So sad. When Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash on Nov. 30, he left behind his ‘heartbroken’ teenage daughter, Meadow. Now that Meadow has had some time to heal, she is focusing on honoring her father’s legacy in the best way she knows how.
Paul Walker would be so proud of his daughter, Meadow Walker, 15. Despite being devastated by her father’s death, Meadow has become an “incredible” source of support and inspiration for her family during this difficult time. Less than two weeks after Paul’s tragic death, Meadow is already planning to “honor her dad” by making sure his beloved charity, Reach Out Worldwide, will continue to help victims of natural disasters.
Meadow Walker: How She’ll Make Sure Her Dad Paul Walker Is Remembered Forever
It sounds like Meadow Walker inherited her father’s courageous and giving spirit.
“Meadow’s heartbroken and grieving but she’s showing an incredible amount of strength,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Everyone is amazed by how strong she is. Her family is all focused on looking after her and protecting her, but she’s actually helping them. She has a very strong spirit, just like Paul, and it’s been a huge blessing for everyone to have her close.”
Meadow sounds like a true inspiration — she even wants to turn her grief into action by carrying on her father’s mission to give back.
“She’s already talking about how she wants to honor her dad by making sure that his charity keeps going,” the source adds. “That’s his legacy and the thing that he was most proud of, besides Meadow, so she’s really committed to making sure it lives on.”
Paul Walker’s Daughter Meadow Walker Wears His Hat — Sad Photo
Meadow may be putting on a brave face, but of course she still misses her father desperately. She was even spotted wearing his trucker hat outside of the family’s California home. We hope that having a piece of Paul to wear will help Meadow get through this extremely difficult time.
We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to Meadow and everyone else affected by Paul’s death.
– Tierney McAfee
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When the group stages were drawn in August for the UEFA Champions League, there were two standout groups of death. Group F contained Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Napoli and Olympique de Marseille, while Group H had Barcelona, Ajax, Celtic and AC Milan. Group H teetered off midway though the group stage, but Group F embraced its group of death status and wasn’t decided until the literal final minutes of the matches.
After the dust settled on the final match day of the group stages, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal advanced through and into the round of 16. But neither club’s journey came easily. In fact, Dortmund needed an 87th minute goal to qualify and subsequently win the group while Arsenal held on to its qualifying spot after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Napoli.
Let’s look at Dortmund’s path to finishing atop Group F this season. Fresh off their runner-up finish in last season’s competition, the Black and Yellows started the 2013-14 campaign with a shocking 2-1 loss to Napoli. Dortmund rebounded with a convincing 3-0 victory over Marseille and an impressive 2-1 win at Arsenal in the midst of the Gunners’ 12-match unbeaten streak. A 1-0 home loss to Arsenal kicked off the final three matches for Dortmund who then followed the loss with a 3-0 statement win over Napoli which set them up to secure a spot in the knockout stage. Going into the final match against Marseille, Dortmund needed a win to move on. Level 1-1 heading into the final minutes, Kevin Grosskreutz’s curling shot in the 87th minute sent the BVB into the Champions League round of 16.
As for Arsenal, the path to the round of 16 was a bit smoother than Dortmund’s, but it still wasn’t set until the final day. The Gunners started the campaign with a pair of wins, 2-1 at Marseille then 2-0 against Napoli to take over first place in the group. A stumble at home against Dortmund still saw Arsenal in position to qualify, but with three matches left anything was possible. The Gunners exacted revenge on Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion and followed that with another win over Marseille. Heading into the final match against Napoli, the Gunners needed a draw to clinch a round of 16 spot or needed to lose by less than three goals to ensure Napoli and Dortmund did not leap them in the table. A lackluster performance by the Premier League leaders saw Napoli win 2-0, not enough for the Blues to jump the Gunners for second place in the group.
With the group stages done, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal have an idea of the opposition they may face in the round of 16. Dortmund will face one of the following: Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Manchester City, Zenit or AC Milan. As for Arsenal, the potential matchups aren’t as favorable. Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, current Champions League holders Bayern Munich, La Liga titleholders Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid await the Gunners in the round of 16.
Regardless of whom the two teams advancing from Group F are drawn against, one thing is for sure; the group of death lived up to its name. In the round of 16, the two survivors of death could very well have another deadly matchup on their hands.
It’s amazing how much a highlight-reel knockout can help and hurt a fighter at the same time. Edson Barboza knows the feeling all too well. Following his highlight-reel finish of Terry Etim, most MMA fans were all aboard the hype train. A 10-0 record prior to that helped fuel the locomotive.
At that point, some granted Barboza the status of title prospect or future contender. Then came the wall that stopped the hype train dead in its tracks. A resurgent Jamie Varner made short work of the Brazilian at UFC 146. Since then, Barboza has been pushed back to the undercard and is barely mentioned anymore.
It’s certain that Barboza was riding high after he was able to land a picture perfect spinning wheel kick on Etim, but the Varner KO brought him back to earth. Now Barboza must make the ascension back to relevance. In his past two outings, Barboza has finished Lucas “Mineiro” Martins and Rafaello Oliveira. Martins was 12-0 heading into his UFC debut against Barboza, and Oliveira was 3-2 in his previous five fights prior to Barboza.
In both of his recent victories, Barboza has done his damage on the feet. That is the area Barboza dominates. His leg kicks can end fights. On the feet is where Barboza needs to keep the fight on Saturday against Danny Castillo. Castillo is an opponent that will look to take him down. If Barboza can keep the fight standing, he can KO/TKO Castillo for the win.
If he pulls off the victory against Castillo, it will give Barboza three in a row. Though he doesn’t have a strong signature win ,(his strongest victory is a split-decision over Ross Pearson), it should be enough to gain Barboza a spot on a main card in a future televised event. That would put him one step closer at being relevant in the UFC’s deepest division.
It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs struggled mightily to find a closer last season. In fact, as many as five pitchers recorded at least one save in 2013. The organization has already declared that the closer role will be won in Spring Training. For that reason, free agent relievers who want a shot at being a closer should truly consider signing with Chicago.
The Cubs believe they have several capable arms on the roster that will jump at the opportunity to close games in 2014. There’s no question competition brings out the best in people, which is why there’s plenty of optimism that a capable closer will emerge from the pack.
With that being said, it certainly couldn’t hurt to entice free agent relievers to sign by using the closer role as bait. Some relief pitchers don’t like the pressure of the ninth inning role, while others dream of the opportunity to record a save in the big leagues.
“I think we have people on the roster who can certainly hold down that (closer) job,” Hoyer said. “At that point, it would be on [manager Rick Renteria] to name a closer in Spring Training. I’m not sure that will happen or not. I think we have more power arms on the roster and we feel better about our bullpen. We do still want to add to it.”
As of right now, Pedro Strop is the favorite for the job, while Hector Rondon will provide competition in the spring.
2013 was a huge year for pop music. Like, “everyone we love released an album” huge. Thank you for that, 2013. But as is our nature in the month of December, we must now decide who we loved the most.
Last week, we asked you to tweet us your picks for Favorite Movie, Favorite TV Show, Favorite Musician, Favorite Celeb Story or Scandal, and Celeb of the Year. From your suggestions, we put together a shortlist of nominees in each category. And now, we need you to vote. You can vote in today’s category, Favorite Musician, after the jump.
This year’s Readers’ Choice nominees for Favorite Musician, as chosen by you, are:
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