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Chicago Cubs Shortstop Addison Russell’s Leave Extended By MLB Through End Of Season

Major League Baseball extended Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell’s administrative leave through Sunday, the end of the regular season.  Russell was placed on administrative leave by the team last Friday when a blog written by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, was made public as she detailed physical, emotional and psychological abuse made throughout their marriage. Russell’s administrative leave was initially seven days, and would have expired Thursday. But the league extended it through the end of the regular season as they continue their investigation into the domestic abuse allegations. At press time, it was not yet known whether or not Russell will be available to play in the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he does not believe the Russell situation is a distraction to his team, who are currently playing for the NL Central title. ...Read more

Tiger Woods Paired With Patrick Reed In Ryder Cup Fourballs Opener

Tiger Woods will partner with Patrick Reed against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the fourth and final fourballs match when the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday. The pairings were announced at Thursday’s opening ceremony at the course just outside Paris as France will host the event for the first time. United States captain Jim Furyk surprised many by breaking up the Reed/Spieth partnership from the last two Ryder Cups, but said he liked the chemistry between Reed and Woods. “Tiger has spent so much time with Patrick and Jordan. We looked at our options – we had one very good pairing and I think we came out of it with two very good pairings,” he said.  Over 7,000 fans will be present when play gets underway, unlike anything seen in any other golf event. The United States have not won on European soil since 1993 – the year three of their current team were born. ...Read more

Arnold Schwarzenegger And Linda Hamilton Reunite On Set Of “Terminator 6”

Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a photo of him and Linda Hamilton in honor of her birthday, straight from the set of the upcoming sixth “Terminator” film on Wednesday.  He posted the photo alongside an image of a photo of the two actors from years ago. “I’m pumped to be back together again,” Schwarzenegger, 71, wrote. Hamilton, who turned 62 on Wednesday, and her alter-ego, Sarah Connor, last appeared onscreen for the cyborg franchise in 1991′s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” directed by James Cameron.  Deadpool’s Tim Miller is directing the sixth entry in the “Terminator” series. Terminator 6 was originally slated to hit theaters in summer 2019 but was recently pushed back to a release date of November 15, 2019. ...Read more

Desperate Housewives Actress Marcia Cross Reveals Secret Battle With Cancer

Former “Melrose Place” and “Desperate Housewives” actress Marcia Cross revealed recently she is recovering from a fight with anal cancer. In a series of Instagram posts, the 56-year-old mother of twin daughters said she was “happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out.” Cross characterized her status as “post-cancer” saying”all good now,” she wrote. “Hard journey but I am HEALTHY, and more present and grateful than ever.” The actress, whose husband, Tom Mahoney, is a cancer survivor, said that her disclosure about her disease and hair loss made her feel “liberated, deliriously free, and completely me.” Cross played Bree in the long-running “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2012) and she later had a role as a character who became president on the FBI drama “Quantico.” ...Read more

Actor Geoffrey Owens Donates The $25,000 Given To Him From Nicki Minaj To Charity

Actor Geoffrey Owens, the former “The Cosby Show” star who was job-shamed last month due to pictures of him posted on social media working as a cashier at Trader Joe’s, is now paying it forward. Owens has decided to donate the $25,000 that rapper Nicki Minaj gave him to other struggling actors.  Owens said: “I would like to give this donation of 25K to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman.” Hyman, who played Cosby’s father, ‘Russell’, on The Cosby Show, lived his last years and died at the Actors’ Home, which was funded and run by the Actor’s Fund. Owens added: “I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.” Owens played Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show,” but his career stalled after the show ended in 1992. The photos of him being shamed for working at the supermarket stirred outrage. Minaj called the incident “toxic & disgusting” and pledged to donate $25,000 to Owens. Minaj said she was “happy to be a part of a great cause. I wish Geoffrey much success and want him to know how loved he is.” Since the publicity, Owens has booked a guest role on a forthcoming episode of “NCIS: New Orleans,” and has accepted an offer from Tyler Perry to recur on his new OWN television show, “The Haves and The Have Nots.” ...Read more

Bill Cosby’s Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame To Remain, Despite Sexual Assault Conviction

Actor Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame will not be removed despite him being jailed for sexual assault, the organization in charge of the LA tourist attraction has confirmed. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said that while it is “regrettable” when celebrities’ personal lives do not live up to “public standards and expectations”, the stars mark professional achievements and are permanent fixtures. Cosby was just sentenced for up to 10 years for sexual assault, while also being labelled a “sexually violent predator” by a judge in Pennsylvania. The 81-year-old is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be jailed. osby was convicted in April of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home 14 years ago.  ...Read more

Federal Reserve Hikes Rates For Third Time This Year

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the third time this year. Policymakers under Chairman Jerome Powell unanimously agreed to raise the federal funds rate a quarter percentage point, to a range of 2% to 2.25%. The rate helps determine rates for mortgages, credit cards and other consumer borrowing. “Our economy is strong,” Powell said at a press conference on Wednesday. “These rates remain low, and my colleagues and I believe that this gradual returning to normal is helping to sustain this strong economy.” Central bankers raised expectations for a fourth rate hike in December, with a majority now in favor of such a move. In June, policymakers were split on whether the Fed should raise rates four times this year or three. Looking ahead to 2019, Fed officials expect at least three rate hikes will be necessary, and one more in 2020. The Fed raised its expectation for economic growth this year to 3.1% from 2.8%, but for 2019, Fed officials expect growth to slow to 2.5% amid worries about the growing trade rift between the United States and China.  ...Read more

Democrats Want Kavanaugh’s Nomination Withdrawn After Third Sexual Misconduct Allegation

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that Democratic attacks on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over allegations of sexual misconduct were “disgraceful,” and would backfire on the party in November. “If the Democrats are playing this game that is disgraceful. It is a disgrace to the country. And I think you are going to see it in the midterms,” Trump said in New York, where he was meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during the United Nations General Assembly. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination. In a letter, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Trump to either withdraw Kavanaugh from consideration, or order an FBI investigation “into all allegations.” Kavanaugh was accused on Wednesday by another woman of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s. The allegation came from Julie Swetnick, 55, who said she observed the future Supreme Court nominee at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched, made “disoriented” with alcohol or drugs and “gang raped.” Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward women.  ...Read more

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