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NFL Owners Unanimously Approve New Catch Rule

NFL owners unanimously approved a new catch rule Tuesday, a change designed specifically to avoid a handful of controversies that have plagued the league for most of this decade. Owners also approved two other rule changes, granting authority to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts — even if it means overruling on-field referees — and making permanent a temporary rule that put touchbacks after kickoffs at the 25-yard line. Michael Signora, NFL vice president of football communications, tweeted out the approved rules and bylaws which you can see here. ...Read more

Louisville Agrees To 7-Year Deal With Xavier’s Chris Mack

Louisville has hired Xavier’s Chris Mack as it’s new men’s basketball coach, after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation and eventually missed the NCAA Tournament. Louisville’s Athletic Association must approve all contracts and has called a Wednesday meeting about a personnel matter, but did not specify whether it was about coaching vacancy. Mack’s hiring appears to have to only go through the procedural formality of being approved by the ULAA and the school’s board of trustees before becoming official. Mack led the Musketeers to a 29-6 record and the school’s first-ever No. 1 tournament seeding this season but was upset in the second round by Florida State. He was 215-97 in nine seasons at his alma mater with eight NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to last year’s Elite Eight. Mack’s main goal is getting the Cardinals back into the NCAA Tournament. ...Read more

‘Scooby-Doo’s’ Daphne And Velma Are Getting Their Own Live-Action Movie

Scooby-Doo fans are about to find out what Daphne and Velma were like before they joined the Mystery Gang. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Daphne & Velma, a new live-action film, on digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018. The film, which stars Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions, focuses on Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the nation. Together, the girls discover a number of questionable disappearances on campus as kids who were once full of life appear to become “zombified.” The mystery brings Daphne and Velma together to see if they can solve the case.  You can check out the first trailer for Daphne and Velma in the linked article below. ...Read more

Former Disney Channel Star Caroline Sunshine Joins President Trump’s White House Press Team

A Disney Channel alum is the newest member of the Trump administration. Caroline Sunshine, 22,  best known for her role in the Disney Channel show Shake It Up opposite Zendaya about teenage dancers, played Tinka Hessenheffer. Now the former actress will be starring in her latest role as a member of the White House’s press team. It’s not Sunshine’s first time serving in the White House, as she was previously an intern. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement  “Caroline Sunshine was a White House intern. In college, she was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school’s Model United Nations team. Prior to her internship at the White House, Carolina interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party.”  ...Read more

Bartolo Colon Signs Deal With Texas Rangers

Bartolo Colon has signed another minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.  The team expects that the 44-year-old right-hander will start the fifth game of the season. He re-signed with the team Monday. Colon went to spring training with a minor league contract and had a 3.00 ERA over 18 innings in his five starts. The Rangers said when they cut him Saturday that they were working to renegotiate a new deal. The initial deal would have paid him $1.75 million had he been added to the 40-man roster. Texas also signed infielder Trevor Plouffe to another minor league deal. Both Plouffe and Colon were assigned to Triple-A Round Rock’s roster. ...Read more

All Four No. 1 Seeds Reach Women’s Final Four

The women’s Final Four is set, and  UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio.  This will mark the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals. It’s the 11th consecutive Final Four appearance for the Huskies. UConn has made it into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall. The Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night. The Cardinals will play the Bulldogs in the other game. ...Read more

Larry Nassar’s Former Boss At Michigan State Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

Larry Nassar’s former boss at Michigan State has been arrested, and charged with sex crimes. Dr. William Strampel, 70, is facing criminal charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a student and storing nude photos of female students on his work computer. Strampel also has been accused of failing to monitor Nassar and enforce guidelines put into place after Nassar was investigated in 2014 for sexual harassment. The former dean of the Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was charged Tuesday with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors and is due to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State confirmed Strampel’s arrest, but didn’t provide any other details at the time. Nassar is in prison for possessing child pornography, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexually assaulting girls and women across multiple sports at Michigan State and with the national gymnastics program, including U.S. Olympic teams.  ...Read more

Linda Brown, Student At The Center Of “Brown v. Board of Education” Dies At 76

Linda Brown Thompson, who as a young girl was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case “Brown v. Board of Education” that declared school segregation unconstitutional, has died in Topeka, Kansas. She was 76. Born in 1943, Brown was in third grade in 1950 when she was denied admission to an all-white elementary school in her hometown of Topeka. She lived 20 blocks from her segregated school, but just five blocks from the all-white school. Kansas schools at the time were segregated by state law. Brown’s father, Rev. Oliver Brown, sued the school district in 1951. The NAACP took up the case, with future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall as the lead attorney for the NAACP. In a unanimous ruling in 1954, the court declared school segregation an unconstitutional violation of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.  ...Read more

Serena Williams Documentary ‘Being Serena’ Coming To HBO

Serena Williams will be featured in a documentary series coming up that will take you through the tennis legend’s journey to motherhood and beyond. Being Serena will premiere on HBO on May 2, and based on the preview Serena shared, the film will chronicle the changes she’s gone through as an athlete, wife, and human. The five-part documentary series will give fans a more intimate look into the icon’s life than ever before. In the trailer, we hear Serena say, “When I realized that I was pregnant, I was like, ‘Oh my god, how am I gonna play?'” Touching on whether or not she’ll put as much focus on her tennis career as she always has, she said, “I put so much pressure on myself. I want to make sure that I’m the best. I don’t know if there’s anything left for me in tennis, but I’m not done yet.” You can see HBO’s sneak peek of the series in the article below, which includes clips of Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their adorable baby, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. ...Read more

Prince Toxicology Report Shows High Levels Of Fentanyl At Time Of Death

According to a toxicology report obtained from his autopsy, legendary music artist Prince had what experts call an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body at the time of his death. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is said to be 50 times more powerful than heroin. Prince was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate; news that he had the drug in his system is not new, as that information came to light roughly six weeks after his death.  Experts say the amount in his system was high, even for someone suffering from chronic pain. The report notes that he had 67.8 micrograms per liter in his system. Based on findings of the drug in his stomach and blood, it’s clear that he took the drug orally and had enough time for it to spread into his system a bit before he died. Reports from the time of Prince’s death indicated that police found multiple bottles of pills around his residence and that the origin of those pills was still undetermined. ...Read more