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Taylor Swift Kicks Off Her ‘Reputation’ Tour

Taylor Swift kicked off her Reputation stadium tour on Tuesday, May 8 — and the setlist includes 24 of her biggest hits. Swift performed 14 songs from her acclaimed 2017 album, Reputation, in addition to her previous singles and fan favorites. Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opened for Swift as they played for a sold-out crowd of 59,157 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Swift’s set ran for more than two hours and found her performing on three separate stages. The main platform featured a 172-foot tall video screen that curved and continued into the floor. The tour is scheduled through November, with U.S. dates including stops in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...Read more

Saints’ Mark Ingram Appeals 4-Game Drug Suspension

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram “vigorously challenged” his four-game suspension, according to a statement from his agents, saying that he tested positive for a substance that was “permissible with the proper use exemption with the NFL.” The NFL, however, reiterated Wednesday that an arbitrator has made a final ruling on Ingram’s appeal, which is why the league announced his suspension on Tuesday. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy clarified that the outcome has been decided and that all parties have been notified.  Neither side has specified which substance Ingram tested positive for. The NFL announced only that he violated the league policy on performance-enhancing substances. ...Read more

North Korea Frees Three US Detainees Ahead Of Trump Summit

North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump. It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been in Pyongyang to arrange the planned talks. Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chu were able to “walk on the plane without assistance”, the White House said. They had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps. Mr Trump announced the release of the men in a tweet on Wednesday. ...Read more

Ex-CEO Blankenship Loses GOP Senate Race In West Virginia

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in West Virginia on Tuesday, beating former coal executive Don Blankenship amid much controversy.  Morrisey will now face Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in one of the top Senate races of November’s midterm elections. Blankenship had panicked Republican leaders by showing signs of a late surge, but he faded to a third-place finish behind Morrisey and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins after President Donald Trump intervened to urge voters to reject him. ...Read more

NY Mets Mets Trade Matt Harvey To Reds For Catcher Devin Mesoraco

Matt Harvey’s career on the New York Mets came to an end on Tuesday, when the team announced that they had traded him to the Reds. In exchange, Cincinnati is sending catcher Devin Mesoraco to New York, which has a need at that position after losing its top two catchers, Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, to injuries last month. Plawecki is expected to return from a broken hand in several weeks but d’Arnaud is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. A 2013 all-star, Harvey bounced back from Tommy John surgery that year, missing the 2014 season but recording a 2.71 ERA the following season. However, further injuries, most notably a 2016 case of thoracic outlet syndrome that required season-ending surgery, proved to be a career downfall for Harvey.  ...Read more

Spurs’ James Borrego Finalizing Deal To Be Named Charlotte Hornets’ New Head Coach

After nearly a month without a head coach, the Charlotte Hornets have hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as their new head coach. Borrego interviewed for since-filled vacancies with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, and was considered a candidate for two other vacancies (Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks).  Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak went through an extensive coaching search to replace Steve Clifford that included interviews with at least seven other candidates. Clifford was fired on April 13 after leading Charlotte to a 196-214 record and two playoff berths in five seasons as Hornets head coach. Borrego will become the seventh coach since Charlotte returned to the NBA in 2004. ...Read more

President Trump Announces US Will Exit Nuclear Accord With Iran

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran. Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.” He added that the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction.”  Trump’s decision means Iran’s government must now decide whether to follow the U.S. and withdraw or try to salvage what’s left of the deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was sending his foreign minister to the countries remaining in the accord but warned there was only a short time to negotiate with them. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said his country, Britain and Germany all regretted Trump’s decision. ...Read more

Watch Madonna’s Surprise Met Gala Performance Of ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Hallelujah’

59-year-old pop legend Madonna surprised fans with a performance during the annual Met Gala event this year in New York City. Madonna took over the interior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and performed her iconic 1989 song “Like a Prayer”and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah.” Keeping with the 2018 Met Gala’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” Madonna took to a staircase inside the museum’s Great Hall dressed in a monastic cloak, accompanied by a score of backup performers dressed as monks. Earlier, she walked the star-studded benefit’s red carpet dressed in a black Jean Paul Gaultier gown, while a black net veil draped across her face with bejeweled crosses, rosaries, and a bouquet of black roses to complete the look. ...Read more

“Sherlock Holmes 3” Release Date Announced With Robert Downey Jr And Jude Law Returning

The Sherlock Holmes franchise is back as Warner Bros. announced that Sherlock Holmes 3 will be released on Christmas Day; December 25, 2020. Robert Downey Jr. will return as Holmes, alongside Jude Law, who stars as Sherlock’s famous sidekick, Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie directed the first two films in the Warners franchise, but no director is currently attached for Part 3. The script comes from Chris Brancato, writer for critically acclaimed series Narcos and Hannibal. Sherlock will have some pretty stiff competition at the Christmas box office in 2020. James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, is set to arrive on December 18, 2020 and the animated sequel Sing 2 will also arrive in theaters on Christmas Day, 2020. ...Read more