Metro Boomin & Lil Durk Tease "No Auto Durk" Album

With the masses descended upon Chicago this weekend, it seemed to be the prime opportunity to test the waters out for what’s to come Lil Durk and Metro Boomin‘s forthcoming No Auto Durk collaborative album.

The project finds its roots in a rare outing from Lil Durk last year as he unveiled his “No Auto Durk” track, notably stripping away the auto-tuned melodies that characterize his catalog to simply deliver on bars. The response was so great that it earned him a gold plaque and spawned a reprise with his “Blika Blika” track.

In December, Durk implored his followers to tag producer Metro Boomin under a picture his on Instagram in order to convince him to produce an entire No Auto album. Metro Boomin hopped in the comment sections with affirmative energy, and this weekend the seed that was lanted began to sprout forth in the form a large poster plastered around Chicago, teasing the album as coming soon.

“Y’all say y’all want dat old durk so don’t complain when this shit shake y’all city upside down,” the Chicago emcee warned late last year.

Just when the project will land is unclear, but it seems we’ll be getting that full-length No Auto Durk sooner than later.

Taxi Driver Locks Child In Car & Speeds Off After Man Refuses To Pay

After allegedly attempting to ditch a taxi without paying his fare, a man inadvertently called the police on himself to report, what he thought was a kidnapping, when the Taxi driver decided to drive f with the man’s infant still inside the car, effectively holding the child hostage while waiting for police to arrive.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the taxi driver picked up the 34-year-old man, a woman, and the child at 2:57 PM. When dropping them f near the border Greater Grand Crossing and South Shore neighborhoods in Chicago, the two men got into an argument and the passenger refused to pay his fare. He then, apparently, violently kicked the cab, prompting the driver to lock the doors and speed f, fearing for his safety. The 11-month-old child was still inside the car while he peeled f.

The driver stopped a safe distance away and called the police, claiming a violent passenger refused to pay his fare. At the same time, the passenger also called the police to report a kidnapping.

After hearing both men’s side the story, police arrested the 34-year-old passenger with charges pending.

The child was left with the female passenger. 

No injuries were reported and the driver was not charged. 

Derrick Jones Jr. Beats Aaron Gordon In Controversial Dunk Contest

It was a battle that ended in conspiracy, tiebreakers, unbelievable dunks, and more: Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. won the NBA dunk contest in a neck-and-neck battle with Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon. 

After two tie-breaking dunk-fs, the judges awarded Jones Jr. the victory– a decision they claimed afterward was made in error: “We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!'” Common, who was judging for the event, told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”

Candace Parker, who was also on the judges’ panel, confirmed they had intended the second dunk-f to end in a tie as well.

The final score was decided after Jones Jr. earned a 48 for a free throw line (close enough) windmill dunk and Gordon notched only a 47 for dunking over 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall.

“I did four straight 50s — five straight 50s,” Gordon said. “That’s over. It’s a wrap. Let’s go home. Four 50s in a row in an NBA dunk contest, it’s over. But I don’t know. Who’s running the show?

“It’s a wrap, bro,” he said. “I feel like I should have two trophies.”

The NBA All-Star Game tips f Sunday at 8:00 PM EST.

Buddy Hield Wins 3-Point Contest With Dramatic Buzzer Beater

Buddy Hield won the NBA 3-Point Contest last night after outscoring Devin Booker by one point, a victory he secured with the final shot.

“I felt great,” the Sacramento Kings guard told ESPN. “Like I said earlier, as a shooter, this is on your bucket list. You have to come in, and you want to win a 3-point shootout. With a stacked field like that, it makes it even better.”

Both Hield and Booker led the pack going into the final round, dropping 27 points to start. Davis Bertans followed in close pursuit to lock down his spot as the last finalist with 26 points. Booker then dropped 26 points to set the bar for the final round.

When Hield reached his final rack, he needed to land four five buckets to win it. He dropped three in a row, but rimmed-out on his fourth: He would need to make his final shot to win.

“I think I heard the guy on the PA, the announcer, and I had 25 or 26 or something like that,” Hield said. “I know Devin had 26, so I knew I had to make one more to top him. I was focused. I was locked in on that part.”

The poised shooter buried it and locked down the 3-point contest victory.

Orlando Bloom Messed Up Big With New Tattoo

Sometimes when people get tattoos, they get so caught up in the aesthetics that they overlook some crucial details. For example, Orlando Bloom thought a morse code tattoo would look really cool (he was right about that), but he didn’t properly verify that the dots and lines he permanently marked on his arm would spell out his son’s name. 

On Wednesday (Feb. 12), the 43-year-old actor took to Instagram to show f his fresh ink job. “new #tattoo can you guess who?,” he wrote, not anticipating the embarrassing revelation that was about to made about his well-intentioned tribute. While the little digits printed on his right forearm might have accurately represented the date and time birth his 9-year-old son, Flynn, the morse code dashes did not translate to his name. Turns out, they read “Frynn”. 

Before you start lamenting that Bloom will have to live with this botched marking for the rest his days, his tattoo artist confirmed that it is not beyond repair. According to Good Morning America, Balazs Bercsenyi wrote on Instagram, “yes, a dot is missing, we know, it will be fixed.” Phew. Moral the story, maybe don’t get a morse code tattoo if you don’t actually know/use morse code? The same should apply for roman numerals. 

Zach LaVine Tries & Fails Insane 360 Dunk From The Free-Throw Line

Zach LaVine has consistently been one the best dunkers in the entire NBA. This was discovered during the 2016 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest when LaVine went toe-to-toe with Aaron Gordon the Orlando Magic. Many felt as though Gordon was robbed a win although LaVine was simply magical as he came through with some incredibly heroic moves. While he isn’t participating in the competition this year, it hasn’t stopped him from trying out some incredible dunks in practice.

In the clip below, LaVine attempts to pull f a 360 dunk all while jumping from the free-throw line. Of course, Michael Jordan infamously dunked from the free-throw line except the major difference is that Jordan went straight to the hoop as opposed to LaVine who tried to spin all the way around.

Unfortunately, LaVine wasn’t able to make the dunk although he came dangerously close. Given some extra practice, we’re sure he’d be able to nail it no problem. With this clip in mind, it kind makes us wish that he would participate in this year’s contest. It would certainly create some interesting content for the league, particularly in relation to the renewed rivalry between LaVine and Gordon.

Perhaps LaVine will even make a surprise appearance although, at this point, we doubt it.

Josh Norman To Be Released By The Washington Redskins

Josh Norman has been one the most vocal players in the NFL over the last little while. Every single weekend, Norman would come through with a statement about how good he is at the cornerback position and how no one could beat him. Of course, a lot these comments were false as Norman was consistently beaten by rival receivers. It was clear that Washington was starting to get annoyed with his antics and today, those sentiments were met with serious actions.

According to Mike Garafolo the NFL Network, the Redskins are releasing Norman which means he can go wherever he wants in Free Agency. For some fans, it’s certainly a surprising move but it makes sense considering his lack production on defense.

After the news broke, numerous fans took to social media as they displayed their desire for Norman to come to their teams. While he may not be the best corner in the league, he is still good enough to make an impact on a team that is lacking in their secondary. A team that comes to mind is the Philadelphia Eagles who cut Orlando Scandrick earlier this year.

Who would you like to see Norman play for next?

This Zoo Will Let You Name A Rat After Your Ex & Watch It Be Eaten On Valentine’s Day

As people becomes increasingly consumed by digital devices and increasingly opposed to animal cruelty, the popularity zoos must surely be suffering. This being the case, zoos are being forced to come up with more creative marketing tactics to attract engagement. The San Francisco Zoo just landed on one that definitely deserves to be applauded for its creativity. 

Their upcoming Valentine’s Day campaign relies on two simple premises: (1) People hate their exes and (2) People like watching content online. Given that they seem to have found a way to check f both these boxes, the San Francisco Zoo’s “Cry Me a Cockroach” event should be a hit. For the first time ever, the zoo is giving YOU the opportunity to name a rat or cockroach after your ex so you can derive satisfaction from the fact that it will be eaten by another animal. You can select the cockroach option for the very low price $5! However, “If your ex was a snake”, as the advertisement reads, you can upgrade to the rat for $25. 

If you are lucky enough to live close to the zoo, you can watch the feedings in person throughout the day on Friday (Feb. 14). People who participate in this initiative will receive a certificate from the zoo so they can share it on social media and prove to their friends how totally over their exes they are!

To partake in the most vengeful event the year, you must submit your nemesis’ name to the zoo’s website by Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5 PM local time. 

Christian Concert Promoter In Hot Water For Defrauding 150 Investors

A Christian concert promoter is charged with defrauding over 150 investors of over $3 million dollars.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court against The Lighthouse Events and its owner. The complaint said owner Jeffrey E. Wall used investor funds for other purposes than which they were intended. The complaint says Wall made promises and guarantees to investors that he had no intention to honor.

The Lighthouse Events website describes itself as a faith-based concert promoter for all of New England and beyond. Wall and his wife founded the company in 2008 and have organized 700 faith-based concerts and events. Some of their clients include the Oak Ridge Boys, Vertical Workshop, and Sanctus Real.

The SEC complaint covers a period from January 2014 to October 2018. The complaint says Wall raised over $3 million from around 150 investors during that time.

Wall told investors he would use the funds to promote and host Christian concerts and festivals. He also made claims that repayment of any investment “is 100% guaranteed.”

The complaint also included copies of the mass solicitation email Wall used to net new investors.

“Become a financial partner with our summer festivals. Help us spread the message of Christ plus earn 20% on your investment.”

The SEC says Wall used investor funds to cover Lighthouse’s existing debt and payments to early investors, rather than as he promised to investors. Wall failed to disclose Lighthouse’s deteriorating financial condition or short-term loan status to investors, too.

Essentially, Wall created a Christian concert-promoting pyramid scheme to keep the failing company going.

Instead of being frank about declining ticket sales, he continued to seek investors with promises of guaranteed returns. To date, the company has failed to repay $1.6 million in funds it fraudulently collected.

The SEC is seeking permanent injunctions, civil penalties, and disgorgement plus interest against Lighthouse Events.

Several complaints about the company appear on the Better Business Bureau website, some of which have responses from Wall.

One investor complains about being owed $25,000 from an initial $51,000 investment. Wall responded to this investor, admitting only 60% payment and blaming poor ticket sales.

“Ticket sales have been off this past year which has made it difficult to pay off the balance of the partnership. We are a Christian ministry, and we did not try to deceive anybody. We simply have struggled with ticket sales, making it difficult to stay current.”

Those comments are exactly the opposite of what Wall told investors when seeking funding.

“Without financial partners, we could not move forward booking artists so please know how much we value our investor team. To date, all our investors have been paid back 100% of the money invested.”

Some other details gleaned from the report show that Lighthouse Events was never really financially stable. Wall used a single company bank account to deposit all revenues and pay expenses. The company also has multiple court-ordered judgments against it, many from short-term lenders.

 

Browns’ Myles Garrett Reinstated Following 6-Game Suspension: Fans React

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has ficially been reinstated by the NFL after serving a six-game suspension for cracking Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet. Garrett, who was banned indefinitely following the November 14th incident, met with NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell at the league fices on Monday.

Browns’ Myles Garrett Reinstated Following 6-Game Suspension: Fans React

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According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Browns GM Andrew Berry issued the following statement regarding Garrett’s reinstatement: “We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms. We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader.”

Garrett ultimately missed the Browns’ final six games, as the team’s disappointing season came to a close with an overall record 6-10. In his 10 appearances, the 24-year old pass-rusher recorded 10 sacks with two forced fumbles.

Check out some the reactions to Garrett’s reinstatement below.

Andrew Wiggins Speaks Out On All The Criticism Thrown His Way

Andrew Wiggins has consistently been one the most criticized players in the entire NBA. After being drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he was truly never able to become a superstar. Just last week, Wiggins was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for D’Angelo Russell. Now, Wiggins is being asked to fit in with a brand new team except this time around, he doesn’t need to be a superstar. 

While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wiggins was asked about all the criticism he’s received over the years and whether or not it bothers him. As he explains, he only cares about what his peers and coaches have to say because they’re the ones who know the game best.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Wiggins said. “I feel like real ballers, real people that have been there and done that I respect their opinion. If you haven’t been there, done that… I don’t really look too deep into it.”

Wiggins’ new chance with the Warriors will surely be followed closely in the second half the season and we’re interested to see how it all plays out. Do you think Wiggins will succeed in San Francisco?

Philip Rivers Reveals How Much Longer He Plans On Playing For

Yesterday, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers would be parting ways after a 16-year partnership. Rivers has been the backbone that franchise for a long time although it’s clear the two would be better f apart. At 38 years old, Rivers still has some gas left in the tank and will be entering free agency where he hopes to become a starter for a contending team.

In a recent interview, Rivers spoke on how much longer he hopes to play. Unsurprisingly, Rivers only wants to play for a few more years as he realizes his play will continue to decline. Regardless, he hopes to play well enough to earn himself a second season with whichever team he signs to.

“I can say for certain that if I’m playing, it’s a two-year maximum,” Philip Rivers said per The Los Angeles Times. “Whoever the suitors are, I think that would be their hope as well. Because you never know how it goes. Shoot, if we stink it up after one year, I’m probably done. If we play really good, they’ll probably want to go again.”

Rivers will have a big decision to make in March so stay tuned as we will be sure to bring you the latest on his situation. Let us know where you’d like to see Rivers land next season.

Andre Drummond Reacts To Cavs’ Historic Loss In His Debut In Cleveland

The Andre Drummond era in Cleveland got f to a rough start on Sunday, as the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Cavs their worst home loss in franchise history in Drummond’s debut. The 133-92 loss marked the Cavs’ 12th straight ‘L’ at Quicken Loans Arena and their 12th loss in their last 13 games. As a result, the Cavs are now sitting in sole possession last place in the Eastern Conference at 13-40. 

Following the nightmarish debut, Drummond explained how he addressed his new teammates and spoke about his expectations for the remainder the season.

“I said, ‘I don’t care about the record. I don’t care about the scoreboard. I just care about did we get better today?‘” said Drummond, according to Chris Fedor Cleveland.com. “Obviously we are not going to win every game the rest the way, but our goal is to win some games. We’re not going to sit down and allow teams to blow us out. We are going to play to the best our ability each and every night.’ My goal is to push these guys and keep them positive and just continue to work hard. We show no quit.”

“I think the team really just asked me to speak up,” said Drummond. “Whatever I see they tell me to say it. I’m not trying to step on anybody’s toes or take anybody’s shine or anything like that. If someone asks a question, I do a really good job responding back and giving my insight what I think.”

While the outcome certainly wasn’t what anyone in the Cavs organization had hoped for, Drummond himself was solid, posting 19 points to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds. Up next for Cleveland is another home game on Wednesday night, as they host the Atlanta Hawks (15-39) before heading into the All Star break.

Michael Irvin On Potential Dak Prescott Trade For Cowboys To Sign Tom Brady

Making an appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Keefe, famed Cowboys legend Michael Irvin mentioned that “some very significant people” were putting together a Dak Prescott trade to make way for Tom Brady, as noted by Complex.

“I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations with were] leaning in that same direction,” Irvin explained when asked about rumors surrounding Brady going to the Cowboys. “It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.’ … I promise you, I had a conversation with people, I can’t tell you who, about that same scenario going down.”

Irvin later clarified on Twitter that he was not referring to anyone directly involved in the Cowboys organization: “I never said Jerry or anyone in the organization said this to me. It was NOT anyone with the Dallas Cowboys].”

Prescott is currently in contract negotiations with the team. Both sides have failed to come to an agreement on total value and the latest rumors are that the team could franchise tag Prescott if need be. 

Brady has flirted with the idea leaving New England this year.

 

 

"Mad Max 5" To Begin Production This Fall

In 2015, Australian director George Miller delivered the most ambitious film his career, the sun-drenched apocalyptic bloodbath that is Mad Max: Fury Road. The film was an instant critical success, securing ten Academy Award nominations and taking home six wins. At the time, Miller was open about his desire to continue the saga, teasing future stories involving both Tom Hardy’s Max and Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. It appears that Miller’s vision will manifest once more, as The Daily Mail has confirmed another Mad Max film has been ficially greenlit.

"Mad Max 5" To Begin Production This Fall

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Though little plot details are known save for a working title — Mad Max: The Wasteland — the upcoming flick is set to begin production this autumn in Australia. As now, neither Tom Hardy nor Theron has committed to reprising their roles, though we can hope they can swing a return. Given how much fun both actors appeared to have during the making- Fury Road, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them making the scheduling work to the best their ability.

Keep an eye out for details on The Wasteland to surface. There are many who deem Fury Road to be a modern classic and expectations for a follow-up will be high. In Miller we trust. 

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