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NY Jets Claim Ex-Raiders TE Clive Walford Via Waivers

Less than a week after being released by the Oakland Raiders, tight end Clive Walford  has been claimed by the New York Jets, the team announced Monday afternoon. Walford departed Oakland after a disappointing 2017 season that also included Jared Cook and Lee Smith at the tight end position. Walford recorded just nine receptions for 80 yards in 13 games and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to a concussion.  With Cook dominating the role of No. 1 tight end, Walford was let go. The Jets are welcoming Walford, who replaces Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Combined with second-year tight end Jordan Leggett (who missed all of 2017 due to a knee injury) the Jets hope to have a good group at the position. ...Read more

Notre Dame Welcome Home Their National Champions

After their incredible win against Mississippi State, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team came back home Monday and they were welcomed with open arms. The Notre Dame women’s basketball team won the NCAA national championship on Sunday, and hundreds of fans showed up at the University of Notre Dame and they gathered to welcome the team back . Notre Dame fans haven’t celebrated a victory since 2001, the last year that the Irish women brought home a national championship. ...Read more

Steven Bochco, ‘Hill Street Blues’ And ‘NYPD Blue’ Creator, Dead At 74

Steven Bochco, the legendary TV creator responsible for hits including “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “NYPD Blue,” died of cancer Sunday morning at the age of 74. He began his career working on shows like “Ironside” and “Columbo,” however “Hill Street Blues” was his first big hit, earning eight Emmy Awards in its pilot season and accumulating 98 nominations over a seven-season run.The show featured his signature style, ensemble casts and provocative plots. Bochco also created “L.A. Law” which premiered on NBC in 1986, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989) and “Cop Rock” in 1990.  “Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor,” his family said in a statement. “He died peacefully in his sleep with is family close by.” Bochco was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago. In late 2014, he received a stem cell transplant from an anonymous 23-year-old. He is survived by three children, daughter Melissa and sons Jeffrey and Jesse. ...Read more

‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ Tops Easter Night Programming With 9.6 Million Viewers

NBC’s broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” topped its Easter Sunday competition, garnering 9.607 million total viewers for the night. The live TV musical earned a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, which was also better than ABC’s “American Idol” and all other competition during the broadcast’s primetime hours. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” aired from 8 p.m. to 10:23 p.m. Elsewhere, a two-hour “Idol” from 8-10 put up a 1.6 rating and 7.4 million viewers, per fast national numbers. Also of note, CBS’ “60 Minutes” nabbed 8.1 million viewers. Those were the closest any other show came to the NBC musical’s numbers. NBC edged ABC across primetime averages by one-tenth of a Nielsen point in the key 18-49 demographic. It beat CBS by a couple hundred thousand viewers. ...Read more

Third Woman Sues To Void Nondisclosure Agreement Linked To President Trump

A third woman has come forward with a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”) related to President Donald Trump. Jessica Denson, a former Trump campaign staffer, signed an NDA as a condition of her employment with the campaign. Denson, who says she joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as a national phone bank administrator, says that her employment was contingent on signing the NDA, which covers anything related to Mr. Trump, his family, his personal life or his business affairs. In November 2017, she sued the campaign for employment discrimination and defamation. Denson claims she was discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment at the Trump campaign. Denson claimed the campaign accused her of illegally leaking portions of Mr. Trump’s taxes. Denson is representing herself in both the original lawsuit and the lawsuit to invalidate the NDA. The current lawsuit was filed on March 26 in federal court in New York. ...Read more

Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies At 81

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died. She was 81. Madikizela-Mandela will be honored by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township Monday evening. Many South Africans described Madikizela-Mandela as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority.  She died “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family. Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Nelson Mandela’s three wives, and was married to him from 1958 to 1996. ...Read more

Thousands Of Teachers Planning Rallies And Classroom Walkouts

Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma plan to attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation’s educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources. The demonstrations come less than a month after West Virginia teachers went on a nine-day strike that ended with the governor there signing legislation giving them a 5 percent pay hike — their first raise in four years. The planned rallies also come on the heels of one on Wednesday in which 2,500 teachers in Arizona — who are demanding a 20 percent raise — demonstrated at the state’s capitol in Phoenix.  ...Read more

President Trump Says DACA Deal For Young Immigrants Is Off

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that there will be no deal to legalize the status of young adult immigrants called Dreamers and he said the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more dangerous. After tweeting a “Happy Easter” message on Twitter, he said: “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created in 2012 under Democratic former President Barack Obama that Trump sought to rescind last autumn. ...Read more

Max Holloway To Replace Injured Tony Ferguson At UFC 223

 Max Holloway will attempt to become a two-division UFC champion when he steps in for injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on Saturday. The UFC announced Sunday that Holloway (19-3) will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the UFC lightweight title in the main event at Barclays Center. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and he will move up to 155 pounds on short notice. The UFC didn’t disclose the nature of Ferguson’s injury. Ferguson (23-3) and Nurmagomedov have been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off. Holloway will attempt to become the youngest fighter ever to hold two UFC titles, and only the second to hold both belts simultaneously.  ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Come Back In Fourth-Quarter To Beat Dallas Mavericks 98-87

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, earning a 98-87 come-from-behind victory in front of their home crowd.  Trailing the Mavericks by a 77-73 count after the third quarter, the Cavaliers outpaced the Mavericks (23-54) over the final 12 minutes of play. James and reserve point guard Jordan Clarkson led the way with 16 points each, while center Kevin Love added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 100th double-double of his NBA career. James finished off his 72nd career triple-double with the 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists over 39 minutes. ...Read more