U.S. sports superstar Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball executives for allegedly trying to force him out of the game. The New York Yankees star, who briefly dated Cameron Diaz, has accused league officials of engaging in "tortious interference" after suspending him from baseball for a record 211 games for his alleged role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.
Rodriguez was one of 13 players suspended in connection to the doping scandal.
The slugger and his attorneys have spent the past week in an arbitration hearing against Major League Baseball, and he released a statement on Friday (04Oct13), which reads: "The entire legal dynamic is very complex, and my legal team is doing what they need in order to vindicate me and pursue all of my rights. This matter is entirely separate from the ongoing arbitration. I look forward to the arbitration proceedings continuing, and for the day to come when I can share my story with the public and my supporters."
Rodriguez and his lawyers claim that MLB chiefs paid an investigator for stolen records related to him and they contend baseball bosses also struck a deal with former Biogenesis chief Tony Bosch for his co-operation.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been named as a defendant in Rodriguez's suit.
The sportsman claims Selig's desire to burnish his legacy has driven him to single out the Yankees star in his fight against performance-enhancing drugs.
In the lawsuit against the MLB, Rodriguez's lawyers state: "Commissioner Selig and MLB persistently have employed powers not available to them under the collectively-bargained agreements between MLB and its union in order to make an example of Mr. Rodriguez, so as to gloss over Commissioner Selig's past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball (not to mention his multiple acts of collusion), and in an attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime."
David Beckham's former soccer manager has accused the sports superstar of losing focus after marrying his wife Victoria. Beckham was playing for world renowned team Manchester United when he met the then Spice Girl in 1997. The pair wed in 1999 and became celebrity superstars, building a multi-million empire around 'Brand Beckham'.
Now infamous Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired in May (13) after 26 years in charge, has spoken for the first time on his most recognised former charge, describing how he took his eye off the ball during the whirlwind surrounding his marriage.
In an interview with U.S. network PBS, Ferguson said, "As a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was (to play) some of the best football. He was a fantastic trainer, practised all the time. At night-time he would come by with the schoolboys and practise with them. And he was in that collection.
"And then of course, his life changed, when he married the girl from The Spice Girls, yeah. And his focus changed. He got drawn into the - that celebrity status, you know? And for me, I'm a football man... He lost the focus. And when we sold him to (Spanish soccer team) Real Madrid, he did well.''
However, the legendary manager praises Beckham for turning himself into an icon, adding, "I'm a football man. But how can I argue with life? He's an icon for young people... and represents himself the proper way. And I say well done.
"Amazing boy, yeah. I mean, how he has created himself. He's fantastic. Wonderful boy.''
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has put himself forward for consideration to portray Star Wars robot R2-D2 in the upcoming sequel after sharing a spoof audition tape online. The rocker joined forces with editors behind YouTube.com comedy channel Stinky Mike to shoot the funny clip, in which the singer and self-confessed "giant Star Wars fan" decides to try out for a role.
When a pretend casting assistant suggests his tall stature and ginger hair makes him more suited to audition as a Wookiee, a hairy humanoid species in the sci-fi franchise, he replies, "Dude, don't be stupid. This (body) is like, obvious R2-D2. I want to be king of the droids. (Wookiee) Chewbacca's just like, a hairy beast. I'm like, an articulate, multi-lingual do-er."
He then dons a cardboard costume in an effort to make himself look like R2-D2 for casting directors, but the audition goes drastically wrong as he crashes into a presentation board and falls over as he utters the robot's sounds, "gleep glorp".
Homme's fake audition is part of Stinky Mike's series of joke auditions for the J.J. Abrams movie, Star Wars: Episode VII.
The rocker's audition may be a spoof, but Irish actress Saoirse Ronan revealed this week (begs30Sep13) that she really has tried out for the film, although she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Grace Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
Former Doctor Who David Tennant has joined the cast of the U.S. revamp of his hit British drama Broadchurch. The Scottish actor will play a character similar to troubled police detective Alex Harvey, who he portrayed in the original Broadchurch, but this time he'll adopt an American accent, according to TV Guide magazine.
The U.S. version of the series is expected to shoot in January (14) and air during the 2014-2015 TV season.
The acclaimed original drama focused on the investigation of the mysterious death of a young boy in a small English coastal town.
Broadchurch became the U.K.'s most-watched new drama of 2013.
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has confirmed she auditioned for the seventh Star Wars movie. The Irish actress tells Sky News she met with casting directors connected to Star Wars: Episode VII, but she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams film.
The 19-year-old actress insists producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she reveals anything about the sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
"The headspace you get on a motorcycle prepares you for making a rock and roll record. Obviously. 'Cos you're concentrating so much on manipulating the machine and not killing yourself. You get as far away from the creative part of your brain that you're set up for walking into the studio." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner rides his chopper around Los Angeles before recording sessions.
Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has opened up about breaking his hand, insisting he suffered the painful injury by drunkenly punching a wall. The rocker split a bone in his right hand during recording sessions for the British band's new album AM, and surgeons had to insert a metal plate under the skin to help heal the injury.
Helders has remained coy about how the damage occurred, but now he has suggested he lashed out at a wall in frustration and immediately regretted it.
He tells rock magazine Q, "It wasn't a fist fight with a person, no. I didn't hurt anybody, except for myself. It was... a bizarre incident... with a wall... that was harder than I expected... The next day I did (feel like a fool)... It was just me being stupid.
"I weren't (sic) even that angry, cos (sic) I'm not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. Everyone I've told said, 'We've all done it.' I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out - not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, 'I think we need to go to hospital.' They put a plate in it. I'm having it taken out at Christmas."
However, Helders' bandmate Alex Turner later cast doubt on the drummer's explanation for the injury, adding, "Oh, is that what he told you?... Yeah, he's been telling some people that..."
The broken hand is the second major injury Helders has suffered in recent years - in 2010 he broke his left arm sparring with a pal during a workout in a boxing ring.
Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush has joined Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in ancient history epic Gods Of Egypt. The Australian actor has reportedly signed on to play sun god Ra in director Alex Proyas' ambitious movie. Game of Thrones star Coster-Waldau will portray Horus, while Butler is very close to signing up for the role of Set, the god of the desert.
Scottish actor Gerard Butler is in talks to play Set, the god of the desert, in director Alex Proyas' epic Gods Of Egypt. He is in negotiations to play the rival of Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's Horus.
TV presenter/socialite Alexa Chung is glad she took time away from dating after splitting from Arctic Monkeys rocker Alex Turner as she had no idea how to cope without a man in her life. The former MTV girl broke up with Turner in 2011 after four years together, and the romance had come hot on the heels of her three-and-a-half year relationship with photographer David Titlow.
Chung was left distraught by the split and has only allowed herself several casual flings since the break-up, because single life made her realise she did not even know how to change TV channels properly.
She tells Britain's The Guardian, "I'm not heartbroken any more, but I definitely was... It was various people. There was one big thing, and then there were various ill-advised flings I had to get over him, so yeah... But is this gross to talk about? I feel he wouldn't talk about it. I don't know how relevant it is now, whereas if you asked me at the time, 'How you doing?' No one even asked... But I don't know whether to be open and vulnerable about it and say, 'I had a s**t time', or to be quiet...
"But I don't want to imply he broke my heart. I was grieving for the loss of something... I'm grateful for the experience of that s**t time, and for being on my own. I'd never really been on my own before - I'd always gone from one relationship to the next - so I had to learn all this stupid stuff. Like, how do I work my f**king TV? And now there isn't a dude to tell me how to put up the blinds. But it's good to learn how to work your way round a drill."
However, Chung reveals she still remains close to Turner, adding, "Oh yeah, he's my best friend."