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Pete Davidson made his official return to "Saturday Night Live," seemingly able to joke about some of the darker aspects of his life recently.
Teamed with comedian John Mulaney on Weekend Update to make fun of the Clint Eastwood movie "The Mule," Davidson appeared to bring up his Instagram post from December that prompted a police wellness check in New York.
It came up because Mulaney was talking about how he tries to show Davidson a new way of life.
"You can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life," Mulaney said.
"Yeah, and after observing John's life, I publicly threatened suicide. I'm sorry, I know I shouldn't make that joke. It is funny!" Davidson responded, laughing.
"You are loved by many and we are glad you are OK," Mulaney replied. "Now back to 'The Mule.' "
USA TODAY has reached out the Davidson's representative for comment.
In December, Davidson posted an upsetting personal message to Instagram that prompted concern from fans and celebrities.
"i really don't want to be on this earth anymore," Davidson's since-deleted post read. "i'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last. all i've ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so."
Davidson's concerning Instagram statement came after a previous post where he praised Kanye West for speaking out about his own mental health.
"Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson wrote in another deleted post. “I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this. We need people like Kanye.”
Davidson has been open about his mental health in the past. In September, the comedian spoke about his borderline personality disorder in an interview with Howard Stern, describing it as "everything feeling so extreme."
Contributing: Sara Moniuszko
Ahead of the game, we happened to come across some very interesting details regarding the two sides, and thanks to Opta, we can share them before the match is underway. Here are some key facts ahead of the crunch clash-
#5 Solitary stalemate
China PR and Thailand haven’t met in head to head competition as many times as you may have thought, and in the Asian Cup, only one meeting has ever taken place between the two sides.
#4 Unfamiliar territory for Thailand
Thailand have reached the knockout stages of the Asian Cup for just the second time, with their previous appearance coming in their 1972 tournament in which they hosted, finishing in third place.
Heading into this clash against China PR, their confidence will be high and they may just fancy their chances.
#3 China PR – Been there, done that
China PR have made it through to the knockout stages in back to back Asian Cup tournaments – this will be their ninth appearance in the knockout stages of the competition whilst only Iran (12) and Korea Republic (10) have made it through to this stage on more occasions.
Pressure should be reduced as a result, but they will be wary of Thailand nonetheless.
#2 A historic struggle for Thailand
Thailand have won just two of their 23 matches at the Asian Cup since their debut in the competition back in 1972 (W2 D9 L12), a 2-0 victory against Oman during the 2007 group stages and a 1-0 win against Bahrain on MD2 at this year’s Asian Cup.
Not a great record to have heading into a clash with a team like China PR, but this young Thai side does appear to have that extra bit to give in order to pull off a win.
#1 Zhang the great
China PR’s Zhang Linpeng was the only outfield player in their squad to play every minute of the 2019 Asian Cup group stages.
That means a largely fresh bunch of players to play against Thailand, which only makes a difficult task more daunting for the War Elephants.
China have been handed a massive boost ahead of their Asian Cup round-of-16 clash against Thailand with head coach Marcello Lippi confirming Wu Lei has been passed fit.
The Chinese Super League top's scorer, who announced his arrival in the United Arab Emirates with two astounding goals during China's comfortable victory over the Philippines, missed the midweek defeat to South Korea due to a fractured collarbone.
Wu picked up the injury in the nail-biting triumph over Kyrgyzstan, with early indications suggest the Shanghai SIPG striker would be ruled out of the knockout tie. However, the 27-year-old made a rapid recovery and has now returned to full training, putting him in the frame to lead China's attack on Sunday.
"He (Wu Lei) can play tomorrow, there is no question about that. The match against Thailand is extremely important for us and I will put all my best players on the pitch," said Lippi.
Wu Lei has returned to full training after missing Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to South Korea due to a collarbone injury at the ongoing Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. /VCG Photo
It's not lost on Lippi that Wu played a pivotal role in the last meetings between this pair, scoring both goals as China swat aside Thailand 2-0 in Bangkok last June. But the Italian tactician warned his players to guard against complacency, noting the Thais' quick turn of fortune since their opening 4-1 thrashing at the hands of minnows India.
"Thailand changed their head coach after their first game and they changed their tactics and formation. But what is more important is that they changed their attitude," observed Lippi.
"They are very aggressive, urgent and determined, so we have to be careful and smart. I think we are ready and we will do our utmost to achieve the best result."
Lippi also picked out Chanathip Songkrasin - dubbed 'Thai Messi' by local media - as one of the most dangerous players that China must be wary of on Sunday.
"He's a very quick and nimble attacking player with brilliant technical skills. Hopefully, we can play as we did against the Philippines because it's vital to press high and not to cede too much space to them."
Lippi insists there is no point practicing spot-kicks in training at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. /VCG Photo
China head into their clash with Thailand with half an eye on the risk of a penalty shootout, but Lippi revealed that his team did not practice spot kicks ahead of the tie.
"We haven't done any particular training on that," said Lippi. "Because whether a team can win penalty ultimately depends on their players' physical condition, the strength of will, the winning mentality and the capacity to handle huge pressure."
"There is no point practicing spot-kicks every day in training," the World Cup-winning coach added.
Lippi was joined in the press conference by his skipper Zheng Zhi. The 38-year-old veteran was inevitably quizzed on his take on China's humiliating 1-5 loss to the Thais in an international friendly back in 2013.
Zheng Zhi (R) and Wang Dalei warm up during a China training session at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, in the United Arab Emirates, January 19, 2019. /VCG Photo
Zheng nonchalantly brushed off the question and attempted to focus his remarks on the importance of the tie on Sunday.
"I don't think it has anything to do with our next match. They beat us 5-1 five years ago, and we beat them 2-0 last year, but those are things of the past and mean nothing," said Zheng.
"We will stay focused and try to reach the quarter-finals. Everybody expects us to go through and we are very confident."
Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi was once body shamed by fans
Katelyn Ohashi went viral for her crotch-crushing, perfect 10 routine, but the attention she’s received hasn’t always been so positive.
You may recognise Katelyn Ohashi from earlier this week when her perfect-10 routine went viral around the world.
The artistic gymnast had everyone in shock as she flew from one side of the mat to another with a Michael Jackson-inspired routine.
As The Way You Make Me Feel played, Ohashi delivered three tumbles, into a split landing before standing to the raucous applause of the crowd and fellow competitors.
Sports Illustrated described the routine as “perfection”, HuffPost said it was “flawless” and UCLA tweeted that a “10 isn’t enough”.
Back in 2018 she captivated the crowds at the Pac-12 with another King of Pop inspired performance attaining gymnastic perfection to a funky musical medley.
But it hasn’t always been that way.
The 21-year-old, who was a four-time member of USA Gymnastics’ Junior National Team recently revealed she suffered from a long-term battle with body image in part because of hateful comments she would get from fans.
“There was a time when I was on top of the world, an Olympic hopeful,” Ohashi said in a video for The Players’ Tribune. “I was unbeatable. Until I wasn’t.”
Being a gymnast is all she has ever known and all she ever wanted to be — until she started getting attacked for the way she looked.
“That girl you think who had it all; all the medals in her room, the podiums she would stand on … fans would tell her she’s not good enough, she didn’t look a certain way,” Ohashi said speaking about herself in third person.
“She would want to eat junk food and feel okay the next day and not have to worry about getting kicked out because she couldn’t get a skill.”
Life only got harder for the Ohashi when she injured her back and shoulder before joining the University of California (UCLA).
“I was broken,” Ohashi said in the video reflecting on her gymnastics career.
Regardless, the determined gymnast competed on a fractured back and two torn shoulders.
According to The Players’ Tribune, due to persistent injuries she decided to drop down from the elite level in the hope of competing in college.
“No one ever fully knew what I was going through and I could never really say or publicise what was wrong with me,” she said.
“I was told that it was embarrassing how big I’d become.
“I was compared to a bird that couldn’t fly. These are all things I heard before I even got injured, things that when I was skinny I was told, so what would they think of me when I would become big,” she asked.
”I hated myself. It took me finding UCLA and finding a different goal and path to follow to finally find joy and love within the sport again.”
Ohashi said that gymnastics can be a very brutal sport.
“But I don’t think it’s supposed to be … I hope in 10 years or 20 years time there will be people leaving the sport feeling untouched by it.”
She joined the UCLA gymnastics team in 2015 after being a four-time member of USA Gymnastics’ Junior National Team.
“I haven’t been able to feel this kind of happiness in a long time,” she explained.
“I have found my joy, my voice, myself and my love for the sport.
“The outcome is not me standing on a podium with medals — it’s me being able to walk out with a smile on my face and truly, being happy with myself and that comes first.
NEW ORLEANS — Aqib Talib never desired a leadership role, but from the moment he arrived at the Rams’ facility, it stuck to him, the way he has attached himself to receivers for the past decade.
Gone, it seems, are the days when Talib’s reputation seemed to have some toxicity. He once accidentally shot himself in the leg. He’s been arrested twice, once fought a teammate and, during one stretch of his career, Talib’s name often popped up on NFL discipline lists. He had a reputation, to be certain.Now, as the Rams face New Orleans in Sunday’s NFC championship game, it’s tough to reconcile that Talib with this one, the sage veteran who has been described not only as a team leader but as a hinge for the Rams’ defense. Perhaps no player is more important than Talib to the Rams’ success against the Saints.
“I really don’t, man,” Talib said. “I just be myself, you know. I just be myself, communicate with guys, ask questions in the meeting room and, I don’t know. Y’all do the outside looking in, so I mean, maybe if I was on the outside looking in, I’d see it but I just be myself.”
Talib has been consistent on that. Since the Rams acquired him from Denver in a March trade, Talib repeatedly has said he doesn’t try to be a leader. If it happens, it happens, he said, and it happened.
From the start of the offseason program, players seemed to gravitate toward Talib. There were questions about team chemistry after the Rams added Talib and two other players with reputations for volatile personalities – Ndamukong Suh and Marcus Peters – but there’s been zero drama from Talib’s end.
Talib often is praised for his leadership and communication. He seems to have developed a big-brother relationship with Peters, and that didn’t go unnoticed by Rams coach Sean McVay, whose dealings with Talib go back to 2008, when Talib was a rookie in Tampa Bay and McVay was a first-year assistant coach.
“Just watching his growth and maturation,” McVay said, “you always knew he was going to be a great player, but now you see the talent match up with the preparation. The way that he’s been able to sustain over such a long period of time playing a cornerback spot, with his ability to communicate, the way that he studies, his situational awareness – you could go on and on.
If nothing else, the Rams already are smiling. Talib missed eight regular-season games because of an ankle injury, including the Nov. 4 game at New Orleans in which Saints receiver Michael Thomas had 211 yards.
Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said this week he did a “disservice” to Peters and the team by not giving Peters more help with the Thomas matchup. Now he has Talib, who figures to split the responsibility of covering Thomas. That’s the scenario the Rams envisioned when they traded for both corners.
It’s been a relatively quiet season for Talib, who had only one interception in his eight games, but even though Talib demurred, Phillips said Talib wasn’t shy about displaying leadership this week.
“He’s pretty proactive about everything,” Phillips said. “He’s a big personality so you can’t help but be drawn to him. He always takes the other side. Whatever side you take, well, he’s going to argue the other side and those kind of things. That’s him. He gets going, he gets excitable about a lot of things and he’s a lot of fun to be around. And he made me drippin’ in the Super Bowl, so that was nice.”
Phillips, 71, and Talib share a unique relationship. They were together in Denver for two seasons, including in 2015 when the Broncos won the Super Bowl. During “media day” festivities that year, Phillips wore Talib’s thick gold chain – also known as drippin’ – and no doubt they’d like to repeat the show.
The inclusion of Talib can’t hurt. In eight games without Talib, Rams opponents passed for an average of 7.9 yards per attempt. In eight games with Talib, that average dropped to 6.4. That’s significant, and given the importance of slowing down Drew Brees, the Saints’ future Hall of Fame quarterback, Talib will be a huge factor, even if he prefers to downplay his significance.
“You’ve got two dogs,” Peters said. “At this time, (Phillips) ain’t going to do anything different. He’s going to call his defense and he’s going to expect for his dogs to hold up outside. All those other things, man, there’s going to be ups and downs in the game and we’ve just got to execute when we execute.”
Michael Thomas Shouldn’t Wear His Chain, Unless He Wants It Snatched Off
Now that he’s back healthy, Aqib Talib is expected to cover Michael Thomas this Sunday. Outside of the much more important X’s and O’s, there is one small quirk to Talib’s game that Thomas might want to pay attention to.
Six-time Australian Open champ Roger Federer is upset by Stefanos Tsitsipas
MELBOURNE — Stefanos Tsitsipas, quickly becoming the Greek god of tennis, ruined Roger Federer’s chance of winning a 21st Grand Slam trophy at this Australian Open.
The 20-year-old Tsitsipas, the youngest player still in contention in the men’s draw, handed two-time defending champion Roger Federer, at 37 the oldest man remaining, a 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5) defeat.
“There is nothing I can describe it to,” said the 14th-seeded Tsitsipas to the crowd after his win. “I’m the happiest man on earth right now.
“I actually from the very beginning to keep that mindset on the court, to believe in yourself and your capabilities on the court. Roger is a legend in our sport and I have so much respect for him. I idolized him since I was six and it was a dream for me to be on Rod Laver with him.”
Federer, who owns the most Grand Slam titles of any man in history, has not won a major since last year’s Australian Open. He didn’t play the French Open, failed to capitalize on a two-set lead over Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, and bowed out in the US Open fourth round.
“There are always multiple factors that go into a match like this,” Federer said. “It’s very frustrating. I lost to a better player who was playing very well tonight. He hung in there, gave himself chances, which is not always easy.”
After two early mini-breaks in the fourth set tiebreaker, the score went to 5-5 with that 10th point an ace by Federer. But that was the last gasp for the Swiss champion.
The third-seeded Federer was in the market for a record seventh Australian Open trophy, but after winning the first set couldn’t consistently challenge the younger and more energetic Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas, who trains at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy where Serena Williams also is aligned, is now into his first career Grand Slam quarterfinals. No other Greek player has ever appeared in a major quarterfinal.
Ahead of the eighth game of the fourth set, Tsitsipas seemed to be slowing down and experiencing tightness in his legs. During the changeover, the trainer came out and rubbed his legs, which gave him the momentum necessary to reach the finish line.
Tsitsipas, a former No. 1 junior player, comes from a sporting family.
He is coached by his father, Apostolos, but it is his mother, Julia Salnikova, who was a top Soviet player in the 1980s. His grandfather, Sergei Salnikov, was part of the Soviet gold medal soccer team at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
The quarterfinals will see Tsitsipas facing 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who knocked out sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, a finalist here last year, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.