Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want JT to Wear Fiyero’s Pants

first_img View Comments 1. Justin Timberlake—25% He’s a marquee name with movie cred, so it’s no shock that a quarter of you think Timberlake should rock those tight white pants. Yeah, JT could certainly bring sexy back to Shiz. And maybe he’d even get SNL to feel a little Wicked. We hear you, we hear you. You really want a bona fide Broadway boy to play Fiyero if and/or when there’s ever a big-screen adaptation of musical blockbuster Wicked. Nevertheless, we polled you about which pop star you think should play the Winkie Prince, and you humored us with your votes. Now it’s time to take a look at the results. 3. Harry Styles—10% He’s young. He’s cute. He knows all about popular…and we have a feeling he knows what it’s like to juggle a couple of gorgeous witches. Of course, he may be well into his 40s by the time a Wicked movie materializes. Oh, well. Sigh!   2. Nick Jonas—22%   Your second place choice is the most Broadway option on the list. Jonas has stage credits on the Great White Way, a huge fan following and the ability to hld his own against any green girl. This is a no brainer. last_img read more

Nicole Kidman Eyeing B’way Transfer for Photograph 51

first_img View Comments We told you that this had Broadway transfer written all over it! Nicole Kidman, who will begin previews in the West End in Photograph 51 on September 5, would like to perform Anna Ziegler’s new play on the Great White Way. She also admitted to the Daily Mail that she was “terrified” to return to the stage.Kidman was labeled theatrical Viagra for her last foray on the boards, The Blue Room. Her performance in the show at London’s Donmar Warehouse earned her an Olivier nod in 1999, and she went on to reprise the role on Broadway. Of her return to the theater she went on to say: “maybe I’m just shellshocked. But if I hadn’t done it now, I’d never have done it. I couldn’t wait another 17 years.”Photograph 51 follows Rosalind Franklin (Kidman). Does she know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Ziegler’s play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.Directed by Michael Grandage, Photograph 51 will play a limited engagement at the Noel Coward Theatre through November 21, with opening night set for September 14. The production co-stars Will Attenborough, Edward Bennett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy and Joshua Silver.last_img read more

Pakistan penalised for slow over-rate

first_imgDubai, May 28: Pakistan have been penalised for maintaining a slow over-rate in the Lords Test against England, which the visitors won by nine wickets to go one-up in the two-match series. According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement, match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the fine after Sarfraz Ahmed’s side was ruled to be three overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. “In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC code of conduct for players and players support personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” the statement said. IANSlast_img

Battle, Brissett combine for 45 of Syracuse’s 63 points in tight win over Cornell

first_imgOshae Brissett and Tyus Battle controlled the game right from the tip Saturday. When Brissett rose up for the jump ball, he didn’t tip it back, as he usually does. Instead, he slapped it forward in front of Battle, Syracuse’s shooting guard. The 6-foot-6 junior did the rest as he glided to the right side of the rim for a lay-in.Syracuse (5-2) relied on its leading scorers from a year ago, Battle and Brissett, to squeak by Cornell (4-4) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, 63-55. Battle (26) and Brissett (19) combined for 45 points, their most together this season. The first time both of SU’s stars shot above 50 percent in a game was Wednesday at Ohio State. They repeated the feat Saturday. The win extended the Orange’s winning streak to three-in-a-row, as Jim Boeheim and Buddy Boeheim claimed victory over Jimmy Boeheim.“Tyus and Oshae just played well enough for us to win,” Boeheim said. “Other than that, there was nothing really good tonight at all.”The Big Red got off to the game’s hotter start, eventually leading 19-14 midway through the first half. But the Orange went on a 12-0 run from there, spurred by a Buddy 3-pointer and then nine-straight points from Brissett.But about two and a half minutes after that run, the frame remained imperfect for the Orange, as Cornell star Matt Morgan knocked down a 3 from the right wing, directly in front of Boeheim. SU’s 43-year head coach yanked off his sport coat and threw it in frustration. Still, Battle answered right back to send Syracuse into halftime on a high note.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We weren’t in sync, we weren’t really executing at all, but Tyus kind of pulled us out of it,” Boeheim said.First, Battle hit a running jumper for two points. Then, he stepped into a 3-pointer on the right wing while no Big Red players stood within five feet of him. Battle drained it to put the Orange up nine at half.Right out of the break, Brissett dished to Paschal Chukwu for a layup. A few trips later, Battle threw an entry pass to Brissett on the left block, then slid to the top of the key. Brissett found the junior who knocked down another 3.“Myself and Tyus, we put in the work for games like this where our numbers are called heavily,” Brissett said.Wherever Battle caught it, he looked to score and did. A few minutes after the 3 from Brissett, he drove baseline, hesitated and stepped-through for a reverse lay-in.It was well removed from Battle’s 3-for-10 outing on opening night and Brissett’s 5-for-27 stretch at Madison Square Garden in mid-November. For one night, they both appeared to solve the issues that plagued them earlier in the season.“I really forget about those,” Brissett said of the MSG games and laughed. “Kinda weird everyone keeps bringing those games up. Just two games, we put it behind us and we’re moving forward.”Battle hadn’t found his 3-point shot after offseason work with trainer Drew Hanlen. But he made two 3s against Ohio State and made another four against the Big Red. He said nothing has changed, just that he’s kept getting shots up in practice.After Cornell had taken a one-point lead with less than six minutes to go, Battle answered with a 3 from the left wing to put the Orange back up two.“I was just missing shots, we played like two games and I didn’t make shots,” Battle said. “It happens, slumps happen. I’m making them, so it’s all good now.”Brissett had been overly reliant on a fine-tuned outside shot, which didn’t work at MSG, and struggling to finish at the basket. But he found the balance on Saturday, scoring three times inside the arc in the first half and then knocking down two 3s in the second.Last year, SU needed Battle and Brissett to lead the way almost every night, with some Frank Howard thrown in. This year, supplementary scoring joined the Orange in the form of Elijah Hughes, Jalen Carey and Buddy. But on some nights, Syracuse will simply need its best players to deliver. In a game against Cornell that stayed tight for a long time, Battle and Brissett did just that.“Tyus came up big for us, and that’s what we want him to do,” Brissett said. “We want him to take those shots. We believe in him, once he gets the ball in his hot spots, it’s on me just to go grab the rebound if he misses.”Battle put the finishing touches on it, too. With about a minute left, he put a big left to right crossover move on his defender as the shot clock wound down. The crowd “ooh-ed.” Two dribbles right later, he faded away between two defenders and drained it once more. Syracuse needed almost every bit.“I love it,” Battle said of stepping up when SU needs him. “That’s what I do. That’s when I’m at my best. I don’t feel a burden or pressure.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Shell Nigeria Emerges NOGIG 2018 Champions

first_imgAfter days of tough competition, Shell Nigeria proved they are the best team as they emerged the overall winners of the 17th Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games which ended on Saturday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Shell won 11 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals to go away with the 2018 trophy. NNPC placed second with nine gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze medals, while the third place went to Chevron that amassed eight gold, three silver and five bronze medals. NLNG beat , ExxonMobil to fourth place position after winning five gold, five silver and five bronze medal with ExxonMobil amassing three gold, five silver and six bronze medals, while Total took the sixth position haven won three gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.The climax of competition was in the relay events where Shell beat Total to the gold medal in the women relay with NNPC winning the bronze medal. The men’s relay was won by NNPC, while Total and Shell Nigeria took the silver and bronze medals respectively. Thirteen oil and gas companies in the country participated in the weeklong games which featured, swimming, 8-ball pool, chess, scrabble, basketball, athletics, squash, tennis and table tennis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Odrisamer Despaigne becomes Angels franchise-record 34th pitcher this season

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’ve had to adapt, no doubt,” Scioscia said. “But other clubs are facing it. I don’t think there’s ever a year where the consensus isn’t that pitching’s a little thin and the quality of pitching might not be what it could be. And then when you combine that with some of the guys that we counted on out of our rotation, you have to look for ways to get it done. For the most part, in our bullpen, we’ve been able to do that. Our rotation is still coming together and trying to keep us in games, so I think you just line guys up the best way you can and I think our pitchers have done a terrific job this year.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Indeed, the Angels’ 3.98 staff ERA is a respectable seventh in the AL and the teams ahead of them include all three division leaders and both current wild card teams.The Angels haven’t been immune to this season’s trend of using position players to pitch in blowouts – more position players than any other season in baseball history have pitched this year, including Angels rookie Francisco Aria. He threw a scoreless ninth inning in a 7-0 loss to Oakland last week.“It’s just a chain of unfortunate events,” Scioscia said. “Last week, we desperately needed a guy to finish a game without using any more of our bullpen.”INJURY UPDATESScioscia gave a brief update on the status of injured starters Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain), Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) and Matt Shoemaker (right forearm strain). Skaggs and Tropeano have been on the 10-day disabled list for five and nine days, respectively, while Shoemaker has pitched only once this season and has been on the 60-day DL since April 1. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ARLINGTON, Texas — The revolving door of the Angels’ pitching staff turned yet again before Friday’s game against the Rangers with a pair of roster moves. They added that night’s starter, newly acquired Odrisamer Despaigne, and brought in more bullpen help by recalling right-hander Deck McGuire from Triple-A Salt Lake.A day after two Angels relievers made their major-league debuts, Despaigne became the franchise-record 34th pitcher the Angels have used this year. The MLB record is 40, shared by the 2014 Rangers and 2017 Mariners. The number of pitchers used often correlates negatively with wins, so the Angels won’t dwell on it.“I haven’t been counting,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got 12 or 13 pitchers on the roster on a given day and that’s what you have to try to shuffle.”Friday, the Angels sent down Osmer Morales, one of the two rookies who made his first MLB appearance in Thursday’s loss, as well as Thursday’s starter, Taylor Cole. The Angels have now used 14 different starters – and six of them are currently on the disabled list. “Tyler’s actually not throwing yet, but he feels very good. (Tropeano) is not throwing yet and Shoemaker did an up-down, feels really good, he’s in Arizona working out and we’ll see him this week,” Scioscia said. “Matty’s making some great strides and that’s encouraging to see.”OHTANI’S BULLPEN RESCHEDULEDScioscia said Thursday that he expected Shohei Ohtani to throw a bullpen session Friday, but the plan was changed and Ohtani will throw Saturday instead. Ohtani is still scheduled to throw another bullpen next week in Arizona and he remained in the lineup Friday, batting cleanup as the designated hitter.The two-way rookie hasn’t pitched since June 6 and went to the disabled list for 22 days with a right ulnar collateral ligament (elbow) sprain. He has appeared as a batter in 34 games since returning on July 3, posting a slash line of .245/.321/.490 in 110 plate appearances.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-7, 3.88 ERA) at Rangers (LHP Martin Perez, 2-5, 6.71 ERA), Saturday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Taskforce on Maha agrarian crisis submits report to govt

first_imgMumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) A Maharashtra government-appointed taskforce on tackling the agrarian crisis has mooted a two-pronged strategy of having a distress management relief plan and restoration of agriculture extension services.Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) headed by Kishor Tiwari was constituted by the state government for redressal of farmers grievances and was asked to submit a report on measures needed to tackle agrarian crisis in the 14 drought-prone districts of Maharashtra.In the report submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently, Tiwari has proposed laying out a distress management relief plan that covers food security, health services improvement, providing 100 per cent fresh farm credit and crop insurance cover to every farmer.It also includes improving educational facilities in distress farm suicide area, zero pendency and corruption free local governance, livelihood management as well as job creation under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Mudra scheme.The second of suggestions includes restoration of agriculture extension services, participation of Krishi Vikas Kendras (KVKs) in agro-counselling, reintroduction of food, edible oil and pulses crop, soil moisture management, long term farm credit policy and income based resource mobilisation in rural economy.The activist also proposed that farmers of the 14 districts be made to shift from rain sensitive crops to cultivating edible oil seeds abd pulses while nalas, rivers that were dead be revived under the Jalyukt Shivar project.He also suggested that the government create post- harvest processing facilities, health care and educational facilities for farmers and their children and ensure hundred per cent fresh farm credit and crop insurance cover to every farmer.advertisementThe other suggestions include covering seven million families, farm labourers and landless farmers in the 14 districts under the National Food Security Act, which will give average annual relief of Rs 6,000 to every family. (MORE) PTI MM ARS RTlast_img read more