CHRIS HARRISON WON’T HOST UPCIOMING “BACHELORETTE” SEASON
UNDATED (AP) – Chris Harrison won’t host the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.” ABC and Warner Horizon, which produces the show, say instead of Harrison, two former contestants – Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe – will handle the hosting duties. Harrison stepped down as host last month, amid a controversy sparked by an interview on the TV show “Extra.” During the conversation, he defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was criticized for dressing as a Native American and attending an antebellum-themed ball at a plantation. When Harrison said Kirkconnell was a victim of the “woke police,” the calls for his ouster rose.
JENNIFER LOPEZ AND ALEX RODRIGUEZ STILL TOGETHER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – At first it appeared J-Rod had gone the way of Bennifer and Brangelina. But now Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have tamped down reports that they’ve split. The couple released a statement Saturday denying reports their engagement was off. The statement does acknowledge, however, they’re “working through some things.” The actress/pop star had been engaged to the former baseball star for two years. The gossip page of the New York Post was first to report the couple had split. But the couple says the reports “are inaccurate.” The release was sent to The Associated Press and was signed, “from Jennifer and Alex.”
YO-YO MA DOES MINI CONCERT FOR THOSE VACCINATED IN MASS.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The idea of getting a coronavirus vaccine would be music to the ears of those seeking protection from COVID-19. But some who got shots over the weekend heard music with their ears. Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma played for fellow vaccine-getters after getting his second shot Saturday. It happened at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After Ma got his second dose, he pulled out his cello and played for about 15 minutes. Ma says it his way “to give something back” to people in the area where he lives part time.
BOXER MARVIN HAGLER DIES AT 66
UNDATED (AP) – “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler has died at age 66. His death Saturday was announced by his wife on a Facebook page set up for the boxer’s fans. He’s best known for his 1985 middleweight battle against Tommy Hearns. It lasted only eight minutes before Hagler prevailed, it was so epic that boxing fans still talk about it. Two years later, Hagler lost a disputed decision to rival Sugar Ray Leonard. Hagler claimed the judges did him wrong – and never boxed again.
NFL STAR DREW BREES RETIRES
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Political consultant and Louisiana native James Carville says Drew Brees is to New Orleans – what Michael Jordan is to Chicago and what Ted Williams is to Boston. Brees, the longtime Saints’ quarterback, is retiring after 20 NFL seasons – 15 of them played in New Orleans. Brees ends his career as the league’s leader in both career completions and yards passing.