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One-Handed UCF Star Shaquem Griffin Drafted By Seattle Seahawks

UCF star Shaquem Griffin was selected with pick No. 141, early in the fifth round, to the Seattle Seahawks – where he will play with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin. Griffin said that he was speechless when he was called by the Seahawks. “I couldn’t breathe,” said Griffin, who played outside linebacker at UCF. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.” Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. A two-year starter at UCF and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection both seasons, he was the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, which completed UCF’s 13-0 2017 season. Griffin was a late addition to the list of NFL scouting combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on Jan. 30. ...Read more

Nickelodeon Reveals “Double Dare” Will Return This Summer

Nickelodeon announced that the classic 1980s and ’90s game show Double Dare is set to return to the network this summer with 40 new episodes. Originally running from 1986 to 1993, Double Dare pits two teams of kids against each other in trivia, physical challenges, and the series’ unforgettable obstacle course. It also made use of the network’s signature green slime. Those components and some past contestants will return, though original host Marc Summers will not be back.  It is expected that a new emcee is expected to be named soon. In 1988, the original Double Dare moved to Fox for a season before returning to Nickelodeon. A revival, hosted by Jason Harris and titled Double Dare 2000, aired on the kids’ network from January to November 2000. ...Read more

“Avengers: Infinity War” Has The Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time At The Box Office

Avengers: Infinity War has made box-office history with a $250 million opening weekend. It’s the biggest opening of all time, smashing the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 with almost $248 million. Avengers: Infinity Force, the third Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earned another $380 million internationally, for a total of $630 million worldwide.  A Quiet Place was a distant second with $10.6 million in its fourth weekend, Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty came in at #3, Rampage was 4th, and Marvel’s Black Panther came in at No. 5, for $688 million total. ...Read more

White House Doctor Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee After Controversy

U.S. President Donald Trump’s physician Ronny Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to head the Veterans Affairs department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job. Jackson, 50, was a surprising pick for the job, and even Trump acknowledged he lacked experience running large organizations. Jackson has denied the allegations as false, but it had prompted the Senate to put a hold on his hearing for the job of leading the federal government’s second largest department. During his campaign, President Trump had pledged to clean up the VA, which oversees healthcare and benefits for about 20 million military veterans. Trump fired his first secretary, David Shulkin, in March after concerns about unauthorized travel expenses. ...Read more

NBA Confirms LeBron James’s Block On Oladipo Was Goaltending

On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that LeBron James’s crucial block of Victor Oladipo’s layup in the last few seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA playoff win over the Indiana Pacers was illegal goaltending. The NBA said video taken from above the basket “shows that James blocks Oladipo’s shot attempt after it makes contact with the backboard”– which is an illegal block, and had it been called the basket would have given the Pacers a 97-95 lead. Instead, Cleveland gained the ball, called a timeout and inbounded the ball to James, who made the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Cavs up 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.  ...Read more

Stephen Curry Back In Full Practice Mode For Warriors; May Play Game 1 vs. Pelicans

Stephen Curry has resumed full practice and it is hopeful he will play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night against New Orleans. Curry practiced Thursday wearing a protective black brace over his sprained left knee.  Curry has been sidelined since the injury occurred on March 23; which was also the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.Coach Steve Kerr is calling Curry questionable for Saturday, but that could change if he responds well Friday and is fine after one more day of full practice before the Pelicans visit Oracle Arena to begin the series. ...Read more

Avicii’s Family Releases A Statement Saying “He Could Not Go On Any Longer”

The family of electronic dance musician Avicii has released a second statement about their late son this week, saying the famed DJ “could not go on any longer” and that “he wanted to find peace.” Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week in Muscat, Oman at age 28. Details about his death were not revealed. “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress,” read the statement, released Thursday. Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. The Swedish performer retired from performing in 2016 but still produced albums and songs.  Some of his hits included Wake Me Up and Le7els. He was an international pop star, performing his well-known electronic dance songs around the world. ...Read more

Bill Cosby Found Guilty In Sexual Assault Retrial, Lashes Out In Court After Verdict

A Montgomery County jury of seven men and five women returned guilty verdicts regarding the January 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. The jurors spent nearly 15 hours over two days deciding the verdict after being charged Monday morning. Victims of Cosby sitting in the courtroom shrieked and cried in delight after the first verdict was announced. Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an “a–hole” after the prosecutor asked that Cosby be immediately jailed because he might flee. Cosby denied he has an airplane and shouted, “I’m sick of him!” The judge decided Cosby can remain free on bail while he awaits sentencing. No sentencing date was set, but state law requires it within 100 days of a conviction. Cosby, 80, could face up to 30 years in prison — 10 years for each count. Asked by a reporter whether he plans to appeal, Cosby’s lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau said, “Yes, yes, very strongly.” ...Read more

U.S. Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo As Secretary Of State

The U.S. Senate confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Thursday. As senators continued to vote, the tally was 54-41 in favor of the Republican former member of the House of Representatives, meaning he was confirmed in the post. Pompeo had faced stiff resistance from Democrats worried about his reputation for hawkishness and past harsh statements about homosexuality and Islam. ...Read more