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One-Handed LB Shaquem Griffin Receives Invite To NFL Combine

UCF Knights linebacker Shaquem Griffin received an invitation to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in March. Griffin announced his call Tuesday on Twitter. The combine features over 300 college football players trying out in front of NFL officials in Indianapolis. Griffin had his left hand amputated at four years old due to a congenital disability called amniotic band syndrome. If drafted, he would be the first player with one hand to make it to the NFL. Griffin, a two-time AAC Defensive Player of the Year, impressed many with his play Saturday at the Senior Bowl. At that time, he claimed he had not received a combine invitation. He recorded four tackles during the game.   ...Read more

Tom Hanks To Play Mr. Rogers In Upcoming Biopic

Tom Hanks is set to play Mr. Rogers in a biopic film about the children’s show host. TriStar pictures announced it has acquired the worldwide rights to the film Monday. It’s chosen Hanks to play Fred Rogers in the biopic, and filmmaker Marielle Helle will be the film’s director. The film, called “You Are My Friend,” is expected to focus of the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Tom Juno who wrote a profile on Rogers that he said “transformed” his perspective on life. Rogers passed away in 2003 at the age of 74.  Production for “You Are My Friend” will start in September of this year, with the film expected to be released sometime in 2019. ...Read more

Former ‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Glee alum Mark Salling died Tuesday from an apparent suicide at the age of 35. Salling’s death by suicide was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department. The actor’s body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland-Turjunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, the area where he lived. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning” his attorney, Michael Proctor said. Salling was awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to “one felony count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor” and also faced 20 years of supervised release, $50,000 in restitution pay to each of his victims and to register as a sex offender. Salling appeared on Glee as Noah “Puck” Puckerman between 2009 and 2015.  ...Read more

Terrorism Eyed After Driver Allegedly Targets Pedestrians In Philadelphia

Terrorism was being eyed as a possible motive after a man in a black Honda targeted pedestrians Monday morning in Philadelphia, seriously injuring one person before being shot in the head by an off-duty cop, officials said. The driver, who wasn’t immediately identified, was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. The driver was initially in “extremely critical condition” after the incident and was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a news conference Monday evening that while initial reports said the driver attempted to hit multiple people with his car, police have been “unable to confirm that he was trying to strike several people.” Authorities said they were reviewing videos of the incident and looking for more witnesses for more information. ...Read more

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Stepping Down Ahead Of Planned Retirement

Andrew McCabe on Monday left his job as deputy director of the FBI after enduring withering attacks from President Trump and other Republicans. McCabe went on leave from the FBI on Monday, pending the effective date of his retirement in March, said two government officials familiar with the move. McCabe already had intended to retire this spring, and he has been a frequent target of criticism from President Donald Trump. Earlier this month, reports said that Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions pressured FBI Director Christopher Wray to push McCabe out, and a report in the Washington Post said that Trump, after firing former FBI director James B. Comey, asked McCabe how he voted in the 2016 election.  ...Read more

Scott Baio Denies Misconduct Claims By Former Co-Star Nicole Eggert

Actress Nicole Eggert has accused her former “Charles in Charge” costar, Scott Baio, of molesting her when she was underage. Baio responded by accusing Eggert of making up claims about him. The controversy began over the weekend when Eggert, 46, called Baio a “creep” on Twitter, tweeting to another user to ask him “what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Another tweet from the “Baywatch” actress, which has since been deleted, alleged that Baio began behaving inappropriately when she was 14.  Baio, 57, himself tweeted that Eggert’s allegations are “100% lies,” before elaborating in a 16-minute Facebook Live video on Saturday. Though he did concede to having sex with Eggert, it happened long after “Charles in Charge” went off the air and when she was an adult, Baio said. ...Read more

Omarosa Returns To Her Reality-TV Roots And Joins ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Omarosa Manigault, who left the White House at the tail end of last year, is set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother houseOmarosa, memorable from her appearances on NBC’s The Apprentice and one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, joined the Trump administration as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She officially left her post on Jan. 20. In late December, she exited the White House and rumors flew that she was fired by W.H. chief of staff John Kelly. The show will premiere on Feb. 7 and will run until Feb. 25. The first two-hour live eviction where one of the cast members will get voted out of the house will air on Feb. 9. Each cast member will be competing to make it to the end of the game and win the $250,000 grand prize.  ...Read more

Cleveland Indians Will Abandon “Chief Wahoo” Logo Next Year

The Cleveland Indians’ jerseys will look a bit different starting in 2019, with the team removing the Chief Wahoo insignia. Major League Baseball announced the decision on Monday. The Indians will discontinue the use of the logo on their uniforms after the 2018 season. The mutual decision was made by the Indians and the league, according to a news release from Major League Baseball. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred called the logo “no longer appropriate.” The Indians opted to go back to the Block C as their primary mark on apparel before the 2014 season. Cleveland removed Chief Wahoo from their road cap in 2011 and from their home batting helmet in 2013.   ...Read more

Ronda Rousey’s WWE Career Starts With Royal Rumble Debut

After weeks of rumors, Ronda Rousey made her debut in WWE after the women’s Royal Rumble on Sunday night. Rousey, who just last week denied having a deal in place with Vince McMahon’s wrestling company, surprised the Philadelphia crowd after Asuka won the women’s Royal Rumble.  “This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” Rousey said. “When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.’” ...Read more

Bruno Mars And Kendrick Lamar Big Winners At The 2018 Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards ceremony aired Sunday, January 28 and the big winners included Bruno Mars, who dominated with seven awards, including the honors for Album, Song, and Record of the Year; Kendrick Lamar, who also received five awards, including for Best Rap Album; and Chris Stapleton, who won in three categories, including Best Country Album. JAY-Z, who lead the nominees with eight nods, received no awards. The 2018 awards show featured standout performances from Rihanna, Kesha, SZA, Cardi B with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and more. The late Carrie Fisher and singer Leonard Cohen were also awarded posthumous Grammys for Best Spoken Word Album and Best Rock Performance, respectively. ...Read more