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Tim Lincecum asks for $21.5 million in salary arbitration

Tim Lincecum’s request nears record amount sought in arbitration

San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration on Tuesday and was offered $17 million by the club.

CBS News reports that Lincecum’s request is nearing the record amount sought in arbitration — Roger Clemens’ request for $22 million in 2005. San Francisco’s return offer of $17 million is the highest offer in arbitration history.

As a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and the winning pitcher in the Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas in 2010, the Giants would like to tie Lincecum down with a long-term contract, but Lincecum is intent on keeping his options open.

“We know we’ll at least have a one-year deal,” Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, said. “I can’t really predict where it will end up. In this process your two parties are always filing to try to come to a midpoint. The negotiation is really about the midpoint.”

Read more about Tim Lincecum here.

Jerry Yang leaves Yahoo

Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo with David Filo

Yahoo has announced that co-founder Jerry Yang is resigning.

TechCrunch reports that Yang submitted a letter of resignation reading, “My time at Yahoo!, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. However, the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo! As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo! leadership team, to guide Yahoo! into an exciting and successful future.”

Yang co-founded Yahoo with partner David Filo. Yang also held the position of CEO from June 2007 to January 2009.

This will be the first time that Yang will not have any official role within the company.

Read more about Jerry Yang here.

Jim Caldwell fired by Colts

Jim Caldwell fired after 2-14 season

Jim Caldwell has been released by the Indianapolis Colts.

NBC Sports reports that the team announced Caldwell’s firing on Tuesday. There will be a press conference addressing the announcement at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. You can find out information about streaming the conference here.

As the site points out, it was believed that Caldwell’s relationship with Colts star Peyton Manning would be able to save him, regardless of his 2-14 season. This, apparently, is not the case.

“It didn’t make sense to keep Caldwell without knowing Manning’s status,” the site details. “Perhaps the Colts already know what they will do with Manning, but it’s also possible they honestly don’t know if Manning play again.  If the Colts really want to keep Manning, dropping Caldwell shouldn’t be a deal breaker.”

Manning has been unable to play as he has been recovering from neck surgery.

Read more about Jim Caldwell here.

Occupy Congress crowds gather

Occupy Congress results in six arrests so far

The Occupy protestors have organized outside Congress and the demonsration is unfolding live on Twitter and Ustream.

The Washington Post reports that at least six Occupy Congress protesters have been arrested. One protester tried to jump a police barricade. Occupiers are planning protests inside House office buildings, including Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn, this afternoon. A full Occupy Congress rally is expected to take place at 6 p.m. Among other things, the Occupy protesters were heard chanting, “Who do you serve? Who are you protecting?”

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is providing food and warm clothes to protesters.

Twitter users can follow the action with the hastag #occupycongress. The Occupy Congress demonstration is also being streamed on Ustream.

Read updates about Occupy Congress here.

Jenelle Evans arrested once again

Jenelle Evans arrested for second time in a week

Jenelle Evans has been arrested for the second time in a week!

The NY Daily News reports that Evans was arrested Monday night in North Carolina for violating a domestic violence protective order. Evans, 20, was reportedly taken into custody immediately.

Six days earlier, Evans was arrested for allegedly making harassing phone calls to former roommate Hannah Inman. As we reported at the time, Evans was released after posting $1,000 bond, and upon her release denied all of Inman’s allegations. You can read more about Evans’ earlier arrest here.

To read more about Jenelle Evans’ current arrest, go here.

Muhammad Ali celebrates 70th birthday

Muhammad Ali’s birthday recognized by sports figures, celebrities

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday today.

Time is commemorating the occasion by displaying a collection of Ali through the years. Sports Illustrated’s Director of Photography writes, “There was a time when no one was more photographed than Muhammad Ali. The pictures from the 60s and early 70s helped define sports in America.” And the iconic images displayed by Time prove that assertion.

Although Ali doesn’t have an official Twitter profile, that hasn’t stopped fans, celebrities and sport figures from sending him birthday wishes. ESPN has paid tribute to Ali tweeting, “‘I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.’ Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali.” LeVar Burton also tweeted about Ali, saying “Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali… You are and always will be The Greatest!!! #bydhttmwfi.”

You can find out more about Muhammad Ali, and view some of the iconic photos of him through the years, here.

John Elway confirms Tim Tebow as starting quarterback

John Elway thinks Tebow has “earned the right”

Broncos boss John Elway has confirmed that Tim Tebow will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback going into training camp.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Elway made the announcement at a season-ending press conference on Monday. “Well, I think Tim’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp,” Elway began.

“I think he made some good strides this year,” Elway continued. “He obviously played very well against Pittsburgh and played very well in a lot of football games.”

For his part, Tebow has said that he is prepared “to work pretty hard and try to get a lot better.”

“Hopefully, I can teach him what I learned over my 16-year career,” Elway said, “to be able to tell him what I learned in Year 10, hopefully get that to him in year three or four.”

Read more about John Elway here.

Evan Bourne suspended

Evan Bourne suspended for 60 days

Evan Bourne has been suspended by the WWE…again.

The official announcement by the WWE reads, “In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Matthew Korklan (Evan Bourne®) for 60 days effective Tuesday, January 17 for his second violation of the company’s policy.”

ProWrestling.net reports that Bourne failed a second Wellness Policy test. Bourne was previously suspended on November 1 for 30 days.

Read more about Evan Bourne here. Read more about the WWE’s Wellness Policy here.

Paula Deen diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

Paula Deen contracted to promote diabetes drug

The rumors are true. Paula Deen has confirmed that she has Type 2 diabetes.

CBS News reports that Deen told the “TODAY” crew that she was diagnosed three years ago, but didn’t want to announce her condition without being able to give advice to others with diabetes. Deen has become a paid spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk and will assist Novo’s program Diabetes in a New Light, offering tips on food preparation, stress management and working with doctors on a treatment plan.

Deen, 64, is known for her use of high-calorie, fatty ingredients in her cooking. When asked if this diet contributed to her condition, she responded, “That is part of the puzzle,” but added that genetics, lifestyle, stress and age all contribute as well.

Deen’s son, Bobby, has launched his own cooking show on the Cooking Channel, “Not My Mama’s Meals,” which offers healthy takes on Deen’s classics.

Read more about Paula Deen here.

Betty White's 90th birthday

Betty White celebrated by Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett

Betty White’s life and career were celebrated Monday night in a televised special featuring comedy legends Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and Ed Asner.

“A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl” aired Monday night and featured a star-studded cast saluting the now 90-year-old White. Although tributes from Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and Ed Asner brought the audience to their feet and brought tears to their eyes, it wasn’t just past costars who made the trip to salute White. Current primetime stars Joel McHale, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Seth Meyers all paid tribute to White, and even President Obama made a special appearance. Obama joked that he didn’t believe White was really 90 and requested to to see her long-form birth certificate to prove it.

“I’ve been the luckiest old broad on two feet to have all the jobs that I’ve had,” White said, clearly moved by all in attendance.

Read more about the tribute to Betty White here.