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AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR LAUNCHES DEBUT NOVEL ‘SKULDUGGERY’ IN INDIA

'Skulduggery' released in India

Paul Rushworth-Brown’s novel ‘Skulduggery’ released in India

“You are kept in suspense ’til the final pages with this historical romance, mystery, whodunit. ”

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, July 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Australian historical fiction author Paul Rushworth-Brown will debut his novel “Skulduggery” which will be available in India July 15, 2021 as part of Shawline Publishing’s historical fiction line. He has appeared on America Tonight with Kate Delaney, the BBC with Sanchez Payne and 2RDJ-FM with Neil Lithgow in Australia.

The novel has already earned acclaim, with one reviewer describing it as “masterful and thoroughly enjoyable. A fascinating and wonderful example of historical fiction and the old-time romance and whodunit really added to the story. Thoroughly researched, it is written in such a way that puts you in the time and place.”

Set on the “Bleak Pennine moors of Yorkshire, England, a beautiful, harsh place, close to the sky, rugged and rough, no boundaries ‘cept the horizon which in some places went on forever. Green pastures and wayward hills, the colours of ochre, brown and pink in the spring. Green squares divided the land on one side of the lane and on the other. Sheep with thick wool and dark snout dotted the hills and dales. One room, cruck house cottages, scattered, smoke billowing out of some and not others. Dry stone walls dividing and falling, a patchwork of green, green and greener. Long grasses whispered while swaying in the chilled wind waiting for the summer months.”

The novel, set on the moors of West Yorkshire, follows wee Thomas and his family shortly after losing his father to consumption. Times were tough in 1603 and there were shenanigans and skulduggery committed by locals and outsiders alike. Queen Bess has died and King James sits on the throne of England and Scotland.

Thomas Rushworth is now the man of the house being the older of the two boys. He is set to marry Agnes, in an arranged marriage, but a love story develops between them. This rollicking adventure paints a descriptive picture of the characters and the landscape they fill. You are kept in suspense ’til the final pages where one hopes good will triumph over evil.

Paul was educated at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia. He became a writer in 2015 when he embarked on a six-month project to produce a written family history for his children, Rachael, Christopher and Hayley.

This four hundred page book traced his family’s ancestry back to Haworth, Yorkshire where his ancestors had been living as copyholders or peasant farmers since 1590. His Great Grandfather James Rushworth Ist was a carpenter and the first to move away from the dales in the mid-1800s with his wife and nine children. Through this research, he developed a passion for writing and “Skulduggery” and the soon to be released “Winter of Red” is a continuation of this.

Rushworth-Brown is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact mailto:[email protected] Find out more on his website: www.paulrushworthbrownskulduggerywinterofred.com/

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Manchester United’s planned debut for Jadon Sancho as club prepare announcement

Manchester United's planned debut for Jadon Sancho as club prepare announcement

The Real Madrid star has just one year left on his current contract, making him an attractive target for the club.

United believe he’s the ideal person to partner Harry Maguire at the back, while also considering him to be an upgrade on the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

At right-back, they’re big admirers of Kieran Trippier.

They’ve already had one bid rejected for the Atletico Madrid star but could return with another by the time the transfer window slams shut.

And when it comes to bolstering their midfield, Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga is their main aim. 

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The Bahamas celebrates debut of Crystal Cruises’ homeport in Nassau

The Bahamas celebrates debut of Crystal Cruises’ homeport in Nassau

The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, M.P. Minister of Tourism & Aviation of The Bahamas, receives a plaque from Ms. Carmen Roig ,Sr. VP, Marketing & Sales, Crystal Cruises

The Bahamas celebrates debut of Crystal Cruises’ homeport in Nassau

L-R: Ms. Karen Seymour, Apostle Delton Fernander, Dr. Kenneth Romer, Mr. Ellison Thompson, Mr. Reginald Saunders, Mr. Travis Robinson, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu, The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, M.P., Ms. Carmen Roig, Captain Birger Vorland, Mr. Mike Maura Jr.

This partnership signals a significant milestone for cruising in The Bahamas,”

— Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS, July 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Live musical performances and a celebration were held at Pompey Square in Nassau as Crystal Cruises welcomed guests onboard the cruise line’s flagship Crystal Serenity for the inaugural Luxury Bahamas Escapes cruise. The Bahamas now serves as the official homeport for the boutique ship, which offers 7-night voyages exclusively within The Bahamas.

Government officials and local business leaders were honored to mark the beginning of this exciting new journey that grants passengers the vacation of a lifetime island hopping through the beautiful archipelago of The Bahamas – from Nassau, and Bimini, to Cat Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island.

Delivering the keynote remarks at the inaugural ceremony, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation, said, “This partnership signals a significant milestone for cruising in The Bahamas, as the boutique Crystal Serenity ship offers potential to bring back economic empowerment throughout our communities. No other Caribbean destination could provide the discerning cruiser with an extraordinary itinerary that visits multiple breathtaking islands, all within the same country.”

The ship set sail on its debut 7-night roundtrip all-inclusive Luxury Bahamas Escapes voyage, which features back-to-back days exploring the Family Islands and a vast selection of active, leisurely and enriching excursions for every kind of traveler.

Embarking on this adventure is a breeze, with options to fly into and board from Nassau or Bimini. Nassau arrivals have plenty of airlines to choose from including American Airlines, Delta and Jet Blue, among others. Silver Airways offers flight options to Nassau and Bimini from Ft. Lauderdale.

Those interested in an extended vacation can take advantage of the Crystal “Classic Plus” Hotel Experience offering luxury packages at Nassau’s SLS Baha Mar for pre- and post-cruise stays now through November 2021. The final voyage is scheduled to depart on November 6. Travelers are encouraged to visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates for an overview of the latest travel and entry protocols before booking.

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With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches. The Bahamas is known to have some of the clearest water in the world. It is so clear that NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared dozens of photographs of the islands while he was orbiting the Earth in 2016. He tweeted that The Bahamas was “the most beautiful place from space.” Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

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‘Summer of Soul,’ Questlove’s directorial debut, restores lost chapter of Black history

Summer of Soul

HARLEM, New York City — The musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is looking to restore a lost chapter of Black history with his directorial debut in a “Summer of Soul” in Harlem.

The summer in question was back in 1969, the same summer as another festival in Woodstock, New York.

So why did that event become so famous, while the other was forgotten? That’s just one of the intriguing questions explored in the new documentary now streaming on Hulu.

“Summer of Soul” is one of the best movies I have seen anywhere this year, and it offers a record of the Harlem Cultural Festival that ran for a few years in the late 1960s.

It’s a music movie, but also a vivid portrait of a world in transition.

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Half a century has not diminished the power of what happened when history hit a pivot point. The music was the best of two different eras, the torch passed from one generation to another onstage.

In all, there were six weekends of major artists in the summer of ’69. But as the name suggests, the Harlem Cultural Festival was about a lot more than music.

1969 brought about changes in the Black community, as riots had erupted the previous year following the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It was a crazy, crazy, crazy period,” remembered one who attended the shows. “We needed something to reach out and touch us. We needed that music.”

On June 19, some of those who had been there half a century ago returned to the festival site, now known as Marcus Garvey Park, for a showing of the documentary.

“It’s about American culture, it’s about American history,” Marilyn McCoo said. “It’s about what we all share, if we just look at it that way.”

McCoo and her husband Billy Davis Jr. performed as part of the 5th Dimension, and a fan who saw them as a child was reunited with the couple at the premiere.

“It was just electric,” Musa Jackson said. “It was a day where we just got to be with each other.”

It was all recorded on video, and those tapes sat in a basement for decades until Questlove had them restored to create his first movie.

“This was much more than my directorial debut,” he said. “This was much chance to correct history, and that’s, that’s so important.”

“Summer of Soul” streams on Hulu, owned by the same parent company as this ABC station.

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The Woodstock festival in the town of Bethel captured the imagination of an entire generation, but events shown in in this film had largely been forgotten — except by me.

The late Courtney Calendar, who helped to organize the Harlem Cultural Festival, was an early mentor of mine and hired me at WNET/Thirteen. So I came up in this business hearing all about the Summer of Soul.

Calendar was Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the New York City Department of Parks at the time. He died of cancer in 1983 at the age of just 46.

A park in Harlem is named in his honor, and this new movie would have pleased him so much.

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Climbing to make its Olympic debut at Tokyo Games

Climbing to make its Olympic debut at Tokyo Games

Climbing is an Olympic sport for the first time and the spotlight will introduce a massive audience to what can be a lonely pursuit.

SALT LAKE CITY — Climbing’s standing as a niche sport has always been a part of its appeal.

A rock wall can be a place of solitude or of camaraderie with a small group of fellow climbers. There are no crowds, just the peacefulness of the outdoors and the task of trying to find the best route to the top.

The climbing world could be in for a change after the Tokyo Olympics.

Climbing is an Olympic sport for the first time, and the spotlight will introduce a massive audience to what can be a lonely pursuit.

“For the most part, people were psyched,” American Olympic climber Nathaniel Coleman said. “They knew the sport would get more attention, a lot more inflow of money and kind of be recognized as the high-quality sport that it is.”

The inaugural Olympic climbing competition will include three disciplines: lead, bouldering and speed.

Lead is similar to what climbers encounter when scaling rock faces outdoors. Climbers have six minutes to climb a wall of about 15 meters with a variety of holds. Whoever climbs highest wins. Ties are broken by time.

In Bouldering, climbers have four minutes to complete each of four “problems” on 4.5-meter walls. The problems include overhangs, wedges and holds barely big enough to hold a fingertip. Some problems involve a “dyno” – jumping in a dynamic movement to the next hold – and occasionally going upside down is the best way up.

Climbers get as many attempts as they want within the time limit and receive credit for completing a boulder by securing the top hold with both hands in a controlled manner. There are also zone holds midway up the wall where climbers can earn partial credit.

The inclusion of the speed discipline did not sit well within the climbing community.

The Tokyo Games will have two medalists — one for each gender — and the International Olympic Committee wanted to show a range of climbing skills, so it included speed in the overall competition.

Lead climbing and bouldering are more in line with what climbers face outdoors. Speed climbing is a much more specialized discipline, the climbers racing head to head up a 15-meter wall with standardized holds. As one climber put it, adding speed is like asking a distance runner to compete in a sprint event.

Speed will be a separate medal event at the 2024 Paris Games.

“Speed climbing is very, very different from the other two disciplines,” said Meg Coyne, national team manager and assistant coach at USA Climbing. “First of all, it’s rehearsed. Second, all of the mannerisms, habits and techniques are effectively reversed. For athletes to do well on speed, they need train for something that’s totally outside the habits they have for the other disciplines.”

SCORING

Scoring is determined by multiplying each climber’s placement in the three disciplines. Lowest score wins.

If a climber is first in lead, second in bouldering and 10th in speed, their score would be 20 (1X2X10=20). Winning a discipline will put a climber in good position to contend for a medal.

THE FAVORITES

Adam Ondra has been called the world’s best climber and has tackled some of the most difficult outdoor routes around the globe. The wiry 28-year-old Czech known for screaming on the wall is not as strong in speed climbing, but is a threat to win both lead and bouldering.

Like Ondra, Janja Garnbret has completed outdoor routes most climbers wouldn’t even consider attempting.

The 22-year-old from Slovenia has won six world championships and is the only climber to go through an undefeated World Cup season, winning six events in 2019. She excels in lead and bouldering.

THE AMERICANS

The United States joined France and host Japan as the only countries to qualify a full team of four climbers.

Nathaniel Coleman is sort of the de facto captain of the U.S. team, a laid-back climber who leads by example. The 24-year-old from Salt Lake City is considered one of the best American boulderers, but has evolved into a super all-around climber.

Collin Duffy will be one of the youngest athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. The 17-year-old from Broomfield, Colorado is an adept problem solver — he loves puzzles — and qualified for the Olympics as a sophomore in high school.

Duffy grew up climbing with Brooke Raboutou and now the two friends will be going to Tokyo together. The 20-year-old from Boulder comes from a climbing family and has become adept at all three disciplines.

Kyra Condie had 10 vertebrae fused together when she was 13 to correct scoliosis and has become one of the best climbers in the world. The 25-year-old from Shoreview, Minnesota, does not have the same mobility as other climbers, but makes up for it with problem solving.

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Michelle Dewberry 'nervous' about GB News debut with Dewbs & Co

Michelle Dewberry will be competing with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UEFA Euro 2020 as she debuts her new show on GB News tonight.

The former Apprentice winner will host Dewbs & Co at 6pm on the new Freeview channel, just as Mr Johnson is due to hold a press conference to update the nation on the “last push” to defeat the spread of the latest variant of Covid-19 and the likely delay in fully lifting restrictions.

Football fans may well already be avidly glued to the opening Group E fixture, Poland versus Slovakia, on ITV, when Michelle kicks off her prime time two-hour slot.

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Last night’s GB News launch show hosted by Andrew Neil came in for criticism from some, for “grainy pictures” and “out of sync” dialogue, but others were urging the dubious to give Dewbs a chance, after she discussed with Andrew the stories and voices she was keen to air on her programme.

TJ Waldron tweeted: “Michelle Dewberry defo going to be the most popular host on GB News.”

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Michelle Dewberry won The Apprentice in 2006, pictured with Sir Alan Sugar
Michelle Dewberry won The Apprentice in 2006, pictured with Sir Alan Sugar

Brixham Belle said: “Am looking forward to watching Michelle Dewberry this evening” while Simon Proctor said: “Liking Michelle Dewberry #gbnews.”

Jack Belton said: “I’m not a fan of Wooten (former Sun journalist Dan Wootton) or Talk Radio but I’m looking forward to Michelle Dewberry’s and (comedian) Andrew Doyle’s shows and will check out others I’m not really aware of.”

MR2 said simply: “Michelle Dewberry is great.”

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones said after last night’s opener with Andrew and guest Michelle: “Some good people working on @GBNews so I wish them luck but can there be a worse time to launch than the warmest evening of the year when everyone normal is watching football?”

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Louis Barfe questioned the naming of Michelle’s show, tweeting: “Nobody has ever called Michelle Dewberry ‘Dewbs’. Her nickname is Michelle Dangleberry.”

Madiha tweeted: “Andrew Neil saying #GBNews won’t be about identity politics only for Michelle Dewberry to spend an hour banging on about her humble working-class background, how relatable she is, how she doesn’t have a university degree and how she’s a new mum etc. You couldn’t make it up.”

Vanda Greenwood said of last night’s launch: “The first ten minutes have been awful, grainy pictures and voices out of sync, now that awful woman Michelle Dewberry is on (also out of sync), I’ve seen enough, it’s terrible.”

Michelle herself tweeted that she was feeling “a healthy mix of nerves and excitement” ahead of her show launch tonight and that kind messages of support she had received were all “massively appreciated”.

After the channel launch last night, she tweeted: “Never, ever been as nervous on TV as I was just then.

“Everything I do, I do in honour of my sister and I know she will be looking down, watching us and super proud. History in the making. Thanks to everyone for your support. Much appreciated. Onwards and upwards #gbnews.”

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'In the Heights' makes muted debut, edged by 'A Quiet Place'

'In the Heights' makes muted debut, edged by 'A Quiet Place'

After a string of good box office weekends, the opening of “In the Heights” was a reminder of the challenges movie theaters are facing.

NEW YORK — Just when a party was poised to break out in movie theaters, the below-expectation debut of “In the Heights” dampened Hollywood’s hopes of a swift or smooth recovery at the summer box office.

Jon M. Chu’s exuberant adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical opened with a modest $ 11.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Forecasts had ranged from $ 15-$ 20 million. The release of “In the Heights” — a lavish song-and-dance musical accompanied by glowing reviews from critic s and considered a milestone movie for Latinos — was widely seen as a cultural event.

On opening weekend, though, the Warner Bros. release narrowly missed the top spot. Instead, “A Quiet Place Part II” edged it with $ 11.7 million in its third weekend of release. (It’s close enough that the order could flip when final figures are released Monday.) On Friday, John Krasinski’s thriller — playing only in theaters — became the first film of the pandemic to reach $ 100 million domestically. Its cumulative total is $ 109 million.

Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” a film originally planned to open around Easter 2020, also opened softly, debuting with an estimated $ 10.4 million

After a string of good box office weekends, the opening of “In the Heights” was a reminder of the challenges of the marketplace. Most theaters are operating at reduced capacities to allow social distancing. Canada’s theaters are largely closed. And getting crowds to come out for a movie that was simultaneously streaming on HBO Max, as “In the Heights” was, adds another complication.

Starring a mostly fresh-face cast including Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins and Leslie Grace, “In the Heights” didn’t have the star power of musicals such as “Mamma Mia!” to give it a boost. Miranda, who performed the lead on Broadway, ceded the part to Ramos. Miranda plays a minor role.

Instead, the film will depend on strong word of mouth (it received an “A” CinemaScore from audiences) to propel a long run in theaters. Its hopeful comparison would be a movie like 2017’s “The Greatest Showman,” which opened to $ 18.8 million but held firmly for months, ultimately grossing $ 174.3 million in the U.S. and Canada.

“We always thought that the movie has to do the heavy lifting,” said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros. “Even though it came in at a lighter level than we had expected, we’re proud of the movie that’s there and over time the hope is that we can get an audience to sample the movie and tell their friends to.”

Warner Bros., as is standard throughout the industry, didn’t release viewing data for “In the Heights” on HBO Max. The studio’s day-and-date approach, planned to last through the end of the year, has been much-debated. But previous Warner releases — particularly “Godzilla vs. Kong” (which managed a $ 32.2 million three-day opening in early April ) and last week’s No. 1 film, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” ( a $ 24 million debut ) — performed solidly while also being available in the home. The “Conjuring” sequel added $ 10 million in its second weekend.

HBO Max, Goldstein said, couldn’t be blamed for any disappointing results for “In the Heights.”

“Our experience, which is backed up on ‘In the Heights,’ is that if the movie hits a high level in theaters, it hits a high level on the service,” said Goldstein. “If it hits a low level in theaters, it hits a low level on HBO Max. They’re really very comparable.”

Last weekend, Disney’s “Cruella” may have also made a somewhat muted arrival in theaters because it opened at the same time on Disney+, for $ 30. In its second weekend, “Cruella” earned $ 6.7 million, bringing its total to $ 56 million.

“In the Heights” had originally been set to open in June of last year. The studio and filmmakers, believing its impact would be felt most powerfully in theaters, opted to wait for cinemas to reopen. Ahead of release, Warner put its marketing weight behind the film. Oprah Winfrey hosted a virtual block party for the film. On Wednesday, the film opened the Tribeca Festival with a yellow carpet premiere and screenings scattered throughout New York.

Regardless of box office, “In the Heights” is the rare bigger-budget spectacle film to feature a predominantly Latino cast. Though Latinos make up one of the largest groups of regular moviegoers (accounting for as much as 29% of tickets sold) their representation in Hollywood is still a fraction of that. According to audience surveys, about 40% of the opening-weekend audience for “In the Heights” was Hispanic.

The director Chu has previously helmed a breakthrough release for Asian Americans in 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” which opened to $ 26.5 million over three days and then kept a multi-week lock on the box office. Recalling that — or perhaps sensing that “In the Heights” wasn’t going to debut like a blockbuster — Chu urged people to “vote with their wallets” by supporting the film.

“Even ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ you couldn’t really tell. It was only the second weekend when people started coming back and the third weekend when people who didn’t go to the movies started to come,” said Chu a week ahead of release. “Buying tickets to this thing — putting your money where your mouth is — was the democratic statement that no studio could make up.”

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Claressa Shields put 'faith over fear' to claim come-from-behind win on MMA debut at PFL 4

Claressa Shields put 'faith over fear' to claim come-from-behind win on MMA debut at PFL 4

Shields certainly didn’t have things her own way early on against the more experienced Brittney Elkin at PFL 4 on Thursday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Indeed, as she got off her stool for the third and final round she was two rounds down and in desperate need of a finish.

But, despite finding her elite-level boxing skills nullified through lengthy spells on the mat, Shields managed to turn the fight on its head before finishing the bout with a new type of TKO for her – ground and pound.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Shields said she knew she was in for a rough ride in her MMA debut, and the experience certainly didn’t disappoint.

“I had told myself, ‘This is not going to be easy,'” she said.

“That’s why I spent seven months in Albuquerque, I haven’t been home in a while. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

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Shields revealed that she had arrived in Atlantic City at the peak of her physical fitness.

But, after being taken down in Rounds 1 and 2, the two-time Olympic gold medallist and multi-time professional boxing champion knew she needed to dig deep to find a way to win in the third and final round.

“I knew it would be completely different and that’s what we had trained for,” Shields said. “The only thing I knew coming into the fight was that I was in dog shape. 

“I knew I had trained the hardest that I could train and I had as much information in my mind as I could take. 

“So my main thing was just come in the cage and have my faith over fear and put my best foot forward. I feel like every round I did that.

“When I sat down after the second round coach said, ‘Hey, it’s time to go in there and get the stoppage.’

“I said, ‘I’m not getting taken down this round and put on my back. I’m just going to come out here and give the best that I got.’ 

“I could’ve went home with the L like that, but something came over me and just kept punching.”

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US men miss qualifying for Olympic 3-on-3 basketball debut

US men miss qualifying for Olympic 3-on-3 basketball debut

The U.S. women did advance to the Olympics with France and Japan.

GRAZ, Austria — When the 3-on-3 street version of basketball makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, the United States men’s team won’t be there.
The US lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of an Olympic qualifying tournament on Sunday that offered three tickets to the eight-team lineup at the games.
The Americans were world champions in 2019 and had former NBA players Dominique Jones and Robbie Hummel on a four-player roster for the qualifying event in Graz, Austria.
The Dutch were joined by Latvia and Poland in an Olympic lineup that already included Japan, China, Russia and Serbia. The eighth-place will be awarded at a tournament this week in Hungary for lower-ranked nations.
The U.S. women did advance in Austria to the Olympics along with France and Japan.
A final women’s place is also awarded this week in Hungary to complete the eight-nation Olympic field that includes China, Mongolia, Romania and Russia.
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Rambo and John McClane Debut in Call of Duty

Season Three Reloaded is live on May 20 in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One and there’s a whole lot of new action to experience in multiplayer, Warzone, and Zombies.


John McClane and Rambo in the ‘80s Action Heroes Event

We’re kicking off with the ‘80s Action Heroes event, including limited-time bundles, new game modes, and a wide collection of event specific rewards, in addition to all the other content coming this season.

Meet our two hosts for the event:

John McClane (Launch)

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

A New York cop who arrives at a holiday party turned hostage situation — John McClane is the hero of the “Die Hard” films, one of the most iconic action movie series of all time. Get John McClane in the Die Hard bundle in the in-game store from May 19 to June 18. This bundle includes the legendary operator, a finishing move, three legendary weapon blueprints — one tactical rifle, two SMG, and one assault rifle — a legendary calling card and emblem, an epic watch, and an epic weapon charm.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Rambo (Launch)

“To survive a war, you gotta become war.”

He was double-crossed while on a clandestine mission and left to fight on his own in “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” which continued to inspire countless action movies since its release in 1985.  Find the Rambo bundle in the in-game store from May 19 to June 18. This bundle includes the legendary operator; two finishing moves, including one using his signature bow and arrow; three legendary weapon blueprints — an assault rifle, an LMG and a knife blueprint; a legendary calling card and emblem; and an epic watch and charm.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Warzone Brings Nakatomi Plaza, Power Grab, and More

It’s not just the heroes of “Die Hard” and “Rambo: First Blood Part II” who have landed in Verdansk. They also brought an iconic locale with them, changing the Warzone landscape as we know it… only for a limited time.

New Point of Interest: Nakatomi Plaza

Replacing Downtown’s Broadcast Tower and its surrounding blocks, the Nakatomi Plaza — the tallest single structure yet seen in Warzone — gives operators a chance to explore this iconic location from the original “Die Hard.”

Nakatomi Plaza features multiple optional missions that can be completed during Battle Royale and Plunder, rewarding in-game content upon completion. The bravest operators might even try breaking into Nakatomi’s vault and escape with its riches.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

New Points of Interest: Survival Camps & CIA Outpost

In homage to “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” 10 different camps around Verdansk have been converted into Survival Camps. Search these sites for loadout items and dog tags. Bring those tags to the newly established CIA Outpost in northwest Verdansk and you might just get some air support in return.

New Power Grab Mode and More

Drop into Verdansk with over 100 other operators in Power Grab, a new limited time mode featuring a smaller circle collapse with five stages that quickly progress, and no Gulag to earn back your life.

Instead, revive your squadmates via the Buy Station or by collecting dog tags, which are dropped by eliminated operators and can also be found as rewards for completing contracts, and in rare cases, in supply boxes.

Each dog tag collected brings you one notch up a reward ladder: Earn a UAV, a respawn token, advanced gas masks, and specialist bonuses.

Also, find the explosive Combat Bow in Verdansk and Rebirth Island along with other heavy hitters available for a limited time in Season Three Reloaded.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

New Maps and Modes in Multiplayer

  • Standoff (6v6, Launch): First introduced in Black Ops II, Standoff is a 6v6 medium-sized map that features a timeless three-lane feel and provides plentiful opportunities for outsmarting your opponents.
  • Duga (Multi-Team, Launch): This region of the Ural Mountains is now ready for multi-team multiplayer modes. Duga offers something for every playstyle, whether you’re fighting through the central admin offices, the bus depot, or the chemical processing plant.
  • Die Hardpoint: Fight against the clock in a cranked-up twist called Die Hardpoint. Get a movement speed boost and buff at the cost of your life when the clock hits zero. Extend the timer by earning eliminations and playing the objective.
  • Rambo’s Gun Game: Rambo joins the party with a new rotation of weapons to fight through, including the Combat Bow, War Machine, RPG-7, and Death Machine, while staying alive with an equipped stimshot. Get through all 20 weapons first to win the match.

For your efforts during the ‘80s Action Heroes event, earn new action movie inspired medals such as the “Light ‘Em Up” and “Have a Blast!” medals.


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Get Cranked in Zombies and Discover New Outbreak Content

  • New Main Quest, Orda World Event, and More in Outbreak (Launch): A brand-new main quest is set to begin for all Requiem agents in Outbreak on May 20. Massive Orda monsters also now wander the Ural Mountains posing a considerable challenge, and there’s new Dark Aether story Intel and other secrets to uncover along the way.
  • Cranked 2: No Time to Crank (Launch): The sequel to the fan-favorite Zombies mode arrives in “Firebase Z” and “Die Maschine.” All mystery box locations will be active and restocked with different armaments, including more frequent support items. Eliminate your first zombie and the Cranked Timer begins! Keep it ticking with each elimination or face an explosive demise.

Earn Two New Weapons

Season Three Reloaded brings two new secondary weapons, unlockable by completing their in-game challenges or by picking up a blueprint version in the in-game store.

  • Baseball Bat (Launch Week) – Take a big swing with this classic bruiser’s melee weapon, as you knock away zombies and enemy operators with the new Baseball Bat. (Note: The Baseball Bat will enter Warzone in Season Four after “spring training” in Black Ops Cold War Season Three Reloaded.)
  • AMP63 (In-Season) – This personal defense weapon is a cross between a self-loading pistol and a fully automatic SMG. Expect high amounts of damage in a short amount of time.

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More in Season Three

Experience this and more in Season Three, including the Season Three Battle Pass, three playable operators — Wraith, Antonov, and Knight — new prestige levels, new challenges in multiplayer and Zombies, and more. Get fresh gear in the in-game store like the “Tracer Pack: Nuclear Distillery Mastercraft” bundle.

Haven’t yet joined the fight? Get Black Ops Cold War on the Xbox Store today, and prepare for Season Three Reloaded!

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Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War – Cross-Gen Bundle

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Buy this digital Xbox One version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War from the Microsoft Store and download the Xbox Series X|S version at no extra cost. The Cross-Gen Bundle includes: – Cross-Gen Bundle of Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War game — Includes Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S version – Confrontation Weapons Pack – Legendary Captain Price Operator Skin* The iconic Black Ops series is back with Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War – the direct sequel to the original and fan-favorite Call of Duty®: Black Ops. Black Ops Cold War will drop fans into the depths of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s. Nothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player Campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more. As elite operatives, you will follow the trail of a shadowy figure named Perseus who is on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history. Descend into the dark center of this global conspiracy alongside iconic characters Woods, Mason and Hudson and a new cast of Operatives attempting to stop a plot decades in the making. Beyond the Campaign, players will bring a Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment into the next generation of Multiplayer and Zombies experiences. Welcome to the brink. Welcome to Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War. *All existing owners and future purchasers of Black Ops Cold War will receive the Legendary Captain Price Operator. Buy Black Ops Cold War and log in to receive this free in-game Legendary Operator Skin. Usable in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone™. For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com. © 2020-2021 Activision Publishing, Inc. ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS and WARZONE are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

Author: James Mattone, Writer, Activision
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire