George Foreman Pays Tribute to His Daughter After Her Death, Asks for ‘Just One More Day’

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Former heavyweight champion George Foreman wrote a touching message to his daughter Freeda Foreman on Sunday, one day after she was found unresponsive inside her Houston, Texas, home.

“First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever,” Foreman wrote on Twitter. “Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade.”

Freeda Foreman became a professional boxer in 2000 but retired to raise her family and become a boxing promoter.

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Houston’s NBC affiliate KPRC-TV reported that officers with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were called to her home around 6:13 p.m. on Friday night and found her unresponsive.

Homicide investigators determined there was no foul play, according to KTRK.

George Foreman is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76 wins (68 knockouts) and 5 losses. He later became the face of the George Foreman Grill.

Daddy I want to Box,”Get an Education first” I said, well she Brought The bacon home ( degree) 2 Kids 3 Grands (Husband) First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She’s With her maker now.10 kids forever. Just 1 more day I wanted okay 1 more year aw I more decade

– George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) March 11, 2019

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3 Dead After Amazon Prime Cargo Plane Crashes Near Houston

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Three people are dead after an Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crashed near Houston on Saturday, in what Amazon is calling a “terrible tragedy.”

The Boeing 767 jet, operated by Atlas Air, was heading into town from Miami when it nosedived and crashed into Trinity Bay at about 12:45 p.m. CT on Saturday. The plane was about 30 miles away from reaching George Bush International Airport.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy,” Amazon SVP of operations Dave Clark tweeted on Saturday night. “We appreciate the first responders who worked urgently to provide support.”

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Authorities have not yet released the identities of the three people aboard the plane, but the Houston Chronicle on Monday reported Capt. Sean Archuleta of Houston, Capt. Ricky Blakely of Indiana and First Officer Conrad Jules Aska of Antigua were being mourned on social media.

Fox 26 in Houston reported two of the bodies have been recovered on Monday morning. The outlet had tweeted a picture of the wreckage in Trinity Bay on Saturday.

Boeing 767 cargo plane with 3 aboard crashes @FOX26Houston

— FOX26Houston (@FOX26Houston) February 23, 2019

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Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said in a Monday press conference that the organization is working to locate the plane’s black boxes, hoping to learn more about why the plane suddenly crashed from about 6,000 feet above the ground.

Atlas chief Bill Flynn was at the crash site with other company officials, working with local and federal investigators on “setting up assistance programs from the family members of those killed in the crash,” according to USA Today.

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LGBTQ Groups Fear Jussie Smollett Case Will Cast Doubt on Hate Crime Reports

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Watch the Exact Moment Katie Nolan Says She Decided to Quit Fox and Go to ESPN (Video)

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Quite a number of ESPN personalities have left for Fox Sports in recent years, but at least one prominent member of the sportstalk media went the other way: Katie Nolan has told GQ why she did the exact opposite in October. In a way, it’s all Cris Carter’s fault, and we’ve got the video evidence.

Nolan was a young, rising star when Fox debuted “Garbage Time With Katie Nolan” in March 2015. By February 2017, Nolan was literally taking her show on the road for Super Bowl LI — those live versions in Houston, featuring co-worker Carter as a main-chair guest, are where it all went wrong.

We’re mostly kidding about Carter being the problem, but his appearance and the argument that ensued turned out to be the impetus. Bigger-picture-wise, it was others meddling in her unique comedy/sports-hybrid format that put “Garbage Time” on the trash heap, Nolan now says.

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Below is the relevant part of her GQ profile, which was written by Clay Skipper. He’s the son of ousted ESPN boss John Skipper, who stepped down in December, citing a “substance addiction.”

I think that I’m so worried that someone else that isn’t as invested in this as I am is going to touch it and f— it up and they’ll just go, Whoops, and go on to their next thing. So I am so protective of all my things. I could have moved [Garbage Time] out to LA, could have grown it to an hour daily show on FS1. Right before I left I went to the Super Bowl and we did my show live, an hour daily from the Super Bowl.

Before we got out there, I said, “Look, we’re booking a panel of people to be on this show with me. They need to be people that understand what this show is. I don’t want you to get me big name athletes that have no idea who I am or what I do. They’re just going to be confused and it’s not going to work on the show. I also don’t want you to get me a panel of people that all work at Fox. Those are my only two things. I will do whatever else.”

The night before the first show live from the Super Bowl they were like, “Such and such missed his flight. So the first show is going to be you, Nick Wright, Cris Carter, two FS1 personalities”–and then a girl I had booked, Sarah Tiana, a very funny comedian. I was like, “Okay, this is going to be a disaster.” They were like, “It’s gonna be fine.”

Cris Carter brings up Deflategate. I’m like, okay so now I either have to, out of respect for him, let him talk about this on my show or be like, “It’s my show. Shut up Cris.” So I chose the second option. We got into it. It was a mess. It wasn’t good TV.

I wasn’t mad at him, I was mad at the network. Like, “I told you. I know this show better than anyone else. Cris Carter is incredible, but he will not work on this show. It’s not going to work for him.” They didn’t listen. So that was the moment that I was like, I’m not coming back to Fox.

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It all made for a re-watchable 10 minutes of TV, at least — and thank goodness for YouTube.

Watch the video above. Read Nolan’s full interview here.

TheWrap gave Fox Sports the opportunity to respond to Nolan’s remarks in GQ profile (and thus, this piece), but we did not immediately har back.

“Always Late With Katie Nolan” streams on ESPN+.

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How to Watch the Dolphins-Texans NFL Game on ‘Thursday Night Football’ Online for Free

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With football season underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s “Thursday Night Football” game is a clash between the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans with kickoff scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PT at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

But not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a ticket or satellite subscription to watch the game. However, with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch tonight’s on the NFL Network which is available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue, and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month is still too much or canceling the service after its trial period is too big of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy the upcoming “Thursday Night Football” game at no cost. The same goes for all in-market and national games, including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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How to Watch the Cowboys-Texans Game on ‘Sunday Night Football’ Online for Free

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With football season underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. On Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Houston Texans at 5:20 p.m. PT at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texans.

Of course, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch their favorite team play. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch this upcoming game on the NFL Network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV, they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month isn’t in your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too big of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime.

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Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy the tonight’s game between the Cowboys and the Texans at no cost. The same goes for all in-market and national games, including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl.

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FCC Asks If Sinclair ‘Engaged in Misrepresentation’ Over Tribune Merger

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The Federal Communications Commission issued its order for a review of the Sinclair Broadcasting-Tribune Media merger on Thursday, putting the $3.9 billion deal in jeopardy.

The FCC questioned whether Sinclair “engaged in misrepresentation” in its divestiture plan from several stations, looking to appease U.S. regulators. The FCC’s filing questions whether Sinclair would have “de facto” control of stations in Houston, Dallas, and Chicago, despite its divestiture.

“We are unable to find, based upon the record before us, that grant of the applications would be consistent with the public interest,” the FCC said in its filing.

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Thursday’s filing comes after FCC chairman Ajit Pai said he had “serious concerns” about the merger earlier in the week. Sinclair said it was “shocked” by the FCC’s reaction on Wednesday, and updated its divestiture plan.

The amended plan has Sinclair withdrawing its divestiture of stations in Dallas (KDAF) and Houston (KIAH), which were set to be sold to Cunningham Broadcasting. Sinclair will look for a new buyer for the stations via an independent trustee. Sinclair will also acquire WGN-TV in Chicago as part of a larger deal with Tribune, the company said.

At the heart of the FCC’s order is Sinclair’s February plan to sell WGN to a new company led by Steven Fader, who has ties to Sinclair executive chairman David Smith, for $60 million. The FCC called the deal “atypically favorable to the buyer” on Thursday. Sinclair’s unloading of WGN was meant to win its overall Tribune deal regulatory approval.

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Instead, the FCC’s order refers the deal to an administrative law judge for a hearing — dealing a serious blow to the merger.

Sinclair’s stock is down about 2.5 percent to $26.72 a share heading into the closing bell on Thursday. Tribune was hit harder, falling nearly 6 percent to $32.13 a share.

Even before the deal faced uncertainty this week, the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger has already had plenty of twists. Pai has been under investigation from the FCC’s inspector general since late last year. Investigator general David L. Hunt is looking into whether Pai spearheaded a rules change in 2017 in cahoots with Sinclair Broadcasting. The new rules allow media companies to increase the maximum amount of television stations they own.

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The FCC pulled back on regulations against media consolidation in April 2017. Weeks later, Sinclair announced a nearly $4 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media — an acquisition that wouldn’t have been possible a month earlier. Sinclair owns more TV stations than any other company in the United States. The merger would allow Sinclair to bolster its lineup in dozens of markets, including New York and Chicago.

Sinclair pushed back on Wednesday, saying it has” fully disclosed all terms of all aspects of the transactions it has proposed.”

The station owner has been widely ridiculed for enforcing “must run” commentaries in its subsidiary stations’ broadcasts. Sinclair faced threats of an employee walkout and advertiser boycott in April over a video showing dozens of its news anchors robotically reading a company-mandated script bashing the media and echoing Trump talking points.

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All 26 Ron Howard Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Dies at 92

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Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush and first lady of the United States from 1989-1993, died at her home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by a statement from the office of her husband, George H.W. Bush.

Statement by the Office of @GeorgeHWBush on the passing of Barbara Pierce Bush this evening at the age of 92.

– Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018

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In the final years of her life, Bush struggled with COPD and congestive heart failure, which left her unable to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. After several hospitalizations, Bush announced through a spokesperson that she would not seek further medical treatment and would return to her home to “focus on comfort care.”

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

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The mother to President George W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Barbara Bush became known in Washington for her programs to promote child literacy. She began her campaign as second lady while her husband was vice president under Ronald Reagan after her son, Neil, was diagnosed with dyslexia.

As first lady, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, an organization focused on developing programs to help low-income parents achieve literacy and pass their GED tests. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, took over the program in 2012, with Bush remaining as honorary chair.

Born Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York, she met George H.W. Bush at the age of 16. They married in 1945 while Bush was on leave from serving in World War II as a Navy bomber pilot, where he named three of his planes after his wife.

After the war, the Bush family moved to Texas where the future president’s political career began. Along the way, Barbara Bush largely refrained from speaking on political matters, but became involved in campaigning for her husband while starting her own charitable campaigns and fundraisers for Republican women’s organizations.

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On some of the rare occasions Bush did speak out on politics — particularly social issues — she polarized conservatives. Most notably, she came out as pro-choice in the abortion debate, a position contrary to the Christian conservative movement while her husband was running for president in the 1980 primary.

She later reiterated her pro-choice stance during the 1992 presidential campaign, saying that abortion and homosexuality are personal issues and should not be included on the Republican platform. She explained that while she personally opposed abortions, she “just could not make that choice for someone else,” according to The Telegraph.

Bush is survived by her husband, five children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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NFL’s Michael Bennett Charged With Injuring Paraplegic Woman at Super Bowl LI

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted by a Texas jury after allegedly injuring a woman at Super Bowl LI in Houston last year.

Bennett, 32, faces a felony charge of injury of the elderly after allegedly shoving a 66-year-old paraplegic woman while attempting to run out onto the field to congratulate his brother, then-New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

According to a statement from the Harris County District Attorney in Houston, Bennett was told by NRG Stadium employees to use a different entrance to the field, but pushed past them anyway.

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The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time,” a spokesperson for current Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, told TheWrap.

Bennett previously made headlines with a different off-the-field incident last fall, when he shared a tweet saying he was racially profiled and harassed by Las Vegas police officers who threatened to “blow my f—ing head off.”

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The 10-year NFL veteran was with the Seattle Seahawks at the time of the alleged incident.

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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires North American Rights to Nick Offerman’s ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the North American rights to “Hearts Beat Loud” at the Sundance Film Festival, the global content studio announced on Wednesday.

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons star as a father and daughter who live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, who become a songwriting duo the summer before she heads off to college. Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette also star.

Brett Haley wrote and directed the film. March Basch also served as a co-writer. Keegan DeWitt wrote original songs for the film.

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Houston King, Sam Bisbee and Sam Slater produced the film for Houston King Productions, Park Pictures and Burn Later Productions respectively. Franklin Carson, Paul Bernon, David Bernon, Theodora Dunlap, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Danny Rifkin and Frank Brenner and Offerman executive produced.

Last week, Sony Worldwide Acquisitions brought the international rights to the drama, excluding the North American rights.

“Brett masterfully integrates music’s unique ability to bring people together across boundaries and generations,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “The film’s uplifting spirit, accompanied by killer performances encapsulates life’s twisted emotional journey. We couldn’t be more fired up to work with Brett and the team to take the film out to the audiences.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Van Toffler and Gunpowder & Sky on our theatrical release,” said Haley. “Their vision and passion for the project was apparent, and their team’s expertise with music-driven films make them the ideal distributor to bring our movie to audiences across the country.”

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The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers and Janet Brown and Jake Hanly negotiating on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky.

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Why Baker Mayfield, James Harden and Amara La Negra Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters, from the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback to a “Love & Hip Hop” star.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Dec. 27, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

The most emotionally reacted-to program of the period measured was the college football Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, which was broadcast on ESPN and accumulated 223,104 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was the most-mentioned player of the day, despite his team’s eventual 54-48 loss in double overtime. Oklahoma fans applauded Mayfield’s efforts throughout the game as Georgia fans made fun of his (and his team’s) ultimate defeat.

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Baker mayfield is so fun to watch

— Braden Ballard (@18bballard) January 2, 2018

Baker Mayfield a bum lmaoooo

— Alex ???? (@Aslami_Swag) January 2, 2018

Baker mayfield is my spirit animal

— Robbie Johnson (@RobbieJohnson18) January 1, 2018

Love seeing Baker Mayfield get beat

— Tyler martin (@ImTylerMartin) January 2, 2018

The NBA matchup between the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics was broadcast on TNT and generated 67,287 ERs, with Rockets guard James Harden being the most-mentioned player. Although the Celtics trailed Houston for most of the game, in the final seconds Harden committed two offensive fouls that led to Boston’s last-minute triumph 99-98. Rockets fans were, to put it kindly, less than amused, while Bostonians LOLed around the Twittersphere.

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— Tom Trainor (@thomas_trainor) December 29, 2017

James Harden gave that game away ????

— Frank Gallagher (@_BriPatton) December 29, 2017

Epic choke by James Harden

— Obi-Toine Kenobi (@TweetsOpenDoors) December 29, 2017

James Harden is embarrassing lol

— MVC (@mrlnvc) December 29, 2017

The latest installment of VH1’s hit franchise “Love & Hip Hop” premiered on Jan. 1 (33,181 ERs) and this time it’s set in Miami. Dominican artist Amara La Negra instantly captured the hearts of viewers, with many tapping away messages of adoration and exclamations about her beauty. Of course, there will always be a few haters on social media, but for the most part discussion around La Negra was overwhelmingly positive.

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I love Amara’s afro #LHHMIA

— Tommy (@Tomister555) January 2, 2018

#LHHMIA Amara own yourself ????

— Godfidence ???? (@Foxyy_m) January 2, 2018

Amara La Negra is GORGEOUS #LHHMIA

— Alexandra Alexis (@modelsblvd) January 2, 2018

Amara La Negra is so bad.

— NIJA X (@______nija) January 2, 2018

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World Series Game 7 Sinks 25 Percent From Last Year in Early Nielsen Ratings

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Last night was a huge win for the Houston Astros and a pretty big one for Fox — but the earliest Nielsen numbers still show that this World Series Game 7 was way down from last year’s.

Versus 2016’s landmark Chicago Cubs victory — the Windy City North Side-team’s first since 1908 — the 2017 Commissioner’s Trophy clincher in Los Angeles sunk 25 percent in overnight TV ratings. The final 9 innings of Astros-Dodgers earned an 18.8 rating, per very preliminary data. Compare that with last year’s 25.2.

Still, it was the second-best-rated baseball game since 2004’s Game 4 between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, which pulled a 19.7 rating.

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Much like 2016’s Wednesday’s deciding matchup was way up from the prior Game 7 in 2014. To be specific, the Astros party rated 24 percent higher than the three-years-ago contest between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals (a 15.2).

And this one was 15 percent better than 2011’s 16.3 for the seventh game between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Not surprisingly, locally, the game was enormous in Houston. The 47.1 rating in America’s eighth-largest media market is the biggest of all time. You deserve it, Space City.

Last night the Astros beat the Dodgers 5-1 after getting to L.A. starting pitcher Yu Darvish early. The nail-biter of a series resulted in the first World Series championship for the southeast Texas franchise.

For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a 2004 game was baseball’s third-highest rated.

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‘It’ Scores Monster $123 Million in Final Opening Weekend Box Office Tally

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New Line Cinema’s “It” scored a huge $123 million opening in the final box office tally, after the studio had initially estimated an opening of $117.2 million on Sunday.

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel took the third-largest opening weekend of 2017, just behind “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” However, “It” managed to surpass “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made $117 million.

“It” also broke various records over the weekend. It landed the biggest horror opening of all time, surpassing “Paranormal Activity 3” ($52.6 million). It also became the biggest September debut of all time, beating “Hotel Transylvania 2,” which earned $48.5 million in in 2015. Lastly, “It” became so big that it scored the biggest opening for an R-rated film, a record which was previously held by “Deadpool” with $132.4 million.

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Initially, it was expected to fall short, because of theater closures in Houston and Florida due to the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The closures were estimated by industry sources to account for a 5-6 percent drop in revenue.

At the start of the week, trackers expected “It” to make $60-65 million, which still would have made it the biggest September opening ever. But after positive reviews came in and gave the film an 86 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the projections were bumped to $80-90 million. After a Friday that saw “It” score the biggest preview numbers for an R-title and beat the September opening record in just one day, the hype and word-of-mouth for the film rolled from critics to audiences, who gave the film a B+ on CinemaScore. Strong social media activity took care of the rest.

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“It” stars Bill Skarsgard as the infamous Pennywise the Clown. The cast is rounded out by Jaden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Nicholas Hamilton. Andy Muschietti directed.

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‘Flip or Flop’ Star Tarek El Moussa to Help With Hurricane Harvey Rebuild Efforts

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Citizens of Houston, take heart; Tarek El Moussa is coming to your rescue.

“Flip or Flop” star El Moussa announced via his Instagram account on Wednesday that he’s heading to Houston, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Harvey, to pitch in with the rebuilding efforts.

“When bad things happen, it’s how you respond that matters. Houston, we’re coming to rebuild and make it better!” El Moussa wrote. “Join me and Habitat for Humanity in the rebuilding effort, Text HARVEYREBUILD TO 41444 #HurricaneHarvey #HabitatHammersBack we can do this!!!!!!”

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The HGTV series features El Moussa and his estranged wife, Christina El Moussa, buying homes and renovating before attempting to “flip” them for a profit.

At least 70 people across 13 counties have died as the result of the storm, which made landfall in late August and caused flooding and destruction, according to NBC 5 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

Numerous celebrities have pledged donations to relief efforts, while the one-hour “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief” will air live for the east coast Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and Viacom’s CMT.

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The special, which will be based in Los Angeles with stages in New York, Nasville and San Antonio, has scheduled George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Beyoncé, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Norah O’Donnell, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon to participate.

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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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Houston Texans-Dallas Cowboys NFL Preseason Game Canceled After Hurricane Harvey

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Thursday night’s Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans NFL preseason football game has been canceled in order to allow the latter team’s players, coaches and staff to head home and reunite with family following Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated the city.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the Aug. 31 matchup had previously been earmarked to benefit recovery efforts in the region. With no game in town, ticket holders now have the option of receiving a refund from Ticketmaster, or donating that money for relief. Texans’ team ownership said it will make a donation to recovery efforts equal to what would have been generated by ticket sales.

There were 40,000 tickets purchased for pre-season game that had previously been moved from Houston’s NRG Stadium to the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Here is the Texans’ official statement on the decision to cancel:

The Houston Texans have made the decision to travel back to Houston after local authorities have now found a safe route for the team to drive home today. The fourth preseason game scheduled for Thursday night in Dallas will be cancelled. At this time, the priority of our organization is getting our players, coaches and staff back home to be reunited with their families, many of whom have been evacuated from their homes and are currently sheltered. The team feels it is imperative to get back home to help the Houston community recover from devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

Robert, Janice, Cal and Hannah McNair will make a donation equal to the money that would have been generated from ticket sales from Thursday’s preseason game in Arlington to recovery and relief efforts.

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Fans that have purchased tickets to Thursday’s game will have the option to donate the money to relief efforts or request a refund through Ticketmaster. Further details regarding refunds will be announced later today.

The Houston Texans sincerely appreciate the support shown by the Dallas Cowboys and our NFL family during this difficult time.

Team general manager Rick Smith said the Texans’ Week 1 regular season game will be played as scheduled at their NRG Stadium.

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Houston Mayor Imposes Curfew to Prevent Looting

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a mandatory curfew on Tuesday night in an effort to prevent looting in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The curfew from midnight to 5 a.m is a “tool to assess the intentions of the people who are out there,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, according to ABC News.

Acevedo warned residents to stay off the streets during the curfew unless it was “absolutely necessary” to be out.

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“No one needs to be on the road or out from ten to five,” Mayor Turner said in a statement. “There are too many people from across our city to many residents that are out of their homes and they are in shelters and I don’t want them to have to worry about someone breaking into their homes or looting or doing anything of that nature while they are away.”

The Houston police department also warned residents to be on the look out for people impersonating officers going door-to-door in the Kingwood area, which is one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the devastation of Harvey.

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Officers have made over 3,500 rescues since the hurricane ripped through the Texan city over the weekend, but that does not mean they have stopped being law enforcers, Acevedo said.

So far, there has been nine confirmed deaths caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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Curfew going into effect at midnight tonight. #hounews

— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 30, 2017

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Coldplay Dedicates New Song ‘Houston #1’ to Hurricane Victims, Vow Never to Play it Again (Video)

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Look at the stars, Houston. Look how they shine for you.

After having to postpone their Houston show last week due to Hurricane Harvey, Coldplay debuted a new song Monday night in Miami and dedicated it to those affected by the killer storm.

The song is called “Houston #1,” a mellow country ballad, and singer Chris Martin said on stage that their performance was a “once-off” as they will never play again.

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“I hope it’s OK with you that we send some of the beautiful atmosphere in here to Houston, to Texas,” Martin told the audience. “Sometimes you might think that as a popular band we don’t give a s— about where we are, but we really do, because we wouldn’t be here without you guys and girls.”

The song is a twangy departure from the colorful pop rock of their latest album “A Head Full of Dreams,” but the English rocker said they’ve always loved country music and wrote this song in the few spare days they had between shows.

“I am dreaming of when I get back to Houston,” Martin sings to open the song. “There’s a harmony that hums down there in Houston/oh Houston, you have to keep on keeping on.”

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Coldplay also recently sent their love to Manchester following a deadly terrorist attack in the city, performing with Liam Gallagher and Ariana Grande to sing Oasis’ hit “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”

Watch the video via Coldplay’s official YouTube channel above.

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Donald Trump Warns Texans: “Harvey Sounds Like Such An Innocent Name, But It’s Not”

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President Donald Trump visited the Emergency Operations Center in Austin this afternoon and held his second photo opportunity of the day to assure Texans that his team and local officials were doing a “fantastic job. “No. 1, they like each other, and No. 2, they respect each other,” Trump said with a smile. All of the agencies involved have been doing an “incredible” job, he said. “Everyone is talking about it.
“The sad thing about it,” he said of Hurricane/Tropical Storm…

Twitter Pumped Up About Melania Trump’s 4-Inch Heels for Texas Flood Tour

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A member of the First Family is once again under fire for wardrobe choices.

In a photo taken Tuesday of Melania Trump leaving the White House with President Donald Trump to board Marine One, which will take them to Corpus Christi, Texas, the First Lady is seen wearing some killer heels, along with an all-black ensemble and an army green bomber jacket. Her husband wears khakis and a raincoat in the shot.

Many on Twitter find the First Lady’s outfit to be inappropriate for visiting an area of the country that has been pummeled by Tropical Storm Harvey, which started out as a Category 4 hurricane before touching land. So far, 3,400 people have been rescued by Houston Police in the aftermath of the storm, and that number is only expected to rise, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday.

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“I’m confused. Is Melania flying Marine One or is there a Top Gun reunion in Texas?” one Twitter user quipped. Other users were quick to find a pun — “Marine One: Helping Texas heel” — while others found the outfit to look like playing dress up.

We can presume that FLOTUS will change her shoes before touching down, right? We’ll find out soon, as the First Couple lands at 12 p.m. ET in Corpus Christi, Texas, before heading to Austin.

See below for more angry reactions to Melania’s footwear.

I’m confused. Is Melania flying Marine One or is there a Top Gun reunion in Texas?

— EmperorTrump (@US_EmperorTrump) August 29, 2017

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Marine One #TuesdayMotivation
Why Why Why is the mail order mannequin wearing FU– me pumps to a flood zone? May she sink in the mud PLEASE

— Peggy Glynn (@pglynn61) August 29, 2017

I didnt see one evacuee wearing 4 inch heels

Marine One

— RespectMyGame (@battletested5) August 29, 2017

1.Trump going to #TexasStrong pulls resources away from those in need.
2. Melania wears 4inch Heels to a Flood#TuesdayThoughts Marine One

— Fiona Adorno (@FionaAdorno) August 29, 2017

Nothing says “help is on the way” more than a mail order bride in heels and a flight jacket. Marine One

— Jason™ (@itsadryheattho) August 29, 2017

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TOURING THE FLOOD ZONE IN 4 IN STILETTOS, YOUR KIDDING RIGHT? @FLOTUS @realDonaldTrump #HarveyFlood #SHE #HoustonStrong Marine One

— Mayday Mindy (@maydaymindy9) August 29, 2017

Melania starting a fall trend: she is turning the F-me pump into FU pumps for her trip to Texas. #MarineOne

— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) August 29, 2017

Marine One: Helping Texas heel.

— Nathaniel Spuewell (@natespuewell) August 29, 2017

These people are just playing ‘dress-up’ for their ‘roles.’ What a mockery.

Marine One

— Lucy Amato (@realLucyAmato) August 29, 2017

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