Report: HOF vetoed BBWAA vote to make ballots public

Prior to the ballots being sent out to Baseball Writers' Association of America members, there was a vote to decide whether to make their ballots public. Despite resounding support in favor of voter transparency, the Hall of Fame rejected the notion, according to Mike Petriello of

The vote was 80-9 in favor of public votes, per Jeff Fletcher or The Orange County Register.

Writers may still release their own ballots, but Cooperstown vetoed the forced transparency, according to Mark Feinsand of

Related: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome highlight 2018 HOF ballot

Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker works to curate ballots from the BBWAA Hall of Fame voters every year, counting more than 300 last year.

The electorate has until Dec. 31 to complete and return their Hall of Fame ballots before the 2018 class is officially announced.

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Report: Josh Beckett arrested for public intoxication

Former MLB pitcher Josh Beckett has reportedly been arrested for public intoxication after tackling the singer of a band during its set at an open mic night at a Texas country club, according to TMZ Sports.

Beckett was arrested because he was "a danger to himself and others," an officer reportedly told TMZ.

The singer reportedly sustained a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder from the incident.

The 37-year-old Beckett pitched 14 years in the big leagues with the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He threw a no-hitter, won a pair of World Series titles, and made three All-Star appearances.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Episode 4 Recap: The Public Shaming of Melissa

Danielle Staub is back, but is she the root of all the drama?

That became the biggest storyline on The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Episode 4 when she revealed some shocking details to Teresa about Dolores. 

Dolores allegedly said that all Teresa cares about is money and that Danielle would be wise to steer clear of her. Danielle thrives on some drama, so she dished the goodies to Teresa. 

Teresa was mad, and she thought it made sense because of the way Dolores has kept her distance from her over the last few weeks.

If you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online, you will know that Dolores has been too busy following Siggy around to bother with the other women on the show. 

Teresa wasted no time in dragging Dolores for her alleged comments, and Dolores went straight for the jugular with Danielle. 

“Welcome back, Scumbag!” she barked at her new enemy as she tried to clear her name. Teresa did not know who to believe, but a part of her was saying that Danielle was telling the truth. 

Dolores called Danielle a liar, a “crazy person,” and a“starving, hungry bitch.” She then tried to diagnose Danielle’s multitude of problems and said that it was no coincidence that Danielle returned and things got bad between the women. 

Danielle started bawling like a baby and made a swift exit with Teresa and Melissa. If Danielle is here to cause the drama, she can stay. This episode was crazy!

Then there was Siggy who thought inviting all the women to her cocktail party would continue to repair their fractured friendships. However, things took a crazy turn when Siggy ambushed Melissa about throwing the cake. 

“In a million years I wouldn’t take a beautiful cake like that and throw it across the floor,” Siggy yelled. Melissa was shocked but asked to buy her another cake to shut her up. 

Siggy then asked every single person whether Melissa acted wrongly and they all sided with Siggy. This was yet another moment that proved these women are going to be fighting until the bitter end. 

Elsewhere, Teresa and Melissa are starting to fight again, and part of the reason is that Joe bought the restaurant without consulting Melissa about it. Melissa learned that she was the last person to know and that did not go down well with her. 

The ladies bickered when they met with Joe to speak about running the restaurant. Melissa claimed she would not be doing anything that would involve getting her hands dirty. 

So, it looks like Melissa and Teresa are going to be feuding once again. Would we have it any other way?

What did you think of the drama?

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Chance The Rapper Partners With Lyft To Help Chicago Public Schools

Chance The Rapper‘s concerted push to support underfunded schools in his hometown of Chicago has gotten plenty of press, and the hometown hero is launching a new initiative today to bolster those efforts. The artist born Chancellor Bennett has partnered with transportation network company Lyft for a new cause where riders can donate to a fund.

Chano’s New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund  ,in conjunction with Chicago non-profit group Social Works, was announced today to provide much-needed assitance to art programs within the Chicago Public Schools system. How it works is that users can open up their Lyft up, hit the “Round Up & Donate” button, and round up their fares to the nearest dollar amount then donate the difference to the fund.

“Through the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, I’m committed to giving the kids in Chicago as much as I can. And now with Lyft’s Round Up & Donate, we can give them much more because the more we ride, the more we raise to bring more arts programs to Chicago Public Schools,” Chance The Rapper said in a press release statement.

Linking the fund to the app is as simple as opening the settings portion, hitting the “Round Up & Donate” section, and then choosing “CPS: The New Chance Fund” as the cause you wish to donate to. For now, the fund link is only available in the Chicago area. Learn more here.


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Auburn’s White arrested for appearing under the influence in public

Auburn quarterback Sean White was arrested Sunday morning for appearing under the influence in public, according to Lee County jail records obtained by James Crepea of

White, who started 10 games last year, served as Jarrett Stidham's backup Saturday in his return from a two-game suspension that was handed out for undisclosed reasons.

A redshirt junior in 2017, White threw for 1,679 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions last year. He played well in the second half of the season before running into injuries, including a shoulder ailment and a broken arm sustained in the Sugar Bowl.

Though he's unlikely to re-claim the Tigers' starting job, White could be a top graduate transfer target after the season if he chooses to go down that road. He also provides Auburn with an insurance option in the event Stidham is forced to miss time for any reason.

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Public Enemy’s Flava Flav Files Lawsuit Against Chuck D & Gary G-Wiz

Since the 1980s, pioneering rap crew Public Enemy has remained one of Hip-Hop’s most notable acts and continued their impressive run with an album released this summer. Flava Flav, the hype man to lead rapper Chuck D, has filed a lawsuit against his longtime bandmate for missing royalties over the years.

TMZ reports:

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Flav says he and Chuck have a long-standing agreement to share profits from their music, live concerts and merchandise — but he hasn’t seen a royalty check in several years. Flav says he co-wrote more than 50 of the group’s songs, and he’s especially pissed because Chuck’s still getting paid.

What’s worse … the rapper claims his voice and image were used without his consent on the new PE album, “Nothing Is Quick in the Desert” … released in June. Flav says he requested $ 75k for the record, but only got $ 7,500. He thought he was going to get the remainder later, but it never came.

Flav’s also going after producer Gary G-Wiz for making a deal to create action figures of Public Enemy without his knowledge. In the suit, Flav says Gary got cash from the toy company, but he got zilch.

Gary G-Wiz is a member of the Bomb Squad production crew that helped build the basis of the Public Enemy sound.

Flava Flav is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.


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