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It’s GAME DAY!
But over the weekend, Cooper received what many might call an even greater honor: He performed live with his ASIB co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas show, Enigma. Gaga brought Cooper onstage to perform their mega-hit "Shallow," and the crowd obviously went nuts over seeing Jackson and Ally Maine reunited on stage once again.
While I might personally have been disappointed that Cooper wasn't hiding long, greasy Jackson hair under his baseball cap, he seemed pretty comfortable on stage save a few sound glitches. Ever the pro, Gaga said, "I even got you in-ears," referring to the monitors that many performers wear during live performances to hear the music. Cooper couldn't hear anything at first, but once the sound crew got things sorted, he launched into those famous first lyrics, "Tell me something, girl..." and I was instantly transported back to the fictional love story of Jackson and Ally. He certainly hasn't lost his voice since they finished the film, and Gaga, of course, sounds incredible. Cooper even busted out some vintage Jackson Maine guitar moves as Gaga moved into that iconic "Shallow" wail.
Here's hoping these two hit the stage together again at the Oscars on February 24—"Shallow" is nominated for Best Song, after all.
Be still my A Star Is Born-loving heart. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga finally performed "Shallow" for a lucky Las Vegas audience during Gaga's Enigma residency on Jan. 26, and it's every bit as magical live.
While Gaga usually closes her Vegas show with the Oscar-nominated song, Cooper's appearance was an exciting surprise for fans. He started off the emotional serenade as Gaga knelt by his legs and listened intently. She appeared to tear up after his verse, and quickly moved to the piano to belt out her own part, eventually finishing the song with Cooper sitting at her side.
It's plain to see Gaga and Cooper share a tight-knit bond. The duo have frequently raved about each other in acceptance speeches and interviews. Perhaps this passionate and energetic duet was just a trial run before their much-anticipated Oscars performance? Watch a full video of the song above, and then dive in fully by checking out other angles of their duet below.
Girona 0-1 Barcelona, LIVE – Nelson Semedo fires La Liga leaders into an early lead at Estadi Montilivi
- Nelson Semedo fired Barcelona into an early lead with a clinical finish in the box
- Girona XI: Bono, Bernardo, Alcala, Pedro Porro,, Juanpe, Pere Pons, Granell, Alex Garcia, Portu, Valery, Stuani;
- Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Vidal, Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez;
- Follow all the action as it happens from Estadi Montilivi here with Sportsmail
Atletico's win over Getafe at the weekend has closed the gap to just two points at the top of La Liga and Ernesto Valverde's men will be desperate to take full advantage of their game in hand.
Barcelona are set to name a full strengthened side with Lionel Messi returning to the line-up, having been rested for their Copa del Rey defeat midweek against Sevilla while a result here would do wonders for Girona as they look to move clear of the relegation scrap.
Follow all the action from Barcelona's clash with Girona at the Estadi Montilivi here with Sportsmail's JORDAN SEWARD.
- Jordan SewardHost commentator
Barcelona are currently top of La Liga with 46 points
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Barcelona are currently top of La Liga with 46 points.
The Spanish outfit have only lost two of their first 20 matches and will be hoping to come home with all three points this afternoon.
Following the defeat, manager Ernesto Valverde declared he did not "regret" resting star striker Lionel Messi for the contest.
He said: "I do not regret it. It is what I had to do.
"And when you win you're right and when you lose you're not."
Valverde expressed the importance of winning against Girona in order to regain team momentum.
He went on: "There is an important game on Sunday that we want to win and we will think about the return."
Girona are currently twelfth in current La Liga standings after only having won five of their first 20 ties.
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Girona will host Barcelona at the Estadi Montilivi stadium this afternoon
Ernesto Valverde's side recently lost to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-final
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Who saw that coming? Yes, most of us thought Novak Djokovic was a slight favorite to win another Australian Open title, but the manner in which he beat down Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday's final was stunning.
So what does it mean? Who's saying what? Here's what you need to know about Djokovic's record seventh title Down Under:Social reaction
Magnificent Seven!@DjokerNole is the #AusOpen 2019 men’s singles champion def. Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3.#AOChampion #AusOpenFinal
? 7 x Australian Open
? 1 x French Open
? 4 x Wimbledon
? 3 x US Open#Djokovic
— Nicolas Kiefer (@Nicolas_Kiefer) January 27, 2019
We can't have one of the Big Three, Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer, win a Grand Slam without revisiting the GOAT discussion. It's just the way it goes.
Everyone has an opinion, and there's plenty of gray area when it comes to these often contentious debates, but strictly sticking to the stats, here are some notable numbers, starting with a list of the players with the most Grand Slam titles.
But it's important to note that Djokovic, who has won the past three majors, is only 31, almost a full year younger than Nadal. Federer is 37, and for what it's worth, he has won four Slams since turning 31.
As Djokovic -- and to a larger extent, Nadal -- said after the match, health is the overarching concern to the future of their success. Nadal has a long history of injuries but said he's "happy that I'm healthy."
Toward the end of 2017, Djokovic took six months off to mend an elbow injury that had plagued him for some time. When he came back, it was a struggle. Djokovic lost in the first round of both Indian Wells and Miami before going on his latest tear. His record since the beginning of Wimbledon last year is 38-4, and that includes two wins each against Federer and Nadal.
Speaking of his rivalry against his biggest challengers, Djokovic has the edge against them all.
And then there's this stat against Nadal:
If Djokovic can win another couple of majors, those numbers should carry a lot of weight in the GOAT discourse.
Aussie Open dominance
There's something about the Australian Open for Djokovic. Here is a quick look at his reign of dominance Down Under:
Five more things to know
- This final took 2 hours, 4 minutes, the shortest completed Grand Slam match between Nadal and Djokovic.
- Djokovic is only the second man at age 30 or older in the Open era to win three consecutive majors, joining Rod Laver, who achieved the feat when he completed the Calendar Slam in 1969.
- Djokovic became the first man in history to record three separate winning streaks of three or more consecutive major titles.
- Against Nadal on Sunday, Djokovic dropped only three points on his second serve (16-of-19).
- This marks the first major final Nadal has ever lost in straight sets.
The final word
Djokovic: "I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have, mental, physical, emotional, so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger's record."
Nadal: "[Djokovic] was better than me tonight. That's the sport. We can talk a lot, but when the player did almost everything better than you, you can't complain much. The only thing that you can say is congrats to the opponent, well done."
The final, final word
NFL linebacker charged with attacking NYPD sergeant in Queens after allegedly dodging cab fare
Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was charged Saturday with attacking an NYPD sergeant in a Queens police precinct after he allegedly refused to pay for his taxi ride, the Queens District Attorney's Office said in a statement.
A yellow cab driver called police around 1:30 a.m. and said the NFL player, who was staying at a Hampton Inn near LaGuardia Airport, refused to pay his $32 fare.
Police arrested 25-year-old Bates and took him to the 115th Precinct. Police told Bates he would receive a desk appearance ticket before he was allowed to leave, but the DA's office said Bates became increasingly agitated.
As NYPD Sergeant James O'Brien attempted to calm him down, Bates allegedly punched him in the face, the DA said. Police then used a Taser in order to subdue him.
Sgt. O'Brien was transported to a local Queens hospital, where he was treated for a concussion. He also needed three stitches over his left eye.
Bates was charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, theft of services and resisting arrest.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Bates was taken to a hospital in Queens for evaluation.
The Lions' general manager, Bob Quinn, said in a statement that the team is aware of Bates' arrest but has no further comment for now.
If convicted, Bates faces between probation and up to seven years in prison.
Bates is in his first season with the Lions, appearing in nine games.
Former UMaine standout Trevor Bates accused of skipping cab fare, punching cop in New York
A former star University of Maine football linebacker who now plays for the Detroit Lions allegedly punched a cop in the face after being arrested in New York City early Saturday.
Trevor Bates, 25, of Westbrook is being held at a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after he hit a police sergeant who was trying to fingerprint him after he had been arrested for skipping a cab fare outside a LaGuardia Airport hotel at about 3 a.m., according to a New York City police spokesman. A fraternal group that represents New York City police sergeants said officers who came to the sergeant’s aid tried to use a Taser on Bates, but he ripped the prongs out.
“It happened out of the clear blue sky,” Ed Mullins of the Sergeants Benevolent Association told the New York Post. “He just wailed on the sergeant. The sergeant said he never saw it coming.”
Bates was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and theft of service and will be held at Elmhurst Hospital until he goes in front of a judge, most likely on Monday, according to the department spokesman. The officer whom Bates allegedly hit suffered a concussion and cuts that required stitches.
Bates’ former Black Bears coach, Jack Cosgrove, was shocked by the arrest. He described Bates as a committed, competitive man of the highest moral standards.
The two men have remained in touch since Bates graduated from the University of Maine, talking several times a year and exchanging holiday greetings, he said.
Cosgrove, who now is the football coach at Colby College, said he knew he wanted the Westbrook High School senior to play for him at UMaine as soon as he looked him in the eye.
“He was very determined,” Cosgrove said. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘I’m better than you think I am and I’m going to prove it.’ And he did.”
While on the team, Bates was a leader in its voluntary prayer group, Cosgrove said. He was a good student, too, despite the demands of a Division 1 sports program.
The New York Post tracked her and a friend down Saturday morning. They said the last time they’d seen Bates he was tired, frayed from the season and “out of it.”
“I’m shocked because he’s not a fighter,” Christy Bates told the Post. “He’s a great guy. … I’m waiting to hear back from the doctors.”
Bates has moved from team to team during his three NFL seasons, Cosgrove said. He started with the Indianapolis Colts, which drafted him as the 239th overall pick in 2016. He then went to the New England Patriots and was on the practice squad for the team that won the Super Bowl after the 2016 season; had a brief stint with the New York Giants; and most recently landed with the Detroit Lions. Lions coach Matt Patricia knew of Bates’ skill from their time together at the Patriots, Cosgrove said.
The early years of an NFL player can be hard, Cosgrove said.
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said team officials have yet to talk to Bates, were still gathering information, and had no additional comment.
According to the team website, Bates is a special-teams player who made three tackles and played in nine games this season. Bates has a contract to play for Detroit in the upcoming season, Cosgrove said.