Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of parks across the country are offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 22, for National Public Lands Day.
According to the National Park Service, the event, held each year on September's fourth Saturday, "celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health." The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.
Although participating parks will waive admission fees Saturday, they may still charge for concessions, camping, tours or other services, KGUN reported.
Several parks also will be holding volunteer projects. If you'd like to participate, "you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date," the National Park Service said.
Park-goers are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #NPLD, #FindYourPark and #NPSVolunteer.
The 2018 NFL preseason officially starts Thursday, August 2 with the Hall of Fame game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears.
The Hall of Fame game will be broadcast on NBC at 8 p.m. at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Oddsmakers are projecting a low-score, but tight game, Forbes reported.
The Ravens are a 2.5-point favorite to win the first preseason game.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class will officially be inducted Thursday, WJZ reported. The class includes legends Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Randy Moss, among others.
Apparently not everyone is happy that LeBron James is joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Fans of King James put up a King of LA mural, but a fan of the team offered $300 to someone who would destroy it, Sports Illustrated reported.
An unidentified person took the person who put up the bounty, only identified as Lakers Fanbase, up on the offer, according to SI.
Photos of the graffiti-covered mural hit social media, saying “a LeBron-hating Laker fanatic put out a contract to get this mural of #LeBronJames vandalized today in California. Dude need to get extra security around town. The hate is real,” according to Bleacher Report.
The graffiti included “we don’t want you” and 3-6 referring to James’ record in the NBA finals, according to Bleacher Report.
The mural was fixed shortly after the vandalism, CBS Sports reported.
A mysterious man was sitting in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout Thursday night, sporting a bushy mustache and wearing a hoodie.
And shades -- shades reminiscent of Bobby Valentine’s failed disguise in 1999 when he was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back into the dugout.
The mystery man was no stranger to Mariners fans -- Ichiro Suzuki, now an executive in the Seattle front office.
Suzuki sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch the first inning of the Mariners’ game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, The New York Post reported.
"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,'' Valentine texted to the The Associated Press.
Officially, Suzuki, 44, is not allowed to be in the dugout during games, ESPN reported. He was removed from the Mariners’ roster in May and moved into the front office as a special assistant to the team chairman, the AP reported.
AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki hiding in the dugout during the first inning. He had exited the dugout by the second inning as the Mariners lost 4-3 to the Yankees.Perhaps Suzuki had dropped a hint when he moved into his new position.
"During the game I will be doing the same preparations I've been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player," Suzuki said. "But I can't say for certain that maybe I won't put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout."
Valentine, who was managing the New York Mets in 1999, was ejected from a game in the 12th inning. He later put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and attempted to sit in the dugout.
Valentine was caught and was suspended for two games. He also was fined $5,000.
The 2018 CMT Music Awards is set for Wednesday, live from Nashville.
Leading the list of nominees is Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, with four nominations each.
Underwood holds the record for most CMT Music Award wins, with 17 trophies.
Celebrity presenters include the Backstreet Boys, Hoda Kotb, Joel McHale, Johnny Knoxville, Kaitlin Doubleday, Katie Cook, Lindsey Vonn, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland.
The CMT Awards is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show.
Here is how to watch the 2018 CMT Awards, a list of nominees and some of the artists scheduled to perform on Wednesday.
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
What time: The CMT Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EST
Where is the ceremony: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
What channel: CMT is broadcasting the show
Livestream: Click here for the CMT livestream
Who is hosting: Little Big Town, opening with the live world premiere of its new single “Summer Fever.”
Who is performing: Here is a list of some of those scheduled to perform Wednesday:
Who is nominated: Here is the full list of nominees for the 2018 CMT Awards:
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An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan.
A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of a former friend of groping and inappropriately touching her numerous times between 2016 and 2017.
Pastner had been coach at the University of Memphis from 2009 before going to Georgia Tech.
Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.
Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:
“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.
“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.
Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”
Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League.
According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.
Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played.
The official statement from the National Football League states:
“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities.
The membership also strongly believes that:
“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society.
The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress.
It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.
This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.
We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”
There’s a new Earnhardt on the racing scene.
Amy Earnhardt announced the birth of Isla Rose Earnhardt on Twitter Tuesday morning.
“She’s finally here!” the wife of former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “It feels like a dream. The best dream ever.”
It is the first child for the couple.
Dale Jr. has been busy since retiring from active racing, working as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.” Before that, he covered the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics for NBC.
The baby was due May 2, but arrived a day early. Had she been born on April 29, she would have shared a birthday with her grandfather, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, and the former Amy Riemann, 36, were married on Dec. 31, 2016.
Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.
Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:
1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.
2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.
3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.
4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.
5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.
Big-named stars will headlining this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 2017.
Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, Wyclef Jean and Leslie Odom, Jr. will be joining 98 Degrees and the Goo Goo Dolls for the annual New York City spectacular, People reported.
Broadway will also highlight new shows like “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once on This Island” and “Spongebob Squarepants.”
Don’t forget about the massive balloons the parade is known for.
This year Olaf will join the parade, along with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
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