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Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Prequel to ‘The Sandlot’ reportedly in early development

Sandlot

Good news for fans of “The Sandlot” — a prequel reportedly is in early development.

Deadline reported on Tuesday that a prequel for the hit sports comedy movie is in the works. They say that David Mickey Evans, who wrote and directed the original, will be involved in the project for 20th Century Fox, along with Austin Reynolds.

The original film, which came out in 1993, received renewed attention this year as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Members of the original cast got together and even recreated the classic movie photo.

Two other movies were made after the success of the original film, but neither of them received much attention. A new movie involving some of the original cast members would certainly get fans excited.

Jordan Peele sends funny tweet after being confused for Michigan hero

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele sent a funny tweet on Sunday after he was confused by many online for Jordan Poole, the hero for the Michigan Wolverines.

Poole made a buzzer-beater on Saturday night to lift the Wolverines to victory over the Houston Cougars, sending the team to the Sweet 16. His name is pretty similar to Jordan Peele, which led the actor/writer/director/producer, to tweet this:

Peele just won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his movie, “Get Out,” and as you may have noticed, is a comedian. Poole hit one of the best shots of March Madness. It’s been a good month for the Jordan Peele/Poole crowd. And as far as name confusions go, we’ve seen much worse.

Ric Flair signs on to act in wrestling movie

Ric Flair

Ric Flair has signed on to have a large acting role in a wrestling movie.

The Wrap reported on Wednesday that Flair has agreed to join an R-rated wrestling movie called “Uncle Steamroller & Champion Rabbit.”

Flair is set to play the role of the president of a wrestling tour where the Uncle Steamroller character tries to make a comeback.

“I’m expecting the inspirational story line will appeal to fans that extend beyond my loyal core wrestling base, and I am seriously looking forward to getting this film in front of worldwide audiences. Wooooooooooooooooo!” Flair told The Wrap.

Flair is also set to be an executive producer on the film. The 69-year-old also made an appearance in “Magic Mike XXL.”

Pink appears to take out cough drop right before signing national anthem

Pink national anthem

Singer Pink was certainly fighting through things when she sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Pink was sick with the flu and still performed before the big game. She could even be seen taking something out of her mouth just before beginning her performance:

That appeared to be a cough drop or lozenge, which she was probably using to help her fight the flu symptoms.

Pink ended up singing beautifully, and she came in under the betting line time for her anthem performance.

Lamar Odom responds to Stephen A. Smith’s ‘crack’ comment

Lamar Odom

Stephen A. Smith has been outspoken about his displeasure with Phil Jackson and James Dolan’s efforts to run the New York Knicks. Thursday on ESPN’s “First Take,” he criticized Jackson, dating back to his first days in charge of the Knicks and Jackson’s interest in Lamar Odom. Smith boisterously added that Odom was using crack cocaine at that time:

Odom, and his lawyer, have responded.

Attorney Saam Zangeneh, who represents Odom, sent a letter to ESPN regarding Smith’s comments. Odom then tweeted the entirety of the letter, using hashtags “#slander” and “#ihopewearebetterthanthis”.

Zangeneh’s letter first denies that Odom was using drugs at the time in question, saying, “Let’s put aside the fact that Lamar passed all the required physicals and medical tests necessary to play in the league. Let’s put aside the fact that Mr. Smith attempted to qualify his statement by saying how much he likes Lamar, and wishes him well in his recovery.”

The letter goes on to criticizes Smith’s belittlement of addiction and those who battle that disease.

“Think about the others that are battling addiction. Those that have not had the strength of opportunity to share their struggle like Lamar. Imagine the effect this grotesque statement would have on any young athlete who is privately fighting this disease. To become the punch line of a vulgar joke.”

Jackson signed Odom to join the Knicks in April of 2014, but Odom never ended up playing for New York.

Shane McNichol covers college basketball and the NBA for Larry Brown Sports. He also blogs about basketball at Palestra Back and has contributed to Rush The Court, ESPN.com, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.

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.