Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons lift 76ers past Mavericks

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Embiid hit two key free throws late for Philadelphia, which was without Butler for the second straight game due to an upper respiratory infection. The four-time All-Star wasn’t around to address a published report that said he recently challenged coach Brett Brown in a disrespectful way about his role in the offense.Brown downplayed the incident before the game, and both Embiid and Simmons expressed the belief afterward that the three stars can coexist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Everybody is trying to fit in,” Embiid said. “We are going to keep working on it. We are inching toward it, and we are going to get there.”Simmons added: “Jimmy’s been great, amazing for me.” JJ Redick added 20 points for Philadelphia, which improved to 17-3 at home while winning its fourth in the last five.Wesley Matthews had 18 points to pace short-handed Dallas, which fell to 3-18 on the road. The Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Devin Harris (back) and J.J. Barea (ankle). Rookie guard Jalen Brunson came off the bench to contribute 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.The 76ers, who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, were seemingly in total control until Luka Doncic’s 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining cut the lead to 101-97. The lead still was four when Dwight Powell made one of two free throws for the Mavericks with 50 seconds left.“We gave ourselves a chance to win it,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.But Embiid, with “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants raining down from the sold-out crowd, drained two foul shots with 28 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia breathing room.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philadelphia acquired Butler last month with an eye on making a run to the NBA championship. But meshing Butler with stars Simmons and Embiid hasn’t always been easy, which Brown acknowledged.“There’s nobody trying to figure this out more than I am,” Brown said.BRUNSON’S RETURNBrunson, who played collegiately at nearby Villanova, was honored before the game by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association as its Amateur Athlete of the Year after helping the Wildcats to their second national title in three years last April. Brunson’s dad, Rick, a well-traveled NBA guard who played collegiately at Temple, sat courtside to watch his son’s best game of his young career.“He was terrific all around,” Carlisle said. “He looked right at home. I was happy for him. I thought he did a lot of good things.”UP NEXTDallas: Host Lakers on Monday night.Philadelphia: Host Washington on Tuesday night. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after a dunk as Jonah Bolden (43) and Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons carried the load without Jimmy Butler. And when Butler returns, the 76ers stars expect Philadelphia to keep rolling.Embiid had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Simmons added 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in Philadelphia’s 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans deal Cavaliers 9th straight loss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Once again, we had to make the game interesting,” Embiid said.The 76ers had a 30-point advantage dwindle to three points before pulling out a 132-127 victory at Phoenix on Wednesday in their previous game.Philadelphia methodically pulled away, increasing a 31-26 first-quarter advantage to 59-51 at the half. The 76ers made 10 of 20 field goals in the third quarter, settling for an 87-70 lead to start the fourth.Nowitzki didn’t play on the second night of a back-to-back after going scoreless in the Mavericks’ 114-93 loss at Boston on Friday night. Nowitzki missed all 10 of his shots, including eight from 3-point range, while failing to score for just the ninth time in his 21-year career. He needed two points to become the Western Conference player with the most points on Boston’s home court.TIP-INSMavericks: DeAndre Jordan bruised his left hand in the first half but returned. . Doncic had 14 points but shot 4 for 16 from the field, including 1 for 8 from 3-point range.76ers: Philadelphia is 17-8 since acquiring Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November. … Simmons reached a triple-double for the sixth time.BUTLER BABBLEBrown dismissed the Butler report before Saturday’s game.“I didn’t feel like any of that crossed the line,” Brown said. “He’s vocal. He’s all in and he has opinions, but it’s instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He’s got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard.” MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Olunga ready to mix it with La Liga big boys

first_img“It has been my dream to play in the La Liga and it had been my dream since I arrived in Europe that in three years time I would be rubbing shoulders with some of the best players in the world and here I have the opportunity. It is a great feeling to be honest,” Olunga said just after arriving at the club.“I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey and in this new challenge, I will not disappoint,” Olunga, who joined the club on loan from Chinese Super League side Ghuizhou Zhicheng added.Olunga made a dream start to life in the Catalonia-based club, coming off the bench to hit a brace as they whitewashed CF Ripoll 8-0 in a friendly match on Monday night and he now hopes he can replicate that same form in the league.“It was a great opportunity to start life at the club and now I believe I have my work cut out. Scoring a brace just made it sweeter. The biggest challenge now is to replicate that form in the league and my dream is to become the first Kenyan to score in La Liga,” Olunga added.Michael Olunga signed for La Liga top tier side Girona on loan from from Chinese Super League side Ghuizhou Zhicheng. PHOTO/courtesyThe former Gor Mahia, Tusker and Thika United striker becomes only the second Kenyan to play in Spain with MacDonald Mariga having spent a brief loan spell at Real Sociedad in the 2011/2012 season, playing 14 matches.Olunga dreams of bettering that feat and making a mark with the club which unsuccessfully tried to sign him in 2015 before he left for China where he signed for Guizhou Zhicheng.“It is my dream to make a huge mark here. This is a bigger platform with a bigger opportunity and I really pray I achieve it,” added the forward.A proven goal scorer, Olunga has hit 14 goals in 27 appearances for the national team while he scored 13 in 28 games in all competition for his first club abroad, Djugardens IF in the Swedish top tier.He didn’t have a smoother time in China with Zhicheng where he only scored two goals in nine games and had to be loaned out after the club exceeded their quota of foreign players and he had to be the sacrificial lamb.Girona announced during the player’s unveiling over the weekend they badly wanted to sign him from Djugardens before he left for China since he perfectly fitted the description of the striker they are looking for.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Michael Olunga in action for his new club Girona during their friendly match against CF Ripoll winning 8-0. Photo/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6- Sergio Ramos, Javier Mascherano, Diego Godin and former Arsenal center-back Gabriel Paulista are some of the world class defenders Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga will be tussling with for the next one season as he begins life with new club Girona.Olunga is expected to make his competitive debut for the Blanquivermell on Sunday when they travel away to San Mames to take on Athletic Bilbao in their third La Liga match of the season.last_img read more

Son shines for Spurs to make case for Juventus start

first_imgSon was the star of the show as the South Korean took his tally for the season to 15 goals with a pair of calm finishes either side of half-time to extend Tottenham’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 games.“I think Son is one of the players that you always expect amazing things (from),” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.“He’s a talented player, consistent, very professional and of course a player like him or like Harry (Kane) that works a lot, that work pays back.”Pochettino surprisingly left Son out his starting XI as Spurs came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Juventus just under three weeks ago.However, the Argentine hinted Son had done enough to make himself undroppable, replacing him 20 minutes from time to keep him fresh for midweek.“He’s not a machine and he needs to rest,” added Pochettino when quizzed on why Son had been withdrawn when on a hat-trick.Despite the spectre of Juventus looming, Pochettino named his strongest available side, and Spurs could have been out of sight had Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen shown the same composure in front of goal as Son.“The manager has to choose 11 players but there are many more,” said Son. “I try my best and try to be ready at all times.”Alli just couldn’t stretch to turn home Kane’s driven cross inside three minutes before Son’s cut-back for Kane produced a fine save from Jonas Lossl.Son was in a class of his own all afternoon and it was little surprise he showed more poise than his teammates to finally open the scoring 27 minutes in.Alli’s fine pass split the Huddersfield defence wide open and Son took his time to round Lossl before slotting into an empty net.It took Huddersfield 53 minutes to pose a threat when substitute Tom Ince latched onto a long ball in behind the Spurs defence and saw his well-struck effort beaten away by Hugo Lloris.However, seconds later the game was over as a contest when Son stooped to head home at the back post.Kane may have failed to score for the first time in six games, but the England striker deserved most of the credit for Son’s second as his wonderful cross picked out his teammate perfectly.“We’ve seen an unbelievable cross by Harry Kane and they scored a wonderful goal,” said Huddersfield manager David Wagner, who admitted his side were simply outclassed.“This goal said everything about the teams which met today.“Our team that fought, tried everything, that showed attitude and effort, and another team which has shown top quality.”Indeed, Kane’s failure to continue his scoring streak was the only negative on a comfortable afternoon for the hosts as he skewed wide when completely unmarked from an Eriksen corner 10 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Son shines: South Korea’s Son Heung-Min celebrates scoring in the win over Huddersfield © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 3 – Son Heung-Min made his case to start Tottenham’s crunch Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday by scoring twice to ensure a routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Wembley on Saturday.Victory saw Spurs leapfrog Liverpool, who host Newcastle later (1730GMT), into third in the Premier League, but more importantly open up a five-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea in the battle for a top four finish.last_img read more

SOCCER LEGEND JIM SHERIDAN TO JOIN SPORTSTAR HALL OF FAME

first_imgThe legendary Jim Sheridan.Finn Harps soccer legend Jim Sheridan is to be inducted into the Donegal Sports Star Hall of Fame at the 40th awards function in the Mount Errigal on next Friday night January 29th. The Rathmullan native’s senior soccer career spanned 16 seasons most of which was spent at his beloved Finn Park. Jim’s honour comes seven years after his late father John was also inducted into the Donegal Sports Star Hall of Fame.It means another little piece of history will be made as it will be the first time in the history of the awards that a father and son have been recipients of one of the biggest honours in Donegal sport. It’s the second time that Jim has been a Donegal Sports Star winner but you have to go back 38 years to 1978 when he scooped the soccer award.A towering centre-half Sheridan was totally dedicated and determined in every game he played. He signed for Finn Harps in 1970 after spending a couple of seasons at St. Patrick’s Athletic. Jim earlier had brief stints at Sligo Rovers and Irish League side Colraine whom he joined after Northern Ireland international Allan Hunter transferred to Ipswich Town.But, it was with Finn Harps that Sheridan was to become a ‘cult hero’. As a centre-half he feared no one and soccer fans of a certain vintage will remember his aerial strength. When Jim Sheridan came to head clear from a corner or meet a clearance from the opposition goalkeeper on the half-way line he invariably got the ball. He combined his football with a full-time career in the Gardai where again he demonstrated his dedication and determination by rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent in the Sligo District before retiring in 2002.The biggest influence undoubtedly on his playing career was his late father John who was a legendary figure in Rathmullan organizing and managing teams for many years in the famous ‘Summer Cups’. “My early memories is playing football on the ‘Putting Green’, also down at the beach and over at ‘Deeney’s Corner. Home was a soccer house. Daddy was managing and planning for games. My mother looked after the playing kits. I remember getting to the final of the Ramelton U16 one year where we were beaten by Letterkenny.” His first taste of competitive senior soccer came in a Summer Cup semi-final in Milford where he replaced the injured Fr. Michael Sweeney. He had a brief spell at Sligo Rovers before coming back to enjoy his first big success as a member of the 1967 Swilly Rovers FAI Junior Cup winning team. The victory came after the final had to be replayed because Swilly’s opponents had fielded an ineligible player. The first match had taken place at the grounds of St. Patrick’s Athletic and the replay was in Dundalk.Both Pat’s and Dundalk wanted to sign Jim Sheridan following his outstanding performances in those games. He opted for the Dublin outfit on the basis that they were guaranteeing him a first team place right away. In 1969 Jim was approached by Patsy McGowan about signing for Finn Harps who had been given the green light to join the League of Ireland for the first time.“I had played with Patsy when he was a goalkeeper with Rathmullan and my father also knew him well from those days. I remember as a young lad going with Rathmullan to a cup in Sligo to play Derry Celtic. I hadn’t been in the team and there was place to be filled but dad wasn’t for playing me. Patsy said ‘sure throw the young fella’ in. It went well for me and we won the game. So we had a close relationship from that. I didn’t sign for him that year but joined Harps the following year in 1970.”In a golden era for League of Ireland soccer Jim Sheridan enjoyed 13 seasons at Finn Park and all but one of those years he was captain. “It was a very competitive league. There were big games nearly every week against the likes of Cork Hibs, Waterford, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. We were getting up on 9,000 fans for some of the home matches. Ballybofey was the place to be in those winter Sundays. There was no competition from GAA or other sports and there was no soccer on TV” Jim says.It was a great Harps side and there was a great bond between the players. “I’m getting the Hall of Fame award but a lot of the credit must go to those players who I depended on. Likewise they depended on me.” Jim Sheridan is very proud of the fact that in the space of 10 years Harps played in the EUFA Cup four times which included games against Aberdeen, Everton, Turkish side Bursapor and Derby County. “Not many League of Ireland teams have that kind of record in Europe. We were well beaten by Derby but they had a team full of internationals like Roy McFarlane, Colin Todd, Archie Gemhill and Charlie George. I was up against England striker Bob Latchford in the Everton games and also played against Kenny Dalglish when Celtic drew 0-0 with us in a friendly in Ballybofey. It was a great privilege to captain Harps in those games.”Being in the same side as the great Brendan Bradley, the League of Ireland’s all-time record goalscorer also holds special memories for Jim as does playing against star names like Ray Treacy and Dave Wiggington. The one regret he has is that a really good Finn Harps teams of that era just failed to win the league title finishing runners-up an agonizing three times. Undoubtedly the highlight of his playing career at Finn Park was captaining the one and only Harps side to win the FAI Senior Cup with a 3-1 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic in 1974. “Holding the FAI Cup that day as Finn Harps captain was a huge honour. Looking down on our huge crowd of supporters on Dalymount Park filled me with great pride” Jim said.He was to play a further nine seasons with the Ballybofey club only hanging up his boots at the age of 38 in 1983 due to a back injury. During almost all of his senior career Sheridan also captained the Republic of Ireland Amateur International soccer side. “Captaining the Irish amateur team was very special for me. I remember we qualified for the European Championship Finals in Athens and only lost controversially 1-0 to Greece which put meant we were out of contention to win the competition. I remember the ‘hairs standing on the back of my neck’ as the National Anthem was being played before that game in Athens. It was a great experience for me personally.”When time allowed Jim Sheridan also enjoyed playing GAA. In the 1970s he won a Leitrim Intermediate Football Championship medal. And he actually played for Leitrim in a Connacht Senior Championship match against Mayo in 1972. “We were beaten by Mayo that day in Carrick-on-Shannon and I had a penalty saved by the Mayo keeper. After the game supporters were talking about the penalty miss but I always said it was the keeper who saved it.” After retiring from the League of Ireland Jim played club GAA for some years and he only stopped lining out in the Sligo Junior Soccer League at the age of 46. He continued playing indoor football until he was 66. Through his playing career Jim says the support of his late wife Patricia, who sadly passed away three years, was so important to him.“Patricia was such a great support to me because I was away so much through football and work. Without that support it just would not have been possible. Sadly his father John also passed in 2011.It would have been some picture of the first father and son to have won Donegal Sports Star Hall of Fame Awards. Jim has two sons John (42) and Jim (40) who played League of Ireland with both Sligo Rovers and Athlone Town before his senior career was cut short due to injury. His brother Paddy also played for Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers. Jim’s siblings include sisters Mary McKeever (Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan), Bridget McGlynn (Woodlands, Letterkenny) and Bernadette McPhilmey (Letterkenny) and his brothers Josie (Buncrana), Anthony (Derry) and Paddy (Rathmullan). A true sporting legend Jim Sheridan will be a very popular and most deserving recipient of the 2015 Donegal Sports Star Hall of Fame Award.SOCCER LEGEND JIM SHERIDAN TO JOIN SPORTSTAR HALL OF FAME was last modified: January 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfinn harpsHall of FameJim Sheridanlast_img read more

MINISTER: ‘I WON’T GIVE TAXPAYERS MONEY TO HIGHLAND RADIO AND OCEAN FM’

first_imgCOMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has said he won’t bail out struggling radio stations – despite a desperate plea for help.Highland Radio and Ocean FM are part of a group of local commercial radio stations which issued a statement several months ago asking for cash from the new TV license which every household in Donegal will have to pay.But Mr Rabbitte said he can’t be expected to bail out radio stations which made a fortune during the boom. He’s expected to protect RTE.“In line with my responsibilities for the broadcasting sector, I have met with various representative bodies, including the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), since my appointment as Minister and these meetings have included discussion of the IBI’s proposals regarding public funding,” said the Minister.“I remain to be convinced that the distribution of public funds to independent commercial broadcasters represents a sound proposition in terms of policy for the sector.“Moreover, there remain substantial legal questions as to whether using public funds in this way is possible at all. These stations were founded as commercial operations with creating a profit for their owners as their primary objective. “Station owners sought and accepted licences on clear commercial terms. In many cases, their success in the licence application process was assisted by the voluntary commitments they gave in regard to the provision of public service type content, over and above that required by the relevant legislation.“The fact that some of these stations are now undergoing an understandable degree of financial stress does not mean that the State should immediately step in and provide funding – they are and remain commercial companies.“Moreover, it should also be noted that the very popularity of these stations in the communities they serve is, in many cases, as a distinct result of the local news content and current affairs type programming that they provide and which, in turn, gives them a powerful advertising presence and thus earning potential.“As the economy recovers, it is to be expected that this commercial pressure will ease as advertising revenues recover apace.”The Minister added: “The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is presently engaged in the first ‘5 year review’ of the funding of public service broadcasting corporations, RTÉ and TG4, under Section 124 of the Broadcasting Act 2009. “As part of this review, the Authority will examine the impact of further ‘top slicing’ of the available licence fee fund on the ability of these two broadcasters to deliver on their statutory public service mandates. The findings of this review will be used to inform my Department’s policy making in this area.”Both Donegal broadcasters – Ocean and Highland – could lose their broadcasting licenses if new bids from new companies succeed in the autumn.MINISTER: ‘I WON’T GIVE TAXPAYERS MONEY TO HIGHLAND RADIO AND OCEAN FM’ was last modified: April 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DELIGHT AS LETTERKENNY GIRL CHOSEN FOR IRISH YOUTH OLYMPIC TEAM

first_imgA young Donegal athlete is fulfilling her dream in her ambition to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games.Shauna show the determination that has won her a place on the Irish team for the Junior Olympics.Fifteen year old Letterkenny cyclist, Shauna McFadden, has been selected for the Irish team for the upcoming European Youth Olympics in Tblisi, Georgia.The third year Loreto Convent student is part of a five-member team that which will compete at the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi, Georgia from the 26th July to 1st August 2015.Shauna is a daughter of local athlete and adventure runner, Sean McFadden, who was the winner of The Race held back in March.Sean said he is so proud of his daughter.“She puts in a lot of hard work and this is a reward for all that hard work.“It’s going to be some experience for her and we’re all just delighted that this has happened.“She is so dedicated and to experience this is going to be the stuff of dreams for her,” said Sean.DELIGHT AS LETTERKENNY GIRL CHOSEN FOR IRISH YOUTH OLYMPIC TEAM was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJunior Olympicsletterkennysean mcfaddenShauna McFaddenlast_img read more

Aston Villa v Chelsea player ratings

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A’s phenom Luzardo faces new challenge in third appearance of camp

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — There were plenty of tools that young A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo didn’t have on the mound Tuesday.In his third appearance and first start of the spring, the Oakland left-hander said he lacked a feel for his breaking ball. While he felt his overall command was improved from his first two appearances this camp, Luzardo still missed the zone plenty with his other pitches too, putting himself in 3-ball counts against half the hitters he faced. He plunked one batter and issued free …last_img

Delta’s new flight museum

first_imgMuseums, the best of them, tell a story. And the story the new Delta Flight Museum tells is dramatic. Tracing the history of one airline, the 68,000 square-foot facility, located on the northern reaches of Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport, manages to illuminate – in meticulous detail – the history of the airline industry as a whole. It does that by looking at Delta’s legacy, the constituent carriers that coalesced to form a global powerhouse. Northwest, Northeast, Western and Pan Am are all represented, as are other smaller airlines.The non-profit museum (there’s an admission fee) unfolds the saga via interactive information kiosks and assorted airline artifacts, the most compelling of which is a squadron of actual airliners. Out front Delta’s parked a 757-200, and a DC-9-50, both painted in the carrier’s classic “widget” livery. But it’s inside hangars One and Two respectively that the real show plays out.Enter the museum and take an immediate right turn. The first thing that catches your eye is an immaculately restored DC-3 proplliner – Ship 41, tail number NC2834. Take a while to drink in the classic design of the airplane. It’s polished bare-metal reflects the rays of sunlight that filter in the expansive hangar bay.Up ahead is a five-passenger, 90 mph Travel Air – the craft that launched Delta’s first passenger service between Dallas and Jackson, Mississippi. The Propeller Age artifacts arrayed in Hangar One include a toy Western Air Express bi-plane for the kids to play in. This AirlineRatings’ author’s grandchildren were fascinated by it. It was a tough to pry them away. They oohed and aahed and giggled and I explained to them how airplanes fly.Over along the far wall of Hangar One is a visual playground for adult aviation enthusiasts: early airline schedules from the carriers with which Delta merged, route maps that etch the carrier’s first east/west routes across the American South, cotton balls and chewing gum issued to flyers of an earlier era to muffle the sound of the piston engine and equalize pressure on their ears.Hangar Two houses the star of the show: a Boeing 767-200, The Spirit of Delta. Employees purchased the airplane for the carrier by raising $30 million.Enter the ship and grab a seat in first class. No charge for the upgrade. Peak inside the cockpit or head to the tail, along the way taking in displays of pilot and flight attendant uniforms of the early jet age.Down below, on the ground floor, get a preflight checklist and perform a walk around inspection of the massive seven-six, the way the first officer (co-pilot) does. A pamphlet lays out your beneath-the belly route, explaining each step in layman’s terms. By the time you reach the tail and crane your neck up at the elevators (which make the aircraft ascend and descend) you’ll have a decent idea of the fundamentals of flight.If the star of the show is the 767, the sexiest exhibit is the Boeing 737-200 flight simulator. The museum says it’s the only real full-motion flight “sim” open to the public in the United States. Take a look inside at no extra charge. “Fly” the seven-three for 45 minutes for US$395. You’ll have to call ahead for reservations.While the Delta Flight Museum isn’t far from Delta headquarters, it’s not immediately adjacent to the mid-field terminal complex of the world’s busiest airport. If you’re passing through ATL and want to see it best bet is to grab a cab.Find out more about the museum by going to the Web site at www.deltamuseum.org . Contact them via e-mail at museum.delta@delta.com. The phone number is 1-404-715-7886.The Delta Flight Museum won’t be mistaken for Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. But what it does, it does exceptionally well. If you’ve got a long layover in Atlanta you could spend your precious time in far less fascinating fashion.last_img read more

PG vs. R Ratings: What’s the Difference for Summer Action Films?

first_imgA film’s rating ensures a certain kind of audience. Here, we discuss the logic and thought process behind making a summer action film.Every filmmaker working on a summer action film faces a decision: to make an R-rated film with strong adult appeal, or to create something more accessible for larger audiences. So how do you make this determination?Earlier this year, Rossatron released a great video essay about the importance of blood in film. The video essay explores how a lack of blood in violent action scenes also creates a lack of consequence for those violent actions.I can’t disagree with that critique. When we see our hero plow through a warehouse shooting the bad guys and they instantly fall bloodless to the floor, it does somewhat diminish the seriousness of the action. On the topic, James Mangold, director of Logan and 3:10 to Yuma, said the following:I have a lot of misgivings about violence and PG ratings. A PG film might show hundreds of people dying, falling off buildings, getting mowed down by rapid-fire guns, but you don’t feel the deaths because the ratings system dictates the amount of agony being played by the actor. In a weird way, that makes violence more palatable because when we excise the upsetting bits, we de-sensitize ourselves to death to the point where it’s almost like shooting ducks at a carnival.Notably, despite the glaring lack of gore from slices, stabs, and gunshots, many summer action films that play it safe are either top box office contenders or happily ensconced in the museum of classics. Whenever we hear an announcement for a popular hard-edged character coming to the big screen, there are always anxious moviegoers pleading for the film to be R-rated and show the violence in all its glory. But are audiences longing for an adult take on a popular character (see Logan), or are they just bloodthirsty? First, let’s look at the ratings system.R-RatedTypically, if a film shows violence that’s both realistic and extreme, the film will garner an R-rating — or in the UK, a 15 rating (although these evaluations can become convoluted — we touch upon this below). An R-rated film requires someone under the age of seventeen to be accompanied by an adult, and a BBFC 15 rating will only permit those who are fifteen and above to watch the film. It doesn’t matter if you have an adult accompanying you or not. But what does realistic and extreme mean? Well, let’s look at two instances with the character Wolverine from films X-men 2 (PG-13) and Logan (R).In the following sequence from the PG-13 X-men 2, enemy combatants invade the X-mansion, and in his savage-but-protective nature, Wolverine chops down any foe in his wake to protect the children.Despite having razor-sharp claws that can cut through any material, the soldiers who regrettably find themselves in Wolverine’s path visually receive nothing more than torn clothing, despite the slicing and stabbing. Conversely, in a scene that almost mimics the events from the 2003 film, Wolverine again goes berserk against a group of enemy combatants to protect young children.The difference, however, is that if Wolverine slices an enemy solider’s neck, we see the blood splatter from the initial cut, flesh flung in the direction of the attack, and a gush of blood running from the soldier’s wound. Typically, this is an example of violence that is both realistic and extreme.Of course, bloody gore isn’t the only factor involved in a movie’s rating. There’s also sex, nudity, language, drug use — each category has an extremity limit that will push the rating into the next class. Regarding violence, the exact level of extreme is somewhat blurred, and both the MPAA and BBFC have been criticized — for decades — by filmmakers and audiences alike. For example, in the clip beneath from beloved summer action film Black Panther (PG 13), the character Killmonger (the antagonist), shoots and wounds another character named Ulysses Klaue. Not following the norms of PG-13; however, we see the two bullets penetrate Klaue, along with bloody entry wounds. More frequently, we’d see the character being shot from an angle, where the bullet impact is hidden (see this clip from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the effect is visible, but we only see damage to the clothing and not the flesh, or the character gets shot off frame, and then we see a small amount of blood on the character’s shirt.Of course, we cannot disregard the economic factor. Both The Dark Knight and X-men 2 are inherently violent, but a large portion of the core demographic for summer action films are teenagers and children. And without those adolescent seats, studios lose a ton of box office cash and merchandising. Not to mention that R-rated films miss out on advertisements on teen-friendly spots — teen TV channels, Happy Meals, gaming websites, and so forth.The Demand for Blood or Adult Tone?Over the last few years, we’ve unquestionably seen a demand for more R-rated action films. Not necessarily for action films such as Die Hard, but for comic book films like Logan and Deadpool — along with future films based on more street-level characters. With the recent news that Marvel Studios will be bringing Blade into the fold, the internet was quick to rally behind the mantra that Blade, like the first iteration, needs to be bloody and R-rated. But are audiences longing for senseless bloody action in their summer action films, or do they merely want to see the characters they’ve grown up with now presented in a more adult-like tone?While there is an argument for visceral violence in these films (hey, I’m for it too), do we really need squirts of blood from every orc that Aragorn cuts down, in the same way that we saw from those slain by Jon Snow‘s sword? The thing is, unless it’s a blood-soaked horror film where the gore is the selling point, the nature of onscreen violence is usually a by-product of the tone of the film. What do I mean by that? Well, again, James Mangold has words on the topic. Speaking at the 2018 Writers Guild Association Beyond Words Panel, he said the following:You have to have a slightly off-pedal goal for your film, and the people who are gonna go: ‘What the fuck is that 8-minute scene between Professor X and Logan? That’s light 8 minutes of two guys in a tank talking.’ And it’s like ‘Yeah. That’s not gonna change because the vibe of this movie is an adult drama.’ That’s why, for instance, we wanted an R-rating. It wasn’t because of the violence and it wasn’t because of the language, but because I didn’t have to write a movie, and neither did my compatriots, for eleven-year-olds. If we had a rated-R movie, there were gonna be no Happy Meals. There can be no action figures. There was gonna be no marketing on Saturday morning cartoons or anything like it. So that, suddenly, you’re not making a movie written for someone under fourteen, fifteen. And that changes the length of scenes. It changes what they’re talking about.This is apparent when we compare the likes of Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings. Both are fantasy epics, both involve creatures and magic, and both are set in a world different than ours. Yet, Game of Thrones is naturally more grounded in reality than Lord of The Rings, and as such, when a character meets the sharp end of a blade, you expect to see the real consequence to that action. With Lord of The Rings, not so much. The film, in tone, is fantastical. The unimaginable and unreal is around every corner, and as a result, the lack of blood in skirmishes doesn’t seem that outlandish.There’s undoubtedly a disparity between the content in teen-friendly summer action films and the absence of blood to make it age-appropriate. It seems impracticable to have Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury shoot down a dozen bad guys with a machine gun, but it’s okay as there’s no blood splatter. As I said before, the rating system for movies, both domestic and foreign, has been scrutinized for years. It was actually the focus of the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see if the hold over the use of blood effects changes.Cover via Marvel Studios.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedWhat the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of Film10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The Cameralast_img read more