Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start the team’s regular-season finale versus the Denver Broncos. With the Chiefs locked into the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC West, the first-round pick will take his first snaps since a dazzling preseason. Reid added that Mahomes would get the first-team snaps in practice this week with Alex Smith leading the scout team. The veteran coach added he’d use the final game of the 2017 season to rest key starters and get other younger players besides Mahomes reps.
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A year after Carrie Fisher’s death, some of the people who knew her best are paying tribute to the beloved actress. Many celebrities and fans shared heartfelt messages about Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” Fisher died at age 60 just two days after Christmas in 2016, following a heart attack she had on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Among those who remembered the actress on Wednesday was Mark Hamill, who appeared alongside Fisher in the iconic franchise as Luke Skywalker, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, who posted on Instagram revealing that she traveled to Norway to honor her late mother.
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More details emerged about the 8-hour “flight to nowhere” that model Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Teigen, who was traveling with her husband, R&B superstar John Legend, sent out a flurry of tweets after her plane to Japan was forced to turn around because a passenger had somehow boarded her flight with a ticket from another airline. Now U.S. government officials state that two brothers went through security at Los Angeles International Airport with proper boarding passes, booked on separate flights to Tokyo, but the brothers were able to board Teigen’s flight together since the machine that scans tickets before boarding malfunctioned. There is no indication anyone was ever in danger.
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Brett Young’s single, “Like I Loved You,” reaches the top after a 23-week pilgrimage. This is Young’s second No. 1 song, his first having been “In Case You Didn’t Know.” Rounding out the Top 5 singles, in descending order, are Blake Shelton‘s “I’ll Name the Dogs” (last week’s No. 1), Eric Church‘s “Round Here Buzz,” Russell Dickerson’s “Yours” and Maren Morris‘ “I Could Use a Love Song.”
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As part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018 on ABC, country superstars Florida Georgia Line will be ringing in the new year. The duo will perform their current single, “Smooth,” as well as two of their collaborations: “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha and “Let Me Go” with Hailee Steinfeld. Florida Georgia Line’s set will be broadcast from the Hollywood Party in Los Angeles on Dec. 31. FGL aren’t the only country singers who will appear on the broadcast, as Kane Brown and Sugarland are also set to perform.
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Azealia Banks has dropped her latest track, “Icy Colors Change,” a holiday-themed song released shortly after Christmas. Sampling Lone’s “Airglow Fires,” Banks sings and raps about a relationship forming over the holidays. The track kicks off with a slow build, as the Harlem rapper sings, “I see colors changing/Every holiday is amazing with you/Happy holidays to you, baby.”
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Rihanna on Tuesday called for an end to gun violence as she mourned the loss of her cousin, who was reportedly gunned down after Christmas in her homeland of Barbados, hours after the two were together for the holidays. In an emotional Instagram post, the singer recalled how she had just seen her cousin before he was shot and killed and ended the Instagram post with the hashtag #endgunviolence. She did not name her cousin, but she tagged his Instagram account in one of the photos; he was later identified as 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne. Citing police, the local news outlet said Alleyne was shot multiple times while walking around his house.
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent and two other people have died after a sport utility vehicle collided with a wild hog in Southwest Texas, authorities said. The accident happened late Monday on a rural road near Uvalde, about 110 miles southwest of San Antonio. On Tuesday after a preliminary investigation there was indication that a Ford Expedition collided with the hog, which caused the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a Mercedes SUV head-on. The Expedition’s driver, 51-year-old Ruby Garza, and the driver of the Mercedes, 27-year-old Antonio Cordova, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Expedition, 51-year-old Julia Vasquez, died later at a hospital.
Power was largely restored at Disneyland on Wednesday after an outage at the California theme park forced some guests to be escorted from stalled rides. About 12 rides were affected and no one was hurt, a parks spokeswoman said. A transformer problem caused the late morning outage in Toontown and Fantasyland, and an unknown number of guests were taken off rides. No one else was being allowed into the park and power was restored in Toontown and much of Fantasyland within a couple hours. Power was expected to be fully restored later in the day.
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Houston Astros Jose Altuve, who was one of only a handful of players who endured the Astros’ painful rebuilding process en route to this year’s championship, was chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Results of voting by U.S. editors and news directors was announced Wednesday. The 5-foot-6 second baseman got 715 points, beating New England quarterback Tom Brady, who had 646, and third-place finisher LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward, with 626.
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