The semifinals series between the No. 2-seeded Denver Nuggets and the No. 3-seeded Portland Trail Blazers opened up on Monday night, as the Nuggets defeated the Blazers, 121-113, in Game 1.
The Nuggets took a 58-55 lead heading into halftime and the game was relatively close throughout. Denver’s Nikola Jokic led the way with 37 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals, assisted by Jamal Murray’s 23-points and Paul Millsap’s 17-points in the first half. Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 39 points for the Trail Blazers but it wasn’t enough to prevail over the Nuggets.
Denver and Portland will meet for Game 2 in Denver on Wednesday, May 1st at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile the Philadelphia 76ers Jimmy Butler scored an impressive 30 points to help his team defeat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series.
Game 3 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday back in Philadelphia.
Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton has died at the age of 51. The film legend was in a coma after suffering a “major stroke” on April 17.
The Singleton family said in a statement: “We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.” Singleton’s family announced their intent to take the Hustle and Flow producer off life support earlier on Monday, April 29th.
Singleton made history in 1992 when he simultaneously became the first African American and the youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for 1991’s Boyz n the Hood. (Singleton was 24 at the time.) The movie also nabbed him a nomination for Best Writing. Some of his other work includes Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Poetic Justice. His FX Network show Snowfall was renewed for season 3 last year.
Singleton is survived by his mother, Shelia Ward, his father, Danny Singleton, and his seven children: Justice, Massai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven. Details about Singleton’s memorial will be provided at a later date.
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US federal authorities said an alleged terror plot involving several locations in the Los Angeles area has been thwarted. A man, army veteran Mark Domingo, 26, was arrested by federal agents on Friday in connection with the suspected strike in Southern California.
Domingo — who served in Afghanistan — allegedly planned to bomb a white supremacist rally on Sunday as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks. He was arrested on a charge of providing material support to terrorists and a criminal complaint said he had been planning since March to “manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder.”
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Former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski is retiring from the NFL. Janikowski spent 17 seasons with Oakland before spending last season with Seattle after signing a one-year deal. Janikowski’s agent, Paul Healy, confirmed on Monday that his client intends to retire.
The Raiders took Janikowski with the 17th overall pick in the 2000 draft out of Florida State. Nicknamed “Seabass,” Janikowski converted 80.4% of his field goal attempts during his career, including a career long of 63 yards during the 2011 season. The kick at the time matched the NFL record for longest field goal made.
Janikowski played in 268 regular-season games for the Raiders and made more than 30 field goals in three straight seasons from 2010-12, including a league-high 33 in 2010. He missed the entire 2017 season due to a back injury and his final season in Seattle was the first time he played anywhere other than Oakland. He is 10th in career points scored with 1,913, ninth in career field goals made with 436 and 16th in career games with 284. He was a second-team AP All-Pro selection in 2011.
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will sing the national anthem at the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve this Saturday.
Nettles’ performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just prior to the race.
Nettles is the eleventh and 6th country artist to perform the national anthem since Churchill Downs began the tradition in 2009.
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Electronic deejay and producer Diplo invited Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus to close out the California’s country music festival, Stagecoach, on Sunday, April 29. The duo appeared together to perform the live debut of the country — or not — single “Old Town Road.” Together with Diplo, the trio performed the remixed version of Nas X’s hot song.
Cyrus helped Lil Nas X remix “Old Town Road” after his original version was removed from Billboard‘s Hot Country chart for not being “country enough.” The outlet quietly removed the song, saying at the time it “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Mere days later, the song made its debut on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, based on airplay on country radio stations around the United States. At press time, the remix that features Cyrus sits at No. 50 on that chart. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus recently finished filming a music video together.
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The next installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise has a release date. On Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures announced the third “Fantastic Beasts” film will hit theaters Nov. 12, 2021.
Production on the new film — which is the third installment of an expected five – is set to begin in spring. The first two “Fantastic Beast” films were released in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
Set in the same universe as the “Harry Potter” series, “Fantastic Beasts” stars Eddie Redmayne as zoologist Newt Scamander. The first “Fantastic Beasts” film earned $234 million domestically and more than $800 million worldwide. The second film, “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” came up short at the box office compared to both the first film and the “Harry Potter” franchise, grossing $159 million domestically and $654 million worldwide.
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A brand new image from Spider-Man: Far From Home shows Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio fully suited up and ready for action.
Tom Holland’s next cinematic solo outing as Spider-Man hits theaters this summer and the film is set to feature the big screen debut of Mysterio, an iconic Marvel Comics villain created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Jake Gyllenhaal is bringing the villainous character to life and fans can see him alongside Tom Holland’s wall-crawler in a newly-surfaced image from Spider-Man: Far From Home.
You can check out the new Spider-Man: Far From Home image with Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal below.
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Three years following the release of his sophomore album, ScHoolboy Q has released his third studio album, CrasH Talk. To celebrate the album release, the MC is hosted a two-day pop-up shop this weekend located in the middle of Fairfax District in Los Angeles.
Schoolboy Q included a tribute to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle in the liner notes for CrasH Talk. He noted his respect for Nipsey Hussle’s successful community outreach. “Neva thought this day would come. Thanks for wat you done for this city.”
For those unable to stop by the CrasH Talk pop up, TDE and CrasH Talk merchandise can be purchased online.
Beyoncé re-released her “Lemonade” album last week, and for the first time it is streaming on all platforms. This re-release has also placed Lemonade back into the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
The release from Beyoncé marks the first time in her career that she has two top ten albums at the same time, the other being her Homecoming live album.
Lemonade will take the number nine position, while Homecoming is five spots higher at number 5. Billboard also details that her self-titled album, Beyoncé, and her double album I Am… Sasha Fierce also hold spots on the chart.
Homecoming saw a leap on the chart from its previous number seven slot. In the week, Homecoming moved 57,000 equivalent album units and Lemonade did 30,000 units.
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