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Dear LeBron James: Please Make Space Jam 2

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David Liam Kyle—NBAE/Getty Images LeBron James

Don't listen to the haters

Hi LeBron,

We saw you just signed a big deal with Warner Bros. Don’t know if you’re aware, but that studio filed new trademarks for Space Jam last month. You’ve said it was one of your favorite movies as a kid and you might be interested in starring in a sequel, but you haven’t confirmed anything. You may still be considering whether or not to sign on to Space Jam 2, and we’re here to tell you it’s a great idea.

But first, we’re going to be straight with you. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of you doing Space Jam 2. For example:

A lot of people are going to make jokes. But here’s the thing. You were really likable in Trainwreck. Your dedication to your family is admirable. And, haters gonna hate.

Space Jam 2 will be a modest hit no matter what. Children of the ’90s will see it. Basketball fans will see it. Kids will see it. Your kids will see it, which is great since I’m guessing they’re not old enough to watch Trainwreck yet.

It’s not like Space Jam is going to win you an Oscar, but it will probably be better than those cell phone commercials. Heck, if Space Jam was good enough for the best basketball player of all time, it’s good enough for you. (Yes, LeBron. I still think ’90s MJ could beat you. But I’m from Chicago, so don’t be too offended.)

You have to be careful, though. Not many athletes can succeed on the big screen. The few who do have never been afraid to have fun at their own expense. Look at Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, who happily stuffed his big frame into tutus in Tooth Fairy and hilariously busted through his own cast while flexing his muscular arms in Furious 6. Now he has his very own HBO show and summer blockbuster.

You did a bit of this in Trainwreck. The Downton Abbey bit and “Cleveland is for families”? That’s gold. But lean into it. Maybe make a joke about the whole obnoxious “not one, not two, not three…” thing in Space Jam 2. Just saying.

And if you do decide to do Space Jam 2, make sure a top notch team is onboard. (The return of Bill Murray to the franchise would be ideal, but I hear that guy can be elusive.) You started your career by working with two of the most brilliant comic minds in the industry—Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Work with that caliber of talent in the future or just say no. We don’t want another Kazam situation on our hands. Your endorsement deals will keep you afloat until a better offer comes along.

Now go beat those Monstars!

TIME Soccer

New York Red Bulls Crush English Soccer Giants

Asmir Begovic
Peter Foley—EPA Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic practices before the start of the International Champions Cup friendly soccer match between the New York Red Bulls and English Premier League side Chelsea FC at Red Bulls Stadium in Harrison, N.J., on July 22, 2015.

The final score was 4-2

The New York Red Bulls pulled a stunning victory over English soccer champs Chelsea in the International Champions Cup Wednesday.

With a final score of 4-2, the Red Bulls didn’t take the lead until the 69th minute with a goal by 16-year-old Tyler Adams, the Guardian reports. The American team scored 4 goals in 45 minutes against Chelsea’s new goalie Asmir Begovic in his first appearance with the team.

Incredibly, Chelsea, the Premier League Champions, lost against the Red Bull’s reserve team while its starters rested.

“It was an incredible result for us as a club,” said Red Bulls’ coach Jesse Marsch. “Tyler is finishing high school and is with the Under-17 national team. He is very alert and not afraid. He has a very big future.”

The Red Bulls will play the Portuguese club Benfica Sunday night; Chelsea will play Paris Saint-Germain Saturday night.

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Space Jam 2 Might Be Happening, With LeBron James as the Star

The basketball player has embarked on an "unprecedented" creative partnership with Warner Brothers

Last month, Warner Brothers filed to renew its trademarks for Space Jam, the sensational 1996 sports comedy cum space opera that introduced Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan to a generation too young to remember the Looney Tunes and the 1991 Chicago Bulls.

In other words, we can expect a sequel. This isn’t exactly breaking news: last February, Deadline reported that television producer Charlie Ebersol would be directing the forthcoming Space Jam 2, with Lebron James as the lead — a claim that James’ representatives quickly denied.

But, on Wednesday, Warner Brothers announced that it was embarking on an “unprecedented” creative partnership with the basketball player, “spanning all areas of content creation.” The official statement is vague when it comes to exact plans, but it does say that James’ “creative footprint” would “touch all areas” of the studio.

There is no official word that he will star in the Space Jam sequel — or that the Space Jam sequel is even going to happen — but the circumstantial evidence is abundant. Even after his people denounced Deadline’s report last year, James coyly hinted at the possibility.

“I’ve always loved Space Jam,” he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it will be great.”

Speaking purely from a creative standpoint, it’s easy to envision the film. Space Jam‘s storyline tinkered with Jordan’s own controversial narrative — namely his cocksure decision to briefly abandon the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s for an embarrassing stint in pro baseball — and James’ story is just as compelling. Four years ago, ABC wondered aloud if he was “the most hated man in basketball” after he scandalously ditched the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. I’m sure Bugs Bunny can factor into that somehow.

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Jamaica Beats U.S. 2-1 in Gold Cup Semifinals

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John Bazemore—AP Jamaica’'s Joel McAnuff heads the ball in front of Gyasi Zardes during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal in Atlanta on July 22, 2015

It marked the first time the U.S. was eliminated by a CONCACAF team

(ATLANTA) — Jamaica stunned the United States with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held on for a 2-1 victory in the Gold Cup semifinals Wednesday night that dealt the Americans their biggest upset defeat.

Darren Mattocks, who plays for Vancouver in Major League Soccer, put the Reggae Boyz ahead with 31st-minute header directly off a throw-in. Giles Barnes followed five minutes later with a goal on an 18-yard free kick after Guzan was caught going outside the penalty area on a routine throw.

Michael Bradley scored in the 48th minute for the Americans, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a stunning setback in front of sold-out crowd at the Georgia Dome. The small contingent of green-and-gold-clad Jamaican fans saluted their underdog team, ranked 76th in the world but now becoming the first Caribbean nation to reach a Gold Cup final. The Reggae Boyz face Mexico or Panama on Sunday in Philadelphia.

The 34th-ranked Americans, who had played in five straight Gold Cup finals, will face the loser of Wednesday’s second semifinal in the third-place game on Saturday. They also will meet the Gold Cup winner in a playoff for the region’s berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

It marked the first time the U.S. was eliminated by a CONCACAF team en route to the Gold Cup final. In the era when teams outside the region were invited guests, the Americans lost semifinals to Brazil in 1996 and 2003, and a quarterfinal to Colombia in 2000.

In the early going, it looked as though the Americans might romp to another impressive win after a 6-0 blowout of Cuba in the quarterfinals. They had most of the chances but kept sending good looks wide or over the net against Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who plays for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the third-tier United Soccer League.

Suddenly, Jamaica jumped ahead. Kemar Lawrence got everything on a long throw-in, delivering it perfectly into the box. Mattocks, with his back to the goal and sandwiched between defenders Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks, leaped up for a dazzling header that caught the underside of the crossbar, out of a leaping Guzan’s reach, and dropped beyond the goal line. Guzan had taken a step off his line and scrambled back for the ball, but it was too late. He slammed it in disgust as the Jamaicans celebrated.

The U.S. goalkeeper was really steaming minutes later, when his huge blunder set up Jamaica for a commanding lead.

On a routine throw downfield from the edge of the penalty area, Guzan’s right arm went over the line when he let go of the ball. That gave the Jamaica a dangerous free kick and Barnes hooked a shot over the defensive wall and into the right side of net, while Guzan was covering the opposite side.

After the goal, Guzan screamed at the linesman who made the call, but the replay showed it was the proper one.

The Americans fought back early in the second half. Aron Johannsson ripped a shot that was smothered by Thompson, but he couldn’t hang on to the ball. Dempsey tried unsuccessfully to poke it under the sprawled-out keeper, and Bradley swooped in on the third whack for the goal that sent the sell-out Georgia Dome crowd of some 68,000 into a frenzy.

Bradley nearly evened it in the 57th, when his shot one-hopped off Thompson’s chest, caught the near post and deflected away.

The Americans had a number of good chances the rest of the way, but none that came close.

TIME Football

Buffalo Bills Founder’s Foundation to Give Away $1.2 Billion

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson gestures during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 31, 2009.
Chris O'Meara—AP Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson gestures during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 31, 2009.

The founder of the Buffalo Bills sold the team in 2014 for $1.4 billion

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, named after the founder of the Buffalo Bills football franchise, will launch later this year with the goal of giving $1.2 billion to charity, according to trustees of the organization.

Wilson, originally from Detroit, sold the team for $1.4 billion in 2014 and died at the age of 95 in March of this year. Throughout his life, he also owned manufacturing, mining, insurance and other businesses.

The foundation will focus on “five pillars”: healthy lifestyles, youth development, caregivers, community development, and economic growth; the foundation will target Wilson’s hometown of Detroit and surrounding areas along with his adopted town of Buffalo, NY, and its surrounding vicinity, reported The Detroit News.

Over the past 20 years, Wilson had amassed $1.2 billion for the foundation through an irrevocable trust; $60 million in grants will be available in 2015.

“Ralph saw firsthand the impact of his generosity in his lifetime,” Mary Wilson, his widow, said. “Always thinking of others even in his own legacy, his hope with this trust was that the foundation’s work may make a direct impact in the lifetimes of those who knew him best.”

 

TIME Food & Drink

Yoga-Pants Maker Lululemon Is Introducing a Beer

Curiosity Lager launches on August 15 in Vancouver

Would you like a lager with your downward dog?

Lululemon—that company of see-through yoga pant infamy that arguably singlehandedly launched the “atheleisure” trend in comfortable, everyday sportswear—is introducing a specialty beer, the Curiosity Lager.

The beer comes in a 500 ml slender can, has 4.6% alcohol, printed with a geometric array of Pacific Northwest motifs: a totem pole, a suspension bridge, evergreen trees, mountains, and water. A limited edition release of 88,000 cans is planned.

Lululemon teamed up with Stanley Park Brewing to launch the lager, flavored with chinook and lemon drop hops for “crisp, cold beer.”

The beer’s August 15 release is timed with the SeaWheeze Half Marathon and Sunset Festival, a popular race in Lululemon’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Though seemingly an odd couple at first, beer and yoga have coupled to become a major lifestyle force in the past few years, with boozy sessions becoming increasingly popular, particularly among the prime yuppie female demographic.

But Curiosity Lager is only the latest strategic deviation for the company, which is attempting to make its way into the men’s market.

Doug Devlin, marketing director for Stanley Park Brewing, told the CBC, “I think Lululemon, by extension, is interested in talking to a more male beer-drinking crowd.”

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Cord Cutters Can Soon Pay to Stream a Single NBA Game

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Individual games will cost $6.99 a pop.

Basketball fans will be able to watch individual NBA games for $6.99 each, the league announced on Wednesday.

ESPN reports consumers will be able to stream the games online through a PC, tablet, or mobile device, or buy the games and watch on TV through a cable provider. Only out-of-market games that are not nationally televised will be available for purchase.

The NBA already offers a $200 service called “League Pass” that gives fans access to an entire season’s worth of out-of-market games, meaning matchups featuring teams other than your local squad. But ESPN notes that NBA commissioner Adam Silver has previously acknowledged of the full-fledged League Pass, “most people don’t want to consume that many games.”

In addition to the $6.99 option for individual out-of-market games, the league is also offering a $120 package that would show all out-of-market games for a single team. So if you live, say, in New York, and for some reason or another would rather keep up with the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, or San Antonio Spurs rather than the Knicks and Nets, here’s your chance.

Read next: The Cord-Cutter’s Guide to Streaming TV Services

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Formula One Pays Tribute to French Driver Jules Bianchi

F1 bosses say danger will always be part of the sport, but it is safer now than ever before

The funeral of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi was held in his hometown of Nice on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old had been described as “a future world champion” of F1 racing, reports the BBC.

Hundreds of mourners came to pay their final respects to Bianchi, who passed away last Friday following head injuries he sustained from a crash in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi had been in a coma since October 2014, when his Marussia car skidded off the track in wet conditions and collided with a recovery vehicle.

He was the first F1 driver to die from injuries sustained during a race since Brazilian world champion Ayrton Senna, who was killed at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

F1 bosses say danger will always be part of the sport, but F1 is as safer now than ever in its history.

“If you were to choose to have an accident today in anything, you’d choose a Formula One [car] because it’s probably the safest it’s ever been,” F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone told the BBC.

“We’ve done an awful lot of work to make sure that if a car does go off and hits something, they hit the tyre barriers or whatever, then its all OK,” he added.

In the wake of Bianchi’s crash at Suzuka, F1’s governing body implemented a series of safety measures, including extra strengthening around the cockpit and the introduction of the virtual safety car (VSC). When the VSC is deployed during a race, the drivers must slow down to a specific average speed.

“It’s always important to learn from any incident like this, and to be fair the sport has already improved a number of safety measures. Hopefully we’ll never see an accident like this again,” Graeme Lowdon, the president and sporting director of the Marussia (now known as Manor) team, told the BBC.

But according to Ecclestone, many drivers and teams say F1 cars have become slower in recent years due to the number of safety and technical regulations.

“That’s what they’ve been complaining about recently that perhaps we’ve got too safe and too clinical,” the F1 supremo told Sky Sports News.

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Justice Department Quietly Drops Barry Bonds Prosecution

Barry Bonds at the Los Angeles premiere of "Million Dollar Arm" in Hollywood on May 6, 2014.
Gregg DeGuire—WireImage/Getty Images Barry Bonds at the Los Angeles premiere of "Million Dollar Arm" in Hollywood on May 6, 2014.

Department of Justice pursued investigation and prosecution of Bonds for a decade

(SAN FRANCISCO)—The U.S. Department of Justice formally dropped its criminal prosecution of Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s career homerun leader.

The decade-long investigation and prosecution of Bonds for obstruction of justice ended quietly Tuesday morning when the DOJ said it would not challenge the reversal of his felony conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A jury convicted Bonds in 2011 of obstruction of justice for giving a meandering answer to a federal grand jury when asked about injections. A federal appeals court overturned that conviction in April.

The DOJ could have asked the high court to take the case. But the DOJ has filed a one-paragraph notice with the appeals court saying it wouldn’t challenge the lower court ruling.

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Fowling: A New Sport That Combines Football and Bowling

The goal is to knock down all of the other team's pins with a football

A man in Michigan has invented a fusion of two American pastimes—and it’s catching on.

The rules of fowling, a hybrid of football and bowling, are simple: two teams set up bowling pins across from one another and take turns trying to knock each other’s pins down by throwing a football. The first team to knock down all of the opposing team’s pins wins.

If the rules sound pretty similar to beer pong, that’s because inventor Chris Hutt created the game while tailgating at the Indianapolis 500. Hutt now owns and operates the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck, Mich. There, players get a special prize when they achieve a “bonk,” which means downing only the middle pin on the first throw: they can blow the “bonk honk” a giant horn in the middle of the warehouse.

Still confused? Check out a game of fowling in the video above.

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