TIGER WOODS WINS MASTERS
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – At first, it was something people thought they’d see regularly. Then, it became something people thought they’d never see again. But yesterday, the world got to see Tiger Woods win a major golf tournament. Woods has won his fifth Masters, giving him 15 wins at majors for his career. This one, like his first Masters win, transcended sports, prompting tweets from President Donald Trump and former president Barack Obama – and from golf legend Jack Nicklaus, whose record of 18 majors titles Woods is chasing. The win comes after a stretch where Woods went from being one of the world’s most popular athletes to being a fallen hero. He endured a messy divorce, an embarrassing mug shot from a DUI arrest and four back surgeries.
“STAR WARS” THEMED SERIES – PREVIEW
NEW YORK (AP) – Fans are getting their first sneak peek at the new “Star Wars” themed series. Jon Favreau shared clips from “The Mandalorian” at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago yesterday. The eight-episode series makes its debut on Disney’s new streaming service on Nov. 12. The series is set five years after the Rebellion’s victory depicted in “The Return of the Jedi.”
NEW YORK (AP) – “Shazam!” has warded off a series of challengers to hold the top spot on the box office list. The superhero comedy took in another $25.1 million in ticket sales over the weekend. That was good enough to hold off newcomers “Hellboy,” “Missing Link,” “After” and “Mary Magdalene.” The closest challenge for Shazam proved to be a teenage girl. “Little” came in second with $15.5 million. It stars 14-year-old Marsai Martin as a tech exec who gets transformed back into childhood. She’s also the executive producer of the movie. And yes, that makes her the youngest person ever so credited in Hollywood history.
NIPSEY HUSSLE LAID TO REST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nipsey Hussle now lies at rest among Hollywood legends. The rap star has been buried at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood Hills. Other celebs laid to rest there include Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball and David Carradine. The burial came Friday, a day after a giant celebration of Hussle’s life at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. About 20,000 people showed up for that event. Hussle was shot to death two Sundays ago outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S FRIEND WINS BOXING MATCH
CHICAGO (AP) – One of the two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help him stage a hate crime has won an amateur boxing title. The Chicago Tribune reports Abel Osundairo won the senior novice division at the 178-pound limit on Friday night. He scored a TKO over his opponent in a bout held in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, Illinois. Police say Abel Osundairo and his brother told them Smollett paid them to orchestrate a beating in Chicago. Police say the beating was staged to boost his pay as a cast member on “Empire” – and to promote his career.
WOODY ALLEN – AMAZON
NEW YORK (AP) – A dispute between Woody Allen and Amazon is being played out in court. The streaming service says Allen broke his four-movie deal with Amazon by mouthing off about the (hash)MeToo movement. Amazon says Allen’s remarks hurt his chance to tout his films. Allen sued Amazon in February, saying the company ended his contract last June. He seeks at least $68 million. As the (hash)MeToo movement gained steam, there’s been renewed scrutiny of Allen. His adopted daughter claims that in 1992, Allen molested her when she was 7. Allen denies it.
TRIVAGO AD STAR BUSTED IN DUI CASE
HOUSTON (AP) – The actor who’s become something of a sex symbol for his ads for the travel booking Trivago is in trouble with the law. Court records in Houston say Timothy Williams has been busted on a misdemeanor DWI charge. He was arrested last week and is now free on $100 bond. Police say Williams was stopped in traffic, passed out with his foot on the brake. He also failed a field sobriety test. Trivago says the company treats such incidents seriously – and strongly condemns drinking and driving.
AOC AND FOX
NEW YORK (AP) – Call Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “Fox-y” at least when it comes to news coverage. A new study says the New York City freshman congresswoman’s name was uttered 3,181 times on Fox News Channel and its Business Network during the six-week period of Feb. 25 to April 7. That comes out to just under 76 times a day. Not a single day during that period that she wasn’t mentioned on Fox. The study was done by Media Matters for America, which says Fox has an obsession with the congresswoman – and says she’s the network’s latest “boogeyman.” In a tweet over the weekend, Ocasio-Cortez noted “how hard” conservatives are fighting against her and other new lawmakers. She added, “Too bad for them, because we don’t flinch.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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