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Knicks set to get first up-close look at Luca Vildoza

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LAS VEGAS — Point guard Luca Vildoza arrived from Tokyo late Friday night, staged his first practice as a Knick on Saturday and is ready to reverse his Olympic fortunes Sunday when their summer-league schedule opens against Toronto at 4:30 p.m.

Vildoza, the 25-year-old Argentine prospect who signed last May, has a four-year non-guaranteed contract.

With the drafting of point guards Miles McBride and Rokas Jokubaitis, Vildoza’s place on the 15-man roster in October is no longer a sure thing. Especially with his Olympic performance not going well as Argentina posted a 1-3 record in the Tokyo Games.

During the exhibition schedule in Las Vegas, where Argentina’s national team trained because the pandemic was soaring in the South American country, they went 0-3.

Vildoza averaged seven points and three assists in 20 minutes in the four Olympic contests.

Luca Vildoza
Luca Vildoza
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“To be honest, we didn’t play like we normally do,’’ Vildoza said after his first Knicks practice. “We actually played terrible. I didn’t feel pretty good. To be honest, I was missing a lot of shots I don’t normally miss. I was without my confidence and I showed that on the court. Now, I’m trying to get back to where I was, trying to make my shots and my game.’’

Vildoza said he’ll be ready to play Sunday if called upon, but admitted he had some jet lag.

“I feel happy to be here,’’ said Vildzoa, who played in the Spanish League the past four seasons with Baskonia. “I was really tired after the trip but I’m OK today. The jet lag was very tough. I sleep pretty good. I was with the team this morning and feel really happy.’’

Vildoza’s status with the Knicks could be shaky, depending on what Jokubaitis shows in Las Vegas. The Lithuanian lefty was expected to play in Barcelona this season, but if he excels in summer league, those plans could change. Jokubaitis has looked solid in practice so far.

“I’m trying,’’ Vildoza said regarding his uncertain future. “I’m trying to work hard. I’m trying to show myself. I just want to show who I am. If after that, I can’t get onto the team, that’s OK. At least I gave everything.’’

Vildoza comes with a ringing endorsement from former Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni, also of Argentina.

There was a lot to digest for Vildoza in his first practice.

“It was actually very tough,’’ Vildoza said. “I was trying to figure out the sets. I was paying attention. It was OK. In Europe, I was playing a lot of sets similar.’’

The five-game summer-league schedule will be a chance for the Knicks’ four drafted rookies — McBride (selected 36th), shooting guard Quentin Grimes (25th), Jokubaitis (34th) and Texas big man Jericho Sims (58th) to get their feet wet.

In addition, the Knicks’ 2020 first-round picks, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley, who didn’t have a summer league before their rookie season because of the pandemic, will play the first couple of games at least.

“I will be there, so let’s see if I get the opportunity to be on the court,’’ Vildoza said. “I know I can make mistakes every time because I’ve never been with my teammates until now.’’

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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.”
New York DMV

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.”
New York DMV
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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