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BOOM! Eli Manning offers Eagles a blueprint to win the Super Bowl

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning knows a thing or two about beating the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl and thinks the Philadelphia Eagles can do the same in the NFL’s championship game on Sunday.

Manning is the only quarterback to beat a Tom Brady-led New England team in the Super Bowl, having done it in 2008 and 2012, and offered the Eagles a blueprint for success.

“In both Super Bowls our defense played outstanding,” Manning told Reuters on Friday. “We got a great pass rush on Tom and we were able to disrupt him a little bit and then when it came to the fourth quarter we played our best football.”

The Patriots are 4-1/2-point favorites heading into Sunday but Manning feels the underdog Eagles have all the pieces necessary to pull out a victory in Minneapolis.

“They have a great defensive front and they can get pressure on the quarterback,” said Manning, who is in Minneapolis to promote the Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover Contest.

“They run the ball well, their quarterback is playing at a high level in Nick (Foles) so they have the ingredients. Now can they put it all together on gameday?”

At 40, Brady is well past the age when quarterbacks tend to be much less efficient but he is playing as well as ever and often saves his best for the NFL’s biggest game.

Last year, with the Patriots trailing 28-3 in the second half, Brady led his team to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Manning said for the Eagles to prevail over the defending champions, they must emulate his Giants teams and nullify the five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s timing.

“Obviously Tom’s playing at a high level. But the best way to slow down any quarterback is get pressure on him and make him throw the ball earlier than he wants to,” said Manning.

UNDERDOGS

The Eagles are the NFC’s top seed but they have been home underdogs in both their playoff games, a label the players have embraced with many wearing dog masks after games and even during the buildup to the Super Bowl.

But Manning said that while the Eagles appear to be having fun with their underdog status, they are likely also using it as motivation going into the biggest game of the year.

“They’ve kind of used that approach all through the playoffs as motivation that they’ve been the underdog and they’ve embraced that role,” said Manning.

“That’s definitely been kind of something that has been a little chip on the shoulder and helped them get through it. On paper they are the underdog again so I know they are talking about that.”

Manning did not reveal his prediction for the outcome of Sunday’s championship, saying only that the game will likely be a close encounter.

“I don’t have a favorite of who’s going to win. It’s tough to say that the Patriots aren’t going to win. They seem to get to this game a lot and find ways to win it,” he said.

“But I think it will be a tight game and come down to whoever has the ball last with little time left.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Bleacher Report Releases World Cup x Hip Hop Capsule Jersey’s and They’re Fire

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Dude, grab your debit card.

Timed to this weekend’s World Cup Final, Bleacher Report has tapped some of today’s top hip-hop artists – both rising stars and legends – to design soccer jerseys and t-shirts that represent their personal style while also paying homage to their respective hometowns. The “capsule collection” jerseys and t-shirts are available for purchase exclusively via BleacherReport.com this Friday, July 13, through Monday, July 16.

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The campaign, which directly connects the broad appeal of hip-hip and sports culture, includes up and comers such as Smokepurpp and YBN Nahmir – both named to the 2018 XXL Freshman Class – iconic legacy artists The Roots and popular contemporary artists such as 21 Savage, Vince Staples and Vic Mensa.  All of the featured artists have close ties with their hometown cities.

21 Savage | Atlanta, GA

Vince Staples | Long Beach, CA

Vic Mensa | Chicago, IL

SmokePurpp | Miami, FL

YBN Nahmir | Birmingham, AL

The Roots | Philadelphia, PA

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Eeeeooowwww! Cardi B Just Shattered Two of Beyonce’s Biggest Records

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Cardi B has her finger on the pulse of her success. Fresh off her debut album drop, a Saturday Night Live pregnancy reveal, a special co-hosting gig on The Tonight Show and a Coachella performance that was straight fire, the 25-year-old is finding new ways to outdo herself. This time, she shattered two of Beyonce’s Guinness World Records. Truth.

The Invasion of Privacy rapper now holds the titles for most simultaneous Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female and the most simultaneous Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female. (Get it, Cardi B!)

Queen Bey previously held the title with 12 tracks all charting at the same time following the release of Lemonade in 2016. Cardi B now has 13. Eeeeooowwww!

So, Nicki Minaj, what’s good?

On another note, Cardi B’s rise is bustling beyond Friday night playlists, too. Even Bernie Sanders is a fan. Cardi recently weight in on Social Security during an interview with GQ, telling the mag she felt President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was “the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”

Sanders tweeted about it.

So again, Nicki, what’s good?

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Avicii Is Dead at 28, Here’s What We Know

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Swedish artist, DJ and producer Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died April 20 according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Avicii retired from live performing in 2016, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

Last year, Avicii posted the following message to his website:

“WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.
For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”

Gone too soon, his music will live on for generations. Here’s one of Better than the Weekend’s favorite Avicii hits from back in the day, blasting all day in honor of his contribution to music.

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