QMJHL: Alex Barre-Boulet pots hat trick as Armada thrash Wildcats

BOISBRIAND, Que. — Alex Barre-Boulet scored a hat trick as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada thrashed the Moncton Wildcats 9-3 on Sunday to jump out to a 2-0 series lead in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series.

Joel Teasdale knocked in the game-winning, short-handed goal for the Armada at 8:34 of the second period.

Alexandre Alain added two goals, while Aleksi Anttalainen, Ryan DaSilva and Charles-Antoine Giguere also scored for Blainville-Boisbriand.

James Phelan scored two goals and Nicholas Welsh added another for the Wildcats.

The Armada’s Emile Samson kicked away 25 shots in the win. Mark Grametbauer stopped 32 shots in a losing effort for Moncton.

Blainville-Boisbriand capitalized on 4 of 13 power plays, while the Wildcats went 2 for 6 with the man advantage.

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New Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer: Everything You’ve Heard About Lando Calrissian Is True

The latest trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, which dropped Sunday night, shifts your focus slightly from Alden Ehrenreich’s bad boy Han to Donald Glover’s even badder Lando Calrissian. All that stuff you’ve heard about Lando’s luxurious coats and predilection for smuggling and ass-kicking Phoebe Waller-Bridge bot is true.

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Homeland Recap: The Useful Idiot

If you looked over every season of Homeland, you’ll find a little bit of wheel-spinning in chapter nine. It’s almost a necessity for a show like this one when it’s time to sets the table for the final trio of episodes. Such is the case with “Useful Idiot,” a perfectly

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Rockefellers Join Soros & Rothschild In Cryptocurrency Investment Plans

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Despite the collapse in cryptocurrency prices since the beginning of the year (bitcoin is down more than 60% and ethereum down more than 70% from their ATHs), more marquee investors have decided that now is the time to buy in.

Last week, we noted that George Soros had taken some time out from his battle of wills with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to grant one of his underlings approval to begin trading in crypto. Adam Fisher – who oversees macro investing at New York-based Soros Fund Management – has reportedly received internal approval to trade virtual coins in the last few months, “though he has yet to make a wager.”

Soros’s involvement followed reports last year that the Rothschild family had waded into the space – first by purchasing bitcoin exposure via the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.

Their involvement is a sign that regulators around the world might be relaxing their stance toward crypto, as one prominent crypto entrepreneur and investors pointed out

Rockefeller, Soros, and Rothschild money entering the cryptocurrency space….it sounds like regulations might be getting a bit more lax

— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) April 7, 2018

Now, the latest bold-faced investor to unveil plans to invest in the space is the Rockefeller family (the descendants of Standard Oil founder John Rockefeller). CoinTelegraph reports that the family’s venture capital fund has partnered with CoinFund to invest in “cryptocurrency and Blockchain business innovation”.

The news triggered a jump in crypto prices…

Sending bitcoin back above $7,000….

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Here’s more, courtesy of CoinTelegraph.

Venrock, the official venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family, has partnered with crypto investment group Coinfund to support cryptocurrency and Blockchain business innovation, Fortune reported April 6.

image courtesy of CoinTelegraph.

Coinfund has recently added token-based financial services platform Coinlist, a spinoff of startup connection website AngelList, to the number of projects that it backs. Coinfund is also known for backing chat messenger app Kik, which raised almost $100 mln in the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its Kin token last fall. Fortune notes that Venrock and Coinfund met through their mutual investment in the live video streaming app maker YouNow.

When asked about Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent failure to strongly stay above $7,000, Venrock partner David Pakman told Fortune that the price of “a single currency over the next day, week, month, year” is not what they thought about …read more

Source:: Zerohedge.com

      

Patrick Reed won’t win popularity contest, but does capture green jacket with Masters victory

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed may not go down as the most popular champion the Masters has ever seen, but he was certainly deserving of the green jacket, which he earned with a week of solid play and a one-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler Sunday afternoon at Augusta National Golf Club.

The 27-year-old native of Augusta started the day with a three-stroke lead and held off a host of challengers in what was undoubtedly one of the best leaderboards in Masters history.

Finishing one shot behind Fowler was 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, who closed with a spectacular 64, followed by Jon Rahm, the No. 3-ranked golfer in the world, while two-time champion Bubba Watson, five-time major winner Rory McIlroy and former British Open champion Henrik Stenson finished in a tie for fifth.

Utah’s Tony Finau was too far back at the start of the day to contend, but he had the third-best score of the day with a 6-under-par 66 that put him in a tie for 10th place and earned himself an automatic spot in next year’s Masters tournament by finishing in the top 12.

“It’s been a pretty spectacular week for me,” Finau said. “To be on the back nine at Augusta on a Sunday to be playing good golf — it doesn’t get much better.”

As for Reed, he seems to be the perfect golfer to wear the green jacket — a native of Augusta, who played college golf at Augusta State, where he led his team to two NCAA championships and then led the United States to a victory in the Ryder Cup in 2016 with a 3.5-1-1 record.

But he also has a history of troubles going back to college when he was kicked off the Georgia golf team, reportedly for stealing and officially for several alcohol-related arrests and then was accused of cheating twice while at Augusta State and nearly kicked off that team.

Since being on the PGA Tour, Reed has rubbed folks the wrong way, proclaiming himself one of the top five golfers in the world back in 2013 before he’d ever played in a major. He was ranked as the second-most unpopular PGA Tour player in an informal poll. Last month before playing Spieth, the No. 1 most popular player in the same poll, in the PGA’s Match Play tournament last month and asked about his opponent, Reed said, jokingly, “I don’t know, my back still hurts from …read more

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Masters 2018 – Rickie Fowler falls short again in a major after finishing second to Patrick Reed

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rickie Fowler knows how to make his way to the front of a congratulatory line. He has had plenty of practice slapping, high-fiving and hugging his buddies as they walk off with the championship hardware as he is left to wonder when he will get his.

It was Justin Thomas last summer at the PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth at The Open before that, Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open even before that. He’s seen his share of victory speeches, and it’s got to be getting a bit old.

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And so, there he was again on Sunday at Augusta National, a final-hole birdie giving him a 67 and a weekend combo of 12-under par that would be hard to surpass but wasn’t enough to win the Masters Tournament.

He stood outside the scoring room after watching Patrick Reed knock in his winning par putt, and waited as the newest major champion made his way from the 18th green through a procession of cheering spectators, there to offer his compliments once again.

“It’s going to hurt, but I try and look at things more as glass half full,” Fowler said after finishing a shot behind Reed. “Obviously, I want to be the one standing on top after the four rounds, but this is, if anything, it’s a step forward and makes me feel better about going forward into our next major, the U.S. Open. It’s going to be fun. I feel like this is a year to knock off our first.”

Give the 29-year-old Fowler credit for the positive outlook. This was his eighth top-5 finish in a major championship and third runner-up. That’s as many top-fives as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth since 2011, and more than anyone else. But, of course, they have since celebrated major titles while he still waits.

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Stormy Daniels again seeks Trump’s answers under oath

WASHINGTON — A porn actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump renewed an effort Sunday to get the president to answer her attorney’s questions under oath.

An attorney for Stormy Daniels filed the motion in federal court in Los Angeles. Michael Avenatti is seeking a jury trial and wants sworn testimony from Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen about a $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election as part of a nondisclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate.

Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time last week, saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and adding that he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money. The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair and Cohen has held that he made the payment out of his own pocket, without involvement from the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Sunday.

Avenatti filed a similar motion over a week ago, which a judge deemed premature. He refiled after Trump asked a federal judge to order private arbitration in the case. Trump and Cohen filed papers last week asking a judge to rule that the case must be heard by an arbitrator instead of a jury. Avenatti opposes private arbitration.

In the filing, Avenatti says he wants to question Trump and Cohen for “no more than two hours.” He says the depositions are needed to establish if Trump knew about the settlement agreement and if he “truly did not know about the $130,000 payment.” He also asks if Trump was involved in any effort to “silence” Daniels.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, said in a recent interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that she was threatened by an unidentified man to keep quiet about the affair. Avenatti tweeted a photo Sunday that he said showed Daniels sitting with a forensic sketch artist to develop an image of the person she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 when she was with her infant daughter.

That interview prompted a lawyer for Cohen to demand that Daniels publicly apologize to his client for suggesting Cohen was involved in her intimidation. Daniels responded by filing a revised federal lawsuit accusing Cohen of defamation.

Avenatti did not say Sunday when the photograph had been taken, or when a sketch may be released.

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Jimmy Kimmel tries to tone down feud with Sean Hannity

NEW YORK — ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel is trying to de-escalate a feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity that began over a joke about first lady Melania Trump’s accent.

Kimmel said in a Twitter post made Sunday that his exchanges with Hannity were fun but he didn’t want to add to the “vitriol” of their spat, which included Hannity calling Kimmel a “sick, twisted, creepy, perverted weirdo” during his Fox show on Friday.

Kimmel said such animosity is “harmful to our country” and he wanted to apologize “to those who took offence.”

He also said President Donald Trump’s wife had enough to worry about “without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings.”

On ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 2, Kimmel prodded the first lady’s reading of a children’s book at the White House Easter egg hunt. He mocked the accent of the first lady, who was born in Slovenia.

“Dees and dat,” Kimmel repeated, with a laugh.

Hannity, cable television’s most fervent supporter of the Republican president, took exception, and he and Kimmel exchanged barbs through the week.

Hannity’s initial attack on Kimmel, calling him an “ass clown,” was enthusiastically countered by Kimmel, who said Hannity was the “whole ass circus.”

“Game on,” Hannity said on Friday.

He rolled a series of Kimmel clips, mostly from the comedian’s days as a co-host of Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” that featured segments showing Kimmel with an exaggerated fake erection, asking women to find something hidden in his pants and going up to random women in the street asking if they wanted to have sex with him.

Kimmel thanked Hannity for the trip down memory lane but said the idea that Hannity would call anyone a pervert while he was “slobbering over” Donald Trump is, “to quote a fella you love very much, ‘sad.”‘ Trump boasted on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women, and he later apologized.

Kimmel, in his Twitter message, said he hopes Hannity will “continue his newly-found advocacy for women, immigrants and First Ladies.”

Hannity said he’d address Kimmel’s statement on his Monday show.

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Reed keeps head above water as sharks circle at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The sharks were circling, looking for any sign of weakness, any scent of blood in the water. They were ready to rip the lead from Patrick Reed’s grasp, his chance at major championship immortality with it.

They came early. They came late. They couldn’t catch him. He wouldn’t let them.

Patrick Reed kept swimming, kept his head above water, didn’t allow all the action below on a star-studded leaderboard drag him down.

The 27-year-old Texan took every punch, slammed every door, finishing with a pair of slippery par putts at the 17th and 18th holes to guard a hard-earned one-shot lead. His one-under-par 71 was far from the most spectacular final round at the 82nd Masters, where rain-softened greens and inviting pins allowed for plenty of Sunday fireworks, but it was good enough for the history books.

With the weight of his first major weighing on his shoulders, Reed answered every challenge and slipped a green jacket on as the sun set.

“I knew it was going to be a dogfight,” he said. It’s just a way of God basically saying ‘let’s see if you have it’. Everyone knows you have it physically with the talent, but do you have it mentally; can you handle the ups and downs throughout the round?”

Reed has it.

Reed fought off all sorts of challengers Sunday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

He may not be the cuddliest figure in golf. His Hulk Hogan histrionics in international competitions might bother some fans. His sketchy resume in college, where his leadership role on two national championship teams at nearby Augusta University came amid questions about off-course issues that required him to transfer from the University of Georgia. One report said his teammates couldn’t stand him with the Bulldogs and it wasn’t much different at Augusta.

What you think doesn’t matter, though.

“I don’t really care what people say on Twitter or what they say if they’re cheering for me or not cheering for me,” Reed said on Saturday. “I’m out here to do my job, and that’s to play golf. If I do that the right way, then that’s all that really matters.”

Reed was perfectly happy to let his game do all the talking on Sunday, and if the subject was how could he handle major championship stress, it spoke volumes. From the moment he teed off until his final putt dropped he was under pressure. His three-shot lead nearly vanished by …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca