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Actor Sir Roger Moore Passes At 89
Well-loved actor Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89 after battling cancer. Moore was in several TV series from 1958 to the early seventies, including Ivanhoe, The Alaskans, Maverick, The Persuaders. He played the lead roll of the Saint in the series of the same name for almost a decade. Moore took over the roll of James Bond in the 70’s and 80’s, beginning with 1973’s Live and Let Die. He portrayed Agent 007 in several more Bond films, including The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, and A View to A Kill. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth ll in 2003 for “services to charity”. He won countless awards for both his film career and his charity work, including several UNICEF awards.
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Suicide Bomber Targets Ariana Grande Show
At least 22 people have been killed and countless others injured in a terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert last night in Manchester, England. CNN reports that police believe a man carrying explosives detonated a bomb as concertgoers exited the show. It is believed that he acted alone in the attack but may have been part of a network. A 23-year old man has also been arrested in connection with the incident. Terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but that is, as of yet unconfirmed. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacks “callous” and “cowardly.” U.S. President Donald Trump said “This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”
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Chris Cornell Found Dead at 52
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead on the bathroom floor of his room at the MGM Grand casino in Detroit last night following the band’s performance at the Fox Theatre. The preliminary determination is that his death was an “apparent suicide.” The last song he sang at the show just before his death was the traditional gospel blues standard “In My Time of Dying”, which was made famous by Led Zeppelin who covered it on the Physical Graffiti album. The song is about a person on their deathbed talking to Jesus. The singer admitted in interviews that he struggled with drug use at different times in his life. In addition to Soundgarden, Cornell fronted the band Audioslave, was in Temple of the Dog, and released several solo albums.
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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Sits In On Paul Rodgers Tour
Facing a total hearing loss if he continued playing live, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was forced to leave the band’s tour last March. The band tapped Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to step in and finish the remaining performances on the Rock or Bust tour. It was doubtful that Johnson would ever return to perform again in such a setting. This weekend saw Johnson take the stage with fellow veteran frontmen Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers for a cover of the Barrett Strong track Money (That’s What I Want). Johnson and Plant were sitting in on the Oxford stop of friend Paul Rodgers’ Free Spirit UK tour. The three shared vocals, with Plant also playing harmonica. Johnson sitting in on the number is encouraging, but It’s still unknown if he will ever be able to return to live shows with AC/DC.
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Metallica Kick Off World Tour In Baltimore
Metallica kicked off the North American "Hardwired To Self-Destruct" Tour at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore last night on a stage featuring five huge video screens. The band are supporting their latest studio album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, their sixth album to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart. The band has not done a proper American tour in years. The strength of the new album is clear, with the band playing 5 tracks from it last night, in contrast with the St. Anger tour, in which the band had only one new song in the setlist. The new tracks played were "Hardwired", "Atlas, Rise!", "Now That We’re Dead", Moth Into Flame", and "Halo On Fire." The band spread the rest of the setlist out, playing classics including "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Master of Puppets", "Fuel", "One", and "Seek & Destroy", and five tracks from the (self-titled) "Black Album." Notably missing was "Creeping Death", and anything from Death Magnetic. Sunday night the band live-streamed their final tour rehearsal from Baltimore to raise money for the All Within My Hands Foundation, a charity the band formed to benefit local, national, and Bay Area charities including food banks and music education programs.
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Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors Fly Again
Once again there is wild speculation about a possible future Led Zeppelin reunion tour. This time the buzz is being fueled by singer Robert Plant, who put the cryptic message “Any time now…” on his website. Rumors have been going around that the band was a possibility to play a 2017 edition of the Desert Trip mega-festival in Indio, California this fall. The band reportedly turned down an offer of $14 million to play at last year’s event, which featured a powerhouse lineup which included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Led Zeppelin has not performed together since reuniting for a tribute show in London for friend Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder, and president of Atlantic Records.
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Alt-Rockers Local H Win Contest to Open for Metallica
Veteran alternative rockers Local H will be opening for Metallica on a handful of shows on their latest tour. Metallica recently held the contest to select a temporary touring partner for several shows on their current Worldwired Tour. Local H was selected by fans to open for Metallica on May 19th, and to fill in several dates later in mid-June for Avenged Sevenfold, who is the opening act on the tour along with Volbeat. Local H was the most well-known of the bands in the contest, which included Blood People, Mothership, Messer, Troy, Hallow Point, Shattered Sun & Immortal Guardian.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Ready To Film
Variety reports that casting has been finished on “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” The biopic’s screenplay is based on the account of the event written by drummer Artimus Pyle, one of the survivors of the crash. The 1977 plane crash killed three band members, including singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and vocalist Cassie Gaines, as well as both pilots and a band manager. The tragic event occurred at the height of the band’s popularity, just a week after the release of the ‘Street Survivors’ album. The biopic is being directed by Jared Cohn and begins shooting at the end of the month in Los Angeles by Cleopatra Films.
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The Who To Play Their First South American Shows
Veteran rock band The Who are making their first trip to South America in September, playing three shows in Brazil, one in Chile, and one in Buenos Aires. Opening these shows will be The Cult. The Who are in the middle of one of their annual farewell tours, this time seeking out some venues and cities they have not previously visited. The band played Mexico City, Mexico this past October. The band in touring North America this summer, including a residency in Las Vegas in August.
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Roger Waters Teases New Album
Pink Floyd veteran Roger Waters is gearing up to release a new album and set to tour in support of it. He premiered his brand-new single, ‘Smell The Roses’ today, which can be streamed free on the internet. Water’s new solo album “Is This The Life We Really Want” releases June 2nd on Columbia Records. A press release for the project describes it as an “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times,” that serves “as a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as ‘Animals’ and ‘The Wall.’” This is the singer’s first album of new material since 1992’s “Amused To Death". Waters tapped Nigel Godrich (known for his work with Radiohead) to produce. Some of the song titles on the new album are ‘Broken Bones’, ‘The Last Refuge’, and ‘Oceans Apart’. The Waters tour opens May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center.
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Rock Stars Stepping Up For Charity
Two rockers are currently in the news doing their part for charity. Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is celebrating his one year anniversary of being cancer free this July. He was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2015 and underwent an experimental immunotherapy program, which was successful. Rockett is asking fans to donate $10 to the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, where he received his treatment. Former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony is doing the “Walk L.A.” event to support the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, hoping to raise $10,000 in donations. Anthony’s infant grandson, Rex, was diagnosed with Heart Disease at birth, passed away recently at two weeks old.
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Korn Playing South American Tour With Twelve-Year Old Bassist
Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, is playing bass with the Nu-Metal band Korn. He’s twelve. When Korn’s regular bass player Fieldy recently had to suddenly drop out of the band’s South American tour due to unforeseen circumstances, the band drafted Trujillo to fill in. He made his debut with the band Monday at the Chamorro Entertainment City Hall in Bogata, playing the band’s full set with no problem. Korn’s regular bass player will re-join them when the tour comes to the United States next month.
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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow to Release New Live Album
Legendary rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is releasing a double album of his June 2016 Rainbow show from Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Blackmore, who became a rock legend as the driving force of the band Deep Purple, changed his musical focus from rock to classical Renaissance music in the mid-nineties, and released ten albums with singer Candice Night as the duo Blackmore’s Night. Fans were shocked and delighted as Blackmore performed 3 shows last year with his other former famous rock group, Rainbow. Blackmore had not played with either Rainbow or Deep Purple in the UK in almost 20 years. They are slated to play 4 more shows in the UK this summer. The setlist from the live cd, which comes out June 9th, is full of classics from both Rainbow and Deep Purple, including Highway Star, Mistreated, Since You’ve Been Gone, Man on the Silver Mountain, Perfect Strangers, Child in Time, Stargazer, Burn, Smoke on the Water, and many others.
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Judas Priest Enlists Tattoo Artists For Charity Auction
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is set to open a sneak preview of the upcoming “Hell Bent For Leather: An Art Exhibition” show on April 27th at the Parliament Tattoos’ headquarters in London. The show officially opens on May 5th-10th at Camden’s Provender Building. The free exhibition features a collection of leather jackets painted by top tattoo artists (such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, and over a dozen others). Each artist used a specially designed acrylic leather paint to create a Judas Priest themed work. Some are designed after the band’s epic album covers, and some are based on song titles. The show then moves to the Brighton Tattoo Convention May 13th and 14th. Following the exhibitions, the individual jackets will be auctioned off online to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. The band hopes to raise as much money for these charities as possible.
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Morrissey Ends Show After Six Songs
Morrissey abruptly ended a concert in Tucson, Arizona Monday night after only six songs. The ex-Smiths singer’s voice gave out. At the end of the song “Everyday is Like Sunday,” Morrissey left the stage, followed shortly by his band. A band member came out and addressed the crowd, telling them “His voice is shot, you heard it, you heard it. He’s been trying, trying really hard. He came out, he tried. His voice is really shot. We’re sorry. He’s sorry. You know he tried.” To his credit, instead of hiding backstage, Morrissey came out and stood beside his bandmate while he delivered the apology. The show was less than 30 minutes. The Fox Tucson Theatre is not offering refunds at this time, but Executive Director for the theatre Craig Sumberg said Tuesday they were negotiating with managers for Morrissey about rescheduling the show. Morrissey’s spokesman Gustavo Manzur posted that the singer’s voice was “reduced to a whisper.” A sold-out show is scheduled tonight at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and as of now, the show is still on.
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Baywatch Movie On The Way
Paramount is set to release its action-comedy “Baywatch”, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Johnson plays the leader of the elite Baywatch lifeguard unit, while Efron portrays an ex-pro athlete added to the squad for a public relations spin. Based on the popular television series of the same name, the film has cameo spots in the cast for David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. A popular commercial for the film has Olympic champion Michael Phelps trying out for the team. Seth Gordon (Sneaky Pete, The Jim Gaffigan Show) directs. The film opens May 25th.
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Bryan Cranston to Produce New Comedy For Amazon
Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame has landed a new project with Amazon’s exclusive streaming service. The new series, The Dangerous Book for Boys is a six-episode comedy based on the book of the same name by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden. Cranston acquired the rights to the book in 2006, and set the project up with NBC, putting it in development in 2014. When NBC ultimately passed on it, Amazon and Sony Pictures Television picked it up. The series is about two brothers coming to terms with the death of their father, who leaves them a book which is an instruction manual on embracing boyhood. Cranston is scripting the series with Greg Mottola (Superbad), and they will also executive produce along with James Degus. The series begins production this summer in New York.
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Comedian Charlie Murphy Passes away at 59
Well-loved American comedian, writer and actor Charlie Murphy passed away on April 12th, losing his battle with leukemia at the age of 59. Murphy kept his illness secret, even from his co-stars on the Starz show “Power”, in which Murphy plays a prison guard. Murphy, brother of comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, appeared in several minor movie roles until he appeared in “CB4”, where he played the movie’s antagonist. He appeared in over two dozen films. He really stepped out from his brother’s shadow as a regular on Chappelle’s Show. He had a regular feature on the show called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories”, which produced the legendary “Rick James” and “Prince” sketches.
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Comedy Legend Don Rickles Passes Away at 90.
Don Rickles passed away from kidney failure at the age of 90 yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. The legendary comedian rose to fame with his brand of insult-comedy, befriending Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the sixties. He’s been a staple of late night television talk shows, guesting countless times with Carson and Letterman, as well as appearing in episodes of such hit shows as “The Munsters” and “Gilligan’s Island.” He starred in 1972’s “The Don Rickles Show” and was also the lead role in the 1976 show “CPO Sharkey.” His movie credits include “Run Silent, Run Deep”, “Kelly’s Heroes”, and most recently as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise. Rickles also served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter and two grandchildren.
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NFL Eases Rules On Endzone Celebrations
The NFL, which some people jokingly refer to as standing for the “No Fun League”, has eased up on the rules that govern player celebrations. Under last year’s rules, multiple-player celebrations, using the ball as a prop, and going to the ground to celebrate were all subject to being penalized. The rules were designed to reign in celebrations that were becoming more and more elaborate and time-consuming. In the early eighties, the Washington Redskins famously had the “Fun Bunch” celebration, in which the Redskin wide receivers and tight ends, and sometimes practically the whole team, would high five in the end zone. Some teams took offense to the Fun Bunch celebration, which was viewed as taunting. When two Dallas Cowboys tried to disrupt it, they were humiliated by being high-fived over by the team that just scored on them. The Fun Bunch celebration is what eventually led to the league adopting the “excessive celebration” penalty in 1984. For the 2017-18 season, the rules will be loosened. Group celebrations, using the ball as a prop, going to the ground, snow angels and the like will all be legal once again. Dunking the ball over the goalpost is still outlawed because goalposts have been previously damaged by celebrations.
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Ottawa Faces Elimination
Last week the Ottawa Senators had all the momentum in their Eastern Conference matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, up 2 games to 1, coming off a 5-1 victory in which the team chased starting Penguins goalie Theo Fleury off the ice in the first period. After this weekend, however, the Senators are facing elimination. The Penguins won game 4 on Friday, and then destroyed the Senators 7-0 on Sunday in one of the worst Ottawa loses in team history. Penguin center Sidney Crosby seems to be recovered from his recent concussion, scoring two goals and two assists this weekend. Ottawa’s power play has been ice cold, not scoring a power play goal in the last 10 games. Ottawa tries to stave off elimination in game 6 at home tonight in Canada.
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Warriors Advance To NBA Finals
For the third straight year, the Golden State Warriors have advanced to the NBA Finals, completing the sweep of the San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night. Stephen Curry had a game-high 35 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Curry is now in fifth place on the NBA all-time playoff 3-pointer list. He finished the game with 295 postseason 3-pointers, overtaking Kobe Bryant, who has 292. Kevin Durant had 29 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the field. With last night’s victory, the Warriors have swept their way through the entire Western Conference playoffs 12-0. All this comes with head coach Steve Kerr unable to coach in the last 10 playoff games. Kerr has been on an indefinite leave of absence since April 23. He is dealing with significant pain and discomfort stemming from complications from back surgery he had two years ago. The Warriors advance to the NBA Finals, where they will face the winner of the Boston-Cleveland series.
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Cleveland Handles Boston in Game 1
The Eastern Conference Finals opened last night in Boston, with the home team losing to the offensive assault brought by the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland won the game 117-104. The team was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor when Lebron was covered by Kelly Olynyk. James was 7-of 7 by himself in the paint during the first quarter. The Celtics came out cold and missed all 8 open 3-pointers in the first half. With 9 days of rest behind them, the Cavaliers came out hot, with James, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson all having big nights. Love had 32 points with 12 rebounds, and Thompson had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Boston’s Isaiah Thomas had trouble finding open space and had only 17 points, shooting only 7-of-19. Game 2 is Friday night in Boston.
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Ottawa Crushes Penguins in Game 3
The Ottawa Senators crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins last night 5-1 to take a 2-games to 1 lead in the NHL Conference Finals. The team’s offense erupted in the first period, scoring 4 goals on nine shots and chasing starting Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury off the ice, at one point scoring three goals in just over two minutes. Replacement Matt Murray came in for the first time in this year’s postseason. Senators winger Alex Burrows left the ice after a hit by Pittsburgh’s Ian Cole in the second period. Burrows had to be assisted to the locker room as he could not put any weight on his left leg. His injury is as yet undetermined. Game 4 is Friday night in Ottawa.
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Wizards Fall To Celtics
The Boson Celtics knocked the Washington Wizards out of the playoffs last night 115-105 in game 7 in Boston. Once again Isaiah Thomas led his team, scoring 29 points. Four other players had double digit point totals, with Al Horford putting up 15, and Jae Crowder scoring 14. A surprise story for Boston was backup center Kelly Olynyk, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, for a total of 26 on the night; almost a fourth of the team’s point. For the Wizards, Bradley Beal seemed to be the only consistent shooter, scoring at will against whoever the Celtics put on him. He had 38 points and made over 50% of his shots. John Wall, on the other hand, hit a cold streak, shooting only 1 of 8 from three-point range, and 8 of 23 from the field. He had 18 points. The Wizards bench failed to show up at all, with only Bojan Bogdanovic scoring at all. Brandon Jennings, Jason Smith, and Ian Mahinmi were merely spectators on the floor. Late in the game, the Wizards seemed to lose all sense of urgency, walking the ball up the court with 2 minutes to go. The Celtics face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers next.
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John Wall Buries 3-Pointer To Steal Game 6 From Celtics
After being dominated for over three and a half quarters by the Celtics, the Wizards scratched their way back to take the lead, 87-86 with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Both teams traded baskets, and the Celtics took the lead 91-89 with ten seconds left. Barely getting the ball inbounds in time, on a play that looked as if it was supposed to go to Beal, Wall rushed over and got the inbounds pass, and even though he was off, practically invisible the first half of the game, he coolly walked up to the three-point line and buried the game-winning shot with 3.5 seconds left. John Wall, the face of the franchise hitting the game-winning shot practically at the buzzer, this is something fans have been waiting for since the team drafted him. In recent history, the team would have a hired gun like Paul Pierce taking that shot, or Wall would take the shot and miss, and fans would wonder why he didn’t pass it to Bradley Beal, a better shooter. Something is different this year, John Wall is having an MVP-caliber season, playing out of his mind and being a true leader. Wall said earlier this year that he is finally playing healthy, having recovered from last year’s knee surgeries. The difference has been clear. The team heads to Boston tonight for game 7 with the series tied up at 3 games apiece.
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Chavez Robbed After Losing to Alvarez
Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. lost his May 6th Las Vegas bout against Canelo Alvarez by unanimous decision. The much faster Alvarez completely dominated Chavez. As if the beating was not bad enough, Chavez was robbed in his MGM Grand suite two days later by a group of men and women who allegedly set up the boxer. Wife Frida Chavez told ESPN that the couple met a British man and some women at the hotel bar, and that the group partied together until she got tired and went to a separate room where her young daughter and nanny were staying. When she returned to the main suite the next morning she found her husband sleeping. Missing from the room were his phone, his expensive Hublot watch, and the $3 million dollar check for the fight. The check was later found in the suite. The robbers began sending messages to Mrs. Chavez in an apparent blackmail scheme. Videos were sent of an extremely drunk Julio Chavez in bed with his hands covering his head while scantily clad women danced around the room. Mrs. Chavez is convinced they were targeted by the bunch and is considering a lawsuit against the hotel.
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Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey Apologizes
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey made a public apology for missing Saturday’s baseball game. Harvey admitted he was out after curfew on Friday night and then played golf on Saturday morning, which led to him not coming in to the ballpark that afternoon. He was not scheduled to start but still expected to report. He was suspended by the club three days for violation of team policy. Mets manager Terry Collins said Harvey needs "...to make baseball No. 1." If you look back a few years, Harvey has a disturbing history of similar incidents like this. In 2016 he skipped the media session after a bad outing, arrived late to workouts in the 2015 postseason, and skipped a doubleheader to attend Derek Jeter’s final New York game in 2014. It was laughed at when Harvey implied he’d have skipped a game to watch the NY Rangers in the playoffs in 2013, but as the game fell on a night the Mets were not playing, we never found out. Now it doesn’t seem like he was joking.
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Capitals Knocked Out By Penguins Again
The Washington Capitals came out blazing in the first two periods, playing high tempo and full of adrenalin. They had twice as many shots as the Pens in the second period, but failed to score. The Penguins withstood the battering, and seemed to get stronger and play more confidence as the game progressed, scoring the first goal of the night in the second period on a Bryan Rust shot. In the third period the Penguins went up 2-0 on a goal by Patric Hornqvist, and the fight seemed to leave the Capitals. The final half of the third period was not played with the sense of urgency the fans expected, and the Penguins played more conservatively, shutting down any chance the Caps had to come back. The Penguins move on to face the Ottawa Senators, and the Capitals face the reality that their team next year is going to look very different, as free agency and contracts will force some roster changes.
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Orioles Take Out The Nationals 6-4
The Baltimore Orioles feasted on Washington National pitcher Gio Gonzalez early, hitting three home runs in the first inning, and ultimately winning the game 6-4. The matchup was not just between two local rivals, but between the two best teams in their respective divisions. The night marked the first appearance of former Oriole Matt Weiters to Camden Yard since he signed with the Nationals. He was greeted with a nice ovation, with Orioles catcher stepping back to adjust his gear to allow Weiters to enjoy the moment. The Orioles organization showed a nice Weiters montage on the video board before the game. The Nationals threatened in the ninth with Brad Brach on the mound, one out and runners on second and third. Left handed pinch hitter Brian Goodwin, making his first plate appearance of the year, came in for Michael A. Taylor. Goodwin hit the first pitch sharply down the line to first baseman Chris Davis, who made the play at first, and noticed that third base runner Adam Lind never broke for home, and second base runner Trea Turner had taken off towards third. The O’s caught Lind in a rundown to seal the victory. The teams play again tonight in Baltimore with Scherzer and Jimenez slated to pitch.
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Capitals Dominate Penguins In Game 6
The Washington Capitals finally played the game the fans have been waiting for all series, dominating the Pittsburgh from start to finish to take Game 6 against the Penguins, 5-2, and tie the series at 3-3. Something clicked with the team since coach Barry Trotz switched the lines up for game 5, and last night the Capitals finally looked like the team fans watched all year; the team that nobody wants to play against. The Penguins looked helpless, with their home crowd booing them as they failed to clear the puck from their own zone for what seemed like an eternity. Sidney Crosby, who playing for the second time since getting knocked out of Game 3 with a concussion, played like a guy who still has a concussion. If this was the NFL he probably still wouldn’t be cleared. Crosby at one point went flying head first into the boards with both feet in the air after racing full speed past the crease in a manner eerily similar to the one that led to his game 3 injury. The Penguins scored 2 goals late, but the game was out of reach. Game 7 is back in DC Wednesday night.
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Chris Tillman Returns For The Orioles
The Orioles number one pitcher Chris Tillman returned to the lineup this weekend, promptly walking the first two batters and loading the bases before the excellent Orioles defense got him out of the jam. After surviving the 23-pitch first inning Tillman improved but never looked great. He got the job done though, with only 3 hits, 3 walks over five scoreless innings. The Orioles completed the sweep over the Chicago White Sox with a 4-0 victory, raising their season record to 20-10. The Orioles begin a series against local rivals the Washington Nationals tonight in Baltimore.
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Capitals Avoid Elimination With 4-2 Win in Game 5
The Washington Capitals avoided elimination from the playoffs by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in Game 5 this weekend. Down 2-1 at the start of the third, Backstrom tied the game early in the period, and teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored less than 30 seconds apart to seal the victory against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Sidney Crosby was back in the lineup for Pittsburgh only five days after being knocked out of Game 3 with a concussion. He was only a shadow of his normal self, taking three weak shots and scoring one secondary assist. Washington coach Barry Trotz shook up the lineup this weekend by placing Alex Ovechkin on the third line. Ovechkin has underperformed in the playoffs, and with a Capitals victory, nobody can argue that the move was a mistake. The Penguins lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 tonight in Pittsburgh.
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Wizards Dominate Celtics In Game 4
In front of their home crowd in DC Sunday, the Washington Wizards exploded with a 26-0 run to take a 21-point lead over the Boston Celtics and win Game 4 of the series 121-102. During the run the Celtics called two timeouts to slow the Wizards down, to no avail as the home team continued the drubbing, shooting 10 of 13 from the floor and 2 of 3 from three-point range. The Celtics were careless with the ball and committed 8 turnovers in the quarter. The Celtics paid the price for sloppy play, as the Wizards scored 34 points off 20 total Celtics turnovers. The Wizards fast-break scoring in transition was so devastating that after the game Celtics coach Brad Stevens was quoted as saying that “…if you turn the ball over against these guys, you’d prefer to drop-kick it into the stands so that at least you could set your defense.” Game 5 is in Boston on Wednesday, May 10th.
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Wizards Take Game 3 With Physical Play
The Washington Wizards crushed the Boston Celtics last night at the Verizon Center in DC, 116-89 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Wizards took the lead early but for once were able to hold onto it. The series has been marked by the physical play of between the two teams who clearly don’t like each other, with a combined 16 technicals being called in only four regular-season games. After a moving hard screen by Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk knocked Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. to the floor last night, Oubre attacked Olynyk with a hard shove. Referees were already grabbing the charging Oubre, who was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected him. Olynyk, who sold the shove with a nice flop was given a foul for the illegal screen but remained in the game. This came not long after Washington’s Ian Mahinimi and Boston’s Jonas Jerebko pulled technicals for a minor scuffle. Later when the game was in hand for the Wizards, backup guard Brandon Jennings and Celtics backup guard Terry Rozier both were ejected with double technicals. This wasn’t as physical as the Oubre technical, it was a matter of referees being fed up with two opponents who refused to stop jawing at each other. It was the first NBA playoff game since 2013 to have at least eight technical fouls whistled. Even Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was flagged for a technical. The Wizards are perfectly happy to play a series like this since their physical play definitely knocked Atlanta off their game in the beginning of the previous playoff series. Game 4 is in DC on Sunday.
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Wizard Blow Big Lead Again
The Washington Wizards lost in overtime last night to the Boston Celtics, squandering a double-digit lead for the second time in the series. John Wall has been incredible in the playoffs, and last night put up 40 points, but Isaiah Thomas put up 53, and the Wizards once again failed to sufficiently defend, with the Celtics shooting 51% and making 13 of 36 from three-point range. In both games of the series, the Wizards got off to a high-energy, fast-paced start. In game one the Wizards got off to a 16-0 start, and last night in game two they were up 16-8 almost immediately. Markieff Morris has been limited by an ankle injury suffered in the first game. Aside from Kelly Oubre, the defense from the Wizards bench has been lacking. Big man Marcin Gortat has been playing well defensively but missed several easy putbacks and layups. The Celtics must feel lucky to be up two games to none as the series moves to Washington Thursday.
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Capitals Win Game 3, Crosby Injured
In a familiar scenario for the Washington Capitals, they blew two-goal lead in the last two minutes of the third period and went to overtime last night in game 3 of the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With three minutes left to play, the Penguins pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to put an extra skater on the ice. The gamble paid off as Evgeni Malkin scored with 1:53 left, and less than a minute later Justin Schultz fired a knuckling shot through traffic that tied the game. If it seems like this scene has played out time and time again, the Capitals in the playoffs losing to the Penguins, it’s because it does happen all the time. The Capitals have lost to the Penguins in eight out of the nine previous meetings. The Capitals have not gotten by the Penguins in the playoffs since 1994. This time, however, the Capitals pulled out the victory when Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:13 into overtime, giving the Capitals the 3-2 win. The big story from the game was Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby going out with an injury after a collision with Capitals Matt Niskanen. Crosby skated in full speed and awkwardly fell through the Capital crease. As his body and head were twisting in two different directions, Niskanen reflexively lifted his stick, cross-checking Crosby. The hit was not malicious, but Crosby still left the game with a head injury. Niskanen originally received a two-minute minor, but referees changed it to a 5-minute major, with a game misconduct. It is undetermined if he will face further fines or discipline from the league. Game 4 is in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The visiting team has won every game so far in the series.
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NFL Draft First Five
The Cleveland Browns held onto their number one pick and even though they need a quarterback, they selected Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, a monster defensive end who is devastating against the run, dictating where and how other team lines up and calls their offense. The pick would have brought a windfall from any number of organizations, but Cleveland chose to instead take the best overall player and instantly shores up their defense. Chicago traded up one spot with San Francisco to take Mitch Trubisky, quarterback from North Carolina. To move up only one spot to draft at No. 2, Chicago gave San Francisco the overall No. 3 pick, their 2017 third and fourth-round picks, and a 2018 third-round pick. In a year with what is considered a weak quarterback draft class, the Bears get the best one. In need of a quarterback themselves, San Francisco gained a windfall in return for a good, not great, prospect. San Francisco took defensive end Solomon Thomas from Stanford with the No.3 pick. Leonard Fournette, running back from LSU went 4th to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee took Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis with the fifth pick.
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Turner Hits For The Cycle
Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle this week in a 15-12 slugfest against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado. The young phenom hit a single in the first inning and a double in the second. He homered in the sixth and hit a bases-clearing triple in the seventh. Turner had seven RBI in the game, to help the Nats win their 8th game out of the last 9. Turner raised his batting average by 70 points in one game. It was the second cycle hit in this MLB season, both coming at Coors Field. Since coming off the 10-day DL list for his strained hamstring, Turner is 8 for 19, hitting .421 in the last five games with three doubles, a triple and home run.
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NFL Draft Approaches
The National Football League gets high ratings all year round, even though the season is only a few short months of the year. The next season is months away, but this weekend is like Christmas for fans of the sport, as the NFL draft takes place on Thursday night. Even before the College season is over, fans and insiders are speculating on draft results and possible trades. The NFL draft carries more drama than the actual NFL season. Nothing the organizations do is more scrutinized than this. The experts create multiple mock drafts. The first round starts Thursday and ends on Saturday. In recent years, the event has become bigger and bigger, with fans traveling to the actual draft event. This year the Cleveland Browns have the first pick, with the San Francisco 49ers picking second, and the Chicago Bears picking third.
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Red Sox Pitcher Faces Suspension After Throwing At Machado’s Head
Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes was ejected yesterday for throwing a 90-mph fastball inches behind the head of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. In Friday night’s game between the same two clubs, Machado caught Pedroia in the back of the calf with his spikes while sliding into second base, breaking up a possible double play. Pedroia left the game with an injured leg. Umpires reviewed the play and decided that the slide was not dirty, and did not enforce the second base collision rule. Immediately after the slide Machado was helping Pedroia, coming off the base to make sure he was ok. Red Sox Third base coach Butterfield was ejected shortly after when he confronted the umpires. Pedroia was taken out of the lineup as due to the injury. Pedroia stated that Machado texted him after the game and apologized, and that he thanked Machado for “reaching out.” Red Sox fans were incensed, and the topic of conversation this weekend was not IF the Red Sox should throw at Machado, but WHO should throw at him. So it was no surprise when late in the game, with the Sox up 6-0, Barnes threw at Machado. Machado had no time to react as the ball barely missed his head. From the dugout, Dustin Pedroia yelled “It’s not me” to Machado. Barnes is expected to miss between three and six games.
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Capitals Take Out Maple Leafs
The Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday night in overtime to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Capitals, which were the best team in the entire NHL this year, had a tougher time than expected against the Leafs, losing two games, and going to overtime in all but one game. Marcus Johansson was the hero in last night’s matchup, scoring the game-tying goal late in the third period, and then the game-winning goal in overtime. The Capitals second round opponent is the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team that seemingly knocks the Caps out of the playoffs every year. The Penguins dispatched the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games with relative ease. Game one of the Caps-Pens series begins Thursday in Washington.
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Nashville Sweeps Top-Seeded Chicago
In a colossal upset, the Nashville Predators completed a shocking upset sweep of the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks. The high-scoring Blackhawks hit a brick wall against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who logged shutouts in games one and two, and who gave up just 3 goals after that. The Blackhawks also had difficulty dealing with the speed of the Predators. The sweep marks the first time in NHL history that a No. 1 seed has been swept by a No. 8 seed. Nashville moves on to the second round to face the winner of the St.Louis-Minnesota series. Nashville is enjoying a bit of revenge, as Chicago knocked them out of the playoffs in 2010 and 2015. The Blackhawks tried everything they could, switching up lines, adding Russian Michal Kempny to the playoff lineup, dressing seven defensemen, but it didn’t matter. Nashville simply outplayed the more talented Chicago team.
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Bulls Take 2-0 Lead Against First-Seeded Celtics
After limping into the last seed of the NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls have stunned the basketball nation by taking the first two games of the series from the Eastern first place finishers the Boston Celtics. The shock is not just the wins, but with the extent the Bulls are dominating play. Jimmy Butler is grabbing every rebound while averaging 26 points, and Rondo looks like the Rondo of old. At the beginning of the year the team was bickering and fighting amongst themselves. Rajon Rondo was suspended for a game by the team. He was also fined, along with Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler. Rondo wasn’t even in the regular rotation the whole year. He’s got it together now though, just missing a triple-double in Game 2 of the series while containing the Celtic’s biggest threat, Isaiah Thomas. Home court advantage shifts to Chicago as the series heads there for Game 3.
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Toronto Takes Lead In Series Against Washingon
The Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime, in what was basically an exact repeat of game 2. Toronto leads the series 2 games to 1. The young Toronto team has made the Capitals look slow, with much of the series being played in the Capital’s defensive side of the ice. Perhaps Toronto learned from the Pittsburgh Penguins last year, who brought up some young fast players from the minors who the Capitals simply couldn’t keep up with. Caps fans are nervous, living year after year with the “curse” of choking in the playoffs. Easily the superior team on paper, the Capitals have only made it to one Stanley Cup final, the 1998 series against the Steve Yzerman-led Detroit Redwings, who swept the series in four straight. Caps fans are nervous, but Vegas still has the Capitals as 6-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. (The odds for the Penguins to win the cup are 7-2).
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Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell
Former star tight end for the New England Patriots, and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell this morning at 3:05 a.m., from an apparent suicide. Hernandez was hanging from a bedsheet attached to the window in his Massachusetts prison cell. A statement released by the correction department said, “Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and he was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.” The statement also said that Hernandez “attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.” Hernandez was acquitted days ago for a separate double murder. Brian Murphy, Hernandez’s former agent expressed doubt that it was a suicide, stating there was “absolutely no chance” Hernandez killed himself, and that “he would never take his own life.” Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
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The 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Breaking the Color Barrier
April 15th is the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. An event that helped pave the way for modern civil rights in the United States. To celebrate the event, Adidas has made a series of Jackie Robinson signature special edition cleats and trainers. Adidas also built a new baseball and softball field for Robinson’s alma mater, John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. Robinson became the first African-American to play in the major leagues when he signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The Dodgers will unveil a statue of Robinson this weekend with Robinson’s wife and children in attendance.
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NBA Eastern Conference Standing
With only one regular season game left in the NBA schedule, several Eastern Conference playoff slots will be determined by the final night of the year. The Cleveland Cavaliers, predicted by many to represent the East in the NBA finals, may not even finish first in the division. They don’t even control their own outcome, if they lose tonight against the Toronto Raptors, they finish in second place. The Cavs must win tonight, and hope for a Celtics loss for them to take first place. If Boston wins tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics finish in first place. Toronto is locked into third place, and Milwaukee is locked into sixth place no matter the outcomes. Washington and Atlanta are set as the fourth and fifth place teams, respectively. If Chicago beats Brooklyn tonight, they will finish in one of the last two playoff spots depending on the Indiana outcome. Indiana is playing Atlanta tonight, and if the Pacers win, they will finish in seventh place. If they lose and both Chicago and Miami win, the Pacers will be knocked out. If Indiana wins and either Chicago or Miami lose, they will make it. Miami is playing Washington tonight, and to make the playoffs, the Heat must win and have either Indiana or Chicago lose.
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Tebow Homers in Minor League Debut
Tim Tebow hit a homerun in his first at bat in his debut game for the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets’ Class A team. His minor-league experience so far has been less than spectacular, with a .194 batting average in the Arizona Fall league and a .148 average in the Grapefruit league this spring. The 29-year-old ex-NFL quarterback has fielded his share of criticism for possibly taking a roster spot away from some young, more deserving player. Of course, not many players at this level make the majors or even get close. With three strikeouts and a ground out after his homer, nobody is kidding themselves that Tebow is a future major-leaguer. His presence on the team is bringing in fans and fan dollars though, as well as exposure. The Fireflies went on to win the game 14-7.
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Marshawn Lynch Wants to Un-Retire
Retired star running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come back to the NFL and play for the Oakland Raiders. The powerful back retired after the 2015 season in which he missed nine games due to injury. Lynch is an Oakland native. In an interview on KIRO-AM radio this week, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that Lynch wants to return only to play with the Raiders. The Seahawks still retain Lynch’s contract rights. The Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has met with Lynch, and if the team decides to bring him on, a deal would have to be worked out with Seattle. The Raiders let running back Latavius Murray exit via free agency, so a proven power running back would be a welcome addition. With over a year to recuperate from injury, Lynch could theoretically be fully recuperated, but his health is definitely a factor to any deals getting done.
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