Broadway Grosses: Twelfth Night Breaks Records, Beautiful Packs the House & Bridges Joins the Boards

first_imgAudiences are still clamoring to catch Mark Rylance pull double-duty as the neurotic, lovestruck Countess Olivia in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and then as the murderous titular madman of The Bard’s Richard III. The shows, performed in repertory, broke the house record of Broadway’s Belasco Theatre for the fourth time. Meanwhile, Beautiful, starring Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, packed in huge crowds this week, playing to over 97 percent capacity at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and The Bridges of Madison County, starring four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, began Broadway previews. UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
 5. Rock of Ages ($361,214)
 4. A Night with Janis Joplin ($339,451)
 3. Outside Mullingar ($282,706) 2. Machinal ($214,329)*
 1. Bronx Bombers ($167,974)

 FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (101.94%)
 3. Wicked (98.62%)
 4. Beautiful (97.77%)
 5. The Lion King (97.74%)

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 5. The Phantom of the Opera (73.12%)
 4. Cinderella (72.71%)
 3. A Night with Janis Joplin (69.09%)
 2. Jersey Boys (68.53%) 
1. Bronx Bombers (61.90%)

 *Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances
 FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
 1. The Book of Mormon ($1,750,313)
 2. Wicked ($1,749,967)
 3. The Lion King ($1,653,132)
 4. Kinky Boots ($1,527,348)
 5. Motown The Musical ($1,169,588)

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Allison Case, Amy Spanger & More Set for Matilda on B’way

first_img Related Shows View Comments Matilda Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Maggots beware, some new grownups will be treading the boards at the Shubert Theatre from September 8! Allison Case will take over as Miss Honey, with Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood, Rick Holmes as Mr. Wormwood and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps in the Broadway production of Matilda. They are set to replace Alison Luff, Lesli Margherita, Matt Harrington and Karen Aldridge, respectively.Case originated the role of Crissy in the Tony-winning revival of Hair; she has also been seen on the Main Stem in Hands on a Hardbody and Mamma Mia. Spanger’s Broadway credits include the original casts of Elf, Rock of Ages, Wedding Singer and Kiss Me Kate; she has also been seen on the Great White Way in Chicago, Urinetown and Sunset Boulevard. Holmes recently appeared on Broadway in The Visit; his additional multiple Main Stem credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Pillowman, Spamalot, Major Barbara, The Deep Blue Sea and Cabaret. Belcon’s Broadway credits include the original cast of Avenue Q and Rent.Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The cast additionally currently includes Christopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull, along with Mattea Conforti, Rileigh McDonald, Mimi Ryder and Alexandra Vlachos sharing the title role.last_img read more

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Governor shuffles staff; Casey, Wark take on new duties

first_imgDennise Casey, Governor Douglas deputy chief of staff, has assumed the responsibilities of spokesman for the governor. His former press secretary, Stephen Wark, has accepted a position with the Department of Public Service as Manager of Special Projects. Wark will assume a leadership role in shaping the department s strategy to deploy the federal stimulus funds as well as the continuing development of the All Fuels Efficiency Program.last_img

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Hempstead Man Convicted of Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was convicted Tuesday of gunning down a 20-year-old victim to death in Hempstead last year in what authorities described as a revenge killing.A Nassau County jury found Diquan McClough guilty of second-degree and criminal possession of a weapon.Prosecutors said that the 21-year-old gunman fired six shots from a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at Quavis Ford in front of the victim’s apartment house on Terrace Avenue at 4:20 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2012.Ford was hit by three of the bullets, twice in the back and once in the left leg. He was pronounced dead the following day.Authorities said McClough shot Ford because the gunman thought the victim had been involved in a previous shooting of McClough’s friend. B oth the gunman and the victim were from Hempstead.McClough fled the scene but was apprehended the following month in Augusta, Ga.He faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 13.last_img read more

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Did you know partnering with realtors can help grow your credit union?

first_imgIn November, more than 15,000 real-estate professionals gathered in San Diego for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) annual conference and exhibit. America’s Credit Unions again used its exhibit booth at the conference to spread the word on how a partnership between a local Realtor and credit union can benefit both parties.I had the opportunity to talk with dozens of Realtors at NAR and hundreds over the past few years. The one question that kept popping up was: How are credit unions different than other financial institutions?Their perceptions of credit unions are familiar but disconcerting:Only certain people can join.They are not well versed in complex transactions like housing finance, securities and insurance.Their availability for service is limited to 9-to-5 Monday to Friday.These perceptions tell me that credit unions are not doing a good job in reaching out to Realtors, helping them understand the difference between a credit union owned by its members and a bank owned by its stockholders.Many advantages exist for Realtors to work with credit unions, but those relationships will never develop if credit unions do not first reach out to Realtors in the local community to dispel these perceived inadequacies. Only then can the relationship develop and you can answer questions like these:What kind of Realtor profile does your mortgage lending organization use when seeking purchase-money loans? How well do your local Realtors understand your products–and how they differ from the Big Banks? How often (and when) during the loan process does your credit union contact the Realtor involved in the sale?Based on my recent conversations at NAR, consider these suggestions for reaching out to Realtors to establish a relationship, assuring them that working together is in the best interests of both:Tell the Realtor of your passion to serve people who live and work in your community. It’s how they work, too. Then-NAR President Steve Brown, speaking at the ACUMA Annual Conference in 2014, noted that Realtors and credit unions strengthen the communities they share. To me, that is among the strongest arguments you can make in your conversation.Communicate your policies for working with Realtors. Tell them which methods you employ for communication–phone, fax, email, text. (If you answer “none of the above,” please go back and start over.) Share your loan process and, hopefully, other Realtors you have worked with. If you are willing to refer some of your members to the Realtors, mention it. All of these examples build trust.Work hard to collect testimonials from homebuyers and other Realtors. Display them on your website and make them available to Realtor prospects.Like credit union lenders, Realtors want to make the dream of homeownership come true for their clients. Of course the Realtor benefits; so does the credit union as the lender. But Realtors and CUs share the goal of making that dream come true and approach it locally–within the community where they know the people, the economy, and therefore, the people’s needs.With all of that said, what is really on the mind of the Realtor? Other than reaching the finish line of the transaction, the closing, they work hard with the lender and all of the parties involved with the transaction.A final thought: You may see the relationship between a credit union and a Realtor as a piece of a loan transaction that ties into the credit union’s financial performance. I see it as a potential partnership that brings assistance with exploring your primary service area and identifying people who can become new members and have a home loan as their introduction to you.That’s my dream. Now go ahead and chase yours. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Detailslast_img read more

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Global executive survey explores building digital trust amidst emerging technologies

first_img This post is currently collecting data… Consumer adoption of digital transactions was a trend well before COVID-19, but has increased significantly in the wake of the pandemic. While this has been a saving grace for many companies, it has also opened the door to distinct rises in digital fraud. For consumer-facing businesses, there has never been a greater need to fine-tune and deliver a truly friction-right user experience: one that simultaneously enables smooth digital transactions and strong authentication and fraud prevention measures.To better understand how businesses around the world are navigating this evolving digital consumer landscape marked by increased fraud, the Economist Intelligence Unit, in a study sponsored by TransUnion, recently surveyed 1,610 executives from 12 different economies: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, South Africa, the UK, and the US. Compiled into this report, New Dimensions of Change: Building Trust in a Digital Consumer Landscape, the results of this research reveal business leaders’ perceptions of global economic inclusion, fraud prevention and consumer privacy, and explores the emerging technologies that are poised to help businesses overcome hurdles — or perhaps introduce new challenges — when it comes to building digital trust.Primary topics covered in New Dimensions of ChangeThe impact of national digital IDs and biometrics on economic mobilityNational digital ID programs ensure that each resident has a digital identity, and many of them rely on biometric data for authentication. How do business leaders around the world feel about national digital IDs becoming more widespread, and what are their expectations for the future of biometrics? This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Real Madrid set to offload players ahead of 2020-21 campaign

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Read Also: Winning Europa League would be proudest moment – Solskjaer That injection of cash helped to fund big money moves for Eden Hazard, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy last summer. Rodriguez has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Everton both rumoured to be tracking the Colombian international, however, an exit for Bale will be more complicated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will offload a number of players ahead of the commencement of the 2020-21 La Liga campaign. The French manager is reportedly looking for option to boost Los Blancos ahead of the new season, however, he is likely to also be in the market for sales to increase his transfer budget. Bale remains unwanted by Zidane  James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale have both been heavily linked with moves away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the coming months. According to the front page of Monday’s edition of Marca, Zidane has been told that before looking assess new targets, he must source buyers for both players as part of a summer overhaul. Zidane oversaw the sales of squad players ahead of the start of 2019-20, with Marcos Llorente, Raul De Tomas, Keylor Navas, Theo Hernandez and Mateo Kovacic bringing in over €150m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fall birding gathering at Brown County State Park

first_imgEarly-bird, pun intended,  registration for the weekend event starts at $62.00 with discounts for Indiana Audubon Society members.  Additional dinner keynote fees apply.  Registration can be found on the events page at indianaaudubon.org/events.For more information about the weekend festival, call (219) 728-8351 or email kmehn@comcast.net.  To learn more about the Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web at indianaaudubon.org. The Saturday evening keynote speaker is Jay Bolden, a Senior Consultant Biologist at Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis.   Nashville, IN—The Indiana Audubon is hosting its annual fall birding gathering at Brown County State Park, in Nashville, on October 4-6.  The event includes a multitude of speakers, field hikes, as well as a bird watching field trip to nearby Yellowwood State Forest and Lake Monroe.last_img read more

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Cricket News If Anil Kumble’s Contract Had An Extension Clause, I Would Have Extended It: Vinod Rai

first_imgNew Delhi: Vinod Rai headed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for 33 months. During his tenure, which was put in place by the Supreme Court and on the guidelines of the Justice RM Lodha panel, Rai faced plenty of challenges. Apart from getting the State Associations to implement the reforms set out by the Lodha Panel, they also had to face the issue of Anil Kumble, the former India captain and who was the coach of the Indian cricket team being sacked following the end of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Rai, in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times said it was unfortunate Kumble’s contract did not have an extension clause.”Anil Kumble was the best coach available. If his contract had an extension clause, I would have extended it. I have too much respect and regard for Kumble. But since there was no extension clause and since I wasn’t equipped to decide, we fell back on CAC. We inherited the CAC, not created it,” Rai told the Hindustan Times. With the appointment of Ganguly as the 39th president of the BCCI, there is hope that the Indian cricket board puts their house back in order not just in the country but also in the world. In the case of Kumble, Rai said that Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, would not have had his way had Ganguly being the president at that time. “I told Sachin (Tendulkar), I felt he was not willing to accept that Kumble continues. So you people have a word with him. Coming from people of your stature, you may be able to persuade him’. I know Sachin and Sourav spoke to him. Sourav told me recently that they had a long chat with him. If they couldn’t persuade him how could I? If there is a difference in the dressing room between captain and coach, who is more dispensable? Obviously, the coach. That’s where we got caught. Dirty linen got washed in public. Ramachandra Guha resigned (as CoA member). The same thing arose with the issue of Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar. Dissonance in the dressing room and we had to fall back on CAC again. There was so much controversy. Who could have handled it better? If this had happened today, Sourav would have thrust Kumble down Virat’s throat. But it could have created more tensions. I respected Kumble because he walked out,” Rai said. Also Read | CoA Issues Warning To ICC, Says BCCI Won’t Recognise Recent Board DecisionsAlong with Ganguly, there are other personalities who are the relatives of past office bearers and politicians. There is Roopa Gurunath, the daughter of N Srinivasan. Jay Shah is the son of Amit Shah while Arun Kumar Dhumal is the younger brother of Anurag Thakur. Rai reiterated that there was nothing in the BCCI constitution to bar their appointment in the BCCI. “The constitution doesn’t bar a brother or sister or daughter from coming in. It is the mindset of those who were holding BCCI captive that has tried to find loopholes. I still don’t care. I think the cooling-off principle will restrict that… the three states who didn’t comply were not there at the AGM,” Rai said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off

first_img“Maybe if they said everybody could have 12 on-field sessions,” Swinney said. “So that means we would get only three just to make it equitable. But some of these schools who got none, they could get 12.”___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers.The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.” Rio is home to defending Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo.Brazil has more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 57 people have died.___The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1. The proposed full-face visors are made of plastic and contain anti-fogging material.With non-essential businesses ordered closed in Quebec, the company is awaiting authorization from the provincial government before going into production.___A construction worker at the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas has tested positive for the new coronavirus.Mortenson-McCarthy Builders said Wednesday the worker had not been in close contact with any other project worker and had been off site since last week. The worker is self isolating for 14 days and won’t return to work until cleared. The National Hockey League has postponed its scouting combine, awards ceremony and draft that were scheduled for June. It did not provide new dates for the events.With the NHL season on pause since March 12, the postponement of these events did not come as a surprise. The league is still working on scenarios of what hockey would look like if it is able to resume this season.___Organizers of the European Championships in track and field still hope to stage the event in Paris in August despite France being locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.European Athletics says it asked officials in Paris for a feasibility study for the Aug. 25-30 championships. The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week.That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April. Fox5 in Las Vegas first reported the news.Mortenson-McCarthy says the area of the stadium where the worker was assigned and the surrounding vicinity were immediately shut down and sanitized. Work in other parts of the stadium has been unaffected and the stadium is still scheduled to be completed this summer.The Raiders are set to begin play in the $1.9 billion stadium this fall.___USA Diving will keep its Olympic trials in Indianapolis when the event is rescheduled. ___Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic has added his name to the list of NBA players helping out during the global coronavirus pandemic, announcing he has made a donation to the Homeless Education Fund for schools in Central Florida.School closures mean many children in the Orlando area are missing out on the free or reduced breakfast and lunch meals that they usually count on daily. Gordon has helped with causes directed toward helping vulnerable kids before, and says he’s hoping his gift can help “our most precious resource.”Several Magic players, including Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba have made donations to various causes in recent days. The DeVos family, which has owned the Magic for 29 years, is also backing a $2 million fund that will pay hourly employees of the Magic, Lakeland Magic, Orlando Solar Bears and the Amway Center who would have otherwise been missing out on income during the sports and entertainment shutdown.“Potential is universal; opportunity, not so much. That’s where we come in,” Gordon said. “Now is a great time to wrap our arms around our kids’ communities.” ___Canadian hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer is offering to modify its production line to make protective visors for doctors, nurses and first responders.The protective equipment to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic would be produced at the company’s innovation center in suburban Montreal, as well as its facility in Liverpool, New York.Bauer’s vice president of products, Dan Bourgeois, says he has already received calls from Montreal police, firefighters and hospitals interested in the products.Bourgeois says the company decided to adapt its hockey visor production after hearing Premier Francois Legault say manufacturers in Quebec could have a role to play if supplies of protective equipment run low. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83.Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk in Connecticut, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. The 2012 gold medalist and four-time world champion said he was disappointed when he found out the Tokyo Games would be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He considers it a setback, not a deal-breaker.He turns 32 in July. “When I walked away from Rio medal-less in 2016, I contemplated retirement,” he tweeted. “Not because I couldn’t do it anymore, but because I knew that it would require another four years of tremendous work to get back. I was unsure if I was willing to dedicate another four years of my life to reach that stage.“Yet, here we are, and there it goes. The race that I was once afraid to embark on because of its length just moved its finish line a little further. But I’m still in the race.”Burroughs’ aggressive wrestling style and success has earned him a worldwide following. In an interview with The Associated Press, team president and general manager Don Waddell said the request was “the best avenue to take for the next 10 days.” The team had announced this week that it would temporarily close its offices as of Tuesday while employees work remotely.Waddell said the decision would be on a week-to-week basis, though it doesn’t affect employees working under contracts. It comes as Wake County commission Chairman Greg Ford said the county plans to soon issue a stay-at-home order for residents similar to other areas of the state.The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported the plan, citing an internal email that stated employees would go without pay if they had used all allotted time off. Waddell clarified that later, telling the newspaper: “Everyone will get paid and we’ll figure it out after that.”“Everybody’s got full benefits, everybody’s getting paid this week,” Waddell told the AP. “We haven’t laid one person off. We haven’t cut one person. We haven’t cut any benefits.”The Hurricanes had previously announced plans to compensate arena and team-event staff for lost wages for remaining home games on hold with the NHL regular season suspended. French officials reported their work has been “severely compromised by France’s national shutdown of non-essential activities” during the health crisis. However, European Athletics says “many athletes are keen” to see the championships go ahead as planned. It shapes up as the main medal target for European track and field athletes in 2020 after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year.The European track body’s ruling council next meets May 7-8 by video conference.___The owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic. Shields and Dicaire were supposed to have a 154-pound unification bout May 9 in Flint, Michigan. Salita Promotions announced the postponement, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Salita Promotions said it would monitor the situation and work to announce a new date at some point.“Unfortunately, the real fight is outside the ring right now,” promoter Dmitriy Salita said in a statement. “Once our invisible opponent is beaten, we can get back to watching two undefeated champions and the two best super welterweights in the world vie for the undisputed world title as Claressa Shields continues to build her incredible legacy in female boxing.”___Wrestling star Jordan Burroughs has no plans to retire, announcing he is going to compete for a spot in the Olympics in 2021.center_img Kim Pegula says she and her husband Terry wanted to provide immediate assistance to “those in need and fighting on the front lines.”Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.___Rio de Janeiro’s soccer body has extended its prohibition on professional matches in the state to the end of April. The initial suspension is valid until the end of March. March 25, 2020 The companies say they intend to restore jobs and compensation “once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.”The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.___Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a question-and-answer discussion about the coronavirus.Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, will host the chat on his Instagram account Thursday — (at)StephenCurry30. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. He won his first world title in 2011 and took gold in his Olympics debut in London the next year. He was favored to repeat as champion at 74 kilograms in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro but finished ninth. He won the world title in 2017 and was third the last two years.___Churchill Downs has suspended the final three racing dates at Turfway Park following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” executive order out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.The Florence, Kentucky, track’s winter meet was scheduled to end Saturday. Turfway’s backside area will remain open because it falls under the “life-sustaining business” category by providing “food, shelter and other necessities of life for animals.”___ With the Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, USA Diving formally called off the trials scheduled for June 14-21 at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus near downtown Indianapolis.The governing body said it will work with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the Indiana Sports Corp to reschedule the event, though that decision can’t be reached until the International Olympic Committee comes up with new dates for the Tokyo Games.All tickets that had been purchased for the U.S. diving trials will automatically be shifted to the new dates once a decision is reached. Any hotel reservations that were booked through USA Diving’s site will be canceled.___The Seattle Sounders have established a relief fund to help support individuals and businesses in the Seattle neighborhoods of Pioneer Square, SoDo and the Chinatown-International District near the team’s headquarters and home stadium of CenturyLink Field. Curry posted his plans on his Twitter account with an invite to all to submit questions. ___Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is open to the NCAA allowing more football practices after spring ball was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Tigers got in nine sessions after starting practice Feb. 26 before all spring activities, including their Orange and White scrimmage, were canceled.Swinney is not in favor of extending fall camp, instead suggesting a sort of NFL-style mini-camp depending on how many spring workouts the team got before spring activities were canceled. At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine. The family of majority owner Adrian Hanauer is making a $500,000 initial investment to the fund, which will be aimed at individuals, non-profits and small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The MLS team says the fund is intended to support a range of needs, from groceries to rent assistance and monetary packages. The priorities of the fund will go toward individual shift workers and service providers that work in and around the stadium when the team has home matches; small businesses in the area to help them stay open; and non-profits that support individuals and businesses in those neighborhoods.“The Sounders were born here in Seattle over 40 years ago, and we wouldn’t be the club we have become without the support we’ve always found in this amazing and vibrant community,” Hanauer said in a statement. “Now, as our world faces the new and unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, it’s our responsibility to step up and give back to the community in a meaningful way.”___Claressa Shields’ fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire has been postponed. The Latest: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus is “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume. He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and is hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4.There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York. As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to teams, Goodell said restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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