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April 1, 2015 12:15 AM What if Ringo had wound up in Texas?

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Ringo Starr didn't have to end up with The Beatles. He could have been a Texas factory worker moonlighting as a country blues player. He might have been a world-class knitter. Thankfully, fate had other plans for the now-74-year-old drummer, who celebrates spring with his just-released album Postcards From Paradiseand an induction 25

April 1, 2015 12:13 AM Ringo skips no beats on road to "Paradise'

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Ringo Starr is more than getting by with a little help from his friends, his drums and his songs. The Beatles drummer and longtime solo performer is looking forward with his new album, Postcards From Paradise, and being honored for his celebrated past with an induction April 18 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's already 14

March 31, 2015 11:46 PM Antonio Conte says national team doors open for Mario Balotelli

After less-than-impressive showings from both England and Italy in their 1-1 draw, Antonio Conte said the doors were open to players like Mario Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco to return to the national team if they are able to perform for their club teams. Balotelli, Giovinco and Daniel Osvaldo were all left out of the Italian squad for their friendly 25

March 31, 2015 8:30 PM Slovakia beats Czech Republic 1-0 in friendly match

ZILINA, Slovakia (AP) — Ondrej Duda scored after the interval to lead Slovakia to a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday in a friendly between the two teams that once represented Czechoslovakia. The 20-year-old midfielder struck with a low shot from outside the penalty area in the 49th minute for his second international goal. It was the third 7

March 31, 2015 6:09 PM Postcards From Paradise by Ringo Starr

Paul McCartney creates a splash whenever he releases a new album, but Ringo Starr stays a bit on the sidelines, cranking out records and tours to a smaller, dedicated audience. Starr is under no delusion that he might suddenly have a Top 10 smash: he's happy to be a working musician, which is all he ever wanted to be. After all, he was a working musician 16

March 31, 2015 4:39 PM Mignolet has excelled for Liverpool but a new GK backup is needed

At the end of 2014 ESPN FC asked its club bloggers to answer some questions on their team's needs going into the transfer window. Liverpool were in dire straits back then and looked like they needed strengthening all over the park, but I listed the two main priorities as goalkeeper and striker. Three months on, the continuing injury woes of Daniel Sturridge 19

March 31, 2015 3:36 PM Inter Milan interested in signing Yaya Toure or James Milner

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is targeting Manchester City's Yaya Toure and James Milner after assuring supporters that the club will sign a "top player" in the summer. While answering fans' questions on Inter's Facebook page, Mancini listed a number of summer transfer targets, including the City duo, and said sporting director Piero Ausilio is doing 10

March 31, 2015 3:36 PM Can Verratti, De Gea and Kane break into their national teams' starting XIs?

The European Championship's expansion to a 24-team tournament has a multitude of effects -- one is that it effectively gives the major countries a free pass. Therefore, managers have more license to experiment and evolve their side with significantly less risk of failure. Here are five fine talents still attempting to break into their country's first-choice 16

March 31, 2015 2:15 PM Chris Smalling has survived at Manchester United and is set to stay

You would have been hard pressed to find many people defending Chris Smalling after his sending off in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in November. The centre-back had received the second of two inexplicably careless yellow cards and at that point his trudge from the field seemed as if it would take him all the way out of the club this summer 8

March 31, 2015 2:07 PM E-Cigs Tied to Drinking, Other Risky Teen Behaviors

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes are used by both smoking and nonsmoking teens, and are associated with drinking and other risky behaviors, a new study finds. "We found that e-cigarette access is strongly related to alcohol use in teenagers," said study author Karen Hughes. She is a professor of behavioral epidemiology 19