first_img View Comments Shane McRae & Aaron Tveit in ‘Better Off Single’ We promise you, Aaron Tveit, if we were to go on a Central Park jog with you, we wouldn’t risk getting fined for public indecency. Take a look at a new clip from his upcoming film Better Off Single. In the comedy, Tveit plays Charlie Carroll, who quits his job, leaves his girlfriend and gets dropped by his therapist to reenter the dating pool and embark on a journey of self-discovery. In the scene, Charlie goes on a life advice-laden run with Vince (Shane McRae) and his full bladder. Better Off Single, which also features Tony winner and new mommy Annaleigh Ashford, lands in theaters and on demand on October 7.last_img


first_imgWITH expectations for the Linden athletes running high, several of them delivered yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora, with Chantoba Bright topping the lot with her record-breaking leap in the Girls’ Under- 18 long jump finals, helping to propel Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) to an early lead when competition in the National Schools Championships continued yesterday.District 10’s Deshanna Skeete clocks the best performance in the Girls’ Under-16 400m heats.(Samuel Maughn photo)Over in the day’s 400m heats, Williams and Deshanna Skeete put out the best times in their respective heats, showing great promise for District 10 as they battle to defend their track and field competition title.District 10 now stand ahead in the track and field competition with 87 points after 17 finals. Just on their heels are the Corentyne (District 6) with 73 points.Bright obliterated her own previous 5.47m record, which she set last year, after clearing 5.89m last night, as the competition continued under floodlights.However, Bright was not the only one who set records yesterday. At least three other records toppled, starting with West Demerara’s Carl Williams 7.11m jump in the Boys’ Under-20 long jump. Williams erased the previous 6.90m record that was held by fellow Westsider Rickford Deane, when he covered the distance in 1991.Yet another record was trumped by District 4’s Toyan Raymond in the Girls’ Under-20 long jump. She jumped 5.73m, surpassing the 5.47m record set by Michelle Vaughn in 1996.South Georgetown’s Wesley Tyndall clocked 54.50 seconds in the Boys’ 400m heats, to shave just milliseconds from Daniel Williams’ 54.9 seconds record that was set in 2013.In the day’s 400m heats, Williams and Deshanna Skeete put out the best times of the day in their respective heats.It was a day full of excitement, and upsets, but also a day of some serious disappointment, the biggest of which was suffered by North Georgetown (District 11) as they watched the Girls Under-18 400m go off without their star athlete, Kenisha Phillips.Phillips, apparently, has withdrawn from the Championships citing injury – a major blow to the Georgetown team, who were already facing an uphill battle in trying to put together a fight against District 10.District 14’s Odessa France (right) battles it out against District 4’s Hanna Reid in the Girls’ Under-14 400m heats. (Samuel Maughn photo)South Georgetown (District 13) are currently at third with 66 points, but only just, as East Coast Demerara (District 4) stand just one point behind.West Demerara (District 3) follow with 48 points, and in a surprising turn of events North West (District 1) have a healthy 47 points, on a day when the only finals completed were field events.North West are not known to participate successfully in their field events for some time now, but 2017 is obviously the year for a change. West Coast Berbice (District 5) have 45 points.This now leaves North Georgetown in eighth after 17 finals, with 40 points. North Georgetown share that position with Rupununi (District 9) who also have 40 points.With 38 points Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon round out the top ten.last_img read more


first_imgMS Dhoni is no longer a centrally contracted player with the BCCI. His name didn’t feature in the 27 contracts handed out by the Indian board yesterday.He last played for India during the World Cup in 2019, following which there has been suspense over his future. In 2019, he had been awarded a Grade A contract, which brings a retainer of INR 5 crore (US$700,000 approx.).Top-order batsman KL Rahul made the jump from Grade B to A this time around, getting an increment of INR 2 crore (US$280,000 approx.).While Dhoni has not played any professional cricket since the World Cup, India coach Ravi Shastri has said more than once that Dhoni could come into contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year if he does well in the IPL.Others to lose contracts were Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Khaleel Ahmed. There weren’t many other massive changes from the contracts list from last year. Test opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his debut in Melbourne in a delicately poised series and immediately impressed, was the big gainer, entering the list at Grade B, which comes with a retainer of INR 3 crore (US$420,000 approx.). Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who had dropped to Grade C due to injuries, came back to join Agarwal in Grade B.Other new names in the contracts – as of now – included limited-overs specialists Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar. They all entered the system at Grade C, which comes with a retainer of INR 1 crore (US$140,000 approx.).The A+ grade, which includes players who feature in all three formats, remained unchanged with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retaining their INR 7 crore (US$980,000 approx.) fee. The injured Hardik Pandya, who has played only T20Is since the World Cup, retained his Grade B contract.These contracts are for October 2019 to September 2020. The total number of retainers has come down from 29 to 27. The recommendations for these contracts are made by national selectors, based on a combination of performances in the previous year and the roles players are expected to play in the contract period.If someone outside of this list gets an India cap during the period, he becomes eligible to get a Grade C contract. According to BCCI rules, a player needs to play a minimum of two matches to be eligible to earn a Grade C contract. BCCI’s central contracts list for 2019-2020Grade A+ (INR 7 cr): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit BumrahGrade A (INR 5 cr): R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, KL RahulGrade B (INR 3 cr): Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank AgarwalGrade C (INR 1 cr): Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari,, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — After watching Otto Porter score 43 points in two games during the regular season, Syracuse made sure he wasn’t a factor the third time around.The Orange’s defense shut down Porter in the Big East tournament semifinals on Thursday, holding Porter to 12 points on only 4-of-13 shooting in his 45 minutes on the floor. He only took two shots from behind the arc. Keeping Porter from doing much damage was key for Syracuse in its 58-55 overtime win over the Hoyas on Thursday.Porter spent much of the game in the high post, but rarely had an opportunity to score with the amount of attention Syracuse was paying him.“We cheated up on Porter a little bit more,” Orange head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We left (Mikael) Hopkins alone, and he did get some work done down there, but not as much as Porter and (Markel) Starks would get.”Syracuse’s focus on Porter in the high post came at a price, as Hopkins and Starks had some good looks and were able to combine for 25 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPorter started off hot, though, knocking down a jumper in transition from the lane about two minutes into the game to give Georgetown a 2-0 lead. But he wouldn’t have another field goal for more than eight minutes, when he made a layup to give Georgetown a 15-12 lead.He managed to come up with some big buckets late in the game, including a jumper from the lane that brought Georgetown to within five, that helped put the Hoyas in prime position to finish off its comeback and tie the game.Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said he knew Boeheim and Syracuse would defend the Hoyas – and Porter – differently.“You say the Syracuse 2-3 zone, but he adjusts, tweaks, even from the first game to the second game, they played us differently,” Thompson said. “So we anticipated they were going to play us a little bit differently, but that’s why everything was open along the baseline.”Syracuse made sure Porter was rarely – if ever – open.Porter hit two free throws in overtime that made it 57-55 Syracuse with 39 seconds left in overtime, but it was too late for him and Georgetown. The Orange ended up moving on to the finals.After the game, Boeheim said Porter’s the best player that he’s seen in the Big East — high praise coming from someone who’s coached for the conference’s entire existence.But Porter’s versatility makes him an unmatched player in Boeheim’s eyes.“I think he’s a great defensive player,” Boeheim said. “I think he’s a great passer. I think he can obviously shoot the ball, and he just, really, I don’t see a weakness in his game from a perimeter point of view of a guy that I’ve seen in this league over the years.”Despite the fact that Boeheim’s defense shut him down, Porter said he appreciated Boeheim’s compliment.“It means a lot coming from him,” Porter said. “It’s tough playing against him and his team.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse vs. Georgetown Big East semifinalsKeita, Cooney shine off bench in Syracuse’s 58-55 overtime win against Georgetown in Big East semifinalcenter_img Published on March 16, 2013 at 12:41 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more