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    Back for more! Ariana Grande and her rumored new beau, Mikey Foster, enjoyed another night out in Chicago on Monday, August 5.

    The “Boyfriend” collaborators returned to Siena Tavern for the second consecutive night, and they were joined by a group of friends as well as the Grammy winner’s mom, Joan.

    “Ariana and Mikey were holding hands at one point while they were there,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively, noting that the duo “arrived separately.”

    Twenty-four hours earlier, Grande, Foster and more than a dozen other people stopped by the Italian restaurant after the 26-year-old pop star’s headlining set at the Lollapalooza music festival. Grande and the Social House member sat “next to each other during dinner” at a surprise party for one of her bodyguards, according to an eyewitness.

    It's been a tough month for Netflix fans, with news emerging that much-loved shows including Friends and the American version of The Office are being taken off the platform.

    It was revealed on July 9 that Netflix US will be losing Friends when its rights holder WarnerMedia launches its streaming service HBO Max next year.

    The huge loss came only a few weeks after the company also announced that NBCUniversal would be gaining the rights to The Office.

    But according to Nielsen, these programmes were Netflix's most-watched in 2018, in terms of minutes spent viewing.

    So why did Netflix make the decision to pull the plug?

    To leave more money for original content

    Shows such as Friends and The Office are expensive – Netflix paid $100 million to stream Friends and was willing to splash up to $90 million to keep the the rights for The Office. Therefore, it'll save a whole lot of money on licensing fees once they're gone.

    In a statement released last month, Netflix said: "Much of our domestic, and eventually global, Disney catalogue, as well as FriendsThe Office, and some other licensed content will wind down over the coming years, freeing up budget for more original content."

    By extension, this means Netflix can focus on exclusive content only available on its platform – helping it to compete against other services. With Disney+ and others incoming, this is vital.

    The buzz it creates

    When you think about it, the headlines surrounding Netflix's cull have actually given the service a fair bit of publicity.

    And according to Vanity Fair, several experts reckon the furore might eventually amount to "a lot of noise".

    Rich Greenfield – a media analyst for research firm BTIG – told the publication: "Netflix is the new cure for boredom at home – if The Office isn't available you'll watch something else."

    Is Leonardo DiCaprio Hollywood’s last movie star? That was the thrust of a recent Hollywood Reporter feature, suggesting he stands alone as an actor whose name is a hallmark of a movie’s quality in itself, who rarely has a flop, and who doesn’t put himself about too much – Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood is his first movie since 2015’s The Revenant. “He is arguably the only global superstar left in a film industry in which an interchangeable group of actors regularly suit up in spandex or brandish a lightsaber for the latest billion-dollar earner,” the magazine argues, comparing DiCaprio’s pre-eminence with would-be peers such as Will SmithJennifer Lawrence and Robert Downey Jr

    Is there any rival to DiCaprio still standing in the movie-star stakes? Possibly one: his Once Upon a Time … co-star Brad Pitt. Pitt’s back catalogue might be patchier (recent flops such as Allied and War Machine might have passed you by completely), and his love life gossipier, but like DiCaprio, he broke out as a teen heartthrob in the late 90s, then successfully transitioned into serious-actor status. Between them they have worked with the best in the business: Scorsese, Malick, Fincher, Spielberg, Iñárritu (both) and, of course, Tarantino – Pitt in Inglourious Basterds, DiCaprio in Django Unchained.

    GM Balinas chess tourney at Alphaland
    by Marlon Bernardino
    Top chess players in the region will be vying for the qualifying round of the Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas Jr. Memorial Chess Tournament on August 17 at the Activity Hall, Second Floor Alphaland Makati Place in Malugay Street, Makati City.
    The tournament will be played in a 7-round Swiss System format, 20 minutes plus five seconds delay mode with the Titled/Master winner taking home P7,000, second place P5,000, third place P3,000, fourth place P2,000 and fifth place P1,000.
    The untitled or non-master champion meanwhile, will bag P5,000 while the runner-up will settle for P4,000 and the next three players will go home with P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000. 
    Special prizes the top Senior, Executive Lady, College, High School and Elementary will also likewise to receive P1,000 each.
    According to NCFP director lawyer Cliburn Anthony Orbe, the grand finals will be held at the Manila East Golf and Country Club on September 3 to 10.
    Chito Garma, Paulo Bersamina, John Marvin Miciano, Ricardo de Guzman, Haridas Pacua, Oliver Dimakiling, Ronald Bancod, Daniel Quizon and Roel Abelgas will lead International Masters cast added engineer Antonio "Tony" Carreon Balinas, brother of the late Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas Jr. 
    Others are Fide Masters Nelson "Elo" Mariano III, Christopher Castellano, Nelson Villanueva, Sander Severino,Mari Joseph Turqueza and Narquinden Reyes.
    Also set to fight for their place are Woman International Masters Mikee Suede, Bernadette Galas, Shaina Mendoza, Jodilyn Fronda, Marie Antoinette San Diego, Beverly Mendoza, Kylen Joy, Mordido and Catherine Secopito.
    Also playing are Woman Fide Masters Antonella Berthe Racasa, Alllaney Jia Doroy and Michelle Yaon.
    Registration for the NCFP-sanctioned event is P500 while on-site registration is P700. 
    Call or text the following persons for complete details, engr. Antonio "Tony" Carreon Balinas (09177882967) , Atty. Cliburn Anthony Orbe (09188974410), Dr. Jenny Mayor (09351004755) and Dr. Alfred Paez (09212728172).
    -Marlon Bernardino-

    The Frenchwoman has been awarded the showcase match between Chelsea and Liverpool after officiating the Women’s World Cup final this summer

    Stephanie Frappart has been selected to referee Liverpool vs Chelsea in the Uefa Super Cup to become the first female official of a major Uefa men’s showpiece match. 

    The Frenchwoman took charge of the Fifa Women’s World Cup final earlier this summer as the United States defeat the Netherlands in Lyon. 


    And now Uefa have decided to hand her another big match at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul on 14 August. 

    Frappart will lead a team of mostly female officials: Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland will be her assistants for the match. 

    Nicolosi and O’Neal also officiated at the Women’s World Cup final, while the fourth official will be Turkey’s Cuneyt Cakir. 

    While preparing for his May 2012 fight against Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., then 42-0, was asked to name his toughest opponent. His answer was the same as it had always been: Emanuel Augustus. He didn’t have the best record in the sport of boxing; he has never won a world title, but,” said Mayweather, “he came to fight.”

    If there is a go-to anecdote that veritable legion of Augustus enthusiasts calls on in their apologies for a fighter who retired with a 38-34-6 (20) record, this is it. It is a compliment that warrants some unpacking. Mayweather would have no problem so lavishly complimenting a fighter he was, by then, in no way competing with. Indeed, by isolating Augustus, Mayweather was effectively diminishing the challenges posed by opponents such as Jose Luis Castillo, who many argue beat Mayweather in their first fight, or Oscar De La Hoya, who fared better against the best fighter in the world than his aged form should’ve allowed. And you can trust that Mayweather expected his answer to find some traction, hence the “sport of boxing” he couldn’t resist using when pressed to speak of his trade on the record. Mayweather hedged immediately after that praise, too, inserting the often-ignored qualifier that he “took a long layoff” before the Augustus fight.

    But the compliment stands—and so it should.

    Augustus made Mayweather earn his twenty-fourth professional victory; there was hardly a free moment for “Pretty Boy,” who was forced to fight, and dazzlingly so, to put away Augustus in the ninth. Craft pushed Mayweather that night: you need more than talent, or physicality, or toughness to trouble so complete a fighter as the lightweight version of Mayweather.

    We should take Mayweather at his word, then, just as we did James Toney—a man less calculated in his compliments, loathe as he is to offer them—when the fiercely proud fighter praised Mike McCallum as the best fighter with whom he had shared the ring. And so a .500 fighter, a career .500 fighter, not one who ran up a gaudy record before being derailed, is the best fighter this generation’s best fighter ever faced. It is for reasons like this that people like to say Augustus’s record fails to tell the story.

    Are they right to do so? And if Augustus’s record fails to tell the defining story, does it still tell us something?

    A USA Basketball Coach Academy – presented by Nike – will take place on Aug. 8-9 at Durango High School in Las Vegas. Registration and more information are available online.

    Launched in 2015, USA Basketball Coach Academies provide valuable insight and education to basketball coaches and administrators. Academy sessions impart the USA Basketball curriculum for a proper skill development path to teach the game to children of all ages and ability levels. Guest speakers focus on areas of expertise to present on basketball and leadership topics applied both on and off the court.

    Expected to present at the event are: 

    • Jennie Baranczyk, Drake University women’s basketball head coach
    • Jeff Culver, University of Colorado Colorado Springs Men’s Basketball coach and USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team court coach
    • Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount University men’s basketball head coach
    • Kevin Eastman, motivational speaker and former NBA coach
    • Mike Jones, DeMatha Catholic High School boys basketball head coach and gold medal winning USA Basketball coach
    • TJ Otzelberger, University of Nevada, Las Vegas men’s basketball head coach
    • Jennifer Rizzotti, George Washington University women’s basketball head coach and gold medal winning USA Basketball coach
    • Don Showalter, USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development coach director and 10-time gold medalist USA Basketball head coach
    • Brendan Suhr, former NBA coach
    • Sharman White, Pace Academy boys basketball head coach and gold medal winning USA Basketball assistant coach

    USA Basketball Coach Academies feature a multi–day format with presentations catered to coaches of all experience levels working with players of any skill set.

    On Aug. 8, the USA Basketball Coach Academy in Las Vegas will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT with an evening social reception at Top Golf from 7-9 p.m. And on Aug. 9, the academy will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Registration for the event is $225. USA Basketball gold licensed coaches are eligible for a 25% discount.

    Attendees will have networking opportunities to meet and socialize with one another, as well as with speakers. In addition, USA Basketball and Nike gift items will be provided to all registered attendees. 

    Sessions at a USA Basketball Coach Academy feature a variety of styles of teaching, including: player demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, on court basketball instruction and off court coaching techniques and life skills training.

    Attendees must be at least 18 years old to register.


    Tyron Woodley has never had much of a problem talking about what’s on his mind - especially when it comes to fellow UFC fighters. So when Jon Jones was charged with battery over an alleged incident in a strip club in April, it was expected that Woodley would weigh in on things eventually.

    On a recent episode of his TMZ Sports show, The Hollywood Beatdown, T-Wood took the conversation in an unexpected direction, and somehow roped Conor McGregor into things: (transcription via MMA News)

    “We gonna act like Conor doesn’t do that every week? And we still want to put him on every fight card; he’s the biggest star. The second Jon Jones does something…”

    “I’m defending the fact that we selectively throw people under the bus. Conor has done way worse things than Jon, and he’s glorified and praised as some Scarface of our sport. So I’m not gonna be too hard on Jon (when) I don’t even know the details.”

    He is clear that he’s not blindly supporting Jones though:

    “I’m not gonna give him a pass, either, because it ain’t my job to give the pass out. All I’m saying is this: Let’s get all the details first, but let’s not forget there’s a lot of bullsh-t that go on in our sport that we glorify.”

    Woodley (19-4-1, 9-3-1 UFC) had been scheduled to return against Robbie Lawler, but was forced out of the bout with an injury. The former UFC welterweight champion remains on the sidelines.


    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes the reason why IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. isn’t fighting his guy WBO champ Terence Crawford in a big pay-per-view match is because his adviser Al Haymon has no confidence in Errol that he can win the fight. Arum says he understands that, given that he would do the same thing if he had a big name guy that he didn’t believe could win a fight against another talented fighter.


    Arum says Crawford deserves 50-50 purse split for Spence fight

    Top Rank boss Arum says he’s ready to make the Crawford vs. Spence fight as soon as possible, as long as Errol’s adviser Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions is willing to agree to a 50-50 purse spit. That’s something that Arum may not be able to get though, because Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) has already shown that he’s a bigger draw than Crawford with his recent successful pay-per-view fight against Mikey Garcia.

    The fight brought in over 400,000 buys on Fox Sports PPV. In contrast, Crawford’s two ventures into PPV against Amir Khan and Viktor Postol were dismal failures. The Crawford-Khan fight is said to have done little more than 200,000 buys on ESPN PPV. Spence, 29, will be fighting WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) next on September 28 on Fox Sport Pay-Per-View. If that match does huge numbers a well, that’s going to make it even tougher for the Spence vs. Crawford fight to get made. If Arum continues to stubbornly talk about wanting a 50-50 split for his fighter Crawford, he’s going to ruin the chances of that match ever getting made. Crawford is already 32, and that’s not young for a welterweight.

    Terence needs the fight with Spence

    Crawford’s days are numbered as an elite level fighter. Once Crawford’s hand speed takes a hit, he’ll have nothing to fall back on other than his gimmicky switch hitting that he does. You can argue that Crawford’s constant changing of stances doesn’t effect his fights, because he’s better when he’s fighting out of his orthodox right-handed stance. The casual fans are the ones that impressed with Crawford’s switch-hitting gimmick that he uses. It doesn’t help him win, because he’s already beating his opponents when he’s fighting right-handed.

    Arum says Spence would be in danger of losing to Crawford

    “For Haymon, it was a win-win for Andy Ruiz to go over and do that fight on DAZN [against Anthony Joshua], because Andy Ruiz wasn’t a marquee guy on PBC, so it was a win-win for him,” said Arum to Fighthub. “The question of whether he takes a marquee guy, which Errol certainly is, and puts him with Crawford, even though his network and ESPN would share the pay-per-view distribution, that’s another thing. Because there he takes a marquee guy and he’s in danger of losing, and then he hurts himself.

    The way Spence and Crawford looked in their recent fights, Errol would ave to be viewed as the favorite to win that fight. He’s bigger, stronger, and can do all the little gimmicky things that Crawford can do.


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    Floyd Mayweather has weighed in on the Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise fight. Earlier this month, the Baby hitmaker wrote a playful tweet where he joked about taking on the 57-year-old in a boxing match.

    Despite him writing the status as a laugh, the star has latched onto his post, and has since trolled the Mission: Impossible actor over the Bottle Cap Challenge.

    Croatian professional dancer, rap artist and model Marija Debelic is set to perform at the Lakandula Cup on June 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena