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Aaron Judge plays emotional role in MLB tribute to Hank Aaron

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DENVER — Aaron Judge scored a run in the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night, yet there’s no way that’s what he’ll remember most about this evening.

Before the American League defeated the National League at Coors Field, 5-2, for an eighth straight victory, the Yankees right fielder joined the Braves’ Freddie Freeman in escorting Billye Aaron, the widow of beloved Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, to home plate for an emotional pregame ceremony. As Major League Baseball presented Ms. Aaron with a commissioned painting of her husband as well as an Aaron Braves jersey autographed by the members of both teams, Judge comforted the honoree by patting her shoulder with his right hand.

Aaron died in January at age 86. The pregame festivities also recognized the nine other Hall of Famers (Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver and Don Sutton) who died since the most recent All-Star Game occurred in 2019.

 Freddie Freeman (left) and Aaron Judge (right) escort the wife of the late Hank Aaron, Billye Aaron, onto the field prior to the MLB All-Star baseball game.
Freddie Freeman (left) and Aaron Judge (right) escort the wife of the late Hank Aaron, Billye Aaron, onto the field prior to the MLB All-Star baseball game.
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As the AL’s cleanup hitter, Judge drew a second-inning walk that led to him scoring the game’s first run. He then grounded into a fielder’s choice and flied out to right field. In the bottom of the third, he hopped to spear a blast to right-center field by the Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds.


The Mets’ Taijuan Walker made his debut in this game by serving up a homer to his former Mariners battery mate Mike Zunino, now with the Rays, and striking out the Royals’ Whit Merrifield during his one inning of work.

“I had a good time. It was fun,” Walker said. “I got myself a strikeout and gave up a homer to a teammate who knows how I pitch.”

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The highlight, he said, was “just hearing my family [his wife, mother and siblings] scream for me. I heard them scream for me when I got the strikeout.”

Walker said he will head to Arizona for a few days and will then meet the team in Pittsburgh.


Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman, who lost his closing job during the last week of the first half, didn’t pitch. Said AL manager Kevin Cash of the Rays: “we had talked and decided he was fine. He went to the back of the list, but with Chap, if he’s pitching, you know that generally good things are happening and you’re winning the game.”

Asked whether Chapman’s recent struggles factored into that strategy, Cash said, “None whatsoever. None whatsoever. He’s a big game pitcher.”

Chapman infuriated Cash and the Rays last year when he threw high and tight to Tampa Bay’s Mike Brosseau, who wound up beating Chapman and the Yankees with the homer to win the AL Division Series.

During pre-game batting practice, meanwhile, Chapman wrote a message on his cap reading, “Patria Y Vida” _ literally “Homeland and Life” and “SOS Cuba.” Both served as messages to his native Cuba, which has seen its residents mount historic protests this week against food and medicine shortages.

“(The All-Star Game is) an event for me because the whole world sees it,” Chapman told Jesus Ortiz of ouresquina.com. “It’s an event that the entire U.S. watches. Many countries see it. Sending a clear message to the whole world so they know what’s happening in my country.”

Chapman, who defected from Cuba in 2009, said he has many family members and friends still in the country: “My message is that we have to keep fighting. We cannot stop or be fearful. We have to go forward. Confronting what happens or whatever, we have to try to look for the liberty that every Cuban has dreamed about for many years.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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