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Are you ready for a Brooks & Dunn #Reboot?

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LACould Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn be reuniting to release new music?

Their labelmate — and huge Brooks & Dunn fan — Luke Combs appears to be confirming that it’s true.

“The #Reboot is coming,” the “Hurricane” hitmaker tweeted, along with a photo of him wearing a B&D t-shirt.

Brooks & Dunn’s official Twitter account re-tweeted his post, adding the hashtag #Reboot.

The award-winning duo has also created some buzz by booking some radio interviews together on Friday.

Though they’ve continued to do their Together in Vegas residency with Reba McEntire and each done solo albums, Kix and Ronnie haven’t recorded as a duo since 2009’s #1’s… and Then Some album. They haven’t toured together since they finished The Last Rodeo Tour in 2010.

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MLB legend Tommy John and son discuss youth sports and arm injuries

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By Eric Mollo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former MLB pitcher Tommy John is best known for the surgery he underwent that has become a staple in sports and has saved the careers of so many professional athletes.

“I really feel honored and proud that Dr. [Frank] Jobe would name the surgery after me,” he says in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. Rather than pronouncing the expanded medical title, it was simply easier to dub the operation, “Tommy John surgery,” as it is now widely known.

However, John is maddened by the way his name has crept into youth sports: “It’s reprehensible… Kids should be healthy until they get into minor league or major league baseball. Then you hurt your arm. But not a kid.”

John and his son, Dr. Tommy John III, visited ABC to discuss an initiative to prevent adolescent athletes from undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Dr. John III treats athletes of all ages, and within the past decade, has noticed a troubling trend among young athletes: “The degenerative wear and tear that comes in life, I was seeing in these kids at about ten, eleven, twelve-years-old.”

The surgery, performed on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in an athlete’s elbow, is common among baseball players, but can affect athletes in any sport. There has been concern for years over how many professional pitchers undergo the operation, even though several have resumed their careers successfully.

More recently, teenagers and even pre-teens have considered or actually undergone the operation, and both Tommy John and his son believe the way parents and children train for sports today is part of the reason why.

The former ballplayer believes playing multiple sports as a kid helped create a healthy path for him to make it to the majors: “I played baseball in spring and summer, and when the leagues were over in August, I put the bat and baseball down and played basketball until March.”

Dr. John III once ran and operated a baseball school. Now, he believes training kids for baseball through the offseason months was not always beneficial, and hyper focusing on one sport could actually increase an athlete’s risk of injury.

Dr. John III outlines more tips for healthy performance in his new book, Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance: A Sports Parent’s Survival Guide.

With the book, he hopes parents and athletes will understand that intense training and focus on one sport can actually limit a young child’s athletic potential, as well as the potential for them to succeed in the sport they are so focused on:

“The book is a way to empower people outside of myself, outside of my office, to put themselves the position to be the best at whatever they’re going to perform at in life and be their healthiest option.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Source:: Sports News


The Song Remembers When: Trisha Yearwood to mark two decades of Opry memories

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By Music News Group

Photo courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographerTrisha Yearwood will celebrate her twentieth anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with an appearance next month on the legendary stage.

The Georgia native was inducted on March 13, 1999 by Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner.

Trisha’s Opry memories are even more special now because of the institution’s link to her beloved mother, Gwen, who passed away in 2011.

“My mother came [to the Opry] on her senior class trip from South Georgia,” Trisha explains. “She wrote in her diary about seeing [Opry stars] Hank Snow, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and all those people.”

“When I was inducted as a member of the Opry in 1999,” she continues, “she brought her diary and got Hank Snow to sign it. So it’s not only about me, it’s also about my whole family.”

Trisha’s special Opry show will take place on Tuesday, March 12.

Next week, her Frank Sinatra tribute record, Let’s Be Frank, will be available everywhere, after being exclusive to Williams Sonoma stores since December.

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Chris Pratt returns to Bubba Gump Shrimp, the same restaurant franchise where he was discovered

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — After swinging by Good Morning America on Tuesday to plug his LEGO Movie sequel, Chris Pratt walked right across the street to the Times Square location of the Bubba Gump Shrimp company. It was a short trip — but a long way from where he’s been.

Turns out Pratt was “discovered” while working at one of the franchise’s eateries in Hawaii.

“Twenty years ago I was a waiter at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company,” he said in an Instagram post documenting his visit. “Every time I go back, I’m reminded of the thousands of shrimp I ate off of people’s plates on the way back to the kitchen. Please tip your server. Leave at least 20%. Also leave some shrimp.”

He isn’t joking, either. While he’s now one of the most bankable action stars in Hollywood, during his time as a literally starving waiter, Pratt has previously admitted to supplementing his diet in those lean years with customers’ uneaten food.

He once told the Graham Norton Show that he convinced a kindly “90-year-old woman” that she should order a massive Porterhouse steak just so he could eat her leftovers…only to have her ask for a doggie bag after he’d already scarfed them down.

The LEGO Movie: The Second Part hits theaters Friday.

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Terry Crews, rapper Wale go head-to-head over Liam Neeson's revenge comments

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — D.C. rapper Wale took actor Terry Crews’ to task after the Brooklyn Nine Nine star appeared to defend Liam Neeson’s controversial revelation that he thought about seeking revenge on a random black man after a friend told him she was raped.

Crews initially responded to the interview in the U.K. paper The Independent in which Neeson made the comments.

“I believe that every person on earth is capable of the greatest good, or unspeakable evil,” Deadpool 2 star Crews tweeted. “Liam is just describing his fork in the road.”

Crews tweet seemed to suggest that because he expressed remorse over his actions, Neeson should be forgiven. But many fans begged to differ, including Wale, who called Crews out.

“Na. No. Nope. Liam is trash,” Wale wrote in response to Crews’ tweet. “We losin Brothers all the time because of this proverbial ‘fork.’ Na fam.”

Crews quickly responded. “So what are we gonna do, @wale?”

Wale clapped back. “I know what we not gon do, Terry.”

Crews then went on to respond to another commenter who insisted that the actor was definitely defending Neeson’s comments.

“This is why reading comprehension is so necessary in school,” Crews began. “I never defended Liam Neeson. Still don’t.”

The actor explained in another tweet, “He took the wrong road. It’s simple. No one is excusing what he did. But he DID HAVE A CHOICE. That’s the fork.”

On Tuesday, Neeson went on ABC’s Good Morning America to explain himself and to insist he isn’t racist.

“It really shocked me, this primal urge I had. It shocked me, and it hurt me. I did seek help,” he said on GMA, adding that he consulted a priest and two friends, and took up power walking to defuse his anger.

“Luckily no violence occurred – ever,” he noted. “Thanks be to God.”

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