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#1 Andy Cohen

?Welcome Baby Cohen? #andycohen #bravotv #realhousewives #orangecounty #beverlyhills #dallas #atlanta #newyork #newjersey #patomac #realitytv #watchwhathappenslive #babycohen #bravosnarkside

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Andy Cohen welcomes baby boy via surrogate

Andy Cohen has welcomed his first child, a baby boy, via surrogate. Benjamin Allen Cohen was born in Los Angeles on Monday evening, Cohen revealed on Instagram. He shared a sweet black and white a photo with his newborn on his chest.

The Bravo host first revealed he was going to be a dad on his late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live. "Thanks to a wonderful surrogate, who is carrying my future," Cohen told the audience and guests – a group of real housewives. "Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something I have wanted in my heart for my entire life." He later revealed during CNN's New Year's Eve special that he was expecting a boy.

The "Real Housewives" creator celebrated with an elaborate Beverly Hills baby shower, thrown by the housewives themselves. The guests included almost every current Bravo housewife, John Mayer and a few of Cohen's other close friends.

Cohen took his show from New York to Los Angeles for a few weeks leading up to his son's birth.

Benjamin is 9 lbs, 2 ounces and is 20 inches, the new dad wrote on Instagram. Cohen's close friend and restauranteur, Bruce Bozzi, was at the hospital, according to his Instagram. The identity of his surrogate has not been revealed.

Andy Cohen welcomes baby boy — see first photo of father and son

The "Watch What Happens Live!" host named his 9-pound bundle of joy after his grandfather.
 / Source: TODAY
By Eun Kyung Kim

Andy Cohen has just become a father and the loquacious talk-show host says the occasion has rendered him speechless!

The host of “Watch What Happens Live!” welcomed his first child Monday through a surrogate. He excitedly shared the news on Instagram with a photo of the wee one.

“WOW! This is my son, Benjamin Allen Cohen. He is 9 lbs 2 ounces!! 20 inches !! Born at 6:35 pm, PT,” he wrote. “He is named after my grandfather Ben Allen. I’m in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I’m a dad. Wow.”

Congratulations immediately poured in from fans and friends alike, including from the TODAY family. Anchor Hoda Kotb shared her warm wishes in two Instagram posts, including her quote of the day, which she dedicated to Cohen: "For all the things my hands have held the best by far is you."

Cohen, 50, announced he was expecting a child following the Dec. 20 episode of his Bravo show, which featured some of his original "Real Housewives,” including Teresa Giudice, NeNe Leakes, Vicki Gunvalson, Kyle Richards and Ramona Singer.

“I’ve always tried to be as transparent as possible about my life — I overshare and expect everyone around me to do the same,” he said at the time, directly addressing his audience.

“Tonight, I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science — if all goes according to plan, in about six weeks time.”

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Bravo revealed the baby's sex shortly later while hosting a New Year Eve's special on CNN with his longtime friend, Anderson Cooper.

"It’s a boy, and I got to tell you something, I cannot wait to meet this boy," he said.

Cohen was treated to an epic baby shower by numerous "Real Housewives" stars — and singer John Mayer —last month.

"I’m speechless," Cohen said in a caption of a group shot from the event. "Every Housewife, featuring @JohnMayer."

#2 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant believes James Harden and the Rockets won't win a championship with the style of play we're seeing on his scoring tear. (via @Rachel_Nichols) #MicdUpMondays #MambaMentality #KobeBryant

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Kobe Bryant says James Harden's play amid streak not title friendly

PHOENIX -- James Harden might be on a scoring tear that hasn't been seen in decades, but Kobe Bryant doesn't think the Houston Rockets can win a championship with the reigning MVP continuing to play this way.

"Well, I think he has to do what he has to do in order for his team to win," Bryant said in an interview with ESPN's The Jump. "And there's certain levels to it. So, there's the style of play in which he's using, which I'm not a fan of in terms of winning championships. I don't think that style's ever gonna win championships.""But at the same time, you have to keep your team's head above water to win games," Bryant told ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Tracy McGrady. "So, you have to do what you have to do to win games. And he's doing it."

Harden extended his streak of scoring at least 30 points to 27 games on Monday night with 44 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in a 118-110 win over the Phoenix Suns. It is the third-longest such streak, behind Wilt Chamberlain's streaks of 65 and 31.

When told of Bryant's comments, Harden agreed with the former Lakers star.

"I mean, I have to be ball dominant just because we have injuries," explained Harden, whose Rockets improved to 31-22. "We had injuries throughout the course of the year, but when we get Chris [Paul] in a rhythm and Eric [Gordon] back and get our full roster, we got multiple guys that can make plays, multiple guys that can dominate the ball."

Bryant -- who recently opened the Mamba Sports Academy, a holistic, multisport training facility for young athletes in Los Angeles -- won five championships, but none came during his six-highest usage seasons that ranged from rates of 38.7 to 32.9, respectively, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The highest usage rate Bryant had during a championship season was 32.3 during 2009-10, the seventh highest of his career.

"For right now, he's probably right," Harden added of Bryant's comments. "This way, that we're playing, won't happen, won't get us to where we want to go. But we haven't had a full roster yet, so I'm excited for that to come."

Harden's usage rate this season of 40.2 is on pace to be the second highest in NBA history, behind Russell Westbrook's MVP season (41.7) in 2016-17, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Of the seven other highest-usage seasons, none of the players made it out of the first round in the postseason during that respective season.

Bryant also was asked about his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, pursuing Anthony Davis in a trade. Bryant said he loves the young talent the Lakers have in Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, but he added that the "smart thing" for the Lakers to do is to try to acquire New Orleans Pelicans' elite big man.

"Listen, we have a lot of talent in Kuzma," said Bryant, who has helped mentor Kuzma in the offseason. "You have a lot of talent -- talent in Ball."

"It depends on what you're trying to accomplish and what your long-term objectives are," Bryant added. "Now, by signing LeBron [James], you're already making an indication that you wanna win now. Right. So, I think it'd be a smart thing to do for the Lakers to look at that. But at the same time, you know, you gotta play a little bit of poker."

The Lakers presently are offering the Pelicans a package that includes forwards Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, guard Lonzo Ball and two first-round picks, as well as a willingness to absorb the remaining $12.7 million on Solomon Hill's contract in the 2019-20 season, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pelicans haven't countered the Lakers' offers but do have expectations that Johnson will overwhelm them with young players and a historic haul of draft picks. To New Orleans, that means four first-round and second-round picks as part of a trade package, league sources told Wojnarowski.

"I mean, you gotta really look at it," Bryant said of trying to persuade New Orleans to trade Davis. "You got other teams out there, Boston and so forth and so on, competitors looking to add the same piece."

The Lakers want to add another superstar to play alongside James, who at 34 missed a career-high 17 straight games after injuring his groin in a game on Christmas. Bryant, who tore his Achilles tendon at age 34, believes James will adapt as he gets older.

"I think it's fine," Bryant said. "I mean, it just depends how he adapts his game, right, 'cause at some point, you have to evolve. So, the speed and the power that he's used to playing with has to change, which he can because, now, he has the God-given size to be able to adapt and to go to below the free throw line, use more of a power game versus being on the perimeter 30 feet, 35 feet, from the hoop and creating situations off the screen [or] isolation."

"He can go down to the post and play more of a power game and dictate the game from that position," Bryant added. "Magic did a lot of that. Magic, at 6-9, went down to the post a lot, attracted double-teams down to him, made plays from there. And he's more than capable of doing that and playing for a long, long time."

Kobe Bryant: Rockets can't win championship with James Harden dominating ball

James Harden's streak of scoring at least 30 points hit 27 straight games Monday nightin the Houston Rockets' win over the Phoenix Suns. It's a scoring run that's only ever been eclipsed by Basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.

But one more-modern legend says that Harden's ball-dominant style during the streak, while impressive and perhaps even necessary, will not help the Rockets win an NBA title.

Surprisingly that legend is Kobe Bryant

"I'm not a fan of in terms of winning championships, I don't think that style is ever going to win championships," Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star said in a clip released from an upcoming episode of ESPN's "The Jump."

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"But at the same time you have to keep your team's head above water to win games, so you have to do what you have to do to win games. And he's doing that."

"So are you saying you don't think James Harden and the Rockets, as constructed, can win a title?" host Rachel Nichols asked.

"Not with this style of play, it won't win. With one player dominating the ball," Bryant replied.

Bryant then broke down strategically why the Rockets' current style of play can be limiting, "particularly in the playoffs."

But he did give Harden his due.

"What he's doing is absolutely remarkable though. It's a testament to how remarkable it is because people are now trying to minimize what it is that he's doing. He's doing some phenomenal stuff."

Now, you might be saying: Is Bryant really the person who should be saying this? After all, he once averaged 35.4 points per game (2005-06). That was the most anyone not named Michael Jordan had averaged since the NBA-ABA merger until this current Harden season. And Bryant scored that on a stunning 27.2 attempts per game.

Bryant led the league in scoring again in 2006-07 with 31.6 points per game.

As "The Athletic"'s Michael Lee pointed out, however, those years were far from legendary for the Lakers as they bowed out in the first round of the playoffs both years.

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The arrival of Pau Gasol saw Bryant's minutes, shot attempts and scoring go down — and the Lakers' success go considerably up. They made three straight NBA Finals and won two titles between 2007-2010 with Bryant averaging 21 field goal attempts and 27.4 points.

During the Lakers' three-peat to begin the 21st century he averaged 25.4 points on 20 field goal attempts playing alongside Shaquille O'Neal. In fact, the Lakers only won one championship in Bryant's eight highest-scoring seasons.

So, maybe Bryant is the perfect person to provide perspective on Harden's ball-dominating ways.

Harden was asked about Bryant's comments Monday, and appeared to echo Bryant's thoughts about having to do anything to win.

“I have to ball-dominate with all of the injuries,” Harden told reporters. “We have had the injuries throughout the course of the year. Right now he is probably right. This way that we are playing won’t happen in the playoffs, won’t get us where we want to go, but we haven’t had a full roster. Yet I am excited for that to come.”

Contributing: Associated Press

#3 Frank Ocean • André 3000 • Kendrick Lamar • SZA • Tumblr

Frank Ocean Seemingly Teases Music With Kendrick Lamar, SZA & André 3000

Alex Zidel

February 05, 2019 10:25

 Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Is the wait almost over?

Look what we have here! It's been a while since we've heard new music from Frank Ocean. The reclusive artist recently made his Instagram page public, letting fans in for the first time in years. Before that point, he had been sparsely sharing updates on Tumblr, keeping his mystique intact. There have been rumors about his visual project Endless finally being made available on streaming platforms but we may be getting one better: a brand new song with a few other heavy hitters.

As reported by Complex, Frank Ocean may have something up his sleeve. He took to his favorite social platform to tease what appears to be a new song with Kendrick LamarSZA and André 3000. The recording artist wrote the date March 1 before following that up with a list of names. It reads, "Solana + KL + Andre."

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In a separate post, Frank wrote, "? (2019) ? (2019) ? (2020)." Your guess is as good as mine as to what he's trying to communicate here. Maybe this means that we're getting two new projects this year and another in 2020? Who knows?

Whatever this all means, Frank definitely seems to be warning us about something major on the horizon. Hopefully, a single involving the four aforementioned artists actually comes to life. If not, we'll just be satisfied with anything new from Frank.

Frank Ocean's Cryptic Post Seems To Signal New Music
Frank Ocean's Cryptic Post Seems To Signal New Music

#4 Lindsey Vonn • Super-G • Alpine skiing • Mikaela Shiffrin



9:11 AM EST

(ARE, Sweden) — Lindsey Vonn crashed in the super-G at the world championships Tuesday, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets.

Vonn, however, got up and skied down the hill after being tended to by medical personnel.

“Everyone was screaming as she crashed jumping through the gates,” Austrian racer Nicole Schmidhofer said. “That’s Lindsey. She (goes) 100 percent or nothing. That’s why she has won so many races and why she’s an Olympic champion.”

The 34-year-old Vonn, the all-time leader in women’s World Cup wins, announced last week that she will retire after racing the super-G and downhill at the worlds.

Vonn, who has been slowed by persistent pain in both of her knees, lost control in mid-air and skiing through a gate. The panel fitted between the two poles detached and got stuck on her boots.

“Everybody, cross your fingers or hold your thumbs. That didn’t look like a nice crash,” said American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who won the race. “She went really hard into the fence. Hopefully she is OK.”

Vonn was wearing an inflatable safety air bag under her racing suit.

“It inflated as she started to tumble over and it helped soften the impact when she hit the safety nets,” said Marco Pastore, who represents air bag producer Dainese.

Upon seeing Vonn’s crash, Shiffrin looked away from the big video screen in the finish area. Sofia Goggia, who took silver, clasped her helmet with both hands, and the crowd gasped. One American fan appeared to be crying.

Vonn was seen stretching both of her legs during TV interviews and appeared to be in pain — at the same time as the American anthem was being played to honor Shiffrin’s victory.

Vonn is slated to conclude her career with Sunday’s downhill.

“Hopefully we see her in the downhill,” Schmidhofer said.

On a highly technical course, many other skiers also failed to finish their runs. American teammate Laurenne Ross also crashed, as did Christina Ager of Austria.

Shiffrin also narrowly avoided crashing, only barely clearing a gate near the end of her run.

Of the 43 starters, 14 failed to finish.

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Lindsey Vonn crashes out of penultimate race at world championships

Emergency workers help Lindsey Vonn after she crashed during a super-G race at the world championships in Sweden. (Pontus Lundahl/EPA/EFE)

February 5 at 8:16 AM

Competing in the penultimate event of her career, American skiing legend Lindsey Vonn crashed out of the super-G at the world championships on Tuesday in Are, Sweden, hurtling through a gate early in the course and careening sideways into a fence.

Vonn was back on her feet after being attended to by medical personnel. She skied down the course on her own to cheers from the crowd and received a hug from fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin at the bottom.

“I was charging. I wanted to lay it all on the line,” Vonn said in a television interview about 30 minutes after the crash. “I didn’t see the piece of terrain exactly how I should have and my skis hooked up and I went straight through the panel. I’ll have a nice shiner.”

Vonn said she’ll be fine and that he merely had “rung my bell a little bit. Just gonna be really sore the next couple of days.” Later Tuesday, she tried to find humor in the situation on Twitter.

Skiing immediately before Vonn, Shiffrin won her first world championship super-G medal with a time of 1:04.89, 0.02 of a second ahead of Italy’s Sofia Goggia. Earlier this season, Shiffrin became the only alpine skier ever — male or female — to win all six currently contested alpine disciplines.

Mikaela Shiffrin won her first super-G world title Tuesday in Are, Sweden. (Alessandro Trovati/Associated Press)

Vonn, who announced Friday that she would retire after the world championships because her “body was broken beyond repair,” won gold in the super-G at the 2009 world championships in France. She won silver in 2009, also in Are, and bronze in 2015 at Beaver Creek in Colorado. Her best Olympic super-G finish was a bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

The final race of Vonn’s career, in the downhill, is Sunday. She has six career downhill medals in the Olympics and world championships, including Olympic gold in 2010 and a world championship in 2009.

Vonn is four victories short of Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 career World Cup wins. She will retire with the most World Cup wins in women’s skiing history by a wide margin.

#5 Jason Momoa • Wizard Entertainment Inc • Aquaman • Cleveland • St. Louis • Game of Thrones


Heartthrob Jason Momoa Added to Wizard World Cleveland Lineup

Posted By  on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 10:17 am

Whose idea was the hat? - WIZARD WORLD CLEVELAND PR

  • Wizard World Cleveland PR
  • Whose idea was the hat?

Jason Momoa, of Aquaman and HBO's Game of Thrones, has been added to the Wizard World Cleveland line-up. Momoa will appear Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Huntington Convention Center as part of the third annual festival of pop culture, gaming, sci-fi, comics and cosplay.

Momoa, who will sign autographs, pose for photos and all that jazz, joins a line-up of celebs that includes Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie); Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies); Tom Welling (Smallville); and three actors from Charmed. More celebrity announcements will be coming soon.

The Wizard World conventions are basically regional Comic Cons. Tickets are $80 for the full weekend (3/8-3/10) or $40-$55 for single-day passes. There are specialty ticket packages for autographs and photo ops with Momoa himself, but these are much more expensive. A "Gold VIP Package," for example, will set you back $429.99. Children under 10 are free if accompanied by a paid adult.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa coming to St. Louis for Wizard World Comic-Con

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Jason Momoa attends the Australian premiere of Aquaman on December 18, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A major announcement for fans of Wizard World Comic-Con. A big name has been added to the list of celebrity guests. Jason Momoa has confirmed he’ll be at the convention’s St. Louis stop in April.  The Aquaman star will be at the America’s Center to take pictures and sign autographs.  Momoa is also known for playing Khal Drogo in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

Wizard World Comic-Con is April 5 to 7th. Momoa will be there only on April 6th.

#6 Chuck Schumer • Presidency of Donald Trump • State of the Union • President of the United States

The Latest: Trump blasts Schumer ahead of address on unity


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local):11:12 a.m.

President Donald Trump is belittling the Senate's top Democrat and complaining about the press hours ahead of a State of the Union address that the White House says will focus on unity and optimism.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seems to have triggered Trump's Twitter complaint. The New York Democrat said on the Senate floor Tuesday that Trump talks about unity in his annual addresses to the nation but "spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us." He accuses Trump of "blatant hypocrisy."

Minutes later, Trump tweeted that Schumer hasn't even seen the speech. He claims Schumer is just "upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune." And Trump complains that Republicans "weren't given more credit for the Senate win by the media."


11:05 a.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump is keeping a busy schedule before he goes to the Capitol to deliver the State of the Union address.

Although Trump had nothing on his public schedule, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump has meetings Tuesday, including with his chief of staff. He also plans to confer with his speechwriting and communications teams to put "finishing touches" on the nationally televised address. Conway says he'll go "up to the last minute with (a) Sharpie in hand."

She says Trump has worked with the teams to put much of the speech "in his own voice."

The president is also sticking to tradition and hosting television news anchors for lunch.

Conway says Trump will also meet with guests the White House has invited to sit with first lady Melania Trump during the speech.


12:24 p.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, but skeptics are likely to question whether he can be successful in pursuing such a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks.

Ahead of Trump's prime-time Tuesday speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to hear a commitment from Trump on issues with bipartisan support, such as lowering the price of prescription drugs and rebuilding America's infrastructure.

Trump will speak in the House chamber of the Capitol before members of the House and Senate and other government officials. Among them are several Democrats running to challenge Trump's re-election.

The Democratic response will come from the unsuccessful candidate for Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the party.

Schumer Blasts Trump, Says Administration ‘Embroiled in Chaos, Incompetence’

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer slammed US President Donald Trump in advance of his State of the Union speech, claiming that the “state of the Trump administration” is mired in “chaos and incompetence.”

  • February, 05, 2019 - 13:13
Schumer Blasts Trump, Says Administration ‘Embroiled in Chaos, Incompetence’

“The president will say predictably that the state of our Union is strong, but the truth is the state of the Trump economy is failing America’s middle class,” Schumer said. “The state of the Trump administration is embroiled in chaos and incompetence.”

Schumer blasted Trump over his economic, tax and health policies, as well as his foreign policy and the changes in his Cabinet.

“The president makes these off the cuff decisions based on how someone looks and we all pay the price. […] Continuity and effectiveness of American government has been deeply compromised by the turmoil and turnover at the White House,” he said, Sputnik reported.

The booming economy has been one of the key results of Trump’s policies throughout the first half of his presidency. According to Trading Economics, the unemployment rate in the US has reached 3.7%, the lowest level since 1953. GDP growth also reached an average of 3.4% in the third quarter, twice the rate that it was during the previous administration. Trump has implemented the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which aimed to boost business expansion by cutting corporate taxes and taxes for middle-class American families.

Trump is expected to give his speech on Tuesday, 5 February before Congress, Supreme Court Justices and members of his cabinet. The address was rescheduled after the partial government shutdown, which lasted 35 days and became the longest in US history.

Trump will call on Congress to compromise on a number of key issues such as immigration and trade, according to a senior administration official cited by the Hill.

“I want to see our country united,” Trump said last week during a pre-speech lunch with network news anchors. “If I could unite the country, I would consider it a tremendous success.”

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