8212; The Jimmy Kimmel-hosted 89th Academy Awards seesawed between jabs at Donald Trump and passionate arguments for inclusivity, with early awards going to Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali and “O. J.: Made in America.”
The show kicked off with Justin Timberlake dancing down the Dolby Theatre aisles, singing his ebullient song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from the animated film “Trolls.” It was an early cue that the Oscars would steer, at least in part, toward festiveness rather than heavy-handedness.
8212; Decked in Monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports’ top partiers, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career.
It was Monster Madness!
Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy’s new role as title sponsor of NASCAR’s top series.
So this was a victory of redemption for Busch, who was suspended by NASCAR two days before the 2015 Daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for Monster, which has promised to pump new life into NASCAR’s sagging sport.
“I’ve had a lot of people that have believed in me through the years, a lot of people that have supported me,” Busch said.
Add NFL star Rob Gronkowski to Busch’s bandwagon, too.
Gronkowski celebrated with Busch and the Monster girls in victory lane.
“The more that becomes unpredictable about Daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability,” Busch said.
8212; Kelsey Mitchell and Ohio State accomplished one of their main goals for the season — winning a Big Ten title.
The 12th-ranked Buckeyes clinched a share of the conference championship with a 73-45 win over Rutgers on Sunday as Mitchell scored 21 points. It’s the school’s first Big Ten title since 2010.
“We had to work really hard for it which makes it that much better,” Mitchell said, clutching a red Big Ten championship hat.