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The Sochi Repot: Team USA Is Eyeing Gold In Hockey At Sochi Olympics

Team USA is winning when it comes to hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The team is 3-0 after its first three games.

Team USA -- led by Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma -- smoked Slovakia in its first game in Sochi, winning 7-1, but the next match wouldn't be so easy. Team USA faced Russia, who it has a storied past with when it comes to the Olympics. Rewind to the 1980 Winter Olympics game against Russia -- then billed as the Soviet Union -- and USA. Amidst leading Cold War tensions, an amateur USA team beat the odds to conquer a nearly undefeated Russian team in the past seven Olympics during the semifinals. The game was dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" and is still considered one of the most incredible moments in sports history. USA won over Finland in the final game to secure gold at that Olympics, but, as the past has proved, the games leading up to the gold medal are sometimes more important than the final matchup. Since, every USA vs. Russia match hasn't gone unnoticed, but at Sochi, home turf was involved for the Russians, and they left defeated.

St. Louis Blues forward TJ Oshie secured the win for Team USA in a 4-3 shootout on Saturday. Following an intense overtime, with Russian President Vladimir Putin watching, 27-year-old Oshie defied pressure to help Team USA advance into the quarterfinals. Teammate Phil Kessel, a Madison, Wisc. native who plays on the Toronto Maple Leafs, scored three goals in USA's 5-1 win against Slovenia the next day, to give the team a bye into the quarterfinals.

The USA men’s ice hockey team won silver at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with a 5-1 record. It lost to Canada, 3-2, in Vancouver. Team USA still has Canada to face in Sochi.

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Ebro Comments On Kodak Black Interview, Says Hip-Hop Will Need To Acknowledge Sexual Assault

Ebro Darden was interviewed by Nadeska Alexis about his viral interview with Kodak Black, where he attempted to start a conversation surrounding the rapper's looming sexual assault case. When the "Tunnel Vision" MC became uncomfortable, he left the interview. Darden seemed to catch more heat after the interview from the Internet from fans and musicians like Trick Daddy.

"I was trying to show him that ‘we take it seriously," Ebro said during his Beats1 interview. "You’re a young guy, but I also have to acknowledge the people watching this, and we can’t just gloss this over and act like it didn’t happen."

Kodak is currently awaiting trial for a sexual assault case, which is slated to occur in April 2019. Ebro acknowledges that he didn't enjoy how the interview ended, but he did not try to set him up, as many Internet folk somehow believe.

"Periodically throughout our conversation, I acknowledged he had a tumultuous past," he said. "I didn’t even want a response from him, I actually put it forward so that the people watching that know what he’s going through and either have been through sexual assault themselves, know some people who have and just know that it’s a serious conversation, know that I’m just not glossing it over for the sake of an album coming out."

Ebro concludes by saying that hip-hop culture and American society need to take sexual assault and the accounts of hurt women seriously, especially in regard to Christine Blasely Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.

Watch the entire exchange above.

READ MORE: We're Looking At Y'all: Hip-Hop Won't Have A 'Me Too' Moment Because Of Apologists

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Kanye West Claims Drake Threatened Him And His Family

Things are growing more intense between Kanye West and Drake. Only hours after Kanye's first rant, he hopped back on Twitter on Dec. 13, for part two. Only this time, Ye alleged that Drake threatened him.

In the second part of his Twitter rant, Kanye claimed that his phone call with Drizzy took a violent turn. "Drake called trying to threatened me," he wrote. "So Drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the first suspect. So cut the tough talk."

It's unclear what Drake may have said to Kanye, but the Kids See Ghosts artist definitely seemed to be bothered by the situation.

Ye also touched on their previous feud, in which he claimed Drake was taunting him in public, but would refuse to sit down and hash out their differences. "How you gone text Kris but not speak to me," he said, referencing his mother-in-law Kris Jenner.

As previously mentioned, Kanye's latest tirade comes shortly after the rapper put Drake on blast for not returning his phone calls. He stopped tweeting for a short period when he announced that Drake had finally given him a call.

While Kanye stated that he would not physically harm Drake like "MTV boxing," he did say that he would not be bullied or threatened by him any longer. "You trying to be a bully. I never been bullied in my life and I never will be," he said. "That’s why I made it this far in a pink polo."

Check out Kanye's Twitter rant below.

Drake called trying to threatened me

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

So drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the first suspect So cut the tough talk

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

It just doesn’t sit right on my spirit

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

He be texting people I know like it’s cool But won’t sit and talk with me

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

There would never be a drake without a Kanye west so never come out your mouth with a threat

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

We both too high profile for you to actually do something to me

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

You [email protected] people with mental health issues

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

You say all this shut to me but won’t say none of that to J prince

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

Talk tough to real gangsters bro

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

You trying to be a bully. I never been bullied in my life and I never will be. That’s why I made it this far in a pink polo

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

I’m up for talking. We need to show all of these fans that black men [email protected] without someone ending up dead or in jail

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

We need to show the world that we will speak without someone ending up dead or in jail

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

How you gone text Kriss but not speak to me

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

Drake I’m not going to physically fight you like it’s MTV boxing

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

Nobody scared of anything

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

Leave me and my family alone bro

— ye (@kanyewest) December 14, 2018

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Pharrell And Robin Thicke To Pay $5 Million In "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit

Marvin Gaye's estate has finally settled its lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke regarding their 2013 hit single "Blurred Lines." A federal judge reportedly ordered the duo to fork over nearly $5 million in damages to the Gaye family, Billboard reports.

According to a ruling from Judge John A. Kronstadt, Thicke, Williams and William's company More Water From Nazareth Publishing Inc. will each have to pay $2,848,846.50 in damages. Thicke will have to pay an additional $1,768,191.88 and Williams and his publishing company will pay another $357,630.96 to the Gaye family in separate payments regarding their lawsuit. In total, the damages amount to $4,983,766.85.

The Gaye estate is also entitled to receive interest on the damages against each party and will receive a  running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" revenue.

As previously reported, Marvin Gaye's estate filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Williams and Thicke back in 2013. They claimed their single sampled Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" without permission. Both Williams and Thicke's legal team attempted to get the case thrown out but were denied an appeal in Mar. 2018.

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