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Barry Bonds’ No. 25 Jersey To Be Retired by San Francisco Giants

Barry Bonds holds the record for hitting the most home runs in Major League Baseball history with 762, and now the San Francisco Giants will recognize his career by retiring his No. 25 jersey during the 2018 season. The Giants said on Tuesday that they will retire the number on Aug. 11, when they are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Bonds said in a statement: “I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season. As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans are a part of my family.”  Bonds spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the Giants signed him heading into the 1993 season. He played 15 years in San Francisco, hitting 586 of his career home runs and setting the record for most long balls in a single season. Bonds was a seven-time National League MVP, an eight-time Gold Glover, a 12-time Silver Slugger, two-time batting champion and 14-time All-Star while playing for Pittsburgh and San Francisco. ...Read more

N.Y. Mets Agree Two-Year, $17M Deal With All-Star Todd Frazier

The New York Mets have agreed to sign two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract.  Frazier, 32, is a career .245 hitter, with 175 home runs over six-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. He hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI last year, a season where he was traded near the deadline from the White Sox to the Yankees. He also made the National League All-Star team with the Reds in 2014 and 2015.  In addition to Frazier, the Mets will have a new look on both corners after signing aging free agent slugger Adrian Gonzalez to man first base in January. ...Read more

John Mahoney, Beloved Father On TV’s Frasier, Dies At 77

Actor John Mahoney died Sunday at age 77, according to reports. Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, Mahoney became best known for his role as Martin Crane in NBC’s Frasier, though he didn’t kick-start his acting career until later in life.  Mahoney quit his job and started taking acting classes and soon got his first role in David Mamet’s Water Engine in 1977. Four years after pursuing acting, John Malkovich encouraged him to join Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre. In 1993, the actor accepted the role of Martin Crane in NBC’s sitcom Frasier. Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for this role. He remained a regular until Frasier‘s end in 2004. More recently, he had a recurring role in Hot in Cleveland.  Mahoney was never married and did not have any children. ...Read more

Lady Gaga Has Cancelled The Rest Of Her Tour Due To ‘Severe Pain’

Lady Gaga has revealed that she is canceling the remain dates on her current Joanne tour. The singer broke the news on Instagram that she is “suffering from severe pain” and, as a result, has to cancel the final ten dates of the Joanne tour, which was due to culminate in Europe. “Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live.” The Instagram post further explained, “Last night, with strong support from her medical team, Lady Gaga made the tough decision to immediately come off the road. She is extremely sorry and deeply saddened that she cannot perform for her European fans, who have waited so patiently.”  The post also revealed, “She is in the care of expert medical professionals who are working closely with her so she can continue to perform for her fans for years to come.” ...Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Revamp Of Pennsylvania Electoral Map

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to block a lower court ruling requiring Republican-drawn congressional districts in Pennsylvania to be reworked immediately, boosting Democratic hopes of winning control this year of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Justice Samuel Alito denied an emergency application filed by Republicans to stop the immediate reworking of the electoral district boundaries. The Jan. 22 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling gives Republican legislators until Friday to submit a revised map to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, who would have until Feb. 15 to sign off on the changes.  In a statement, the state’s top Republican lawmakers, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai, said they still believe the Pennsylvania Supreme Court exceeded its authority. ...Read more

Dow Jones Down More Than 1,100 At Closing Bell In Historic Plunge

Wall Street continued a broad selloff Monday, as the Dow plunged a record 1,175 points amid inflation fears. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,345. The S&P 500 fell 113 points to 2,648. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 273 points to 6,967. The Dow fell as much as 1,597 points in afternoon trading, the largest intraday drop in history. The blue-chip index’s 4.6% decline reflected its worst day since at least Aug. 10, 2011. Coming off its worst week in two years, the Dow wiped out its 2018 gains with its pullback Monday.   ...Read more

Super Bowl LII Averaged 103.4M Viewers; Lowest Rated Since ’09

Viewership in the United States for Super Bowl LII was the lowest for the event since 2009, ESPN reported Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots drew an average of 103.4 million U.S. viewers, a noticeable drop from Super Bowl LI, when an average of 111.3 Americans watched the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons. The drop in Super Bowl viewership fits with the general trend regarding the NFL’s television ratings. A number of factors likely played into the ratings dip, be it the protests during the national anthem, significant injuries to stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt and the overall awareness regarding the long-term effects of playing football.   ...Read more

Former Eagles Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos Will Get Super Bowl Ring After Career-Ending Heart Surgery

Jon Dorenbos didn’t play for the Eagles this season but he will be receiving a Super Bowl ring. Dorenbos, who had been Philadelphia’s long snapper since 2006, was traded to the Saints before the start of the season. His post-trade physical revealed an aortic aneurysm that would require immediate open-heart surgery, ending his career at age 37. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stated “Jon Dorenbos is like family to me and to the Eagles.”  Lurie invited him to come to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis and promised him he’d get a championship ring after the Eagles won, Dorenbos told The Advocate. Dorenbos, one of the longest-tenured players in Eagles history and a beloved figure in Philadelphia, will get a souvenir to commemorate everything he did to lead the team to their first Super Bowl win. ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles Win Super Bowl LII Beating The New England Patriots 41-33

Nick Foles threw the go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go and the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl by outscoring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night. The Eagles blew a 12-point lead in the high-scoring matchup before rallying behind their backup quarterback, after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching another on a fourth-down trick play to give the Eagles their first championship since 1960.   ...Read more

Justin Timberlake Hits The Stage During The Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake hit the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show stage on Sunday, and in true Timberlake fashion he performed a medley of his greatest hits with energy, showing off his moves with a revolving door of dancers, and dedicating a piano ballad to the late singer Prince with video footage of The Purple One playing over him. He sang the Minnesota native’s 1984 hit “I Will Die 4 U” alongside a hologram of the singer, who passed away in 2016. The entire city of Minneapolis was also entirely lit up in purple. Backup dancers held up mirrors reflecting light during Timberlake’s single “Mirror,” which then turned rainbow during “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Timberlake finished the set by running into stands, encouraging the crowd to sing and clap.  The performance marked the first time Timberlake took to the Super Bowl stage alone. Besides his 2004 performance, Timberlake also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, where his band ‘N Sync performed with Britney Spears and Aerosmith ...Read more