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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Soccer Break Monday – Champions League last eight week special

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SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/With all the hype surrounding this week's Champions League quarter-finals, the events of the weekend seem like a distant memory. Here's a recap of a fascinating set of results around Europe the past few days.

Before we move on, your thoughts please. Does Wayne Rooney deserve to be punished for his outburst on camera against West Ham? And Fulham fans, did you take a picture with Michael Jackson on Sunday?

So we start with Real Madrid against Tottenham Hotspur at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. Predictions? Spurs have looked far better in Europe than in the Premier League this season, and their 0-0 against Wigan on Saturday could be a good omen.

That said, Jose Mourinho's astonishing nine-year unbeaten home record as coach ended on the same day. Will Real's backlash hit the Londoners?

from Fan Fare:

Chris Brown: time to forgive? How about forget?

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Brown3There is no doubt Chris Brown gave a strong performance of Michael Jackson songs at Sunday's BET Awards. But the question it raised Sunday on the news floor here was: were his emotions real? If you don't know what we're talking about. You can read about it here or watch the video below.

Brown performed a medley of Michael Jackson songs that ended with "Man in the Mirror," the King of Pop's call for all of us to take a long look at ourselves and change in ways that make the world a better place to live. But instead of singing, Brown appeared overcome by the lyrics, seemed to be crying, tossed his earplug out of his ear at one point and bent to his knees in anguish before quickly leaving the stage soon after the song ended. He later returned after winning an "AOL Fan-demonium" award and said to the audience,  "I let y'all down before, but I won't do it again. I promise."

from India Masala:

Death of Michael Jackson: A year in review as a fan

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the day a frantic 911 emergency call from pop legend Michael Jackson’s residence set off a chain of events that left millions of fans across the world numbed.

Michael Jackson fans hold oil lamps as they sing a song in tribute to the late pop icon in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki MuhammadMichael Jackson, youth icon and arguably the greatest pop star that ever lived, was found unconscious at his Los Angeles residence. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.

from The Great Debate (India):

Michael Jackson – the greatest entertainer ever?

Michael Jackson fans worldwide paid tribute to the late King of Pop on Friday, the first anniversary of his death

Jackson died of cardiac arrest, age 50, on June 25 last year in Los Angeles.Michael jackson

One year later, Jackson has seen a resurgence in his popularity. Hollywood trade paper Billboard estimated revenues to Jackson's estate in the past year have hit $1 billion.

from Fan Fare:

Connecting with Michael Jackson, one year after his death

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Jackson AnniversaryThere were no seances to raise him from the dead (at least as far as we know), but people around the world were connecting to Michael Jackson again, one year after his death. In Tokyo, fans slept with his memorabilia. In Vietnam, they held a night of performances. In New York, they danced at the Apollo Theater, and in Los Angeles they waited to pay their respects at the Forest Lawn cemetery where his body was laid to rest. Those pictured at right are at a parade in Liepzig, Germany. Read the full story here.

There is no doubt Jackson was the King of Pop, but will he be remembered in the same way as Elvis or Marilyn Monroe? Will his songs be sung and his moonwalk be danced? Time will tell. But we were out on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday to talk to people about what they most remembered about Michael Jackson. Click below to see what they had to say.

from MediaFile:

E3: Ubisoft teases (again!) with Michael Jackson

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Somebody at Ubisoft must be a big fan of the films "Jaws" or "Predator," where the title characters do not materialize until late in the movie. Or maybe it's the play "Waiting for Godot" they admire -- Godot never shows at all.

Why else would they -- for the second year in a row -- devote a chunk of time at their E3 event to a highly anticipated video game, and not show any footage from the game?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Sleeping with Michael Jackson’s stuff?

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Blog Guy, I need some personal advice from a supportive, caring person. Have you read about that Michael Jackson thing in Japan? You can spend the night of June 25th, the anniversary of his death, actually sleeping amid Jackson's belongings at an exhibit in Tokyo.

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Oh Lord.... No, no, no... Please don't make me be supportive.

But I'm such a huge Jackson fan! PLEASE say it's normal to do this!

USA/Okay, I can't believe I'm saying this, but if you liked him that much, and you have a chance to spend a night in opulence surrounded by his things, I guess...

from Fan Fare:

Dr. Conrad Murray, guilty as charged?

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Los Angeles prosecutors finally had their day in court on Monday, when Dr. Conrad Murray -- better known as Michael Jackson's personal physician -- was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's sudden death. You can read about the charges here.

If you don't already know about the case, LA coroners have said Jackson died of acute intoxication of an anesthetic drug called propofol, which is used in surgery. Dr. Murray has admitted giving the singer propofol on the day he died, according to court documents, but he has also said other doctors gave Jackson numerous drugs. Indeed, the coroner's report said several drugs, including the sedative Lorazepam, were in Jackson's system. You can read about the drugs in his system here.

from MediaFile:

For Yahoo, Tiger scandal better than Michael Jackson

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Celebrity deaths are big news. But nothing warms a media executive's heart more than a good celebrity sex scandal.

“God bless Tiger. This week we got a huge uplift.” Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz told a crowd of investors in New York on Tuesday at the UBS Media and Communications Conference.

from Raw Japan:

Wanted: Japan’s next fun fad

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I’ve always seen Japan as a nation of trend lovers. From Tamagotchi digital pets and “print club” photo stickers to the morning banana diet and Billy’s Boot Camp, people here seem ready to jump all over the latest fad.

But 2009 wasn’t much of a year for fun and games in the world’s second-biggest economy, according to ad agency Dentsu’s latest Hit Product Recognition survey.

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