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Potential No. 1 Overall Pick Luka Doncic Not Certain About NBA Decision

Slovenian basketball star Luka Doncic of Real Madrid is the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, but says he is unsure about committing to the NBA. Real Madrid is in the EuroLeague Final Four, which ends with the championship game on Sunday. When he was asked during a news conference if these will be the last two games he plays in Europe, Doncic kept his options open. “I’m not sure if these are the last two games,” Doncic said in Serbian. “We are yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season.” Doncic reportedly declared for the draft last month and is expected to be drafted by either the Phoenix Suns at No. 1 or the Sacramento Kings at No. 2. 19-year-old Doncic has played in EuroLeague since 2015, and is one of the top European prospects ever. Early entry draft candidates have until 10 days before the draft to withdraw, which would fall on June 11. ...Read more

Trump Discloses Payment To Cohen In Financial Report

President Trump’s financial disclosure were released on Wednesday, and they revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, as reimbursement for payment to a third-party. Released by the Office of Government Ethics, the disclosure did not specify the purpose of the payment. However, Mr. Cohen has paid $130,000 to an adult film actress, Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) who has claimed she had an affair with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen has said he made the payment to keep Ms.Clifford from going public before the 2016 election with her story about an affair with Mr. Trump. ...Read more

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spin-Off Is Coming To Freeform

Freeform has picked up a 10-episode spin-off of the popular teen drama Pretty Little Liars. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist is another book series by the same PLL author Sara Shepard. The show is about two girls from Beacon Heights, a town know for its mysteries, who become the prime suspect in a murder they did not commit. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist will focus on new faces of the PLL universe — Sofia Carson from Disney Channel’s Descendants, Sydney Park from the Walking Dead and newcomer Eli Brown will all become part of the main cast. The show is created by I. Marlene King, who was the the same creator for the original series. The pilot has already been filmed, however, the series is not set to premiere until 2019. ...Read more

Pauley Perrette Responds To CBS Statement About Her ‘Multiple Assaults’ Claim

After CBS acknowledged a “workplace concern” involving Pauley Perrette of the crime drama “NCIS”, it prompted a response from the actress on Tuesday. Perrette had earlier posted a series of cryptic tweets saying she had endured “multiple physical assaults” and suggested that may have contributed to her departure from the show. “It’s horrifying,” she wrote. “I left.” CBS Television Studios issued a statement late Tuesday confirming that “over a year ago” Perrette ― who played forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on “NCIS” for 15 seasons before her final episode aired last week ― “came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.” Perrette responded on Twitter by thanking CBS and saying the network “always had my back.”   ...Read more

Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock To MIss 4-8 Weeks With Fracture Of Left Thumb

Diamondbacks’ outfielder AJ Pollock has an avulsion fracture in his left thumb and is expected to miss four to eight weeks, manager Torey Lovullo announced.  Pollock sustained the injury diving for a ball in centerfield against the Brewers on Monday night.  “Obviously not great news,” Lovullo said. “But we know that AJ is going to be doing everything he possibly can to get back as quickly as possible. Everybody heals differently so obviously it’s a big range there, but we’re going to stay as optimistic as possible.” Pollock will be in a soft cast. Surgery will not be necessary, Lovullo said. “It’s an occupational hazard with baseball players a lot of times,” Hazen said. “It’s tough…like I said it’s just a hazard for playing the game the way he plays the game.” ...Read more

Twins Catcher Jason Castro Out For Season Due To Knee Surgery

Twins catcher and noted defensive specialist Jason Castro will miss the remainder of the 2018 after major surgery on the meniscus in his knee. Manager Paul Molitor made the announcement Wednesday. Team medical staffers originally thought Castro would be out for 4-6 weeks, but during Tuesday’s procedure surgeons discovered the tear was far larger than originally thought. Second-year catcher Mitch Garver and veteran Bobby Wilson will handle the catching chores in his absence. ...Read more

Michigan State Agrees To Pay Larry Nassar Victims $500M In Settlement

Michigan State University on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar. Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator. Under the agreement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims. The statement doesn’t indicate how much money each victim would receive. It also doesn’t say how Michigan State will pay the bill. ...Read more

Phoenix Suns Win NBA Draft Lottery

The Phoenix Suns have won the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. They came into the night with the best odds; as the Sacramento Kings were slated to pick eighth and the Atlanta Hawks fifth but both moved into the top three. That meant that the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks got bumped from the top three.  Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton and Luca Doncic are all potential first overall picks, with Ayton looking like the favorite. Jaren Jackson and Mohamed Bamba are also seen as top prospects.   ...Read more

Seattle Mariners ​Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games By MLB​

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cano received the 80-game ban after testing positive for Furosemide, more commonly referred to as a “water pill.”  Furosemide helps to flush the body of liquid, thus causing more urine and diluting a drug test sample. Cano’s 80-game suspension is effective immediately. The Mariners released a statement following today’s announcement that reads, “Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge.” Cano also released a statement, saying he was unaware that he took a banned substance.  ...Read more

Singer Rihanna’s Stalker Is Charged With Vandalism, Burglary And Other Felonies

A man who broke into Rihanna’s Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time. According to Los Angeles County prosecutors, 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Leon has not entered a plea and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on May 9. Authorities say Rihanna’s assistant found him and called police.  ...Read more