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Dallas Mavericks avoid elimination with Game 4 win over Golden State Warriors 119-109

The Dallas Mavericks avoided elimination with a 119-109 over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Dorian Finney-Smith had 23 points, including four made 3s. Reggie Bullock, who was scoreless and missed all 10 of his shots in Game 3, had 18 points, on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. Dallas shot 50 percent for the game and went 20-for-43 from 3-point range (46.5 percent).

Steph Curry had 20 points and eight assists to lead Golden State; while rookie Jonathan Kuminga had 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

The Mavericks and Warriors will face off in Game 5 on Thursday in San Francisco.

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19 children, 2 teachers killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Authorities say the death toll from a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school shooting now stands at 19 children and two teacher, after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Uvalde is located about 85 miles west of San Antonio and about 50 miles east of the Mexican border. At least six victims had been publicly identified by family members:  third grade student Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10; and fourth graders Uziyah Garcia; Xavier Lopez, 10; and Amerie Jo Garza, 9; were among the 19 students killed, relatives confirmed to news outlets. Family members also identified the two teachers as Eva Mireles, a 17-year educator who taught fourth grade, and Irma Garcia, who taught at the school for 23 years.

Speaking at a news conference shortly after the mass shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, a resident of Uvalde. He said the 18-year-old was killed by law enforcement officers, two of whom also sustained minor injuries. Abbott said Ramos entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the suspect shot his grandmother before he drove toward the school;  after he apparently crashed nearby, he went to the campus and opened fire.

The assault at Robb Elementary School was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago. Hal Harrell, the school district superintendent, announcing that all school activities were canceled until further notice, saying: “My heart is broken today. We’re a small community, and we’re going to need your prayers to get through this.”

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NYPD confirm suspect in New York City subway shooting is in custody

A suspect in the unprovoked fatal shooting of a man on a Q train in New York City is in custody. Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Andrew Abdullah, a 25-year-old man from Brooklyn with about 20 prior arrests, including an outstanding gun charge from last year. He also has prior arrests for assault, robbery, menacing and grand larceny, sources said.

Abdullah has three cases that are still pending, including an April arrest for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly being found with a stolen motorcycle, as well as a June 2021 arrest for violating a protective order and March 2021 arrest for assault.

Abdullah arranged a surrender through his pastor to officers at the 5th precinct. The New York Police Department had released surveillance photos Monday of the suspect believed to have shot 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez, taken shortly after he exited the subway.  Detectives have also recovered the gun used in the shooting, which the suspect allegedly handed to a homeless man as he fled the Canal Street station. Sources say the homeless man then apparently sold the gun for $10 to a third person, who reported it to police.

Witnesses say the suspect was pacing back and forth in the last car of a Manhattan-bound train around 11:45 a.m. when he pulled out a gun and fired it at Enriquez unprovoked. A motive for the shooting is still unknown.

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MLB suspends New York Yankees’ Josh Donaldson after ‘disrespectful’ comment toward Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson

Major League Baseball suspended New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson one game for making “inappropriate comments” to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson during a game over the weekend. Shortly before the punishment was announced, the Yankees put Donaldson on the COVID-19 injured list. The 36-year-old Donaldson, who also was fined an undisclosed amount for the incident, is appealing the punishment. He will be eligible to play for the Yankees until the appeal process concludes.

Michael Hill, the league’s senior vice president for on-field operations, said in a statement: “MLB has completed the process of speaking to the individuals involved in this incidentThere is no dispute over what was said on the field. Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions. In addition, Mr. Donaldson’s remark was a contributing factor in a bench-clearing incident between the teams, and warrants discipline.”

After Saturday’s game between the Yankees and White Sox, Donaldson acknowledged that he called Anderson “Jackie” in the first inning — a reference to Jackie Robinson, who broke MLB’s color barrier in 1947. Donaldson apologized for the comment and said he meant no disrespect; however Anderson, who is Black, took offense to Donaldson’s comment, saying it was “disrespectful” and “unnecessary.” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said after the game that he believed Donaldson’s comment was “racist.”

Donaldson, who is White, said his “Jackie” comment was in reference to a 2019 interview Anderson gave Sports Illustrated, in which he described himself as feeling like “today’s Jackie Robinson”.  Donaldson noted that he had “joked around” with Anderson about the reference in the past. Yankees manager Aaron Boone agreed that he didn’t think Donaldson should have made the comment, saying:  “I don’t believe there was any malicious intent in that regard. But you know, this is, just in my opinion, somewhere he should not be going.”

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Luke Combs celebrates his 13th consecutive No. 1 single “Doin’ This”

Luke Combs has scored his 13th consecutive No. 1 single with “Doin’ This” which hit the top of the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts. The record-breaking news was announced on the fifth anniversary of his debut single, “Hurricane” going No.1.  Combs tweeted: “Today is the 5 year Anniversary of “Hurricane” going #1. I get to celebrate with my 13th in a row with “Doin’ This.” That’s INSANE! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this every step along the way. Wouldn’t be possible without you. Love y’all!”

Combs wrote “Doin’ This” alongside frequent collaborators Robert Williford and Drew Parker. The song is set to appear on Combs upcoming album, “Growin’ Up,” set for release on June 24.  Combs recently released the full, 12-song tracklist and shared the song “Tomorrow Me”. He also revealed on social media that the album will include a duet called “Outrunnin’ Your Memory” with Miranda Lambert.

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Cody Johnson adds 22 new tour dates this fall

Cody Johnson has just announced 22 new concert dates for this fall, adding to an already lengthy list of shows. Johnson announced on his social media: “Where will I see y’all this Fall?! 22 brand new dates just announced. Looking forward to hitting the road!”

Johnson released Human The Double Album in October of 2021. Johnson said of the album’s track list: “There was too much good out there to let go of, so I just said, ‘We’re going to cut all of them.’ There are ones I wrote on, there are ones I didn’t write on, and there are ones that I wish I’d written. I addressed things personally with this music and when people listen to Human, they are going to hear a lot more of me being me. I am finally comfortable with myself and able to share that with my fans.” The project includes the title track and the hit song “’Til You Can’t.”

For the full list of tour dates & ticket sale info, head here – cojo.lnk.to/tour.

Cody Johnson Announces Nearly Two Dozen New Tour Dates: “Looking Forward To Hitting The Road!”

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Chris Pratt and wife Katherine Schwarzenegger welcome their second daughter together

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt have welcomed their second daughter together.

The couple each posted the happy news to their social media accounts, sharing an image of a birth announcement revealing the baby’s name and birthdate of May 21st:  “We are so excited to announce the birth of our second daughter, Eloise Christina Schwarzenegger Pratt. We feel beyond blessed and grateful. Love , Katherine and Chris.”  Pratt posted in his caption, “Mama and baby are doing well. We feel beyond blessed and grateful.”

Pratt and Schwarzenegger were married in 2019 and are parents to Lyla, 1. Pratt also shares son Jack, 9, with ex-wife Anna Faris.

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Check out the new trailer for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Marvel has released the official trailer for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.  Ahead of the debut of the trailer, star Chris Hemsworth hyped up the movie in an Instagram video and saying the official trailer would “blow your mind,” adding that he’s “so proud” of the film, and it is “the greatest thing I’ve ever had the pleasure and honor of working on.”  Filmmaker Taika Waititi returns to direct ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ after revitalizing the Thor franchise with 2017’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’

In the new film, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will assume the mantle of Mighty Thor. Other stars include Tessa Thompson, returning as Valkyrie, and franchise newcomers Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ also brings back actors from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, including Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista.

Hemsworth also becomes the first Marvel actor to lead a fourth solo film in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. The character last appeared in 2019’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’.  The first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder debuted just a month ago in April, revealing a Thor who had given up the superhero life following the events of Endgame.

Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters July 8.  Take a look at the trailer – here.

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Aerosmith cancel Las Vegas residency after Steven Tyler relapses and enters rehab

Aerosmith is canceling the band’s upcoming run of shows in Las Vegas, due to the announcement that frontman Steven Tyler has relapsed and entered rehab. The group shared the news via social media revealing that recovering from a recent surgery caused Tyler, 74, to relapse. The group said that Tyler he has since entered a rehab facility:  “As many of you know, our beloved brother Steven has worked on his sobriety for many years. After foot surgery to prepare for the stage and the necessity of pain management during the process, he has recently relapsed and voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery.”

The band added:  “We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must cancel our first set of Las Vegas Residency dates this June and July while he focuses on his well-being. We will continue our 2022 dates starting in September, and we’ll let you know any further updates as soon as we can. We are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows.”

Tickets for the June and July Las Vegas residency dates will be refunded at the point of purchase via Ticketmaster.

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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band announce 2023 World Tour

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band announced that they will be launching their first tour together since the River Tour in 2016.  The 72-year-old Springsteen and his longtime band will kick off the tour in early February with a string of U.S. arena shows, which have yet to be announced. The European stadium tour kicks off April 28, 2023, in Barcelona, Spain with stops including Dublin, Paris, Ferrara, Rome, Amsterdam, Landgraaf, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Gothenburg, Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Vienna, Munich and Monza. Additional cities and shows in the U.K. and Belgium will be announced at a later date, and a second North American leg of the tour will follow in August.

Springsteen said in a press statement:  “After six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year. And I’m looking forward to once again sharing the stage with the legendary E Street Band. See you out there, next year — and beyond.”

Springsteen and the E Street Band last performed together on Saturday Night Live in December 2020, following the release of their album Letter to You. For more tour information, head to brucespringsteen.net.

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