The Pittsburgh Penguins last season became the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships since the Detroit Red Wings prevailed in 1997 and 1998.Penguins captain Sidney Crosby pulled off the remarkable feat of being voted the most valuable player of the preseason World Cup tournament — a pale substitute for the Olympics — and MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Crosby, who turned 30 in August, isn’t “Sid the Kid” anymore but he still has many productive seasons left.Here are the big questions in the Eastern Conference leading into the season:Can the Penguins pull off a three-peat? They’ve shown a knack for infusing young players into the lineup in important roles (think Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary and goaltender Matt Murray). They lost quality support players (Nick Bonino, Chris Kunitzand and Matt Cullen) but they have young talent to draw upon and will get a boost on defense from the return of a healthy Kris … [Read more...] about NHL preview: Among the big questions in Eastern Conference, can Penguins three-peat?
Did you hear what your favorite celebs just said on the red carpet?The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are about to start and all of Hollywood's A-list stars are hitting the red carpet to talk about all things TV, fashion and so much more. During the red carpet, celeb couples stopped by to reveal major relationship secrets to E! News' Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy. Plus, there was a major invitation for one celeb to appear as a guest star on another celeb's TV show! Take a look at what the stars had to say in our roundup of the best red carpet quotes of the 2017 Emmys below! 2017 Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals Kevin Mazur/WireImage … [Read more...] about The Best Red Carpet Quotes of the 2017 Emmys: Romance Scoop Revealed
Jeff Bauman was on his way to gamble at Mohegan Sun when he first heard from a group of Hollywood producers who said they wanted to turn his life story into a movie. And at that point, the odds of the deal actually happening felt about as low as winning a million dollars playing penny slots.“I was joking around with them, like, ‘Oh, yeah, we’ll get this done. I’d like a Lamborghini too,” Bauman recalled of the call on the way to Connecticut casino.But then the filmmakers started tossing out names of actors interested in playing the Boston Marathon bombing survivor, including hometown favorite Chris Evans. Bauman’s heart started to race, but he reminded himself what his book agent had told him: Nearly every book is optioned by someone in the film industry, but only 2% of those stories ever make it to the big screen.Three years later, the 31-year-old still doesn’t have a Lamborghini — he drives a truck equipped with a car seat for his … [Read more...] about Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and David Gordon Green talk about crafting a ‘Stronger’ relationship for the big screen
Story highlights Jeremy Robbins: There is bipartisan recognition of the economic benefits that Dreamers bring to their communities Congress should keep these benefits in mind as they determine the fate of the Dreamers, he writes Jeremy Robbins is the Executive Director of New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition that supports immigration reform. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)One outcome of President Trump's surprise budget deal with Democrats is a potential December showdown over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and its hundreds of thousands of young beneficiaries. All eyes will turn to Congress -- where, admittedly, a major immigration deal has eluded DC lawmakers for decades now. There is reason for optimism, especially after reports that Trump and Democratic leaders discussed the possibility of another … [Read more...] about The big decision on Dreamers: What Congress should do
AUSTIN — They were too outrageously young to realize how outrageously young they were. They entered Texas from the west, opposite of how much of American history entered Texas. They stayed in an El Paso motel with a double-digit price. Then in that February of 1998, the two Californians — a 22-year-old Herman and his future wife, Michelle — merged again onto eastbound Interstate 10 and into the tortilla-colored Texan outback, and the lasting memories would include the little funnels of red dust outside and a hush in the white two-door Honda Civic. “El Paso comma Texas,” Herman said in his posh Texas football office last week. “But then you’re driving, and you’re driving, and there are [expletive] tumbleweeds, and I saw the little dust, not tornadoes, but the little, you know, when the dust kicks up and it starts spinning around in the sky. And I’m driving on I-10, and you’re out in the middle, you know, stop for gas in Fort … [Read more...] about Before landing the big job at Texas, Tom Herman worked the little jobs in Texas
Baker Mayfield, right, and Oklahoma didn’t feel much pressure in the Big 12 last season. The Sooners are conference favorites again this year, with Lincoln Riley, left, as the new head coach. (Sue Ogrocki/AP) The college football season kicks off Aug. 26 with a partial schedule featuring some wacky road trips — Hawaii at U-Mass.! Rice vs. Stanford in Sydney! To get you ready — and to make sure your team has its moment, however brief — we’ll count down the days by ranking every Football Bowl Subdivision team by conference. Last week, Patrick Stevens ran though the second-tier Group of Five leagues and independents; this week, it’s the Power Five, including his picks for the College Football Playoff. Previously: Independents | American Athletic | Mountain West | Conference USA | Mid-American | Sun Belt Next up: Pac-12 | ACC | Big Ten | SEC The Big 12 finally has regained its elusive 13th data point, better known to those not on the College … [Read more...] about Oklahoma is the Big 12 favorite, but will the College Football Playoff favor the Big 12?
Photo Lee May, playing first base for the Baltimore Orioles, tagged out Carl Yastzremski of the Boston Red Sox in 1977. Credit Was/Associated Press.. Lee May, a slugging first baseman with the Cincinnati Reds who was traded to the Houston Astros for Joe Morgan after the 1971 season and missed the Reds’ becoming one of baseball’s greatest teams a few years later, died on Saturday in Cincinnati. He was 74.His death, at a hospital, was caused by pneumonia, said his wife, Terrye May.At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 205 pounds, May wagged his bat before swinging and was nicknamed the Big Bopper. He was part of a Cincinnati team that became known as the Big Red Machine, featuring Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, future Hall of Famers, and Pete Rose, the career hits leader, whose betting on baseball years later has denied him entrance into the … [Read more...] about Lee May, the Big Bopper for the Reds, Dies at 74
The barbacoa will be cooking and the Big Red will be flowing this weekend for the fifth installment of the aptly-named Barbacoa and Big Red Festival, honoring San Antonio’s most-celebrated Sunday morning tradition. The yummy May 3 event, sponsored by Big Red, WhatapartySa.com, Tonyc Enterprises, Coors Light and KXTN 107.5, will be hosted at the R&J Music Pavilion in Thelma, inside Loop 1604 on the South Side, on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Robert Morris, an event organizer, estimated 10 San Antonio-area vendors will cook up their prime meats for the bragging rights and trophy of winning the festival’s barbacoa cook-off competition. As a native of the city, I’ve washed down barbacoa with Big Red since before I could speak, and am therefore excited to spend my Sunday judging the competition and reveling in all things “puro” San Antonio. If Big Red and barbacoa is your thing, but are unable to make it to the event, follow along … [Read more...] about Well be at the Barbacoa and Big Red Festival this weekend, will you?
Missouri Valley is headed to state duals for the first time in school history, and the team has no intention of taking it lightly. Although others might treat the team competition as a warm-up for the individual tournament, the Big Reds are going full tilt. “We’ve been doing things that are difficult and tough all year long so we could be prepared for something like this,” said Missouri Valley coach Keefer Jensen. “We’re going to go out and battle, put it all out there and see what happens.” The sixth-seeded Big Reds will make their Class 1-A state duals debut at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday at 9 a.m. It will be the team’s first time back on the mat since topping perennial power Logan-Magnolia for a district title and clinching a school-record seven state berths at Mapleton on Saturday. That’s now back-to-back years that the Big Reds have hit school records and come away with district titles. It’s safe to say they have plenty of … [Read more...] about Missouri Valley set for debut in duals: Big Reds think they can match up with anyone Wrestling
Norman Bridwell, creator of the beloved children's book character Clifford the Big Red Dog and author of more than 75 books in the series, recently died at age 86. The writer and artist passed away on Friday at Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard, after battling prostate cancer and following a recent fall at his family home, The New York Timesreported. He is survived by two adult children, Emily Elizabeth and Timothy, three grandchildren and his wife of 56 years, Norma. She was the person who came up for the name of the pooch. "I was going to call him Tiny," Bridwell said in a video interview posted by Scholastic in 2009. "And she said, "But you can't call him that.' So I said, 'Well, you name the dog.' And she went back to her childhood and took the name of an imaginary playmate." READ: Celebrities who've written children's books Bridwell was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1928. He went to art school in Indianapolis and New York City and worked as a commercial artist before … [Read more...] about Norman Bridwell, Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog Books, Dies at Age 86