Aly Raisman in ESPN’s Body Issue: ‘I think imperfection is beauty’

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman becomes the latest athlete to grace ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. In her accompanying interview, the 21-year-old discussed her intense training regimen and the challenges of being an Olympic-level athlete.
“I’m not sure training seven hours a day is completely healthy. That’s why gymnastics is a young girl’s sport. But I should be fine. It’s not like I’m going to be doing this until I’m 30 or 40. I’ll let you know in 10 years if I have arthritis and everything [laughs].”

She also opened up about accepting her own body.

“I’ve never had an eating disorder, and I’m proud of that. I think gymnastics in the past had a bad reputation for that, but it’s not an issue anymore. I’ve never seen an issue among the girls on the national team.

I think imperfection is beauty. Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them. I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am.”

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and USWNT defender Ali Krieger (and many others) are also featured in the Body Issue.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/07/aly-raisman-espn-body-issue-interview#slideIdslide-2

Bravura Dustin Brown display sends Rafael Nadal crashing out of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first week for the third time in four years, bamboozled by the wild but often brilliant game of the qualifier Dustin Brown, a man who spent three years living in a camper van as he travelled Europe trying to earn a living. The German hit numerous drop shots, some unbelievable returns and generally kept the 10th seed off balance and out of kilter, clinching a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Remarkably, it was Nadal’s fourth straight Wimbledon loss to an opponent ranked outside the top 100 and, after losing his hold on the French Open title last month, he must now find a way to pick himself up on the North American hard courts later this summer.

“I’m happy I got to play him on that court win or lose,” said Brown. “All the kids that play tennis dream about being able to play on that Centre Court. Playing against him there is special. Also being able to put that performance together, it was definitely very difficult and I’m very happy that I held it together for the whole match.”

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul/02/dustin-brown-rafael-nadal-wimbledon

No shooting at Navy Yard


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – A report of possible gunshots at the Navy Yard triggered a massive law enforcement response in the area Thursday morning, where no evidence of a shooter or shooting were found.

Just after 7:29 a.m., an official at the Navy Yard called D.C. police for assistance after someone reported hearing gunshots. A Navy Yard employee had reported internally that “she may have heard gunshots in the facility,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

Multiple agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department, the FBI, U.S. Park Police, Homeland Security and the ATF responded.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said a sweep of the Navy Yard showed “no signs of a shooter, no shooting and no injured,” She said authorities do not believe it was a hoax.

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2015/07/02/navy-yard-shooting/29607377/

Sesame Street’ losing ‘Maria’ after 44 years


CNN)It’s the end of an era on “Sesame Street.”

The block is losing one of its most beloved citizens: Sonia Manzano, who has played shop owner Maria on the PBS series for almost 45 years, has announced that she is retiring.

The 65-year-old Puerto Rican actress revealed her plan to exit the show at the recent American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Manzano first appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1971 and became a series regular in 1974. Manzano’s character, Maria, has been an integral part of the long-running series along with TV husband Luis (played by Emilio Delgado), with whom she ran the Fix-It Shop.

News of her departure set off sadness across social media, and Manzano tweeted responses to some disappointed fans, assuring them that the show would go on and telling them not to be “bummed.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/02/entertainment/sonia-manzano-maria-sesame-street-feat/

Sean Penn Charlize Who? Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he’s already doing his laundry with another hot chick.
These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the uber-fancy/delicious/exclusive restaurant in the Napa Valley. Sean was celebrating Minka Kelly’s 35th birthday, along with 3 other people.
They were by no means hush hush … people at other tables heard Sean tell the other 3 he and Minka met at a Haiti charity event.
They had a feast to end all, with a chicken with the feet still attached, truffle mac and cheese and a birthday cake. The people at Sean’s table, along with others in the restaurant, serenaded Minka to “Happy Birthday.”
Sean picked up the tab … and it was pricey.
Minka has not mentioned Sean, but after the dinner she Instagrammed, “Birthday festivities off to a pretty magical start.”

http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/30/sean-penn-minka-kelly-dinner-birthday-date-photo/

Evangeline Lilly Is Expecting Her Second Child


“It’s so great. I feel wonderful”

We blame Lost. When Evangeline Lilly starred on the cult hit, she became very good at keeping a secret. And the actress showed that she’s lost none of those skills when she surprised everyone on Monday by revealing that she’s pregnant. The actress showed off her baby bump for the first time on the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie, Ant-Man, in Los Angeles.

“It’s so great. I feel wonderful,” Lilly told PEOPLE. “I have to say, high heels and doing a red carpet is starting to ache.”
Wearing a one-shoulder gown, the 35-year-old held her hand over her tummy and gave away a secret that she’s been keeping for a while — she’s expecting her second child with partner Norman Kali, a production assistant she met on the set of Lost.

The couple are already parents to a 4-year-old son named Kahekili and although it’s her second pregnancy, the experience is completely new.

“My first one, I was 30, now I’m 35. I’m much more tired this time,” she admits. “The last time I was off work, I had no children, I had a partner who was busy working 18 hours a day, so I had all day to meditate and love on my baby and just be pregnant.”

http://time.com/3942666/evangeline-lilly-lost-ant-main-pregnant-movies-celebrities/

Security beefed up as Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition grows increasingly dire: source


Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has worsened and she is barely clinging to life, a source close to the family tells FOX411.

“She barely has any signs of life, hardly any vitals,” the insider said. “Security has been beefed up and even local law enforcement have been called because the families have been told that death is now imminent and they want to make sure that photographers don’t get pictures of her body being removed.”

Brown, 22, was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta area home on Jan. 31. Last week she was removed from the hospital, taken off all medications and moved to hospice care.

According to the insider, prior to being taken home she was flown to Chicago on a medical plane with the help of Tyler Perry to see specialists that both Oprah and Perry suggested.

“They too confirmed what Atlanta doctors had been saying that there was no hope”, the source continued. “That’s when she was taken off all meds and any artificial means of support.”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/06/30/source-security-beefed-up-as-bobbi-kristina-browns-condition-grows-increasingly/

Argentina 6-1 Paraguay Copa America 2015 FINAL SCORE

Argentina 6-1 Paraguay Copa America 2015 FINAL SCORE: Lionel Messi with THREE assists as Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain book place in final
Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo gave Argentina the lead after 15 minutes
Javier Pastore doubled Argentina’s lead against Paraguay after 27 minutes
Lionel Messi assisted both as Argentina seemingly marched to the final
But Paraguay got back into it through substitute Lucas Barrios’s strike
Angel di Maria restored Argentina’s two-goal lead after 47 minutes
The Manchester United attacker then added another six minutes later
Sergio Aguero made it 5-1 before Gonzalo Higuain made it six
Argentina starting XI (4-3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Rojo; Biglia, Mascherano, Pastore; Di Maria, Messi, Aguero
Paraguay starting XI (4-4-2): Villar; Aguilar, Bruno Valdez, Da Silva, Piris; Gonzalez, Caceres, Ortiz, Benitez; Haedo Valdez, Santa Cruz

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3144936/Argentina-vs-Paraguay-Copa-America-2015-LIVE-score-Lionel-Messi-Sergio-Aguero-bid-set-final-hosts-Chile.html

Chris Christie Announces Run, Pledging ‘Truth’ About Nation’s Woes

IVINGSTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie declared an uphill candidacy for president on Tuesday with New Jersey-style swagger, unconcealed disgust for Washington and a high regard for his own candor, vowing that “there is one thing you will know for sure: I say what I mean and I mean what I say.”

Relying on his biggest, and perhaps his last, remaining advantage in a field of better-financed and better-liked rivals — his personality — Mr. Christie portrayed himself as the only candidate in the Republican field who is forthright and forceful enough to run the country.

“We need strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval Office,” he said.

Pacing the stage without a prepared text and raising his voice to a shout at times, he vowed to campaign and govern as a colorful teller of difficult truths, even if “it makes you cringe every once in a while.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/us/politics/chris-christie-presidential-campaign.html?_r=0

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to Columbus


Brandon Saad wanted to stay in Chicago. Stan Bowman wanted him to stay in Chicago. All of Chicago wanted him to stay in Chicago.

Instead, one of the best young players in the game — a guy Joel Quenneville repeatedly said had the potential to be one of the best power forwards in the game — will play for the Columbus Blue Jackets next season.

“This is a business and we have a job to do,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said after dealing away Saad and two prospects for 27-year-old center Artem Anisimov, 20-year-old winger Marko Dano, former Hawks winger Jeremy Morin, and 25-year-old winger Corey Tropp. The Hawks sent defenseman Michael Paliotta and forward Alex Broadhurst to Columbus along with Saad.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/734286/report-brandon-saad-traded-columbus