Chelsea have again been tipped to sign former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, this time by The Express.There has been speculation about Alonso’s future at Real Madrid, where he played under Blues boss Jose Mourinho.Liverpool are reported to be interested in taking him back to Anfield, while Manchester City have also been linked with him.AdChoices广告But it is claimed that Alonso, whose contract expires at the end of the season, could be on his way to Chelsea for a modest transfer fee.Meanwhile, Sevilla look likely to extend the contract of Croatia international Ivan Rakitic, who Talksport say is a transfer target for Chelsea as well as Manchester United.He told German website Spox.com: “There is no tension over my renewal, but since the club have taken this gesture [offering a new deal], it is a great honour for me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Australian esports organisation Chiefs Esports Club has unveiled a partnership with Australian sim racing team Altus Esports.Sim-racing becomes the latest esport for the organisation to enter. It currently fields teams in League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League respectively.Vroom Vroom ? We are excited to partner with sim racing team @Altus_Esports to develop and grow the racing genre in ANZ.article -> https://t.co/9UrL7zVpsM pic.twitter.com/5xyexZ1lpK— The Chiefs (@ChiefsESC) November 15, 2019RELATED: ICON Esports acquires Chiefs Esports ClubThe partnership will see the brands work together on new projects with the aim of helping to grow and develop sim racing at a grassroots level in Australia.Simon Feigl, Team Manager of Altus Esports discussed the partnership in a release: “We felt a great synergy between the organisations, despite our relative difference in maturity within the Esports & Gaming scene. There is a lot that we can learn from The Chiefs, and a lot that we can do to broaden the exposure to each other’s audience.“From a racing perspective, we feel the time is right to really move the needle forward as far as Racing Esports is concerned, and we’re excited to engage with The Chiefs in this new partnership, as they too are racing fans and love the unique features of racing as an Esport” said Altus team manager Simon Feigl.RELATED: Ben Payne – McLaren – The blurred lines of sim racingIn October last year, Altus Esports entered a deal with Logitech ANZ that saw Logitech G become its title sponsor, making it Logitech G Altus Esports.Simon Feigl, Team Manager at Altus Esports added: “From a racing perspective, we feel the time is right to really move the needle forward as far as Racing esports is concerned, and we’re excited to engage with The Chiefs in this new partnership, as they too are racing fans and love the unique features of racing as an esport”.Esports Insider says: This partnership has the potential to build and develop the Australian sim racing scene from the ground up. It’s an esport that offers unique sponsorship opportunities along with a strong crossover between virtual and real-life racing. It will be interesting to see if any further organisations decide to get in the driver’s seat and invest.Follow ESI on Instagram
Bryan Lourd with daughter Billie Lourd — Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — With theater chains just starting to re-open after months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many inside and outside of Hollywood are wondering what comes next. For one, super-agent Bryan Lourd, who represents A-list clients like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and is the co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency, said the industry will get back on its feet.“I believe it will come back,” Lourd said during the 44th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium, according to Deadline.“…I think there will be a certain type of event movie with big global themes and dazzling, either movie stars or directors, who are the best of their day…and that will be reserved for four or five times a year for people.”Obviously, that’s far fewer times than people used to go to the theater — and streaming is behind the change.“I think behavioral patterns are permanently changed as a result of what we’ve all just been through and what we are going through now,” Lourd explained. “The ability to see almost anything you want in a quality way in your home, in a safe environment, when you want to, is unbeatable in so many ways.”He believes that it will cause movie studios to “evolve” in regards to what they bring to theaters and when, still insisting, “I don’t think it is dead or gone.”Despite the ease of streaming, Lourd insists moviegoers still miss the shared experience of the theater. “I think the first Friday night in the next six months or year, or three months, whenever it is [safe], will maybe be one of the biggest nights in movies, in the history of the business,” Lourd said. “I think that the audience is dormant and waiting, same thing with concerts, same thing with sports.”By Stephen IervolinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Hi. I’m Pamela, and I’m a lesbian.Well, today I’m Dave and straight. It was last night at the Avenue Theater in Denver that I joined the ranks of girls-who-like-girls during “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche.”The show, which runs through Feb.28, is a funny, ribald romp through just about every lesbian pun and double entendre you can and would never have thought of.“Five Lesbians” flirts with improv, inappropriateness, insensibility and side-splitting sight-gags.The audience gets a name-tag bearing a cliche female name from 1956, which is where the story is set. As “widows” and “sisters,” we’re all invited to the town community/nuclear fallout shelter for the annual Quiche Breakfast of the Susan. B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.Sing it, girls. Don’t worry. The audience interaction is comical and infectious but not invasive.What begins as some witty and bawdy lesbian jokes and innuendo, on the pace and style of some slick improv, soon has the audience all yelling, “I’m a lesbian!”About 15 minutes into the show, you begin to wonder just how much more you can see these five funny ladies break eggs over “quiche” jokes.Rather than run the schtick into the ground, the effort shifts gears and becomes a show by throwing in a nuclear attack, true confessions and enough plotted meat to keep the anti-meat-eater jokes from going stale.Every one of the five sisters becomes so compelling in their quirks and tales, that it’s impossible not to laugh and feel for the “widows” no matter how absurd the show gets.While the play never makes a pretense at trying to offer up some deep, meaningful message about gay rights or our common humanity, it points out in a manner slick-as-custard just how silly our society is about same-sex orientation.Thanks more to the spot-on cast, the show offers up great fun with all the grace and ingenuity of an edgy New Yorker cartoon. The whole cast shines in staying afloat in what could be a sea of cliches and caricatures. They’re endearing but infectiously silly.Shannon Altner, new to the increasingly impressive Denver theater scene, blurts out oddity mixed with loyalty as Veronica, the keeper of the bomb shelter. Emily Paton Davies, a lauded veteran of metro stages, strides as Lulie, the leader of this pack of curious characters. Laura Lounge as the prim and provocative Brit, Ginny Cadbury, steals the show on several occasions. Her character is built to do that, but she manages to work the thefts for all they’re worth.Ginny’s table-top, salacious attack of a quiche pan is the show stopper, played perfectly right up to the tossed in line, “she’s doing it just right.”Lindsey Pierce, as Wren Robin, and Susie Scott, as Dale, both honored actresses on several local stages, keep the show from floating off into inanity. They’re not fun crushers, but they offer the closest thing to depth and poignancy the show can muster, right up until one of them explodes.The play never goes toward deep because pounding demands of never putting meat in your quiche, drownings at the hand of “Poke” the dad and convict, and nukes lobbed by the commies don’t saddle up well to anything serious.Instead, the play gallops through the type of gags and jokes that are almost always funnier with friends and drinks. So toss a couple back and join in the fun. Everyone’s a lesbian and comfortable with that here.5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHEThrough Feb. 28 at the Avenue TheaterDirected by Edith WeissThursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pmTicket: $26.50 for adults, $23.50 for students and seniors. Thursday shows are discounted.www.avenuetheater.com303-321-5925417E. 17th Avenue in Downtown Denver
By Larry FineIt will be number one versus number two in the U.S. Open men’s final on Sunday (11pm), a seismic grand slam title match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer that transcends the world rankings.Both players burn with heaps of motivation to hoist the winner’s trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the last grand moment of the 2015 slam season.Second seed Federer, who won five consecutive U.S. Open titles from 2004 and was runner-up in 2009, reigns on top of the all-time list for grand slam titles with 17.At the advanced age of 34 the Swiss is playing great and glowing with a desire to win his first grand slam title since his triumph at Wimbledon in 2012.Djokovic has ascended to the clear number one, but is not number one in the hearts of the New York fans. That distinction rests with the Swiss, who is still the darling of Flushing Meadows, while the Serb longs to be loved.The 28-year-old Djokovic is gunning for his third grand slam title of the year, which would replicate the dominance of his 2011 season.Both players have had brilliant years. Djokovic has compiled a 56-5 season with six titles. Federer is 45-7 and won five times. Their career head-to-head is 21-20 in Federer’s favour.Djokovic, the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, has won nine slam singles and will be playing in his sixth Flushing Meadows final.But Djokovic has won just one U.S. title (2011) from his five previous finals and the pressure is mounting to cash in on opportunity.“I came here with a wish and a mission, to reach the finals and fight for the trophy,” said Djokovic. “So I got myself in that position. It’s already a great result. But I want to get that final step on Sunday and get my hands on that trophy.”Their personal series further promotes the likelihood of a pitched battle at Arthur Ashe Stadium, with Federer’s victory over Djokovic in the final of last month’s Cincinnati hard court tune-up to the U.S. Open edging him ahead in their series.But Federer has a deeper wound to avenge, having lost in the 2015 Wimbledon final to the Serb.“I didn’t quite agree that I played a poor final,” he said about their clash at the All England Club. “I think I played OK in the final,” he insisted. “I just think Novak played a really good final. He was super tough and he deserved it at the end.”The Swiss has not lost a set in his march to a seventh U.S. final and his pointedly aggressive approach has served to shorten points and keep the veteran fresh.Federer has even mixed in a “sneak attack,” wherein he occasionally comes up uncomfortably close on a second serve to put his opponent under immediate pressure.“Now that I have been able to do it also against Stan (Wawrinka), definitely gives me confidence that maybe I can also do it against Novak this way,” Federer said after a semi-finals rout of his compatriot.Djokovic did not sound like a big fan of the tactic.“He tried that in Cincinnati. It worked a couple of times. It’s exciting shot for him. For the player opposite side of the net, not so much,” he said.Federer expects a hard-fought match and does not anticipate surprises from Djokovic.“That’s what I like about the rivalry. I don’t know how it is for him, but I feel like he doesn’t need to adjust his game as much, either,” said Federer.“I think it’s just a straight shootout, and I think that’s the cool thing about our rivalry.“We both can handle each other’s (weapons) – whatever we present to one another, and I think our matches, it’s very even.”
Wozniacki has enjoyed a fine season having reached seven finals but she has the chance to claim the biggest title of her career after a 7-6 6-3 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday in the opening semi-final.The Dane lost in the final of this even in Doha in 2010 and has also suffered defeat in two US Open finals but she continued her week in Singapore with a dominant display to end Pliskova's season and year-end no 1 dream.With Halep already knocked out of the tournament, Pliskova was the only player who could prevent the Romanian ending the year at the top of the rankings but having lost her final group game she folded again against Wozniacki.The Danish sixth seed claimed an epic first set tie break by 11-9 before getting the better of a second set that featured five breaks of serve to eventually close out the match with a 7-6 6-3 victory."That was a little bit crazy. It was a rollercoaster," said Wozniacki."I'm just happy I got that first set under my belt. I've been playing really great tennis this week so to be in the finals, it means a lot to me."Standing in Wozniacki's way will be 37-year-old Venus Williams who also has the chance to put a host of near misses this season behind her.The older of the Williams sisters is without a title in 2017 but has enjoyed a fine year despite losing in the final of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open as well as reaching the last four at the US Open.She battled back from losing a first set tie-break against Caroline Garcia to reach a third year-end final of her career and in doing so become the oldest ever woman to do so.Williams beats the benchmark set by Martina Navratilova who reached the final aged 36 in 1992 and will now take on Wozniacki for a second WTA Finals title having won it nine years ago in 2008."It's hard to produce your best tennis at the end of the year because you've given so much but it's so important to do that in this tournament," Williams said."It's amazing to almost be standing in the winner's circle. It's not over till the fat lady sings and I'm not fat. I watch my figure."Garcia was the form player coming into the event having won back-to-back titles in China to claim the final spot and looked on course to continue the journey when she bossed the first set tie-break.But Williams hit back brilliantly to claim her place in the final with a 6-7 6-2 6-3 success and remain on course for a landmark title.
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Dear Editor,I backed a horse in 2015 hoping that he would have done great things for Guyana like a thoroughbred but he turned out to be nothing but a dressed up “political kangala”. It is time for us in the political centre to pick up the pieces and start the battle again for another opportunity at true economic empowerment for the poor and the working class because this entire stable of horses are devoid of new ideas on how to drive consumption, investment and exports. We cannot give up; Guyana is too rich potentially to be so poor.As a Guyanese, I have a right to call the 2017 Budget as I see it and my call has nothing to do with the PNC or PPP, but my conscience. But for narrow-minded politicians like Tacuma, if you are East Indian and you call out the PNC, then you are deemed PPP and vice versa. Shame on you Tacuma! Shame on you for learning so little from Walter Rodney when he shared so much with the people around him! It was either you were not listening to the message or you are a certified dunce.As an East Indian I have a record that called out both the PNC and the PPP because of their oppression of the poor and the working class. No shame in that! So how dare you Tacuma, attempt to force me into a camp without my permission? I have a record of a lifelong commitment to the poor and the working class and I refuse to allow gold coins to drive my message, unlike you Tacuma.If I choose to go with the PPP or the PNC it will be driven by my ideological belief; not gold coins. If the PNC make the “small man the real man”, then they are my friends.Likewise, if the PPP re-establishes their commitment to the working class, then they are also my friends. My association has to do with politicians who can best help the working class. My stance on the national issues has always been consistent – a friend of the working class is a friend of mine.My condemnation of the 2017 Budget has everything to do with a reckless and rude attempt to devour and deflower the working class economically. The PPP did it for a period of time as they approached the end of their term in office and they heard from me but Tacuma was silent then when Dr Rose and I engaged the PPP.Today by way of this 2017 vampire Budget, the PNC-led government that includes people like Moses Nagamootoo and Rupert Roopnaraine (who ought to know better), has broadsided the poor people of Guyana.They shall also hear from me. But only a hypocrite will shout for joy when I called out the PPP, but wants to condemn me as I call out the PNC today. Is Tacuma such a paid hypocrite?My path is very consistent and very unwavering and I refuse to be a fair weather politician like Tacuma Ogunseye, who like a weather cock flip-flops on the issues based on the number of gold coins on the table. Sometimes I wonder who sold out Walter Rodney in the 1970s to the PNC? Tacuma, how long have you been collecting gold coins?Sincerely,Sase SinghMaryland, USA
0Shares0000LONDON, September 3- Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham told the BBC on Tuesday that he was “sad” to see home-grown striker Danny Welbeck leave the club for their Premier League rivals Arsenal.Welbeck, 23, was allowed to join Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros) on Monday after United agreed to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco. “He (Welbeck) has been there since he was eight. His heart was in Manchester,” said Beckham, who graduated from the United youth team in the mid-1990s before establishing himself at Old Trafford.“I am sure he is obviously sad to leave Manchester United. Arsenal have a very good, young, talented English player, but to see him leave Manchester United, as a Manchester United fan, is obviously sad.”However, England manager Roy Hodgson welcomed the move.“The biggest bonus is for Danny Welbeck,” Hodgson told a press conference ahead of England’s friendly game with Norway on Wednesday.“When you are a player of his calibre and find yourself at United with competition for places, you don’t always get the starts you would like.“He is going to a club where he will hopefully get more starts and playing time. So I am pleased for Danny and I think Arsenal have signed a good player.“My job is with England and the players I choose. I don’t wish to make any suggestions about what clubs do with their players.“But I cannot deny the more players play and the more experience they get, especially at Champions League level, the better it is for me at international level.”Welbeck’s England team-mate Jack Wilshere welcomed the striker to Arsenal with a picture of the pair on Twitter.“Big welcome to my boy Welbz,” the Arsenal midfielder wrote. “Great player for a great club. Another English lad!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
(Photos by Dan Young)By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team finally met its match.After cruising through the regular season and the playoffs undefeated, the Rockets could not keep up with the high-powered Amherst offense and dropped a 42-0 decision in the WIAA Division 5 state championship game Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium.Amherst (14-0) scored on its first six possessions as senior quarterback Garrett Groshek, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association State Offensive Player of the Year, seemingly did whatever he wanted to the Rockets’ defense.Groshek had touchdown runs of 29 and 78 yards in the first quarter — the first points Spencer/Columbus had allowed in the opening quarter all season — and threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter to put the Falcons up 28-0.Groshek added two more passing TDs in the third quarter to push the lead to 42-0. He finished with 161 yards rushing on just 12 carries and was 11 of 14 passing for 172 yards. The four touchdown passes tied a state finals record that Groshek now shares with Robert Evans of Franklin (2006) and Dan Schneider of West Salem (2007).Spencer Columbus linebacker Elijah Welsh hits Amherst running back Brandon Piotrowski. (Dan Young photo)“I’m extremely proud of them,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said regarding his team. “They are a fine group of young men, tremendous, tremendous kids. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but I couldn’t be more proud of them.”Spencer/Columbus (13-1) had its opportunities as well in the first half, but could not cash in.The Rockets reached the Amherst 48 on the opening possession of the game before having to punt and again got to midfield after picking up two first downs the next time they had the ball before stalling.After Amherst went up 21-0 on a 12-yard TD pass from Groshek to Amaziah McCall 2:11 into the second quarter, Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke returned the kickoff 65 yards to the Falcons’ 4. Luepke ran the ball four-straight times, fumbling into the end zone on the final attempt with Amherst recovering.The Falcons went 80 yards in 10 plays to score again, this time on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Groshek to Joshua Cisewski.The Rockets responded with their best drive of the game, going 65 yards in 15 plays. The drive reached the Amherst 11 before two incomplete passes by Calvin Lenz, and an interception on fourth down, the final play of the half, ended it.“It was just hard to see,” senior tight end/defensive end Ryan Busse said. “We weren’t able to connect and work together tonight. Things just didn’t go our way, and that’s kind of hard to see. Our offense has been good all year, and then that comes.”Groshek connected with McCall (23 yards) and Cisewski (33 yards) again in the third quarter to finish off the scoring as the Rockets gained just 25 yards and one first down in the second half.“He’s a tremendous competitor and a great athlete,” Gorst said of Groshek. “He makes plays, doesn’t give up. He’s a great football player.”Overall, Amherst outgained Spencer/Columbus 410-124 and held the Rockets’ vaunted running game to just 67 yards on 32 carries. The Rockets came into the game averaging 329 yards rushing per game.“Offensively we were trying to run our base, the same plays we’ve been running all year long, and it was working in the beginning,” Lenz, a senior quarterback/cornerback said. “You have to credit (Amherst). They came out really well on defense, they shed blocks, and they were prepared.”The state title is Amherst’s second after reaching the championship game for the third time in the past four years. The Falcons also won the Division 5 title in 2012 and lost to Lancaster in last year’s final.The trip to state was the first in the 14-year history of the Spencer/Columbus Catholic co-op and second ever for Spencer, which lost the 1982 D-5 championship game 22-19 to Osseo-Fairchild.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Falcons 42, Rockets 0Spencer/Columbus 0 0 0 0 – 0Amherst 14 14 14 0 – 42First QuarterA – Garrett Groshek 29 run (Cameron Gaulke kick), 5:58.A – Groshek 78 run (Gaulke kick), 0:26.Second QuarterA – Amaziah McCall 12 pass from Groshek (Gaulke kick), 9:49.A – Joshua Cisewski 17 pass from Groshek (Gaulke kick), 3:37.Third QuarterA – McCall 23 pass from Groshek (Gaulke kick), 9:51.A – Cisewski 33 pass from Groshek (Gaulke kick), 5:29.Team StatisticsFirst downs: A 18; SC 8Rushing (att-yards): A 28-238; SC 32-67.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): A 11-14-172-0; SC 8-17-57-2.Penalties (no.-yards): A 4-30; SC 1-5.Fumbles (total-lost): A 0-0; SC 1-1.Punting (no.-avg.): A 1-26.0; SC 4-18.0.Individual StatisticsRushing: A, Garrett Groshek 12-161, Brandon Piotrowski 14-78, Devin Ostrowski 1-0, Team 1-minus 1. SC, Hunter Luepke 16-44, Noah Zastrow 3-12, Jonny Tomke 4-9, Carson Hildebrandt 1-5, Ethan Meece 1-4, Jon Bauer 1-3, Hunter Hildebrandt 1-1, Calvin Lenz 4-0, Bubba Post 1-minus 1.Passing: A, Groshek 11-14-172-0. SC, Lenz 8-17-57-2.Receiving: A, Joshua Cisewski 4-61, Amaziah McCall 3-52, Marcus Glodowski 2-26, Dalton Nemzoff 1-28, Hunter Warner 1-5. SC, Tomke 2-12, H. Hildebrandt 2-12, Luepke 2-9, Zastrow 1-15, Austin Post 1-9.Punting: A, Piotrowski 1-26.0. SC, Luepke 4-18.0.Fumble recoveries (defense): A, Benjamin Gutschow.Interceptions (defense): A, Gutschow, McCall.Records: Amherst 14-0; Spencer/Columbus 13-1.