Watch Wicked Pals Alexandra Billings & Bret Shuford’s Epic ‘Anything You Can Do’

first_img@bretshuford##duet with @therealalexandrabillings I can do it better! ##fyp ##duet ##mtboy ##anniegetyourgun ##lgbtqoriginal sound – vintagewhistle Star Files Bret Shuford & Alexandra Billings View Commentscenter_img It’s good to see them, isn’t it? Here’s your feel-good click of the day: Bret Shuford and Alexandra Billings, who became pals during Billings’ run as Madame Morrible in the Emerald City-set Broadway smash Wicked, teamed up on TikTok to perform a hilarious lip-sync rendition of one of musical theater’s most iconic face-off anthems, “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun. Enjoy the shenanigans below! Alexandra Billingslast_img read more

Texas leading rusher Foreman to have finger surgery

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas tailback and leader rusher D’Onta Foreman will have surgery on his right pinkie and his status is uncertain for the Longhorns’ next game against Texas Tech on Thanksgiving, coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday.Foreman has 681 yards this season and averages 7.2 yards per carry for Texas (4-6, 3-4 Big 12). He was injured in the second half of last week’s loss at West Virginia. The Longhorns must win their final two games to automatically qualify for a bowl in Strong’s second season.Strong also denied speculation that he could be interested in the vacant head coaching job at Miami. His name has repeatedly surfaced because of his ties to the state of Florida in previous stints at the University of Florida.Strong is 10-13 in two years at Texas.“I have to be successful here,” Strong said.last_img read more

USC transfer Browne hoping to build off productive spring

first_imgPittsburgh wide receiver Maurice French (2) makes a catch in front of defensive back Bricen Garner (27) during the first half of their annual spring NCAA college football scrimmage, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Pitt wore Steelers logos on their helmets in honor of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney who died earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Max Browne didn’t uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback.It’s why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last best shot at reviving a career that never bloomed with the Trojans.Three months into his new gig, plenty of work remains to be done. Browne salvaged an admittedly “bleh” afternoon with a late scoring drive during Pitt’s spring game on Saturday. His late 27-yard touchdown pass to Tre Tipton was hardly a thing of beauty – it sailed over the wrong shoulder and forced Tipton to make a diving, twisting grab in the end zone.Still, Tipton caught it. Hey, it’s a start.“That’s a big time drive, that’s the explosion you like to see,” Browne said.Browne just would have liked to see a little bit more of it. He finished 13 of 28 for 144 yards and the one score during an afternoon in which he was simultaneously the old guy and the new guy. Spring drills began with Browne making what he called “rookie” mistakes, particularly when it came to going through the pre-snap sequence. Yet over the course of 15 practices he felt he built momentum heading into camp.“I got that (pre-snap) part down and was just playing good ball after that, which is huge and why I came in here,” Browne said.In a way, Browne is on level footing with sophomore Ben DiNucci, redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie and true freshman Kenny Pickett, all of whom are trying to learn first-year offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s system on the fly. While Watson isn’t making a significant departure from the productive (and unconventional) approach taken by predecessor Matt Canada (now in the same job at LSU), the Panthers do expect to throw the ball downfield more in 2017.Watson may have tipped his hand a bit on the opening snap Saturday as Browne handed it off to Qadree Ollison only to have Ollison then pitch it back to him on a flea-flicker. Maurice Ffrench was open down the middle of the field, but the pass came high and late before being broken up by Avonte Maddox.It was that way for each of the first five series with Browne under center. He was 8 of 20 until his penultimate drive thanks to a handful of drops and a couple of deep balls that were well off target. His Blue team down and forced to pick up the pace, Browne – who started three games for the Trojans last season before being replaced in favor of Sam Darnold – finally got something going. Three straight completions covered 72 yards, the final 27 to Tipton.Narduzzi was quick to praise all four quarterbacks and said there is a leader in the race between Browne and DiNucci (who went 5 for 5 for 60 yards). Narduzzi just isn’t tipping his hand. As he pointed out, the Panthers still have 140 days to prepare for the 2017 opener against Youngstown State on Sept 2.Besides, few coaches seem to get a kick out of putting an `OR’ on the depth chart than Narduzzi. He uses it as a motivational tool and a reminder that no jobs are assured. That’s fine by both Browne and DiNucci.“When he’s out there, it’s friendly competition,” DiNucci said. “We’re cheering each other on, trying to get better every day.”___More AP college football at and

Facing misconduct investigation, Panthers owner selling team

first_img“I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership,” Richardson wrote, saying he wouldn’t begin discussions until after the season. The Panthers, who lost in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, are in playoff position again.“I hope everyone in the organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl,” said Richardson, 81.Richardson’s letter did not directly address the investigation or allegations against him.The NFL awarded Richardson, a former player with the Baltimore Colts, an expansion franchise in 1993, and he has been the team’s only owner.“There has been no greater mission or purpose in my life than to have brought an NFL franchise to Charlotte,” Richardson wrote. “The obstacles back then were significant and some even questioned whether or community could or would support professional football. But I always knew that if given the chance the Carolina would rise to the occasion. And you have.”Richardson attended Sunday’s win over the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium and was photographed sitting beside his wife Rosalind in his luxury box.He did not speak to reporters.The NFL had no comment on the upcoming sale of the Panthers.“While I will no longer be the team owner, I will always be the Panthers Number One fan,” Richardson’s letter said.The Panthers are tied to Charlotte through June 2019.The city of Charlotte and the Panthers reached agreement on improvements for the team’s stadium in 2013. The plan called for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year hard tether to keep the Panthers in Charlotte.The money is less than what the team was seeking for improvements of the stadium, which opened in 1996. Forbes estimates the Panthers worth at $2.3 billion. The Buffalo Bills sold in 2014 for $1.4 billion following the death of owner Ralph Wilson.Richardson and his ownership group paid $206 million in 1993 for an expansion team.Richardson’s announcement comes after a Sports Illustrated reportSunday that cited unnamed sources who said Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report states that the settlements came with non-disclosure requirements forbidding the parties from discussing the details.The NFL on Sunday said it has taken over the investigation of allegations of workplace misconduct. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Sunday the team requested the league take over the investigation for “transparency reasons.”Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called the situation surrounding Richardson “very sad.”“I’m saddened by any of the stories of the things that might have incited this at this time,” Jones said after Dallas’ win at Oakland on Sunday night. “He took what he made in his short time in pro football and turned it into a great business and then used that to get the Carolina franchise.”The Panthers began play in 1995 but have never delivered on Richardson’s promise of winning a Super Bowl. They lost after the 2003 and 2015 seasons.Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney said he had never seen any evidence of Richardson displaying any sexual or racial misconduct in the workplace.“If this (sale) happens I think it is a significant loss for the NFL,” Hurney told The Associated Press. “I have the utmost respect for him as an owner. Our employees have the utmost respect for him. I came back because of the respect I have for him and for the organization he started and developed.”Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said after Sunday’s win over Green Bay that Richardson has served as a father figure to him since his arrival in Carolina seven years ago.“For me I hope things don’t alter my thinking of Mr. Richardson,” Newton said. “But I do know that he has given me some things that I will forever be appreciative of.”Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game it is important to let the process play out.“The only thing I can speak on is for what he has been to me as far as I’m concerned,” Rivera said. “A lot of you know I had a house fire, and he was there for (my wife) Stephanie and I. He was tremendous in supporting us. My brother passed, and Mr. Richardson was there and helped me get to the funeral and back. I can’t speak to anything other than that.”Richardson was hospitalized 2008, one month after receiving a pacemaker for heart problems. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002 and was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart. He received the new heart on Feb. 1, 2009, and has not had any known setbacks since.It has been a wild year for the Panthers organization.Team president Danny Morrison abruptly resigned in February. Richardson then fired general manager Dave Gettleman on the eve of training camp and replaced him with Hurney on an interim basis.___For more NFL coverage: and CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Facing a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the NFL team after the season.The team announced on Twitter that Richardson is selling the team, linking to a five-paragraph letter by the franchise’s only owner. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, top center, watches during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)last_img read more

Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ

first_imgMuch like his Embiid, who only started playing basketball at 15, Ngannou was a late-bloomer to mixed martial arts. He was raised as one of five children in the poverty-stricken village of Batie and was only 12 when he went to work in the sand mines to support his family. Basically raised by a single mother, Ngannou was a Tyson fan and wanted to box, so he dabbled and drained in the sport for a few years. He knew there was little future in fighting stuck in the mines and realized if he wanted to become serious about the sport, he’d have to leave Cameroon.“If it was easy for me, I would have stayed in Cameroon,” Ngannou said. “I like to be close to my family. But one day, I felt like I didn’t have a choice. I left everything of my 26 years life behind me, closed the door and go somewhere where I don’t know what it looks like.”His new home was Paris. But Ngannou had no friends, no plan, no support system and lived on the streets. Ngannou worked in the kitchen for a humanitarian organization that helped homeless in Paris.“Being in the street in Paris, it wasn’t scary,” he said. “I embraced that situation because I knew worse than that. I’ve been in a worse situation than that one. Being in the streets in Paris was more comfortable than almost all the situations I’ve been though in my life.”And the worst situation?“I wasn’t able to have a kid life,” he said. “It’s not a good one. I don’t like it.”Ngannou found his way in his 20s and eventually visited the MMA Factory where he met his eventual coach, Fernand Lopez. Lopez would convince Ngannou to forget about boxing and drilled him in jiujitsu and wrestling and a career in MMA.Ngannou made his pro debut in 2013 and was in UFC about two years later in December 2015.Ngannou, who speaks French and English, has not forgot his past and was offended when President Donald Trump reportedly used a profane term to describe African countries last week.“All those people that he was talking about are people like us,” he said. “It’s kind of difficult to accept a thing like that. For myself, the goal for me was to lift my country and (to) see someone who just wants to break that dream, that hope for people (is tough). This guy is like a shame for America. America was built from immigration. America is the country that the world, the poor countries look at and, not expect America to give them something, but just to look at them as an example and build their own country and get a better situation.”Ngannou’s family is still in Cameroon and he wanted his mother and a 17-year-old brother (“he’s very smart”) to come live in the United States.Up first, a shot at the title.Standing in his way is Miocic (17-2), who has a date with heavyweight history and will set the UFC record for consecutive title defenses in the division at three with a victory.Ngannou has one plan — for that UFC title to get wrapped around his waist.“Life beat me up a lot of times,” Ngannou said, “and I want to take my revenge.” FILE- In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Francis Ngannou, left, hits Alistair Overeem in the first round during a UFC 218 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)BOSTON (AP) — Francis Ngannou has knockout power that snaps back heads like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday.Ngannou has stood tall against all opposition in his UFC career and his terrifying run has shaped the challenger into the betting favorite in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic.He’s not afraid to go face-to-face with anyone — even against his fellow Cameroon native, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Ngannou, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was absolutely dwarfed by the 7-2 Embiid in a visit Thursday morning at Sixers shootaround .Ngannou was ready to pull on his MMA gloves.“He should be my next opponent,” Ngannou said.“I think I’d kick his ass,” Embiid said, laughing.Embiid pulled in Ngannou for a bro hug and predicted the No. 1 contender would win by knockout in the second round.“That’s a good prediction,” Ngannou said.It would also be a long night of work for Ngannou. The 31-year-old Ngannou (11-1) hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights.Knock out Miocic, and Ngannou would complete the made-for-movies tale of homeless to heavyweight champ and position himself as perhaps UFC’s most dominant big man since Brock Lesnar.Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on a left uppercut that rolled the eyes of the fallen foe to the back of his head. The crushing KO has been replayed in perpetuity to hype Saturday’s fight.At Fenway Park, the heavy hitter said he can’t escape the clip of his biggest swing.“Any time I open my email, my Instagram, my story, people send it to me in different versions,” Ngannou said. “I think I did very well. It was all about to connect. And I connected.”Blink and you might miss the crowning of a new champ.“Good for him. He got a great knockout,” Miocic said.Ngannou’s rise was hardly as swift.last_img read more

NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend

first_imgWhen Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he’ll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories.Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry decided to poke fun at his own mischievous nature with his shoe selection, unveiling the Under Armour Curry 6 “Coy Fish” colorway depicting the time he and a former college teammate found themselves in a little trouble for pulling a prank at a Japanese steakhouse. This undated image provided by Adidas shows the shoe that Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry will wear during the 68th NBA All-Star basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (Adidas via AP) All-Star shoe fashion may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still a real thing.The shoes players wear are still considered as big of a deal as the All-Star game itself for a loyal niche of fans in the basketball community known as “sneakerheads” — even though the overall market for basketball shoes may not be what it was a decade ago.Regardless, the stories behind them add meaning to the shoes.Curry’s “Coy Fish” shoe ($130, available Friday), for instance, resembles the vibrant koi fish — and the story of when Curry and former Davidson Wildcats teammate Steve Rossiter decided to jump into the koi fish pond at a local Japanese restaurant while out celebrating one night. Curry was the decoy in the escapade, distracting the hostess while Rossiter jumped in the water and tried to grab one of the koi fish.Unfortunately for Curry and Rossiter, the security surveillance tape captured the antics and it got back to Davidson coach Bob McKillop.“We were in the gym running sprints for a good two hours,” Curry says on the Under Armour website.McKillop also made the players go back to the steakhouse and stand at the front door and greet customers for four hours.Durant’s shoe line is named after his favorite aunt, who died of lung cancer in 2000, so any new release has a personal meaning to him. The KD 11 Aunt Pearl ($150, available Thursday).James Harden, Damian Lilllard and Kyle Lowry will be wearing Adidas All-Star Weekend “raceway inspired” shoes with checkered flags, a nod to Charlotte’s long history of auto racing. Those shoes are player edition only and aren’t available to the public, but other colorways of each sneaker are available to the public. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities — and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out.center_img By 2 hours ago While the unveiling of new shoes at the NBA All-Star game is a bit like Christmas morning for some shoe collectors, one industry advisor says it isn’t likely to resonate with American consumers.“Basketball shoes are not in fashion anymore,” said Matt Powell, of the Sports NPD Group who has been doing research in the area of shoes for more than two decades.Powell said the trend away from basketball shoes began around 2015 and that sales have continued to slide. He said basketball shoe sales in the United States declined in “the low teens” in 2017 and in the “high single digits” last year.He doesn’t expect the trend to change regardless of how fancy the new line of basketball shoes unveiled this weekend in Charlotte.Still, players continue to compete off the court in a shoe market where sometimes the flashier the better. So there will be a bevy of multicolored ones on display.Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Boston’s Kyrie Irving might don the most vibrant shoes.Irving will wear red, blue, black, yellow and white Kyrie 5 X Rokit by Nike ($190, available Saturday), which combines the skate and hoop culture to showcase the crossover between the sports.Westbrook will celebrate his eighth NBA All-Star selection with a special edition colorway of his Jordan Brand Why Not Zer0.2 shoes ($125, available Sunday) that features a bold combination of black, red, light and dark blue and lime green.Like most of the players, Westbrook has input into the design of his shoes, saying on the Nike website that “every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me. … I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.’”In coordination with the All-Star weekend hosted by former NBA star and current Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand is releasing a series of off-court footwear to honor the six-time NBA champion, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, led the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship and became a household name with the Chicago Bulls.One of the shoes, the Air Jordan Varsity Royal ($200, available now), celebrates Jordan’s legacy at Laney High School with a varsity royal, maize and light charcoal combination shoe.But the most popular shoe might be the re-release of what Jordan wore in the last All-Start game played in Charlotte in 1991 — the mostly black-and-red Jordan VI Infrared ($200, available Saturday).“We wanted to pay homage to the most important parts of MJ’s journey and you can see that come to life with new and classic takes of Air Jordans for men and women,” said David Creech, the Jordan Brand vice president of design.Half of the 26 players selected to the All-Star game will be wearing Nike shoes.Five will wear Jordan Brand, three will sport Adidas, two Under Armour and one each player each will represent New Balance, Anta and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning.___More AP NBA: and read more

Tribesmen Triumphant – McGettigans Rugby League All Ireland Final

first_imgA new name would adorn the trophy as the Galway Tribesmen and the Ballynahinch Rabbitohs set of to seek glory. The game commenced with the Rabbitohs kicking short and meeting the first tackle ferociously. On a balmy summer day with the sun beating down on the pitch and baking anything exposed to it two gladiator teams strode out, both with the sole intent of leaving the pitch later that afternoon as the champion Rugby League team on the island of Ireland. Hard driving gave the Tribesmen good early positioning and they worked hard to support. Kenny Calladine, the Rabbitohs player coach was injured in first tackle he made and had to be helped from the pitch with a shoulder injury. The Rabbitohs were then awarded with a penalty for offside during their first possession and after kicking downfield and setting the ball up with an early drive Karl Yellop burst through three tackles after 4 minutes to score for the Rabbitohs but Hugh Van Asbeck missed the kick. A quick play the ball from the restart lead to a good roll on and Yellop was menacing for the Rabbitohs but after good build up play the kick went dead and the ball was turned over. From the 20m restart Galway caught the Rabbitohs napping and good attacking by Galway lead to a penalty. They refused the 2 and attacked and seemed to have scored but a double movement penalty was given against Paddy Finn.The ball was then turned over by Rabbitohs and a speculative kick went out just short of try line. Big hit ups and big tackles the order of the day and the big lads went looking for action. Following a punt down field a fantastic kick return by Alan McMahon, exploiting the gaps and racing 40m back up the pitch setup Galway for further attacking position.Galway had settled early and looked fluid in attack though they wasted chances with kicks early in the tackle count and in defence a high tackle on Kenny James offered some relief for the Rabbitohs, who were struggling to come to terms with the loss of Calladine. Hugh Van Asbeck assumed bossing the Rabbitohs and directing them around the pitch and they got some good field position but wasted it with a poorly executed bomb that went dead. Galway came back and Mica Antonio, the club captain made huge yards and offloaded brilliantly but James Simpson pounced and stole the ball for the Rabbitohs.A huge hit by Galway to retrieve possession meant they were back on the ball and a fine cross chip kick by Peter O’Neill gave Josh Nugent a sniff and that was all he needed to collect the ball and score in the corner. O’Neill then edged the Tribesmen in front with a fantastic touchline conversion.At this stage Galway looked settled and in their groove, the injury to talisman Kenny Calladine meant the Rabbitohs had lost their shape and were struggling to get the same level of roll on. The Tribesmen were now dominant in the tackle and were winning the middle ground. Yet soon after great movement of the ball from Van Asbeck put the ball into Kenny James hands and he freed his winger to attack the line. Great interplay opened up the Tribesmen further but the ball went to ground and the chance was lost.With just 20 minutes played three players had now left the pitch due to injury, such was the ferocity that the game was being played at. Good pressure from the Rabbitohs saw a knock on and a turnover of ball. Great play from Jacob Spargo saw a superb steal and the ball turned over but it was soon back in Rabbitohs hands as a loose pass was pounced upon and a great in and out run saw Chris Orr score a superb try that was unfortunately not converted.The Rabbitohs started their next set with go forward and the Tribesmen found them difficult to handle but just when they were attacking Van Asbeck overcooked his Crossfield kick and it went straight into touch. Galway needed a response and they worked hard with their big lads to punch a hole in the Rabbitohs defence and when Antonio put O‘Neill through it was three against one but the final pass wasn’t great and the ball was lost forward. Van Asbeck then made great ground direct from the scum and offloaded to James who added yardage. The final ball to Jason Barr, who was having his own personal battle with Nugent was lost and the tribesmen began again, with a typical Antonio offload.On thirty minutes McMahon blasted through from about 20 out and scored under the sticks. O’Neill then put the extra two over and there was now a try between the two sides. From the restart Kenny Calladine, already in the wars, took on Antonio and the collision was huge and damaging. Calladine came out of it worst and didn’t get up from the ground. He left the pitch with his jersey being used as a support for his shoulder, as he had done in the first few minutes but this time there would be no return.From the restart a wonderful run by Conor Mackey ended when he offloaded to Ethon Maloney, who duly returned the offload to Mackey to send the Tribesmen further ahead, the first time in the game there had been more than one score between the teams. This was converted by O’NeillThe Rabbitohs needed to ensure no further damage was done in this half and they were assisted by a knock on by the Tribesmen from the kick off. A score now would make the second half very interesting and the Rabbitohs were now 10 out after a steal was penalised. The Tribesmen were as determined in defence as they were attack and repelled the Rabbitohs who ended the set with an ineffectual kick that went dead.The Rabbitohs were dropping off tackles and needed half time ASAP but great defence stopped the score increasing as they returned a great grubber kick from in goal into the field of play.The second half started with a low punt from the tribesmen at kick off. The Rabbitohs quickly returned it and were met with a fired up defence. The fifth tackle saw a bomb that was too shallow to cause any issue but the ball was immediately back in Rabbitohs hands for a repeat set. The Tribesmen however were controlling the tackle beautifully until a great break by Nathan Gibson, who injured himself in the process, was followed by a quick play the ball and Yellop got his second of the day from close range. The two points weren’t added and this was now the difference on the scoreboard between the two teams.The Rabbitohs were doing too much around the ruck which allowed for the Tribesmen to control. A great bomb was taken brilliantly by Yellop and his offload was knocked on by the Tribesmen, resulting in a scrum 10 metres out from their own line. The Rabbitohs could sniff the line and superb line defence was troubling the Rabbitohs but the sucker punch of a one yard scoot by Orr, to an open goal line, gave the Rabbitohs the four points. Ben Parkinson now took over kicking duties but still the Rabbitohs didn’t trouble the scoreboard for 2 pointers.As happens often after a try the scorers can make a mistake from the restart and a knock on gave the Tribesmen great field position. But they didn’t respect the ball and it was soon back in their opponents hands. Andy Simpson now took it to the Tribesmen and this was followed up with similar from the hard working Gary Crawford before great hands put Yellop near the line. His offload to Burekama ended up lost but the Rabbitohs had just gone 80 metres in four tackles and were now in the ascendance.Wonderful footwork by Colm Neary opened up the Rabbitohs but the final pass went to an opposition player and they were subsequently penalised for dragging him into touch after the tackle was complete. The Rabbitohs now had great field position and Orr danced through for his hat-trick with a wonderful step of either foot to open them up to put the Rabbitohs in the lead for the first time since 30th Minute. Parkinson added the 2 points and the Rabbitohs extended their lead. From the restart the Rabbitohs were quickly up to the halfway line and troubling their opponents and the Rabbitohs nearly scored again when they went close in at the corner but great cover defence kept them at bay.The Tribesmen needed to regroup, get a platform going and move down the pitch. From the ensuing scrum the Rabbitohs worked the ball across the pitch and Yellop went in from close to put daylight between the two sides. Ben Parkinson’s 2 pointer meant the score was now 28-18 to the Rabbitohs and there was 10 points separating them. Worryingly there had been 20 unanswered points since the restart.A great kick off resulted in a drop out from under the sticks and possession to the tribesmen but they knocked on, rather than catch the ball and the tensions got the better of a few as both sides got involved in handbags. The referee dealt with this superbly and got the game restarted via a scrum. Kenny James cut a great line and bust the tackle but the pass to him was forward. The Tribesmen were back in possession in their opponents half, could they make the most of it?They were reverting to their free flowing game and the offloads were working. Added to that a penalty for not standing square and they now had a repeat set deep into Rabbitohs territory. Another wonderful offload by Mica Antonio created the extra man and Cathal Evans finished to reduce the deficit and O’Neill kept up his remarkable kicking with another conversion from wide out to make the score 28-24 to the Rabbitohs.The Tribesmen were buoyed by this and made great yards before an unusual cross field kick early in the tackle count, near the half way line, gave possession back to the Rabbitohs. Yellop was having a stellar game, as was his centre partner Kenny James and they set the platform but a clumsy offload by Simpson saw Colm Neary (7) kick ahead and he regained and made great ground before tackled and then flopped upon. The professional foul resulted in Chris Gibson being sin binned and the Tribesmen now had a one man advantage for the next 10 minutes. Could they make it count?Yes they could as Antonio powered over from close range and the try was given by the referee although the touch judge saw something which wasn’t taken into consideration. The score was now 28 apiece with a kick to come from the ultra-reliable O’Neill and he didn’t let down. The Tribesmen were now up by 2.For the Tribesmen now ball security and had yards were important. They kept the ball and went forward. Not pretty but at this stage it was about keeping hold of the ball. McMahon came in, shaped to pass and then dragged the ball back to sprint away and score under the posts. In a topsy turvy game we now had the potential for day light between both sides again. O’Neill converted again and there were now two scores between the teams with eight minutes to go.The Rabbitohs desperately needed the ball back now, they were chasing the game but the tribesmen were in no mood to hand it to them. Another outstanding offload meant a set of seven tackles rather than six and when McMahon was sent away it looked like the game had as well but he was penalised for a double movement and the Rabbitohs got a break when a loose patch went into touch but the defence was too eager and gave away a penalty.The tribesmen were now giving away too many penalties and were in danger of losing a player. More great defence kept the Rabbitohs out before a head injury interrupted play. From the restart an immediate score was required but the tribesmen were just too good, they wanted it more. Mica Antonio then offloaded straight to a Rabbitohs player and they were back in defence. The defence, after 79 minutes was like lightning but they got broke with good hands out wide for Paddy James to score. Parkinson converted but it wasn’t enough.From the resulting kick off the hooter sounded and the Rabbitohs tried to move the ball but were caught in possession, meaning they had lost their second All-Ireland final by 2 points.Tribesmen were champions!!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — October 6, 2019

first_imgShare This!Is rain back in Central Florida’s forecast? After a couple of dry weeks with just spotty coastal showers making their way as far inland as Walt Disney World, it looks like we might be back in business. But the summertime sea breeze storms are over. We’re in a whole new world (sorry!) of weather patterns.Surprise! Fall ShowersDid you get wet while waiting for the final showing of IllumiNations? This time of year, coastal showers can show up with a lack of fanfare that really surprises out-of-towners and local guests alike! The clouds are smaller and much lower in height than our towering thunderstorms, the showers are more concentrated in small areas, and they typically last only minutes… but wow, can they pack a lot of rain into those minutes! These showers are more typical of fall and spring weather in central Florida, blowing through in a hurry without so much as a rumble of thunder.On the opposite side of the spectrum, you’ll find smaller, drier clouds give away their lack of rainy intent. Look how flat and stretched-out these fair weather cumulus over Epcot are looking. This photo is from Thursday, October 3… one of the drier days this past week.Big sun and little clouds for an October afternoon at Epcot.This week’s weather at Walt Disney WorldWind, rain, and clouds: oh yes! Florida is getting the squeeze from an inverted trough to our south, and a high pressure ridge to our north. That’s kicking up the breezes even as a frontal boundary off the east coast is allowing some moisture to finally settle into our dry atmosphere.That means a jump in humidity: up into the 60-70% territory during the day. Daytime heating and humidity is helping some Atlantic showers push inland with more success than they managed last week, so rain chances have gone up through most of the week.However, the chance of thunder is pretty limited — these showers may continue to bring gusty winds and brief downpours, but the dynamics aloft that let our legendary thunderstorms kick off are pretty weak this time of year. If you’re a lightning bug, this is not the week you capture your great photo of a bolt over Cinderella Castle.Towards the end of the week, an area of high pressure is expected to drift our way, bringing drier air as moisture levels in the mid levels of the atmosphere taper off.  It’s looking like Columbus Day weekend will be another sunny autumn weekend in Central Florida.Expect daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 80s all week long, with lows in the 70s during the first part of the week, then dropping into the 60s later in the week as the humidity lets up and dry air takes control once more.Rain chances will be highest through Wednesday, with showers flowing in from the Atlantic each day and about a 50% chance of your particular piece of ground seeing rain on any of these days.Tropical weather outlookOctober is typically a strong month for hurricane development, particularly for Florida interests, but this week the National Hurricane Center is tracking two areas of interest in the North Atlantic, far from the usual tropical development zones.Relatively quiet: the five-day tropical weather outlook. Courtesy NOAAOne is well out to sea, between Bermuda and the Azores, but is expected to slowly develop into a tropical or subtropical depression as it drifts westwards. There’s a fifty percent chance of tropical depression formation over the next five days.The other area of formation is less likely and doesn’t affect Florida, as it’s a non-tropical low which may develop off the Carolina coast later in the week. This system is expected to drift northward off the east coast of the U.S. and could develop some subtropical characteristics, like a closed center of circulation.What’s the chance we’ll still see some tropical development in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico, or the nearshore Atlantic? The clock is definitely running down — historically, only ten percent of a year’s hurricane activity takes place after October 20th. As we are looking towards October 10th with nothing but these two Atlantic outliers on the horizon, it’s possible that the hurricane season is coming to an unceremonious early end (much like the Florida rainy season did). One reason for October’s quiet waters: Hurricane Lorenzo. This massive, record-breaking storm mostly rained on the fishes before it rocketed up to Ireland. But it left a lasting impact on the waves in its wake: cool water. Hurricanes pull heat from the surface of the water, and leave a cold trail behind them. Lorenzo’s wake reached all the way across the Atlantic to the shores of Florida and the Carolinas for more than a week, leaving a chilling effect in place that would freeze out any future storms.While the Atlantic Ocean may look like it’s shut down for the season, there is one remaining threat to Florida’s sanity over the next few weeks—the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. These locally-grown storms are more common threats in late hurricane season—like Hurricane Michael, the catastrophic Category 5 storm which hit the Florida panhandle last year. These storms can be spun up by an atmospheric feature called the Central American Gyre. Michael was developed out of a Central American Gyre; so was 2017’s deadly and costly Hurricane Nate. The gyre is a swirl in the atmosphere which occurs over or near Central America, stirring up rain and trouble. Should one spin up between now and November, we could find ourselves with a new area of tropical development.last_img read more

New Jersey Issues Opportunity Zone Guidance

first_imgNew Jersey follows IRC Sec. 1400Z-2 for both corporation and gross income taxpayers.What is the Federal Law?The Opportunity Zone Program was enacted as part of the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The program is designed to encourage long-term capital investments into low-income rural and urban communities. The program offers incentives with regard to the taxation of capital gains for investment in Opportunity Zones. The US Department of the Treasury approved 169 census tracts in 75 New Jersey municipalities as Opportunity Zones.What is New Jersey Following?For corporation business taxpayers, New Jersey follows the same method of accounting as for federal purposes. New Jersey’s starting point is the entity’s federal taxable income, before federal net operating losses and other special deductions, subject to certain modifications.For gross income taxpayers, New Jersey follows the method of accounting and the basis of property must be the same as for federal income tax. New Jersey also follows the special rule for investments held for at least 10 years if the taxpayer makes that election federally. The gains are subject to tax when the gain is recognized for federal purposes. This treatment applies to both individuals and pass-through entities.Notice: Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) – Opportunity Zones, New Jersey Division of Taxation, February 5, 2019Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Morocco’s World Cup success sparks violent celebration in Brussels

first_imgCelebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to soccer’s World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers.Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange.Brussels police said that of some 1,500 people had come to celebrate Morocco’s 2-0 win over Ivory Coast, but that around 300 started to behave violently and attacked police officers and firemen called to put out burning cars and dust bins.More than 100,000 people of Moroccan origin live in Brussels. Belgium saw an influx of Moroccan workers in the 1960s and 1970s. AP Photo (for Representational purpose) Prosecutors said that by Sunday morning no arrests had been made, but Belgium’s interior minister vowed to hold those responsible to account, calling the events unacceptable.”The fundamental problem is that such events are used as an excuse for reckless behaviour and doing unacceptable things,” Interior Minister Jan Jambon told Belgium’s Radio 1.”We have camera images – whoever did this will pay for this, there is no way around it,” Jambon added.last_img read more