Texas Longhorns junior safety DeShon Elliott officially announced that he’s forgoing his final season of eligibility to declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft, according to a statement released by the school. Elliott will not participate in the Texas bowl game. Elliott finished second on the team with 63 tackles and added 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, six interceptions, nine passes broken up, and three forced fumbles.
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Colin Kaepernick is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Each year SI and the Ali family honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world. “I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people,” says Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s widow.
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Mary Davis-Travis, wife of country superstar Randy Travis, has asked fans to sign a petition to halt the release of dash cam footage from the singer’s 2012 DWI arrest. The Texas Attorney General’s Office is looking to release the footage come this Friday, December 1st. Sheriff’s troopers that responded to the DWI incident back in 2012 claim that Travis was naked and lying in the roadway. Travis refused to take a blood or breath test for alcohol, and ultimately a search warrant demanded a test, and results came back that the singer had a .15 alcohol level.
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Chris Young will stretch his 2018 Losing Sleep World Tour into at least May. The country singer has added 12 dates in April and May 2018, with guests Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver along for the ride. Tickets and VIP packages for Young’s Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour go on sale to the public beginning on Dec. 8 at 10AM.
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Dave Mustaine said Metallica haven’t released a deluxe reissue of 1982’s No Life ’til Leather because he can’t agree with Lars Ulrich on songwriting credits. Mustaine, who left Metallica in 1983, said he was contacted by James Hetfield two years ago about the possibility of returning to their earliest songs. “We were going to officially release the No Life ’til Leather demo as a record, with 27 tracks, pics, the whole enchilada,” Mustaine wrote on Twitter, “and the talks broke down because Lars wanted credit on two songs I wrote every note and word to. I have the texts. I passed.”
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Kodak Black has agreed to dole out more than $4,000 a month in child support for his toddler son, King Khalid. The child support agreement comes after months of issues between the rapper and King’s mother, Jammiah Broomfield, over payments and custody of their son. According to the specifics of the agreement, the 20-year-old will pay $4,200 a month to Broomfield until 2033. Kodak will also handle any health insurance costs.
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Meek Mill, along with Roc Nation, has been hit with another wrongful death lawsuit for a concert shooting at Wallingford, Conn.’s Oakdale Theatre. It’s the second such suit Meek’s faced this year, both stemming from the same shooting. Meek and Roc Nation are being sued by the family of Jaquan Graves, who was shot in the parking lot of the Wallingford concert last December. The lawsuit claims Graves had just left the venue when he was shot. The damages that the Graves estate is looking for haven’t been disclosed.
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Russell Simmons is stepping down from his companies, including hip-hop label Def Jam and his clothing brands, after screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of sexual assault in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. In a statement obtained in an email by Vanity Fair, Simmons apologized to Lumet and announced that he plans to “step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning, and, above all to listening.”
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Jim Nabors, the actor known for his role as the beloved “Gomer Pyle” on television comedies and for his booming operatic voice, has died. He was 87. Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s and went on to have his own spinoff show, died Thursday, Husband Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side, told The Associated Press that Nabors died peacefully in his home in Hawaii.
Former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer on Thursday morning released a statement acknowledging his wrongdoings with women over the years and apologized — but also said some of the charges against him were untrue. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” he said in a statement read on the NBC morning show Thursday by his former colleague Savannah Guthrie . Lauer, however, disputed some of the claims that have been raised since his sudden termination was announced on Wednesday.
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