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Sun-Up: Sepp Blatter angers gay rights groups; Joe Paterno can't hear you; Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are no more, Rulon Gardner wants to be biggest loser; T.O. talks

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sepp-blatter-gay.jpgGay rights groups are clamoring for an apology from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who said that gay fans should "refrain from any sexual activities" while in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Homosexual behavior is illegal in that country.

Juris Lavrikovs, communications director for the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, said the comments were "very unfortunate and have left people deeply offended."

"This is not a joke, this is a matter of life and death to people," Lavrikovs said. "Qatar and more than 70 other countries in the world still criminalize individuals for homosexual relationships, and some countries even punish them by death sentence.

The incident is more fuel for those who believe staging soccer's biggest event in a country seen by many to have a spotty human rights record is a mistake.

Blatter himself isn't exactly the most popular person in the world right now either.


Speak up



Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno had a bit of a problem conducting a radio interview with Steve Dueming of WDAE in Tampa recently.

The 83-year-old coach implored the host to speak up and then could be heard admitting that he couldn't hear anything.

The video -- now viral -- has drawn some mixed reactions. Obviously, this one on YouTube is titled "The Greatest Interview of All Time." But not everyone finds it funny.

Stop. You don't have a chance

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Two of the world's sexiest people won't be sexy with each other anymore.

Movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have broken off their marriage after two years. Evidently, they quietly split six months ago, but news just reached the proletariat yesterday.

He was just named People's Sexiest Man Alive and, well, you can see what she looks like.

Gold standard
Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner, who is the ultimate survivalist, will compete in Season 11 of "Biggest Loser."

After his shocking 2000 upset of Alexander Karelin, the wrestler ballooned up to 474 pounds.

Hey, good for him.

And finally ...
In extremely non-shocking news, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens doled out blame for his team's awful 2-11 record while wearing a shirt that read "I (heart) keeping it real."

Of course he did. 

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Give it up Joe..you sound senile now. Move out of the way and let a younger man and his family enjoy the fruits you have and that have and will continue to serve you and yours well. Move over dude. I have a feeling this guys a patsy now for Penn State--propped up and the assistants are actually running things. But move him out of the way anyway....that was pathetic he trying to hear and comprehend.

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