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Rangers Pitcher Cole Hamels And His Wife Donate $9.4 Million Mansion To Charity

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to a charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses and their siblings. The massive 32,000-square foot home, located in Table Rock Lake and worth an estimated $10 million, will be donated to Camp Barnabas. The pitcher started construction on the mansion in 2012, however when he was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Texas Rangers and they had to relocate. The family was never able to move into the the home, which contains 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, two kitchens, a two-car garage, and an elevator. ...Read more

First Official Trailer Released For ‘Ocean’s 8’ Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett And All-Female Cast

Sandra Bullock gathers a crew of seven uniquely skilled women to plot a major jewel heist in the new trailer for “Ocean’s 8.”  Warner Bros. released the official trailer for the “Ocean’s” film spin off on Tuesday morning, December 19.  In the movie, Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (the character made famous by George Clooney in the original “Ocean’s” films.) The all female cast include Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina, The film, directed by Gary Ross and produced by George Clooney, hits theaters on June 8. ...Read more

Michael Peña And Diego Luna To Star In ‘Narcos’ Season 4

Michael Peña and Diego Luna will star in the upcoming fourth season of “Narcos.”  The announcement was made by Netflix in a short teaser video on Tuesday. Production of the new season is already underway in Mexico City, Mexico. The first two seasons of the Netflix drama focused on Pablo Escobar’s cartel, and Season 3 segued to Colombia’s Cali cartel, ending with plot suggestion the storyline would move to Mexico in Season 4.  No official date has yet been announced on when the new season will debut. ...Read more

ESPN President John Skipper Resigns, Citing Substance Addiction Problem

ESPN President John Skipper resigned Monday, citing a substance addiction problem, in a move that stunned the sports media business.  Skipper, who took over as president of the sports network in 2012, said in a statement he has battled substance abuse issues for “many years” and decided “the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.” He did not share any details of the nature of his substance abuse problem. George Bodenheimer, who served as ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011, is taking the helm at ESPN for the next three months and helping find a permanent successor for Skipper, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger said.  ...Read more

Multiple Fatalities Reported As Amtrak Train Derails In Washington State

An Amtrak train derailed on Monday in Washington State in its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing a number of riders and injuring nearly 100. The derailment caused multiple fatalities among the passengers, and as the train struck several cars on Interstate 5 it caused additional injuries but no more reported deaths. Thirteen of the train’s 14 cars jumped the tracks, and five vehicles plus two semi-trailer trucks were involved in the accident. It was not immediately clear whether the derailment was connected to the rerouting. A statement from the state transportation department said the track had undergone “weeks of inspection and testing” before Monday’s launch. ...Read more

NFL Says Referee Did Nothing Wrong By Using Index Card For Measurement During Cowboys/Raiders Game

NFL Referee Gene Steratore used an extremely unorthodox method to help show whether or not the Dallas Cowboys had gained a crucial first down Sunday night, but it was apparently allowed by the league. With the Cowboys and Oakland Raiders tied at 17 and five minutes remaining, Dallas had the ball at its own 38 and went for it on 4th-and-1. The spot was right at the mark, and it was difficult to tell if it was a first down when measured, so Steratore broke out an index card to see if there was space between the nose of the football and the pole used to measure. A league representative later said there is “no prohibition” on using an index card, sheet of paper or another object in the course of making a ruling.  ...Read more

Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson To Sell Team Amid Workplace Misconduct Investigation

Just two days after the Panthers announced he was under investigation for workplace misconduct (on the same day a Sports Illustrated report that described a pattern of sexual harassment and casual racism) Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced that he will look to sell his team this offseason. Richardson, age 81, is the only principal owner the Panthers have ever had since their creation in 1993. In his announcement, Richardson makes no mention of the investigation, only saying “I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership.  While I will no longer be the team owner, I will always be the Panthers Number One Fan,” Richardson writes.  ...Read more

K-Pop Singer Kim Jonghyun Dead at 27

Kim Jonghyun, the lead singer of the K-pop group SHINee, died on Monday, December 18. He was 27. Jonghyun was found unconscious at a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul, South Korea, and was then transported to a nearby hospital under cardiac arrest.  He received emergency CPR treatment but did not regain consciousness, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The cause of death is still unclear, though Jonghyun’s sister told authorities that she believed her brother had died by suicide after she received a text message from him that read, “I’ve had a hard time. Please let me go and say that I did a good job. This is my last goodbye.” ...Read more

Anna Kournikova And Enrique Iglesias Welcome Twins After Secret Pregnancy

Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias reportedly welcomed twins over the weekend, following a pregnancy so private that nobody even knew about it. The former tennis star reportedly gave birth to a boy and a girl in Miami on Saturday named Nicholas and Lucy. Kournikova and Iglesias have been together since 2001; they briefly separated in 2013 and have since sparked marriage rumors after she was photographed sporting a massive ring on her finger. The couple has long kept their romance away from the public eye and have rarely shared any details of their relationship with media. ...Read more

More Women Come Forward With Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations, including accusations of him exposing himself to two teen girls years ago in New York, from five women whose stories were published by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. The newest allegations included one from a friend of his daughters when she was just 16 years old. Two other women told Variety they were sexually assaulted by Hoffman. Representatives for the 80-year-old actor, who has already been publicly accused of sexual assault and misconduct by three other women, did not immediately return requests for comment on the new allegations. However, Hoffman’s attorney told Variety the accusations were “defamatory falsehoods.” ...Read more