Oct 28, 2013

WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 Results: Biggest Stars from Latest PPV Event

Undertaker was voted Mr. Hell in a Cell
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The Undertaker may have been voted Mr. Hell in a Cell as an award for his overall performances within the gimmick match itself, but his absence from this pay-per-view did not mean that it was devoid of star power.

Rather, there were quite a few superstars who came out of the event looking more important than they've been recently—or in some cases, have ever been before.

At a cursory glance, you would assume this would be an easy list of just the people participating in the world title matches, but that's not the case.

Several of the participants in high-profile matches can be cast aside as others stepped up and helped make this pay-per-view a step up from the disappointing one that preceded it, Battleground.

Chris Brown jailed on felony assault charge

Singer Chris Brown and a bodyguard were arrested Sunday morning and charged with felony assault, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department said.

The arrest could have serious legal consequence for Brown, 24, since he is serving probation for the felony domestic violence conviction relating to his 2009 attack on former girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy allegedly attacked a man with their fists outside the W Hotel in downtown Washington at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The police incident report obtained by A News Fuse identified the alleged victim as Isaac Adams Parker, 20, of Beltsville, Maryland. Parker did not immediately respond to a A News Fuse call for comment.

Parker told police that he tried to jump into a photo that Brown was posing for with a female fan on the sidewalk when the singer said, "I'm not down with that gay s--t" and "I feel like boxing," the police report said. Parker said that Brown then punched him in the face with his closed fist, the report said.
Chris Brown arrested in D.C.

Parker said Brown's bodyguard -- who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 240 pounds -- stepped between them and punched Parker in the face, the report said. The bodyguard then grabbed Brown by his arm and pulled him toward his tour bus, which was parked near by, it said.

Brown and the bodyguard were taken into custody and were being held at the Second District police station, police said. Both men were later transferred to a central jail cell block for processing, police said,

Parker was treated and released at a hospital for treatment for a bruised and swollen face, police spokesman Anthony Clay told A News Fuse.

Brown was in Washington to host a "homecoming party" at The Park at Fourteen nightclub Saturday night, according to his Twitter feed, just four blocks away from where he was arrested Sunday morning.

His representative and lawyer did not immediately respond to A News Fuse calls for comment Sunday.

Brown is on probation in California for a felony domestic violence conviction involving Rihanna. Any arrest could be considered a violation of that probation, which could result in jail time.

Prosecutors filed probation violation charges against him twice in the past year, resulting in the judge ordering him to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community service.

In August: Brown ordered to 1,000 hours community labor

Brown was arrested in February 2009 for punching Rihanna inside a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street. The altercation left the face of Rihanna, also a chart-topping singer, bruised and bloody on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

He entered a guilty plea seven months later and was sentenced to serve five years probation and ordered to spend more than 1,400 hours in "labor-oriented service."

His probation reports were glowing until the past year, when the district attorney's office accused him of not completing the 1,400 hours of community labor, which he was allowed to do in his home state of Virginia.

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He was also accused of hit-and-run after a minor traffic crash earlier this year. The driver of the other car told investigators that Brown "went ballistic" and screamed at her after his Range Rover rear-ended her Mercedes on a Los Angeles street.

In August, Brown's lawyer reached a settlement with prosecutors to end their efforts to revoke his probation. The deal called for Brown to complete another 1,000 hours of community service.

Probation rules require Brown to stay out of all legal trouble. Even an arrest that does not lead to a conviction could result in a probation violation charge.

He is scheduled to appear before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin on November 20 for a probation status hearing.

Dez Bryant had the most absurd tantrum since ... his, from earlier

Dez Bryant's reputation had nowhere to go but up -- but will go down after this.

You saw what he did during the Cowboys' 31-30 loss at Detroit. And if you didn't watch it on live television, or see a replay, or see a GIF online -- if somehow you didn't see the most absurd, most rebuked tantrum on an NFL sideline in a long, long time -- see it below. Watch what Dez Bryant did, and then watch what his teammates did.

Great players aren't suspended for something like this, athough maybe they should be. Maybe what Dez Bryant needs for his own good -- and for the good of the Cowboys in the long run, if not for their game next week against the visiting Vikings -- is to have the game he loves, maybe the thing in this world that matters most to him, taken away. Not taken away forever. But for a week or two or whatever.

Put him in timeout. Because what Dez Bryant did Sunday was act like a 3-year-old.

Bryant threw a fit on the sideline in the second half, presumably because he wasn't getting the ball enough, and then when nobody told him that he shouldn't behave like that -- literally, the Cowboys in the vicinity ignored it when Bryant screamed at his receivers coach and then screamed at quarterback Tony Romo -- Bryant did it again a few minutes later.

Only this time, his teammates reacted. After the Lions scored in the final seconds, Bryant was ranting and raving on the sideline. I'm guessing he was saying something about wanting to leave the field, because tight end Jason Witten walked over to him, gestured angrily toward the locker room and could be seen yelling, "Go ahead!"

Bryant continued ranting, so Witten continued gesturing and yelling. Now Witten was pointing at the scoreboard, perhaps noting that the game wasn't over because (A) there were 12 seconds left and (B) the Lions had tied the score at 30 but hadn't yet kicked the go-ahead extra point. Witten's an 11-year veteran with eight Pro Bowl appearances. He's been around too long to watch Dez Bryant act like a toddler on the sideline. Witten was livid.

Enter defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who didn't play Sunday because of a strained thigh. Ware saw what was happening between Bryant and Witten -- what was happening with Bryant -- and walked over to calm the situation. He put an arm between Witten and Bryant, then gently patted Bryant on the face, twice, to get his attention. It seemed to work. Bryant stopped ranting and raving.

Bryant's position coach was also in the vicinity, but his position coach is Vince Dooley's son, and when Bryant kept screaming, Vince Dooley's son walked away. Should Bryant respect Vince Dooley's son simply because Vince Dooley's son is his supervisor? Sure, but this is the NFL. A coach has to earn a player's respect, and nothing on Vince Dooley's son's resume -- not even that triple that Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and now the Cowboys seem to think he hit, when in reality he was born on third base -- commands respect. This could be why Bryant raged out of control on Sunday, because he has been paired with a position coach who is extraordinary for nothing beyond his genetic code.

Not that this is the fault of Vince Dooley's son. It's not, and I'm not saying it is. Just saying, a guy like Dez Bryant probably needs someone with a little more gravitas as his position coach.

What Dez Bryant really needs is to be told in no uncertain terms that he has to get control of himself. Witten tried to tell him that on the sideline, but Bryant was in full meltdown mode. Fighting fire with fire, as Witten was doing, wasn't going to work -- and didn't. Ware showed up with the fire extinguisher, calming down Bryant with two pats on the head and some soothing words. It probably didn't hurt that Ware is the best player on the team, the most likely Hall of Famer on the roster. Along with Witten.

Bryant has issues that extend beyond the field, and to ignore them in a story about his meltdown Sunday would be disingenuous. He was sued by two different jewelers two years ago for failure to make good on payments, and while he settled both suits before the end of 2011, in July 2012 he was arrested on a charge that he assaulted his mother. Bryant agreed to undergo a year of counseling for anger management in exchange for the charge being dropped.

What happened Sunday isn't comparable to a charge of domestic violence, but it shows Bryant (still) has issues with anger, maturity and responsibility. What happened Sunday shows Bryant remains a work in progress. What happened Sunday was an embarrassment for Bryant and the Cowboys.

What happens next? Seems like something ought to happen, right? Bryant could have a long career ahead of him, a long lucrative career in which he could provide for himself and so many others, but he has to get himself under control. Guys like Bryant, they don't figure it out on their own.

Lou Reed The Rock Legend dies at 71

Lou Reed, who took rock 'n' roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71.

The publicist, Peter Noble, confirmed Reed's death but released no details. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in May, his wife, the musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson, disclosed over the summer.

Reed was a rock pioneer who went from record label songwriter to a member of the short-lived but innovative and influential Velvet Underground. The band and Reed's solo work tackled taboo topics like drug addiction, paranoia and sexual deviancy in songs that were largely spare, muscular and often saturated in feedback.

"Lou Reed's influence is one that there are really only a tiny handful of other figures who you can compare to him," said Simon Vozick-Levinson, a senior editor at Rolling Stone.

"He spoke incredibly frankly about the realities of being an artist, being a person who lived life on one's own terms. He didn't prettify things. He didn't sugarcoat things. He showed life as it really is and that's something that made him a true original, and one of our great all-time artists," he said.

Reed, violist/keyboard player John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker played their first show as the Velvet Underground in 1965 and soon drew the attention of pop artist Andy Warhol, who became their manager. Rock mythology has it that even though the group sold few albums, everyone who bought one started a band.

"We had fans who made us realize it was worth it," Tucker told CNN. "But when we were together, actively, we didn't have a big splash like the Doors or whatever."

Nevertheless, Rolling Stone ranks the group's debut album, "The Velvet Underground and Nico," as the 13th greatest of all time. Tunes like "Sweet Jane," from the group's 1970 album "Loaded," have become rock standards. Performers from David Bowie to R.E.M. and U2 have cited them as inspiration, and the Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

"The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I've lost my 'school-yard buddy,' " Cale wrote on Twitter.

Tucker called Reed "generous, encouraging and thoughtful." Working with him "sometimes could be trying" to some people, but "never to me."

"I guess we learned from each other. We all learned from each other," she said.

In 1970, Reed left the Velvets for a long solo career. He had his only Top 40 hit with "Walk on the Wild Side," from the Bowie-produced 1972 album "Transformer," and Rolling Stone put both that album and 1973's "Berlin" on its top 500 list.

Reed "was one of the first artists to experiment with guitar feedback on record and to show that sort of ugly noise can actually be quite beautiful and moving. He also, lyrically, wrote about all kinds of topics that were taboo before he started exploring them," said Vozick-Levinson.

He also gave a voice to gay and transgender people in a way that had never been done before by a popular artist, which made his work incredibly important to many people, Vozick-Levinson said.

In 1982, Reed told The New York Times that his goal wasn't just to make music, but create literature.

"People say rock 'n' roll is constricting, but you can do anything you want, any way you want,'' he said. "And my goal has been to make an album that would speak to people the way Shakespeare speaks to me, the way Joyce speaks to me. Something with that kind of power; something with bite to it."

And Tucker said Reed "influenced probably millions of people into maybe reading more, into playing music."

"When I have been on tour, there have been kids from 15 years old to 60 years old commenting on how they were influenced by Lou and the Velvets," she said.

The rock band the Pixies wrote on their Twitter page, "R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND." Iggy Pop wrote simply: "Devastating news."

Reed won a Grammy award in 1998 for best long-form music video, for a documentary on his career up to that point. Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, called him "an exceptionally gifted singer, songwriter, and musician who has had a profound impact on rock music and our culture,"

"We have lost a true visionary and creative leader, and his groundbreaking work will forever hold its rightful place in music history," Portnow said.

Driver plows into crowd at Beijing's Tiananmen Square

Cleaners walk past an area shielded by green nets in front of Tiananmen Gate after a driver plowed into a crowd in the square and then crashed, killing the driver and two passengers and injuring others. (Alexander F. Yuan, Associated Press / October 28, 2013)
BEIJING — A jeep plowed through a crowded sidewalk at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square at lunchtime Monday in an incident that left three dead and many injured, according to the state news service.

The driver and two passengers were killed in the 12:05 p.m. incident. The injured included tourists and security officials stationed at one of the most well-guarded locations in all of China.

The Xinhua news service said only that the incident was “under investigation,” but it appeared to have been a deliberate attack. The vehicle had been driven about 500 meters along the sidewalk heading towards the iconic portrait of Mao Tse-tung before it burst into flames. It was unclear whether it exploded or was stopped by security personnel.

Photographs on Sina.com, a microblog service, showed plumes of smoke rising from the sidewalk near the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which is on the north side of Tiananmen Square leading into the Forbidden City, traditional home of China’s emperors. The state news service said the vehicle had headed south on Nanchizi, the street on the east side of the Forbidden City, before turning onto the sidewalk.

Tiananmen Square is the most sensitive location in China and frequently the scene of attempted protests and self-immolations. The square is best-known for the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.