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LeBron James Los Angeles mural defaced

Apparently not everyone is happy that LeBron James is joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans of King James put up a King of LA mural, but a fan of the team offered $300 to someone who would destroy it, Sports Illustrated reported.

An unidentified person took the person who put up the bounty, only identified as Lakers Fanbase, up on the offer, according to SI.

>>Read: LeBron James to sign four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Photos of the graffiti-covered mural hit social media, saying “a LeBron-hating Laker fanatic put out a contract to get this mural of #LeBronJames vandalized today in California. Dude need to get extra security around town. The hate is real,” according to Bleacher Report.

The graffiti included “we don’t want you” and 3-6 referring to James’ record in the NBA finals, according to Bleacher Report.

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The mural was fixed shortly after the vandalism, CBS Sports reported.

Ichiro dons fake mustache, hoodie to sit in Mariners' dugout

A mysterious man was sitting in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout Thursday night, sporting a bushy mustache and wearing a hoodie. 

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And shades -- shades reminiscent of Bobby Valentine’s failed disguise in 1999 when he was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back into the dugout.

The mystery man was no stranger to Mariners fans -- Ichiro Suzuki, now an executive in the Seattle front office.

Suzuki sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch the first inning of the Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, The New York Post reported.

"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,'' Valentine texted to the The Associated Press.

Officially, Suzuki, 44, is not allowed to be in the dugout during games, ESPN reported. He was removed from the Mariners’ roster in May and moved into the front office as a special assistant to the team chairman, the AP reported.

AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki hiding in the dugout during the first inning. He had exited the dugout by the second inning as the Mariners lost 4-3 to the Yankees.Perhaps Suzuki had dropped a hint when he moved into his new position.

"During the game I will be doing the same preparations I've been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player," Suzuki said. "But I can't say for certain that maybe I won't put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout."

Valentine, who was managing the New York Mets in 1999, was ejected from a game in the 12th inning. He later put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and attempted to sit in the dugout.

Valentine was caught and was suspended for two games. He also was fined $5,000.

CMT Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, who will perform?

The 2018 CMT Music Awards is set for Wednesday, live from Nashville.

>>NEW: Photos from the 2018 CMT Music Awards red carpet

Leading the list of nominees is Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, with four nominations each.

Underwood holds the record for most CMT Music Award wins, with 17 trophies. 

Celebrity presenters include the Backstreet Boys, Hoda Kotb, Joel McHale, Johnny Knoxville, Kaitlin Doubleday, Katie Cook, Lindsey Vonn, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland.

The CMT Awards is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show.

Here is how to watch the 2018 CMT Awards, a list of nominees and some of the artists scheduled to perform on Wednesday. 

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What time: The CMT Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EST

Where is the ceremony: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

What channel: CMT is broadcasting the show

Livestream: Click here for the CMT livestream

Who is hosting: Little Big Town, opening with the live world premiere of its new single “Summer Fever.”

Who is performing:  Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform Wednesday:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Blake Shelton
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Sam Hunt

Who is nominated: Here is the full list of nominees for the 2018 CMT Awards:

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
  • Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy”
  • Jon Pardi “Heartache On The Dance Floor”
  • Luke Bryan, “Light It Up”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Kelsea Ballerini, “Legends”
  • Lauren Alaina, “Doin’ Fine”
  • Maren Morris, “I Could Use a Love Song”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man” (from 2017 ACM Awards)

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Big & Rich, “California”
  • Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault”
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
  • Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth”
  • High Valley, “She’s With Me”
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Speak To A Girl”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Little Big Town, “When Someone Stops Loving You”
  • Midland, “Make A Little”
  • Old Dominion, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Yours If You Want It”
  • Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing”
  • Danielle Bradbery, “Sway”
  • Devin Dawson, “All On Me”
  • Lanco, “Greatest Love Story”
  • Russell Dickerson, “Yours”
  • Walker Hayes, “You Broke Up With Me”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
  • Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris, “The Champion”
  • Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley, “Flatliner”
  • Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton, “Say Something”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack And Danielle Bradbery, “Stand Up For Something” (from 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Backstreet Boys And Florida Georgia Line, “Everybody” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Derek Trucks, “Midnight Rider” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)
  • Earth Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum, “September” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town, “I Won't Back Down” (From 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year)
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter” (From 2017 CMT Music Awards)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Blake Shelton, “I'll Name The Dogs”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me”
  • Brett Young, “Mercy”
  • Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours”

Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted woman

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan.

A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of a former friend of groping and inappropriately touching her numerous times between 2016 and 2017.

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Tech said that Athletic Director Todd Stansbury would be meeting with Pastner to discuss access to the basketball program by outsiders.

Pastner had been coach at the University of Memphis from 2009 before going to Georgia Tech.

Click here for updates.

NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League

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According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.

Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played. 

The official statement from the National Football League states:

“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities. 

The membership also strongly believes that:

  1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
  3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
  4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. 

The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. 

It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. 

This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s wife announces birth of baby girl

There’s a new Earnhardt on the racing scene.

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Amy Earnhardt announced the birth of Isla Rose Earnhardt on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“She’s finally here!” the wife of former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “It feels like a dream. The best dream ever.”

It is the first child for the couple.

Dale Jr. has been busy since retiring from active racing, working as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.” Before that, he covered the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics for NBC.

The baby was due May 2, but arrived a day early. Had she been born on April 29, she would have shared a birthday with her grandfather, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, and the former Amy Riemann, 36, were married on Dec. 31, 2016.

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

>>  Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Cox Media Group joins 2018 Tulsa Heart Walk

Cardiovasuclar disease and stroke touch all our lives- everyone has a reason to get involved.

Cox Media Group Tulsa has done just that as media sponsors with FOX23 News and Mix96.5, and as a team at the American Heart Association's Tulsa Heart Walk. 

Join us at ONEOK Field on April 21 to promote healthier lifestyles and raise funds for research.

Mix96.5 and the St. Jude Dream Home

Winners were drawn and announced live on My41 on June 24th at 1 p.m.

 

The list of winners is as follows: 

PRIZE: St. Jude Dream Home – Donated by Epic Custom Homes 

WINNER: Steve Turman of Coweta 

 

PRIZE: Artesso SmartTouch Technology Kitchen Faucet – Donated by Brizo 

WINNER: Jimmy & Kelly Spradlin of Mannford 

 

PRIZE: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LS – Donated by Route 66 Chevrolet 

WINNER: Jeff Geuder of Bixby 

 

PRIZE: Double Halo Pendant – Donated by Israel Diamond Supply 

WINNER: Stephen McCollam of Owasso 

 

PRIZE: FFO Home Shopping Spree – Donated by FFO Home 

WINNER: Pam Haught of Broken Arrow 

 

PRIZE: Fondue for a year – Donated by The Melting Pot 

WINNER: Jeff Rutherford of Tulsa 

 

PRIZE: Flyaway trip to Denver to see Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt -Donated by K95.5 

WINNER: Evelyn Stence of Okmulgee 

 

PRIZE: $1,000 VISA gift card – Donated by All My Sons Moving and Storage 

WINNER: Roy Cole of Porter 

 

PRIZE: Couples Weekend Getaway – Donated by the Ambassador Hotel Tulsa 

WINNER: Shirley Elledge of Cleveland 

 

PRIZE: Shaw Floors Gift Card – Donated by Shaw Floors 

WINNER: Mike Logan of Tulsa

Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home are now sold out. 

Mix 96.5 and Fox23 are teaming up with St Jude Research Hospital to once again help fight cancer and save kids’ lives. The 2018 Dream Home giveaway is your chance to win a beautiful home.  

Quick Facts About The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home 

  • Built By Epic Custom Homes
  • 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3-car garage, approximately 4,000 square feet
  • $600,000 Estimated Value
  • Modern Contemporary Design 
  • Unique master bath suite with freestanding tub in shower area
  • Second floor balcony inside and out with great room overlook 
  • Downstairs Media Room for entertainment. 

Every ticket helps St. Jude kids and the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® And because of the support of people like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home will be given away on Sunday, June 24th, 2018 and only 11,000 tickets will be available for purchase so get yours now at https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/tulsa.html

 Open House Prize Just for visiting the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Open House you can register to win $10,000 shopping spree at FFO Home. 

You can visit the dream house every weekend from May 17th, 2018 through June 17th, 2018. The house is open Saturdays 9am – 5pm and Sundays noon – 5pm

For more information or to purchase your tickets visit https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/tulsa.html

Food Bank Response to School Closure

The Oklahoma Education Association has set a deadline of April 1st for lawmakers to increase funding for education and teacher raises or schools will shut down.  The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is preparing to help  families and school personnel facing challenges of food insecurity in the event of school closures.  Some of the ways The Food bank will help families include: 

  • Mobile Eateries will go to low-income neighborhoods with a high density of children. Our goal is for both Mobile Eateries to make four stops a day each, for a total of eight stops. Specific sites are still in planning stages.
  • Pop-up mobile markets will have a combination of food available such as fresh produce, bakery items, shelf-stable food items, and ready-to-eat items.
  • The Food Bank will help support partners and other programs in rural and metro areas by providing food. 

If you would like to help our community there are many ways you can support the efforts of the Food Bank. 

  • Make a donation. Donations will go toward purchasing food, the preparation of meals, and providing additional trucking and labor. 
  • Hold a food drive specific for school closures. Items that are most needed include: canned entrée items, high protein items such as peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken and canned beans. 
  • People to help prepare meals (need a food handler’s permit)
  • People to deliver meals to sites
  • People to help serve meals at certain locations (need a food handler’s permit and ability to pass a background check)

The Food Bank works hard all year to provide meals to people who are struggling with food insecurity. The meals provided with this program are designed to replace missed meals provided by schools to children in need. For that reason children will need to show some sort of school ID or verification they are a student.

If schools do not close, or after the food assistance needs of students and families impacted by the walkout are met, donations will be used to support existing Food for Kids Programs, which serves the equivalent of 622,000 meals to children in eastern Oklahoma each year.

For more information visit okfoodbank.org

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