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Houston Texans Announce Safety Andre Hal’s Hodgkin Lymphoma Is in Remission

Houston Texans safety Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in May,  but according to statements from both Hal and the team’s physician he is now in remission. As for whether Hal could return this season, head trainer Geoff Kaplan was optimistic, saying “I think everything is on the table. This is the best-case scenario you could imagine.” Hal said on Wednesday that “I just made sure I did everything I could to beat this. I never stopped working out. I was obsessed. I just want to get back on the field.” In fact, Hal was seen working out at the team’s practice facilities after his press conference Wednesday. Hal was first diagnosed on May 17 after experiencing blurry vision during a practice. Doctors originally feared he might have brain cancer before diagnosing Hodgkin lymphoma in both his belly button and armpit regions. Hal started all 16 games for the team at safety last year, registering 71 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In 61 career games over four seasons, he’s accumulated 176 tackles and nine picks.  ...Read more

New York Giants Tight End Evan Engram To Miss 2-4 Weeks With MCL Sprain

The New York Giants bounced back from a rough 0-2 start with a win over the Houston Texans this past weekend, but it seems that they lost tight end Evan Engram to a knee injury. The Giants will be without Engram for two-to-four weeks with a moderate MCL sprain. In the first three games played this year, Engram hauled in 10 catches on 13 targets for 104 receiving yards and a touchdown. Engram will not play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4 but the team is hopeful he will be able to return against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. Rhett Ellison will fill in for Engram. ...Read more

President Trump Addresses The United Nations

President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in which, among other things, he touted his Administration’s accomplishments, spoke about the importance of American sovereignty and patriotism, and criticized “the ideology of globalism.”  Mr. Trump opened his annual address by boasting that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” which was met with laughter by the other world leaders at the assembly. “Didn’t expect that reaction,” President Trump said, “but that’s O.K.”  Trump said in part, “Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on earth. That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination.”  The President added: “The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” ...Read more

Bill Cosby Sentenced To 3 To 10 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault

Comedian Bill Cosby was taken out of court in handcuffs Tuesday after a Philadelphia judge sentenced him to 3-10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. “The day has come. Your time has come,” Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill told Cosby, 81, before sentencing him on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby declined to speak during the two-day hearing. He was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women’s basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia. The judge initially denied a defense request to allow Cosby to remain free on bail, but lawyers continued to argue, and the entertainer wasn’t immediately hauled out of court to begin his sentence. Cosby remained seated in the courtroom, surrounded by attorneys and spokespeople. Spectators were cleared from the courtroom before deputies took him into custody and walked him away in handcuffs as he held his cane. The judge also ordered Cosby to pay Constand’s costs and a fine of $25,000. Earlier Tuesday, Judge O’Neill declared Cosby a sexually violent predator, which state law defines as a person with “a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.” The designation means Cosby will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. ...Read more

Michael Kors Buying Versace In Deal Worth More Than $2B

Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion. The deal Tuesday comes just 14 months after the New York handbag maker spent $1.35 billion adding to its portfolio Jimmy Choo. Michael Kors remains the chief creative director at Kors, but the expanding company will be renamed Capri Holdings Ltd., with $8 billion in projected annual sales. Gianni Versace founded the Versace brand in 1978, becoming a major force bringing to prominence Milan ready-to-wear; with Versace’s murder 21 years ago, his sister, Donatella Versace, took over creative direction and his brother Santo continued on the business side. The Versace family still controls 80 percent of the company, with the investment firm Blackstone owning the remaining 20 percent. Donatella Versace presented her latest collection for next spring and summer last Friday during Milan Fashion Week. “This is a very exciting moment for Versace,” she said. “It has been more than 20 years since I took over the company along with my brother Santo and daughter Allegra.” Donatella, who holds a 20 percent stake in the business, will stay onboard as creative director and the family will become shareholders in the larger business. Kors said Tuesday that it plans to open 100 new Versace stores (there are 200 in operation) at the same time that it amplifies online sales of the brand. ...Read more

Mel Gibson To Write & Direct “The Wild Bunch” Remake

Mel Gibson has been hired to co-write and direct a remake of The Wild Bunch. The original 1969 Western movie, directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden, followed an aging outlaw band caught up in changing times and a last job gone terribly wrong. Though the film met with some controversy upon release, it’s become a classic of American film. Director Tony Scott was originally attached to a remake, but his untimely death in 2012 put the project on hold indefinitely. Now the remake has been revived with Gibson at the helm. Gibson has had his share of ups and downs over the last decade, but his career has been on the rise after his most recent directorial effort, 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, earned nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, and a number of other awards.  ...Read more

Carolina Hurricanes Hope Changes To Team, New Coach And Players Will Lead To End Of Playoff Drought

The Carolina Hurricanes have a new owner, general manager, coach and captain, and hope these changes add up to making the team ready for the playoffs once again. This season will be critical to the franchise which has had 3 different coaches, 3 different general managers, but only one playoff appearance during the past decade.  Carolina has made the postseason just once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, and this season marks 10 years since that playoff appearance. New owner Tom Dundon added general manager to team president Don Waddell’s responsibilities and promoted assistant Rod Brind’Amour — the captain of that Cup championship team — to head coach.  ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen Under Hospital Supervision

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is under hospital supervision after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday. Reports on Tuesday stated that Griffen was “getting assistance on personal matters.” The NFL is aware of Griffen’s status and is “comfortable he has a good support system around him.” According to a police incident report, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn’t allowed in his room, and reports are saying that Griffen is the individual in question. No weapon was found and Griffen was allowed to leave the property.Griffen, 30, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Vikings. Head coach Mike Zimmer did not provide details Sunday about Griffen’s absence, classifying the issue as a “personal matter, and I’m going to leave it at that.” Griffen was listed on the injury report with a knee injury and ruled out for Week 3 against Buffalo on Friday. ...Read more

Dallas Police Officer Accused In Neighbor’s Death Fired After Manslaughter Charge

The Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was buried in his Caribbean homeland. Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to a statement posted on Twitter. According to Dallas police, Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest. Guyger claims she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home when she shot Jean.  She turned herself in three days later , and is currently out on bond. A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, “adverse conduct” is often cited in the officer’s termination. ...Read more