Monthly Archives: June 2014

France Gets It Together Late to Advance to Quarterfinals

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — France scored two goals in the final 11 minutes of the game to upend Nigeria in the Round of 16 at the World Cup Monday.

Paul Pogba scored the first goal off of a corner in the 79th minute to get France on the board. Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Joseph Yobo re-directed a cross from teammate Mathieu Valbuena into the back of the net to put the game out of reach for the Nigerians.

France, which did not make it out of the group stage in the last World Cup, now advances to take on Germany in the Quarterfinals.

“I have no words to describe this feeling,” Pogba said. “The whole country is behind us and scoring that goal really liberated us. I am so happy for the team and all of France.”

France’s match against Germany is Friday. The game is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the action on ESPN2.

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Why Keira Knightley Calls Herself a ‘Complete Hypocrite’

Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images(NEW YORK) –  Keira Knightley says there is a gender bias in Hollywood.

However, calling herself a “complete hypocrite,” she said that modeling for magazine covers makes her part of the problem.

“There’s a weird view of femininity we put into our culture that has nothing to do with the experience of being a woman,” she told the Sunday Times in London. In films, she added, “[I don't] recognize the women.”

Knightley, 29, added that in many of her favorite films, she better relates to the male characters rather than their female counterparts.

“When I watched The Godfather, I was Al Pacino. I wasn’t his [expletive] wife,” she noted. “It’s interesting that there’s still this funny construction of femininity. So, yes, it’s nice working with women, because then you don’t have to do this lovable, soft version of what the female sex has to be. It also allows men to understand women, as opposed to them being something pink and fluffy.”

There are some roles for women “that could equally be men,” she said, and she expressed an interest in them. One of the examples she gave was the TV show The Bridge.

“I think when you recognize it’s strange that half the population doesn’t have the same voice as the other half, and there’s minorities within minorities that don’t have a voice and should have, it does make you go, ‘Ha. This is interesting,’” she said. “I wish I knew [how to fix it]. Keep on having conversations and somebody intelligent will go, ‘Eureka!’”

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Obama Meets with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, calling her his “second-favorite Michelle,” and discussing the relationship between the two nations.

The two leaders were expected to discuss the free trade agreement, energy and education during their Monday meeting. Obama and Bachelet also reportedly discussed strengthening student exchange programs and other regional issues.

“Chile has been a model of democracy in Latin America,” Obama said Monday.

Obama also touched on the World Cup, in which both the Chilean and American teams advanced to the knockout stage. The U.S. president congratulated the Chilean team for its “outstanding showing in the World Cup,” which ended after what Obama called a “tough loss” to a “very tough Brazilian team on their own turf.”

He also took the time to wish the American team luck in Tuesday’s match against Belgium.

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Study Confirms Childhood Vaccines Are Safe

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The latest study on the subject found, once again, that childhood vaccines are safe for children and are not linked to autism or other major health issues.According to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics,…

Supreme Court Says ‘Partial Public Employees’ Can’t Be Required to Pay Union Fees

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that certain government workers should not be required to pay any fees to the unions that represent them, while declining to overturn the precedent that requires many public sector workers to do the same thing.

The case in question posed whether personal care providers in Illinois can be compelled to pay union fees. The 5-4 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito for the majority, determined that specific workers — deemed “partial public workers,” or those Medicaid-funded home care workers and others who aren’t “full-fledged public employees” — cannot be forced to pay fees to a union.

In a statement, the White House expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court ruled against the collective bargaining model that the administration says “resulted in fairer pay and benefits for hardworking caregivers as well as improved training, safety and health protections, and tools to help those who need care to find it.”

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Germany Prevails in Extra Time Over Algeria

Martin Rose/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL) — Algeria held tough against the powerhouse Germans, but in the end, the Germans survived and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals by winning 2-1 in extra time Monday.

In actuality, it was only a matter of time before the Germans scored; they outshot Algeria 28-10. The scoring started in the second minute of extra time when substitute Andre Schurrle took a pass from teammate Thomas Muller, which he knocked past Algerian goalie Rais M’Bolhi.
 
Germany got back at it 18 minutes later when Mesut Ozil drilled a shot into the net off of a rebound. Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou scored just a minute later, but it was too late as Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the ninth straight time.
 

Germany will take on France Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN2.

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Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s ‘Casual’ Anniversary Date

Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck celebrated their nine-year wedding anniversary Sunday night at Bistro 82, a fine-dining establishment in Detroit.

The power couple came in between 5 and 6 p.m. and stayed for about an hour, said Justin Near of Near Perfect Media, which represents the bistro’s AFB Hospitality Group.

“A lot of people did a double take,” Near told ABC News. “It was just the two of them, just like any other couple celebrating their anniversary.”

Affleck, 41, and Garner, 42, were married in 2005 and have three children: daughters Violet and Seraphina and, son Samuel.

Near said the couple couldn’t have been nicer to the staff and even joked with their waiter.

“You might not even know it was them, they were dressed very casual and sat by the window,” he added. “Ben had steak and fries and made a point to tell the waiter they were the best fries he’s ever had … they also had a nice bottle of wine.”

Affleck, who sported a button down shirt and jeans, is filming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit and has been noticeably putting on weight to play the Caped Crusader.

“The guy is definitely ripped, that’s for sure,” Near said. “They just looked really engrossed in conversation with each other. The staff said they were a pleasure and really look forward to serving them again.”

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Hillshire Brands, Pinnacle Foods Agree to Terminate Proposed Merger

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hillshire Brands Company released a statement on Monday saying that the previously announced merger between the company and Pinnacle Foods Inc. had been terminated.

According to a company press release, Hillshire’s board of directors “withdrew its recommendation of the acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.” The board of directors reportedly made its decision after receiving an offer from Tyson Foods, Inc. to purchase Hillshire Brands.

Hillshire’s press release says that Tyson has agreed to pay $63 per share.

Pinnacle Foods makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry Man frozen dinners. The company said it would receive a $163 million payment from Hillshire in exchange for the termination.

Hillshire had agreed to purchase Pinnacle Foods in May, but changed their minds after Tyson offered a significant sum to purchase Hillshire Brands, the company which makes Jimmy Dean sausages, Ball Park hot dogs and Hillshire Farm lunch meat.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: France 2 – Nigeria 0 

Germany 2 – Algeria 1

MLB: Chicago White Sox – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Postponed

Washington Nationals 7 (44-38) – Colorado Rockies 3 (36-47)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (43-39) – Texas Rangers 1 (37-45)

Chicago Cubs 2 (35-46) – Boston Red Sox 0 (38-45)

Detroit Tigers 5 (45-34) – Oakland Athletics 4 (51-31)

Atlanta Braves 5 (45-38) – New York Mets 3 (37-46)

Seattle Mariners 10 (45-38) – Houston Astros 4 (36-48) 

Kansas City Royals 6 (43-39) – Minnesota Twins 1 (37-44)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (36-49) – New York Yankees 3 (41-40) – 12 Innings

San Diego Padres 1 (36-47) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-39)

Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (48-37) – Cleveland Indians 0 (39-43)

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