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It was on this date in 1989 that the World Wide Web (WWW) or the Web was invented by English scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee while he was working for CER by submitting Information Management and he was also credited for writing the first web browser, WorldWideWeb on December 25, 1990 and was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and the general public on the internet starting in August 1991.

For more information on the history of the World Wide Web, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web

Luke Perry (October 11, 1966 - March 4, 2019)
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Luke Perry (October 11, 1966 - March 4, 2019)

Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III, an actor who became famous for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2000 has died at St. Joseph's Hospital in in Burbank, California due to complications from a massive stroke he suffered last Wednesday.

He was only 52.

Born on Tuesday, October 11, 1966 in Mansfield, Ohio, he was the son of Ann Bennett, a homemaker and Coy Luther Perry, Jr., a steelworker. As his acting carrer spanned nearly 37 years, he also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series, Riverdale and had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Will & Grace.

He had two marriages. His first marriage was to Rachel Sharp from 1993 to 2003 and was recently engaged to Wendy Madison Bauer. He had two children from his first marriage, Jack (born June 15, 1997 and Sophie (born June 7, 2000).

He will be deeply missed.

For more information on the life of Luke Perry, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Perry

Current 2018-2019 NBA Standings
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The first half of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season came to a end as the league went into the All-Star break.

Going into the break, the Milwaukee Bucks has the best record in the NBA so far with 43 wins and 14 losses (.754) having to recently win two consecutive games and have won 8 of the last 10 games.

The defending two-time defending NBA champion, Golden State Warriors have the best record in the Western Conference and are well qualified for the 2019 NBA Playoffs with 41 wins and 16 losses, (.719). The Warriors have only lost one game, but has won the last 8 of the last 10 games.

The worst performing team in the NBA this season is the Phoenix Suns with just 11 wins and 48 losses (.186). The Suns lost 15 consecutive games and haven't even won a game over the last 10 tries. With 23 games remaining on their schedule, the Suns are most likely going to be the first team to miss the playoffs.

LeBron James' former team and Eastern Conference champion, Cleveland Cavaliers are not doing so well this season. Their record is 12 wins and 46 losses (.207), having to lose 1 game recently and only win 3 of the last 10 games.

The second half of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season will resume this Thursday leading up to the road to the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

As the NBA heads into the second half of the regular season, all of the teams will have between 23 to 26 games remaining on their schedule. While the top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs, the bottom seven will be eliminated from playoff contention.

The Eastern and Western Conference standings going into the All-Star break will determine who will qualify for the 2019 NBA Playoffs after the remaining games have been completed going out of the All-Star break.

For now, here are the top eight seeded teams in each conference and how they will fair if the regular season ended today:

*** Eastern Conference Standings ***
1. Central: Milwaukee Bucks - 43-14 (.754)
2. Atlantic: Toronto Raptors - 43-16 (.729)
3. Central: Indiana Pacers - 38-20 (.655)
4. Atlantic: Boston Celtics - 37-21 (.638)
5. Atlantic: Philadelphia 76ers - 37-21 (.638)
6. Atlantic: Brooklyn Nets - 30-29 (.508)
7. Southeast: Charlotte Hornets - 27-30 (.474)
8. Central: Detroit Pistons - 26-30 (.464)

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Eastern Conference will be eliminated from playoff contention are: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers*, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards

*** Western Conference Standings ***
1. Pacific: Golden State Warriors** - 41-16 (.719)
2. Northwest: Denver Nuggets - 39-18 (.684)
3. Northwest: Oklahoma City Thunder - 37-20 (.649)
4. Northwest: Portland Trailblazers - 34-23 (.596)
5. Southwest: Houston Rockets - 34-23 (.596)
6. Northwest: Utah Jazz - 32-25 (.561)
7. Southwest: San Antonio Spurs - 33-26 (.559)
8. Pacific: Los Angeles Clippers - 32-27 (.542)

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Western Conference will be eliminated from playoff contention are: Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves

bold-italic - conference leader
** - defending NBA champion
* - defending Western / Eastern Conference Champion


Let's see how this will be settled once the current NBA season starts to wind down. But for now, enjoy the second half of the NBA regular season, leading up to the road to the 2019 NBA Playoffs!

Team LeBron wins the 68th NBA All-Star Game!
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The NBA All-Star weekend is history!

For the second time in the All-Star Game, Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis by a score of 178 to 164 last night.

Since Team LeBron won the All-Star Game, the winning team earns $100,000. The losing team, Team Giannis earns $25,000.

#35 SF/C Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was awarded the 68th NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. Playing for 25 minutes and 26 seconds, he scored 31 points. He was also credited for making 10 of 15 field goals with 6 of 9 3-pointers, 5 of 5 free throws, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal, 2 blocked shots and 1 personal foul.

This year's 68th NBA All-Star Game was held at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina home of the Charolette Hornets. This was the first time that the All-Star Game was played in that city since 1991 when it was hosted at the Charolette Coliseum. The game was originally going to be played in 2017, but was delayed because of the controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The game of the game was 2 hours and 19 minutes. Attendance record is to be determined at a later date.

The Canadian National Anthem was performed by Carly Rae Jepsen and the Star-Spangled Banner was performed by Anthony Hamilton. The Halftime Show was performed by J. Cole.

Next year's 69th NBA All-Star Game will be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, the home of the Chicago Bulls.

Congratulations once again to Team LeBron for winning the 68th NBA All-Star Game! Enjoy the second half of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season which will resume Thursday night.

New England Patriots: Super Bowl LIII Champions!
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17 years ago today, the New England Patriots defeated the Rams (when they were in St. Louis), 20 to 17 with no time on the clock due to a 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to win their first Super Bowl title.

Today, the Patriots are Super Bowl champions once again by defeating the NFC champion, Los Angeles Rams by a score of 13 to 3. This marks the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.

This was also the first Super Bowl with no touchdown made by either teams in the first three quarters and was also the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history! Beating the previous record in Super Bowl VII when the Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins by a score of 14 to 7.

The Patriots completed their NFL season by finishing with 14 wins and 5 losses, the Rams with their elimination loss concluded their season at 15 wins and 4 losses.

#11 Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was awarded the Super Bowl LIII Most Valuable Player. He was credited for catching 10 receiving receptions, 12 targets on 141 yards (14.1 yards per receiving reception) with 27 of those yards being the longest. He also made 2 punt returns on 2 yards with 7 longest punt returns. He also made 1 rush on 8 yards.

Super Bowl LIII was held at Mercededs-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the third Super Bowl in Atlanta who previously hosted Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 at the Georgia Dome. The attendance record for Super Bowl LIII was 70,081.

The National Anthem was performed by Gladys Knight. The coin toss was performed by Bernice King, the youngest child of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The Super Bowl Halftime Show was perforned by Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi. The cost of running a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl was $5.1 million to $5.3 million.

With all of that said and done, the 99th NFL season has come to a close! The 100th NFL season will begin on Thursday, August 1, 2019 with the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game - that's 178 days from now!

For now, congratulations to the New England Patriots for their sixth Super Bowl title.

The New England Patriots are champions of the National Football League for 2018!

AFC Wins the 2019 Pro Bowl
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The closing of the 2019 Pro Bowl officially leads to the kick-off of Super Bowl week!

Earlier today, the AFC All-Stars defeated the NFC All-Stars by a score of 26 to 7.

#15 Quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs (who has been recently been eliminated after losing the AFC Championship Game last Sunday night) was named the 2019 Pro Bowl Offensive MVP. He was credited for making 7 completitions on 14 attempts and rushing for 156 yards (11.1 yards per attempt). He also made 1 touchdown with a quarterback rating of 114.

#33 Strong Safety Jamal Adams of the New York Jets was named the 2019 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP. He was credited for making 2 solo tackles with 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 pass defended and completed 42 of 44 snaps.

Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, since the AFC All-Stars won the game, the squad receives $67,000 each. The losing squad, in the NFC All-Stars received $34,000 each. The AFC currently leads the Pro Bowl series record is 24 wins. The NFC currently has 22 wins.

The 2019 Pro Bowl was held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. J. D. McCarary performed the National Anthem. Attendance record for the event is yet to be determined with their last win coming in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers was named AFC head coach and Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys was named the NFC head coach.

The 2019 Pro Bowl was televised nationally on ESPN, simulcasted on ABC and for the first time on Disney XD. The game was also televised in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. The game remained the afternoon start time to avoid interfereing with ABC's Primetime lineup.

Next Sunday, the 99th NFL season will come to a close with Super Bowl LIII from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Falcons. The Big Game will feature the AFC champion, New England Patriots taking on the NFC champion, Los Angeles Rams for the ultimate prize...the NFL world championship and the Vince Lombardi trophy!
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Metropolitan Division wins the 64th Honda NHL All-Star Game!
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The 64th Honda NHL All-Star Game and the festivities have come to a close!

In the first semi-final game, the Central Divsion All-Stars defeat the Pacific Division All-Stars by a score of 10 to 4. In the second semi-final game, the Metropolitan Division defeated the Atlantic Division All-Stars by a score of 7 to 4. And in the championship game, the Metropolitan Division defeated the Central Division All-Stars by a score of 10 to 5.

#87 Centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the 64th NHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player! Making his 4th NHL All-Star Game appearance, he scored 4 goals and 4 assists. For his hard work, he gets to drive home the all new 2019 Honda Passport Elite!

The 64th Honda NHL All-Star Game was held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, home of the San Jose Sharks. The last time that area had an All-Star game was in 1997. Chad Brownlee perforned the Canadian national anthem while Laren Jauregui performed the Star Spangled Banner. Bebe Rexha performed during the second intermission.

And now that this year's 64th NHL All-Star game is in the books, NHL will be off for tomorrow and the second half of the 2018-2019 NHL regular season will resume on Monday leading up to the road to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Enjoy the second half of the NHL season!

Current 2018-2019 NHL Regular Season Standings
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The NHL is in the All-Star break right now with the second half of the regular season resuming on Monday, January 28, 2019 leading up to the road to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs this Spring.

So far, the best team in the NHL in the first half of the regular season is the Tampa Bay Lightning. With 35 games remaining, they currently have 37 wins, 10 losses and 2 overtime losses (.755) for a total of 76 points earned in the Atlantic Division. Going into the All-Star break, the Lightning has won only one game and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

The worst team in the NHL in the first half of the regular season is the New Jersey Devils. With 36 games remaining, they currently have 18 wins, 23 losses and 7 overtime losses (.375) for a total of 43 points ranking them dead last in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils are 3-7-0 over the last 10 consecutive games going into the break.

The defending Stanley Cup champion, the Washington Captials is currently second in the Metropolitan Division with 27 wins, 17 losses and 6 overtime losses (.54) for a total of 60 points. With 32 games remaining in their schedule, the Capitals have won 7 consecutive game and have a 3-5-2 record over the last 10 games.

The defending Western Conference champion, the Vegas Golden Knights are third in the Pacific Division with 29 wins, 19 losses and 4 overtime losses (.558) with 32 games remaining in their schedule. The Golden Knights have lost 2 consecutive games and are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.

The last day of the 2018-2019 NHL regular season is Saturday, April 6, 2019 with the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Now, going into the All-Star break, here are the current 2018-2019 NHL regular season standings of the top four teams in each division and how they would qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the current season ended today:

*** Eastern Conference Standings ***
* Atlantic Division
1. Tampa Bay Lightning: 37-10-2 (.755), 76
2. Toronto Maple Leafs: 30-17-2 (.612), 62
3. Montreal Canadiens: 28-18-5 (.549), 61
W. Boston Bruins: 27-17-5 (.551), 59

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Atlantic Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators

* Metropolitan Division
1. New York Islanders: 29-15-5 (.592), 63
2. Washington Capitals**: 27-17-6 (.54), 60
3. Columbus Blue Jackets: 28-17-3 (.583), 59
W. Pittsburgh Penguins: 26-16-6 (.542), 58

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Metropolitan Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers

*** Western Conference Standings ***

* Central Division
1. Winnipeg Jets: 31-15-2 (.646), 64
2. Nashville Predators: 30-18-4 (.577), 64
3. Minnesota Wild: 26-21-3 (.52), 55
W. Dallas Stars: 24-21-4 (.49), 52

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Central Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues

* Pacific Division
1. Calgary Flames: 33-13-5 (.647), 71
2. San Jose Sharks: 29-16-7 (.558), 65
3. Vegas Golden Knights: 29-19-4 (.558), 62
W. Vancouver Canucks: 23-22-6 (.451), 52

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Pacific Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Arizona Coyotoes, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers

bold italic: Division leader
italic: wildcard
** defending Stanley Cup champion
* defending Western Conference/Eastern Conference champion


Enjoy the 64th NHL All-Star Game and the second half of the 2018-2019 NHL regular season when it resumes on Monday!

Super Bowl LIII
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The 99th NFL season will come to a close next Sunday as the road to the NFL championship ends at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of the Atlanta Falcons.

Super Bowl LIII will feature the three-time returning AFC champion #2 New England Patriots taking on the NFC champion #2 Los Angeles Rams for the ultimate prize - the NFL world championship and the Vince Lombardi trophy!



* AFC Champion: New England Patriots
The New England Patriots will make their 11th Super Bowl appearance and seek to win their sixth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

The game is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI in which the Patriots, lead by score-year hoad coach Bill Belichick and back-up quarterback Tom Brady, who defeated the heavily favoured Rams by a score of 20 to 17 when they were in St. Louis at the time.

The Patriots finished their regular season with 11 wins and 5 losses and received a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs.

In the AFC Divisional playoff game, the Patriots eliminated the #5 Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 41 to 29 and eliminated the #1 Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 37 to 31 in overtime to win the AFC championship.

* NFC Champion: Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams make their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and their first apperance in the Super Bowl since moving back to Los Angeles at the start of the 2016 NFL regular season. Their only Super Bowl championship was in Super Bowl XXXIV when they were the St. Louis Rams. That year, the #1 Rams defeated the #4 Tennessee Titans, 23 to 16. Their last Super Bowl as the Los Angeles Rams was Super Bowl XIV when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31 to 19.

This is also the Rams first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl XXXVI.

The Rams finished their regular season at 13-3 and received a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. The #2 Rams eliminated the #4 Dallas Cowboys by a score of 30 to 22 in the NFC Divisional playoff game and eliminated the #1 New Orleans Saints by a score of 26 to 23 to win the NFC championship.



Super Bowl LIII will be held at Merceded-Benz Statdium in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of the Atlanta Falcons. This will be the third Super Bowl in the city where as it hosted two previous Super Bowls...Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 at the Georgia Dome.

The National Anthem will be performed by Gladys Knight and the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show will be performed by Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi. The cost of a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl will be worth between $5.1 million to $5.3 million.

The game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, February 3, 2019 and kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM EST. The game will be televised on CBS and on radio stations that carry Westwood One.

In this Super BOwl re-match, will the New England Patriots repeat history and win their sixth Super Bowl championship and deny the Los Angeles Rams their first ever Super Bowl championship since returning to Los Angeles? Or will the Rams get revenge on the Patriots and win their second Super Bowl title overall?

Something has got to give here. You can find out about it next Sunda.

For more information, you can read more about Super Bowl LIII in this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LIII

You can also learn more about how they got to Super Bowl LIII in the NFL playoffs here as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018%E2%80%9319_NFL_playoffs

Enjoy the big game!

Black Monday 2018
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As the 2018 NFL regular season concluded on Sunday, December 30, 2018, Black Monday hit the NFL hard the following day.

At least six head coaches lost their job on that day. This includes the following head coaches in alphabetical order:

1. Todd Bowles of the New York Jets
2. Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins
3. Dirk Koeter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos
5. Marvin Lewis of the Cinncinatti Bengals
6. Steve Wilks of the Arizona Cardinals

Two more head coaches were fired either before the regular season came to a end or during the franchise's offseason.

For more information on this story, read this article: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2813307-nfl-black-monday-full-list-of-firings-after-end-of-2018-19-regular-season

ESPN has a update on the head-coach carousel: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25120146/nfl-head-coaching-carousel-2018-2019-everything-know-potential-openings-firings