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US teen track phenom Erriyon Knighton set for big Olympic impression

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Erriyon Knighton isn’t old enough to toast his victories with champagne — or anything else. He can’t get a tattoo without a parent’s approval or vote or even fight for his country. But at the Tokyo Olympics he’ll run for it — and maybe even win for it.

The phenom from Florida introduced himself to track fans when he broke Usain Bolt’s under-18 and under-20 world records in the 200 meters. The 17-year-old will introduce himself to the rest of the world when he runs in Monday night’s heats in Tokyo, becoming the youngest track star for Team USA since 1964.

“I mean, I did good. I’m on a team at 17, so I can’t complain,” Knighton said after the U.S. Olympic trials. “It hasn’t sunk in. It’ll probably sink in [later]. But as of right now, I’m just happy. I feel like it’s a real big accomplishment.”

Make that an Olympic-sized one. In all likelihood, there will be many more.

After running a 20.11 earlier this season to break the under-18 mark set by Bolt in 2003, Knighton turned in a blistering 19.88 in the Olympic trials semifinals to shatter the under-20 world record owned by arguably track’s biggest star ever.

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Erriyon Knighton reacts after winning his heat of the men’s 200 meter semifinals at the Olympic trials.
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Knighton’s 19.84 encore in the final — in which he stormed back from fifth place (at best) coming off the turn to finish third — lowered his own U-20 record, and left him with the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. And it stamped him as the future of sprinting — possibly the not-too-distant future, depending on the next week.

Only two of the three men who have run faster that Knighton this season are in Tokyo, so he’s in prime position to earn an Olympic medal.

“It hasn’t hit reality yet. I feel like when I get there it will sink in. When I realize when I am there hopefully I will do good,” Knighton told ABC News, before amending that.

“I am going to do good.”


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There’s no reason to doubt it. He had never run a track meet until 2 ½ years ago, and will line up against the world’s best Monday despite not yet having started his senior year of high school.

Naturally there have been inevitable comparisons to Carl Lewis, a phenom in his schoolboy days at Willingboro (N.J.) High. And while the Bolt comparisons are unfair, Knighton doesn’t shy away from them. When asked last year if he’d liken his running style to anybody, he compared it to the triple world record-holder.

“Probably Usain Bolt,” Knighton told Florida Today, “just because he’s tall like me.”

And more and more, he’s running like Bolt.

Like Bolt, Lewis and other tall sprinters, the 6-foot-3 Knighton doesn’t always lead out of the blocks. But unlike so many tall sprinters without a low center of gravity, he excels on the turn. And when he unfurls his stride, he’s almost impossible to hold off.

Fred Kerley (who took silver in the 100 Sunday) and veteran Isiah Young (a 2012 Olympian) both found that out when Knighton overtook them in the Olympic trials 200 meters final for the third and last spot. And Noah Lyles learned it when he got caught from behind in the semifinals, and had to work to hold on and win the final.

“[Lyles] gave me a lot of advice,” said Knighton, just 0.10 seconds behind Lyles for the world lead. “He actually told me that I achieved the dream that he was had make the team in high school.”

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Growing up Florida, it’s not shocking that Knighton was a football standout at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Rated a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, he got offers from powerhouses such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee thanks to last year’s growth spurt and that blinding speed.

But earning his breakthrough Olympic season is proof he made the right call.

Since turning professional in January — shortly after his 17th birthday — Knighton has piled up wins and earned $200,000. That includes signing with Adidas that same month and being featured in their “Impossible Is Nothing” campaign in April.

“I know my potential,” Knighton wrote on Instagram. “I see the greatness in me everytime I see my reflection.”

The rest of the world may see that greatness over the next week.

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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.
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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.
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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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