Monday, April 30, 2012

{allcanada} Guess Whose Baby Joshua Jackson Is Taking a Swim With?!

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Joshua Jackson sure has traded up from his creek days.

The Fringe star was enjoying the Southern California sun yesterday with girlfriend Diane Kruger, The Hangover's Justin Bartha and another famous pal, who brought along this little guy as her date.

So, whose baby boy is Jackson splashing around so adorably with?

January Jones, Xander 

That's January Jones' 7-month-old son, Xander!

The Mad Men star (it's nice to see Betty enjoying herself for a change!) shieled her face with a wide-brimmed hat but sunned her legs as the glamorous group relaxed poolside in Topanga Canyon.

Alas, Kruger shielded her whole body from the cameras, but still. Talk about your jet sets!

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{allcanada} 2012 MTV Movie Awards nominees: 'Hunger Games' and 'Bridesmaids' top the list

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the-hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-lionsgate.jpgThe nominees have been announced for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and to the surprise of no one, "Bridesmaids" and "The Hunger Games" lead the way with eight apiece, followed by "21 Jump Street" and "Deathly Hallows Part 2" with six each.

Voting opens Tuesday, May 1 at 8 a.m. ET/PT at and will remain open through Saturday, June 2. The awards air live Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

The full list of nominees:

The Hunger Games
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Help
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Emma Stone - Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Channing Tatum - The Vow
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50
Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games
Ryan Gosling - Drive

Elle Fanning - Super 8
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Liam Hemsworth - The Hunger Games
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Jonah Hill - 21 Jump Street
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Oliver Cooper - Project X
Zach Galifianakis - The Hangover Part II

21 Jump Street
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
The Hunger Games


Colin Farrell - Horrible Bosses
Elizabeth Banks - The Hunger Games
Johnny Depp - 21 Jump Street
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang - 21 Jump Street
Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig - The Hunger Games
Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton - Warrior

Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams - The Vow
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Rupert Grint & Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone - Crazy, Stupid, Love.

21 Jump Street - Schmidt shoots Coach Walters in the d#@k
Bridesmaids - Food poisoning turns the girls' dress fitting into a disaster
Drive - Elevator beat-down
The Help - Minny gives Hilly a pie she won't forget
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Ethan Hunt scales to new heights
Bryce Dallas Howard - The Help
Colin Farrell - Horrible Bosses
Jennifer Aniston - Horrible Bosses
Jon Hamm - Bridesmaids
Oliver Cooper - Project X
The Devil is in the Details, Chemical Brothers - Hanna
Impossible, Figurine - Like Crazy
Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO - 21 Jump Street
Pursuit of Happiness," Kid Cudi - Project X
A Real Hero," College w/Electric Youth - Drive

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{allcanada} Photo: Cameron Mathison stars as Ryan on ABC Daytime's All My Children

{allcanada} Blue Jays slowed by Darvish, fall to Rangers

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TORONTO -- The night began with curious grins and befuddled looks for the Toronto Blue Jays, and it had nothing to do with Yu Darvish.

No, it was Kyle Drabek taking the mound to Toby Keith's drinking anthem "Red Solo Cup" that seemed to catch his teammates by surprise, causing some to shake their heads in laughter, others to point to the sound system wondering what, exactly, was up with the country jam.

From that point on, however, the only thing leaving them puzzled was Darvish, the great free agent hope promised by rumour and industry speculation back in December but stripped away by the cold reality of Texas Rangers determination.

The Japanese sensation lived up to the billing for a second straight start with seven dominant and overpowering innings, allowing just four hits, one of them an Edwin Encarnacion home run, while walking two and striking out nine in a 4-1 victory before a crowd of 21,945.

The Blue Jays (12-11) never really threatened a big inning against Darvish (4-0) and the scorching Rangers (17-6), not getting their first hit until the fourth when Encarnacion homered for a fourth consecutive game while only managing to get multiple baserunners aboard twice.

Adam Lind reached on a walk and Encarnacion was hit on the upper left arm, almost the identical spot in which he was struck Sunday, to open the second, but Darvish buzzed through Eric Thames, who flew out weakly to left, and Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia, who both struck out meekly.

It was more of the same in the seventh, when Encarnacion singled -- the ninth straight plate appearance in which he reached base -- and moved to second on Brett Lawrie's one-out walk, but Rasmus again struck out and Arencibia popped to second to end it.

The big night from Darvish meant six strong innings of two-run ball from Drabek (2-2) went to waste.

The sophomore right-hander flashed his own ability to overpower his opponents, striking out nine, but the Blue Jays couldn't overcome the RBI doubles he surrendered to Nelson Cruz in the second and Elvis Andrus in the third.

The Rangers put things further out of reach in the seventh, when Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry went back-to-back to open the frame against rookie Evan Crawford, pretty much sealing the deal.

Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Whether or not the Blue Jays actually submitted a bid on Darvish's negotiating rights -- a trustworthy source told back in December they did -- their actions at the time remain shrouded in mystery.

The Rangers, meanwhile, clearly went all in, exceeding the record US$51 million post the Boston Red Sox paid for Daisuke Matsuzaka with a bid of US$51.7 million, and then signed Darvish to a US$56-million, six-year deal.

In deciding what to bid, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team moved a bit past what they felt comfortable with, but decided if they were going to get beat, they'd get beat with their best.

"When it comes to the post, there was a psychological draw to where that the Dice K bid came in, so in the end we beat by a little bit," said Daniels. "In our conversation, in free agency, or a trade you can try to outbid second place by a little bit. Obviously the agent or another team would love you to double the offer they have, but it usually comes out relatively close. You'll be 10 or 15 per cent more than second place.

"In posting it's a truly blind process, so you have to have that conversation. Here are the teams we know have scouted him, here is who we think is interested. We have no idea who is going to bid what, but knowing that at the end of the day you have to be thrilled to win by a dollar but be OK if you beat it by a lot more than that."

No one knows how much they beat the second-place bid buy at this point. But through Darvish's first five starts, there's reason to think regardless of what it was, that they may not have overpaid.

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{allcanada} Saskatchewan mulls over new stadium pitch

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REGINA -- The Saskatchewan government is tossing around an updated proposal from the city of Regina for a new stadium, but won't say how much the province is being asked to kick in.

A report for city council shows a formal proposal for funding was provided to the provincial government Aug. 24.

"It's a proposal that outlines some of their vision and some of their wants as far as the proposal and it itemizes some of the details of the revitalization that they're looking at for downtown," Ken Cheveldayoff, minister responsible for the proposed facility, said Monday.

But Cheveldayoff refused to say what the province is being asked to do or put a dollar figure on any possible contribution.

"At some point I'm sure that information will become public," he said.

The city of Regina announced a year ago that it is pushing ahead with plans for a redevelopment project that includes building a new home for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. The plan includes new residential development on the old Mosaic Stadium site, where the Riders currently play.

The announcement came after the province punted plans for a domed stadium because of a lack of federal funding.

Cheveldayoff said in March 2011 that in order for a project like this to come to fruition, all levels of government, along with the private sector, would have to come together and make it happen.

The report said the city has been working to determine the status of provincial funding to support the overall project, including the stadium construction.

It said the status of provincial support for the project is currently "the most significant element that could negatively affect the project," as the stadium procurement process that is currently being planned will not be able to be approved by city council until more formal commitments of funding have been provided.

Cheveldayoff could not say when the province would respond to the city.

"We're looking at the ideas that the city of Regina has analyzed and put forward and anything's possible," said Cheveldayoff.

"I'm not saying there's anything off the table or on the table. I'm saying we're waiting for their information."

The Opposition NDP argued Monday that taxpayers deserve to know what they could be on the hook for if the province is back in the funding game.

"The people of Saskatchewan deserve better from this government than 'it's bigger than a breadbox and smaller than Montreal,"' said New Democrat Warren McCall.

There has long been talk about building a new home for the Roughriders.

Mosaic Stadium, with its bench-style seating, is structurally sound but it is also one of the oldest buildings in the Canadian Football League. It was originally built as a rugby field in 1910 and has been renovated numerous times over the years.

The team said in March 2010 that it's getting to the point where Mosaic will no longer be usable.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders unveiled plans in February to spend $14 million to upgrade Mosaic Stadium and add thousands of temporary seats to through the next few years and the 2013 Grey Cup.

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{allcanada} Paulina Gretzky Scandalizes Canada (and Dad) with Photos - Again!

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Paulina Gretzky Scandalizes Canada (and Dad) with Photos – Again! 
Oh, Canada. What to do?

Paulina Gretzky had just cooled a scandal over her racy photos online by temporarily shutting down her Twitter account, only to stir things up again – this time on Instagram.

The daughter of national hockey treasure Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky and actress wife Janet Jones posted photos of herself cavorting in a bikini in Las Vegas in poses The Vancouver Sun described as "shocking" and "dirty."

"Take a look – if you dare," the newspaper warned readers, before adding a link to the pictures.

Paulina, 23, appears to have taken down the most risqué of the pictures while also reinstating her Twitter page, albeit with more family-friendly content, including this picture of her with dad.

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{allcanada} Sevigny hits back at career rumours

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Oscar-nominated actress Chloe Sevigny has blasted rumours her controversial explicit sex scene in The Brown Bunny damaged her career.

The Boys Don't Cry star attracted a barrage of criticism after she was shown performing unsimulated oral sex on Vincent Gallo in the 2003 drama.

It sparked speculation her standing with Hollywood bosses would nosedive and she was no longer "marketable" as an actress - but Sevigny is adamant the furore did not harm her career.

She tells Britain's The Independent, "There were all these rumours, like getting fired from my agency, which is not true. And they said things about me not being marketable, but was I marketable beforehand? No. I mean, I've always been this indie, outside-the-box girl. Afterwards I got cast in a Woody Allen film, and Zodiac and then a big show on HBO. So people can say what they like."


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The Calgary Stampeders have signed import quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and released import quarterback Cam Sexton.

Mitchell spent two seasons with the Eastern Washington Eagles, leading them to its first national title in football when the Eagles won the 2010 NCAA Division I FCS National Championship. Mitchell was named the game's Most Outstanding Player after throwing three touchdown passes in the final 16 minutes of the contest.
Mitchell led the Football Championship Subdivision in four statistical categories in 2011, including passing yards with 4,009 and touchdown passes at 33 on his way to breaking four school records. He won the Walter Payton Award as best offensive player in the FCS and also was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Mitchell started his college career at Southern Methodist University and spent two seasons there, starting 19 games and throwing for 4,590 yards, 36 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. Mitchell had six 300-yard passing games andsix outings with at least three TD passes at SMU.


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Toronto, ON - Home-grown talent takes centre stage next Thursday, as the country's future generation of gridiron stars are introduced to football fans during the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft, live May 3 at 3 p.m. ET, exclusively on TSN.

The two-hour TSN original production, which is also available live on TSN Mobile TV and, features the first two rounds of the draft with CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon in the CFL On TSN studio to announce each selection.

Following the televised broadcast of the First and Second Rounds, has bonus live streaming coverage of the Third to Sixth Rounds of the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft.

TSN's Rod Black hosts the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft and is joined by a panel featuring CFL On TSN analyst and draft guru Duane Forde, who has covered the draft on seven previous occasions.  Along with Black and Forde, CFL On TSN analyst Chris Schultz and TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor are on the panel to break down the draft from the perspective of all eight CFL teams and analyze the players selected over the course of the first two rounds.

Also in studio is TSN's Farhan Lalji, who is highly involved in high school football in his home province of BC and has seen more than 40 of his players go on to play at the collegiate level during his 23 years of coaching.  Joining Lalji on an additional panel of experts are University of Calgary Dinos head coach Blake Nill, Acadia Axemen head coach Jeff Cummins, and McMaster Mauraders head coach Stefan Ptaszek, who led his team to victory at the 2011 Vanier Cup.

Fans watching the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #CFLDraft and #TSN.  Select fan tweets will be featured during the live broadcast along with reaction to the picks from CFL players and prospects on Twitter as the draft unfolds.

TSN's coverage of the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft begins with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on the clock with the first overall pick.  The six-round draft features eligible Canadian players from the CIS and NCAA.  Top prospects include: Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford from Windsor, ON; University of Saskatchewan offensive lineman Ben Heenan from Regina; Wilfrid Laurier receiver Shamawd Chambers from Markham, ON; Virginia offensive lineman Austin Pasztor from Langton, ON; and Laval linebacker Frédéric Plesius from Laval, QC.

Canada's industry-leading sports website has the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft covered from all angles.  Along with live streaming of the entire six-round event, has Forde's most up-to-date CFL Draft Rankings, plus exclusive video of Schultz and Carleton University football head coach Steve Sumarah profiling some of this year's top prospects.  The website will also host a live blog featuring TSN's football experts and Insiders interacting with fans online leading up to and during the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft.

TSN is the official television broadcaster of the CFL with live coverage of every single game including the playoffs and the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto.  Live pre-season coverage kicks off on Wednesday, June 13 with doubleheader action featuring Toronto at Hamilton at 7 p.m. ET immediately followed by Winnipeg at BC at 10 p.m. ET on TSN.

Regular season coverage begins with RONA Canada Day Kickoff on Friday, June 29 with another doubleheader to open the season featuring Saskatchewan at Hamilton at 7 p.m. ET followed by Winnipeg at BC at 10 p.m. ET on TSN.  Games are also available live on TSN Mobile TV and


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Bo Adebayo has a new lease on his football life.

When the six-foot-three, 265-pound defensive end began his senior season at Western Kentucky last fall, it was with the knowledge he might be playing football for the last time. Although eligible for the 2012 NFL draft, Adebayo figured if he didn't make it there he'd have to hang up his cleats and get a real job.

After being bypassed in last week's NFL draft, Adebayo can set his sights on a pro career in Canada, thanks to his roots.

The 24-year-old was born in Edmonton and spent eight years in Alberta before moving to the U.S, and growing up in Georgia. At Western Kentucky, Adebayo's top goal was to reach the NFL and the idea of returning to Canada to play football was nowhere on his radar.

But when he did learn that the CFL was a viable option, Adebayo successfully applied to the league for non-import status at this year's draft, which will be held Thursday.

"The biggest thing for me is I want to keep playing," Adebayo said via telephone from Bowling Green, Ky., on Monday. "I feel like I still have so much more I can do and show on the field.

"To be honest, I never really thought about (playing in CFL) because I was so focused on trying to make it to the NFL. My coaches used to talk to me about it in practice and that's when I started thinking I should look into that as maybe a backup plan but now it's going to be the main plan."

Adebayo's mother was attending nursing school in Edmonton when he was born while his father worked as a university professor. He's the youngest of four boys but the only member of his family to be born in Canada.

And Adebayo can't wait to return.

"I've been looking forward (to the CFL draft) for a very long time and having the opportunity to return to Canada and play football," he said. "It's just a great opportunity.

"I still have friends and people who used to hang out with my family when we lived there."

Adebayo was an honourable mention all-Sun Belt Conference player last year after posting career highs in tackles (31), sacks (four) and tackles for a loss (8.5) in nine starts, meaning more than a third of his stops came behind the line of scrimmage. Although he was granted non-import status too late to be included on the CFL Scouting Bureau's top-15 list, Adebayo is expected to go in the first two rounds of Thursday's draft.

With Adebayo only recently receiving his non-import status, CFL teams are busy familiarizing themselves about him heading into the draft. Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman has the first pick overall and while it's very unlikely he'll use it on Adebayo, Taman isn't sure Adebayo will still be available when the Riders pick again at No. 15 to open the third round.

"He's definitely a draft pick, how high or low depends on teams' needs and opinions on him," Taman said. "But he's in the process of being a pretty decent prospect, that's for sure."

Saskatchewan Huskies guard Ben Heenan remains the consensus No. 1 pick and Taman said Monday he has spoken to other CFL GMs about the top selection. Taman said he hasn't received an offer that matches his asking price of a 2012 first-round pick, a future selection and-or Canadian player.

"We've had emails or calls from some teams . . . and some of it has been somewhat serious, some has been exploratory and some hasn't been very serious," Taman said. "The price might be steep for most teams if not all of them, and that's fine.

"We're the ones in the driver's seat here so we'll control what we control and right now we control the No. 1 pick."

Adebayo would certainly fill a need for the B.C. Lions, who are thin at defensive end with the recent retirement of veteran Canadian Brent Johnson. Adebayo said he worked out this off-season for the defending Grey Cup champions, who have three picks in the first two rounds (the fourth, seventh and 14th).

"I've worked out for B.C. and Hamilton and have talked to just about every team except Edmonton," Adebayo said. "The CFL is a passing league and pass rush is my specialty so that's exciting to me."

Adebayo wasn't invited to either the NFL combine or CFL evaluation camp but posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.79 seconds at Western Kentucky's pro day. He also had a vertical leap of 32 inches and 18 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

Adebayo has the long arms (33 3/4 inches) many scouts like defensive linemen to have so they can create separation from opposing offensive linemen and dictate the flow up front. Adebayo also has a long reach (78 inches), which can be an asset both against the run and rushing the passer.

However, Adebayo will have some ground to make up in a CFL camp, adjusting not only to life as a full-time pro as well as the many nuances of Canadian football, most notably lining up a yard off the ball.

NOTES: The Montreal Alouettes will have to wait to see 2011 draft picks Philip Blake and Brody McKnight. Blake, a Toronto-born centre from Baylor who Montreal selected in the third round last year, was taken in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos on Friday. Brody, a kicker from Vancouver who was the Alouettes' first-round selection (eighth overall) from the University of Montana, has signed with the New York Jets as a free agent . . . Austin Pasztor of Langton, Ont., a guard at Virginia, signed as a free agent with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Pasztor is the fourth-ranked prospect heading into Thursday's draft . . . Boise State defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, a native of Windsor, Ont., was the top-ranked CFL draft prospect but he'll definitely be a future selection after being taken in the third round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. The same with Ottawa's Christo Bilukidi, a defensive lineman from Georgia State who was taken in the sixth round by the Oakland Raiders. Bilukidi is ranked No. 6 on the CFL's scouting bureau top-15 list.


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