ANN ARBOR (CCN) — John Beilein is leaving the Michigan Wolverines to take a job with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He has been one of the most successful coaches in college basketball during the past six years by leading UM to the national championship game twice. Detroit native Dan Gilbert, who employs more than 30,000 people in Downtown Detroit, is the owner of the Cavaliers franchise and was elated at signing the man he wanted for the job.
“We could not be more thrilled to name John Beilein as the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Gilbert said. “First, John is a great human being. He cares deeply about his players and others who work for him and around him. He defines the words class, integrity and character. He is a tireless worker who obsesses about finding better ways and the inches that will help his team and the organization grow. John is a brilliant basketball mind and last but not least, John Beilein is a winner. I also want to thank (General Manager) Koby (Altman) and his hardworking staff for turning over every rock while relentlessly searching for our new head coach since the minute this past season ended. It is no surprise that Koby and his team landed on John Beilein as great cultures attract others who hold the same values as the foundation for everything they do. I can’t wait for next season to begin.”
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Free Press reported on Thursday that the leader of the Wayne State University Foundation says it's not true that donations for a non-profit prenatal program were handled by its organization.
The foundation's president, Susan Burns, made the denial to the Free Press amidst an investigation into the program's ties to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The Free Press revealed that his administration gave Dr. Sonia Hassan a city grant of nearly $400,000 while city staff helped steer $1.5 million in charitable donations to her prenatal program. Dr. Hassan came under scrutiny last month when identified by the Press Press just hours after a stunt by disgruntled Detroit businessman Bob Carmack in front of a sellout crowd at a Detroit Tigers' game.
Carmack spent $4,500 on three airplanes that flew banners over the opening day sellout crowd at Comerica Park that included one that read, "Hey Dr. Hassan, will you marry me? Love Mayor Duggan. Oh wait, I'm already married." It followed a stunt where Carmack parked a trailer in front of Detroit City Hall at rush hour with a giant video board showing Mayor Duggan slipping away from his security detail to meet a woman at a suburban Detroit home. Carmack said he paid $20,000 for a private detective to follow Mayor Duggan to capture video evidence of what he alleged to the media was an affair between the Detroit mayor and Dr. Hussan. She was never identified, however, until Carmack's stunt on opening day while Mayor Duggan was at the Tigers' game. The stunt was followed by an in-depth investigative piece by the Detroit Free Press that was published in its online edition a few hours later to reveal the huge financial assistance Dr. Hassan allegedly got from Mayor Duggan.
Mayor Duggan's wife filed for divorce on May 3 after 30 years of marriage. The filing came one day after language was approved for a group to begin gathering signatures to recall the mayor from office. Carmack told myAMadvantage.com that he will be the first in line to contribute to the group's efforts, saying, "This mayor is corrupt and we need to get rid of him."
Carmack was arrested by Detroit police a few days after his video screen stunt at rush hour in front of Detroit City Hall. He was accused of swiping a riverfront property from the City of Detroit but he denies it happened. Carmack said he acquired the property in 2007 when the city mailed him a deed. It was reported on a warrant request that Carmack never paid property taxes on the property but Wayne County records show he paid nearly $250,000 in property taxes. "People who helped the mayor by lying need to go to jail for perjury," he vowed.
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines landed a No. 1 seed on Sunday from the NCAA tournament selection committee and will host a softball regional this weekend. UM, getting the No. 15 seed, will begin selling tickets to the general public at noon on Tuesday for the double elimination tournament. The winner of the Ann Arbor regional event at Alumni Field will advance to a best-of-3 series in the Super Regional round.
UM is aiming to return to the College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City for a 10th time. The Wolverines last went in 2016 after reaching the championship series in 2013. They've now been to the NCAA tournament 25 years in a row under 36th-year Coach Carol Hutchins.
The Wolverines were one of three Big 10 schools picked to host a regional tournament and among six schools that got in this spring from their conference. They got a higher seed, however, than No. 7 Minnesota despite beating the Golden Golphers 3-2 in Saturday's Big 10 tournament championship game after also winning the regular season title with a 21-1 record.
(CCN) — The Washington Post reported Wednesday that three more women have come forward with accusations of "uncomfortable physical encounters" with former Vice President Joe Biden.
Many have expected Biden to join the race for president in 2020 by seeking the nomination from Democrats. He has not yet announced he will run but is the top name in early polls to become the favorite in the race to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. Two others have already made accusations that they were uncomfortable by "touching" of Biden who apologized, saying he must be more aware of respecting the personal space of women. He has said he was only trying to be friendly and that his habit is to often touch people when interacting with them.
BAHAMAS (CCN) — Ellen DeGeneres asked why her former baseball star boyfriend hasn't yet asked Jennifer Lopez to marry her during the superstar entertainer's appeared Friday afternoon on the nationally syndicated Ellen TV show. Alex Rodriguez proposed the next day during a vacation in the Bahamas, according to an Instagram post by Lopez to her audience of more than 88 million followers. She showed off the million dollar engagement ring Rodriguez gave her.
Rodriguez posted a photo on the beach with his new fiance during the luxury vacation getaway to celebrate their second anniversary as a couple.
Rodriguez, nicknamed A-Rod, was one of the greatest players of all-time during a 22-year career in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. He retired after the 2016 season with the all-time record with 25 career grand slam home runs. He hit 696 homers with a .295 career batting average and became the only player in big league history to surpass 600 home runs, 2,000 RBI's, 3,000 hits, 2,000 runs scored and 300 stolen bases. He was a 14-time All-Star Game selection and won three American League Most Valuable Player awards.
Rodriguez signed two of the highest-paid contracts in sports history and different sources have placed his net worth at more than $300 million. Lopez is one of the highest-paid celebrities with Forbes putting her 2017 earnings at $38 million and Celebrity Net Worth has placed her net worth in excess of $400 million.
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