Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist remarks. Sterling told his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, he didn't want her bringing black people to his games; his anger was ignited after she posted a photo on Instagram of her and Magic Johnson. The audio was originally posted by TMZ.
Sterling and the Clippers released a statement shortly thereafter stating, "We have heard the tape on TMZ. We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered," the statement said. "We do know that the woman on the tape -- who we believe released it to TMZ -- is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family, alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even.'"
Many reacted to the audio, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and President Obama. The NBA is currently investigating.
There is an extremely busy onsales period coming up over the next few days, with plenty of events among concerts, sports, and theater. We'll describe a few here, and you can see the full list of major onsales in the events table to the right.
First up, rocker Paul McCartney has 11 shows for his "Out There! Tour" on sale this Friday and upcoming Monday. About half of the onsales are on Friday, and about half are on Monday. In addition, Kings of Leon has 24 new concerts of its "Mechanical Bull Tour" on sale Friday and Saturday, and onsales for Wiz Khalifa's "Under The Influence" tour with Young Jeezy, Tyga, and more are this Friday.
The 2014 NFL Schedule was announced last night, to much fanfare and anticipation. The season will kick off with defending champion Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Other notable games include: Eagles-Redskins in Week 3; Broncos-Patriots in Week 9; and Seahawks-49ers on Thanksgiving in Week 15.
Get a full list of games here at TicketNetwork.com, or find the schedule for your favorite team(s) at our NFL page!
You know that saying "It’s not a race, it's a marathon"? Well, every marathon still has a winner. At this year's Boston Marathon, that honor went to 38-year-old Meb Keflezighi, the first U.S. man to win the marathon since 1983.
Keflezighi, a three-time Olympian, won the men's division with an official time of 2:08:37 — a time that's pretty fantastic in its own right, but especially because it is only five minutes shy of the the best time ever. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya holds the record for fastest marathon for his race in 2011, with a time of 2:03:02.
In first place for women was 33-year-old Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, who nabbed the title for the second year in row, and the third time overall. Her unofficial time of 2:18:57 broke a record for the women's course, as exactly 1 minute and 46 seconds faster than the previous record, which was set in 2002 by Margaret Okayo of Kenya.
Both Jeptoo and Keflezighi were part of elite groups of runners who began the 26.2-mile run well ahead of the rest of the 35,000 runners.
Even with the upcoming holidays, there are still a bunch of events going on sale between now and Tuesday. In this case, however, some of the bigger onsales have shifted back a day to today. That is the case with Latin singer Marc Anthony, as well as the 28-date The Voice Tour, whose onsales began this morning. NBA Playoffs home game onsales for the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks began this morning as well.
All that covered, the highlight of the weekend is 3 Doors Down, which announced yesterday that it is adding 18 additional dates to its acoustic-heavy Songs From The Basement Tour. The outing, which begins on June 3 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, will run for 32 dates before ending on September 11 in Louisville, KY. The band has also scheduled appearances at a number of fairs and festivals throughout the summer, where it will plug back in. Most of the new dates go on sale this Friday, but one concert in Beaumont, TX, goes on sale Saturday, and one in Cincinatti, OH, goes on sale Tuesday.