Star Files Tony winners Cherry Jones and Dennis O’Hare announced the nominations for the 81st Annual Drama League Awards on April 21 at Sardi’s Restaurant. The ceremony will take place on May 15 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (a host for which will be announced soon). As previously reported, the Drama League will also give special recognition to Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Tony and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry and WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn. One winner is selected for the Distinguished Performer Award. Recipients can only receive the award once during his or her career. A list of nominations is below.OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAYThe AudienceBetween Riverside and CrazyBootycandyConstellationsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeHand to GodAn OctoroonPunk RockScenes from a MarriageWolf Hall: Parts One & TwoOUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICALAn American in ParisFinding NeverlandFun HomeGhost QuartetHamiltonIt Shoulda Been YouSomething Rotten!The Visit OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAYBig LoveThe Elephant ManThe Heidi ChroniclesThe Iceman ComethIt’s Only a PlaySkylightTamburlaine, Parts I and IIThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With You OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICALAllegroInto the WoodsThe King and IOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturyDISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARDUsman Ally, The Invisible HandChristian Borle, Something Rotten!Steven Boyer, Hand to GodSterling K. Brown, Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3Michael Cerveris, Fun HomeKristin Chenoweth, On The Twentieth CenturyBradley Cooper, The Elephant ManLeanne Cope, An American in ParisJim Dale, Just Jim DaleTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been YouDaveed Diggs, HamiltonRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisRenee Fleming, Living on LoveKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandJake Gyllenhaal, ConstellationsStephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and CrazyLisa Howard, It Shoulda Been YouBrian D’Arcy James, Something Rotten!Rebecca Naomi Jones, Big LoveCush Jumbo, Josephine and I, The RiverAndy Karl, On The Twentieth CenturyJudy Kuhn, Fun HomeLesley Manville, GhostsJan Maxwell, The City of ConversationRichard McCabe, The AudienceRob McClure, Honeymoon in VegasEwan McGregor, The Real ThingBen Miles, Wolf Hall, Parts One & TwoRuthie Ann Miles, The King and ILin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonHelen Mirren, The AudienceMatthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandElisabeth Moss, The Heidi ChroniclesCarey Mulligan, SkylightTam Mutu, Doctor ZhivagoBill Nighy, SkylightKelli O’Hara, The King and INathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall, Parts One & TwoBryce Pinkham, The Heidi ChroniclesRoger Rees, The VisitChita Rivera, The VisitAlexander Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeDouglas Sills, Living on LoveJohn Douglas Thompson, Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, The Iceman ComethJulie White, Airline HighwayRuth Wilson, ConstellationsTony Yazbeck, On The TownThe Drama League wishes to recognize the superb contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners that include:Kathleen Chalfant, A Walk in the WoodsStockard Channing, It’s Only A PlayGlenn Close, A Delicate BalanceRosemary Harris, Indian InkHugh Jackman, The RiverCherry Jones, When We Were Young and UnafraidJames Earl Jones, You Can’t Take It With YouNathan Lane, The Iceman Cometh, It’s Only A PlayJohn Lithgow, A Delicate Balance, King Lear Kristin Chenoweth View Comments
Raymond Bajada of Barangay Bulaqena,Estancia, Iloilo was caught in his residence around 12:10 p.m. yesterday. The court recommended a P72,000 bail forBajada’s temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Accused of domesticviolence, a 37-year-old man was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Barotac Viejo,Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Barotac Viejo police station. Bajada’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant the court issued in relation to the charge forviolation of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence against Women and their ChildrenAct of 2004) he faces.
By Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – Officials of Farley Speedway Promotions have announced that both Farley Speedway and Dubuque Speedway will host IMCA Late Model specials this coming weekend, Friday, June 2 and Sunday, June 4.Tri-Track Late Model racing events sponsored by Ideal Ready Mix will highlight the racing action this weekend. Late Model drivers will battle for the winner’s prize money of $2,000.In addition to the high-powered Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will race both Friday and Sunday.Farley Speedway will host racing on Friday, June 2 with hot laps taking to the Palace of Speed at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. On Sunday, June 4, the Dubuque Speedway will roar to life at 6 p.m. with warmups and racing is set to follow at 6:30 p.m.For more information, log onto the official website at www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com.
The Uruguay international watched from the stands as Dejan Lovren headed home Adam Lallana’s second-half corner – defending Rodgers described as “criminal”. Suarez is now available for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United, where he is certain to receive a hostile welcome, and on the basis of this performance his injection of energy and goal threat cannot have been more perfectly timed. “We are very disappointed. We never got going from the off, it was a bit lethargic and technically we were short.” Rodgers put out a back four consisting of four central defenders but he justified the decision by claiming he had little option – although it provided little help when it came to the goal. “Jose Enrique is one we have to keep an eye on his knee and if there is an overload on that it can put him out long term,” he said. “It was what we had available. Kolo (Toure) and Mamadou (Sakho) have played at full-back: you lose a bit of that offensive threat but I think they coped as well as they possibly could. “We conceded possession poorly (for the goal) and then we ended up conceding the corner and to lose a goal like what with so many defensive-minded players was criminal really.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side grew in stature after an indifferent first half. “We are really pleased and satisfied with the performance of the team,” he said. “Especially in the second half we were much superior to them and were able to develop how we wanted to play. “We fully believed from the start. The secret was not conceding. “In the second half we came out correcting what we hadn’t done in the first half, when we were hanging back too much defensively. “We were faithful to the philosophy of how we wanted to develop our game and over 90 minutes we were superior to them and were able to capitalise on the chances we created. “Boruc was outstanding today but the rest of the squad were outstanding. It is not easy to come here and win so to do that makes us really pleased. “All the players need to be congratulated on a great performance.” Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted the only real positive from their 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton was that it marked the conclusion of Luis Suarez’s lengthy suspension. “I think that is the big positive from today is the fact he is back and is available from next week,” said Rodgers. “Sometimes players like him can make the difference so it is going to be great to have him back and a real boost to have him back from Wednesday onwards. “I think he is in good condition. He has been playing games behind closed doors and doing a lot of specific work with the conditioning team. “He is not going to be 100 per cent but he is a worker and a fighter and his condition is good. He just needs to get games to bring him up to speed.” Rodgers was unhappy with a lacklustre performance from his side, who began the day top of the table. Steven Gerrard tested Artur Boruc with a first-half free-kick and Daniel Sturridge should have had a penalty when caught by Lovren but the Reds did not create nearly enough to trouble the visitors and a 12-match unbeaten run spanning two seasons came to an end. “I can’t underestimate how well the players have done,” he added. “This is our first defeat since March, funnily enough against Southampton. We’ve had two poor performances against them and it’s cost us.
Reports over recent days have linked the 23-year-old with a move away from White Hart Lane, with QPR and Southampton having been touted as potential suitors. Saints – Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino’s old club – have been said to be considering a £10million move for Townsend, but it is understood the Argentinian coach is not interested in letting the player leave. Tottenham have no interest in selling England winger Andros Townsend, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association Townsend came on as a substitute in Spurs’ opening-day win over West Ham on Saturday, making his competitive comeback from the ankle injury which ended his chances of going to the World Cup. The winger burst onto the scene last season after several loan spells away from Spurs, making his breakthrough for both club and country. He was a key figure in getting England to the World Cup but then a loss of both form and fitness in the new year saw his impact reduced.
MADRID: Portugal’s top-flight club Benfica have confirmed that their midfielder David Tavares tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.His positive test comes after Vitoria Guimaraes confirmed three positive cases on Saturday and Moreirense one more, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the Portuguese news agency Lusa, three Famalicao players are also infected, as well as two members of the club’s non-playing staff. The newly confirmed case has taken the tally for the positive to at least eight players in Primeira Liga. Benfica said 21-year-old Tavares, who is not a regular first-team player, was asymptomatic and in quarantine. The Portuguese top division is planning to restart behind closed doors towards the end of the month after the government announced on April 30 that games could resume, pending approval from the health authorities. The Portuguese government has said the last 10 rounds of the season will have to be played in line with strict medical protocol. IANSAlso Read: Hockey India to conduct online courses amid nationwide lockdown Also Watch: Indian Railways starting Passenger Train Services from Tomorrow
ONE of the truest clichés of the IPL is that each edition is more open than the last one. For example, the playoffs spots in the last four seasons were determined only on the last day of the league phase.But in 2020, a new twist in the form of a pandemic has made this most lucrative of tournaments even more unpredictable.The majority of players in each franchise haven’t played competitive cricket since March. The tournament itself is being played at three neutral venues, nullifying the players’ familiarity with Indian conditions. The absence of crowds, a natural source of energy in sport, will be deafening in the empty desert bowls of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.Cocooned inside the bubble for more than a month now, the players have been restless to play. Franchise owners are banking on this being the most-watched IPL ever. It is being sold with the promise of being a panacea for the pain caused by COVID-19. Under the gaze of millions of eyeballs, can this IPL deliver on that promise?Neutral venues = Level playing fieldStephen Fleming admits there is no home game this time. Every match, Chennai Super Kings head coach says, will be like an “away game”. While franchises say they’ve never had a say in pitch-making in the IPL in any case, teams have had some influence on the nature of tracks, which created a home advantage.One crucial factor behind the Super Kings’ success – three-time champions and the only team to make the playoffs in every edition they’ve played in – has been their ability to extract home advantage at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The same goes for four-time champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.In unfamiliar conditions in the UAE, adaptability will become key. For the coaching staff and captains, the challenge will be to keep players mentally sharp while remaining flexible with selections dictated by the conditions – pitch and weather.Adding to the unpredictability will be the fact that no cricket has been played on any of the three grounds for several months. Also, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are each scheduled to host a high volume of matches, which they are not used to. The pitch behaviour, an intangible, is likely to keep teams on their toes.Five franchises have overhauled their coaching set-ups since IPL 2019. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have appointed former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as their head coach. Trevor Bayliss, who led the KKR to their two IPL titles, in 2012 and 2014, is now head coach at Sunrisers Hyderabad.Mike Hesson, who was New Zealand’s head coach when McCullum was captain, is the team director at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), one of the three teams without an IPL crown.This is Hesson’s second stint in the IPL after serving as team director at Kings XI Punjab last year. Assisting him is the former Australia batsman Simon Katich, who will be serving as head coach for the first time, having performed assistant-coach duties at KKR for a few seasons.There is only one Indian head coach in the IPL, the former India captain and coach Anil Kumble, who is both the head of cricket and coaching staff at Kings XI, another team never to have won the title. Andrew McDonald, the former Australia all-rounder, will take charge as head coach at Rajasthan Royals.New coaches mean new philosophies and fresh ideas. But franchises always talk about retaining a core of players. Can they give coaches the same leeway to build on their ideas instead of overhauling their structures time and again?The biggest challenge coaches are likely to face this IPL could be niggles and injuries, considering a majority of players are coming off a long break with limited practice. There will be no air travel involved, but the oppressive heat and dry conditions in the UAE will remain a challenge throughout the tournament.There may be situations when workloads need to be managed or there could be more injuries than normal. This puts an emphasis on the depth of each squad. The reserves and back-ups for each role need to be ready. This may be an edition where we see the maximum players used by each franchise.With just three venues, pitches are bound to become slower as the tournament progresses. Fresh, lively pitches could be expected in the first couple of weeks, but bowlers will be dominant as the pitches slow down. Teams that have the arsenal to adapt and play a different brand of cricket over both halves will be in a good position to make the playoffs.Good players of spin, T20 anchors, bowlers with variations, reverse-swing specialists and spinners will be the impact players. Do not be surprised if you see teams playing certain types of players in the first half and a different set in the second half.Go-to bowlers: those with variationsAs the pitches become slower, variation bowlers will become more effective. Knuckle balls, leg-cutters and off-cutters are already used by fast bowlers in T20 cricket, but these will become the go-to deliveries on slower surfaces. Taking pace off the ball and varying speeds will be valuable, as was witnessed recently in CPL T20.The highest wicket-taker there was a fast bowler – Scott Kuggeleijn – who started the tournament bowling fast but quickly adapted to take pace off the ball.In the last three seasons of IPL, off-cutters and leg-cutters have been the most successful deliveries. Bowlers have taken a wicket once every nine balls with the leg-cutter while the off-cutter has resulted in a wicket once every 11 balls.While the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Dwayne Bravo and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue to be the key bowlers for their teams, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams and Jayadev Unadkat – who all have good slower balls – could play an equally dominant hand.A new viewing experienceOne of IPL’s unique selling points and a visible part of its success has been the sellout crowds. They have thronged to witness not just the cricket but also participate in and enjoy the party-like atmosphere, enhanced by the presence of Bollywood personalities along with the rich and the famous. For the fan, IPL has become an ‘I-was-there’ moment.The fans’ enthusiasm didn’t just add to the buzz of the IPL, it also energised players. Katich acknowledged that some international players who get an adrenaline rush in key moments from the crowd noise could be impacted. However, Katich also pointed out that younger players could take advantage of the absence of crowds and play without any external pressure.However players from Hardik Pandya to Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma have said that although it would be a different experience, cricket will be making all the noise this time.
Bafana Bafana of South Africa have put behind them the historic win over host Egypt last Saturday night and resume training for the cracker against Super Eagles of Nigeria tomorrow in Cairo.The 1996 champions on home soil had been on temporary holiday since the feat at the Cairo International Stadium with a late lone goal win over host, Egypt but returned to business with a light training in the morning before the major one late yesterday evening.Super Eagles on their part did a recovery training on Sunday before moving to Cairo for the match. The match is scheduled for Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday at 8pm local time with Semifinal ticket at stake.Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana Captain Thulani Hlatshwayo believes the team can achieve another big feat by knocking out three-time champions, Nigeria from the tournament.The Bafana Bafana only picked a spot in the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams in the competition after winning one (1-0 vs Namibia) and losing two (1-0 to Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco) in Group D. Rhey finished third behind Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire.Hlatshwayo believes the win against Egypt will spur his side to perform well against the Super Eagles.“We knew coming into the game with Egypt that we had to bring heroics. We had to prove to everyone but more importantly to our nation and ourselves, that we can deliver. Our preparation for that game was intense, we knew we had to give it everything we had, and that paid off,” Hlatshwayo told the Bafana Bafana media.“We’ve now made it into the AFCON quarterfinals for the sixth time in our history, this gives us an opportunity to really chase our dream to win. Our next game is against our biggest rival team, Nigeria.”Hlatshwayo added: “We know playing them will be tough, but we have a clear understanding of our mission, and we’ll give it our all once again. This is an opportunity for us to regain trust from the fans, to truly discover our identity and have confidence in our capabilities. As captain, I’m confident in the team and what we can achieve.“There’s a lot of pressure on us to perform well, therefore it is our intention to do our best. It is no longer just about participating but about earning our place on the greatest stage in Africa.“Whatever the outcome, this is only the beginning for us. I believe that this is a new era and opportunity to do well and participate more in global football competitions. The hope for this tournament is to bring the confidence South Africans once had in us when the team won the tournament in 1996.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Because McCoy already signed his letter of intent and enrolled at USC, he needs to be released from the agreement in order to play this season. McCoy will have to sit out the 2019 season if he isn’t released from his NLI because he hasn’t completed a full academic year at the University. McCoy is No. 9 on 247 Sports’ overall prospect rankings and was USC’s only five-star recruit. McCoy was set to join freshman Amon-ra St. Brown, junior Michael Pittman and redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns, among others, in a talented Trojan receiving corps in 2019. McCoy’s transfer contributes to the negative perception surrounding a program that was criticized for underperforming last season. McCoy played with St. Brown and freshman quarterback JT Daniels at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, and represented a continuing pipeline of talent from one of the country’s best high school football programs into the University. Now that McCoy has spurned the Trojans, it’s worth wondering if that connection will lose its power. Five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy, who committed to USC during the early signing period on Dec. 19, officially transferred to Texas Friday, according to Yahoo Sports. After entering the NCAA transfer portal Thursday, McCoy, the Trojans’ highest-ranked recruit in their 2019 class, will leave the school just weeks after taking classes at USC.
Luis Suarez came under criticism from the English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore for his temperamental behaviour on the pitch. Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona in a 75 million pounds deal.Luis Suarez is “an accident waiting to happen”, English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said Wednesday, adding he was glad the controversial forward had left Liverpool for Barcelona.The Uruguay striker left Anfield for Camp Nou in a 75 million pounds deal ($127 million, 95 million euro) after he was banned for four months from all football after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil. Scudamore said the Premier League would be more peaceful without Suarez, whose ban was his third for biting.”I think probably the time had come,” said Scudamore talking at the launch of the Premier League season, which starts on Saturday. “He’s a great player and I’m not taking anything away from his talents: he was voted by both his own players and the media last year the player of the year and deservedly so. “He’s great to have but an accident waiting to happen, and if you spend your time trying to promote what’s good about the Premier League, you’re always waiting for the next thing to come along. “And this one in the summer, although it was with Uruguay, although it didn’t directly involve the Premier League, clearly it reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs and it reflected on us,” he added.”He’s done his time here, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go.”I think it was good business on a number of levels from Liverpool to move Suarez on,” said Scudamore.Suarez has appealed against his FIFA ban to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and will learn their decision on Thursday.The striker was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and sidelined for seven matches for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in Ajax action in 2010.