Sony Cancels The Interview Christmas Release

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

Sony’s decision caps a whirlwind day, which saw the nation’s five biggest theater chains cancel plans to screen “The Interview” on Dec. 25. Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Cineplex Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas pulled the comedy following a terror threat made Tuesday by hackers who had attacked Sony Pictures.

“Due to wavering support of the film ‘The Interview’ by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theaters,” a representative for Regal said in a statement to The Huffington Post. Sony had previously placed the decision to cancel showings of “The Interview” at the feet of theaters owners.

On Tuesday, the hackers referenced the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a statement that threatened “the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown.” Officials for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged they were aware of the threat, but downplayed the likelihood of an incident.

49ers release Ray McDonald

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald.

“This is about a pattern of poor behavior,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday. “We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions.”

Earlier in the day, local law authorities said they were investigating McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.

San Jose Police Department Sgt. Heather Randol said an area hospital notified police late Tuesday night that a woman was seeking treatment and that detectives had searched McDonald’s San Jose home.

“The victim alleged she was possibly sexually assaulted a day prior,” Randol said. “Based on preliminary investigation, detectives secured a search warrant and served it at the alleged suspect’s residence in San Jose.”

No arrests have been made, nor have charges been filed.

Baalke said that CEO Jed York and coach Jim Harbaugh were involved in the decision to release McDonald. The 49ers notified the NFL office of the allegations against the defensive lineman, Baalke said, adding, “This is a team decision.”

“It’s not a situation you want to hear about. Very unfortunate,” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. “He’s a good friend to a lot of people on this team. No one thought bad of him. Hopefully it’s just a misunderstanding. … I understand why the team did what it did. Other than that, it’s not my business.”

The NFL confirmed that the alleged incident is covered by its new conduct policy. The league will conduct its own investigation but will not interfere with law enforcement.

An NFLPA source told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that no determination has been made on whether the McDonald will file a grievance over his release.

This marks the second time in recent months that McDonald has been the subject of a police investigation.

Last month, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced that it declined to file charges against McDonald in a domestic violence investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest.

Prosecutors cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancée.

McDonald had played all season despite pressure on the 49ers to bench him.

“If this was one incident, we would be standing up here talking about due process, like we have multiple times, in multiple other situations,” Baalke said. “But this is just a pattern of decision-making that Ray has demonstrated over a period of time that, once again, it’s no longer going to be tolerated.”

Baalke said he had numerous conversations with McDonald in the wake of the August arrest and had set forth criteria for McDonald to “stay in good standing” with the club.

In light of the second issue this week, Baalke said, “We weren’t willing to deal with [it] anymore.”

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New York Yankees Move Alex Rodriguez to Full-Time DH

In an interview with the Associate Press, Cashman opened up on the slugger being the team’s full-time designated hitter and will have to earn his job on the team. With the exception of Headley, the pinstripes have remained quiet in the winter meetings to spend for new talent and will have time to evaluate A-Rod in three months. If Rodriguez shows signs of any injury and is physically unable to play in spring training, the team will be able to recoup some of their salary for the season, but definitely not close to the large guarantee of $30 million he’s owed.

“I can’t expect Alex to be anything, I’ve got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension. And now he’s been out of the game for a year. He’s approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he’ll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I’m sitting in. So given all that circumstance, we look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us, and if he shows he has retained athleticism, then he can play third as a choice when Joe decides to give Headley a rest. He can compete for Joe’s thought process, whether it’s Prado swinging over or Alex playing third” – Brian Cashman with the Associate Press.

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Big Sean The Breakfast Club Interview

Big Sean makes his return The Breakfast Club to sit down with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlemagne Tha God. Big Sean talked about his recent single called I Dont Fuck With You, new girlfriend Ariana Grande, the Detroit Vs. Everybody track, working with Eminem, and his forthcoming album.

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