Roundup: Mark Cuban's Insider Trading Trial Begins, Government Shuts Down, & Kate Upton Dating Dancer

alexa vegaAlexa Vega … the Government shutdown has begun … the best global brands in 2013, led by Apple, Google and Coca-Cola … Kate Upton is dating some guy from Dancing with the Stars … man shot and killed for trying to steal beerHollywood loves Paul Rudd … five hikers caught in Colorado rock slide are dead … someone didn’t love the Breaking Bad finale! … Mark Cuban goes on trial today for insider trading … Great White Sharks feeding on whale carcass … if you have teenage girls, I wish you luck in keeping them off social mediaBreaking Bad finale: 10.3 million viewers

If you went to bed early, the Saints hammered the Dolphins, 38-17 as Drew Brees tossed for 413 yards and four touchdowns. [NOLA.com]

In the MLB play-in game – to play in a play-in game – the Rays beat the Rangers, 5-2. David Price went the distance. [Tampa Bay Times]

Paul Pasqualoni was fired as UConn’s head football coach after just four games. [Courant]

“ESPN replaces racing announcer Marty Reid after botched NASCAR call.” [Autoweek]

It’s going to be a long year for the Milwaukee Bucks, but if you play fantasy hoops, OJ Mayo might not be a bad pick. [JS Online]

“Carolina Panthers’ Byron Bell won over a heckling fan last Sunday – first with his play, then with his cleats.” [Observer]

Brian Kelly doesn’t allow Notre Dame players to sing after losses, and fans aren’t thrilled with that. [Tribune]

Bummer for JMU hoops – Andre Nation, the team’s best returning player, has been suspended for the first 15 games. [CBS Sports]

The Jaguars don’t have any more free drink promotions planned. [NFL Nation]

“The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office classified each man’s recent death as “excited delirium syndrome,” a rare brain malfunction — often fueled by cocaine or mental illness — that researchers say morphs victims into raging, violent, feverish attackers.” [Herald]

Theo Epstein fired Dale Sveum, and one guy is really, really angry. [Kent Sterling]

Man wants cigar, but doesn’t have enough money. So he punched the clerk in the face.

And down go the sousaphone players!

Pat Fitzgerald picks up a reporter’s cell phone, makes scholarship offer.

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