As previously reported, the 2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 8, hosted by Hugh Jackman. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Broadway productions must officially open by April 24 to be considered eligible for a 2014 Tony Award nomination. Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and Emmy nominee Lucy Liu will co-host the Tony Award nominations announcement on April 29 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. The nominations will be aired live at 8:30AM ET on CBS This Morning and in their entirety at TonyAwards.com. Star Files View Comments Also attending with Looking and Frozen star Groff and Elementary star Liu, will be William Ivey Long, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, Nick Scandalios, Chairman of The Broadway League and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. Jonathan Groff
What is the motivation behind Nebraska’s visceral reaction to the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the 2020 college football season? That is the question one day after the final verdict was rendered, Nebraska offered a scathing response and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo Sports that the Huskers could not play college football in 2020 and still be considered a member of the Big Ten. MORE: There are questions around the 2020 Heisman, but no answers yetESPN analyst Desmond Howard, a Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan, piled on Wednesday on “Get Up” and said that Warren should demand an apology from Nebraska. “If I’m Kevin Warren right now, I’m working on a way to get their ass out of the Big Ten,” Howard said. .@DesmondHoward wants Nebraska out of the Big Ten. pic.twitter.com/uQWY26jVJI— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 12, 2020The problem is Husker Nation might want to do the same thing anyway. Is that the direction this could be headed in the near or distant future?That’s the question that will need answered soon. Nebraska coach Scott Frost announced those intentions in a press conference Monday before the Big Ten’s final decision. “We want to play no matter who it is or no matter where it is,” he said. “We’ll see how those chips fall. We certainly hope it’s in the Big Ten. If it isn’t, I think we’re prepared to look for other options.” To be fair, Ohio State coach Ryan Day made similar comments about exploring all options with athletic director Gene Smith on Wednesday. The Buckeyes also are the flagship of the Big Ten and have been a member since 1913. They aren’t going anywhere. It would be hard for Nebraska to make a move. As the Yahoo Sports report notes, leaving the Big Ten means losing a $50 million revenue share. The Huskers have played football in the conference since 2011, and from a financial standpoint that partnership has helped the program since it left the Big 12. So, what is that true motivation? Is it the financial hardship that would come from missing a season? As in, would Nebraska be willing to lose that $50 million to recover something in 2020 that would help sustain the program now? Scott Frost says #Nebraska estimates $80-120 million hit if there’s no football season. “The biggest factor is if we don’t play football, we’re not going to be able to pay for anything here until we start making money again.”— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 10, 2020MORE: Big 12 football schedule for 2020Is that why the Huskers might entertain playing a rogue schedule within a 500-mile radius for one year? That is a chance worth taking only if it is beneficial to cut ties with the Big Ten for good. That seems like too much when everybody else in the conference is not playing. The back-and-forth speaks to what will be a strained relationship between Nebraska and the Big Ten — at least in the short term. In Howard’s laced criticism, he said that Nebraska does not have the same cachet as Notre Dame. That speaks to a Big Ten mindset that trickles down from Ohio State and Michigan and can be felt by new members. Remember, Michigan split that national title with Nebraska in 1997 when Frost was the Huskers’ quarterback. Penn State joined the conference in 1990. Maryland and Rutgers joined in 2014, three years after Nebraska. A cross-section of Big Ten fans would trade any three of those schools for Notre Dame in a heartbeat given the opportunity. So how does Nebraska really feel about the Big Ten in response? In nine seasons, Bo Pelini, Mike Riley and Frost have combined for a 65-50 record, with a 40-36 record in Big Ten play. That includes one Big Ten championship appearance, a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in 2012. The Huskers do not play Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State every year and they have taken a backseat in the Big Ten West to Wisconsin, Iowa and, last year, Minnesota. In the nine seasons before that, Frank Solich, Bill Callahan and Pelini combined for a 73-44 record in the Big 12 with a 40-32 record in conference play. The Huskers made the Big 12 championship game three times in that stretch — where they lost to Oklahoma twice and Texas once. Would Nebraska be better off it went back to the Big 12? Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby fielded that question Wednesday. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Nebraska did not reach out at any point following the Big Ten decision.— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) August 12, 2020That is the dilemma for a program that still is trying to tap back into the Tom Osborne heyday in the 1990s. Nebraska fans have no nostalgic feelings for the Big Ten, but that divorce with the Big 12 still stands. What is the next move? If I’m @HuskerFBNation, I say good riddance Big 10. Always been an odd fit. Love to see a return to the Big 12. And remember, NU has won more NC’s in the last quarter century than any other Big 10 team. Apologize for wanting to leave? As we say in Nebraska, go Husk yourself.— Lars Anderson (@LarsAnderson71) August 12, 2020No matter what happens, the Huskers must show they can play at a national championship level — whether in the Big Ten or the Big 12 — or they will run into the same problem in the future. You either deal with Texas and Oklahoma or Michigan and Ohio State. All four of those programs ranked in the top 10 in revenue in 2018-19, according to USA Today. Nebraska finished No. 21. We’ll find out what Nebraska’s true motivation is if it follows through with plans to continue playing football in 2020, but the end game comes with one resolution. Unless the Big 12 is waiting with open arms, then there is no reason not to comply with the Big Ten.
Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9c/5e/neymar-atalanta-psg-2020_9joqc72tkpti19b98hzdjzs7d.jpg?t=-467573805&w=500&quality=80Mbappe was introduced from the bench with an hour gone, but the more PSG pressed, the more confident Atalanta seemed to become in defending their lead.Bergamo has been praised for its resilience as a city during what became a living nightmare for its residents during the coronavirus pandemic, and for 89 minutes Gian Piero Gasperini’s usually free-scoring side looked like matching that on the pitch.But just as the PSG was being written off by all those watching at home, two unlikely heroes stepped up in the club’s, manager’s and star player’s hour of need.First, Marquinhos, who spent much of the night shielding the central defenders behind him, found himself in the right place on the edge of the 6-yard box to force Neymar’s cross home after the Brazilian had been picked out at the back post by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.It was then left to Choupo-Mouting — for many a figure of ridicule given his status among one of the most expensively assembled squads of all time — to send the Parisiens into raptures three minutes into stoppage time as he poked home following a fine link-up between Neymar and Mbappe down the left-hand side. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/73/e8/choupo-moting-psg-2020_9x9vfgoaoc4i16hho9lovj1o6.jpg?t=-461104805&w=500&quality=80PSG is through, with Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig awaiting it in the semifinals, and Mbappe potentially fit to start. The club will be many observers’ favorites to reach the final. Paris Saint-Germain and stoppage-time goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League: a relationship that has hurt the French champions more than enough times in recent years.Whether it was La Remontada in Barcelona or Manchester United’s smash-and-grab at Parc des Princes, PSG’s players were becoming reluctant masters of the shell-shocked slump to the turf at the final whistle. One of the reasons why some fancied the club to go all the way in 2020, in this most unique of tournaments, was that there would be no second legs in which Thomas Tuchel’s side could capitulate.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Schedule, table, bracket and more to knowIt also finds itself in the favorable side of the draw and, unlike in his previous two seasons at the club, Neymar is fit and firing.And yet, as the clock entered its final minute at Estadio da Luz on Wednesday night, PSG was again staring down the barrel of an embarrassing Champions League exit.Lowly Atalanta, leading thanks to Mario Pasalic’s superb curling strike midway through the first half, was on the cusp of continuing one of the competition’s great fairytale runs, and would have deserved to, too.But this is a Champions League like no other. And perhaps, just maybe, this is a different PSG, too.Tuchel’s team was far from at its best in Lisbon. Shorn of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti because of injury and having played just two competitive fixtures since March, it could been forgiven for being a little rusty in a less high-stakes environment or against a more high-profile opponent.But the stars had aligned for it this year. All it had to do to reach the final was beat the third-best team in Italy and then the third-best team from either Germany or Spain. Fail and Tuchel, who himself is nursing a broken foot and spent the evening perched on a cooler inside his technical area, would be a literal sitting duck.For much of the night, all signs pointed to this being another of those evenings for PSG. Neymar wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring inside three minutes, which, in turn, left Mbappe stunned in the stands, before the world’s most expensive player shanked three more efforts off-target when well-placed.It was difficult to lay all the blame at his door given both Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia offered next to nothing alongside him up front, but if the Brazil international was feeling any excess pressure without his usual partner in crime, Mbappe, it showed. Getty If it is to do so, however, then a huge improvement is required from almost every one of Tuchel’s players bar Neymar, though the ex-Barcelona man will likely be in for extra shooting practice in the coming days.But in these most unprecedented of times, here was an almost unprecedented finish to a game of Champions League football involving Paris Saint-Germain.Maybe the wounds are finally healing. Maybe, just maybe, this is its year.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock was not ready to give a definitive answer in either direction. “With the CFP we are hopeful, but it is too soon to say,” Hancock told Sporting News in a Wednesday interview. “It’s just too soon to talk about the implications of (the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancellations). Our staff had a call today about Miami and planning. We certainly want to be ready if there is a season.”Miami, of course, is the site of this year’s College Football Playoff championship game. That game was scheduled for Jan. 11. The national semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. MORE: College football’s cancellations, explainedOn Aug. 5, the CFP announced that it was moving its final rankings release from Dec. 6 to Dec. 20. Hancock said the College Football Playoff will wait for direction from its management committee, which consists of the commissioners of the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbick. Four of the 10 conferences — the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mid-American Conference and Mountain West Conference — cancled or postponed their fall football seasons. The MAC and Big Ten were exploring spring football as an option. A total of 53 FBS schools won’t play football in 2020, and that number could grow. In the Power 5, however, the ACC, SEC and Big 12 are proceeding with their seasons as planned. The American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA and Sun Belt also have yet to cancel. That prompts the question whether those three conferences can carry a four-team playoff. There is a precedent. The 2017-18 College Football Playoff featured teams from those conferences. Georgia and Alabama represented the SEC and played in the CFP championship game. Oklahoma represented the Big 12, and Clemson represented the ACC. So, it has happened in the past. The Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled their college football seasons Tuesday, and that left a major question for the rest of the FBS schools pressing on to play college football in 2020. Will there be a College Football Playoff? Is a four-team playoff even possible at this point? “The history of who has been in the playoff will not be a factor,” Hancock said. “It will be a decision the management committee will make when the time comes.” Hancock acknowledged Monday was a tough day for all college football fans. In the meantime, the CFP is hoping to have a seventh installment in 2020-21. “We have been flexible,” Hancock said. “We continue to be flexible. Yesterday was a tough day for anybody who loves college football. There is no doubt about it. There are challenges.”