Dance Through the 80-Year History of An American in Paris

first_imgExperience the City of Light in the Big Apple this spring! An American in Paris officially bows at the Palace Theatre on March 13, and the Gershwin-flavored production, based on the beloved 1951 movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, seems like a natural fit for Broadway. So what took so long for it to get here? Let’s embark on a s’wonderful musical journey. View Comments …But it got complicatedSong-and-dance star Gene Kelly joined Minnelli’s cause, but MGM executives didn’t understand the ambitious undertaking the duo had in mind, so the pair arranged screenings of The Red Shoes and a 1934 cartoon, La joie de vivre. Freed got the film rights to An American in Paris from George’s brother, Ira, during another friendly pool game; Ira also agreed to consult on new lyrics, according to George Lucas’s Blockbusting. Freed also convinced a super-busy Alan Jay Lerner (Royal Wedding, Brigadoon) to write the script. Lerner did so in three months, finishing the final draft the night before his wedding. Who’s ready for a challenge?Fast forward to the ’90s, when the success of another Gershwin Broadway musical, Crazy for You, prompted the estates of Ira and George Gershwin to approach producers Stuart Oken and Van Kaplan with a question: what about staging An American in Paris? The answer: grand skepticism. “We couldn’t get our heads around how to take this iconic film to the stage,” Oken told The New York Times. “The one thing we agreed on was that for this piece you needed a unified vision, not a choreographer doing one thing and a director another. The list of people who had those tools was very short.” Bonjour, Broadway!The new and nuanced musical opens at Broadway’s Palace Theatre, with Cope, Fairchild and more of the Paris production’s original stars reprising their roles. “It plays on two fronts,” Wheeldon told Broadway.com. “It’s the friendship and the bonding and the love story, and also the creation of art and the struggle to create art.” And of course, there’s the music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. “You hear the music and you hear that orchestra swelling, and you can’t help but have chills,” Fairchild added. Sounds like it’s definitely worth the wait! The movie started simply…In 1949, MGM set their sights on a Gershwin musical. According to film critic Emanuel Levy, producer Arthur Freed, representing the studio, envisioned the movie revolving around “an expatriate Yank living in Paris” with a finale that featured a full-length ballet set to Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Musical director master/Liza’s dad Vincente Minnellii (Meet Me in St. Louis), a friend of the Gershwins and a Francophile, jumped on board. All they needed was a script, actors, and studio support for An American in Paris. No problem! The legend continued…Gershwin’s An American in Paris, performed by the New York Philharmonic, premiered December 13, 1928 at Carnegie Hall. The Brooklyn Eagle observed that the crowd responded “with a demonstration of enthusiasm impressively genuine in contrast to the conventional applause which new music, good and bad, ordinarily arouses.” Afterward, Gershwin was presented with a silver humidor inscribed by his friends. Among those who signed? Oh, some dudes named Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin. Despite MGM’s reluctance, it’s a hitAmazingly, most of An American in Paris was filmed on MGM soundstages. The studio actually prepared audiences that the movie—which includes the now-famous 17-minute, $450,000 ballet sequence—might not be the typical fare they adore. Caron’s performance, at least according to her, consists of “a shy girl trying to get off that silly smile that was sort of pinned on her face.” It worked! The movie was a box-office and critical smash. It won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture—Kelly also took home an honorary trophy for his choreography. Paris began as a travel guideBefore it hit the big screen and Broadway, An American in Paris was George Gershwin’s self-described “rhapsodic ballet.” The great composer wanted “to portray the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere.” Gershwin worked on the piece in Paris (naturally), but also wrote portions of the new work in New York, Connecticut, and Vienna. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 The dancing came laterGershwin always considered An American in Paris a ballet, and dancers eventually pirouetted into the picture. It began with a “considerably abridged setting” in Gershwin’s musical Show Girl. In 1936, Chicago choreographer and dancer Ruth Page created a two-person ballet, Americans in Paris. Fourteen years later, she revised it into Les Américains à Paris. Sadly, Gershwin did not live to see the show’s full impact. He died in 1937 at age 38. Kelly was a triple threatGene Kelly not only played the lead role of Jerry, the soldier-turned-painter who calls Paris home after World War II—he also choreographed the film and helped with casting. He had a French dancer in mind to play Lise, his elusive love interest: Leslie Caron of Les Ballets de Paris de Roland Peti. In Paris, Kelly asked 17-year-old Caron to do a screen test with him. She got the part, and three days later, she moved to America with her mom…into a Culver City motel located behind an electrical plant. Back to the Eiffel TowerMore than eight decades after Gershwin traveled to France for inspiration, the new musical adaptation of An American in Paris premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on November 22, 2014, starring Royal Ballet veteran Leanne Cope, New York City Ballet principal dancer Robert Fairchild, and Broadway mainstays Max Von Essen, Veanne Cox and Jill Paice. “Parisians are going gaga over An American in Paris,” reported NPR. “It’s not hard to see why…It’s filled with fabulous dancing and all those great Gershwin tunes.” Hey, you know where else they love great dancing and tunes? New York City! A Brit in New YorkOne guy definitely had the tools: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. In 2002, he participated in a reading for a potential musical version with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Three years later, he choreographed an An American in Paris ballet to Gershwin’s score for the New York City Ballet. In fall 2010, Oken asked Wheedon to direct the musical. Wheeldon declined, citing his lack of directing experience. Months later, he reconsidered. Wheeldon officially committed after passing muster with the Gershwin estate—he presented a 60-page treatment of the show developed with author Craig Lucas. Gershwin took l’ambiance seriouslyParis stoked Gershwin’s creativity. Composer and pianist Mario Braggiotti was studying there when he visited Gershwin at the Hotel Majestic. “Beside his Steinway was a group of bridge tables covered with all sizes and makes of French taxi horns,” Braggiotti recalled. Gershwin explained the scene: “I’m looking for the right horn pitch for the street scene of a ballet I’m writing. Calling it An American in Paris. Lots of fun.” Would audiences agree? Related Shows An American in Parislast_img read more

Report: News 12 Journalist Sean Bergin Suspended Over On-Air Remarks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Update: Sean Bergin is apparently out at News 12. Original story:News 12 reporter Sean Bergin has been suspended for remarks he made on air regarding the recent ambush slaying of a rookie Jersey City police officer in which he surmised that the “underlying cause” of anti-cop sentiments is “young black men growing up without fathers.”Bergin’s suspension was reported by The Blaze, citing an unidentified source. The site also noted that Bergin could lose his job over the incident.In a statement to the Press, a News 12 spokesperson refused to confirm or deny the report.“It is News 12’s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air,” the spokesperson said. “In regards to the particular incident with Sean Bergin, the matter is being addressed internally and we don’t comment on personnel matters.”When pressed for further details, the spokesperson responded: “We won’t comment beyond our statement.”Bergin is a veteran reporter for News 12 Long Island, which is owned by Cablevision, but was reporting on the officer’s shooting in Jersey City.The rookie officer, 23-year-old Melvin Santiago, was allegedly gunned down Sunday by Lawrence Campbell, who minutes earlier had told a Walgreen’s customer to watch the news because “he was going to be famous,” according to reports. Lawrence was fatally shot by police.News 12 New Jersey on Monday aired an interview with the alleged cop killer’s wife who appeared unsympathetic and told the network: “He should’ve taken more [officers] with him.”“Sorry for the officer’s family,” she added. “That’s you know, whatever. But at the end of the day he got family, too. All they care about is the officer.”Bergin’s comments came during an in-studio segment responding to a deluge of phone calls “from police officers furious that he would give media coverage to the wife of a cop killer,” he said.“It’s understandable. We decided to air it because it’s important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities. This same, sick, perverse line of thinking is evidence from Jersey City to Newark and Paterson and to Trenton. It has made the police officers job impossible and it has got to stop. The underlying cause of all this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”A search for the video clip on both News 12 Long Island and News 12 New Jersey’s websites turned up no results. A video of the segment, however, is on YouTube.A Facebook group calling for Bergin’s reinstatement has already amassed more than 1,600 likes.Some commenters on the group, dubbed “Bring back SEAN Bergin of News 12 LI,” expressed shock that he was reportedly suspended. One commenter vowed to boycott the network. Other fans voiced their support for the journalist.“I enjoyed Sean Bergin on Channel 12 and would like to see him back there again,” read one post.Bergin still identifies himself as a reporter for News 12 on his Twitter account.He has not tweeted since July 10, when, ironically, he linked to a story about three-dozen news agencies critical of President Obama’s “suppression of news.”last_img read more

Can fintech fix financial services?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A review of the new Michael Lewis movie The Big Short describes a scene during the 2008 financial crisis in which renters were “kicked out of their homes because their landlord didn’t pay the mortgage, even though they were making their rent payments in full.”It serves as one of many examples of how our malfunctioning financial system produces fundamentally unfair outcomes.Why do we need that system? Americans feel about bankers the way they do about lawyers: they’re all bastards — until you need one.In his book Other People’s Money, financial writer John Kay states that finance contributes to society in four principal ways: it matches lenders with borrowers, helping to direct savings to their most effective use; it enables individuals to manage personal finances over a lifetime; it helps manage the inevitable risks in life; and the payments system facilitates buying and selling, as well as the paying of wages and salaries.These are the sorts of things provided by the financial industry that are used by ordinary people and businesses, and their benefits make obvious sense. continue reading »last_img read more

Personalization of content as the leading strategy of hotel brands

first_imgAccor’s digital strategy over the past five years has mainly focused on increasing direct bookings through a halo of luxury and exclusivity. So far, their personalization strategy has focused on customizing the experience during the experience, but also on revenue management. Magnuson Hotels Accor Marriott Marriott directs most of its artificial intelligence through the Bonvoy mobile app. Based on user data, intentions, and attribution data, the application makes complex recommendations regarding the destination offer. Another major initiative is Marriott’s partnership with Salesforce to launch a customer recognition platform, which provides a view of each guest’s profile. The goal is to gather all customer interactions so that Marriott staff can act on the information received. Storing this data also allows Marriott to serve digital content based on behavioral and demographic data. Best Western Consumers require a personalized experience. Airbnb has invested heavily in artificial intelligence to learn from the bookings of their “Experiences” program upon completion of the accommodation reservation. “Historical data show that Japanese travelers, when visiting Paris, prefer lectures and workshops (such as perfume making), while American tourists prefer experiences with food and drink,” explains one of the scientists on the machine learning project. But interestingly, the Airbnb homepage is not personalized for unsubscribed users who have recently searched, but is static. Caesar’s IHG Companies today have more data than ever before to launch personalization. And the good news is that personalization and artificial intelligence are still in the infancy of most hotels and catering companies. So the field is wide. Hilton recently hired more than 150 scientists to help collect more than a billion data a day. One of the main areas of activity is their communication via e-mail, which now functions as an automatic one-on-one communication. “Today we send fewer e-mails than before, but engagement and key business indicators are better. More e-mail does not result in higher revenue – personalized mail and communication result in higher revenue, ”said Wesley Albaugh, Hilton’s personalization manager. Approximately 80 percent of digital personalization is done via email communication, so it’s no surprise that Hilton has invested in optimizing this channel. All IHG marketing communications, whether via email, SMS or Facebook Messenger, come from a single platform so that personalization and contextualization can include centralized analytics. They are also integrated with language processing tools to improve the “virtual assistant” and shorten customer service query processing time. Radisson Caesar’s, like many other Las Vegas brands, had to rely on innovation to attract younger consumers who are not interested in gambling. Their technologies use a deep learning algorithm that creates an “emotional profile” of customers and communicates to each individual, via e-mail, in an appropriate manner. These personalized messages led to a 12 percent increase in email openings. And Choice “threw himself” into the waters of artificial intelligence to optimize revenue. “Even the results of the small investment in artificial intelligence have been outstanding,” explains Terrilin Tourangeau, director of loyalty marketing. Best Western was the first large hotel chain to launch artificial intelligence ads aided by IBM’s Watson program. Also, since 2014, they have been using personalized email communication as well as geolocation. Personalization has become one of the primary digital strategies in the tourism sector. So at least many travel companies claim. But whether personalization is really implemented in the digital structure of online platforms, we will check in the analysis of emails, landing pages and ads conducted by the Hospitality Net website. Magnuson plans to simplify basic personalization with the ability to select a location at the top of their website. However, it is unclear which new content will be delivered after the search. Hilton Airbnb Their interactions with brands like Amazon have become standard – they want a customized experience that anticipates their wants and needs. Amazon makes about 35 percent of its sales through a referral mechanism. Choice Hotels In 2018, Radisson appointed Accenture as a global experience agency to use the data obtained for targeted campaigns. The agency said it plans to increase traffic with selected content and implement a “chatbot” specifically designed for event planning and meetings. Source: Hospitality Net Cover photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Sirius Petroleum agrees Ororo financing with BP

first_imgInvestment company Sirius Petroleum has entered into a $10 million revolving pre-payment facility and commercial offtake agreement for the sales of crude oil produced from Nigeria’s Ororo offshore field with BP.Sirius entered discussions with BP regarding an offtake and pre-payment facility to support the financing of the company’s proposed drilling program on the Ororo field in mid-June.The investment company said on Monday that the deal has now been signed with BP Oil International, a subsidiary of oil major BP.The agreement enables Sirius to draw down up to $10 million, in pre-payment finance following the beginning of production from the Ororo field. The company said that the interest rate on any pre-payment amount drawn down would be charged at Libor +9 percent per annum and will be repaid from crude oil sales.Sirius added in Monday’s statement that it could request that BP provides pre-payment finance for either or both of the first two cargoes of crude oil, each for up to $10 million, scheduled to be lifted in 500,000 barrel parcels or more.The pre-payment facility will be conditional upon the Ororo field achieving certain daily production levels, which are lower than the flow rates previously achieved by Chevron on Ororo 1, which have been underpinned by the recent competent persons report.Bobo Kuti, CEO of Sirius, said: “The revolving prepayment facility and offtake agreement with BP supports the multi-well campaign on the Ororo field. It underpins our strategy to develop Ororo along with our world class oil field service partners COSL, Schlumberger, and Add Energy. In addition, the relationship with BP will enhance our development programs in Nigeria going forward.”The Ororo field, discovered in 1986, is located within OML 95 in shallow waters offshore Ondo State. The field lies in water depths ranging between 23ft and 27 ft.Guarantee Petroleum has a 55% participating equity interest in the Ororo field with Owena Oil & Gas as its partner holding the remaining 45% interest. Sirius Petroleum acts as the technical and financing partner in the development of the field.last_img read more

Another extension for SAP cash distribution sought

first_imgAs of yesterday morning, 61,204 SAP beneficiaries or 77 percent of the identified 79,215 beneficiaries were able to receive their cash assistance of P6,000 each, data from the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) showed. * senior citizens The city government here, however, plans to ask for another extension. ILOILO City – Today is the last day of the one-week extension given to local government units (LGUs) to finish distributing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance. Treñas admitted it would be difficult to complete the SAP cash assistance distribution today. * pregnant women According to Treñas, social distancing being implemented to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019, is a factor. What’s slowing down the distribution? Another, he said, was the additional beneficiaries just recently included in the list of SAP targets. * persons with disability “Nagabira-bira kita, aga kag hapon ang pagpanagtag…ko pwede asta sa gab-I para malagas ang target nga maubos tanan nga barangay,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas yesterday. Iloilo City has 180 barangays. In the whole Western Visayas as of yesterday only 40 LGUs were able to complete their SAP cash distribution, DSWD Region 6 data showed. “I already signed the letter requesting the DILG and DSWD for another extension,” he said. The region has 133 LGUs. The 40 LGUs were in the provinces of Guimaras (five), Antique (14,) Capiz (12), Negros Occidental (six), and Aklan (three). * workers in the private sector observing “no work, no pay” (provided they have not availed themselves of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the Department of Labor and Employment)./PN Beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance gather at the covered gym of La Paz district in Iloilo City to get their money. Observing social distancing in this setting is very difficult. Today, May 7, 2020, is the last day of the one-week extension given to local government units to finish distributing the cash assistance. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * sub-minimum wage earners * lactating mothers * informal workers * overseas Filipino workers in distress In DSWD’s SAP guidelines, eligible for cash assistance are low-income families with members belonging to vulnerable sectors such as the following: * solo parents * farmers, fishermen (provided they are not recipients of assistance from the Department of Agriculture) * drivers of pedicabs,  tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public utility jeepneys * occasional workers like househelpers * homeless The deadline was originally on April 30 but due to the slow distribution by the LGUs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) agreed to give a one-week extension. * micro-entrepreneurslast_img read more

McCarthy left out of Ireland squad

first_img “I’ve had quite a bit of stick from my mates but you can’t put a price on international football. “You have to make sacrifices and I would never jeopardise my chance of playing for my country.” He added: “My wedding is right in the middle of it. “So I’ve spoken to the manager and goalkeeping coach, who have both been really good about the situation. “I’ve been given a few days off for the wedding, which means I miss one match against Italy, and am then able to meet back up with the squad after. “My fiancee is okay with it all and says it’s a good opportunity for me. “We’ve delayed the honeymoon and she will meet me out in America after the final games to start from there. “It’s not what we’d planned but we will still enjoy it.” Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Rob Elliot (Newcastle); Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly (both Reading), Damien Delaney (Ipswich), Shane Duffy (Everton), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Brighton); Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Paul Green (Leeds), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), James McClean (Wigan), Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (both Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Hull), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (QPR), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Conor Sammon (Derby). Everton midfielder McCarthy, West Ham defender Joey O’Brien – who had already been released from the squad so he could concentrate on his own fitness programme – and Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph are the trio missing from the original 32-man group O’Neill named earlier this month. There is also no place for Stephen Ireland, despite O’Neill having hinted the Stoke midfielder could be drafted in. Boss Martin O’Neill has named his final 29-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s end-of-season friendlies, with James McCarthy among those from the provisional party to be left out. The squad is for four friendlies, against Turkey at the Aviva Stadium on May 25, Italy at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 31, Costa Rica in Philadelphia on June 6 and Portugal in New Jersey on June 10. O’Neill – who, since being appointed to the job last year, has overseen a win against Latvia, draw with Poland and loss to Serbia, all in friendlies – said: “I am looking forward to working with the players over the coming weeks which will be important as we work towards our opening (Euro 2016) qualification matches in September. “The matches will be about getting to know the players better and changing them around a little bit in terms of personnel in different matches.” Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot – one of two uncapped players in the squad along with Everton defender Shane Duffy – is missing his own stag-do as a result of being part of the group. Elliot will miss out on a trip to Las Vegas with 16 of his friends although he has got some time off, meaning he will not be involved for the Italy fixture, so that he can be present for the wedding itself. “All the lads are heading off without me (to Las Vegas),” Elliot told nufc.co.uk. “We planned the stag do more than a year ago, before I had any involvement with Ireland. “At least there’s a good reason why I’m not going on my own stag do, and I will be able to look back at it and laugh. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNFL-NEWSRedskins exercise 2020 option on RB Adrian PetersonUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have exercised their 2020 option on running back Adrian Peterson.This will be Peterson’s 14th NFL season. Washington’s leading rusher last season turns 35 in March.Peterson ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019. He currently ranks fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list and is less than 1,100 yards from catching Barry Sanders for fourth. Peterson returns to Washington for a third season and first under new coach Ron Rivera. NBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein is out as Cleveland’s coach after just 54 games. The 67-year-old resigned before the struggling team returned from the All-Star break. The Cavs have the NBA’s second-worst record at 14-40. Beilein had a difficult time transitioning to the pro game after 12 successful seasons at Michigan and decided to move on. He signed a five-year contract in May. The Cavs have had seven coaches since 2013. He’s being reassigned to a different role in the organization. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take Beilein’s spot on an interim basis. Bickerstaff previously coached in Memphis and Houston.In other NBA news:— A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The suit stemmed from the former forward for the New York Knicks ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. The judge ruled today that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley had not alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. Oakley was sitting near Dolan at a game in February 2017. He was approached by security soon after arriving and began to scuffle with them before he was removed from his seat and arrested. Oakley had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol. The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUERory McIlroy delivers strong rejection to proposed new tourMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first player to publicly reject the idea of the Premier Golf League. The proposed new world tour is promising big money to players. It also would force them to choose which tour to play. McIlroy says he wants to be on the right side of history. He says he doesn’t see it working, and that right now players are split on whether to join. The proposed tour has been talked about for some six years but only recently picked up momentum with an influx of new money. McIlroy says players would lose independence by joining.,Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year. NFL-NEWSRedskins exercise 2020 option on RB Adrian PetersonUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have exercised their 2020 option on running back Adrian Peterson.This will be Peterson’s 14th NFL season. Washington’s leading rusher last season turns 35 in March.Peterson ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019. He currently ranks fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list and is less than 1,100 yards from catching Barry Sanders for fourth. Peterson returns to Washington for a third season and first under new coach Ron Rivera. Three players have been suspended this year under the big-league program. Colorado pitcher Justin Lawrence was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). Lawrence has yet to make his big-league debut.In other baseball news:— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. The Nationals won that one for the first championship in franchise history. Since then, the Astros have become embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal dating to their 2017 title. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. Three players have been suspended this year under the big-league program. Colorado pitcher Justin Lawrence was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). Lawrence has yet to make his big-league debut.In other baseball news:— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. The Nationals won that one for the first championship in franchise history. Since then, the Astros have become embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal dating to their 2017 title. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. Peterson originally signed with the Redskins in August 2018 after a season-ending knee injury to running back Derrius Guice (GYS). His 1,042-yard season led them to sign him for 2019 with an extra option year possible after that.In other NFL news:— Records show NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson is being held in a Texas jail on a pending federal drug distribution charge. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The jail log shows Robinson faces a charge of possessing marijuana with intention to sell it. Jail records list his home address as Thibodaux, Louisiana. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.NASCAR-DAYTONA-NEWMANNewman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas Peterson originally signed with the Redskins in August 2018 after a season-ending knee injury to running back Derrius Guice (GYS). His 1,042-yard season led them to sign him for 2019 with an extra option year possible after that.In other NFL news:— Records show NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson is being held in a Texas jail on a pending federal drug distribution charge. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The jail log shows Robinson faces a charge of possessing marijuana with intention to sell it. Jail records list his home address as Thibodaux, Louisiana. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.NASCAR-DAYTONA-NEWMANNewman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas NBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein is out as Cleveland’s coach after just 54 games. The 67-year-old resigned before the struggling team returned from the All-Star break. The Cavs have the NBA’s second-worst record at 14-40. Beilein had a difficult time transitioning to the pro game after 12 successful seasons at Michigan and decided to move on. He signed a five-year contract in May. The Cavs have had seven coaches since 2013. He’s being reassigned to a different role in the organization. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take Beilein’s spot on an interim basis. Bickerstaff previously coached in Memphis and Houston.In other NBA news:— A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The suit stemmed from the former forward for the New York Knicks ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. The judge ruled today that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley had not alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. Oakley was sitting near Dolan at a game in February 2017. He was approached by security soon after arriving and began to scuffle with them before he was removed from his seat and arrested. Oakley had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol. Update on the latest sports Associated Press UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a deceased University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s.A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is investigating. UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a deceased University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s.A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is investigating. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.The 42-year-old Indiana native was taken by ambulance directly from the track in serious condition following the crash Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening, but no details have been released.His release from the hospital was rapid. Roush Fenway said earlier Wednesday that Newman “continues to show great improvement.”Roush Fenway said Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 6 Ford beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that a timetable for Newman’s return has yet to be determined. TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said the right now they don’t have an effective strategy but by the end of July it may be a different situation.The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on. Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.The 42-year-old Indiana native was taken by ambulance directly from the track in serious condition following the crash Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening, but no details have been released.His release from the hospital was rapid. Roush Fenway said earlier Wednesday that Newman “continues to show great improvement.”Roush Fenway said Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 6 Ford beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that a timetable for Newman’s return has yet to be determined. NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.In other NHL news:— The Washington Capitals hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus a few adjustments will shake them out of some midseason doldrums. They’ve lost six of their past nine games. Defensive lapses and a lack of structure have contributed to their struggles and Dillon brings some of the things Washington has been lacking. General manager Brian MacLellan doesn’t think the Capitals are playing the right way and understands that needs to change quickly. Washington is not in first place for the first time since October. The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUERory McIlroy delivers strong rejection to proposed new tourMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first player to publicly reject the idea of the Premier Golf League. The proposed new world tour is promising big money to players. It also would force them to choose which tour to play. McIlroy says he wants to be on the right side of history. He says he doesn’t see it working, and that right now players are split on whether to join. The proposed tour has been talked about for some six years but only recently picked up momentum with an influx of new money. McIlroy says players would lose independence by joining. February 19, 2020 — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. He’s played six positions in the major leagues. Velazquez has a lifetime average of .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Last year, Velazquez hit .087 in 15 games for the Rays and Indians. To make room for Velazquez on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players’ association are discussing potential rules changes regarding sign stealing and technology. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Manfred to strip Houston of its 2017 World Series title.LITTLE LEAGUE-ASTROS BANAstros name barred by Little Leagues near WilliamsportUNDATED (AP) — Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players that the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam aren’t to be emulated.  He is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees use the Astros as a team name this season after it was discovered Houston used a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Little League International, the Williamsport-based governing body for youth leagues around the world, said in a statement it won’t restrict districts or leagues from banning the Astros name. February 19, 2020 NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.In other NHL news:— The Washington Capitals hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus a few adjustments will shake them out of some midseason doldrums. They’ve lost six of their past nine games. Defensive lapses and a lack of structure have contributed to their struggles and Dillon brings some of the things Washington has been lacking. General manager Brian MacLellan doesn’t think the Capitals are playing the right way and understands that needs to change quickly. Washington is not in first place for the first time since October. — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. He’s played six positions in the major leagues. Velazquez has a lifetime average of .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Last year, Velazquez hit .087 in 15 games for the Rays and Indians. To make room for Velazquez on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players’ association are discussing potential rules changes regarding sign stealing and technology. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Manfred to strip Houston of its 2017 World Series title.LITTLE LEAGUE-ASTROS BANAstros name barred by Little Leagues near WilliamsportUNDATED (AP) — Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players that the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam aren’t to be emulated.  He is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees use the Astros as a team name this season after it was discovered Houston used a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Little League International, the Williamsport-based governing body for youth leagues around the world, said in a statement it won’t restrict districts or leagues from banning the Astros name. TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said the right now they don’t have an effective strategy but by the end of July it may be a different situation.The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on.last_img read more

USC anxiously awaits Minnesota

first_imgToo many questions in the offseason, too few answers to know exactly what to expect.Will the defense be better? Will the offensive line hold up? Who will start at running back?On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., some of those lingering doubts should begin to disappear.Expectations · The coaching staff believes junior quarterback Matt Barkley is ready to improve upon his sophomore campaign. Tabbed as one of four captains heading into the season, Barkley hopes to throw 30 touchdown passes and complete 70 percent of his passes in 2010. – Daily Trojan file photoIn its season opener, No. 25 USC hosts Minnesota, a team that compiled a 3-9 record last season and finished second to last in the Big Ten. Despite its poor finish that led to the firing of Minnesota’s then-coach Tim Brewster in mid-October, the Trojans insist they aren’t taking the Golden Gophers lightly.“They have a whole different coaching staff and they know how to get their players fired up,” junior left tackle Matt Kalil said. “It’ll be a completely different team than last year and we can’t let this team catch us off guard.”Taking over for Brewster on the sidelines is first-year coach Jerry Krill, who spent three seasons at Northern Illinois, leading the Huskies to a 10-win season in 2010 and an appearance in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl.Former wide-receiver-turned- quarterback MarQueis Gray, a dual-threat quarterback, returns, but this time he will line up under center. For a defensive unit that has historically struggled against mobile quarterbacks such as Oregon’s Darron Thomas and Washington’s Jake Locker, the coaching staff knows it will serve as a big test.“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “He’s not just a mobile quarterback, but he’s a big, physical quarterback. We’re going to have our hands full. This is a very, very big challenge for our defense right away.”Outside of Gray, Minnesota returns senior running back Duane Bennett and senior wide receiver Da’John McKnight, who led the team in receptions and touchdowns a year ago. Both have the ability to make big plays, something the Trojans are quite familiar with.For a unit that was ranked 84th in total defense last season, giving up 400 yards per game and almost 27 points per contest, they understand they have a lot to prove.“We need to show that we got better in the secondary against the pass and we need to show that we can tackle,” sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey said. “I think we’ve gotten better overall in camp, but we just have to play our defense and pay attention to our coverages.”Another lingering question mark has been a young offensive line, which features no senior starters. The Trojans lost right tackle Tyron Smith and center Kristofer O’Dowd to the NFL, while also dealing with injuries in fall camp. Only junior left tackle Matt Kalil will be playing a familiar position, with junior Khaled Holmes moving from right guard to center. All of this leaves some uncertainty heading into Saturday, although junior quarterback Matt Barkley expressed no concern at all.“I’m not worried,” Barkley said. “We’ll deal with it in the game. If mistakes come, then so be it. But I think these guys are ready.”Though a couple questions remain about who will start up front to protect Barkley, there is even more doubt as to whom will start at tailback. With senior Marc Tyler suspended, the job has been a free-for-all among junior Curtis McNeal, sophomore Dillon Baxter, redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan and freshman Amir Carlisle. Of the four, only Baxter logged carries in 2010.The coaching staff has not indicated which player will get the starting nod yet, although all four tailbacks have earned praise during fall camp for their play.Though Barkley might have some unfamiliar faces around him on offense, one welcoming sign will be sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, who was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2010 after finishing with 65 receptions for 792 yards and six touchdowns.During last season’s contest against the Gophers, USC recovered from a sluggish start and a late 14-13 deficit to win by a score of 32-21. Sparking the comeback was Woods, who returned a punt to give the Trojans a lead they would never relinquish. As one of the Trojans’ six returning starters on offense, Woods knows the coaching staff expects a strong sophomore campaign.“The coaching staff expects a lot from me,” Woods said. “As a leader this year, they’re expecting me to make plays and be ready to carry the load.”While the Trojans, who haven’t played a game since their season finale against UCLA last December, might be a bit anxious, they insist the visiting Gophers have their full attention.“We look at them like any other team on our schedule,” Robey said. “But it’s about us. We’re taking care of our issues first and keeping a level head.”last_img read more

Women of Troy trounced by Cardinal

first_imgIn a battle of the conference’s top two teams, the Women of Troy could not overcome an ice-cold shooting game on the road against No. 4 Stanford and dropped their second game in Pac-12 play by double digits, 86-59.Blown out · Senior forward Cassie Harberts’ 17 points weren’t nearly enough for the Women of Troy to overcome fourth-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal’s Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points in the 27-point win. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe loss breaks the team’s four-game wining streak and ties them for second in the conference with No. 15 Arizona and No. 21 Cal.USC (14-7, 7-2 Pac-12) struggled to put the ball in the basket throughout the game, shooting just a little over 37 percent from the field and 13 percent from behind the three-point line.The Women of Troy played the Cardinal close until about 10 minutes into the first half, where they went scoreless for about seven minutes. USC missed 11 straight shots in that stretch, and Stanford went on a 14-0 run to open up a 37-20 lead with 4:40 remaining. This would build to a 46-28 Stanford lead at the half.“We didn’t make our shots when we needed to, but we got outplayed by them on both ends of the floor,” USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said.Junior guard Ariya Crook led all Women of Troy scorers with 18 points on five of 13 shooting.Senior forward Cassie Harberts would achieve yet another milestone in her already impressive career, as she became USC’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. She finished the game with 17 points and 6 rebounds.USC’s struggles from the outside allowed Stanford forward and National Player of the Year candidate Chiney Ogwumike to take control of the paint and limit the Women of Troy’s ability to drive to the basket.Ogwumike posed a problem all night for the Women of Troy, not only on defense, but also on offense, racking up a double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds.“She’s an excellent player,” Cooper-Dyke said. “She played a great game on both sides of the ball and made it very difficult for us on offense when she would clog the paint and double Cassie.”The Cardinal’s (19-1, 8-0) hot shooting countered USC’s lackluster offense, as they shot nearly 51 percent for the game. The team also made seven of their 20 attempted three-pointers.Four of Stanford’s starting five scored in double figures, in scoring in addition to one player off the bench. Lili Thompson and Amber Orrange added 12 points apiece for the Cardinal, while Mikaela Ruef dropped in 11.“Stanford is one of the best teams in the nation and they played like it,” Cooper-Dyke said. “When you play a top team like Stanford, you gotta bring your A-game with the right level of intensity and confidence.”Last night’s loss marks the 13th consecutive time that USC has fallen to Stanford.The team shouldn’t hang its head too low following this tough loss, as they leave the Bay Area with a split of two conference games against ranked opponents.USC took down Cal, ranked No. 16 at the time, 77-70, last Friday, a win that was heavily due to a career-high 34 points by Crook — the most points scored by a Trojan since 2002.USC will return home to the Galen Center this weekend to challenge the Washington schools. The Women of Troy will take on Washington State on Friday night before facing off against Washington in a Sunday matinee.last_img read more