Source: FIFA to keep 2022 World Cup with 32 teams

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:15

A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.FIFA ...

What it’s really like to win money to pay down student loans

Business 04/11/19, 10:22

As the U.S. student loan balance surpasses $1.5 trillion, a trio of contests promise a lucky few a shot at putting a dent in their debt.While most of the over 44 million people with student loan debt can't count on winning an oversized novelty check to pay off their balance, ...

India weighs ban on popular online game after deaths

Tech 04/05/19, 06:03

A boy's suicide this week in southern India after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game has inflamed a national debate over whether the game should be banned.The 16-year-old's father demanded a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, known by the acronym PUBG, after his son hanged himself from ...

Snap joins online game fray, unveils advertising products

Business 04/04/19, 17:28

Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for friends to play together.Snap Inc. also unveiled at Los Angeles event Thursday new products to help companies advertise on its service, ...

Retired doc hopes exposure to arts, sports spark passions

Sports 03/24/19, 08:01

It was pouring down the rain — the kind of frigid, wet drizzle that only comes from raindrops on the cusp of becoming snowflakes. They were almost there.It was also a school night, and with the weather, darkness had come early.And yet.In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, Marcia Vanhook, left, ...

Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform

Business 03/19/19, 15:16

Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS, such as Pixel phones and Chromebooks.Google made the ...

MLB managers want limits, not bans, on clubhouse video games

Sports 03/19/19, 13:58

Charlie Montoyo thought he would be taking a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager. Before he could put his foot down on Fortnite, the players took it upon themselves to govern their gaming. "We're going to play less, I know that," Montoyo said. "It's ...

Creators look back at 30 years of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Entertainment 03/19/19, 12:35

It might come as a shock, but Ariel is all grown up."The Little Mermaid' is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Jodi Benson, who voiced the mermaid, and co-director Ron Clements are looking back.The role has continued for Benson, who has become the official Ariel ambassador in sequels, video ...

eNASCAR Heat draft brings fans, motorsports closer together

Sports 03/10/19, 12:34

Turn on the Xbox, fire up the Playstation and get ready for the green flag to drop.After long embracing esports as a way to grow motorsports and engage young fans, NASCAR is taking the experience to another level. It joined 704 Games and the Race Team Alliance in victory lane ...

Japanese woman honored by Guinness as oldest person at 116

Asia & Pacific 03/09/19, 05:02

A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honored Saturday as the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records. The global authority on records officially recognized Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan's southwest. Her family and ...

Actor drops ‘Carlton Dance’ suit against video game maker

Entertainment 03/07/19, 18:19

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game "Fortnite" over its use of the "Carlton" dance he did on the show. Ribeiro's lawyers filed documents Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles saying he's voluntarily dismissing the suit against North ...

New Mexico becomes latest to allow video games as a sport

Sports 03/07/19, 14:24

New Mexico is joining a handful of other states in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport — video games. Around three dozen high schools are competing in the state's inaugural e-sports season that began last month, and more schools may join as athletic officials consider adding a ...

Clash of ‘Jeopardy!’ titans ends with $1 million runaway win

Entertainment 03/05/19, 19:43

The first-ever "Jeopardy!" team championship came down to a clash of the titans, Ken Jennings vs. Brad Rutter.With $1 million at stake, a big Daily Double bet by Rutter positioned his team for a runaway victory as the quiz show's "All-Star Games" ended Tuesday.Rutter and teammates Larissa Kelly and David ...

Activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales drop

Business 02/12/19, 20:04

Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history. The cutbacks announced Tuesday illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a relatively ...

Nintendo News: Mario and Kirby Classics Join NES – Nintendo Switch Online on Feb. 13

Tech 02/05/19, 20:01

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 5, 2019--The next additions to the Nintendo Entertainment System ™ – Nintendo Switch Online game collection star some of Nintendo’s most beloved characters, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad and Kirby! On Feb. 13, the Kirby’s Adventure™ and Super Mario Bros.™2 games will be available to play ...

Texas entertainment industry calls for more incentive funds

U.S. 02/02/19, 10:39

Backers of film and video game productions in Texas are pushing legislators to earmark $60 million or more this year to boost the state's entertainment industry. The Austin American-Statesman reports the taxpayer-funded Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program has seen its funding sharply decline to $32 million over the current two-year ...

Coyne Schofield defends McGuire after awkward interaction

Sports 01/31/19, 16:32

Women's hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield says she doesn't believe NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire questioned her knowledge of the sport during an awkward pre-game interaction.McGuire was criticized on social media for telling Coyne Schofield which sides the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning were on during their broadcast of ...

Nintendo’s quarterly profit rises on hit Switch games

Business 01/31/19, 03:38

Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, is reporting a 25 percent jump in its fiscal third quarter profit, boosted by the popularity of games for its Switch console. Nintendo Co. reported on Thursday that its October-December profit was 104.2 billion yen ($956 million), up ...

Celebs, athletes give ‘Dragon Ball’ pop culture super status

Entertainment 01/15/19, 13:37

Dragon Ball" is a revered anime that has influenced pop culture for years, earning praise from rappers in songs, tributes from athletes during games and even a massive balloon at last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.With the new film "Dragon Ball Super: Broly" releasing this week in the U.S., the ...

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