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Rihanna is confirmed to headline Super Bowl 57's Halftime show on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Barbadian singer replaces pop superstar Taylor Swift who turned down the gig, TMZ reports.

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Rihanna, 34, reportedly negotiated with the NFL to receive the same paycheck that would've gone to Taylor.

Fans took to social media to celebrate Rihanna's choice as Super Bowl headliner.

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"I just like her and what she does, and her get down, and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine. It's fantastic," said Dr. Dre in an interview on Apple Music 1.

"She has the opportunity to really blow us away. I know we set the bar extremely high," said Dre, who performed during the Halftime Show in February.

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Taylor, 32, is still upset that music manager Scooter Braun bought the masters to her albums in 2019.

She reportedly turned down the Super Bowl Halftime gig as she's busy re-recording those albums. The singer adds "Taylor's Version" to the album titles to avoid conflict.

She released her first 2 re-recorded albums in 2021 and both were ranked among the 10 best-selling albums of the year. She believes her masters were stolen by Scooter.

The 11-time Grammy-winner announced her 10th studio album, Midnights, is set for release on October 21.

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Officials are investigation the sudden death of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson. He was 26.

Baltimore Police responded Tuesday to a 911 call about an unresponsive person at a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found medics performing CPR on the unresponsive athlete.

"Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics," Baltimore Police spokeswoman Niki Fennoy said in a statement.

Police do not suspect foul play and are not ruling out the possibility of a drug overdose.

The average price of homes in the neighborhood where Ferguson died is $129,000, according to Zillow.com.

Ferguson played college football at Louisiana Tech University. He was a third-round NFL draft pick and 85th pick overall in 2018.

Ferguson attended the Ravens' three-day mandatory minicamp last week before suffering a sprained ankle, according to coach John Harbaugh.

"We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson," the Ravens said in a statement on Wednesday. "He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon."

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Sylvester Barber III was found dead in his Frisco, Texas apartment on Wednesday, June 1. The cause of death is not known. He was 38.

Police conducted a welfare check after a report of a water leak at the residence. Officers forced their way into the apartment and discovered the body.

"Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber," police spokesperson Joshua Lovell said.

The Collin County Medical Examiner's Office also responded "to the location to investigate an unattended death," authorities confirmed.

The Cowboys announced Barber's death in a statement on Wednesday:

"We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was an old school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion's family and friends during this difficult time."

Barber was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played six years in the NFL between 2005 and 2011.

He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 and last played for the Chicago Bears in 2011. His father was Marion Barber, Jr., a running back who played for the New York Jets from 1982 until he retired in 1988.

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Deshaun Watson admitted he cheated on his longtime girlfriend, Jilly Anais, with 3 massage therapists.

Earlier this year, a grand jury declined to indict the Cleveland Browns quarterback on sexual misconduct and harassment charges.

Watson, 26, sat for depositions in civil lawsuits filed by 22 massage therapists who say he sexually harassed them after sessions.

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He admitted that he made massage therapist Ashley Solis cry when he exposed himself during a massage session.

Watson has insisted that he had no intentions to have inappropriate sexual contact with the plaintiffs. He claimed any illicit contact was initiated by the women.

On HBO's Real Sports, Soledad O'Brien asked one of Watson's lawyers whether he had illicit intentions when he went in for those massages.

"Well, in every massage, I will tell you he did go, intending just for a professional massage," said attorney Leah Graham. "And only those three instances where sexual conduct occurred– consensual sexual activity – it occurred after the massage session had ended. And Mr. Watson has testified and is insistent that that sexual activity was initiated by the plaintiff in every single instance."

O'Brien also spoke with two of Watson's victims who insist they did not initiate sexual contact with him.

The women, Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, are two of the 22 plaintiffs who have pending litigation against Watson.

The women are also cooperating with the NFL's ongoing internal review of the allegations.




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More details have emerged about the tragic death of Pittsburgh Steelers and former Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

The 24-year-old athlete was hit by a dump truck and killed around 6:37 a.m. on a treacherous stretch of I-595 in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. on Saturday, April 9.

Florida Highway Patrol says Haskins "attempted" to cross I-595 on foot when he was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.

A Broward County man says he saw Haskins in the roadway minutes before he was struck. The man's statements raised questions that Haskins may have flirted with death before he was killed.

Chris Stanley had just dropped his daughter off at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and was returning home on I-595 when he saw cars and trucks ahead swerving over into his lane.

Stanley told NBC 6 that he soon realized the vehicles were swerving into his lane to avoid hitting someone in the roadway.

"And what I noticed was a Mack truck, or a big tractor-trailer, with also another vehicle that started moving a little bit to the left," he said. "I was in the left lane and then there was the right lane, and then I noticed an individual there starting to make their way onto the road."

Stanley told NBC 6 that he "saw the man's arms raised" as he "appeared to be drifting into" the roadway.

"He was about halfway to a quarter way in the right lane, already onto the highway and I was already concerned that somebody was going to strike him right there at that moment," Stanley said.

Stanley said he called 9-1-1, and call logs show the 9-1-1 call was placed at 6:31 a.m., six-minutes before police say Haskins was struck and killed.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a traffic homicide investigation is ongoing. The driver of the dump truck that hit Haskins remained at the scene until police arrived. No charges have been filed.

Friends and teammates paid tribute to Haskins on Facebook in the hours following his death.

One Facebook post noted that the NFL player had fallen into a deep depression in the months before he died, and that his death was "probably a suicide." That post has since been deleted.

In his final Instagram comment under a Valentine's Day post by his wife, Kalabrya Haskins, in February, Haskins wrote, "Helped me through my storm so we gone shine forever. I love you mami."

Kalabrya's post was accompanied by a photo of her and Haskins locked in a tight embrace while she sat in his lap.

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Assault charges were dropped against Kalabrya after she allegedly knocked her husband's tooth out during a dispute in a hotel room. The couple allegedly argued over Haskins staying out late partying with his friends.
 
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The Florida Highway Patrol's statements conflicted with reports that Haskins' car broke down and he was walking for help. No disabled vehicle was located nearby, and officials said he would have walked for miles to reach that spot on the highway where there was no pedestrian access.
 
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially terminated the contract of wide receiver Antonio Brown after he infamously ran off the field mid-game on Sunday.

Brown threw his jersey and gear into the stands before running off the field during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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The Bucs announced Brown's termination on Thursday, after the wide receiver claimed he was fired by head coach Bruce Arians for refusing to play on a broken ankle.

The team denied knowing he was hobbled by an ankle injury.

The Bucs said in a prepared statement:

"While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday's game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play."

Brown is free to sign a contract with another NFL team.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said receiver Antonio Brown was no longer on the roster after he tossed his jersey and pads into the stands before departing mid-game.

Brown threw a tantrum on the sideline and headed to the locker room after he twice refused to re-enter Sunday's game against the NY Jets.

After the game, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said the star wide receiver "is no longer a Buc".

However, as of Tuesday, Brown still was not waived by the Buccaneers. Now the Bucs say that he remains on the roster.

Sports analysts speculate that the Bucs are keeping Brown on the roster to block other NFL teams from signing him.

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Brown's NFL career is in doubt after a series of bad decisions and poor judgment over the years.

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Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens says he's ready to step in to replace Brown if the Bucs will give him a try out.

The 48-year-old retired wide receiver said on his podcast Tuesday that he is "absolutely" ready to replace Brown.
 

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LeBron James led tributes to beloved former NFL coach John Madden on Twitter.com.

Madden, who inspired the wildly popular "Madden NFL" video games, died Tuesday at age 85.

The Lakers star tweeted: "Rest in Paradise To the goat John Madden!!!! Your legacy will continue to live on!!!!!"

Madden coached the Oakland Raiders to seven division titles. His teams made the NFL playoffs eight times and the NFL championship in Super Bowl XI in 1977. Madden retired from coaching in 1978.

His well-known fear of flying contributed to his decision to retire and turn to sports broadcasting. He famously traveled to every game in a custom motor coach. He retired from broadcasting in 2008.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer was popular with young people thanks to his EA Sports video game, Madden NFL.

"People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy?" he said when he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"I'm a coach, always been a coach."

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Nearly 100% of NFL players are fully vaccinated, but Covid-19 cases are surging across the league.

In a memo on Thursday, the NFL announced drastic changes in its COVID protocol to address the surge in cases.

The changes include eliminating in-person meals and requiring more face masks among players on and off the field.

In the memo, the league announced the drastic changes to "address the increase in cases and the advent of the Omicron variant."

According to TMZ, the league is also ordering teams to conduct remote or outdoor meetings, as well as ban outside visitors on road trips.

Players and coaches on nearly every team have tested positive for COVID despite being fully vaccinated.

Players like Jalen Ramsey, Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield have all been sidelined this week due to positive Covid-19 tests, TMZ reports.

In the memo, officials addressed the need for more mRNA boosters: "We will continue to strongly encourage booster shots as the most effective protection."
 

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The NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown and two other players for "misrepresenting vaccine status."

Brown and Buccaneers cornerback Mike Edwards were suspended without pay for the next three games for submitting fake vaccine cards. Free-agent cornerback John Franklin III was also suspended for the same violation.

The three players waived their right to appeal the suspensions. Brown and Edwards will begin serving their suspensions immediately, Yahoo Sports reports.

Franklin will serve his suspension if he's signed by an NFL team.

"The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority," the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement on Thursday.

"There is no story," coach Bruce Arians told Rich Eisen on November 19. "Yeah, [Brown] says he's vaccinated and has a card, just like everybody else on our football team. There's a trust factor that goes along with it, and we did our due diligence on everybody. The league will look into the matter and do their due diligence, but it's really no story."

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) will play today against the Seattle Seahawks 11 days after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Rodgers, who is unvaccinated, was activated to play on Sunday. Meanwhile, NBA superstar Kyrie Irving, who is also unvaccinated, is forced to sit out the season.

Last week, Rodgers complained about cancel culture attempting to end his career for saying he was "immunized." He further angered the left by consulting with Joe Rogan on Covid-19 treatment.

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Rodgers was not sick and spent most of his 10-day quarantine working out and staying in great shape.

The Packers were fined $300,000 and Rodgers was fined $14,000 for violating the NFL's COVID protocol.

Rodgers will face Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson who is also coming off the injured reserve list with a fractured finger on his throwing hand.

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Russell's wife Ciara Wilson shared this Instagram photo of Russell flexing his muscles following surgery on his right hand just four weeks ago.

Russell had a pin inserted in his right middle finger. His swift recovery surprised his surgeon and the Seahawks.

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Ironically, the news is not so good for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, aka Big Ben.

Roethlisberger, who is fully vaccinated, will not play on Sunday after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Roethlisberger fell ill and reported his Covid-19 symptoms to the Steelers prior to testing positive.

Twitter had a field day comparing the two Covid-infected quarterbacks.

One Twitter user wrote: "Wait What But the vaccine Either it WORKS or it DOESN"T Apparently not! Seems to be happening quite frequently with those who have gotten the shots."

A second user wrote: "There's people actually upset that Rodgers didn't die of Covid."

And a third person tweeted, "A fully vaccinated Ben Roethlisberger missing today's game due to Covid completes the idiocracy loop."

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Jon Gruden abruptly resigned Monday as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after more offensive emails were reported.

Gruden told the team he was resigning on Monday after more offensive emails surfaced. In one email, Gruden reportedly referred to Joe Biden in 2012 as a "nervous clueless pu**y".

On Monday night, Gruden released a statement, saying:

"I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone."

In a previously leaked email that was sent in 2011, Gruden said NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith had "lips the size of Michelin tires".

After the email leaked last week, Gruden apologized for his "insensitive remarks" about Smith. He claimed he was frustrated over the 2011 NFL lockout. He further explained that he often referred to "liars" as "rubber lips".

In other emails, Gruden allegedly used homophobic and sexist language to refer to Michael Sam, the first openly ghey NFL player, and female NFL officials.

The emails were sent between 2010 and 2012 and came to light as part of a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team.

Gruden was in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018.

He previously coached the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001.
 

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The National Football League has canceled Grammy winner Victory Boyd's National Anthem performance over her vaccination status.

Boyd refused to take the coronavirus vaccine citing religious reasons, according to reports.

She will not receive $20,000 the NFL pays for performing the National Anthem.

In an email to Boyd's father and manager, John Boyd, obtained by The Epoch Times, NFL Senior Director for Media and Entertainment Events Seth Dudowsky said that her refusal to get the vaccine made her ineligible to perform the National Anthem.

"As I understand that Victory will not be fully vaccinated by the time of the Kickoff game, she would not have been able to comply with the terms of the Game Day Field Access Policy. And as a result, we, unfortunately, will not be able to invite Victoria to perform the national anthem at this year’s Kickoff game."

In the email, Dudowsky repeated the NFL's policy that all "individuals accessing the playing field and surrounding sideline areas" be fully vaccinated.

"Under the Policy, 'fully vaccinated' means 14 days have passed since the individual received the final dose required in the vaccine sequence, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This requirement is mandatory and fully complies with the laws applicable to the type of business relationship contemplated here, and we are not in a position to make an exception."

The NFL does not have a vaccine mandate in place for players.

Players who refuse the vaccine must submit a negative coronavirus test prior to playing. Players who have previously been infected with the virus - and are assumed to have natural immunity - will be considered fully vaccinated only after they had one dose of the vaccine.

Critics of vaccine mandates are concerned that Black people will be discriminated against since 70% of Blacks are unvaccinated.

Black people are wary of government vaccine programs due to a history of medical abuses in the Black community.

Boyd, who is Black, was scheduled to perform the National Anthem when the Tampa Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game in an open-air stadium in Tampa Bay on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Boyd would have performed on the field in the open air, far away from spectators.

She told the Epoch Times that she will continue to refuse the vaccine for religious reasons.

"The Bible admonishes Christians to appreciate their bodies as being sacred and a temple of the Holy Spirit and to not participate in things that can defile the body or render the body dysfunctional.

"I am in prayer to make sure that the Lord guides me into the right decision concerning receiving an unproven injection with artificial properties that can potentially have a longterm effect on my reproductive health."

Boyd previously performed the National Anthem before a Monday Night Football game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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NFL fans booed the "woke" NFL social justice activism on the field during the NFL's first game of week one on Thursday night.

The boos were the loudest when players from the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans linked arms for a moment of silence for equality (see video below).

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The Chiefs official Twitter page chose to show video of the fans cheering rather than the boos.

MSN called the booing "an unmistakable and shameful moment".

The Houston players stayed in their locker room during the "Star Spangled Banner" and the Black National Anthem "Lift Every Voice" prior to the start of the game.

The players said the decision was made to stay in the locker room because they didn't want to insult soldiers who died to protect their country.

All except one Chiefs player stood during the two national anthems. Chiefs defensive lineman Alex Okafor was the only player who kneeled. He also raised his fist in the air.

Texans defensive end JJ Watt said the booing was "unfortunate."

"The moment of unity I personally thought was good," he said after the game.

"I mean the booing during that moment was unfortunate. I don't fully understand that. There was no flag involved. There was nothing involved other than two teams coming together to show unity."

The NFL showed its commitment to equality by emblazoning the words "End Racism" and "It Takes All of Us" at the end of each end zone.

The Super Bowl champion Chiefs won the game 34-20.
 

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Black NFL fans were surprised after the NFL announced it would play the national Black anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" before the "Star Spangled Banner."

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the hymn became recognized as the national Black anthem in 1920. But it was popularized by AARP singer Beyonce who performed it at Coachella in 2018.

Chris Conley of the Jacksonville Jaguars took to Twitter to explain the song is a rallying cry for Blacks from the Jim Crow era.

"For those who aren't familiar with it, this song seeks to remind us of our past as a country and to strive to be better. It speaks to all of us not just black people even tho it became a rallying cry for blacks in the Jim Crow era. It is a beautiful message birthed from pain.

"The league taking the oppurtunity [sic] to play "Lift every voice and sing" (the black national anthem) is sweet. It's a great way to honor those who started this movement year and years ago."

But not everyone sees the need for the NFL to play 2 national anthems before every game.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino tweeted: "There are many great songs, which mean a lot, to a lot of people, but there is ONLY one National Anthem. The division must stop if there’s any hope for us."

And Texas Senator Ted Cruz called the NFL's plan "asinine," saying "How many national anthems do we have?" and "Is there an Hispanic national anthem?", "An Asian-American national anthem?"