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A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to trying to extort former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward, but he won't get any jail time, TMZ reports.

Josh Van Auker pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree misdemeanor attempted extortion after allegedly threatening to release evidence that the former NFL superstar paid women for sex. Van Auker allegedly demanded $15,000 for his silence.

He was arrested by Allegheny County detectives in October 2012 in a sting operation and charged with third-degree felony attempted extortion, but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge.

Van Auker was placed on two years' probation.




Don Draper is heading from Madison Avenue to the sports world.

Jon Hamm, who stars as the advertising executive on the show "Mad Men," will host the ESPY Awards on July 17 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports.

The actor is a sports fan whose favorite teams are the Cardinals and Blues from his hometown of St. Louis.

Hamm says as a fan and "marginally successful high school athlete" he thinks his skill set works well with the host duties. He just has to figure out what cleats to wear with a tuxedo.

This summer, Hamm will star in the baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" about a sports agent who seeks pro pitching talent through the staging of a reality show in India.

The ESPYs honor the top athletes and moments in sports from last year.




Police in Sweden raided Justin Bieber's tour bus Wednesday night and say they have found a small amount of drugs on board, People reports.

One of the officers working the crowd outside the Globe Arena in Stockholm smelled a suspicious odor coming from the bus, prompting the raid, according to The Associated Press.

Police spokesman Lars Bystrom told the AP that in addition to the substance -- which local Swedish paper Aftonbladet reports is marijuana -- a stun gun was found when officers boarded the empty bus parked under the concert venue in Stockholm, where Bieber was performing Wednesday. Bystrom also said that the substance had been sent to a laboratory for an analysis.

The pop star, 19, had entered the arena about a half-hour before the raid, according to reports.

The spokesman said several people were on the bus at the time of the raid, but police did not have a specific suspect, and no criminal charges were pending. A source confirmed to People that "no one was cited or arrested." And a second source said: "There were no violations."

Bieber, who has been beset by various problems on his tour, arrived Thursday in Finland and wrote cryptically on Twitter: "some of the rumors about me ... where do people even get this stuff. whatever ... back to the music."




Neil Diamond is donating some of this week's sales from "Sweet Caroline" after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon, the AP reports.

Sales from Diamond's song are up by 597 percent, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. Diamond's representative said the singer will donate the recent sales to marathon bombing victims.

"Sweet Caroline" sold 19,000 tracks this week. It sold 2,800 tracks the previous week and 1.75 million tracks to date.

The crowd-pleasing song is a staple of Boston Red Sox games. It makes no specific mention of Boston or the Red Sox, but the team started playing it regularly at Fenway Park more than a decade ago, and fans took to it.

The New York Yankees, Toronto Raptors and other professional sports teams also have played the song at games in the days after the deadly blasts April 15.

Diamond released "Sweet Caroline" in 1969. The song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy's name.




Red-carpet arrivals of celebrities such as Beyonce and Rooney Mara at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit in New York City will be streamed live on Vogue.com, the AP reports.

The annual gala draws a mix of Hollywood A-listers, designers and supermodels to celebrate the museum's big fashion-focused exhibit. This year's event will be held May 6. Beyonce is honorary chairwoman, with co-chairs Mara, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder of online retailer Moda Operandi.

This year's corresponding exhibit is "Punk: Chaos to Couture," detailing the lasting influence of the raw, edgy 1970s clothes on the modern runway.

The live stream, hosted by model Hilary Rhoda and Vogue's William Norwich, can also be seen on the Moda Operandi, Samsung and Met websites.




Joe and Tina Simpson's 34-year marriage is officially over.

A source confirms to People that Jessica and Ashlee Simpson's parents' divorce has been finalized. Tina, 53, filed for divorce in October and cited "discord or conflict of personalities" in court papers.

"It's an amicable split, and there is no third party involved. Any other related allegations are completely false," a family rep told People last fall amid rumors that Joe, 55, had come out to his family.

Tina and Joe, a manager and former minister often called "Papa Joe," wed in Texas in 1978.

Jessica, a source told People in October, was "sad, but she's OK. She's going on with everything."

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