Europa League final score and reaction to Frankfurt's penalty shootout win

Rangers 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (Frankfurt win 5-4 on penalties):Follow the reactions from the Europa League final when Frankfurt beat Rangers on penalties (Author: Gardener)

FrankfurtFollow the build-up and updates live from the Europa League final in Seville as Rangers take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Supporters of both teams have flocked to southern Spain and over 150,000 fans have descended on the city ahead of tonight's game in what is perhaps the most unexpected European final in a decade. It's simply a must and both Rangers and Eintracht have a chance to make history after making dream runs all the way to the final. Rangers are looking to lift their first European trophy in 50 years and will believe they have nothing to fear after beating German opponents Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig to reach that stage. Eintracht Frankfurt may have finished in the bottom half of the Bundesliga table this season, but they too have topped their weight by beating Barcelona and West Ham to reach their first European final in 42 years and are not allowed on the be taken lightly. Weather conditions could play a role in the final, which is expected to take place in scorching temperatures after a day of scorching heat in Seville. Follow live updates from the Europa League final below: Borre moves in front of his man to equalize (Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers) Rangers will now receive an honor guard from Frankfurt while they receive their runners-up medals. A historic moment for Eintracht Frankfurt. It's heartbreak for Rangers. A dream for Eintracht Frankfurt. Aaron Ramsey's missed penalty made the difference in the end. Roofe to keep Rangers on the ball... Trapp went the right way but never got around to it! It will be Borre who wins the Europa League for Frankfurt. McGregor is going the right way, but Kostic is crushing him! Ramsey tackles and misses for Rangers! Kamada is next for Frankfurt. McGregor goes the right way but doesn't even come close as Kamada tucks him in from the post! Trapp goes the right way, but it's right in the top corner of the Rangers man! Hrustic represents Frankfurt and sends McGregor into the bottom corner with a cool penalty. Steven Davis is next for Rangers. He puts it right in the top corner! Lenz is the first buyer for Frankfurt and sends McGregor in the wrong direction. Tavernier comes up first and puts it in the middle while Trapp dives to the left. Perfect start for Rangers. Finally, the coin toss is performed and the shootout takes place at the end of the rangers. Rangers will also take first. There is some discussion between Van Bronckhorst, the Rangers players and the Rangers staff. They all look a little unsure about who's getting the kicks - especially John Lundstram. How didn't Rangers win it on death? That was the last attack of overtime. The 2022 Europa League final will be decided on penalties. 120+1 mins: Tavernier whips it over the ball but Trapp is up to it! And we're going to penalties... 120+1 minutes: James Tavernier is over the ball. 120 minutes: Up to the last minute of extra time and Davis pulls a foul from Jakic on the edge of the Frankfurt penalty area! This will be the last chance of the game. Roofe does great as the ball is worked into the channel. He flashes it across the box and Kent is there to take it, but Trapp somehow blocks his attempt with his legs from six yards! The ball then comes to Lundstram, who tries from the edge of the box and it goes just over the top! So, so, so close for the Rangers. You imagine John Lundstram will now fall in the middle. And Sakala replacement fashion is also making room! 116 minutes: Barisic fell to the ground with cramps. Kemar Roofe preparing to come on for Rangers. 115 minutes: almost a howler at the other end! Lundstram pushes a pass to Kent. He turns around and tries his luck from 25 meters, but it falls into Trapp's arms! For a moment it looked like it was going to the top corner. 112th min: Frankfurt holds the ball with no real desire to bring it forward with any urgency. Kamada goes down in the box when a cross is swung into the box and demands a penalty. 110 mins: Goldston tries to hiss a long ball towards Sakala but he quickly drifts out of play for a goal kick to Frankfurt. 108 mins: Opportunity at the other end! Hauge finds him on the edge of the box and McGregor misses his attempt but rolls wide of the post. Rangers work the ball from right to left. It comes down to Barisic taking a touch before releasing from 25 yards and Trapp chooses to parry him rather than catch him. Ajdin Hrustic replaces Djibril Sow for Eintracht Frankfurt at the beginning of this second extension period. After 105 minutes everything is open. This ends the first overtime. We are 15 minutes away from penalty shootouts. 105 mins: Lenz blocks Sakala after hitting the ball past him. 104 mins: Tavernier does a great job of winning the ball from N'Dicka. It's put on Davis at the edge of the area, but his shot is blocked by Sow. Until the last minute of the first overtime. Christopher Lenz replaces Evan N'Dicka for Eintracht Frankfurt. Rangers goalscorer Joe Aribo also makes way for James Sands. 100 min: One wonders when both teams will take their chances with the dreaded penalties. Kent tries to put some pace back into the game as he burns past Toure on the left but his cross is erased. Frankfurt then tries to break through Knauff but Bassey is back to throw him off balance as his shot is wide off the mark. 98 mins: Rangers are managing extra time well so far. It's the Rangers defender who makes the mistake in the first place as he slips and lets Borre on goal. But Bassey doesn't give up and as the Frankfurt striker prepares to pull the trigger, Bassey slides in to take the ball away from him. 95 minutes: Not far from Scott Arfield. Sakala rushes into the last third and puts it down to the other Rangers substitute. He takes a touch to collect himself, tries his luck from 25 yards and sends the ball a few yards over the top. 93 mins: Toure fires a ball at Kent and then backs away from his own leg for a Rangers throw, as the tired passing shows early in extra time. Frankfurt regains the ball and Hauge does well on the left to force a corner from Lundstram. Set pieces could be crucial in those 30 minutes. Rangers get it. Scott Arfield came on for Glen Kamara at the start of extra time. I never thought I would see the day ex-Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield play in a European final. Full-time: This is the last act of the 90. We're going into overtime in the 2022 Europa League final. 90+5 minutes: The Rangers have another throw-in. Barisic and Kent work it up the left and Barisic sends in a cross that Knauff hacks away. Rangers end the game strong but Frankfurt break out! Kamada runs it clear and tries to find Kostic on the left who is in a race with Goldston. The Rangers centre-back is there first to smash him away and Kostic hits him to safety. 90+3 mins: Borre deserves a foul from Bassey to stop the Rangers' momentum in this final period of the game. It looks like we might well get an extension. 90+1 minutes: A nice change from Kamara and Aribo, but Kamara's shot is blocked. it flies to Barisic, whose cross is blocked and Rangers have a throw. 90 minutes: There will be five minutes of stoppage time. Tavernier fails with his head on a cross from the right. Kostic sends it back towards Kamada and it's just behind him and wide of the post! 88 mins: Every time either team gets the ball in the last third, it looks like they could create something dangerous. Barisic blocks Knauff's cross and Rangers try to break through, but Aribo misdirects. Both groups of players are looking very tired out there now. 86 mins: Kamara shoves a neat pass into Sakala and he tries to pull the ball over for Aribo, but a nod from Hasebe puts it in Trapp's hands. The Rangers still look menacing when counterattacking. 84 mins: A hopeful long ball over the top of Frankfurt sees Hauge and Bassey struggling for the ball and it's the Rangers defender who superbly initiates it for the goal kick. Frankfurt are pushing for a winner but Rangers are keeping them at bay for now. 82 mins: Kostic whips a free-kick straight out of the Rangers half. It bounces on the penalty spot and McGregor has to tip it over as it threatens to roll him over! You have the feeling that one of these teams will score in the 90 minutes. 80 minutes: Stupid game! Hasebe drifts a through ball back to Trapp but that misses and for a moment Sakala looks the favorite to get there! Hasebe manages to get his body over and Sakala then unnecessarily shoves the defender past when Frankfurt were still in deep trouble. A piece of genius and the trophy comes home with one of these sides. 78 min: Good chance for Frankfurt. Kostic finds Rode on the edge of the box and puts it on Hauge, who leans back and shoots his flick over the bar. Rode narrowly avoided a few fouls by Rangers in the penalty area. Two changes for Rangers as Ryan Jack makes way for Steven Davis and Scott Wright is replaced by Fashion Sakala. Wright goes into the book for pulling Kamada's shirt in the middle of the park. Rangers just need to calm down here. 71 min: Immediately after the Frankfurt goal, we have a water break in the second half. A chance for both managers to speak to their players as we head into the final 20 minutes of this final. Jens Petter Hauge replaces Jesper Lindstrom for Frankfurt. Frankfurt has finally found a way. Kostic lashes a delicious low cross to the edge of the six-yard box and Borre slides between the two Rangers centre-backs to slip past McGregor. Goldston plays a terribly short pass and Rode flicks a ball into Kamada which is a one on one McGregor but lands his lob over McGregor in the net! Rangers let go of the hook in a big way. 66 mins: Aribo goes down under pressure from Hasebe but there was very little in it and the referee tells him to get back on his feet. Knauff tries to put something down the right side but Bassey absolutely sensationally manages to get up, show his strength and capture the ball for Rangers. 64 mins: Toure has taken a long time to recover from that minor collision with Aribo. It's a good opportunity for Rangers to reset and gauge how they'll defuse the game with just over 25 minutes left. Frankfurt is now chasing the game. 62 minutes: YELLOW! 62 minutes: YELLOW! Aribo goes into a duel with Toure and the free kick goes in the direction of the Frankfurt defender. Aribo is also booked for Coming Together. I'm not sure the Rangers fans even noticed. 60 minutes: SUB! 60 minutes: SUB! 60 minutes: SUB! 60 minutes: SUB! 60 minutes: SUB! In doing so, Tuta injured himself in his slip leading to the Rangers goal and had to jump off. Frankfurt are almost even immediately as Kamada returns the ball for Lindstrom and his attempt is decisively blocked by Bassey. Frankfurt are screaming for a handball, but it clearly hit his chest. Great opportunity goes begging. Suddenly this game came to life. It's ecstasy for the traveling Scottish fans as Rangers take the lead! It's a nightmare for Frankfurt centre-back Tuta when he slips and falls on a long overshot ball. The slip leaves Aribo on target and he makes no mistake with a calm left footed finish into the bottom corner. Oh, this is the best opportunity for the Rangers in this game! Tavernier does a great job shooting past Kostic into the Frankfurt half. He sends a low ball over for Kamara, who passes it to Aribo. Aribo gives it to Kent, who only has Trapp to beat, but he cuts it wide! 54 minutes: Penalty for Frankfurt. Goldston puts his foot down and appears to snag Kostic after the ball went off both of them in the penalty area. It's a heart-in-mouth moment for Rangers fans, but VAR doesn't think it's clear and obvious. 52 minutes: Rangers finally have their foot on the ball for the first time this second half. Wright and Aribo connect well before Tuta brings his body over to stop Wright from squirming into the box. However, Rangers have it back and are enjoying a long period of quiet possession. Exactly the right thing after the ray of hope from Frankfurt. 50 mins: Tuta sees the headlines and tries his luck from 30 yards but it's a shot from a centre-back. McGregor watches as it drifts aimlessly past his right post. Moments later, however, almost Frankfurt! They work it into Lindstrom on the edge of the area and his deflected effort flat-footed McGregor but only turns inches wide! The Germans are Rangers everywhere. They made an excellent start to the second half. 47 min: At the beginning of this second half, several flares were detonated at the Frankfurt end. And their team gives them something to shout about early on as Rode spins behind Lundstram before the Rangers midfielder comes back to turn him for a corner. Kostic sends the set piece and Lundstram is back to clear his head. 46 mins: Back underway in Seville as Rangers get the game back underway. Can the Scots create a winning moment in this second half? Will Frankfurt prevail? So the second half is coming up. Who will be the match winner in this Europa League final? It's for take away. Frankfurt full-back Knauff had probably the best chance of the half, but met an Allan McGregor, who absolutely does not want to let this European final go under. It's half time and it remains clear in this Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers. Kostic, Kamada and Knauff all had decent chances for Frankfurt that they didn't take. Aribo saw a great performance that sailed just wide at the other end for Rangers. It's been an entertaining 45 minutes but remains goalless. 45+5 mins: Knauff tries to pass Barisic on the right, but the Croatian sensationally blocks the cross and gets away with the ball. It looks like we'll go into the break goalless. Nice move from Rangers who are really starting to enjoy this Europa League final. Aribo does an excellent job of holding the ball up and pushing it to Wright. He returns it to Aribo, who finds Jack on the edge of the area, but his powerful shot goes well over the bar. 45 minutes: There is six minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first half. Frankfurt had the clearer chances, but Rangers got better and better as the half-time progressed. 44 mins: Barisic plays a nice ball into Aribo, which goes into the area under pressure from Tuta. The Rangers forward looks to the referee because he wants a penalty but he never gets one for it. This time Frankfurt attacks. Advantage is played and Frankfurt forces a corner that fizzles. Tavernier, another player lucky enough to get away without a booking in that first half. 42 minutes: Borre unnecessarily pushes Tavernier onto the nearby touchline in the middle of the Frankfurt half. It's another good opportunity for the Rangers full-back to send a ball into the box. But Rangers maintain possession and keep their attacks going. This is a good end to the first period for Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men. 40 mins: Rangers are growing into this Europa League final. Wright shoots past N'Dicka and tries to send a ball into the box but this time it's blocked and thrown away. Frankfurt were the dominant team for about 20 minutes, but that feeling starts to change as we approach half-time. 38 mins: STOP! 38 mins: STOP! Lundstram jumps to get his head on the ball and it lands on the bar before Trapp reaches out a hand to flip it over the top. 36 mins: Jack super pushes N'Dicka into the corner and the Frankfurt defender mistakenly dribbles the ball to a corner to Rangers. The corner comes and Lundstram hits the back post a little to prevent a drift for a throw-in. And then there is a foul by a Frankfurt player. Good position for Rangers to send the ball into the box. They break out after a Rangers free-kick through Kostic. The Serb carries the ball from one penalty area to another before firing a low shot over goal that drifts a few yards wide. They feel that if Frankfurt are ahead they could pick up Rangers at the break. The first goal will be so crucial in this final. 32 minutes: Lindstrom finds the corner on the edge of the penalty area. He tries his luck and it seems to be on target before his own teammate Kamada accidentally gets in the way while blocking. Next up is Kostic, who tries from long range and his shot goes just over and wide. Frankfurt looks very dangerous, but Rangers are keeping in touch. 30 mins: There's no doubt that both sides are trying to be physical. Bassey pushes Borre away from the Frankfurt goal kick but the referee easily recognizes it and the free kick is awarded. Kostic sends a wicked delivery into the box from 40 yards out and Bassey does an excellent job of deflecting him to the corner as he sprints towards his own goal. Wright is really good at picking up the ball between the lines and feeding it to Aribo. The Rangers forward spins and bends a nice left foot shot towards the top corner and it flies inches wide! Wright was knocked down after playing the pass to Aribo. 25 min: There is no question that the Frankfurters are currently winning the fight in midfield comprehensively. Lundstram tries to control the ball but loses to Kamada while Frankfurt continue to assert their dominance over Rangers. Bassey plays a nice ball down the line for Kent who controls it well but Knauff is quick back to wipe out the threat. Knauff is the danger man for Frankfurt at the moment and the chance falls to him this time. He gets the ball 10 meters outside the penalty area and manages to sprint forward without anyone challenging him. He tries to lure a left foot shot into the near post but McGregor makes a great save to thwart it! Shortly after, Frankfurt regains the ball in the Rangers half and Sow tries to bend one from the edge of the box into the top corner, but he always drifts over the top. 20 mins: Rangers try to break when Jack slides in to regain the ball in the middle of his own half. Wright lunges at it and plays a deflected pass for Aribo, who runs him for being miles offside. A disappointment for Frankfurt. Then there's a bit of pinball on the edge of the Frankfurt area as Aribo tries to pass a ball through for Kamara, but Tuta deftly slices it out. 17 min: The Frankfurt fans are now the ones who make all the noise after these chances for Kamada and Sow. In the last third, the Germans are seen as more dangerous, but the Rangers are by no means outplayed at the moment. Lindstrom shows excellent footwork to zoom past Bassey on the edge of the Rangers area but his cross is cleared. 15 mins: Tavernier slices a cross down the middle that Rode handles comfortably. Aribo lingered on the edge of the box when he really needed to be closer to the penalty spot. Knauff then flies down to the right, but his low cross is dealt with calmly by Bassey. 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! 12 minutes: OPPORTUNITY! First real chance of the game and it falls to Frankfurt. A game change sails over Lundstram's head and suddenly Kamada is in goal. He's too slow with his first and second touches but still gets away with an effort that chokes McGregor. Sow then follows up with a curling shot from the edge of the area, which McGregor plucks from the air. 11 mins: Wonderful crossfield ball from Tavernier tries to peck out Kent and he receives a small nudge from Knauff which knocks him to the ground but the referee waves off the protests. Shortly thereafter, Sow misses a free kick in his own half and the Rangers can continue to put pressure on in the final third of Frankfurt. 9 mins: Rode has a bandage wrapped around his head but seems ready to continue. His foot was up, but Rode's head also came down to get the ball. 7 minutes: Oh dear, that doesn't look good. Lundstram lifts his foot to capture the ball and catches Frankfurt defender Rode on the head. 4 mins: Frankfurt started the game well but Rangers enjoy their first foray into the Frankfurt half in the fourth minute and it's dangerous. They win a fight in midfield and push Aribo into the right channel but N'Dicka is across to turn him for a corner. Tavernier then shoots the corner past everyone in the box. 2 mins: Frankfurt start holding the ball for the first 60 seconds but as soon as Rangers get the ball there is a huge roar in the arena. Knauff sends a dangerous ball to the far post where Kostic is waiting. He rolls it then shoots it back down the middle but Rangers clear.


Saturday morning news summary

Oakland police are searching for a missing 69-year-old woman late Friday night who... (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayOakland police are searching for a missing 69-year-old woman who has dementia late Friday night. Wanda Jones was last seen at the 4000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Oakland on Friday. Police are asking for the public's help because of Jones' age and dementia. A San Mateo native, Sheila Canzian has worked for her hometown since 1970, a 52-year career at City Hall that has included many civic achievements in her longtime role as the city's Parks and Recreation Director. Canzian, who has had an influential, award-winning career with the City of San Mateo and is one of the city's longest-serving employees, is preparing for his retirement. She was instrumental in managing San Mateo's well-known recreational programs, facilities, and amenities, with some of her proudest achievements being the creation of the city's shoreline parks along the bay, co-founding the nonprofit Police Activities League, rebuilding the Poplar Creek Golf Course, and Establishment of the senior center. In addition, Canzian led the update of the city's Central Park Master Plan, bringing a seasonal ice rink to Central Park. Her department manages the city's 35 parks, six recreation and community centers, the Marina Lagoon, Poplar Creek Golf Course and nearly 23,000 city trees. Graffiti discovered this week at a Palo Alto middle school is being investigated by police as a hate crime. An unknown suspect wrote "KKK" in two restrooms at Fletcher Middle School at 655 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto. It was discovered by the school administration on Wednesday and then reported to the police. When officers arrived at the scene, the graffiti had been removed by school staff. As the police investigation continues, vandalism appears to have occurred in two separate boys' toilets on school grounds for two consecutive days - Tuesday and Wednesday. In both cases, according to the police, "KKK" was written with a ballpoint pen or felt-tip pen. Police believe it is likely the work of a suspect. Officials are actively investigating the case and are cooperating with the school administration. In January, police investigated a case of graffiti vandalism at El Carmelo Elementary School on Bryant Street. This case remains open; No arrests have been made and no suspects identified. The investigation revealed that an unidentified suspect wrote a racist epithet aimed at people of African American descent on a sign on school grounds. This incident is also being investigated as a hate crime. Police have no evidence to link the incidents at the two schools. Free AC Transit shuttles will operate between BART's South Hayward and Union City stations this weekend while BART conducts major rail replacement work between the two stations. BART's Green Line operates between Daly City and South Hayward stations on Saturday and Sunday. Green Line service between Union City and Berryessa stations will be suspended this weekend. Drivers should allow 20 to 25 minutes for their journeys and can skip the service impact by, for example, going to the South Hayward BART station to bring BART to all points north, east and west. The last train to leave Berryessa is a train bound for Union City on Saturday at 11:29pm and Sunday at 11:20pm where a bus shuttle is available to South Hayward. The crews are replacing critical track components between the South Hayward and Union City BART stations and are advancing work to create a new storage facility for hundreds of future fleet vehicles at the Hayward Maintenance Complex. BART officials say this important work will replace rail infrastructure that dates back to the early 1970s. Many of these aging rail components have been in service since BART service began in September 1972 and have survived their design lives. The track replacement work is financed from the measure RR approved by the voters. Funding for the new car depot will be provided in part by a $1.17 billion grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The storage facility is part of the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program, which will dramatically increase the number of trains BART can run through the Transbay subway. The annual and very popular Pet Parade through downtown Los Altos is back this weekend and it's even more special because it also celebrates a special occasion. The 75th Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade begins Saturday at 10 am on the streets of downtown Los Altos. The Los Altos Police Department said there will be no COVID-19 restrictions during the event. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Main, State, First, Second, Third, and Fourth streets will be closed to vehicular traffic in preparation for the parade. Edith Avenue remains open to vehicular traffic from San Antonio Road to Foothill Boulevard. San Antonio Road or the community center at 97 Hillview Ave.; Disabled parking is located at South Plaza between Second and Third Streets, and there is additional disabled parking at both plazas off Third Street; Free shuttle service from the Los Altos High School parking lot to downtown is provided for parade participants; and Central Plaza are not accessible due to the road closures, however access to all outer parking lots will remain. A mountain lion was sighted in the Point Richmond neighborhood early Friday night, according to a Richmond Police spokesman. Police have received reports of sightings from local residents in the area. Police are advising residents in the area to bring pets into the home. A judge on Thursday put the Oakland Police Department on a year-long probation before making a decision on whether to release the department from nearly 20 years of federal oversight, court filings show. City of Oakland et al. after noting that the police had achieved "substantial compliance" with the reforms. Oakland Police must maintain "essential compliance" for a year to be exempt from oversight. "The good news is that the defendants have achieved broad compliance and the road to this has resulted in tangible improvements in policing in Oakland and a promise that a culture that understands and supports constitutional policing is taking root," wrote Orrick. According to a report by the Police Executive Research Forum, a research organization that focuses on policing issues, "constitutional policing is legal policing". Legal policing operates under the US Constitution, state constitutions and court decisions that spell out what the Constitution means for the police, the report said. The case against the city of Oakland stemmed from the actions of a group of police officers known as the Riders. A novice officer's 2000 complaint against the officers alleged that they had hit a suspect. An investigation by four officers uncovered further allegations that officers planted drugs, falsely arrested suspects and falsified police reports. The city paid the victims $10.4 million in civil rights claims. The Oakland Police Department is adhering to all but one reform, attorney John Burris said in an interview Friday morning. The police partially adhere to their consistent discipline of black officers. Burris and attorney James Chanin sued the city and Oakland police force in 2000 over alleged police misconduct and have been involved in the case ever since. A coalition is trying to legally force the Oakland Unified School District to drop its school consolidation plan, claiming the district failed to evaluate it based on the California Environmental Quality Act. Justice for the Oakland Students Coalition, a group seeking greater justice for low-income students of color in the district, filed a complaint in the Alameda County Superior Court Thursday. The coalition claims the plan will further harm black and Hispanic communities that are taking in students who have been evicted from schools that are closing or are no longer serving students in certain classes. The communities hosting the displaced students are already burdened by environmental issues such as pollution, as well as racial injustices such as redlining, the coalition said. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area calls for mostly sunny skies with daily highs in the 60s along the coast to the mid-70s to mid-70s-80s inland. Copyright © 2022 Bay City News, Inc. Republication, retransmission, or redistribution is prohibited without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. 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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from May 13th

At WrestleMania Backlash, The Bloodline once again proved their dominance over WWE with a win over Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro in a standout six-man tag team main event... (Author: Gardener)

May 13thWWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reactions and May 13th Highlights WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reactions and May 13th Highlights At WrestleMania Backlash, The Bloodline once again proved their dominance over WWE with a win over Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro into a stellar six-man tag team main event. Friday night, disaffected Raw Tag Team Champions Randy Orton and Riddle faced SmackDown Tag Champions The Usos as they continued their battle for WWE tag team dominance. What would RK-Bro have in store for Jimmy and Jey as they try to avenge the disappointment of losing just five days earlier? In some other tag team action, would women's champions Naomi and Sasha Banks be able to thwart Shayna Baszler and Natalya's challenge and retain the titles they won at WrestleMania? Find out with this roundup of the May 13 Fox broadcast.RK-Bro and The UsosWomen's Tag Team Championship Match Confrontation: Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. Sami Zayn and The Bloodline RespondedRK-Bro kicked off Friday's show to a thunderous ovation , before Randy Orton went hunting and Undisputed WWE called Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Instead of The Head of the Table, Sami Zayn interrupted the Raw tag team champions and urged them to return to their own brand. Orton forced Zayn into a match with Riddle. If The Original Bro won, RK-Bro would get the tag team title unification match they should have had at WrestleMania Backlash. Riddle and Zayn tore down the house with one hell of an opener that saw some dramatic near falls, a scorching crowd around each of them, and a gorgeous finish that saw the tag champion slam the referee's counter back into the ring before he did Bro Derek delivered for the pinfall win. Zayn continued to emphasize his Bloodline sympathizer character while subconsciously referring to himself as the leader of the dressing room, while Riddle shone in a match that only added to the idea that The Original Bro will quickly become one of WWE's workhorses. A great start to the show which led to a head-to-head between the Babyfaces and The Bloodline later in the night, as we saw in a backstage vignette from Roman Reigns and The Usos. Wearing a Bloodline shirt, Zayn continued his efforts to get close to Reigns while billing himself as the leader of the dressing room. Riddle nearly broke Zayn by ridiculously calling him Rusty "because your hair looks the color of rust." Orton, leading a chant from "Rusty," is the absurd wholesome goodness we're here for. Orton sold a late match just before fall that sent the crowd into an uproar. Backstage, The Bloodline took offense at the result and promised to give RK-Bro an answer later. Shortly after winning the SmackDown Women's Championship from Charlotte Flair in a physical, punishing I Quit Match, a confident Ronda presented Rousey with an open challenge. Raquel Rodriguez responded and suddenly, for the first time ever, SmackDown had a fairly significant match on its hands. The NXT export dominated the action and countered everything Rousey threw at her, using her unmatched size and power. Rodriguez as the dominating force and Rousey as the scrappy fighter, reaching into her bag of tricks to achieve a win, was a story that worked extremely well. Rodriguez immediately looks like a top contender, capable of rivaling the best and baddest, while Rousey proved she doesn't need to resort to submissions to beat an opponent, which appears to be one when it was first announced. Rousey refused to call her title the SmackDown Women's Championship, twice referring to it as the SmackDown World Championship Title. It's consistent with their pre-WrestleMania question as to why they even need to call it a women's title. Rodriguez handling Rousey as a woman in the ring provided some stunning images that continued to sell the story. An in-ring promo starring Madcap Moss and Kayla Braxton came to an abrupt and sudden end when Happy Corbin attacked his former Fool with a steel chair and knocked him out before pinning his head in a steel chair and smashing the gun with Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy. Corbin laughed as paramedics rushed to the square circle with a stretcher, pleased with his actions. This was a rare, welcome midcard angle. It's not every week in today's WWE that we see a midcard program like Corbin vs. WWE Creative, which is where Moss helped give him something to build liking and hopefully a growing fan base from. Corbin is one of the best heels in the business thanks to Corbin sheer dislike, and it showed fully here as he grinned as medical attention rushed to his former tag team partner's aid. The feud is far from over and this should not only propel it forward but also see Moss drop the 'Madcap' moniker and perhaps adopt a more focused and serious edge. Moss set up a mixed tag team with Sasha Banks called Madcap Boss on the Perfect Dad Joke. Corbin's facial expressions were great here. He can do anything and doesn't get nearly enough credit for it. After weeks of build-up, Sasha Banks and Naomi successfully defended the women's tag team championship, defeating Natalya and Shayna Baszler to retain it. Banks overcame a concentrated attack from Baszler and Natalya her knee to heat up Naomi in time and spark the champion's comeback. Naomi eventually achieved the win over The Queen of Harts with a modified small package. The match, like everything else on the show up to this point, was very good. It was timed and had a quality portion of the fight and the hot day was an explosive one fueled by the awesome Naomi. Baszler and Natalya never really felt like a team destined to dethrone the champions, a feeling reinforced by their half-appearance, but they played at the champions' level. The chemistry was strong, the action was fresh, and the crowd was pumping for what might be the best women's tag team title match in months. Banks sold her knee, although the babyfaces made their comeback in a nice continuity. Pat McAfee recalled defeating Natalya's Cora Jade on NXT. By mentioning that, he helped bolster The Queen of Harts' credibility with anyone wondering if she and Baszler stood a chance of capturing the gold, since Kingston faced the latter in singles competition. Butch returned to winning ways and delivered the bitter end to take out the former WWE Champion after considerable interference from Sheamus and Holland. Winning Butch and still taking off is interesting character development, as we know his unpredictability isn't limited to losses, but that's about as big as it gets. This was a perfectly acceptable wrestling match, but it did little to create excitement or intrigue for all involved. Woods lifted Kingston onto his shoulders and played the trombone during the commercial break. The Bloodline ended the evening's show by entering the ring for a promo. Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns indicated there was no one left for him to conquer before RK-Bro made his presence felt again. Orton clipped a fiery promo that ended with another challenge for a tag title unification match. Jimmy Uso accepted on behalf of his brother and Jey announced that the match will take place next week. Riddle rocked Reigns out of nowhere with one knee, leaving The Tribal Chief furious to end the show. RK-Bro is as hot a babyface act as there is in WWE right now, and this is an Orton like we've never seen before. More importantly, his influence is felt in Riddle's performance, as the Original Bro has a confidence and air of credibility that he didn't have before working with The Viper. Given limited opportunities elsewhere, right now there's no better act to go head-to-head with The Bloodline than the Raw Tag Team Champions. "We smash them on Sunday and come out next Friday and tell you what's next!" Reigns said about the dominance of The Bloodline. "I just realized I'm a lot taller than you," Orton said after a fiery, mocking promo about the Usos and their "one brain." Riddle's knee to Reign's face went nowhere from the outside and served as the show's hellish exclamation point.


Holly Holm returns from a long hiatus on the cusp of a title fight

Holm, 40, could be closer to another shot at the bantamweight crown with a win over Keteln Viera this weekend (Author: Gardener)

Holly HolmWhen Holly Holm made her Octagon debut in 2015 at the age of 34, just two years after the UFC hosted its first women's fight, the decorated former women's world champion boxer was considered an underdog. Seven years later, UFC bantamweight division Holm is hard to imagine without Holm at the top of the rankings. Holm (14-5), whose head-kick knockout of Ronda Rousey still features prominently on the highlight reels of the best moments in the promotion's history, was defending the 135-pound title she held less than five months long after her monster excitement never really lasted from Rousey, but she's remained a cover photo fixture in two departments. Now at 40, Holm is taking part in the main event of Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas as the No. 2 bantamweight in the world and may be on the verge of earning a fifth shot at UFC gold when she does the Number 5 Keteln challenges Viera (12-2) in the UFC Apex facility. Holm, who will be inducted into the first female class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June after a total of 18 title defenses in three divisions, was previously known as one of the most versatile and accomplished martial artists in history. But "The Preacher's Daughter" legacy may have taken a new wrinkle in recent years because her longevity has been so incredible. Despite being idle in the Octagon for 19 months after separate bouts with hydronephrosis and a knee injury that forced her out of originally scheduled fights against Julianna Pena and Norma Dumont, it was the first time Holm had had to deal with it in a while the setbacks of sustained injuries. The crazy thing is that Holm is only 4-5 since her win over Rousey in 2015 but has routinely battled the best of the best the world had to offer, with losses to current or former UFC champions Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and Germain de Randamie, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes. But Holm has never stopped evolving her game, and for that reason has never left the top of the rankings at both bantamweight and featherweight. With Pena upsetting Nunes for the 135-pound title in 2021, she will be the female G.O.A.T. Later this year, after her stint as a trainer on The Ultimate Fighter, there's a good chance Holm will find herself next in line should she get past Viera. And for Holm, even if age and injury have made the last two years more difficult than ever, you have to like their chances of potentially competing on an equal footing with one of them. "I still have to win," said Holm on Wednesday's media day in reference to the fight for Viera. I just hate losing no matter what's at stake. But when it comes to a career, if you don't win, the next steps and options are never as many as you'd like. In the long run, I need that win if I want to progress further to get the belt." When asked what keeps motivating her to keep improving her game as she climbs the ladder of competition at her age, Holm said the "The answer is very simple. I think it's just that I'm passionate about the sport," said Holm. Holm certainly came close to becoming a UFC champion again after losing her title to Tate via fifth-round submission - in one of the most dramatic results in the sport's history - but couldn't get past the hump. She dropped a frustrating decision against de Randamire in their 2017 featherweight title fight before losing a competitive decision to Cyborg for the same title two fights later. After retooling with a thorough featherweight win over Megan Anderson in 2018, Holm was given a shot at Nunes' 135-pound title but lost by TKO in the first round to a devastating headbutt. If Holm seemed poised to disappear, it would likely have come after the loss to Nunes, at a time when The Lioness seemed almost unbeatable. But Nunes, meanwhile, not only lost her title (in an upset loss to Pena, who was even bigger than Holm-Rousey), Holm bounced back with solid decision victories over top contenders Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana. If there was reason to question Holm's quest to regain a UFC title as her sole motivation, the fighter's recent comments have tipped the scales even after undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor's thrilling win over Amanda Serrano in April Billed as the greatest fight in women's boxing history. Get the latest in the martial arts world from two of the best in the business. Holm began openly flirting with the idea of ​​returning to sweet science to challenge Taylor, the 35-year-old Irish star who won gold at the 2012 Olympics. When asked about her current contract status this week, Holm said she has "two or three" fights left on her UFC deal and would certainly be interested in Taylor, but that it's nothing stopping her attention, potentially against the winner to fight from Pena -Nunes II. "I think it's good in life to dream," said Holm. "You're thinking about things that intrigue you and look forward to that could potentially be exciting. I'm really MMA-motivated right now...but [Taylor] would intrigue me because of the fact that it's a whole different weight class. Am I coming back and fighting for a world title in a fourth division? "To show that I can go back and compete at the highest level and still get a belt, does that fascinate me? I still have my contracts and my fights in place. I still want to win here. I loved it, for them Fighting UFC so I'm not trying to get out but I definitely think I'm in a unique position. A lot of people have tried the crossing over but haven't been able to really do it successfully. The good news for Holm is that she is second to none in terms of what she has already achieved in martial arts.


Showers and thunderstorms possible, with Sunday morning being "mainly dry" for the area

Monday brings the potential for severe thunderstorms when a cold front collides with warm and humid air mass, forecasters say. (Author: Gardener)

SundayA low-pressure area moving into the Lehigh Valley region on Saturday brings with it the potential for showers and isolated thunderstorms in "fairly humid" air, the National Weather Service said. There is a chance of showers before 2 p.m. at Lehigh Valley International Airport. Thunderstorms are possible on Saturday, the weather service says. More showers are likely with a possible thunderstorm before 7pm followed by a chance for more overnight. Lehigh Valley-based meteorologist Bobby Martrich of EPAWA posted on Twitter that Saturday's forecast wasn't enough to warrant canceling plans as the showers were expected as "brief pop-ups, in and out." "Sunday begins mostly dry as Saturday's disturbance retreats further northeast," the Weather Service said Saturday morning in a forecast discussion from its Philadelphia-area office in Mount Holly, New Jersey, which covers the Garden State of eastern Pennsylvania and Parts of Maryland and Delaware. At LVIA, the Weather Service is forecasting a slight chance of showers early Sunday with likely showers and a possible thunderstorm after 2pm to 11pm. Showers are likely to remain through Monday, with the start of the working week bringing a risk of isolated severe thunderstorms as a cold front approaches from the west and pulls through late Monday, according to the weather service. Weekend temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 70s during the day and as high as 80 degrees on Sunday, falling to the low 60s overnight. The normal highs and lows for this time of year in the Lehigh Valley are 73 and 50 degrees. Visit for your full AccuWeather local hourly and 15-day forecast.


"I have no idea how it's going to feel"

Jimmie Johnson finished his first two days of Indy 500 practice in the top five on the timesheets. But the racing rookie didn't drive a single qualifying simulation. (Author: Gardener)

Jimmie JohnsonHe now knows how much oval tracks in an open-wheel car can change on a rainy day. He begins to come to terms with trying to tame the living, breathing, ever-changing beast of an Indy car via a full tank ride. In other words, he's starting to feel like an IndyCar driver. "But I put an asterisk on it and just say 'on ovals,'" Johnson said Thursday night after his second day of practice at the Indianapolis 500. Next, the Indy 500 rookie is learning to deal with the feeling of going 240 mph (or more) flying into turn 1, accelerating, going full throttle, ready to turn left, and trusting that it will last long enough to get him into turn 2. Then he'll catch his breath and it repeat 15 more times and see where that puts the seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion in Saturday's 500 qualifiers. He'll get his first glimpse of this on Friday afternoon with the arrival of the 500's Fast Friday, where Honda and Chevy can ramp up the thrust and watch those average top lap speeds climb well into the 230's. But Johnson will only make it if he makes sure he completely unlearns everything he's carried into his brain from nearly two decades of Brickyard 400 on the IMS oval. "The last time I was here in qualifying trim was in a Cup car and we let go and braked a bit to get into Turn 1," Johnson said on Thursday after clocking 226.409mph drove the fifth fastest individual lap of the day. “So feeling the push and the straight lines and looking down at that 90 degree turn and thinking I'm going to flatten it out is going to be an interesting conversation with my right foot.” Johnson and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates were one of just a handful of teams who chose not to run qualifying simulations. Despite setting two of the fastest laps at IMS all week (Johnson was third fastest on Tuesday at 227.722mph), the driver of the No. 48 Honda has yet to experience the feeling of being the only car on track and having his car closed let machine do all the work. Johnson said his team focused Thursday on putting in two full stints to run the tires down until they were unusable to give him a chance to feel the car's grip and grip at the same time Losing fuel charge while simultaneously experiencing a gust of air on the straights and dirty air in the corners with riders on much newer or older tires coming and going alongside him. "I feel like I've reached a new level of comfort in race trim today," Johnson said. "I still have no idea what it's going to feel like going around 230mph here as the boost increases, but I'll address that tomorrow." And he'll do so on Friday at a significantly slippery track (with temperatures that threaten to reach 90 degrees) and sustained gusts of wind that can reach 25 miles per hour or more. Coupled with more rain Thursday night, which is likely to wash away some of the rubber laid down by the entire field, which completed more than 3,000 laps Thursday, Johnson said he knew he was in for another full day of learning and of adjustment during operation. "One of the differences between a Cup car and an Indy car is that we love green circuits," said Johnson. “This track in a Cup car, and certainly I'm learning in an Indy car, it's very spirited and you just have to be on top of it. Things change and I'm trying to understand why there was a difference because obviously on race day when you go into the race you don't get a training session beforehand to see where you have your balance.” If the CGR cars the speed they have shown for two days in tow, with the added boost and being able to maintain on their own, there is reason to believe Johnson could make it into Sunday's Fast 12 or even Fast 6, where he i would be itching to become the first Indy 500 rookie to race first since 1983 (Teo Fabi). Whatever the weekend, Johnson will still have four hours of practice between Monday and Friday to iron out the last few items on his checklist before taking the green flag at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It's six hours less than he planned before Wednesday was a complete washout. Johnson said whether he's happy with that or working off his rearfoot next week will ultimately depend on how he performs this weekend. "Riders or teams with less experience want and need what they can get every day - that's my first thought," said Johnson. “I think (the rest of the training) will be a highlight of finding the balance between clean air and traffic. There's a pretty big difference in the handling and behavior of the car," Johnson said. "And then I have to work out the timing needed to set up a pass and get the right run (Turns) 2 and 4." This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indy 500: Jimmie Johnson Ready for the Fast's Unknowns Friday, high speeds


Biggest questions, scrimmage standouts starting Thursday

The chatter surrounding the Thunder's draft plan continued, while several players left their mark on the daily in-game action. (Author: Gardener)

ThursdayCHICAGO -- The first combine scrimmages took place Thursday, with two more coming Friday as teams continue to conduct interviews and transact behind-the-scenes deals. As usual when the entire league gathers in one place for any length of time, fact-finding trips and design speculation get serious. A series of agency-run Pro Days continues to take place here in Chicago, and top executives will be traveling to California next week to complete that stretch. The first day of play at the combine tends to be more important than the second, if only because players who start hot are often pulled from the event by their advisors. There is a strategic level of teasing that takes place and often works to the advantage of prospects, particularly those who have a real chance of making the first round. Conversely, many prospects on the fringes of the first round who chose not to play slipped into the second round on draft night. Based on chatter from across the league and what we saw on the pitch Thursday, here's what you need to know about the combine so far. While the Magic did indeed win the lottery on Tuesday, most of the early speculation surrounding the league focused on No. 2-holding Oklahoma City. On the loose assumption that the Magic Smith take, there's a segment of competing executives who believe Thunder boss Sam Presti will have a hard time passing Gonzaga forward Chet Holmgren, as I originally predicted in Tuesday's mock draft. It feels like concern for Banchero's defense (which I partly share) has been overdone on the public front: He's no rim protector, but he's no stiff either, and he's a rare talent when it comes to the ball skills and feeling in its size. His jump shot can be shaky at times, but he's ready to play from an offensive standpoint in the NBA. When it comes to the Thunder, this can be argued both ways: OKC operates under a very undefined timeframe for disputes and have shown a willingness to be patient and develop prospects who weren't necessarily physically ready for the league. Holmgren fits in well there in theory, as the Thunder will have a runway to experiment on how best to deploy it, and there's an immediate need for an upgraded central defense on the list. On the other hand, if there's a pattern to the way Presti has built his team over the past few years, it's that the Thunder clearly value size and ability on the fringes. Capable of moonlighting as a point guard and acting as both a ball handler and screener in pick-and-roll situations, Banchero undeniably offers more perimeter utilization than Holmgren for his size. Given that he's physically ready for the league, it's also a safer assumption that Banchero will improve the rotation in some way right away. It may be some time before there is clarity on this matter if there ever is, but it's safe to say that intrigue in the lottery is starting at #2 right now. Sharpe has been raised in many of my conversations this week as a prospect who both fascinates and terrifies NBA leaders. He'll almost certainly come off the board in the first five or six picks of this draft, despite never playing a college minute in Kentucky, and there are two very glaring sides of the coin here. Sharpe's physique, balletic movements, ability to use his grip to create space and potentially high-quality vaulter are all enticing. Over the course of a Monday pro day that consisted essentially of him dribbling around, launching jumpers and doing cool dunks, it was pretty obvious why he would be voted so high. It's worth noting that he's also taken a unique path to his current status: He was under the radar in Canada and didn't have hot recruiting before being blown up as a prospect in late 2020. 19-year-old Sharpe's life has changed a lot since then, and it's happened very quickly. Still, there's no shortage of interest here -- I'd expect pretty much every team in the top 10, including Orlando and Oklahoma City, to at least try to win it. There's still some decisions to be made here, but it's safe to say The prospect of Sharpe's unusual talent and athletic prowess successfully caught the attention of the entire NBA this week. A number of players had strong days at the combine, with the scoring stats helped to some extent by a large group of players who decided against a five-a-side game at the last minute, leaving plenty of minutes to spare. There isn't enough space or time to highlight each individual player, so here are a handful of personalities who moved the needle in my thoughts (not all of whom had the best days). Quite clearly the most intriguing guard prospect to come onto the field on Thursday, Smith displayed his bulletproof, sneaky athleticism and made several nice pass readings throughout the first game. He ended up shooting just 6 of 17 from the field and cooling off in the second half with just five of his 17 points, but his overall performance was quite promising and helped validate those who viewed him as a late first-round caliber player. Smith is fairly skinny and has a lot of growth ahead of him, but his ability to create his own shot and also do threesomes with a pretty good clip is quite appealing considering he's still only 19 and not much high has played -level basketball at all. Teams still appear to be looking at him as a project, likely capping his call-up cap, but Smith certainly improved his case on Thursday. Williams has some fans in the NBA and has gained momentum as a player in first-round discussion, although opinions are still mixed. He's of great length, can pass, dribble and shoot at a competent level, and is functionally much more athletic than was always apparent in the film. He finished the day's second game with a solid 11 points and four rebounds and looks like he has a real shot at making a role for himself considering the need for versatile, supplemental wings. Williams isn't terribly dynamic when it comes to getting the ball on the ground and has struggled a bit to confidently attack the second layer of defense, but that's not often asked of him in the NBA. He has a good base of skills to build on and has helped himself this week. It was nice to see Williams show and show off his skills while not being constrained by the limitations of Purdue's offensive system: he scored 14 points, 13 rebounds and recorded five assists while helping his team win in the first game. Williams has been in great form, has great length and real passing shots, and has looked quite agile throughout the game. He'll never be a stellar big, but Williams offers something for a creative team to work with and, over the course of a productive game, has demonstrated the skills that set him apart from most other bigs at the combine. Clearly one of the more competent guards to come on Thursday, Rollins, 19, influenced the game with his ability to paint and displayed above-average athletics on the edge. He's a top scorer who doesn't play with much charisma or creativity, but he's found ways to get things done throughout the game and given his age there are clearly some things here for teams to work with. He's missed all three of his three-pointers, which won't alleviate concerns about his reach, but he clearly deserves to be at the combine and has worked his way towards draftability if he decides not to go to college to return. Part of the value of the combine is the ability to see players in the same position at similar stages in their careers in the same court. The second combination game featured four different long-term project greats in Foster, Moussa Diabaté, Josh Minott and Dominick Barlow, and I thought Foster's experience, spanning a full season in the G League, was readily apparent in the context of his peers. Foster still has some bad habits and loves his knight a little too much, but his body looks great, he has an improved understanding of his role and he made some surprisingly good passes on Thursday that caught the eye. Though he finished with just five points and six rebounds, I was a little more encouraged by his development and wonder if he can work his way into productivity as he matures. I felt Butler deserved a footnote here: he hit two threes early in the first game and looked pretty comfortable on the sidelines before colliding with Kofi Cockburn, who sent him to the touchline for a while. He eventually bounced back and finished with just six points and three rebounds, but it's hard not to be a little more intrigued by his skill potential at 7' 1" despite his stick figure-like body type. He might end up going back to college, but it is Obviously there's more here that hasn't been shown in the state of Florida, and it's the kind of unique project that could be enticing in this year's second round.


The Flash actor Ezra Miller has been accused of stealing music from two musicians and releasing it without permission

The Flash actor Ezra Miller has been accused of stealing music from two artists after being arrested multiple times in Hawaii. (Author: Gardener)

FlashThe Flash star Ezra Miller has been riddled with scandal lately as the young actor was arrested twice recently in Hawaii. While her future with Warner Bros in the DC Universe remains unclear, more stories about her recent behavior have emerged. Now, new allegations from two musicians claim Miller stole music from them and posted it without their permission. Miller has been in the news lately, but not for her acting. The Fantastic Beasts actor was arrested twice in Hawaii recently. The first occurred March 28 in Hilo, HI, when Miller was charged with disorderly conduct, according to Forbes, for shouting obscenities and molesting a woman at a karaoke bar and lunging at a man playing darts. Miller was arrested in Kea'au for allegedly throwing a chair that struck a 26-year-old woman in the head. The actor also had a restraining order — which was later lifted — from a Hawaiian couple they were staying with. The actor reportedly threatened them and stole items from them, including "a wallet and a passport." In a new story reported by Rolling Stone, music producer Oliver Ignatius and Philadelphia-based rapper Ghais Guevera accuse Miller of using their music without their permission. Ignatius said he and Miller had been working together in Hawaii for a few weeks prior to their arrest. The two were working on a song that featured a verse by Guevera. After his arrest, Ignatius felt a certain "trepidation" about continuing to work with Miller. The producer then said he played Miller a song he made about a friend who was murdered by her husband. "They were completely triggered by the song, which freaked me out because basic feminism is a really hard line," Ignatius told Rolling Stone. "If we don't agree that violence by a man against a woman isn't something worth talking about, then we don't very much agree. That evening, Ignatius said he had "politely ended" the project. "What Ezra did was a... extremely unethical and hurtful act," Ignatius said. "They stole from artists who have fewer resources than they do but might have art that Ezra wants... The person I thought I knew was a much gentler soul than the person we're seeing right now." Both Ignatius and Guevera speak now because they want recognition for their work. While Guevera was being paid for his featured verse, Ignatius said he wanted to take Miller to court to get her to take down the unfinished music. "I saw parts of her personality that I can't see now," Ignatius explained. As of this writing, Miller is still interested in starring in The Flash as Warner Bros remains silent on the recent actions of one of their biggest stars. RELATED: 'The Flash' Fans Want Grant to Replace Gustin Ezra Miller in DCEU


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What's next for NC's Madison Cawthorn after his GOP primary loss?

The future of Madison Cawthorn - the brazen, Trump-backed NC congresswoman - is unclear. Experts say he is unlikely to leave the political scene. (Author: Gardener)

Madison CawthornASHEVILLE -- After his primary loss, Madison Cawthorn, the brazen, Donald Trump-backed congressman from West North Carolina, has a few more months in office -- but what will follow is unclear as Cawthorn has yet to say a word on it and pundits speculate will not leave the regional or national political stage. Common next steps for former elected officials are often moving into the private sector, lobbying, working in news media, or running for the same or a different office. Pundits polled on Wednesday - a day after Cawthorn's loss in an eight-way primary to Republican Senator Chuck Edwards - say another election or policy comment is likely. "His high standing, even in the face of recent controversy, could be the basis on which he rebuilds his public image and engages in future political engagements - after all, he is only 26 at the moment," said UNC Giovanny Pleites-Hernandez, Professor for political science in Asheville. Cawthorn spokesman Luke Ball did not respond to messages seeking comment. While Cawthorn had Trump's support and had raised the most money with $3.7 million, he was dogged by missteps and scandals, such as: Cawthorn Naked Kick Video: Will Republicans Still Stick With Troubled Trump Ally? Cawthorn Court Date: Madison Cawthorn court date set for misdemeanor bringing loaded gun to Charlotte Airport. Should he decide to run for WNC's 11th Circuit again, there's a story behind it, research shows. According to historical findings collected by Chris Cooper, professor of political science at Western Carolina University, no representative from the district has served fewer than two terms since 1933, the year the 11th was restored. In the short term, however, that's unlikely, Pleites-Hernandez said, "given the loss of the party and other political support." While Trump backed Cawthorn, the ex-president said the congressman made "stupid mistakes." Active opposition came from US Senator Thom Tillis, who sided with Cawthorn opponent Edwards. Some of the strongest criticism came after Cawthorn announced he was leaving WNC to run for a new East district that would encompass the Charlotte television market. Another option is to run for another office, which is not uncommon for former elected officials. Cawthorn has said he would like to be governor, even though the minimum age is 30 and he will be just 27 when his term ends on January 3. Pushing such a move could also be political revenge, Cooper said, noting, "Cawthorn has made no secret of his desire for national office and his dislike of Thom Tillis." "I suspect Tillis, who has a few hundred thousand dollars against Dropping Cawthorn's campaign didn't turn them into besties," the WCU professor said. Pleites-Hernandez said Cawthorn's connection to Trump is likely evidence that "his foray into politics is far from over." One place he's unlikely to go is in the lobbying world, Pleites-Hernandez said. Some high-profile WNC lawmakers who have made this transition include former 11th Circuit Representative Heath Shuler and Henderson County Republican Tom Apodaca, who chaired the powerful Senate Rules Committee. "Given his lack of legislative productivity, legislative effectiveness and the development of policy expertise in this current term, I don't necessarily believe lobbying is a potential new career in the next few years," the UNC Asheville professor said of Cawthorn. Either temporarily or full-time, working with news media seems like a natural fit for the congressman, who described himself as charismatic and has already appeared on some right-wing networks, experts said. Mark Gibney, who also teaches in the political science department at UNC Asheville, said succinctly, "I think he's going to go to Fox News." Former governor Patrick McCrory worked as a talk radio host in Charlotte after losing his second run as governor , noted Cooper. S. Senate seat, a bid that ended in a Republican primary loss on May 17 to Rep. Ted Budd. "Another option would be for Cawthorn to transition into a full-time media personality for OAN, Newsmax, or a similarly positioned right-wing media company," Cooper said. A Fox News spokesman said on May 18 that Cawthorn "would not be contemplated being hired." Spokespersons for OAN and Newsmax did not respond to messages requesting comment. His most immediate return to politics may be through social media, which has been a primary channel for Cawthorn, Cooper said. "He's good at attracting attention and I don't think that ability or his desire for that loss is going to go away," he said, adding he hopes the congressman will bring a "re-emphasis" to the fundamentals of his job would find. "The needs of the district have not gone away with his loss," he said. Joel Burgess has been a WNC resident for more than 20 years, reporting on politics, government and other news.