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Wednesday, October 04, 2017 1:00 am


Foreman wants to fight Seagal

Associated Press

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman has challenged big-screen tough guy Steven Seagal to a real-life fight.

The 68-year-old Foreman posted a picture of the 65-year-old Seagal on Twitter on Monday, writing: “I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas.”

When fans asked Foreman on Twitter why he wanted to fight Seagal, Foreman replied that the martial artist “really can fight” and is big enough to defend himself. Foreman first won the heavyweight title in 1973 and again in 1994.

Seagal made headlines last week for saying that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were a “joke” and an “outrage.”

A representative for Seagal said the star didn't want to comment on Foreman's offer.

Paper pays up

British actors Steve Coogan and Sienna Miller have received financial damages and apologies from Mirror Group Newspapers in the settlement of long-running phone hacking cases.

The damages were not made public but Coogan said outside London's High Court on Tuesday that it was a “six-figure” sum, the bulk of which would be distributed to charity. He said the settlement meant “vindication” for him.

Miller's lawyer said she had been extensively targeted by journalists for the Mirror group. Coogan's lawyer said the newspaper group had produced at least 62 articles based on illegal phone hacking, illegally obtaining information about Coogan from third parties, and surveillance by private investigators.

Lawyer Richard Munden said the Mirror Group “acknowledges that Mr. Coogan was the target of unlawful activities and that these activities were concealed until years later,” and the media group apologizes for its “wrongdoing.”

Singer dispels rumors

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is disputing rumors about his health after an early end to the band's tour, saying he “certainly did not have a heart attack or seizure.”

The 69-year-old Tyler says in a statement posted on the band's website that he's sorry for cutting the tour short, but he had to have a medical procedure that only his doctor in the U.S. could perform.

Aerosmith announced last week that it was canceling the tour's final four shows in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Tyler said in that announcement that his condition wasn't life threatening, but it was something he needed to deal with immediately.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 88. Actress Susan Sarandon is 71. Actor Armand Assante is 68. Actor Bill Fagerbakke is 60. Rap producer Russell Simmons is 60. Singer Jon Secada is 56. Actor Liev Schreiber is 50. Actress Alicia Silverstone is 41. Actress Rachel Leigh Cook is 38. Actress Melissa Benoist is 29. Actress Dakota Johnson is 28.