel stared directly at his former team’s sideline and started trash-talking right after the coin toss. By the fourth quarter, Samuel was dancing on the field between plays.

Matt Ryan made it easy for his loquacious teammate to gloat.

Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta’s first three possessions against the Eagles and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team with a convincing 30-17 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

”We’re 7-0 over here baby,” Samuel said. ”If I was over there now, they have to go to work.”

The Falcons are 7-0 for the first time in the franchise’s 47-year history while the Eagles (3-4) lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999.

”That was an embarrassing performance,” Reid said. ”I’m stating the obvious. We need to get better. I need to do a better job. This is fixable. We have the talent.”

Ryan finished 22 of 29 for 262 yards and three TDs for his first win against his hometown team in three tries.

Michael Vick didn’t turn the ball over for once, but he played so-so and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009.

”Whatever decision coach makes, I support it,” Vick said when asked about possibly being benched for rookie Nick Foles. ”I know I’m giving it everything I have when I’m out there.”

Reid said he’s going to evaluate whether he makes a quarterback change. The defense was the problem against Atlanta, however.

The Falcons scored on their first six possessions before punting for the first time with 5:35 left.

”When you do that, it’s going to be a good day,” Ryan said.

This was a validation win for Atlanta. The Falcons entered with no victories over a team with a winning record and their opponents were a combined 13-24 going into this weekend. Perhaps that’s why they were a surprising 3-point underdog despite Philadelphia’s recent struggles.

”We like to have a lot of fun,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. ”We have a very mature group. We have a bunch of guys who are mentors. We’re good at focusing on the task at hand. We’re on point when we kick off and guys have done a good job focusing all season.”

Reid’s Eagles have lost three in a row since starting 3-1. Reid fired Juan Castillo and replaced him with Bowles two days after Philadelphia blew its second straight fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to Detroit.

Clearly, it didn’t work.

Castillo’s defense allowed 18.5 points per game, excluding two TD returns against the offense. Bowles’ D allowed 21 points in the first 24 minutes and couldn’t make a stop until the fourth quarter.

”I did what I did and what I thought was right at the time,” Reid said about the switch. ”We need to get better there.”

A sellout crowd anticipating a pending storm expected to hit the East Coast soon started filtering out in the third quarter. Those who stuck around booed the Eagles off the field, though one guy chanted ”E-A-G-L-E-S” in the final minute.

The anti-Reid fans may be seeing him in his final months with the team. Owner Jeffrey Lurie already stated before the season that another 8-8 finish would be ”unacceptable.”

The Falcons methodically drove 80 yards on 16 plays on the opening possession, converting five third downs. A holding call on defensive end Jason Babin kept the drive going after Ryan threw an incomplete pass on third-and-10. Ryan then threw a 15-yard TD pass to Drew Davis for a 7-0 lead.

Ryan tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Jason Snelling to make it 14-0. Penalties on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Mychal Kendricks on separate third downs kept Atlanta’s drive going.

After going three-and-out on the first series, the Eagles put it together on the next drive by mixing in seven runs among their 13 plays. LeSean McCoy scored from the 2 to cut it to 14-7.

But the Falcons answered quickly. Ryan connected with Julio Jones over Nnamdi Asomugha for the 63-yard score to put Atlanta up 21-7.

Atlanta converted their first nine third-down tries, including three by penalty. The Eagles finally held in the final minute of the second quarter and Matt Bryant’s 43-yard field goal gave the Falcons a 24-7 halftime lead. Bryant kicked field goals of 29 and 30 on the next two drives.

The Eagles made it 30-17 on Vick’s 7-yard TD pass to McCoy in the fourth quarter.

Samuel had 25 interceptions and went to three Pro Bowls in four seasons in Philadelphia before the acquisitions of Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie forced him out. He was traded to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick in April and enjoyed his return to Lincoln Financial Field.

”I love the fans,” he said. ”They can boo me. They can cheer for me. Doesn’t do anything but add fuel to the fire.”

NOTES: The Falcons won in Philadelphia for the first time since Oct. 30, 1988. They were 0-6 with two playoff losses. … Neither team had a turnover. … The Eagles got their first sack in four games since Week 3. … Eagles rookie Dennis Kelly took his first snap in the NFL, starting for the injured Danny Watkins (ankle) at RG. … Kendricks was benched for the first series for disciplinary reasons. Casey Matthews took his place at strongside LB. … Falcons coach Mike Smith moved past Dan Reeves into first place on the club’s all-time list with 50 wins.

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The Weeknd Rocks Bronx Show, Releases ‘I Got You’ With Troy Ave

By Rob Markman

NEW YORK — Most artists never fully indulge in all that New York City has to offer. While Manhattan, with all of its bright light and big city allure is a major attraction, the Big Apple’s other boroughs have tons to offer as well. That’s why the Weeknd took his tour to Bronx for his third NYC show in as many nights.

The crowd at the Paradise Theater lined the sidewalk on Grand Concourse and filed into the atmospheric venue which was built in 1929 and now stands as an NYC landmark. By the time Abel Tesfaye’s band took the stage at 9:30 p.m., the fans who packed the orchestra and upper mezzanine seats roared to greet the Toronto singer who set the night off belting out “Lonely Star.”

“It seems like pain and regret are your best friends,” Tesfaye sung matching the exact pitch and emotion as the recorded version which appeared on last year’s free mixtape/album Thursday.

Since dropping his trio of projects starting with House of Balloons in March 2011 and ending with Echoes of Silence in December, the Weeknd has kept himself cloaked in mystery, making few public appearances. Yet, now that his three tapes are being repacked for release as Trilogy on Universal Republic in November, Tesfaye has come out of his shell much to his fans delight.

The silky-voiced singer ran through his emotive collection of tragic love songs like “Loft Music,” “The Party The After Party” and “What You Need” as the pre-Halloween crowd (some in costume) churned out every word.

This was Tesfaye’s second time in the Boogie Down Bronx, the first was a strip club visit with BX rap hero French Montana, he would tell the crowd anecdotally. The only naked vixens were the ones on the stage’s main screen, however but it’s hard to imagine that a nudie bar run could ever match last night’s energy.

By the time he reached the heart-breaking “Wicked Games” the Canadian singer shadow-danced back and forth and performed spin moves reminiscent of a 1980’s Michael Jackson, as couples in the crowd embraced and swayed in time with the tune.

Soon after the Weeknd, who was flanked by a full band and two back-up singers, turned things up and teased the crowd into an ear-ringing frenzy before going into his opening verse on Drake’s “Crew Love.” The crowd ironically mouthed the entire song despite Tesfaye’s boast: “This ain’t a f—in’ sing along.”

For an encore Tesfaye marched back out to “Outside” as the stage’s orange and yellow flame-like light show capped of the hottest show Bronx residences have seen in a while.

The OVO XO rep wasn’t done with the evening’s tricks and treats however. Last night Tesfaye tweeted out a YouTube link to Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave’s new “Rolling Stone”-sampling single “I Got You.” “bumpin this backstage crazyyyy,” he wrote capping off his three night NYC run.

What a weekend!

What’s your favorite the Weeknd song? Let us know in the comments!

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NFL files motion, wants Tagliabue to hear appeals (Yahoo! Sports)

NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Friday, arguing that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints’ bounties case next week.

In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma’s statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying ”I think it’s a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator.”

NFL lawyers wrote that, ”Mr. Vilma was right that Commissioner Tagliabue was a good appointment.

”Commissioner Tagliabue has the experience necessary to assess whether the conduct the players engaged in was detrimental to the League and, if so, to assess the propriety of the discipline that Commissioner Goodell imposed. It is difficult to think of anyone else more qualified.”

The action comes after the players’ union and the four players suspended in the bounties’ case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself from the case because of what they say is a conflict of interest. They want a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court.

NFL lawyers argue that the NFL Players Association has no basis to accuse Tagliabue of ”anything nefarious,” saying that the players’ union itself admitted that Tagliabue has not had any ”personal involvement in the investigation, arbitration or litigation of the ‘bounty’ matter.”

The hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, subject to any rulings.

The players association has concerns about ”ethical and legal” issues involving Tagliabue hearing appeals by Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove.

Vilma received the stiffest suspension of the four – ruled out for the entire season – but he played last Sunday while the appeals process is in motion.

The union also contends that pay-for-hits programs such as the one the NFL says operated in New Orleans existed when Tagliabue was commissioner, with his knowledge.

Tagliabue was NFL commissioner from 1989-2006. For part of that time, Goodell was the league’s general counsel.

Goodell handed down the suspensions in May and they took effect in July after initial appeals were rejected by Goodell. Those suspensions lasted through training camp before being vacated by a three-member appeals panel that instructed Goodell to start the disciplinary process again and clarify his reasons for suspending the players.

The suspensions were reissued by the NFL two weeks ago and promptly appealed by all four players.

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Chris Brown Explains How Assault Changed His Career On ‘This Is How I Made It’

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By Georgette Pierre

Going from a small city in Virginia called Tappahannock to becoming a megastar, Chris Brown has seen major success musically. With five albums under his belt, he recalls in a new episode of MTV’s ‘This Is How I Made It,” the first time he won a Grammy and what that felt like. “Firsthand to win a Grammy award, it was just the most, like that bliss feeling again. I appreciate it so much to this day; I have it on a mantle and the light on it,” he explained. But he also recounts the night that changed his career forever.

“Having to get personal opinion back and having to gain personal success back, you know, it’s not all the way back you know. But it’s one of my most humbling experiences.” Even with all the scrutiny, Chris Brown still didn’t allow that to hold him back. He goes on to say “My story or my life or my legacy can hopefully show them that once you’re down, that don’t just mean you’re down forever. You never let up.”

Even though he’s been in the news as of late for the love triangle between ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran and new rekindled friendship with Rihanna, C Breezy is still keeping busy now that he launched his new website,Qubeey

Chris Brown’s “This Is How I Made It,” episode airs Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on MTV.

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Giants S Phillips, DT Bernard downgraded to out (Yahoo! Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard have been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Dallas against the Cowboys.

The Giants announced the move on Saturday and said the starters will not make the trip to Dallas.

Phillips (knee) and Bernard (quadriceps) were hurt against the Philadelphia Eagles and have missed the last three games.


Lil Wayne Confirms That He’s Fine After Seizure Reports

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Lil Wayne is all good ya’ll. The New Orleans native took to Twitter on Saturday (October 27) to let fans know that he’s just fine after earlier reports that he suffered from seizure-like symptomns on board a plane. “Thanx for all the prayers! I am good,” Wayne wrote simply on Twitter.

On Friday a rep for Lil Wayne issued a statement to MTV News saying that he simply suffered from a severe migraine and dehydration, but later in the day TMZ reported that he was hospitalized after suffering from a second seizure in Louisiana. Still, sources tell MTV News that the reports are being blown out of proportion, maintaining that he is at home on bed rest after dealing with the migraine. On Thursday he was treated and released from the hospital and now remains on bed rest.

Between sets at the Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia on Friday night, both 2 Chainz and Meek Mill took some time out to address Wayne’s health scare. “I talked to him last night before ya’ll heard about anything, so he’s straight,” 2 Chainz told MTV News, confirming that all was well with his longtime friend and collaborator. “Young money for life–you dig? Get well soon homie. Hit me up,” he said, adding a quick message for Wayne.

Meek Mill, who performed an all star set with help from his MMG crew at Powerhouse, admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Wayne just yet, but definitely planned on doing so in person. “I didn’t get a chance to check in with Lil Wayne, you know he has probably a million people checking in with him at the same time,” Meek said. “When I see him I’ll make sure he’s good. Wayne, thats the homie.”

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(video) Snoop Dogg’s ‘Road to Riches’ DOGGISODE#20 Budapest

Just last week , after giving you Snoop Dogg’s ‘Road to Riches’ Doggisode #19, we’re back with Doggisode #20, with Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion & Tha Dogg Pound in Budapest. In the short video, Snoop ran through some of his classics (notice I said some, as there are too many to name) such as Drop It Like It’s Hot, Young, Wild & Free and La La La, the debut single from his forthcoming album Reincarnated. He also got up and personal with some of his fans, allowing them to come backstage for a personal interview with the Dogg aka Lion. One fan that made her way backstage is this chick named Bianca. Happy she was she to meet the S-N double O P. as she got the chance to speak with him personally as well as getting graced with a kiss on the cheeks plus an autograph signed by the king of West Coast. Stay tuned for Doggisode #21.

Check out Snoop Dogg’s ‘Road to Riches’ Doggisode #20 Budapest, produced by Snoop Dogg and D Baker aka Dah Dah.


Colts’ Chuck Pagano ready for 2nd round of chemo (Yahoo! Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts coach Chuck Pagano is ready for his second round of chemotherapy and probably will not return to the team until he completes it.

Interim coach Bruce Arians says doctors are trying to keep Pagano in as sterile environment as possible to prevent the risk of infection.

Pagano was hospitalized Sept. 26 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was released from the hospital Sunday and is continuing treatment at home.

The 52-year-old coach has stayed in contact with his players, writing another note to them this week. Arians did not say what was in the note.

Arians says not being around the team is driving Pagano ”crazy,” but he feels much better being home.

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Lil Wayne At Home On Bed Rest After Suffering From Dehydration

By Rob Markman

Lil Wayne is doing just fine. Seems like initial reports that the Young Money boss suffered a seizure-like medical scare on his private jet were a tad overblown. “Lil Wayne was successfully released from the hospital after being treated for a severe migraine and dehydration,” his rep said in a statement to MTV News. “He is at home on doctor-mandated rest and will return to work soon. He appreciates all of his fans for their support and love.”

Wayne keeps a jam-packed schedule and has to cancel a Saturday appearance at the Jefferson Mall in Louisville, Kentucky in support of his TrukFit clothing line, but the multiplatinum rap star will reschedule.

It was originally reported that the “A Milli” MC had to make an emergency landing in Texas on Thursday, where he was taken to a local hospital, treated for several hours and released around 6 p.m. local time.

MTV News caught up with Weezy last week in Las Vegas, were he talked to us about his upcoming solo album I Am Not a Human Being II, which is scheduled for a December release. It doesn’t appear that Thursday’s hospitalization will slow him down in the least bit. “Production on the album — I got people like Juicy J, Cool Dre, David Banner on down to uh — I mean it’s so many, shoot,” he told us before revealing that he has also been in the studio with Kanye West.

“Yeah [Kanye] got some music on there,” Wayne confirmed. “It’s crazy, actually I don’t want to give too much up but he’s got a big hand in the album, you’ll see.”

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