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Literally Just 40 Pictures of Hot Soccer Players at the 2018 World Cup

Gallery of the hottest soccer players playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Winter Olympics 2014 Crotch Competition

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Olympians are often treated like superheroes. After all, they seem to have super human strength, speed and beauty. So, we at VH1 wanted to subject our favorite athletes of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to the same criteria that we put Superman under last summer. The Olympics might award rankings for speed, technical difficulty and artistic merit. However, we’re focusing our attentions on the Olympic crotches.

What does America speed skater Shani Davis have in common with Swiss cross country skiing gold medalist Dario Cologna? Or  with German luge gold medalists Tobias Arit and Tobias Wendl? Well, yes, they all have the honor of competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics. That’s true. But they all also wear some very tight spandex pants for their events. We’re not complaining. In fact, we’re celebrating.

So, when it comes down to who has the best Olympic crotches in the world, who wins? Germany might be leading in the medal count, but do German athletes fill their spandex better than the Americans? What about the Swiss? The Norwegians? And never count out the Russians. The host country has a lot to be proud of during these Olympics. Not only have they already scooped two gold medals in ice skating, but let’s just say their male athletes are very healthy.

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Maximilian Schell Dies at 83

02/01/2014 at 09:50 AM EST

Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won the Academy Award for best actor in 1961 for his portrayal of a defense attorney in the drama Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83.

He death was announced Saturday by his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, who said that Schell died overnight at a hospital in Innsbruck following a “sudden and serious illness,” the Associated Press reported, citing the Austria Press Agency.

The Vienna-born Schell was later honored with further Oscar nominations – in the best actor category for The Man in the Glass Booth in 1975, and for best supporting actor in Julia in 1977.

Born to a Swiss writer and an Austrian actress who ran an acting school, Schell was the younger brother of Maria Schell, an icon of the German-speaking film world, who died in 2005.

He and his family had fled Vienna as Austria was annexed by Hitler’s Nazi forces in 1938. They later moved to Zurich where Schell was raised surrounded by theater, writing his first play when he was just 10.

He came to the U.S. in 1955 to work on the Broadway play Interlock and his first film, The Young Lions, debuted in 1958. His 1961 Oscar win marked the first for a German-speaking actor since World War II. He later acted as writer, producer and director on several film projects, according to

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Professor Norma Patricia Esparza Jailed for 1995 Killing of Her Alleged Rapist

11/23/2013 at 05:30 PM EST

Is she a victim or a cold-blooded killer?

That’s the question being asked about psychology professor Norma Patricia Esparza, who was taken into custody in Orange County, Calif., last week for the 1995 murder of Gonzalo Ramirez.

Prosecutors say that eight years ago, Esparza, then a student at Pomona College, went to a bar with a group that included her boyfriend and pointed out a man who she said had raped her.

That man’s body was later found dumped on a nearby road.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is calling it a revenge killing, but the 39-year-old insists she’s innocent.

“They’re asking me to plead guilty,” she said in a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s essentially something that I cannot accept because it would essentially be a lie.”

Her case has attracted international attention and support from rape victims rights groups.

Esparza, who has been living in France with her husband and 4-year-old daughter and teaching at a Swiss university, was arrested for the cold-case crime last year when she came to the United States for an academic meeting, the Los Angeles Times reports.

She was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder, which carries a lifetime sentence without the possibility of parole. Her ex-boyfriend, Gianni Anthony Van and two others, Shannon Gries and Diane Tran, have also been charged. They have all pleaded not guilty.

Nightclub Meeting

Esparza claims she met Ramirez at a Santa Ana nightclub in March 1995 and the next morning he asked her to breakfast along with her sister and a school friend. After he drove her and her friend back to school, she says Ramirez raped her in her dorm room. Esparza, who was 20 at the time, didn’t report the rape to authorities.

“I don’t think I was thinking at that time,” she told the Times. “I felt ashamed. I felt guilty. I didn’t want to come forward because I didn’t want my family to know.”

When she later told Van about the rape, he was “enraged.” Van took her back to the nightclub to look for Ramirez. “[Van was] insisting, yelling, telling me that I had to point out the rapist,” she testified.

Van, Gries, and Kody Tran (who died in a shootout with police last year), planned to beat Ramirez up and took him to a transmission shop owned by Tran while Esparza and Gries’s then-girlfriend, Julie Ann Rojas, went to a bar and waited for an hour, according to Esparaza.

Esparza said that she later saw Ramirez tied and hanging from the ceiling in the shop.

Esparza married Van later that year, but she says she did it because she feared for her life and was told that if she married him she couldn’t be forced to testify against him.

Refuses to Plead Guilty

But after learning of their divorce in 2004, Santa Ana police pursued an arrest warrant, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.

She was arrested at Boston airport in October 2012 and held in jail for two months before being released on $300,000 bail. She was taken back into custody on Thursday after refusing a plea deal from that would have required her to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and be sentenced to three years in prison.

“We believe she’s one of the co-conspirators who committed this murder,” Susan Kang Schroder of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office told KTLA.

But rape victims right groups believe Esparza is being punished for a crime she did not commit. “We are astonished that Norma Patricia, a rape victim, is now being treated as a criminal,” reads a petition on, which is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed. “In continuing to pursue her you are sending a troubling message to other rape victims who already have a sense that they will not receive justice within the legal system.”

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