April 29, 2007

Raiders send WR Moss to Patriots

Randy Moss was traded to the Patriots for a fourth-round choice Sunday, a huge discount from the trade Oakland made to acquire him two years ago, John Clayton writes.

Moss passed his physical after arriving in New England on Sunday morning, and now Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be passing him the ball next season in one of the most dynamic and electric quarterback-wide receiver combinations that has ever played in the NFL.

Moss made it clear he didn't want to come back to Oakland for a third season even if it meant giving up some of his $10 million salary. He was on his third head coach and was staring at a new leader who was basically his age. Lane Kiffin is 31. Moss is 30. Moss didn't show up at the minicamp. If he showed up in training camp, it would only be in body, not mind.

Moss already has agreed to dramatically restructure his contract, which is scheduled to pay him $9.75 million this coming season. New England was the one and only place Moss would agree to take a reduced contract, and he did so knowing that he would have the chance to win a Super Bowl. With the offseason that New England has had, no team in football has a better chance.

April 15, 2007

Ex-Phish Frontman Takes Plea Deal Bait

The former Phish frontman, Trey Anastasio, 42, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony drug charge stemming from a Dec. 15 traffic arrest in Whitehall, New York, and was ordered into a drug court program in lieu of jail time.

Anastasio pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he was in possession of Vicodin, Percocet, heroin and Xanax when he was pulled over in Whitehall.

Under the drug court program, Anastasio will spend 12 to 15 months making weekly court appearances. He will also be subject to drug testing and will have to perform community service.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to a seven-count indictment that included three felonies and carried a sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

"I feel terrible about what happened last night, and I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my friends, family and fans," Anastasio said at the time of the incident.

April 1, 2007

Cover for final 'Potter' revealed

The cover of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," coming out July 21, was revealed Wednesday.

Published by Scholastic Books, the cover is the work of illustrator Mary GrandPre, who also did the other volumes in the series. The British publisher Bloomsbury features two editions: an adult cover that shows the teen wizard raising his arm against a flaming orange sky and a cover for young readers featuring Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger amid golden jewelry.

"For the first time, the cover is a wraparound. On the back cover spidery hands are outstretched toward Harry. Only when the book is opened does one see a powerful image of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, his glowing red eyes peering out from his hood, David Saylor, Scholastic's art director, said.

J.K. Rowling's fantasy series has sold more than 325 million copies worldwide. "Deathly Hallows" has an announced first printing of 12 million in the United States alone.

March 25, 2007

It's Turtle Time!

TMNT, the CGI-animated re-start of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, scored a weekend-best $25.5 million at the box office, Exhibitor Relations Co. estimates said.

The fourth "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film to reach the big screen, and a throwback to this earlier, more serious vision of the four sewer samurais.

After two weekends at number one, the battle-tested 300 slipped to second, with a still-sizeable $20.5 million. All told, the manly man epic has bench-pressed $162.4 million, the year's biggest gross to date.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, way back in the 1980s, were an experiment borne out of boredom with the mainstream comic world, created by comic greats Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as a rebellious backlash to the silliness that dominated their world at that time.

March 4, 2007

The return of Coldplay

Lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, said Sunday that his band is working on a new album featuring what he called a quintessential song that everybody should hear "before we die."

Though Chris and his Coldplay bandmates are yet to discuss when the fourth LP will be released, Gwyneth Paltrow said husband, Martin, is working hard and fans won't be disappointed.

The band said it plans to return to the studio after a two-year hiatus to record an album that will have a different sound from "X&Y," which has sold more than 2 million copies since it was released in 2005.

"I don't think the album will come out soon, but I think it's going to be their best one. It's going to be insane.? Paltrow said.

February 25, 2007

Scorsese wins!

Martin Scorsese won the Oscar for The Departed Sunday.

Scorsese has won an Academy Award for his works in The Departed after eight tries. Scorsese’s film defeated Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Queen and United 93.

His past works include The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Good Fellas and Raging Bull.

February 18, 2007

Spears and Sinead O'Connor twins?

Former pop princess, Britney Spears, was spotted on Friday sporting a newly shaved head in Los Angeles.

Spears is reported to have shaved her own head after a Los Angeles-area beauty salon tried to talk her out of taking off all her hair.

“She grabbed the buzzer and she went to the back of my salon and she was shaving off her own hair,? salon owner Esther Tognozzi told CNN.

The same day, reports surfaced that Spears checked into rehab at Eric Clapton's Crossroads facility in Antigua.

“Her family and friends staged what I guess you would call an intervention and basically said you have to go,? managing editor of, Harvey Levin said.

February 11, 2007

Minus the Bear release remix record and album details

Seattle’s Minus the Bear is set to release a remix version of “Menos El Oso,? Feb. 20. The remix record will be titled “Interpretaciones Del Oso.?

The remix CD includes contributions from P.O.S., Jay Clark (Pretty Girls Make Graves) and Weird Science.

Minus the Bear have announced work on a new album tentatively titled “Planet of Ice,? which is scheduled for a summer release.

“So far, we are working on roughly 14 tracks and are still working on finishing up a few more,? guitarist David Knudson said.

February 4, 2007

Colts are NFL Champions

The Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl 41. The team, led by quarterback Peyton Manning, won its first championship since 1970 when they played in Baltimore.

The Bears scored the first touchdown in the rainy Miami, but the Colts answered back with a 53-yard reception by Reggie Wayne.

“I'm so proud of our guys," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

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January 28, 2007

Roth reunites with Halen

David Lee Roth and Van Halen are reported to reunite for a 40-date amphitheater tour this summer.

"I see it absolutely as an inevitability," Roth said, “To me, it's not rocket surgery. It's very simple to put together.?

The band, headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, parted ways with Roth in 1985 and last performed together in 1996.

I noticed that the lead in this story didn’t have the straight facts like a hard-news story would have.