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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

‘Jane Fonda In Five Acts’ Documentary To Debut On HBO

Jane Fonda in Five Acts, a documentary premiering this month on HBO, explores the complicated and fascinating life of one of America’s most famous celebrities. “There’s a whole segment of the population who only knows her from the workout tape or who only knows her [as] Hanoi Jane, or who only knows her from Grace and Frankie,” Jane Fonda in Five Acts’s director, Susan Lacy said in an interview. “I would say that this is a woman who has led the way for six decades or more as a great actress, a great activist, [and] an extraordinary beacon for feminism…That’s why it’s called Jane Fonda in Five Acts. Because there’s so many different parts to Jane.” “Jane Fonda in Five Acts ” will receive a brief theatrical opening ahead of its Sept. 24 premiere on HBO and its streaming platforms.  ...Read more

Nigerian-American Comedian Ego Nwodim Is The Newest Cast Addition To “Saturday Night Live’s” 44th Season

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” announced Friday that comedienne Ego Nwodim will join the cast of late-night show when Season 44 kicks off later this month. Nwodim made a name for herself at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles and has appeared in roles in several film and TV projects, including “Law & Order True Crime” and “2 Broke Girls.”  SNL has also added four new writers to the mix: Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang. Nwodim will make her debut on “SNL’s” season premiere on September 29, which Adam Driver is set to host along with Kanye West as the musical guest. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Clinch NL East; NY Yankees Claim AL Wild Card

The Atlanta Braves clinched their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta makes its first postseason appearance since 2013 on Oct. 4 in the NL Division Series. The Braves won their 18th division title, tying the New York Yankees for the most in the majors since division play began in 1969. Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks of the NY Yankees doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning off Paul Fry (0-2), and New York clinched an AL wild card spot. The Yankees will play the wild-card game on October 3rd, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees remained 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage are are 53-27 at home this season. ...Read more

Karl-Anthony Towns Agrees To $190 Million Extension With Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Towns hasn’t missed a game in his three seasons in the league, and averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in the 2017-18 season. In a statement, Towns said, “On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On September 22, 2018, I made a recommitment to the Wolves and have the same feelings of excitement that I felt back in 2015.” Towns was the number 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, and he earned the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year award. He led the Wolves to their first Western Conference playoffs in 13 seasons this past year, as well as making the Western Conference All-Stars. ...Read more

LeBron James To Star In “Space Jam 2”

NBA superstar LeBron James and his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, announced a sequel to 1996’s “Space Jam” that will boast an all-star team, Ryan Coogler of “Black Panther” is set to produce the film, James will star and Terence Nance of “Random Acts of Flyness” will serve as director. The new Lakers superstar playing himself in “Trainwreck” opposite Amy Schumer but has never starred in a feature film. James told the Hollywood Reporter that he “loved [Coogler’s] vision” for “Black Panther” and believes the director will bring the same magic to “Space Jam.” Other NBA stars are expected to star with James in the film, although there is no word on any further details. Production on “Space Jam 2” is expected begin in summer of 2019, following the NBA season. ...Read more

Veronica Mars’ Revival Heading To Hulu With 8-Episode Order

On Thursday, Hulu officially announced they have picked up an eight-episode revival of “Veronica Mars,” with series star Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas set to return in 2019. As of now, Bell and Thomas are the only two people involved with the original series who confirmed to return. The original cast included Ryan Hansen, Percy Daggs, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra and Enrico Colantoni. Hulu has also struck an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for streaming rights to all past episodes of the original “Veronica Mars,” including the 2014 feature film. All will be available in 2019. Bell starred as the titular spy character on the series, which followed a California teen sleuth and student who led a second life as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father (played by Colantoni). “Veronica Mars” debuted in 2004 and ran for two seasons on UPN, then jumping to The CW for one season before getting canceled. A feature film was made in 2014. ...Read more

All-Star Forward Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Minnesota Timberwolves

Following a meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves officials, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler has requested a trade after playing just one season with the team. However, reports state that Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is not ready to part ways with Butler just yet. Despite missing 23 regular season games in 2017-18, Butler earned All-NBA Third Team honors for the second consecutive season; posting averages of 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Minnesota was 37-25 with Butler in the lineup and 10-13 without him. In the 2018 post-season, the 29-year-old averaged a team-high 15.8 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over five games. ...Read more