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Conor McGregor Reveals He Agreed To Fight At UFC 224

Conor McGregor posted on social media on Wednesday that he agreed to make a history-making return to the UFC last month. The former featherweight and lightweight champion hasn’t fought in MMA since winning the 155-pound belt in November 2016.  McGregor took to Instagram to celebrate his placement at No. 4 on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2017, but then added that he would have placed higher with an “agreed May 12th bout in Rio de Janeiro” before “something came up.” That fight almost certainly would have been against Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight championship.  ...Read more

President Trump Grants Alice Marie Johnson Clemency After Visit From Kim Kardashian West

President Trump reportedly granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson on Wednesday, days after Kim Kardashian West traveled to the White House to advocate for the Tennessee grandmother’s release.  Johnson — a 63-year-old woman who has spent more than two decades behind bars for a first-time nonviolent drug offense — was said to be among those on a shortlist of at least 30 people the President was considering pardoning, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Kardashian West met with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner in the Oval Office last week in a bid to convince them to release Johnson from the federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama. She was handed a life sentence on charges related to cocaine possession and money laundering in 1996. ...Read more

White House Press Aide Kelly Sadler, Who Joked About John McCain’s Health, Leaves The White House

A White House communications aide who made headlines in May for cracking a macabre joke about the health of Senator John McCain has left the White House. Kelly Sadler made off-the-cuff comments about the Republican senator’s opposition to President Trump’s nominee for C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, saying that it did not matter because Mr. McCain was “dying anyway.” Mr. McCain has a malignant brain tumor and has been in treatment for several months. The joke was shared with the news media, igniting a firestorm. The White House addressed the departure in a brief statement on Tuesday evening, saying that Ms. Sadler was “no longer employed within the executive office of the president.”  ...Read more

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Star In The First Trailer For “A Star Is Born” Remake

Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and award-winning music superstar Lady Gaga debuted the trailer for the upcoming remake of “A Star is Born.””  Gaga stars in her first leading role in a major motion picture, while Cooper marks his directorial debut. The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew DICE Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing the title role of Ally, Gaga performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. All the music is original and was recorded live. Check out the new trailer below!  ...Read more

Netflix Confirms ’13 Reasons Why’ Will Return For Season 3

Netflix’s controversial teen drama “13 Reasons Why” will return for a season 3. Production on the new season will resume later this year and is slated to premiere on Netflix in 2019. Like previous seasons, Season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” will consist of 13 episodes. However the series’ breakout star – Katherine Langford – will likely be missing the action. The 22-year-old actress shared an emotional goodbye to her character, Hannah Baker, on Instagram shortly after the Season 2 premiere.  Selena Gomez and her mom, Mandy Teefey, will return as executive producers for the series – alongside series’ creator and show-runner Brian Yorkey.  ...Read more

New York Yankees Pitcher Jordan Montgomery To Have Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

New York Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery will have Tommy John surgery on his elbow this week, the team announced Tuesday. Montgomery had been throwing on flat ground but experienced a setback in his latest stint last weekend in Baltimore. Manager Aaron Boone said ”He wasn’t comfortable, shut it down that day and then went home to just get checked on again, MRI, and this was the conclusion.”   Montgomery is 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA in six starts. He left a May 1 start against Houston after one inning because of tightness in his elbow. The 25-year-old appeared to wince and shake his arm after the last of his seven pitches in a perfect first inning. Montgomery will undergo surgery in New York on Thursday. ...Read more

Warriors Forward Andre Iguodala’s Status Upgraded To “Questionable” Ahead Of Game 3 Against The Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that he is “hopeful” forward Andre Iguodala will be able to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. Currently Iguodala is listed as questionable with a leg injury. Iguodala missed the final four games of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets and the first two games of the NBA Finals vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite Iguodala’s absence, Golden State has a 2-0 series lead over Cleveland. Iguodala suffered the injury after bumping knees with Rockets guard James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He was later diagnosed with a left lateral leg contusion. ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Rape And Sexual Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, June 5, to felony rape and criminal sex act charges, the Associated Press reports. Weinstein appeared before Justice James M. Burke during a hearing at the State Supreme Court in New York City, where he answered a series of yes-no questions about his rights before entering his plea. Weinstein turned himself in to authorities on May 25 on charges involving former actress Lucia Evans and a second woman, who has not been publicly identified. Evans, 36, has claimed that the former producer forced her to perform oral sex on him at his office in 2004, while the unidentified woman alleged that he raped her in a hotel room in 2013. Weinstein is out on $1 million bail, has denied all claims of nonconsensual sex. His lawyer has claimed that the sexual encounters with Evans and the second woman were consensual. ...Read more

President Trump Abruptly Calls Off Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Celebration At White House

President Trump abruptly called off the White House celebration honoring the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles after nearly all of the players and coaches said they would boycott the visit. White House officials said that fewer than 10 members of the team were planning to attend the celebration on Tuesday afternoon on the South Lawn, despite weeks of planning for the event. When it became clear that most members of the team would not attend, Mr. Trump issued a blistering statement disinviting them. “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow,” Mr. Trump said in a statement released Monday evening. “They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” ...Read more