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Shaun White surprises high school girl at prom

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Shaun White answered a high school girl’s social media request to be her prom date, and he brought his band with him.

Carly Monzo, a senior at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa., launched a video campaign on March 18 asking White to the dance. She never heard from White and ended up going to her prom Friday with a longtime friend, figuring the two-time Olympic champion wouldn’t show.

But she was called on stage, and the curtains dropped. There was White, along with his band, Bad Things.

“I’ve never been speechless in my life,” Monzo told WMMR radio, “and I was speechless.”

The band played — Monzo is a big fan and knows their songs — and White and Monzo slow danced.

“He’s such a gentlemen,” Monzo told the radio station. “He helped me down from the stage, took some pictures.”

The crowd started chanting, “Kiss! Kiss!”

“So he gave me a little peck on the cheek,” Monzo told NBC Philadelphia.

White’s appearance was actually planned last month, but only school administrators knew about it at first, according to Philadelphia media reports. Monzo’s parents didn’t find out until Friday morning that he was flying in from Austria to crash the dance.

Monzo said she was so excited afterward that she didn’t go to sleep until 4:30 a.m. Saturday. She’s also proud that her school will now be known for something more than being the alma mater of Anne Hathaway‘s mom.

There were some regrets, though. Her friends asked, did you get his number? No.

“I forgot to ask him what the meaning of life was,” Monzo said. “I couldn’t even get that far. I was just like so overwhelmed. … I should have got some digits.”

Monzo’s original date bragged that White stole his prom date.

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Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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