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Liverpool vs Chelsea LIVE

Liverpool vs Chelsea LIVE on talkSPORT: Full commentary details and confirmed team news for UEFA Super Cup clash

Liverpool vs Chelsea LIVE on talkSPORT: Full commentary details and confirmed team news for UEFA Super Cup clash

Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head in the UEFA Super Cup tonight and talkSPORT will bring you all the action live on a historic night for English football.

Champions League winners Liverpool and Europa League champions Chelseaare set to face off in the annual curtain raiser for the upcoming European competitions.

The Premier League dominated in Europe last term and tonight will see the first ever all-English Super Cup.

Stephanie Frappart will make further history when she becomes the first female official to take charge of a major UEFA’s men competition showpiece.

Liverpool and Chelsea got their top-flight campaigns off to contrasting starts over the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds breezed past Norwich on Friday night while Chelsea were thrashed by Manchester United on Sunday.

Frank Lampard will be desperate to hit back from that disappointment but faces another huge task.

The 2019 Super Cup is being held at the 42,000-seater BJK Vodafone Park in Instanbul meaning the Prem giants face a long trip ahead of this weekend’s second round of league fixtures.

But both will no doubt be eager to claim another trophy and talkSPORT will bring you all the action from Turkey.

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The US women’s soccer team

The US women’s soccer team has won the fifa 2019 WORLD CUP. The team beat the Netherlands. 4th world cup victory for US.

The US women's soccer team  has won the fifa 2019 WORLD CUP. The team beat the Netherlands. 4th world cup victory for US.

ball is yet to be kicked in anger but the 2019 edition of the European Super Cup has already made history. For the first time the game will be staged in Turkey, and also for the first time it will be an all-English affair, pitting last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners against each other.

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It could hardly be otherwise, given Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final last season, while Chelsea dispatched Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final.

The two Premier League rivals have previously featured a combined eight times in the European Super Cup, with Liverpool winning in three of its five appearances and Chelsea winning on its first appearance in 1998 and losing in 2012 and 2013.

Liverpool’s most recent success in the competition came in 2005, just a few months after the Reds completed one of the most memorable comebacks in Champions League history. Trailing by 3-0 at halftime against A.C. Milan, Liverpool erased the deficit before winning on penalties to clinch a fifth European Cup.

Incidentally, that game was also played in Istanbul. However, if the first weekend of the Premier League season is anything to go by, Liverpool is unlikely to find itself trailing by three goals at any stage of the game, let alone at halftime.

The defending European champions comfortably swatted Norwich City aside 4-1 on Friday, while Frank Lampard’s debut as Chelsea manager ended with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United.

While Liverpool did not add any major signings in the summer through choice, Chelsea was forced to deal with a transfer embargo which kicked in after the arrivals of Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.

With Eden Hazard leaving for Real Madrid, Lampard has a huge rebuilding job on his hands and while the European Super Cup would represent a nice feather in his cap, it is not a long-term priority for him and the club.

Conversely, Jurgen Klopp would love to lift a second trophy in three months. The Reds’ first hope of silverware vanished earlier this month as they lost to Manchester City in the Community Shield, but they remain in contention for another six trophies this season.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday.

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool vs. Chelsea

  • Date: Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Vodafone Park in Istanbul
  • TV channel: TNT and TUDN
  • Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)   
  • Odds: Liverpool -140 | Chelsea +360 | Draw +290

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ASAP Rocky Guilty

ASAP Rocky Guilty of Assault in Sweden but Won’t Face Prison Time

ASAP Rocky Guilty of Assault in Sweden but Won’t Face Prison Time

The ruling — a victory of sorts for the rapper — comes in a case that has gripped the music world, as well as President Trump.

STOCKHOLM — It looked like a small-time assault case, but, somehow, it swept up Kim Kardashian West, President Trump and the United States’ top hostage negotiator. And on Wednesday it finally reached its conclusion, when judges here in Stockholm found the rapper ASAP Rocky guilty of assault.

But he will not serve any more jail time, having already spent over a month in a Swedish detention center.

Swedish prosecutors had sought a six-month prison sentence for Rocky for his part in a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30 that left a 19-year-old man bleeding and needing medical treatment.

But a panel of four judges, led by Senior Judge Per Lennerbrant, found that the assault was not of such a “serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen.”

Rocky, 30, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, said this month during the trial that he had acted in self-defense when he threw the man, Mustafa Jafari, to the ground, and then, along with two members of his entourage, punched and kicked him.

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Mr. Jafari had repeatedly harassed the rapper’s entourage, and had thrown a punch at his bodyguard just before the attack, Rocky said

ASAP Rocky case: Rapper found guilty of assault

US rapper ASAP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, has been found guilty of assault during a Stockholm fight and given a two-year suspended sentence.

The 30-year-old has also been ordered to pay damages to the victim.

ASAP Rocky spent nearly a month in custody after the assault, which happened at the end of June, before being released ahead of the verdict.

“Our reaction is disappointment,” ASAP Rocky’s lawyer said, adding the verdict was “hard to accept”.

Two members of ASAP Rocky’s entourage, Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, were found guilty of the same charge.

“The assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen,” the court said in a statement.

“The defendants are therefore sentenced to conditional sentences.”

A suspended sentence means that as long as ASAP Rocky and the two other men found guilty commit no further crimes during a two-year probation period, they will avoid prison.

ASAP Rocky and his co-defendants claimed they had been acting in self-defence against two men who had been following their group.

But the court said the three were “not in a situation where they were entitled to self-defence” and wrote in its verdict that they “assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground.

“The artist has also thrown the victim to the ground and stepped on his arm.”

The court said the victim of the assault, a 19-year-old refugee, was awarded damages for what the court described as the violation of his integrity and for pain and suffering.

The judgement ruled that there was not enough evidence to say that bottles had been used during the assault – a key part of the evidence presented during the three-day trial which took place at the beginning of August.

“The court has recognised that Rocky and his party were followed and harassed, that no bottle was used, that Rocky didn’t act in a joined attack with the others and that Rocky didn’t inflict any wounds on the victim and that is a win,” ASAP Rocky’s lawyer Slobodan Jovicic told the BBC.

“But the court has also concluded that Rocky didn’t act in self-defence. It’s a conclusion that Rocky and I don’t agree with.”

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Bebe Rexha claps back

Bebe Rexha claps back at ‘male music executive’ who said she’s ‘too old to be sexy

Bebe Rexha claps back at 'male music executive' who said she's 'too old to be sexy'

Bebe Rexha is 29 and, according to her, she’s already being labeled as too old to be sexy.On Monday the singer/songwriter posted a black-and-white photo of herself in a bra and panty set on her official Instagram account.Rexha shared a story in which she said she “recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was ‘confusing.'”

Because… I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29,” the caption read. “I’m fed up with being put in a box.”She went on to say that she makes her own rules and added “I’m tired of women getting labeled as ‘hags’ when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age.””Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it,” Rexha wrote. “I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound ‘younger.'”Rexha is known for pushing back.In January she used her Instagram account to say that unnamed fashion designers were declining to dress her for the Grammys as they said she was “too big.”

Bebe Rexha opened up on social media about sexism and ageism she experienced in the entertainment industry, saying a music executive told her she was “too old” to be sexy. “I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was ‘confusing,'” Rexha wrote on social media.

Because… I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29,” she wrote sarcastically.

She shared a mirror picture in which she’s wearing a bra and underwear, along with the message celebrating who she is.

Rexha said she is fed up with being put in a box and tired of women being called “hags” as they age while men are labeled “sexy” as they get older.

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Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott reportedly turned down $30 million per year offer, wants $40 million annually

Dak Prescott reportedly turned down $30 million per year offer, wants $40 million annually

The Dallas Cowboys are familiar with this dance.

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When they finally approached Dak Prescott to broach the topic of his inevitable contract extension, they did so with an initial offer in hand. While, officially, it’s unknown what their first offer was, there’s a new report that suggests the latest offer from the team involves an average annual salary of around $30 million — per Michael Lombardi of The Athletic — which lends to a recent proclamation by team exec Stephen Jones that Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott all have “top-5” deals in front of them.

The problem for the Cowboys is obvious because a $30 million per year offer was more attractive earlier this offseason before two major events took place. 

In April, the Seattle Seahawks reset the QB market by awarding Russell Wilson a historic four-year, $140 million extension that includes $107 million in guaranteed money and, two months later, the Philadelphia Eagles raised the floor by granting Carson Wentz a four-year, $128 million extension that quietly exceeds Wilson’s guaranteed metric with $107.87 million. That realistically puts the window for negotiation between $32 million AAS (average annual salary) and $35 million AAS, because Prescott isn’t apt to accept less money than Wentz, and for good reason.

Despite Wentz having been a No. 2 overall draft pick, and Prescott a fourth-round compensatory selection, it’s the latter having bested the former in nearly every category across the board — from wins to passing yards to completion percentage to yards per attempt to game-winning drives to fourth-quarter comebacks, so forth and so on. It’s also in the most important category of them all that Prescott owns the throne, having not missed a single game since ascending to the NFL ranks. Wentz, however, has played only one complete season in three years, and many are concerned about his longterm durability.

Despite all of this, Prescott’s rookie contract maxes at $2.7 million — ten times less than the $27 million Wentz was set to earn on his initial deal — by virtue of the predetermined rookie wage scale.

He, like other rookies entering the league, didn’t get a chance to negotiate his first deal. Now going into the second of his career, the former Rookie of the Year is finally getting a crack at making sure he’s on the better side of his next agreement. 

This is why it made sense for Prescott to wait the Cowboys out and continue playing the market, ultimately hoping to easily surpass Wentz financially. It’s a foregone conclusion Wilson will remain the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history — at least for 2019 — but Prescott now sees $32 million annually as the beginning of any fruitful talks. Sure, a $30 million per year offer matches the fifth-highest paid QB in Matt Ryan, but the fact Wentz now makes more than Ryan is a keen reminder of how market value can often supersede accomplishments.

Ryan is more accomplished than Wentz, but the latter will now earn $2 million more per season than the former and garnered $7.8 million more in guaranteed money. So when Prescott reportedly countered the Cowboys’ offer with a proposal of his own that came equipped with a $34 million per year salary,no one should’ve been surprised. Even with the latest news that he wants upwards of $40 million annually, per Jane Slater of NFL Network, it’s all just the nature of the dance — that dictates one party go low while the other goes high. For the sake of being thorough here, an alternate calls the $40 million per year report “all-caps false”, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Ah, the dance.

The Cowboys aren’t floored by any of this, and talks remain ongoing at this time. 

“I was happy for Carson, a guy that deserves it, a guy who has been great in this league,” Prescott told media once minicamp wrapped in June. “Had an awesome year and potentially, without the injury, wins the MVP. Congrats to Carson. Knowing him personally, he deserves it.”

Prescott was wearing a noticeable smile and a Stetson hat when he made the comments, furthering his love for the Cowboys by noting what he had on.

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy,” he said.

Lost in the rumor mill is continued context, and not simply what’s provided above. 

Assuming it’s true and the Cowboys’ offer maxed out at $30 million per year, there are several unknowns that could change the temperature of that number altogether. For example, if the extension is a four-year, $120 million max deal, it’ll be met with a cold shoulder from Prescott’s representation for all of the aforementioned reasons. If it’s a six-year, $180 million, however, it would change everything when adding it to his already scheduled 2019 payout of $2 million. 

Allow me to explain.

Although the true four-year extension on Wentz averages $32 million annually, considering he was still under contract for 2019 and 2020 (fifth-year option), his six-year earnings max at $154 million ($25.67 million AAS). Signing Prescott to a six-year, $180 million extension would actually turn out to be a seven-year, $182 million deal, and average out to $26 million annually — blowing the max on Wentz out of the water while also passing his annual numbers outright, and it keeps Prescott in tow through the 2025 season. Therefore, while the true extension on Prescott would be $30 million, the Cowboys would actually get him at $26 million per year. Contrarily, if you shrink the extension from six to five years, or from five to four, or four to three, the opposite would occur — with his annual payout skyrocketing.

All of this matters, and it’s why solely chasing AAS rumors is mostly an exercise in futility. Even the reported $40 million per year ask could involve a lower guaranteed money amount to offset things, and it’s unlikely Prescott will be the first QB to reach that mark, anyway.

By all accounts, that honor will soon go to Patrick Mahomes.

This is an example of how the length of the deal matters as much or more than simply staring at the rumored average annual salary, and then there’s the matter of guaranteed money, which is a major talking point that remains cloaked by both sides. With neither the length of contract nor guaranteed money of the offer(s) known, the reported $30 million per year lob from the Cowboys and the rumored $34 million return serve — followed by a now $40 million spike — by Prescott can be misleading. 

Those numbers demand context to fully understand what’s allegedly being turned down by either party, along with just how near or far the two sides are to agreeing on terms. Until further notice, much like with Cooper and Elliott — with Elliott in an ongoing holdout — it’s all a work in progress.

Nothing more, and certainly nothing less.

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Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott reportedly turned down $30 million per year offer, but there’s more than meets the eye here

Dak Prescott reportedly turned down $30 million per year offer, but there's more than meets the eye here

The Dallas Cowboys are familiar with this dance.

When they finally approached Dak Prescott to broach the topic of his inevitable contract extension, they did so with an initial offer in hand. While, officially, it’s unknown what their first offer was, there’s a new report that suggests the latest offer from the team involves an average annual salary of around $30 million — per Michael Lombardi of The Athletic — which lends to a recent proclamation by team exec Stephen Jones that Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott all have “top-5” deals in front of them.

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The problem for the Cowboys is obvious because a $30 million per year offer was more attractive earlier this offseason before two major events took place. 

In April, the Seattle Seahawks reset the QB market by awarding Russell Wilson a historic four-year, $140 million extension that includes $107 million in guaranteed money and, two months later, the Philadelphia Eagles raised the floor by granting Carson Wentz a four-year, $128 million extension that quietly exceeds Wilson’s guaranteed metric with $107.87 million. That realistically puts the window for negotiation between $32 million AAS (average annual salary) and $35 million AAS, because Prescott isn’t apt to accept less money than Wentz, and for good reason.

Despite Wentz having been a No. 2 overall draft pick, and Prescott a fourth-round compensatory selection, it’s the latter having bested the former in nearly every category across the board — from wins to passing yards to completion percentage to yards per attempt to game-winning drives to fourth-quarter comebacks, so forth and so on. It’s also in the most important category of them all that Prescott owns the throne, having not missed a single game since ascending to the NFL ranks. Wentz, however, has played only one complete season in three years, and many are concerned about his longterm durability.

Despite all of this, Prescott’s rookie contract maxes at $2.7 million — ten times less than the $27 million Wentz was set to earn on his initial deal — by virtue of the predetermined rookie wage scale.

He, like other rookies entering the league, didn’t get a chance to negotiate his first deal. Now going into the second of his career, the former Rookie of the Year is finally getting a crack at making sure he’s on the better side of his next agreement. 

This is why it made sense for Prescott to wait the Cowboys out and continue playing the market, ultimately hoping to easily surpass Wentz financially. It’s a foregone conclusion Wilson will remain the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history — at least for 2019 — but Prescott now sees $32 million annually as the beginning of any fruitful talks. Sure, a $30 million per year offer matches the fifth-highest paid QB in Matt Ryan, but the fact Wentz now makes more than Ryan is a keen reminder of how market value can often supersede accomplishments.

Ryan is more accomplished than Wentz, but the latter will now earn $2 million more per season than the former and garnered $7.8 million more in guaranteed money. So when Prescott reportedly countered the Cowboys’ offer with a proposal of his own that came equipped with a $34 million per year salary — according to Clarence Hill, Jr. of Fort Worth Star-Telegram — no one should’ve been surprised. 

The Cowboys certainly weren’t, and talks remain ongoing at this time. 

“I was happy for Carson, a guy that deserves it, a guy who has been great in this league,” Prescott told media once minicamp wrapped in June. “Had an awesome year and potentially, without the injury, wins the MVP. Congrats to Carson. Knowing him personally, he deserves it.”

Prescott was wearing a noticeable smile and a Stetson hat when he made the comments, furthering his love for the Cowboys by noting what he had on.

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy,” he said.

Lost in the rumor mill is continued context, and not simply what’s provided above. 

Assuming it’s true and the Cowboys’ offer maxed out at $30 million per year, there are several unknowns that could change the temperature of that number altogether. For example, if the extension is a four-year, $120 million max deal, it’ll be met with a cold shoulder from Prescott’s representation for all of the aforementioned reasons. If it’s a six-year, $180 million, however, it would change everything when adding it to his already scheduled 2019 payout of $2 million. 

Allow me to explain.

Although the true four-year extension on Wentz averages $32 million annually, considering he was still under contract for 2019 and 2020 (fifth-year option), his six-year earnings max at $154 million ($25.67 million AAS). Signing Prescott to a six-year, $180 million extension would actually turn out to be a seven-year, $182 million deal, and average out to $26 million annually — blowing the max on Wentz out of the water while also passing his annual numbers outright, and it keeps Prescott in tow through the 2025 season. Therefore, while the true extension on Prescott would be $30 million, the Cowboys would actually get him at $26 million per year. Contrarily, if you shrink the extension from six to five years, or from five to four, or four to three, the opposite would occur — with his annual payout skyrocketing.

All of this matters, and it’s why solely chasing AAS rumors is mostly an exercise in futility. 

This is an example of how the length of the deal matters as much or more than simply staring at the rumored average annual salary, and then there’s the matter of guaranteed money, which is a major talking point that remains cloaked by both sides. With neither the length of contract nor guaranteed money of the offer(s) known, the reported $30 million per year lob from the Cowboys and the rumored $34 million return serve by Prescott in June are misleading. Those numbers demand context to fully understand what’s allegedly being turned down by either party, along with just how near or far the two sides are to agreeing on terms. 

Until further notice, much like with Cooper and Elliott — with Elliott in an ongoing holdout — it’s all a work in progress.

Nothing more, and certainly nothing less.

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Olive Garden

Olive Garden Introduces New Never-Ending Lifetime Pasta Passes — Here’s How to Get One

Olive Garden’s famed unlimited ‘Pasta Pass’ returns this week. The passes will officially go on sale Thursday at 2pm, but this year they’ll also be a new addition to the Pasta Pass lineup: a Lifetime Pass.

The passes will be for sale for 30 minutes only starting at 2pm Thursday, with the waiting room opening up at 1:55pm ET.

In total, Olive Garden is selling 24,000 Pasta Passes this year at $100 a pop, which means you stand a decent chance of being able to snag one if unlimited pasta sounds intriguing to you.

If you successfully buy a pass, the traditional version gives you unlimited food for 9 weeks from September 23rd to November 24th of this year. 

To get the Lifetime pass, you have to purchase a traditional pass and opt-in to potentially buy the lifetime model. The first 50 people that do will be upgraded to the lifetime option for $500.

If you’re one of the lucky 50, you’ll get an email Friday letting you know you’re one of the chosen ones. From then, you’ll have 48 hours to pay the additional $400 to secure the pass.

Yes, you can purchase a pass that literally gets you all the carbs you can physically consume in one sitting for the rest of your life.

Just like the traditional Pasta Pass, the Lifetime model will also include unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks.

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The Fed cut rates for the first time since 2008

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday lowered interest rates for the first time since the Great Recession in 2008 to help stave off the possibility of an economic downturn.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday lowered interest rates for the first time since the Great Recession in 2008 to help stave off the possibility of an economic downturn.

Policymakers led by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell voted 8-2 in favor of a small cut in the federal funds rate, and recommitted to their promise to “act as appropriate” to sustain the country’s longest economic expansion in history.Interest rates, which affect the cost of borrowing for credit cards and mortgages, are now set to hover between 2% and 2.25%.The rate cut follows months of pressure from President Donald Trump, who has broken with his predecessors’ practice of walling off the central bank from politics.The central bank is hoping a rate cut will be the necessary injection to keep the US economy healthy, especially because it has limited ammunition to respond to a downturn with historically  low interest rates.

The Fed also announced plans to end the reduction of its $3.8 trillion asset portfolio, effective August 1, two months earlier than previously expected. The runoff was set to end after September.A few hours after the Fed chair’s news conference, Trump tweeted: “As usual, Powell let us down,” while giving a nod to the central bank’s decision to end quantitative tightening. “We are winning anyway, but I am certainly not getting much help from the Federal Reserve!”Not all, however, were in agreement with the Fed’s decision to ease policy.Both Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Kansas City Fed President Ester George dissented on the move, signaling policymakers extensively debated whether this month’s meeting was the right time to cut rates amid signs of a healthy economy.The Fed’s rate cut and plans to end quantitative tightening follows months of pressure from President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly rebuked his pick to lead the central bank for not doing enough to boost the US economy. On Monday, Trump criticized the Fed in a series of  tweets for making “all the wrong moves,” adding “a small rate cut is not enough.”

But Powell said pressure from Trump did not factor in the Fed’s decision.”We are not going to prove we are independent with our monetary policy,” he said at a press conference Wednesday.Policymakers in their statement said they would “continue to monitor” incoming data and would act as needed to support the economy. Investors initially cheered that news, assuming it meant more rate cuts were coming. Wall Street had been pricing in another rate cut later this yearBut the Dow at one point fell 478 points after Powell hinted that the rate cut could be a one-off.”We are thinking of it as a mid-cycle adjustment to policy,” Powell said. “I’m contrasting it with the beginning of a lengthy cutting cycle.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/31/business/fed-rate-cut-july-meeting/index.html

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MLB trade rumors

MLB trade rumors Yankees among 3 teams interested in Reds’ Tanner Roark

MLB trade rumors Yankees among 3 teams interested in Reds’ Tanner Roark

Roark is 6-6 with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts this season for a Reds team which is 49-55, 6.5 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Cincinnati is 6.5 games back in the wild-card race as well.

The 32-year-old Roark lost a career-high 15 games for the Washington Nationals in 2018. But he finished 10th in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2016 when he won a career-best 16 games and had a career-low 2.83 ERA.

According to Spotrac, Roark signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Reds before the 2019 season, after which he will be a free agent, meaning Roark, like New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler, could be a short-term rental for a playoff contender this year.

Here is a scouting report on Roark from NJ Advance Media’s Randy Miller:

The skinny: The Yankees are looking for a more impactful upgrade than Roark, a middle-to-late rotation guy who has had a poor July. … The Reds are willing to package Roark with closer Raisel Iglesias, who has converted 18 of 21 save opportunities despite having a 2-8 record and 4.40 ERA through July 29. … … Roark’s 92.2 mph average fastball velocity ranks 81st among 131 starting pitchers with 50 or more innings, according to FanGraphs.

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Former American Idol

Former ‘American Idol contestant Antonella Barba pleads guilty in fentanyl bust

Former 'American Idol contestant Antonella Barba pleads guilty in fentanyl bust

A former contestant on the “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” television shows pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Virginia federal court to charges of fentanyl possession with intent to distribute.

Antonella Barba, 32, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to possessing at least 400 grams of the opioid. A sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 21 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, the Virginian-Pilot reported. 

Barba made it to the round of 16 on “American Idol” in 2007 and appeared in an episode of “Fear Factor” in 2012, NJ.com reported.

According to a plea agreement filed in federal court, a guilty plea carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, the Asbury Park Press reported. She could face a possible life sentence and up to $10 million in fines, according to the agreement.

Authorities said Barba was parked in downtown Norfolk on Oct. 11, 2018, when a police officer walked up to her car and found a closed shoebox on the floor of her rental car, NJ.com reported. The officer found a plastic bag filled with a “large quantity of a white, rock-like substance,” the website reported, citing an arrest report. The box contained 830.9 grams of fentanyl, the Pilot reported.

According to a statement of facts filed with Barba’s plea agreement, police began investigating Justin Michael Isaac, of California, in September 2018, the Pilot reported. On Oct. 11, police received a tip that Isaac would be traveling to Norfolk from Washington, D.C., to make a delivery, the newspaper reported. While en route, however, Isaac allegedly told another person in a telephone call he would be sending a woman to deliver the drugs to a stash house in Norfolk, according to the plea agreement.

Investigators staked out the stash house that night and eventually saw a vehicle parked nearby and a woman inside it, the Pilot reported. That’s when police approached Barba and made the discovery of the fentanyl, the newspaper reported.

Isaac is expected to plead guilty to related charges Aug. 14, according to the Pilot.

Barba had been confined to a home in Mount Pleasant under a court order, according to the Press.

In addition to her appearances on “American Idol” and “Fear Factor,” Barba also appeared in the 2017 movie “All About the Money.” 

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/trending-now/former-american-idol-contestant-antonella-barba-pleads-guilty-in-fentanyl-bust/971527602

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