Bob Saget Begins Performances in Hand to God on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Hand to God What the devil?! Bob Saget will start performances as Pastor Greg in Hand to God on November 3. The Full House and Broadway alum replaces original star Marc Kudisch in Robert Askins’ comedy at the Main Stem’s Booth Theatre. Saget is scheduled to remain in the company of the demonic puppet until the production closes on January 3, 2016.Saget is best known for playing Danny Tanner on Full House and as the original host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Additional screen credits include The Aristocrats, Entourage and the upcoming Grandfathered and Fuller House. He made his Broadway debut in The Drowsy Chaperone.In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the cast also includes Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles and Michael Oberholtzer.Still no word yet on casting for when Hand to God crosses the pond next year; the play will begin performances on February 5, 2016 at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.last_img read more

Other Sports Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc suffers engine problem

first_imgCharles Leclerc finished in third position, his first podium in F1.Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas have won the first two races of 2019 F1 season.Sebastian Vettel, five-time world champion, finished in fifth. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel finished fifth in the second Ferrari, after a late spin had damaged his front wing during a duel with Hamilton, ahead of British rookie Lando Norris who scored his first points for McLaren in sixth. Kimi Raikkonen, 39, was seventh for Alfa Romeo ahead of Pierre Gasly of Red Bull, Thailand’s rookie Alex Albon of Toro Rosso, who also had his first points finish, and Mexican Sergio Perez of Racing Line. “That was extremely unfortunate for Charles, he drove a great race,” said Hamilton, on the team radio. “We’ve got work to do to keep these guys off our tails. It must be devastating for Charles.” It was Leclerc’s first podium finish in F1 and he also scored a point for fastest lap. Bottas stayed on top in the drivers championship, one point ahead of Hamilton. “That was extremely unfortunate for Charles, he drove a great race,” Hamilton said over the radio. highlights Sakhir: Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton took advantage of Ferrari new boy Charles Leclerc’s wretched misfortune on Sunday when he claimed a dramatic victory for Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The five-time champion, who looked to be heading for second behind the 21-year-old Monegasque, gained the lead with 10 laps remaining when Formula One’s new star, who claimed a record-breaking pole position for Ferrari on Saturday, was hit by engine problems. As he slowed, Hamilton hunted him down to claim his first win of the season, his third at the Bahrain International Circuit and the 74th of his career ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Leclerc came home third as the race finished behind a Safety Car, following the spectacular late exit of both Renaults at Turn Two, ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull. “It happens,” said a calm Leclerc afterwards. “It’s part of motor sport. It’s a very hard one to take, but I am sure we will come back stronger.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse turns ball over 23 times, struggles on clears in win over UConn

first_imgAn extended arm with one finger pointed to the Carrier Dome roof emerged from a Connecticut celebratory huddle.Syracuse defender Mallory Vehar had thrown away the ball on a clear, and UConn attack Katherine Finkelston, unimpeded, barreled toward SU goalie Kelsey Richardson, and fired a shot to Richardson’s left. The goal capped a 10-minute, 4-1 run by the Huskies and made the score 11-10, still in favor of SU.“It was kind of like we passed it to the other team,” head coach Gary Gait said jokingly. “Oh, we did pass it to the other team, actually.“I thought it was a nice assist by Mallory Vehar, not under pressure by any means. Just ran up and passed it right to her.”While No. 2 SU (5-0) beat UConn (1-3), 12-11, the Orange turned the ball over 23 times, its first 20-turnover game since a May 2 game against Loyola (Maryland) last season. The turnovers, especially on clears, resulted in fast breaks that UConn capitalized on. Before Wednesday’s game, SU had only seven unsuccessful clears all season, but nearly doubled the number against UConn, clearing the ball out of its end just 9-of-15 times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Today it seemed like the ball was the size of a marble and we couldn’t see it,” Gait said. “(We) kept dropping it, throwing it where a person wasn’t and we’re just out of sync a little bit.”With the score 10-6, Richardson came out of the net for a loose ball. Cradling behind the net, UConn defenders pressured her and she tried to flip the ball to Vehar, who misplayed the pass.The ball rolled out of bounds as Vehar helplessly reached her stick out to save it.“I think that a lot of the communication was lacking on our part,” Richardson said. “We were trying to control the uncontrollables with the refs and things like that.”During the ensuing media timeout, SU players formed a single huddle, listening first to assistant coach Regy Thorpe, who stood in the middle. The single huddle migrated into two, and Gait talked to the offense with his whiteboard.The Huskies worked the ball around following the timeout, and UConn’s Grace Nolan cut from below the net to Richardson’s left. She faked her way through two defenders and slotted her shot past Richardson, who sat and stared into the back of the net.“I think we put a little more pressure on ourselves, I think we could have settled down. We were trying to, for whatever reason, quickly go,” Vehar said.The inability to clear the ball gave UConn fast breaks, leaving Richardson alone in one-on-one situations. As Richardson looked at the stat sheet during the postgame press conference, all she could do was shake her head.“I thought I had a lot more than five saves,” Richardson said.But overall, it wasn’t the saves that nearly cost SU the game, it was the thrown away possessions.“We’re a great clearing team,” Vehar said. “So I think we needed to take a step back because it’s a valuable possession that we need to take care of.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2015 at 10:56 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott putting more emphasis on stopping 3-pointers than making them

first_imgAfter once calling former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni an “offensive genius” shortly after the Lakers hired him two years ago, Bryant made it clear last season that he did not like the “small ball” system. Instead, Bryant said he preferred playing “smash-mouth, old-school basketball.”Last season, the Lakers finished third in 3-point shooting (38.1 percent) on 24.7 attempts per game. But the Lakers still finished with the worst record in L.A. franchise history. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he doesn’t believe a heavy emphasis on 3-point shooting “wins you championships.” Yet, seven of the past eight NBA title teams led the league in both 3-point shots made and attempted.Scott said he is more focused on limiting opponents’ outside shooting, specifically citing that the Lakers have rotated late in defending outside shots from the corner. “Once we’re healthy, we’ll be a little bit more aggressive from the 3-point line,” Scott said. “Now it’s about trying to get the ball moving from side to side.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ 40-year-old point guard Steve Nash (back) and their 19-year-old rookie Julius Randle (right leg) are already out for the season. But the Lakers have also missed their two most prolific 3-point shooters with Nick Young (right thumb) and Ryan Kelly (right hamstring) out. Young wore a smaller cast this week, but he is not expected to return until late November. Kelly plans to practice on Monday and possibly return on Tuesday against Phoenix. “I’m unique in being a big who can shoot the ball,” Kelly said. “I hope I can help when I get back and knock a few down at least.”Mute buttonThe Lakers may have become unwatchable, opening the season with two double-digit losses. But the Lakers still are featured on 28 national television appearances this season.“I don’t know why y’all keep showing the Lakers,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Thursday during the Cleveland-New York telecast. “Come on man. This ain’t the 2000s anymore. Quit showing the Lakers, TNT.”center_img Kobe Bryant maintained an aura of calmness as he sat by his locker stall. He insisted he would not lose his cool amid the Lakers’ sluggish start.But a troubling trend has emerged that Bryant called “a big problem.” Houston and Phoenix combined to make 28 of 61 from 3-point range, while the Lakers have shot only 7 of 23 in their first two regular-season games. How do the Lakers solve it?“Guarding the 3-point shot and shooting more and making more ourselves,” Bryant said. “That’s tough math to overcome.”The Lakers hosted the Clippers on Friday in a designated home game at Staples Center, playing an opponent that features sharpshooting from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick. The Lakers play today in Golden State, which features Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson firing away at ease.last_img read more

Byron Scott: Lakers guard Nick Young is ‘not having a good year’

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. >> As Nick Young strolled down a hallway near the entrance tunnel, an arena security official told the Lakers forward something that made his eyes light up like a Christmas tree.“You’re the next Kobe (Bryant)”, the security official said. But no matter how much he smiles and offers entertaining quotes, Young cannot camouflage an uncomfortable reality. Young remains on pace to finish with his worst season of his eight-year NBA career, hardly what the Lakers envisioned when they signed him last summer to a four-year, $21.5 million deal. He has averaged 13.4 points on a career-low 36.6 shooting percent clip, a mark that dipped in January (32.2 percent) and February (32.4 percent). “He’s not having a good year,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Young. “He’d be the first to admit that this hasn’t been the year he expected.” Young reported that trend caused plenty of Lakers fans to call him “Swagless P” on Twitter, an obvious insult to his self-given nickname “Swaggy P.”“It’s like basketball is my girlfriend and she is mad at me,” said Young, who averaged a team-leading 17.9 points on a 44 percent clip last season under Mike D’Antoni. “I came to the house too late. She kicked me out. Then I fell down the stairs and hurt my leg.”Young actually does hurt. He sat out of Friday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum, marking the sixth consecutive game he’s missed because of continued swelling in his left knee.“It’s getting better,” said Young, who plans to work out on Saturday for the first time since suffering the injury 1 1/2 weeks ago. “Hopefully I’ll return sometime this week.”Will Young improve his shooting then? Scott, who shot 48.2 percent in his 14-NBA career, including 11 with the Lakers, admitted feeling “surprised” about Young’s struggles. Scott observed Young has lacked both confidence and great shot selection. “He has to do a better job moving without the ball. It can’t be catch, then 18 dribbles and then he gets a shot,” Scott said. “When he does it that way, there’s one of two things. It’s a home run or a strikeout.”A reporter joked Babe Ruth thrived under those circumstances. “Babe Ruth was probably one of the best players in baseball history,” Scott said. “Nick thinks he’s up there with Reggie Miller and Larry Bird from a shooting standpoint. But if you look at their shooting percentage and you look at his, he’s not there.”The difference in shooting percentages between Young (42.3), Miller (47.1) and Bird (49.6) are striking. When informed about Scott’s criticism, Young joked, “I got no take. That’s the coach.” Young then turned serious.“I’ll always have confidence. It’s just my first time I’ve been on a stage like this and having a funk,” Young said. “The more I hear about missing shots, the more I’m trying to get back into it too quickly. I just got to let it come to me more.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more