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West Indies superstar Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20s when he belted a typically bellicose half-century to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 21-run win over Dwayne Smith’s Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.

 

The veteran left-hander, who has not played for West Indies in 12 months, hit a sparkling 38-ball 77 — his first half-century in 17 T20 innings — as RCB, sent in at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, raced to 213 for two off their 20 overs.

 

In reply, Lions made a good fist of it, but were restricted to 192 for seven off their 20 overs, with Smith failing at the top of the order with one.

 

New Zealander Brendon McCullum pummelled 72 from 44 deliveries, but lacked support in the top order.

 

he headlines, however, were all about the sensational Gayle who with 32, six and 22 in his three previous innings in the tournament, entered the game just three shy of the 10,000-run mark.

 

And he achieved the mark in the fourth over of the innings and in his 290th T20 game when he edged seamer Basil Thampi to third man.

 

The 37-year-old then unleashed his full powers, blasting five fours and seven sixes as he raced to his 61st T20 half-century off just 23 balls, launching left-arm spinner Shivil Kaushik for his fifth six to raise the landmark.

 

Gayle featured in an up- tempo 122-run stand for the first wicket with captain Virat Kohli who punched 64 from 50 deliveries.

 

The Jamaican eventually perished in the 13th over when he was lbw to a leg-stump yorker from Thampi.

 

Gayle now has 10,074 runs, well ahead of McCullum who is second on the run-getters list with 7,596, with Australian Brad Hodge third on 7,338, and West Indies power-hitting Kieron Pollard fourth with 7,087.

Bill O'Reilly is no longer a factor at Fox News.

21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

 

It was the first response from O'Reilly's bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that Fox News Channel's biggest star had lost his job after two decades at the network, following accusations he had harassed women and reports that the company paid millions to keep several of them quiet.

New York magazine had reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O'Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O'Reilly. 

 

 

Congrats to Serena Williams!

 

The 35-year-old greatest active female tennis star and 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed Wednesday she is pregnant with her first child. She posted on her Snapchat a selfie of her showcasing her baby bump in a yellow one-piece swimsuit, with the caption "20 weeks."

 

Serena had revealed in late December on Reddit that she is engaged to the social network's co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33.

 

The two have recently been vacationing in Tulum, Mexico—guess you could call it a babymoon!

 

Serena recently posted on her Instagram page a sweet photo of her fiancé smiling while carrying her on a beach, writing, "My only regret is not pointing my toe sorry coach Garry."

 

The tennis star concealed her baby bump in a white top, paired with light blue denim cutoff jeans and a light gray coat.

 

She appeared to offer a pregnancy hint over the weekend, posting a selfie showing her looking tired and writing, "Fighting to get up this morning."

At this very moment, there's a couple out there realizing that "their" song, the 2005 hit ballad "You're Beautiful," has nothing to do with a loving, body-positive relationship and everything to do with a stalker who's stoned out of his mind.

Easy topics to confuse, we know.

But UK artist James Blunt has set the record straight.

"'You're Beautiful' is not this soft romantic f*****g song," Blunt told The Huffington Post in March. "It's about a guy who's high as a f*****g kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else's girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv."

People who say, "Ah, he's so romantic. I want 'You're Beautiful' as my wedding song' ... These people are f****d up," Blunt continued.

Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to judge Blunt's fans. Some of the most famous songs in American pop culture, including ones that appear in CNN's new series "Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History," are often misunderstood. Here are 10 of them:

"Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen

People usually think this song is about: Being uber patriotic.

But it's really about: Casting a critical and mournful eye on America and its involvement in war.

Listen to the opening chords of this Springsteen rock classic and you can't help but have visions of patriotic fist-bumping on the Fourth of July.

Despite its driving drumbeat and seemingly pro-American title, the lyrics of this '80s hit don't blindly celebrate the country. Far from it, "Born in the U.S.A." takes a harsh look at the US as a "military-industrial-complex ... and the way in which we treat those who have risked their lives in battle," as The Daily Beast pointed out in 2014 while noting how often politicians often miss this message.

"Imagine," John Lennon

People usually think this is about: A gentle musing on peace and global unity.

But it's really about: Radical, revolutionary ideas on how to achieve that peace.

"Imagine's" melody may be sweet, but its message is not. Lennon, who released this song in 1971, said "Imagine" is "virtually the Communist Manifesto, even though I am not particularly a communist and I do not belong to any movement." Lennon wanted to see a world in which the divisions of country and religion didn't exist, a thought that some have viewed as dangerous.

But you wouldn't know that his lyrics were controversial by the reception of the song. "Now I understand what you have to do," Lennon said after "Imagine" became one of the most popular tracks in the US. "Put your political message across with a little honey."

"Semi-Charmed Life," Third Eye Blind

People usually think this is about: The desire to rise above the pitfalls of life.

But it's really about: Drug addiction.

Third Eye Blind's late '90s radio takeover may be to blame for listeners who missed the very clear references to drug use in this upbeat track.

Frontman Stephan Jenkins told Billboard in 1997 that "Semi-Charmed Life's" seemingly optimistic and sunny sound is intentional but apparently also deceptive for some of its fans. "It's a dirty, filthy song about snorting speed and getting blow jobs" and meant to evoke the "bright, shiny feeling you get on speed," Jenkins said. "It really is funny that people play it on the radio."

"American Pie," Don McLean

People usually think this is about: Having some sort of whiskey-fueled karaoke night with friends. (In other words, they have no idea.)

But it's really about: The end of an era.

Artist Don McLean has said the tragic 1959 plane crash that killed rock star Buddy Holly inspired him to write the enduring 1971 release "American Pie," but "the day the music died" is just one element of the song.

"The lyrics had to do with the state of society at the time," McLean said in an early interview, according to the Guardian.

In 2015, McLean put all 16 pages of "American Pie's" lyrical manuscript up for auction at Christie's, which commented that "There is something about this song that captures the era of that period and there is a kind of innocence to it, a loss of innocence in America."

It's a statement McLean has agreed with, according to the Guardian: "American Pie speaks to the loss that we feel" the UK paper reports. "That's why that song has found the niche that it has."

"Closing Time," Semisonic

People usually think this is about: What'll come next after last call at the bar.

But it's really about: Childbirth

In the category of "most misunderstood songs," this one is a classic unto itself. But Semisonic's Dan Wilson says that he understands why so many people miss the message of the 1998 hit; at first, he, too ,thought it was going to be a song about closing up shop.

"I was initially trying to write a song to end the Semisonic shows with," Wilson admitted in 2010. "So I set out to write a new closer for the set, and I just thought, 'Oh, closing time,' because all the bars that I would frequent in Minneapolis ... would yell out 'closing time' ... and I guess that always stuck in my mind."

But "part way into the writing of the song, I realized it was also about being born," Wilson said. "My wife and I were expecting our first kid very soon after I wrote that song. I had birth on the brain, I was struck by what a funny pun it was to be bounced from the womb."

"Time of Your Life," Green Day

People usually think this is about: Offering someone best wishes for their future.

But it's really about: Telling an ex-girlfriend not to let the door hit her on the way out.

Feel free to continue to play this track at high school reunions, going away parties and college graduation celebrations -- as long as you know the song's full title begins with "Good Riddance."

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong once explained that "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was inspired not by hope but anger. "I wrote the song about an ex-girlfriend who moved to Ecuador," he said. "And I was really bitter at the time."

"Slide," the Goo Goo Dolls

People usually think this is about: Being in love.

But it's really about: Abortion.

With lyrics like "I wanna wake up where you are" and "I'll do anything you ever dreamed to be complete," it's understandable if you overlooked the references to abortion in this '90s hit. (Exhibit A: "Don't you love the life you killed? The priest is on the phone; your father hit the wall, your ma disowned you.")

The Goo Goo Dolls' lead singer, Johnny Rzeznik, explained during a "VH1 Storytellers" session in 2002 that "Slide" is "actually about these two Catholic teenage kids, and the girlfriend gets pregnant, and they're trying to decide whether she should get an abortion, or they should get married, or what should go on. And I don't think a lot of people got that; it's actually kind of heavy."

"It Was a Good Day," Ice Cube

People usually think this is about: An epic 24 hours that took place in either November 1988 or January 1992.

But it's really about: The dream of having a day without police harassment and gun violence.

Ice Cube is such a talented storyteller that when he rhymed about a day in which he hooked up with a girl, watched some MTV, grubbed on Fatburger and didn't have to use his A.K., some apparently thought these were actual, sequential events.

In 2012, the Internet took these theories to the next level and tried to deduce the actual day being referenced in the 1992 single.

But as the artist himself has explained, "It Was A Good Day" is completely fictional -- which makes its lyrics that much more heartbreaking. In between the commentary on girls and fast food, Ice Cube makes pointed references to what a day would be like without gun violence and police harassment. "No helicopter looking for a murder ... Nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A ... Saw the police and they rolled right past me, no flexin'" -- in other words, "basically my interpretation of what a great day would be," Ice Cube has said.

"Mother and Child Reunion," Paul Simon

People usually think this is about: The intense connection between a mother and her offspring

But it's really about: Chinese food

Paul Simon's 1972 tune had a hook that sang of a "strange and mournful day, when the mother and child reunion is only a motion away." Naturally, most listeners assume that the legend must be speaking on a familial relationship, one that apparently had soured since the reunion was both strange and mournful.

But in reality, Simon was singing about a chicken and egg dish at his local Chinese restaurant. According to Snopes, Simon explained his inspiration in a 1972 interview: "I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown (and) there was a dish called 'Mother and Child Reunion.' It's chicken and eggs. And I said, 'Oh, I love that title. I gotta use that one.'"

"Bad Reputation," Joan Jett

People usually think this is about: A general anthem for rebels.

But it's really about: Joan Jett fighting past rejection.

When Joan Jett declared in the early '80s that she doesn't "give a damn about a bad reputation," she was stating for the record that she wouldn't let rejection stop her.

Jett originally recorded the song around 1979 as she launched her solo career following the breakdown of her band the Runaways. "A lot of 'Bad Reputation' came from comments that people said in the early days of 'she'll never make it,'" Jett explained in a 2013 Reddit AMA.

While the song was never released as a single, it became iconic anyway as the titular track from Jett's first solo album -- an album she initially had to self-release because 23 record labels turned her down.

"Inspiration comes from all sorts of places," Jett said. "And you have to decide that it's not worth all that mental anguish worrying about what other people think."

Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Mosse Brown became the world's oldest human today, Saturday April 15, after the passing of Italian woman Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899.

 

Mosse Brown is 117 years old, having been born on March 10, 1900. Affectionately called Aunt V, she lives in Duanvale, Trelawny.

 

Her eldest child, Harold Fairweather, at age 96, is said to be the world's oldest living person with a parent also alive.

 

Aunt V's parents, Elizabeth Riley (who lived to 96 years) and John Mosse brought her into the world on the same premises which she now lives.

 

Aunt V and her husband worked as cane farmers, selling their crop to the Long Pond Sugar Estate. Later, her husband became the caretaker at the neighbouring cemetery, calling on his wife’s skills to assist him in record keeping.

 

Her birth place, Duanvale, is a neighbouring district to Sherwood Content, where Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt was born.

 

One of the supercentenarian's caretakers told Jamaica Observer columnist Jean Lowrie Chin last year: “She likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot, but she does not eat pork or chicken”. Her other preferences are sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, breadfruit, and fruits, especially oranges and mangoes.

 

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group (GRG), in 1900, when Mosse Brown was born, Jamaica was part of the British West Indies, so her records are from the British government, in Queen Victoria's time.

 

"Unless a surprise candidate comes out of the trees, she is the oldest living Victorian," Robert Young, director of the Los Angeles-based GRG's Supercentenarian Research and Database Division told AFP.

 

The previous oldest living person, Morano, died at her home in Verbania, northern Italy as the last survivor of the 19th century, reports said.

 

The world longevity record, Young noted, remained with French woman Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 in 1997, having outlived both her daughter and grandson.

 

A supercentenarian is someone who has lived to or passed their 110th birthday. There are estimated to be 300–450 living supercentenarians in the world, though only 50 verified cases are known.

Janet Jackson has shared the first photo of her newborn baby Eissa. Days after splitting from husband Wissam Al Mana, the "All for You" hitmaker has taken to her Twitter account to post the adorable picture featuring the mom-and-son duo. 

 

The "Rhythm Nation" singer can be seen in the image planting a kiss on the forehead of the baby boy as he yawns adorably. "My baby and me after nap time," so the 50-year-old proud mom writes in the caption of the cute snap. 

 

Janet welcomed the baby boy with husband Wissam on January 3. Earlier this month, it's reported that she's separating from the Qatari billionaire after five years of marriage. The singer's said focusing on her newborn baby following the split. 

 

"Sadly, Janet and Wissam have decided that it wasn't working and to go their separate ways," a close friend of Janet previously told Daily Mail. "They're both busy people but determined to be good parents, even if they're apart. It's amicable and Eissa will stay with his mother, who is basing herself in London."

 

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey's talk show was her 'greatest therapy'.

The 63-year-old star has never sought one-to-one counselling with a professional but doesn't think she needs to as she heard so much expert advice and cautionary tales from the guests on her programme over the years.

She told People magazine on Wednesday: 'I had never gone to a therapist, ever.'

'But I had so many therapists sitting in the chair across from me that I just sort of took it in. The Oprah Winfrey Show was my greatest therapy.'

'It was the greatest teaching. It was the greatest classroom and it was my greatest therapy.'

'I came out of it a better human being having listened to everybody's stories and like, "I don't want to go down that road. I saw what happened to that lady. I heard what he said"'.

'I've done a great deal of healing sitting on that chair. I really did. I healed myself. I have done a lot of work on myself in that chair. That was one of the great benefits of the show.'

Oprah - who is in a relationship with partner Stedman Graham, 66, - recently admitted she doesn't regret not having kids because she doesn't think she'd have been a 'good mom'.

She said: 'I didn't want babies. I wouldn't have been a good mom for babies. I don't have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that's a quick stage!'

Oprah, who bore a son at 14 and lost him a few weeks later, doesn't think she missed out on being a parent because she's a mother figure to the 172 girls at her Leadership Academy boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She said: 'When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world's children.'

'Love knows no boundaries. It doesn't matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.' 

 

Amid a sexual harassment scandal and advertiser boycott, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced Tuesday that he will take a nearly two-week vacation.

The vacation is a family trip that was planned in October, including airline and hotel reservations, O'Reilly spokesperson Mark Fabiani told CNNMoney. O'Reilly usually takes time off around Easter, though his corresponding vacations in 2016 and 2015 did not last as long as this one will.

Both Fox News and Fabiani said that O'Reilly will return to the program on April 24, and will be replaced by rotating substitute hosts during his absence. There is already rampant speculation both inside Fox News and in the media -- led by a report by New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman -- that he may not return, though a Fox News spokesperson denied that was the case.

Fabiani also disputed that speculation: "Other than the vacation guest hosts, The Factor broadcast will remain unchanged until Mr. O'Reilly's return post-vacation," he said.

O'Reilly's ultimate fate will be determined by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, who run Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox. One source close to the matter said their understanding is that Rupert, the Executive Chairman, would like to keep O'Reilly on air, while his son James, the Chief Executive Officer, is opposed to that idea. 21st Century Fox declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Fox has asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to conduct an internal investigation into O'Reilly's treatment of Wendy Walsh, a former guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" who alleges that the host sexually harassed her.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that O'Reilly and Fox paid about $13 million in settlements to five women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment or verbal abuse over more than a decade. (Walsh was not one of them.) O'Reilly has disputed the merits of the accusations.

The scandal is particularly sensitive for the Murdochs because they re-signed O'Reilly to a multi-million-dollar contract earlier this year knowing about the $13 million in settlements to O'Reilly's accusers, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.

A Fox News spokesperson would not comment on where O'Reilly and his family would be vacationing. Fabiani said only that the arrangements were made last October and that "the vacation involves a group of people, and the timing coincides with the period Mr. O'Reilly often takes off in and around his children's spring break."

Comedian Charlie Murphy died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia, according to his publicist Domenick Nati.

Murphy was 57.

A long time comic, Murphy rose to fame for his work on Dave Chapelle's popular "Chapelle's Show," where he was a co-star and writer.

His recurring skit "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," which recalled celebrity encounters he and his younger brother Eddie Murphy had with Rick James, Prince and others, became cult hits.

A New York City native, Murphy toured with comedians George Lopez and D.L. Hughley. Fellow comedian Chris Rock, took to Twitter when news broke of his passing: "We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP."

Murphy also appeared in several movies, including"Jungle Fever," "Lottery Ticket" and "CB4."

One day before his death, Murphy tweeted: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible."

Murphy's wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died from cervical cancer in 2009. He is survived by his brother and three children.

 

Will Smith chopped off his son's bleached dreadlocks on the Toronto set of their 2018 film Life in a Year on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old movie producer - who boasts 75.2M followers - wrote on Facebook: 'Getting Jaden Smith ready for the first day of filming #LifeInAYear...maybe I should’ve used scissors?!'

It was a shockingly clean cut look for the eccentric 18-year-old, who's known for his gender-neutral, nineties-obsessed hipster style.

Smith - who also produced The Karate Kid (2010) - previously acted opposite the Malibu-born millennial in The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006 and the dismally-reviewed After Earth in 2013.

Jaden's character, 17-year-old Daryn, is determined to have his girlfriend Isabelle (Cara Delevingne) experience 'an entire life' after her terminal cancer diagnosis in the YA romantic drama.

Empire's Terrence Howard and Nia Long will play Daryn's no-nonsense father and mother Catherine, while Hunter Street's Stony Blyden will play his BFF Kiren - according to Deadline.

Slovenian filmmaker Mitja Okorn (Planeta Singli, Letters to Santa) will direct Life in a Year, which was penned by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews. 

The MSFTSrep designer currently plays bisexual graffiti artist Marcus 'Dizzee' Kipling in the second part of Baz Luhrmann's seventies-set series The Get Down now streaming on Netflix.

And the two-time Oscar nominee's next role is as LAPD officer Scott Ward in David Ayer's fantasy flick Bright - streaming in December on Netflix - alongside Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, and Édgar Ramírez.

Missing from the family fun Tuesday were Smith's 24-year-old son Trey with first wife Sheree Zampino and his 16-year-old daughter Willow with second wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

 

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