Hairspray Live!’s Creative Team on Making NBC’s Musicals Bigger

first_imgTop: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Bottom (L to R): Kenny Leon, Jerry Mitchell & Harvey Fierstein(Photos: Trae Patton/NBC, Bruce Glikas & Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) View Comments When Tony-winning director Kenny Leon staged The Wiz Live! for NBC last year, audiences tuned in to catch a talented cast in a multi-set proscenium space. When the cameras roll on Hairspray Live! on December 7, however, there won’t be a fourth wall. At times, there won’t even be the other three walls.Following The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz!, Hairspray Live! marks the first of the Peacock network’s era of live musicals to shoot in Los Angeles on the Universal Studios back lot. When the cast of characters takes to the streets of Baltimore to sing, dance or march, they’ll do so without the confines of a proscenium—or a roof.“I equate it to the Super Bowl,” Leon said in a recent conference call with press. “We’re preparing for the Super Bowl of theater.”With the new approach comes a new co-director: Alex Rudzinski, who won an Emmy for his technical work on Fox’s Grease: Live earlier this year. “It’s about trying to put the viewer in the heat of the action and trying to make them feel that it’s less of a proscenium production and more about placing the viewer right in the heart of that action,” Rudzinski said. “It’s a little bit like doing theater in the round,” added choreographer Jerry Mitchell.Part of creating that cinematic universe involves shooting outside, which will comprise about 40% of Hairspray: Live! (compared to Grease: Live’s 15%, by Rudzinski’s estimate).Like Grease: Live, Hairspray Live! will incorporate a studio audience—another first for NBC. But don’t expect to see audiences looking on in Tracy’s bedroom or in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. “I never wanted us to shoot the audience looking at the art,” said Leon. Rudzinski elaborated, “We’re being very cautious about making sure that when the audience is shown, it’s very much a part of the production.” Instead, look out for audience shots during The Corny Collins Show, the fictional ‘60s teen dance show.For its use of space and the added element of an audience, Hairspray Live! is executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s most ambitious musical telecast. “The other shows were more contained in their conception,” explained Zadan. “This show is not contained.” Meron added, “ The footprint of this production is probably the biggest of any of the live musical setups done on television, Grease: Live included.”Tasked with adapting the musical for the small screen is Harvey Fierstein, who considers himself an uncredited writer of the original production, and is reprising his Tony-winning performance as Edna in the telecast. (Fierstein also contributed to the screenplay for last year’s The Wiz Live!)For Fierstein, the challenge is making sure the show’s high-energy attitude crosses through the screen. “If you’re watching at home, you could be in your underwear,” he said. “How do we reach you and tell that story, but still get you excited about life?”While Hairspray aims to energize viewers, Fierstein, Leon and the entire team are aware of the urgency a story like Hairspray’s takes on in the current political climate. “Hairspray is a reminder that just a few years ago in our history, we couldn’t even dance together,” says Fierstein. “I think we need to remember that and say, ‘Is that really what we want to go back to?’”Leon will emphasize the show’s sense of history with “subtle visual suggestions that remind us that this may also sync up to us in 2016.” And though its themes of integration and acceptance are increasingly necessary, so is its upbeat sense of resilience: “This is an important opportunity for us to use theater and music in a way that can bring joy into the lives of Americans when they most need it.” That beat can’t be stopped.Catch Hairspray Live!, starring Maddie Baillio, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth and more, on December 7 on NBC.last_img read more

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Analysts see more write-downs coming in U.S. shale sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Oil and gas producers could wipe billions of dollars off the value of U.S. natural gas assets in the months ahead, analysts said on Wednesday, after Chevron Corp became the fourth oil major to slash its estimates for sector values.A long, steady increase in U.S. gas production – much of it a byproduct of the shale oil boom – has pushed prices for the fuel toward a 25-year low. Nearly half of U.S. gas production is a by-product of oil drilling, and therefore does not change in response to weak prices, analysts said. In response, BP Plc, Repsol SA and Equinor ASA have written off more than $11 billion in total from the value of North American shale assets just this year.Industry players, consultants and analysts all said that Chevron’s announcement on Tuesday that it expects to write down the value of its assets by $10 billion to $11 billion this quarter was a sign of more write-downs, with one brokerage highlighting exposure for ExxonMobil.“Chevron writing down assets – especially of this magnitude – isn’t just symbolic, it’s indicative of what’s to come with impairment testing across the entire U.S. exploration and production space,” said Dallas Salazar, head of energy consulting firm Atlas Consulting.Mizuho Securities analysts urged Exxon’s chief executive, Darren Woods, to write down the full value of the company’s $30 billion acquisition of XTO Energy. Exxon bought XTO in 2009 and booked a $2 billion charge in 2017 against the value of natural gas reserves from the buyout.The write-downs are broadly the result of oil companies having assumed much higher future prices for natural gas over the past decade. Shell, for example, said as recently as its 2018 annual report that it expected prices would rise to $3.50 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) in 2020 and 2021 from $3.25 per mmbtu in 2019. BP said it had determined the size of its recoverable reserves based on a long-term price of $4 per mmbtu. The main benchmark for natural gas has been below $2.70 for most of this year and currently stands around $2.28. IHS Markit projects U.S. gas prices will average below $2 per mmbtu next year, the lowest prices since 1995. [Shanti S Nair, Ron Bousso, Jennifer Hiller, Aishwarya Venugopal]More: Chevron’s charge points to billions more in U.S. gas writedowns: analysts Analysts see more write-downs coming in U.S. shale sectorlast_img read more

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Why your members now expect the omni channel experience — with Terafina’s Boris Grinshpun

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ok, we’ve all heard the omni-channel buzzword by now and are quite familiar with it. Now that it’s becoming well-entrenched in our banking world, how will this seamless, multi-channel experience affect or change FI services in the near future? How will credit unions adjust to these member expectations? continue reading »last_img

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Gold Coast sees spike in first home buyers

first_imgExperts say there are still plenty of affordable properties in and around Surfers Paradise. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Housing estates being built along Foxwell Rd in Coomera Waters. Picture: Jerad WilliamsTHE State Government is on track to approve $20 million in first-homeowner grants this financial year after a 30 per cent spike in applications.Almost 750 grants have been approved already this financial year. The total for 2016-17 was 683.The government’s $20,000 first-homeowner grant ends on June 30. The Naia complex set to be built at Mermaid Beach will offer affordable apartments. Holly Power, 20, and Alex Hart, 21, used the first-homeowner grant to buy land at the newly released Harriet Lane estate in Urbex’s Northern Gold Coast development. Housing estates being built along Foxwell Rd in Coomera Waters. Picture: Jerad WilliamsHolly Power and Alex Hart used the first-homeowner grant to buy land at Oxenford’s Harriet Lane estate.They said it was tough competing against interstate and overseas investors for existing properties, so chose to build instead. COAST HOUSING MARKET TO ONLY GET BETTER “It is hard to find a house on the Coast for under $500,000, especially for something you want and to yield positive gains,” Mr Hart said.“Purchasing land and building allows us to live in a brand new house and add value through a pool and outdoor entertaining area. “We can build equity on the house and use it as a stepping stone to purchase another property.” Experts say there are still plenty of affordable properties in and around Surfers Paradise. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)“The reality in the market place is that the $20,000 grant doesn’t go far when you’re buying brand new.“Generally, you’re going to see people who take advantage of the grant whether there’s value or not.”Both Mr Newlands and Mr Coughran believed the number of people applying for first homeowner grants would likely drop after June 30. Inside the Naia complex set to be built at Mermaid Beach.He said bargains could be found in and around Surfers Paradise; buyers just needed to weigh up what they wanted.“There’s still something for everyone (but) if you love surfing, there’s no use moving to Coomera,” Mr Newlands said.Buyers agent Tony Coughran, of Gold Coast Property Advisors, said first-home buyers also had options in the heart of the city where places like The Star Gold Coast and Pacific Fair were easily accessible.“Those first-home buyers are looking at other opportunities to satisfy their lifestyle, and looking for points of difference, like waterfront units,” Mr Coughran said.“The grant doesn’t even come into the equation for those people. Artist impression of Tribeca’s new Symphony development at Pimpama. First home buyers are out in force on the Gold Coast. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoArtist impression of Tribeca’s new Symphony development at Pimpama.REIQ director John Newlands said young people were better off buying property on the Gold Coast because mortgage repayments were often less than what it would cost to rent.He also said interest rates were low and looked to remain static.“That’s incentive for people to buy,” said Mr Newlands, who is also a Surfers Paradise real estate agent. HIGHEST AND LOWEST SELLING SUBURBS However, he said building was often more expensive than buying an established property and it was restricted to the north and south of the Gold Coast where land was available.“The grant was really designed by the government to stimulate the building industry,” Mr Newlands said. FACTS– The Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant can be used to build or buy a new house, unit or townhouse with a value of less than $750,000. – Buyers must move into the new home within a year and live there for at least six months.ON THE MARKET– Harriet Lane, Oxenford, land from $275,000– Arundel Springs, Arundel, land from $325,000– Elm, Ormeau, four-bedroom homes from $489,750– Symphony, Pimpama, four-bedroom homes from $489,980– Naia, Mermaid Beach, one, two and three-bedroom apartments from $362,000– Sandbar, Burleigh Heads, two and three-bedrooms apartments from $520,000last_img read more

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Journeyman positions open with SEIREMC

first_imgOsgood, IN—Southeastern Indiana REMC is currently accepting resumes for four Journeyman Lineman positions. Successful candidates will be required to possess a valid CDL, a high school diploma, and must relocate or live within a reasonable distance of the Office Headquarters. Candidates must pass applicable pre-employment exams and tests and have successfully completed or willing to make application to the Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship Training School or an equivalent program, and successfully complete training in the allotted time period.Interested persons should submit resumes by February 14, 2020, to:Southeastern Indiana REMCAttn: Lori [email protected] South Buckeye StreetP.O. Box 196Osgood, IN 47037last_img

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the pandemic. City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOREx-Michigan tight end Chuck Christian says he was abusedANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The first former University of Michigan football player to publicly say that a team doctor abused him believes he would have sought medical help sooner for what has become stage 4 prostate cancer if he hadn’t been victimized in college.Chuck Christian said during a videoconferencing interview Wednesday that the late Dr. Robert Anderson gave him unnecessary rectal exams before he played for the Wolverines during the 1977-80 seasons. The 60-year-old Christian said he would have been quicker to seek cancer treatment if he wasn’t emotionally scarred by Anderson’s annual physicals. Update on the latest sports Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has stripped the Red Sox of their second-round pick in this year’s draft while also punishing former Boston skipper Alex Cora for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing maneuvers of 2017 and ‘18.Manfred concluded Red Sox replay system operator J.T. Watkins broke rules by using in-game video to revise sign sequences provided to players. According to Manfred, Watkins was a “key participant” in the 2017 Apple incident, when the Red Sox used a smartwatch to relay decoded signs from the replay room to the dugout.Watkins was suspended without pay through this year’s postseason and prohibited from serving as the replay room operator through 2021.Meanwhile, Cora has been suspended through the 2020 postseason for his previous conduct as bench coach with the Astros. Cora became manager of the Red Sox in 2018 and left the team last winter.Manfred found Boston’s conduct far less egregious than that of the Astros, whom he determined used video to steal catchers’ signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again during the 2018 season. Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended through the 2020 postseason on Jan. 13 and Houston was fined $5 million, the maximum under the Major League Constitution. The Astros were penalized their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks. April 23, 2020 Gronkowski earned four All-Pro selections in nine seasons while serving as one of Brady’s top targets at New England. Brady signed a two-year, $50 package with New England past month.The 31-year-old Gronkowski has one year and $10 million left on his contract. He comes out of retirement following a one-year absence.In other NFL news:— Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams has signed his non-exclusive franchise tag. Williams will earn a salary in the 2020 season based on the average of the top five salaries from his position. The two sides can negotiate a long-term contract during the season. The Giants acquired Williams on Oct. 29 from the Jets for two draft choices.— The head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May. Executive Director DeMaurice (deh-MOHR’-ihs) Smith said Wednesday on a call with reporters that the CBA with the NFL does not have a provision that would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL began its new business year March 18. If the season should resume, VanVleet says he isn’t convinced health concerns can be adequately addressed as long as the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat. He described himself as a skeptic in a conference call Wednesday and questioned whether a return to action could be carried out safely. VanVleet also said he doesn’t relish the idea of playing in front of empty arenas.In other virus-related developments:— Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says he thinks some players could need “multiple weeks” to get back into true basketball shape if the NBA decides to return to action this season. The league hasn’t played games in nearly six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Borrego says unlike when there was a lockout — and players gathered routinely for five-on-five pickup games in gyms — he knows some players who don’t have access to a court to work on basketball-specific drills.— Louisville has furloughed 45 athletic department staffers for at least 60 days and eliminated 40 other support positions in the latest budget moves resulting from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic director Vince Tyra also announced 4% pay cuts for staffers earning more than $100,000 in the next year, with those earning below that figure taking 2% salary cuts. The newest salary cuts do not include head coaches, senior staff or the AD, whose salaries were reduced 10% earlier this month.— A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has tested positive for COVID-19. Tokyo organizers issued a statement Wednesday saying the male employee in his 30s worked at the headquarters building in Tokyo and was in quarantine at home. They said the area where he worked would be disinfected, and people who worked nearby have been told to stay home. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press — The New Orleans Saints have canceled their offseason program because of the coronavirus shutdown and informed players they’ll not be required to report to club headquarters until training camp, whenever that may be. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said coach Sean Payton informed players of the decision today, adding that the club will remain in regular communication with players between now and the opening of training camp.— Percy Harvin is planning an NFL comeback, nearly four years after his last game. The former Florida star and first-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2009 expects to get invited to a training camp this season and show his 32-year-old body still has what it takes to be an elite playmaker. Harvin’s decision to resume his career comes after he underwent hip surgery last August. Doctors found a blockage he says may have been there since high school.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NOTRE DAME-MCGRAWNotre Dame’s McGraw retiresUNDATED (AP) — One of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball history has stepped down. Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw has abruptly retired after a Hall of Fame coaching career that includes 936 victories and two national championships in 33 seasons. The 64-year-old McGraw became the 13th woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame three years ago, one year before her second NCAA title.McGraw is one of five Division I men’s or women’s basketball coaches with at least 930 wins, nine Final Fours and multiple titles. She logged 842 over 24 seasons with the Irish.TENNIS-FEDERER-TOUR MERGERFederer wants ATP-WTA mergerUNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer is calling for the merger of the governing bodies for the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours, sparking a conversation among players and fans. Christian is one of hundreds of University of Michigan graduates who allege that Anderson molested them under the guise that the abuse was a normal part of the physicals they had to get in order to participate in sports.GOLF-WOODS/MICKELSONWoods-Mickelson rematch to include Brady, ManningUNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are primed for a made-for-TV rematch, and they’ll be paired with a pair of NFL rival quarterbacks.Turner Sports says quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will join them for a two-on-two match to be aired on TNT sometime in May. Turner didn’t provide specifics concerning the exact date or location, only to say that tournament organizers would work with government and health officials to meet safety and health standards. The 20-time Grand Slam champion issued the notion in a series of tweets, saying it probably should have happened a long time ago and maybe now is really the time.Those giving support to the idea include rival Rafael Nadal and 12-time major singles champion Billie Jean King, who founded the WTA and has long said men and women should share one tour. Women’s tennis stars Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) and Garbiñe Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO’-thah) have also voiced their approval.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSHornets coach says players aren’t in game shapeUNDATED (AP) — Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is bracing for the suspended NBA season not to resume, saying everyone is preparing for the worst-case scenario. The Red Sox also announced that Ron Roenicke (REH’-neh-kee) is their new manager after giving him the job on an interim basis in March. He replaced Cora.NFL-NEWSTrade reunites Gronkowski with Brady in Tampa BayUNDATED (AP) — Rob Gronkowski has become an official member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The tight end will be catching passes from Tom Brady again after the New England Patriots agreed to send him to the Bucs, along with a seventh-round pick in this weekend’s draft. The Pats receive a fourth-round selection. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-RED SOX-SIGN STEALINGRed Sox stripped of pick, Cora banned in sign stealing scamsNEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have escaped the heavy punishment doled out to the Houston Astros in their separate sign-stealing scandals. Maxwell Berning won a fourth major at the Women’s Western Open. She had 11 career victories on the LPGA Tour while raising two daughters. She joins Tiger Woods, Marion Hollins and former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem in the 2021 induction class.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Turner said all donations and fundraising from the match would benefit relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.GOLF HALL OF FAME-MAXWELL BERNINGMaxwell Berning, winner of 3 US Opens, gets in Hall of FameUNDATED (AP) — Susie Maxwell Berning is the fourth and final person to be inducted next year in the World Golf Hall of Fame.She won the U.S. Women’s Open three times in a six-year span. Only five other women have won at least three U.S. Women’s Open and all of them are in the Hall of Fame.last_img read more

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Mets’ Alonso: ‘I will not remain silent’ on racial injustice

first_imgLeeds and West Bromwich Albion currently sit in the automatic promotion spots.___Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says having the squad back together is a “massive, massive lift” as his team prepares to wrap up a first league title in 30 years.English football has been on hold since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic but “Project Restart” is well underway and the Premier League is set resume on June 17.Liverpool has a massive 25-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City. ___The coach of Italian soccer club Atalanta says he acquired COVID-19 and was concerned for his life in mid-March.Gian Piero Gasperini tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he started feeling sick on March 9, a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.He says that when he returned to Bergamo, which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, “I didn’t have a fever but I felt destroyed and as if I had a 40-degree (Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit) fever.”He adds, “Every two minutes an ambulance passed by as there’s a hospital nearby. It seemed like a war. At night, I would think, ‘If go in (the hospital), what will happen to me?’” Associated Press Mets’ Alonso: ‘I will not remain silent’ on racial injustice May 31, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Mets star Pete Alonso is the latest high-profile athlete to speak out against racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd. The Premier League announced Thursday that play is due to return on June 17 following the coronavirus suspension that began mid-March.The EFL followed suit on Sunday evening, announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time.In a statement, the EFL says: “Following Saturday’s announcement by the government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.”The date was “subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.”The aim is to end the season with the Championship playoff final “on or around 30 July” with details of games still to be confirmed. Liverpool stepped up preparations by resuming contact training in recent days, with Klopp looking to hit the ground running in the postponed Merseyside derby.“We don’t have to be match-fit now,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “We try it with increasing intensity, day by day, but we have to be fit on the 19th or 20th, whichever day they will give us against Everton, I think. That’s the moment when we want to be at 100%.”Klopp noted the length of the break was unprecedented.“We never had nine weeks without football training in our lives – since we played football, pretty much,” Klopp said.___ Sri Lanka’s national cricket squad will start training from Monday after more than two months of restrictions.Sri Lanka Cricket announced Sunday that 13 players for the men’s team — selected across the three formats of the game — will undergo a 12-day residential training camp at Colombo Cricket Club.Bowlers dominate the squad. They will need more time for conditioning before going into matches, the cricket board said.The training camp will be conducted under strict health guidelines and the players will not be allowed to venture out of the training venue or their hotel for personal purposes during the camp, the board said.There are 1,630 COVID-19 cases reported from Sri Lanka so far with 10 deaths. Authorities say these come from identifiable clusters and from among those returning from overseas. “For the past couple of days, I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around what’s happening,” Alonso posted on Instagram. “I have a voice and I will not remain silent. My heart has been broken over the murder of George Floyd.“I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other,” he wrote.The 25-year-old Alonso was the NL Rookie of the Year last season. The first baseman led the majors with 53 home runs, a record for rookies.___The English Football League says the second-tier Championship is set to resume on June 20. Gasperini said he quickly recovered without checking into the hospital and didn’t confirm he had the virus until the entire Atalanta team was tested 10 days ago. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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The Latest: Karate worlds postponed by 1 year to 2021

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Karate worlds postponed by 1 year to 2021 Another tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition series organized by Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia.Viktor Troicki says he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus. The former top-20 player from Serbia played against Djokovic in Belgrade during the first part of the two-leg tour.Djokovic was the face behind the Adria Tour. The series started in the Serbian capital and then moved to Zadar, Croatia, last weekend.There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria said Sunday he has tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive. Associated Press Djokovic left Croatia after the final was canceled and was tested in Belgrade. The results are expected soon.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The governing body says “the well-being and safety of competitors and fans could not be ensured amid the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.”Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year.The karate worlds are held every two years. The scheduled 2022 event has also been put back one year to 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.___ June 23, 2020last_img read more

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WBB : Second-half defensive pressure leads Syracuse past Lafayette

first_imgEight seconds into the second half, Elashier Hall drained a 3-pointer from the right wing. Moments later, she ripped the ball away from Lafayette forward Sarah McGorry in the backcourt, displaying an aggression Syracuse lacked defensively in the first half.On the Leopards’ next possession down the court, Phylesha Bullard forced another steal. And after Hall finished a layup following the turnover, Lafayette burned a timeout to regroup just 44 seconds into the half.‘We always talk about the first five minutes of the second half,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I think the first five minutes always tells the tale. The first five minutes, I think we were up 10, 12 points.’Syracuse (3-0) used an inspired defensive effort in the second half to pull away from  Lafayette (0-3) for a 74-54 win on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange went into halftime with a one-point lead after a suspect performance on the defensive end. Syracuse’s full-court press and 2-3 zone were both easily broken by the Leopards in the first 20 minutes, but the team made adjustments at halftime and cruised to victory in the second half.For Hillsman, though, the first half performance was disappointing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith SU leading just 31-30 at halftime, the head coach quickly let his players know he wasn’t pleased with their effort. He then left the locker room to let them discuss their lackluster performance.‘I challenged them. I really got on them. I told them, I said, ‘We’re not doing the things that we do,” Hillsman said. ‘I walked out of the locker room and said, ‘You guys figure it out.”Before halftime, Lafayette broke the Orange’s full-court press with ease, passing it up the sidelines to get into its half-court offense. Once the offense was set, the Leopards were patient. They swung the ball around the perimeter to get SU’s 2-3 zone moving before a forward flashed to the foul line for an open jumper.That patience and ball movement was apparent on the Leopards’ final possession of the first half.With SU up by two and less than one minute to play, Lafayette guard Brya Freeland brought the ball up the floor and hit McGorry at the free-throw line. McGorry turned to the basket before swinging the ball back Freeland on the right wing.Freeland took a few dribbles and surveyed the floor before firing a pass to Melissa Downey, who had slipped behind the defense along the right sideline near the basket. She dropped off a bounce pass to a cutting McGorry, who was fouled by Kayla Alexander on her layup attempt.McGorry went to the line and hit one free throw to move the Leopards within a point going into the half.‘We had to stop their midrange because they were on fire from midrange in the first half, so we pretty much got each other going,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said.Syracuse ratcheted up the intensity immediately by forcing the two quick turnovers. Coming out of that timeout 44 seconds into the half, Hall forced Lafayette guard Emily Homan to walk while trying to escape a defensive trap.It was the Leopards’ third turnover in as many possessions.The Orange switched its press to force Lafayette to dribble up the court rather than pass down the sideline. Hillsman said assistant coach Vonn Read made the adjustment, which made a big difference in the second half.‘We came out with a different mentality,’ Hall said. ‘And we just had to get up on them man to man and force them to dribble a lot instead of making that pass over the top and breaking our press.’That pressure keyed a 24-5 run to start the second half for the Orange.SU held the Leopards scoreless for the first 3:16 of the half, and didn’t allow them to score again until the 13:25 mark.And three possessions after that rare bucket, Tyson-Thomas took the ball from guard Maddie Peabody and went coast-to-coast to finish a runner from a few feet out to give SU a commanding 20-point lead — its largest of the game to that point.The Orange defense stayed sharp and held Lafayette in check the rest of the way for an easy win.‘We got out there and we did what we were supposed to do,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We turned it up in the second half.’[email protected] Published on November 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Kostanov guiding UW tennis team

first_imgOn a sports team, one of the most important and difficult things to obtain is the respect of your peers. It takes a person with a special mix of skill and discipline to gain that respect from his teammates. Despite being on the team for only two years, senior Alexander Kostanov has done just that.Kostanov began playing tennis at the age of seven in his hometown of Kursk, Russia, about a two-hour drive from the Ukrainian border. His father is a tennis instructor and when Kostanov was young, his father provided the extra push for him to pursue his passion for tennis.After high school, Kostanov committed to the University of South Carolina, and he spent his freshman and sophomore years with the Gamecocks, putting up a record of 22-33 in singles and 21-28 doubles. His strong work ethic and skill helped make him one of South Carolina’s top tennis players by the end of his sophomore campaign, playing in the number one singles spot for the final five games of the season.After his sophomore year, Kostanov was looking for more of a challenge on the court and in the classroom. While looking for a Big Ten school that would fit his intellectual and tennis needs, he stumbled upon a Wisconsin team looking to add players.“We were definitely one of the schools he was looking at,” Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh remembered. “He wanted to be part of a solid program in the Big Ten. He felt like indoors would really suit his game so it was just an all-around nice fit.”The nice fit did not stop at just the tennis facilities. Kostanov’s stoic personality and hard work ethic melded into the team well from the very beginning.“He fit in right away,” Assistant Coach Joe Bates said. “The guys took him seriously, as a player and a person, and they have respected him for it from the beginning.”Because of his work ethic and his new environment, Kostanov quickly worked up the ranks on Wisconsin’s tennis squad. His junior year, Kostanov played primarily in the number two slot posting a record of 13-16 on the year. He fit in even better while playing doubles where – at the number two spot – he finished with a 8-6 record.His success has continued into his senior year.With just two matches left before the Big Ten tournament, Kostanov has nearly split his singles matchups with a record of 14-13. In doubles, he was also recently moved up to join powers with Wisconsin’s other senior tennis player, Billy Bertha. Despite lingering injuries, the duo has been able to post a 3-5 record this year.With Kostanov leaving the team next year, the coaches are looking to fill the hole he will leave. His hard work ethic and strong  have always been an asset to the team, helping get the players on task and in the right state of mind.“He is the type of person that leads by example,” Van Emburgh said. “I don’t think he has ever been late to practice. He always works as hard as he possibly can. Every time he is here he is competitive and he tries to do the best he can. Whether he is on the practice court or playing you know what you are going to get from Alex.”As anyone can see from any number of examples in the sports world, respect comes from a player’s work ethic and leadership. Kostanov has that special blend of both that has helped him lead the Badgers in his two years with the program. After he is done with his collegiate play, Kostanov will still be around campus finishing his degree in economics when the season comes to an end. But what comes after that is a mystery, even to Kostanov.“More than likely I will go back [to Russia],” Kotanov said. “But I am not sure, maybe I will find something to do around here.”last_img read more

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