Kevin Durant announces he’ll wear No. 7 with the Nets

Sports News Kevin Durant announces he’ll wear No. 7 with the Nets

Anthony Causi / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — When Kevin Durant takes the court as part of the Brooklyn Nets, he won’t be donning the No. 35 on his jersey — the number he’s worn his entire NBA career. Instead, he will have the No. 7 stitched on his jersey, the small forward announced Sunday night.

Durant, 30, made the announcement in an Instagram post which featured a photo of a No. 7 Nets jersey in a locker room. He tagged Thirty Five Ventures in the post, which is Durant’s business venture with his manager.

On Thirty Five Ventures’ Instagram page, Durant wrote on the number change:

“35 took my family and me from Seat Pleasant, MD and showed us the world. 35 allowed me to meet people that I never would’ve had the chance to meet, experience things I would never have had the chance to experience, and achieve things that I never would have been able to achieve. 35 allowed me to go to the University of Texas to play basketball, 35 allowed me to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA in Seattle. 35 allowed me to play basketball in Oklahoma City and form bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. Lastly, 35 allowed me to go to the Bay Area and win two championships and form brotherhoods that no time or distance will ever break. 35 was chosen in honor of someone very near and dear to me. I will always honor him and honor the number 35. But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, the number I’ll be wearing on my back is the number 7 next time you see me on the floor. One time Brooklyn.”

The Nets on Sunday officially announced the acquisition of Durant in a trade with the Golden State Warriors. Along with Durant, Brooklyn acquired a protected 2020 first round draft pick from the Warriors. Golden State, in return, received guards D’Angelo Russell and Shabazz Napier and forward Treveon Graham.

While the Nets did not disclose further details on Durant’s deal, ESPN reports the contract is for four years and worth up to $164 million.

The Warriors, with whom Durant played for the past three seasons and won two championships, have announced that they plan to retire Durant’s No. 35.

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Posted On 08 Jul 2019

Disney channel star Cameron Boyce dies at age 20

Entertainment News  Disney channel star Cameron Boyce dies at age 20


Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Actor Cameron Boyce, known for his roles in the Disney channel franchise Descendants and the TV show Jessie, has died of “an ongoing medical condition” at the age 20, his family confirmed to ABC News on Saturday night. He was just 20 years old.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokesperson said on behalf of the Boyce family. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. …We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”

Boyce made his acting debut in the horror film Mirrors at just nine years old. Two years later, he appeared in the blockbuster Adam Sandler flick Grown Ups, as one of Sandler’s children.

“Too Young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around,” Sandler wrote on Twitter Sunday, in part. “All our hearts are broken.”

Boyce first achieved stardom in the Disney channel show Jessie, playing Luke Ross, alongside the eponymous Jessie Prescott, played by Debby Ryan.  However, it was Boyce’s role in the Descendants films that catapulted him to even greater heights.

Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted Sunday, “The Walt Disney Company mourns the loss of #CameronBoyce, who was a friend to so many of us, and filled with so much talent, heart and life, and far too young to die. Our prayers go out to his family and his friends.”

Boyce was also set to appear as a series regular in HBO’s new show, Mrs. Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn.

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Posted On 08 Jul 2019

Disney drops action-packed ‘Mulan’ teaser-trailer

Entertainment News  Disney drops action-packed 'Mulan' teaser-trailer


DisneyThe first teaser trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of its 1998 animated classic Mulan debuted Sunday during Fox’s broadcast of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s victory over the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and it gives us our first good look at the titular heroine in action.

Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei plays the title character in the film, about a young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in place of her elderly and ailing father when he’s called to join the Chinese military to fight invaders attacking the country.

In a callback the original film, the teaser-trailer opens with Mulan’s mother delivering the “excellent news” that a matchmaker has found Mulan an “auspicious match.”

“It is what is best for our family,” her father agrees, to which Mulan replies, “Yes, I will bring honor to us all.”

That’s followed by scenes of Mulan training as an army soldier, clearly intending to bring honor to her family in another manner.

While music from the original film, including “Honor to Us All” and “Reflection,” can be heard throughout the teaser, this Mulan won’t be a musical, like it’s predecessor. And while Mulan’s horse, Khan, also makes an appearance in the clip, Eddie Murphy’s dragon character, Mushu, and Mulan’s lucky cricket, Cri-Kee, are both MIA.

The animated Mulan grossed $120 million in North America and $304 million worldwide.

Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, Gong Li and Jet Li also star in Mulan, slated for a 2020 release.

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Posted On 08 Jul 2019

Be a good person at the gym with these simple and easy tips

baona/iStock(NEW YORK) — The gym can sometimes be intimidating for newcomers and even regular attendees.

But no matter what your skill level, it doesn’t take much to get the ins and outs of proper gym etiquette.

So what should and shouldn’t you be doing when hitting the weights?

Jennifer Nicole Lee, a trainer, author and life coach, offers some advice below for how to be on your best behavior at the gym.

With so many people working on their fitness-related resolutions, gyms across the country are crowded with people who aren’t always aware of the sacred and unspoken rules. As newcomers and even veterans pile into the fitness centers across the country in the morning and evening rush hours, it’s good to remember these do’s and don’ts of gym culture.

Here are the obvious — and not-so-obvious — rules of the gym:

Use a towel

Always use a towel to clean off machines after you use them. No one likes sweat on a machine. Sweat carries bacteria from one person’s skin to another surface and can cause viral infections, such as colds, the flu and even herpes. Be sure to sanitize your equipment after sweating on it to lower the chances of spreading illnesses.

Put your weights back

Please re-rack your weights after you use them. One rule of thumb: if you move it, put it back. It shows respect for your fellow gym members and also consideration to the gym’s management team. Plus, it’s a safety issue. If weights are strewn all over the floor, someone could trip and fall. Also, it can become quite a disorganized mess if the dumbbells are not in order, from smaller weights to heavier, making it quite a pain to find the right set of weights when you need them.

Save the conversations for later

It’s nice to socialize, but chatting too much on the training floor can be very distracting. Be aware of those around you who are focusing on their workouts. Many veterans go to the gym to release stress from the day. They often get into a zen-like workout state where they are connecting their breath to their movements. Chatter and busy-body talk can be very distracting and also draining to someone who is trying to focus on their wellness program.

Don’t interrupt anyone

Don’t talk to someone while they are mid-set. They are focusing on their workout, and if you ask them a question, or talk to them while they are working out, this could lead to injury. Remember, the further someone is in a set, the harder it gets, and it can take all of their focus to push through to give it their all.

Put away your phone

No cellphones on the training floor. If so, only for your music to your headphones. Gym time is for training time. Outside the gym is where you can enjoy texting and chatting on the phone.

No selfies

Or filming. There is a time and place for everything. Many who go to the gym on the regular don’t want to be accidentally caught in your selfie and/or video. So please film outside the gym where there are no other people around you.

The meaning behind headphones

Here’s a good rule of thumb that everyone should know. If someone has headphones on that means “leave me alone.” If they have one headphone off the ear, it means, “yes, you can talk to me, but just not too much.” Headphones off means it’s OK to approach me, just not while I’m in a set. Remember, always err on the side of consideration for your fellow motivated gym-mates.

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Seven tips to help avoid breakouts while hitting the gym

Peopleimages/iStock(NEW YORK) — Is working out causing your breakouts?

While it may seem like the healthiest part of your day, there is a lot of dirt and bacteria that can clog your pores during and even after a workout.

Many chalk this up to sweat. However, that’s not the only culprit. Makeup, the type of towel you use and even showering can affect how your skin reacts.

“It is important to know that sweat itself does not cause acne,” Dr. Manish Shah, a board-certified dermatologist and anti-aging expert, told ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Dr. Shah shared tips on how to work out hard and still have glowing skin:

Avoid makeup

Most makeup will clog pores by not allowing the skin to breathe naturally during workouts. A better option is a tinted moisturizer if you are self-conscious about your skin tone.

Don’t touch your face

Cardio machines, weight machines, free weights — these all breed bacteria. Touching them and then wiping beads of sweat off your face is a sure way to spread bacteria that can create new breakouts.

Wear loose clothing

Spandex workout pants are tight clothing that can lead to skin infections from bacteria and fungi. Wear loose attire that will also help wick away sweat, preventing it from being absorbed by your skin.

Choose the right towel

A gym towel should be absorbent enough to keep your face dry during a workout, but not so thick it clings to bacteria even after a wash.

Compared to standard towels, the best gym towels will dry faster so bacteria and fungus don’t breed in them.

Cotton is the most common material for workout towels. Cotton fibers are absorbent and dry quickly.

Other good materials include microfiber, linen and bamboo.

Wash your face right after your workout — and moisturize!

Wash your face immediately after your workout. You don’t want a mixture of dirt, oil and bacteria clinging to your skin, affecting its pH and clogging your pores. If you are exercising in a park where there is no sink, bring cleansing facial wipes with you.

Skipping this essential step can unknowingly dehydrate your skin, causing your oil-producing glands to overcompensate by producing an oversupply of oil. Use a moisturizer that’s been produced for your specific skin type and condition immediately after cleansing for best results.

Skip the hot shower

Hot water strips skin of vital oils, leaving you with dry, itchy, dull skin. Breakouts on your back or chest are particularly common for “gym rats.” To avoid this, use a gentle body scrub three times a week.

Adjust your nighttime routine

Even seemingly normal skin can become much more sensitive right after a workout. You may want to wait until redness decreases by bedtime to use your super-active acne or anti-aging treatment products.

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Whirlwind year for Wild Boars soccer team after rescue from flooded Thai cave

WORLD NEWS Whirlwind year for Wild Boars soccer team after rescue from flooded Thai cave

JITTRAPON KAICOME/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A year after an international team of divers pulled off one of the most dramatic rescues that the world has ever seen, the beneficiaries of the life-saving mission — 12 members of the Wild Boars youth soccer team and their coach — have yet to escape the spotlight focused on them since they were safely extracted from a flooded cave in the jungles of Thailand.

The players and their coach have traveled the world as ambassadors of the global feel-good story, inked a TV miniseries deal, and even jetted to Los Angeles to make an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I got so many experiences after I got out of the cave,” one of the boys, Pornchai Kamluang, told reporters last month. “I learned everything about the Thai people, especially our unity. It’s indescribable. My life has changed a lot.”

Monday marks the one-year anniversary when rescuers emerged from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand with the first four boys. Two days later, on July 10, 2018, all 12 youngsters and their coach were out of the cave, setting off jubilation for people around the world who had closely followed the search for the team and the challenging quest to save them.

The ordeal began on June 23, 2018, when assistant coach Ekapol Chantawong led the players on a post-soccer practice expedition into the subterranean maze with little food or supplies. The adventure was supposed to last just a few hours, but as the team turned around to go home, they found that monsoon rains had suddenly hit and flooded their only path out of the labyrinth.

Word of the lost team quickly spread and rescuers from around the world, including the U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations unit in Okinawa, and dive teams from Great Britain, Australia, Japan, China and elsewhere, converged on Thailand’s Chiang Rai province with the goal of finding the boys and their coach, and safely extracting them from the bowels of the cave.

On July 2, 2018, 10 days after the group went missing, two divers from the British Cave Rescue Council, John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, were stringing a safety rope through a flooded area of the cave when they popped up in a cavern and, to their surprise, saw all 12 boys and their coach huddled on a small beach in the darkness.

Since their rescue, the boys and their coach have become celebrities and traveled the world to express gratitude to all those who answered the call to save them.

Here are eight things the group has done since getting out of the cave:

July 18, 2018: The boys and their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, were released from a hospital where they had been quarantined since their rescue, and held a news conference to detail how they survived. They also thanked the rescuers for saving them, and expressed condolences to the family of Lt. Col. Saman Gunan, the retired Thai Navy SEAL diver who died during the rescue mission.

Aug. 8, 2018: Chanthawong and three of the soccer players — Adul Samon, Mongkol Boonpiam and Pornchai Kamluang — who had all been born stateless, were granted citizenship in Thailand during a special government ceremony in their home district of Mae Sai.

Oct. 6, 2018: The team flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they participated in the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, called the boys “brave” and said they “showed us all the importance of sports values.”

Oct. 14, 2018: The Wild Boars soccer team traveled to Los Angeles and made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where DeGeneres presented them with special soccer jerseys and introduced them to one of their favorite soccer players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy. “This team is more brave than me. And they show their collective teamwork. … This is probably the best team in the world,” Ibrahimovic told the players and their coach.

Oct. 30, 2018: The players and their coach appeared on the ITV news program This Morning in Great Britain and were reunited with three of the British divers who helped rescue them — Jason Mallison, Joshua Bratchley and Connor Roe. Mallison recalled giving the team two alternatives while still in the cave: “We told them you’ve got two options here: it’s dive out and this is how we’re going to do it, or … stay in here but it’s very likely you’re not going to survive.”

May 1: Streaming giant Netflix announced it had reached a deal with the players and their coach to create a miniseries of their rescue to be directed by Jon M. Chu, the filmmaker behind the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians.

May 26: One of the boys, Adul Samon, was invited to attend commencement ceremonies at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he was presented with the college’s first-ever Global Citizen’s Award. Laurie Patton, president of the college, said Adul was honored for showing a leadership role by using the little English he knew to help interpret for his coach and teammates what rescuers were telling them during the cave ordeal. “Our intention is to recognize a person who, through their communication skills and compassion, are able to change the world with no expectation of being in the limelight,” Patton said.

June 23: The team returned to the mouth of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, where they honored Saman Gunan during a Buddhist ceremony. Gunan’s widow, Valepon Gunan, told the boys she believes her husband “is still looking over all of them.”

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Posted On 08 Jul 2019

How your old bras can help save injured turtles

Courtesy Carolina Waterfowl Rescue(NEW YORK) — Bras are meant to be supportive, but what happens when that support can be used for animals in need?

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is a nonprofit wildlife rescue center that extends itself to serve both North and South Carolina.

“A catch-all is a good way to put it,” Jennifer Gordon, CWR’s executive director, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “You can go all the way to the coast and there isn’t another facility that can help these animals, so we can even travel to Charleston.”

The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue specializes in birds and reptiles, but will take in any animal that is in need of care.

Among the animals Carolina Waterfowl Rescue helps is turtles, which suffer more injuries than people realize.

Gordon told GMA that “90% of all turtles hit are females laying eggs. Yellow belly sliders and snapping turtles only come out of the water one time during the year for that reason.”

There is also a lesson for people who want to help turtles trying to cross the road: do not change their direction.

“Box turtles stay in a mile radius their whole life. People try to relocate them and be good people by turning them around, but a little turtle GPS tells these box turtles that they need to get back home and end up getting killed finding their way,” Gordon said.

With a tight budget and a new in-house staff reptile rehabilitator, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue has found innovative ways to help save these turtles. And one of those ways is none other than the good ol’ bra.

Inspired by another rescue organization, CWR uses the clasps of bras as they assist to make a non-invasive, makeshift cast for the turtle.

“The shell is a bone structure, so when it is broken, it is like a broken bone. The clips are a fixator and it is glued onto the shell with some epoxy. When it is dry, we take a wire and we wire all the hooks together to stabilize and let it heal,” Gordon explained.

After posting on Facebook their need for old bras on June 27, Carolina Wildfowl Rescue has just begun receiving donations.

As it does not want to waste functioning bras, CWR has partnered with a local women’s shelter to donate the usable bras and only recycle for themselves those that no longer work.

In addition to bras, here is a short list of items you can donate to Carolina Wildfowl Rescue and other wildlife rescue centers:

  • Substrate for bedding
  • UV lightbulbs
  • Heat lamps
  • Mealworms (food costs the most)
  • Medications
  • Rubbermaid totes

Wherever you are, look up your local wildlife rescue center. Notify them of injured animals you find, and if there is a hurt turtle on the side of the road, their slow metabolism means there is plenty of time to help save their life.

If you would like to contribute to helping the turtles and other animals in need at CWR, you can send items to: Carolina Wildfowl Rescue, P.O Box 1484, Indian Trail, NC 28079

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/7/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 7/7/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

USA 2, Netherlands 0


Cleveland 11, Cincinnati 1
Washington 5, Kansas City 2
Chi White Sox 3, Chi Cubs 1

Toronto 6, Baltimore 1
Tampa Bay 2, NY Yankees 1
Boston 6, Detroit 3
Houston 11, LA Angels 10, 10 innings
Texas 4, Minnesota 1, 11 innings
Oakland 7, Seattle 4

Philadelphia 8, NY Mets 3
Atlanta 4, Miami 3
Pittsburgh 6, Milwaukee 5
San Francisco 1, St. Louis 0
Arizona 5, Colorado 3
San Diego 5, LA Dodgers 3

Las Vegas 90, NY Liberty 58
L.A. Sparks 98, Washington 81
Chicago 78, Dallas 66
Phoenix 65, Atlanta 63

New York 3, Atlanta 3

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Posted On 08 Jul 2019

American couple’s jet ski recovered after going missing in Barbados

WORLD NEWS American couple's jet ski recovered after going missing in Barbados

Barbados Coast Guard(NEW YORK) — Authorities recovered a jet ski over the weekend bearing the same registration number as the one an American couple was riding before they went missing in Barbados last month.

French Navy officers found the missing jet ski hundreds of miles away in Guadeloupe on Saturday, nearly two weeks after Magdalena Devil and Oscar Suarez, of New Jersey, vanished at sea, authorities said.

There were no signs of the missing couple.

The pair disappeared on June 24 after renting after a jet ski at Holetown Beach on the western coast of Barbados, authorities said.

The jet ski operator became concerned about 30 minutes later and asked other operators to be on the lookout for them, according to the Royal Barbados Police Force. They notified police later, telling officers that the couple appeared to be lost at sea.

Authorities suspended an intensive search for the couple on June 30 after the U.S. withdrew its assisting aircraft, according to local news outlets.

Local authorities said the couple’s families would be informed of the discovery soon.

Mia Mottley, the island’s prime minister, said she met with the pair’s families last week and offered to fly them to Barbados, her office said in a statement Sunday.

“Last Monday Prime Minister Mottley met with the families of the missing couple at Ilaro Court and expressed regret at the unfortunate events and invited them to return to this island anytime over the next year at Government’s expense, if it would assist them in bringing closure to the matter,” the statement said. “Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds have been informed of the discovery and local authorities will make immediate contact with the families to inform them of the development.”

Investigators said Suarez and Devil checked into their shared room at Discovery Bay Hotel in St. James on June 22 and were scheduled to depart the following week, according to the hotel.

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ scores record $185 million six-day opening

Entertainment News  'Spider-Man: Far from Home' scores record $185 million six-day opening


Zendaya and Tom Holland; JoJo Whilden/Sony Pictures EntertainmentMarvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home delivered the largest six-day opening ever for a Tuesday release, and the 22nd largest six-day opening of all time, earning an estimated $185 million. It grabbed $93.6 million of that between Friday and Sunday.

The sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei, is already outpacing its predecessor by $30 million after its first six days.  Overseas, where the film debuted last weekend, it’s collected an estimated total of $395 million.

The week’s only other major release, the horror film Midsommar, had the largest opening for an indie film so far this year, with an estimated $6.56 million over the three-day weekend and nearly $11 million since it’s Wednesday premiere. Despite that, it finished just outside the top five, in sixth place.

Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4 dropped to second place in its third week of release, delivering an estimated $34.4 million. That brings its earnings stateside to $306.6 million. Its worldwide totals, following an estimated $43 million weekend overseas, now stand at around $650 million.

The romantic comedy Yesterday earned an estimated $10.75 for a third-place finish, with the horror flick Annaballe Comes Home landing in fourth place with an estimated $9.75 million.

Aladdin collected an estimated $7.6 million over the weekend, lifting its domestic earnings to upwards of $320 million. Overseas, Disney’s live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic grabbed an estimated $16.2 million, bringing its worldwide tally to over $921 million.  That makes it the third biggest film of 2019 domestically and the top-grossing non-Marvel movie this year, period.

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In limited release, the documentary Marianne & Leonard brought in an estimated $44,311 from four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Spider-Man: Far from Home, $93.6 million
2. Toy Story 4, $34.4 million
3. Yesterday, $10.75 million
4. Annabelle Comes Home, $9.75 million
5. Aladdin, $7.6 million
6. Midsommar, $6.56 million
7. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $4.76 million
8. Men In Black International, $3.6 million
9. Avengers: Endgame, $3.1 million
10. Rocketman, $2.775 million

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Posted On 08 Jul 2019