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Little League Star Mo’ne Davis Throws Out First Pitch Before Game 4

10/26/2014 AT 10:00 AM EDT

Cameras flashed, the crowd rose for a thunderous ovation and Mo’ne Davis did exactly what she was expected to do – fire a strike right down the middle.

From Little League phenom to the star of her own commercial to World Series celebrity, 13-year-old Davis has been on quite a ride these past few months.

She continued her remarkable journey on the biggest baseball stage of all when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

“Just to be at the World Series is pretty cool,” Davis said. “If I didn’t throw a strike, I don’t know what I would do. Throwing a strike was probably the best part.”

On a night when the attention of the sports world was focused on AT&T Park, Davis managed to stand out.

She paused to take photographs with fans, munched on a vanilla-and-chocolate sundae in the press box and managed to squeeze in some face time with Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson.

The eighth grader even got a phone call from her favorite player, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.

“I think that tops it all,” Davis said with a grin.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee, who directed the television commercial for Chevrolet that stars Davis, was also in attendance to watch the young pitcher.

Davis has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Throwing out the first pitch at a World Series game seemed like the natural next step.

“When I found out that the commissioner was going to have her throw out the first pitch tonight, I said, ‘I’ve got to be here,’ ” Lee said. “She’s amazing … and she’s on the honor roll, too. And she’s only 13 years old.”

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Mo’ne Davis

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The sold-out crowd at AT&T Park stood in unison and cheered when Davis was introduced. Surrounded on the mound by players from the Jackie Robinson West team in Chicago that also reached the Little League World Series this summer, Davis went into the windup that made her a national sensation and threw a perfect pitch to Giants backup catcher Andrew Susac.

Davis initially stood in front of the mound before Susac motioned for her to back up a few feet.

“I wasn’t really worrying about it,” she said. “A lot of people were telling me to go to the mound, but then I’m like, I don’t know. So then I just went to the mound and lobbed it over the plate.”

While she’s a hard-core Phillies fan, Davis played like a politician when it came to picking a winner in the World Series.

“I want the Giants to win because they won in 2012 and then they didn’t make it [in 2013], so if they win again it’d be on and off,” Davis said. “But I also want Kansas City to win because when’s the last time they won?”

That would be 1985, long before baseball’s newest star was born.


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Nucky Thompson’s Endearing Moments Make The Boardwalk Empire Finale That Much Harder to Accept


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It’s been a long road for Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and Boardwalk Empire. And tonight, the gangster life culminates for the shows grand finale, which is sure to go out with many bangs. Nucky is the ultimate anti-hero, whose criminal ways are peppered with moments of grey between good and evil. Nucky treads that line expertly. Sometimes ruthless, sometimes compellingly sweet, Nucky is able to be both a malevolent crime boss and a gentle, endearing husband/father/brother/friend.

While it’s easy to stumble over Nucky’s racketeering of seasons past, moments like when he protected and took in Margaret Schroeder (Kelly MacDonald) and her kids are what make him such a great character and Boardwalk Empire such a dynamic experience. Click through the gallery to relive these moments and mourn the end of a truly awesome show.

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Jenny McCarthy: Why Donnie Is ‘the Best Husband Out There’

Jenny McCarthy Says Husband Donnie Wahlberg Is 'the Best'

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy

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10/26/2014 AT 08:30 AM EDT

Look who’s still in the honeymoon phase!

Jenny McCarthy‘s still as smitten as ever when it comes to husband Donnie Wahlberg.

“Every night when we go to bed and I climb in bed and I see him laying there, I go, ‘The feeling I get crawling in bed with you every night is like when I was little and my mom used to say your best friend can sleep over tonight,’ ” McCarthy told PEOPLE in N.Y.C. Thursday while promoting her upcoming SiriusXM show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy. “He definitely brings out the best in me, and I think I do the same for him.”

“Is she talking about our dog?” joked Wahlberg.

Along with enjoying hot chocolate together every evening, the couple‘s bedtime routine includes a go-to cuddle position.

“He’s on his back and my head is on his chest, and his arm is around me,” says the star. “I say, ‘I love you,’ he says, ‘I love you, too,’ and we kiss and we fall asleep in that position. And I want to say more times than not, we wake up in that same position.”

“I’d say about 75 percent of the time,” confirmed Wahlberg.

McCarthy, 41 and Wahlberg, 45, tied the knot on Aug. 31 in St. Charles, Illinois. And McCarthy isn’t the only one over the moon to have Wahlberg around: Her son Evan, 12, loves having the comedian as a stepdad.

“I had a conversation with Evan, saying, ‘How’s it going with Donnie as your stepdad?’ And he said, ‘You know, I finally feel safe,’ ” says McCarthy. “And to me as a single mom, it felt like I did my job – not only really holding out to find the best stepdad for him, but also for me, the best husband out there.”

The best husband – and also the hottest, in McCarthy’s (slightly biased) opinion!

“He’s got overall heat,” she says. “You know, you either got it or you don’t, and he’s got it.”

Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy launches Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. ET.


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Anna Marie Cardwell: ‘I Would Feel Hurt’ If Mama June Is Dating My Molester

Anna Marie Cardwell: 'I Would Feel Hurt' If Mama June Is Dating My Molester

Anna Marie Cardwell

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10/25/2014 AT 08:15 PM EDT

Anna Marie Cardwell is speaking out about being molested as a child, years before she and her family became the stars of TLC’s hit reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

In an interview with PEOPLE, June Shannon’s oldest daughter, now 20, says registered sex offender Mark McDaniel “would try and touch me and all that stuff” when she was 8 years old and he was dating her mother.

Now that TLC has canceled the show in the wake of reports that Shannon and McDaniel are dating once again, Cardwell – who went by “Chickadee” on the show – says she doesn’t know what to believe.

“I’m just confused,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m hearing one story from Mama and another one from someone else.”

In a recent Facebook post, Shannon denied she and McDaniel (who was released from a Georgia prison in March after serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation) are currently romantically involved.

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Mama June

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And she apparently told her daughter the same thing: “Mama said the story isn’t true and she said she hasn’t seen Mark since he’s been out of jail,” Cardwell says.

“My whole body believes that she is telling the truth,” she continues, “but my mind is going back and forth from – you know, hey, she’s telling the truth or she’s not telling the truth, but most of me believes her.”

Cardwell also says that after McDaniel was arrested, Shannon was skeptical of her story about being molested.

“A week or so after it happened, I talked to Mama and she was upset, crying and saying, ‘I don’t believe you, I don’t believe you, why would you do this to me?’ ” Cardwell says. “And I was like, ‘Mama, he did that to me and I can’t do anything about it. You were never there to see it you were always at work.”

Cardwell moved in with her grandmother after the molestation, a source told PEOPLE, and only moved back in with Shannon in 2012 shortly before Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s premiere. “Me and Mama realized we needed to put this behind us and get our relationship back on track and that’s what we did and that’s what we have been doing,” Cardwell says.

If it’s true that Shannon and McDaniel are together again, Cardwell, who is a mom to 2-year-old daughter Kaitlyn, says, “I would feel hurt. I would not feel betrayed, but I would feel hurt. You know the past should be in the past and it should stay in the past and not come back out.”

But one thing is for sure: “I would not let her see Kaitlyn unless Mark is out of the picture or away because I don’t want him nowhere near my child,” Cardwell says. “Nowhere close to her.”

McDaniel has not responded to requests for comment.

Reporting by EMILY STROHM


Source: Anna Marie Cardwell: ‘I Would Feel Hurt’ If Mama June Is Dating My Molester

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