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Tony Romo to retire to the broadcast booth….

Smart man…..

Save his shoulder and make money with a earlier schedule….

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN.

Romo has received interest from CBS, Fox and NBC, and can choose to be a color commentator where he wants. That move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said.

But the decision to leave football already has been made. His run as the Cowboys’ quarterback — and an NFL player — officially ends Tuesday.

 

Dallas is expected to designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, softening the blow against the Cowboys’ cap this season. Instead of counting $24.7 million in 2017, Romo would count $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018. The Cowboys would gain $14 million in cap space, but it would not become available until June 2. But after Tuesday, Romo will no longer be with the Cowboys.

Romo’s decision came down to his health, sources close to the situation told ESPN. Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, believes his family and his health are paramount at this time in his life. He was limited to playing in just parts of five games over the past two seasons because of collarbone and back injuries, and he suffered a compression fracture in his back last August that led to him ultimately giving way to Dak Prescott…..

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Mommy Coco…..

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Coco Austin and her daughter Chanel Nicole are unstoppable in their matching attire.

The mother-daughter duo hit the beach in Miami Tuesday, decked out in adorable coordinating red and navy blue swimsuits.

The model, 37, wore a bikini with a red top and blue-and-white polka-dot bottoms. Little Chanel, 13 months, sported a RuffleButts two-piece with a matching wide-brimmed baby hat, complete with red bows on both her suit and hat.

“Beach babes..lol. Kisses to our followers,” Austin captioned an oceanside snap of herself and Chanel — likely taken by Austin’s husband Ice T, who was also in attendance for the day of family fun….

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Nike Air Jordan 1 “Royal’s” are available….

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-> Air Jordan 1 “Royal” For Sale <-

The Air Jordan 1 retro returns in “Royal” colorway for the first time since 2013 and is highly anticipated since it is the first time since Jordan Brand launched the Remastered Retro program in 2015.  The Air Jordan 1 “Royal” 2017 release featured the softest leather ever on the colorway since its 1985 debut release including tumbled royal leather.

The historic significance of the Air Jordan 1 Royal runs deep to the heritage of the Air Jordan line. The Royals were the first colorway to release in the Jordan lineup that had no tie to any team that Michael Jordan played on at any level. Despite the Air Jordan 1 being a staple in the retro line for years, the “Royal” Air Jordan 1s have only returned a total of three times since 1985 in high top form – 2001, 2013, and today in 2017….

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South Carolina Defeats Mississippi State in Womens NCAA College Basketball Final…

My sister and family members will be VERY proud!

For the Gamecocks it’s the first!

South Carolina won its first women’s N.C.A.A. basketball title on Sunday with a victory that represented a diversity of opportunity both for coaches and for teams playing for a championship.

With a 67-55 win over Mississippi State, a fellow member of the Southeastern Conference, Dawn Staley became the second African-American coach to win a title since the N.C.A.A. began sponsoring a women’s basketball tournament in 1982. Carolyn Peck coached Purdue to the 1999 championship.

Staley was a fierce point guard from Philadelphia and one of the most renowned players in the history of women’s basketball as a collegian, professional and Olympian. She became a coach only reluctantly.

But now, as an N.C.A.A. champion and the recently named Olympic coach for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Staley has a chance to become a standard-bearer for women’s basketball as Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford move closer to retirement.

“The game is a gift,” Staley, 46, said during the Final Four. She added, “I’m one that thinks basketball is a place of utopia and fairness.”

On Sunday, South Carolina (33-4) became the first N.C.A.A. women’s champion in five years not to be named UConn. For the third time this season, the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs. Mississippi State (34-5) appeared to be tired, or anxious, after Friday night’s epic upset of UConn in overtime…..

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CBS computer picks NY Mets as World Series Winners….

Lets Go Mets!

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Ya gotta believe — the computer!

The Mets will claw their way to a World Series title this year, at least according to a CBS Sports simulation of the entire season using the newly released video game “MLB The Show 17.”

But the squad will have a tough road to get to the Canyon of Heroes, according to the simulation.

After collecting 90 wins, the Mets will squash the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card game, dispatch with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series and knock off the Washington Nationals to win the pennant.

The victory will set up a rematch of the epic 1986 World Series, with the Mets defeating the juggernaut 106-win Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in seven games. In the finale, Steven Matz will outclass Drew Pomeranz, 7-1, in a battle of lefties.

The pipe dream is apparently enough to make Sawx fans nervous….

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FiveThirtyEight has the Cubs winning the World Series as the season begins…

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North Carolina to Play Gonzaga in NCAA Mens College Basketball Final…

The two teams play for the 2017 trophy Monday Night….

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Gonzaga Beats South Carolina in Final Four for Shot at Another First

Gonzaga, making its 19th straight N.C.A.A. tournament appearance but its first trip to a national semifinal, held off a seventh seed that had defied all expectation….

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North Carolina Beats Oregon to Return to N.C.A.A. Final

Beaten at the buzzer by Villanova last season, the Tar Heels will face Gonzaga in Monday’s championship game….

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UConn Woman’s Basketball Team’s 111 Winning streak is Over…

Mississippi State beat them…..

UConn and Mississippi State played one of the greatest college basketball games we’ve ever seen. The Bulldogs stunned the Huskies 66-64 in overtime on a buzzer-beater from Morgan William that snapped UConn’s 111-game winning streak.

The dynasty is dead and the Bulldogs are going to the title game against South Carolina on Sunday.

These two teams played last season in the NCAA tournament and UConn won by 60. Yes, literally sixty: the final score 98-38 and the Huskies would go on to win their fourth straight national championship.

UConn’s winning streak reached 111 games before Mississippi State shocked the world on Friday night. The game had a frantic ending that both fanbases will be remembering for a long time. Here’s how it all went down…..

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North Carolina lawmakers announce deal to repeal transgender bathroom law…

The Republican majority lawmakers law against transgender bathroom access staying on the books could eventually cost North Carolina OVER $3 Billion in lost business from boycotts including  popular NCAA Sports events….

North Carolina state legislators announced late Wednesday they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the controversial HB2 law, which restricted transgender bathroom access in the state.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, according to local reports, said at a late-night press conference that House Bill 142, which would repeal House Bill 2, would be introduced to the Senate floor Thursday morning.

“We have reached an agreement with the governor,” said Berger. “We have agreed with the governor that we will take no questions tonight.”

The pair of legislators gave no further details of the repeal measure, but asserted that the bill “will pass” when it hits the floor of the legislature Thursday.

If the repeal is successful, it would shutter a hotly contested law enacted under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that prevented individuals from entering government facilities that matched their gender identity. The law also limits discrimination protections on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals….

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Samsung’s New S8 cellphone comes with a Curved Screen and Facial Recognition….

Samsung launches 6 months before Apple is supposed to market it’s iPhone 8…..

The Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes, a standard 5.8-inch display model and a Plus version with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are larger than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the lineup’s main competition until Apple Inc. rolls out its 10th-anniversary iPhone later this year. In line with smartphone trends, Samsung’s new devices feature slimmer bezels alongside the display and are curved on all four corners. Pre-orders will begin soon after the unveiling, ahead of the S8’s April 21 release. It comes in five colors:  midnight black, maple gold, coral blue, arctic silver and orchid gray.

The Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S8+ smartphone is displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Samsung Electronics Co. packed the Galaxy S8 smartphone with a plethora of new features: taller, curved screens, encrypted facial recognition, deeper display colors, system-wide voice control and the ability to turn into a desktop computer. Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone.
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The S8 represents Samsung’s biggest prospect for a turnaround after the Note 7 debacle last year. …

Samsung accounted for 17.8 percent of global smartphone sales in the last three months of 2016, slightly less than Apple, according to Gartner. While Samsung may be targeting Apple, it also faces challenges from up-and-coming rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co. and Oppo, especially in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market.

“We must not only win back customers’ trust, but also the high expectations that they have always held for Samsung,” said Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business. “We have put our utmost effort to provide customers with near-perfect devices to earn back their trust.”

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The Wall Street ‘Fearless Girl ‘Statue…..

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“Fearless Girl,” the wildly popular statue that has spent the last few weeks staring down the financial district’s well-known “Charging Bull,” has received a new lease on life. Originally scheduled to be removed next week, it will now remain in place until early 2018, officials said on Monday.

“Fearless Girl” was created by the sculptor Kristen Visbal and erected in Bowling Green, a small park, by the financial firm State Street Global Advisors in honor of International Women’s Day in March.

The statue was an immediate hit, drawing crowds who snapped selfies or stood alongside the bronze child and mimicked her pose: hands on her hips, slight smile on her face, and her skirt and ponytail seeming to blow in the breeze.

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York stood beside the statue during a news conference on Monday as he announced the decision to extend its stay until the next International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2018. He called the statue a symbol of “standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what’s right.”

Mr. de Blasio said the presidency of Donald J. Trump and the nationwide women’s rights marches the day after his inauguration had given the statue a special power….

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March Madness Mens College Basketball gets down to the Final Four…

A LOT people have taken abuse on their bracket guesses as SEC teams rise to the top for the first time in the finals….

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The 79th Final Four has been set. The national semifinals, in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday, will feature South Carolina versus Gonzaga and Oregon versus North Carolina. The winners will play for the N.C.A.A. championship the following Monday night.

It is an unusual field. The tournament had a dearth of upsets in the first weekend — the final group of 16 teams comprised 12 of the top 16 seeds. But there are two programs, seventh-seeded South Carolina and top-seeded Gonzaga, in their first Final Four, a dual debut of a type that last happened in 1996. And Oregon, a No. 3 seed, had advanced this far only once before — in the first tournament, in 1939, which the Ducks won.

In a sport dominated by marquee programs, there is just one blue blood, North Carolina, which will make its 20th trip to the Final Four.

This year’s Final Four, which will be played farther west than it has been in more than 20 years, will feature two teams from west of the Mississippi River for the first time since 2008, and two teams from the Pacific time zone for the first time ever.

But beyond these fun facts, what do these teams reveal about how to build a champion?…..

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Trump after FBI/NSA throw downs?…Lets talk about ANYTHING else….

Donald Trump did and ole fashion peep rally in Louisville Kentucky tonight to divert his attention away from the beatdown FBI Director Comey and NSA head Rogers dealt him in the House Intelligence hearing today on Russia,  him and his people and the Trump/Ryancare bill showdown coming in  two days…

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On the precipice of the meatiest legislative fight of his young presidency, Donald Trump is increasingly talking about health care like the vegetables of his agenda — the thing he must begrudgingly finish in order to get to what he really wants: tax cuts, trade deals and infrastructure.

At a rally here in Louisville, Trump time and again framed the passage of a repeal and replacement plan for President Obama’s namesake health care law as a necessary step to achieve the rest of his ambitious agenda.

“We want a very big tax cut,” Trump said, “but we cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare.”

The first big test for health care comes Thursday when the House has scheduled a floor vote. But on Monday, at a rally in the state of a senator, Rand Paul, who has been an outspoken skeptic of his health care proposal, Trump barely touched on the health care bill for the first 30 minutes of his speech. And when he did, he suggested it was the province of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was in the crowd.

“Mitch, hey Mitch are we going to be okay?” he said. “Good, thanks Mitch.”

Trump was on the ground in Kentucky for almost two hours but it was enough to boost his spirits after a day of swirling headlines in the nation’s capital about Russia, FBI investigations and his unfounded allegations of Obama-ordered wire-tapping. Fresh polls showed new lows for his approval rating, but inside the Louisville arena where attendees did the wave, Trump’s favorability was somewhere near 100 percent….

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It also appears the Trump is throwing House Speaker Ryan and Senate majority Leader McConnell under the bus in the event the Freedom Caucus people are right and the Trump/Ryancare Bill does NOT get the votes….

Trump has NOT got one single major piece of legislation done even though Republicans have majorities in the House and Senate and he ‘s living in the nations’ White House….

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Preet Bharara wants to get in front of the camera’s….

The just fired US Attoney for the Southern District of New York has always moved among those in the entertainment world….

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The NY Post also thinks Bharara is looking for a New York higher office to run for after doing a stint with his own investigative TV show….

Bharara — who was dismissed as Manhattan US attorney last weekend when he refused a Trump administration order to ­resign — is angling for a TV gig that could help launch a run for elected office, a source told The Post.

“He’s trying to be a liberal Bill O’Reilly,” the source claimed.

Bharara, 48, could be hoping to land a news show on CNN or MSNBC, “a half-investigative reporting, half Larry King-type show, [where] he can be the special correspondent.”

But in the short-term, Bharara is looking to appear on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — to prove he’s camera-ready, the source said.

“Preet really wants to do Colbert,” the source said. “He thinks Stephen’s really funny and that it’s a way to audition for a gig, where executives will take notice and say, ‘We should give this guy a show.”

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Chuck Berry the Rock & Roll icon is gone…

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The man who gave birth to the 1960’s Rock & Roll and beyond  will be missed….

Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” died Saturday at his home outside St. Louis, his verified Facebook page said. He was 90.

A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at the residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside. Resuscitation efforts failed.
“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

A musical legend

Berry wrote and recorded “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” — songs every garage band and fledgling guitarist had to learn if they wanted to enter the rock ‘n’ roll fellowship.
Berry took all-night hamburger stands, brown-eyed handsome men and V-8 Fords and turned them into the stuff of American poetry. By doing so, he gave rise to followers beyond number, bar-band disciples of the electric guitar, who carried his musical message to the far corners of the Earth…..
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March Madness 2017…The Brackets….

The field is set for 2017’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The bracket was revealed Sunday night, with No. 1 seeds Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas, and Gonzaga. Here is our full bracket, which will update live through the tournament. And here’s a link to our printable bracket, just for you.

The 68-team sprint to the finish starts this week and runs until April 3. The bracket was revealed during the Selection Sunday special on CBS after the last conference tournament games wrapped earlier in the day.

The tournament’s First Four is on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton. The first round gets played Thursday and Friday. The sites for those games are Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Salt Lake City on Thursday, and Indianapolis, Tulsa, Sacramento, and Greenville, S.C., on Friday.

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Donald Trump has been good for MSNBC and the NY Times…And Others….

Both media outlets (And others) have done better as Trump has attacked them and kept them in the left’s eyes….

There is a new safe space for liberals in the age of President Trump: the television set.

Left-leaning MSNBC, after flailing in the Obama years, has edged CNN in prime time. Stephen Colbert’s openly anti-Trump “Late Show” is beating Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight” for the first time. Bill Maher’s HBO flock has grown nearly 50 percent since last year’s presidential primaries, and “The Daily Show” has registered its best ratings since Jon Stewart left in 2015.

Traditional television, a medium considered so last century, has watched audiences drift away for the better part of a decade. Now rattled liberals are surging back, seeking catharsis, solidarity and relief.

“When Obama was in office, I felt like things were going O.K.,” Jerry Brumleve, 58, a retiree from Louisville, Ky., said last week as he stood in line for a “Daily Show” taping in Manhattan. These days, he is a newfound devotee of Rachel Maddow of MSNBC — “She’s always talking about the Russians!” his wife, Yvonne, chimed in — and believes Mr. Stewart’s successor, Trevor Noah, has finally “hit his stride.”

“With Trump in office, I really feel the need to stay more informed,” Mr. Brumleve added. “You just don’t know what the hell this guy is going to do.”

Many others feel the same. : Last month, Ms. Maddow was watched by more viewers than at any time in the nine-year run of her show….

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…from the NY Times….

For the quarter, circulation revenue increased 5 percent, to $226 million, and digital-only subscription revenue rose 22 percent, to $64 million. Digital advertising revenue rose 11 percent.

In an earnings call on Thursday, Mark Thompson, chief executive of the Times Company, called digital growth “unprecedented” and expressed optimism in the company’s subscription-first growth strategy. He also used the call to needle President Trump over his claims that the publication’s audience and subscriber numbers were “dwindling.”

“Not so much, Mr. President,” Mr. Thompson said. “We had spectacular audiences in the quarter.”…

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