Horse trainer Bob Baffert has vehemently denied allegations that the 2018 Triple-Crown winner Justify was intentionally given performance-enhancing drugs. Baffert’s statement comes following a report that the horse failed a drug test following last year’s Santa Anita Derby, but was still allowed to compete for the Triple Crown.
Baffert said that the Scopolamine found in Justify’s system after the horse won the Santa Anita Derby in April of 2018 was due to “the presence of Jimson Weed in feed, a naturally growing substance in areas where hay and straw are produced in California.” However according to the report, Justify failed a drug test immediately after winning the Santa Anita Derby. Following the Santa Anita Derby, Justify went on to win the Triple Crown.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is out for the Monday Night Football game against the Cleveland Browns. Jets head coach Adam Gase said Darnold was diagnosed with has mononucleosis and could possibly miss several weeks.
Trevor Siemian, a five-year veteran, will start in his place. He took most of the reps during Wednesday’s practice when Darnold was sent home.
The Office stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey – better known for their roles as Pam Beesley and Angela Martin on the show – are officially getting into the podcast game. The duo revealed their plans to launch “Office Ladies”— a podcast being called “the ultimate podcast for nostalgic fans.”
The podcast will find Fisher and Kinsey tackling one episode of The Office week. During each episode, Fischer and Kinsey will take questions from listeners and provide behind the scenes stories of their time being on set.
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s “Office Ladies” Podcast officially launches on October 16, and will be downloadable across all podcast platforms.
31 year-old singer Aaron Carter is revealing his mental health struggles.
On a new episode of The Doctors, Carter shared his multiple mental health diagnoses and his prescribed medications. Carter revealed: “the official diagnosis is that I suffer from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety; I’m manic depressive. I’m prescribed to Xanax, Seroquel, Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine, Trazodone, Omeprazole.”
Carter had previously discussed his drug addiction, extreme weight loss, family issues, DUI arrest and sexuality on the show in 2017. His two-part interview with The Doctors airs this week (check local listings).
During an Oval Office meeting on e-cigarettes, President Trump said his administration is moving to ban all non-tobacco flavored vaping products.
President Trump summoned reporters Wednesday to the Oval Office for a meeting on e-cigarettes that wasn’t on his public schedule, saying he wants parents to know his administration is carefully reviewing e-cigarettes. The products have been linked to a growing number of lung-related diseases and deaths recently.
“We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it,” the president told reporters. “We can’t allow people to get sick,” he said. “People are dying.” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar elaborated on plans for the FDA to develop guidelines to remove all e-cigarette flavors except plain tobacco from the market.
According to multiple reports, the Trump administration will not grant temporary protected status (TPS) to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. It is being widely reported that the administration ultimately decided against offering the humanitarian relief after acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday that it was being considered. Granting TPS would allow Bahamians to work and live in the U.S. until it is deemed safe to return home. However, Bahamians can still come to the U.S. temporarily with the right travel documents, without being granted work permits.
The Bahamas were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, battering the islands with rain and winds for almost two days. More than 40 people have been confirmed dead in the island nation and thousands are still missing. Tens of thousands more are thought to be in need of food, water and medical help.
Team USA has been eliminated from medal contention by France at the FIBA World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships.
France beat Team USA 89-79 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset. The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition with NBA players, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. The U.S. was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.
Team USA will go home with a spot in the 2020 Olympics secured, but no medal.
New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown attended practice with the team for the first time on Wednesday, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.
Coach Bill Belichick declined to answer additional questions about Brown before the practice session, including his status for Sunday’s game at Miami. He deferred to the Patriots’ statement late Tuesday in which they said they were aware of the lawsuit and “take these allegations very seriously.” Belichick said, “Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those. They are what they are. We’ve looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but I’m not going to enter into a discussion about that.”
Brown has denied the allegations; and his attorney, Darren Heitner, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. The NFL has declined comment but will be opening an investigation into the matter.
Former “All My Children” star and Hallmark Channel host Cameron Mathison has revealed he is battling renal cancer; saying he had been dealing with some gut issues and convinced his doctor to schedule the MRI of his abdomen.
Mathison posted about the diagnosis on social media, writing “I have a health situation that I want to share with you all.” Mathison said he felt lucky that the cancer was caught early and thanked his doctor, his family and colleagues.
“My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST),” he wrote. “I announced this on @homeandfamilytv yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well. Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!”
Mathison first made the announcement on his Hallmark Channel “Home and Family” show.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are going to be part of the upcoming Fall 2019 issue of Playboy. The 22-year-old Kylie Cosmetics owner and the 28-year-old musician will appear in the magazine’s “The Pleasure Issue,” the brand announced.
Jenner posted a preview of one of the pictures on her Instagram, in which she embraces Travis while wearing no clothes.
The magazine said in a press release: “It is a celebration of the things that bring us joy: sex, art, food, music, spiritual connection, travel, cannabis and community. And did we mention sex? In this issue, we aren’t only showcasing the artists and creators who bring us joy; we’re also shining a light on visionaries and revolutionaries who are fighting to expand access to pleasure for all.”