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MRI Reveals Torn ACL For Knicks’ All-Star Kristaps Porzingis

The New York Knicks took on the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, and Kristaps Porzingis went down with a knee injury on a dunk on Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo. After initially needing help to the locker room and walking it off on his way out of the arena, an MRI has revealed that Porzingis has a torn ACL. Porzingis is already scheduling season-ending surgery on his torn ACL and will have a timeline for his return post-op. This will mark a very unfortunate end to what would’ve been his first year an NBA All-Star. In his third season in the league, Porzingis averaged 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game.   ...Read more

White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns Amid Ex-Wives’ Abuse Allegations

A top aide to President Trump has resigned amid allegations of abusive behavior from his two ex-wives. White House staff secretary Rob Porter had been accused in multiple media reports published earlier in the week of choking and dragging his wives. Although White House aides had defended Porter in statements to the media, Porter submitted his resignation on Wednesday as scrutiny of his past relationships intensified.  “He is going to be leaving the White House. It won’t be immediate,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Wednesday.  Sanders also read a statement from Porter that described the allegations as “outrageous.”  “I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign,” Porter said in the statement Sanders read. Porter is reported to be in a romantic relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks. His last day in the West Wing has not yet been set.  ...Read more

Big Budget Deal In Senate Hailed As ‘Genuine Breakthrough’

Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would provide both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits. The agreement is likely to be added to a stopgap spending bill that passed the House on Tuesday, aimed at averting a government shutdown Thursday at midnight. Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York called the Senate agreement “a genuine breakthrough.” However, it would not resolve the plight of immigrant “Dreamers” who face deportation after being brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California held the floor in the House, declaring she would oppose the measure unless her chamber’s GOP leaders promised a vote on legislation to protect the younger immigrants.  ...Read more

Quentin Tarantino Opens Up About Uma Thurman’s “Kill Bill” Accident Saying It Was “One of the Biggest Regrets of My Life”

Quentin Tarantino is directly addressing the claims made about him by Uma Thurman in a recent interview she did with The New York Times. Tarantino admitted that he regrets her terrifying car accident on the set of Kill Bill. He also explained his decision to spit on her and choke her for scenes in Kill Bill—revelations that were met with backlash on social media, painting Tarantino as someone who liked to torture his leading ladies. Tarantino also spoke about his shock after finding out Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed both Thurman and actress Mira Sorvino, who was Tarantino’s girlfriend at the time. Tarantino went into detail about the Kill Bill car accident. “It’s the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt,” he said. He defended himself against characterizations that he was furious with her then for not doing the stunt, saying that he performed the stunt himself to make sure it was safe.  ...Read more

ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ To End After Season 7

ABC series Once Upon a Time is set to conclude its run following its current season. Series co-creator Adam Horowitz took to his Twitter account to announce the news. The show premiered in 2011 and has remained on the network for seven seasons, with new episodes set to air until its finale. The premise of the series, childhood fantasy characters transplanted into the real-world by the curse of an evil Queen, intrigued millions of viewers with the first season of “OUAT” experiencing major success after its pilot was viewed by almost 13 million viewers. For this current season an entirely new cast was brought in following most of the original cast departing the series, including it’s leads, Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue remained for the rebooted season.  The final season of Once Upon a Time will return on ABC on March 2. ...Read more

House Passes Bill To Address Sexual Harassment In Congress

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday that would reform the way lawmakers’ offices handle cases sexual harassment.  The bill, born in the wake of the #MeToo movement, would overhaul aspects of the Congressional Accountability Act, the decades-old law that put in place the system through which sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace-related claims on Capitol Hill are handled. But the bill would weaken the authority of the independent entity currently probing lawmakers’ behavior, according to some. The legislation had been worked on for months by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as a direct response to a series of allegations, resignations and retirements that have rocked Capitol Hill in recent months regarding lawmakers from both parties making inappropriate comments or sexually harassing female staffers.  ...Read more

President Trump Says ‘I’d Love To See A Shutdown’ If Congress Doesn’t Agree To Immigration Restrictions

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he welcomes a government shutdown if congressional leaders do not agree to a deal to keep the government open later this week. “I’d love to see a shutdown,” he said during a roundtable with legislators and law enforcement officials on immigration, adding that Democrats need to agree to his demands for immigration restrictions. “Shut it down.” Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who was attending the roundtable, told Trump: “We don’t need a government shutdown over this.” Lawmakers in both parties have said they hope to avoid another government shutdown like the one that occurred after talks broke down last month. ...Read more

Barry Bonds’ No. 25 Jersey To Be Retired by San Francisco Giants

Barry Bonds holds the record for hitting the most home runs in Major League Baseball history with 762, and now the San Francisco Giants will recognize his career by retiring his No. 25 jersey during the 2018 season. The Giants said on Tuesday that they will retire the number on Aug. 11, when they are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Bonds said in a statement: “I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season. As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans are a part of my family.”  Bonds spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the Giants signed him heading into the 1993 season. He played 15 years in San Francisco, hitting 586 of his career home runs and setting the record for most long balls in a single season. Bonds was a seven-time National League MVP, an eight-time Gold Glover, a 12-time Silver Slugger, two-time batting champion and 14-time All-Star while playing for Pittsburgh and San Francisco. ...Read more

N.Y. Mets Agree Two-Year, $17M Deal With All-Star Todd Frazier

The New York Mets have agreed to sign two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract.  Frazier, 32, is a career .245 hitter, with 175 home runs over six-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. He hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI last year, a season where he was traded near the deadline from the White Sox to the Yankees. He also made the National League All-Star team with the Reds in 2014 and 2015.  In addition to Frazier, the Mets will have a new look on both corners after signing aging free agent slugger Adrian Gonzalez to man first base in January. ...Read more

John Mahoney, Beloved Father On TV’s Frasier, Dies At 77

Actor John Mahoney died Sunday at age 77, according to reports. Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, Mahoney became best known for his role as Martin Crane in NBC’s Frasier, though he didn’t kick-start his acting career until later in life.  Mahoney quit his job and started taking acting classes and soon got his first role in David Mamet’s Water Engine in 1977. Four years after pursuing acting, John Malkovich encouraged him to join Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre. In 1993, the actor accepted the role of Martin Crane in NBC’s sitcom Frasier. Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for this role. He remained a regular until Frasier‘s end in 2004. More recently, he had a recurring role in Hot in Cleveland.  Mahoney was never married and did not have any children. ...Read more