Chris Rock to host ABC’s Oscar broadcast next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time. The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of […]

Head of Hollywood academy: Diversity debate at top of agenda

LONDON (AP) — The president of Hollywood’s movie academy says criticism of the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has helped spark a vital global discussion about how to make the entertainment industry more inclusive. Cheryl Boone Isaacs said “the whole discussion about diversity is a great discussion, because now it’s at the top of […]

Collison’s 18 points lead Kings to 94-90 preseason win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Darren Collison scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 16 to lead the Sacramento Kings to as 94-90 preseason victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. The Kings ran off 12 straight points in the fourth quarter and held Portland scoreless for more than 5 minutes in taking a […]

Kings Beat San Antonio To Go 2-1 In Preseason

NORTH NATOMAS – Rudy Gay had 26 points and seven rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals to lead the Sacramento Kings 95-92 past the San Antonio Spurs at Sleep Train Arena on Oct. 8. Marco Bellinelli had 19 points and 4 assists and Rajon Rondo contributed six points, 10 […]

Kings down Trail Blazers 109-105 in OT preseason opener

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marco Belinelli had 32 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-105 in overtime Monday night, the preseason opener for both teams. DeMarcus Cousins started and finished with 22 points for the Kings, who missed the playoffs after finishing 29-53 last season. Damian Lillard had […]

Rodgers leads Packers past 49ers, Green Bay stays unbeaten

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With his receiving corps banged up and depleted, Aaron Rodgers still made all the big throws to keep Green Bay unbeaten and exactly where it expected to be a quarter into the season. It just took a little while to get warmed up before things got rolling. Rodgers passed for […]

Road woes return for Raiders in 22-20 loss at Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Carr was just OK on Sunday. Amari Cooper was shut out in the second half, and Latavius Murray made two big mistakes. A little road success had a bitter aftertaste for the Oakland Raiders. Charles Woodson’s interception set up Sebastian Janikowski’s go-ahead field goal with 2:05 left, but Oakland was unable […]

Kings Look Forward To Working With New Surroundings

NORTH NATOMAS — Every year, since 2006, the administrators of the Sacramento Kings have repeatedly opened up training camp saying that significant changes in the roster were done during the off-season. On Monday, the Kings, once again, reiterated those same sentiments to start the 2015-2016 campaign at the Practice Facility. But this time, despite a […]

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ tackles the ‘N-word’; felt, not heard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris confiscated his daughter’s phone for a teenage misstep, he was taken aback by one message string he read. “‘Hold on, why is this kid saying the N-word?’” Barris recalled asking his 16-year-old. “And she said, ‘All my friends say it.’” Barris realized that it’s “become for […]

Viola Davis says her story doesn’t end with Emmy win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis made history on Sunday by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress, but said there is still work that needs to be done in getting more diverse stories on screen. She won for her role as the professor and defense attorney Annalise […]