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Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game National Anthem Confuses, Amuses

Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.

The Black Eyed Peas singer’s slow, bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night wasn’t particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA’s annual showcase.

A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after Fergie finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on “the dawn’s early light.”

Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 ½-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event or a patriotic song.

Golden State All-Star Draymond Green captured the mood — and became an instant GIF — when he was shown open-mouthed on the scoreboard and the television broadcast in apparent confusion over the unique vocal stylings. Green then chuckled to himself after realizing he was on TV.

After a forceful finish, Fergie finally got big cheers when she shouted, “Let’s play some basketball!”

The Grammy Award-winning singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, is from nearby Hacienda Heights, California.

Famed basketball commentator Charles Barkley joked that he “needed a cigarette” after Fergie’s performance during the TNT halftime show.

Former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal leaped to Fergie’s defense, saying: “Fergie, I love you. It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone.”

Others on social media weren’t as kind, with criticism of the performance outpacing the positive reviews.

The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of arguably the most famous national anthem in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago.

Marvin Gaye’s touching rhythm-and-blues version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1983 game was initially criticized, but has since gained widespread acceptance as a groundbreaking musical performance.

Instead, Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.


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What’s Better Than the Card Game ‘Uno’? According to Mattel, a New One Called ‘Dos’

What do you do when your toy manufacturing business is struggling?

Make a new game that’s nearly identical to an existing one, of course.

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is launching a new card game called Dos next month, which, you guessed it, is a take on their 50-year-old classic, Uno.

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According to the Associated Press, the rules of Dos are similar to those of Uno, “except players make two piles of cards and can throw down two cards at a time instead of one.” The game apparently fittingly took them two years to develop, to “make sure playing the game was different enough from Uno.”

But why try to update the beloved classic?

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While the rest of Mattel’s business has struggled in recent years, exacerbated by Toys “R” Us filing for bankruptcy, Uno reportedly continues to sell well. Uno sales were up 12% last year from 2016, reports the Associated Press. Mattel is apparently latching onto this bright light, selling Uno in more places, launching a version that’s playable on Facebook Messenger, and even reportedly working on an Uno app.

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Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Helm New Series of Star Wars Movies

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may still be over a year away, but that isn’t stopping creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from lining up new projects to tackle following the show’s conclusion — specifically ones that require a trip to a whole new galaxy.

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that the famed showrunner duo is set to write and produce a new series of Star Wars movies that will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the previously announced Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.

However, the pair is clearly aware what Thrones fans think their priority should be right now. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”


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Maisie Williams is sticking a bogus Game of Thrones story with the pointy end of her Twitter account.

The actress is shooting down a report that was picked up around the world that quoted Williams claiming the final season of her HBO hit would premiere in April, 2019. On Monday, Williams set the record straight:

EW picked up the story too, though we warned readers should “take Metro‘s quotes with a grain of salt,” especially because another part of her purported interview conflicted with something we’d previously heard (it had Williams saying the final season would wrap production in December, when late July or early August is actually the current plan).

HBO would not confirm nor deny the April report and has only said the show will air its eighth season in 2019.

Of course, the final season could still premiere in April, 2019, as that does make sense (six of the show’s seven seasons debuted in April or the last week of March). But if it is, then it’s a coincidence rather than a slip by Williams.

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7 Mistakes New Contractors Make: As Told by Game of Thrones

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Once upon a time, you handled projects solo like a knight on your own lonely quest. If you needed to buy supplies or fill out paperwork or find new leads, you did it yourself. But suddenly, all that has changed. You’re starting to feel a lot less like a newbie contractor and more like the commander of an army—a team that’s growing all the time.

Sound familiar? Not only is that the general outline of many of our favorite Game of Thrones plotlines, it’s also the journey most contractors take as they progress from a self-run operation to a larger business with subcontractors and employees. But change is hard, and just like Daenerys, Jon Snow and Tyrion have all struggled to lead their separate groups through various trials, you’ll have to shift your focus from a doer to a manager. Here’s how you can learn from the blunders of the Westeros heroes to correct your own contractor mistakes—before your whole kingdom goes up in flames.

Warning: this article contains major spoilers for season 7 of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up, put your laptop away and come back when you’ve watched all of season 7. You can consider it “research.” But just don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Mistaking an Ally for a Threat

Shipping aside, we all knew that Dany and Jon were the perfect power couple—and basically the only chance of stopping the White Walker army in its tracks. Thankfully for the future of Westeros, Daenerys finally recognized Jon as the ally that he was and swooped in to save him in the nick of time!

But not every powerful manager gets away so lucky. It’s fairly common to mistake a talented hire as a threat, especially when you’re new to the game of managing. Work on your insecurities privately, instead of taking them out on your staff. Give your employees your trust, and you’ll be the kind of boss your subordinates actively root for.

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Letting Personal Ties Get in the Way

On the other hand, you don’t want to let your workers take advantage of you—a likelihood that increases every time you fail to handle conflict. Jaime is a bit like the manager who knows they need to let that one employee go, but can’t. He knows he needs to cut ties with Cersei, but can’t seem to put his personal history aside to do the deed (although hopefully that will change next season—fingers crossed!).

That kind of behavior is all too common with new management. It’s hard to let anyone go, let alone someone you like. And in the construction world, where most relationships are informal, it’s easy for employees to mistake you for a friend. But that’s where trouble starts, because at some point you’re going to have to choose between maintaining the relationship and doing what’s right for your business. Your job is to set the right boundaries with your employees and make the hard choices—even when it means risking a friend. Sure, take the whole staff out for a beer after a rough day, but don’t hang out with your contractors one-on-one or dish about other team members. It’s just going to come back to bite you in the end.

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Refusing to Get with the Times

Oh, Eddard Stark. So honorable. So stuck in his ways. Ned’s big problem is that he just can’t see that the times are changing. No longer is he Robert’s hunting partner, defending his kingdom by adhering to a rigid moral code. Things have shifted in the seven kingdoms, and Stark just can’t seem to get with the nuances of the new order.

You’re probably not going to meet a fate resembling that of the elder Stark. But you will be hindering yourself if you refuse to change with the times. That means you’ll need to upgrade to the newest construction technology, both for your administrative work and your day-to-day operations. For instance, you may need to invest in industry software to help manage the project, financial, technical and sales aspects of your business. Young, talented construction workers are hard to find these days, so you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you appear current. After all, millennial workers are undoubtedly drawn to businesses who stay up-to-date.

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Taking an Ego Trip

Being the boss definitely has its perks. But the advantages can go to your head, too, if you let them. There’s something to be said for becoming the kind of boss you’d want to work for—and giving people a reason to come into work. After all, you don’t want to be viewed as a kind of ruthless Cersei character who’s only capable of inspiring loyalty when her underlings are riddled with dread.

Bosses who rule with an iron fist witness a higher number of callouts and no-shows throughout the year. They don’t establish the kind of long-term relationships that let you shape and mold a team. And the kind of harshness they foster eventually trickles down to the clients they serve, which means fewer customers, bad reviews, and low capital. Keep your ego in check when working with your team. Give your team the benefit of the doubt when mistakes are made—and offer them some literal benefits as well, such as paid sick leave or health insurance.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Jon Snow is so adorable and yet so tactically dumb—at least sometimes, as evidenced in Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.” This highly-criticized episode features Jon heading off with a party of about fifteen men to capture a white walker and drag it back to Westeros, since presumably, that’s the only thing that will convince Cersei of the coming wightpocalypse. This plot line is a little suspect, especially since we know Jon has seen the army of the dead and just plunges on ahead. You’d think a guy who had literally come back from the dead would have more sense than that!

How is that relevant to the contracting life? Well, it’s not unusual for a successful contractor to get in over their heads. After years of hard work, business is finally taking off, and someone pitches you a potential bathroom remodel. The only problem? You’ve barely touched plumbing beyond plunging a toilet or two. Don’t be like Jon. Either stock your address book with reliable contacts to whom you can punt off projects, or learn how to turn jobs down.

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Spend Like It’s Going Out of Style

The Iron Bank is a lot like any other financial institution. Like Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank says, it doesn’t bet on winners and losers. In the Game of Thrones world, that means that Iron Bank has a vested interest in Cersei’s success—because she owes them money.

Don’t expect that kind of favor from your lenders. Your bank is not going to let you wallow around while you figure out dragon-killing (or balancing your budget, whatever the case may be). If you don’t have a head for figures, hire outside help to manage your finances. It will be worth it when tax season comes around!

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Hire for Skills, Not Character

Here’s a lesson Game of Thrones teaches us over and over again: a person’s position in the world does not necessarily dictate their character. Jon Snow, for instance, born fatherless and penniless, rises up to become the King of the North. Tyrion—whom his own father considers shameful—survives every obstacle to earn himself a place as Daenerys’s hand. Davos Seaworth, a pauper born in Fleabottom, overcomes his upbringing and becomes Jon’s closest associate—and delivers some of the funniest, most trenchant lines in the process.

It just goes to show you that someone who looks good on paper isn’t always the kind of person you want to hang around with all day, and vice versa. Skills can be taught, but character is a lot harder to learn. So when you interview for new hires, make sure to pay close attention to a candidate’s personality and values. After all, as Game of Thrones has taught us it can (literally!) make a world of difference!

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With the recent announcement that Game of Thrones will indeed not be returning for its final season until 2019, fans were, well… gutted. And that’s despite knowing ahead of the confirmation that that would likely be the case. But never fear, lovers of all things Westerosi, because there’s a new show coming to small screens that will itch your Game of Thrones scratch until Season 8 comes along. And it’s called Britannia.

Set in 43AD and based around a genuine moment in history – the second Roman invasion of Britain – Britannia’s anchoring in reality pretty much stops there. It’s definitely not a historical epic – it’s fantasy that comes to the fore. This is a show very much in the same vein as Game of Thrones, with plenty of swords, sorcery and sex. And here’s why, if you love GoT, you should be watching.

A Battle To Rule

The Roman legion led by David Morrissey’s General Aulus wants to seize control of Celtic Britain, on Emperor Claudius’s orders. The same Celtic Britain that led Julius Caesar to abandon his efforts to invade nine decades earlier. He’d come up against the Druids, we’re told, who forced his retreat.

Aulus, brash, bold, bossy and bolshy, is intent on claiming the land by force – and charges in violently with his men, something we’ve seen time and again throughout seven seasons of Game of Thrones. But it’s clear that the residents of this land aren’t going to give in easily – there are proud Celts and mysterious Druids to be reckoned with.

Bloodlust and Ruthlessness


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David Morrissey as Aulus.

With that single-minded aim to conquer comes a heck of a lot of bloodshed. Aulus and his right-hand man Lucius (Hugo Speer) don’t think twice about callously toying with and dispatching would-be deserters much less running through Celtic strangers with a blade. Although brutality isn’t the preserve of the Romans. From the off, prepare yourself for a gory arm removal and a graphic throat-slit that comes from nowhere.

The Women Have the Power


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Cait, seen here with Divis aka The Outcast, has the potential to be a badass.

Game of Thrones has its fair share of powerful women, from Cersei Lannister to Arya Stark and several in between. But while GoT took a while to get into its stride with regards to empowered women, in Britannia they’re visible from the outset.

There’s Zoe Wannamaker’s steely Queen Antedia, while young Cait, played by Eleanor Worthington-Cox, is a little badass in the making, very much in the Arya Stark mould.

There’s also a Druid woman with freakish black eyes who is absolutely terrifying, but rightfully so. It’s especially wonderful when she threatens to eat one particular character’s eyes if he ever comes back. You would too if some raving maniac approached you smelling of excrement and wittering about the sun not rising.

Amena, on the other hand, is a woman very much in charge of her sexuality, trading one husband for another and playing them off against one another. Let’s see how this pans out though, as we can’t see her getting away with it.

A Badass Princess


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Mess with Kerra at your peril.

Another one of those powerful women has very resounding echoes of a certain white-haired GoT royal. Yes, we mean Daenerys Targaryen. Kelly Reilly’s Kerra is independent and warrior-like. She just wants to get involved, but that goes against her father’s wishes. Her father, King Pellenor, is played by Ian McDiarmid, incidentally, who is, of course, Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars. We’re looking forward to seeing how Kerra develops.

Mysticism


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Mackenzie Crook plays Druid Veran.

The Druids in Britannia are mysterious, and have bizarre rituals and unexplained powers. As do the Celts. But Divis (Nikolas Lie Kaas) – known as The Outcast – also has visions of the underworld, possibly explained away by the hallucinogenic substances he seems to take. There are clear parallels here with Game of Thrones — in the Red Priests’ powers, and also in the Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven storyline.

A Khal Drogo-Alike


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Stanley Weber as Lindon

In Stanley Weber’s Lindon, one of the strongest men in the Cantii tribe, Britannia has its own Khal Drogo. Which is great because Jason Momoa’s Dothraki warrior has been dead for a while now in GoT and his presence has been sorely missed. In Britannia, Lindon is married to Amena but apparently likes Kerra better.

Plaits and Lots of Hessian

Enough said.

All episodes of Britannia are available on January 18 in the UK on Sky and will be available at a later date in the US via Amazon Prime Video.

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How to Watch the Alabama vs. Georgia College Football Championship Game Tonight for Free

On Monday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs square off in the 2018 College Football National Championship game, and interest is extraordinarily high. Not only is it the season’s biggest college football matchup featuring two celebrated SEC rivals, but the game is also being played in Atlanta, which has been called “college football’s capital.”

Oh, and President Donald J. Trump is going to be in attendance to watch Alabama vs. Georgia live. His presence has in turn inspired the NAACP and other groups to stage anti-Trump protests in Atlanta on Monday. Rapper Kendrick Lamar will also perform at the first-ever National Championship halftime show.

Watching or live-streaming Alabama vs. Georgia from the comfort of your home is easy enough. Like the playoff games on New Year’s Day, tonight’s championship game is being broadcast exclusive by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, and if you have cable or another standard pay TV package, all you have to do to watch is find any of the ESPN channels airing the game. You can also stream the college football national championship game for free by logging in to the ESPN app with the number and password of your pay TV provider account.

If you don’t have cable or another pay TV service, it is still possible to watch the national championship game for free tonight. You could of course head to a nearby bar or restaurant to watch—but then you’d probably run up quite a bar tab, so it wouldn’t nearly be free. Or you could take advantage of one of the many streaming TV services now on the market, nearly all of which have ESPN, and all of which have free trial periods.

These streaming services include options such as DirecTV Now, Hulu Live, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. All of the services above allow you to live-stream ESPN and dozens of other pay TV channels on a variety of devices. New subscribers can watch for free during trial periods, which last a week or more depending on the service.

Just remember, though, that you will be charged the regular monthly rate if you don’t cancel the service before the trial period ends. The normal monthly rates for these streaming TV services start at $ 20 and up per month, and Sling TV is the cheapest (though most limited) of the bunch.

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How ‘Insidious’ Changed the Horror Movie Game

Horror has long been a more progressive genre than it’s been given credit for. It’s the genre that gave birth to both scream queens and final girls, after all, and one of the rare spaces where monstrous, “unlikable” women have been allowed to let loose instead of being hemmed in. It should be no surprise, then, that the Insidious franchise, which has just debuted its fourth installment The Last Key, is forging into territory that you won’t see anywhere else.

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Millions of people will tune into the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night, Jan. 8, hoping for a doozy. Even President Donald Trump is expected to be among the frenzied crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta when the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Georgia Bulldogs (and Kendrick Lamar performs the halftime show). Expectations are high for good reason: Alabama is shooting for a fifth national championship in Nick Saban’s 11 years as head coach, while SEC rival Georgia—coached by former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart—squeaked by Oklahoma, 54-48, in a double-overtime shootout in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day.

The title game may well be another classic. But don’t let that obscure a much deeper problem behind all the pomp and hype. The College Football National Championship will do more than decide which university has the best team, it will generate millions of dollars for the universities, coaches, broadcasters, and sponsors. Other ancillary actors—Atlanta hotel operators, local restaurants — will rake in their own tasty haul.

The amateur players on the field, however, won’t share in that bounty, beyond a few thousands dollars on top of an athletic scholarship to cover the full cost of attending school. The NCAA, the organization governing big-time college athletics, prevents schools from paying their players, even as they make millions for their coaches and schools. Saban and Smart made almost $ 15 million combined this year.

“All today’s players can hope for,” says Jeffrey Kessler, a sports labor attorney who is leading a case against the NCAA, “is a better deal for the players that come after them.”

The case that could change college football

That may finally change. On Jan. 16, in a federal district courtroom in Oakland, Calif., judge Claudia Wilken will hold a hearing on motions for summary judgment in the case of Jenkins v NCAA, a class action suit that challenges the NCAA’s compensation limits on athletes. Wilken ruled on a similar case, the landmark O’Bannon v NCAA litigation, more than three years ago. While Wilken found in that case that the NCAA rules unreasonably restrained trade in violation of anti-trust laws, she did not lift the restraints entirely. Schools could still limit their compensation for athletes to the cost-of-attendance stipend, meaning the players would not be paid according to their market value.

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The Jenkins case, however, makes a broader claim than O’Bannon. Whereas O’Bannon concerned a college athlete’s ability to profit from the use of his or her likeness, Jenkins focuses on the market for signing college athletes to schools. It seeks to ends the NCAA’s blanket wage restrictions, and allow individual athletic conferences to determine the levels at which players should be paid. Kessler, who has represented the players’ unions of all four major U.S. professional sports leagues and helped NFL players win the right to become free agents in the early 1990s, is representing the Jenkins plaintiffs.

One expert likens the two cases to the work of an offensive lineman clearing the way for a running back: O’Bannon did the legal blocking, says Marc Edelman, a professor of law at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, that could allow Jenkins to finally score big for college athletes. “The point of Jenkins is to create a universe in which the NCAA can no longer ubiquitously prevent college athletes from being paid,” says Edelman.

With more money sloshing around college sports every year, the case against paying players becomes increasingly difficult to justify. Saban made more than $ 11 million this season; Georgia paid Smart $ 3.75 million. Alabama pays two of its assistants — defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, the incoming head coach at Tennessee, and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll — north of $ 1 million. Texas A&M just signed former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to a 10-year, $ 75 million deal; Fisher in turn just poached Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko with reported three-year contract at an average of $ 1.8 million a year.

How much money should college athletes be paid?

Why shouldn’t this bounty trickle down to the players who generate it? Antitrust economist Andy Schwarz, a staunch advocate for reallocating more flush college sports revenues to athletes, envisions a scenario where schools reallocate 30% of incremental athletic department revenue growth to a fund that compensates athletes: 15% for male athletes, and 15% for female athletes. Schools can keep 70% of the new revenues, plus all old revenues. If Alabama, for example, had followed such a model over the past four years, the school would have set aside, on average, $ 2.9 million annually to pay athletes. Alabama would have kept an average of $ 149.5 million per year, or 98% of all revenues.

“If schools ever want to get past their ‘can’t-don’t’ rhetoric and go for can-do solutions, all they need to do is just start fixing things,” says Schwarz. “Divert new money and in a few years the budgets will have adjusted just fine.”

The Jenkins case will likely hinge on whether the plaintiffs can convince the court that the paying players won’t adversely effect the college sports business. Anti-trust laws permit trade restraints — like a cap on compensation — if such restraints benefit consumers. In the O’Bannon case, the NCAA’s lawyers argued that college football and basketball is popular because players don’t get paid. Fans are attracted to the amateur ideal. In Jenkins, the NCAA will insist that the court has already established that paying players would hurt the college sports business, since in O’Bannon both Wilken and an appellate court gave weight to a survey from an NCAA research expert showing that 69% of respondents expressed opposition to paying college athletes.

Still, it’s hard to imagine rabid college sports fans leaving stadiums and TV sets in droves just because students at their favorite schools receive payment for playing football or basketball—which is why they’re at the school in the first place. In so many pockets of America, college football’s ingrained in the cultural DNA. Why would the tailgate lose its appeal when the star quarterback has an endorsement deal?

Further, as part of the Jenkins case, attorneys for the plaintiffs have filed their own consumer demand study with the court. Their survey expert concluded, “to a high degree of scientific certainty,” that additional compensation for college athletes would result in “no negative impact on consumer demand as exhibited through viewership /attendance of college football and basketball … If anything, permitting these additional forms of compensation/benefits could have a positive impact on such consumer demand.” Decades of American behavioral economics bear this finding out. As player salaries have risen exponentially with the advent of free agency and technological innovations that distribute the games to broader audiences, sports have become even more popular. The business has only grown.

Americans, it turns out, value fairness. “This case could make a great difference in the lives of those college players that will not make it to the pros,” says Kessler.

If it lives up to expectations, the Alabama-Georgia title game may be remembered for a long time. But the year’s most lasting college sports moment could unfurl in a courtroom.


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Winter coats are the staple in any wardrobe, and this season we’ve been overwhelmed with choice: Marie Claire edits the best winter coats.

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The silver lining to the clouds in the sky is the promise of snuggling up in the best winter coats. With everything from millennial to the best faux fur coats leading the trends this season, we can’t wait to stock up now that the weather begins to get ever chillier.

With the weather as unpredictable as ever, no doubt  be needed right up until next April, the winter coat is one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe. Which is why it’s not a decision you’ll want to make lightly, especially if you want to invest in a piece that’s a bit more spenny.

Fortunately, there’s something out there to suit every style this winter. Puffas, parkas, trenches, right through to sharply tailored numbers, as well as no-fuss longline woolly confections – all of which make the perfect winter counterpart to your spring wardrobe’s lightweight duster coat.

So what’’s in store (literally)? And what do you need to know about this season’’s best winter coats? Well, there’’s something for everyone. Team Marie Claire has trawled both the in-store rails and online outlets to hand pick you the best cover-ups for all tastes and budgets. From the high street heroes that’ll have you doing a double-take on the price tag, to investment winter coats you’ll be cherishing for years, it’s all here.

The number one new season style to consider is actually not that new – the classic trench coat is AW17’s go-to buy. So whether you like Zara’s high street hero, or Burberry’s slightly pricier version, there’s a trench coat out there to suit you and your budget. For those of you into shearling, Weekday and Topshop have you sorted – here’s hoping it finds its way into the Topshop Black Friday sales.

As ever, pair your newfound coat with new season ankle boots or classic white trainers (if you dare, what with the weather).

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Floral Tapestry Coat, £125, Topshop

This dramatic coat looks like it should be hung up in an art gallery somewhere, amidst the tapestries. It’s beautiful buttoned up or left hanging loose and instantly adds a vintage vibe to any look.

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Best Winter Coats with Hoods

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Curves Black Speckled Faux Fur Collar Coat, £49.99, New Look

This gorgeous winter coat from New Look brings the drama with a sophisticated faux fur collar and dappled print. As part of New Look’s Curves range, the sizes run from UK 18-30 and we’re sure you’ll find something else to pair with it in their AW17 range.

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Light Before Dark Sand Corduroy Cropped Puffer Jacket, £85, Urban Outfitters

This may be the most unexpected way we’ve seen the corduroy trend rear its head. This puffer jacket is an absolute streetwear staple this season and looks utterly cosy.

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This season’’s line-up is brilliantly diverse, so this winter’s coat edit comes with a caveat: you may find yourself wishing for extreme cold just so you can pile them on all at once.

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All the Announcements from The Game Awards 2017

The Game Awards has become a bigger and bigger event over the years, but no one was expecting the announcements to come this thick & fast. It was a big year for showing new content.

First up was a trailer for a new game based on the book (and movie I guess, ugh) World War Z. The amount of mindless brain-eaters it manages to fit on-screen at once is impressive:

They look like very simple AI routines running on each zombie, but the sheer number seems overwhelming. In a good way.

The folks from Owlchemy Labs came on stage to show their new VR project. As creators of Job Simulator, they’re one of the few teams that’ve successfully cracked VR — and in the same vein, their new game is Vacation Simulator.

According to the developers, hands are the most underrated tool in VR. “We really leaned into that with this game.”

Staying on the VR train, Accounting+ is the new game from Crows Crows Crows and Squanchtendo, and is described as being “like Accounting, but PLUS.” It’s out December 19th on Oculus, PSVR, and Vive.

Next up was the new game from the creators of Firewatch. In the Valleys of Gods is an exploration/archaeology game in beautiful, ancient environments.

The trailer shows you setting up some kind of surveying equipment, which is probably the premise that compels you to get from Point A to Point B. But this game looks like it’s much more about the journey than the destination.

Then came a big one. We knew there was another round of DLC on the way for Breath of the Wild, but Nintendo chose to show a trailer for The Champion’s Ballad and reveal some new details — right before letting everyone know it was available RIGHT NOW.

Next up was a surprise from From Software. We saw about 13 seconds of bone and metal before the phrase “Shadows Die Twice.” But when I really jumped in my chair was when the From Software logo came up.

And in the words of Geoff Keighley, “That’s all you get!”

We just put up a speculation piece on what this came could be. Check it out here.

The Bandai Namco folks took the stage, and they spoke about fighting games for a bit. Obviously BN has Dragonball FighterZ on the way, but they had something else to announce: A brand new SoulCalibur game.

The trailer makes it seem like we could see some new systems around blocking or parries, and perhaps super moves as well. There’s a lot of good stuff in the fighting genre at the moment, but any new SoulCalibur is a welcome addition.

We saw a sneak peek of frozen survival game Fade to Silence in the below trailer:

It was time for Nintendo America’s Reggie Fils-Aime to take the stage, and publicly proclaim how happy he was to be working with Platinum Games. As well he should be.

He announced that Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be available on the Switch in February, before chanelling Steve Jobs and saying there’s “one more thing.”

That thing was Bayonetta 3:

The game will also be a Switch exclusive. You can see why Fils-Aime is so happy.

It was time for what many people in the audience were waiting for. Hideo Kojima stepped out with Norman Reedus to show a very long, and absolutely bonkers trailer for Death Stranding. Watch the full thing below.

The trailer shows otherworldly enemies that require technology for humans to detect. It seems like the line between their dimension and ours is blurry, and they’re capable of detecting a human’s breath as well as physically harming them. So much so, that it’s better to end oneself before being fully captured.

Then it gets into some stuff that defies interpretation, or even description. I mean, there’s a baby in Norman Reedus’ mouth. Just watch it.

As we just learned from the Playstation Experience show, a lot of that stuff — such as going into his mouth and seeing the baby — is actually playable content.

Witchfire is the new game from the creators of What Remains of Edith Finch, as well as Painkiller and Bulletstorm. That should raise a few eyebrows — Edith Finch was a game in which you largely just walk around and experience exposition. The latter two are about as “dudebro” as you can possibly get.

The result?

This is looking like an action FPS with psychological horror elements. Very cool.

Josef Fares stepped up and introduced his new game about co-op criminality, which you can experience in its entirety with a friend.

The game is out on March 23rd.

You can also watch Josef Fares rant about how passionate he is about gaming, and how The Game Awards is ten times better than the Oscars. But not in those words.

The PUBG team came out for a while and talked about the new desert map, as well as how all of its battle royale maps will be available without additional payment.

Next up was Media Molecule, whose new game is Dreams.

GTFO is being made by the team behind Payday 2, and it looks like it includes a very Payday style of co-op, albeit with a horror vibe.

A new trailer was shown for Metro Exodus, which was more of a reminder/flavour trailer. The one we saw back at E3 2017 had quite a lot of gameplay in it, so that’s still the one to watch if you’re interested in the game.

Hey, we’ll take it.

That’s a wrap on the announcements from The Game Awards. We’ll have more information on all of these games as it becomes available!

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In an interview with Variety that was published on Wednesday, Sophie Turner — who plays the eldest Stark daughter — shed some light on the lingering question of how her character will manage without Littlefinger at her side.

“It’s going to be tricky for her, because at the end of last season, she felt that she had everything set up. She had her family back together. They were in control of the North again,” the X-Men: Dark Phoenix star explained. “This season, there’s a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it’s a test for her of whether she can get through it. It’s a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight.”

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