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Rams’ Todd Gurley Becomes NFL’s Highest-Paid Running Back With $60M, Four-Year Extension

The Rams have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract extension with running back Todd Gurley; the deal includes $45 million guaranteed. Gurley is set to make a base salary of $2.3 million this upcoming season and $9.6 million in 2019, upon which the All-Pro running back will start this new deal. Last season, Gurley ran for 1,305 yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns in addition to catching 64 passes for 7888 yards and six scores. During his three-year career, Gurley has racked up 3,296 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground while he has also made 128 receptions for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns.  ...Read more

Judge Postpones Paul Manafort Trial As Five Witnesses Are Granted Immunity

The federal judge in the upcoming federal court trial for President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, released on Monday the names of five witnesses being granted immunity to testify, as he granted the defense’s request to delay the start of the trial. Those witnesses are James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O’Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico. All are believed to work for financial institutions. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III released those names as he granted the request of Manafort’s attorneys to delay the start of the trial; Ellis agreed to delay it until July 31. Manafort, facing charges of bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. ...Read more

President Trump Mulls Revoking Security Clearances Of Former Intel Officials

President Donald Trump is examining whether to revoke the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized him, his spokeswoman said Monday. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James B. Comey, former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Sanders accused those former officials of having “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service.” She added that they have made “baseless claims” about the president’s relationship and contacts with the Russian government. ...Read more

CW’s “Supergirl” Casts Nicole Maines As TV’s First Transgender Superhero

Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actress, has been cast as Nia Nal (aka Dreamer) on the CW’s “Supergirl.”  This will make her the first transgender superhero on television. The 20-year-old actress’ casting was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Nia will appear in the upcoming fourth season as a regular, working as a reporter alongside Kara (Supergirl). According to a press release, Nia is “A soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey this season means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl).” Maines has appeared in the series “Royal Pains” and the documentary “The Trans List.”  “Supergirl” season four premieres on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. on CW. ...Read more

Hilary Swank And Michael Shannon Star In First Trailer For “What They Had”

Hilary Swank is back on the big screen in the first trailer from first-time director Elizabeth Chomko’s What They Had. The film follows Bridget (Swank), a married mom who makes the lone trek home to Chicago after her brother (Michael Shannon) informs her of a family crisis: their mother (Blythe Danner), who has Alzheimer’s disease, wandered into a blizzard on Christmas Eve. Upon its January debut at Sundance in Park City, What They Had earned enthusiastic reviews from critics. What They Had—also featuring American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga and Josh Lucas — hits theaters Oct. 12 via Bleecker Street. Watch the film’s first trailer below. ...Read more

Injured Jockey Victor Espinoza Will Miss Rest Of Del Mar Meet

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza will miss the rest of Del Mar’s summer meet after he fractured a vertebra in his neck during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach said on Monday that the 46-year old Espinoza’s condition had improved to stable and he was up and walking in the hospital, and he was expected to be moved from the intensive care unit, but will be held a few more days for observation. Espinoza was hurt Sunday while exercising Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at the track north of San Diego. Track officials said the horse had an apparent heart attack and Espinoza was thrown off. Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old horse, died. Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015. The Del Mar meet opened July 18 and closes Sept. 3. ...Read more

German Soccer Star Says He Quit National Team Over Racism

In a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account, midfielder Mesut Ozil of the German national soccer team said he is quitting due to racism — this coming after he posed for a photo in May with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil said, “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.” His family traces their roots to Turkey and he is proud of his background. He said that after the photo with Erdogan was picked up by German media, it caused a firestorm of criticism and racist language. In his statement, Ozil said the photo taken at a London event “wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through a spokesperson that she “respects” Ozil’s decision and his accomplishments.”  ...Read more

Gunman Arrested After Standoff In Los Angeles Trader Joe’s Supermarket

A gunman who got into a deadly shootout with police and took dozens of people hostage at a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake has been arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said Sunday. Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was being held Sunday morning on $2 million bail. A woman was shot and killed when Atkins ran into the supermarket on Saturday, but no hostages were seriously hurt before Atkins surrendered about three hours later. The victim of the shooting was identified on Sunday as 27-year-old Melyda Corado. Authorities said Atkins shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, whom he forced into a car, at a South Los Angeles home around 1:30 p.m., police said. Atkins’ grandmother was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting and police had no update on her condition Sunday.  ...Read more

University Of Iowa Student Reported Missing After Going For Night Jog

Officials say they’re searching for a University of Iowa student who went missing after she went jogging. Mollie Tibbetts went missing on July 19 and was last seen in Brookyln, Iowa, according to The Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency. Family members say that Tibbetts was dog-sitting at another home when she went running. However, she didn’t show up for work the next day. Her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, said she went jogging at around 10 p.m. local time. Tibbets, 20, is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and around 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing gym shorts, running shoes, and a black sports bra, the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office stated. Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is urged to call 641-623-5679. ...Read more

Lewis Hamilton Wins German Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One championship lead on Sunday, winning the German Grand Prix after race leader Sebastian Vettel crashed. However, Hamilton was summoned to speak to stewards to explain a move late in the race, where he went to the pits and then aborted his move. He escaped with a reprimand and so kept his win, his fourth this season and 66th overall. The incident came while the safety car was deployed following Vettel’s sudden crash. Hamilton decided against pitting at the last second and crossed the grass to rejoin the track — which is prohibited. “I just slowed down and trundled over some grass, and tried to join the track as safely as I could,” said Hamilton, who finished ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.  ...Read more