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Veteran Broadcaster Bob Costas Is Reportedly In Talks To Exit NBC

Sports announcer Bob Costas is negotiating his exit from NBC after nearly 40 years with the network. His contract runs through 2021. Costas, 66, declined to comment on specifics of the situation but talked in general terms about his tenure at NBC, saying: “There was a very long period of time when NBC’s programming suited my interests and abilities very well, from [late-night talk show] ‘Later,’ to the news magazines, to baseball, the NBA and the Olympics. And after deciding on my own to leave the Olympics after having done a dozen of them, you just look around and say, ‘What was once a perfect fit no longer fits that description.’” It is being reported that Costas wants to pursue an interview show that will stretch beyond sports. Last season was Costas’ first year in which he was absent from NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein Files Motion To Dismiss Ashley Judd’s Defamation Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein is seeking to dismiss a defamation lawsuit Ashley Judd filed against him earlier this year, insisting there’s no evidence to suggest he blacklisted her. Judd took legal action against the producer in April, accusing him of blacklisting her and sabotaging her career after she refused his sexual advances. In her suit, she referred to comments made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson late last year, when he confessed to dropping Judd from casting consideration for his 2001 blockbuster based on remarks Weinstein had allegedly made about her lack of professionalism.
Weinstein vehemently denied jeopardizing Judd’s career and now he is asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit because he claims neither Judd nor Jackson have any evidence to back up their accusations. Weinstein, who is already facing multiple sex assault charges in New York and Los Angeles, has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. ...Read more

Charges Dismissed Against Three Suspects In New Mexico Compound Case

A judge on Wednesday dismissed child neglect charges against three of five people arrested at a remote desert compound in northern New Mexico where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old boy was discovered. Judge Emilio Chavez ruled that he could not keep the three in custody because prosecutors missed a 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause for the neglect charges. Prosecutors could still seek charges for Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahha by asking a grand jury to indict them, but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed. Authorities are pushing ahead with other charges filed against the dead boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner, Jany Leveille. They were due in court and are accused of child abuse resulting in death, which could carry life sentences in connection with the death of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj. ...Read more

White House Counsel Don McGahn To Depart In The Fall

President Donald Trump is tweeting that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, will be departing in the fall after the Senate confirmation vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Trump praised his top White House lawyer on Wednesday, saying he has “worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!” McGahn has played a major role in Trump’s overhaul of the federal judiciary with conservative judges. And he played a prominent role in Trump’s selection of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the president’s nomination of Kavanaugh. McGahn had threatened to resign last year if Trump continued to press for the removal of Robert Mueller as the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference. ...Read more

Cleveland ​Browns’ Linebacker Mychal Kendricks Charged With Insider Trading​

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. Kendricks won the Super Bowl with the Eagles last season before signing with the Browns in June. Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. ...Read more

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers To Become Highest Paid Player In NFL

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will become the highest paid player in NFL history, after agreeing a four-year contract extension reported to be worth $134M. The 34-year-old will reportedly earn more than $80m by March 2019. The new deal surpasses that of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who held the previous record. Rodgers, 34, led the Packers to the Super Bowl championship in 2011, where he was also named most valuable player. The two-time MVP has spent his career at the Packers since being selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Rodgers still has two years remaining on his contract, but it has been extended through 2023. ...Read more

Veteran Slugger Jose Bautista Traded From NY Mets To Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash. Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. Bautista is a six-time All-Star for Toronto between 2010-2015 and has 342 career homers. The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against Washington 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Bautista is expected to come off the bench for the Phillies. Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Bautista. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Sign Catcher Tyler Flowers To One-Year, $4 Million Extension

The Atlanta Braves announced that veteran catcher Tyler Flowers has signed a one-year, $4 million contract extension for 2019. The deal also includes a $6 million club option for 2020, along with a $2 million buyout for that season. Flowers, 32, is hitting .225/.357/.335 this season with five home runs, six doubles and 20 RBI. Flowers had an MLB-best 28.1 runs above average last season, he’s ninth (5.6) in a year in which he missed 24 games after suffering an oblique injury in his first at-bat of the season. ...Read more

Louis C.K. Returns To NYC Stage After Admitting Sexual Misconduct

Comedian Louis C.K. has returned to the stage for apparently the first time after he admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct. He made an unannounced appearance Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village. The club’s owner, Noam Dworman, says the comedian was “very relaxed” and was greeted by an ovation from the audience. Five women last November accused the comedian of inappropriate behavior. He released a statement in which he said the stories were true and he expressed remorse for his actions. The actions resulted in the end of a production deal with FX Networks and the cancellation of a movie release. ...Read more

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Air On Cable News Networks

On Friday, Aug. 31st, the funeral for the late Aretha Franklin will be held in Detroit, Michigan. Viewers will be able to watch the moment on several news networks. According to the Detroit Free Press, the city’s local news stations will air Aretha Franklin’s homegoing service. Other television networks including CNN and Fox News will also air the funeral. On Aug. 16, Franklin died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. The music legend was surrounded by her family during the time of her passing. In a statement issued to the public, Franklin’s relatives expressed their sadness over her passing. A tribute concert will also be held on Thursday, Aug. 30th. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar and more are scheduled to perform.  ...Read more