Odell Beckham Jr. rips officials after Giants loss to Steelers

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PITTSBURGH – Odell Beckham Jr. blasted Terry McAulay’s officiating crew after the Giants’ 24-14 loss to the Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, accusing one referee of telling Beckham to “get out (of) my face” on the field and lobbying for the NFL to never put McAulay’s crew on a Giants game again given their shared history with Beckham’s blow-ups against Josh Norman.


Beckham was flagged for offensive pass interference on the Giants’ second drive down the left sideline even though Steelers defensive back Ross Cockrell had initiated contact on a play that everyone in the building assumed would produce a flag on the defense.


Beckham said he couldn’t believe the ensuing exchange.


“I went up and asked him what was going on, what was the flag, and he said, ‘Get out my face,'” Beckham said in the locker room after. “The refs aren’t the reason we lost the game. The Giants are the reason we lost the game … (But)you can’t sit there and worry about what they’re gonna call and not call. Obviously they’re not gonna call much.”


Beckham then went a step further.


“I don’t really think we should have this crew anymore when the Giants are playing with the past history and everything that’s going on,” Beckham said, explaining, “You should look it up or something like that. I’m pretty sure this is the same crew from the Panthers game, the Redskins game, so just put two-and-two together. It shouldn’t be that hard for you.”


Indeed, Sunday’s entire eight-man officiating crew – minus McAulay, the referee – worked the Giants’ Week 3 home loss to Washington and Norman. And four of Sunday’s officials, including McAulay, were running the show in Week 15 of last season when Beckham earned the darkest side of his reputation and a one-game suspension, flipping out against Norman who was then playing DB for the Panthers.


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Madonna Is One Proud Mom as Daughter Mercy James Sweeps Her Gymnastics Competition

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Mercy James went for the gold, and came back with four! 

Madonna‘s 10-year-old daughter totally swept the competition at a recent gymnastics meet, taking home multiple prize-winning medals. The pop singer shared her proud mama moment on Instagram Sunday with a few sweet snapshots of the little girl in all her glory. 

“Mercy James takes home 4 Medals,” Madonna captioned a photo of Mercy beaming from ear to ear, adding quite a few congratulatory emojis to the mix. A second photo features Mercy and her team raising their arms in excitement while standing on the podium, and is captioned, “Go Mercy James!!! It’s all about team Work!”

Madge sure looks like she has a mini Simone Biles or Laurie Hernandez on her hands! Too cute.

The “Hung Up” songstress plays mom to three other kids, 20-year-old Lourdes Leon, 16-year-old Rocco Ritchie and 11-year-old David Banda. Madonna adopted both David and Mercy from Malawi in 2006 and 2009, respectively. She’s since gone on to launch Raising Malawi, a foundation benefiting impoverished orphans in the country. 

Over the weekend, Madonna raised over $7.5 million for the organization at a charity auction and gala during Art Basel in Miami. The recording artist called on fellow celebs and attendees Ariana GrandeSean PennChris RockCourtney Love, Paris HiltonReal Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel and model Karolina Kourkova to help with the cause.

Congratulations to Madonna and Mercy James on a weekend well spent!



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Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson Walks Daughter Rebbeca Lo Robertson Down the Aisle

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Willie Robertson is one proud papa right about now!

The Duck Dynasty star’s daughter Rebecca Lo Robertson appears to have tied the knot with fiancé John Reed Loflin in Mexico on Saturday, according to snapshots shared by the wedding party. The reality TV patriarch walked his little girl down the aisle, who stunned in a Sherri Hill, bohemian-inspired gown with a sheer white cape draped across her shoulders. 

Sister Sadie Robertson shared a heartwarming photo of the bride alongside family members Mary Kate Robertson and Bella Robertson captioned, “WOW WOW WOW what a wedding every single moment was just absolutely priceless. I will cherish the memories forever! I love seeing my family grow.”

Ahead of the festivities, Rebecca took to Instagram to thank her closest family and friends for coming out to support the couple’s rehearsal dinner. “Surrounded by people we love. tonight was truly magical #reheasaldinner #loflinweddedwife,” the 27-year-old wrote alongside a photo of the newlyweds kissing. 

The Taiwan-born star and foster daughter of the famous TV family got engaged to Loflin over last year’s New Year’s holiday after meeting two years prior. Robertson’s beau popped the question with a 14-karat gold band featuring a huge opal set in the middle of two rows of five small diamonds adjacent to a long bar-shaped diamond.

Of her wedding preparations, Rebecca told The Knot she leaned on her family when it came to picking out the perfect dress: “It was incredible and I loved having them all there to help me. It was crazy, it actually seemed like we were all on the same page, and that doesn’t usually happen in our family!

Congratulations to Rebecca and John!



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Nets miss chance to put Bucks away in third, fall in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — Bucks coach Jason Kidd wondered if his young team could rebound from a third-quarter lull.


Milwaukee’s kids did just that, winning their fourth straight game despite letting a 16-point third-quarter lead slip away.


Matthew Dellavedova scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Bucks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 112-103 on Saturday.


“I thought it got a little sloppy,” Kidd said. “I wanted to see if they were going to figure it out. I wasn’t going to call timeout. I wanted to see if they were going to talk themselves through it because that’s what good teams do.”


Milwaukee led 62-46 after a layup by Tony Snell with 8:11 left in the third, but Brooklyn closed the quarter on a 26-13 run to get within 75-72. Consecutive 3-pointers by Joe Harris gave the Nets an 82-81 lead with 10:00 to play.


Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 of his 19 points in the third quarter, when he went 8 for 8 from the foul line.


“It definitely wasn’t anything the coach did,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It was all the players playing well. We didn’t change anything and kept with our rotations. The guys came out with focus.”


Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points, including 8 for 8 from the foul line, for the Brooklyn Nets.

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With the game tied at 94, Milwaukee began a 9-1 run to lead 103-95 with 1:43 remaining.


“We had a chance in the third quarter to break the game wide open, and we didn’t take it,” Dellavedova said. “They came back and played well. We then did a good job of pulling away.”


John Henson led Milwaukee with 20 points and added seven rebounds, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Jabari Parker added 15 points, Greg Monroe scored 13 points and Snell chipped in 10 points.


“They were just finding me,” Henson said. “I was open. (Antetokounmpo and Parker) are huge threats coming down the lane and off a pick-and-roll, so it is my job to finish for them and take a little heat off of them.”


Bojan Bogdanovic led Brooklyn with 24 points. Brook Lopez had 13 points but was just 3 for 17 from the field and 0 for 10 in the first half.


“I just wasn’t good enough,” Lopez said. “I made a lot of turnovers. I missed a lot of shots that I need to make. I think I let us down on both ends of the floor.”

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Saturday Savings: Taylor Hill's Pre-Victoria's Secret Show Jeans Are Now 50% Off

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You don’t need to be model fit to wear skinny jeans. You don’t need their bank account either. 

If you want to look as good as Taylor Hill did before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show taping this week, you may want to consider scooping up a pair of her Joe’s The Vixen Skinny jeans. Now you may be thinking: “It’s gifting season—I can’t spend money on designer denim.” Lucky for you, these babies are currently 50 percent off! 

Still apprehensive about wearing white jeans? Most people are, since white can show every wrinkle, curve or food baby bump. Before you dismiss this trend, try playing with proportions. Even if you don’t have a petite waist like the model, you can fake it with a bulky jacket that’s cropped a few inches higher than the start of your jeans. It’ll make that central area, exposed or not, between your pants and jacket appear smaller. 

Another trick is to wear a pair of white skinnies with detailing, to distract from anything you notice but everyone probably doesn’t. Zipper accents on the legs and pockets can deter the eye away from fabric folds. Embroidery and embellishments will make so much of a statement that no one will notice you’re wearing white. When in doubt, those slivers of skin from distressed patches will anchor any sterility they may come with wearing white. 

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Giants face first real test in game against Steelers

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They are 8-3, winners of six straight games, tied for the third-best record in all of the NFL. They’re the only team with a victory over the mighty Dallas Cowboys, and they’re armed with a defense that’s surrendered the fourth-fewest points in the NFC.


It should be a glistening resume, right? And Victor Cruz is tired of hearing that it’s not. He knows that people still doubt his Giants, questioning an offense that can’t run the ball and a team that hasn’t faced a squad with a winning record since October. And he knows exactly how to erase that doubt: Beat this Sunday’s opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, at hostile Heinz Field.


“It’s another game that we get a chance to prove ourselves,” Cruz said of the Steelers Friday. “And if this game is going to be the one that stakes our claim to us being here and us being true contenders, then so be it.”


Welcome to the Giants’ first true proving ground. On Friday, the Giants did everything they could to downplay the significance of this game, insisting Ben Roethlisberger and Co. are just another team, and that this game is no different from the last six.


Except it is. Because this week, Big Blue finally gets a shot at the signature win that’s been missing from its shaky resume, a chance to announce to the rest of the NFL that the Giants, who have missed the playoffs five years running, are back to being a force.


If they can get by a fearsome offense powered by Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, said Justin Pugh, it just might mean something to all those doubters.


“We’re going to keep going out there and playing good football,” said Pugh. “If that solidifies it for everybody else, great. But we know what we’ve got.”


Antonio Brown leads a fearsome Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

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Few around the league truly know what the Giants have because the schedule hasn’t offered many true tests. Sure, they’re at the heels of the Cowboys in the NFC East, nearing a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, so it’s not completely laughable when Odell Beckham Jr., after a Monday night win over the Bengals, said the club has a “Super Bowl” defense.


But the resume has also been almost exclusively built in football’s basement, with hollow (and, all too often, unconvincing) victories over the likes of the winless Browns, 2-9 Bears and dysfunctional Rams. They’ve beaten just two clubs (Dallas and Baltimore) with above .500 records, and they’ve barely won when they’re supposed to, with eight victories coming by an average of 5.1 points per game.


But while the early portion of the season may not have proven much to outsiders, said Cruz, it has proven plenty in the Giants locker room, readying the club for this Steelers game and critical December stretch. Few teams have been forced to make as many late, clutch plays as the Giants, who have won seven of eight games by one TD or fewer.


“When it comes to the fourth quarter, and we have to get a score, get a win, as a team, we relish in those (moments),” Cruz said. “We have these moments where we relish in creating that play that ends the game or solidifies our victory. The fourth quarters are where we turn it up.


“We carry that confidence everywhere we go. Week in and week out, as long as we go into these games feeling like we can’t lose, that helps us.”


Now it’s time to prove they can’t lose against a team that can actually beat them.

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Khloe Kardashian Demonstrates How to Get a Better Butt in Workout Video

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Khloe Kardashian knows it’s all about the booty.

The 32-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has over the past two years lost a lot of weight and sculpted her body into the trim and curvy figure she’s showcasing nowadays, with the help of a nutritious diet, a personal trainer and dedicated workouts, including routines to firm up and shape her butt.

This year, she co-founded the denim brand Good American, which is “designed for a curvier, sexier and stronger shape.”

Khloe shares her tips for getting a better booty to look “great in a pair of jeans” in an early ’90s-style Vogue video that was posted this week.

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The reality star demonstrates jumping squats, lateral raises and other moves in what appears to be a private backyard overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains, similar to the views seen at her and her family’s homes.

“So the next move we’re gonna do is called a ‘Sandbag Bridge,’ and basically, we’re gonna work on the biggest part of your booty,” she says.

Khloe also demonstrates working out with a kettle bell.

“Remember, you guys never regret doing your workout, you only regret not doing your workout,” she said.

Watch the premiere of Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m., only on E!



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Porzingis vs. Towns: NBA's next great big-man rivalry?

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MINNEAPOLIS — The combined record of the Knicks and T-Wolves over the last 12 seasons is (shield your eyes, children) 657-1,151.


So forgive us for being skeptical that this will all go according to plan, rather than get James Dolan-ed or muddied by franchises that can’t get out of their own way.


At least for now, though, it’s nice to envision: a longstanding rivalry between two big men, two new-age hybrid giants — Kristaps Porzingis and Karl Anthony-Towns — who are both 21 years old and already dominating the NBA.


“Sky’s the limit for them two guys,” Carmelo Anthony said. “Towns is playing the way he’s playing. Kristaps is getting better and better everyday. They’ll be around for a long time. They’ll be the face of this league in a couple of years.”

Sounds of MSG: Groans for Carmelo, cheers for Rose and Porzingis


The encore of the Porzingis-Towns show is arriving at the Garden on Friday, two days after they combined for 76 points and 26 rebounds in Minny.


Towns was the dominant force with a career night and 47 points on 15-of-22 shooting, but Porzingis was the victor in the final score and their collision at the rim (Towns attempted to posterize Porzingis in the second quarter but was forced to reconfigure because of the defender’s height and was blocked by the rim).


“He tried,” Porzingis said.


Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t back down from T-Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday night.

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You’ll be disappointed if you’re hoping for a nasty rivalry between these two guys. In today’s NBA of greater exposure and instant communication, enemies are much harder to find than friends (unless you’re Dwight Howard).

Russell Westbrook’s loyalty to Thunder will only go so far


Porzingis and Towns developed a friendly relationship while going through the draft process and Rookie Transition Program last year, to the point they’re regularly texting congratulations back-and-forth. They embraced briefly after Wednesday’s game.


“I said, ‘Stay healthy and keep playing like this,’ ” Porzingis recalled. “He said the same thing and then, ‘See you on Friday.’ ”


Regardless of their pleasantries, these two will also be compared and contrasted — pitted against one another by talking heads — because of their similarities in age, position, skill-set and draft class.


The big thing that separates them currently is the state of their respective franchises. Towns is surrounded by youth and already the go-to option, expected to carry the struggling T-Wolves nightly.

Porzingis to donate $500 per block to youth basketball program


Porzingis is the only member of the Knicks’ starting lineup younger than 28, and he’s still deferring in crunch time to Anthony and Derrick Rose. The T-Wolves (5-13) have zero combined All-Star appearances on their roster. The Knicks (9-9) have 14.

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Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns share a quick word after Knicks win Wednesday.

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“It’s always been a dream of mine to hit a game-winner in an NBA game and I still haven’t done it,” Porzingis said after Anthony nailed his second of the season Wednesday. “I was really close in that Charlotte game last season (the shot was released just after he buzzer). But I still haven’t done it. We always try to look for the best option. Carmelo and Derrick are high percentage in those situations. But my time will come. But yeah that’s one thing I want to do as soon as possible.”


It’s an interesting case-study with Porzingis and Towns: is it better for development to be surrounded by veterans with a greater chance of winning?


Or is it better for a youngster to have the ball in his hands, serving as the focal point of the offense as the team takes its lumps?

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Beyond that difference, Towns is stronger, a better rebounder and forced to play in a half-empty home arena. Porzingis is taller, a better shooter and under the spotlight of the league’s biggest market.


Together, they’re the brightest of young stars in the NBA. The teams make it difficult to declare foregone winning like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird joining their storied franchises.


But the potential — on display in consecutive games — certainly is exciting.  

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Shakira Proudly Announces That Her Pies Descalzos Foundation Is the No. 1 Public School in Colombia

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Shakira must be gleaming with pride!

The 39-year-old Colombian singer’s school Fundación Pies Descalzos was named the best official educational institution in Colombia. The Alberto Merani Foundation carried a study of evaluating different schools between public and private, taking data from the Saber 11 test from 2011-2015. The Saber 11 test are done each year with the objective of publishing a ranking of the best colleges in Colombia and helping parents decide what kind of educational institution they want for their children. 

The school, which was founded by Shakira in 2009, has over 1,300 students. 

Shakira, who was on set in Madrid, quickly took to Instagram to share the incredible news with her fans. “Right now I’m in the middle of shooting something but I have just received amazing news, and I want to take a pause to celebrate it. Every year in Colombia they create a list where they choose the best public and private schools according to their Saber test results. And guess who leads the list? Fundación Pies Descalzos in Barranquilla! Sending all the students there a big kiss. I love you guys and let’s aim for more,” she said. 

The star shared a photo of the happy family at the ceremony, Shakira sported a nude and gemstone look. In the post she thanked her team and management for always being with her and helping her.  



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Report: Polar Ice Melt to Make Coastal Cities 'Uninhabitable' Within Century

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New York City and other coastal cities will reportedly be under water within a century – inundated by flooding from a fast-melting polar ice sheet.

It is not a question of if, but when a flood of biblical proportion will make cities hugging coastlines around the world uninhabitable, Ohio State associate professor Ian Howat told The Sun.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out, and its melt-off will cause sea level rises of up to nearly 10 feet, the U.K.-based newspaper reported.

“It’s generally accepted that it’s no longer a question of whether the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt, it’s a question of when,” Howat told the newspaper. “We may see significant collapse of West Antarctica in our lifetimes.”

The pace and geography of the ice melt is significant; in 2013, a rift began forming in a valley on the Pine Island Glacier, and two years later, a 225-square-mile iceberg broke off and floated away, The Sun reported.

“Rifts usually form at the margins of an ice shelf, where the ice is thin and subject to shearing that rips it apart,” Howat told the newspaper. “However, this latest event in the Pine Island Glacier was due to a rift that originated from the center of the ice shelf and propagated out to the margins.”

“This implies that something weakened the center of the ice shelf, with the most likely explanation being a crevasse melted out at the bedrock level by a warming ocean,” he added, The Sun reported.


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