UPDATE #3: UPDATE: While many major news outlets have announced that Tom Petty has passed away based on a report from CBS News, the LAPD has since announced that they cannot confirm that Petty has died, conflicting the story’s initial source.UPDATE #2: CBS News confirms that Tom Petty passed away today, at the age of 66. UPDATE #1: TMZ: We’re told after Tom Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.Iconic rock and roll singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Petty was reportedly rushed to the hospital last night after he was found unconscious, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest. Petty’s health scare was first reported by TMZ, who say that the information was confirmed to them by local law enforcement officials.As TMZ reports, “EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on life support. Petty’s condition is unknown but was critical from the moment he was found [on Sunday night].”TMZ has also reported having been in touch with numerous people from Petty’s camp, who were “clearly upset but not talking.”Petty, aged 66, broke out as a pop/rock star with his band, The Heartbreakers, following their hit song “Breakdown,” the first of many from Petty and his band over the years.Tom Petty has been touring extensively with The Heartbreakers all year, most recently on September 25th at The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA.The latest news from CBS Los Angeles states that Petty is currently on life support. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to Tom Petty’s family and friends during this terrible time. We love you, Tom![Cover photo via Billboard]
The Rays have been toying with the idea of becoming a two-city team, splitting their schedule between Tampa Bay and Montreal, and on Thursday news broke that MLB’s executive council has given the franchise permission to officially explore the idea. Under the plan, ESPN reported, the Rays would play the first part of the season in Tampa Bay and the second portion in Montreal, with the split of games to be determined. The Tampa Bay Times reported the plan wouldn’t be implemented “until 2023 or so.” 2. Sorry, Portland, Charlotte and othersExpansion is still eventually on the table, of course.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has talked about it often, but he’s never put a real timeline on it. The fact that MLB has allowed the Rays to explore the possibility seems to push expansion realities back a bit, right? If nothing else, it certainly signals that the Tampa Bay situation is higher on the priority list (as it should be). If the Rays are going to move/split time with another city, it kinda of has to be one that makes geographic sense, which almost certainly means staying on the East Coast. Anything else requires division/league realignment, which is something that would be more realistic with expansion. Can’t have Portland playing in the AL East, y’know?Charlotte would work geographically, but there is virtually nothing existing in the way of a current civic plan to entice MLB. There’s a new push in Raleigh, N.C., but that area’s yet to make Manfred’s vocalized short list of expansion candidates. And the other places often mentioned by Manfred — Nashville, Las Vegas and Vancouver — fall into the same geographic quandary as Portland. Nashville not quite as much, obviously, but that’s still much more of an NL/AL Central market. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWe have two initial reactions to this news … 1. This two-city thing is never going to happen Which is too bad, because combining the Tampa Bay Rays and Montreal Expos nicknames to get “ExRays” would be kind of awesome. Oh well. The truth is this: The Tampa Bay ownership has battled for years to get a new stadium, and for a variety of reasons, every road has led to a dead end. The current stadium situation is not viable long-term; it’s far too difficult to get to for a large portion of the region’s population. Tropicana Field, located near downtown St. Petersburg, is a 25-minute drive from downtown Tampa — over a bridge that crosses Tampa Bay — when there’s no traffic. The daily traffic across the bridge jumps that travel time exponentially. The Rays haven’t averaged more than 19,255 fans per game since 2010, and they’ve won 90 or more games four times in that stretch. On May 28-29, with the team already 13 games over .500, the Rays drew 5,786 and 6,166 fans on back-to-back games (both wins) against the Blue Jays. The people have spoken, and it’s clear that even a winning product hasn’t been able to overcome geographic issues.So other theoretical roads have to be traveled, even if the stated destination (let’s play in two cities!) is unrealistic. Oh, and this new plan, according to ESPN, would still require new stadiums in both Tampa Bay AND Montreal. Yikes.Why in the world would Montreal — which has been pushing hard to get back into the big leagues — put any resources toward a team it has to share? That’s not going to happen, not without promises of eventually not having to share the team. Putting the giant stadium(s) roadblock aside, the simple logistics of playing in two cities — in two different countries — are mind-boggling. And then there’s this: Imagine that recruiting pitch to a free agent: Come to our team, where we have a consistently low payroll and where you will have to rent property in the Tampa area *and* Montreal and also hire a really brilliant accountant and possibly play in two worn-down domes. Sign me up!!— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 20, 2019A thought supported by this, from a former player: Splitting time between the 2 cities would be an absolute nightmare as a player… Potentially moving your family/pets back-and-forth, finding pediatricians, doctors, vets, paying rent on multiple houses, even when you’re not there. No thanks.https://t.co/pmfX5Mxuw0— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) June 20, 2019If the MLB Players Association has any power at all, they’ll shut this down.
A 59-year-old Indiana man is accused of contacting children in Broward County and talking them into exposing themselves on their cellphones or computers.Pierre Alexander Detarnowsky, Jr. was arrested in Brown County, Indiana, on October 1 on four charges, including solicitation of a minor for unlawful sexual activity via computer and lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim 12 to 16 years of age by an offender over 18, court records show.He was extradited back to Broward County and jailed on November 21.Officials added eight more charges at his court hearing on Saturday. They include transmitting material by electronic device that is harmful to minors and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.Detarnowsky’s preliminary bond on the eight additional charges totals $200,000.According to the arrest report, he used online services between September 25, 2018 and April 7 of this year to “seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child… to engage in unlawful sexual activity via a two-way communication device, to wit: a cellphone.”The report also states that on March 27, he contacted a 12- to 16-year old child and asked the minor to fondle themselves.Last April, while in Indiana, Detarnowsky transmitted to a child here in South Florida, “an image, information or data that is harmful to minors,” according to the report.Another court hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Image Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement o4lNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5kvv2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekufw2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65ndWould you ever consider trying this?😱307nCan your students do this? 🌚jsRoller skating! Powered by Firework What do you do when you’re the captain of the team that’s trailing behind by one goal and is in dire need of an equalizer because the match is in the dying minutes? Every opportunity to net one in the opponent’s goal. But, a sudden call of nature mid game? Say hello to Arsenal skipper Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who nonchalantly left the field and headed into the toilet as Arsenal were trailing 2-1 behind Brighton & Hove Albion, just five minutes before the final whistle.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersDespite the sacking of Unai Emery, interim coach and former club legend Freddie Ljungberg is struggling to see the face of victory, as Brighton just snatched their first ever win at the Emirates stadium in the club’s history. However, even the Swede was oblivious of the sudden depart of the Gabonese international mid game.As his team were trailing behind 2-1, and only 5 minutes remaining, the 30 year old headed into the stadium tunnel, and returned during a throw in by the 87th minute. However, following the game, Ljungberg stated that it was the call of nature.Advertisement “I actually don’t know, but he ran off and then came back two minutes or three minutes later but it could have been yes” the 42 year old ex-Gunner spoke in the post match interview.But when the reporter stated that the incident is bizarre, Ljungberg replied: “Yeah, but maybe you should ask him about that.”Advertisement “But if you feel bad, you feel bad. There’s nothing you can change.” he added.Check out Ljungberg talking about his team captain’s bathroom break in the clip below, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of SPORTbible.Previously serving as the vice captain of the club, Aubameyang was chosen to wear the captain’s armband after Granit Xhaka was stripped off from leadership on 5th November 2019.The historical win for The Seagulls saw a 36th minute opener from the center back Adam Webster. Arsenal’s hit man Alexandre Lacazette scored the equalizer in the 50th minute, but the Frenchman Neal Maupay netted in the winner for the visitors, 10 minutes before the final whistle.Just 19 points and no wins in the last 5 Premier League games, times are rough for the Gunners as they sit 10th in the league table, just 5 points shy from the relegation zone.Also check out:The Vacant Throne: Top 5 candidates who can replace Unai Emery as permanent manager at Arsenal Advertisement