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    GAFFNEY, S.C. — Baseball Hall of Famer and former Giants ace Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday. He was 84. Perry, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, died at his home in Gaffney at about 5 a.m. Thursday of natural causes, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. He did not provide additional details. The five-time All-Star began his career with the Giants, playing in San Francisco from 1962 to 1971 before being sent to Cleveland in one of the worst trades in Giants history. He won the Cy Young with Cleveland in 1972 and with San Diego in 1978 just after turning 40, and played for eight teams total over his 22-year career. Perry grew up on a farm in Williamston, North Carolina, plowing fields behind a mule when he was 7. He was a three-sport star at Williamston High School, averaging nearly 30 points a game in basketball. But baseball was his passion. In 1958, Perry received a $60,000 bonus to sign with the Giants. He was far from an instant success. On the morning of...
    After years of debate over the Hall of Fame worthiness of players linked to performance-enhancing drugs, baseball’s Steroids Era stands trial this weekend in San Diego at the 2022 winter meetings. If Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are selected to the Hall of Fame by the 16-member Contemporary Era committee that convenes Sunday, reversing 10 years of voting results by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it could open the doors to the hallowed museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and others whose otherwise stellar careers were tainted by PED allegations. But if Bonds and Clemens don’t get 75% of the vote, they’ll have to wait at least three more years and a precedent will have been set for a different group of voters that will decide on the next Contemporary Era ballot (1980s-present) in 2025. In other words, the committee, which I prefer to think of as baseball’s Supreme Court, may have the final word on the so-called Steroids Era. The Hall of Fame couldn’t have chosen a better group of representatives from the ranks of...
    Barry Bonds was kept out of Cooperstown via the traditional route, but the Hall of Fame’s doors haven’t completely shut on baseball’s controversial home run king. Bonds’ hotly debated candidacy is back on the table this week, a year after coming up short of the necessary 75% in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the writers’ ballot. This time around, it could be already-inducted contemporaries, such as Chipper Jones and Greg Maddux, that decide his fate. A 16-person Contemporary Era committee — consisting of Jones and Maddux and five other Hall of Fame players, six team executives and three media members/historians — will convene Sunday, the day before the Winter Meetings begin in San Diego, to consider the candidacies of Bonds and seven others, including Steroid Era brethren Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro. Albert Belle, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy and Curt Schilling make up the remainder of the candidates. Despite amassing a résumé that includes the all-time home run record, seven MVP trophies and 14 All-Star appearances, Bonds’ alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs — which he...
    Eurythmics are allegedly set to reunite for a world tour next year, after being offered a big-money deal by US promoters. The 80s pop duo - consisting of Annie Lennox, 67, and Dave Stewart, 70 - recently put on an incredibly rare performance while inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and now a source has claimed even a brand new album isn't 'off the table'. Music insiders have predicted a 40-date tour - which would mark their first time on the road in over 20 years - could gross an eye-watering £100million. 'They've been offered a HUGE amount of money': Eurythmics are 'set to reunite for £100m world tour' - after their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame comeback gig (pictured in November 2022) A source told The Mirror: 'Eurythmics have been offered a huge amount to reform for a world tour. 'Seeing them perform together again at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has really stirred the interests of promoters who are throwing money at the band to hit the road again. RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    Former Orlando Magic sharpshooter Dennis Scott, who earned the nickname “3-D” because of his prolific 3-point scoring, will become the 12th inductee into the organization’s Hall of Fame. Magic CEO Alex Martins made the announcement during a surprise appearance on NBA TV’s pregame show Saturday evening ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets. Scott will join John Gabriel (2022), Brian Hill (’22), Darrell Armstrong (’20), David Steele (’19), Tracy McGrady (’18), Jimmy Hewitt (’17), Penny Hardaway (’17), Rich DeVos (’16), Shaquille O’Neal (’15), Pat Williams (’14) and Nick Anderson (’14) in the Magic’s Hall of Fame. The date and time for the induction ceremony will be determined at a later date. “Dennis still remains one of the elite, long-range shooters in both Orlando Magic and NBA history,” Martins said in a statement. “His ability to shoot from beyond the three-point arc was a major key to our success during his time in Orlando and his records stand to this day. We are proud to make Dennis the next inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.” Scott, who was...
    The 2023 MLB Hall of Fame ballot has officially been released, and there are several surprises throwing fans for a loop that were revealed. Several surprises came for MLB fans as the first 2023 Hall of Fame ballot has officially been revealed from Sadiel Lebron. Ballot #1 is from Sadiel Lebron. He adds Wagner, Vizquel, Kent, and Buehrle while dropping Ramírez and selecting first-time candidate Francisco Rodríguez. Coming to the Tracker in about an hour pic.twitter.com/z4TzLPfYwD — Adam Dore (@ShutTheDore) November 26, 2022 Lebron added quite a few players to the ballot that many disagree with, and many also disagree with the fact that Manny Ramirez was dropped. Ramirez is certainly a controversial topic considering he was suspended twice for PED use, but his talent made him seem like a guaranteed Hall of Fame contender. He was an incredible player, finishing his 19-season career slashing .312/.411/.585 for an OPS of .996, but use of PEDs causes a player’s credibility to be questioned, which is tough to defend for a Hall of Fame case. It’s not so surprising that he’s...
    LAST Christmas was tinged with sadness in the football community with a death of a legend. An official NFL press release announced John Madden's passing on December 28, 2021. 2Hall of Fame coach John Madden poses in front of the football field What was John Madden's cause of death? John Madden died unexpectedly at age 85. At this time, no cause of death has been released. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell paid tribute to the icon, writing: "On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families. We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather." Goodell continued, "Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others." MOST READ IN NFLREALITY HITS I'm a sports star who found love on reality TV & Brady can too after divorceTURKEY DAY FOOTBALL Why do Dallas Cowboys and Detroit...
    Getty Ray Lewis could be joined by two former Ravens in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden and Ed Reed occupy places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as great players for the Baltimore Ravens. All three played their careers in Baltimore, but the AFC North franchise has a strong chance to send two more former players to Canton. Both have qualified for the semi-final stage of the voting process for the class of 2023. While they each flourished with the Ravens, the duo also boosted their Hall-worthy CVs at other stops around the NFL. Their legacies with the Ravens are focused on the big plays they brought to the passing game for a team traditionally known for its defense. One member of the duo even helped the Ravens win their second Super Bowl.Dynamic Duo Deserve EnshrinementAnquan Boldin and Steve Smith sr. are two of the 28 ex-players who made it to the penultimate stage of voting: The 28 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the @ProFootballHOF Class of 2023. #PFHOF23 pic.twitter.com/iLbIRdbxak — NFL (@NFL)...
    Getty Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta Falcons dual-threat running back, Cordarrelle Patterson, is a future Hall of Famer, according to former NFL wide receiver-turned-analyst, Nate Burleson. During an episode of Good Morning Football on Nov. 21, Burleson went into detail as to exactly why Patterson belongs in the HOF, comparing and contrasting him to former Chicago Bears star kick returner, Devin Hester. “Cordarelle Patterson belongs in the Hall of Fame. Hear me out. Here’s the thing. We all believe that Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer, right? And rightfully so. Devin Hester has five kickoff return TDs [and] 14 punt return TDs, which is crazy. He has 17 offensive TDs around 3,500 offensive total yards. “Corderrelle Patterson is a beast. By far the best kickoff returner we have ever seen. Now he’s not much of a punt returner. I think he has a goose egg in that category. But, offensively he has 34 offensive touchdowns, and almost 5,000 yards offensively. “Now you add in the nine kickoff returns, which this is like a...
    Getty Former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jahri Evans has been named a Hall of Fame semifinalist. The Green Bay Packers have been well represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of the most storied franchises in professional sports. The Packers could be represented once again in the 2023 Hall of Fame class with one of their former starters on the offensive line. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio announced its list of the modern-era semifinalists for the 2023 class. The 28 semifinalists included some legendary names like Dwight Freeney, Torry Holt, Devin Hester, and Hines Ward. The list also included longtime NFL veteran and former Packers offensive guard Jahri Evans, who played with the team in his final season back in 2017 before retiring. The Packers went just 7-9 that season, missing the playoffs entirely while finishing third in the NFC North behind the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. While his career won’t be remembered primarily for his lone season in Green Bay, Packers fans will be glad to see a...
    Getty Former Eagles CB Eric Allen retired with 54 career interceptions in 2001. Two former Philadelphia Eagles greats are one step closer to immortality. Eric Allen and Ricky Watters were named semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023. The debate-worthy list of 28 players will be whittled down to 15 guys in early January. This marks the third straight year for Allen as a semifinalist. The All-Pro cornerback has a very vocal cheering section who lobby for his inclusion year after year. Allen collected 54 interceptions — tied for 21st-best with Hall of Famers Willie Brown and Darrell Green — along with eight touchdowns and 40 pass breakups. The Arizona State product was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro during a 14-year NFL career that included stints with the Eagles, Saints, and Raiders. He never won a world championship, although he was considered one of the first true shutdown cornerbacks. Eric Allen is one of 28 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 announced today. 58 interceptions, 9 pick...
    Four former Ravens were named semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 on Tuesday. Wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith Sr., as well as receiver-returner Devin Hester and offensive tackle Willie Anderson, are among the 28 players under consideration. Boldin and Smith were semifinalists last year, while Hester and Anderson were finalists. Boldin played in Baltimore from 2010 to 2012, recording 2,645 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2012, he had 927 receiving yards and four touchdowns, helping the Ravens win Super XLVII. Boldin was the team’s leading receiver in its Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, finishing with 104 yards and a touchdown. Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, played for four teams in his 12-year career and is 14th all time in receiving yards (13,779). He also finished with 82 career receiving touchdowns, 28th all time. Smith, a star during his 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, signed with the Ravens in 2014. He had 2,534 yards and 14 touchdowns during his three years in Baltimore and led the 2014 team...
    A trio of former 49ers are semfinalists once again for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Patrick Willis has reached that stage in his fourth straight year of eligibility, while Ricky Watters and Anquan Boldin also are among the 28 modern-era semifinalists. It’s Watters’ third time in the past four years to become a semifinalist, and Boldin is a semifinalist for the second time in as many eligible years. Willis was a finalist for this year’s class that included the induction of former 49ers’ defensive lineman Bryant Young. First-year eligible semifinalists are are offensive linemen Jahri Evans and Joe Thomas, defensive lineman Dwight Freeney, linebacker James Harrison and defensive back Darrelle Revis. Next year’s class eventually will be whittled to 15 modern-era finalists before it is announced Feb. 9. Don Coryell was nominated from the coach/contributor committee, and the seniors committee recommended Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko and Ken Riley. Other semifinalists: Eric Allen, Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Ronde Barber, Henry Ellard, London FLetcher, Rodney Harrison, Devin Hester, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson, Albert Lewis, Robert Mathis, Steve Smith Sr., Fred Taylor,...
    NBA Hall of Fame player and Golden State Warriors great Tim Hardaway made an awful joke to describe a play in the Warriors’ game against the San Antonio Spurs. The “Run TMC” members broadcast Monday night’s game on NBC Sports Bay Area. The crew consisted of Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin. The nickname was a play on the rap group “Run DMC.” The trio played together for the Warriors for two seasons, and they were the highest-scoring trio in the NBA for those two seasons. The group ended after the Warriors traded Richmond to the Sacramento Kings in 1991. On Monday night, NBC Sports Bay Area put them on the broadcast to call the game to honor the trio. Hardaway, who had no experience in broadcasting, described a foul call at the beginning of the third quarter on Steph Curry in an awful way. “So y’all thought that was great D [defense] I thought that was just raping them,” Hardaway said. “I think you should’ve called the police on that.” An awkward silence broke out between the three announcers...
    When looking back at the biggest events and celebrations in Mets history, it’s the details that stand out. The members of the 1986 Mets coming through the stands at Shea Stadium during their 20th anniversary celebration. The reenactment of the fan parachuting onto the field. Tom Seaver throwing out the first pitch to Mike Piazza before the opening of Citi Field. The family of Seaver sitting in the front row as his statue was unveiled. Few fanbases revel in nostalgia like Mets fans, hanging on to every milestone, good, bad, controversial or comical. The person behind all of those events, longtime Mets executive Lorraine Hamilton, has never wanted any credit, preferring to let the legends on the field be the center of attention, but she’ll finally be recognized Sunday night when she’s inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, along with the late Tommie Agee and Bobby Ojeda. It’s a recognition of 34 years of service with the Mets and acknowledgment of the lasting legacy she leaves as she retires. “There’s really something special about Lorraine, just...
    Baseball's all-time hit king Pete Rose has sent a letter to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to try to get into the Hall of Fame - again. He is officially banned from baseball after admittedly gambling on the Cincinnati Reds when he played for, and managed, the team from 1985 until 1987. An allegation also surfaced in 2017 that Rose had an improper sexual relationship with a minor in the 1970s.  Rose's letter comes after accused steroids cheats Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro were listed on Hall of Fame committee ballot.  Rose is banned from induction into the Hall of Fame and for working in MLB, but he is permitted to attend games and is now attempting to get into the Hall of Fame once more. Pete Rose has sent a letter to MLB commissioner to try to get into the Hall of Fame - again Rose was one member of the Philadelphia Phillies 1980 championship team (above) but is officially banned from baseball after admittedly gambling on the Cincinnati Reds 'I am asking for your forgiveness. Despite my many...
    In a ceremony filled with emotional moments, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame welcomed its newest quartet of inductees on Wednesday night at SAP Center. If this year’s honorees — NFL tight end Doug Cosbie, Archbishop Mitty basketball coach Sue Phillips, San Jose State baseball coach Sam Piraro and judo world champion and coach Mike Swain — shared a common theme, it was family. Some reflected on the patient and supportive family members they had at home that allowed them to pursue their dreams. Others talked about the families they made on their teams. For some it was both. San Jose Sports Hall of Fame inductees Doug Cosbie, left, and Sam Piraro at the induction ceremony at SAP Center in San Jose on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)  “This event is special because it gives you a chance to thank all the people who put you up here,” said Piraro, who took San Jose State to the College World Series in 2000. One of those people was his brother, Stuart Piraro, who provided a bone...
    Three more playthings have entered the National Toy Hall of Fame: Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe action figures and the top. This year’s inductees to the collection, part of the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., were selected from 12 finalists. Lite-Brite, introduced in 1966, is a panel on which translucent pegs can be placed to create a glowing image. It’s still being made, with recent models including a “Stranger Things” version. Masters of the Universe are a collection of action figures including He-Man and She-Ra. They were the basis for a 1980s animated TV show. The spinning top dates to ancient times. The toys that didn’t make the cut this year: bingo, the board game Catan, the card games Phase 10 and Rack-O, Breyer horses, Pound Puppies, Spirograph, Nerf and the piñata. The Hall of Fame started in 1998 with 11 inductees, and a few more have been added every year. The list now totals 80: Teddy bear Baby doll Baby Nancy Barbie G.I. Joe Raggedy Ann and Andy American Girl dolls Little green army men...
    Getty TJ Lavin The “Challenge” host TJ Lavin was honored on Saturday, October 29, 2022, when he was inducted into the National BMX Hall of Fame. The longtime host gave a speech during the induction ceremony in which he gave a shoutout to not just the BMX community but his “Challenge” family as well. During his 30-minute-long speech, TJ explained that the title of it was “without you, there’s no me” and it represented all the people that shaped who he is today. Among those people, TJ thanked his “Bunim/Murray Productions family” and intimated that some of them were sitting in the audience for the ceremony. “These people are with me more than my regular family nowadays,” TJ shared. “They are a different level of people. They’ve taught me so much and they’ve really helped me blossom as a human.” He said when he first got into the “Challenge,” he was just a “dirtbag dude” that didn’t know much about anything and this BMP family “taught me everything, when it comes to humility and stuff like the LGBTQ...
    By Mark Kennedy | Associated Press NEW YORK — Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the successful country group Alabama and steered them up the charts with such hits as “Song of the South” and “Dixieland Delight,” has died. He was 73. Cook had Parkinson’s disease and disclosed his diagnosis in 2017. He died Tuesday at his home in Destin, Florida, said Don Murry Grubbs, a representative for the band. Teddy Gentry, from left, Jeff Cook, and Randy Owen of Alabama attend the ACM Honors in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2015. The band landed eight No. 1 songs on the country charts between spring 1980 and summer 1982. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM Tributes poured in from country stars, including Travis Tritt who called Cook “a great guy and one heckuva bass fisherman” and Charlie Daniels, who tweeted that “Heaven gained another guitar/fiddle player today.” As a guitarist, fiddle player and vocalist, Cook — alongside cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry — landed eight No. 1 songs on the country charts between spring 1980 and summer 1982, according to the Country Music Hall...
    Jeremy Chan/Getty Images Musician Alanis Morissette cited “anti-woman sentiment” as her reason for skipping out on a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance. The Ironic singer took to Instagram to explain her absence from the Saturday event. The performance was meant to be a tribute to Carly Simon where Morissette and Olivia Rodrigo would perform the hit song You’re So Vain together. Morrissette made clear her decision had nothing to do with Simon or any other performers. “I have spent decades in an industry that is rife with an overarching anti-woman sentiment and have tolerated a lot of condescension and disrespectfulness, reduction, dismissiveness, contract-breaching, unsupportiveness, exploitation and psychological violence (and more) throughout my career,” she wrote. Hollywood, she added, has been “notorious for its disrespect of the feminine in all of us.” She appeared to suggest she may be avoiding other future events she’s not comfortable with, saying she has no time for environments that “reduce women.” “Thankfully, I am at a point in my life where there is no need for me to spend time...
    More On: alanis morissette Halsey thanks Alanis Morissette for helping her write ‘the best f–k you’ songs Why Alanis Morissette’s 6-year-old daughter calls singer by her full name Dave Coulier reveals first thoughts of ex Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’ Nick Lachey ‘never felt older’ than when working with Grimes on ‘Alter Ego’ Alanis Morissette axed her performance at the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles at the eleventh hour, we’re told. The “You Oughta Know” singer was set to perform Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” along with Olivia Rodrigo, but she “bowed out last minute” after rehearsal on Friday, an insider told Page Six. “When she ran through it the first time with Olivia, it seemed like they weren’t prepared,” the insider said. Simon’s guitarist, Jimmy Ryan, leaked that Morissette was performing last month in a since-deleted Facebook post. But the Hall of Fame never officially confirmed her as one of the performers. After Friday’s rehearsal, organizers received...
    Less than a year after his eligibility on the traditional Baseball Hall of Fame ballot expired, Barry Bonds will get another shot at Cooperstown. Bonds is one of eight players on the Contemporary Baseball Era player ballot alongside Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Albert Belle, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro and Curt Schilling. The former Giants great and MLB all-time home run leader will be considered for the Hall by a different group this time around, too. On the traditional player ballot, the Baseball Writers Association of America votes. This time around, a 16-person panel appointed by the Hall of Fame’s board will cast the votes, and the results will be announced Dec. 4 on MLB Network as the Winter Meetings kick off. Players must receive 75 percent of the vote, like on the BBWAA ballot, and panelists can only vote for three of the eight players. In January, Bonds fell short in his 10th and final year of eligibility for the BBWAA ballot, receiving 66 percent of the vote, nine points shy of the 75 percent needed. Clemens and...
    Dolly Parton is now a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. As she took the stage during the induction ceremony Saturday in Los Angeles, Parton opened her speech by joking, “I’m a rock star now!” Parton told the crowd she had originally declined the nomination, saying she didn’t feel she had “done enough to deserve that.” She said she now realizes the induction is “about a little more than that” and said she was “honored and so proud.” ‘GODFIDENCE’: MUSICIAN DJ CUPPY SAYS HER FAITH IS KEY TO INDUSTRY SUCCESS The singer-songwriter and country star performed "Rockin’," a song written for the event. "If I'm going to go in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I'm going to have to earn it," Parton said. "And you thought I couldn't rock 'n' roll." Parton also performed "Jolene" alongside fellow inductees Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Simon Le Bon, and Rob Halford. “This is a very special night for me,” Parton told Rolling Stone....
    In September, he revealed that 'it took a long time' for his brain to start working again following his December 2007 overdose.  And now, Eminem admitted that almost dying from the methadone overdose 'kind of sucked' and insisted that music 'saved his life' as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on Saturday. The rapper, 50, asked his daughter Hailie Jade Mathers, 26, to cover her ears while at the ceremony in Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre, as he talked about his addiction and confessed that he found 'drugs f**king delicious.'  Candid: Eminem, 50, admitted almost dying from a 2007 overdose 'kind of sucked' and that music 'saved his life' as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on Saturday Eminem - whose real name is Marshall Mathers - said: 'I realise what an honour it is right now to be here up here tonight, and what a privilege it is to do the music that I love. 'Music basically saved my life… I'll keep this as painless as possible, I'm f****** stuttering and s***....
    Dusty Baker finally got the one thing missing from his Hall of Fame career: a World Series title  Dusty Baker and the rest of the Houston Astros dugout watched the fly ball float into foul territory down the right-field line. It took only a few seconds before it got from the bat of Nick Castellanos into Kyle Tucker’s glove, but for Baker, it was the weight of nearly three decades that was finally lifted. Baker, 29 years after managing his first game, is now a World Series champion after his Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. Baker, who assumed the leadership of this team in the midst of scandal in 2020 and has guided it once more to the top of the baseball world, had won 2,093 games in his career, ninth-most in history and most by any manager before winning a title. He had taken five different teams to the postseason. His teams had won nine division titles over his 25 years as a manager. But he had never...
    The Induction of Duran Duran into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was supposed to be celebratory night that would also serve as a reunion for the British band who formed back in 1978. And while the evening at the 37th annual ceremony at the Microsoft Theater was still a time to feel proud for original members Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Simon Le Bon, the reunion with former guitarist Andy Taylor did not happen after all. During their induction speech frontman Le Bon informed the audience, via a letter on behalf of Andy Taylor, that he couldn't attend the event due to 'a setback' in his treatment for stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer, according to Rolling Stone. Shocking announcement: Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon revealed the band's original guitarist Andy Taylor couldn't make their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday due to 'a setback' in his treatments for stage 4 prostate cancer Dressed in a lime-green suit, Hollywood A-lister Robert Downey Jr. had the honor of inducting Duran Duran into the hall...
    Getty Lenny Kravitz introduces inductee Lionel Richie during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 05, 2022 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted its 2022 honorees on November 5, including music legend and “American Idol” judge Lionel Richie. The icon was elated by the honor, appearing onstage at the event with some unexpected, famous fans: rockers Lenny Kravitz and Dave Grohl.Lionel Richie Calls His Hall of Fame Induction ‘Outrageous’ GettyLionel Richie performs on stage with Dave Grohl during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 5, 2022 Even before Richie, 73, entered the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles to become one of the 2022 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — which also included Eminem, Dolly Parton, Pat Benatar, and Duran Duran — he said he was thrilled to receive the honor while he’s still alive and able to experience it. “It’s outrageous, it’s out of control,” he told interviewer Bevy Smith during the Hall of Fame’s live stream from...
    Growing up in Georgia, Ray Guy was known as one of the best all-around athletes in the region. Yet Guy, who died Thursday at age 72 after a lengthy illness, earned fame as a specialist with the Oakland Raiders and in 2014 was the first punter named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Guy’s death was reported by the NFL and Southern Mississippi, where he went to college. Raiders owner Al Davis surprised the football world in 1973 when he made Guy the 23rd pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. It was Guy who popularized “hang time” with soaring punts that would reach eye level of fans in the outer reaches of a stadium, enabling coverage teams to make tackles and swing field position the way of the Raiders. In an interview with this news organization in 2014, Guy said he’d never heard the words “hang time” until coach John Madden used them to describe his kicks. In 1977, Houston coach Bum Phillips accused Guy of using footballs inflated with helium because he’d never seen punts...
    The California Hall of Fame has named 11 inductees in its 2022 class: Lynda Carter, 71, actor and singer best known as TV’s Wonder Woman. Roy Choi, 52, chef whose Kogi BBQ was a landmark in the modern food truck movement. Steven Chu, 74, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Stanford professor and former U.S. secretary of energy. Peggy Fleming, 74, Olympic figure skater and Los Gatos-based vintner. Arlie Russell Hochschild, 82, sociologist and UC Berkeley professor emeritus. Alonzo King, 70, San Francisco-based choreographer. Barbara Morgan, 70, NASA astronaut and teacher. Megan Rapinoe, 37, Olympic and professional soccer player. Linda Ronstadt, 76, singer and songwriter. Los Tigres del Norte, San Jose-based norteño band. Ed Ruscha, 84, visual artist. The Hall of Fame, initially the project of Maria Shriver, was launched in 2006 with 13 inductees. Every year since, the governor and his partner have added a new class. Inductees must have lived in California for five years, “transcended the boundaries of their field to make lasting contributions to the state, nation and world; [and] achieved accomplishments that inspire people to pursue...
    TOM BRADY and Aaron Rodgers are looking exhausted and should maybe retire from the NFL, it's been claimed. Legendary quarterback Kurt Warner reckons the modern-day greats are not the players they used to be. 3Tom Brady saw his Bucs team lose a shocker to Carolina Panthers on SundayCredit: Reuters 3Aaron Rodgers and his Packers team were stunning in Washington DC to fall to 3-4Credit: Getty Images - Getty Brady, 45, has struggled this season amid personal problems and a rumored divorce from Gisele Bundchen. His Tampa Bay Buccaneers team are 3-4 and he has cut a frustrated figure on the field. Brady was seen shouting at teammates on the sideline last week and also threw a tablet in disgust earlier this season. Rodgers, meanwhile, has seen his Green Bay Packers fall to 3-4 as well. Read More on the NFLFAMILY TIME Gisele told Brady to quit football or she's gone for good, report claimsHOT ROD Aaron Rodgers tells AJ Hawk to 'GFY' and Pat McAfee's reaction is brilliant The 38-year-old returned to the team this season after speculation he could...
    Getty Cam Reddish has looked good to start the year. The New York Knicks are 2-1 to start the year and that has a lot of people buzzing including Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino. Pitino, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2013, tweeted about the Knicks and praised how “fun” the team is to watch so far. “Love how the Knicks are playing – was hoping for Donovan but love how [Jalen Brunson and Cam Reddish] are developing,” he wrote. “Fun team to watch and Tibs doing his usual great job!! They are turning the corner.” Love how the Knicks are playing – was hoping for Donovan but love how @jalenbrunson1 n @camreddish are developing. Fun team to watch and Tibs doing his usual great job!! They are turning the corner. — Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) October 25, 2022 Of course, it’s very important to note that it’s very early into the year and the Knicks got off to a hot start last season only to miss the playoffs in the end. As a result, it might...
    SANTA CLARA — Bryant Young wore his gold jacket for the first time Sunday since being inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6. The occasion on was receiving his Hall of Fame ring at halftime of the 49ers’ 44-23 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi’s Stadium during the alumni weekend for the franchise that also honored the 2012 NFC championship team. Young, 50, gave a memorable acceptance speech in which he honored his late son, Bryant Colby Young, who passed away from brain cancer in 2016. Tears were shed in the audience as well as the television audience. Young said the outpouring of emotion after the speech was considerable. “I got a lot of great feedback from people that heard it,” Young said in a pregame press conference. “I struggled with that story. It just kept coming back to me and I was going in a completely different direction. I knew it needed to be told that way. “It was heartfelt. I just shared my heart a little bit. Just to hear the remarks...
    Getty A selector for the NFL Hall of Fame believes Marcus Mariota can lead the Falcons to the playoffs. Beating the San Francisco 49ers 28-14 in Week 6 only evened the Atlanta Falcons’ record at 3-3, but one selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame believes the win could kickstart a “surprise” playoff run. This longtime NFL writer thinks quarterback Marcus Mariota being a better fit than Matt Ryan for head coach Arthur Smith’s run-first offense will help the “feisty” Falcons’ chances. So will a soft schedule featuring games against struggling teams, including the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears.‘Feisty’ Falcons Have Playoff PotentialWriting for The Athletic, Hall of Fame selector Mike Sando outlined why the Falcons can make the playoffs: “They have Carolina twice, Chicago, Washington, Pittsburgh and Arizona still on their schedule.” Sando also highlighted how much the Falcons have improved in EPA (expected points added) from 2021 to this point in the current season. The Falcons, at +8.1, are second only to the 5-1 New York Giants as “the top two gainers.” Those gains have...
    Getty Eagles captains Brandon Graham and Jalen Hurts hug it out after beating Jacksonville. Stare closely at the Philadelphia Eagles logo and you’ll notice a hidden letter, an Easter egg that sets the franchise apart from the other 31 teams. There is an upper case E etched into the Eagles neck which is why the logo faces left when everyone else’s logo faces right. It’s a bit of an optical illusion as the feathers on the back edge double up to form an E. The unique logo was going viral earlier this week when Twitter user Kelly — a card-carrying Eagles fan and host of the Kelly Green Show — pointed it out. Then, the Pro Football Hall of Fame chimed in to explain why Philadelphia’s logo was different. The Eagles caught wind of it and reposted it with the comment: “wE diffErEnt.” ???????????? ???????????????? The reason that the @Eagles logo is the only one in the NFL facing to the left is because it allows for a hidden "E" to be incorporated. Stare at the eagle's neck and...
    Associated Press Bruce Sutter, a Hall of Fame reliever and the 1979 Cy Young winner, has died. He was 69. Sutter was recently diagnosed with cancer and died Thursday night in hospice, surrounded by his family, one of Sutter’s three sons, Chad, told The Associated Press. The Baseball Hall of Fame said Bruce Sutter died in Cartersville, Georgia. “All our father ever wanted to be remembered as was being a great teammate, but he was so much more than that,” the Sutter family said in a statement Friday. “He was also a great husband to our mother for 50 (years), he was a great father and grandfather and he was a great friend. His love and passion for the game of baseball can only be surpassed by his love and passion for his family.” Sutter is considered one of the first pitchers to throw a split-finger fastball. The right-hander played 12 seasons in the major leagues, was a six-time All-Star and ended up with 300 saves over his career. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “deeply saddened” by the...
    Baseball world mourns the passing of Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter. Bruce Sutter, one of the most dominant relief pitchers to ever play the game, has passed away today at 69 years old, per an announcement by the St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter. Sutter is a member of the National Hall of Fame as well as the team Hall of Fames of both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. Aside from his Hall of Fame numbers, Sutter is also best known as being one of the first pitchers to heavily rely on a split-fingered fastball in his repertoire. He also is one of two non-Jackie Robinson players in history (Mariano Rivera is the other) to have their No. 42 retired by their respective clubs.MLB: Bruce Sutter passes away, baseball world mourns loss of Hall of FamerIn each season from 1977 through 1979, Sutter managed to pull off a feat that has rarely been seen over the course of MLB history, striking out over 100 batters in a season as a closer. His incredible 1979 performance on the Cubs...
    BRUCE SUTTER has sadly passed away at the age of 69. The Hall of Fame pitcher's death was announced on Thursday morning. 1Bruce Sutter died at the age of 69 Sutter was a member of St Louis Cardinals' 1982 World Series winning team. He played in Major League Baseball from 1976 to 1988 with three different teams. The former Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves star was also a six-time All-Star. Sutter was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Most read in SportRIP COREY MLB world in mourning as Phillies minor league pitcher, 20, loses cancer battleSAD LOSS Pro baseball pitcher dies at age 20 with heartbreaking tribute from teamFIGHTING WORDS Blake Bortles tells critics to 'suck it' after former QB earns $47 millionGREEN DAYS Ex-WWE beauty Chelsea Green sizzles in tiny bikini for 2023 calendar More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics If the Boston Celtics want to return to the NBA Finals in 2023, they’re going to need a significant contribution from Jayson Tatum. The All-NBA wing is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the NBA, but at times, he can seem a little passive on the court – and that can lead to some poor shooting nights from the field. However, if Tatum can adopt a more aggressive attitude on a nightly basis, then there’s no reason to believe that he won’t scale new heights and bring the Celtics along for the ride – especially when you factor in Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Malcolm Brogdon, and Robert Williams as the other difference makers on the team. According to former Dino Radja, a former Celtics big man who is now enshrined in the NBA Hall of Fame, Tatum has all the skills necessary to become an offensive assassin like his idol Kobe Bryant – but he needs to commit to putting the work in if he wants to reach that ceiling. View...
    RANDY JOHNSON is certainly a man of many talents. The former MLB Hall of Famer, 59, was a ten-time All-Star and won the World Series with the Arizona Diamondback in 2001. 1Randy Johnson is one of the greatest pitchers of all timeCredit: Getty Johnson was known for his signature fastball-slider combination with his 303 career victories the fifth-most by a left-hander in MLB history. While his incredible 4,875 strikeouts place him second on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan. After retiring in 2010, Johnson chose to sideline baseball and pick up a camera, keen to put his good eye to use elsewhere. And many fans have been stunned to learn that he is a sideline photographer, shooting NFL games across the country. learned today that randy johnson is now a professional photographer (??) and shoots nfl games (???) pic.twitter.com/P714LxY6hH— Sophie Kleeman (@sophiekleeman) October 12, 2022 Read More on The US SunSPEAKING OUT Gisele breaks silence on relationship with Tom Brady in cryptic commentI SMELL MONEY Inside MLB's most lucrative contracts as Aaron Judge set to land huge deal Sophie Kleeman of The Insider tweeted...
    The Giants’ legendary broadcaster Duane Kuiper on Wednesday was named a finalist for the 2023 Ford C. Frick Award, “presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.” Kuiper, wrapping up his 29th season behind the microphone in San Francisco, was also a finalist in 2014. This year, he was nominated alongside nine others: Dave Campbell, Joe Castiglione, Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Jerry Howarth, Pat Hughes, Ernie Johnson Sr. and Steve Stone. The winner will be announced at this year’s Winter Meetings, on Dec. 7, and the winner will be honored in Cooperstown in July at the 2023 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the award is an honor for “commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers.” Jon Miller, the other voice of the Giants won the Frick award in 2010. Mike Krukow, Kuiper’s longtime partner, was also a finalist in 2017. Related Articles San Francisco Giants | Alex Cobb caps standout season,...
    GARETH SOUTHGATE posed with his wife Alison as he was inducted into the Legends of Football hall of fame. But the England boss is hoping this is not the end of his silverware in 2022. 6Gareth Southgate and Ellen White were inducted into the Legends of Football hall of fameCredit: Getty 6Southgate was joined by his wife Alison on the red carpetCredit: Getty 6Laura Woods and Geoff Shreeves hosted the awards ceremonyCredit: Getty Southgate, 52, has endured a tricky year as Three Lions manager after the Nations League struggles but takes his country to Qatar next month hoping to go one better than the Euros last year. England famously reached the Euro 2020 final, losing on penalties to Italy, and were knocked out in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. He joins an illustrious list of football icons including Stanley Matthews, Bobby Charlton, Alex Ferguson, Pele and Arsene Wenger - as well as Premier League heroes Eric Cantona, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Southgate, who took over from Sam Allardyce six years ago, told Sky Sports...
    SANTA CLARA — Ryan Clark has heard the buzz about 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga and watched the film with interest. NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth invoked the name of Hall of Fame safety “Troy Polamalu” more than once during the Sunday Night Football broadcast in Denver. Charles Woodson and Richard Sherman made the comparison on Twitter, as did former 49ers defensive back and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott on a local radio station. Clark, an NFL analyst for ESPN, played free safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers for eight seasons, all with Polamalu at strong safety. The two are so close that when Clark flew to California this weekend to watch his son play for Arizona State against USC, he stayed at Polamalu’s home. When the conversation turned to football Thursday night, Polamalu brought up Hufanga’s name unprompted. “Troy’s words to me last night were, ‘He’s the perfect pupil,’ ” Clark said in a phone interview. “He does everything right. Anything you tell him that can make him better, he implements it, whether it’s the amount of sleep he gets, the amount...
    On Thursday morning, future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees stopped by the Stacking The Box Podcast to talk New Orleans, the Superdome and Marty Schottenheimer. Drew Brees is retired from the NFL, but he’s far from done. Brees, who retired as pro football’s all-time leading passer and a 13-time Pro Bowler, chatted with FanSided NFL insider Matt Verderame on Stacking The Box to talk New Orleans and its recovery from Hurricane Katrina, his Super Bowl darkhorses, Marty Schottenheimer and his role with Lowe’s. However, his most notable comment was about Schottenheimer, who coached Brees for the first four years of his career during his time with the San Diego Chargers from 2002-05. Schottenheimer, who passed away earlier this year from Alzheimer’s Disease at 77 years old, holds a permanent places in Brees’ heart.Drew Brees believes Marty Schottenheimer should be in Hall of Fame“He was a huge part of my career,” Brees said of Schottenheimer. “He was a tough, old-school football coach. But, man, when I say the guy knew how to win, he knew the formula for winning, he absolutely...
    Road Win The Cincinnati Bengals finally returned to form in week three with an impressive win over the Jets. With a score of 27-12, the Bengals took off to an early lead, as Coach Zac Taylor made the decision to receive the kickoff rather than kick after winning the coin toss. Playing from behind happened in the first two weeks and this decision certainly seemed to help with the momentum of the Bengals offense. Burrow lead the way with 275 yards and 3 touchdowns as he looked poised in the pocket due to the better protection from the men up front. Tyler Boyd had 105 yards and a touchdown and running back Samaje Perine “ate” a ton of clock to put a dagger into the Jets defense and end the game. While we had some offensive momentum for the first time this year, the Bengals defense Is what truly won this football game, as Davis-Gaither, Trey Hendrickson, B.J. Hill, and Vonn Bell all had a monstrous game. The Bengals are now 1-2 and head into a very tough matchup on...
    Getty A Hall of Fame WR has admitted he was wrong about Lamar Jackson. Lamar Jackson is winning over his detractors with every performance during the 2022 NFL regular season. The franchise quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens is leading the league with 10 touchdown passes, but it’s his running ability that has one doubter admitting he got Jackson all wrong. Michael Irvin had been among Jackson’s most vociferous doubters at the start of a contract year for the Ravens’ starter. The Hall of Fame wide receiver who won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys expressed concern Jackson was not running enough because he was worried about protecting his next deal. Irvin made the critique following Week 1’s 24-9 win over the New York Jets, but the 56-year-old admitted he got it wrong after Jackson ran 11 times for 107 yards to help the Ravens beat the New England Patriots 37-26.Irvin Backtracks on Jackson ConcernsSpeaking on an edition of ESPN’s First Take (h/t Ravens Vault podcast co-host Bobby Trosset), Irvin explained why Jackson’s rushing performance against the Pats shut...
    Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez expressed their displeasure over not yet receiving the call to baseball’s hall of fame. Bonds was a guest on Rodriguez’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball KayRod Cast — which Rodriguez co-hosts with New York Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay. Bonds and Rodriguez have been connected to steroid use throughout their careers. A discussion about the baseball hall of fame was brought up. Bonds acknowledged it was out of his control. “It is what it is,” Bonds said. “That’s their vote, they are entitled to their vote. But that dream is still not over for me.” Kay brought up that Rodriguez has mentioned before what it would mean to be inducted into baseball’s hall of fame. Bonds was asked similarly what his thoughts on the hall of fame was. “It means a lot to all of us, 100 percent,” Bonds added. “We’ve earned it.” Rodriguez brought up the eligibility requirements that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America have for players to be considered. “Maybe we come back for one more at bat and reset the clock,” Rodriguez...
    Getty A Hall of Fame head coach has made a prediction about Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers' offense. Jimmy Garoppolo is back in the spotlight as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers after Trey Lance broke his ankle in Week 2. It means the 49ers have a proven winner under center, but it also means more scrutiny for a veteran passer who has limitations and detractors. Fortunately for Garoppolo, he also has his fans. One of the believers is a Hall of Fame head coach with a Super Bowl win on his CV. This coaching great is confident enough in Garoppolo to make a bold prediction about how the Niners’ offense will fare compared to how things were going with Lance.Jimmy G Return to Have Immediate ImpactTony Dungy expects an uptick in how the 49ers move the ball now Garoppolo is directing things again, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. To Dungy, it’s not a matter of whether the 49ers could be better with Garoppolo than Lance: “I think, will be — not just...
    Getty The most valuable praise in any sport comes from colleagues and opponents, and some of his fellow cornerbacks are projecting big honors for Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay had one of the best performances of his career on Monday Night Football in the Eagles’ 24-7 win over the Vikings. In fact, it wouldn’t be hyperbole to call it one of the best performances any cornerback could put together. Slay shut down arguably the best receiver in the NFL in Justin Jefferson, holding him to 1 reception for 7 yards on five targets with Slay being the closest defender. Meanwhile, Slay picked two of those passes off. That was good enough to make him the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week. Showin' why he's one of the best! ????: #PHIvsWAS on FOX on 9/25 at 1PM pic.twitter.com/KHskckeILg — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 21, 2022 That led former Browns and Steelers corner Joe Haden, a three-time Pro Bowler, to project Slay as a future Hall of Famer if he keeps this up. Thank you Slay!!...
    Getty A Hall of Fame QB has advised the Ravens about Lamar Jackson's next contract. Lamar Jackson has started the 2022 NFL regular season in spectacular style and every touchdown pass only amplifies the chatter about his next contract. Most of the noise concerns what exactly the Baltimore Ravens are waiting for before they offer their franchise quarterback a lucrative new deal. It’s not easy guessing the thought process of general manager Eric DeCosta, but one Hall of Fame quarterback believes things don’t have to be so complicated. Instead, this Super Bowl-winning passer thinks the Ravens’ front office should make a decision now and prevent Jackson’s future from becoming an issue that drags on and on, one way or another.Hall of Famer Has His Say on Jackson’s FutureTwo-time league MVP Kurt Warner is tired of waiting for a resolution to Jackson’s contract situation. He’s offered some direct advice to the Ravens: Our league is just better when @Lj_era8 is doing @Lj_era8 things… such a special player to watch! (Now just guarantee his $$$ & move on!!) — Kurt...