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Dallas Mavericks Acquire Center Chinanu Onuaku From Houston Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Chinanu Onuaku and cash in a deal with the Houston Rockets. In exchange, the Rockets are receiving a 2020 second round pick, which makes room for the Rockets to sign Carmelo Anthony. Onuaku appeared in just one game for Houston last season. In his two seasons in the NBA, the 6-foot-10 Onuaku has appeared in just six games, spending the majority of his time with Houston’s G League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. While there he’s played a total of 83 games, averaging 12.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 blocks. Onuaku has also played for the Rockets in Summer League the last three years.  ...Read more

Actor Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Alan Alda revealed Tuesday that he has been living with Parkinson’s disease. The “M*A*S*H” star appeared on “CBS This Morning” and shared that he was diagnosed three and a half years ago.”I’ve had a full life since then,” he said. Alda, 82, said he’s going public now because he’s been doing a great deal of press lately for his new podcast, “Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda” and he noticed something in the video of himself. Parkinson’s disease is a “progressive disorder of the nervous system” that primarily affects a patient’s movement. It often begins with a small tremor in the hand or muscle stiffness and gets worse over time. Alda is best known for his role as Army Captain Hawkeye Pierce on the hit CBS series “M*A*S*H,” which ran from 1972 to 1983. In 2005, Alda was nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award for his role in “The Aviator.” ...Read more

Jennifer Lopez To Receive MTV’s Video Vanguard Award

MTV announced Tuesday that Jennifer Lopez will be presented the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Lopez will perform live during the Aug. 20 event, and appeared in a Facebook Live segment after hearing the news, where she called the honor “amazing.”  MTV called Lopez “one of the most iconic and influential multi-hyphenates across music, film, television, fashion, business and philanthropy.”  In addition to the Vanguard prize, Lopez could walk away with several other awards next month — she’s up for “Best Collaboration” and “Best Latin Video” for her Cardi B tune “Dinero,” which also features DJ Khaled. ...Read more

MLB Trade Deadline Winners And Losers

A busy trade deadline for the MLB came and went Tuesday, with 10 deals getting done on the final day.  Several teams made decisions to chase a title, or go into rebuilding mode.  The New York Yankees did well at the trade deadline acquiring J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney. They also landed Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for right handers Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll and lefty Josh Rogers. San Diego Padres closer Bran Hand and Adam Cimber went to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Francisco Mejia. Tampa Bay Rays, LA Dodgers and, Atlanta Braves all made big moves as well.  See the full list of trades and details in the article below. ...Read more

Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel Named Starter For CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

 Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is a starter once again, this time in the Canadian Football League. One week after being acquired by the Montreal Alouettes in a trade from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Manziel will start against his former team at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on the campus of McGill University in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The Alouettes confirmed the news on their Twitter account Tuesday. Following his release from the Browns in March of 2016, Manziel spent the better part of nine months dealing with domestic violence charges, which required him to meet certain requirements, including anger management education and entering the NFL’s substance-abuse program. ...Read more

Trial Begins For President Trump’s Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

In opening statements that kicked off the trial of Paul Manafort on Tuesday, prosecutors accused former Trump campaign chairman of being a “shrewd” liar who orchestrated a global scheme to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars. Uzo Asonye, a prosecutor working on the case with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, said Manafort lived an “extravagant lifestyle” fueled by millions of dollars in “secret income” that he earned from his lobbying in Ukraine. In opening statements for the defense, Manafort’s defense attorney Thomas Zehnle shifted much of the blame to the Ukrainian oligarchs Manafort worked for and the business associates he worked with. Manafort is facing 18 charges, including accusations of filing false tax returns, failing to report foreign bank accounts and defrauding several banks. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 305 years in prison. He has denied all charges. ...Read more

Facebook Has Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign

Facebook Inc. has identified a coordinated political influence campaign through dozens of inauthentic accounts on its platform ahead of November’s U.S. midterm election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The company said it had removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” Facebook said in a blogpost that “this kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing. We’re still in the very early stages of our investigation and don’t have all the facts — including who may be behind this ...Read more

Robert Wilkie Sworn In As New Veterans Affairs Secretary

Vice President Mike Pence swore in Robert Wilkie as secretary of Veterans Affairs on Monday. Wilkie served as acting secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs after former secretary David Shulkin resigned in March and Trump’s previous nominee, his physician Ronny Jackson, withdrew himself from consideration. Before Trump nominated Wilkie for the position at Veterans Affairs he worked for the Department of Defense as under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.  “Since day one my administration has been focused on serving the men and women who make freedom possible, our great veterans, these heroes deserve on the best and they will have it under Robert Wilkie – I have no doubt about it,” President Donald Trump said during the ceremony. ...Read more

Ross Cockrell Of Carolina Panthers Suffers Fractured Left Leg During Practice

Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell went down in pain on Monday morning, and a source later stated that Cockrell suffered a broken leg as a result of a red zone collision with wide receiver Torrey Smith. According to a report, witnesses to Cockrell’s injury reported hearing an audible ‘crack’ of a bone. Cockrell’s injury was confirmed by Bill Voth of the Panthers, stating that he suffered a broken left tibia and fibula. Cockrell will undergo surgery, and will eventually be placed on Injured Reserve.  This is the Panthers second player lost to injury in the past three days. On Saturday, All-Pro right tackle Daryl Wlliams dislocated his kneecap and tore his MCL, which will leave him indisposed for some time if not all season. ...Read more

Toronto Blue Jays Send Roberto Osuna To Astros For Ken Giles

The Astros picked up right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for a package that includes former Houston closer Ken Giles. Minor league pitchers Hector Perez, 22, and David Paulino, 24, are also headed to Toronto in the deal. Paulino had been Houston’s No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, prior to his 80-game suspension last season for a PED violation. Perez is the Astros’ No. 10 prospect.  Osuna hasn’t pitched since May 6, and has been serving a 75-game suspension for violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He was arrested May 8 and charged with assault. His next court appearance is Wednesday, and he is eligible to be activated Sunday. Meanwhile  Giles, 27, is 0-2 with 12 saves and a 4.99 ERA in 30⅔ innings this season for the Astros. ...Read more