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Harry Styles is Back

One Direction’s lead singer Harry Styles has made his comeback since the band’s hiatus in December of 2016. Styles is set to release his first single since the band’s break and is Hollywood’s most talked about upcoming release.

Fans around the world are wondering what styles’ sound will be like, maybe a new summertime bop or a spring ballad. The whole world seems to be buzzing about the mystery song.

Harry released his artwork for the song as well as a teaser trailer with only subtle details as to what the song might be about.The short clip showed the star, soaking wet, walking across a dark room and towards a door bathed in light. Piano music plays in the background before the date April 7 flashed up on the screen at the end.

On march 30th he uploaded an Instagram post where he revealed nothing less than the title of his new song called “sign of the times”. Since then, it was also confirmed that Harry would be making his solo television debut on Saturday Night Live where he will appear on the show on April 15 alongside late night television host Jimmy Fallon, who announced the news via his own Twitter account.

The British heartthrob was in the spotlight previously as he made an appearance in the war movie “Dunkirk”. He debuted his acting skills; something which none of the other One Direction members have pursued. The movie hits the big screen July 21st of 2017. Now let’s see if Harry’s as talented at acting as he is at signing.

After the release of his single Styles will be the last member of the four British/Irish boyband who has debuted himself as a solo artist. Some would say they were saving the best for last. Make sure to give “sign of times” a listen, surely if you don’t listen on your own you’ll hear it on the radio and who knows you might even like it.

We’ll see what’s in store for the future of Harry and his other bandmates. 

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Peacock Pride: Saint Peter’s University Grabs First Ever National Title

Author: Adrienne J. Romero

That’s right. They did it — Saint Peter’s University finally snatched their first ever postseason national title!

SPU’s men’s basketball team’s season seemed to be over after the Peacocks were defeated in the MAAC Tournament semifinals on March 5, but little did they know that there was something else in store for them.

What became a historic season, as well as postseason, finished off with a storybook ending by topping off Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a 62-61 victory on the Islanders’ home court.

With only three seconds left and the score tied in the College Insider Tournament championship game, the Peacock’s coach John Dunne knew what play needed to be executed.

“You have to go for it,” Dunne said per app.com, “and we went for it.”

To SPU’s advantage, point guard Trevis Wyche launched a pass from out-of-bounds to across half-court to forward Quadir Welton, who was able to hold on to it and call a timeout with only two seconds left. This gave the Peacocks more time to devise up a plan to set up Wyche for a game-winning shot; instead, he got fouled with one second left and made one of two free throws that stunned both the Islanders and pretty much everyone else.

Saint Peter’s Quadir Welton was named the tournament MVP after recording a double-double – 12 points, a team-high 13 rebounds, a steal and a block. Trevis Wyche finished with 11 points along with four boards, three assists and two steals. Both were named to the All-Tournament team. Cavon Baker also poured in a team-high 15 points.

“Your seniors won the last game of their career. Not a lot of teams can do that,” Dunne told Gannett New Jersey via phone late Friday, per app.com, “It’s especially nice when you have a group that gets along so well and has sacrificed for each other all year.”

Sports: Stop Trying To Make CO-MVPs A Thing

Author: Adrienne J. Romero

Yes, both Russell Westbrook and James Harden are having incredibly historic seasons.

Yes, no one thought the Houston Rockets were going to be the No. 3 seed out of the ENTIRE NBA.

Yes, no one expected James Harden to be this dominant as a point guard.

Yes, we all knew Russ was going to go off this season, but we didn’t know he was really going to go off.

There’s no doubt that both of these magnificent, dominant players have certainly turned heads this season, but honestly, is it really that difficult to choose an MVP? Or are we just making it difficult?

Let’s look at it like this:

The Thunder were down by 21 points in the third, and then 14 points against the Orlando Magic halfway through the fourth quarter – Westbrook made it go into overtime, and guess what? He scored 26 points in OT, and led his team for the win and walked off that court with 57 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, which by the way, is the most points ever scored while recording a triple-double.

The Thunder are 31-7 when Westbrook has a triple-double. OKC literally needs Westbrook; there would’ve been no way, shape, or form that the Thunder would clinch the playoffs without this triple double machine.

Let’s look at this in another perspective:

MVP stands for Most Valuable Player – the player who does everything in their very will and ability to led their team to victories.

Take away Russell Westbrook from the Thunder and James Harden away from the Rockets, and Houston would beat OKC in, probably, a landslide. And that’s simply because Houston has players who have a much better field-goal percentages than Oklahoma City does, and who have better chemistry with one another.

This is not intended to take shots at the other player or other team of course. It’s just to simply state how much credit will be taken away from Russ’s (basically) triple double season, if he doesn’t win MVP or the MVP gets split up, and everything’s he’s done for his team. You can see how much heart, dedication, hustle, charisma, and just all-around work Westbrook lays out on the court every single night.

Not only did Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant say it, but even Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, the current holder of most triple doubles in a single season, said it himself: he wants Russ to break his record and would choose him for MVP.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Statue Unveiled!

Author: Adrienne J. Romero

On Friday, March 24th,  a very special event took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles — Shaquille O’Neal’s statue unveiling.

According to LAist.com, the nine-foot 1,200-pound sculpture was created by married couple artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany who specialize in making statues of sports figures.

The Amranys met in Italy in 1985 while they were both studying sculpting. In 1994, they were given the job of creating a 16-foot statue of Michael Jordan by the Chicago Bulls, which is, arguably, the greatest sports figure statue to ever be created, end of story.

Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal joined the Lakers in 1996; the Lakers hadn’t won a championship in eight years during this time.     

During his eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, O’Neal averaged 27.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while simultaneously growing into one of the most dominant and athletic players in NBA history.

The Hall of Famer went on to win three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 alongside with All-star Kobe Bryant.

“When you win three titles together and you’ve had so much impact on one another’s legacy as a player and as a champion,” Bryant said by phone this week, per LA Times, “there is absolutely no way in the world I would miss an opportunity to talk about him and thank him and to acknowledge everything that he’s done for not only this organization and the city, but for me personally.”

It’s great that Shaq is getting a statue that’s basically his exact height and weight!

Here’s a semi-terrifying video of the statue getting installed.

Congrats again, Big guy.

Sports: New Orleans Pelicans Win NBA Trade Deadline

Author: Adrienne J. Romero

 

If you’re an NBA fan, you know that throughout All-Star DeMarcus Cousins’s seven years in the league, there’s always been some type of talk about him getting traded. However, even DeMarcus himself never thought that this was going to seriously happen:

“I mean honestly, I’ve heard this for the past 3-4 years. It’s every year I’m getting traded, so I’m just like, ‘Ah, whatever,’ but when Chris Clark let me know I’m like, ‘Oh, this is serious.’” Boogie Cousins explained during his first press conference as a Pelican on Feb. 22.

The Sacramento Kings traded forwards Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night, just hours after the NOLA All-Star game, in exchange for rookie guard Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first- and second-round picks.

Social media blew up minutes after the trade was announced; there was literally no one who could say that this was a reasonable trade, and as Max Kellerman, ESPN’s First Take commentator, described it, the Kings got a “ham sandwich.”

Every type of sports-oriented show and website had every intention to weigh in their thoughts on this unbelievable and, truly, unexpected trade.

“… A heist took place last night and the Sacramento Kings should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t give a damn that you don’t wanna pay DeMarcus Cousins [for] five years $209 million, you don’t let go one of the best big men in basketball,” Stephen A. Smith, ESPN’s First Take commentator, emphasized on the show the next morning.

As the trade deadline passed Thursday, Feb. 23, Cousins’s relocation was the only one that really got everyone off their seats. Seven deadline-day trades were put together by the 3 p.m. Eastern deadline, but every trade that followed paled in comparison.

There were, however, multiple rumors that would’ve had everyone fall off their seats again: Paul George was rumored to go to the Lakers, Jimmy Butler could’ve been in a Celtics uniform, and Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose’s Knicks commitment were put into question. In the end, all those players managed to stay put.

“I wasn’t concerned,” George said. “At the end of the day, I’m in a good situation,” per NBA.com.

Now, a day after the trade deadline, we take a look back at all of the moves that were made in reverse chronological order, via USA Today:

Thursday, February 23

Suns trade P.J. Tucker to the Raptors for Jared Sullinger, a 2017 second-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

Bulls trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder for Joffrey Lauvergne, Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow.

Rockets trade Tyler Ennis to the Lakers for Marcelo Huertas (to be waived).

Bucks trade Roy Hibbert to the Denver Nuggets for a second-round pick.

Rockets trade K.J. McDaniels to the Nets (to clear cap space).

76ers trade Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a 2017 first-round pick.

Wednesday, February 22

Hawks trade Tiago Splitter and a draft pick to the 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova.

Nets trade Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Wizards for Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick.

Tuesday, February 21

Lakers trade Lou Williams to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick.

Sunday, February 19

Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick.

Tuesday, February 13

Magic trade Serge Ibaka to Raptors for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick.

Monday, February 14

Cavaliers trade Chris Andersen and cash considerations to the Hornets for a second-round pick.

Sunday, February 12

Blazers trade Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second-round pick to the Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick.

 

Music: What’s Hot this Summer!

Author: Diana Paredes

2016 was full of new album releases that either became our back to school jam or in some cases was just one of those songs you kept on replay. I mean, who didn’t jam out to the Biebs’ song, “What Do You Mean?”

With 2017 in full swing, major artists are promising only the most elite world class summer in music and concerts. Artists such as Justin Bieber, J. Cole and The 1975 are offering a music wonderland. They all announced tours for this summer in our area, bringing us a whole set of dates near us, and for reasonable prices. It’s a win-win on both sides; affordable and fun.

If you’re not one of those people who are keen on traveling, this is your opportunity to go have some fun with some of your favorite artists. 

Some of the artists touring, such as Justin Bieber and Coldplay, had began touring in 2016, but because of high demand, decided to add a third leg to their world tours. Justin doesn’t disappoint, well at least when it comes to performing. Coldplay is America’s British heartthrobs, who just love America so much. 

Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth, on the other hand, are kicking off 2017 with a bang. Mendes, kickstarting his, “Illuminate” World Tour with headliner Charlie Puth, is expected to be one of 2017’s most promising shows. I mean, talk about Shawn Mendes’ song, “Treat You Better,” which charted number one on the billboard charts for five straight weeks. Charlie Puth’s, “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” featuring Selena Gomez, is still charting on Billboard’s’ Top 10. Mendes and Puth have been proving that they will be headlining a must-see show. 

Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, who with the launch of their albums, decided to surprise their fans and head out on tour. They are speculated to be a must see as well. Are you in for some Joanne or all about the 24K Magic? Or even better, both!

Too many shows, such little money, I feel you. Sometimes we are forced to choose or sometimes we just don’t eat out or hang out with friends for a month in order to buy that concert ticket. I say that from experience. Well, keep yourselves home and save up all you can because aside from all the amazing shows already announced, one of our favorite British heartthrobs’, Ed Sheeran is set to announce his “➗” tour, along with the release of his album on March 5th. Katy Perry is scheming around with a huge surprise for her fans, hinting at a tour for this year.

In case you’re not all that good at figuring dates, here are some tours with the dates and locations of some of your favorite artists.

Tours Dates: 

  1. The 1975: June 1st,  Girls Tour, Madison Square Garden, NY
  2. The Weeknd: June 4th,Starboy World Tour phase 1 Legend of The Fall, Prudential Center, NJ  
  3. John Legend: June 22nd, Darkness & Light Tour, BB&T Pavilion, NJ
  4. Coldplay: August 1st, A Head Full of Dreams Tour, MetLife Stadium, NJ
  5. J-Cole: August 1st, 4 Your Eyez Only Tour, Barclays Center, NY
  6. Shawn Mendes & Charlie Puth: August 17th, Illuminate tour, Prudential Center, NJ
  7. Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour, August 23rd, MetLife Stadium, NJ
  8. Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour, August 28th, Citi Field, NY
  9. Bruno Mars: September 22nd , 24k Magic World Tour, Madison Square Garden, NY