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(RNN) - Are you sick of ESPN force-feeding viewers Yasiel Puig? Are you tired of complaining about the biases of major cable network news channels?

Al Jazeera America and Fox Sports 1 are now here for you.

The two new cable networks debuted this week and expect to directly compete with already established heavyweights in their demographics.

For the Middle East-founded Al Jazeera America, preceived anti-Americanism and association with Osama bin Laden must be erased. The name Al Jazeera frightens many, but thorough news reporting and good journalism might scare viewers even more.

Fox Sports 1 must take viewers away from ESPN and to a channel that consists of complete sport coverage. Vociferous viewers have said they are ready to drop ESPN's overly biased coverage of the Dodgers, Jets, Cowboys, Eagles, Lakers, Red Sox, Yankees, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer, hockey hating and Puig.

MUSIC: Prince proves sense of humor, Chappelle star of new single

The talented musician Prince is a man of mystery whose personal life has been shrouded in a purple velvet veil.

This week, the artist previously, formerly and once again known as Prince officially gave the world a glimpse into his humorous side - the  cover art for his latest single, Breakfast Can Wait, features comedian Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince.

Those unfamiliar with the joke should reference the popular sketch from Dave's Comedy Central hit Chappelle Show, where comedian Charlie Murphy famously "retold" a story of being beaten by Prince and his friends in a game of pickup basketball.

Game, blouses.

Jam of the week: Katy Perry, Roar - No one likes to get in the middle of a pop music debate as much as I do, but compared to Lady Gaga's Applause, Perry's Roar is the song that ends a summer of Blurred Lines and Miley Cyrus twerking.

SPORTS: Does the Braves' postseason longevity end with Heyward's broken jaw?

As an Atlanta Braves fan, I am officially done with the home of the New York Mets, Citi Field.

Many teams could not remain 15.5 games ahead in their division after all the season-ending injuries Braves players have suffered this year. 

A duo of serious injuries has occurred in New York in 2013: the fractured ankle of starting pitcher Tim Hudson in July and the fractured jaw of outfielder Jason Heyward on Wednesday. The 90-mph fastball of Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese gave Heyward two jaw fractures that will sideline him for four to six weeks.

The latest injury could easily halt the Braves' push for a long postseason run in 2013. Heyward has been a hot hitter since permanently taking over the leadoff spot, hitting .348 with a .417 on-base percentage this season, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Despite having the best record in baseball, Atlanta has a tough path to postseason, beginning with a four-game series in St. Louis upcoming. The six-week road to October has bodies scattered across it for Atlanta.

MOVIES: ‘Lee Daniels' The Butler' cleans up at the box office

The queen of all media Oprah Winfrey has a welcomed addition to her rich resume: a box-office hit.

Lee Daniels ' The Butler, starring Winfrey, Forrest Whitaker and a cavalcade of Hollywood stars, debuted at No. 1 this weekend, knocking the Matt Damon futuristic feature Elysium from its perch.

Jobs, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher bombed, debuting at No. 7 and earning just $6 million.

Here is last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Lee Daniels' The Butler (NR) $24,637,312
  2. We're the Millers (2) $17,964,164
  3. Elysium (1) $13,686,832
  4. Planes (3) $13,388,534
  5. Kick-Ass 2 (NR) $13,332,955

New in theaters: Aug. 23

Drinking BuddiesINDIE FLICK OF THE WEEK – A pair of beer-loving best friends in committed relationships resist the romantic feelings they may have for one another while working in a  Chicago brewery. The film stars Olivia Wilde, Jack Johnson, Ron Livingston, Anna Kendrick and Jason Sudeikis.

The World's End – A reunion of classmates involves a pub crawl in their hometown. The drinking fest also coincides with the end of the world during an alien invasion. Fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will love this film starring Simon Pegg, Jonathan Aris, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine and David Bradley.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Based on the popular novel series by Cassandra Clare, Clary Fray discovers she is a warrior demon hunter, and after the disappearance of her mother, joins the ranks of other warrior demon fighters against a devilish infestation of New York. This is like Bella Swan meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, except Buffy takes over the lame Twilight character by stabbing her with a wooden stake. The film stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Lena Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Also in theaters this week: Scenic Route, Short Term 12, The Grandmaster, You're Next

A little something from YouTube: Georgia Tech student stings freshman with school pride

Every university has a convocation or orientation process for its new students and parents, welcoming them to campus, offering advice and injecting them into the school's culture.

For sophomore Nick Selby, the job of welcoming students to the North Avenue Trade School Georgia Institute of Technology at the university's freshman convocation on Aug. 18 was not taken lightly and done wonderfully.

Selby gave the rising freshman class 10 tips for succeeding at one of the best technology schools in the nation. Selby did so with such vigor and excitement, the crowd rose to its feet in a way the students never get to do at most sporting events.

Everyone should have a nerd bright young mind in their corner.

Honorable mention

Woman records truck speed over guardrail, posts on social media

Royal family releases first portraits with Prince George

Lee Thompson Young dead at 29

(Dis)honorable mention

David Cassidy arrested on drunken driving charges

When tornado-borne sharks aren't terrifying enough - now, there's 'Ghost Shark!'

Robin Thicke sues Marvin Gaye's family over song

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Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

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