Jason Hammel Discusses Yordano Ventura’s Death After Signing with Royals

The Kansas City Royals formally introduced pitcher Jason Hammel at a news conference on Wednesday, and the 34-year-old acknowledged he wouldn’t have been in this situation had Yordano Ventura not died in a car accident last month. 

“I feel like I need to express my condolences to Royals Nation and the Ventura family,” Hammel said, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). “I truly feel if that unfortunate passing doesn’t happen, you’re not talking to me.”

General manager Dayton Moore echoed that sentiment. 

“Obviously we weren’t in the starting pitcher market, although we’d been an admirer of Jason for a while and knew he was an option out there,” he said, per the AP. “We were very surprised, truthfully, that he remained on the market as well. Once we got over the shock of Yordano, you have to move forward.”

Ventura, 25, died on Jan. 22 following a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, according to the New York TimesTyler Kepner

The 2017 season will represent Hammel‘s 12th in the majors after he signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Royals, according to the AP

Last year, Hammel won a career-high 15 games and posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.206 WHIP, 144 strikeouts and 53 walks with the Chicago Cubs.

“We have a baseball season to play, a team we’re responsible for, players we’re committed to and a fanbase we’re responsible for as well,” Moore said, per the AP. “So our scouts to a man, our entire front office, said, ‘There’s one guy out there that really makes us better.'”

Investigators: Scarsdale Woman Found Dead In Panama Was Hit In Head, Strangled

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Scarsdale woman found dead in Panama was hit in the head with a rock and strangled, investigators said.

Catherine Johannet, 23, had been staying at a hostel on nearby Colon Island according to officials.

Her body was found Sunday in a wooded area near the beach in Bastimentos Island on Sunday.

Panama’s Minister of Security Alexis Bethancourt says her family identified her after flying to Panama. Relatives — accompanied by a member of the FBI and the American embassy — were met at the airport by local authorities.

Johannet graduated from Columbia University in 2015 and had worked as a teacher in Vietnam until last October. She was also a graduate of Edgemont High School.

Nobody at the family’s Scarsdale home wished to speak with CBS2 on Wednesday, but many family members posted fond remembrances of the young world traveler on Facebook.

The family says there will be a memorial service held at the Scarsdale Congregational Church Saturday at 11 am.

No arrests have been made as Panamanian authorities and the FBI continue their investigation.

 

 

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Migos: ‘We Have No Problem With Anyone’s Sexual Preference’

Migos issued an apology on Twitter clarifying comments made in a Rolling Stone feature about iLoveMakonnen's sexual orientation. Both Makonnen and the Migos trio are from Atlanta, Georgia.

"We always been about being original and staying true," the joint statement began. "Staying true to yourself goes a long way. We are all fans of Makonnen's music and we wish he didn't feel he ever had to hide himself. We feel the world is fucked up that people feel like they have to hide and we're asked to comment on someone's sexuality. We have no problem with anyone's sexual preference. We love all people, gay or straight and we apologize if we offended anyone."

In the interview, Migos praised Atlanta's "diversity" in the Atlanta scene before being presented with the recent news of Makonnen publicly coming out as gay on Twitter and the outpouring of public support. "That's because the world is fucked up," Offset said after Quavo inquired about the support. "The world is not right," Takeoff added. Quavo added in the interview that "we ain't saying it's nothing wrong with the gays" though suggested that his sexuality undermined Makonnen's history "trapping and selling Molly."

Makonnen has yet to comment on Migos statements about his sexuality. Two years ago, Migos hopped on a remix of iLoveMakonnen's song "Whip It" when both were beginning to gain traction with songs like "Tuesday" and "Fight Night" respectively. The rap trio recently released their album Culture, which is led by the Number One single "Bad and Boujee." 

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Idris Elba’s 9 most kickass Instagram workout moments

Idris Elba’s 9 most kickass Instagram workout moments

Idris Elba is a Renaissance man—a ripped, shredded Renaissance man.

He’s an actor, DJ, musician, rally-car enthusiast, fashion designer, and—oh yeah—a kickboxer too.

Elba’s played some fantastically badass characters over the years—Stringer Bell in The Wire, John Luther on Luther, and Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim—but his most badass role might be the one he plays every day: himself. In 2016 the actor started filming Idris Elba: Fighter, a documentary series that followed Elba as he trained and became a professional kickboxer. (The show aired on Discovery Channel earlier in 2017.)

The sport has been part of Elba’s training routine for years, but as he once told Men’s Fitness, most film producers think kickboxing is “too dangerous” for him to do while on a job. So instead, he made it one of his actual jobs—and the results were pretty great.

Elba won his first pro fight and got in some strong shots on his opponent:

 

Idris Elba Smashes it at York Hall!

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But while he’s undoubtedly a kickboxing fan, Elba keeps himself in shape using a wide range of exercises: swimming, jogging in the morning, and bodyweight exercises like pushups and situps—100 each at a time, naturally.

Elba usually does three-minute rounds of kickboxing training, working on high kicks and low kicks before doing combo work, light sparring, and leg raises, which he swears by: “That’s ab work like you’ve never had it,” Elba said. “It’s rough.”

And much like other badass actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Dolph Lundgrenplus these 20 other jacked celebrity dudes—Elba enjoys showing off his workouts on social media.

Here are Elba’s 9 most kickass moments from Instagram:

9. Elba shows off his chiseled upper body while fighting in the ring:

 

8. Elba gets his hands wrapped before a fight:

 

7. Elba didn’t mess around in his training—his biceps and pecs got huge:

 

In times like these, when SURVIVAL is the game, let’s play on.

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6. Elba worked in some major muscle definition on his chest:

 

Ghana/Sierra leone..Black star meets the Lion.

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5. Elba gets his kickboxing work in during a training session:

 

Two weeks left. For my Chuuus.

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4. Stringer Bell has a pretty quick uppercut-right punch combo:

 

Again.

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3. Did we mention that Elba is pretty jacked?

 

Cutting weight, two days before first fight, mind in the right place. Fear NO guy.

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2. Elba didn’t mess around while training for his kickboxing series:

 

Back to work. Training is my cleanse

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1. While training for Bastille Day, Elba blasts his core with a barbell ab rollout:

 

Training for my next Film. Bastille Day. Grinding.

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Get Ready For One Hour Of Alec Baldwin Going In On Donald Trump… We Hope!

Considering Saturday Night Live is having its highest ratings of any season yet, we’re not at all surprised to hear Alec Baldwin will be taking his shot at hosting this weekend!

The actor’s Donald Trump impersonations are fucking hilarious!!

Video: Watch Kristen Stewart Say “Fuck” On Live TV!

While the 30 Rock star isn’t donning his wig in the short teaser promoting Saturday’s show, we expect he’ll still reprise the role of Drumpf!

Of course, if that’s not enough to get you to tune in, Ed Sheeran will also be the musical guest!! Now if only Rosie O’Donnell would make her debut as Steve Bannon

Watch the full promo clip (below) and see Baldwin reminisce about his past SNL performances: