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LSU football coach Les Miles mulls Michigan move, returns to Tigers

ESPN.com is reporting that the University met with LSU coach Les Miles, a Michigan alum, Monday in Baton Rouge, LA. and that a source close to Miles says he would take the job if offered.

The same outlet reported Tuesday that Miles will stay put with the Tigers, however.

Rich Rodriguez was fired as Michigan coach last week after posting a 15-22 mark in three seasons.

LSU Tigers spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed the meeting between Miles, an offensive lineman under Bo Schembechler, and Michigan, but wouldn’t say who represented Michigan.

If Miles was interested in the opening, he was clearly torn about it

.”The only thing I can tell you is, I spent my day today with a number of underclassmen that I want to return right here,” Miles said Monday while attending LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson’s announcement that he’s turning pro. “I am extremely happy here. There’s a real comfort with my family here in Baton Rouge. I think it’s best left that way and I don’t know that there’s anything more to say.”

Miles is 62-17 with a 2007 national championship in six seasons at LSU since taking over for Nick Saban in 2005. He started his career as an assistant under the legend Bo Schembechler in 1980

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NBA Finals: Pierce, Celtics Edge Lakers; Take 3-2 Series Lead

NBA Finals

NBA Finals

NBA Finals: Pierce, Celtics Edge Lakers; Take 3-2 Series Lead. Paul Pierce scored 27 points to lead four starters in double figures as the Boston Celtics held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 Sunday night. The win gives the Celtics a 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals.  Kevin Garnett had his best game of the series, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds and Ray Allen shot 5-for-10 to finish with 12 points. Boston pulled away in the third quarter, but the Lakers cut it to 87-82 with under a minute left. Ron Artest was fouled, but missed two free throws to all but seal the win for the Celtics. Boston shot 56 percent from the field while limiting the Lakers 40 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant finished with a game high 38 points on 13-for-25 shooting. Pau Gasol was the only other Laker in double figures with 12 points. The series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 6 Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

Jeffrey Osborne Sings National Anthem on Game 1 of NBA Finals

Jeffrey Osborne Sings National Anthem on Game 1 of NBA Finals

Jeffrey Osborne Sings National Anthem on Game 1 of NBA Finals

Jeffrey Osborne Sings National Anthem on Game 1 of NBA Finals. Before the first game of the NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers best of seven series, Jeffrey Osborne sang the “Star Spangled Banner”: USA’s national anthem. The game started at 6 p.m. PT and aired on ABC. It was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The former lead singer of L.T.D. has performed at the finals five times for the Lakers, including in 2009, 2008, 2002, 1988 and 1985. He also sang the national anthem at the Game 4 of the NBA Finals last year. Jeffrey Osborne is a Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter. He had the highest-charting hit of his career duetting with Dionne Warwick on “Love Power”. He also sang the hit “On the Wings of Love”. The Lakers beat the Celtics with 102-89 on their first game. The next game will be on Sunday, June 6. Did you like the performance of Jeffrey Osborne singing the national anthem? Will the Lakers overpower the Celtics again on Sunday? Or will the Celtics take revenge?

Erin Andrews on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Erin Andrews on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Erin Andrews on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC

Fr 5/7: Don Cheadle, Erin Andrews on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Erin Andrews was born on May 4, 1978 in Boston Massachusetts. She attended Bloomington Senior High School in Valrico, Florida and after graduating, attended the University of Florida.  While at U of F, she was a member of the Dazzlers, a cheerleading/dance squad for the school. Her first professional job was with FOX Sports Net as a bureau reporter in Tampa Bay.  She then joined the Sunshine Network in 2001 and worked as a sideline reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  She worked for the Atlanta Braves and hosted a show on TBS, as well as reported for the Atlanta Thrashers between 2001 and 2003. Andrews began her career with ESPN reporting for college football.  In 2004 she also began reporting on college basketball and MLB games as well.  In addition, she has also been a sideline reporter for a few NHL games.  As a baseball reporter, she has been caught on camera ducking out of the way of foul balls on two occasions that has led to a few comments made by other reporters at her expense.

More Than 410,000 Attend New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro,

Robert De Niro,

More Than 410,000 Attend New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival. More than 410,000 people attended screenings and events at the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York City. The festival, co-founded by Big Apple icon Robert De Niro, screened 85 films and 47 shorts from 38 different countries. ”We are tremendously grateful to the community – both in New York and in the industry – for their ongoing support of Tribeca,” TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. “Great films remain at the heart of Tribeca, and I am especially proud of the stories we shared this year – they elicited laughter, tears, joy and passionate conversation.” According to organizers, over 300,000 people attended an annual street fair, co-sponsored by ESPN. Theater attendance hit an average of 95 percent capacity for the 396 screenings and panels. “Seeing our audiences embrace the work of our filmmakers, who this year included some of the biggest names in the industry as well as a crop of fresh, new voices, has been such a rewarding experience,” added TFF Executive Director Nancy Schafer.

The Enemy & Ms Dynamite to play Football Fusion Festival.

The Enemy to play Football Fusion Festival.

The Enemy to play Football Fusion Festival.

The Enemy & Ms Dynamite to play Football Fusion Festival.  Football Fusion is the first event of its kind in the UK and the only three-day festival to celebrate both football and music. Set to be one of the most exciting events of 2010, the festival is being held 6th- 8th August 2010 at Chapelgate, Bournemouth.    ‘Famous in Football’ – Along with current Premier League players, Official Football Fusion Ambassador Matt Le Tissier and Jamie Redknapp, will be just a few of the stars in the Celebrity Corner. As if that wasn’t enough, fans will also get the rare opportunity to meet 1966 World Cup Legends; Sir Geoff Hurst, Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles.  ‘Massive in Music’ – Not to be outdone by the football, the festival will also be hosting a raft of top music acts, including: The Enemy, The Hoosiers, Ms Dynamite, Kid British and Boney M. Following his phenomenal rise in 2010, British artist Example, one of the UK’s freshest breakthrough acts, will also be entertaining fans live on the main stage.   This family event has something for everyone and will be running a national six-a-side tournament for all ages. Professional coaches from the David Beckham Academy will also be on hand to put players through their paces and provide interactive training sessions, sharing their expert training tips and tactics.   Providing even more entertainment will be the Freestyle Football Academy – in association with Freestyle Football Federation and hosted by the World’s top freestylers, Dan Magness and Mikey Fisher. Come and learn tricks from the world’s best and amaze your friends with your new found tekkers!  Also combining the skills element will be the Futsal Academy – hosted by Totally Football. Totally Football instructors will be on hand to show fans new techniques to help increase ability and help with your overall ball skills.  Other attractions will include a celebrity tournament organised by Matt Le Tissier; top Sky Sports’ presenter Richard Keys hosting interviews throughout the festival and Dermot Gallagher who will be on hand to oversee the tournament as Head Referee and tournament official.   Now, a little something special just for the ladies – the ‘Wag-Wam’ is a luxurious retreat where guests can enjoy a glass of champagne, be royally pampered and receive top styling and fashion tips from the professionals in the lifestyle spa.  In addition, Radio DJ’s, Chappers and Comedy Dave (Radio 1, ESPN), will be providing top comedy banter and music in the beer tent as well as hosting the football tournament To make sure that book your tickets, go to www.footballfusion.co.uk’

More festivals to go to: Beijing Pop Festival China, Bergenfest Norway, Bestival England, Byrn Terfel’s Faenol FestivalWales, Coke Live Music Festival Poland, Ireon Music Festival Greece, Live & Loud Malaysia , Pinkpop Netherlands, Rock’n Coke Turkey, Smooth Festival Poland Sunburst KL International Music Festival Malaysia, WesterpopNetherlands, Zelt Musik Festival Germany

New Tiger Woods Nike Ad Called “Creepy,” “Disturbing”

New Tiger Woods Nike Ad Called "Creepy," "Disturbing"

New Tiger Woods Nike Ad Called "Creepy," "Disturbing"

New Tiger Woods Nike Ad Called “Creepy,” “Disturbing”.   Tiger Woods is trying to make amends with the world as he gets back in to the game, and Nike is trying to profit off of it. A new 30-second TV spot for the brand features a close-up on Woods wearing the famous Nike check logo as only the voice of his deceased father, Earl Woods, plays.  ”I want to find out what your thinking was,” says Earl Woods, who died in 2006, in the ad, while Woods stares into the camera silently. “I want to find out what your feelings are. And, did you learn anything?”    The recording appears as if his deceased father is addressing his son about his recent sex scandal, even heavier considering his father’s alleged history of infidelity and their extremely close relationship. The Earl Woods audio was taken from an authorized DVD biography of Tiger Woods released in 2004. The ad, which aired Wednesday on ESPN and the Gold Channel, has been called everything from exploitative to creepy. “Most of the people I’ve talked to and in a lot of the stuff I’ve read, the word ‘creepy’ is the word that comes up the most,” Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, told the Washington Post. “It’s one thing to bring Dad’s advice in, another to do an apology. To mix this whole thing into a Nike ad really strikes me as really bizarre.”   Plenty of viewers agree that they find the ad disturbing, considering how Wood’s now-deceased father’s words have been taken out of context for and how it seems that the golf star is now making money off of his recent affairs.   “What’s really disturbing about the ad, though, is how normal it seems for a shoe company to make a commercial addressing an athlete’s sex life,” Hampton Stevens of The Atlantic said.    A recent survey found ad viewers saying they felt “confusion,” “skepticism,” “sadness,” and “disturbed” following a viewing of the spot. Others, so offended by the clip, are swearing off purchasing Nike products altogether. But the brand says they are sticking by the ad.   “We support Tiger and his family,” said Nike in a statement. “As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father.”

“Dancing with the Stars” Contestant Erin Andrews Gets Death Threats

 “Dancing with the Stars” Contestant Erin Andrews Gets Death Threats

“Dancing with the Stars” Contestant Erin Andrews Gets Death Threats

“DWTS” Contestant Erin Andrews Gets Death Threats.  “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews has learned that her life is being threatened. The menacing letters were sent to DirecTV’s “The Dan Patrick Show” since September but Andrews has only been informed about them recently. The messages allegedly started as sexual but it became violent beginning March 14.  According to our source, Andrews, 31, is outraged at the network for hiding the letters from her. DirecTV apparently only notified her lawyer, Marshall Grossman, last week, even though the first email was sent on September 16, 2009. One of the letters read: “I hope she gets shot in the face. I would love to see if she can dance away from a hail of gunfire. That would really make my day.”  Grossman told the website that they have notified the FBI as soon as they have learned of the sick emails. Although he did not disclose the name of the suspect, he says the FBI already knows his identity.  He said, “Erin and her family are protected. It is unfortunate that there are sick people who prey on the fears and threaten the well being of others. Erin is not alone among those who have to deal with such predators.” Meanwhile, the security at ABC’s “DWTS” has been beefed up to better protect Andrews.

Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson signs with Detroit

Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson signs with Detroit

Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson signs with Detroit

The Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season just two hours into free agency.  Free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Detroit Lions, a deal first reported by Scout.com and subsequently confirmed.  It was a five-year contract worth a total of $25 million with Burleson assured of receiving $11 million of that total, first reported by ESPN and subsequently confirmed. Burleson did not return a message immediately from The Seattle Times.   Burleson, 28, played the previous four seasons with Seattle after signing with the Seahawks in 2006. He returned from a torn knee ligament suffered in 2008 and caught 63 passes last season, on pace to finish with the most catches in his career until suffering an injury in Houston that kept him out the final three games.   Last week in Indianapolis, Seahawks GM John Schneider said that he had talked to Burleson and while the receiver was headed toward the free-agent market, the two sides would stay in contact. The hope was Burleson would return. “Love to have him back,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.  Burleson said repeatedly his hope was to remain in Seattle, his hometown and where he attended O’Dea High School. He wasn’t offered a contract he found satisfactory. Free agency began at 9 p.m. Pacific on Thursday. By 11, he had a deal in Detroit.  Burleson averaged 12.9 yards per reception in 2009, highest in Seattle. He caught 15 touchdown passes in his four seasons as a Seahawk.  Seattle might be interested in Aaron Kampman, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end, but reports the Seahawks were in hot pursuit of Kampman were premature, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Burleson was one of the beneficiaries of the new economic realities of the NFL, which not only shed its salary cap but had about 200 fewer unrestricted free agents.  Those two facts were the result of a process that began two years ago when owners voted to opt out of the current collective-bargaining agreement. If a new CBA wasn’t in place by March 5, 2010, there were a number of ramifications. Two of those were that the salary cap would vanish and players would need six accrued seasons to qualify for free agency.   That meant Seattle players like center Chris Spencer, defensive end Darryl Tapp and guard Rob Sims — who would have been unrestricted free agents under the old rules — were now restricted.  Seattle made what are referred to as “original-round tender offers” to those three players and wide receiver Ben Obomanu, giving Seattle the right to match any offer sheet those players sign with another team or receive a draft pick in the round that player was picked as compensation.  Spencer was a first-round pick, Tapp a second-rounder, Sims a fourth and Obomanu a seventh. The size of the one-year offers to those players was dictated by the number of accrued seasons in the NFL and ranged from $1.226 million for Spencer, who has five seasons, to $1.1 million for Obomanu, who has three.

Note

• Seattle elected not to tender qualifying offers to linebacker Lance Laury and tackle Brandon Frye, making those players unrestricted free agents. Laury was not tendered an offer last year, but still re-signed with Seattle later.

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