Penn State, James Franklin agree to 6-year extension

James Franklin is cashing in.

Last year’s Big Ten championship season clearly impressed those in charge at Penn State, as the university announced Friday that it has agreed to a six-year contract extension with Franklin.

“James and his staff have done an exceptional job with our football student-athletes and in all aspects of the football program,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.

“His values are Penn State’s values and they resonate throughout every member of the organization and team he has built. James is a tremendous leader of young men, motivating them to extend their reach and impact far beyond what they might have thought possible on the field, in the classroom and community. We are excited about continuing to work together to strive to make a lifetime of impact, win championships and celebrate many successes on and off the field along the way.”

The university released the details of Franklin’s contract with total salary starting at $ 4.3 million in 2017 and rising to $ 6.25 million in 2022, the final year of the deal.

Franklin expressed his appreciation for the deal following the announcement, as well as his excitement to continue building the best possible culture within the program.

“My family and I are very thankful to be a part of the Penn State community,” Franklin said. “I am pleased with the progress our program has made in the community, in the classroom and on the field. I look forward to diligently working with President Barron and Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour on implementing a plan that puts our University and our student-athletes in the best position to compete on the field and in life.”

Franklin is set to enter his fourth season with the Nittany Lions, having turned back-to-back 7-6 campaigns into a remarkable 11-3 season last year that resulted in the school’s second outright Big Ten title since 1994.

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LeBron James Producing Comedy Series About Sneaker Culture For HBO

Sorry Cleveland, but it seems more and more likely that LeBron James is LA bound come next summer. The latest clue comes out of tinseltown where LeBron is going to be producing his new HBO project which centers around two friends who own an up and coming sneaker store in Los Angeles.

The half-hour single-camera comedy about the insanity that surrounds the sneaker culture phenomenon that’s taken over the world seems to be filling a part of the culture that’s yet to be explored by a television series. If done right, it should be a smash. And with LeBron’s Nike connect who knows what kind of original sneakers and designs will make their debut in this series. Don’t expect Big Baller Brand or Kyrie’s to get any shine though.

Though the project has yet to be named according to Highsnobiety the series is going to be written by Shawn Wines (High Maintenance) and Lemon Andersen (She’s Gotta Have It).

No word on when a pilot might air but best believe sneakerheads around the world will be glued to their tubes and tablets when it does indeed debut.

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James Harden & His Beard Are Cooking On The Cover NBA Live 18

The beard is winning this Summer. James Harden is covering the latest installment of EA Sport’s famed basketball franchise NBA Live—solo, and adding to his long list of accomplishments.

Houston Rockets came up short in their quest for an NBA championship, but they are definitely having a great off-season to say the least. Things are looking up for both him and his Rockets though!

Earlier this Summer, Harden signed one of the biggest contract extensions ever in NBA history securing $ 228 million from the Rockets.

Just recently his squad leveled when they acuqired the “Point God”, Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

This isn’t the first time he’s earned a cover, he graced the cover of NBA2k16 sharing that honor with Golden State Warrior sharpshooter Steph Curry and the New Orleans Pelican’s dynamic big-man Anthony Davis.

Once beloved among electronic sports enthusiast, NBA Live has seen better days after being dethroned by NBA 2K. NBA Live 2018 looks to reclaim the throne or at least give gamers another option when it comes to NBA simulators

Last week NBA Live 2018 did something its competition hasn’t done yet by annoucing that for the first time the WNBA will be featured in this year’s installment.

NBA Live took a hiatus last year but looks to return with a bang. With what we are seeing, NBA Live 18 looks to be a solid offering from EA Sports.

Hoopers will get an idea just how improved the franchise is when the demo goes live August 11. We are very intrigued, to say the least, EA Sports may finally have one here.

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Watch: LeBron James Jr. sends poor kid into oblivion with sick crossover

LeBron James Jr. is skilled beyond his 12 years, and showed off his handles Sunday as he crossed up an opponent with a killer crossover.

Bronny's father and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson were on hand, and had to be impressed by the savage move.

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Watch: ‘Warriors’ chant breaks out after LeBron James Jr.’s team loses

LeBron James can’t catch a break.

The Cleveland Cavaliers icon watched as his son Bronny played Sunday, and despite the talented 12-year-old's best efforts, his team ultimately lost.

Afterward, someone in the crowd chanted “Warriors.”

The Cavs have squared off against the Golden State Warriors in three consecutive NBA Finals, with the Dubs taking two-of-three, including the most recent edition.

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Trinidad James – Father FiGGA (Feat. ManMan Savage) (Official Music Video)

Trinidad James is fresh off the release of his new project Father FiGGA, and now he’s back with an official music video for the title-track featuring ManMan Savage.

Watch below.

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Usher on Carpool Karaoke: Teaching James Corden to Dance, Discussing Veganism

Have you ever heard James Corden talk about being in a club and "popping bottles?" Because you really should. Everyone should.

But the real treat when it comes to James Corden is always, always the singing. Whether he's singing with Britney Spears or jamming with Selena Gomez or Adele herself, that's the attraction that makes his show as good as it is.

This time, his guest is Usher, and in addition to some great singing, they also do an activity where Usher teaches James Corden to dance. The results are … hilarious. Enjoy the video, below:

The first song that the two enjoy together is "Yeah!"

Full disclosure — I did not even realize that "Yeah!" was an Usher song when I first heard it.

I heard it on that Vine — remember when Vine was a thing? — where that It's Just Luke kid dabbed at the end.

I later learned that it was Usher, and it's a great song.

So listening to James Corden and Usher sing it together was an absolute delight.

Then comes Usher teaching James Corden to dance.

This is where James Corden saying "popping bottles" as awkwardly as humanly possible comes into play.

(Honestly, I feel like it would be a little odd if I said it, but I can't hold a candle to James' British awkwardness)

And there's the actual dancing, though we're pretty sure that James is deliberately being goofy, what with the jazz hands.

Then they sing "Burn" in the car and stop by Usher's Hollywood star in a "totally spontaneous" bit.

And by "stop by" his star, we definitely mean that they got out of the car, look at the star, and start cleaning it.

(Which totally reminds us of the "nothing but respect for my president" meme started by people mocking Trump supporters, in which people would clean, like, Britney Spears' Hollywood star)

One man even recognizes Usher, leading to a very funny exchange.

The two of them then get back into the car, where they sing Usher's "Caught Up."

Afterwards, James Corden asks Usher if he's successfully gone "full-on vegan."

Usher responds that he's "been trying to avoid meat."

James Corden asks how that's been going.

"Not so well," Usher replies adorably.

He doesn't just mean that he cheated with some sushi.

(There are some near-vegetarians who are fine with eating fish)

No, Usher admits: "I had some thin-sliced beef yesterday."

Keep in mind that vegans aren't even supposed to eat cheese or eggs.

So, yeah, he's not really in range of veganism, if that's his goal.

"i've been really focused on being a vegan. But I like beef. And I like chicken. But I'm a vegan."

Sure.

Usher apparently has the same argument with his son (seriously, Usher does not look old enough to have two kids who are 8 and 9).

One of them, apparently, says that he's a vegetarian — who likes beef and chicken.

FYI, if you just want to cut out pork from your diet, you can say "I don't eat pork."

There might even be a secular label for that, avoiding labels like "I only eat Kosher/Halal food."

Personally, we'd go with: "Oh, I'm porkless."

Anyway, there's more, and the whole thing is charming.

(We definitely prefer lighthearted stuff to when James Corden gets serious)

Probably because James Corden is charming and Usher's really charming, so James doesn't have to cover for his guest's lack of charisma as he sometimes does.

On the other hand, this time when they sing, James doesn't really have to hit bonkers notes like he does with some guests.

So there's a trade-off.

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Burning Man: Usher Carpool Karaoke’s With James Cordon [VIDEO]

Usher’s been going through a rough patch as of late (no pun intended), but life must go on and the ATL crooner is acting accordingly.

Jumping in James Corden’s whip for some “Carpool Karaoke,” the multi-platinum artist takes time out of his busy schedule to belt out some of his classic hits whenever he isn’t hopping out the car to teach Corden some moves. Even Vanity couldn’t teach James Cordon how to move, b.

Check out the clip below and peep Usher and James enjoy themselves something hilarious.

 

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LeBron James Does Not Want To Bless Kyrie Irving With The Proper Fade, Allegedly

Kyrie Irving sent the basketball world into a spiral when word got out that he requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the most dubious rumors is that LeBron James wanted to put hands on his soon to be ex-point guard. 

Blame Stephen A. Smith for the reported fade delivery desire.

However, King James says that’s not the case. The future NBA hall of famer took to Twitter to say that such allegations are #NotFacts

#NotFacts people! Boooo!! Get another source. ‍♂️. #EnjoyingMySummer #YouDoTheSame ,” said James an RT of the SLAM mag story on Smith’s account.

As for Irving, he just wants to be the star of the show. All good.

Kyrie Irving also thinks the world is flat, though.

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