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Indianapolis Colts Fire Coach Chuck Pagano After Six Seasons

The Indianapolis Colts announced they’ve fired head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons. The news comes as the 4-12 Colts had their worst season since finishing 2-14 in 2011 and have missed the playoffs for the last three seasons. Pagano coached his way through a season that was without quarterback Andrew Luck because of a shoulder injury. Pagano arrived in Indianapolis for the head coaching job in 2012, after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. ...Read more

NYC Tightens Security For Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

Days before the ball drops in Times Square, security is already building. To protect about 1 million revelers in the city, the NYPD is promising to step up patrols, canine teams and heavy-weapons squads. Concrete barriers are back, along with sand trucks to block vehicles. And the NYPD is putting special focus on aerial security, with spotters on buildings and officers stationed in every hotel along 7th Avenue in the event of a sniper-style attack. Other big cities are beefing up their security too. Chicago police said they are adding specialized teams with a focus on vehicle-style attacks, and for the first time Miami will conduct random security checks at its outdoor events.  ...Read more

Alabama Makes Doug Jones Win Official As Judge Rejects Roy Moore’s Challenge

Alabama officials certified the results of its special Senate election Thursday, officially naming Democrat Doug Jones the victor not long after a judge rejected a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore. Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones’ victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed. ...Read more

Golden Globes 2018: Gal Gadot, Amy Poehler, And Seth Rogen Among Presenters

The 75th Golden Globe Awards is coming up soon, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been naming the stars that will be on hand to present awards. The association shared several big names on Thursday, including “Wonder Woman” leading lady Gal Gadot, Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington,  three-time former Golden Globe host Amy Poehler, Oscar winner Halle Berry and comedian Seth Rogen, among others. Seth Myers is set to host the live broadcast for the first time, which will air on NBC on January 7th at 8PM ET. ...Read more

Solange Knowles Cancels New Years Eve Citing An Autonomic Nerve Disorder

This week Solange Knowles took to Instagram and shared with fans that she’s been “quietly treating” an unnamed autonomic disorder and will no longer be performing at AfroPunk Fest Johannesburg. The performance, which was announced in early May, was scheduled for New Years Eve 2018. Solange expressed how “saddened” and “sorry” she was to cancel, mentioning that South Africa and its native residents remain near to her heart. Ending the statement, Solange thanked AfroPunk and other festivals that have both kept the news concerning her health confidential plus “gone out of their way” to make her comfortable.  ...Read more

MLB Investigating Sexual Assault Allegation Against Twins’ Miguel Sano

Minnesota Twins All-Star slugger Miguel Sano is under investigation by Major League Baseball for a 2015 incident in which a photographer alleges Sano attempted to sexually assault her. The photographer, Betsy Bissen, wrote about the incident on her Twitter account on Thursday and said it happened after Sano participated in an autograph session at a local shopping mall. Bissen, who worked for Twins Daily at the time, said Sano repeatedly tried to kiss her and attempted to force her into a bathroom. MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said in a statement that “we are aware of the allegations and are now in the process of looking into it.” ...Read more

Dave Gettleman Hired as Giants GM After Jerry Reese Firing

The New York Giants have hired former Carolina Panthers architect Dave Gettleman as their new general manager following Jerry Reese’s ouster on Dec. 4. The Giants announced Gettleman’s hiring on Thursday with a joint statement from team president John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch.  Kevin Abrams is expected to remain with the Giants as assistant GM.   ...Read more

Kansas City Chiefs To Start Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes Vs. Broncos

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start the team’s regular-season finale versus the Denver Broncos. With the Chiefs locked into the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC West, the first-round pick will take his first snaps since a dazzling preseason. Reid added that Mahomes would get the first-team snaps in practice this week with Alex Smith leading the scout team. The veteran coach added he’d use the final game of the 2017 season to rest key starters and get other younger players besides Mahomes reps.  ...Read more

Daughter Billie Lourd And Actor Mark Hamill Pay Tribute To Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death

A year after Carrie Fisher’s death, some of the people who knew her best are paying tribute to the beloved actress. Many celebrities and fans shared heartfelt messages about Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” Fisher died at age 60 just two days after Christmas in 2016, following a heart attack she had on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Among those who remembered the actress on Wednesday was Mark Hamill, who appeared alongside Fisher in the iconic franchise as Luke Skywalker, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, who posted on Instagram revealing that she traveled to Norway to honor her late mother. ...Read more

Details Emerge After Chrissy Teigen Live Tweets About Her Tokyo-Bound “Flight To Nowhere”

More details emerged about the 8-hour “flight to nowhere” that model Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Teigen, who was traveling with her husband, R&B superstar John Legend, sent out a flurry of tweets after her plane to Japan was forced to turn around because a passenger had somehow boarded her flight with a ticket from another airline. Now U.S. government officials state that two brothers went through security at Los Angeles International Airport with proper boarding passes, booked on separate flights to Tokyo, but the brothers were able to board Teigen’s flight together since the machine that scans tickets before boarding malfunctioned. There is no indication anyone was ever in danger. ...Read more