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Super Bowl: Halftime Show Jennifer Lopez & Shakira [SPORTS]

The first half of Super Bowl LIV was all tied up with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers trading blows.

This year, global icons Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will star in the halftime show.

Sunday will mark the first time that the two recording artists who have combined to sell over 150 million records worldwide will perform on stage together.

The show began shortly after the end of the second quarter in the game between the AFC champion Chiefs and the NFC champion 49ers, which kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Both stars offered their thoughts on performing together for the first time during their pregame press conference from Miami.

Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the halftime show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez said shortly after it was announced that she would be taking part in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
“And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th season, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina.
I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”

 

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Super Bowl: Demi Lovato Delivers Powerful National Anthem Performance

One week after the emotional live debut of her new single, “Anyone,” at the 2020 Grammy Awards, the pop star proved her vocal talent yet again at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium to kick off Sunday’s big game.

Demi Lovato kicked off Super Bowl 2020 with a powerful performance of the National Anthem.

Dressed in a white suit, the pop star showed off her vocal capabilities as she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Sunday’s big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Lovato’s appearance at the NFL’s most important event comes just one week after she made her grand return to the spotlight with an emotional live debut of her new single, “Anyone,” at this year’s Grammy Awards, which were held Jan. 26 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

Prior to this year’s Grammys, Lovato hadn’t performed live since 2018’s Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, which concluded before her hospitalization in July of that year. She immediately sought treatment and has since talked about her sobriety.

Lovato’s performance of the national anthem occurred hours before Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were set to take the stage for their highly anticipated dual halftime show.

Last year’s Super Bowl featured Gladys Knight singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while Pink did the honors in 2018. Previous national anthem performers also include Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Luke Bryan and the late Whitney Houston, among others.

Watch Lovato’s performance below.

 

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Jlo and Shakira To Perform At Halftime Show

Rumors started swirling earlier this month that Jennifer Lopez would be this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The superstar took to Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 26) to confirm: “It’s happening.”

But she’s not going it alone: Fellow Latin music powerhouse Shakira will also be performing.

J.Lo’s tweeted “It’s happening.” plus the date of the 2020 Super Bowl.

Shakira tweeted “Get ready”.

 

The only Latin performers to take the Super Bowl halftime stage were Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias.

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SPORTS:[NFL] @_4DAK (DAK PRESCOTT) TURNS DOWN $30 MILLION OFFER @DJGOJABEAN

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly turned down a head-turning contract offer as the 2019 season approaches.

According to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic, the Mississippi State product turned down a deal that would pay him approximately $30 million per year. Prescott could become an unrestricted free agent next off-season under his current contract that is set to pay him $2.025 million in base salary this season, per Spotrac.

Dallas offering Prescott significant money is all the more notable with running back Ezekiel Elliott holding out with two years remaining on his contract. There are multiple decisions for the franchise to make in the coming weeks surrounding its two highest-profile players, and it may take even more money to convince Prescott to sign.

William Pitts of the Big Lead noted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan makes an average of $30 million per year on his contract and is the sixth-highest-paid signal-caller in the league based on annual salary.

Ryan is a four-time Pro Bowler with a league MVP and Super Bowl appearance on a resume that Prescott can’t match, but the latter is just 26 years old and has led the Cowboys to NFC East titles in two of his first three seasons in the NFL.

He wasted no time impressing as the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when he filled in for an injured Tony Romo and led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record.

However, he is just 1-2 in the playoffs and is yet to top his rookie numbers from a statistical standpoint. His 67.8 completion percentage, 23 touchdown passes and four interceptions are all still career-best marks, and there is some question about whether he is the long-term answer for Dallas’ Super Bowl aspirations.

Still, Prescott is young and the franchise quarterback. That alone puts him in position to earn notable money, although he apparently isn’t ready to commit to the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2016 at the latest reported offer.

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NBA Goes into 4th Overtime in Playoffs for the 1st time since 1953

Tonight was a epic game between The Denver Nuggets and The Portland Trail Blazers to say the least. It was impossible to say who dominated the game. The entire game was back and forth by only a few points. Both teams kept their stamina through the 1st overtime, second over time, third over time and even pushed through harder in the fourth overtime. The Trail Blazers won 140 to 137. It was very clear how much heart and soul each team poured out on the court tonight. The next game will take place this Sunday May 5th which is not much time for both teams to recover. It is safe to say that this was a very exciting and fun game to watch which had all fans on the edge of their seats the entire game. I truly feel privileged to of watched such a amazing game.

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What In The Figgity?! [NBA MVP – Earned or Given?]

Now there is no doubt that the NBA is in hot water with all the boiling talent on the rise this year, not to mention the red hot vets who been snubbed for the last few seasons.

Now i know some viewers may disagree but Lebron James has to be the obvious choice right?

But with Anthony Davis, The Beard, Kyrie and The Greek Freak leading the way in the Player Efficiency catagory. How can Lebron win MVP so far down the list?

Can we speak facts though for a moment? As we all see, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the leagues worst team without The King and the Lakers (Top 10 worst teams last season) are sneaking in the backdoor of the Western Conference.

What else is MVP worthy from a player who has been snubbed the last 5 seasons after taking his teams to consecutive Finals?

This isn’t all about Lebron though. The question remains, Is the MVP Award earned or given? Are we going solely on stats? Or is it marketing? Of course they are great athletic superstars, but is there a list who gets it next unless something unanimous happens?

What are the factors that really makes a player the Most Valuable? Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about the MVP race. Who you think should win right now and why. I say Lebron, because of his ultimate and visible impact to the game and recent snubs; taking nothing from Westbrook or Harden.

Stay tuned as All-Star Weekend approaches. Be sure to go to http:/www.nba.com and vote for your favorite players to be entered into the weekend’s events.

Thank you and stay tuned in 2k19 as Straight Official and Quarters2Commas bring you the figgity right to your face about music, sports, gaming and more!

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[SPORTS] Everson Griffen ordered by Vikings to get mental health evaluation

The Minnesota Vikings informed Everson Griffen and his agent last week that the star defensive end would not be allowed back with the team until he underwent a mental health evaluation, according to a police incident report obtained by ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

Les Pico, the Vikings’ executive director of player development, told police in Minnetrista, Minnesota, that team management sent Griffen and his agent the letter on Thursday, two days before an alleged incident involving Griffen at a Minneapolis hotel.

According to the incident report, Pico told police that Griffen had been “explosive, screaming and yelling” at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks. Vikings director of security Kim Klawiter told police that the team told Griffen not to play Sunday and to “go get his head straight.” When Griffen reported to the team facility for practice Saturday, he was sent home.

Even though the Vikings want Griffen to undergo the mental health evaluation, Pico told police that Griffen has not done or said anything that led the team to believe that he is a danger to himself or others.

Griffen, 30, is being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital, according to the incident report. A league source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Griffen is “getting assistance on personal matters” and that the league is “comfortable he has a good support system around him.”

Pico told police that he intended to meet with Griffen on Saturday at Hotel Ivy, where Griffen had been staying. Pico told police that upon meeting Griffen at the hotel, the defensive end forgot why he wanted to speak to him and did not want to talk to him anymore.

According to a separate incident report obtained earlier Tuesday by ESPN, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called Saturday to Hotel Ivy because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn’t allowed in his room.

Though his name was redacted from the Hotel Ivy incident report, sources told Cronin that the individual in question at the hotel is Griffen.

Following the incident at the hotel Saturday, Griffen allegedly attempted to break in to the home of teammate Trae Waynes before climbing into a stranger’s truck and being driven to his home in Minnetrista, according to an incident report.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Waynes, however, denied that Griffen attempted to break in to his home.

“To clarify, there was no attempted break-in at our home and at no point did my family or I feel unsafe. We are friends with the Griffen family and we are here to support them in any way possible during these trying times,” he said.

Minnetrista Police then met with Griffen at his home. Asked by police why he went to Waynes’ home, Griffen said that “God made me do it” and later agreed to go to the hospital. The reporting officer placed a health and welfare hold on Griffen “based upon his actions and information I had acquired about him.”

While waiting for the ambulance to take him to the hospital, Griffen reportedly told an officer about people trying to kill him. Griffen also jumped out of the ambulance, saying he was in fear of someone shooting him, before ultimately being calmed and taken to the hospital.

The report notes that no criminal charges are forthcoming.

The defensive end did not practice last week and was listed as having a knee injury. The Vikings ruled him out of Sunday’s game against the Bills because of the injury, and coach Mike Zimmer said after the game that Griffen was not in attendance because he was dealing with a personal matter.

 

Sources told Anderson that a number of Vikings players and coaches were not aware of Saturday’s incident, even at game time on Sunday.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Monday night in a statement that the team was “currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family.”

At a news conference Tuesday, Zimmer at first referred to Spielman’s statement before saying that “the only thing I’m really concerned for Everson about isn’t anything to do with football; it’s about him getting better.”

“He’s always been a really, really good model for us, and obviously he’s going through some tough times right now,” the coach added.

Zimmer noted that Griffen would not have been able to play Sunday due to the knee injury.

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[SPORTS] Competition committee wants to discuss increase in roughing the passer calls

The NFL’s competition committee is scheduled to speak on a conference call next week about the proliferation of roughing the passer penalties, two sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The sources said the committee is concerned about the frequency of these penalties and has voiced those concerns to the league office.

“There’s some concern that the officials are going a little bit too far with some of these calls,” one of the sources said.

Through three weeks, there have been 34 roughing the passer calls. Through three games last year, there had been 16, and through three games in 2016, there were 20.

Part of the issue is that the league this year made a “point of emphasis” of a 23-year-old rule that prohibits defenders from landing on the quarterback with their full body weight or driving him into the ground with excessive force. The NFL says that rule has been on the books since 1995 (Rule 12 , Section 2, Article 9) and that it made it a point of emphasis this season after hearing complaints from coaching staffs that it wasn’t being enforced. The competition committee issued the following recommendation this offseason:

“The Committee recommends that the Officiating department emphasize that the defender is responsible to avoid landing on the quarterback when taking him to the ground. The Committee also recommended that video be shown to players, coaches, and officials during the offseason demonstrating legal and illegal plays. Examples of rushing defenders getting their bodies to the side during the contact and avoiding putting their body weight on the quarterback must be included so that coaches can teach proper technique.”

NFL officials visited all 32 training camps, as they do every year, to explain rule changes and points of emphasis. Video examples were shown of what the league describes as proper and improper technique.

That specific call has been a big part of the early-season controversy, though part of the issue the competition committee has is with hits that don’t fit into that category — for example, the controversial Clay Matthews hit on Kirk Cousins in Week 2 that led to the Vikings’ game-tying touchdown. That play was put on the league’s weekly teaching tape as an example of how not to sack the quarterback, but one of the sources said the competition committee was confused about whether that penalty should have been called.

“I don’t recall ever hearing the terms ‘scoop and lift’ before,” the source said.

The sources both said they don’t expect any major changes this season, though discussions are ongoing and could eventually include officials.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who is on the competition committee, addressed the penalties in Monday’s game against the Buccaneers. There were 21 penalties called total, including four roughing the passer penalties.

“I’m an appreciator of the game, somebody that’s in this ecosystem that understands the entertainment of the fan makes it all go,” he said. “I just say it from that perspective — not as a member of the committee or anybody in a title position in any form or fashion, just somebody who loves football. That probably wasn’t a fun game to watch.”

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[MUSIC NEWS] Cardi B May Perform During 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show If She Gets Her Own Set

The NFL has been catching heat for recruiting Maroon 5 for the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Atlanta, but rap fans will be happy to hear that it’s looking more and more plausible that Cardi B will join the band on stage.

According to TMZ, the NFL is in talks with Cardi B to perform her remix of “Girls Like You” with the pop-rock group for Super Bowl LIII. The only downside is that she wouldn’t have her own stage time, which may keep her from taking up the offer. She reportedly has other opportunities on the table around that time that would allow her to perform solo.

ast week, Billboard reported that the new mom, who just celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary with Offset, was already on the short list to perform at the event, though Travis Scott was also being considered. The NFL won’t confirm or deny the now-widespread rumors. XXL has reached out to Cardi’s publicist for a comment on the matter.

Both RZA and Waka Flocka Flame have spoken out for and against Maroon 5 performing at the Super Bowl, respectively. RZA reasoned, “If you gonna bring somebody like that, in these times, at least you got a guy like Adam Levine, who may bring out Drake for us.” Waka, on the other hand, feels an Atlanta rapper should be given the opportunity— himself included. “You’re coming to the biggest Black state in America,” he explained. “Why wouldn’t you let a Black artist perform and show the world that we’re progressing? That’s not cool.”

“Girls Like You”—which was recently sung by Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown—also made headlines today (Sept. 24) as it finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This makes Cardi B the first female rapper ever to have three No. 1 hits.

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[SPORTS] LeBron James says Lakers will have to work to be great

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Speaking with an all-business tone in his first press conference with his new team, LeBron James said the Los Angeles Lakers have “a long way to go” before getting on the same level as the Golden State Warriors.

James said he is excited to play alongside multiple ball handlers, but he understands the Lakers might have to take their “bumps and bruises” early with so many new pieces.

“We got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said when asked if the Lakers can challenge the two-time defending champs. “They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp. … We are picking up from scratch, so we got a long way to go. We can’t worry about what Golden State is doing. … They’ve been together for a few years now.”

 

“We are all new to each other; we have to take our bumps and our bruises,” James added. “There are going to be good times and bad times. If we continue to work the process and continue to sacrifice for one another and put in the commitment and time to being great, everything else will fall into place.”

While James was subdued during his press conference, he broke into a big smile later when asked about the health of his right hand, which he hurt following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ overtime loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Golden State.

“My hand’s great,” James told ESPN. “A hundred percent, back to a hundred percent.”

This was the first time James has spoken to the Los Angeles media since signing with the Lakers in free agency in July. He had a serious tone in his press conference, something Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he has seen from James at the practice facility this summer.

“He knows what time it is. … He’s setting the tone that it’s time to come to work,” Walton said. “… There is definitely that look that I’ve seen before with somebody else I have played with before that knows the season is coming up soon.”

Walton, who played alongside Kobe Bryant, was asked who that person could be.

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