3 Mar
2021

Video: Logano confronts Hamlin after Bristol race

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18 Jan
2021

Lessons of the Tony Awards! Kelli O’Hara, Darren Criss & More

first_img Darren Criss Star Files This year’s Tony Awards were totally out of this world. Fun Home took home the trophy for Best Musical, a tearful Alex Sharp transformed from recent Juilliard grad to Tony winner before our eyes, and oh right, Kristin Chenoweth wore an E.T. costume for some reason. Stop playing “Ring of Keys” on repeat for a sec, because it’s time for the Lessons of the Tony Awards!2015 Tony Winners Respect Your TimeUsually, Tony winners make the awards ceremony all about them. “There’s so many people I’d like to thank.” “This award means so much to me.” “I’d like to dedicate my award to the memory of my late mother.” Geez, how selfish can you be? This year, however, the winners made it all about you by keeping their speeches short and sweet. The show ended on time, and you were in your jammies by 11!The Worm Isn’t Kelli O’Hara’s Only MoveThe sixth time’s the charm for The King and I star Kelli O’Hara. The Broadway sweetheart is finally a Tony winner, and she celebrated by proving that she can, in fact, do the worm! And tap dance! She even busted out some weird interpretive stuff we’re not really sure how to categorize! You’re our favorite Tony-winning worm, Kelli. Wriggle the night away—you’ve earned it.Alan Cumming Has a Not-So-Secret CrushLove was in the air—no, not just Mr. and Mrs. O’Hara’s love for their Tony winning daughter—Alan Cumming’s giant-super-borderline-creepy love for Josh Groban. The co-host swooned, fawned and fainted over the Grammy-winning singer all night long. Alan, after seeing your convincing impression of Kelli O’Hara, there’s no doubt you could dress as Kat Dennings and put one over on Groban at the after party.Josh Groban Might Be a SoothsayerBy the way, was Groban trying to send us a secret message during the “In Memoriam” tribute? Call us crazy, but while he was singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” we could have sworn we heard him whisper, “Carousel is coming to Broadway next season.” Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but #soreadyforaclambake.Ruthie Ann Miles Is an EnvironmentalistThe King and I star Ruthie Ann Miles became the official Broadway Recycling Ambassador when she opted to bring her cell phone on stage to read her acceptance speech instead of a piece of paper. Way to do your part, Ruthie! Hey, um, we know we said we’d take compost duty at the post-show party but uh, we’ve been working all night and we’re kinda tired. Rain check?Didn’t Get Nominated? You Still Win!The Tonys typically showcase the plays and musicals that actually, um, you know, were nominated for Tony Awards. But this year, a ton of air time was given to shows like Fish in the Dark, It Shoulda Been You and Finding Neverland, which were completely snubbed. Hey, we’re all winners at the Tonys…especially the woman who wrote that random email David Hyde Pierce read.Darren Criss Took Manganiello TechniqueWhen Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello asked Darren Criss which teacher made an impact on his life, the Hedwig star quipped that he learned everything he knows from watching Magic Mike. Darren, we know you’re kidding, but we just had a brilliant idea. You. This. Next season. And bring Carousel with you.Young Stars Stole the ShowWhile seasoned celebs like Helen Mirren and Tommy Tune were honored at this year’s awards, the evening was really made electric by 11-year-old Sydney Lucas, who performed the emotional “Ring of Keys” from Fun Home, and Curious Incident’s Alex Sharp, who won his first Tony after graduating from Juilliard. Congratulations! You’ve made us all feel horribly inadequate.Everyone’s Shagged Bradley CooperWhen Alan Cumming joked that he’d slept with Tony-nominated The Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper, his co-host Kristin Chenoweth revealed that she, too, had slept with Bradley. Wow, are we the only ones who haven’t slept with him? Bradley, why won’t you return our calls? We’re here for you. Always.Cheno Is the Hostess with the MostessThe On the Twentieth Century powerhouse may not have won a Tony this year, but she proved she’s capable of absolutely anything. She sang, she danced, she phoned home, she jumped out from under a dress, she sang some more, she danced some more, she changed costumes about 87 times and OH RIGHT HOSTED THE SHOW. Your move, SNL.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Badgers relying on youth

first_imgSaturday night the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-2, 2-1-1 WCHA) showed how it will reap the benefits of last year’s national championship for years to come. The Badgers handed Minnesota-Duluth its first loss of the season due in large part to the significant contributions of a highly talented freshman class.Injuries to UW forwards Jack Skille and Ross Carlson and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz has given UW head coach Mike Eaves a chance to get some mileage from his youngsters, and so far they have not disappointed. In Saturday’s 5-2 victory, Jamie McBain and Ben Grotting netted their first-career goals while three other Badgers recorded their first assists. “Well it was definitely a positive and you sure hope those kids are getting their first goals because they are getting opportunities,” Eaves said. “I know they are thrilled and their teammates were thrilled for them so now they can cross that off the to do list and get back to playing.”With Wisconsin down 1-0, Grotting evened the score at one as freshmen John Mitchell and Andy Bohmbach garnered their first assists and points as Badgers on the play. Blake Geoffrion also recorded his first point as a Badger, assisting on Ben Steeets’ first-period goal. With 12 seconds remaining in a dismal second period for the Badgers, McBain sent Wisconsin to the locker room with a lead, and more importantly, something to build on. In the home-opener against North Dakota, McBain misplayed the puck in overtime allowing UND to steal a come-from-behind victory at the Kohl Center. Eaves, however, feels McBain has the right mindset to be a successful defenseman at the collegiate level. “For him (McBain) to be a defenseman in this league and to make that adjustment, it’s a big step,” Eaves said. “I like his attitude because he’s got a perfect mindset like a defensive back in football, he kind of lets it roll off and he gets ready for the next shift and that will benefit him down the line.” Eaves outlined tentative time tables for the injured players’ return. Klubertanz is week-to-week, Carlson should be ready within four weeks while Skille is expected to be sidelined for the next four to six weeks. In the meantime, one of the best recruiting classes in the nation will have to maintain their high level of play in order for the Badgers to be successful. Contrasting StylesMuch of the Badgers’ success this weekend came at the expense of goaltender Alex Stalock. The freshman netminder is not afraid to venture outside the crease and oftentimes acts as a third defenseman, making outlet passes to his forwards. While Eaves has respect for Stalock and his ambitious play, he is quite content with Elliott’s consistent goaltending and positioning. “I’d much rather have our style of goaltending,” Eaves said. “Mr. Stalock stopped the puck but there were a few times where there were people in the net behind him and you could see how active he is; it’s a little bit of an adventure, but the bottom line is that he stops the pucks … I know as a coach I would probably have a few more gray hairs with that style.” Elliott on the other hand was a rock of stability in net all weekend including a 34-save effort Saturday night. Last year’s Hobby Baker Award finalist withstood some defensive lapses to give the Badgers a chance to win both nights. “There were a lot of breakdowns and a lot of turnovers in our own zone,” Eaves said. “He (Elliott) was there as our backbone, and he allowed us to have a short-term memory.”Getting DirtyAfter losing three of their top six scorers from a year ago against North Dakota last weekend, Eaves has the Badgers playing a tough grind-it-out style to overcome the loss of scoring. For senior assistant captain Jake Dowell that means playing the same style he has played his whole life. Eaves maintains that the Wisconsin native is the poster boy for the team’s identity. “I don’t know, but it’s definitely not the looks,” Dowell said jokingly of being the team poster boy. “I think he (coach Eaves) was talking about how I don’t mind getting in and playing dirty and physical … I think that’s what he means, and our identity is our hard work; and I have never been a finesse player, but you know hard work obviously pays off.”Saturday Dowell scored two goals, much to the delight of his father, who was watching his son for the first time at the Kohl Center.”I have been waiting for him to come down for over a year now and it was an awesome feeling to be able to play in front of him to see him … I knew exactly where he was and to be able to get a goal and to have him see it meant the world to me,” Dowell said.last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

Rio Olympics: Athletes welcomed with condoms, air conditioning

first_imgWith a record number of condoms allocated and air-conditioners in every bedroom, Rio’s athletes village starts welcoming Olympians on Sunday.The new apartment towers built to house 11,000 athletes and 6,000 coaches during Rio’s Games are being called basic, even austere.But when you step out on the balcony of one of the 3,604 apartments, the complex — with its swimming pools, tennis courts and bike lanes — looks downright five-star.”The athletes are going to have everything they could possibly wish for during the Games,” said Paul Ramler, founder of RSG events, which has been supplying furniture for athletes’ villages since Sydney 2000.”I’ve never seen anything like this during all my years at the Games.”Local organizers describe the 31 17-story towers as a “city within a city” complete with a 24-hour cafeteria, beauty salon and florist. The rooms themselves are furnished with the basics: metal beds, bedside tables and disposable wardrobes made with recycled fabric.Ramler said the idea was to make the furniture sustainable but also inexpensive in keeping with Rio’s bid to provide low-budget Games. The complex was built with private money and the developers are already looking for buyers post-Olympics.The main entrance is heavily guarded and equipped with metal detectors.Unlike in recent Games, there are no TVs in the apartments. Organizers did finally agree to install air conditioners in the bedrooms to allay fears over the mosquito-borne Zika virus, despite the expected cool temperatures during the games, which fall during Rio’s winter. The opening ceremony is scheduled for August 5.According to Ramler, the apartments are equipped with 13,000 toilet seats, 275,000 clothes hangers and 18,500 beds that can be extended in length for taller athletes. The spartan bathrooms sport plastic shower curtains and a single oval mirror, but no drawers or cupboards to store the 450,000 condoms that will be distributed to athletes — equivalent to 42 per person.”I guess they’re going stick those in the bedside tables,” Ramler said.last_img read more

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