WWE WrestleMania 36 LIVE RESULTS: Drew McIntyre calls out Tyson Fury who ACCEPTS fight, The Undertaker’s retirement hint – The Sun

WRESTLEMANIA 36 concluded in spectacular fashion – we have a British WWE champion for the first time in history!

The WWE managed to pull off a cracking Wrestlemania to lift spirits around the world, despite it being pre-taped and with no audience.

  • Drew McIntyre made history as he defeated Brock Lesnar to become first-ever British WWE Champion – then called out Tyson Fury and ex-Chelsea star Chris Sutton and amazingly Fury has accepted
  • The Fiend Bray Wyatt dominated John Cena in bizarre Firefly Fun House Match
  • Edge beat Randy Orton in a bloody Last Man Standing Match
  • The Undertaker ended AJ Styles in crazy cinematic Boneyard Match – which took EIGHT hours to film
  • Braun Strowman new WWE Universal Champion after replacing Roman Reigns to beat Goldberg

Follow ALL of the latest reaction from WrestleMania 36 below…


    Who's feeling a little worse for wear after a weekend of wild WrestleMania action?


    Shortly after WrestleMania 36, The Undertaker sparked fears that he could retire with a cryptic Instagram post.

    Speaking to his 2.5million followers, he said: “It was a hell of a ride. boneyardmatchwrestlemania 30years.”

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    It was a hell of a ride! #BoneyardMatch #WrestleMania #30years

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    Tyson Fury has insisted he will fight Drew McIntyre “anytime, any place, anywhere”.

    The Scottish Terminator called out the Gypsy King after he survived a series of F-5s from Brock Lesnar to upset the odds and claim gold at WrestleMania.

    And heavyweight champion Fury has hit back on Instagram.

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    @dmcintyrewwe has call me out after his @wwe Wrestlemania 36 victory, first I say congratulations and what a fantastic job. Secondly I accept his challenge, anytime any place, anywhere.👍🏻🙏🏻

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    Chalotte Flair added another accolade to her collection as she became a two-time NXT Women's champion with a win over Rhea Ripley.

    However, many fans joked that they were forced to turn their TVs down for the dream clash that took place behind closed doors at WWE's Performance Center.

    One tweeted: “Rhea and Charlotte are putting on a hell of a match and sound like a Williams Sisters tennis match.”

    Another said: “Charlotte and Rhea Ripley sound like they just overate at Chipotle.”

    A third cheekily added: “Otis and Mandy's Mania moment going sound like the noises during Rhea and Charlotte's match probably.”


    Drew McIntyre called out Tyson Fury and Chris Sutton after becoming Britiain's first ever WWE champion.

    After the show, he told talkSPORT: “When it gets backs to normal, the next thing I want to do is fight Chris Sutton.

    “And Tyson Fury was talking trash, let him know I've won the belt and after I beat Sutton I'm coming for Fury.”

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Reasons for sports fans to stay positive: Virtual Grand National, Manchester City and amusing transfers

These are extraordinarily difficult times and, as a sports fan, it can be particularly difficult to see any light at the end of the tunnel. 

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of almost every major sporting event, from the Premier League to the Gallagher Premiership, from The Masters at Augusta to the Wimbledon Championships.

But that doesn’t mean the sporting world has completely ground to a halt. And that doesn’t mean that there are no uplifting sports stories to raise everybody’s spirits throughout this difficult time. 

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So, here is a dedicated space for the day’s positive sports stories, whether big or small. If you find yourself in need of some positivity to reaffirm your faith in humanity and increase your anticipation for the return of professional sport, read on.

Virtual Grand National raises £2.6m for NHS charities

In lieu of any real-world sport taking place this weekend – excluding the hardy headcases of the Belarusian Premier League, who haven’t yet the trifling matter of a pandemic get in the way of titanic clashes between the likes of Ruh Brest and Slutsk – the Virtual Grand National captured everybody’s imagination and raised a significant amount of money for the NHS.

Organisers of the digital race boasted that they had used the latest CGI technology and best information available to produce the most accurate outcome possible, with 18/1 shot Potters Corner coming out on top against 5/1 favourite Tiger Roll. Which was a blessing, as you suspect the NHS wouldn’t have received quite as much money had the winner of the real thing in the past two years come out on top once again.

Bookmakers offered fixed odds markets to a maximum stake of £10 each-way, with a total of £2.6m being donated to the NHS Charities Together organisation. Plus, there was the added benefit of no horses being harmed. More of the same in the future, please.

Alexis Sanchez could (but in all honestly almost certainly will not) be moving to West Ham

Ah, transfer fluff. How we haven’t missed you. And maximum respect to those in the content trenches still cranking out the news n’ rumours. It’s a difficult gig to make the punters believe Liverpool are just DAYS away from SNARING Kylian Mbappé in a SHOCKING transfer MEGA-DEAL – even more so when there’s the highly inconvenient matter of a global pandemic and nationwide lockdown.

But here’s a baseless rumour that will almost certainly put a smile on your face. Alexis Sanchez, him of the cyclist thighs and penchant for tinkling the ivories, could be on his way from Inter Milan to West Ham United this summer, according to, *checks notes*, FC Inter News. Ahem.

Will it happen? Urm. Pass. But put your cynicism to one side for a moment. Is there really a better match in the entire football universe? West Ham, with their admirable commitment to spaffing money up the wall and collecting every mercurial, ball-hogging former superstar under the sun. And Alexis Sanchez, a player who was once great but now spends 10% of the season aggressively shooting the ball wide of goal and the other 90% injured. Please can this happen.

Look at this nice thing

God bless the good people at FootyHeadlines. Euro 2020 was only recently postponed and already they have the inside steer on the revised training kit collection that the England national team will wear at the tournament.

And would you look how utterly delightful it is. A menacing all-black, with rather fetching iridescent logos. Oh so serious, but with a dash of style. It will look great dribbling around cones. It will look great playing 5-a-side. It will look slightly less great paired with Hawaiian print shorts at BOXPARK Croydon.

Good eggs of the day

Manchester City, who became the first Premier League club to confirm a commitment to paying its entire non-playing staff in full during the Coronavirus pandemic. Something that fellow Premier League heavyweights Liverpool (‘This Means More’) and Tottenham Hotspur (London’s richest club and owned by a tax exile billionaire with one of the largest collections of private art in the world) did not quite have the financial heft to do.

Credit where credit’s due.

Things to do

Read this: Miguel Delaney on who would win the optimum World Cup

Or this: Jack Pitt-Brooke on the rise and fall of Soccer AM, the complete oral history you never knew you needed so badly

And this: Michael Cain interviews Mark Viduka 

Days remaining until Euro 2020…


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O2 unleashes changes to all mobile phone customers, following EE, Vodafone, Three

Mobile carrier O2 has announced a number of changes to help customers during the ongoing public health crisis. From today, all pay monthly customers will be upgraded to unlimited calls to UK numbers. That covers both mobile numbers and landlines.

If you’ve refrained from reaching out to friends, family or at-risk neighbours because of the limits on your monthly contract, this should be a huge reassurance. Best of all, you won’t have to do anything to get the upgrade – O2 has applied it automatically to your account.

Unfortunately, those who are on SIM-Only plans are not eligible for the boost, so you’ll need to keep an eye on your monthly allowance before making calls to your nearest and dearest. Enterprise customers are also not included in the upgrade.

Speaking about the free upgrade, which should impact thousands, Mark Evans CEO Telefonica UK (O2) said: “I’m delighted to see the industry and government working together to help the UK at this critical time. At O2 we have long-established policies in place to support our customers, and right now, digital connectivity is more important than ever as we connect our customers to vital services and their loved ones.”

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The upgrade is on top of the previous changes made by O2 to help people throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 937,567 people worldwide and killed more than 47,000 worldwide. EE, O2, Three and other providers already enabled customers to visit NHS resources and Government guidelines on social distancing and the restrictions currently in place in the UK without using any of their mobile data allowance.

So, even if a customer had used all of their 3G, 4G or 4G allowance for the month, they would still be able to access their all-important resources.

O2 and Vodafone have gone further than some other sites, bringing data-free access to a number of charities, including Mind, Calm and other mental health resources. Not only that, but O2 is also bringing data-free access to the Citizens Advice and Money Advice Service online.

And that’s not the only change introduced amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to ease some of the pressure on the UK broadband network as millions stay home to stop the spread of the virus, Californian technology companies like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ have all pledged to drop the quality of streaming video to try to keep everyone connected during the lockdown measures. Sony has also limited download speeds for game downloads and patches on its PS3 and PS4.

And broadband companies have agreed a series of industry-wide changes with the UK Government.

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Mauro Icardi has ‘contract terminated with immediate effect’ after wife Wanda reveals Inter ace wants return to Italy – The Sun

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have already TERMINATED Mauro Icardi's loan deal following comments made by his wife and agent Wanda Nara, according to reports.

Controversial Wanda angered PSG chiefs after informing the club that the striker wants a return to Italy when the campaign finally ends.

Icardi, 27, has been in blistering form since moving to the French capital from Inter Milan on a temporary deal.

The striker, who fell out with Inter boss Antonio Conte, has scored 17 goals in 26 appearances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season.

But his time in France is set to end on a sour note according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.

It will leave his future shrouded in doubt when he does eventually return to the San Siro.

Despite formerly captaining the side with a terrific goal record, Inter fans were happy to see the back of him after a turbulent spell last season.

Wanda had been vocal in responding to criticism of her husband which eventually led to the club stripping him of the captaincy.

Icardi was furious and refused to travel with the squad for a Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna before isolating himself from team-mates.

He later attempted to sue the club for £1.4million after they banned him from training to further push him out of the club.

Icardi also had a spat with Inter's ultras after releasing his autobiography.

The striker claimed he threatened a Nerazzurri Ultras group with “100 criminals from Argentina” after a skirmish in 2015.

Inter fans held banners calling Icardi “a piece of vile s***” before a clash against Cagliari — and applauded when he missed a penalty.

Chelsea, who are in the market for a new striker, are likely to pay close attention to his availability after previously being linked with him.

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Principals’ union head calls for year 12 exams to be scrapped this year

The head of the school principals' union has called for VCE exams to be scrapped this year, arguing the disruption to study is placing an unreasonable mental burden on 2020's year 12 students.

There are calls to scrap VCE exams this year, rather than extend year 12 into January. Credit:Julia Baird

Julie Podbury, president of the Australian Principals Federation, said VCE students could still receive a ranking for university entry based on teachers' assessments of their assignments.

The Andrews government is yet to announce if students will return to face-to-face classes in term two, which begins on April 15. But it is widely expected that most students will be taught remotely in term two and potentially into term three.

Premier Daniel Andrews also said on Sunday that it was possible that end-of-year VCE exams would be pushed back six to eight weeks, potentially into early 2021, so that year 12 students could get an ATAR score.

But Ms Podbury said an ATAR could be derived just as effectively and with less stress for students by cancelling end-of-year exams.

“We talk about taking the panic factor out, which is there in every VCE year; it’s horrendous to watch as a principal,” she said.

“This might be an opportunity to do things differently. We don’t need the end-of-year exams.”

Ms Podbury said students could be given a credible ATAR by combining their assignment results with results from the GAT, or General Achievement Test, a general literacy and numeracy test that is sat by all VCE students.

Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino has already flagged delaying the GAT, which is generally sat in June.

“If we get to a place where we can actually set the kids down for an exam, let that be the GAT,” Ms Podbury said.

Professor John Hattie, Director of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, also rejected the notion of extending the school year for senior students.

Professor Hattie noted that the Australian school year is already the longest in the world.

“We still don’t perform as well as Estonia, Sweden and Finland, who have even fewer days, even if we took 10 weeks out,” he said.

“At this stage I think we should be saying to our year 12 students, take this as an opportunity to do some deep work in some areas, but let’s not panic about what will happen at the end of the year.”

Professor Hattie also previously advised New Zealand's school education authority on what to do in the aftermath of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. He said he argued very strongly to leave the timeline for the school year untouched.

“That was the best year students ever had with their performance and the year after, they went backwards,” he said.

“The reason for that is teachers started to be concerned about what the students need to know and what they needed to learn, as opposed to, ‘Come to my class and I’ll tell you what you need to know’.”

Federal and state education ministers will meet on Tuesday to look at what can be done to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on students' studies, especially year 12s heading into tertiary education and work.

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Monday the ministers wanted to do everything possible to ensure students could continue their education, with co-operation from curriculum and assessment authorities in each state and with individual universities.

He said deliberations were well advanced on what could be done, including universities putting in place flexible admissions for school leavers.

"They’d be happy to look at a mix of what’s happened during the student’s assessments in year 11, and then look at what’s happened in year 12, and look at a mixture then of both," Mr Tehan told radio station 3AW.

Mr Merlino on Monday said: "We are working on a range of options to ensure VCE and VCAL students can complete their studies."

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Cold War bomb tests show shark's age at time of death

Radioactive carbon that formed in the atmosphere during Cold War atomic bomb tests helps scientists determine the age of a 50-year-old endangered whale shark for the first time

  • Bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s  left abundance of carbon isotope in oceans 
  • Scientists used traces of carbon-14 in sharks to find out their age at time of death
  • Growth bands in the dead shark’s vertebrae proved sharks age of up to 50 years 
  • Pinpointing their age can help conservation efforts of this endangered species  

Cold War atomic bomb testing from more than 50 years ago has helped scientists correctly determine the age of whale sharks for the first time.

An international team of scientists measured levels of a carbon isotope in shark bone that permeated the oceans during atomic bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s.  

The presence of the carbon isotope – carbon-14 – in the shark bone told them that two sharks were up to 50 years old at time of their eventual death.

The study of the whale shark – the world’s largest fish – will help ensure the future of the endangered and protected species, the researchers say. 

Australian Institute of Marine Science of Dr Mark Meekan, a researcher with the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, swimming with a whale shark

‘Earlier modelling studies have suggested that the largest whale sharks may live as long as 100 years,’ said Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, Western Australia.

‘However, although our understanding of the movements, behaviour, connectivity and distribution of whale sharks have improved dramatically over the last 10 years, basic life history traits such as age, longevity and mortality remain largely unknown.

‘Our study shows that adult sharks can indeed attain great age and that long lifespans are probably a feature of the species. 

‘Now we have another piece of the jigsaw added.’  

Whale shark vertebra from Pakistan, in cross section, showing 50 growth bands


Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the largest living fish.

It can reach a length of about 59 feet (18 metres).

It forages for food at or near the surface of the ocean.

Its large mouth is well adapted to filter feeding, meaning it feeds by straining suspended matter and food particles from water.

The whale shark contains more than 300 rows of small, pointed teeth in each jaw.

Whale sharks inhabit warm waters around the world.

They are found in the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of New York to central Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Whale sharks also inhabit the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific.

The species is labelled ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with populations decreasing. 

It is a docile species that poses no threat to humans. 

Today, whale sharks are endangered and protected as a high-value species for eco-tourism.

Conservation strategies for endangered and threatened species, including the whale shark, require accurate estimates of factors such as age and growth. 

But until now, the age of the sharks has been difficult to measure, as sharks and rays lack bony structures that are used to determine the age of other fish.

So a team of researchers, including Dr Meekan, turned to the radioactive legacy of the Cold War’s nuclear arms race. 

During the 1950s and 1960s, the USA, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, France and China conducted tests of nuclear weapons, many of which were detonated several kilometres in the air.

One result of the blasts was an atmospheric doubling of carbon-14, which is commonly used by archaeologists and historians to date ancient bones and artefacts.

The rate of decay of carbon-14 is constant and easily measured, making it ideal for providing age estimates for anything over 300 years old. 

The isotope gradually moves through food webs into living animals and plants, producing an elevated carbon-14 signature.

The nearly 60-foot-long whale shark doesn’t generally pose a threat to humans. The species is described as endangered with populations decreasing still

Whale shark vertebrae, meanwhile, feature distinct bands – much like the rings of a tree trunk, which increase in number as the animal grows older.

Some studies suggest that a new ring is formed every year, while others conclude that it happens every six months. 

‘We found that one growth ring was definitely deposited every year,’ Dr Meekan said.

‘This is very important, because if you over or under-estimate growth rates you will inevitably end up with a management strategy that doesn’t work, and you’ll see the population crash.’ 

Measuring the radioisotope levels in the successive growth rings allowed a clear determination of how often they were created, giving an indication of the shark’s age.

Using the bomb radiocarbon data, Dr Meekan and his team conducted testing of from sectioned vertebrae from two deceased whale sharks in Pakistan and Taiwan. 

Ages of up to 50 years were estimated at time of death – the first time such an age has been unambiguously verified.

The results, which have been published in Frontiers in Marine Science, also confirm the use of sectioned vertebrae as age indicators for these sharks. 


Carbon dating, also referred to as radiocarbon dating or carbon-14 dating, is a method that is used to determine the age of an object. 

It can only be used on objects containing organic material – that was once ‘alive’ and therefore contained carbon.    

The element carbon apears in nature in a few slightly different varieties, depending on the amount of neutrons in its nucleus. 

Called isotopes, these different types of carbon all behave differently.  

Most of the stable, naturally occurring carbon on Earth is carbon 12 – it accounts for 99 per cent of the element on our planet. 

Another carbon isotope is Carbon-14, a radioactive version of carbon.

It occurs naturally in the atmosphere as part of carbon dioxide, and animals absorb it when they breathe. 

Animals stop taking it in when they die, and a finite amount of the chemical is stored in the body. 

Radioactive substances all have a half-life, the length of time it takes for a material to lose half of its radioactivity. 

Carbon-14 has a long half-life, 5,370 years to be exact. 

This long half-life can be used to find out how old objects are by measuring how much radioactivity is left in a specimen.

Due to the long half-life, archaeologists have been able to date items up to 50,000 years old.  

Radiocarbon dating was first invented in the 1940s by an American physical chemist called Willard Libby. He won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery.

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Daily horoscope for April 6: YOUR star sign reading, astrology and zodiac forecast

Monday involves a Virgo Moon, meaning now is the time to get down to business. The start of a new week is consequently the ideal opportunity to analyse the situation and arrive with some practical solutions. With Mars about to Square Uranus, this week holds some big surprises.

The Virgo Moon forms an Opposition with Neptune and Mercury.

The celestial orb then Trines Pluto and gas giant Jupiter.

This means you may be in for a very busy start to the working week.

The Moon is in the Virgo star sign, meaning it is time to look at what is not working and get it mended.


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Virgo’s influence means this is an opportunity to sort out your diet or exercise plan.

Or perhaps Monday is a time to tidy up a room or even your email inbox.

This is because restoring things to working order is what Virgo is all about.

Neptune and Mercury are first up on the Moon’s agenda and this may be slightly disorienting.

There is so much chaos and confusion for months now and nobody knows what is really going on.

Mercury entered Pisces in early February, coinciding with the time coronavirus hit the West.

Mercury Retrograde has not helped matters, adding a further delay in seeing things clearly.

All this confusion will end by this coming weekend, which should provide a welcome relief.

Now is the time to take a moment today to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Start to organise and you will feel a rush of clarity and dynamism as you do so.

This is because the Virgo Moon trines Pluto and Jupiter.

This aspect should help boost productivity and help you get right down to it.

Come Monday night, the Moon enters Libra, where a trine with Saturn awaits.

This is the final stretch toward Wednesday’s Libra Full Moon.

Now is the time to open up negotiations and to reach out and cooperate.

You may, as a result, be looking out for number one during the day.

Astrologers believe this is the time to take responsibility and lend a hand.

A lunar Trine with Venus means you may hopefully feel so happy you did.

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Tottenham and Man City set for summer transfer battle for Rangers sensation Ianis Hagi, claims midfielder’s agent – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY and Tottenham are both interested in Rangers midfield sensation Ianis Hagi, the player's agent claimed.

The Romanian, 21, made the switch to Ibrox from parent-club Genk in January on a six-month loan.

And he started his spell in Scotland in fine form with three goals and two assists in his 12 appearances.

Rangers do have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer for £4.5million.

But now his agent suggests they look set to face competition from the pair of Premier League heavyweights – but knows who he thinks are favourites to land his man in the summer.

Giovani Becali said: "I have been asked personally by Jose Mourinho and [City director of football] Txiki Begiristain about Ianis Hagi.

"They wanted to know about him and how he was getting on. There's a lot of top people in European football who know all about Ianis and what he can do.

"I happen to think Ianis is on a good plan at Rangers. I think Rangers will sign him because he is a player who has that little extra piece of creativity and skill.

"He has many other qualities and is actually more graceful than his father ever was. He runs like a gazelle compared to him! I think he is improving all the time at Rangers.

"He will continue to get better if he signs for them I think."

City already have the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden while Spurs have Dele Alli, Gedson Fernandes and Giovani Lo Celso who can all play in the No10 role.

But the chance to pick up the Genk youngster would certainly appeal to both Pep Guardiola and Mourinho.

The Rangers playmaker, who can also play out wide, is the son of former Real Madrid and Barcelona hero Gheorghe.

Hagi Snr spent two years at the Bernabeu from 1990 to 1992 and then the 1994/95 and 1995/96 seasons at rivals Barca, winning the Supercopa de Espana at both clubs.

His son came through at his very own esteemed football academy based in Romania before being picked up by Viitorul Constanta.

After breaking into the first team, he left in 2016 for Serie A side Fiorentina but it did not quite work out as planned, making just two league appearances, and he returned to his former side after one season.

Hagi signed for Genk last summer before but is already showing the talent to progress beyond the Belgian top flight.

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Miranda Lambert Belts Out ‘Bluebird’ From Her Porch On ‘ACM Presents: Our Country’ Special

While dressed in a plaid shirt and jeans, Miranda Lambert gave an intimate performance from her front porch on the ‘ACM Presents: Our Country’ special on April 5.

The 2020 ACM Awards had to be rescheduled due to quarantine and social distancing regulations, but the biggest stars in country music still came together (while separated) to put on a show for viewers! Singers, including Miranda Lambert, performed from their homes during the ACM Presents: Our Country special on April 5. For her performance, Miranda was seated on her front porch, with a guitar in hand. She sang her hit song, “Bluebird,” with nature blossoming in the background.

Miranda looked comfortable and casual while at home, wearing a plaid shirt, baseball cap and her hair in braids. The singer has been quarantined at home with her husband, Brendan McLoughlin. She revealed during the ACM: Our Country special that Brendan was actually supposed to film her performance, but he went fishing instead — which she totally approved of. “I figured for a New York City boy, he should probably learn how to fish,” she explained. So, she filmed herself with her iPad for an even more intimate performance.

Miranda has opened up about how difficult this time in quarantine has been for her. “My anxiety about the state of the world right now is still through the roof,” Miranda admitted in an Instagram post on March 27. “We miss our road family, our New York family, and I dang sure miss my Texas family.” Like so many other artists, Miranda was forced to postpone a number of tour dates due to the new guidelines and limits on large gatherings. She spent the beginning of the year touring to promote her 2019 album, Wildcard.

ACM Presents: Our Country was a perfect two-hour distraction for country music fans during this difficult time. Other stars who performed included Kelsea Ballerini, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw and more. Groups like Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Old Dominion teamed up via video chat from their separate homes to perform together. It was quite an incredible night.

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5 Highlights from Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project

The Justice Project premiered on Oxygen Sunday, offering a unique look into all that Kim Kardashian has done in the past two years to address the criminal reform crisis.

By working with #cut50—a national bipartisan initiative that aims to reduce the number of people in prisons, jails and crime across the United States—the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has tried her hand at everything from actual policy work to going out and consulting different inmates, lawyers and judges. 

“People think because I fight for this means that I don’t believe in punishment. There are a lot of people—sick people—that deserve to be behind bars. But there are some amazing people spending their lives rotting inside prison,” Kim said in the documentary. “They don’t deserve to have their lives just be thrown away because you have no idea what circumstances they really have been facing or living with that led them to make those decisions.”

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This was certainly the case for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who was serving a life-plus-25-year sentence as a first-time nonviolent offender. Johnson’s unfair situation inspired Kim’s foray into criminal justice reform, and she eventually helped the White House grant clemency to the 64-year-old. 

Kim explained that Johnson Alice “put a face to a major problem that we have in our country.”

“I realized quickly that there were so many other people in a similar situation to Alice that I just truly was unaware of,” she added.

Johnson is featured in The Justice Project, as are a number of other people whose often unrealized and unfortunate circumstances contributed to them winding up in jail. Keep reading to learn their stories and discover what else you might’ve missed from the Oxygen documentary.

2. Dawn Jackson’s Story

Jackson was among the many inmates who wrote letters to Kim about their situation. In these letters and the research Kim conducts, it’s revealed that Jackson was sexually abused by multiple people over the course of a 20-year period. This included her step-grandfather, whom she killed when she got older. 

However, when it came time for Jackson’s trial, the abuse she endured was never brought up or used as mitigating evidence.

“I truly believe that had her attorney gotten up and talked about the fact that Dawn was raped at five years old, and that she continued to be raped and molested for years by people who were supposed to be caring for her, by her step-grandfather, that she would not have gotten the sentence she did,” Kim said. 

Jackson’s situation wasn’t just a lesson in the importance of mitigating evidence for Kim, but one that made her open to working on so-called “violent” cases.

“I started off being extremely judgmental and thought I will never be involved or help a situation where there has been violence—but after I read Dawn’s story, I cried,” Kim explained, adding that from there on, her heart had opened up. 

4. Free After 25+ Years

With the help of a friend, George Trudel—who had already gotten his own prison sentence commuted—along with assistance from Kim and her team, David Sheppard was able to walk free after 27 years in jail. He had been charged in a shooting death and received a life sentence, despite not being the shooter. 

“I understand that someone that is involved in something should get time, but that you could not take someone’s life and get more time than the person that actually took the person’s life,” Kim explained, referencing Sheppard’s case. “That’s what I want to wake people up to. This just isn’t fair.”

Kim got involved after Trudel wrote her asking for her help, and the two were able to meet and work with Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor John Fetterman to secure Sheppard’s release.


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5. Kim Has Contributed to the Release of 7,000 People

Toward the conclusion of The Justice Project, #cut50 co-founder and senior counsel Jessica Jackson praised Kim’s advocacy efforts and revealed an awe-inspiring statistic. 

“A lot of the work that Kim’s doing with #cut50 is the humanization work, but another part of the work that she’s doing is helping us with the policy work; actually changing those laws,” Jackson said. “So when Kim decided she wanted to get involved in the First Step Act, Kim had been working on individual cases. And suddenly, when she joined onto this federal bill, because of her efforts, there, there’s now 7,000 people who are home with their families.”

Learn about the First Step Act from Kim herself in the clip above.

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