Wolfsburg vs Dortmund FREE: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time

DORTMUND head to Wolfsburg as they continue their quest for the Bundesliga title.

Lucien Favre's side were extremely impressive as they swept rivals Schalke aside 4-0 in last week's Revierderby.

That result had for a time closed them to within a point of Bayern Munich, but the defending champions stretched their title advantage to 4 points with victory over Union Berlin.

The hosts were in good form before Covid-19 struck and picked up where they left off, overcoming relegation-threatened Augsburg 2-1.

When is Wolfsburg vs Dortmund?

  • This game is part of the Bundesliga's packed schedule on Saturday, May 23.
  • Kick-off in an empty Volkswagen Arena is set for 2.30pm BST.
  • Dortmund have won on their last four visits to this ground, with Wolfsburg's last win over BVB back in 2015.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • Catch this game live on BT Sport 1 here in the UK.
  • Coverage will start at 2pm BST.
  • If you're a BT customer or have their broadband package, you can stream BT Sport by downloading the official app.

How can I watch for free?

Saturday is set to be a packed football feast from Germany, with BT Sport showing all four games broadcast at 2.30pm.

If you're an EE phone customer, you can watch all of them for FREE – and the rest of the season.

Simply text SPORT to 150 for a three-month BT Sport mobile trial, which includes the ability to cast to your TV.

What is the team news?

Both Yannick Gerhardt and club captain Josuha Guilavogui are out for the hosts through injury.

While Daniel Ginczek, who scored the late winner at Augsburg, may make way for the returning Wout Weghorst.

Jadon Sancho looks to have shaken off a lingering groin problem and is set to start.

While Marco Reus looks set to miss the remainder of the season for BVB.

Match odds

  • Wolfsburg to win on home soil – 13/4
  • Draw at the Volkswagen Arena – 14/5
  • Dortmund to get crucial three points – 3/4
  • Both teams to score – 4/7

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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Are Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie Returning to ‘Idol’ Next Year?

High hopes for 2021! Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie opened up about wanting to return as judges for season 19 of American Idol.

“We usually start taping in September or October. I think this whole year is a year of unknown and uncertainty. I think we’ll probably have a plan A, B and C,” the “Daisies” singer, 35, told Us Weekly and other reporters during a conference call after the season 18 finale on Sunday, May 17.

“I hope we’re all going to be judging on the show [next year]. That would be fun to stay the same,” she continued. “But I think we kind of just have to go with the flow and be malleable like we were for the end of [this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic]. … It’s such a team effort, and it’ll continue to be a team effort.”

The Commodores member, 70, noted that the ABC competition developed “real artists” this year despite the judges and contestants being miles apart in quarantine.

“What we did this time, we’re actually proving to the world that it’s not just a cute show,” he said. “Being with Katy and Luke, I can’t imagine being with anyone else on this show because it’s just been so fun, but at the same time, so productive. We are actually scaring ourselves when it comes down to what we’re getting in terms of artists. I’m enjoying the process. Bring on the next season! We’re ready.”

The “One Margarita” crooner, 43, echoed that the chemistry between the judges would make for yet another successful season.

“We kind of had to revamp the vibe [from the original Fox show], and it takes a little time to rebuilt that. To go from year one to where we are now, it just feels great,” he explained. “We’ll leave these phone calls and we’ll start talking it out and plan next year, but I know I certainly love where we’re at [with] the show. I love the product that we’re putting out. I sat here in Nashville, Tennessee, and I watched my colleagues show up on time to make this happen.”

That said, Perry — who is pregnant with her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom — admitted that working from home had its pros and cons, including not being able to celebrate with season 18 winner Just Sam.

“There’s a lot of patience and it’s a new thing to learn,” she told Us. “I like to get up, I like to engage, and obviously that was difficult. At the end, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she won! Oh, my.’ We don’t even get to go to Red Lobster after the show.”

Perry, Bryan and Richie joined the judging panel in 2018 when the show made the move from Fox to ABC after 15 seasons. Ryan Seacrest has served as the host since the inaugural season, which premiered in 2002.

With reporting by Travis Cronin

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'I'll always feel like I failed Breck' says mum Lorin Lafave

‘I’ll always feel like I failed my son’ says Lorin Lafave, mother of Breck Bednar

The horrific murder of 14-year-old Breck Bednar by an online predator shocked the nation – and his devastated family are still picking up the pieces. So is it possible to move on from such unimaginable loss? His mother Lorin and sister Carly open up to Anna Moore

Lorin Lafave with her son Breck in 2013, a year before he was murdered

I first interviewed Lorin Lafave in 2016, less than two years after her teenage son Breck had been groomed and murdered by an online predator.

Then, Lorin was deep in grief. Her Surrey house was dark, still and silent, and I found it hard to believe that somewhere out of sight were her three remaining children, the 14-year-old triplets. Lorin described her own state as ‘robotic’. She told me she’d spent a year in bed with the curtains closed. I came away wondering how that family could ever recover.

Four years on, I visit her again, though they’ve left Surrey for the Kent coast. The triplets – Carly, Chloe and Sebastian – are 18, reaching the end of sixth form, and the house is full of noise (at the time, COVID-19 was just a background rumble).

Lorin looks younger. She’s newly engaged and getting married in September. Today she’s wearing Breck’s old clothes (his jeans and T-shirt look quite rock and roll) because it’s both his birthday and the anniversary of his funeral, and this is how she always marks it. We’re joined by Carly, open and articulate, her school’s deputy head girl. There’s laughter, there’s straight talking, there are tears followed by more laughter. They haven’t just survived; they’ve thrived. It seems a kind of miracle.

Many will know Breck Bednar’s story because, since his death in 2014, Lorin’s life’s work has been to share it as widely as possible, to educate our youth and prevent it from happening again. Lorin and her ex-husband Barry Bednar are Americans who moved to the UK for Barry’s work as a shipping consultant. Breck was their eldest, born here in 1999; then came the triplets less than three years later. Though the couple separated in 2008, Barry remained closely involved with the children’s care.

‘Looking back, I see Mum as two different people,’ says Carly. ‘There’s the “before” Mum and the “after” Mum. Before Breck was killed, she was so fun – a bit wild, a crazy American at heart.’

‘We didn’t have family here and I like that big family feeling,’ says Lorin. ‘I wanted every day to be a celebration. We’d invite everyone to the house – my friends, their kids, their pets – have Chinese for Chinese New Year and haggis on Burn’s Night. I’d always decorate the house like crazy!’ And at the centre of all this was Breck, who Lorin calls her ‘right-hand man’.

Breck’s sister Carly with mum Lorin

‘He had such a spark,’ says Carly. ‘I looked up to him so much. He’d get home from school and tell us what he’d learnt and we’d sit and listen.’

Breck was 14 when he was killed. A popular A-star student who loved computers – he would buy parts, dismantle and rebuild them – he’d joined an online gaming group with friends from primary school. The one member unknown to them all was Lewis Daynes, whose server hosted the games. He claimed to be a computer engineer with a multimillion-pound company, and everything he told them was top secret. Sometimes he claimed to be in New York working for the US Department of Defense, other times he was in Syria or Dubai.

To Breck, his life sounded incredible. He spent more time gaming with Daynes and much less time with his family. Breck talked about his outlandish stories all the time; Lorin remembers a lot of ‘Lewis says’: ‘Lewis says I shouldn’t have to do chores’ or ‘Lewis says I don’t need to finish school because he can get me a Microsoft apprenticeship when I turn 16’.

‘My fear was that he was a paedophile sitting in his underpants,’ says Lorin. ‘I thought Breck was being groomed but I never thought he was being groomed to be murdered – not in my worst nightmare.’

There were sit-down talks and there were rows. Lorin and Barry met with other parents from the gaming group to set out their worries. In December 2013, Lorin even called the police and gave them Daynes’s name – they did nothing – and, finally, she confiscated Breck’s computer. On 16 February 2014, 13 months since Breck had first joined the group, he secretly took a taxi ride to Daynes’s home in Essex, paid for by Daynes. He’d convinced Breck that he was dying and wanted to hand his business over to Breck, but first he needed to show him the ropes. In truth, he was unemployed, living alone and had already been accused (but not charged) with raping a boy and possessing indecent images.

No one knows what happened that night – Daynes has never given a true account – but the next day (Lorin’s birthday), Daynes called 999, claiming he’d killed his ‘friend’ in an ‘altercation’. He also sent pictures of Breck’s body to other members of the gaming group. Daynes is now serving life for murder. Two years later, the family received an apology and substantial damages from Surrey Police.

‘That time is a blur,’ says Lorin. ‘I couldn’t get my head around it. I’d been trying to protect Breck, but not from that. I remember the triplets everywhere, as if they wanted to be with me, but I wasn’t there mentally. The house was crammed with friends and relatives who did everything – bought the milk, did the laundry.

‘I couldn’t eat,’ she recalls. ‘How could I when Breck couldn’t eat? I remember I’d cry in the shower and say over and over, “There’s nothing I can do.” In most situations there’s something you can do. But when you lose a child – the worst thing possible – you can’t fix it.’

Though Lorin and Barry tried to shield the triplets from the details of Breck’s murder, there was plenty of information online. ‘We did look and that was horrible,’ says Carly. ‘I remember going back to school and everyone was in mourning. It was a big deal. But I liked that. I wanted Breck to be thought about and talked about.’

During this time, Lorin says she took to bed for a year. ‘The triplets would come home and I’d be in the dark bedroom. I feel so sorry for them – they didn’t just lose a really special brother but also a sane mother.’ Carly refers to this as Lorin’s ‘bed period’.

‘We didn’t know when life was going to start again,’ she says. The children had been raised to be independent and now they were more so, doing the chores, cooking, washing up.

What helped? ‘At the end of the day, you just had to get through this horrible time frame,’ says Lorin. ‘Victim Support counselling was great, but it isn’t long term. I got trauma therapy [specifically for victims of trauma], which I 100 per cent believe in.’ A friend offered the use of her chalet on the Kent coast and Lorin spent more time there, walking on the beach, cycling through narrow streets on Breck’s bike. ‘Here, no one knew my story,’ says Lorin. ‘I could step outside without people looking at me to see if I was better.’ When she saw a house for sale, she had a look. ‘It was bright and sunny; it felt like a healing house. As nice as our old home had been, I couldn’t be the same person there. Moving was a clean break.’

Lorin and David celebrating the triplets’ 18th, 2019.

It was a clean break for the triplets, too. ‘I didn’t tell their new schools what had happened,’ says Lorin. ‘I wanted them to go in as themselves and not be defined by their murdered brother. Eventually people would find out – but it was their choice what they wanted to say.’ Gradually, in this new life, Carly began to see glimpses of recovery in her mum. ‘Seeing her with new neighbours, hosting little dinners,’ she says. ‘My brother would have his friends round and Mum would have the table all done up – when she gets in hostess mode, it feels like Mum being Mum again.’ There were more crazy party moments. ‘There was the time Mum had a dinner party, and afterwards all of us gatecrashed a party of a local celebrity – Vic Reeves!’

‘For a long time, I couldn’t allow myself to have fun because I felt too guilty,’ says Lorin. ‘As a parent, you’re supposed to protect your children, no matter what. I’ll always feel like I failed.’

Unsurprisingly, seeing her triplets safely through their teens was at times terrifying. ‘Mum was super-annoying at first – all these rules and restrictions,’ says Carly. ‘We were one of the first to have the tracking app Life360 so she could see where we are at any time. We still have it.

My friends call it ‘the stalking app’ but fair enough, Breck died and if he’d listened to Mum, he’d be here right now. She is entitled to be strict on this – though she’s pretty chilled now that we’re older.’

In fact, Carly is inclined to be strict with her own friends. ‘If they’re doing something stupid – meeting a stranger they knew online, especially when we were younger – I’d let them know. Now, I’ll do a background check.’ She has also given a talk about Breck to every year group in her school. ‘It took two weeks and it was horrible. I didn’t anticipate the toll of talking about it every day, but I had a duty,’ she says. ‘I wanted to let the whole school know, to keep them safe.’

Lorin has also made it her mission to reach as many young people as possible through her work at the Breck Foundation, which started in the months after Breck’s death with a few local mums and now has a staff of seven. ‘Rules on their own don’t work,’ she says. ‘Breck had sat through an “internet safety” assembly a month before he was killed. The message didn’t reach him. What happened to Breck is real; it resonates with children and helps them understand that everybody online is a stranger. ‘I thought I’d just need to tell Breck’s story once. I forgot that there are always kids being born, new parents and teachers, so we have to continue to educate.’ Lorin speaks in schools, to police and parents. She has been involved in a BBC documentary, a play (Game Over) and a short film, Breck’s Last Game. The Breck Foundation also campaigns to improve safety measures on gaming and social-media platforms, particularly around age verification. ‘We’ve got children lying about their age, adults lying about their age; it’s crazy,’ she says. ‘You’d never put your kid in a playground with a bunch of adults, but online we don’t think it’s a safety issue.’

Newspaper coverage of Breck’s murder

With all this, plus three children on the cusp of leaving home, it’s a busy time for Lorin. She’s getting married again, to David, who she met online 18 months ago. ‘I was careful to follow all the advice I give others, and we didn’t meet up in a private place,’ says Lorin. ‘He grounds me and is so good too. He always includes the kids.’

Even now, there are still times Carly has to be mother. ‘I do feel like the parent sometimes,’ she says, ‘and there are times Mum will be bawling her eyes out after spending all day at schools talking about the worst thing that has ever happened to her. It scares me to think of that taking place when I’m not here to help her through it.’ She looks at her mum. ‘I feel like my main thing is to stay alive on this earth for you because, for me, the worst thing that could possibly happen is for you to lose another child.’

Lorin wells up when she hears that. ‘Your main thing is to stay alive on this earth for yourself!’ she cries. ‘Carly is a good friend and daughter,’ she adds. ‘At times I didn’t think I’d get through this and I don’t know what parents do when they lose their only child. I couldn’t have done it without the triplets.’

For more information and to donate, go to breckfoundation.org

 

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Kate McKinnon Asked to Avoid Using Live Animals on New Series by ‘Tiger King’ Star Carole Baskin

The ‘Saturday Night Live’ star’s latest project will be based on the popular Joe Exotic podcast, which focused on the life of zoo boss Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

AceShowbiz -Animal rights activist Carole Baskin is begging comedian and actress Kate McKinnon not to use live animals when she tackles a new series based on hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King”.

The “Saturday Night Live” star’s new project is based on the popular Joe Exotic podcast, which focused on the life of zoo boss Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

The series has been fast-tracked following the success of the Netflix show, based on the self-titled Tiger King’s infamous rivalry with Baskin, who he tried to have killed.

But the founder of Big Cat Rescue in Florida is urging her TV double, McKinnon, not to use lions and tigers on the show.

In a statement obtained by TMZ, a representative for Big Cat Rescue writes: “We hope McKinnon has a passion for animals and that her series will focus on the horrible lives captive big cats lead when exploited by breeders like Joe Exotic. We further hope she urges the public to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act that would end the cub petting abuse in America.”

Bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who have been trying to stop Joe’s alleged animal abuse for years, have also commented, begging Kate and her producers to use “only CGI, animatronics, or even existing footage of big cats and other animals”.

Meanwhile, on Monday (March 30), cops in Hillsborough County, Florida, announced they are hoping the massive interest in the “Tiger King” story might help them solve a cold case surrounding the disappearance of multi-millionaire Jack ‘Don’ Lewis – Baskin’s former husband. He was last seen in August, 1997 and declared legally dead in 2002, but no one has ever been charged with his murder.

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