• In this Dec. 31, 2015, file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) poses with the Orange Bowl trophy following an NCAA college football semifinal playoff game against Oklahoma, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play its semifinals on most New Year's Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a Saturday or a holiday.
The changes will start with the 2018 season.  (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)

    CFP abandons plan to play most of its semifinals on Dec. 31

    The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play most of its semifinals on New Year’s Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a weekend or a holiday.

  • In this July 27, 2016 photo released by CBS, Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," appears during a broadcast in New York. Lawyers representing his old show company complained to CBS after Colbert revived the character he played under his own name on “The Colbert Report,"  a clueless, full-of-himself cable news host.  (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via AP)

    Corporate lawyers argue over whether Colbert can be Colbert

    NEW YORK (AP) — After CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert told viewers that lawyers representing his old Comedy Central show said he couldn’t be “Stephen Colbert” anymore, he thumbed his nose at them with a transparent dodge.

  • In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, actor Michael B. Jordan, right, and writer-director Ryan Coogler pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. The pair, who have worked together on "Creed," and "Fruitvale Station," are reuniting once again for "Black Panther."  (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    Reunions make Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ especially personal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two reunions make “Black Panther” an especially personal chapter in the Marvel cinematic universe.

  • In this Wednesday, July 27, 2016 photo, artist Ellen Griesedieck shows the scale of a portion of a mural being created in old mill building in Winsted, Conn. Griesedieck and the 15-year American Mural Project received approval of a $1 million matching grant from the Connecticut State Bond Commission that allows them to finally seek bids to renovate two buildings to contain a visitors' center, artist workshop space and a gallery to display a 120-foot-long, five-story-high and 10-foot-deep mural that honors American workers. It is expected to be the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

    Dream of 3-D mural honoring American workers nearer reality

    WINSTED, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut artist’s dream to honor American workers with a massive 5-stories-high mural that ties in contributions from thousands of children across the country is moving closer to reality.

    Updated: 12:48 pm

  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Emma Roberts in a scene from the thriller, "Nerve." Nerve is an app-based game that’s all the rage among the kids. You can choose to be a “player” or a “watcher.” Players are given dares by anonymous masses of watchers with the promise of cash prizes at the end of each dare, which they have to film themselves doing. (Niko Tavernise/Lionsgate via AP)

    ‘Nerve’ is a dark thriller for the Pokémon Go generation

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The invigorating new thriller “Nerve ,” now playing in theaters, goes deep into the psychology of the internet with an addictive game that’s so fresh, you wonder whether the filmmakers had a tip that the Pokemon Go craze was on the horizon.

    Updated: 11:42 am

  • In this June 21, 2016 photo, Country music star Jake Owen poses in his boat on the Cumberland River near Nashville, Tenn. Owen's latest album, "American Love," comes out on Friday, July 29. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Singer Jake Owen focuses on positivity after a tough year

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a recent hot summer morning in Nashville, Tennessee, country singer Jake Owen steered his boat down a quiet stretch of the Cumberland River and kicked up a wave curl just perfect for one of his favorite sports: wake boarding.

    Updated: 1:12 pm

  • In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon makes his way to the dugout after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Gordon issued an apology on Twitter addressed primarily to his young fans as he returned from an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test. 
``I know I let you down, and I’m sorry,” Gordon said in a video.  Gordon, who won the NL batting and stolen base titles last year, was reinstated before Thursday’s, July 28, 2016, game against St. Louis. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

    Dee Gordon apologizes on Twitter before rejoining Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon issued an apology on Twitter addressed primarily to his young fans as he returned from an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test.

    Updated: 11:26 am

  • This image released by STX Productions shows, from left, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from, "Bad Moms." (Michele K. Short/STX Productions via AP)

    Review: ‘Bad Moms’ flirts with anarchy, comes up short

    The comedy “Bad Moms ” fancies itself a “Hangover” for the PTA set. And, while a wild send-up of modern parental perfection — that insidious idea that exists only in commercials and glossy magazines — is a worthy and fresh subject for a fun summer comedy, “Bad Moms” is ultimately rather conventional.

  • Ex NY basketball coach indicted on forged-transcript charges

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A former head basketball coach of a New York community college has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges, prosecutors said Thursday.

    Updated: 10:45 am

  • In this April 10, 2016 file photo, Garry Marshall arrives at the 2016 TV Land Icon Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. A new stage musical based on Garry Marshall's 1984 movie “The Flamingo Kid” is hoping to cha-cha to Broadway. Producers Bob Israel and Larry Hirschhorn said Thursday, July 28,  that the show will feature book and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Robert L. Freedman and music by Scott Frankel. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

    Musical of ‘The Flamingo Kid’ eyeing Broadway pool in 2018

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new stage musical based on Garry Marshall’s 1984 movie, “The Flamingo Kid,” is hoping to cha-cha to Broadway by 2018.

    Updated: 9:09 am