US sums up world’s reaction to NRL return

On Thursday night the NRL had its triumphant moment, successfully restarting the 2020 season in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

With Parramatta's 34-6 victory over Brisbane broadcast internationally in more than 70 countries, the world's first English-speaking sporting league to resume amid the COVID-19 crisis was expected to draw a significant audience.

The reaction from those millions watching abroad was visible on social media and in media coverage online.

The Caribbean's biggest cable channel SportsMax and Fijiian publisher FijiVillage had match reports on their sites about the game, as did Fox Sports in the Netherlands.

Despite an error mistaking the Broncos for the Bulldogs, they proudly asserted that following the win in Brisbane, "Parramatta is on course for the time being to win the fifth NRL title in club history".

US newswire service Associated Press had their match report published from Japan, to India, to San Francisco.

"With the sound of skin slapping skin and an echoing oomph of air escaping lungs as players collided at pace, the National Rugby League led the charge for elite sports returning to action in Australia," AP News reported.

"It was the furthest thing from the strict social distancing regulations that have been the norm in Australia in the coronavirus pandemic.

"The opening bone-jarring collision between Parramatta forward Regan Campbell-Gillard and Broncos tacklers signaled a genuine easing of the lockdown when it was broadcast across Australia in prime time."

Sivo sinks a flyer

International newswire AFP also covered the game with a report titled "Fake cheers and cardboard spectators greet rugby league's return", analysing the different tactics used by the NRL to negate health concerns and bring atmosphere in an empty stadium.

"Before the match, the NRL ran online adverts aimed at overseas viewers unfamiliar with the sport declaring "no helmets, no pads, no fear, no worries"," AFP reported.

"While the match was played behind closed doors and under strict health protocols, there was no shying away in the tackle as players from both sides launched into bone-crunching hits."

Eels capitalise off new six-again rule

US sports reporter with the San Jose Mercury Cam Inman is familiar with rugby league as one of the beat writers in San Francisco that covered Jarryd Hayne's much-publicised move from NRL to NFL with the 49ers.

Because of Hayne he took an interest in rugby league, watching the Eels and State of Origin footy to gain better insight into the 49ers' recruit.

When Inman heard over Twitter that the NRL was going to be resuming its season after it – like many sport leagues in the world – was abruptly stopped in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, he was keen to watch, and almost poetically, it happened to be an Eels game.

"These guys were just going 100 per cent full speed without a care in the world outside of the field," Inman told Wide World of Sports.

"That just shows you the element of competition that's in these pro athletes.

"I was just stunned at how you see the physical-ness and the speed. It was a nice refresher into how that sport is played, how they tackle, and the teamwork involved, not just one star player."

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Maika Sivo's acrobatic try to give the Eels a 12-6 lead before halftime and Michael Jennings' solo effort were standouts for Inman.

"When he [Sivo] made it inside the pylon (corner post), that dude was awesome," Inman said.

"Jennings scored a try in the second half that was pretty damn impressive where he blasted right through, faked a few guys out. He was pretty damn good."

Though some of the rules were still hard to grasp, Inman concluded it was an "entertaining" game and said it was "cool" that the NRL was available internationally to stream on local networks, something that was normally a bit harder to organise.

"I did want to see how they were going to adapt and it's a good sneak preview of how American sports will have to adapt," he said.

The Eels started a campaign with three wins in a row for the first time since 1993 at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday.

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The new six-again rule for infringements in the ruck, crafted during the competition's hiatus, delivered instantly for the visitors. On their second set of the night, the Eels received back-to-back six-again calls and used that to maximum advantage with Marata Niukore crashing over the fourth minute.

The new rule and the move back to a one-referee system made for a frenetic match played at a brutal pace, especially for players who have only been back training for three weeks.

Brodie Croft shook off a pre-game drama when he failed two temperature tests on his way into the stadium before passing a third to get the all-clear to take to the field to score a brilliant individual try in the 18th minute.

That was as good as it got for the Broncos, with Anthony Milford and Darius Boyd both bombing golden opportunities before master finisher Maika Sivo somehow touched down in the corner to ensure the Eels had a 12-6 halftime advantage.

Maika Sivo of the Eels scores a try in the corner during the Round 3

Broncos captain Alex Glenn, making his first appearance of the season after a hamstring injury sidelined him earlier in the season, had to go to hospital at the break after suffering a bad cut to his leg in the first half.

Glenn's absence was felt in the second term as the Eels dominated, running in four unanswered tries through Michael Jennings, Clint Gutherson, Shaun Lane and Waqa Blake.

Eels coach Brad Arthur was understandably happy with his team's performance but dismissed any suggestion they deserved to be considered premiership contenders.

"There's still 17 games before we get to the finals," Arthur said.

"We've just got to be able to back this performance up. We missed the opportunity after the Titans to back up the performance, we need to learn to go back and start again."

Parramatta host Manly next weekend in the first of five straight matches at Bankwest Stadium.

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Davina McCall’s reaction to news The Masked Singer is returning for a second series

Davina McCall is delighted The Masked Singer is set to return for a second series after ITV renewed the contract.

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Davina McCall  , 52, sits on the judging panel of the new ITV talent show – which gives it’s rival entertainment shows a run for their money.

The bonkers show has gone down a treat with viewers, with many obsessing over who is hidden beneath the costume.

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Davina is overjoyed at news the show has been commissioned for a second series.

She shared a snap of the announcement made by ITV on her instastory.

The original post reads, ‘@maskedsingeruk will be back for series 2! #maskedsingeruk #series2’

And Davina reacted with, ‘Yaaaaaaay!’

It’s understood all panelists will return, Davina is joined by Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Ken Jeong, to work out who the singers are behind their disguise.

Celebrities hidden inside giant character costumes compete in a singing contest, with the least favourite two at risk of an elimination sing off, in which the loser’s identity is revealed.

A source confirmed, ‘It was a ­no-brainer to go for a second series. The show has been a massive hit. It’s has the whole country talking. People either love it or hate it but everyone seems to have an opinion on it.’

The insider added: ‘After some high-level meetings, everything was agreed and now a second series is definitely happening.

‘Everyone at ITV is thrilled The Masked Singer will be back.’

So far celebrities unveiled behind the mask include, Patsy ‘The Butterfly’ Palmer, Alan ‘Pharoah’ Johnson, Justin ‘Chameleon’ Hawkins, Teddy ‘Tree Man’ Sherringham, Kelis as Daisy, with seven more singers still left to be unmasked.

It will be interesting to see which top celebrities they can persuade to take part in the second series. Maybe some of the incorrect guesses could pop up?

Come on David Beckham… you know you’d love to! and if former Manchester United teammate Teddy can give it a go, so can you…

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Sharon Osbourne Debuts White Hair on The Talk, Reveals Ozzy’s Reaction to New Look [Video]

“It must have been a slow news day,” she says of the hoopla over her hair.

After 18 years of dying her hair red every week, Sharon Osbourne has had enough.

The cohost of “The Talk” officially debuted her “100% white” new ‘do on Tuesday’s episode of the morning show, after a mane makeover over the weekend.

“It must have been a slow news day for people to talk about my hair color,” she said, after Carrie Ann Inaba noted all the headlines her look inspired.

“I was just so fed up of going and having it dyed and having it dyed, I just was like, I can’t do this anymore,” she said of her decision. “Why am I trying to do something or be something that I’m not? Just be who you are.”

She also noted she loved how “elegant” stars like Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren look — but said she won’t pull a full Fonda and stop the plastic surgeries.

Osbourne also joked she might “stand a chance” with Keanu Reeves — whose girlfriend keeps it grey — before giving Ozzy Osbourne’s reaction to the makeover. “He says the Devil Wears Prada!” she exclaimed, drawing comparisons to Meryl Streep’s look as Miranda Priestly.

Speaking of Ozzy, Sharon also updated viewers on his decision to cancel his planned 2020 North American “No More Tours 2” tour. The announcement comes after Ozzy opened up about his battle with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as pneumonia and injuries from a fall at home.

“We spoke to the doctor Ozzy is going to see in Switzerland. He looked at Ozzy’s itinerary and said, ‘You’re going to be here for a while,’” said Sharon, saying he could be there as long as eight weeks.

“The treatment he has builds up and builds up, he can’t do it and leave, so we have to stay there a while,” she added. “I went online and thought, ‘Oh lord, he’s gonna get so much flack for doing this again and again,’ but those fans are behind him.”

“I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans,” Ozzy said in a statement on Monday. “I’d rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”

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President Trump’s Arrival to a New York City UFC Fight Received a Very Mixed, Very Loud Reaction

Thousands of people packed into New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to watch an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, but the moment that might have caused the biggest stir happened out in the crowd: the arrival of President Donald Trump.

The audience erupted into boos and cheers as the President entered the stadium to the song “Back in Black” by AC/DC and took a seat with his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as well as Republican politicians Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Rep. Peter King of New York and minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

The headlining match, a face-off between stars Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, ultimately went to Masvidal after a doctor stopped the fight before the fourth round due to a cut near Diaz’s eye. But whether the boos or applause won out in the crowd seems to have depended on where you were sitting in the stadium, or your political perspective.

While several media outlets reported that the President had been primarily booed, Trump himself appears to have been pleased with the reception, tweeting on Sunday morning, “Walking into Madison Square Garden last night with @danawhite for the big @UFC Championship fight was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally. Plenty of MAGA & KAG present. Great energy.”

The hosts of the show Fox and Friends also agreed that the crowd had cheered for the President.

“This is not a P.C. crowd, right here. This is a crowd that appreciates the brawler style of a brawler President,” said Pete Hegseth.

As the President is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, the audience’s big reaction to his presence hardly comes as a surprise. Just last week, Trump was booed at a World Series game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, D.C.

The UFC match, in particular, was especially loaded with meaning for Trump. It comes just days after news spread that Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, had declared his primary residence as Florida. Trump also has a long history with the UFC itself; he is credited with having given the sport a boost after he started hosting its events at his defunct Atlantic City venue, the Trump Taj Mahal, in the 2000s.

Outside of the stadium, the President also had a polarized reception from demonstrators. A gathered crowd held up a mix of “Trump 2020!” and “Impeach Trump” signs. Some chanted “Danger, danger! There’s a fascist in the White House!” while others shouted “four more years!”

Fighter Masvidal, for his part, seemed to have been excited that the President was attending his fight. An avid Trump fan, he told TMZ before the fight that having the President in the audience was “humbling.”

“No matter what your political views are, not every fighter can say, ‘Hey, the President is showing up to my fight,’ you know?” Masvidal said.

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“I remember getting, saving her number in my phone and getting my first text from her and being like, oh, my God, I can’t believe Misha Barton is actually texting me right now,” she tells Us Weekly. “I think it’s really cool.”

The California native, 34, calls Barton joining The Hills revival “crazy” because she’s “the original O.C. lady.”

Fans will remember that the actress, 33, starred on the first three seasons of The O.C. as the troubled girl next door, Marissa Cooper. And, it’s no secret that The O.C. inspired The Hills’ predecessor, Laguna Beach.

“I was really excited because I love The O.C.,” she adds. “I was like, this will be really cool. I think so many people don’t really know what’s happening in her life right now and ten years ago, everybody did. So, I think people will be really interested to see what’s actually going on.”

Many of the original cast, including Audrina Patridge, Spencer and Heidi Pratt anBrody Jenner, are set to return for the series. They seemed to also welcome The O.C. star into the group with open arms.

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“Mischa and I actually got along very well and I really like her. I’m not a dramatic person to begin with, but I do have my fair share of drama on the show, and Mischa was really cool,” Patridge, 34, told Us exclusively. “It was fun getting to know her. It’s hard to open up to begin with, and be vulnerable and open on camera with your personal life, so it’s a challenge for all of us. And even me, I was a little guarded in the beginning and halfway through, you get comfortable again; it kicks in where you can be completely yourself on camera.”

Spencer, 35, also added that it’s nice having her as part of the cast. “Energetically, she is very involved in all of the success. She’s a big star, and even when she isn’t saying much, I don’t know if it’s like an actor thing, but she’s so good with her, like, looks and her energy,” he told Us. “Sometimes you don’t have to be the loudest person but you still feel Mischa … she’s a force.”

The Hills: New Beginnings premieres on MTV Monday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET.

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A source told CBS Chicago the actor allegedly “concocted” the “staged” Jan. 29 attack and paid his “acquaintances”—brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo—over $ 3,000 to carry it out.

Smollett reportedly opened the letter on Jan. 22 at Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, and the white powder prompted a HAZMAT team to respond. Chicago Police Department told the news station that the substance turned out to be asprin. Cinespace Studios would not comment to The Daily Beast about the incident. Fox, “Empire’s” network, also declined to provide comment or confirmation.

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Chris Pratt’s reaction to fiancé Katherine Schwarzenegger rating him is hilarious

‘My heart sank’

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Chris Pratt made headlines this month, as he announced his engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger, popping the question after just seven months of dating.

‘Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!’ The actor posted to his Instagram alongside a photo where Katherine is showing off her new sparkler of a rock. ‘I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!’

But it wasn’t his ex wife Anna Faris’ sweet message of congratulations that got the world talking the most, or even her offer to officiate the wedding. Instead, it was the resurfacing of a 2017 interview where Katherine was asked to choose her favourite of three famous Chrises – Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt.

Hilariously. Katherine chose Chris Evans, before changing her answer to her now fiancé, Chris Pratt. If only she had known!

‘Actually, Chris Pratt,’ she corrected herself. ‘Chris Pratt has been looking good lately, so you know.’

The throwback interview was shown to her now fiancé Chris Pratt during a recent appearance on Access Hollywood where he and Elizabeth Banks were promoting their new film, Lego Movie.

Wow. Did you know about that?’ Elizabeth Banks asked her co star after they were shown the old video, ’to which Chris confirmed that he didn’t, even asking if the video had been edited as a joke.

‘When she said Chris Evans, my heart sank,’ he exclaimed. ‘And then she rescued it’.

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Kate Middleton had the best reaction when a kid asked if Queen Elizabeth eats pizza

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Kate Middleton had the best reaction when a kid asked if Queen Elizabeth eats pizza

It appears pizza is not on the menu when Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth get together. The royal mom of three, who celebrated her 37th birthday last week, was peppered with questions from children during her visit to the King Henry’s Walk Garden in the London borough of Islington on Tuesday, January 15th. As they made pizzas that would be cooked in an outdoor oven and talked about how fun it is to learn outside, one little girl wasn’t afraid to ask the big questions.

“Has the Queen ever had pizza?” 8-year-old Nadirah inquired, but Kate was stumped. “You know, that’s such a good question. I don’t know,” she responded. “I don’t know. Maybe next time I see her, shall I ask?”

Darren McGrady, who previously served as a personal chef to the 92-year-old monarch, told The Telegraph that she sticks to a strict diet and isn’t one to experiment with different flavors. “Sadly, the Queen is not a foodie,” he said. “She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day.” He added, “No starch is the rule. No potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner. Just usually something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad.”

Queen Elizabeth is also said to hate garlic, a fact that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall recently revealed. During an appearance on MasterChef Australia, she said garlic is a “no-no”—especially at royal events and state banquets where there’s lots of chatting.

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On Monday’s visit, Kate met with volunteers to discuss the benefits of the urban green space. She toured the allotment plots to see the impact that can be achieved in small gardens. The royal also took part in a winter planting workshop, bird box building, and pizza making in the garden’s kitchen area.

George and Charlotte would love to be learning outside the classroom,” Kate said of her two eldest children. “It’s still fun inside, but it’s much better outside,” to the agreement of the youngsters. She also admitted that her children would be jealous to find out that she spent the day making pizzas while they were in school. “He’s learning about space,” Kate said of 5-year-old George.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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The Bears Mascot Had the Perfect Reaction to Losing to the Eagles On a Missed Field Goal

The mascot of the losing team is not usually known to be the center of attention at the end of a game.

But during the wild card matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on Sunday night, online spectators couldn’t help but note the Chicago Bears mascot’s dramatic reaction to a dramatic loss.

He just fell in defeat, ever so slowly, and he did so with the utmost gravitas.

His soul was crushed, and the internet was smitten.

The Eagles ultimately triumphed 16-15 by shutting down the Bears at the last possible moment thanks to a missed field goal. Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt hit the uprights, smacked into the crossbar, and fell back into the field of play in the final seconds, clinching the win for the Eagles.

It was bad news for the Bears and exciting news for fans of the 2018 Super Bowl champions, and the Bears mascot reacted accordingly.

In a different sport entirely, Philadelphia’s own Gritty, the hockey mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, has a large internet fan base.

But on Sunday night, the internet was in love with a new guy, Staley Da Bear.

Of all the Bears and eagles highlights, all agreed that his strong reaction on the field was something of a masterpiece and people have plenty to say about it.

The Eagles will advance to play the top-seeded New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s divisional round, but not before the internet recovers from some considerable internet breakage at the hands of the Bears mascot.

His antics are not entirely new, but they were appreciated.

Here is the mascot acing the best Bears reaction to loss to Eagles. He is the real most valuable player.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Had the Absolute Best Reaction When He Spotted a Fan Rocking His Hairstyle

The New York Giants may have lost on Sunday, but Odell Beckham Jr. still got to experience a moment of triumph when he spotted a similar looking fan in the crowd.

While OBJ was on the sidelines of the Giants’ game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, one of his teammate’s pointed out a fan sitting behind the Giants’ bench who was rocking his signature hairstyle. Beckham made a face that seemed to express both shock and awe when he caught sight of his hair twin, Twitter user YoungPharro, creating a delightful scene that has since gone viral.

“Dude got his hair just like ,” Twitter user Bruce Thompson captioned the original video. “Watch O reaction.”

YoungPharro even shared his own response to the interaction with the short and sweet caption, “met the bro today.”

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