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Chicago drivers were the first to find out, meanwhile, that Lil Durk will be appearing on “Certified Lover Boy” (“”Hey Chicago, Smurk is on CLB”). Project Pat and Yebba will be showing up for Memphis, the campaign reveals, while Giveon and Ty Dolla $ign look to be representing for California. VarietyDrake Reveals Featured Artists on ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Via Billboards in Their Hometowns

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Former WCW and TNA star Daffney (Shannon Spruill) has reportedly passed away at the age of 46.

The wrestling world has been concerned for Daffney’s condition after she posted an Instagram Live video on Wednesday night, where she appeared to be suicidal. SHIMMER Wrestling announced Daffney’s passing this afternoon with a message from her close friend, Lexie Fyfe.

Fyfe provided the following message to SHIMMER:

“We are very sad to have to announce the passing of Shannon Spruill aka Daffney Unger @screamqueendaff. We are posting this at the request of her family. Please respect their privacy at this trying time. I will miss you my logical sister from another mister.”

Fyfe told TMZ Sports that Daffney had been battling mental issues prior to her death. She urged anyone going through similar issues to get help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Daffney stated in her Instagram Live video that her “brain goes to Boston,” which appears to be a reference to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, and how many pro athletes donate their brains to be studied after they pass.

Daffney worked from WCW from 1999-2001, and then worked for TNA from 2008-2011. She also worked for SHINE, ROH, and many other promotions. Her career included in-ring action, managerial work, and acting. She held the WCW Cruiserweight Title on one occassion.

Stay tuned for more on Daffney.

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Drake puts up nationwide billboards showcasing featured talent on ‘CLB’

Yahoo News 02 September, 2021 - 10:00pm

Rap superstar Drake has put up billboards across the nation previewing the artists featured on his highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Certified Lover Boy.

The street signs are popping up in the hometowns of the featured artists, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Memphis.

So far, guest appearances include fellow rhymers Jay-Z, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk, Giveon, Project Pat and Ty Dolla $ign, singer Yebba and more to be named.

A board in Houston reads: “Hey Houston The Hometown Hero is On CLB,” so fans are speculating that the unnamed artist is likely Travis Scott.

Drake put up a billboard in NYC, announcing Mahomes is on his album. pic.twitter.com/2kseIloDQM

— Hudi Productions (@hudsononeill15) September 2, 2021

Thank you Drake for the Billboard!!! #CLB pic.twitter.com/5izwMytimW

— Jake Paul Burner (@JakePauwl) September 2, 2021

Drake's #CertifiedLoverBoy billboard marketing rollout is genius. Houston's hometown hero? Can't believe he got Mattress Mack on a track. https://t.co/yfKDg83i7d via @chron

— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) September 2, 2021

Drake is releasing a series of Nike merchandise items to support CLB, including several T-shirts with phrases that have appeared on other billboards to support the album. One of them bears a “Should’ve Said You Loved Me Today Because Tomorrow is a New Day” spell-out on the back. The second’s message is “Something Other Than Me Has Got to Give,” and the third tee says “I Don’t Miss…Let Alone Miss You.”

Frequent collaborator and Young Money founder Lil Wayne hasn’t been announced as a featured guest on Certified Lover Boy, but he recently recognized Drake during a fan Q&A last week in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Tha Carter IV.

“Everything Drake send back, I always have to go back and re-record,” Lil Wayne said, per HipHopDX. “It’s always too hot. It’s always because he says something at the end that make me be like, ‘Oh, I could make more of the song and capitalize on what he just said.’ I have changed my verse a billion times because of Drake, and that’s always the person.”

As previously reported, Drake confirmed the date Certified Lover Boy would hit the street this week in an Instagram post featuring a photo of a dozen pregnancy emojis and a caption reading: “CERTIFIED LOVER BOY, SEPTEMBER 3.”

The release of the Drake project comes less than a week after the release of Kanye West’s latest album, Donda. The two global superstars have reignited a beef between them that’s been brewing since 2018 when West got involved in the public spat between the Toronto native and New York emcee Pusha T.

In a verse on “Betrayal,” the new Trippie Red single, Drake said, “Ye ain’t changin’ sh*t for me, it’s set in stone,” referring to his own LP’s drop date.

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Drake has been mostly tight-lipped about the details of his “Certified Love Boy” album, set to come out late tonight, but he’s heightening anticipation with a city-by-city billboard campaign that is alternately hinting at and outrightly revealing some of the the other artists being featured on the long-delayed release. Each of the messages refers to […]

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What does Drake's new billboard in Houston mean?

Chron 02 September, 2021 - 10:00pm

Drake's "Certified Lover Boy" album drops Friday, and it's being rolled out behind a clever marketing campaign.

This week, billboards have been popping up around the country letting different cities know about their local artists who will appear on the album. Some of the billboards are straightforward. In Atlanta, the billboard reads, "Hey Atlanta, Slime, Pluto, Savage and Baby are on CLB." Those are nicknames for local artists Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage and Lil Baby. The Chicago billboard says, "Hey Chicago, Smurk is on CLB," letting them know Lil Durk makes an appearance.

Then, there's the more cryptic. A billboard in New York's Times Square promises, "Hey New York, The GOAT is on CLB." Most people speculate that means Jay-Z has a guest appearance, but if you're of a certain age, you might be convinced Drake is talking about Rakim.

The Houston billboard that popped up Wednesday night - at least on social media, because no one seems to have an exact location for it - has led to an even bigger debate.

"Hey Houston, the hometown hero is on CLB."

Houston's hometown hero? Congrats, on getting Mattress Mack to drop a few bars on your latest project, Aubrey.

Obviously, Houston has way too many entertainers to even narrow down who the "hometown hero" could be. A lot of people outside the city are speculating that he could mean Beyoncé. If that's who he meant, it seems more likely that he would have dropped a Queen reference as a hint. Megan Thee Stallion would be a good guess, also, but wouldn't he have made a Stallion reference?

There's a lot of speculation that he's talking about Missouri City's Travis Scott, since they teamed up on Scott's 2018 smash hit Sicko Mode. Again, it seems like Drake's team would have made a Cactus Jack reference if that's to who they were referring.

The city's real hometown hero in the music game is Trae tha Truth, who recently earned the Billboard Music Awards' Change Maker Award. Whether it's the work with Relief Gang that has saved so many in our city during times of crisis or the activism work he's done on behalf of the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Trae consistenly puts himself on the frontlines and deserves the "hometown hero" moniker.

Of course, maybe it's not that deep and it's any number of other talented rappers from Houston. Drake paid respect to Z-Ro when he performed Mo City Don back at a Houston show in 2009. What if he just had Rap-A-Lot's J. Prince say a few words leading into a song? Hell, Drake loves Houston so much, he might consider himself the hometown hero.

Either way, fans have had a good time speculating who it could be.

HOLY https://t.co/Ew2BPiKMpN pic.twitter.com/Vb6qE1SJ3f

Travis Scott? Beyoncé? Kenny Rogers? ?”?”?” https://t.co/GXfpIZxpho

Scarface? https://t.co/Df7xmOiXuI

The fact that all y’all wrong and that the answer is Chamillionaire is gonna shock the world. https://t.co/UaGsGVHxFG

Clearly, this is a marketing campaign that works.

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Ex-WCW wrestler Daffney Unger found dead at 46 after posting troubling video

PEOPLE 02 September, 2021 - 04:56pm

Former wrestler Daffney Unger, real name Shannon Spruill, died on Thursday morning at the age of 46. Her death comes after she posted a video on her Instagram Live on Wednesday night.

In the video, Unger is extremely emotional and distraught.

“Do you guys not understand that I am all alone? Do you not understand that?” Unger says while crying.

“I’m so sorry,” she repeats in the video. “Remember, my brain goes to Boston.”

Daffney’s friend, fellow wrestler Lexie Fyfe, told TMZ Sports that Unger had been battling mental health issues recently.

Fyfe shared a statement about Unger’s death.

— SHIMMER Wrestling (@SHIMMERwomen) September 2, 2021

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office also confirmed the death to TMZ.

Daffney wrestled for WCW from 1999-2001. She also wrestled for Total Nonstop Action.

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New Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Carson Wentz underwent "very successful" foot surgery to repair an issue Aug. 2 and, more recently, was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday as he attempts to prepare for the regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 12. According to JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' website, Wentz seems confident he'll be cleared to play two Sundays from now. "I'm optimistic, but again, we'll see," he said of his potential availability for that game when speaking with reporters. "It's going to come down to how the doctors feel, where I'm at and everything. But just being out there full pads today, taking a handful of reps was definitely a step in the right direction." Colts head coach Frank Reich added the plan is for Wentz to be evaluated after Monday's practice and then be a full participant two days later. "I think it's generally safe to say that if we come in here and Carson is taking most of the reps on Wednesday, the intention is that he's going to play," Reich explained. "And that the only thing that would inhibit that would be if all of a sudden Thursday there was some kind of setback. We gotta wait and see." If Wentz can't go for whatever reason on Sept. 12, 2020 fourth-round draft pick Jacob Eason would start versus Seattle.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida have continued to cause damage throughout portions of the United States and impact sports calendars ahead of Labor Day weekend. Both the Temple Owls and Rutgers Scarlet Knights football programs confirmed in statements that Thursday's game to be held at Rutgers' SHI Stadium has been postponed to Saturday because of the massive amounts of flooding caused by historic rain in the area on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled at noon on Saturday. "I said all summer that we went through a lot last year and that has prepared us for anything," Temple head coach Rod Carey said for the prepared statement. "My thoughts are with those families who have lost their homes due to this storm. Delaying our football game for 48 hours is not as devastating as their situations." NJ Advance Media reported that the Temple and Rutgers teams stayed at hotels near Piscataway, N.J. on Wednesday, but roads all over the area remained close as of Thursday morning because of flooding. "While Piscataway is a strong supporter of Rutgers University and fervent fans of Rutgers Football, if the Rutgers-Temple football game is still going to take place this evening, the Township is calling on the University to do so without fans," Piscataway Township officials said in a statement shared by NJ Advance Media before the game was postponed. "Township infrastructure is overwhelmed by the damage of Hurricane Ida and evacuations are still taking place this morning. Most importantly, search and rescue operations are ongoing. Piscataway Public Works and our first responders worked through the night to help residents and significant work continues today. Roadways in the Township cannot handle an influx of tens of thousands of people coming to the football game." Earlier in the week, a college football matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and Tulane Green Wave and also a Week 1 NFL game featuring the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints had to be relocated from New Orleans because of Ida.

Talk that the Golden State Warriors are in on the Ben Simmons sweepstakes have revved up again now that Simmons has reportedly requested a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. But while the Warriors have long been in the middle of chatter regarding the three-time All-Star, their front office is still divided on a very important issue: Whether the Simmons can co-exist with veteran Draymond Green. "According to league sources, any interest the Warriors might have in Simmons is conditional," Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area recently wrote. "In short, they're not that interested as long as Draymond Green is on the roster." One reason for the divide is likely, though not yet confirmed, due to team brass consulting core players before making any big roster moves. (Think back to when Green, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala jetted off to the Hamptons to convince Kevin Durant to join the team.) But what Simmons brings to the court is another reason talks in the Bay Area are, as Poole put it, conditional. The 25-year-old Australian checks off literally every box with the exception of shooting, and Green already has the non-shooting guard position locked up. "Some see great potential in having two skilled players thriving in the ball-movement principles, especially in transition," Poole continued. "Simmons also happens to be six years younger than Green. Others, however, believe having two non-shooters on the court is too crippling for an offense, even with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to overcome, particularly in the postseason." The Warriors already rejected one trade offer from the Sixers this offseason. If the front office is still divided, it's unlikely Simmons will be calling Chase Center home court anytime soon.

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Hurricane Ida continues to impact the sports world through the start of September, but LSU Tigers football coach Ed Orgeron delivered some positive news on Wednesday. According to Alex Scarborough of ESPN, Orgeron told reporters that all players, coaches and family members associated with the football program are safe. However, the storm that caused widespread flooding and knocked power out throughout Louisiana displaced some families who had their homes damaged. "Our administration has been trying to help with anyone who has needed help," Orgeron explained. "Everybody's OK. Some of their houses are really damaged. Some are displaced in hotels. For the most part, I think everybody's fine." LSU has been allowed to temporarily relocate to Houston for practices ahead of Saturday's road game against the UCLA Bruins. Earlier in the week, the aftermath of Hurricane Ida forced a matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and Tulane Green Wave originally scheduled to occur at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans to be relocated to Norman, Okla. On Wednesday, it was learned that the NFL's New Orleans Saints will "host" the Green Bay Packers for a Week 1 contest at TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, because that game can't be played in New Orleans.

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The Philadelphia 76ers will soon trade Ben Simmons. There is simply too much bad blood now, and any trust that may have existed between the two sides has completely dissipated. Over the past few weeks, Simmons has made it abundantly clear that he is prepared to resort to extreme measures to get out of Philly, and the situation could get ugly in the process. So presuming a trade is imminent, where will Simmons land? Although there are five legitimate suitors out there for the 25-year-old and two in particular that have already had their offers shot down, the Golden State Warriors have emerged as something of front-runners. Over the past few days, a number of reports have emerged from the organization that shine a light on where it stands in regard to Simmons. On Tuesday, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reported that Warriors officials were "divided" on the topic of acquiring Simmons. “The Warriors, according to sources, are divided on the subject,” he wrote. “Some see great potential in having two skilled players thriving in the ball-movement principles, especially in transition. Simmons also happens to be six years younger than Green. Others, however, believe having two non-shooters on the court is too crippling for an offense, even with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to overcome, particularly in the postseason.” Two days later, on Thursday, a somewhat contradictory report came out. “The Warriors front office isn’t currently split on whether or not to accept a Ben Simmons trade offer from Philadelphia,” Anthony Slate of The Athletic reported. “There isn’t — and has never been — a realistic one on the table for them to discuss. Talks can’t be considered dead because they’ve never even really been alive, multiple sources confirm.” Reading between the lines there, it seems like Warriors officials are suggesting that there is no split because a true offer hasn’t been made. Of course, that doesn’t answer the obvious question: If a proper offer had been presented, would the aforementioned concerns about Simmons and Green playing together divide the organization? If the answer is yes, then that original reporting stands and makes total sense. If the answer is no, then obviously that lends credence to the theory that there is no front-office split when it comes to Simmons. One way or another, whether Simmons ends up in the Bay Area or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that he isn’t long for Philly. The two options he gave the Sixers this week make that point quite effectively. So how will this saga ultimately conclude? Time will tell.

Lil Nas X is full of surprises. The two-time "Old Town Road" Grammy winner unveiled a pregnancy photo shoot with People on Thursday (Sept. 2), and his little bundle of joy is his highly anticipated debut solo studio album Montero due Sept. 17. Nas (born Montero Lamar Hill) explained to the publication that he was struck with the idea when he heard Megan Thee Stallion's verse on track "Dolla Sign Slime." "I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing,' so I immediately called my stylist," the 22-year-old said. "She was like, 'Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.' I was like, 'Yeah, this is my baby, huh?' As a joke, she was like, 'Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.' I was like, 'You know what? That's actually brilliant. So now we have this entire thing coming out, and it's going to be amazing." Nas later referred to himself as "the father as well as the mother" of his album and teased what fans can expect to hear in its songs: "You're getting a lot of stories about me. You're getting a lot of stories about my past and where I want to be in my love life. But they're also a bop. I feel like I finally found a great balance between being as real as possible within my music and making a hit song." Nas has been revealing details about Montero all week, including inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants: And for the record, Nas' idea to have his own pregnancy shoot preceded Drake announcing Certified Lover Boy will finally arrive Friday (Sept. 3) by sharing the album's cover art featuring several pregnant women emojis, which Nas cleverly spoofed.

Just a few days ago, the Cardinals activated Jordan Phillips from the reserve/COVID list. On Thursday, the Cardinals parked him once again, this time on injured reserve. In a related move, offensive lineman Justin Pugh has been brought back from the COVID list. Phillips was dealing with an undisclosed injury throughout the summer, and his condition still isn’t quite clear. Last year, a balky hamstring let to two separate IR stints and a total of seven missed games. In his nine contests, Phillips registered two sacks and 11 total stops from the right defensive tackle spot. The Cardinals furnished Phillips with a three-year, $40M in 2020 that included $18.5M guaranteed. Phillips enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in Buffalo, but Arizona has yet to see him at his best. In 2019, his last healthy season, he tallied 9.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits for the Bills.

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