Bound For B’way? See the Secret Stage Past of The Fault In Our Stars Stud Ansel Elgort

first_imgHe’s Got Serious Stage Acting ChopsDuring his senior year at LaGuardia High School, Elgort made his professional stage debut opposite After Midnight’s Adriane Lenox and Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Regrets. He and the cast reportedly danced to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” in their dressing rooms, which we seriously need video footage of. He Rocked LaGuardia High SchoolWhile attending the prestigious performing arts high school, Elgort was already developing his teen heartthrob status. He made Tracy Turnblad swoon as Link Larkin in Hairspray, and played smooth high-roller Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, all before getting his high school diploma. Ansel Elgort He Spent Summers at Stagedoor ManorBefore he was Ansel Elgort, movie star, he was “Collins, Tom Collins,” in the Stagedoor Manor production of Rent in 2011. (He spent seven years at the legendary summer camp!) “I’ll Cover You: Reprise” is a tough song to nail, but Elgort does it in spades in this emotional rendition—plus, he can riff! Twenty-year-old Ansel Elgort is delivering one hell of a breakout performance in the new movie The Fault In Our Stars—his heartbreaking turn as Augustus Waters in the adaptation of John Green’s novel had us swooning, laughing and of course, weeping uncontrollably for hours. After his stellar performances in Fault and as Caleb in Divergent, Elgort is sure to have his pick of high-profile projects to choose from. But we think—no, know—he should star in a musical next. We’ve dug up some fantastic clips of Elgort singing, dancing and acting on stage that you really need to see. Check out Elgort in action, then tell us which stage roles you’d like to see him play in the comments below! He Can Dance (No, Really Dance)Did we mention that in addition to being talented and gorgeous, Elgort also has a talented and gorgeous girlfriend? The star is head over heels for aspiring dancer Violetta Komyshan, whom he met at LaGuardia. The duo danced together in this gorgeous video for Amanda Uprichard’s Spring ’13 collection—awww, can they be any more adorable? View Commentslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSyracuse University appoints diversity director for sportsSYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has added an athletic director of diversity, culture and climate in a new position within the department of athletics. Salatha Willis is charged with developing and implementing new ways to create an equitable culture for the university’s student-athletes, administrators, coaches and staff in the athletic department. The move is a response to the racial tension that has wracked the country, including a period of social unrest on campus last fall. There were more than a dozen reports last November of racist graffiti and vandalism targeting Blacks, Jews, Asians and Native Americans. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWIMBLEDON-PRIZE MONEYWimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellationWIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament’s cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday. Associated Press In a letter posted Thursday on their respective Twitter accounts, they said: “Speaking out is something we’ve both felt we really needed to do for a long time now, but in truth, we’ve been afraid to do so.”Both women represented Britain in the 2016 Olympic Games but they say their success has come at a high price.Twenty-eight-year-old Becky said she was called “mentally weak” for questioning her training regimen in 2018. She then injured her ankle in “a direct consequence of the unsafe training.” Her 20-year-old sister said a nutritionist required her to send daily pictures of herself wearing just underwear to prove she wasn’t gaining weight. She was 14 years old at that time.British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen this week announced an independent review of claims of mistreatment. She said the British Gymnastics Integrity Unit already exists to investigate allegations and that there are welfare officers around the country.SYRACUSE-DIVERSITY DIRECTOR TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too.After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1.Japan’s soccer J-League is also allowing fans to return, beginning on Friday, under the same guidelines.Fans are required to use hand disinfectant and have their temperatures taken when they entered the stadium. Shops were open and food and drinks were for sale, but alcohol was not allowed.Restrictions were also put on the amount of cheering permitted, a staple at games in Japan. Update on the latest sports After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600).In addition, 120 players who would have competed in doubles will each receive 6,250 pounds ($7,800); 16 players who would have competed in the wheelchair events will each receive 6,000 pounds ($7,500); and four players who would have competed in the quad wheelchair events will each receive 5,000 pounds ($6,200).All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said “we are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognize the impact of the cancellation on the players.”JAPAN-FANS RETURNBaseball is back in Japan, and so are fans in the stadiums Japan has been largely successful controlling COVID-19 with about 1,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. The United States, with a population about 2 1/2 times larger, has recorded more than 130,000 deaths. However, Tokyo has reported more than 200 new cases in each of the last several days. That is the highest number in the Japanese capital since April.GYMNASTICS-BRITAIN-ABUSE COMPLAINTSBritish Olympic gymnasts decry ‘abusive behavior’LONDON (AP) — British Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie say they’ve suffered from abusive behavior in gymnastics training for many years, adding their voices to a growing number of gymnasts coming forward with similar complaints.The sisters said coaches pressured them to lose weight and overtrain, which took mental and physical tolls. They were inspired to tell their story after former teammates did the same. July 10, 2020last_img read more

First Robotics teams work down to the wire despite snow days

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Yasiel Puig has a memorable night in Dodgers’ 7-1 win

first_img“At the point I am in my career, I’m just trying to make pitches,” Beckett said. “I want to keep it close, give it a chance to win. I’m not really bearing down in the second inning with nobody on thinking these guys aren’t going to score. These guys are going to hit.”Combined with a loss by the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers (22-19) pulled within 3 1/2 games of first place in the National League West.The sixth inning made all the difference.With one out, Dee Gordon stretched a routine-looking ground ball into right field into a double, using a head-first slide to beat a one-hop, off-line throw from Giancarlo Stanton. The next five batters didn’t leave as much room for suspense.Puig drew a four-pitch walk. Hanley Ramirez doubled into a vacant left-field corner, scoring Puig and Gordon to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Adrian Gonzalez pulled a double down the right-field line that scored Ramirez. Kemp singled into left field, scoring Gonzalez and forcing the Marlins’ bullpen into another early entrance.Turner needed only 52 pitches to get through the first five innings, allowing four hits and no runs. The right-hander threw 21 pitches in the sixth inning while recording just one out.With left-hander Dan Jennings on the mound, Crawford sent Kemp to third base with a single. Justin Turner was robbed when Stanton ran down his fly ball to deep right field, but Kemp tagged up and scored, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. For once, it was more than enough run support for Beckett. Prior to Tuesday, he had been receiving the least run support of any Dodger starter, 2.86 per game. As a result, he began the season with no-decisions and a loss. The Marlins rallied for a run in the seventh inning against Beckett and Chris Perez was summoned from the bullpen to record the final two outs of the inning. The run was unearned by virtue of a passed ball charged to catcher Drew Butera.Brandon League and Jamey Wright pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively.Puig would have given the crowd what they came for regardless of his performance. It was his first-ever bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. “It came out nice,” Puig said, “but I think it looks like Uribe.” Under the circumstances it would have been a shame for Puig to play poorly in a 7-1 Dodgers win over the Miami Marlins. Instead, he extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 2-for-3 performance.“He had an incredible night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seems to be growing up before our eyes.”Puig doubled in one run and scored another as the Dodgers scored five times in the sixth inning against Marlins starter Jacob Turner (0-1) to break open a 0-0 game. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford both finished 2 for 4, and the Dodgers collected 12 hits as a team.That allowed Dodgers starter Josh Beckett (1-1) to win his first game since Sept. 30, 2012, ending a streak of 14 starts without a victory. The veteran right-hander didn’t allow an earned run in 6 1/3 innings, lowering his earned-run average to 2.59.Beckett walked three and struck out six. With a runner on third base and one out in the fourth inning, he whiffed Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jones to preserve the scoreless tie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img There were moments Tuesday when Yasiel Puig looked super-human. In the seventh inning, Puig threw a strike to home plate from roughly 300 feet away, albeit an instant too late to throw out Garrett Jones attempting to score from third base.But the Dodgers’ right fielder produces a lot of super-human moments on a baseball field. It was more special, and a unique moment in Puig’s career, when his mother threw the ceremonial first pitch. For the announced crowd of 50,349 in attendance at Dodger Stadium, it was Puig at his most human.“I felt really happy about my mom throwing out the first pitch,” he said. “It was great to play a great game for her — not only for her, but for all the fans.”last_img read more

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reveals he had COVID-19 on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

first_imgpic.twitter.com/jBMf6g81Y9— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 12, 2020The NFL is preparing to return amid the pandemic, although a number of players from around the league have opted out of 2020 due to the crisis.The NBA returned in a ‘bubble’ in Orlando, but MLB has played home-and-away games and seen its schedule hit by a number of confirmed cases once the season was under way that prompted postponements.. Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had coronavirus, it was revealed in HBO’s Hard Knocks: Los Angeles.The latest episode of the behind-the-scenes documentary series aired on Tuesday night, focusing on the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. It included footage of a video call between Lynn and his team in which he announced he had previously contracted COVID-19.”This year is not like any year we’ve ever had in the National Football League,” Lynn said.”I can’t promise you you’re not going to get infected. I got infected.”last_img read more