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Giannis Antetokounmpo has strong game in return from injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo never thought he would return so soon. In fact, when he was injured against the Hawks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals last week, he didn’t think he’d play again until next season.

After looking close to full strength while scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds in the Bucks’ 118-105 loss to the Suns in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night in Phoenix, Antetokounmpo revealed he thought the worst after the crashed to the court, twisting his leg. As it turned out, “The Greek Freak’’ only missed two contests — Games 5 and 6 versus the Hawks, both Milwaukee victories.

“I’m happy that I’m out there,’’ Antetokounmpo said, in his first public comments since he hyperextended his left knee. “At the end of the day, I haven’t watched the clip [of the injury], but when the play happened, I thought I’m going to be out for a year. I’m just happy that two games later, I’m back.

“I thought I hurt everything in my knee. I thought, ‘I’m gone.’ Just being able to be on the bench [against Atlanta] and not be on a cold table getting surgery and supporting those guys, watching the game and walking around and sharing with them, you always got to find the positive things in everything you go through. I was happy they were able to get the job done [in beating the Hawks].’’

Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to make a pass as Cameron Johnson defends during the Suns' 118-105 win over the Bucks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to make a pass as Cameron Johnson defends during the Suns’ 118-105 win over the Bucks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
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Antetokounmpo missed the last two games of the East finals and figured to be out Tuesday when the Bucks listed him as doubtful on the eve of The Finals. But he worked “24 hours a day’’ to get back, and he played with gusto and athleticism.

“It was tough but I did my best to get back, did the right treatment and took care of my body,’’ he said. “I felt great. The medical staff let me play. I felt I had my balance. My knee was stable. I didn’t feel pain.’’

Even as he had a solid outing, Antetokounmpo did grab at his knee at one juncture in the second half. Otherwise, effects of the injury weren’t noticeable, and Antetokounmpo downplayed it.

He skied for an alley-oop pass on Milwaukee’s first possession. Though it got broken up, he was fouled on the play and went to the free-throw line. He lived down to his free-throw reputation by badly missing the first attempt with the crowd counting to 10 — as Nets fans had during the second-round series.

Antetokounmpo wound up with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists by intermission, attacking the rim with abandon. He also had a sensational block in the final minute of the half, racing back to bat off the glass what looked to be an uncontested fast-break layup attempt by Mikal Bridges. Antetokounmpo also committed goaltending on a Devin Booker shot, leaping well above the rim.

Even 90 minutes before tip-off, the Bucks wouldn’t let the media in on Antetokounmpo’s return, which wasn’t revealed until shortly before tip-off.

“He had a good workout before the game,’’ Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think you’ve got to listen to Giannis first. He felt good. The Sports Performance Group felt good, he had been checking boxes the last couple days and making progress and so he was cleared. And he wanted to go and everybody was on the same page. It’s just a credit to him. For him to be back playing in Game 1, it’s really impressive what he did.’’

And it at least hints at the promise of a better Game 2 result for Milwaukee.

“He’s a rhythm guy,’’ Budenholzer said. “So, I’m excited about how he’ll improve from Game 1 to Game 2.’’


Ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy is calling his 13th straight NBA Finals for ABC after spending the weekend in Las Vegas with the U.S. Olympic coaching staff as their director of scouting. Van Gundy will join Team USA after The Finals and be in Tokyo, though is not considered an assistant coach. Head coach Gregg Popovich’s assistants are Steve Kerr, Jay Wright and Lloyd Pierce.

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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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