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Brandy Norwood Starts Performances in Chicago on Broadway

first_imgThe name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…Brandy! Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood will step into the Broadway revival of Chicago as Roxie Hart on April 28. The pop/R&B star will play an eight-week engagement through June 21 at the Ambassador Theatre, taking over for Paige Davis.Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and her hit record “The Boy Is Mine” is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. Screen credits include Moesha, Cinderella and The Game.The cast also includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma, John Dossett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.Check out Broadway.com’s interview with Norwood about raking in the chips for her Great White Way debut below! from $49.50 Related Shows View Comments Chicagolast_img read more

Keeping Sergio Aguero fit can help bring Manchester City glory – Pablo Zabaleta

first_img The 27-year-old produced two ineffectual performances on his return, but h as now scored four in his last five appearances and, with City fighting in four competitions, momentum could be building at a critical time. “He is one of the main players for the team – we need the best Sergio Aguero week in, week out,” right-back Zabaleta, who is also finding his way back to fitness after a knee injury, said. “There is a still a long season to go and this is a crucial period for the team. We know we are involved in the four competitions. “Hopefully he can continue in this way and be 100 per cent fit until the end of the season. If he continues being that clinical, I am sure we will have a lot of chances to win games.” City actually made a sluggish start against a Palace side without a goal in their four previous league games. Damien Delaney headed an early chance at Joe Hart and shot over after a mistake by the goalkeeper and Scott Dann also had a free header. But once City had taken the lead through Fabian Delph’s long-range strike in the 21st minute – for which Wayne Hennessey might have done better – they did not really seem in danger. Aguero doubled the lead before the break and then tapped in a third after 68 minutes. He might have completed a hat-trick after breaking from inside his own half late on, but selflessly passed up the chance to allow Silva to complete the scoring. Zabaleta, who racked up his 200th Premier League appearance on his 31st birthday, said: “It was a great day, especially because I also came back for a Premier League game. I’ve been a long period without a game in the Premier League. Press Association “I am very happy for the performance of the team. It is three important points after we dropped two points last game against Everton. It is a huge win.” Palace boss Alan Pardew was not too disappointed with his side’s performance, although the result continued their recent slide. The Eagles remain eighth in the Premier League, but have not won a top-flight match since December 19 and now lost three in succession. “I can’t remember a team playing so well here and getting that scoreline,” Pardew said. “We didn’t do much wrong, we played well. It’s hard to take but there were a lot of things I was pleased with.” One of the encouraging aspects was the return of striker Connor Wickham to the starting line-up for the first time in almost a month, but Pardew has not ruled out signing another forward before the end of the month. “Maybe we do need to bring another striker in,” he told TV reporters. “That would give us all a boost I think. “We will just have to see how it goes but five games without a goal is a statistic we don’t want.” The prolific striker struck either side of half-time and set up David Silva as title-chasing City eased to three Barclays Premier League points in the snow at the Etihad Stadium. It was the latest encouraging sign that Aguero’s form is returning after his most recent injury setbacks, with hamstring and heel problems ruling him out after netting five against Newcastle in October. Pablo Zabaleta hopes there is plenty more to come from Sergio Aguero after his fellow Argentinian’s double in Manchester City’s 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Syracuse can clinch 1st-round bye in CHA tournament with win against Robert Morris

first_img Published on February 10, 2016 at 11:08 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] Paul Flanagan’s message to his team last week was to play a complete 120 minutes of hockey. Syracuse did just that, earning two wins against Penn State in the SU’s first sweep of an opponent in a single weekend.This week, the direction is the opposite.“We’re just focused on Friday night,” Flanagan, SU’s head coach said.That’s because the Orange (14-13-4, 10-4-2 College Hockey America) would clinch a first-round bye in the CHA tournament with a win over conference foe Robert Morris (14-11-5, 6-6-4) on Friday or Saturday.Top-seed Mercyhurst currently leads the Orange in the conference standings by two points with four games left in the regular season. Meanwhile third-ranked RMU trails SU by six points and Penn State, Lindenwood and RIT are all too low in the standings to make a push for a first-round bye.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA win over Robert Morris on Friday or Saturday would prevent the Colonials from moving into second place and earning the only other first-round bye. And while either day would suffice to beat RMU, Flanagan insists that his team gets the job done on Friday night.“The task at hand is getting those two points,” Flanagan said. “Our mindset is all about Friday night. Let’s get those two points and see where we go from there.”If the team ends up with the No. 2 spot in the conference, SU would have to travel to Mercyhurst for the CHA final if both the Orange and Lakers make it to the championship round. After never beating Mercyhurst in program history prior to last season, Syracuse has defeated the Lakers both at home and on the road this year.Flanagan said he thinks his team is better than the current top-seed Lakers this season. But he was worried about his team’s ability to find ways to win games, as SU hadn’t won back-to-back contests against the same opponent.That changed last weekend, when the Orange won both against the Nittany Lions. Jessica Sibley’s overtime goal sealed a victory on Friday, while Syracuse maintained a 2-1 second-period lead to win on Saturday.“In a couple games, we’ve gotten ahead and we’ve laid back,” defender Heather Schwarz said. “That wasn’t true this time around. When we got ahead, we kept pushing.”While Flanagan is stressing earning the clinching win on Friday night, his players, including defender Morgan Blank, want to build on the confidence established last weekend and earn the top seed.“I know no one wants to settle for second,” Blank said. “Everyone’s looking to get first, to beat Mercyhurst. I’m really hoping Mercyhurst loses this weekend and we can take that momentum into the playoffs.”If Mercyhurst loses once this weekend and Syracuse sweeps Robert Morris, the two will be tied for first place in the CHA standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season.But SU may have problems with Robert Morris’ impressive power-play. The Colonials have scored on 24 percent of its power-play opportunities, a high percentage compared to SU’s 14-percent conversion rate. Three of the last eight goals surrendered by the Orange have been power-play goals.“I don’t know the referee assignments, I’m a little nervous,” Flanagan said. “They’ve got a dynamic power play. They’ve scored a high percentage of their goals on the power play. Our (penalty kill) needs to be ready.”But Schwarz says improved chemistry on SU’s four lines — and the team’s overall development — give Syracuse an advantage over Robert Morris’ defense.“We weren’t consistent with moving our feet and being defensive against (RMU),” Schwarz said. “Since the season has gone on, that’s gotten a lot better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NFL 100 Super Bowl commercial was shot for free and no player was paid

first_imgMore than 40 current and former NFL players appeared in the league’s tackle-filled commercial, called “The 100-Year Game,” that aired during halftime of Super Bowl 53.The two-minute ad finished first in USA Today’s Ad Meter, a ranking of Super Bowl ads by consumer rating. SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS 2019: Watch the best ads from Super Bowl 53 According to Darren Rovell of The Action Network, the NFL did not pay for the commercial time.NFL’s 2-minute ad wins USA Today’s Ad Meter. Best part? The NFL got commercial time for free — a $21.4 million retail value. pic.twitter.com/GL3xJ2n2Km— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 4, 2019Rovell also reports that the league didn’t pay any of the players to appear in the shoot.Not only did the NFL get the commercial time for free for its award-winning ad (a $21.4 million). It didn’t pay a single player to be in it, aside from expenses to attend shoot. pic.twitter.com/VcIWGuu54u— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 4, 2019Check out the hilarious behind-the-scenes video of the commerical:Behind the scenes of a historic #NFL100 commercial. 🙌🏈 pic.twitter.com/h32Z0gANvd— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2019last_img read more