• Ex-Loyola player says Swoopes created hostile environment

    Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Loyola University basketball player says women's coach Sheryl Swoopes created a hostile environment and routinely threatened to cut players from the roster or have their scholarships scrapped. The university said last week it was investigating the women's basketball program after allegations of player mistreatment surfaced. Details of the allegations were not released. Former player Cate Soan told ABC's "Good Morning America" in a segment broadcast Thursday that Swoopes, who has coached at Loyola for three seasons, made her feel "belittled" and "humiliated." "It made it hard to play," she said. "It wasn't about working hard and having fun anymore. It was about surviving.

  • The fresh flavor of white asparagus is worth searching for

    Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Here in America we think of white asparagus as the pink elephant of the vegetable world — not even a rumor so much as a hallucination. It actually has been a staple in Europe for centuries. These days, happily enough, I've been spotting white asparagus more often on our side of the pond. White asparagus is white because the spears are never exposed to sunlight as they grow. Without sunlight, they produce no chlorophyll. Without chlorophyll, they don't turn green. White asparagus is a little milder and more delicate in flavor than the green variety. It's also rich in nutrients and very low in calories. At the supermarket, the best white asparagus boasts the same attributes as the best green asparagus: a firm, smooth st

  • The NBA makes new play in Africa in pursuit of fans

    Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    The NBA is making a new play for fans in Africa by splitting with the continent's biggest sports broadcaster and teaming up with a Zimbabwean telecommunications entrepreneur who started his first business with $75. The NBA announced Thursday that it has a new multiyear deal with Econet Media to show live games and other NBA programs on Econet's pay TV, Internet and mobile platforms in sub-Saharan Africa from the 2016-17 season. The deal makes Econet the NBA's official broadcaster in sub-Saharan Africa and will offer viewers over 500 games a year, the NBA said, including the playoffs and finals. It also includes WNBA games. It will see the NBA end its relationship with South Africa-based satellite TV broadcaster SuperSport. Th

  • ESPN fires former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as analyst

    Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Curt Schilling helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought and then immediately started squandering the goodwill he had earned. Even before the celebratory champagne could go flat, Schilling irritated Democrats in presidential candidate John Kerry's home state — many of them Red Sox fans — by blurting out on national TV, "Vote Bush." He toyed with public office himself in 2009 after U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died, a plan that was complicated because, as an unenrolled voter, Schilling would have had to run as an independent. That was the essence of the pitcher known in Boston as "The Big Schill": Outspoken, controversial, supremely confident in his opinions in the moment only to realize soon enough that he

  • Australian TV outlet to review role in Beirut kidnap case

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian media outlet on Thursday launched an internal investigation into its involvement in a bungled attempt to take an Australian woman's children from their Lebanese father, shortly after the woman and the Australian TV crew were released on bail from a Beirut jail in a dramatic climax to the international child custody battle. Hugh Marks, CEO of Australia's Channel 9, said the company would conduct a review to determine what went wrong and why the channel failed in its duty to protect its four-person "60 Minutes" team, which was in Lebanon to cover Australian mother Sally Faulkner's bid to get her two young children back.

  • CFP officials believe several factors to TV ratings decline

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — College Football Playoff officials believe several factors contributed to the significant decline in television ratings for the second year of the playoff. After a presentation from ESPN during their spring meeting Wednesday, CFP executive director Bill Hancock says there is no way to determine exactly how much the decline for last season's semifinal games can be blamed on any of those factors. They include playing late into New Year's Eve, the non-competitive nature of those games and maybe a "sophomore slump." "It's just so important to remember that one year doesn't make a trend," Hancock said. "On the other hand, we're watching, we're paying attention." CFP officials already knew the TV rating

  • Ripa won't be on next 3 days of her talk show, either

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Ripa was absent from her daytime talk show the day after the announcement that co-host Michael Strahan is leaving, and she won't be back for the next few days, either. ABC said Wednesday that Ripa won't host the next three editions of "Live with Kelly and Michael." Ripa's unexplained absence came amid published reports that she felt blindsided and angered by Strahan's departure to join "Good Morning America" fulltime. She hasn't said that herself, and her spokeswoman, Lauren Auslander, did not immediately return messages inquiring about Ripa's whereabouts. Ripa will be replaced on Thursday's show by Erin Andrews, said Barbara Warren, show spokeswoman, who did not say why Ripa will be out.

  • Fox Business' Stossel on the mend after lung cancer surgery

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox Business Network personality John Stossel says he's being treated for lung cancer. In a commentary posted on the Fox News website Wednesday, Stossel writes that his doctors have told him his cancer was "caught early" and that he'll be "fine." He says one-fifth of a lung was removed, but says he was told that soon he'd "barely notice" the loss. Stossel describes his medical care at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as "excellent," but speaking in his role as a consumer reporter, adds that "the hospital's customer service stinks." He spent the bulk of the opinion piece listing lapses in the hospital's service in the absence of a free-market system for health care. New York-Presbyterian Hospital ha

  • BET comedy goes behind the scenes at comic tour

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy will be making a series for the BET Network on the behind-the-scenes world of a comedy tour. "Comedy Get Down" is about their concert tour of the same name. BET described the scripted series as a workplace comedy at its core, and it was one of several new projects announced Wednesday at a presentation to advertisers. The network hasn't said when the show will be on the air. Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson will also star in a new drama about a fictional black college, and BET is doing a reality series with Gary Owen, former host of BET's "ComicView.

  • Bryshere Y. Gray among stars of BET's New Edition project

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryshere Y. Gray of "Empire" is among the stars of BET's drama about influential boy band New Edition. BET said Wednesday that Gray will play band member Michael Bivins in the three-part "New Edition: The Movie." He will be joined by Elijah Kelley ("The Butler") as Ricky Bell; singer-songwriter Luke James as Johnny Gill; Algee Smith ("Let It Shine") as Ralph Tresvant; Keith Powers ("Straight Outta Compton") as Ronnie Devoe, and Woody McClain ("Autographs") as Bobby Brown. The actors who will play the singers as youngsters include Dante Hoagland; Caleb McLaughlin; Jahi Winston; Myles Truitt and Tyler Williams. Principal photography will start next month in Los Angeles, with the miniseries sched

  • Correction: Netflix-Getting Original story

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story April 18 about Netflix's expansion into original programming, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a lecturer at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. The correct spelling is Nunan, not Numan. The story also erroneously described the school as a graduate school because of inaccurate information from the source. Nunan lectures graduate students. A corrected version of the story is below: Netflix is out-HBOing HBO in exclusive shows — so far Netflix's push to become a leader in original programming is paying off By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Look out, HBO.

  • Tiny paw-thletes compete in Hallmark's Kitten Summer Games

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — What do the four-legged footballers of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl do in the offseason? They go for the gold in their own Summer Games, including a de-cat-hlon and freestyle wrestling. And, bonus, the 90 or so furry Olympians were up for adoption by the rescue group North Shore Animal League America, organizers said Tuesday at the taping of the TV special to air Aug. 5, in time for the human games in Rio de Janeiro. The cuteness quotient was off the leash as the tiny competitors found their footing on bite-size playing fields, frolicking on scratchable rings at the gymnastics "venue" and jumping little hurdles decked out with delectable feathers intended to keep competitors on the move over at track a

  • Miss USA pageant asks public for help finding a contestant

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you haven't been picked for Miss USA this year, don't throw away your swimsuit. The beauty contest is turning to the public to find a wild-card contestant. The Miss Universe Organization said Wednesday it will conduct an online search for a candidate to join the 51 contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the live June 5 telecast on Fox. To be considered, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 and explain why they would be a worthy candidate. A panel will then select 10 finalists based on creativity, personality and a web interview. Fans can weigh in beginning on May 10 by voting on Twitter or at the Miss USA site.

  • British comedian Victoria Wood dies of cancer at 62

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    LONDON (AP) — Victoria Wood, a British comedian who found humor in everyday life and blazed a trail for other female comics, has died. She was 62. Wood died Wednesday at her London home "after a short but brave battle with cancer," said her publicist, Neil Reading. Born in Greater Manchester in 1953, Wood got her first break in 1974 winning the TV talent contest "New Faces." As a woman from northwest England she was an outsider in the world of British comedy, but became a well-known standup, and got her own TV show in the 1980s with "Victoria Wood as Seen on TV." One recurring element was "Acorn Antiques," a spoof soap opera complete with wobbly sets and even wobblier acting that many consider a comic classic.

  • What Maisie Williams aka Arya Stark has to say about 'GOT'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Arya Stark was no coddled child. Born with a fiercely independent spirit, she spent her teens on "Game of Thrones" braving hardship, loneliness and combat. Physically small but handy with a sword, Arya's creed seemed to be "You go, girl!" Her latest challenge, imposed at the end of last season: She was struck blind as punishment for going rogue with a personal hit list. She still has bloody scores to settle. How will she cope now? Among the legions of characters on "Game of Thrones," Arya has remained one of its most popular throughout the first five seasons of this epic fantasy set in the make-believe continent of Westeros. Now, as the sixth season nears (Sunday at 9 p.m.

  • Rod Daniel, director of 'Teen Wolf,' TV comedies, dead at 73

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — Movie director Rod Daniel, known for light comedy films such as Michael J. Fox's "Teen Wolf," has died at his home in Chicago. He was 73. Daniel's family announced he died Saturday. A cause of death was not given. Daniel began his Hollywood career in television, where he produced and directed several episodes of the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. He went on to direct episodes of several television series, including "Newhart," ''Caroline in the City," ''Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Magnum, P.I." In addition to "Teen Wolf," Daniel directed "The Super" starring Joe Pesci, the Kirk Cameron-Dudley Moore body-swap comedy "Like Father Like Son," ''Beethoven's 2nd" and the made-for-TV "Home Alone 4." He retire

  • Michael Strahan leaving daytime's 'Live' for 'GMA'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former football star Michael Strahan is being shifted from the daily talk show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa to work full-time on ABC's "Good Morning America." The change comes as "Good Morning America" tries to shore up sinking ratings at a time of tighter competition with NBC's "Today" show and reflects the importance of the show to parent Walt Disney Co.'s bottom line. Strahan has worked a couple of days a week at "GMA" for the past two years, but he always has to leave midway through to head to the "Live with Kelly and Michael" studio on Manhattan's upper West Side. He's joining the show's regular cast of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee.

  • Nielsen's top programs for April 11-17

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.51 million. 2. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.81 million. 3. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 10.66 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.45 million. 5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.41 million. 5. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.41 million. 7. "Empire," Fox, 10.11 million. 8. "NCIS," CBS, 9.99 million. 9. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.57 million. 10. "NCIS: New Orleans" (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 9.05 million. 11. "NCIS: New Orleans" (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), CBS, 9.04 million. 12. "The Voice" (Wednesday), NBC, 8.88 million.

  • Dancing to the top of television ratings

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — A night of Disney tunes led ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" to the largest audience of its current season and to the top of the television rankings. The Nielsen company said an estimated 12.5 million people watched "Dancing," which featured the contestants showing their steps to songs made famous by ABC's parent company. Light fare dominated the top of Nielsen's charts, with NBC's "The Voice" and "Little Big Shots" also scoring well. Some of CBS' most popular series — "NCIS," ''The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS: New Orleans" — showed repeat episodes, shuffling the rankings. Still, CBS' bench strength enabled it to win the week, averaging 7.5 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 5.7 million and ABC ha

  • Study: Fox, CNN spent more time on GOP candidates than Dems

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone who used Fox News Channel's prime-time lineup as their main source of campaign news over the past month may be forgiven for thinking there was only one presidential nomination contest. Fox spent 666 minutes interviewing Republican candidates for president or their surrogates, with 13 minutes on Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog. The group tallied the number of minutes guests spoke or were questioned weeknights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on March 21 through April 15. During the same period, CNN spent 729 minutes with remaining Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich or their representatives.




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