Rapper Redway Killed In Fiery Car Crash

Shane Redway — a Canadian rapper and close friend of Drake‘s — was killed early Saturday morning in a car crash. He was just 26 years old.

Redway and two others were killed when their car lost control, struck a guardrail and burst into flames. The crash occurred around 4am outside Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It’s unclear who was behind the wheel. Police are investigating the crash.

Drake took to Instagram to remember Redway, posting two different tributes.

The first was a photo of his fallen friend:

Gone way too soon. Just saw this guy yesterday at Bounce. RIP Redway.A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:42am PDT

The second was Redway’s logo with a halo added:

Canada PM set to call Oct 19 election, focus on sluggish economy

Combination picture of NDP Leader Mulcair, Canadian Prime Minister Harper and Liberal Leader Trudeau attending the Calgary Stampede in CalgaryBy David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. Harper's office said in a statement he is due to visit Governor General David Johnston – the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state – at 9:55 a.m. Harper is expected to seek the dissolution of Parliament, triggering the start of the campaign. Polls indicate that Harper's right-of-center Conservative Party, which has been in office since 2006, could well lose its majority in the House of Commons.

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The Seattle Seahawks ensured that one of their biggest defensive pieces won’t leave anytime soon, signing linebacker Bobby Wagner to a four-year extension, per NFL Network’s Rand Getlin. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the deal.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported Wagner’s deal is worth $43 million, making him the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL, while Rapoport reported $22 million of that is guaranteed.

CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco continues to be impressed with how Seattle retains its best players:

Bleacher Report’s Luke Easterling wondered what kind of impact this news will have on other linebackers around the league seeking new contracts:

Through his first three years in Seattle, Wagner recorded 257 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors after his performance in 2014, both of which are made more impressive since he missed five games. He even somehow garnered an MVP vote.

Wagner did his best to earn that vote in Seattle’s Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots. He made 12 total tackles and intercepted a pass in the defeat.

It was impossible to ignore Wagner’s impact on the Seahawks defense when he was on the field. Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer provided evidence as to how much the unit improved when he played:

Wagner was originally set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. Although the Seahawks have undoubtedly been forced to make tough financial decisions following their success—letting cornerback Byron Maxwell walk, for one—it seemed highly unlikely Wagner would slip through the franchise’s grasp.

Rapoport reported on June 8 that the two parties were hammering out the details on a new contract. On Friday, Wagner brushed aside any discussion about the potential for an extension, per the Seahawks:

Earlier in the week, the Seahawks agreed to a four-year, $87.6 million extension with starting quarterback Russell Wilson, per ESPN.com. Wilson and Wagner were both selected by Seattle in the 2012 draft and have been cornerstones of the franchise’s success over the past three seasons.

Re-signing Wilson likely helped the Seahawks in their pursuit of a new deal with Wagner. The front office had a much better idea of what kind of money it could realistically offer the 24-year-old linebacker.

It never seemed a possibility Wagner would hit the open market. He’s too valuable to Seattle for the team to let him go.

But now that he has officially committed his future to the Seahawks, fans can breathe a little easier.

The reality of the situation is that Seattle will lose more key players to free agency down the road since the team only has so much money to go around. Having Wagner on the squad will ensure the core of the Seahawks’ devastating defense remains.

Queensland police undertake urgent welfare checks on children at risk

Education department’s computer bungle meant more than 600 cases of suspected child sexual abuse over six months had never reached police

Police are conducting urgent welfare checks across Queensland after an embarrassing government computer bungle meant more than 600 cases of suspected child sexual abuse over six months were not reported to them.

On Friday the education minister, Kate Jones, revealed that a coding error in a departmental computer program had stopped 644 reports of suspected abuse from the state’s public schools since January from being received by police.

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UFC 190 Results: What We Learned from Jessica Aguilar vs. Claudia Gadelha

UFC 190 kicked off with an important contender bout in the other women’s division, as Jessica Aguilar and Claudia Gadelha met to determine who would likely be next for a strawweight title shot. While the world was waiting to see Ronda Rousey ply her trade in the main event, Aguilar and Gadelha took advantage of the spotlight with a spirited affair of their own.

Over 15 minutes, Gadelha repeatedly scored with punching combinations and knees, punctuated by occasional takedowns, on her way to a unanimous decision win. Aguilar came on late, perhaps overcoming some Octagon jitters to steal the third round, but it was too little, too late.

Here’s what we learned.


What We’ll Remember

This fight showed how Gadelha had tightened up her game in an effort to get back to a rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The first time they met, Jedrzejczyk narrowly came out on top in the decision. Over the course of Gadelha‘s bout with Aguilar, it became evident that she had worked hard to close the holes in her game that cost her the first meeting.

For the Brazilian, this might be remembered as the one before the one where she earned a title.


What We Learned About Aguilar

Aguilar is tough, durable and focused, and her lifetime of experience outside the UFC will serve her well now that she’s arrived in the big show. Once she loosened up later in the fight, she began tagging Gadelha with some consistency and showed that she can hang with the best in the division.

Considering that the division is still fairly new, there’s no reason to think that a loss against the top contender will set her back too much. It’s likely that she’ll hang around the top five in spite of her UFC 190 outcome, and from there she can get to work pushing her way into title contention.

People have debuted with worse in the UFC.


What We Learned About Gadelha

Gadelha’s ready, both mentally and physically, for her second try at Jedrzejczyk—this time for a world title. Their first meeting was a stepping stone for Joanna Champion to earn that namesake, and this time around Gadelha would enter as challenger.

Her relative domination of Aguilar, her poise in tough spots throughout the fight and her capacity to limit those tough spots through skill and force are all good signs for her going forward. That she took to English, a second language, in front of a partisan Brazilian crowd to specifically get Dana White’s attention and call for a title shot also shows some major growth in the mental side of the game.

UFC 190 was a major indicator that she’s ready for the biggest challenge in the game with the biggest prize out there on the line.


What’s Next for Aguilar

Carla Esparza is presently not booked and would be a perfect test for Aguilar. She’s also coming off a loss and was the first strawweight champion in the history of the promotion. It would make for an interesting bout, given the championship pedigree of Aguilar and the fact she did little to devalue her stock in the Gadelha loss.

If not Esparza, former Invicta atomweight champion Jessica Penne, also coming off a loss, could fit a similar bill.


What’s Next for Gadelha

As noted, it has to be Jedrzejczyk. The first fight was a razor thin decision, and Gadelha is undeniably the second-best strawweight on Earth. No one else makes sense competitively, a fact only punctuated by Gadelha’s callout after her UFC 190 win.


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Thousands Expected To Attend Haskell Invitational To See American Pharoah

OCEANPORT, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had another easy gallop Saturday morning at Monmouth Park, his final serious exercise before the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.

The overwhelming 1-5 favorite for the race on Sunday was on the track shortly after 7:30 a.m. He slowly jogged from the barn area to the finish line, giving fans who lined the rail a good look at the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

He then turned toward the inside fence for a one-mile gallop under clear skies and a cooling breeze rippling off the nearby ocean

Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said “the track was good, the weather was good,” and a lot of fans came out to see him. He said the horse “looked awesome out on the track. We couldn’t be happier.”

Oceanport Councilman Joseph Irace says American Pharoah has been creating a buzz.

“Biggest day of the year. Biggest day of the season and probably the biggest day ever for the borough,” Irace said. “Everybody is excited. The town is excited.”

And that excitement translates into huge economic impact, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports.

Thousands Expected To Attend Haskell Invitational To See American Pharoah

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“All the local hotels around here are booked,” Irace explained. “The restaurants were packed last night. The restaurants will be packed again.”

With more than 60,000 people expected at the track, Irace says to be prepared for traffic. But says officials at the local county and state level have all been coordinatin to keep things moving. The silver lining is that it shows what horse racing can bring.

“It’s showing a renewed passion for horse racing and we hope the people out in Trenton take a look at it,” Irace said. “The politicians out there.”

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