Miguel Cabrera Was Arrested in Florida


Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of resisting an officer without violence. Cabrera, 27, was spotted by a deputy in a car with a smoking engine alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Inside the vehicle, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.

The arrest occurred about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training. Pitchers and catchers began workouts earlier this week, but position players like Cabrera don't start until Saturday.

"It's hard," said second baseman Carlos Guillen, who is in camp recovering from an injury. "He's a really good friend. I know he was working hard in the winter to have a good season this year."

According to the police report, Cabrera was wandering into the road with his hands up before he was handcuffed. He kept saying, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems," and cursed at deputies who tried to get him into a patrol car.

One deputy struck Cabrera in the left thigh several times with his knee after Cabrera pushed into him, causing the ballplayer to fall into the patrol car. Cabrera refused to take a breath test, deputies said.

He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting an officer without violence. He posted $1,350 bond and was released from jail at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

The news was slow to reach the Tigers' spring training complex, but Guillen, who like Cabrera is from Venezuela, was shaken when he found out.

"I worry about him. He's got a lot of talent," Guillen said. "It's tough for him, for us, for Venezuelans."

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski wasn't immediately available for comment.

Cabrera is coming off perhaps his best season. He hit .328 with 38 home runs and 126 RBIs in 2010 and finished second to Josh Hamilton in the American League MVP vote.

In 2009, police said the All-Star first baseman got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking, right before his team surrendered the American League Central Division title to the Twins.

Dombrowski had to pick up Cabrera at the station after that incident. No charges were filed.

During spring training last year, Cabrera said he was done drinking alcohol after he spent much of the offseason in counseling.

"You guys write in the paper 'alcoholic,' that's not right," he said last March before a spring training workout. "I don't know how to explain, but it's not an alcohol problem."

Cabrera has a home in Boca Raton, about 75 miles south of Fort Pierce. There was no phone listing for him.

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Adrianne Palicki Wonder Woman's


We've all been waiting with bated breath for the casting of David E. Kelley's "Wonder Woman," and now we've finally, finally got a name: "Friday Night Lights" alum Adrianne Palicki. The immediate response for the casting has been almost entirely positive (though the script itself has been almost universally panned).

Her first acting role was a Lost in Space remake. The actress was born and raised in Ohio but moved to Los Angeles when she decided to pursue an acting career. Her first acting job was in John Woo's TV remake of the classic program Lost in Space for the WB Network, playing Judy Robinson. The pilot was developed during the 2003-04 development season but didn't get picked up to series.

"Smallville" before Laura Vandervoort stepped in to play the real Supergirl.

Adrianne Palicki also appeared in the "Supernatural" pilot and several subsequent episodes as Sam Winchester's ill-fated girlfriend, Jessica Moore, who... well, died in a fire before the pilot was over.

Of course, Palicki is best known as Tyra Collette on "Friday Night Lights," where she started off as an underachieving, promiscuous lost cause and ultimately became one of the series' most heartwarming, inspiring success stories. (And this is a show full of heartwarming, inspiring success stories.) Palicki played Tyra with a tough edge right up until the lights went out on the series finale.

To put it bluntly, Palicki's got it all. She's gorgeous and Amazonian with an "FNL" level of talent and that force-of-nature je ne sais quoi that we hope to see in all of our pop culture superheroes.

She's definitely worthy of the role -- the question is whether the role is worthy of her. Kelley has a dismal track record when it comes to writing strong, capable women -- he tends toward "quirky" female characters who are a bundle of frayed nerves and bared insecurities.

Kelley's Wonder Woman has three identities - Diana Themyscira, a billionaire with her own business empire, fidgety, insecure assistant Diana Price, and of course, Wonder Woman. The script includes an ice-cream fueled pajama party, a "Single Ladies" musical cue, and the line "Big tits save lives!" as Diana approves the design for a Wonder Woman action figure.

Ugh.

After the rather spectacular crash and burn of "Lone Star" in the 2010 fall season, our fingers are crossed that "Wonder Woman" becomes the vehicle that turns Palicki into a household name. We're just pretty sure it'll need a total overhaul first.

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Len Lesser Died at Home in Burbank


Actor Len Lesser, best known for his role as Uncle Leo on 'Seinfeld,' is dead, the Associated Press reports. The veteran character actor died at home in Burbank, California from cancer-related pneumonia. He was 88. 

His crack comic timing led to other roles as a cantankerous old-man type in Mad About You, Boy Meets World, Everybody Loves Raymond, ER and, most recently, Castle.

The New York City native's career got rolling, however, on shows like The Munsters, The Monkees and Get Smart, and he had small parts on the big screen, as well, in Papillon, Outlaw Josey Whales and Bird Man of Alcatraz.

Lesser, an Army vet who served in World War II, is survived by a son and a daughter, as well as three grandchildren.

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Shelley Long And Matt Dillion on Modern Family


We saw some familiar faces as guest stars on Modern Family tonight: Shelley Long was back as Jay’s ex-wife. Matt Dillon played Claire’s ex-boyfriend. Modern Family is celebrating a birthday tonight! Well, one of the characters is, anyway, and we are just glad to be invited...especially because the rest of the “Princess Party” guest list seems to go off the rails a bit.

Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) takes the reigns once again, much like he tried to when building Lily’s princess playhouse in the backyard, and he decides to invite his mom (guest star Shelley Long) to the party, which upsets Claire (Julie Bowen) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) for very different reasons. He also decides to invite a new form of entertainment, in an actress dressed up as a Princess, instead of allowing Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) to don his Fizbo makeup once again.

Everyone is coming to gather for the little one, so how out of hand could things get? Well, let’s just say Cameron doesn’t take the slight lightly-- but he does take it a bit personally-- and he doesn’t make things easy on the entertainer. And of course anywhere the matriarch of the Pritchett family goes, trouble follows. This time that comes early when she shows up with a very special new beau-- one who just happens to be Claire’s ex and therefore not exactly age appropriate, let alone loved by the rest of the family, namely Jay (Ed O’Neill) and now Phil (Ty Burrell).

Oh and did we mention this guy is played by Matt Dillon? Something tells us he’s going to fit right in with this kooky clan!
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Scottish Deerhound Wins at Westminster Dog Show 2011


Hickory the Scottish deerhound is a country dog who typically spends her days on a 50-acre farm in Flint Hill, Va., chasing rabbits and deer. The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show crowned a Best in Show Tuesday night (Feb. 15) and it was Hickory the Scottish Deerhound in what is a bit of an upset over Malachy the Pekingese and Adam the Smooth Fox Terrier, both of which were heavily favored. It is the Scottish Deerhound's first Best in Show win as a breed.

The show kicked off with the Sporting group. The breeds singled out were the Pointer, the German Wirehaired pointer, the Curly-Coated Retriever, the Irish Setter, the Black Cocker Spaniel, the English Springer Spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Weimaraner and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. The top four in order were: the Black Cocker Spaniel, the Irish Setter, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Irish Water Spaniel. The Boykin Spaniel was the new breed in the Sporting group, but was not brought down.

The Working group was up next. The dogs brought down were the Alaskan Malamute, the Boxer, the Doberman Pinscher, the Kuvasz, the Portuguese Water Dog, the Rottweiler and the Samoyed. The top four were the Portuguese Water Dog, the Boxer, the Kuvasz and the Samoyed.

The last group of the night is the Terrier group. The breeds singled out are the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Norfolk Terrier, the Norwich Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, the Seelyham Terrier, the Sky Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier. The top four finish the Smooth Fox, the Norfolk, the Sky and the Westie.

The Best in Show group included from last night the Scottish Deerhound from the Hound group, the Pekingese from the Toy group, the Shar-Pei from the Non-Sporting group and the Bearded Collie from the Herding group. From tonight, we had the Black Cocker Spaniel from the Sporting group, the Portuguese Water Dog from the Working group and the Smooth Fox from the Terrier group, who is the favorite according to odds-makers.

But then in an upset, Hickory the Scottish Deerhound won Best in Show! It is the first Best in Show win for the Scottish Deerhound breed and was quite a surprise in the face of Adam the Smooth Fox Terrier and Malachy the Pekingese, who were both heavily favored.

The Best in Show judge, whose first language is not English, said of the win, "Scottish Deerhound ... is exactly the same like I studied in the standard that was about 150 years ago. Outstanding dog. Moving and type was super. All the others were wonderful."

Congrats to Hickory the Scottish Deerhound!
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