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Monday, June 16, 2014 - Updated: 7:09 AM

Costner, sons play catch at 'Field of Dreams' site

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) -- In Iowa for a "Field of Dreams" 25th anniversary celebration, actor Kevin Costner did the obvious.

He played a little baseball Friday, this time with his two young sons.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports hundreds of onlookers watched as Costner played catch with his boys, 7-year-old Cayden and 5-year-old Hayes. The movie fans clapped when the boys made a play, prompting Costner to note, "We don't usually have this many people when we do this."

Costner and other actors traveled to the field near Dyersville in northeast Iowa to celebrate the 1989 movie about an Iowa farmer who carved a baseball field out of his corn crop.

World Cup viewership is up 8 percent in U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Television viewership of the World Cup's opening game was up 8 percent over 2010, due to increased interest in ESPN's English-language telecast.

The Nielsen company said Friday that 9.5 million people in the U.S. watched Brazil's tournament-opening victory over Croatia, compared to the 8.8 million who saw Mexico take on South Africa in 2010's first game.

Univision's Spanish-language audience of 5.1 million was down from the 5.9 million who watched in 2010. That's not a surprise, given the game four years ago involved Mexico, and a large percentage of Univision's audience is of Mexican descent.

ESPN's opening day audience Thursday was 4.4 million, up 55 percent from the 2.9 million who watched in 2010.

Facebook said that some 58 million people worldwide posted messages about the first game, 16 million of them in the host country of Brazil, which won the game.

Twitter said that more than 12.2 million tweets were sent about the first day's match during the live telecast. Neymar was the most tweeted-about player for Brazil, and he gained 165,000 followers.

Country singer Kimberly Perry weds in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Band Perry's lead singer Kimberly Perry has married professional baseball player J.P. Arencibia near her family's home in Greeneville, Tennessee.

A publicist for the band confirmed the wedding occurred Thursday. According to The Greeneville Sun, the couple was married at a small chapel in the heart of the town's historic district and fellow country star Carrie Underwood was spotted at the wedding.

Arencibia had been the regular catcher for Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish but was optioned to the minors in May.

     

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