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There are $303 million reasons US men’s basketball should bounce back

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The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has put together a roster worth its weight in gold — even if it didn’t look like a gold-medal team in Sunday’s opening 83-76 loss to France.

Other than the two emergency replacement players, JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson, the other 10 U.S. players will average $29.6 million in salary for the 2021-22 season — topped by Kevin Durant’s $40.9 million for the Nets.

On the Tokyo floor in the opener, Team USA had 10 of the 11 highest-paid players. French center Rudy Gobert will make $35.3 million next season for the Jazz, cracking into that top 11.

The 12-man Team USA roster’s aggregate NBA payroll for next season is $303 million. (That factors in McGee making next season what he did in 2020-21 at $4.2 million). The NBA salary cap is projected to be in the ballpark of $112.4 million.

The payroll total doesn’t include Team USA coach Gregg Popovich, who earns a reported $11 million a year coaching the Spurs — tops for an NBA coach.

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Kevin Durant (r.) and Chris Middleton of Team USA.
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The Olympic squad (0-1) will next face Iran on Wednesday in what figures to be a breather. After the French loss, Popovich sounded like the loss shouldn’t be regarded as a major upset. Apparently, Popovich didn’t look at the financials.

“When you lose a game you’re not surprised, you’re disappointed,’’ Popovich said. “I don’t understand the word surprise — that sort of disses the French team, so to speak, as if we were supposed to beat them by 30 or something. That’s a hell of a team.’’

Other than Gobert, the only other big-money Frenchman is Evan Fournier, who starred Sunday and as a 2021 free agent is expected to net a contract starting at $15 million. That figure would still make him the 11th-highest paid player on Team USA.


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In addition, France was missing one of its NBA players, injured point guard Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks’ 2017 lottery pick who was a key force in beating Team USA in the 2019 World Cup when he outplayed Kemba Walker.

“I think for one, you got to give credit to France,’’ Damian Lillard said. “They got a pretty good team, too.’’

From top to bottom, Team USA’s pay scale for next NBA season is such:

Durant ($40.9M), Lillard ($39.5M), Khris Middleton ($35.5M); Devin Booker ($31.6M); Jrue Holiday ($30.1M); Bam Adebayo ($28M); Jayson Tatum ($28M) Draymond Green ($24M); Jerami Grant ($20M); Zach LaVine ($19.5M); McGee (unrestricted free agent who made $4.2 million last season) Johnson ($2.1 million). Only Grant didn’t see the court against France.

Besides Ntilikina, the Knicks had another tie to the French squad — center Vincent Poirier — whom the Knicks obtained in the Austin Rivers trade-deadline dump for three days and was promptly waived.

Only Durant had no excuses for Team USA getting outscored 16-2 at the game’s close.

“We all had good looks, we just didn’t knock them down,’’ he said.

Now there are 303 million reasons Team USA should bounce back with a vengeance.

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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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