Funko is at London Toy Fair and they're dropping hundreds of new releases today. If you happen to be a fan of the Persona series, you'll be happy to know that a series of Pop figures based on Persona 5 are among them!
The collection includes Morgana, Ryuji Sakamoto, Joker (with Chase version), and Ann Takamaki. You will be able to pre-order all of the figures right here at some point today, January 21st (if you don't see them right away, keep checking back - they will go up eventually).
"Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students - the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game's story - who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high schooler - attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the "self;" the game's heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears."
If you are unfamiliar with Persona 5 the Animation, you can catch episodes on Crunchyroll and Hulu in the U.S. The synopsis reads:"
With the news that the Milwaukee Bucks will retire Marques Johnson‘s jersey on March 24, one of the long-standing oversights regarding the franchise’s history has now finally been resolved.
At present, the Milwaukee Bucks are relishing in their long awaited return into the NBA’s spotlight.
The Bucks have been a well-oiled machine all throughout the 2018-19 season, mowing down their opponents on a near nightly basis on their way to currently holding the best record in the NBA by winning percentage (.733) and standing atop of the Eastern Conference.
Not only do they sport a leading MVP candidate in superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, but their strong supporting cast and collective depth has increasingly become one of the team’s greatest strengths as the season has unfolded.
All the while Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has pulled each and every string, which stemmed from the overhaul he and his staff overlooked from training camp in order to push the Bucks forward into the NBA’s modern age.
Based on all those factors, there are similarities that can be drawn between the Bucks this season and the Bucks squads from their illustrious run throughout the 1980’s, arguably the team’s greatest point as a franchise.
With Hall of Fame head coach Don Nelson at the helm, that era of the Bucks is most remembered as the team that could never punch their ticket to the Finals with Goliaths such as the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers always standing in the way of the Bucks’ pursuit of reaching the proverbial summit.
Now, we all know the story from here as many of those players from that era, ranging from the likes of Junior Bridgeman, Bob Lanier, Sidney Moncrief and Brian Winters, have all been recognized by the Bucks with having each and every one of their jerseys retired once they all called it a day (save for Moncrief, who came back for one more season with the Atlanta Hawks in 1990-91 following his jersey retirement on January 6, 1990).
There’s no disputing all four of those players are deserving of that honor, but it was safe to say that there was one instrumental name missing from that group of players that made reflecting on that era of the team’s history feel less complete, that omission being Marques Johnson.
Thankfully, that will no longer be the case as it was announced over the weekendthat the Bucks will finally honor Johnson by retiring his famed number eight jersey on March 24 when Milwaukee hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The topic of Johnson having his number retired had long been atop of the wish list for all Bucks fans young and old, and queries regarding that had only increased in volume ever since the California native made his homecoming more than three years ago to join the team over at Fox Sports Wisconsin and serve as the full-time color analyst for Bucks broadcasts.
Rightfully so, obviously, as the combination of Johnson’s production throughout his seven years in Milwaukee (21 points on 53 percent shooting from the field, 7.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 524 appearances) and the individual accolades he garnered throughout his stay (four-time All-Star, three All-NBA selections) spoke for themselves.
Even after nearly 35 years since his rather abrupt departure from the Bucks as a player, Johnson’s standing in the franchise’s record books remains intact, considering he ranks sixth in points scored with 10,980, third in rebounds with 3,923, fourth in field goals made with 4,456, just to name a few categories.
Beyond that, the significance of Johnson’s playing career to the Bucks and the NBA still shines in various ways, whether we’re talking about how his arrival helped bridge the gap for the team following the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era or the point forward archetype he played a significant part in crafting under Nelson’s innovative reign.
In many ways, Johnson continues to serve as the link for the newer crop of Bucks fans who never got to witness that era of the team’s history by giving us insights about various details involving himself and the squad since making his return to the organization.
Yes, it’s been long overdue, but Johnson finally getting his due brings some much needed closure not only for him, but for the history of the franchise, as it makes it that much more whole by shining a light on someone who continues to play a special role for a Bucks fanbase that spans many generations at this point.
There’s an old saying that you should never go back, that the past is the past and it can’t be conjured back up again. Well, if all of this proves anything, Marques Johnson is living, breathing proof that you can and he soon will get the deserving Bucks tribute that proved elusive for far too long.
PREVIEW: The Mavs (20-25) will play the Milwaukee Bucks (33-12) on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum. The game will be televised on FSSW and also can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM. Additionally, it can be heard on Univision 1270 AM (Spanish). . .For the Mavs, this is the finale of a two-game road trip which opened with Saturday’s 111-99 loss in Indiana. After Monday’s MLK Day game, the Mavs return home to host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. . .The Mavs have lost their last three games and are 8-6 against the Eastern Conference and 4-19 on the road. . . DeAndre Jordan sprained his left ankle in the game against Indiana and is listed as probable for Monday’s game. Jordan, who averages 11 ppg, only went through the walk-through portion of Sunday’s practice session. He also is second in the NBA in rebounds (13.9 ppg) and field goal shooting (64.5 percent). . .Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will sit out his sixth straight game with an illness, but is slated to give the Mavs a boost when he returns to the lineup on Tuesday. . .Luka Doncic (20 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.1 apg) leads the Mavs in scoring and has been getting plenty of support from Harrison Barnes (18.1 ppg) and Wesley Matthews (13.4). . .The Bucks have been so effective this season that they own the best record in the entire NBA. They also are tied with Toronto and Denver for the league’s best home record at 20-4. . .Milwaukee is on a four-game winning streak, and are 11-5 against the Western Conference and is second in the league in scoring at 117.6 ppg. The Bucks also have the league’s top plus/minus scoring differential at a +10. . .Eric Bledsoe tallied 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 25 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee won at Orlando on Saturday, 118-108. . .Antetokounmpo is one of the leading candidates to win this year’s Most Valuable Player award. The six-year veteran is ninth in the NBA in scoring (26.4 ppg), seventh in rebounds (12.5 rpg), fifth in double-doubles (31), 11th in field goal shooting (58.1 percent), tied for 13th in blocks (1.45 bpg), and also averages 6.0 apg. In addition, he is the older brother of Mavs rookie forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, who will be dressed and on the active roster for an NBA game for the first time ever. . .Also for the Bucks, Texas A&M-ex Khris Middleton is averaging 17.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg, Bledsoe averages 15.7 ppg and 5.6 apg, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 15.5 ppg, Brook Lopez averages 12 ppg, and former SMU star Sterling Brown is averaging 5.6 ppg in 15.6 mpg off the bench.
Magic vs. Hawks odds, line: MLK Day NBA picks, predictions, best bets from model on 7-2 roll
SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated Monday's Hawks vs. Magic game 10,000 times
The Atlanta Hawks play host to a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup against the Orlando Magic in State Farm Arena on Monday. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. ET and Atlanta is favored by a half-point with the over-under for total points scored at 221 in the latest Hawks vs. Magic odds. Atlanta is 14-31 on the season, while the Magic are 19-27. However, before you make your Hawks vs. Magic picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every game 10,000 times and is crushing its NBA picks this season. It entered Week 14 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 159-118 record on all top-rated picks, returning well over $3,000 to anybody following them.
And it was particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread in Week 13, going a blistering 7-2. Anybody following it is up huge.
Now, it has set its sights on Magic-Hawks in the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We can tell you the model is leaning toward the over, but it also reveals which side of the spread is hitting more than half the time and providing all the value. You absolutely need to see it before you lock in any NBA picks of your own.
With a chance to bring Atlanta some pride on a very important day for the city, the Hawks will be leaning on rookie guard Trae Young to continue a recent hot streak at home.
Young is still a volume-shooting point guard who is trying to find more consistency in his game, but it's extremely encouraging that he has scored at least 17 points in his past seven games, while shooting 40 percent from the floor or better in six of those contests. With John Collins as the only other real scoring option, if the Hawks get another big night from Young, it will be a huge boost in only their third game as a favorite all season.
As for the Magic, the model knows that the Orlando offense is going to run through center Nikola Vucevic, and he might be the best chance to cover the Magic vs. Hawks spread.
The Swiss 7-footer has led the Magic in scoring 19 times this season and Orlando is 10-9 straight up in those games. When somebody else leads the team in scoring, they're 9-18. Vucevic is averaging 20.3 points and 11.9 rebounds, but he isn't going to generate a ton of offense for himself outside of what he can get on the offensive glass.
He has had 56 percent of his made field goals on the season assisted, so he'll need the Magic backcourt of Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin to put in the work to get him touches to make another big scoring night possible. If they can all work together to make that a reality, the Magic will have the chance to end their five-game road losing streak on Monday.
The family of 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose is begging for any information about her whereabouts, after she went missing while out Saturday night in Boston with her sister.
Ambrose was last seen at Hennessey Bar near Faneuil Hall Saturday, where it is believed she may have left with a white male, who her sister described as “thin” and “gangly.” Since then, Ambrose hasn’t heard from her sister and said it didn’t look like she has been in her Jamaica Plain apartment.
“Please just come home, be safe and come home,” said her twin sister, Franny Ambrose.
Boston Police Department is expected to comment on the case later this afternoon.
Ambrose is described as a 5’2″ white woman with blue eyes and short curly brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white, beige/grey coat with a red corduroy dress and Doc Martins.
Anyone with information should contact BPD at 617-343-4500.
Olivia Ambrose, who goes by “Liviy,” has not been seen since about 11 p.m. Saturday. She was outside of Hennessey’s on Union Street.
Boston Police said they are “actively investigating” and a missing person report was filed.
Ambrose is about 5’2” tall with blue eyes and curly medium-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing a red corduroy dress under a long white and grey coat.
She lives in Jamaica Plain and is originally from Wenham.
Anyone who has information is asked to call Boston Police.
College basketball rankings: Why Tennessee deserves to be No. 1 in the updated Top 25 And 1
Rick Barnes' Vols are 16-1 with 14 double-digit wins
I've had Tennessee No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 -- even though the Associated Press Top 25 Poll has never agreed with me. But that should change when it updates Monday considering the two teams ranked ahead of the Vols in the AP poll last week lost to unranked opponents in the past week.
Meantime, Tennessee hasn't lost to any unranked teams all season. The Vols are 16-1 with 14 double-digits wins. The biggest victory is a neutral-court win over Gonzaga. The lone loss is a neutral-court loss in overtime to Kansas. Almost everything else is a blowout. So UT is a worthy No. 1. The polls should agree this week, finally.
Monday's Top 25 And 1
||The Vols extended their winning streak to 12 games via Saturday's victory over Alabama. UT's resume includes wins over Gonzaga and Louisville with the lone loss coming to Kansas in overtime.||--||16-1|
||The Cavaliers took their first loss of the season Saturday at Duke. Virginia is 5-1 vs. top-50 KenPom teams with wins over Virginia Tech and Maryland.||--||16-1|
||The Zags have won nine straight since losing consecutive games to Tennessee and North Carolina. Gonzaga's resume features five wins over top-55 KenPom teams - most notably a neutral-court victory over Duke in the Maui Invitational.||--||18-2|
||The Blue Devils gave Virginia its first loss Saturday despite the fact that Tre Jones didn't play. Duke is 7-2 vs. top-50 KenPom teams with the losses coming to Gonzaga and Syracuse.||--||15-2|
||The Wolverines took their first loss of the season Saturday on the road to a six-loss Wisconsin team. Michigan is 4-1 against top-50 KenPom teams with wins over North Carolina, Villanova and Purdue.||--||17-1|
||The Spartans have won 11 straight since losing in overtime at Louisville. Michigan State's resume features nine wins over top-75 KenPom teams - among them road victories at Nebraska, Ohio State and Florida.||--||16-2|
||The Jayhawks' three-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at West Virginia. Kansas is 6-3 without Udoka Azubuike, who is out for the season with a hand injury.||--||15-3|
||The Hokies are 10-1 in their past 11 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Virginia. Three of Virginia Tech's next four games are on the road -- two of which are at North Carolina and at NC State.||--||15-2|
||Nevada's resume features seven wins over top-100 KenPom teams and a lone loss coming at New Mexico. The Wolf Pack will take a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with Colorado State.||--||18-1|
||The Tar Heels are 6-1 in their past seven games with road wins at NC State, Pitt and Miami. UNC is 8-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-30 losses and wins over Gonzaga and at NC State.||--||14-4|
||The Red Raiders have dropped two straight but are still 7-3 against top-100 KenPom teams, with wins over Nebraska and Oklahoma. Next up is Tuesday's game at Kansas State.||--||15-3|
||The Terrapins' seven-game winning streak includes victories over Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Next up is Monday's game at Michigan State.||--||16-3|
||Sam Hauser and Markus Howard combined for 49 points in Sunday's win over Providence. Marquette's resume features four wins over top-50 KenPom teams and zero sub-50 losses.||--||16-3|
||The Wildcats improved to 3-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams via Saturday's win at Auburn. UK will take a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's game with Mississippi State||--||14-3|
||Auburn's loss at home to Kentucky on Saturday means the Tigers are 0-4 against the best four teams they've played this season. Auburn is 4-3 in its past seven games heading into Tuesday's contest at South Carolina.||--||13-4|
||The Bulls' body of work features four wins over top-75 KenPom teams -- among them victories at Syracuse and West Virginia. The lone loss came seven games ago at Marquette.||--||17-1|
||The Huskers' two-game winning streak was snapped Thursday by Michigan State. Four of Nebraska's five losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||13-5|
||The Cougars have won three straight since losing at Temple in the final seconds. Houston is 6-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with wins over LSU, Utah State and Oregon.||--||18-1|
||The Rebels are 11-1 in their past 12 games with victories over Auburn and Mississippi State. The lone loss in that stretch is a loss to an LSU team that's 14-3 and also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||14-3|
||The Bulldogs' resume features wins over five top-50 KenPom teams -- among them Florida, Cincinnati and Saint Mary's. Mississippi State has won two straight since losing to Ole Miss.||--||14-3|
||The Wolfpack bounced back from a disappointing loss at Wake Forest by winning at Notre Dame on Saturday. NC State is 5-2 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-150 loss.||--||15-3|
||Villanova's six-game winning streak has allowed Jay Wright's team to start 5-0 in the Big East for the first time since 2016. The Wildcats are the only Big East school still without a league loss.||--||14-4|
||The Cardinals beat Georgia Tech by 28 points on Saturday to extend their winning streak to three games. Three of Louisville's five losses are to teams also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||13-5|
||The Boilermakers are 6-1 in their past seven games with wins over Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. Five of Purdue's six losses are losses to top-30 KenPom teams.||--||12-6|
||The Hawkeyes are 10-1 in their past 11 games with wins over Iowa State, Nebraska and Ohio State. Iowa will take a five-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Michigan State.||--||16-3|
||The Tigers have won seven straight games since losing at Houston. LSU is 2-2 against top-50 KenPom teams, with one sub-70 loss.||--||14-3|