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Tracy Morgan ‘concerned’ about Alec Baldwin

Tracy Morgan has certainly had his share of off-screen drama throughout his career, but now the 30 Rock alum says he feels like the tables have turned and it’s his former co-star Alec Baldwin who’s continually finding himself in hot water.
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IHS: ‘no breakthroughs,’ ‘nothing earth-shattering’ about Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Cost

Research firm IHS says the Galaxy S5 costs $ 256 to make, Re/code reports, a price that’s significantly higher than previous Samsung high-end handsets but which is becoming the norm for the company’s new flagships. While the $ 256 bill of materials for the handset does not account for the cost of software, distribution and marketing, Samsung is expected to enjoy a gross margin of about 60% on the Galaxy S5.

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Johnny Manziel visiting the Oakland Raiders; talk about a match made in heaven

If there ever was a perfect match, Johnny Manziel and the Oakland Raiders are made for each other.

Oakland has the historic bad boy reputation. Raiders fans are, umm, passionate?

Manziel showed up with rapper Drake at the Final Four and was booed when shown on the Jumbotron. He is already disliked despite never taking one snap in the NFL.

Well, Manziel spent Sunday and Monday on a predraft visit with Oakland, and even if it appears unlikely he will play for the Raiders, the thought of him wearing silver and back (minus the face paint) is intriguing.

Oakland traded a sixth-round pick to obtain Matt Schaub this offeason. Schaub restructured his contract, and coach Dennis Allen said the newly acquired quarterback would be his starter after Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin struggled during Oakland’s second straight four-win season.

That does not mean Oakland will overlook a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

Schaub is a short-term solution for Oakland. In addition, Schaub set an NFL record with an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games last season. If he struggles again, Johnny Football coming to the rescue would be must-see TV.

NFL teams can host up to 30 draft-eligible players, which means Manziel’s visit could just be a formality.

But Manziel and the Raiders might be a perfect match.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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IRL: A rant about Nintendo’s Virtual Console service

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

Before you send in your angry emails, comments and tweets…
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Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

Staples 3D Printer Sales

We’re about to learn whether 3D printing will ever have mainstream appeal because Staples is now offering both an in-store printing service as well as actual 3D printers. The cheapest printer costs $ 1,300, which is fairly steep, but shipping is free. Shoppers can now also walk into stores and ask for the employees to help them to design and print objects on the spot.

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Jerry Jones’ Cowboys keep missing the playoffs, but brags about being a popular TV show

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones cannot brag about his team’s recent success in the playoffs, so he had to boast about something.

On second thought, he really could have kept those thoughts to himself.

Jones recently held a press conference to announce AT&T Stadium will host the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards next April. Instead of just bragging about the beautiful stadium, or everything Dallas has to offer, Jones made a horrible analogy involving his football team.

“As you know, the Cowboys have not gone to the playoffs in several years,” Jones said (via The Dallas Morning News). “We have not gone, yet we’re the most popular TV show there is on television. We lead all teams in TV ratings. We lead, 24 of the last top 25 shows were NFL games, and any time your Cowboys play they’re up there at the top and leading. Now, what causes that? What causes that is creating some aura, creating some excitement. We want to use that as best we can to make this award show the greatest ever.”

That observation should do wonders for season ticket sales.

There is a difference between being popular and good. A random search on YouTube will produce several popular videos, but that does not mean it is quality entertainment.

Jones also does not realize many people enjoying watching Dallas because of its annual collapse. Dallas has finished 8-8 the past three seasons, while quarterback Tony Romo’s record in December is 14-19.

Dallas may be a popular team, but Jones should be uncomfortable settling for that insignificant accolade.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Why overnight mobile gaming millionaires feel guilty about their riches

How To Make Millions From Smartphone Games

Let’s say you tossed together a cheesy-looking video game about a bird flying through pipes that inexplicably became an overnight sensation and made you an instant millionaire. Would you feel good about yourself or would you feel a pang of guilt that your crappy game has made you more money than people out there who grind it out every day but who still struggle to pay their bills?

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DeSean Jackson on getting RG3′s No. 10 jersey: ‘We’ve talked about it’

Players can be territorial about their uniform number, and in most cases when they go to a new team they can negotiate to get the jersey number from whoever has it.

DeSean Jackson wore No. 10 in Philadelphia and it seems like he’d like to keep wearing it, with one big problem. That number is taken, by quarterback Robert Griffin III, the face of the franchise.

No matter to Jackson. He wants it anyway.

“I definitely am familiar with the No. 10 on Robert Griffin,” Jackson said during a conference call. “But, you know, we’ve talked about it a little bit, but there hasn’t been a decision that’s been made yet so far, but maybe by the time season starts we’ll know. But maybe RGIII will wear No. 3 and I’ll try to get in 10. We’ll see how it goes though. Never know.”

Now, before we get too deep into this conversation (presumably Jackson was at least half kidding anyway) and cause the thousands of Redskins fans who have dropped a couple hundred bucks on an authentic RG3 jersey a collective heart attack, there is zero chance of this actually happening. The NFL has a rule that if a player changes his number or name, he has to buy up all the unsold league-licensed jerseys to do so. When Adrian Peterson talked about changing his number a few years ago, he was informed by the NFL of the policy, and that put an end to that. The same happened when Donte Whitner considered changing the name on his jersey to “Hitner.” Eric Decker recently paid Jeff Cumberland $ 25,000 to get No. 87 after he signed with the Jets, but there aren’t many Cumberland jerseys out there … no offense to the Jets’ tight end. Go to a Washington, D.C. mall and take a look at how many Griffin jerseys there are on the racks. Then think about all the stores in America that have Griffin’s jersey in stock, and consider the quarterback would have to pay for them all. Nobody’s shelling out that money.

So unless Jackson wants to pay Griffin, oh, a few million for No. 10, he’s going to have to find another solution.

That’s probably OK with the Redskins. Griffin’s No. 10 is still the 11th-best selling jersey on NFLShop.com. And whether Jackson settles on No. 11 or 81 or whatever (he wore No. 1 in college), that’s likely to do pretty good business in Washington as well.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s success

BlackBerry BBM Stickers Released

When BlackBerry released BBM for Android and iOS last year, it gave the company a much-needed hit that helped spark hope that the one-time smartphone titan could get a fresh injection of revenue from its popular messaging service. On Tuesday, BlackBerry released a new update for BBM that delivers one of the many ways the company plans to make money from the service: Stickers. 

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Kim Kardashian tweets about conflict in Syria

Kim Kardashian has waded into Syria’s conflict, calling on fans through Twitter to save the ancient Armenian Christian village of Kassab, whose residents fled as rebels seized control of the hamlet in late March.
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