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Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence agree to $105 million deal

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(DALLAS) —  The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a five-year extension with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

The deal will be worth $105 million dollars, with $65 million guaranteed, a source tells ESPN.

The $65 million guaranteed will be the fourth most given to a defensive player in NFL history, behind Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald and Von Miller.

Lawrence played on the franchise tag last season, with the team hoping he could repeat his Pro-Bowl level play in 2017. 

He finished with 10.5 sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year, even though he played the year with a torn labrum.

The 26-year old became the first Cowboy to post double-digit sacks in consecutive seasons since DeMarcus Ware in 2011-2012.

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“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz to sing at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards

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Maarten de Boer/NBC(LAS VEGAS) — This Is Us star Chrissy Metz will take the stage with country stars Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae, Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.


Although the actress has shown off her pipes as Kate Pearson on the top-rated NBC drama, she’ll be making her live TV singing debut opposite the country stars, performing the song “I’m Standing With You,” from her new movie Breakthrough.


In the film, which is based on a true story, Metz plays a mother whose faith is never shaken, even after her young son falls through ice.  He makes a miraculous recovery long after others lose hope.


The artists who will accompany Chrissy during the performance are all featured on Breakthrough‘s soundtrack as well. 

The ACM Awards, hosted by country legend Reba McEntire, air live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

This Is Us airs Tuesday night on NBC.

Send in the clones: CinemaCon gets first look at Will Smith’s younger self in ‘Gemini Man’

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LAS VEGAS) — Will Smith plays his own worst enemy – literally – in the upcoming new film, Gemini Man.

Variety reports attendees at CinemaCon, a movie theater industry trade show in Las Vegas, got their first look at the Ang Lee-directed film. Smith plays a down-and-out hitman who faces off against a younger, cloned version of himself.

The film relies on complex visual effects to create the younger clone.

“I’m 50 years old now, and I don’t know that I would have had the experience to play a 23-year-old me [earlier in my career],” Smith said in a pre-taped message at the event.

According to Variety, the rough-cut trailer didn’t reveal much of the plot, but the CGI effects impressed the crowd, making Smith’s younger clone look exactly how he did back in his Fresh Prince of Bel-Airdays.

Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong co-star in the film.  A full trailer is expected this summer; the film is set to hit theaters in October.

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Kate Hudson reveals how new clothing line, Happy x Nature, was inspired by her own closet

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Want to dress like Kate Hudson and be environmentally conscious, too? You’re in luck.

The actress has just launched a ready-to-wear, eco-friendly clothing line called Happy x Nature (pr: Happy by Nature). All of the pieces were inspired her own bohemian aesthetic, with lots of denim, flowy dresses and soft tees and tanks.

Hudson, who also founded the athletic wear line Fabletics, says she collaborated with a designer and they did a deep dive into her entire fashion history, paparazzi pics and all.

“The brand DNA was really about my closet,” she says. “It has to feel authentic to me because it’s my line. And it was actually kind of odd for me because [the designer] brought in all these phases of my entire fashion life that I’d never seen…I was like, ‘This is crazy!’”

Not only did her personal style come in handy for inspo, so did her acting background.

“You go so deep on a character that we did the same thing with the clothes,” she says. “…The way we started was, she’s a California girl, she’s road tripping through the desert and everything for us is gonna be inspired by nature, which is why we called it Happy x Nature.” 

The line, which is affordably priced from $48 to $148, is available on happyxnature.com and in select New York & Company stores.

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Sports writer Rick Reilly says Trump cheats but doesn’t see it as cheating

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Leon Neal/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Many U.S. presidents have enjoyed playing golf, but as acclaimed sports writer Rick Reilly puts it in his new book, “No president has been as up to his clavicles in golf as Donald Trump.”

“Trump doesn’t just play courses; he builds them, buys them, owns them, operates them, sues over them, lies about them, bullies with them, and brags about them,” Reilly writes in his new book, “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.”

Reilly said he played golf with Trump at one of his courses in preparation for a book Reilly published in 2004. As the pair spent the day together, Trump introduced Reilly as the publisher and owner of Sports Illustrated, despite the fact that he was neither, Reilly told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics podcast. Reilly started his sports writing career in 1979 and wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1985 to 2007, according to his website. He is also a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

And Trump is not the only president Reilly has played with. In 1995, he writes, he played with former President Bill Clinton.

“He cheated in a kind of a different way. He would take — they came to call them Billigans,” Reilly told Karl and Klein. “And Clinton carried 24 clubs in his bag which is also cheating.”

“But the difference is he wasn’t trying to win. He wasn’t trying to make you worse,” Reilly added.

Despite questioning the fairness of the president’s methods, Reilly does not believe that Trump is a bad golfer

“He is a good golfer, there’s no reason to lie,” said Reilly, who finds Trump’s reported 2.8 handicap questionable, to say the least.

“I thought he was a 9 or 10,” Reilly told Klein and Karl. “He ain’t no three … If he’s a three, then the Queen is a pole vaulter. Cause there’s no way.”

Reilly’s book alleges all manner of cheating, from fudging scorecards to kicking golf balls back onto the fairway. In fact, Reilly claims, the caddies at one golf club witnessed Trump kick the ball so much that they came up with a nickname for him: “Pele.”

I think Donald, in his heart of hearts, believes that you’re gonna cheat him, too. So if it’s the same, if everybody’s cheating, he doesn’t see it as really cheating,” Reilly writes.

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