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Carolina Hurricanes Hope Changes To Team, New Coach And Players Will Lead To End Of Playoff Drought

The Carolina Hurricanes have a new owner, general manager, coach and captain, and hope these changes add up to making the team ready for the playoffs once again. This season will be critical to the franchise which has had 3 different coaches, 3 different general managers, but only one playoff appearance during the past decade.  Carolina has made the postseason just once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, and this season marks 10 years since that playoff appearance. New owner Tom Dundon added general manager to team president Don Waddell’s responsibilities and promoted assistant Rod Brind’Amour — the captain of that Cup championship team — to head coach.  ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen Under Hospital Supervision

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is under hospital supervision after an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday. Reports on Tuesday stated that Griffen was “getting assistance on personal matters.” The NFL is aware of Griffen’s status and is “comfortable he has a good support system around him.” According to a police incident report, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn’t allowed in his room, and reports are saying that Griffen is the individual in question. No weapon was found and Griffen was allowed to leave the property.Griffen, 30, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Vikings. Head coach Mike Zimmer did not provide details Sunday about Griffen’s absence, classifying the issue as a “personal matter, and I’m going to leave it at that.” Griffen was listed on the injury report with a knee injury and ruled out for Week 3 against Buffalo on Friday. ...Read more

Dallas Police Officer Accused In Neighbor’s Death Fired After Manslaughter Charge

The Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was buried in his Caribbean homeland. Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to a statement posted on Twitter. According to Dallas police, Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest. Guyger claims she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home when she shot Jean.  She turned herself in three days later , and is currently out on bond. A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, “adverse conduct” is often cited in the officer’s termination. ...Read more

“America’s Got Talent” Finalist Michael Ketterer Will Not Perform With Garth Brooks Following His Arrest

“America’s Got Talent” finalist Michael Ketterer will no long perform at the Garth Brooks concert at Notre Dame Stadium after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge last week. The 41-year-old Ketterer, a father of six, came in fifth place on the most recent season of AGT. On Wednesday’s finale, Ketterer — a pediatric mental health nurse from Knoxville, Tennessee — performed the song that Brooks wrote for him, and Brooks also invited the singer to perform the song in front of 86,000 people at his upcoming show. However following the arrest, both men decided together that it’s best for him to not perform. “Called him this weekend, we talked. We decided it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and not perform there,” Garth said on his Inside Studio G Facebook Live show on Monday, September 24. “That family will figure it out and find it within themselves, and of course the good Lord, and figure it out. Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.” ...Read more

Evacuations Advised Ahead of Florence River Flooding In South Carolina

More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, officials in South Carolina are advising thousands of people to evacuate amid an imminent threat of river flooding. Record flooding is expected in Georgetown County, where residents received a pre-recorded phone message alerting them about the threat on Saturday. The message explained that even areas that aren’t predicted to flood are at risk because they could become isolated if roadways flood. “If you’ve received a message from your county emergency management office telling you to evacuate due to flooding … you need to do exactly that: leave,” the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted.  The SCEMD has also designated multiple shelters for both residents and their pets, which were set to open at 7:00 a.m. EDT on Monday. Ahead of the anticipated cresting of the Waccamaw River, the SCEMD advised residents who weren’t ordered to leave to prepare to evacuate if needed, avoid flooded roads and limit unnecessary travel. Flooding from four rivers in South Carolina were the primary concerns for the National Weather Service (NWS), sparking flood warnings for multiple counties. ...Read more

Celine Dion Announces She’s Ending Her Las Vegas Residency After Eight Years

On Monday, Celine Dion announced she’s ending her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace after eight years. Her last show will be on June 8, 2019. Pre-sale for the final shows (Feb. 26 to June 8) will start on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT, before the public on-sale date of Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PT. Dion said in a statement posted on Facebook: “I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run. Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special.”  ...Read more

Rookie Baker Mayfield Officially Named The Cleveland Browns’ Starting Quarterback

Baker Mayfield was named the Cleveland Browns‘ new starting QB on Monday, the 30th since the franchise’s rebirth in 1999. Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick,m will make his first start Sunday at Oakland. Coach Hue Jackson made the move to replace Tyrod Taylor with Mayfield after rookie brought the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind win Thursday night over the New York Jets; which was also Cleveland’s first win since 2016. Mayfield came in for the injured Taylor and impressed during his pro debut, completing 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards in just more than one half. Taylor sustained a concussion and remains in protocol.  ...Read more

Miami Dolphins Defensive End William Hayes Out For Season With Torn ACL

Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes is out for the 2018 season after suffering an injury while trying to abide by a controversial new NFL rule. Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee while sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter of this past Sunday’s 28-20 win. Hayes sustained the injury while trying to not put his body weight on Carr to avoid drawing a flag as a result of the NFL’s revised roughing-the-passer penalty. “He was not trying to put body weight on the quarterback, so his foot got in the ground,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said on Monday. The new rule states a player will be penalized if he applies all or most of his body weight onto a quarterback and drives him to the ground. Hayes is in his 11th season, and leads the Dolphins with two of the team’s six sacks. ...Read more

Accuser Of U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh To Testify On Thursday

On Sunday, attorneys for California professor Christine Blasey Ford said she has agreed to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday morning about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This news comes after a week of developments that cast doubt on the Senate’s confirmation of Kavanaugh, once considered a safe bet. Ford has said that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 36 years ago. Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, has denied the allegations and said he would be willing to testify. “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” said the statement from her attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Thursday. ...Read more