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Kardashians attend Game 4 of NBA Finals

The Kardashian element is strong in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

ESPN Cleveland’s Jason Gibbs shared a video on Twitter Friday that showed Khloe Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner in the house for Game 4 of the NBA Finals:

Khloe was there to support boyfriend Tristan Thompson, whom she’s been dating since last year.

A report at the beginning of the season said LeBron James was leery of having the Kardashian distraction around, but a more recent report said the Cavs found Thompson dating Khloe to be amusing.

Rashad Jennings, Emma Slater win ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

NFL running back Rashad Jennings and his professional dancing partner, Emma Slater, capped off an incredible and unexpected season by taking home ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” crown on Tuesday night.

The duo of Jennings and Slater, once thought to have only an outside chance, narrowly defeated former Chicago Cubs catcher and current ESPN analyst David Ross and Lindsay Arnold in the finals.

“I feel amazing!” Jennings told Entertainment Tonight after the victory. “I feel good, truly, to come on the show, never danced in my life, and just keep on grinding and learning how to dance.”

For Slater, it was also her first victory on the show after participating in each of the last seven seasons. She had never before reached the finals.

“I’m her biggest fan, you have no idea,” Jennings added. “When you talk about the amount of hours we put in, part of that is because I want to see her go far.”

Jennings, who was released by the New York Giants earlier this offseason after three years with the team, joins NFL greats Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Drivers as winners of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Jerry Rice, Calvin Johnson and Lawrence Taylor had also participated in the show, finishing second, third and seventh respectively.

After Jennings was declared the victor, Ross sent out a congratulatory tweet.

With “Dancing with the Stars” now over, the 32-year-old Jennings plans to return to the NFL.

Charlie Sheen working on ‘Major League 3’ with entire original cast

One of the best baseball movies ever created could be coming back for another installment, and Charlie Sheen says almost all of our favorite characters from the original film are going to be involved.

Sheen, known to “Major League” fans as Wild Thing, spoke with TMZ this week and said he has the entire cast of the hit movie on board for a third installment. Sheen also said they have a director for the film and just need backing from a studio.

“We’re trying to get ‘Major League III’ done,” Sheen said. “We’re just looking for someone to write a check. Everybody’s back except, sadly, Lou Brown. We’ll do it in his honor.”

Actor James Gammon, who played Indians manager Lou Brown in the original movie, died in 2010.

Since most of the original cast is now older and beyond Major League Baseball playing years, Sheen was asked if they are going to play softball players in the new film.

“Oh God, no. It’s a really smart story,” he said. “It’s a really great script.”

The original “Major League” came out in 1989, and it still has a massive cult following. Heck, MLB players to this day have tried on Wild Thing’s infamous hair cut. The sequel, “Major League II,” was a bit of a disappointment, but many of the original cast members were not part of the project.

I think I speak for baseball fans everywhere when I say a reunion between Ricky Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and yes, even Roger Dorn, is something to get excited about.

Lady Gaga fires back at body shamers after Super Bowl halftime show

Lady Gaga has heard some negative feedback about her appearance during the Super Bowl LI halftime show, and the Grammy Award-winning artist is not going to stand for it.

On Tuesday night, Gaga took to Instagram to call out the body shamers who criticized her figure after she changed into her second outfit on Sunday.

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” the singer wrote. “No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga.”

Gaga put on quite the show, making some rumors about the performance that we thought sounded absolutely insane come true. She even managed to not take attention away from the game by sparking a political debate, which many expected her to do. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely silence the trolls.

Lady Gaga wants to perform on stadium roof at Super Bowl

Lady Gaga is not your average performer, so it should come as no surprise that the six-time Grammy Award winner believes singing on a stage at the Super Bowl next month would be too boring.

According to Oli Coleman of Page Six, Gaga has come up with an “elaborate and somewhat dangerous” plan to sing on top of the roof at NRG Stadium in Houston. Of course, there is concern that there could be technical issues in addition to the obvious safety risks, but Gaga is said to be “pushing” to make it happen.

“They’re writing up multiple plans about how to safely get her on the roof, including potentially [cutting] a hole in the ceiling of the dome,” a source with knowledge of the plan told Page Six.

Here’s more on the risky proposal:

Meanwhile, we’re told that perturbed pen pushers are working just as hard on the project. “Trying to figure out insurance for it is crazy,” said the worried insider.

A source close to the project says Gaga is hoping to do the stunt live during her halftime show performance, but other insiders worry that — if they can pull it off at all — the safer option might be doing the stunt as part of a pretaped commercial in the leadup to the game, “depending on what they actually figure out is doable.”

Gaga sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 last year (video here) and received great feedback, which is one of the reasons the NFL wanted her to do this year’s halftime show. We can only imagine the buzz she would create by literally performing from the roof of the stadium.

Dana White unloads on ‘uppity 80-year-old’ Meryl Streep for bashing MMA

Award-winning actress Meryl Streep blasted Donald Trump in an acceptance speech that lasted more than five minutes at the Golden Globes Sunday night. UFC president Dana White is a known Trump supporter, but you can’t blame him for taking offense to one of the things Streep mentioned in her monologue.

While driving her point home about the diversity in Hollywood, Streep decided to take a shot at mixed martial arts.

“Hollywood is crawling with foreigners and outsiders,” she said. “If we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

On Monday, White fired back at Streep.

“It’s not gonna be everybody’s thing, and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts,” he told TMZ. “If you really look at who follows the UFC and mixed martial arts, it’s everybody. I don’t expect an 80-year-old woman to be a fan of MMA.”

When asked if MMA is an art, White said there is no question.

“Of course it’s an art. These fighters, the men and women, are so talented,” he replied. “They train their whole lives to become the best in the world. Saying something stupid like that is like saying (Streep) is not a talented actress, which she is.

“I’m not a big fan of golf. That doesn’t mean people should stop watching it. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”

Of course, White wasn’t alone. Scott Coker, the president of Bellator MMA, wrote a letter to Streep inviting her to an upcoming event so she can witness how “truly artistic” the sport is.

In case you were wondering, Streep is 67. She probably won’t appreciate White adding 13 years onto her age.

We doubt it’s a coincidence that Streep chose football and mixed martial arts to illustrate her point, especially given the history of people like White and this popular football player supporting the president-elect. Still, her insult seemed a bit off-base. Like football players and MMA fighters, Streep is in the entertainment business. Her message would have been the same without bashing the two sports.

Show produced by LeBron James gets script commitment from NBC

LeBron James parade

A new show that lists LeBron James as one of its executive producers is in the early stages of coming together as a series on NBC.

Nellie Andreeva of Deadline is reporting that NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to “There Goes the Neighborhood,” a comedy being produced in part by LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment and Doozer, the production company owned by Bill Lawrence that is best known for “Scrubs.”

While you may think LeBron has nothing to do with the show aside from being listed as a producer, the writers have likely consulted him for material. The plot of “There Goes the Neighborhood” surrounds the first white family to move into a predominantly black community in Cleveland. James, of course, lives just outside of Cleveland where he was born and raised in Akron.

Springhill Productions, which has a deal with Warner Bros, has now sold two shows in its first TV development season. The company’s most well-known project, the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” is currently in its third season.

Unfortunately, there have been no new developments to report with the sequel everyone wants to know about that could star LeBron. Perhaps Warner Bros will get to that in the near future.

‘Legends of Chamberlain Heights’ premieres tonight on Comedy Central and you need watch it

Legends

If there’s one thing you need to do tonight, it’s watch the premiere of “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” on Comedy Central. The show debuts after South Park at 10:30 pm/9:30 central time, so make sure you don’t miss it.

If you follow LBS on social media, you know we’ve been touting the show for a while. And we wouldn’t steer you wrong.

This show centers around three high school freshmen who are benchwarmers on the basketball team, and it’s about their adventures and mishaps. The show has an urban feel to it, and the guys who created it don’t hold back at all. Prepare to be offended and prepare to laugh. It’s about as raunchy as it gets — and therefore not for everyone — but it’s funny as all hell.

Here’s a clip promoting the premiere:

The show was created by Josiah Johnson and Quinn Hawking, who were both former basketball players at UCLA. I knew them a little at UCLA as our time at school there overlapped, but after school we connected through the sports blog scene. Johnson and Hawking have been working on this show for seven years and tonight is the culmination of years of hard work. We talked more about that in this interview published last year when the show first got picked up.

LBS has watched their ongoing journey, following as they tried to get the show picked up and as they waited until finally getting an air date from Comedy Central. We were at a few table reads for the show and again at the premiere this week. Yes, this show is created by friends of LBS, which is why we support it. No we’re not paid for this and no it’s not an ad. We would never feel comfortable promoting something that’s doodoo, and we are enthusiastically promoting it because IT’S GOOD. Their humor is great, the show is hilarious, and we are giving you the LBS seal of approval for it. Make sure you give it a watch and spread the word!

Ryan Lochte dance on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ interrupted (Video)

Ryan Lochte dance

Ryan Lochte’s first dance on “Dancing With the Stars” was apparently interrupted by two men running on stage wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts.

Lochte is partnered with Cheryl Burke for season 23 of the show, which premiered on Monday. As one of the judges was talking, there was an indication that some people who weren’t supposed to be there had gotten on stage.

The supposed protesters were said to have been handcuffed:

Lochte is appearing on TV for the first time since he was suspended 10 months by the USOC and USA Swimming for his controversial incident in Rio.

H/T Bro Bible

Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show canceled

Caitlyn-Jenner

Those of you who have enjoyed watching Caitlyn Jenner on her reality television series “I Am Cait” for the past year are going to be disappointed, as the show has been canceled and will not return for a third season.

Jenner broke the news on Twitter Tuesday by thanking E! for rolling with the show for two seasons.

The New York Post reports that ratings for “I Am Cait” dropped significantly in the second season, from a high of 3 million viewers for the series premiere to a low of about 480,000 in Season 2.

Jenner will continue to appear on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

“We are incredibly proud of the two seasons of ‘I Am Cait,’ a groundbreaking docu-series that sparked an important and unprecedented global conversation about transgender people, their struggles and triumphs,” a statement put out by E! read. “Caitlyn and E! have mutually decided not to move forward with another season at this time. She will always remain a part of the E! family, and we look forward to continue following her journey as she appears on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'”

There were reports back in may that claimed Jenner was having a tough time living as a woman and was considering transitioning back to a man, but the former Olympian blasted those rumors.