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Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o and More Pay Tribute to Chadwick Boseman One Year After His Death

On the one-year anniversary of Chadwick Boseman’s death, several of his friends, collaborators and admirers took to social media to honor him and his work.

Boseman, famous for playing the titular role in Marvel’s “Black Panther” among many other films, died of colon cancer at age 43 on Aug. 28, 2020. His passing came as a shock to almost everyone — he had been diagnosed in 2016, but kept his illness private and continued to work. Only his family and a small group of others were aware as he underwent surgeries and chemotherapy; despite the physically demanding nature of many of his last roles, even Ryan Coogler (director of “Black Panther”) and Spike Lee (director of “Da 5 Bloods”) have said publicly that they were completely surprised by the news.

Lupita Nyong’o, who played Nakia opposite Boseman in “Black Panther,” reflected on Boseman’s silent presence as

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Kenny Mayne Left ESPN After Being Asked to Take 60% Pay Cut

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Joe Budden Ends Podcast After Firing Co-Hosts Rory and Mal Mid-Show

After six years of recording, the “Joe Budden Podcast” has come to a dramatic end. Host Budden fired his co-hosts, Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay, while recording a podcast episode that was posted and then quickly deleted on May 12. Budden later reposted the episode on Patreon, asking fans to subscribe to see the video footage of the podcast recording. Budden, a retired rapper and former “Love and Hip Hop” star, is alone in the studio for the duration of the video. That’s because co-hosts Farrell and Clay (the podcast used to be called “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal”) have been mostly absent from recording since March when they took a hiatus to try and sort out their differences with Budden. It seemed like the three were on the road to good terms

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ESPN will pay homage to Nancy Faust, ‘Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye’ song with short film

ESPN solidified the White Sox’ current stature by scheduling them for the first “Sunday Night Baseball” game of the season.

On the same day, the network will celebrate the Sox’ past with a “SportsCenter Featured” segment on the July 1977 weekend when famed organist Nancy Faust helped turn the band Steam’s song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” into the team anthem. The nine-minute film will debut during the 7 a.m. “SportsCenter.”

Scott Diener produced the film, which is narrated by writer and Chicago native Scoop Jackson. Diener, who produced and directed “Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story,” discovered this story while working on a documentary about the Sox’ near move to Florida, which is still in development.

“I never would have known about this story because I never would have met Nancy,” Diener said. “When we were outlining the story arc of the [documentary] and I learned about this

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Insane four-sport championship bet could pay out $165K if Sixers reach NBA title

With pro sports set to return in July, the U.S.’s burgeoning sports betting industry can only hope fans return to placing bets as often as they did in early 2020.

If one very bold fan is any indication, the industry is still going to see the kind of devil-may-care attitudes that make sports betting fun for so many. 

Nick Swart, a sports fan with a dream, decided to bet on not just one, but all four (!) major North American sports leagues’ championships, placing a truly eye-watering gamble on FanDuel that hinges on the 76ers, of all teams, reaching the title.

It’s a long (long, long, long) shot… and yet I kind of like the picks.

Here’s a look at the monumental wager:

That’s a lot of money, and the outcomes don’t seem too crazy.

Let’s go one by one real quick.

MLB: Yankees

It’s hard to fault this bet.

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