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Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Dead of Apparent Suicide
Chester Bennington, 41-year old lead singer of the American rock band Linkin Park was found dead yesterday in his Los Angeles home. The death is being investigated as a suicide by hanging. The band debuted in 2000, releasing the album Hybrid Theory, an album that mixed rap and rock featuring shredding screaming vocals of Bennington. It sold 4.8 million copies. This year the band released One More Light, which took the band in a different musical direction. The release is more of a pop album than a rock album. The album received mixed reactions from fans, ranging from lukewarm to downright angry. Many were upset at the direction the band was going in, especially with the lead single leaning more towards modern r&b than anything the band previously released. Bennington spoke out against accusations that the band had “sold out”, and gave interviews in several major music magazines trying to explain that the band was evolving. Bennington also filled in as the frontman for the band Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015. He is survived by a wife and six children.
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Joe Walsh Organizes Show to Aid Veterans
Eagle Joe Walsh is doing his part this fall to help provide aid for American veterans. Walsh has founded a non-profit organization called “Vetsaid”, which will fund several national veterans-based charities that provide care to soldiers and their families. He has also organized the VetsAid concert, an all-star show taking place at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia on September 30th. Gary Clark Jr., Keith Urban, and the Zac Brown Band are a few of the acts Walsh has recruited for the show so far. No stranger to all-star lineups, Walsh was part of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band for several tours, both as a member of the band and later as a regular guest performer. Walsh said of the show, “I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both. We’ve only just begun to appreciate the long-term impacts on our troops home from Iraq.” Walsh further stated that “I had to do something.”
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Horror Movie Pioneer George A. Romero Passes At 77
Horror movie producer and director George A. Romero, best known for his ground-breaking work “Night of the Living Dead,” passed away this Sunday after being diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Romero’s 1968 film invented the modern zombie film which is now seeing peak popularity with the television series “The Walking Dead.” The movie was influential in many ways; not only was it a quality film made on a very low budget, a film that revitalized a campy and clichéd drive-in movie industry, but it was one of the first movies that cast an African American as the protagonist without any racial stereotyping. Romero went on to make several sequels, including “Dawn of the Dead”, “Day of the Dead”, and “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.” In addition to his zombie franchise, Romero also wrote 1978’s “Martin”, the screenplays for Stephen King’s “Creepshow 2” and “The Dark Half”, and 1988’s “Monkey Shines.” He also worked on the “Tales from the Darkside” tv series. He appeared uncredited in several of his own movies as well as appearing as a Memphis FBI agent in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
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Desert Trip 2017 Festival Abandoned
The Desert Trip Festival, which was an incredible success in 2016, will not return in 2017. Last year’s three-day event featured The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters, Neil Young, and Paul McCartney and made over $160 million dollars. Promotors were working on a lineup for 2017 that was to have included Kansas, Supertramp, Styx, Chicago, Blue Oyster Cult, 38 Special, James Taylor, Foreigner, Bread, and others. At one point, there were rumors that a reunited Led Zeppelin may play. Paul Tollett, CEO for Goldenvoice (which produces among others, the Coachella, Firefly, and Stagecoach festivals) gave no reasons for the show being scrapped.
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Classic West Concert In Los Angeles
The Classic West Concert was held this past weekend at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The show gathered some of the biggest names in FM era classic rock, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Steely Dan. The show was put together by Irving Azoff, no doubt in the wake of last year’s Desert Concert, which earned an estimated $160 million dollars. Azoff manages all of the acts on the Classic West bill. Reviews for the show were mixed. High marks were given to the Eagles, hitting the stage with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey replacing founding member Glenn Frey. The Doobie Brothers and Journey also put on spirited performances. Walter Becker from Steely Dan was ill and missed the show, having veteran session man and Steely Dan associate Larry Carlton fill in. The bands will all head to the East Coast and do it again on the weekend of July 29th and 30th in New York.
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Singer For Pro-Pain Hospitalized After Attack
Pro-Pain singer Gary Meskil was admitted to the ICU in Brussels, Belgium on Monday night after being attacked and robbed by a gang of individuals. Meskil was robbed of cash, credit cards, passport, and struck in the head with an icepick. He received several fractures to his face and jaw. The band has been touring Europe in support of its latest album, “Voice Of Rebellion.” Meskil’s condition has been stabilized, but he may be facing future surgeries. Police have recovered multiples weapons from the scene, and they believe they have ascertained the identities of several suspects. Pro-Pain’s tour has been put on hold for the immediate future.
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Kylie and Kendall Jenner Anger the Rock Community
Kylie and Kendall Jenner launched a line of t-shirts recently featuring their images superimposed over the (unauthorized) images of classic rock and hip-hop acts such as Tupac Shakur, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and others. The Jenners were sent multiple cease-and-desist letters from representatives of various acts, including one from Jeff Jampol, manager of the Doors, and Voletta Wallace, mother of Notorious B.I.G. Jampol referred to the Jenners as “attention-seeking missiles who crave celebrity and being well-known but don’t actually do anything.” Fans have been torching the Jenners on social media. The pair pulled the shirts and all imagery from retail, with Kendall issuing an apology on Twitter to the families and artists in a message that stated the girls “will use this as an opportunity to learn.”
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New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit Opens
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in the middle of a renovation, and is opening a new exhibit called the “Power of Rock.” The exhibit features film clips, concert smoke, laser lights, under-seat speakers and recorded stories by members of the Hall of Fame. Covering more than 30 years of the Hall’s induction ceremonies through memorabilia and digital displays, the exhibit’s highlight is a 12-minute film of ceremony highlights by director Jonathan Demme. The film was presented to members of the Associated Press on Wednesday. The exhibit opens to the public tomorrow.
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Guns N’ Roses Show Delayed In Germany
The Guns N’ Roses concert in Hannover, Germany was delayed twice last night, with the start time pushed back 15 minutes because there were problems getting all 20,000 attendees into the show. Just four songs in, during “Welcome To The Jungle”, a thunderstorm rolled through and delayed the show another 90 minutes. The band came back out and played the full 28-song setlist, and treated the fans with special guest Angus Young of AC/DC sitting in for covers of two songs, AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Riff Raff.” The band paid tribute to recently deceased rocker Chris Cornell, covering Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” The P.A. also played Cornell’s “You Know My Name” as the exit music.
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Gene Simmons Drops Devil Horn Patent Application
Gene Simmons has dropped his application to copyright the “horn’s up” or “devil horn” symbol associated with heavy metal music. Simmons claimed that the symbol originated with the 1974 “Hotter Than Hell” KISS tour. He was met with heavy criticism from the rock community, as the popular symbol is widely associated with deceased heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who can be seen making the hand gesture in seemingly every photograph ever taken of him. Critics also pointed out that the band Coven made the gesture in 1967, and John Lennon made the hand gesture on the cover of the 1966 Beatles’ Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby single. Some say the move was just a bid for Simmons to get some free publicity. Simmons is currently on a solo tour playing sets of all KISS music in smaller venues, much to the delight of KISS fans.
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Prodigy From Mobb Deep Passes At Age 42
Prodigy from the New York City rap group Mobb Deep has passed away at the age of 42. In a statement from his representative, the rapper was hospitalized earlier this week after a show in Las Vegas. Prodigy, whose real name is Albert Johnson, has battled sickle cell anemia his whole life. He and his partner Havoc formed Mobb Deep in the early nineties and released their debut album, “Juvenile Hell” in 1993. The band went on to put out 7 more albums, and Prodigy released seven more as a solo artist.
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Foo Fighters Announce New Album And Tour
The Foo Fighters have set a September 15th release date for their upcoming new album, “Concrete and Gold.” The album is being co-produced by the band with Greg Kurstin, known for his work with pop artists Adele and Kelly Clarkson. The band debuted three new tracks recently in concert at the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland: “Lah Dee Dah”, “Run”, and “The Sky Is a Neighborhood.” After the band completes their current European tour they will be playing Cal Jam 17, a festival they put together themselves in salute to the original famous California Jam festivals of the late 70s. Joining the band for the October 7th show will be Queens of the Stoneage, Cage the Elephant, The Kills, Royal Blood, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully Circa Waves, Babes In Toyland, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Starcrawler, and many others.
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Roger Waters Begins New Tour
Roger Waters began his 2017 tour a few weeks ago, playing a highly charged political set featuring material from his new album, Is This the Life We Really Want, as well as a bevy of classic Pink Floyd songs. The new material, as well as the performer, has political leanings against American President Donald Trump and the Republican regime in Washington he has referred to as “imperialistic.” Water has railed against Trump between songs in his recent sets. The shows have featured the same setlist, but one that is packed with Pink Floyd classics from the albums released in the 70’s, which would include "Meddle", "Dark Side of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "Animals", and "The Wall". Waters has been playing five tracks from the new album, four of which are in a block in the middle of the first set. The show has been starting with the “Speak to Me/Breathe” combination and ending with “Comfortably Numb.” Waters has been playing nearly the entire "Dark Side of the Moon" album, as well as most of "Wish You Were Here" (all but “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”). Missing from the shows is any older solo material. No tracks from "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking", "Radio Kaos", or the brilliant 1992 album "Amused to Death". The concerts have been the typical quality productions, complete with excellent visuals, the inflatable giant pig, and spectacular laser show. Waters is on the West Coast this month, swinging through the Midwest in early July. The show comes to the Verizon Center in Washington DC August 4th and 5th.
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Phil Collins Begins Solo Tour
Phil Collins recently played his first solo shows since he announced his retirement in 2011, beginning the first of his “Not Dead Yet Live” tour with five scheduled dates in England at the Royal Albert Hall. The show featured his fifteen-year-old son on the drums. The tour moves on to do a five-night stand in Cologne, Germany and then five nights in Paris, France. Collins plans to return to the United States soon but has not planned dates yet. His opening setlist in England began with “Against All Odds” and moved through a series of hits including “One More Night”, “I Missed Again”, “Separate Lives”, “Easy Lover”, and “Sussudio.” He touched on Genesis classics “Invisible Touch” and pulled out “Follow You Follow Me” to the delight of the audience. The 21-song set closed with “Take Me Home.” Collins didn’t play drums as a spinal operation near the time of his retirement has diminished his ability to do so. He speculated when he announced the tour that he may play “In The Air Tonight” but it hasn’t happened on the tour yet.
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Iron Maiden Kicks Off North American Tour
Heavy metal icons Iron Maiden are about to begin their North American tour, kicking off at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. The Book of Souls World Tour just finished a leg which took them through parts of Europe and the UK. The band is bringing their epic production to the States with no major plans for change. Founder Steve Harris said though the production will remain close to earlier legs, that they still had not settled on a setlist. As well as heavily featuring music from the new Book of Souls album, the European shows included the classic Maiden tracks “Wrathchild”, “Children of the Damned”, “The Number of the Beast”, “Powerslave”, “Iron Maiden”, “The Trooper”, and “Wasted Years”.
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Vince Gill To Play With The Eagles
The California rock band the Eagles have recruited country music star Vince Gill to join them when they play the Classic West and Classic East festivals this summer. Already on board to fill the void left by the passing of founding member Glenn Frey is Frey’s son Deacon. The addition of Gill strengthens the lineup that much more. It had been previously rumored that Jackson Browne would possibly fill in once more for Frey (Browne filled in for him at the Grammy Awards). The bi-coastal festivals also feature top groups Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the Doobie Brothers. No word as yet if Gill will be playing any future dates with the band.
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New Comedy Girls Trip Opens Today
Girls Trip is a new comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who brought you Undercover Brother and Roll Bounce. The new film follows four friends reconnecting with each other at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah star. The R-rated film opens today and is getting good reviews on social media, where it is being compared to 2011’s Bridesmaids.
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Two New Comedies Bomb
Two recent comedies have failed at the box office. The Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler vehicle “The House”, and Scarlet Johannsson’s raunchy “Rough Night” both opened under $10 million dollars. “The House” features Ferrell and Poehler as a couple who open an underground casino to put their daughter through college, while “Rough Night” was another bridesmaids-gone wild escapade. A few other recent R-rated comedies have also failed, including the movie remake of the tv show “Baywatch” and the Amy Schumer movie “Snatched.” It is theorized that some of the blame is on scripts that were written before the political climate changed this year. Another theory is that social media is so tuned in these days, that even a single unfavorable review can drastically change a movie’s chances at the box office.
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New Jason Alexander Comedy Coming This Fall
The Audience Network announced casting has been completed for “Hit The Road”, an original comedy series starring Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander. The show is about a dysfunctional family band traveling the country in a van on tour seeking fame and fortune, balancing family life with band life while obsessed with the dream of claiming their place in pop history. The half-hour show was co-created by Alexender with comedy writer Peter Tilden and British screenwriter Dean Craig. Alexander stars as Ken Swallow, the family patriarch. Amy Pietz from “The Office” is the wife. Nick Marini, Tim Johnson Jr, and Maddie Dixon-Poirer fill out the rest of the family. The 10-episode series is set to release this fall.
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Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls To Release Solo Album
Comedian Harry Shearer is releasing a solo album as Spinal Tap bassist Harry Smalls. The album is tentatively called Smalls Change. Guests on the album include Steve Vai, Donald Fagen, and Peter Frampton. Shearer plans to tour the album as Derek Smalls. The project currently has no release date. Shearer is in the middle of a lawsuit against the Vivendi label, claiming they owe him for decades of unpaid royalties. The fictional band Spinal Tap was made famous by Shearer (along with Micheal McKean and Christopher Guest) by the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, which satirizes the wild behavior of rock stars. The band in the movie has released three studio albums; This is Spinal Tap, Break Like the Wind, and Back From the Dead. The success of the movie has allowed them to go on tour as the fictional band.
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Batman Star Adam West Passes From Leukemia At 88
Actor Adam West, best known for his portrayal of Batman in the 1966 television show of the same name, passed away this weekend from leukemia. West’s acting career got off the ground in the late 50’s when he signed a contract with Warner, and had roles in many of the hit shows of the day, including The Young Philadelphians, Lawman, 77 Sunset Strip, and Bonanza. His first big television role was as Detective Sgt. Steve Nelson on the 1961 series The Detectives. West skyrocketed to fame when he portrayed the DC Comics superhero Batman in 120 episodes of the show from 1966-1968. West’s straight-faced delivery of the material was exactly what the show needed, and both he and the show were a pop culture hit, so much so that it affected his career for decades, hindering his ability to get steady work as the public couldn’t see him as anyone but Batman. West saw a popularity resurgence through voiceover work on cartoons and became a regular as the voice of the mayor of Quahog on the Fox animated show Family Guy. West was 88 years old.
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Simpson Granted Parole
Former star running back O.J. Simpson has been granted parole by a board in Nevada after serving the minimum nine years of his 33-year old sentence for a 2007 Las Vegas incident in which he led a group of men into a casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He claimed the memorabilia and other items were his personal property. Simpson denied ever holding a gun or threatening the victims. He was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson has requested to live in Florida, where he has family. He has two months to serve before his release and has been moved to a separate part of the prison away from the general population as a precautionary step.
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New York Rangers Sign Shattenkirk
The New York Rangers have signed top free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. The Rangers signed the 28-year old to a four year, $26.6 million contract on July 1st. He will partner with Ryan McDonagh as the top defensive line and is also expected to log time on the power play. Shattenkirk last played for the Washington Capitals who acquired him as a partial season rental from the St. Louis Blues last NHL season. He had 13 goals and 43 assists over 80 games last year but failed to impress the Capitals enough for them to make him part of their future. The Rangers also acquired 21-year-old defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from the Arizona Coyotes. The team was knocked out of the second round of playoffs this year by the Ottawa Senators.
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NBA Summer League Popularity Increases
The NBA Summer League, which is a series of off-season games which allows the teams to try out lineups made of rookies, bench players, and others hoping to make the teams, has gained more attention than normal this year as fans clamor to get their first look at the much-hyped Lonzo Ball, this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick selected by the Lakers. The Lakers rookie was named Summer League MVP for his flashy play and for the stats he put up, which include over 16 points per game, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. He also averaged 2.5 steals and 1 block per game. The Lakers have been starved for a player to rejuvenate the franchise, and it seems they have found the right person. The local UCLA talent has received tons of exposure thanks to the constant marketing of his father LeVar Ball, who is a regular Don King-like promotor of his son and his fledgling shoe company, Big Baller. Lonzo has taken the first step to becoming an NBA superstar, winning the MVP of the league’s preseason rookie practice league.
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Nationals New Relievers Debut
In a move to improve their horrible bullpen, the Washington Nationals traded for two relievers last week, right-hander Ryan Madson and left-hander Sean Doolittle. The Nationals bullpen has blown 14 saves this year, and carried the worst ERA entering the second half of the season. The trade sent Blake Treinen and two prospects to Oakland. The two new Nationals debuted last night against the powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers. Madson looked great, retiring three straight batters in the eighth, one on a strikeout, protecting a 1-run lead. Doolittle had a shaky start, walking his first batter on 4 pitches. He gave up a double with one out, putting runners on second and third, and eventually gave up a run, but held on to finish with the save. Blake Treinen made his Oakland debut Monday night, pitching a scoreless the 8th inning with one walk. Oakland will be using him as a late inning setup man.
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Redskins Fail To Sign Cousins Long-Term
The Kirk Cousins deadline for signing a long-term contract with the Washington Redskins has passed without a deal being done. Redskins president Bruce Allen issued a statement that included details of their final offer, which included $53 million dollars fully guaranteed, which Cousins referred to on a Washington D.C. radio station as “a great starting point.” Because Cousins is already guaranteed about half that sum this year, the offer was apparently not very appealing. Cousins went on to state that Allen told him he wanted to inform the fans about the offer details, and that he was ok with it. Cousins is to earn $24 million in 2017, which is fully guaranteed, and is the first quarterback in history to be playing under a team’s franchise tag. Kirk stated he is comfortable playing under the franchise tag, and said that “The one-year deal doesn’t scare me.” No player is NFL history has created more negotiating power than Cousins has. After smoldering under the shadow of the chronically injured and underperforming Dan Snyder favorite Robert Griffin III, Cousins ignited an offense that had been stagnant for years. The team failed to make him a serious offer while they had the chance, worried about an interception issue that Cousins quickly fixed. Cousins improved exponentially each year, setting franchise records two years in a row, but the team still didn’t offer a serious long-term deal. Now Cousins is playing under his second franchise tag, and without signing him to a long-term deal, the team will have to pay him $34 million dollars if they want to franchise him again and keep him next year. That amount of money is close to a third of the team salary cap. The team could also place a transition tag on him, which would guarantee him $28 million, but other teams would be able to make offers to him that the team almost certainly could not match. If the Redskins don’t tag him again, Cousins will hit free agency in a market that is starved for good starting quarterbacks. The team will get nothing in return when he leaves. They could try to trade him before he goes, and at least get something in return, but it is difficult to trade a player who is making so much money, and who will be a free agent at the end of the seasons. Teams also know if they wait they have a good shot to get him without compensating the Redskins. A side-note in all this is that Redskins president Bruce Allen, who claims to be trying to woo Cousins to stay, continues to call Cousins “Kurt” and not “Kirk.
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Nick Young Signed By The Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors signed free-agent guard Nick Young. Young, who gave himself the nickname “Swaggy P” during his tenure with the Washington Wizards, averaged 13.2 points last year on a hapless Lakers team. Young has been with the Lakers for the last four years, which is in a rebuilding phase. While the Warriors strengthen the bench with a solid ball handler and shooter, they bring a large possible distraction to their locker room. It’s no secret that Young has a thirst for attention, and he is going from a team where he was the only star, to a team where he’s an afterthought. If the Warriors re-sign Javale McGee, who performed very well with the team this season, the potential for distraction is multiplied exponentially, as they will be reuniting two former Wizards starters that were part of an unruly team that exhibited childish, unprofessional behavior with little focus on execution, and led to a season so bad that they landed the number one overall draft pick. Young will be making $5.2 million on a one-year deal.
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More Washington Wizards Moves
Earlier reports that Otto Porter was made an offer by the Sacramento Kings were incorrect. The Brooklyn Nets, however, have offered Porter a max-deal 4-year contract worth $106 million dollars, which Porter accepted. The Wizards have until Saturday night to match the contract and retain Porter. It is expected that the Wizards will match the offer, but are tying up Brooklyn’s cap space in the meantime. The Wizards, still trying to improve the bench after underperforming last season, signed free agent guard Mike Scott, who last saw the floor with the Atlanta Hawks. Scott had knee problems that saw him traded from Atlanta to Phoenix, who waived him. Now healthy, the Wizards signed Scott to a veteran’s minimum deal worth $1.7 million. Last week the team signed Orlando’s Jodie Meeks to a two-year, $7 million-dollar deal. Meeks is coming off an injury-shortened season, playing only 39 games last year, where he shot 40.9%.
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Nationals Send Five Players To All-Star Game
The Washington Nationals have three fielders in the starting lineup for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy will start at first and second base respectively, and leading vote-winner Bryce Harper will start in the outfield. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg made the team as starting pitchers. The selection marks Harper’s fourth All-Star start, and his 5th All-Star game overall. Murphy notches his third All-Star appearance, and Zimmerman makes his first. National’s third baseman Anthony Rendon may still make the roster, as he is in the final online vote which will be determined on July 6th. The lone Oriole making the team as a reserve for the American League is second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
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Philadelphia 76ers Sign J.J. Redick
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free-agent shooting guard J.J. Redick to a one-year, $23 million- dollar contract. The spot-up shooter averaged 15.8 points and 44 percent 3-point shooting for the Los Angeles Clippers in the last four years. It is rumored that Redick turned down a larger deal from the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Redick told ESPN that “This is where I wanted to be.” They also signed defensive power forward Amir Johnson to an $11-million-dollar deal. The former Boston Celtic is a 13-year veteran who averaged 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds last year. He and Redick will provide much-needed leadership for the 76ers, whose roster is the youngest and least experienced in the league. The Sixers will have their strongest lineup in years, with No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz joining the two new signings and Joel Embid, Jerryd Bayless, Jahlil Okafor, and Ben Simmons.
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Capitals Re-sign Kuznetsov, Trade Johansson
Washington Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year deal for 62.4 million dollars. The talented center reportedly had interest from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League as well as any number of NHL teams. To make room for the deal, and for others the team still must make this offseason, they traded Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2018 second and third round picks. The Devils appear to be getting the better of the deal as Johansson had 58 points this season, but the Capitals needed to clear cap-space. The team saves $4.58 million in cap room with the trade, money that is needed to re-sign restricted free agent forward Andre Burakovsky and backup goalie Philipp Grubauer.
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The Ice-Cube Big3 Basketball League Debuts
The Ice-Cube Big3 3-on-3 basketball league debuted this week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There are eight teams in the league, with each team playing for 10 weekends until the August 26th Las Vegas championship game. The league as a whole travels each week to a different city where each team has a game. Fox Sports 1 is showing the games on Monday nights. One brilliant feature of the league ensuring good competition is that the teams are paid based on a revenue sharing system based on the final league standings. The teams have a 5-man roster and are made up of former NBA players including Allen Iverson, Mike Bibby, Rashard Lewis, Charles Oakley, Rashad McCants, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and many others. The amazing list of coaches includes Clyde Drexler, Rick Barry, Julius Erving, Gary Payton, and George Gervin. Allen Iverson and Charles Oakley are both players and coaches for their teams. Week 9 will be two playoff games, and week 10 is the championship.
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NBA Recent Moves
The Los Angeles Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and a 2018 first-round draft pick. By trading the 38-year old Paul, the Clippers are in a better position to sign Blake Griffin to an extension. Chris Paul will pair with James Harden in Houston, which is reportedly trying to acquire fellow All-Star Paul George from the Pacers. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, the New York Knicks have fired team president Phil Jackson. The Knicks went 80-166 under Jackson, losing 50 games in each of his three seasons. Though he has an amazing 11-NBA rings, the game has seemed to pass him by. Some of Jackson’s questionable moves have led to the speculation that he never really wanted the job, and that he was attempting to get fired. He strained relationships with stars Carmelo Anthony and Kris Porzingis. He decided not to attend the Chicago Draft Combine. He constantly tried to force the triangle offense on his players. He stepped on his head coaches’ toes, at times taking over practices. He fired Derek Fisher essentially for not wanting to run the triangle. If social media is any measure, Knicks fans are universally relieved that he is gone.
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Professional Flag Football League Exhibition Game is Full of NFL Stars
The American Flag Football League held an exhibition game Tuesday in San Jose featuring ex-NFL stars Michael Vick, Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, Dennis Dixon, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, and many others. The new league, which was the brainchild of founder Jeff Lewis, gives players an outlet to show off their skills without the contact involved in an NFL game. The basic rules of the game are thus: no blocking or kicking. Fumbles are blown dead at the spot. No rush for 2 seconds, and the quarterback must get rid of the ball within 4 seconds. Each team gets 3 blitzes per quarter. A first-down is achieved by crossing the 25-yard line or crossing midfield. Touchdowns are 6 points with a bonus point awarded for plays longer than 50-yards. The league is still forming, and drawing top athletes from many sports, and has hopes to become popular on a national level. The first season will begin in the Spring of 2018. Team Vick defeated Team Owens in the exhibition match, 64-41.
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Department of Justice Drops Trademark Case Against Redskins
The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its attempt to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademarks due to the negative connotations allegedly associated with the “Redskins” name. Last week the Supreme Court ruled that despite the disparaging connotation of their name, an Asian-American band had the right to call itself “The Slants.” This case set a precedent that favors the Redskins’ position. The Justice Department has been pursuing the case since 2014 when a federal trademark appeal board voted to cancel the team’s trademarks, claiming they were disparaging to Native Americans. The decision was backed by the district court, and on appeal to the 4th Circuit when the Supreme Court ruled on the Slants case. Had the case gone through, and if the Redskins did lose their trademarks, it would have been a tremendous financial loss for the organization. Owner Daniel Snyder vowed that the Redskin’s name would not change as long as he owned the team, stating previously that the name “represents honor, respect, and pride” for Native Americans.
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Trea Turner Breaks Wrist Against Cubs
Washington Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner suffered a broken wrist last night after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pedro Strop caught the right wrist with a 96-mile-per hour fastball. The pitch was not intentional, and Turner stayed in the game, not initially realizing the extent of the injury. In the eighth-inning Turner caught a pop-up, but did not return for the ninth. Runner- up for last season’s NL Rookie of the Year award, Turner is leading the league this season with 35 steals. He tied the franchise record for steals in a game this week when he stole four bags against the Cubs during a matchup that embarrassed starter Jake Arrieta, who gave up seven stolen bases in the game.
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Maryland Lands Top Recruit Jalen Smith
Just weeks after scoring top recruit Andrew Wiggins, the University of Maryland Terrapins landed top-25 big man Jalen Smith. Smith is a 6’10” power forward/center who played for Mount St. Joe’s in Baltimore as well as Team Takeover in the AAU travel program. Smith, who grew up a Terps fan, averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and 3 blocks this year as a junior. He is part of what is shaping up to be a stellar 2018 draft class for the Terrapins. He and fellow 2018 recruit Andrew Wiggins are both four-star rated recruits. Smith is rated as No. 29 the overall prospect by the 247Sports.com Composite rankings. Maryland is also in the running to land two more top-30 prospects, Moses Brown and Silvio De Sousa, as well as five-star guard Keldon Johnson.
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Capitals Re-sign T.J. Oshie
The Washington Capitals have re-signed veteran right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million-dollar contract. He had 56 points in 68 games last year, scoring 33 goals, which tied for the team lead. The former star of the Olympics is one third of the Capitals’ top line, playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. General manager Brian MacLellan said re-signing Oshie was the top priority this offseason. With the salary cap raising to 75 million this year, the team now has room to re-sign restricted free-agents Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Andre Burakovsky Oshie’s contract counts $5.75 million against the salary cap throughout the 2024-45 season.
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Sonny Jurgensen Not Done Yet
Radio broadcaster for the Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen announced that while he was pondering retirement from calling Redskins games, he has had a change of heart and will be back in the broadcast booth this fall. The 82-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback will return this season and call games just as he’s done for the last 36 years. His workload will be reduced though, as Jurgensen will skip the three West Coast road games. He will, however, do the games in New York and Philadelphia, as well as all home games and all four preseason games. Jurgensen calls games on the Redskins Radio Network with Larry Michael, Chris Cooley, and Rick “Doc" Walker.
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2017 NBA Draft Results
The 2017 NBA draft was held last night, with five freshmen going in the first five spots, and a record-setting 16 freshmen being taken in the first 30. Several elite point guards went in the top ten. The Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers selected point guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick in the draft. The freshman from Washington averaged 23.2 points per game and 41 percent from the 3-point line. The Los Angeles Lakers took Lonzo Ball, point guard from UCLA at No. 2. Ball is an excellent passer, setting the UCLA single season assist record with 274. The Celtics took Duke small forward Jayson Tatum at No. 3, also a freshman. Kansas small forward Josh Jackson went to the Phoenix Suns at No. 4, and point guard De’Aaron Fox was selected by Sacramento. The Timberwolves traded the No. 7 pick and Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Chicago for all-star Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick. Some of the more notable players that went undrafted have already signed with teams, including James Blackmon Jr, Isaiah Briscoe, and Melo Trimble agreeing to deals with the 76ers, Cameron Oliver signing with the Rockets, Peter Jok going to the Pelicans, and Marcus Keene going to the Wizards.
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Vegas Golden Knights Select Team
The NHL’s new expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, selected players for their team last night, drafting one player from each of the other existing 30 teams. The franchise was required to select 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies, with 20 of the 30 players selected having to already be under contract in 2017-2018 season. NHL teams could protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. Teams could select another protection option, which would be protecting 8 skaters and 1 goalie. The second option allowed teams to protect an extra defenseman. The Golden Knights GM George McPhee, who built the Washington Capitals into the powerhouse they are now, made not only draft selections for the new team but was also able to make deals with teams not to select certain players. Any team making a deal with the team before the draft had to agree to not make other trades until after the draft. Taken in the draft was Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury, a highly accomplished player who half the league would love as a starter. Also taken was Predators forward James Neal, right winger with a 40-goal season, and Capital’s speedy rookie defenseman Nate Schmidt.
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Lakers Trade Russell and Mozgov to Nets
In a move to clear cap space, the Los Angeles Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft. Russell was the second overall pick in the 2015 draft and put up good numbers considering the team he was on. The real score for the Lakers is getting rid of the terrible Mozgov contract, a four-year deal for $64 million. This will allow the team to pursue a top free agent next year, specifically, LeBron James. Paul George has also said that he’d like to go to the Lakers as a free agent in 2018, though he may be traded prior to that. The Lakers get Brook Lopez, who averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists last year. He is 34.6 percent from the three-point line, which fits in with coach Luke Walton’s preferred offensive scheme. The team is projected to take ULCA point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s draft, another key piece for Luke Walton under the new Magic Johnson led team rebuild. In other NBA news, center Dwight Howard has been traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets. Howard will be reunited with Charlotte coach Steve Clifford who coached Howard in his glory years in Orlando.
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NFL Hall of Fame Group Meets With Pope Francis
While in Italy with a contingent from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. In a release sent out by the Hall of Fame, the Pope said, “I am pleased to greet you, the members and directors of the American Pro Football Hall of Fame and welcome you to the Vatican.” He told the group, which also contained Franco Harris, Ronnie Lott and Curtis Martin, that “Teamwork, fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the values – in the religious sense, we can say virtues that have guided your commitment, on and off the field. These values meet the needs of our brothers and sisters and combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference, and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family.”
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Redskins Opt Not To Hire A General Manager
The Washington Redskins have not chosen a new General Manager. They instead decided not to fill the position at all. Instead, they have promoted former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel. The team has been searching for a GM since they parted ways with Scott McCloughan earlier this year. Pleased with the way this year’s draft went without a general manager, owner Daniel Snyder and President of Football Operations Bruce Allen instead decided to go a different route. A second move was made today, promoting Eric Schaffer to Vice President of Football Operations and promoting scout Kyle Smith to director of college scouting. Area scout Tim Gribble was promoted to a national scouting position. Former director of college scouting Scott Campbell is now a senior executive and will continue to scout for the NFL draft. Aside from being named the Superbowl MVP in 1988, Williams has been a Redskins front office personnel executive since early 2014. His new position will oversee the personnel department, working with Eric Schaffer and the rest of the scouting department. Williams plans to add several more scouting positions.
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Warriors Win 2017 NBA Championship
The Golden State Warriors finished off the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, 129-120, taking the 2017 NBA championship in five games. Kevin Durant had a team-high 39 points and won the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. The series marks the third straight matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers in the Finals. Both teams have multiple superstars but the Warriors talent is at a level above any other team and is arguably as talented as any NBA team ever assembled. They only lost one game in the entire playoffs, and some are saying (probably Warriors fans) that they dropped that game on purpose so they could close out the championship on home court. LeBron James had 41 points in the loss.
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Cavaliers Take Physical Game 4
The Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 4 of the NBA finals Friday night, beating the Golden State Warriors 137-116. The Cavs scored a Finals record 24 3-pointers and put up 49 points in the first quarter on their way to victory. The Warriors had a dozen turnovers that were converted into 18 Cavaliers points. Kyrie Irving had 40 points and LeBron James had a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. The game was much more physical than previous games, with more trash-talking, and a total of 7 technical fouls assessed. Durant and James were both given technicals in the third quarter for jawing at each other during a break in play. There was some drama and confusion in the third quarter as Draymond Green was apparently assessed his second technical foul of the game, which would have meant an ejection. The problem was, it was only Green’s first technical of the game. The first technical was really on coach Steve Kerr, but incorrectly given to Green. Official John Goble consulted with the other referees and the scorer’s table and straightened out the mistake. The replay of the first quarter technical clearly shows that Goble was reacting to Steve Kerr and not Green. The Cavaliers home crowd didn’t agree with the result. The Warriors are up 3 games to 1, with Game 5 being played tonight at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
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Penguins Win 2nd Straight Stanley Cup
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 last night to win the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row. Sidney Crosby also repeated, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP once again. Former Nashville Predator Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left in regulation to put the Penguins up 1-0. The goal proved to be the game- winner. Carl Hagelin scored on an empty net to seal it. The victory marks the first time a team has repeated as Stanley Cup winners since the 1997-98 season (which was won by the Detroit Red Wings). A Predators goal in the second period was disallowed as referee Kevin Pollock lost sight of the puck and blew the play dead with a quick whistle. The Penguins managed to fend off the Predator attack, killing a two-man advantage by the Predators in the third period. Colton Sissons for the Predators had a breakaway but was stopped by Murray for one of his 27 saves. Another shot by Sissons hit the post. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne had 29.
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Ravens Rookie Owns Avocado Farm
Undrafted rookie Ricky Ortiz from Oregon State is currently trying to find a spot on the Baltimore Ravens, but if things don’t go his way, he already has a backup plan in place. Ortiz co-owns an avocado farm in Mexico. In the seventh grade, Ortiz and his friend Adrian Contreras came up with a plan to buy land and grow avocados with the goal of selling guacamole. Contreras’ father owned sugarcane fields in Mexico, and the two friends bought the land beside it. They planted about 200,000 trees and went through the multi-year certification process by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ortiz is vying for the starting fullback position with the Ravens, who lost Pro Bowler Kyle Juszczyk to the San Francisco 49ers. Ortiz played three different positions in college; tight end, fullback, and linebacker. He is comfortable on either side of the ball and plays special teams as well. Ortiz’ partner Contreras is running the farm while he plays football.
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Aaron Wiggins Commits To Maryland
The University of Maryland Terrapin basketball team has added a few key players for next year to go with the new young core of Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson. Yesterday 4-star shooting guard Aaron Wiggins committed to Maryland following his official visit to the school. He’s rated as the No. 62 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, and No. 18 small forward or the No. 10 shooting guard. Maryland also adds Darryl Morsell, a 6-foot-5 guard from Baltimore, and Bruno Fernando, a 6-foot-9 forward from Angola. One of Coach Mark Turgeon’s goals was to add toughness to an already talented offensive group. The team also adds Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi, a rebounding specialist who has been sidelined the last two years with a knee injury. Obi had offseason knee surgery but is already working out. The Terps outlook for the season was boosted by Justin Jackson returning for his sophomore season after initially declaring for the NBA draft, and the return of a healthy Michal Cekovsky, who fractured his ankle last season. The team is still in the running to land top recruit Immanuel Quickly from John Carroll School. The Bel Air native has reportedly narrowed his college choice to 4 schools: Maryland, Kentucky, Miami, and Kansas. He is the No. 2 point guard recruit, and the No. 9 overall class of 2018 prospect.
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Predators Tie Series Against The Penguins
The Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in game four of the Stanley Cup Finals, tying the series at 2-2. For the second game in a row, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was excellent, giving up just one goal, a highlight-reel breakaway by Sidney Crosby. He made excellent saves throughout the game, at one point drawing a standing ovation after saves in the second period. Nashville was at times able to apply a relentless pressure on Pittsburgh, especially at the end of the first period. Replay proved valuable for the Predators, proving that a second-period wraparound shot by Frederick Gaudreau was indeed a goal. It was initially missed by the officials. The Predators won game 3 on Saturday 5-1. Pittsburgh’s power play was once again ice cold. The Penguins are just 1-for-14 in the series. Nashville playing at home has outscored Pittsburgh 9-1. Game five is Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
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