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Ernest Borgnine, Star of ‘McHale’s Navy,’ Dead at 95


Ernest Borgnine, who began his career playing the heavy but won an Oscar for the gentle comedy “Marty” and may be best known for his starring role as the lovable, often aggravated skipper in the TV series “McHale’s Navy,” has died. He was 95.
His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, with his wife and children at his side.
“It’s a very sad day.  The industry has lost someone great, the caliber of which we will never see again.  A true icon,” his manager Lynda Bensky said.  “But more importantly the world has lost a sage and loving man who taught us all how to grow ‘young’. His infectious smile and chuckle  made the world a happier place.”
Borgnine’s smile was indeed infectious, spread from ear to ear across his large round face, but his early roles capitalized on his powerful frame, playing gladiators, thugs and toughs, such as in “From Here to Eternity,” when he may have earned the hatred of Old Blue Eyes’ legion of fans, beating Frank Sinatra’s character to death in the World War II epic.
But it was in “Marty,” the 1955 story of a lonely butcher who lives with his mother and looks for love with his hapless friend, that Borgnine proved that he was more than a character actor.
“The Oscar made me a star, and I’m grateful,” Borgnine told an interviewer in 1966. “But I feel had I not won the Oscar I wouldn’t have gotten into the messes I did in my personal life.”
Borgnine went through four wives, including singer Ethel Merman — a marriage that lasted less than six weeks in 1964 — before he wed Norwegian-born Tova Traesnaes in 1973, and that one took.
In 2007, when the couple had been married 34 years, Borgnine told The Associated Press: “That’s longer than the total of my four other marriages.”
“McHale’s Navy,” in which Borgnine played Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, ran from 1962 to 1966, and spawned a movie.
“I didn’t have to reach very far for McHale because, I’ll tell you, I spent 10 years in the Navy,” he said. “Now, I had seen some rough and tumble officers and I also saw some officers that didn’t want to get their little panties wet, you know, and I played the rough and tumble kind.”
The show may have been a success with TV viewers, but the Navy wasn’t amused, at least not at first.
“We had a technical expert that came down the very first day, you know, and he was standing there and at the end of the first day he said, ‘Ernie, what are we making here?’ I said, ‘McHale’s Navy.’  He said, ‘Yeah, but this isn’t the Navy.’ I said, ‘It’s McHale’s Navy.’  And he said, ‘Don’t call me, I’ll call you,’ and he left.”
But Borgnine said that when it became clear how popular the show was, he got an invitation to Washington from the Navy’s top brass.
“I was invited down to Washington one day and was invited by the secretary of Navy to come to his office, where he congratulated me personally for having so many men join up into the Navy simply because they had seen ‘McHale’s Navy,’  and hoped that there was a McHale’s Navy somewhere that they could join,” he said.
The move to TV didn’t end Borgnine’s film career. He went on to play tough-guy roles in such movies as “The Dirty Dozen,” “Ice Station Zebra,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and perhaps his greatest performance after “Marty,” in Sam Peckinpah’s end-of-the-west classic, “The Wild Bunch.”
Starring alongside a cast that included William Holden, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson and Edmund O’Brien, Borgnine drew on both his comedic talents and his tough-guy pedigree in Peckinpah’s violent yet elegiac and tender portrayal of a group of aging outlaws pursuing one last big score, knowing that their way of life is ending.
Borgnine continued acting, mostly in supporting roles, on TV and in movies nearly until his death. Youngsters who might not know his face would still know his distinctive voice from his role as Mermaid Man on “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He was also the oldest actor ever nominated for a Golden Globe and received the lifetime-achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2011.
“I keep telling myself, ‘Damn it, you gotta go to work,”‘ Borgnine said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. “But there aren’t many people who want to put Borgnine to work these days. They keep asking, ‘Is he still alive?”‘

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez banned for nine matches and for four months by FIFA

FIFA has suspended Uruguay forward Luis Suarez for nine matches and banned him from any football-related activity for four months for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the 80th minute of Tuesday’s World Cup match. Uruguay scored after the incident, which was not noted by the referee, and earned a 1-0 win that sent the team into the World Cup’s round of 16.

Suarez also was fined about $112,000. He will not be allowed to enter the stadium for Uruguay’s knockout-round match against Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, or any soccer stadium during his four-month suspension.

The suspension is the longest in World Cup history for an on-field incident, surpassing the eight-game suspension given to Italy’s Mauro Tassotti in 1994 after he broke the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique with his elbow in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Uruguayan soccer officials argued that Suarez was a victim of Italian aggression, and that the push to punish Suarez was driven by media campaigns in England, where Suarez plays professionally, and Italy.
“The British media has a vendetta against Suarez, and everyone knows that,” teammate Diego Lugano said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s obvious the vendetta sells newspapers in England, otherwise you wouldn’t be here. Uruguay and Italy played yesterday. On Saturday Uruguay plays Colombia, I don’t know why there’s a British journalist asking about Suarez.”
Suarez had been punished twice previously for biting players while playing for club teams. While playing for Ajax in the Netherlands in 2010, he was suspended seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder. Then, while playing for Liverpool in England in 2013, he was suspended for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislov Ivanovic on the arm.

World Cup: How to Skip Work to Watch U.S. vs. Germany

U.S. Soccer fans at the Public Bar Tenley in Washington, D.C. European Pressphoto Agency
1. By now you probably know that Thursday, June 26, is a day off throughout the United States to watch the U.S. men's national soccer team play Germany at noon Eastern in a massively important World Cup contest.
2. This emergency bill was signed into law early this morning by U.S. Prime Minister Ryan Seacrest.
3. Need the time off from your job to watch the game? Simply cut this story out of the print edition of today's newspaper with a pair of scissors—or, if you don't know what the print edition of a newspaper is, pull it up to your smartphone or tablet. Show it to your boss, and the boss must reward you with Thursday off. Trust me on this. It's the law.(Follow live analysis of the match here.)

Live: U.S. vs. Germany

Follow live analysis of the final games in Group G, where USA and Germany are alive and kicking, Ghana is still breathing, and Portugal…well, hope dies last.

Soccer, Made in America

With his eye on the World Cup, German-born coach Jurgen Klinsmann is overhauling Team USA.
4. (And you might as well take Friday and make it a four-day weekend.)
5. Before watching the game, it's essential to have as American a breakfast as possible. This is left to you: Denny's or Waffle House. Just to be safe, you may as well go to both Denny's and Waffle House, but you might need to lie down in the back of the car later.
6. If you are a big fan of the USMNT, you need no introduction to the team, or the stakes against Germany. If you are new to following the USMNT, welcome, and here's a primer: This has been a thrilling run by the U.S. men's national team. Plunged into the "Group of Death," the most competitive bracket in the tournament, the USMNT has exceeded expectations already—beating rival Ghana and playing Portugal to a tie. Now the Americans have a chance to advance in the World Cup with a win or a tie against Germany, one of the planet's top clubs.
7. If that was too long to read, just watch the team in red, white, and blue, and scream for as long as possible.
8. Most U.S.A. place to watch the USMNT? That's easy. A bald eagle's nest.
9. If you get stuck at work—and sorry—it is totally fine to watch the game at your boss's desk with a 12-pack and a giant bucket of Buffalo wings.
10. If this is your first time watching soccer, you will be shocked how neat and compact a viewing experience this is. A soccer match seldom lasts longer than two hours. Two hours! That's how long it takes to play the last six minutes of an NBA playoff game.
11. Do not watch the game by yourself. Come on. Watching TV by yourself is for random nights when you want to binge-watch "House Hunters" while eating from a bag of frozen waffles.
12. If you are going to a local bar to watch the game, it's important to find out about the TV situation before you go. If the TV is not as big as Connecticut, find another bar.
13. This is a hugely critical high-demand game and you need to get to the bar or restaurant very early in order to secure a prime seat. I suggest getting there in April 2012.
14. Cocktails at noon? Cocktails at noon.
15. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Questions are good! How many minutes are in a half? What is stoppage time? How come there are no commercials? Will LeBron really go to the Cavaliers? Did Pearl Jam really sing "Let It Go" in a concert the other night?
16. With about 10 minutes left to play, just for a laugh, take the restaurant's remote and change the TV over to "Judge Judy." Everyone will think this is hilarious especially the guys in front in the face paint.
17. No Cristiano Ronaldo jokes. Too soon.
18. Many established soccer countries have songs and chants, but the U.S. is catching up. There's the "I Believe That We Will Win" chant, of course, which is infectious and fun. If you have run out of things to chant or sing, simply sing side one of Van Halen's "1984" while riding on the back of a Harley-Davidson.
19. No, biting does not happen in every game. That is only for special occasions.
20. Stay for the final 20 seconds of the game. Please. It's important. Stuff happens.
21. Can you believe the U.S. is on the verge of escaping the Group of Death and this country has World Cup fever? How great is this?
On the eve of arguably the biggest game in U.S. Soccer, WSJ Sports Reporter Matt Futterman takes a look at four key points to the match, and what the U.S. needs to do to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup. The game kicks off Thursday, June 26th at 12pm E.T.

What Cristiano Ronaldo Should Expect When He Plays the US

PHOTO: Portugals forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after defeat in the Group G football match between Germany and Portugal at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on June 16, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Sure, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best soccer players in the world. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s World Cup game against the U.S. will be a walk in the park.
In fact, we think Ronaldo’s pretty-boy image and overblown ego might take a hit when he plays the United States in Manaus. Here are some of the obstacles he’ll have to face –- on and off the pitch.
A Bad Hair Day?
Heavy humidity can’t be good for that perfect coif.
Sunday’s match between Portugal and the U.S. takes place in the heart of the muggy Amazon rainforest at Arena Amazonia in the exotic city of Manaus. The temperature is expected to reach 88 degrees, with 75 percent humidity that day.
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PHOTO: 2014 FIFA World Cup
Clint Dempsey: Our Favorite Tough Guy
Not only did Dempsey score the USA’s fastest goal in World Cup history against Ghana on Monday, he also proved he’s no wuss.
After getting kicked in the face by Ghana’s John Boye and suffering a bloody nose, Dempsey was back on the field in minutes.
Can you handle that, Ronaldo?
A Reminder of That Other Game
Yeah, the one Portugal probably doesn’t want to talk about --– against Germany when it lost 4-0.
Well, watch out. The U.S. has its own German players and we all know how Monday’s game turned out.
PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal shoots against Per Mertesacker of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.
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PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal shoots against Per Mertesacker of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.
Powerhouse Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Much of Team USA’s strength lies in goalkeeper Tim Howard. If Ronaldo wants to win, Portugal is going to have to find the back of the net and sneak a few past Howard, arguably one of the top five goalies in the world.
‘I Believe That We Will Win’
Sorry, Ronnie fans ...
When American fans start chanting, it’s going to be hard to hear the cries of Ronaldo’s groupies.
And supporters are especially pumped up after the USA’s win against Ghana, so expect fans to be out in full force when the team takes on Portugal.
PHOTO: The United States fans celebrate during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.
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PHOTO: The United States fans celebrate during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.