John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston dies of breast cancer –

American actress Kelly Preston, the 57 year old wife of John Travolta has died after losing the battle with breast cancer.

She died on Sunday, July 12, her husband announced.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” her husband, John Travolta, wrote in an Instagram post.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side.

“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered”, he wrote.

“I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.All my love”, Travolta added.

Born as Kelly Kamalelehua Smith on 13 October 1962 in Honolulu, Kelly Preston was an actress and former model.

She featured in more than sixty television and film productions, most notably including Mischief, Twins, and Jerry Maguire.

She first married in 1985 to Kevin in 1985. But the marriage collapsed in 1987.

She then married John Travolta in 1991 and both had three children, Ella Bleu Travolta, Jett Travolta, Benjamin Travolta.

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Pop Smoke Hits No. 1 With Posthumous Debut Album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon – MTV

Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in Los Angeles in February, but by May, talk of a posthumously released debut album was all but confirmed. And on July 3, that album indeed arrived as Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, executive-produced by Smoke’s idol 50 Cent and featuring guest appearances by 50 himself along with Lil Baby, Quavo, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Lil Tjay, and more.

The sheer force of the album, as well as Smoke’s legacy, is strong — on Monday (July 13), it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the rapper’s first time at the top of the charts. His earlier mixtapes, Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2, had reached 105 and 7, respectively.

His label head, Steven Victor, commemorated the album’s release by sharing behind-the-scenes clips of the rapper in the studio, including a few with Quavo.

Shoot for the Stars moved 251,000 units in its first week, according to Billboard, which makes it the sixth-biggest week for an album in 2020 — behind similar juggernaut releases from The Weeknd, BTS, Lil Uzi Vert, Eminem, and Lady Gaga. It’s also the first posthumous No. 1 since December 2018, when the late XXXTentacion‘s album Skins debuted.

Pop Smoke’s album achievement comes just days after Los Angeles police arrested five people in connection with his murder. Its release also came after backlash to its initial Virgil Abloh-designed cover artwork, which was widely derided by fans. The final version, designed by Ryder Ripps, was reportedly chosen by Pop Smoke’s mother.

50 Cent, meanwhile, weighed in on helping to bring the album to the finish line to Billboard. “As soon as I know that the record positioned itself for No. 1, I feel like I did enough,” he said. Read that entire conversation here.

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Live Aid was 35 years ago today – A Journal of Musical Things

After achieving some success with the release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” the organizer of the project, Boomtown Rats’ frontman Bob Geldof, decided that the music industry needed to do more when it came to the famine in Ethiopia. His idea was Live Aid, a one-day, two-country stadium fundraiser event televised to the planet.

Logistically, this was an insanely ambitious plan. Booking all those acts in London and Philadelphia. All the band requirements. The politics of the lineup. The infrastructure for the satellite broadcast. Installing the phone lines for donations and the accounting of all the money. Convincing TV networks around the world to carry the day-long program.

If you were around back then, you’ll remember how big a deal Live Aid was, not just for the cause but because we got to see a parade of musical heroes on TV, something that was still brand new to most of us. I remember watching it at work while on the air at Q94 FM in Winnipeg. None of the conventional channels would carry it, so it was up to the local public access channel to take the feed!

Yes, MTV was broadcasting by then, but it had only been around for four years. MuchMusic was less than a year old and was still unavailable to large swaths of Canada. And yes, individual acts showed up on late-night TV, but in a very sanitized sort of way. Outside of a very few other TV events (the US Festival comes to mind), we’d never, ever seen anything like Live Aid. Nor will any future music event have the same kind of impact.

Here are some highlights.

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Pittsburgh Penguins sideline 9 players after potential secondary exposure to COVID-19 –

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Monday that the team will be voluntarily sidelining nine players from their training camp roster due to potential secondary exposure to an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The team learned of the possible secondary exposure on Sunday and added the decision was made to sideline the players out of abundance of caution in an effort to avoid exposure to anyone else within the organization.

The nine players will re-join the team when it is deemed safe to do so in accordance with NHL protocol and further test results.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be voluntarily sidelining nine players from their training camp roster due to potential secondary exposure to an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. (1 of 3)

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins)

The nine players will not participate until they are deemed safe in accordance with NHL protocol and further test results. (3 of 3)

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins)

The Penguins announced in June that a player had tested positive for COVID-19, but he had subsequently recovered and was feeling well.

The NHL said last week in over 2,900 tests administered to 396 players since the beginning of Phase 2, 23 had come back positive. Twelve players outside the Phase 2 protocol had also informed the league of positive tests.

Phase 3 – or training camps – began on Monday. 

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Jordan Hicks opts out of 2020 season – HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.

Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.

Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.’”

Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.

Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.

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Dan & Matt’s Bullying On Big Brother Isn’t Okay With Fans

It’s getting to the pointy end of the Big Brother Australia season and things are really starting to heat up.

In tonight’s episode, the housemates had the opportunity to win either a reward for themselves, or a punishment for another contestant.

As you’d expect, they all decided to gang up on Kieran, especially Dan.

At first, it was hilarious and a bit of payback for the fact that Kieran hadn’t been pulling his weight in the house. Just a bit of harmless fun, you know.

Oh my god…this is fucking hilarious ???????????????????????????????? #BBAU

— Stevie Gee (@Gtrain78) July 13, 2020

We’re all here for a bit of harmless banter, but Dan and Matt took it a little far when they dirtied literally every dish in the kitchen.

the first punishment for keiran was fair but now they’re just bullying honestly #bbau

Sure, Kieran is young and immature, but Dan is acting like a child.

Kieran is immature but Dan is a fucking child. #BBAU

Dan acts like a 14 year old #BBAU

Nobody likes a bully, which seems to be a damn shame for Dan and Matt, who have just lost some fans.

Ok Dan. That’s just bullying now ???? #bbau

— Emma H ???? (@EmmaH1123) July 13, 2020

Dan and Mat getting the dishes dirty on purpose is just bullying at this point ???? #BBAU @bigbrother_au

— Stephen Anderson (@thestephena) July 13, 2020

We simply don’t care for this nastiness. Make it stop.

Dan and Matt just enjoy being nasty

For two men who never stop complaining about a lack of food, they sure are happy to waste it.

still using up your food resources is dumb as hell. idiots. #BBAU

#BBAU Trust those boys to waste their food and then complain about it

— Jen (@jen_tpwk) July 13, 2020

The new show format unfortunately means we haven’t seen the bullying tactics backfire on contestants, but it sure is making viewers uncomfortable.

These people are not very nice. Bullying is out, kindness is in. This sort of thing makes me feel uncomfortable; seeing someone picked on. #BBAU @Channel7 @bigbrother_au

— jeanvb (@jean_virginia) July 13, 2020

Ok, Dan & May are just being childish in messing up the dishes for Kerian’s punishment

If they’re in the final, they’ve both lost my vote #BigBrotherAU #BBAU

— Dominic Matthew of house Pelle (@ThatDomGuyTweet) July 13, 2020

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How to watch the MLS is Back Tournament online from anywhere


AT&T TV Now has plans starting at $65 per month and is one of the more expensive streaming services and this is because all of its plans include HBO. With the service’s Plus plan, you get access to over 45 channels including Fox, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and Univision depending on where you live. AT&T TV Now also allows you to stream on three devices at once and record up to 20 hours of content with its DVR service.

YouTube TV costs $49.99 per month and gives you access to over 70 channels including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and Fox depending on where you live. If you are a Los Angeles FC fan, then the service just might be for you as it gives you exclusive coverage of the team’s games. YouTube TV lets you stream on three devices simultaneously and it even includes a 9-month unlimited cloud DVR.

How to stream the MLS is Back Tournament live in Canada

Canadian MLS fans also have a couple of options to watch this season’s games on TV or online.

TSN will show games from all three Canadian teams including every Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps match. While you can watch these games on TV if you’re already a cable subscriber, you can also sign up for the network’s own streaming service, TSN Direct, for either $19.99 per month or you can buy a Day Pass for $4.99 if there is a particular game you want to watch.

Additionally, TVA Sports will show every Montreal Impact game in the MLS is Back Tournament.

How to stream the MLS is Back Tournament live in the UK

If you live in the UK and want to keep up with MLS is Back, you have a couple of ways to do so. Sky Sports is broadcasting select games including for its TV customers, including many of those taking place at 9am ET (which is 2pm in the UK). A NOW TV Sports Pass gets you access to just its spors channels via its apps for streaming if you don’t want to sign up for a satelite TV plan.

Many other games are available to watch for free on FreeSports either via its TV channels or streaming app. FreeSports’ app also offers the games on-demand for a limited time after they have taken place so you don’t have to watch live in the middle of the night.

How to stream the MLS is Back Tournament live in Australia

In Australia, beIN SPORTS is the main provider of the MLS. You can access its content online via beIN Sports Connect or other services such as Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, and Fetch TV. ESPN also has access to some MLS content in Australia.

MLS is Back Tournament schedule

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