Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 The New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock, starring Big Love’s Douglas Smith, begins performances on October 29. The MCC Theater production, directed by Trip Cullman, will run through December 7 at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening night is set for November 17. In addition to Smith, Punk Rock features Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Stephens is currently represented on Broadway by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Punk Rock Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Mavericks will ‘certainly’ load manage Kristaps Porzingis, Mark Cuban says

first_imgThe Mavericks plan on being cautious with Kristaps Porzingis in 2019-20.Team owner Mark Cuban discussed the concept of load management on SiriusXM Tuesday at the NBA summer league, saying Dallas will use the tactic to keep its newest star healthy and used Kawhi Leonard’s 2018-19 season with the Raptors as an example. NBA free agency 2021: Get ready for the best summer ever Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins thrilled to be back with Anthony Davis: ‘We never wanted it to end’ “KP (Porzingis) coming back from an injury … we’re gonna certainly load manage him,” Cuban said. “We saw what Kawhi did, and Kawhi was still banged up in the Finals after all of that. You could see him limping.”And you can argue about the injuries with Golden State. The length of the season and all those playoff runs. How it cumulatively impacted their health, we don’t know. But, yeah, you’re going to see load management more and more and more.” Related News The Mavs acquired Porzingis from the Knicks in February ahead of the trade deadline. The 23-year-old big man tore his ACL in February 2018 and missed all of last season. But the Mavericks hope the 2018 All-Star will be a long-term contributor who can help them become a contender moving forward.Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 2017-18 while shooting 39.5% from beyond the arc, before his injury. He signed a five-year, $158 million deal with the Mavericks this summer and is expected to be a co-star alongside 2019 Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic in 2019-20. Kevin Durant ‘balked’ at idea of Warriors trading him only for D’Angelo Russell, report says Dallas still focused on solidifying the rest of its roster this summer though, as it signed guards Delon Wright and Seth Curry. Cuban believes having the right group of role players around stars will be essential to success down the road.”If you don’t really have a full complement of players and you’re keeping your star player load managed, that creates challenge,” Cuban said.The Mavericks were 33-49 in 2018-19 and finished 14th in the Western Conference.last_img read more

South Africa stuns Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt

first_imgSouth Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo headed just wide as he darted on to a free kick with 20 minutes remaining.Nigerians celebrate Egypt down and outCairo, Egypt | AFP | Thembinkosi Lorch scored on 85 minutes to give South Africa a stunning 1-0 victory over Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt after a pulsating last-16 clash in Cairo Saturday.After three woeful group performances, South Africa were rank outsiders against the record seven-time African champions, whose line-up included Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.A seesaw struggle was settled when a swift counterattack allowed Lebo Mothiba to send Lorch through and he fired past goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy.The winners were unrecognisable from the team that struggled in the group stage as they displayed sharpness and desire not previously evident.South Africa will face arch-rivals Nigeria, who eliminated defending champions Cameroon in Alexandria earlier Saturday, in the quarter-finals.Salah, who missed some midweek training due to a cold, was generally well policed by a superbly organised South African defence.Egypt changed three of the side that defeated Uganda to complete Group A with a 100 percent record, five goals scored and none conceded.Back came defender Mahmoud Alaa, midfielder Tarek Hamed and forward Marwan Mohsen with Baher Elmohamady, Nabil Donga and Ahmed Hassan dropping to the bench.South Africa made two changes, both in midfield, from the team that lost to Morocco and squeezed into the second round with the worst record of the best four third-place teams.In came South African Premiership Player of the Season Lorch and fit-again Dean Furman for Thulani Serero and suspended Themba Zwane.Bafana Bafana (The Boys) had been woeful in all three Group D matches, barely troubling rival defences, and the public and media slammed the negative tactics of coach Stuart Baxter.The England-born coach hinted at a more attacking approach and was true to his word as Percy Tau and Lorch had ambitious long-range attempts at goal within three minutes of the kick-off.– Tormented –Salah, the reigning African Footballer of the Year, had a shot deflected wide soon after.Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, one of the Pharaohs’ stars in the group stage, tormented several defenders just outside the box and induced a foul, but Abdallah el Said botched the free-kick.The desire of South Africa to attack was evident again on 15 minutes when impressive winger Tau stung the fingertips of Elshenawy with a hard, long-range shot.Tau came much closer to breaking the deadlock midway through the half with a free-kick that cleared the wall and forced Elshenawy into a brilliant save.South Africa were looking the likelier side to break the deadlock and a brave block by Ayman Ashraf foiled Lorch.Mokotjo then unleashed a sizzling low,long-range shot that flew past Elshenawy but finished just off target,The frustration of Egypt, who scored all five group goals before half-time, was mirrored in the angry reaction of Salah when a free-kick was awarded against him.Mexico-born Egypt coach Javier Aguirre altered his largely ineffective attack at half-time, bringing in veteran Ahmed Ali for Mohsen.‘Trezeguet’ squandered a great chance just before the hour, tamely shooting straight at goalkeeper Ronwen Williams after a superb defence-splitting pass from Salah.Amr Warda, axed from the squad over sexual harassment allegations and swiftly recalled after player pressure, came off the bench on 64 minutes for his second tournament appearance. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Nigeria topple holders Cameroon in Cup of Nations classicOdion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s winning goal as Nigeria eliminated defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after a thrilling 3-2 victory in Alexandria on Saturday.China-based forward Ighalo bundled home a scrappy opener but Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon hit back through Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie with two quick-fire goals before half-time.Nigeria drew level as Ighalo volleyed in his second just past the hour and he then turned provider to play in Iwobi to steer home three minutes later and set up an unexpected quarter-final clash with South Africa, who stunned hosts and favourites Egypt 1-0 in Cairo.“It was a good win and it was a difficult game. Even when they scored to make it 2-1 we still believed we could score and come back,” said Ighalo, as coach Gernot Rohr praised the resilience of the Super Eagles.“I think we dominated in the beginning and we scored a good goal. At the end of the first half there was a lack of concentration and Cameroon took advantage,” Rohr said.“But my young team always continues fighting and never gives up.”Seedorf was frustrated by Cameroon’s slow start although he could not fault the effort of his players.“I feel disappointment obviously and also some anger because I thought we were a little bit tense in a few moments, but I have to appreciate the players have done everything they could today,” he said. “It was not enough.”Seedorf’s penchant for change has seen the former Dutch star heavily rotate his side in Egypt, with Karl Toko Ekambi dropping to the bench here and 2017 player of the tournament Christian Bassogog recalled along with Njie in a bid to breathe life into a faltering attack.Rohr had paid the price for resting key players in the shock 2-0 loss to Madagascar, with Wilfred Ndidi, Kenneth Omeruo and Alex Iwobi all returning to the starting line-up for this last-16 encounter.– Momentum swings back and forth –Nigeria eliminated Cameroon in the first knockout round the last time they were reigning champions in 2004, and their bid to repeat history looked on when Ighalo nudged Nigeria ahead after 19 minutes.Moments after Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui powered a header over at the other end, Peter Etebo hooked a deep cross to the far post where it was driven back across goal by Omeruo and Ighalo stabbed home via a huge deflection that wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana.It was the first time Cameroon had conceded in Egypt, but after scoring just twice in the group stage the Indomitable Lions matched that output in three frenzied minutes before half-time.Bahoken pulled Cameroon level on 41 minutes when he ghosted in behind Omeruo to connect with a terrific whipped cross from Bassogog, and Njie soon fired them in front after outpacing Ola Aina to a flick-on, holding his nerve and balance to slip beyond Daniel Akpeyi.Njie nearly got the better of Akpeyi again early in the second half, the Nigeria ‘keeper superbly clawing the ball out from just inside his post after the Marseille winger’s cutback was deflected towards goal.Rohr introduced Samuel Chukwueze with an hour gone but it was Ighalo, the top scorer in qualifying, who came to the rescue once more with a thumping finish after Ahmed Musa chested a cross into his path.Ighalo joined Senegal star Sadio Mane on a tournament-leading three goals and he played a key role in Iwobi’s decisive strike on 66 minutes, threading the ball through to the Arsenal winger to side-foot past Onana.Ngadeu-Ngadjui toed wide at a corner but Cameroon struggled to truly threaten Nigeria in the closing stages with Ighalo denied a hat-trick late on as Onana plunged low to his right to knock away the forward’s header.last_img read more

NFL Players Association hires ex-Steeler Nolan Harrison

first_img“The lessons in leadership that I learned serving in those positions really served as a springboard for me in my professional career in the financial services industry after I left the game of football,” Harrison said. “The confidence those guys showed me really inspired me, but also served to ignite my passion to continue to serve and protect my brothers in any way possible.”He currently is serving his second three-year term on the NFLPA former players board of directors, is chairman of the health committee, and has served as president of the Phoenix chapter of the NFL Former Players Association.“To be selected by executive director DeMaurice Smith to this important role and to assist him, all players and staff, in achieving his vision for the NFLPA is a challenge that I relish and I’m looking forward to taking on,” Harrison said.Harrison was a defensive lineman for the Raiders, Steelers and Redskins. In 128 games played, he had 22 sacks before retiring in 2000. He played college football at Indiana University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft.Brig Owens, a member of the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame and a longtime NFLPA figure, sees the 41-year-old Harrison as an important addition to the NFLPA staff.“He has been a consistent leader and fighter for players’ rights and benefits when he was an active player, and now as a former player,” Owens said. “In addition, he’s a good listener and does not shy away from asking the tough question. He has a clear understanding of the history and continuing struggle of the players.” WASHINGTON (AP)—Nolan Harrison was hired by the NFL Players Association on Monday as senior director of former player services. Harrison played 10 seasons in the NFL and was the player representative for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1998-2000. He also served on the NFLPA’s executive committee from 2000-02. NOLAN HARRISONlast_img read more

Commissioners Vote to Postpone April 28 Courthouse Ballot Proposition

first_imgFacebook80Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyDue to the current health emergency, this morning, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the ballot measure to increase the county’s 2021 regular property tax levy to fund a new courthouse and administrative buildings. The vote was expected to occur during the April 28, 2020 election. The commissioners will reassess the ballot measure and when to hold the election after this health emergency subsides.“Our vote to rescind the ballot proposition is directly in response to the current health emergency we are facing,” said Commission Chair, John Hutchings. “This is a non-essential election and we do not want to put our staff or the public in danger by having to submit ballots, vote in-person, or count ballots. This is the most responsible thing for our board to do and is the best thing we can do to support the health and safety of our community”For more information about the project, please visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/courthouse-civic-project.aspx.last_img read more

Virat Kohli breaks 5 year old horrible batting record against New Zealand

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANI/APAdvertisement rd4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsfvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E12kd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) oxmkWould you ever consider trying this?😱804kCan your students do this? 🌚fhbRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 3-0 ODI whitewash against New Zealand is the worst conclusion of a series for Team India in 31 years. If this wasn’t enough sorrow for the fans, the skipper Virat Kohli has performed his worst performance in a bilateral ODI series in the last five years. A lacklustre series average of 25 is his lowest since 2015.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANI/APWhile Virat Kohli started the ODI series with an impressive score of 51, his 58th half century of the format, things started to go the wrong way. A dismissal on 15 runs when chasing against the Kiwis in the second match, and losing his wicket on just 9 today at the Bay Oval, Kohli is not in that destructive form that he is famous for amongst his fanbase.The 31 year old has put up a total score of 75 runs in the series, with the series average of 25 runs being his lowest  in the last 5 years, after managing an average of 16.33 in the Bangladesh ODI series back in 2015.Advertisement Kohli marched to the 22 yards when opener Mayank Agarwal disappointed after losing his wicket on just 1 run. Partnering up with Prithvi Shaw, the team leader was expected to click after smashing a superb sixer. Unfortunately, Kohli failed to put up even a double digit score, and marched back to the pavilion against Hasmish Bennett in the 7th over.The player who holds the top position in ICC’s Men’s ODI Player Rankings with a rating of 886, has not scored an ODI century in the last 6 months. Kohli’s 43rd and last ODI ton was seen back in August 2019 against West Indies.Advertisement With just one fifty across the last seven matches of the New Zealand tour including the T20 series, the low scores are expected to have a detrimental effect on Kohli’s ratings on the ICC leader board.With the content from the superb T20 series victory now gone with a disappointing ODI performance, Virat Kohli and the squad has the upcoming Test series in late February, terminating the New Zealand tour.While the Men in Blue fans are expecting the ICC no. 1 Test team to turn things around in the red ball matches, Kohli will now have the chance to restore his finesse in the Test series, which is in fact, according do him “the most beautiful format of the game”.Also read-Virat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI series Advertisementlast_img read more