Veteran Pitcher Adam Wainwright Re-Signs With St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday they have re-signed veteran starting pitcher Adam Wainwright to a one-year contract. The 38-year-old Wainwright was a free agent but decided to remain with the Cardinals, the only MLB team he has ever played for.

Wainwright is a three-time All-Star who had a solid 2019 season, going 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 153 strikeouts over 171.2 innings in 31 starts. Wainwright also made three playoff appearances (two starts) for the National League Central champions, going 0-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 16.2 innings. Overall during his 14-year MLB career (missed all of 2011 due to injury), Wainwright has gone 162-95 with a 3.39 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. In addition to his three All-Star appearances, Wainwright is a two-time Gold Glove winner, one-time Silver Slugger winner and two-time World Series champion. He has pitched in the World Series twice, including 2006 when the Cards beat the Detroit Tigers.

Another year for Waino: Cardinals sign veteran hurler

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Vernon Hargreaves After Benching

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, shortly after he was benched for perceived lack of effort. Bruce Arians benched Hargreaves in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals, saying after that Hargreaves “didn’t look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle.” He ended up coming back onto the field in the fourth quarter after an injury to another cornerback.

he planned to talk to Arians and the two would get “things straightened out.”” data-reactid=”18″ type=”text”>After the game, Hargreaves said he planned to talk to Arians and the two would get “things straightened out.”  However, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said, “After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, Coach Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change. Decisions such as this are always difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward.”

Bucs release CB Hargreaves after benching

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‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Will Return To Show After Emergency Surgery

Pat Sajak is set to be released from the hospital following his emergency surgery. The 73-year-old Wheel of Fortune host updated fans after he was rushed to the hospital due to a blocked intestine last week. Longtime co-host Vanna White has been stepping in to host the show in Sajak’s absence.

Pat wrote on his Twitter, “I’m so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness. Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I’ll be out of the hospital in a day of two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!)”

Sajak is expected to return to the show after next week.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak says the ‘worst has passed’ after emergency surgery

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Lamar Odom Is Engaged To Girlfriend Sabrina Parr

Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom has announced his engagement to girlfriend Sabrina Parr. 

“Introducing my new fiancé,” Odom wrote on Instagram with a picture of the pair after he popped the question. “Soon to be Mrs. Parr-Odom. She’s the ONE!!!”  Parr flashed her engagement ring on her own Instagram page, writing, “I SAID YES!!!!”

Odom, 40, and Parr, 32, a health and life coach, made their relationship official in August. Odom was famously married to reality star Khloe Kardashian just about a month after they began dating in 2009. The two split in 2013, but Kardashian delayed the divorce to take care of Odom following his near-fatal 2015 overdose. They finalized the divorce in 2016.

Lamar Odom Engaged to Girlfriend Sabrina Parr

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Apple Card Investigated For Alleged Gender Discrimination

After a series of tweets blasting Apple’s new credit card for alleged gender discrimination, New York’s Department of Financial Services is launching an investigation. The Apple Card was launched in partnership with Goldman Sachs earlier this year. It uses an algorithm to assign credit limits, but many online pointed out it may favor men over women. 

Goldman Sachs has issued a new statement on the matter, saying: “we have not and never will make decisions based on factors like gender. In fact, we do not know your gender or marital status during the Apple Card application process,” the statement reads. “Some of our customers have told us they received lower credit lines than they expected. In many cases, this is because their existing credit cards are supplemental cards under their spouse’s primary account — which may result in the applicant having limited personal credit history. Apple Card’s credit decision process is not aware of your marital status at the time of the application.”

In a series of tweets that went viral, David Heinemeier Hansson, a Danish software engineer, wrote that he received a credit limit from the Apple card that was 20 times higher than his wife – even though his wife’s credit score was higher than his. The Apple Card’s customer support blamed their algorithm. Scores of people on Twitter responded to Hansson’s tweets saying the same thing happened to them — including Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Investigation is launched on Apple Card for gender bias

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Testimony Of Pentagon Official Released By House Democrats

Top Pentagon official Laura Cooper, who oversees U.S. policy regarding Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed the relevant agencies to freeze aid to Ukraine over the summer,.

According to a transcript of her testimony released Monday before three House committees, Cooper testified that she and other Pentagon officials had answered questions about the Ukraine assistance in the middle of June. Cooper, according to the transcript of her testimony, described the hold as “unusual.”  She said that she attended a meeting on July 23, where “this issue” of Trump’s “concerns about Ukraine and Ukraine security assistance” came up. She said the president’s concerns were conveyed by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

The freeze on military aid to Ukraine is a crucial part of the Democratic attempt to prove that the president sought a quid pro quo with Ukraine.

House Democrats release transcript of testimony by top Pentagon official

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Former Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers Dies At Age 38

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers died late Sunday at just 38 years old.  Rogers, the second pick of the 2003 NFL draft out of Michigan State University, played for the Lions for three seasons, but recorded just 15 games due to repeated injuries.

Rogers was a standout rookie, during which he caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns during his first five games in 2003. However, his NFL career never took off.  He broke his collarbone twice, and told the Lansing State Journal in 2017 he became addicted to Vicodin when he was with the Lions. He also had issues with alcohol and marijuan, saying he smoked marijuana every day at Michigan State and during his NFL career.

Former Lions, Michigan St. WR Rogers dies at 38

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Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Suffers Fractured Left Hand

Boston Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured left hand against the San Antonio Spurs over the weekend, and will be evaluated by a specialist this week.

Hayward was averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, and was making his way back from his ankle injury he suffered at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

Hayward is making $32,700,690 this season. He has a player option worth $34,187,085 for next season. Last season, Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward suffers broken hand, will visit specialist

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ To End With Season 6 On ABC

“Fresh Off the Boat” has been canceled by ABC after six seasons.

 ABC entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement: “We couldn’t be prouder of this game-changing show and the impact it has had on our cultural landscape. The success of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ has helped pave the way for inclusion throughout the industry. Nahnatchka Khan and her brilliant creative team have created an unforgettable series with an Asian-American family front and center, something that hadn’t been done in two decades. The cast, led by Randall Park and Constance Wu, is one of the finest and funniest on television. We’ll miss the Huang family and are eternally grateful for the incredibly heartfelt stories they have told these past six seasons.”

“Fresh Off the Boat” debuted in 2015 and is loosely based on Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name. The series depicts a young Huang and his Taiwanese-American family in Florida in the 1990s.

The show will end with an hour-long finale on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

ABC cancels ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ sets finale for February

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Miley Cyrus Recovering From Vocal Cord Surgery

Miley Cyrus is recovering after undergoing vocal cord surgery, and the singer is on vocal rest per her doctors’ orders. An issue was discovered last month when the 26-year-old Cyrus was hospitalized for tonsillitis and she was advised to have the surgery before the end of the year.

She has since been released from the hospital, but according to sources Cyrus will be recovering for several weeks and will need to refrain from talking and singing for the time being. Cyrus had previously noted that she was on vocal rest following her tonsillitis procedure last month.

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