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Actor and NFL Star Alex Karras Near Death

Vernon Biever/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former NFL great and actor, Alex Karras, is reportedly near death, following recent kidney failure.

The 77-year-old has been given only a few days to live, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Karras, a defensive tackle, was drafted 10th overall in 1958 by the Detroit Lions, and he played for the team his entire NFL career. Following his retirement from football in 1970 at the age of 35, Karras took up acting, playing Mongo in the Mel Brooks movie "Blazing Saddles" and lovable dad George Papadapolis on the ABC series "Webster."

Karras' former team is already extending its sympathies to the All-Pro defensive lineman. Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement released late Monday night that the "entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding one of our all-time greats.

Karras quit acting in 1998, and in his later years, was plagued by numerous health problems, including dementia. He is among the more than 3,000 players suing the NFL over the league's treatment of head injuries.

There have been a number of high-profile cases of former NFL players who have serious health problems stemming from the lingering effects of head trauma endured in their playing days. Depression caused by head trauma is said to have played a part in the suicides of Ray Easterling, Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.

The NFL has said it never purposefully misled the athletes, as the players allege, and is working toward a better understanding of concussions and how to protect players.

Catherine Lincoln, general manager of Clark Karras Properties, told the Detroit Free Press that Karras was released from the hospital over the weekend, and is currently in hospice care at his home in California.

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Van Halen to Play the Super Bowl?

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Speculation began circulating in the media recently that Van Halen may be the next high-profile artist to headline a Super Bowl halftime show, and now the band's frontman, David Lee Roth, has come forward to address the rumors.

The Van Halen News Desk fan site has posted an open letter from the singer in which he declares, "Be still my pigskin heart.  That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time, though it is one we would accept in a NY minute."

Roth continues, "Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday -- more like every given Sunday -- the idea of playing there live would be like, 'okay, now we're in the game.'"

The singer goes on to describe the Super Bowl halftime gig as "a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists."

He concludes by saying, "It's an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web."

Rumors about Van Halen playing at next year's sports extravaganza sprung up after the band canceled a lengthy portion of its announced North American tour.  In the wake of the cancellations, guitarist Eddie Van Halen told USA Today, "In the new year we'll possibly do something special but I can't talk about it."

The next Super Bowl will take place February 3, 2013, at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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Deion Sanders Ordered to Pay Pilar Sanders Legal Fees

Elsa/Getty Images(MCKINNEY, Texas) -- Football legend Deion Sanders has been ordered by a Texas court to pay his estranged wife Pilar Sanders $10,500 per month in child support for their three children and $275,000 to cover her legal fees.

Sanders learned in court Tuesday that despite the hefty monthly fee, he will not have to pay spousal support, according to Pilar was also ordered to return six containers of Deion’s property by July 1, the website reported.

Deion Sanders, 44, filed for divorce from Pilar, 38, in December after 13 years of marriage. The couple had continued to live together with their children in their sprawling mansion outside of Dallas, despite the divorce drama. Pilar reportedly has a home in Celina, Texas.

The two have reportedly worked out a schedule for visitations rights with their kids. A full custody hearing is scheduled for later this month.

A domestic dispute broke out between the couple on April 23 at the family’s $5.7 million Prosper, Texas, mansion that ended with Pilar being held in jail overnight on a misdemeanor assault charge and her husband cited, also for misdemeanor assault.

Texas State District Judge Ray Wheless last week ordered Pilar to stay 500 yards away from the family’s home and gave Deion temporary custody of the couple’s two sons and daughter, pending a full custody hearing. The judge also ordered that the children undergo psychological counseling.

Sanders, who became known as “Primetime” during his college and NFL days and was an icon in the Dallas area during his five seasons as a cornerback with the Cowboys, has frequently taken to Twitter as the bitter divorce has unraveled. He seemed contemplative in a recent posting.

“God is good Good is faithful God is who he says he is. Don’t ever doubt him. Truth,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

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NFL, NBC Apologize for M.I.A.'s Middle Finger at Halftime Show

Rob Carr/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There were no wardrobe malfunctions during Madonna's halftime show at Super Bowl 46 Sunday, but the NFL and a television network did apologize for a middle finger.

Madonna was joined by singer M.I.A. for a performance of Madge's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," when M.I.A. flipped her middle finger during her rap, which was just caught on camera as NBC tried to blur it.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an apology was issued immediately from NBC Sports, saying, "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime, it was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." NBC also noted that the league and not the peacock network, was in charge of the halftime show.

The NFL issued a statement throwing some blame at NBC: "There was a failure in NBC's delay system.  The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans."

Madonna's halftime show began with the 53-year-old queen of pop being pulled into Lucas Oil Stadium by dozens of muscled soldiers as the unmistakable opening beats of “Vogue” kicked in.  Madonna was perched on a throne, dressed in a gold robe which she soon threw off to reveal an outfit befitting a Roman or Greek goddess, featuring a black skin tight top and gold skirt, complete with thigh-high black boots and head piece.

As "Vogue" ended, the tune “Music” eased in.  This part of the set featured acrobatic breakdancers and Madonna proved her athleticism, turning cartwheels and performing headstands next to a performer perched on a wire.  She was joined by LMFAO as their hits "Party Rock Anthem" and “Sexy and I Know It” were mashed-up with "Music."

That was followed by her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” complete with football cheerleaders and guests M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, who swept in to deliver their respective parts on the song. Billboard reports M.I.A. flipped the bird while saying the lyrics, "I'mma say this once, yeah, I don't give a s**t."

A marching band led by Cee Lo Green dressed as the band leader then appeared as snippets of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart” were thrown into the mix, with Cee Lo sharing the vocals.

For the final song, the stage grew dark as strains of “Like a Prayer” began. With a quick-change, Madonna and Cee Lo appeared in black sequin floor-length robes, supported by a choir of backup singers and twinkling flashlights in the stands.  As the performance reached a climax, Madonna suddenly dropped down a hatch surrounded by white smoke as the words “World Peace” were projected onto the field.

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Report: Cee Lo Green to Join Madonna on Stage at Super Bowl?

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- NBC's The Voice will begin its second season directly following the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Feb. 5 -- and now it appears that one of the Voice coaches will be part of the half time entertainment.  The Insider reports that Cee Lo Green will be joining Madonna onstage during her half time performance at the big game, and that he's been traveling to New York to rehearse with the superstar for the past two weeks.

Sources tell The Insider that Cee Lo will "bring a new sound to some of Madonna's classic hits."  However, Madonna's rep tells ABC News Radio that she cannot confirm The Insider's report.

It's also been widely reported that Madonna will be joined onstage by rappers M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj during half time for a performance of her new single Give Me All Your Luvin' but this has not yet been confirmed by the NFL.

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VIDEO: Jerome Simpson Busts a Move Into the End Zone

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- You’ve seen videos of football players celebrating in the end zone after scoring a touchdown, but Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson managed to bust a move as he ran into the end zone on Saturday’s Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Andy Dalton threw a 19-yard pass to Simpson. The only thing between Simpson and the end zone was Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington.

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Simpson didn’t want to take any chances getting around Washington, who is 6’2” and 234 lbs., so he did a somersault over the defender and landed perfectly on two feet in the end zone, in a move you’d expect from a gymnast.

The Bengals beat the Cardinals 23-16, keeping their playoff hopes for the alive.

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Super Bowl Will Be Live-Streamed Online for First Time

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Want to watch the Super Bowl on your phone? For the first time, there’s a live stream for that.

NBC’s broadcasts of four major football games -- the two Saturday wild-card games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl -- will be streamed live on the NBC Sports and NFL websites and through Verizon’s NFL mobile app, for the first time, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Verizon customers will be able to use their laptops, smart phones and tablets to watch the “NBC Postseason Extra” stream, which will launch with the televised broadcast of the wild-card games on Jan. 7, followed by the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 and Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, hosted in Indianapolis.

The service will include additional camera angles, highlights, talent interaction, live stat updates as well as instant replay.

NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter said the application will allow you to replay key moments over and over again in case you missed that incredible toe-drag touchdown or you had to leave your Super Bowl party to pick up an extra bag of chips.

“We don’t see the online offering serving as anyone’s primary screen,” Hunter said. “We anticipate that our fans will still be gathering around the television screen on Super Bowl Sunday....We see the computer as a complimentary screen.”

Not to worry, those unforgettable Super Bowl ads will be included as part of the replay package too.

Hunter said that the streams will be through Verizon only because the mobile carrier has a pre-existing relationship with the league and NBC.

Last year’s Super Bowl, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, was the most watched television program in U.S. history, racking in a whooping 111 million viewers.

The rights to the Super Bowl currently rotates every year between NBC, Fox and CBS. Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

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Nickelback to Perform at Halftime of NFL Thanksgiving Game

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Nickelback will perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions Thanksgiving game, according to a statement released Thursday.

The performance will be during the first game of the NFL's Thanksgiving tripleheader. The Packers-Lions game will air on Fox.

“We are honored to perform at the United Way halftime show on Thanksgiving Day,” said Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.  “We always love playing in Detroit, our fans there have been tremendously supportive of us through the years and we can’t wait to come back and celebrate an exciting day for the Lions and the city of Detroit."

Additionally, American Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina will sing the national anthem at Ford Field.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Receiver Hines Ward Arrested for DUI

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, 35, is known for being one of the most well-respected players in the NFL, a reigning Dancing with the Stars champion, and most recently, one of the latest to be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The former Super Bowl MVP was arrested early Saturday in suburban Atlanta at 3:41 a.m., according to officials.

He was released from the DeKalb County jail on $1,300 bond.

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NFL Star’s Osama bin Laden Tweet Provokes Backlash

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Rashard Mendenhall, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, caused quite the uproar after tweeting in response to Osama bin Laden's death, "What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side...."

Later, he wrote, "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."

The Steelers' president, Art Rooney II, swiftly posted a statement online saying, "I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments. The entire Steelers' organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon."

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