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NBA Adds Two More Games To Christmas Day Schedule Opener

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The NBA is set to add two more games to the planned season kick-off on Christmas Day, for a total of five games.

According to ESPN, Oklahoma City will host Orlando before Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers visit Golden State on Christmas night.

The games were added on Friday (December 2) to the three already scheduled for the 2011-12 season, which were originally unveiled -- including Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas, and Chicago at the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA Commissioner David Stern previously said the league hoped to open the season with that tripleheader after announcing that a tentative agreement on a new labor deal had been made in the days following Thanksgiving.

A revised 66-game schedule is expected to be released Tuesday night (December 6) during an NBA TV special.

Here's where to watch the opening day games.

TNT will televise the opener, while ABC gets the NBA Finals rematch (Dallas vs. Miami) and the Bulls versus the Lakers (who will play their first game under former Cleveland coach Mike Brown).

The final two (OKC/Orlando and Clippers/Warriors) will air on ESPN.

Despite all the good news, the December 25th opening date is contingent on the CBA being ratified next week.

Lawyers for the league and players' association resumed negotiations Friday (December 2) on the remaining issues -- drug testing, the draft eligibility age, and the commissioner's power to discipline. They hope to complete the agreement Tuesday (December 6), so it could be presented at a meeting of player representatives Wednesday (December 7), then both sides would vote to ratify it Thursday (December 8).

If that happens, training camps and free agency would open December 9.

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"In the docs, the State says it believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Melly killed his friends for financial gain, the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, and he committed homicide in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner," reports TMZ. "The State also believes Melly is a criminal gang member."

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YG Shares Fourth Album Title Ahead Of May Release Date

YG is preparing to bless fans with a highly-anticipated full-length album since he announced its release for May 3. Now, in an interview with Billboard, the "FDT" rapper shared the fourth studio project's name, 4REAL 4REAL.

The 29-year-old artist revealed that being in the studio is where he feels unabashedly free, especially given this tough time since his longtime friend Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

The Compton native's previous album, Stay Dangerous, hosts singles like "Big Bank," "Handgun," and other cuts featuring Jay 305 like "Bulletproof," "Slay" with Quavo," and "Power" featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

"From my first album to my second album, and from my second album to my third album, it took me two years to put out each project," he said. "That wasn't my choice. Life was changing: I got shot, I had a daughter. It was crazy—it took a little longer."

YG's upcoming project was originally slated for a mid-April release, but when the shocking news of Hussle's passing hit, the famed rapper placed a halt on the soundscape's debut. During his first weekend set at Coachella, YG said he was able to push through the performance given his consumption of alcohol. "But my ni**a gone," he said, per HipHopDX. "I got to deal with the sh*t. So I decided to push my album back to May 3."

 

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It ain’t right that the homie is gone and not here with his kids and family this Easter. With all the love that’s bein shown & everything great the homie set up and left behind for his family and kids I STILL DONT UNDERSTAND! Forever @nipseyhussle the gr8 😢💙💙💔💔

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Elizabeth Warren Details Proposal To Eliminate Student Debt

The race to Election 2020 is starting off with a bang as Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has proposed a plan to eliminate student debt.

Warren laid out her plan on Monday (April 22), her being the first out of the long list of Democratic candidates to feature a detailed plan for the controversial topic. Warren says her proposal would benefit 95 percent of the 45 million borrowers and eliminate the debt of 75 percent of them. The plan will cost a reported $1.25 trillion over 10 years and would be funded by a proposed tax on the wealth of millionaires who are making more than $50 million as well as billionaires.

The proposal would wipe out up to $50,000 in student debt with household incomes under $100,000 and smaller amounts for those who are bringing in $250,000. “It’s time to end that experiment, to clean up the mess it’s caused and to do better,” Warren wrote in a Medium post about her plan. “We can make big structural change and create new opportunities for all Americans.”

Like many of her progressive peers like Bernie Sanders, Warren also plans to make public college tuition-free, except Warren is also promising to increase funds for Pell grants by $100 billion and provide a $50 billion fund to assist historically black colleges and universities.

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