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Meteor Shower Star Keegan-Michael Key Is Engaged

first_img Meteor Shower Keegan-Michael Key & Elisa Pugliese(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Keegan-Michael Key, the Emmy winner who is currently making his Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s comedy Meteor Shower, has another reason to celebrate! He popped the question to director and producer Elisa Pugliese on November 14.”She shows me every day that each one of us has the ability to help make the world a better place. I’m the luckiest man ever. She said yes!” shared Key on Twitter.In addition to his current Great White Way perf in Meteor Shower, Key was seen off-Broadway in the Public Theater’s 2017 revival of Hamlet. He won a 2016 Emmy Award with Jordan Peele for the variety series Key and Peele. Pugliese has served as a producer on projects including Boy Meets Girl and Better Off Single.Many congrats to Key and Pugliese on the big news—we can’t wait to help celebrate at Meteor Shower’s November 29 opening night!She shows me every day that each one of us has the ability to help make the world a better place. I’m the luckiest man ever. She said yes! pic.twitter.com/UYhtSQ4GQH— Keegan-Michael Key (@KeeganMKey) November 14, 2017center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 21, 2018last_img read more

Remembering Fred McLeod and His Endless Passion for the Cavs

first_img Related TopicsCleveland CavaliersfeaturedFred McLeodLebron James I never had the pleasure of meeting Fred McLeod. We’ve passed each other in while walking through Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, but I never got a chance to introduce myself.That said, I know enough about him that the endless praise and kind words being spoken about him today don’t come off the least bit surprising. I know enough to feel pure shock and sadness when hearing the news of his passing this morning.While I never spoke with Fred, I know him as many other Cleveland Cavaliers fans do, as the voice who narrated countless game broadcasts, the first of which I vividly remember watching from my college dorm room.The reaction I had when hearing my first Fred McLeod broadcast is the same I felt when hearing his last.“Wow, this guy really cares about this team.”That never waned. His enthusiasm for the Cavs never faded. It didn’t matter if he was giving play-by-play for a Cleveland team led by LeBron James or Jamario Moon. You may not have seen the Cavs give 100% on a given night, but McLeod never gave you less than that.Think of the level of difficulty involved here. Your career as a Cavs play-by-play announcer begins with calling games featuring the greatest player on the planet, then shifts to finding a way to hype up a 19-win team a few years later.If it was hard for Fred, you never knew it. The passion was present every night, yet it also never felt forced.Not when the Cavs lost 26-straight games.Not when Cleveland looked aimless while its former star thrived in Miami.Not when ill-fated rebuild attempts imploded on a nightly basis.This is what I’ll always remember about McLeod. It didn’t matter how badly the Cavs were struggling in a given season, he never let his passion for the team take a night off.Of course, my greatest memory is undoubtedly shared by many who’ve followed this team. I’ve re-watched McLeod’s call of the final seconds of the 2016 NBA Finals enough to practically have it memorized. To this day, I’ve never been able to make it through without getting chills.There’s no way to listen to this call and not marvel in the love McLeod feels for the Cavs, to not know how badly he wanted that win. He could’ve attempted to hold his own, to try to not let his emotions take over.But it was impossible to do so. If you truly loved the Cavs, if you endured the string of heartbreak and struggles this team experienced for the better part of its existence, it was impossible to keep your composure and hold back true joy in that moment.That goes double for McLeod. He wanted it just as bad as we did, and when it happened, he wanted to soak it in just like us.It goes without saying Cavs broadcasts won’t be the same in his absence. The pleasure of watching a “wine and gold winner,” the thrill of a seeing a clutch Cleveland three hit “the bottom!” These things may happen this season, but without McLeod there to throw out his trademark exclamations, the experience just won’t be as enjoyable.That said, as tough as it may be, Cavs fans will have to carry on. Despite the fact watching this team will forever be missing something moving forward, supporters’ appreciation for the team can’t disappear.After all, McLeod’s never did.With that, I’ll just say goodnight, Fred. We’ll let ourselves out, even though we wish we could stay. Casey Drottarlast_img read more

U of L women hold top 10 ranking; UK slides

first_imgBy securing a 20-point win last week at Virginia Tech, the Louisville women’s basketball team held on to its top 10 ranking ahead of Monday’s game versus a top-5 foe.U of L came in at No. 8, with Notre Dame No. 4 in the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25.For the second straight week, UConn topped the rankings, with South Carolina, Baylor, the Irish and Maryland following.The University of Kentucky slipped from No. 11 to No. 13 amid its toughest stretch of the season. The Wildcats dropped games last week to No. 6 Tennessee and Texas A&M, which jumped from 15th to 12th thanks to its win.Others ranked from the ACC include Florida State (9th), North Carolina (15th), Duke (16th) and Syracuse (23rd). From the SEC, Mississippi State’s also in at No. 11.Western Kentucky’s women received four votes this week, good for a 37th-place tie with Ohio State.Women’s AP Top 25 for Monday, Feb. 23The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 22, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: 101 12 86 11 143 807 21-6 164 — 6 Pts 12. Texas A&M 464 13 24-3 19 23-3 7. Oregon St. 3 10. Arizona St. 483 24 25 20-8 14. Princeton 11. Mississippi St. 3. Baylor 25-2 401 635 7 23. Syracuse 515 20-7 8 24-4 20 Prv Record 23-3 361 786 699 1. UConn (34) 13. Kentucky 16 14 21-7 19-7 5 26-1 25-4 78 414 9 24. California 25-0 217 16. Duke 25. Northwestern 2 21-6 6. Tennessee 850 4 20. Rutgers 10 24-2 692 750 574 18. Chattanooga 246 9. Florida St. 22 25-2 1 400 18 25-1 24-3 17. Iowa 25-2 263 20-8 8. Louisville 15. North Carolina 22. George Washington 22-6 618 22-6 25-3 2. South Carolina 5. Maryland 26-1 72 4. Notre Dame 21. Florida Gulf Coast — 17 19. Stanford 15 19-8 Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 44, Minnesota 33, South Florida 30, Nebraska 28, James Madison 18, DePaul 16, Green Bay 16, Oklahoma St. 9, Texas 9, Dayton 7, Oklahoma 6, Ohio St. 4, W. Kentucky 4, Quinnipiac 2, Wichita St. 2, Gonzaga 1, NC State 1, Washington 1.last_img read more

UK-UGA Glance | Izzo vs. Cal? Cal vs. clutter

first_imgNO. 1 KENTUCKY (29-0, 16-0 SEC)AT GEORGIA (19-9, 10-6 SEC)Game time: 9 p.m.Site: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523), Athens, Ga.Favorite: Kentucky by 9Series: UK leads 118-26. Last meeting: Kentucky won 69-58 on Feb. 3 in LexingtonTelevision: ESPN (Brad Nessler, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake)Radio: WHAS-AM 840 (Tom Leach, Mike Pratt)GEORGIAPos. Player Ht. Cl. Rb. Pts.G-J.J. Frazier 5-10 So. 3.4* 10.0G-Kenny Gaines 6-3 Jr. 3.6 11.7G-Charles Mann 6-5 Jr. 3.6* 11.3F-Nemanja Djurisic 6-8 Sr. 5.0 11.1F-Marcus Thornton 6-8 Sr. 7.2 12.3* assists per gameKey reserves – Juwan Parker, G, 6-4, So., 5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; Yante Maten, F, 6-8, Fr., 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg; Cameron Forte, F, 6-7, Jr., 3.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg.KENTUCKYPos.Player Ht. Cl. Rb. Pts.G-Andrew Harrison 6-6 So. 4.0* 8.7G-Aaron Harrison 6-6 So. 2.4 11.1F-Trey Lyles 6-10 Fr. 5.0 8.3F-Karl-Anthony Towns 6-11 Fr. 6.5 9.3C-Willie Cauley-Stein 7-0 Jr. 6.4 9.1* assists per gameKey reserves – Devin Booker, G, 6-5, Fr., 11.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg; Dakari Johnson, C, 7-0, So., 7.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.8 bpg; Tyler Ulis, G, 5-9, Fr., 5.7 ppg, 3.6 apg; Marcus Lee, F, 6-9, So., 2.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg.STORY LINES1. Tom Izzo doesn’t hate UK. Just Twitter. A minor controversy erupted on social media when snippets of the Michigan State coach’s quotes from the Big Ten teleconference, about Kentucky’s bid to become the first undefeated team since Indiana in 1976, hit the Internet. The most buzzed-about bit: “I’m not sure I’m crazy about the way everything’s worked out. I don’t know what it’s going to do for college basketball and everything like that.”Many presumed that was a shot at one-and-dones, which John Calipari has utilized more than any other coach in the country. But there was much more to Izzo’s complete answer – most of it complimentary. “I think John’s done a helluva job,” he said. “He’s withstood the pressure, he’s dealt with young guys. I think that’s been great.” Izzo wasn’t sure how these Cats’ competition stacks up against Indiana’s 39 years ago, but “if you can go undefeated in ’76, 2015 or 3012, it’s still an incredible accomplishment.” RELATED | No. 1 Kentucky facing healthier Georgia in rematch RELATED | Q&A: Kentucky’s Calipari previews Georgia tripThere was a twinge of envy in Izzo’s remarks. If one player isn’t giving ideal effort, “he’s got another guy there that’s also on the NBA roster. Most of us don’t have that, so you have to put up with it a little bit more maybe,” Izzo said. Even so: “If he goes undefeated, incredible accomplishment, no matter if he’s got 12 McDonald’s All-Americans instead of 10 or he’s got 12 pros, first round picks. It’s still difficult to do that, especially with young guys.”For his part, Calipari hadn’t heard Izzo’s comments when he appeared on the SEC teleconference Monday morning but didn’t seem bothered by even the less-than-glowing parts. “Tom and I are friends,” he said. “He and I will talk. I haven’t talked to him in a couple weeks, but he’s a good man and somebody that I consider a friend.”Calipari attempted to call Izzo after the flap, and Izzo returned the call but missed him as the Wildcats were traveling to Georgia. That’s according to Izzo, who called this reporter – who grabbed the salacious snippet from Twitter and asked Calipari about it – on Monday evening to clarify that there was no disparaging intent. The two coaches are still pals, “and now you know why I hate Twitter,” Izzo said.2. Cats continue combatting the clutter. As the Izzo flap illustrates, the closer Kentucky gets to making history, the more noise there will be from the outside. Calipari has been busy trying to nip it in the bud before it has a chance to affect the players. “I talked to them about it yesterday a little bit and just said, ‘You’ve got to stay the course, and that’s the one thing that can break us down.’ “It isn’t just increased media hype and scrutiny. Calipari knows the wrong message from people close to his players can erode the chemistry and unselfishness that has so far made this team of future pros so successful. “You should shoot more. You should play more. Why is he going to him and not you?” Calipari said. “That’s the stuff they’ve got to be mature enough to deal with. Now, they’ve been great (but) I’ll tell you that as we keep winding it down, there will be more.“I could put my head in the sand and act like they’re not talking to anybody and they’re not looking at the Internet and they’re not looking at social media and they don’t have girlfriends, they don’t have their AAU coaches, high school coaches. (But) I just told them last game: Just play.”– Kyle Tuckerlast_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah touts Ghana’s credentials

first_imgKwadwo Asamoah remains one of Ghana’s consistent players and is keen to see the Black Stars, one of the favourites for glory for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations lift the trophy.The Udinese attacker is expected to make his third successive Nations Cup appearance after his debut in 2008 as Ghana prepare for the start of this month’s finals in Gabon-Equatorial Guinea.Though, a squad member in the bronze winning 2008 Nations Cup side, Asamoah, two years after, played every match for the Black Stars as they marched to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and picked silver.The 23-year-old has become an integral player in the Black Stars and has told Fifa.com that Ghana would be a strong candidate for the title when the finals kick off on January 21.“We are a good team, without any phenomenons but with many quality players. If we are compact and gritty as [coach Goran] Stevanovic asks, we will be dangerous for anyone to play,” Asamoah said.The competition would miss teams like Egypt, Cameroon and Nigeria but the Ghanaian does not expect it to make it any easier for the Black Stars. He anticipates strong competition from all the qualified nations.“It is true that strong and successful teams will be missing, but it still won’t be easy to win the continental tournament. Not even South Africa will be there, but there are always new teams who will make life hard for anyone. All the teams who qualified for the finals deserved it.”The absence of some of the established nations might have narrowed down the number of favourites but Asamoah refuses to tag any side as favourites head of the start of the competition.“I do not see any favourite,” he said.“We all start on the same level, so of course there could be a big surprise. I see a very balanced tournament.” Ghana’s first game at the finals will be against newcomers, Botswana on January 24, three days after the tournament kicks off.The Black Stars will follow up their opener with fixtures against West African rivals, Mali four days later and Guinea on February 1 at the same stadium.Gabon will co-host the 2012 African Nations Cup with Equatorial Guinea. The tournament will kick off on January 21 and run till February 12.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton demands F1 do more to promote diversity and BLM message after drivers refuse to take knee again

first_imgLEWIS HAMILTON says F1, its teams and governing body need to do more to push their anti-racism message.The sport scored an own goal before last Sunday’s race in Austria where, unlike in football and cricket, some drivers did, and some didn’t, take a knee.Lewis Hamilton said it was the drivers who decided to take a knee before the Styrian GPCredit: EPASome stars were not even present for the moment at the start, showing a complete lack of unity behind their message.F1’s only black driver, Hamilton, has now called on the other nine teams to copy his Mercedes’ team’s stance after they painted their car black in support.While Hamilton singled out Ferrari, saying he had not heard a single message of support from the Italian team.He said: “Formula One, yes they have taken a step forward but ultimately there is more they can do. And the governing body, who dictate what these teams do.“I asked on a Zoom video call, ‘look, F1 has come forward in supporting end racism and it is amazing to see Mercedes doing the same thing.“But no other team has said a single thing. Whilst we have seen the Red Bull mechanics take a knee, which I think is great, but publicly, as businesses and teams…“If you look at Ferrari, who have thousands of people working with them, I have heard no word from Ferrari saying they hold themselves accountable and this is what they are going to do for their future.“We need the teams to do that. And F1 and the FIA to be the leaders in those scenarios and say ‘hey guys, everyone needs to pull together and fight for this so we can improve’.“A lot of people don’t know what the problem is. Some people deny there is a problem and that’s why I put this commission together.“Everyone has their opinion but I want to get to the bottom of it and so when we are putting money in to it, we know the cause and that is the root goal.” Hamilton admitted it was the DRIVERS who decided to take a knee before the Styrian GP, rather than the sport’s bosses.And said the chaotic scenes should not be repeated at this weekend’s Hungarian GP.However, he also revealed that not every one of the 20 drivers on the grid is willing to fully-back the message.He added: “Before the first race, I had been on several Zoom calls with the heads of Formula One and together we had come up with a plan that this is what we were going to do at the start of the first race.“There wasn’t a follow up and none of us were contacted, so there wasn’t a plan to do it again, for whatever reason.“So when the drivers did the briefing on a Zoom chat, we had this debate on whether we were going to do this again.“I said, ‘well guys I am going to continue to do it’. There were some who were like ‘well I already did it last week, I am not doing it again’.“There are some who continued to have the same approach as they had the first week and that’s why I tried to spend a bit of time with those who had chosen to stand, just to have a chat.Lewis Hamilton has showed his support for the Black Lives Matter campaignCredit: EPA“From a drivers’ point of view we are going to come closer during this period time, but I am not saying everyone will take a knee.“I would like to think that at some stage we will all be together understanding taking the knee.“Moving forward, we would try to do a better job if we are to do the same thing, but it is not my choice.”Lewis Hamilton and other F1 drivers ‘take a knee’ in support of BLM at Austrian opener Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Most awesome bullfighting festivalcenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.uk Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter Amazing movies best funny animalslast_img read more