B’way at the Oscars: Birdman Takes Nine Nods, But Where’s Woods?

first_img Two current Broadway stars (and one tapped to come here soon) received recognition for their film performances. The Elephant Man headliner Bradley Cooper picked up an Actor in a Leading Role for American Sniper. Meanwhile, the Actress in a Supporting Role category, in addition to Streep for her performance as The Witch in Into the Woods, included Cabaret star Emma Stone and Olivier nominee Keira Knightley, who is slated to make her Broadway debut later this year in Thérèse Raquin. Rounding out the category are Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Laura Dern for Wild. Among those joining Cooper in the race for Actor in a Leading Role are Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Olivier winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher). Broadway alum Julianne Moore earned an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her Golden Globe-winning performance in Still Alice. The 2015 Academy Awards will take place on February 22, hosted by Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. For a full list of nominees, click here. This marked the first year only eight films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture; in the running with Birdman for the top prize are American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash. Into the Woods picked up nominations for Costume Design and Production Design. Rob Marshall, who earned a nomination in 2002 for directing the Oscar-winning Chicago, was not recognized for helming the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine flick. Birdman was nominated for Original Screenplay; among the writers are Alexander Dinelaris, who will pen the book for the upcoming Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet!. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was nominated for his direction of the film, and the movie also picked up nods for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography. The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on January 15. The Broadway-focused Birdman, along with The Grand Budapest Hotel, led the pack with nine nods each. And while the film adaptation of Into the Woods earned three nominations, including one for Meryl Streep, it was shut out of the Best Picture category. The Actor in a Supporting Role category also included some names familiar to the theater community: Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and Broadway alums Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Robert Duvall (The Judge). They were joined by Edward Norton (Birdman). View Commentslast_img read more

TALE OF PAPA NICK WINS $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE VIA DISQUALIFICATION; ‘PAPA,’ RIDDEN BY VALDEZ, IS CONDITIONED BY BALTAS

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2015)–Second, beaten a head in a driving four-horse finish, Nick Cafarchia’s homebred Tale of Papa Nick won Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita via disqualification, as the original winner, Gouyen, who covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:14.60, was taken down for a bumping incident at the top of the lane. Tale of Papa Nick showed the way down the hill under Felipe Valdez and was well clear of the incident which occurred between the first place finisher and eventual fifth place runner, Desert Steel.“Once in a while, you get lucky,” said Cafarchia, who has owned Thoroughbreds for “about 35 years.” Trained by Richard Baltas, Tale of Papa Nick, who was off at 6-1 in a field eight fillies and mares, paid $14.40, $7.20 and $4.80. A 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Papa Clem, Tale of Papa Nick came off a sixth place run going a mile on turf March 19, and she broke her maiden over the course two starts back on Feb. 26. She now has two wins from five starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she now has earnings of $83,348.“She doesn’t relax very well,” said Baltas of the winner, who carved out splits of 21.54, 44.47 and 1:08.40. “So we tried her a mile and it was too much for her, so we kept her down the hill today. I’m looking forward to Del Mar with her. I was hoping they would take Gouyen down, but you never know. He bumped a few around but I’ve seen them leave horses up that did that too, so…It was a double win for me though, because I got moved up to third (with Chaulk O Lattey) as well.”Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Sidepocket Run had one horse beat after a half mile, was caught six wide turning for home and made a steady late gain to run third, beaten a pair of heads. Off at 5-1, she was moved up to second on the disqualification and paid $6.20 and $4.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Chaulk O Lattey was mid-pack turning for home and finished a nose behind Sidepocket Run. Off as the 5-2 favorite, Chaulk O Lattey was moved up to third and paid $3.00 to show.Gouyen, who was full of run in second position crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, shifted outward under Santiago Gonzalez, bumping Desert Steel and Tyler Baze. As a result, the stewards disqualified Gouyen from the win and placed her fifth.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. ORIGINAL WINNER GOUYEN IS PLACED FIFTH FOR BUMPING INCIDENT AT TOP OF STRETCHlast_img read more

US judge to sentence first in FIFA scandal

first_img0Shares0000Like many of the indicted, Hector Trujillo cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of wire fraud conspiracy in a US federal court in Brooklyn four months ago © AFP/File / TIMOTHY A. CLARYNEW YORK, United States, Oct 25 – A 63-year-old former Guatemalan football official is expected Wednesday to become the first person sentenced by a US judge over the sweeping corruption scandal that rocked world soccer.The US investigation, first unveiled in May 2015, has seen federal prosecutors in New York indict around 40 football and sports marketing executives with allegedly receiving tens of millions of bribes and kickbacks. Like many of the indicted, Hector Trujillo cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of wire fraud conspiracy in a US federal court in Brooklyn four months ago.He served as general secretary of Guatemala’s Football Federation from 2009 to 2015 and also was a judge on the country’s constitutional court.US prosecutors are seeking a minimum sentence of just over three years and for Trujillo to pay back $415,000 to the Guatemalan soccer federation, when Judge Pamela Chen opens the hearing at a Brooklyn federal court at 2:30 pm (1830 GMT).They dispute a claim from Trujillo’s lawyers that he has already endured “sufficient punishment” due to a month in custody before his release on bail, his bail conditions and the expected damage to his professional life.Prosecutors also dispute claims that he should be treated leniently owing to “poor health,” saying that many defendants of similar age are treated in prison.The formerly successful lawyer was arrested on December 4, 2015 while on a family cruise in Florida and initially pleaded not guilty to eight charges against him.US prosecutors say he and other officials accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a Miami-based sports marketing company in exchange for media and marketing rights to Guatemala’s World Cup qualifier matches.In January 2016, he posted a $4 million bond, surrendering his passport and submitting to electronic monitoring. He has been living on bail in Florida.The US corruption investigation precipitated the downfall of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his former heir apparent, Michel Platini.Many of those indicted agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for possible leniency.Three Latin American defendants who have continued to plead not guilty in connection with the largest corruption scandal in the history of soccer are due to go on trial in a US federal court in Brooklyn on November 6.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durant’s new deal earns him approximately $53 million over the next two years and includes a player option for year two. His willingness to be flexible allowed the Warriors to re-sign Curry for $201 million over five years and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to a three-year contract with $48 million guaranteed, among all the other reliable returners.Durant repeatedly curses when he misses during those heated post-practice shootouts with Curry. They rarely keep an official count on made shots or track who wins.“I honestly don’t know exactly what the standings are when it comes to that but we always challenge each other,” Curry said. “I think the best thing about it is we both get mad when we miss a shot because you know in that competition that we have if you miss a shot you’re probably going to end up losing whatever spot or whatever drill you’re doing. Every shot’s important, which for us can transition into the game because you have that certain focus and expectation that you’re going to make every shot. Put a little bitof pressure on yourself while you can in practice in these situations.”For Durant, it’s all about getting better alongside the shooter he considers the world’s most accurate.“I’m just coming into work every day trying to get better and I’m going home afterward,” Durant said. “It’ssimple. Just try to simplify it, so I get my work in and go home. … I don’t even remember last year.”Durant is far more comfortable this preseason.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The NBA Finals MVP wants more from himself. He thinks about it when he’s sitting on his couch at home.Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever.In his second season with the Golden State Warriors, he is challenging himself to do everything better, down to setting great screens to get teammates open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want to keep doing the same things,” Durant said. “If I’m making five out of my 10 shots a night, I can see if I can try to make 5 1/2 or six shots a night. I guess that’s just the next challenge that I have for myself, just continue to do the small things with my game as far as my rhythm, catching and shooting, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, post-ups, all that type of stuff that goes into me being the scorer that I am. I’ve got to work on that every day, make sure that doesn’t fall by the wayside because if I take two or three days off from doing that stuff I’m right behind. I can’t take days off because I’m not physically as big and strong as a lot of guys that can use their bodies. I’ve got to rely on my skill a little bit more.”He sure delivered on basketball’s biggest stage just four months ago, then — as promised — accepted a pay cut so general manager Bob Myers could keep the roster largely intact for repeat run. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Curry to pick Dubs teammates if picked as All Star game captain LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Oakland , Calif. Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)OAKLAND, Calif. — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music.Stephen Curry wasn’t even pushing him this time in one of their thrilling competitions — just KD and a couple of capable rebounders.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The constant scrutiny about why he left Oklahoma City to join a super team and the questions on how the Warriors could possibly share the ball so many ways have subsided at last. He has settled in beautifully to the Bay Area. The music and low-key vibe at team headquarters are now familiar.Yes, Durant is at ease.“Oh, yeah. Last year he was trying to figure out what the hell we were doing and this year he’s totally dialed in, understands the concepts,” coach Steve Kerr said, “comfortable in his surroundings, not only on the floor but off. He’s a different guy this year. … It took a couple months for him to get comfortable with our style of play more than anything. It’s one thing to memorize a play, it’s another thing to feel comfortable with the concepts of what you’re trying accomplish every time down the floor. Then there’s a lot of little nuances within that. I thought it took him a couple months, then he figured it out and he was off and running.”Teammates can’t wait to see what Durant does next.Iguodala appreciates greats like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady but will put Durant at the top.“In my opinion KD is the most talented I’ve ever seen. There have been some other talented guys though, but he’s gotten the most out of his talent, just like TMac and Vince,” Iguodala said. “There are a lot of guys who are talented and they don’t even make it to the pros. I’m saying KD is most talented because he’s maximized his talent. He’s still got more room to go, so I believe he’s still grinding to get there.”From Day One, Durant showed he’s a difference-maker.“There’s a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about,” he said, “and I’m just trying to take it all in and get better.” View commentslast_img read more

Pumaren on UE’s Final 4 bid: We’re still here

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion That premise, however, doesn’t deter UE head coach Derrick Pumaren who still foresees a Red Warrior surprise in the semifinals.“We just have to remain positive, we still have a shot, we’re still here,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “But I think we have to do a better effort than what we did today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE’s next games are against Final Four teams Ateneo and Far Eastern University with University of Santo Tomas being the lone reprieve.The Blue Eagles are atop the standings with a 10-0 card while the Tamaraws hold the fourth seed with a 5-5 record. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The Growling Tigers’ 0-10 card had pushed them out of the Final Four picture.“We were walking today and we let La Salle run,” said Pumaren whose team lost control of the game as early as the second quarter when it fell to a 40-24 deficit. “We can’t have that kind of play against Ateneo because that team is more cohesive and passes a lot more compared to La Salle.”All of UE’s remaining games are all must-win contests and the Red Warriors will also rely on teams like FEU and NU to stumble if they hope to barge into the semifinals.And Pumaren knows the first step is scoring a vital victory, potentially, against the Blue Eagles.“We have to focus on Ateneo first,” said Pumaren. “We have to concentrate on Ateneo on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll be able to steal a game from them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s chances for a Final Four spot has slipped to dim levels that it can only be described as “mathematical.”The Red Warriors’ recent 99-78 loss to defending champion De La Salle saw them slip to 3-8 with three games remaining on their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

It wasn’t a penalty – Hodgson fumes at decision

first_imgRoy Hodgson was left furious after a series of refereeing decisions went against Crystal Palace in a home loss to Liverpool.James Milner opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Monday’s Premier League game after former Reds defender Mamadou Sakho was harshly adjudged to have brought down Mohamed Salah in the box .Salah drew a foul from Aaron Wan-Bissaka that saw the young right-back dismissed before the Egypt star sent Sadio Mane clear to wrap up the points in injury time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! An angry Hodgson disagreed with Michael Oliver’s decision to award Salah a penalty and said Palace should have had a spot-kick of their own when Max Meyer went down in the box.”It wasn’t a penalty. I’ve been in football a long time, and if that is a penalty then the game has changed beyond all recognition,” Hodgson told a news conference.”Mamadou is trying to defend and there is no way he is looking to foul the player or get contact on him at all.”If people can’t see that then I’ll be the pariah who sees only what he wants to see, and if all you guys see it as something different then I’ll accept it.”I don’t want penalties for my team in that way – if you ask me one day ‘was it a penalty’ and I don’t say that those situations aren’t penalties both for and against, then I’ll be very disappointed in myself and you’ll be quite entitled to take me up on it.”I’m frustrated because I don’t think that’s a penalty. I also don’t think it was a foul on James Milner when we had a counter-attacking chance, and I do think it was a penalty in the last minutes when Max Meyer gets wiped out in the area by [Virgil] van Dijk when he was about to get a touch on the ball, but these things happen.”Sometimes refereeing decisions go against you and it’s disappointing and a cause for frustration and anger, but if you ask me about the team’s performance I think it was very, very good.”I take some comfort and pride in that, but it’s not going to change my disappointment and anger at how we came in at half-time losing 1-0.”A couple of key moments just before half time cost us tonight but solid performance against one of the league’s best… must take positives into Sunday! #CPFC pic.twitter.com/8qPzvXz4dF — Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) August 20, 2018 Hodgson accepted Wan-Bissaka’s red card, though, the otherwise impressive 20-year-old bumping Salah to the ground after chasing down the Liverpool attacker as he ran through on Wayne Hennessey’s goal.”It’s one of those things,” the former England boss said. “We were pushing to get an equaliser, playing quite well, looking reasonably likely to get a goal and were asking questions of the Liverpool defence, but then from a ball lumped forward we didn’t win the header and we were light at the back.”Aaron did his level best to try and get back in and stop Salah from going free with the goalkeeper. He definitely touches him so there’s no question it was a sending off, but I don’t think he was looking to clip his heels – he was genuinely trying to get his foot on the ball but didn’t succeed.”As a result he caught the player and the referee was right to send him off.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

21 days agoJuventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right direction

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.” last_img read more

Long Beach Terminal Hindering COSCOs Takeover of OOIL

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings has reportedly proposed to divest the Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) in order to obtain US approval for the takeover of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL).According to the Wall Street Journal, the option was unveiled after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) raised concerns over COSCO taking control of the Long Beach terminal.The parties held a meeting last week, during which the Chinese major said it could either divest or carve out the terminal in order to get CFIUS’ go-ahead for the USD 6.3 billion takeover deal.“The transaction process is ongoing and we remain confident.  We will update the market when appropriate,” OOIL representative said.OOIL’s shipping arm OOCL holds a 40-year concession to operate the facility at the Port of Long Beach, which is one of the biggest gateways for imports into the US.COSCO earlier said that the takeover is expected to be completed by June 30, 2018. If the company fails to complete the deal by the deadline, OOIL will receive a break fee of USD 253 million. The fee would be waived if the transaction fails to meet the requirements of CFIUS.In mid-2017, COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) made the offer to buy all issued shares of OOIL. Once the transaction is completed, COSCO would hold 90.1% of OOIL, becoming the world’s third-largest container carrier.COSCO would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, Drewry said last year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Fort St John and Dawson Creek school buses cancelled on Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — School buses in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have been cancelled today.In a post on its website, School District 60 said that all school buses in the North Peace have been cancelled on Friday because of poor road conditions on area side roads. This is the second day in a row that school buses have been cancelled north of the Peace River.In the South Peace, all school buses serving schools in the Dawson Creek area have also been cancelled. School District 59 Transportation Manager Jeff Lekstrom said that at this point, Chetwynd area school buses are currently running on time but that the situation may change. Lekstrom explained that while Dawson Creek did not get hammered with much snow, several areas in the South Peace are reporting extremely high amounts. He said that in one report from the Groundbirch area, a reported 76 centimetres of snow fell, with accumulations of over 60 centimetres between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge.last_img read more

Fort Motors building being demolished

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It’s officially the end of an era in Fort St. John after WL Construction crews began demolishing the old Fort Motors building on 100th Street this morning.Fort Motors was founded at the corner of 100th Street and 96th Ave. by Wally and Opal Gentles on January 2nd, 1961. The couple’s son Brian purchased the Ford dealership from his parents in 1993, and oversaw its move to its present location on Alaska Road in 2006. Since then, Gentles has allowed area non-profit organizations to use the vacant building for anything from storage to dance lessons. Though he sold Fort Motors in 2016, Gentles still owns the lot where the dealership stood for 45 years. He said that the building is now past its useful lifespan, and has decided to knock the building down in order to start the environmental cleanup of the lot.  Gentles said that from the time the backhoe first hit the building, it only took 45 minutes to reduce it to a pike of rubble. He added that the full cleanup will likely take at least several days as the building’s material is sorted and properly disposed of.According to Gentles, the vast majority of the environmental reclamation will need to be done to address contamination from a gas station that used to sit on the lot. He explained that though the fuel tanks were removed some years ago, the site will still need to be cleaned up before any new development can be done.Gentles added that he doesn’t have any future plans to develop the site and that has hasn’t gotten any offers to buy the property, but that he won’t likely be responsible for getting the site developed.last_img read more