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Anthony Joshua gives heavyweights a dose of past glory

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Anthony Joshua celebrates his victory over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday in London. (Photo: Richard Heathcote, Getty Images)

LONDON – It was deep into the London night when Anthony Joshua unleashed his final flurry, with one crushing blow after another thudding into the head and body of Wladimir Klitschko, consummating what figures to be the passing of the guard in heavyweight boxing.

When referee David Fields spared Klitschko, for so long the tormentor of hopefuls and crusher of dreams in this, the most punishing division in the sport, Joshua simply leaned back and nodded.

Perhaps he was too exhausted to leap and yell, maybe he’s just too cool for all that, but either way he seemed to be surveying the work of any evening that played out in front of more than 90,000 screaming locals and a fight that captivated the old city all week. Then came the nod and that seemed to signify one message. Job done.


Except it isn’t really, not by a long shot. More than any other fighter, it is the 27-year-old Brit who now has a chance to carry boxing on his hulking shoulders, possessing the right blend of terrifying power and effortless charisma to take it out of the doldrums.

While Floyd Mayweather made more money than any boxer and others have emerged, it is still the heavyweight division that carries the greatest gravitas in the fight game.

It is where the energy is at its most raw, where a single blow can change a contest, a career and history. It is a division that has stagnated for too long, a combination of a lack of viable superstars who could connect with a mainstream audience, a dearth of attention-grabbing bouts and, possibly, Klitschko and his brother Vitali being simply too good to be exciting for most of their careers.

Joshua has both the fistic force and the personality, a breath of fresh air for both the sport and its cadre of big men. Now, with a legitimizing victory over one of the all-time greats, he has untold riches and possibilities at his feet.

If Joshua keeps winning, and keeps knocking people out, then it is his fights that will be boxing’s must-see events, whether they be in his homeland or bathed in Vegas neon. In truth, that is precisely what boxing needs, a go-to guy for action and drama, a genuine celebrity with the ability to back up the hype and the hunger to produce a big finish every time he enters the ring.

His prior 18 knockout wins were impressive, but this was a test far beyond any he had survived previously, his Olympic gold medal in 2012 included.

Klitschko is canny and technically outstanding but also fiercely courageous. When Joshua unleashed an assault and put him down in the fifth round, the giant Ukrainian – who went undefeated for nearly a decade before losing to Tyson Fury in 2015 – not only got up but went on to dominate the end of that round. In the next it


Samantha Bee's snarkiest Trump burns from 'Not' Correspondents' Dinner'

Samantha Bee speaks onstage during 'Full Frontal With

Samantha Bee speaks onstage during 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee's 'Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner.'   (Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for TBS)

President Trump may have been in Pennsylvania during Samantha Bee's 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner' taping Saturday, but burns at his expense were a yuge part of the show .

Here are a few of the laugh-inducing cracks at the commander-in-chief.

C.J. Cregg in the house

Allison Janney reprised her role as press secretary from The West Wing in the opening skit, bashing #fakenews and Trump.

"Ms. Bee organized Not the Correspondents' Dinner on the same night as the actual Correspondents' Dinner. Is she trying to undermine the legitimacy of both the press and this president?" a faux reporter asked in a mock press briefing room.

"No, Ms. Bee is trying to undermine the legitimacy of just one of those two things," she countered.

Put it on Mexico's tab

Roasting Trump's claims that he'd get Mexico to pay for his proposed wall, Bee said she wanted all her guests to have a good time.

"But as I promised you in the invitation, at a later date, I will date Mexico to pay for all your drinks."

Praising the press

A lot of time was spent honoring the press corps covering Trump and their dogged determination to get the truth.

"You continue to fact-check the president, as if he some day may get embarrassed," Bee said.

"I hope we've made you proud," correspondent Allana Harkin told reporters on behalf of the Full Frontal crew, "by tacking your meticulous work and adding our [expletive] jokes."

Golden age

No Trump roast would be complete without a reference to the unverified intelligence dossier of alleged ties between the president and Russia that contained a particularly salacious detail about showers .

“We are living in a Golden Age of journalism," Bee said. "Unfortunately, that’s partly due to a golden president who’s rumored to enjoy golden showers.”

Liar, liar, pants on Fyre

Some new material was also bound to come up, including a reference to the luxury music festival that was scrapped after reports of extreme disorganization.

"Congratulations Mr. President, you sold people on lies ... You’re basically the presidential version of the Fyre Festival," she said.

W. returns

Will Ferrell was a surprise special guest , channeling his best George Bush.

"History has proven to be kinder to me than many of you thought," he said. "For the longest time, I was considered the worst president of all time. That has changed. And it only took 100 days."

"I just wish someone had told me that all you have to do is say 'fake news' over and over and over again," he went on, about how to handle the press.

"The new guy has thin skin. He's what they call a snowflake. You got those sensitive kids on college campuses who can't listen to arguments that aren't their own ... He's a weak man. He can't even sit in the White House. He runs down to Mar-a-Lago.


Samantha Bee toasts the press and roasts Trump at 'Not WHCD'

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Samantha Bee speaks onstage during 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee's 'Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner.' (Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for TBS)

WASHINGTON — It may not be “Nerd Prom,” but Samantha Bee sure knows how to throw a party.

Hours before Washington’s elite were set to wine and dine, minus President Trump, at the official White House Correspondents' Dinner, Bee and a different group of luminaries and celebrities got together across town for her answer to the schmooze-fest.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee ’s “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” special (airing on TBS Saturday, 10 p.m. ET/PT) offered all the same glitz and glamour of the official dinner But instead of formal attire, Bee’s staff sported shirts emblazoned with "FREE PRESS."

Some may have expected the event to be an extra-long Trump roast, and while there were plenty of jokes at his expense , the main theme of the proceedings was a celebration (and gentle ribbing) of the press.

“We came here to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the free press from, the failing New York Times  to the failing BuzzFeed to the ... what the (expletive) Pro Publica is, it sounds Mexican,” Bee joked in her opening monologue.

“As much as I might love poking fun at the media and as much as you might deserve it, I know it has never been a harder time (for you),” she continued. “But you carry on. You dig up misdeeds and fraud by the powerful ... And you continue to fact-check the president as if he might someday get embarrassed!”

The rest of the special, interspersed with fake archival clips of Bee roasting other presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan, was a super-sized version of Full Frontal , with special jabs at CNN's Jeff Zucker and the sexual-harassment allegations at Fox News.

And of course, she had a little help from her friends.

The host recruited a slew of celebrities for the special, putting West Wing star Allison Janney back behind the press secretary’s podium for the cold open and Steve Buscemi in a parody science documentary about alternatives facts.

In a star-studded short, Billy Eichner, Patton Oswalt, comedian Cameron Esposito, Kumail Nanjani ( Silicon Valley ), Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, Retta ( Parks and Recreation ) and other celebs roasted Trump in their own ways. And at the midpoint, Jake Tapper

Perhaps her biggest guest was Will Ferrell, who surprised the audience with his George W. Bush impression from his time on Saturday Night Live .

“For the longest time I was considered the worst president of all time,” the fake Bush remarked in a long standup bit aimed at Trump. “That has changed. And it only took 100 days.”

Will Ferrell revives his George W. Bush impression.

Will Ferrell revives his George W. Bush impression.   (Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for TBS)

Bee also managed to squeeze in a parody of Amazon’s alternative-history drama  The Man in the High Castle,  featuring George Takei,  as a way to imagine what life would be like right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president.

“Hillary Clinton won the presidency, the Patriots


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Residents told to avoid Ky. town over white nationalist, counter rallies

USA Today Network James Bruggers, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal Published 1:54 p.m. ET April 29, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago


Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Workers Party, at a Trump rally last year in Louisville (Photo: The Courier-Journal)

White nationalist groups are planning political rallies in Kentucky on Saturday, prompting fears of violent clashes with counter-protesters.

The Traditionalist Worker Party and the National Socialist Movement are hosting events in Pikeville, Ky., where city officials have taken steps to preempt disorder.

Local events have been canceled and businesses are closed for the day. The University of Pikeville shut down, telling students to leave town for safety reasons. City officials have taken the unusual step of banning the use of masks, a tactic used by counter-protesters.

Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, said Friday that his group won't be covering their faces.

"Our mission is to be here and to be a force for the people," he said. "We are part of the region."

He said his group has been communicating with Pikeville authorities "to be sure all sides are safe and all sides are able to express themselves."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups across the country, describes the National Socialist Movement as one that "specializes in theatrical and provocative protests ... (and) is one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States." It describes the Traditionalist Worker Party as "a white nationalist group that advocates for racially pure nations and communities and blames Jews for many of the world’s problems" and is allied with neo-Nazi organizations.

Law enforcement officers have been preparing for potential clashes. A substantial police force will be deployed between designated protest and counter-protest zones. The city is collaborating with the Kentucky State Police, and the Kentucky National Guard has been briefed on the situation.

"I don't know if one person will show up or 1,000 people will show up," said City Manager Donovan Blackburn, who said he supports the University of Pikeville's decision to recommend people avoid downtown or leave the area.

State Sen. Ray Jones, who represents the area, also said people should avoid the downtown area just to be safe.

"This should not be a reflection on the people of Pikeville or eastern Kentucky," he said. "These people are coming from outside the region."

At the same time, Blackburn said the city intends to allow people to exercise their First Amendment rights to free expression, as long as it's done in a lawful manner.

One counter event — the Rally for Equality for American Values — has been canceled, with organizers saying they plan to reschedule.

"While we understand any disappointment and share in it ourselves, our original goal of a safe, family-friendly celebration of equality and American values is no longer possible at this time," Christian Tyler Marcum, one of the organizers of the event, said in a statement. "We look forward to seeing everyone at the rescheduled event."

University of Pikeville President Burton Webb  posted  a cautionary letter to parents, writing that "several reputable sources" consider the Traditionalist Worker Party to be a

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