Tommie Smith returns to Mexico City to light Raiders torch

MEXICO CITY (AP) Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith returned to Mexico City to light the torch honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis before Oakland’s game against Houston.

MEXICO CITY (AP) Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith returned to Mexico City to light the torch honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis before Oakland’s game against Houston.

Raiders owner Mark Davis invited Smith to make the trip with the team. It is Smith’s second time back in Mexico City since he famously raised his black-gloved fist with bronze medalist John Carlos as a sign of black power following his win in the 200-meter finals at the 1968 Olympics.

After lighting the torch in a pregame ceremony, Smith waved to the crowd at Azteca Stadium and raised his right fist to a loud ovation.

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Model Gigi Hadid mocks Melania Trump in AMAs monologue

Model Gigi Hadid laid into soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump during the opening monologue at the American Music Awards Sunday night with a comic impression.

Model Gigi Hadid laid into soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump during the opening monologue at the American Music Awards Sunday night with a comic impression.

“I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children Sasha and Malia,” Hadid said with pouted lips, squinted eyes and a fake accent as she mocked Melania’s Republican National Convention speech that lifted material from a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Hadid, who co-hosted the show with former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah, said that she has been working on her debut Melania impersonation “all week.”

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“I gotta’ get her face right,” Hadid said before doing the impression.

Pharoah called Hadid’s impression “spot on,” and followed hers up with his own of President-elect Donald Trump.

“I love Bruno Mars. I don’t know what color he is, so I can’t deport him,” Pharoah said while impersonating Trump.

People quickly took to social media to bash the hosts for mocking the Trumps.

“Started 2 watch the American Music Awards, as soon as they showed how Un-American they R & bashed President Trump, Boycott #NoRespectNoSupport,” Twitter user @Yolanda111 tweeted.

“Done with the #Amas how dare @GiGiHadid make fun our First Lady Melania Trump.

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Drake, Bieber win big, Selena Gomez gets emotional at AMAs

The 2016 American Music Awards featured a number of pop stars strumming their guitars, Drake making a rare awards show appearance, an emotional speech from Selena Gomez and political moments about President-elect Donald Trump.

The 2016 American Music Awards featured a number of pop stars strumming their guitars, Drake making a rare awards show appearance, an emotional speech from Selena Gomez and political moments about President-elect Donald Trump.

Drake, who has skipped his fair share of awards shows in recent years, was the big winner with four awards and debuted a new commercial for Apple Music.

“For our genre, I just like to keep things excited and keep making music. Shout out to everybody that’s trying to do the same thing,” said Drake, who broke Michael Jackson’s record for most AMA nominations after scoring 13 nominations.

Bieber, who performed from his tour in Zurich, Switzerland, also won four awards.

Gomez, who lost artist of the year to Ariana Grande but won favorite female artist — pop/rock, gave a heartfelt speech onstage that earned a loud applause from the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I liked it or not, and I had to stop, ’cause I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together to where I never let you down. But I kept it too much together where I let myself down,” said 24-year-old Gomez, who recently took time off to treat depression and anxiety.

“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” she added, pointing to her heart. “And I have to say thank you so much to my fans because you guys are so damn loyal, and I don’t know what I did to deserve you. If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken.”

Grande was shaking onstage as she collected artist of the year at the fan-voted show that aired live on ABC, beating Adele, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Bieber. “With or without this, I love you from the bottom of my heart,” she said to her fans.

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Green Day was one of many big-named acts promoting new albums at the AMAs, including Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Sting, John Legend and The Chainsmokers. But Green Day got political during their performance of “Bang Bang” as band leader Billie Joe Armstrong sang “No KKK, no fascist USA, no Trump” during the show.

The show’s hosts — former “Saturday Night Live” comic Jay Pharaoh and model Gigi Hadid — also mentioned the Trump family when telling jokes: After Pharaoh impersonated Jay Z, Hadid acted like Melania Trump.

“I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia,” she said, scrunching up her face.

Strumming guitars while singing was one of the night’s themes: One Direction’s Niall Horan slowed things down for his acoustic-folk solo single, “This Town”: James Bay sang his smoky single, “Let It Go”; and Shawn Mendes performed his hit “Treat You Better” and switched to piano for the aching “Mercy.”

But the best singer-guitarist was Gaga, who beautifully belted the lyrics to her latest single, “Million Reasons.” She earned a rousing applause from the audience.

Sting also impressed, who performed “Message In a Bottle,” ”Every Breathe You Take” and his new single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You.” He received the American Music Award of Merit, which was presented to him by Robert Downey Jr.

“American music lit the musical spark in my young mind,” the English singer said after his performance. “My musical soul is all American!”

Other highlights included double winners twenty one pilots and Mars, who kicked off the AMAs with his groovy hit, “24K Magic,” backed by his band who matched his slick, upbeat dance moves.

Grande and Nicki Minaj got steamy during their performance of the reggae-tinged “Side to Side”: Grande’s background dancers danced closely on her, and one male dancer even pulled up her skirt, while Minaj, who rapped from a chair, spread her legs widely.

Other performers included Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar; DJ Khaled with Minaj, Future, Rick Ross and August Alsina; and Fifth Harmony, who won collaboration of the year for “Work from Home” with Ty Dolla $ign.

Prince’s 1984 “Purple Rain” album, which gained new attention after his death in April, won top soundtrack. His sister, Tyka Nelson, collected his trophy onstage and cried as she spoke to the audience.

“We’ll keep this for you at Paisley Park until we see you again,” she said weeping and naming her siblings. “This is for you.”

Other winners included Tim McGraw, the Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line. Rihanna, who didn’t attend, won three awards. Adele and Beyonce were also absent but both won an award.

Zayn, who has won a handful of AMAs with his One Direction bandmates, took home new artist of the year.

“Wow. This one just has my name on it, right?” he said. “This has been a crazy year … I didn’t expect anyone to vote for me, so thank you for voting for me.”

Kanye West cancels Los Angeles concert hours after wild post-election rant

Kanye West canceled a concert in Los Angeles on Sunday night hours after going on a rant about President-elect Donald Trump, Jay-Z, and Beyonce and cutting short a show in Sacramento.

Kanye West has abruptly pulled the plug on his Saint Pablo Tour a few days after making statements onstage about how he “would have voted for Donald Trump” and after a stormy weekend in which he abruptly canceled a show after four songs.

A representative for the rapper said Monday the remaining dates of West’s current tour have been canceled. No reason was given.

The tour, now in California and with dates through Dec. 31, had future stops in Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., among others.

The move comes after a complex weekend for the musician, who abruptly ended a concert in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, then canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the show was canceled three hours before the show was set to begin at The Forum. Refunds would be made available, the venue tweeted. West’s label, Ticketmaster nor Live Nation have given any explanation for the cancellation.

The latest drama comes after West went on a wild rant about Trump and others at his Saturday show. Captured on video by concert-goers, West in an over 10-minute tirade told the audience he was on his “Trump (expletive) tonight.” He talked about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV at the stop of his Saint Pablo Tour.

Saturday’s outburst and truncated show became a hot topic on Twitter and other social platforms Sunday morning, as amateur videos circulated of West’s rant where, among other things, he said he was hurt because he heard Beyonce refused to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards unless she won Video of the Year over him. He also urged her husband Jay Z to call him and “talk to me like a man.”

West took aim at radio stations for playing the same stuff “over and over and over,” too and also addressed Hillary Clinton.

“It’s a new world, Hillary Clinton, it’s a new world,” West said. “Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt. Feelings matter, bro.”

The performer said he was putting his life, career and “public well-standing” at risk by talking to the fans in the audience “like this,” adding that his Saint Pablo tour “is the most relevant (expletive) happening.”

He continued: “I am here to change things. And things won’t change until people admit their own falsehoods. I got the visions, bro. That’s what I’ve been blessed with. My vision. I’m not always going to say things the perfect way, the right way. But I’m going to say how I feel.”

West’s tour was slated to resume Tuesday night in Fresno, but LA Times music writer Gerrick Kennedy reported that West had told Saint Pablo tour crew members that the remaining U.S. dates were canceled.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ spins magic at box office, ‘Billy Lynn’s’ tanks

Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” cast a spell over audiences in its debut, summoning $75 million according to studio estimates Sunday and unseating “Doctor Strange” from the top spot.

LOS ANGELES – Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” cast a spell over audiences in its debut, summoning $75 million according to studio estimates Sunday and unseating “Doctor Strange” from the top spot.

Starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Harry Potter alum David Yates, “Fantastic Beasts,” a Warner Bros. release, cost around $180 million to produce, and is meant to kick off a five film franchise based on author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling’s creation.

It’s been scoring well with critics and audiences, who gave the film an A CinemaScore. According to the studio, 55 percent of attendees were female and 65 percent were over the age of 25.

“It’s a real crowd pleaser,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution. He noted that the film performed especially well in small to medium-sized towns across North America, and not just in the major markets.

Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore, attributes the solid turnout to the goodwill amassed by the Harry Potter films.

While “Fantastic Beasts” doesn’t quite compare to the opening weekends of the “Harry Potter” films, which averaged over $91 million in their debuts, Goldstein is hopeful for how it will play out over the Thanksgiving holiday when kids are out of school.

Indeed, it was a strong weekend for all-ages films overall in the lead-up to the holiday, with “Doctor Strange” placing second with $17.7 million and “Trolls” close behind in third with $17.5 million. The sci-fi mindbender “Arrival” took fourth with $11.8 million, while the themed comedy “Almost Christmas” rounded out the top five with $7 million.

The success of the top films this weekend didn’t leave much room for other new wide releases to find their footing this weekend, however.

Ang Lee’s ambitious wartime drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” tanked in its expansion from four to 1,176 theaters with a mere $930,000. The film cost a reported $40 million to produce and has netted only $1.1 million total, hindered by negative reviews of its revolutionary high frame rate. Last year, Sony had a similarly inauspicious start for “The Walk,” which was also touted as a must-see technological achievement.

Other more modestly budgeted films also struggled, including the R-rated high school comedy “The Edge of Seventeen,” which earned $4.8 million, and the fact-based boxing drama “Bleed for This,” which took in $2.4 million.

While boxing pics outside of the “Rocky” films are generally a gamble, despite their abundance in the marketplace, “The Edge of Seventeen,” was expected to do a bit better. The audience for the well-reviewed film starring Hailee Steinfeld from first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig was 70 percent female and 75 percent between the ages of 17-34. The studio is hoping good word of mouth will drive further returns.

In limited release, the drama “Manchester by the Sea,” expected to be a big awards player, got off to a decent start with $241,230 from four theaters. It will be expanding in the coming weeks.

“I think there are almost too many options right now,” noted Dergarabedian, who expects the five-day Thanksgiving frame to be a record-breaker thanks to new openers like Disney’s “Moana” and audiences looking to catch up on things they’ve missed.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” $75 million.

2.”Doctor Strange,” $17.7 million.

3.”Trolls,” $17.5 million.

4.”Arrival,” $11.8 million.

5.”Almost Christmas,” $7 million.

6.”Hacksaw Ridge,” $6.8 million.

7.”The Edge of Seventeen,” $4.8 million.

8.”Bleed for This,” $2.4 million.

9.”The Accountant,” $2.1 million.

10.”Shut In,” $1.6 million.