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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Former New York Yankees great, Derek Jeter stands by his plaque during a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter and retiring his number 2 at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Three years since retiring from the big leagues, captain of the New York Yankee’s Derek Jeter returned to Yankee Stadium to see his No. 2 retired.

Now 42, Jeter had captained the Yankees during his final 12 seasons. His career spanned from 1995 to 2014 and  included five World Series titles, 14 All-Star titles, a .310 batting average, and a New York-record 3,465 hits.

He is the 22nd player to have his number retired by the Yankees, by far the most among major league teams. Jeter is also the last of the single digit numbers to be retired for the team.

“I want to thank my family for their love, support, honesty and more importantly their presence at everything I did both on and off the field,” he said during a speech to a sold out Yankee stadium filled with 47,883 fans. “And the fans — wow — I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, making me accountable, more importantly for embracing me since day one.”

Jeter personally picked Mother’s Day for his tribute. In the aftermath of the emotional ceremony between games of the Yankees’ doubleheader with the Astros, explained how Mother’s Day came to share top billing in the Bronx with Jeter Night. His grandmother, parents, sister, nephew and pregnant wife joined him for the ceremony.

Derek was presented with a plaque that would be placed in Monument Park alongside other tributes to famous players such as Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mangle and Berra. He laughed when presented with the plaque, that reads “DEREK SANDERSON JETER/’THE CAPTAIN’/’MR. NOVEMBER.'” It goes on to call him “THE CORNERSTONE OF FIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS” and “A LEADER ON THE FIELD AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE, SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR HIS TEAMMATES WITH HIS UNCOMPROMISING DESIRE FOR TEAM SUCCESS.”

Yankees co-owner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal presented the Jeter with a 14-karat white gold ring with “2” in diamonds, surrounded by diamonds.

Former teammates Mariano Rivera, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, David Cone and Hideki Matsui also were on hand. Alex Rodriguez was not — spokesman Ron Berkowitz said A-Rod was in Miami, spending time with his mother and daughters.

Highlights of his most famous moments were shown on the video board, including his homer and over-the-shoulder catch on his first opening day in 1996; backhanded flip to the plate against Oakland in the 2001 playoffs and Mr. November home run just after midnight a few weeks later that won World Series Game 4; and his face-first dive into the seats for a popup against Boston in 2004.

Among players on the most recent Yankees dynasty, Posada (20), Rivera (42), Pettitte (46) and Williams (51) also had their numbers retired.

“Having five people from that group is kind of hard to believe,” Jeter said. “When we were in it, we used to constantly have conversations about it: We never looked back at anything that we had accomplished, it was always, OK, what’s next, what’s next, what’s next? Eventually nothing is next because you retire, but we all had those same mindsets and that’s why I think we had success is we went out there day in and day out trying to win, trying to do anything we could to help the team and more importantly we tried to keep our jobs.”

rs_1024x759-170507172533-1024.Emma-Watson-MTV-Video-and-TV-Awards.kg.050717Emma Watson stole the MTV Movie & TV Award show on Sunday after giving an acceptance speech that left the entire audience inspired beyond words.

Watson won the award for Best Actor for her portrayal of Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.” This year, MTV made all the award categories genderless in an effort to be more inclusive. Watson, who is known to be outspoken on gender rights, pointed out this important change in her speech.

“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone, but to me it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes ― and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories. Empathy, and the ability to use your imagination, should have no limits.”

Watson continued her speech by addressing that her win was more than just about her acting skills. Instead, she believed she won the award due to Belle’s inspiring persona and what her character represents as a whole.

“More seriously, I think I’m being given this award because of who Belle is and what she represented. The village in our fairytale wanted to make Belle believe that our world was smaller than the way she saw it — that her curiosity and her passion for knowledge were grounds for alienation. I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that. I’m so proud to be a part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does.”

Watson’s speech left the audience and TV viewers excited and in awe. There to present the first gender neutral categorized award was “Billion” breakout star Asia Kate Dillon, whom is also recognized as the first non-binary identifying actor casted on a major television show. Honored to be a part of MTV’s groundbreaking change, Dillon applauded MTV for having a conversation engaged and acknowledged in a rule-stricken society.“The culture at large is starting to accept the fact that gender is a spectrum and that we need to be celebrating performances free of any gender distinctions, so that the work can stand on its own,” Dillon told THR. “I’m really proud of MTV for continuing to do what they’ve always done best, which is move the pop culture needle forward, which extends to culture at large and creates visibility and representation in a time when it’s so so needed.”

MTV was further praised on the red carpet before the show even started. “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey told The Hollywood Reporter, “MTV is always progressing themselves and pushing the envelope and I think this is the first time that an award show has done something like that. MTV is always the first one to do something unique and special, and I think they’re just following suit with what they do. And this means a lot to a lot of people nowadays, so why not?”

Following suit with the show being a show of firsts, The Fast and the Furious was the first franchise (rather than an individual) to win the Generation Award, with stars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster on hand to accept.

Millie Bobby Brown, who played the character Eleven on the show “Stranger Things,” melted hearts after receiving the award for Best Actor in a Show. The star broke down in tears when thanking the cast and crew for “being her second family,” and sobbed “I wanna thank my family and my mum and dad for being supportive.”

After that tearful speech, Jharrell Jerome and Ashton Sanders inspired the audience again by focusing on minority performers. The duo accepted the award for Best Kiss for their embrace in the movie “Moonlight.” They brought an infectious energy to their speech, with Jerome saying “I think it is safe to say that it is okay for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box. I think it’s okay to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell the story and make a change.” After rapturous applause and whoops from the audience Sanders added, “this is for those who feel like the others, the misfits; this represents us.”

Winners were selected from fan voting that was conducted online, and the audience enjoyed performances from stars like Noah Cyrus, Big Sean and Pitbull. The MTV Movie & TV Awards were hosted this year by “Workaholics” comedian Adam DeVine and was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Lost Angeles.

Popular television host and personality Steve Harvey loves to give God credit. As a matter of fact, he makes it a priority since he exited poverty.

The comedian, who recently won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host and Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host, said God has been good to him and he “couldn’t have done it without Him, our amazing crews and you, thank you for all the support.”

Harvey also credits having faith and working hard to make his dreams come true.  He recalled when he was homeless and was living in his car. One day he started crying: “But a voice said, ‘If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been. It was like God said, ‘Don’t quit, you’re almost there,'” People magazine reported. Harvey still hasn’t forgotten those meager times in his life and wants to motivate others to endure during their struggles.

“In every single moment of adversity in your life, two things are going to happen: There’s going to be a lesson and there’s going to be a blessing. If you let the adversity crumble you, you will lay there and wallow in the failure, but life is 10 percent what happened and 90 percent what you’re going to do about it.”

His advice is to back up your faith with action, as James 2:17 reminded. “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”

The host of the “Family Feud” believes you need to hang in there if you are going to succeed.Why?

“You can never know where God is just waiting for you to pass the test. But you have to stay with something and go through the test to get to the end.”

Harvey is not shy about explaining the power of God to his audience. He also shared that God is the only one that you can trust and that His word is 100 percent absolute. His Word doesn’t have loopholes in it, unlike people. “Now, you can deviate off your end of the bargain, but it doesn’t stop what He says from being true. But if He asks you to do something, if God asks you to be a certain way, to do a little something a certain way and you don’t do it that way, then, you know, you could still possibly get by for a while, but don’t you understand that His end of the deal stays the same?”

Harvey said he leaned on people for too long and the results were disappointing. But he learned to put his trust in God.

“I’m telling you. I had to start learning this for real until I finally got it – to stop putting my faith in people and put all of mine in God where it counts the most. Now, is that to say that there are people that you can’t trust? No, that’s not what I’m saying. I ain’t saying you can’t trust them. But you can’t dump your faith in them. Man, if I could tell you anything this morning, it’s to stop putting your faith in people and put your faith in God where it counts the most. I mean, you can get something out of this one,” he shared with his audience.

Harvey taught that giving thanks keeps you grounded. There is a gift hidden in thanksgiving and it will rejuvenate your faith life. We can find peace, hope and there might be an answer to a problem that God is trying to get to you. It is through thanksgiving, that God works on our behalf.

No matter what your situation is, there is always a bigger picture and looking at through Scripture can help you. But understand that we might never have the answers to our questions. Take peace in the fact that you are not alone and that God knows what He is doing. When Harvey lived in his Ford Tempo for three years and ate bologna sandwiches, he had no choice, but to trust the One who saves. “It was crushing,” he told People. “I realized, you’re on your own. You have nothing or no one.”

For this reason, we need to read what God’s Word has to say about us. We know the classic Scripture in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” When in doubt, go back to the Word and trust God’s plan for you.

“I’m running from homelessness,” he said. “I can’t ever be in that position again. If my show gets canceled, I’ve got three more. I don’t have any free time, but I have 12 jobs.”

KentuckyDerby2015The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will happen this Saturday, at the infamous track at Churchill Downs.

The forecast is calling for a 60% chance of rain, greatly impacting how many are betting for the race. Wet track conditions can favor some horses more than others.

Of this year’s entrants, Classic Empire and Lookin at Lee have experience racing on a wet track at Churchill Downs. Classic Empire won his career debut by 1½ lengths on a sloppy track, while Lookin at Lee finished second in the Grade III Iroquois on a muddy track. Other horses in the race have never run on a wet track, so predictions are completely up in the air as to how some of the horses will handle it. Graham Motion, the trainer of Irish War Cry, said he would not change his strategy with the colt if it rains.

Trainer Chad Brown, who conditions 20-1 shot Practice Joke, said he’s as in the dark as everyone else to predict what would happen, or how the race would change in the mud.

“He doesn’t have any experience on it, but there’s nothing about the horse that tells me he wouldn’t love it. It’s an unknown. I would prefer clear racing conditions for everybody, it’s just a more enjoyable day for the people and the horses, but if it were to come up a wet track, I’m just as curious as everybody to see how my horse would handle that. Anything can happen, ” Brown said in a statement to ESPN.

When it comes to gambling for the race, no one really knows what is going to happen. Many are predicting it to be a free-for-all race.

“I think any one of seven horses can win it. No horse has ever come over from Dubai and won this race, well there’s a horse this year named Thunder Snow and it might rain on Saturday, and he won the UAE Derby on a sloppy track. He had a strong finish coming from off the pace. He’s only had two races on dirt and he’s two for two. I think he’s has an outstanding chance at 20-1 to win this race,” horse racing handicapper Hank Goldberg told CBS Sports earlier this week.

Goldberg also thinks this year’s exacta could be one of the biggest payouts in years.

“The biggest exacta I can remember is what they call the Giacomo race, Giacomo won and Closing Argument was second and it paid $9,800. You could have one of those bombs again this year.”

The distance is a 1 1/4 miles, with the track record being a mere 1:59 2/5. This is held by Secretariat from the 1973 race. NBC will have the broadcast beginning at 2:30pm EST. Post time for the big race will be a 6:34pm.