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Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley Progressing In Recovery From Ankle Surgery

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is making progress in his recovery from ankle surgery. The 30-year-old Brantley has progressed to lateral agility drills as he works his way back from right ankle surgery in October with an eye toward playing as much as possible this season. It is unsure if this means he will be ready for Cleveland’s opener at Seattle, however.  The two-time All-Star needed two surgeries to fix his shoulder and played in just 11 games in 2016, missing Cleveland’s run to the World Series. He appeared to be back on track last year before he injured his ankle while chasing a fly ball to left during a game on Aug. 8.  ...Read more

Russia’s Vladimir Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.   Putin said a nuclear attack on any of Moscow’s allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response. But in Washington, officials cast doubt on whether Russia has added any new capabilities to its nuclear arsenal beyond those already known to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The Trump administration also accused Moscow of violating a Cold War-era treaty which banned nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 300-3,400 miles. “President Putin has confirmed what the United States government has known all along, which Russia has denied: Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. ...Read more

Dow Plunges More Than 350 Points After President Trump Says U.S. Will Impose Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Imports

Stocks fell on Thursday after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will implement tariffs on steel and aluminum imports next week. The Dow Jones industrial average traded 358 points lower after rising more than 150 points earlier in the day. The 30-stock index fell as much as 586 points.  The U.S. will set tariffs of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum, President Trump said. It is unclear whether they will apply to all imports or only metals from certain countries.  ...Read more

Detroit Tigers Pitcher Travis Wood Leaves Game With Sprained Knee

Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Travis Wood left Thursday’s game after slipping on the infield grass and injuring his left knee.  The Tigers have described the injury as a sprain. Wood was making his spring debut after being sidelined by an offseason finger injury . While pitching in the fourth inning, he caught a line drive and then trapped a baserunner between second and third base in a rundown. Upon pivoting toward second base, he fell immediately and grabbed his leg.  No other details were available at press time.  Wood, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers this winter after pitching for the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres in 2017.  ...Read more

“Fixer Upper” Stars Chip And Joanna Gaines Announce New HGTV Series

Chip and Joanna Gaines have a new series coming to HGTV. Called Fixer Upper: Behind the Design, the half-hour-long project will give fans a peek behind the stars’ design process as they execute overhauls. The first of the 15 episodes will air on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The premiere is scheduled for just after the main Fixer Upper series. “I can’t wait to show our fans how every piece of the design comes together before the final reveal,” Joanna said in a statement. “I want to nail every detail so that, when we walk away, Chip and I know we’ve given a family the one-of-a-kind home of their dreams.” Exclusive photos and video will be available to viewers online a the following link:  HGTV.com/FixerUpperBehindtheDesign ...Read more

Police Called To Tori Spelling’s Home Amid Reports Of ‘Nervous Breakdown’

Police rushed to the home of Tori Spelling in Los Angeles after a 911 caller reported that the celebrity was having a “nervous breakdown.” Officers were called to Spelling’s home on Thursday morning, March 1st, after an anonymous call was made at around 7:00 reported that Spelling was behaving in a “very aggressive” way, according to TMZ. While she reportedly didn’t have any weapons, she was agitated enough for someone in the house to call 911.  Spelling is also said to have dialed 911 the night before because she thought someone was breaking into her home, but it just turned out to be her husband, Dean McDermott, coming home. Earlier Wednesday evening, she had been out for the evening with ‘The Bachelor’ star Corinne Olympios. Spelling has reportedly dealt with mental health issues in the past. ...Read more

Former E! Staffer Says He Witnessed Misconduct By Ryan Seacrest Against His Former Stylist

An anonymous industry source claimed to have witnessed E!’s Ryan Seacrest acting inappropriately toward his former stylist in an interview with Today on Wednesday.  Former stylist Suzie Hardy has accused Seacrest of sexually harassing and assaulting her over the six years that she was employed by the network from 2007-13, including grabbing her crotch multiple times. On the Today show, the unnamed source corroborated Hardy’s account.  Seacrest, 43, has staunchly denied Hardy’s allegations, and his network is standing by him as he’s set to host E!’s Oscars coverage Sunday. Seacrest has accused Hardy of attempting to blackmail him; however Hardy’s attorney, Howard E. King, said of Seacrest’s denial statement: “Not only is that false, but it is an attempt to smear the victim and divert attention from her very specific and supportable claims.” ...Read more

“Fuller House” Creator Jeff Franklin Fired After Complaints Of Inappropriate Behavior

Fuller House creator and show runner Jeff Franklin has been fired, and will no longer be a part of the Netflix sitcom. His firing follows reported complaints about his behavior in the writers’ room. Franklin, who created Full House and it’s sequel Fuller House, has been accused of being verbally abusive and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room and on set, according to Variety. As a result of the allegations, Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series, has declined to renew the veteran TV writer’s production deal.  A Netflix spokesperson said, “Fuller House will return for a fourth season, as planned. We hope to go into production in the next few months.” Fuller House was renewed in January for season 4.  Representatives for Fuller did not immediately respond to comment as of press time. ...Read more

Yankees Outfielder Clint Frazier Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is continuing to deal with symptoms related to a concussion after his head hit an outfield wall during Sunday’s spring training game. Frazier, 23, first reported concussion symptoms to the team Monday morning, and has since said in a statement “I can’t even sit in my living room without feeling like s—,” Frazier said before Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “My head hurts, and it’s just the headaches. I can’t shake the headache all day. I have a goal to attain, and it’s not fun watching it kind of feel like it dwindles away when you’re sitting on the shelf.”  In the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida, Frazier was drifting back for a fly ball and when the left fielder reached the warning track, he leaped just short of the wall and caught the ball as his head made contact with the bottom of the fence. As part of the concussion evaluation process, Frazier has spent the past three days working with trainers. He said Wednesday that the warm-ups have been going well, it’s when he starts trying to hit that the symptoms return. ...Read more