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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Watch: Bruce Willis’ baseball swing is not the prettiest

Bruce Willis

Diehard Phillies fan Bruce Willis was at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Wednesday to hang out with the Phillies and throw out the ceremonial pitch before the team’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He also decided to take some batting practice on the field prior to the game, and let’s just say his swing could use some work.

Willis made some solid contact and even drove a few balls, but his form was more on the unconventional side.

He later one-hopped his ceremonial first pitch:

He’s probably not the first player you’d call to fill a spot on your slow-pitch softball team, but he has to be a great clubhouse presence.

Willis, 64, is one of the best known actors in the world. He’s the star of the “Die Hard” franchise, and has other prominent credits such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Armageddon,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Sin City,” and much more. He grew up in Carneys Point Township, New Jersey and was a Phillies fan.

Giannis Antetokounmpo passed on role in ‘Space Jam 2’

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo passed on a role in “Space Jam 2” because he is not interested in going “Hollywood.”

LeBron James is starring in a “Space Jam” reboot and set to film this summer. He has been seeking other NBA stars to join him in the film, but the Milwaukee Bucks emerging star turned down the role.

“I don’t like being Hollywood,” Antetokounmpo said via ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “I don’t like all this extra drama. I am just going to try to be me.”

Antetokounmpo also apparently did not want to give up two weeks of private workouts to train for the movie.

Though passing on such a role will limit Antetokounmpo’s chances of growing in popularity and becoming known among a new audience, NBA fans have to respect his choice. The guy seems extremely focused on his craft, which helps explain why he has jumped to MVP levels so quickly in his career.

Joey Bosa to make appearance on new ‘Game of Thrones’ season

Joey Bosa Chargers

Anticipation is building for the premiere of the eighth and final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in two weeks, and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa will be more than just one of the millions of devoted fans to tune in.

He’s part of the show.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bosa is set to make a cameo appearance during an upcoming “Game of Thrones” episode.

While Bosa certainly has the size and stature to play a role on the hit series, it will be tough for him to top Noah Syndergaard’s cameo appearance from a couple years back. Still, between that and Bosa’s younger brother Nick expected to be a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, April is going to be an exciting month for the Bosa family.

Spike Lee jokes about Knicks during Oscars: ‘We’re trying to tank’

Spike Lee can’t even escape the New York Knicks during the Academy Awards.

Lee on Sunday night won his first Oscar, receiving the nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman.” Prior to the announcement of the award, actor Samuel L. Jackson, who was presenting along with Brie Larson, made an announcement on TV to Spike, telling him that his beloved Knicks had broken their 18-game home losing streak with a 130-118 win over the San Antonio Spurs. News like that would ordinarily make a fan happy, but Lee shot back that the Knicks are “trying to tank.”

Nobody ever said Lee wasn’t a fan in the know. He understands the team’s goals, which is to land the major game-changer, not to mention potentially sign Kevin Durant.

Watch: Mahershala Ali played college basketball for Saint Mary’s

Mahershala Ali

Long before he became an Oscar-winning actor, Mahershala Ali was actually a college basketball player.

Ali, 45, grew up in Hayward, Calif. and attended Saint Mary’s College, where he played basketball for four seasons. Take a look at this clip of some of his highlights while playing for the Gaels. Back then, Ali was known as Mahershala Gilmore.

Ali played in 97 games for Saint Mary’s, averaging 3.6 points per game during his career. He averaged 7.0 points per game as a senior.

In recent years, Ali has become a star in the acting world thanks to his performances in movies such as “Moonlight,” “Green Book,” and TV shows like “House of Cards,” “True Detective” and “Luke Cage.”

Chris Pratt serves in Adel Altamimi’s corner for Bellator debut

Chris Pratt Adel Altamimi

When Adel Altamimi made his Bellator debut on Saturday night, a familiar face joined him in his corner.

Actor Chris Pratt walked Altamimi to the cage, watched from the fighter’s corner, and celebrated in the cage with him after his win.

What was the famous actor doing at the Bellator 214 fight card at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., hanging with Altamimi? The two are unlikely friends.

Altamimi, who came to Los Angeles a decade ago from Iraq, helped train Pratt in MMA after the two met at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in West Hollywood. They formed a friendship and bond, with Altamimi saying Pratt is more like family to him than a friend.

“This is my brother here,” Altamimi said after asking Pratt to stand beside him for his postfight interview.

Pratt has even posted about Adel on his Instagram page:

Altamimi is now 8-5 after winning his fight over Brandon McMahan via first-round armbar submission.

Cardi B reportedly in talks to do Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5

While the NFL has not made the official announcement, it has been widely reported that Maroon 5 has reached an agreement to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in February. Many fans are unhappy with the choice, but would the addition of Cardi B help alleviate some of the discontent?

According to a report from TMZ, Cardi B is in negotiations to join Maroon 5 on stage during the biggest American sporting event of the year. However, there is an issue over whether or not the hip hop artist will get her own set as opposed to just performing hers and Maroon 5’s hit song “Girls Like You.”

Fans are already upset over the NFL reportedly choosing Maroon 5, as there are several prominent musicians who hail from Atlanta. We all knew the halftime show from Super Bowl LII was going to be tough to top in terms of popularity, and we are already seeing that before the NFL even makes an announcement.