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Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Coach Tyronn Lue After 0-6 Start

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their coach, Tyronn Lue on Sunday. The Cavaliers are off to a 0-6 start without LeBron James, who left Cleveland this summer for the second time in his career and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. The Cavs haven’t shown any progress under Lue and the team decided it was time for a change before the situation worsened, said many sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  Lue brought the Cavaliers to an NBA title in 2016, and helped the team to four straight Finals. Assistant coach Damon Jones also was fired, according to sources. 41-year-old Lue has three years left on a five-year, $35 million contract. He went 128-83 in three-plus seasons as coach. ...Read more

‘Halloween’ Tops The North American Box Office For Second Weekend

Halloween, the new direct sequel to the 1978 original and starring Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her iconic role of Laurie Strode, remained the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $32 million in ticket sales. Coming in at No. 2 is A Star is Born with $14 million, followed by Venom at No. 3 with $10.8 million, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at No. 4 with $7.5 million and Hunter Killer at No. 5 with $6.7 million.  Amazon Studios’ “Suspiria,” the remake of the horror classic by Dario Argento, took in the top per-screen average of the year with $89,903 on two screens. ...Read more

Search Underway For Plane Missing Off South Carolina Coast

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that the U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a downed civilian aircraft off the coast of South Carolina. The Coast Guard said that the Piper PA-31 was reported missing about 110 miles off the coast of Charleston at about 11:33 a.m.  It was traveling from South Carolina to the Bahamas, when the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center received a report from the aircraft of an in-flight emergency. Air traffic control later lost contact with the plane on radar and notified the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The Coast Guard said the Cutter Hamilton crew will continue to search for the aircraft throughout the night, while air assets will conduct a first light search Friday morning. ...Read more

Multiple Sources Say Megyn Kelly Is Out At NBC’s ‘Today’ Show After Blackface Scandal

According to multiple reports, Megyn Kelly Today will been canceled and Kelly herself let go from NBC. After Kelly was widely criticized on Tuesday after she defending using blackface in Halloween costumes on her show, she made a tearful on-air apology on Wednesday. However a source with knowledge of the situation at NBC says it looks very likely the show will not be continuing, though an official decision has not been made. Kelly’s future at NBC is still up in the air. Kelly announced she was leaving Fox News for NBC last January, singing a multi-million, 3-year deal with the network that included her hosting her own daytime news program, anchoring a Sunday evening news show and taking part in special political programming and other breaking news coverage. Even before the recent scandal, Megyn Kelly Today hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. The program’s bumpy start last September included an awkward interview with Jane Fonda in which Fonda criticized her for bringing up her plastic surgery, Debra Messing declaring that she regretted going on the show and a cameraman cursing after he accidentally walked into frame. ...Read more

Hundreds Of US Troops Heading To The Border To Deal With Migrant Caravan

Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to signe an order to deploy hundreds of active duty troops to the southern border, as a caravan of migrants makes its way through Mexico toward the United States. The initial estimate is that 800 to 1,000 service members could deploy in logistical support of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), such as setting up tents for border authorities. These active duty forces will not act in a law enforcement capacity; instead, they will strictly provide logistical and technical support to CBP.  There are already about 2,000 National Guard troops called up by the governors of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to support the Trump administration’s border security mission.  ...Read more

Minnesota Twins Hire Former Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Rocco Baldelli As New Manager

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins announced that former MLB outfielder Rocco Baldelli is the team’s next manager. Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired earlier this month after four seasons with the team. The Twins finished second in the AL Central in 2018 with a 78–84 record, 13 games behind the Cleveland Indians. Baldelli, 37, reportedly also interviewed for the Blue Jays and Rangers jobs before being hired by the Twins. He spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Rays as the Major League Field Coordinator, and was the team’s first base coach the previous three seasons. As a player, Baldelli spent eight years in the majors, mostly with the Rays. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 before being forced to retire at age 29 in 2010 because of mitochondrial channelopathy, a fatigue-causing disease. ...Read more

NFL Fires Field Official Hugo Cruz For Performance-Related Issues

The NFL announced they have fired field official Hugo Cruz, for performance reasons and not meeting the standard over a sustained period of time. Cruz’s firing marks the first midseason firing of an official in the Super Bowl era. Cruz had been with the league since 2015, but missed a blatant false start late in the second quarter in Week 6’s game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns. While it was said that this particular incident did not lead to Cruz’s dismissal and no other details were disclosed, the high-profile nature of the missed call seems to have been a contributing factor of Cruz not meeting the high standards of officiating. The NFL Referees Association plans to file a grievance on behalf of Cruz over his dismissal, according to multiple sources.  ...Read more