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Thuuz Launches Cricket Coverage for 2011 Cricket World Cup

PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwire – 02/17/11) – Cricket fans around the world now have a new (and free) way to help them determine which matches and teams to watch. Today, Thuuz (www.Thuuz.com), a free online service that helps sports enthusiasts track excitement in sports, announced that it will begin alerting users to exciting matches across the Cricket World Cup, one of the world’s most viewed sporting events.

With the rollout of Cricket, Thuuz is solving a major problem for many fans around the world. This year’s World Cup tournament is to be broadcast in over 220 countries, so many viewers will battle with differing time zones that lead to inconvenient match times. As a result, many of these fans will likely have to record games to watch. Thuuz is the perfect companion for the international viewer, allowing fans to maximize their time, entertainment and the number of matches they can watch by alerting them to the most exciting matches and the recommended times they should tune in to catch the best action.

“We’ve been tracking excitement among the major American sports leagues for the past several months and recently launched internationally with Soccer. We’re now ready to introduce the Cricket world to our service,” said Thuuz Co-Founder and CEO Warren Packard. “Thuuz will cover all forty nine Cricket World Cup matches, providing alerts to the best action to people all over the world.”

Thuuz’s set of proprietary algorithms looks at a multitude of discrete events that can occur in each cricket match, from the typical to the unusual. Each of these events has an impact on the overall excitement rating of the match by taking into account the specific situation (including competitiveness, novelty and pace of play) at the time the event occurred. Thuuz uses this to determine an excitement score for the match on a scale of 0-100, and then notifies users if the game is exciting, telling them the exact point they should watch the game from to catch all the excitement without giving anything away. Thuuz is already covering International soccer, the NBA, NCAA basketball, NHL, MLB, NFL and NCAA football, and will soon be launching its service for rugby, and many other sports.

Thuuz was recently profiled in the November 1, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated.

About Thuuz

Thuuz is a free online service which helps sports fans track the excitement levels of games in real-time to make sure they never miss out on the best action of the day. Thuuz creates excitement scores on a scale of 1-100 based on a sophisticated set of algorithms that continuously process play-by-play data and alert users by text, e-mail and on Thuuz’s website when games get exciting. Thuuz is based in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Tough-guy Dallas Green can’t hide sorrow over loss – Tbo.com

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MARTIN FENNELLY

| The Tampa Tribune

Published: February 16, 2011

Updated: 07:20 am


CLEARWATER – He was a rough, tough bear when he ran baseball teams, never backing down, not when he managed the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, not in New York as he tangled with George Steinbrenner, no holding back. That was Dallas Green.

He met with media outside the Phillies’ spring ballpark Wednesday morning, hiding behind big sunglasses. A tear trickled down his right cheek. He couldn’t hold back now, either. He wasn’t a baseball man on this day. Dallas Green was just a 76-year-old grandfather with a broken heart.

“You know, I’m supposed to be a tough sucker and I’m not very tough when it comes to this, so I apologize,” he said.

He told you about his princess, his 9-year-old granddaughter.

Christina-Taylor Green was the youngest of the six people killed by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz., in early January. Her short life has reached far beyond her tiny world.

“We thought it was just our family and our neighborhood out in Tucson, but that little girl woke an awful lot of people up,” Green said.

His jaw tightened.

“We just miss the hell out of her.”

Green, a Phillies senior adviser, didn’t consider skipping spring training.

The voice quivered.

“Well, it’s helped me, because obviously you sink yourself into the work and you don’t see a little girl with a hole in her chest. So I get through it.”

Green and his wife Sylvia concentrate on their son, John, Christina’s dad. He’s a scouting supervisor for the Dodgers. And on their daughter-in-law Roxanna and grandson Dallas, Little D, Christina’s older brother.

“They’re a tough family, a loving family, but they’re going to hurt for a long time,” Green said.

Always he thinks of Christina. She came into the world on Sept. 11, 2001, a pure joy amid all the sorrow. At the funeral, her casket passed beneath the American flag that flew at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

“She was a very special young lady, older than her years,” Dallas Green said. “She and her brother were very close. Christina was kind of the mom, as much as Roxanna, to little Dallas, made sure he got on the bus right, made sure he went to the karate classes on time. They buddied together.

“The way it happened and the fact that she was only 9 years old hit a lot of people hard and brought up the gun business and the craziness the country seems to be going through at times. But she embodied what’s good about kids and what’s good about growing up in the United States.”

At the memorial service for the Tucson victims, President Obama invoked Christina and said, “I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it.”

Christina was elected to the student council at her elementary school. She wanted to help people. Her donated organs saved the life of a girl in Boston. Her corneas saved the eyesight of two Arizona children.

“John called her ‘Princess’ and I did, too,” Green said. “And she was our angel.”

Dallas Green is thankful that John and Roxanna and the kids spent this past Christmas at the home Dallas and Sylvia built decades ago in the tropical Turks and Caicos Islands. Christina loved the water. She loved being with Nana and Pop-Pop.

Dallas Green thanked the Phillies for their support. All of baseball has reached out.

“We’re still opening notes and letters from Philadelphia fans and everybody who has wanted to get in touch with us,” he said.

He thinks about that day sometimes.

“I guess the one thing that I can’t get through my mind, even though I’m a hunter, I love to shoot, I love to have my guns — I don’t have a Glock or whatever it is and I don’t have a magazine with 33 bullets in it. That doesn’t make sense to me, to be able to sell those kind of things. I guess I never thought about it until this happened. What reason is there to have those kind of guns other than to kill people? I just don’t understand that.”

Dallas Green marvels at John and Roxanna’s strength. And there’s young Dallas.

“Little D is back in action,” Green said, back at Little League.

Green thought of another ballplayer, the lone girl on her Little League squad:

“Christina, she was the star of the team, if you talked to her,” her grandfather said with a smile. “She was going to be the first major-league gal …”

He thanked media one last time for their thoughts and stories. Back inside the ballpark, his voice broke one last time, but then he smiled as he remembered Christmas, and his princess, in her snorkel and flippers, darting around in the clear blue water.

“God, she could swim like a fish,” Dallas Green said.

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Sources Reveal That Natalie Portman Is Expecting A Baby Boy

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We’ve been watching Natalie Portman‘s baby bump with interest wondering when she was going to reveal the sex of the baby. We were waiting for the shopping to start to see whether she’d be reaching for pink or blue clothes, or the I’m-not-telling yellow for some hints! Although, we have to admit, the thought of tiny little pink tutu’s made our ovaries hurt!

We may not have got a confirmation from Natalie or her babydaddy-fiance Benjamin Millepied yet, but Life & Style insists they have the answer. The magazine has release a statement revealing the supposed sex of the baby, writing, “Expect Natalie Portman’s bundle of joy to be swaddled in blue! A source close to the couple reveals to Life & Style that Natalie and fiance Benjamin Millepied are expecting a baby boy! They’ve only told a very small group of family members and friends that they’re expecting a son…”

One of the inner circle clearly yakked though, so whoever you are, shame on you! But if this news is true, then congratulations to the couple. If the baby is indeed is a son, then he’s going to grow up to be quite the ladykiller considering both his parents are basically perfect. Any confirmations, Natalie?

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Muniz denies assault claims Taylor’s condition improves – CanadaEast.com

Malcolm’s in the middle of quite the “he said, she said” dispute. Frankie Muniz was back in the news this week when his girlfriend, Elycia Turnbow, alleged that the former child star punched her and put a gun to his own head during an argument on Feb. 11.

In a police report obtained by TMZ, Turnbow claims she and Muniz were fighting over “prior relationships” when the actor “grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with the intent of committing suicide.” Turnbow also alleges that her boyfriend “punched her in the back of the head, and threw her into a wall while in the downstairs bedroom.” She reportedly became so worried that she called one of Muniz’s friends to take him to the hospital.

However, Muniz denies his girlfriend’s version of the events, claiming he “fell and hit his head,” which is why he went to the hospital. In Muniz’s statement, he says he was asleep when Turnbow began “yelling at him and hitting him in the face.” When he tried to defend himself, Muniz says, “Elycia fell to the ground and started to kick the bedroom door.”

As for the gun, the 25-year-old told police he never held it to his head. “I grabbed the case, but not the gun … it isn’t even loaded,” he said, according to the report, adding that he didn’t hurt Turnbow. “I love her too much. She is the woman I want to marry.”

Tuesday afternoon, Muniz’s rep released a statement once again denying Turnbow’s allegations.

“Frankie and Elycia had an argument a few days ago. The police were called to the residence,” the rep said, as per TMZ. “A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping. There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal. She was not assaulted.”

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Elizabeth Taylor’s medical condition is improving, but the Hollywood film legend will remain hospitalized for the foreseeable future under the close care of doctors, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The two-time Oscar winner was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week suffering symptoms of congestive heart failure, which has been an ongoing health problem for the 78 year-old Taylor.

“Elizabeth Taylor has been comfortable over the past few days in Cedars-Sinai. Since being admitted, there has been steady improvement in her condition, and over the weekend she has had visits from family and close friends.

“Her medical team is gratified by her progress to date, and it is hoped and expected that this will continue over the next few days. For now, she will remain under their care in the hospital for continued monitoring,” according to a statement released by her spokeswoman.

She underwent heart surgery in 2009 to replace a leaky valve, and in 2004 announced that she had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure – a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to other organs.

Taylor has been using a wheelchair for more than five years to cope with chronic pain after breaking her back four times, and she has had three hip-replacement operations, a benign brain tumor, skin cancer and pneumonia.

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Lindsay Lohan’s father Wednesday claimed he was the mystery “friend” behind a planned appearance on David Letterman’s TV talk show that involved the troubled actress.

Producers of The Late Show with David Letterman said on Wednesday that Lohan, 24, would not be appearing, as announced, because a mistake had been made. Initially, it seemed the talk show had been hoaxed by a prankster, but the actress’ father Michael Lohan later claimed responsibility.

It would have been the first TV appearance by the Mean Girls actress since she was charged last week with stealing a $2,500 gold necklace, days after leaving her fifth stint in rehab in three years.

She has pleaded not guilty to grand theft – the most serious charge against her in three years of failed drug tests, missed court appearances and brief spells in jail stemming from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession offense.

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Justin Bieber is Rolling Stone’s cover boy for the issue hitting newsstands Feb. 18 and also offers the magazine his take on love and sex.

The 16-year-old pop star kept his comments to the magazine terse, tasteful and sans mention of gal pal Selena Gomez.

“I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them,” Bieber told Rolling Stone. “I think you should just wait for the person you’re … in love with,” he said in response to whether he was the newest member of teen pop’s Purity Club.

But the interview features other Bieber facts that illuminate the pop star’s views on a variety of topics – most of them seemingly crafted to court controversy.

For instance, Bieber reveals he’s unlikely to become a U.S. citizen – for more reasons beyond his undying love of Tim Horton’s Iced Capps. “You guys are evil,” he joked. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”

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