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Serena Williams To Face Angelique Kerber In Wimbledon Women’s Final

Serena Williams, who took 18 months off during her pregnancy and the birth of her first child, beat Germany’s Julia Goerges, 6-2, 6-4, at Centre Court to advance to the Wimbledon women’s singles final for the 10th time.  Her win against Goerges moves Williams closer to a 24th Grand Slam title. Williams will face 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber on Saturday. The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.  Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Williams won that for a second consecutive title at the All England Club. Kerber has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams. “I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis. This is the only chance to beat her.” ...Read more

Former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley Arrested In Las Vegas, Suspected Of Cheating At Casino

Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested in Las Vegas on Sunday. The arrest was on suspicion of “adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known,” said the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Barkley was arrested at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by gaming control board enforcement agents. The NGCB summed the incident up as an alleged attempt “to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment.”  Oakley, 54, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft and played for 19 years in the league. He is currently a coach in the Big 3 basketball league. ...Read more

U.S. Accuses North Korea Of U.N. Sanctions Breach, Demands End To Fuel Sales

The Trump Administration accused North Korea on Thursday of breaching a U.N. sanctions cap on refined petroleum by making illicit transfers between ships at sea, and demanded an immediate end to all sales of the fuel. The United States submitted the complaint to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee. The North Korea U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the U.S. accusation. The charge of a sanctions breach comes as Washington engages North Korea in a bid to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. ...Read more

Justice Department Plans Appeal Of AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approval

According to a court filing, the Justice Department filed an appeal challenging its loss in the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust trial on Thursday, July 12. AT&T completed its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner a few weeks ago after a federal judge rejected the Justice Department’s argument that the deal would be anti-competitive. AT&T is one of the country’s biggest telecom providers and its purchase of Time Warner allowed it to pick up some of the biggest media brands in the U.S., including HBO and CNN. AT&T said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. District Judge Richard Leon correctly decided the case. ...Read more

George Lopez’s Prank On Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Sparks Controversy

In a video published by TMZ, comedian George Lopez can be seen pretending to urinate on President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — with the help of a water bottle. Lopez was in Hollywood Tuesday, and after speaking with fans, he decided to “pretend” to relieve himself. In the footage, Lopez, 57, clad in a black suit and tie, can be seen telling a man to record him from behind. He then tilts the bottle forward and empties it as he leans his head back. The prank, however, is receiving major backlash.   Law enforcement in Los Angeles has received a slew of calls and emails from citizens ticked about George’s “sick, deplorable, offensive and disrespectful” act.  However, police say it’s just a prank and no crime was committed. ...Read more

2018 Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones’ And ‘Westworld’ Lead Nominations

The nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning, with shows like “Westworld” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the front of the pack with multiple nods for their stars, including Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright. Elizabeth Moss and Samira Wiley. Newcomers like Rachel Brosnahan also earned honors for her work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Big names like Donald Glover for “Atlanta,” Milo Ventimiglia for “This Is Us,” Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for “Black-ish,” Larry David for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and many more earned nods in their respective categories. “Game of Thrones” had the most nominations with 22, followed by “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld,” who both earned 21.  Colin Jost and Michael Che from “Saturday Night Live” are slated to host this year’s Emmy Awards, which will air Monday, Sept. 17.  ...Read more

Comcast Offers $34 Billion For Sky TV, Topping A Bid From Fox

The bidding war for Sky TV, the European pay-TV service, heated up Wednesday when Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox upped it’s offer, but then later in the day Comcast Corp. countered with an even higher offer. Independent directors of the London company initially approved Fox’s $32.5-billion bid, but they withdrew their support and accepted Comcast’s offer, which valued Sky at $34 billion. Martin Gilbert, Sky’s deputy chairman, said in a statement, “The Independent Committee welcomes this increased offer which presents an attractive premium for Sky shareholders. We have long recognized the unique position that Sky occupies in the European direct-to-consumer landscape and unanimously recommend this offer by Comcast.” It was unclear late Wednesday whether Fox would bid again.  ...Read more

President Trump Issues Harsh Attack On Germany At NATO Summit

President Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia, saying Berlin had become “a captive to Russia” and he criticized it for failing to raise defense spending more. Trump met reporters with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, before a NATO summit in Brussels, said it was “very inappropriate” that the United States was paying for European defense against Russia while Germany, the biggest European economy, was supporting gas deals with Moscow. ...Read more