Former Western Kentucky basketball player killed in Georgia, police sayBilly Kobin, Louisville Courier JournalPublished 1:36 p.m. ET March 21, 2019 | Updated 5:04 p.m. ET March 21, 2019
In this December 2010 photo, Cliff Dixon, No. 5, is seen during a Louisville-Western Kentucky game in Bowling Green. The former WKU player was killed in March 2019 in Georgia. (Photo: Joe Imel, AP)
A former Western Kentucky University basketball player was fatally shot outside a nightclub near Atlanta on Thursday morning, according to police.
Cliff Dixon, 32, was shot multiple times around 1:15 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot outside of the SL Lounge on Buford Highway, according to a news release from the Chamblee Police Department.
Chamblee is about 15 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Dixon had just arrived when he was shot, police said. First responders administered aid, and Dixon was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dixon was celebrating his 32nd birthday, according to WNKY 40. He had posted about his birthday celebration on Instagram Wednesday.
The suspect fled the scene and Chamblee Police investigators are "actively working the case and following up on all available leads," according to the release.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Chamblee Police Department at 770-986-5005 and ask to speak with Lt. Chris Newberry or contact Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.
The Durant family extends our deepest condolences & prayers to Cliff’s mother, siblings, family & friends. Our family was an extension of his & we shared wonderful memories. His transition is an incredible loss for all of us who loved him, he will be missed dearly #CliffDixon RIP
Dixon, a Maryland native, transferred from a junior college to WKU with high expectations before the 2009-10 season. He was dismissed from the program midway through the 2010-11 season after a violation of team rules.
NBA superstar and Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant referred to Dixon as his "adopted brother," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Pete Buttigieg is the hottest candidate in the 2020 race right now
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 4:50 PM ET, Thu March 21, 2019
CNN)Don't look now, but a(nother) skinny kid with a funny name is turning heads in the presidential race.
In 2008, it was Barack Obama. In 2020, it's Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old, married gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is, at the moment, the hottest candidate in the Democratic presidential field -- drawing rave reviews everywhere he goes."Mika and I have been overwhelmed by the reaction @PeteButtigieg got after being on the show," tweeted "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough following "Mayor Pete's" appearance on the program earlier this week. "The only other time in twelve years that we heard from as many people about a guest was after @BarackObama appeared on Morning Joe."That's obviously a tough comparison for Buttigieg -- or any Democratic politician -- to live up to. After all, no matter what you think of Obama's eight years as president, it's impossible to deny his massive natural abilities as a candidate. And there are lots and lots of differences between the two men: one black, one white, one a top-tier candidate from day he announced, the other (still) a long-shot, etc.2020 rankings: It's now or never for Democrats who want to be presidentBut Scarborough is far from the only person raving about Buttigieg. Beginning with a star turn at a CNN-sponsored town hall at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, earlier this month, praise for Mayor Pete has been bubbling up from every corner of the party. And all of that positive attention seems to be feeding on itself and producing tangible results for his campaign.Buttigieg announced last week that he has already crossed the 65,000-donor threshold that qualifies him for the upcoming Democratic presidential debates. A story about him speaking conversational Norwegian went viral. He'll be on "The View" -- for a second time! -- on Friday.In short: Everything is falling into place for Buttigieg. (One thing that might bring him back down to earth? If Buttigieg has a less-than-impressive first quarter of fundraising -- the deadline to raise cash is March 31.)
The reasons for the attention he's drawing and excitement he's creating aren't hard to figure out; He's young, charismatic and personable. He knows how to talk like a regular person -- an underrated trait in a field filled with front-running senators. And he has a remarkable resume: Rhodes scholar, military veteran, gay mayor of his hometown.Then there's this: Buttigieg has ZERO expectations about how he will do in this race. When he started running, virtually no one outside of South Bend had even heard of him. When your candidacy isn't weighed down by heavy expectations, you can play fast and loose. You don't obsess over every little thing you say or do. Your every word isn't parsed by the national news media. You can make a mistake (or two) without it being painted as a death blow for your candidacy.And, this: People l-o-v-e a good underdog story. Sure, they might be drawn to the bigger names like Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke, but Americans will never, ever not be drawn to a scrappy candidate who is charging at the big boys and demanding that he be included in their club. The spunky outsider is in our DNA. And Buttigieg fits that profile to a T.Now. It's March 21, 2019. No one will cast a vote in the primary process for 11-ish months. In that time, Buttigieg's star could burn out. It could wax and wane. (Yes, I am confusing star and moon metaphors -- but you get the idea.) In six months, we might look back and think he had his moment too soon.But Buttigieg is unquestionably having a moment right now. That's something that many people in this field will never have. Or if they do have a moment, it's for the wrong reasons. (Looking at you, John Hickenlooper.) Winning presidential campaigns are those that create -- or benefit from -- positive moments and turn them into something more, a sustainable bid for the highest office in the country.It's not at all clear whether Buttigieg and his team can make that leap. But it is clear that he has a chance, right now, to do so.
Jimmer Fredette makes another NBA comeback, agrees to two-year deal with Suns, per report
The former National Player of the Year is making his return to the NBA once he receives clearance from China
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It's Jimmer time again, folks.
Jimmer Fredette is making his return to the NBA after a three-year hiatus, agreeing to a two-year contract -- with a team option in the second season -- with the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Fredette was a highly touted player during his collegiate career at Brigham Young. He led the nation in scoring in his senior season in 2011 and was named the National College Player of the Year during that same season.
Despite being undersized as a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, his accomplished collegiate career led to him being drafted with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Needless to say, Fredette never came close to living up to his famed college career in the NBA. He bounced around four teams during five disappointing seasons and concluded his initial NBA stint with a career average of 6.0 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field.
However, he left the states for China and became an elite basketball player in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Shanghai Sharks. During all three of his seasons in Shanghai, Fredette was named to the All-Star team and was the CBA International MVP in 2017.
This represents another opportunity for Fredette to make a career in the NBA. At 17-55 and lottery-bound for the draft, Phoenix, back in action on Thursday against the Detroit Pistons (10 p.m. ET -- watch on fuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension), is just looking for depth and somebody to eat up minutes for the remainder of the season. With no expectations of winning, Fredette should see this as a prime opportunity to re-prove his worth to the league in a low-stakes environment.
Country singer Justin Carter dead at 35 after accidental shootingCountry singer Justin Carter dies after a gun accidentally fires during a music video shoot
Country singer Justin Carter died at age 35 after a gun accidentally fired while he was filming a music video.
Up-and-coming country singer Justin Carter has died after a gun accidentally fired while he was filming a music video. He was 35.
Carters' mother, Cindy McClellan, told Fox News her son was filming a music video in Houston, Texas, on Saturday when a gun in his pocket "went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye.
"He was a wonderful artist," McClellan said. "He was the voice, he was the total package and we're trying to keep his legend [alive]."
Carter leaves behind two young daughters, Dixie and Kaylee.
McClellan said the family has set up a GoFundMe in order to cover funeral costs as well as to bring Carter's body back from Houston to San Antonio for burial. She said Carter was in the U.S. Army but she is unsure at this time if he meets the qualifications for a military burial.
"He was a wonderful person, very loving and he loved our God very much," McClellan shared. "He had a Bible in his room, in the den, he had one in his truck. He gave to charities."
According to McClellan, Carter was about to embark on a 10-state tour after recently closing deal with Triple Threat Management.
"He just loved music, he was very gifted and by God, his voice was spectacular," McClellan said, adding that Carter wanted to find musical success in order to "take care of his family."
A post on his Facebook page informed fans of the tragic news.
"Please Keep Justin’s Family In Your Prayers & Give Them Privacy In This Hard Time. Justin Is No Longer With Us, He Has Passed Away. He Will Be Missed By Us All, He Was Always Full Of Joy, Laughter, And Loved On So Many People In His Life. Justin Appreciated All His Fans And Their Support. Justin Loved All Of You. Thank You All For Your Support! We Will Have More Details Releasing Soon On How You Can Help Donate & Help His Family With Burial And Everything! Rest In Heaven My Brother!" the post read.
Carter had recently released "Love Affair," featuring Nu Breed.
Jenny McCarthy Claims Whoopi Goldberg 'Had an Addiction' to Controlling People on The View
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"Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate ... I would be stepped on or interrupted," Jenny McCarthy says in a new book about The View
March 21, 2019 12:13 PM
In an excerpt published Wednesday by Vulturethis link opens in a new tab of reporter Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,”this link opens in a new tab McCarthy, 46, characterizes her 2013-2014 stint on the show as “miserable” and goes into detail about working alongside fellow panelists Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg.
McCarthy says that heading into the job, she thought she and Goldberg, 63, would be friends.
“I loved her in Ghost,” McCarthy says. “I’m a fan. I thought I was going to work with the Whoopi that people thought they might know — fun and funny.”
McCarthy says Goldberg, however, didn’t warm to her — and that a divide between the Sister Act star and Walters, the legendary broadcaster who launched the talk show in 1997, was immediately apparent. McCarthy, who compared the dynamic at the table to Survivor, says she ultimately decided to align with Sherri Shepherd since they were both moms to young boys.
McCarthy claims Goldberg wouldn’t let Walters moderate and would often interrupt her co-hosts during Hot Topics.
“It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, ‘Can I moderate, please?’ And Whoopi would say no,” McCarthy says.
“People don’t understand,” she continues. “Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate. Her voice is strong not only in meaning but also in sound. I was able to get a point out in three words — like ‘I don’t agree’ — and that’s all I would be able to say. I would be stepped on or interrupted.”
McCarthy says she wasn’t going to “play a kiss-a—” with Goldberg.
“To me, Whoopi had an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts, their words, the room, the table, your feeling, your mood,” she says. “She had an addiction to controlling all of it and everybody.”
A rep for The View declined to comment. A rep for Goldberg did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Jenny McCarthy, Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg on The View
Goldberg got her start in the industry as an actress, nabbing her first Oscar nomination for the 1985 movie The Color Purple. She’s now a rare EGOT winner and has been the moderator and co-host on The View since 2007.
“I never thought I would get in as much trouble as I seem to have gotten in,” she told E! Newsthis link opens in a new tab in 2017 of her experience on the ABC talk show. “You have to be prepared for half the country to hate you every day. It’s a lot to carry but that’s why I try not to look back.”
She was recently absent from The View for a month after a serious bout of pneumonia put her in the hospital for three weeks.
The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.
BHAD BHABIE EXPOSES TRIPPIE REDD WITH LEAKED TEXT MESSAGES: ‘BUT 69 THE ONE WHO LIKES LIL GIRLS’ JIGGY JONES MARCH 21, 2019
The “Catch Me Outside” girl is airing out rappers now. How ’bout that?
Bhad Bhabie recently leaked old messages from Trippie Redd. Obviously, this was done with the intention to ruin Trippie Redd’s reputation. She chose to exclude a good majority of the conversation, while only leaving a couple of messages Trippie sent her, such as, “Come Over” and “Come alone.” To add flame to the fire, she captions the post saying, “Oh but 69 the one who likes lil girls,” taking a shot at Tekashi 6ix9ine’s sexual misconduct case. The 16-year-old social media star posted but quickly deleted the convo from her personal account.
It was rumored that Bhabie dated Trippie in the past, but he dispelled those rumors. Bhad Bhabie’s real name is Danielle Regoli, was 15 at the time of the message, while Trips is 19. She recently celebrated her 16th birthday and was gifted with a $40,000 Rolex watch. The “How You Feel” rapper has yet to respond to the incident, but is set to perform at the Rolling Loud Festival in May.
Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films' ‘Masters of the Universe’By Paige Gawley 5:00 AM PDT, March 21, 2019
ET has learned that the 22-year-old Sierra Burgess Is a Loser actor is in discussions to play the lead role of He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The movie will be based on the beloved Mattel toy line, which spawned a successful animated TV series from 1983 to 1985 and a 1987 film. Mattel Films is in active development with Sony Pictures on the project. The studios had no comment on these reports.
The film will likely tell the story of Prince Adam, planet Eternia's heir, who uses a magical sword to turn into the powerful warrior, He-Man. As He-Man, the warrior defends his planet and protects Castle Grayskull -- the source of his powers -- from an evil wizard, Skeletor. In the original film, Dolph Lundgren took on the role of He-Man, while Frank Langella was cast as Skeletor.
Brothers Adam and Aaron Nee will direct and write the screenplay. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway will also get writing credits for the script, a previous draft of which was penned by David S. Goyer, who will nab an executive producer credit. Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will also produce the project.
The news of Centineo's new project comes on the heels of the announcement that he is currently in production for the follow up to Netflix's 2018 hit, To All the Boys I've Loved Before. This year, Centineo will also star alongside Camila Mendes and Laura Marano in Netflix's The Perfect Date, which is due out Apr. 12, and then take his talents to the big screen, appearing alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in Elizabeth Banks' upcoming Charlie's Angels reboot.
When ET Live's Denny Directo and Cassie DiLaura caught up with the actor back in November he gushed about Charlie's Angels' leading ladies. "They're very loving people, " he raved. "We were filming in Germany and Turkey, and as soon as I got there, they're like, 'What's good, man! Want to hang out?' I was like, 'Yeah, for sure!'"
He added, "They're all lovely, deeply talented, dedicated individuals."
With Kentucky’s P.J. Washington out, John Calipari is dealing with more than UCLA rumorsP.J. Washington will sit out Kentucky’s first-round game. (James Crisp/Associated Press)By Cindy BorenMarch 21 at 10:43 AM
An injury to P.J. Washington has overshadowed the annual gossip surrounding the future of John Calipari at Kentucky, with the Wildcats sophomore ruled out for the team’s NCAA tournament opener Thursday night against Abilene Christian.
“The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that @PJWashington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture,” Calipari tweeted Thursday morning. “Once we determined that P.J. was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today’s game.”
It is unclear whether Washington would be available for the second-round game Saturday in Jacksonville, should Kentucky advance. Washington, who leads Kentucky in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg), reportedly was wearing the boot as far back as Sunday. It isn’t clear exactly when Washington suffered the sprain; he played only 20 minutes in Kentucky’s 82-78 loss to Tennessee in an SEC tournament semifinal Saturday.
As for Calipari personally, he did his best Wednesday to squelch speculation that he might be interested in becoming the UCLA coach.
“Before I go to bed, let me just say this: I’m coaching at the Univ. of Kentucky,” he wrote on Twitter. “In my opinion, there is no better job in the world to coach basketball. My plan and my desire is to retire at Kentucky. I think the university feels the same as I do and we’ve talked openly about it.” And with that, he added, “Now let’s focus on this game tomorrow [Thursday]!”
Ah, but talk is cheap, right? And he has gotten around, making stops at Massachusetts, Memphis and in the NBA before becoming only the seventh coach in Kentucky hoops history in 2009. As for UCLA, there has been little movement since the school fired Steve Alford on Dec. 31, with the buzz surrounding Calipari and Tony Bennett, whose top-seeded Virginia team opens play in the NCAA tournament on Friday.
Somehow, this is always the season of denial for Coach Cal. Two years ago, he reminded everyone that “I am the coach at Kentucky and will be for a long time” when his name surfaced in connection with a Knicks vacancy. And he shot down rumors about the Nets, Kings and Pelicans the season before that. He’ll probably get the chance to shoot down the rumors after his No. 2 seed Wildcats (27-6) play 15th-seeded Abilene Christian.
It can’t hurt to ask, right?
Theo Von Fights the Dark Arts While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot OnesBYCOMPLEXMAR 21, 2019
Theo Von is one of the funniest comedians working today. You can catch him on the Dark Arts Tour coming to a city near you. His special, No Offense, is on Netflix now. And he has a podcast, This Past Weekend, which is available on Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and wherever else you get your pods. But how is he with spicy food? Find out as the Rat King takes on the wings of death and chats with Sean Evans as if they were lifelong buddies. As he battles the hot-sauce dark arts, Theo tells stories about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, capturing chimps in Louisiana, and adapting to the L.A. lifestyle. GANG GANG!