Big 12: ‘Horns Down’ signal could be okay, depending on context

artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Big 12 has decided that using the “Horns Down” hand signal will be acceptable in certain instances this college football season.

The conference’s coordinator of football officials Greg Burks said that if a player flashes the sign quickly after scoring a touchdown, they would not likely be flagged for a penalty. Prolonged displays, however, would likely draw a penalty. Especially, Burks says, if they’re directed towards an opposing player or the opposing bench.

The hand signal has been used for decades to mock the Texas Longhorns by reversing their “Hook ‘Em Horns” signal.

“Like any play, there is a degree,” Burks said at Tuesday’s Big 12 media days.

There was some controversy last season when West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V made the signal following a first quarter touchdown play. Sills was penalized, but West Virginia went on to win the game. WVU quarterback Will Grier was also penalized for flashing the sign while celebrating the game-winning 2-point conversion in the final seconds.  

Burks did say that Grier’s display would likely still draw a flag. “My advice is if you want to do that, do it back in your bench area. Do it back with teammates. Get away from where you are an individual drawing attention to yourself.”

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Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban fined for leaking information during league meeting

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for leaking information from a Board of Governor’s meeting to the media.

Sources tell ESPN that Cuban shared information about a vote to allow coaches’ challenges for the upcoming NBA season. Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly expressed concern about that information being leaked while the meeting was still in session.

ESPN says Cuban immediately admittedly to leaking the information.

Cuban told ESPN that he appreciates “the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should — but won’t — get fined for leaking to you.”

According to ESPN, it is against league rules to discuss Board of Governors business with outsiders, which is why Cuban was fined. ESPN reports the fine was for $50,000.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/15/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 5, NY Yankees 4
Boston 10, Toronto 8
Cleveland 8, Detroit 6
Kansas City 5, Chi White Sox 2
LA Angels 9, Houston 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 19, Colorado 2
LA Dodgers 16, Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 6, Chi Cubs 3
Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 2
St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 0

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Former boxing champ Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker fatally struck by car

Scott Heavey/Getty Images(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — Former welterweight boxing champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker died after he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach Sunday night, police said.

Emergency dispatchers received a call just after 10 p.m. that Whitaker, 55, was struck at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road, according to a press release from the Virginia Beach Police department.

Whitaker died from his injuries at the scene, police said.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to police.

The former millionaire made headlines in 2014 after he won a court case to evict his mother from a home in Norfolk he gave to her in the 1980s in order to pay his bills.

Whitaker won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the 1982 World Championships and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.

Whitaker was a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and worked as a trainer after he retired from boxing.

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Former Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan to end NFL career at age 30

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Derrick Morgan says he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 30, hoping to achieve a greater impact outside of football, ESPN reports.

The former Tennessee Titans linebacker spent nine seasons with the team after being chosen with he 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Now a free agent, Morgan came to the end of a four-year $27 million deal with the completion of the 2018 season. It was during that season that Morgan missed three games to recover from knee and shoulder injuries, according to ESPN.

Morgan, who has been involved previously in startup businesses and real estate, recently told ESPN that football has taught him about the “power of influence,” and that his “purpose in life is bigger than the game.”

“My goal is to create better and more meaningful opportunities for marginalized communities to break the cycles of generational poverty and build greater wealth and economic mobility,” he told ESPN. “I feel a deep responsibility to leverage my platform for this.”

Morgan said he plans to get to work on a large project that will impact his hometown community in Coatesville, Pa.

According to ESPN, Morgan finishes his career with 305 tackles and 44.5 sacks — a sack total that places him sixth in the all time combined history of the Houston Oilers and the Titans.

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Lawyer: Financier Jeffrey Epstein allegedly had ‘improper sexual conduct’ with young women while in ‘jail’

Stephanie Keith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continued to have visits from young women that allegedly resulted in sexual liaisons while he was in ‘jail’ in Florida, a lawyer for one of his accusers said Tuesday.

Attorney Brad Edwards, who represents Epstein accuser Courtney Wild and several other alleged victims, claims that Epstein’s 13-month jail sentence — the result of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Florida — failed to prevent the money manager accused of sexually assaulting numerous underage girls from having “improper sexual contact” with young women.

At a Tuesday press conference in New York, Edwards said that a recent newspaper article — citing a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy — described Epstein as a “model prisoner” during his jail term in West Palm Beach in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in a deal with federal prosecutors that was kept hidden Epstein’s alleged victims.

Despite being a registered sex offender, Epstein was allowed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to participate in a work-release program that permitted him to spend up to 16 hours a day, six days a week at an office in West Palm Beach that housed his non-profit organization, the Florida Science Foundation.

“Most of the time was spent in an office, a private office that was adjacent to his lawyer’s office all day every day,” Edwards contended at the press conference. “And what you’re going to learn is he was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community, but he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from New York and continuing to engage in similar conduct, literally while he was in ‘jail.'”

Edwards said he does not know the exact ages of the visitors, but that he knows of none that were under the age of 18.

“I do know that he was able to have visitors that were under the age of 21…,” Edwards said.

He said he had interviewed one young woman who “personally visited” Epstein at his work-release office.

“It was not for some business arrangement and it was for, if you’re in jail, improper sexual conduct,” said Edwards, who declined to identify the woman.

Federal prosecutors have yet to comment on the allegations alleged by Edwards.

Epstein, 66 — who at one time socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump — was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.

A team of law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) took Epstein into custody at the Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey, after he returned to the United States by private jet from France, sources told ABC News. Authorities also raided Epstein’s New York City mansion and seized evidence.

Since his arrest, Epstein has been held in custody without bail. Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to keep him in jail as his case proceeds because they suspect he is a flight risk. Epstein’s attorneys argue that he is entitled to bail.

Edwards’ client, Wild, and one other accuser, Annie Farmer, testified at Monday’s detention hearing in Manhattan federal court. Both women spoke in support of keeping Epstein locked up without bail.

Farmer said she was 16 when Epstein had her sent to New Mexico where he was “inappropriate” with her. Wild told the judge she was 14 when Epstein sexually abused her in Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein appeared to watch them address the judge but his face showed no emotion.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman said he will decide on Thursday whether to grant Epstein’s release or, as pre-trial services recommended, keep him jailed.

During Tuesday’s news conference in New York, Wild read a statement asking other alleged victims to come forward.

“If you have already made the decision to come forward, thank you. If you have not, the time is now,” Wild said. “To every victim out there I understand what you are going through. You may feel scared, or have feelings of shame and guilt, or feel alone. You may try to convince yourself that this was a long time ago and you have moved on. But you are not alone and this was not your fault.

“If you are a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, then you know what I know, that he will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail,” Wild said. “We will not get justice unless you speak out.”

Wild, identified in court documents as “Jane Doe 1,” sued the Department of Justice in 2008, alleging that a non-prosecution agreement reached with Epstein by federal prosecutors in South Florida was hatched in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which enumerates the rights afforded to victims in federal criminal cases, including the right “to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.”

In February of this year, U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in favor of Wild and other Epstein accusers, finding that the federal government failed to confer with the victims in advance of the deal. Marra is now considering the possible remedies for the violation, which could potentially include tearing up the non-prosecutions agreement

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Couple married 71 years die on same day, just 12 hours apart

iStock(WAYNESBORO, Ga.) — Georgia couple who were married for 71 years have died just hours apart.

Marilyn DeLaigle, 88, and her husband, Herbert DeLaigle, 94, both died on Friday, July 12, according to an online obituary.

“Mrs. DeLaigle was married to Mr. Herbert DeLaigle for 71 years who entered into rest 12 hours prior to her,” according to a post on the DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home’s website.

The couple had six children.

“Her children said that she was a very devoted mother when their father had to be gone for months at a time,” the obit said.

Marilyn DeLaigle spent six years in Germany with her husband Herbet while he was in the Army “and lived in many States during his 20 years in the service,” according to the obit.

She was also a Cub Scout Leader, a former flower shop owner and a lover of animals.

Herbert DeLaigle, according to his obituary, was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Army.

“He worked alongside his wife at Marilyn’s Nursery, he enjoyed fishing, carpentry and raising a variety of farm animals,” DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home said. “He enjoyed writing and vacationing out West with his family.”

Marilyn and Herbert DeLaigle shared 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

The DeLaigle family has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban score Emmy nominations for Tony Awards opening song

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards ProductionsLast year, Sara Bareilles received an Emmy nomination for her role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, but she didn’t win. Now, she’s just scored a second nod…and it’s for writing a song about not winning awards.

Sara and her pal Josh Groban are nominated together in the category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for writing “This One’s for You,” the opening number of the 72nd annual Tony Awards.  In the song, Sara and Josh sing about how losing at the Tony Awards is no big deal, and they should know, since neither one of them has ever won a major award.

“We are your hosts/And we’re perfectly suited to be/Because, did you know?/Neither one of us has ever won anything,” they sang, before noting that they were both “shocked” on behalf of the other at that fact.

They then continue with the chorus: “This is for the people who lose/’Cause both of us have been in your shoes.”

In addition to Sara’s previous Emmy nod, both Josh and Sara have been nominated for Grammys and Tonys, but have yet to take one home. Josh has won a few Billboard Awards, however, while Sara won an ASCAP Pop Music Award, as well as Broadway.com award for Favorite Female Replacement, for her role in Waitress.

The 71st Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern on FOX.

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Pink disables comments on her Instagram page amid mommy shaming

Andrew MacPhersonPink doesn’t want to hear or see any more comments from the parenting police.

After once again defending herself against mommy shamers on Instagram, the singer has disabled comments on her Instagram page.

“Just a friendly reminder to those of you that need it: [middle finger emoji] there will be no more comments on this page!” she wrote in the caption of a photo of her husband, Carey Hart, drinking wine in a pool float.

She added, “Hahahaha! Looks like you’re gonna have to go tell it on the mountain!!!!! Good luck to ya! And to everyone else; I love you forever.”

Most recently, Pink was criticized after posting a photo of her children — eight-year-old Willow and two-year-old Jameson — running through the Holocaust Museum in Berlin, Germany.

“Please keep your hatred and judgment to yourselves,” she wrote in part.

Before that, she and Carey received backlash for everything from taking their kids to the zoo to their two-year-old going without a swim diaper.

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Emmy nominations to be announced this morning; ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Veep’ expected to make the shortlist

“Veep” – HBO/Justin M. Lubin(LOS ANGELES) — This morning, a handful of hopefuls in Hollywood will get one of the most anticipated wake-up calls of the year: that they’ve been nominated for an Emmy.

Masked Singer judge and Dr. Ken star Ken Jeong and The Good Place‘s D’Arcy Carden will announce the nominees Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m. PT, live from the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center.  The announcement will stream live at Emmy.com.

Experts predict that HBO’s now-wrapped Emmy magnets Veep and Game of Thrones are highly favored to appear, respectively, as nominees in the comedy and drama categories — despite final seasons that left fans grumbling.

To that end, cancer survivor and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is as close to a sure thing as you can get to for a nomination in the outstanding lead actress comedy category, and she may even pull out a record seventh Emmy win. Similarly, previous Veep winner Tony Hale seems a likely bet in the supporting actor category, although last year’s winner, Henry Winkler, could repeat for Barry.

The outstanding supporting actress category could see Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky recognized; though previous winner Alex Borstein from Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Olivia Colman from the streaming network’s Fleabag are likely to challenge.

As for the drama categories, things could be harder to predict. Previous winners The Handmaid’s Tale and The Crown aren’t eligible this year, while House of Cards, which ended last November, could be ignored, thanks to the ongoing controversy surrounding former star Kevin Spacey.

If Game of Thrones misses out in the outstanding drama category, things could shift to NBC’s This Is Us, which is also likely to see previous winner Sterling K. Brown and co-star Chrissy Metz emerge as nominees. 

Meanwhile, relative newcomers like FX’s Pose and HBO’s Succession — and their respective stars — are also likely to get noms; AMC’s Better Call Saul is another likely nominee.

The 71st Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern time on FOX.

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