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Ozzy Osbourne makes surprise appearance at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for Black Sabbath mini-reunion with Tony Iommi

Ozzy Osbourne surprised fans at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, teaming up with fellow Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi for a performance of “Paranoid” at the closing ceremony for the games.

It was the first time the metal icons played together onstage since Black Sabbath played their final show ever in February 2017, and marked Ozzy’s first live performance in nearly three years — and his first since undergoing a major neck operation earlier this summer. Ozzy’s last performance was at the American Music Awards in November 2019, joining Post Malone and Travis Scott onstage for “Take What You Want.” Before that he had put his “No More Tours 2” farewell outing on hold as he battled his various health issues.

After the intro to “Iron Man” played with Ozzy shouting “I am Iron Man” from backstage, Osbourne made his way to the stage joined by Iommi and the two musicians who performed on Black Sabbath’s final tour: bassist Adam Wakeman, and drummer Tommy Clufetos.  In addition to the surprise gig at the Commonwealth Games, Osbourne and Iommi recently reunited in the studio to record the track “Degradation Rules” for Ozzy’s upcoming album, Patient Number 9, which drops on September 9th.

Watch Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi perform “Paranoid” at the Commonwealth Games in the video – here.

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Blackpink set dates for ‘Born Pink’ World Tour

K-pop superstars Blackpink announced they will embark on the massive Born Pink world tour starting Oct. 15-16 in Seoul, with dates running through June 21, 2023, in Auckland. Venues have yet to be announced.

Ahead of the the tour, Blackpink will release a new single, “Pink Venom,” on Aug. 19, with a new studio album to follow (date to be announced).  The album will be the follow-up to 2020’s The Album, which featured hits including “How You Like That,” “Ice Cream” (ft. Selena Gomez), and “Lovesick Girls.”  A press release from YG Entertainment confirmed that Blackpink were in the final stages of recording a new album, and will kick off “a continuous large-scale project which will extend through the second half of the year.”  The press release also revealed that their upcoming tour would be the “largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group.” 

Head to the group’s official world tour website for more info: https://blackpinkofficial.com/worldtourbornpink/

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Father and son sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery

The father and son convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were both given an additional sentence of life in prison Monday on federal hate crime charges, while their neighbor was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Travis McMichael, 36, was given the additional life sentence plus 10 years; his father, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, was also given an additional life sentence, while their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Lisa Golbey Wood said during the elder McMichael’s sentencing: “A young man is dead. Ahmaud Arbery will forever be 25. And what happened, a jury found, happened because he’s Black.”  Prosecutors had sought life sentences for all three men but Golbey Wood said she believed it was necessary to distinguish Bryan from the McMichaels, because he did not bring a firearm to the scene, but said he was “still deserving of an awfully long sentence.” The McMichaels asked to be sent to a federal prison — citing concerns about rampant inmate violence in state-run prisons — however, the rejected the requests and ordered that all three men serve their sentences in state prison.
Travis McMichael was convicted of federal hate crimes in February along with his father and Bryan, all of whom are White. Each of the men were convicted in state court and sentenced to life in prison for killing Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020. Bryan and the McMichaels were sentenced to life in prison in state court in January for shooting the 25-year-old Black man to death as he jogged through a neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga. The jury in the federal case found the defendants guilty of violating Arbery’s civil rights by targeting and attempting to kidnap him because he was Black. The younger McMichael, who fired the bullets that killed Arbery, was also found guilty of using a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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Sources say FBI raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home allegedly tied to classified material

Former President Donald Trump said that the FBI “raided” his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, claiming in a written statement that the search — unprecedented in American history — was politically motivated, without providing specifics.

Trump said in a lengthy email statement issued by his Save America political committee: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. They even broke into my safe!”

Sources say that the search was tied to classified information Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his Palm Beach resort in January 2021. In mid-January, the National Archives “arranged for the transport from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives of 15 boxes that contained Presidential records, following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021,” the agency said in a statement. When the National Archives discovered the missing documents, it demanded them of the former president, who eventually turned over 15 boxes of the documents in February.  The National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to examine whether Trump’s handling of White House records violated federal law.

According to a Secret Service official, the FBI notified the Secret Service about the bureau’s plans to execute the warrant just hours before agents searched Trump’s residence on Monday. The Secret Service facilitated access to the property, the official said, but did not participate in any aspect of the search.

Trump is not at Mar-a-Lago, his winter residence. He often spends his summers at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

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Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker signs four-year extension through 2027 season, worth $24M

The Baltimore Ravens announced that kicker Justin Tucker has agreed to terms on a four-year extension worth $24 million with $17.5 million guaranteed. Tucker’s contract runs through the 2027 season.

Tucker owns a career field-goal conversion rate of 91.1 percent, is both a five-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, and he was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s. The 32-year-old Tucker also  holds the NFL’s record for the longest converted field goal, crow-hopping into a 66-yard attempt inside Ford Field.

Tucker’s new deal earns him the title of the highest-paid kicker in the NFLk and comes just a week after Chris Boswell signed an extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers that had matched Tucker for being the league’s highest-paid kicker at $5 million per season.

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Chicago Cubs will release outfielder Jason Heyward at the end of 2022 season

Chicago Cubs president Jed Hoyer announced on Monday the organization will release veteran outfielder Jason Heyward from the final year of his deal at the end of the 2022 season. ,” Hoyer said, via CHGO Sports“I’ve talked to Jason about this, and he’s been such a great pro with us and a leader, and we want to have him around the team this year. But we’re not going to have him with the team next year. We’ve already talked to him about that. We want to give him the full offseason to be able to go out and find an opportunity.”

Heyward has been on the injured list since June 27 with a knee injury. Hoyer told reporters (per The Athletic) that while the outfielder will not suit up again this season, he will remain with the team as an inactive player due to his status as a leader in the clubhouse. The 32-year-old is owed $22 million in 2023, the final season of a massive eight-year, $184 million contract he signed in December ’15.

Heyward spent the 2015 season with the Cardinals after spending his first five years with the Braves. He earned his only career All-Star nod as a rookie in ’10. Over his seven seasons with the Cubs, Heyward logged a .245/.323/.377 batting line with 62 homers in 2,522 plate appearances. In addition to earning his first and only World Series ring, Heyward also earned his fourth and fifth career Golden Glove Awards with the team in 2016 and ’17, making him MLB’s first position player to win the award three straight times with three different teams.

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Brian Kelley announces Florida residency and ‘epic Halloween night concert’

Brian Kelley announced on social media that he is gearing up for a fall residency in Florida, which will include an “Epic Halloween night concert.”  Kelley is holding the residency in the backyard of his surf shop and music studio, Tribe Kelley Surf Post, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Kelley captioned the announcement on Instagram“Hey all 30A Florida lovers, I’m doing a fall residency in the backyard of my surf shop & music studio [Tribe Kelley Surf Post] – 20 intimate shows starting in September – ending October 31st with an Epic Halloween night concert! Snag your tickets at www.officialbriankelley.com – I’m really looking forward to being home this fall recording another album & special project, and playing shows on the weekends at the beach! BK 🤠🌊🇺🇸

Kelley debuted his first solo EP, BK’s Wave Pack, in 2021, calling the project “a snapshot into my world and the life I’m living – whether it’s a little party on the beach, or a little Sunday service in the sand. And you don’t always have to be on the sand or by the water, you can take the vibe with you wherever you go. ‘Beach Cowboy’ is a way of life and state of mind.”

For information on Kelley’s upcoming concert dates, head here.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73

Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at age 73. Her family wrote in a statement shared on social media: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”  Newton-John was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s; and was in remission for more than 20 years before it returned in 2013. In 2018, she revealed that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

Newton-John’s musical breakthrough came in 1973 with the country  hit “Let Me Be There.” The next year, the singer released one of her signature songs. “I Honestly Love You,” which won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance in 1974. Newton-John rose to international fame in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta’s Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical “Grease.” The two became one of the most beloved couples on film, performing the duets “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” together.  Travolta posted a tribute to her on Instagram, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!  Your Danny, your John!”

In 1980, Newton-John teamed with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller-skating fantasy “Xanadu,” and became a music-video pioneer with her single “Physical” which spent 10 weeks at the top of the charts and won the 1982 Grammy for video of the year. Newton-John sold more than 100 million albums and continued to work until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour.

Newton-John and her ex-husband, actor Matt Lattanzi, welcomed their daughter Chloe in 1986 She later helped establish the “Healthy Child, Healthy World” organization after the daughter of Newton-John’s friend died of a rare form of cancer. During her battle with breast cancer, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for the disease and established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in her hometown of Melbourne in 2012. In 2020, she launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation to fund research for treatments and therapies to cure cancer.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John and her many nieces and nephews.

Olivia Newton-John, Awarded Country Singer and “Grease” Actress Dies At 73

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‘Bullet Train’ tops the box office earning $32.4M over 3-day opening

Sony’s Bullet Train starring Bradd Pitt has topped the domestic box office with a $32.4 million debut in its opening weekend   However the David Leitch-directed film, which cost $90 million to make and also earned over $60 million globally, fell short of industry expectations.

Coming in at No. 2 is DC League of Super-Pets, followed by Nope at No. 3 with $8.5 million, Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 4 with $7.6 million, Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 5 with $7.1 million.

Elsewhere in the box office, Top Gun: Maverick continued to break records, with the sequel officially overtaking Titanic to become the 7th highest grossing movie ever at the domestic box office, with a total of $662 million.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73

Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at age 73. Her family wrote in a statement shared on social media: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).” Newton-John was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s; and was in remission for more than 20 years before it returned in 2013. In 2018, she revealed that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

Newton-John’s musical breakthrough came in 1973 with the country  hit “Let Me Be There.” The next year, the singer released one of her signature songs. “I Honestly Love You,” which won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance in 1974. Newton-John rose to international fame in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta’s Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical “Grease.” The two became one of the most beloved couples on film, performing the duets “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” together.  Travolta posted a tribute to her on Instagram, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!  Your Danny, your John!”

In 1980, Newton-John teamed with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller-skating fantasy “Xanadu,” and became a music-video pioneer with her single “Physical” which spent 10 weeks at the top of the charts and won the 1982 Grammy for video of the year. Newton-John sold more than 100 million albums and continued to work until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour.

Newton-John and her ex-husband, actor Matt Lattanzi, welcomed their daughter Chloe in 1986 She later helped establish the “Healthy Child, Healthy World” organization after the daughter of Newton-John’s friend died of a rare form of cancer. During her battle with breast cancer, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for the disease and established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in her hometown of Melbourne in 2012. In 2020, she launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation to fund research for treatments and therapies to cure cancer.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John and her many nieces and nephews.

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