JLo ‘Said Yes’ to ARod’s Proposal… and She Gets a Massive Ring as a Bonus (Photo)

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Alex Rodriguez popped “the question” and Jennifer Lopez “said yes.”
The MLB Hall of Famer tweeted a photo Saturday night of Lopez’s hand with a humongous diamond ring and the caption, “She said yes.”

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ESPN Analyst Jessica Mendoza’s Hiring By Ex-CAA Agent Running New York Mets Stirs Fresh Conflict-Of-Interest Talk

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Brodie Van Wagenen, the 44-year-old former CAA agent who is now GM of the New York Mets, has stirred up fresh talk about links between pro sports teams and media outlets that cover them by hiring ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza as a team adviser.

Alex Rodriguez Partners With Barstool Sports for Podcast ‘The Corp’

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New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez has partnered with Barstool Sports on a podcast.

The sports website is launching “The Corp,” a seven-part podcast series that Rodriguez will co-host with Dan “Big Cat” Katz, who co-hosts Barstool’s popular podcast, “Pardon My Take.”

Launching on Thursday, the podcast will cover business success and failure and derives its name from Rodriguez’s company, A-Rod Corp.

Coming tomorrow…The Corp featuring @AROD and @BarstoolBigCat. Subscribe now https://t.co/NyVzz89NyY pic.twitter.com/ytn0Ql42Sp

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 5, 2018

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According to the description on iTunes, “The Corp” will see Rodriguez and Barstool Sports’ Big Cat interview industry leaders, sports legends and entrepreneurs on what makes them successful in their specific profession. It will include business, humor and stories from people who have lived the American Dream.

All seven episodes will be available on Thursday.

Guests will include Kobe Bryant, Gary Vaynerchuk, Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, “Shark Tank” personality Barbara Corcoran, New York Sports radio personality Mike Francesa and Starwood Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht.

Rodriguez retired in 2016 after a 22 year-career in the baseball where he played with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, whom he helped lead to the 2009 World Series championship. He’s currently part of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team.

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Strong Women in Sports, Gender Equality, Sexual Assault Among the Hot Topics at espnW Summit

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The world’s top female athletes, leaders in sports media and industry influencers gathered this week not only to talk about their love of the game, but also issues central to the current cultural environment.

The ninth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit held at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California, and hosted by “SportsCenter” co-anchor Sage Steele featured a slew of keynote speakers including Danica Patrick, Candace Parker, Michael Ian Black and the gold medal-winning U.S. national ice hockey team.

With the #MeToo movement having launched shortly after the 2017 Summit and the Kavanaugh hearing still dominating headlines — gender equality, sexual assault, workplace harassment and female empowerment steered the discussion more than ever.

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Despite tackling serious issues impacting all women, ESPN talent such as Sarah Spain, Julie Foudy, Hannah Storm, Cari Champion and Mina Kimes also added some light-hearted fun into the mix when they took to the stage.

From an intimate performance of Andra Day’s empowerment anthem “Rise Up” and the brave stories of sexual assault survivors, to LeBron James’ manager/best friend Maverick Carter telling everyone to “be selfish” and ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro dropping “Top Gun 2” casting news, here are some of the top thought-provoking and conversation-sparking quotes:

Maverick Carter with Cari Champion

Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and “UNINTERRUPTED” with co-creator LeBron James
[On breaking into the entertainment industry]: “It is all about telling the story. We thought that if we stuck with the most authentic version of ourselves and LeBron kept doing his main thing (basketball) then we could build something lasting. If you build something on bulls–t then you’re screwed.

“The key to making any deal is to be very clear on what you want — that is the easy part — but also understanding what the other side actually needs. Everyone has to leave the room feeling good and not like they’ve been taken advantage of. The fact of the matter is people are very selfish, but there’s nothing wrong with that and selfish gets a bad rap.”

[On if LeBron will ever run for president: “Right now, he is focused on being a great basketball player … I don’t see him focusing on it [politics] right now. But who knows what’s in the future. He’ll be 34 in December, so who knows how much longer he’s going to play basketball. You never know what’s next with that guy.”

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Danica Patrick, former IndyCar and NASCAR driver
“I was never conscious of being the fastest girl out there, it was about being the fastest driver. There was no gender attached to it.”

[On retiring from pro racing]: “I came to the realization that what made me happy wasn’t really racing. It was wasn’t like I’d wake up thinking about about it every single day. Would I go to a race track for fun? Heck no! Last year, having my winery launch, my clothing line launch and then my book came out — all these things were happening at the same time.”
[One being asked to host the 2018 ESPYs]: “I think I said ‘me?!? You get Justin Timberlake to do that, not me.’ Saying yes was the scariest part. If something is equally as exciting as it is scary then go for it. You will never have growth unless you have pain. One part of the growth was having confidence in myself, so I said yes. We’re not scared of change, what we’re scared of is leaving something behind. You have to shift your mindset and ask, ‘but what if it’s better?’”

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Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Kendall Coyne Schofield/Robby Klein for ESPN

U.S. national ice hockey team gold medalists Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Kendall Coyne Schofield
[On threatening to boycott the 2017 world championships]: “Our sport needed major change in many areas … most importantly how they [USA Hockey] treated women in our sport. It was the culmination of many years of mistreatment, we did it to help the next generation coming up through the rinks … we had to dig down and come together to stand up for what we’re fighting for.

“We’re trying to change a culture. We’re trying to change behaviors that have been around for many years. There’s accountability on both sides. For us, it’s continuing to push the envelope, and for them, it’s being receptive to what we’re trying to accomplish together moving forward.”

“Stand up for what is right and what you know. Stick together and create the change.”

Sarah Klein, Jordyn Wieber and Mina Kime/Rob Klein for ESPN

Sarah Klein and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber, survivors of sexual abuse from Dr. Larry Nassar
[Wieber on being abused from eight years old]: “Most of us don’t know childhood sexual abuse is happening while it is happening. A lot of us would have said then he was a good guy. At first I didn’t want to think about it, I’d block it out. I remember saying ‘he did that treatment to me but I wasn’t sexually abused.’ I didn’t want to go through the shame that I was sexually abused and let it happen.

“Everybody protected him and that makes me so angry — my motivation is to make sure no one goes through this again. That culture has to change. Coaches need to care about kids more and not about winning. The point of sports is not just to win.”

[Klein on testifying against Nassar]: “He was my loved one, my friend, my trusted advisor. I was 38 when the Indy Star article came out, and it took me time to realize … he had told me it was OK, that was all I ever knew. The article was the ‘aha moment’ of all aha moments. One in four women are sexually abused, most of us don’t get the chance to look at our abusers in the eye. I had to walk my eight-year-old self to that podium in court. It was a redefining moment for my identity … I was able to walk away as a woman.”

Jimmy Pitaro, Sage Steele and Rachel Epstein/ Dan Stark for ESPN

Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN president
[On the future growth of ESPN]: “We have to appeal to a younger audience, and if we don’t all of us will be in trouble. And I am speaking to all of us as an industry. We have to first and foremost protect the core audience, but also be creating products and services for the younger generation, and a very important component of that is girls. One of my biggest priorities is the brand, making it more relevant and for the younger generation.”

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[On workplace equality]: “We have done a good job in terms of diversity but not always a good job at inclusion. I heard it and we’re doing something about it. Women cannot feel like they’re on the team and not in the game.”

“One of the things that I love about ESPN is it’s heart. So much that we do is about heart … telling those stories that get you emotional and gives you goosebumps. Sports is the great unifier. You forget about all the nonsense and the divisiveness that is out there right now.”

[On his wife, actress Jean Louisa Kelly’s career success]: “My wife is doing ‘Top Gun 2.’”

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Maria Menounos Beats Out Alex Rodriguez to Design Her Dream Jeep – Complete With Dog Bed

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When it comes to designing cool car concepts, it turns out that women really are better than men — well Maria Menounos is at least.

The SiriusXM host thrashed the competition in the “Jeep Wrangler Celebrity Customs” challenge to create her dream Jeep, as she beat out baseball legend Alex Rodriguez and NYC restaurant media platform The Infatuation’s Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stange at the big reveal Wednesday night.

Boston Red Sox fanatic Menounos came armed with plenty of trash-talking — mostly aimed at her New York Yankees nemesis Arod – as ESPN “Get Up!” co-anchor and former NBA player Jalen Rose kept the peace as the host of the finale event.

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Menounos’ four-wheeled creation (above) will fit in perfectly on Venice Beach and came complete with a dog bed, treats holder and a makeup compact on the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, Arod’s futuristic design (below) looked like it had been driven off a set for “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The 14-time MLB All-Star from Miami decked it out with a nightclub-quality sound system and a cigar humidor in between the front seats.

The Infatuation’s electric-blue Wrangler came complete with an ice cream maker, serving up slightly melted cones.

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The six-episode web series saw contestants team up with professional customizers and Jeep Performance Parts to craft an all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler that reflects their styles and personalities.

Each celebrity partnered with a professional customizer to bring their vision to life — Rodriguez partnered with Ryan Friedlinghaus of West Coast Customs, Menounos with David Tonapetyan of DCD Customs, and Steinthal and Stange of The Infatuation with Stefano Loria of AutoCraft NYC.

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Check out the vehicle specs below:

  • Alex Rodriguez x West Coast Customs | Rodriguez’s matte black-wrapped Wrangler included a custom grille, LED lighting, a humidor, an iPad Pro embedded on the dash, supped-up wheels and tires, and a nightclub-quality sound system.
  • Maria Menounos x DCD Customs | Menounos’s light blue Wrangler was transitioned to a two-door model with a custom dog seat and specialized lighting for makeup touch-ups.
  • The Infatuation x AutoCraft NYC | Steinthal and Stange’s royal blue Wrangler was transformed into a fully-functional ice cream truck.

To catch up on the season or to watch the sixth and final webisode, which will include footage from Tuesday night’s event and detail the final specs of each vehicle, visit www.Jeep.com/Celebrity-Customs. Episode six will be released on Thursday, Sept. 27 and open voting for the “Fan Favorite Award” will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

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Jeep is traversing from the trails to the digital entertainment world — and taking some of the biggest names in sports and television along for the ride.

Fourteen-time MLB All-Star and founder of AROD Corp Alex Rodriguez and entertainment correspondent/SiriusXM host Maria Menounos are among the first celebrities to compete in a new web series titled “Jeep Wrangler Celebrity Customs.”

Hosted by former 13-year NBA star and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, the six-episode web series sees contestants team up with professional customizers and Jeep Performance Parts to craft an all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler that reflects their styles and personalities.

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Arod, Menounos and restaurant media platform The Infatuation, with co-founders Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, are the first to face-off to create one-of-a-kind vehicles. The winner gets to keep the Jeep Wrangler they’ve customized along with the Wrangler Golden Grille Award.

“It’s been thrilling to compete in the first ever ‘Jeep Wrangler Celebrity Customs,’” baseball legend Rodriguez said in a statement. “Ryan and his team at West Coast Customs are building me the perfect ride — a Wrangler that keeps up with both my business and my lifestyle. I’m certain those guys are going to help me knock it out of the park!”

Lifelong Boston Red Sox fan Menounos takes on her New York Yankees rival by pairing up with David Tonapetyan of DCD Customs to craft the Wrangler of her dreams.

“I never shy away from a little friendly competition,” she said. “I’m so excited to participate in this program with the Jeep brand and I look forward to presenting creative space and organizational solutions from my own personal point of view, while also catering to dog lovers everywhere.”

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The first episode is available to watch here or in the video below and fans can follow each contestant’s progress on a Jeep brand’s social channels: InstagramTwitter, Facebook as new episodes roll out over the next two weeks.

The final installment on Sept. 27 will be part of a special reveal event in Los Angeles featuring all four celebrity contestants as the challenge winner is announced. Voting will take place on Jeep.com from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5.

The Jeep Brand worked with Relevent to develop the Wrangler Celebrity Customs program. The New York-based agency handled talent, creative and production responsibilities on the content as well as the culminating event.

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Alex Rodriguez Proves He’s Lost a Step in Jimmy Fallon’s Batting Challenge (Video)

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Seal Romance With Manhattan Condo Purchase

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have made their high-profile, tabloid-tracked romance officially official with the successful negotiation of an impressively apple-bottomed discount on the $15,316,715 purchase of a super-luxe, never lived in Midtown Manhattan condominium that carried an asking price of $17.5 million. At 4,033 square feet, the half-floor unit, on the 36th floor of […]

SXSW Adds Christiane Amanpour, Alex Rodriguez As Featured Speakers

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26 Stars Who Have Donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief, From Beyonce to Kevin Hart

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Since Hurricane Harvey left behind a wave of destruction in Houston, Texas, and elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast, many stars have pitched in to help.

Some have even donated large sums of their money to the cause.

From Kevin Hart to Beyonce, here is a list of noteworthy people — both native and non-native Texans — who have fiscally contributed to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Kevin Hart ($50,000)

One of the first to step up to the metaphorical plate was comedian/actor Kevin Hart. Hart launched the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge” via Instagram, in which he pledged to donate $25,000 to hurricane relief and challenged a few of his fellow celebrity friends to do the same. Hart himself donated $50,000.

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Jensen Ackles ($50,000)

Though he’s currently in Vancouver, filming for “Supernatural,” Jensen Ackles is thinking of his native Texas. According to CNN, the actor donated $50,000 and launched a fundraising campaign via Crowdrise that has raised nearly $225,000.

Sandra Bullock ($1 million)

Bullock, who owns a house in Texas, donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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Rachael Ray ($1 million)

Ray also donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief, which will benefit animals displaced by the hurricane, according to People.

J.J. Watt

Through the YouCaring crowdfunding platform, J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, has raised over $6.6 million. According to the site, Watts next plans to reach a donation goal of $10 million.


The “Formation” singer told the Houston Chronicle that she, her hometown pastor (Rudy Rasmus of St. John’s in Houston), and her organization BeyGOOD would “implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

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Kardashian family ($500,000)

On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian West announced via Twitter that she, her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters would donate half a million dollars to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to aid hurricane victims.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($25,000)

Johnson was one of the celebrities asked by Kevin Hart to meet the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge.” The actor and WWE star donated $25,000. On his Instagram, Johnson wrote, “Me and my family know what you’re going thru. We survived the eye of Andrew and became stronger — so will you,” he said, referring to the hurricane that hit Miami in 1992.

DJ Khaled ($25,000)

DJ Khaled also accepted Kevin Hart‘s challenge and donated $25,000 to hurricane relief. In a video posted to his Twitter, the DJ also encouraged Houston residents to “bless up” during this challenging time.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez ($50,000)

The couple announced via Instagram on Tuesday that they would each donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

Nicki Minaj ($25,000)

Another star to accept Kevin Hart‘s challenge, rapper Minaj donated $25,000 and wrote in an Instagram post that she is “praying for everyone there.”

T.I. ($25,000)

This rapper pledged to donate $25,000 to help hurricane victims but made it very clear that he would not be giving his money to the Red Cross.

Chris Brown ($100,000)

Just like T.I., Chris Brown also seems not to be a fan of the Red Cross. Nonetheless, he pledged to donate $100,000 to hurricane relief victims in Texas.

Jack Antonoff ($10,000)

This musician of Bleachers and Fun. fame promised to match donations up to $10,000 in support of the Montrose LGBT Center of Houston.

Ruby Rose ($10,000)

Similarly, actress Ruby Rose announced that she would match donations up to $10,000 for the Montrose Center.


The rapper wrote via his Instagram, “Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in any way we can and in the most immediate way possible.”

Lady Antebellum

Having canceled their Houston concert due to Hurricane Harvey, the country trio promised to donate the merchandise proceeds from their Dallas show to hurricane relief funds.


The singer promised to donate an unspecified amount to help shelter animals in Texas.

Chris Young ($100,000)

Country star Young donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and encouraged his fans and social media followers to also donate.

Ellen DeGeneres ($50,000)

DeGeneres announced via Twitter that she would personally donate $25,000 to the American red Cross and another $25,000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas. In a short video, she said, “The city of Houston has been hit the hardest. I know people want to help. I would like to help.”

George W. Bush and Laura Bush

In a statement to NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth, the former U.S. President and First Lady said, “Laura and I are pleased to donate to Team Rubicon, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. We hope our fellow citizens will join us in giving to these groups and others that are making a difference on the ground …”

Robert Kraft ($1 million)

The owner of the New England Patriots contributed $1 million to hurricane relief.

Bob McNair ($1 million)

McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, also donated $1 million.

Amy Adams Strunk, Tennessee Titans owner ($1 million)

Another NFL owner, Amy Adams Strunk, who owns the Tennessee Titans, pledged $1 million.

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A-Rod Signs With ABC News, Expanding TV Presence Beyond Sports–Report

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Following the trail blazed by athletes like Michael Strahan, who parlayed a successful NFL career into a thriving run as a news personality, Alex Rodriguez has reportedly made a deal with ABC News to appear on Good Morning America, World News Tonight and other shows.
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Former MLB Superstar Alex Rodriguez Lands With ABC News (Report)

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Former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has “sealed a deal” to become a contributor with ABC News, according to the New York Post.

The post reports that former baseball star would appear on a variety of ABC News platforms, including “Good Morning America” “Nightline” and “World News Tonight.” Citing a “network insider,” the Post reported that A-Rod and ABC News have been in talks for the retired slugger to “contributor for sports, family and even financial segments.”

ABC News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Reps for ABC and A-Rod declined to comment to the Post.

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The Post’s Emily Smith reported that Rodriguez wouldn’t appear on ABC News too often, speculating “once a month,” but also notes “it could be more if he does well.”

Rodriguez is considered one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball, but his career was often derailed by a variety of scandals related to performance enhancing drugs. He currently works as an MLB analyst for Fox Sports, and the Post reports that his baseball commentary would remain exclusive to Fox.

The Seattle Mariners selected Rodriguez with the first overall pick in the 1993 MLB Draft and he went on to play 22 years in the majors. The 41-year-old hit 696 home runs during his career with a lifetime batting average of .295.

He was suspended for the entire 2014 season because of his alleged involvement with the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. During the course of his career, he earned over $441 million dollars, according to baseball-reference.com.

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Alex Rodriguez Joins Fox Sports as Baseball Analyst

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Former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has officially joined Fox Sports, the network announced on Tuesday.

After appearing as a guest studio analyst during the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series run last season, A-Rod has signed on to be a full-time game analyst and feature reporter for the upcoming 2017 MLB season.

“Bringing Alex back was a priority of ours and we are fortunate to have him as a key contributor to our baseball coverage,” John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, Fox Sports, said in a statement.

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“His potential is off the charts and he’s been an incredibly quick learner in the world of television. He even understands the complexities of sales units. We are especially grateful to coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais, pregame producer Jonathan Kaplan, producer Royce Dickerson and all the Fox Sports staff who not only welcomed Alex but continue to strive to deliver the best pre and post game baseball shows on television,” Entz continued.

Rodriguez, 41, went on to say: “I’m excited to continue working with the FOX Sports family. It’ll be great to get back on set with the guys for the regular season and postseason, especially the All-Star Game in my hometown of Miami.”

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After beginning his career in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners, Rodriguez played 22 years in the league and is best known for his tenure at the Yankees where he was a key player for the 2009 World Series-winning team and was also named MVP three times.

The latter years of his career were marred with speculation of the use of performance-enhancing drugs, including in a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on “60 Minutes,” when A-Rod admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003. He was suspended for 211 games in August 2013 for his involvement in the Biogenesis baseball scandal, but that was later reduced to 162 games.

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According to the statement from Fox, the four-time All-Star owns a lifetime .295 batting average and has collected 3,115 hits (20th all-time), 696 homeruns (4th all-time), 2,086 RBI’s (3rd all-time), and 25 grand slams (1st all-time) in 2,784 games played. He has made 12 different trips to the postseason and appeared in 76 playoff games, highlighted by 2009, when the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies to claim the franchise’s record 27th World Series title. Rodriguez played his final game as a New York Yankee in 2016, before taking a job with the team as a special advisor and instructor.

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A-Rod Goes To The Show As Baseball Analyst For Fox Sports

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The 14-time All-Star and three-time American League Most Valuable Player just signed a multi-year deal to be a full-time analyst for Fox Sports. Among other things, he will break down the game for some Fox MLB Saturday games, serve as a feature reporter for Fox’s pre-game shows, and…

CNBC Renews ‘Jay Leno’s Garage,’ ‘Filthy Rich Guide’ for Third Seasons

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CNBC has officially renewed “Jay Leno’s Garage” and “The Filthy Rich Guide” for their respecitve third seasons, the network announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.

“Jay Leno’s Garage,” hosted by legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, explores Leno’s obsession with all things automotive. From classic cars to supercars and everything in-between, Leno hits the road to discover the most exciting, weird and wonderful vehicles ever made and meet the passionate people behind their wheels.

The series is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company, and Kitten Kaboodle, with Leno, Philip D. Segal, Sarah Whalen, and Jeff Bumgarner as executive producers. Abby Schwarzwalder serves as co-executive producer for the series. Jim Ackerman and Adam Barry are the executive producers for CNBC.

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“The Filthy Rich Guide”catalogues the ways in which the .001 percent spend their money. The series provides an insider look at a world where the party never ends, the cash flow doesn’t stop, and the hi-tech toys are the biggest and most expensive in the world.

It is produced by Cineflix, with Dave Hamilton and Mike Riley serving as executive producers. Ackerman is the executive producer for CNBC.

The network has also ordered a pilot for the new series “Back in the Game,” hosted by baseball great Alex Rodriguez and executive produced by Michael Strahan. The series pairs ex-athletes in serious financial distress with money-savvy mentors who can help them get back on their feet.

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It will be produced by SMAC Entertainment and Machete Productions, with Amber Mazzola, Strahan and Constance Schwartz as executive producers.

CNBC will also develop three new shows, starting with “The Fame Economy.”  Produced by Whalerlock Industries, with Chris Cowan and Hank Azaria as executive producers, the series explores what it means to be famous and how you can parlay that fame into dollar signs.

Next up is “Ms. Fortune,” the series follows personal finance expert Danisha Danielle Wrighster, who worked her way up from being a struggling single mom to a career as a real estate broker and investor. It is produced by A. Smith & Co., with Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton, and Rupert Dobson as executive producers.

Finally, CNBC will develop “I Got a Guy,” which is produced by Left Hook Media and Endemol Shine North America. Scott Teti and Matt Odgers will serve as executive producers.

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The series will follow life-long friends from Staten Island who’ve yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in.

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