Yankees-Dodgers Is Both a Rarity and a Potential Playoff Preview

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise has been around, in different forms, since 1884. The Yankees’ roots date to 1903. They are among the most storied and successful teams in the sport’s history, having met in the World Series 11 times.

Yet because interleague play was not introduced in baseball until 1997, the Yankees and the Dodgers have faced each other in only 13 regular-season games in more than a century of coexistence. The most recent time was a three-game series in 2016 when the Dodgers were on their way to another National League West title and the Yankees were headed for a fourth-place finish in the American League East.

The circumstances will be much different in this weekend’s three-game series, which begins Friday in Los Angeles: The Yankees and the Dodgers have the two best records in baseball, and the matchup could be a preview of the World Series. In an everyday sport such as baseball, in which coaches and players preach keeping an even keel to cope with the rigors of the marathon season, this matchup felt deserving of the fanfare.

“It’s something we’ll all look forward to,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said this week, before his team was swept by the Oakland Athletics and matched a season high with four consecutive losses.

The Yankees’ and Dodgers’ last postseason meeting was the 1981 World Series, which followed a strike-shortened season. The Dodgers won in six games, thanks to key performances from third baseman Ron Cey, outfielder Pedro Guerrero and catcher Steve Yeager.

Major League Baseball and television executives, who saw ratings slip during last year’s World Series, would salivate over a Dodgers-Yankees reunion this fall.

Some projections and oddsmakers, however, have the Dodgers and the Houston Astros, who aren’t far behind in terms of record, as the teams most likely to meet for the championship. That last happened only two years ago, and the Astros won in seven games. The Dodgers returned to the World Series last year, only to lose to the Boston Red Sox in five games. The Yankees have not played in a World Series since winning their 27th title in 2009.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, a Northern California native, said he grew up hearing about games at Dodger Stadium from his father, and Judge visited once when he was in high school, doing a workout there. The stands were empty.

“I’m excited to see it packed out with the fans going crazy,” he said Thursday. “They’ve got a young good team like we do. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while. They’re the best in the N.L. and been to the World Series two years in a row and won their division. You want to play the best teams.”

This weekend, the Dodgers hold an edge over the Yankees as a more well-rounded team, the biggest disparity coming on the mound and in the trainer’s room. No team can rival the Yankees’ wounded this season: 28 players have spent time on the injured list, including 16 who remain there today.

Entering Thursday, the Dodgers ranked first in the major leagues in earned run average (3.33) and fourth in runs scored (5.55 per game). The Yankees had a slightly better offense (5.88 runs per game, the best figure in baseball) but an appreciably worse pitching staff (4.52 E.R.A., ranked 16th).

The Dodgers’ best position players are either homegrown talents or ones who have blossomed in their system after being acquired: outfielder Cody Bellinger, who is a leading candidate in the race for the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award; but also infielder Max Muncy, third baseman Justin Turner, outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop Corey Seager.

The Yankees have weathered numerous injuries in part because of the shrewd moves to acquire infielder D.J. LeMahieu, outfielder Mike Tauchman, third baseman Gio Urshela and the relief pitchers Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino. They have survived the loss of Luis Severino, who is hoping to make his season debut next month after several injuries, and the struggles of J.A. Happ, C. C. Sabathia and others mostly because the offense and bullpen have carried the team.

The Yankees’ most glaring weakness, though, remains their starting rotation, which was ranked 19th in baseball with a 4.85 E.R.A. entering Thursday’s game at Oakland. James Paxton, Domingo German and Sabathia are in line to start against the Dodgers.

By a sizable margin, the Dodgers (2.94 E.R.A.) have the best rotation in baseball, led by three All-Stars: Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose 1.94 E.R.A. is the lowest in the major leagues; Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner; and the 25-year-old right-hander Walker Buehler. The Dodgers’ bullpen, which has a comparable E.R.A. to the Yankees’ relief corps, ranks lower in several advanced metrics, and their closer, Kenley Jansen, has sputtered more than in years past.



James Wagner has covered baseball — the Mets for two and a half years and now the Yankees — for The New York Times since June 2016. Previously he worked at The Washington Post for six years, including four covering the Nationals. @ByJamesWagner Facebook

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Andrew Harper’s mum says ‘a big part of me has gone’ as ‘murdered’ cop's family release heartbreaking album

TRAGIC PC Andrew Harper's mum has released heartbreaking new photos of her son a week after he was mowed down and killed on duty.
The officer, 28, died four weeks after his wedding to sweetheart Lissie and just one week before the newlyweds were due to go on their honeymoon.


His family have now paid tribute ahead of a minute's silence due to be held today by colleagues from different police forces.

They also released a series of touching photos showing beaming PC Harper on his wedding day with his family.

Mum Debbie said: "We are devastated and bereft but, as Andrew always lived with dignity, honour and calmness, we intend to grieve in this way.

"A big part of me has gone with you. I cannot imagine our lives going forward, but we will do so with Andrew in our hearts."

His dad Phil added: "You would always put yourself forward to look after the people around you, and would always see the good in others.

"You always made us laugh, always bringing tears of happiness to our eyes."



"Selfless" PC Harper was mowed down as he responded to a burglary near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, last Thursday.

His brother Sean was among the devastated family members paying tribute today.

He said: "We all love you so much, I promise you will never be forgotten, and I promise that I will do my best to try to make you as proud of me as I am of you."



While sister Aimee added: "It takes my breath away every time the realisation sets in that I never get to see you again. But we were so, so lucky to all be together for the wedding, which was perfect. You always brought us together."

Today's minute's silence will take place at 11am to honour the memory of PC Harper.

Days after the tragedy, PC Harper's wife Lissie wrote a heart-wrenching tribute to her husband, describing him as "the kindest, loveliest, most selfless person".


Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with murder and will next year face a three-week trial.

He was one of 10 men and boys aged between 13 and 30 arrested following the incident. The remaining nine have been bailed until September 13.

Foster is further charged with the theft of a quad bike.

'I DON'T KNOW HOW I'LL SURVIVE': PC Harper's wife pays tribute

To my best friend,

The kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet. You were brave, funny, and always there for anyone who needed it.

There is not enough paper in the world to even begin to write a tribute for you, but no one deserves it more.

We had so many plans for the future, you wanted to do it all. My darling boy I do not know how I will be able to survive without you.

Anyone who was lucky enough to meet you, whether they knew you as Andrew, Andy, Uncle Mann, Harps or PC Harper … to everyone you are a hero.

You had the best sense of humour and never took life too seriously. You treasured every moment and always had a smile on your face.

I want to be angry that your job took you away from us but I know you loved it and always wanted to keep everyone safe, especially me. You went the extra mile whenever you could and genuinely cared for everyone.

The lights have dimmed on all of our lives now that you are no longer here, but it’s no surprise that even when you're gone, you're still keeping us all going, knowing that you would tell us to carry on and stay strong.

I can't begin to imagine a life without your silly jokes, size 14 feet, large appetite, big hugs, Sunday roasts, and never faltering positive attitude. You kept me going if I was down and took care of us all until the last.

Even now I can still hear you nagging me to brush my teeth, get dressed and eat something. We are all feeling so very lost without you but we are trying to be as brave as you were.

You have so, so many friends my love and everyone loves you. The messages, support, and kind words about you have been overwhelming and I can't thank everyone enough for that.

You loved music, movies, travel, every animal in the world, messing around with our brothers, and chilling out with our sisters. You loved our families, every single one.

Although we were married for only 28 days before you were cruelly taken away from me, my husband you were perfect. I will never ever stop loving you and I feel so grateful for the happiest thirteen years of my life.

Our superman, our bodyguard, our light in the dark. My god we will miss you. Forever you will be remembered as the best of us.

I will carry your love with me always.

Your loving wife, Lissie x




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NCIS LA: What was G Callen star’s most ‘uncomfortable’ scene?

Chris O’Donnell has had to do a number of stunts as part of his role on NCIS Los Angeles. The G Callen actor revealed in a recent interviews which of these scenes of the CBS series he hated filming the most. NCIS LA season eight features the scene O’Donnell found ‘uncomfortable’ and was ‘terrified’ of.

In a recent interview with The New Indian Express, O’Donnell mentioned the Crazy Train episode of NCIS LA.

The episode (season eight, episode seven of the show) sees Callen thrown into shark-infested waters by thugs sent by a drug cartel.

Crazy Train comes up when the interviewer asks about season nine, episode one (Party Crashers), which features another underwater scene.

When asked what this was like to film, O’Donnell said: “I don’t mind the water.

“I actually like it. The only time I got uncomfortable is when we were doing the shark episode.

“I actually am terrified of sharks. We were way out there in Long Beach where, unfortunately, the water might be more polluted than the sharks probably want, so maybe there weren’t any sharks in there.

“But I needed a diver just to peek around before I jumped in.

“You’d have never seen someone get out of the water as quick as me.

“I mean, as soon as they said cut, I was out of that water!”

Speaking to The Talk in 2016, O’Donnell discussed again how much he hated filming this scene.

The NCIS Los Angeles actor said: “I thought I was being punked.

“I read the new script … and they take me out on a ship and they start chumming the water for sharks and they throw me out … But, we did it.”

O’Donnell is not the only member of the team who likes to do his own stunts.

Sam Hanna actor LL Cool J told Daily Actor: “Yeah, I do most of them. You know, if a horse or a mule needs to kick me in the head I’ll use a stuntman.

“Let him go into a coma but I try to do the majority of my stunts because I want people to know that I’m invested in the character and I want to give them the real experience, you know.

“I wouldn’t have a stunt person on the stage rapping for me, you know what I’m saying?”

NCIS Los Angeles season 11 starts Sunday, September 29 on CBS

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Man gets 12-inch tattoo of disabled mugging victim Alan Barnes' face on his leg

A SUPERFAN has got a 12 inch tattoo of mugging victim Alan Barnes on his leg – because the pensioner is a "legend".

The man, who hasn't been named, endured eight hours of pain for the permanent inking of Alan's face.


He insists the tattoo is a tribute to 4ft 6ins tall Alan, who was left with a broken collarbone after being savagely attacked outside his Gateshead home in 2015.

The fan told Chronicle Live: "I haven't done this to take the Mick.

"I think some people would go into their shell after being attacked like that, but Alan took it in his stride.

"I think, considering his disability, he is an inspiration.

"The way he stood up to bullies, he is a legend."

He was given the tattoo on Monday by an artist called "Birdyy", who had issued an appeal for someone willing to get a permanent etching of Alan on their skin.

The tattooist says the mugging victim is the catalyst for his month-long career as the "first thing" he drew was Alan.

'IT'S A CANNY LIKENESS'

He said: "For some reason Alan Barnes had been on the TV, so I was asked to draw his picture.

"It wasn't very good but I drew him and on the back of that I bought a tattoo machine."

The willing volunteer says his tattoo is a "belter" and has received positive reviews for the tattoo – although admits some people have been "disrespectful".

Alan, who is registered blind, is also pleased with the result – but admits he won't be rushing to get his own inking any time soon.

He said: "I don't do tattoos, I don't have any myself.

"A lot of people get them these days but they're not for me.

"It's a canny likeness though, it's alright and it's nice what he said about me.

"It's his body, it's his choice."

SHOCKING ATTACK

Alan, who weighs less than six stone, was born with a number of birth defects including sight and growth problems after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy.

He was moving his wheelie bin outside his council house when Richard Gatiss pounced on him.

The thug knocked him over before rifling through his pockets for cash, then fleeing empty handed.

After the 2015 story went viral, local mum Katie Cutler set-up an online fund-raising page to raise some cash to help Alan get back on his feet.

But the collection, which initially aimed to make £500, was inundated with donations, with well-wishers from all over the world pledging more than £330,000 in just a few weeks.

He used the donations to buy a £150,000 two-bedroom Victorian terrace, in his native Low Fell, but struggled to settle in and has since moved four times.

The pensioner is now moving for a fifth time and is eyeing up a bungalow in his native Gateshead – despite making a loss of around £60,000 each time he sells up.

Gatiss was caged for four years in 2015 after admitting assault with intent to rob but was released earlier this year.

He has since been hauled before the courts again for drink-driving but avoided jail and was instead handed a community order.




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Primark, Debenhams and Matalan's opening hours for August Bank Holiday Monday

WITH bank holiday here on our doorstep, you may be starting to rethink your wardrobe for autumn and even winter!

And what better time to go shopping than on the long bank holiday weekend? Here are the August bank holiday opening times for Debenhams, Matalan and Primark…

When is Debenhams open over the bank holiday?

Most Debenhams stores will be open on bank holiday Monday.

Hours are expected to vary depending on the location of the store.

Using their online Store Locator, you can find out if you nearest store is open.

You can also use their interactive map, which is helpful if you are planning a shopping spree in a different location to where you live.

When is Matalan open over the bank holiday?

The majority of Matalan stores will be open in the UK this bank holiday.

Some stores may be working to a revised timetable though, so it is always recommended that you check in advance.

You can do so using their online Store Finder – simply enter your postcode and it will not only tell you where you can locate your nearest store, but what hours they are trading.

When is Primark open over the bank holiday?

Ordinarily, most Primark stores are open between the hours of 9am and 7pm, with the exception of their flagship Oxford Street stores, which are open from 8am to 10pm.

It is likely that most of their UK stores will be trading on bank holiday Monday as usual, though some stores may have revised opening times.

You can find more information on their website about your closest branch and its hours.

We's recommend finding out in advance to save yourself a wasted journey.


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Emmerdale death tragedy, EastEnders murder plan and 23 more soap spoilers

If you’re in a soap, you should expect to be taking risky behaviour but Mel Owen (Tamzin Outhwaite) is taking that to the next level in EastEnders as she plots to get her unhinged son Hunter (Charlie Winter) out of the country. Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) isn’t playing it much safer in Coronation Street as she plans to make an escape with Jan Losinski (Piotr Baumann) while being monitored by his enemies.

Elsewhere, another person thinking of starting a new life is Emmerdale’s Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye), who is looking to pastures new after the death of Frank Clayton. And elsewhere, over in Hollyoaks, Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) is playing with fire as he tries to get to the truth about what happened to Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool).

Here are the latest spoilers:

EastEnders

1. As Mel makes preparations for her exit from Walford with Hunter, Ben catches her hanging around the basement where Hunter is being hidden and she is forced to make an admission. Ben is willing to keep her secret for a price but later, Mel makes a rash decision and realises it’s now or never.

2. Whitney is concerned when she comes across the letters from Callum’s now deceased army friend and when she asks him about it, he is flustered. With the wedding just around the corner, he covers up but Whitney remains unsure, especially when he turns up at her hen night needing to talk.

3. Max struggles to keep up with Ruby’s partying and socialising and when an incident makes him realise that he needs to keep putting Abi first rather than his love life, he reaches a decision about his future with Ruby.

4. Habiba encourages Iqra to come out to Arshad and Mariam as secrets never work out well for anyone and the grandparents are accepting. However, Iqra is later concerned by Mariam’s attitude. Later, Robbie is trying to chat Asha up in the Vic – only for Iqra to kiss her publicly.

5. Ben is pleased when Mick invites him to Callum’s stag night but Stuart takes steps to get rid of him when he sees Callum’s reaction to having him around. Later, as tensions between Ben and Callum build, a conflicted Callum lashes out at him and then comes to a decision.

6. Bailey heads to see a medium but Chantelle is spooked by what she has to say. Afterwards, Keegan mades a pledge to stand by Bailey.

7. Jean spends more time with Daniel, feeling he is someone that she can talk to about Stacey. But before long, an oblivious Mo is trying to chat him up, unaware of who he is.

Coronation Street

8. Eileen discovers that Jan has returned to her home and he begs her to run away to Amsterdam with him. As Seb reels from Eileen’s decision to go with him, little do they know that they are all being watched by Rachel. And as Eileen and Jan put their plans into action, danger strikes.

9. Robert is continuing to lie to both Michelle and Vicky and when he heads to get Vicky’s ring for her, Jed turns up and breaks into his van to find two engagement rings. As he figures out that Robert is living a double life, he turns up with demands – or he will tell Michelle everything.

10. Gary is suspicious when Ryan tells him that he can’t afford to pay him – only for him to then take Alya out into town. Meanwhile, as a drunken Derek boasts about planning to siphon money from the factory, Gary turns nasty and warns him that it would be the last thing he ever did.

11. Tyrone realises he is too late to get a place for Hope at Bessie Street Primary and when he goes to plead his case with the Headteacher, Evelyn turns up and barricades them all in to stage a protest. During all of the chaos, Fiz is stunned when she turns up in the midst of the cacaphony.

12. Shona admits to David that she is struggling with Max’s aggressive behaviour but he tells her that it was the anniversary of Kylie’s death. Later, Shona apologises to Max and vows that they will get on better, unaware that he isn’t taking his ADHD medication.

13. Geoff deliberately makes Yasmeen worry that he has health problems and he is smug to hear from Alya that she is genuinely worried. Later, when he lists his symptoms to Yasmeen, she is fearful that he may have cancer.

14. When Asha refuses to share a room with Aadi, Dev breaks the news to Mary that she is going to have to move out.

Emmerdale

15. It’s an emotional day for Tracy and Vanessa as they attend Frank’s funeral. Emotions are running high and Tracy is determined to prove to the congregation that Frank is innocent of what he is being accused of but she is hurt when Vanessa is unable to stand by her.

16. As the stress mounts at the Mill, Liv collapses and suffers a seizure in the cafe and Robert is rooted to the spot as others rush to her aid.

17. Tracy tells Megan that Frank was rushing back into the factory to rescue an engagement ring he was planning to propose with and she dissolves in tears, awash with guilt. After the funeral, she gets her head together and makes a major decision about her future.

18. As Aaron angrily confronts Robert at the hospital, he is horrified when Robert finally confesses that he could be going to prison for life for his crime. As Aaron is staggered by yet more lies, will he turn his back on Robert for good?

19. Moira and Nate become jealous of each others’ relationships with Cain and Amy as they try to resist temptation with one another.

20. Charity accuses Dawn when she smells smoke from a joint – unaware that it’s actually Doug who is taking a puff on the magic dragon.

Hollyoaks

21. Darren and Mandy are struggling to get Ollie to bond with DJ and are wondering why he can’t get close to him so they insist that he spends time with him alone. But just as Ollie is on the brink of coming clean about the paternity, Luke returns home – does he have a shock in store?

22. Following the discovery of Louis’ body, Tony is soon wondering about what happened with Harry and does some digging – and before long, he makes a discovery that links Harry to Breda…

23. Mercedes is upset when Bobby lashes out at her and calls her a traitor and she knows that she has to do what’s best for him. Later, she admits to Grace that she has been having an affair with Liam, while Liam buys them tickets to leave Hollyoaks for good.

24. While Ollie is looking after DJ, he is forced to leave him with Brooke, who is about to confess that she is pregnant. And then she finds herself struggling to cope with the tot…

25. Elsewhere, when Finn hints that he wants to move away on his release, Diane ponders the reaction if she allows him to return to the village.

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7am Chelsea news LIVE: Caballero to Real Madrid, Conte sues Blues again, Batshuayi could start against Norwich – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD's tough start as Chelsea manager continued on his Stamford Bridge bow against Leicester.

After a 4-0 hammering at Man Utd on the opening day, the Blues legend was desperate for a victory against the Foxes – but Wilfred Ndidi's second half header saw the visitors return up the M1 with a point.

Follow ALL of the latest Blues news, updates and gossip below…

  • KURT ZOUMA has declared that Saturday’s trip to Norwich is a must-win for Chelsea.

    The Blues are yet to win either of their opening two Premier League fixtures under Frank Lampard, losing 4-0 away to Man Utd before drawing 1-1 at home with Leicester.

    Chelsea also suffered a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the European Super Cup final.

    And Zouma believes the club need to make a statement against the Canaries this weekend.

    He said: “We want to win every game. But we must win. We want to win this one, of course.

    “We are Chelsea. We are a big club. We wanted to win against Leicester City on Sunday.

    “Unfortunately we couldn’t and Saturday has to be a win. Every game has to be a win.”

  • CESC FABREGAS and David Luiz have both wished Davide Zappacosta good luck following his move to Roma.

    The right-back has returned to Italy on an initial six-month loan, while also having his contract extended by a year until 2022.

    Fabregas and Luiz both took to social media to wish Zappacosta the best of luck on his new adventure.

    Fabregas left Chelsea in January for a move to French side Monaco.

    While Luiz quit the Bridge on deadline day in a shock switch to rivals Arsenal.

  • FRANK LAMPARD is set to fast-track Reece James into his Chelsea first-team squad.

    The ace is on the verge of returning from an ankle injury.

    And James is now set for a chance to break into Chelsea's starting XI after Davide Zappacosta was shipped out on loan to Roma.

    Lampard is a big fan of the ex-Wigan loanee, who could soon find himself moving ahead of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

  • CHELSEA chief Marina Granovskaia has blocked Tiemoue Bakayoko’s return to Monaco on loan.

    The Blues are desperate to get the £40million midfielder off the books.

    They are willing to let him leave again on loan after his spell at AC Milan last term, and he was hoping to land a switch back to his old club.

    However, RMC Sport claim the move has been stopped over fears from Chelsea director Granovskaia that Monaco are not “big enough” for the 25-year-old to showcase his true value.

  • ANTONIO CONTE is taking further legal action against Chelsea despite already being given a £9million payout, according to reports.

    The Times say the bitter row between Italian Conte, who now manages Inter Milan, and the Blues is rumbling on some 13 months after he left the club.

    They say Conte, 50, was the claimant in a preliminary hearing held at the Central London Employment Tribunal last Friday.

    He is believed to have brought a statutory claim at an Employment Tribunal against Chelsea, with a verdict expected next month.

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The Walking Dead season 10: ‘Why I’m still here’ Negan star spills on new storyline

The Walking Dead’s famous villain Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was almost killed off in the season eight finale after he came head-to-head with rival Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the survivors.

However, fans will remember he was spared by Rick Grimes who didn’t want any more blood on his hands and instead locked him up, with the first season ten trailer revealing he will be under close supervision of Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Aaron (Ross Marquand).

The Saviours leader is set to have a little more freedom in the next outing of the AMC hit, which the Negan actor has warned could spell trouble.

On Sunday’s Walking Dead Season 10 Preview special, Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan teased his unpredictable character will surprise fans in way they won’t be prepared for.

Jeffrey teased: “It’s gonna be a really busy year for Negan. He’s been allowed to have a little bit of freedom within the community, and that doesn’t mean a lot, other than the fact that if you think about the fact Negan has been in jail,”

“Now he’s out, and he’s kind of amongst the community. Meanwhile he’s on lockdown at night, so he still sleeps in his jail cell, which I think he’s okay with. But yeah, he’s getting more and more freedom, and with that comes more interactions with some of our favorite actors on this show.”

With Negan’s increasing freedom spell trouble for the survivors?

Fans can only hope his increasing interactions with fan-favourites doesn’t end in any more character deaths, the Survivors have already been shaken by numerous shock deaths at the hands of the whisperers in the season nine finale.

“He’s going to surprise you in ways that you’re not gonna be ready for as an audience,” added Morgan.

“Whether that be good things or downright awful things, that’s the beauty of him.

“You don’t know what you’re gonna get. That’s why I’m still here, Season 10, as an actor, because how lucky am I?”

Showrunner Angela Kang spoke out about Negan’s character development, after fans were surprised to see Negan save the life of Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) amid a harsh blizzard in the Season nine finale.

The showrunner revealed this plays a pivotal role in his changing character, although there does not seem to be any sign of a redemption arc.

Angela said: “I think we started an arc last year, which was really interesting for him, which Jeffrey really killed.

“…When he saved Judith, that was an unexpected bit of redemption for him. He could have taken the opportunity to try to run, who knows what he could have done, and he kind of acted the hero, which is not necessarily what people would have expected.

“…Negan certainly is not exactly the first person he was when we met him on the show, but that doesn’t mean that element of danger and the dark ways he can think about the world is totally gone.”

Indeed, Negan could be set to take yet another life after a recent image release seemed to reveal the killer’s next victim.

Showrunners recently revealed they will be bringing the comic book character of Brandon Rose to screens next season in an image release showing the pair together.

If the show is anything like the comics this season, it seems Negan’s bad side could resurface with a vengeance.

The Walking Dead returns October 7 on FOX in the UK.

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UK weather forecast: Heatwave to melt Britain as bank holiday weekend commences

The Met Office has warned that hot temperatures will hit Britain this weekend as many will revel in the sunshine during the August bank holiday. Friday is set to start fairly foggy, with parts of the UK still experiencing some soggy patches. When the fog and last showery spells disappear, sunshine and clear skies will dominate the scene and follow right the way through the weekend. Met Office Meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “A burst of late summer warmth is on the way but first of all a reminder that Autumn is just around the corner.

“There will be some fog patches around on Friday morning across souther England, some of them rather dense as well.

“The opposite end of the UK is still fairly soggy, with the rain easing across northern Scotland.”

The cold start to the day won’t linger for long, with temperatures increasing by the early afternoon.

Light winds will make the day feel warmer, with temperatures in the south of England reaching 26C (79F).

Mr Deakin said: “Friday evening is going to be a lovely evening if you have plans, with light winds and hazy sunshine.”

Going into Saturday morning the whole of the UK will be clear, with temperatures soaring from the get go.

Saturday will see the highest temperatures of the weekend, with temperatures set to reach a scorching 30C (86F).

Mr Deakin said: “The East Midlands and east of England are where we’ll see the highest temperatures this weekend.

“We could get closed to 30C (86F) on Saturday – that’s where we’ll see the heat this weekend.”

Although Saturday will be the hottest, the weekend and following days will remain warm with hazy sunshine and only a few showers in isolated spots.

Several weather warnings, as well as health warnings, have been issued ahead of the heatwave.

Medics are urging the public to be extra aware of the risk of heat stroke, particularly with young babies and the elderly.

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Ben Affleck Picks Up His Daily Iced Coffee in Los Angeles

Ben Affleck stops by a coffee shop to pick up an iced coffee on Thursday afternoon (August 22) in Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old looked buff in a gray T-shirt paired with black trousers and blue-tinted sunglasses for his afternoon outing.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck

It was recently announced that Ben and Matt Damon are currently working on a new movie together, titled The Last Duel.

The longtime friends will be co-writing the screenplay with Can You Ever Forgive Me? screenwriter Nicole Holofcener. Ben and Matt will be also be starring in the film.

Get the full scoop on Ben Affleck and Matt Damon‘s new movie here!

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