Nikki Davis-Jones Will Defy Gravity in London’s Wicked

first_img View Comments Nikki Davis-Jones has proven so popular as Elphaba in the current U.K. tour of Wicked that she will be taking over from Willemijn Verkaik in the role in the West End production from October 27. Also joining the cast on that date are Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible and Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, taking over Sue Kelvin and Paul Clarkson respectively. Verkaik, Kelvin and Clarkson will all play their final performances on October 25 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. The West End cast also currently includes Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Sam Lupton as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose. Davis-Jones’ stage credits include Blues in the Night, Rent, LIFT and Little Women. She will play her final performance in the Wicked U.K. Tour on September 6 at Birmingham Hippodrome. Sadovy appeared in La Bête on Broadway and in the West End. Her many other theater credits include Oliver! and Sunday In The Park with George. Child’s stage credits include The Hired Man, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, People and The Habit of Art.last_img read more

Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale big battery in Australia

first_imgFinal testing under way at expanded Hornsdale big battery in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia is entering the final testing of its expanded capacity, and is achieving some significant new records and milestones that would be expected when the world’s biggest lithium ion battery gets even bigger.The Hornsdale battery set a world record for a lithium-ion battery installation when it was installed in late 2017 with capacity of 100MW/129MWh. It has played an important control in providing frequency control and emergency back-up – both critical in helping keep the lights on during major network problems – as well as doing the normal storage thing of energy arbitrage, buying at the lows and selling at the peaks.It is now being expanded to a capacity of 150MW/194MWh, and is adding new services, particularly synthetic inertia, that will allow it to replicate more of the services once exclusive to fossil fuel generators in South Australia, and allow the grid to take another important step towards the shift to the state government target of “net 100 per cent renewables.”The expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve (its official name) is owned by the French renewable energy developer Neoen and located next to the 315MW Hornsdale wind facilities, and got the OK to connect last month. It is now going through testing that allows it to progress through various “hold points” that it can straddle once the market operator is satisfied with the outcome.On Tuesday, in the latest series of tests, the Hornsdale battery did a rapid 270MW flip – from charging at 120MW to discharging at 150MW. It appears to have flipped between the two on several different occasions – at least one of which had an immediate impact on the wholesale price of electricity, pushing it down to the peppercorn price of just above $8/MWh.Those 270MW flips – from the level of discharge to the level of charge – are likely a world record in both speed and extent of the change. And it’s this flexibility of the big batteries such as Hornsdale, and others at Dalrymple North, Lake Bonney, Gannawarra and Ballarat, that is particularly attractive to project owners and valuable to AEMO, the market operator.[Giles Parkinson]More: Tesla big battery sets new record as testing for Hornsdale expansion enters final stagelast_img read more

UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN

first_imgTEAM LEADERS: Lamine Diane is averaging 22.8 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Matadors. Terrell Gomez is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of 19.9 points per game. The Anteaters have been led by Collin Welp, who is averaging 13 points and 5.9 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Diane has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Cal State Northridge field goals over the last three games. The junior forward has accounted for 28 field goals and 10 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: UC Irvine is 0-6 this year when it scores 61 points or fewer and 21-4 when it scores at least 62.UNBEATEN WHEN: Cal State Northridge is a perfect 6-0 when it turns the ball over seven times or fewer. The Matadors are 7-17 when they record more than seven turnovers. UC Irvine’s forced 10.7 turnovers per game in Big West play and 10.6 per game over its last five.DID YOU KNOW: The Cal State Northridge offense has recorded a turnover on only 16 percent of its possessions, which is the 22nd-lowest rate in the nation. The UC Irvine defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.1 percent of all possessions (ranked 300th among Division I teams). Associated Press March 3, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCal State Northridge (13-17, 8-6) vs. UC Irvine (21-10, 13-2)Bren Events Center, Irvine, California; Wednesday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 12th straight win in the head-to-head series over Cal State Northridge. In its last 11 wins against the Matadors, UC Irvine has won by an average of 16 points. Cal State Northridge’s last win in the series came on Feb. 22, 2014, an 81-75 victory.last_img read more

WG, Marcellus, Ludden girls hoops get opening wins

first_img Tags: Bishop Luddengirls basketballMarcellusWest Genesee WG was not the only local side having to replace key players on its roster. Bishop Ludden had seen Aurora Deshaies graduate, which put more responsibility on a large returning cast.Against New Hartford, it was two freshmen – one a proven starter, the other a new face – that took charge of the Gaelic Knights’ attack.Amarah Streiff and Keaira Odume both hit on plenty of early baskets, and Ludden bolted out to a 27-18 advantage during a wild first quarter. Much of that advantage would disappear, though, as the Spartans pulled within two, 35-33, by halftime.All through the second half, the two sides traded runs, New Hartford getting 21 points from Sophia Murray and 17 points from Kaia Henderson as it pulled within one, 58-57, with three minutes to play.But key baskets from Streiff, who finished with 24 points, and Odume, who gained 21 points, stretched Ludden’s margin in those final minutes. They got help on offense from Lauren Petrie, who had 10 points, and Kayla Kibling, who got nine points.Quite unlike West Genesee and Bishop Ludden, Marcellus returns its entire starting lineup for 2019-20, and the Mustangs made quite an opening statement with its tournament title at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, near AlbanyAgainst the host Spartans on Friday, the Mustangs won 53-44, erasing an early deficit when it outscored Burnt Hills 17-4 in the second quarter. And all through the second half, Marcellus played well on both sides of the ball to protect its lead.There was near-perfect scoring balance, too, as Katie MacLachlan led with 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while three other Mustangs – Sarah Fallon, Emma MacLachlan and Hannah Durand – got 11 points apiece.And Marcellus did not have a letdown in Saturday’s championship game, shutting down Lansingburgh 54-24.  The Mustangs had a 14-0 run that spanned the first and second periods, and then scored 13 straight points to open the third quarter.Again, four Marcellus players hit double figures, with Durand at the forefront as she scored 14 points. Emma MacLachlan had 12 points, while Katie MacLachlan got 11 points and Fallon added 10 points.Marcellus plays three more times next week before a key early-season test Dec. 11 when it hosts Westhill. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story By far, the biggest challenge facing West Genesee in 2019-20 is replacing the sister tandem of Madison and Mackenzie Smith, who were largely responsible for the Wildcats’ three consecutive sectional titles and two state final four appearances. Two other starters, Kaitlyn Walker and Aleysha Castanon, also graduated.However, some key players are back, including Catie Cunnigham, and together they have worked plenty in the off-season, motivated by the desire to maintain WG’s place at the top of the AA ranks.The first outing agianst Proctor went quite well. With suffocating defense, the Wildcats, already in front 18-7 after one quarter, limited the Raiders to just eight total points in the next two periods as the game got away. It proved quite a good season-opening weekend for a trio of area girls basketball teams.West Genesee, who made it all the way to the state Class AA championship game last winter, bolted out of the gate Saturday with a 61-22 romp over the Utica Proctor Raiders.Meanwhile, Marcellus grabbed the title of a season-opening tournament at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and Bishop Ludden, who appeared in the Section III Class A final a season ago, claimed a tough 68-61 decision over New Hartford.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s teammates in awe over his 60-point performance in final game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I didn’t know how he was going to take it,” Bass recalled on Thursday after the Lakers’ exit meetings at the team’s facility in El Segundo. “I thought he’d say ‘Get those damn bottles away from me!’ But he embraced it.”Photos showed Bryant cherishing the feeling of champagne soaking his jersey. After feeling that same filling after winning five NBA titles, however, Bryant could not help but tease his teammates.“‘That’s only for championships,’” Bryant reminded them. “‘But all right.’”Even with Bryant averaging only 17.6 points on a career-low 35.8 percent shooting, several of Bryant’s teammates believed he would make history in his final game. Beforehand, Bass conferred with World Peace and Lou Williams before asking a Lakers staff member to buy champagne bottles. Lakers forward Julius Randle told Bryant “he has to take at least 40 field-goal attempts.” . Bryant actually 50 shots and went 6-of-21 from 3-point range. As Russell said, “for him to leave on a 60-point night is the best way to go out.” “It felt like every shot went in,” Russell said. “I don’t remember his misses. But I remember his makes vividly.”Not right away.Bryant missed his first five shots. He also airballed a pair of jumpers in the third quarter.“He started off looking like a bum,” World Peace recalled. “I was like, ‘Kobe you ain’t got it no more man!’”As World Peace observed later, “He caught fire.” Bryant scored nine consecutive points in the first quarter. With three minutes left in the final period, Bryant posted 15 points on shots only he could make. He drilled a 26-foot 3-pointer to cut the Jazz’s lead to 96-95 with 59 seconds remaining. Bryant then made a patented 20-foot fadeaway for a 97-96 edge with 31 seconds left. In a game that Clarkson called a “blur,” he remembered recalling, “I don’t even know if this is real right now.”“It was incredible to the point where it started to scare me,” Williams said. “The confetti started coming down and I was like, ‘A ring wasn’t coming with this.’”More Bryant memories came instead. He also signed countless shoes and jerseys for most of his teammates. Yet, not everything went according to plan. Lakers forward Nick Young became amused that Bryant’s last play involved passing to Clarkson for a dunk. “He should’ve ended it with a shot,” Young said. “That’s not the Kobe I know!”Bryant fulfilled that expectation on nearly every other play, though. All of which produced something more than an otherwise meaningless win.“It’s an experience I will remember,” Clarkson said, “and cherish for the rest of my life.”center_img The yellow confetti poured onto the Staples Center court. The standing ovation and MVP chants lasted for minutes. All of which produced a backdrop that suggested the Lakers won another NBA championship. Something else extraordinary happened instead. In what marked the final game of his 20th NBA season, Kobe Bryant posted a season-high 60 points in the Lakers’ 101-96 victory on Wednesday over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.As Bryant went 22-of-50 shooting in 42 minutes, Metta World Peace “had a headache from screaming so loud and jumping so high.” As Bryant tied his fifth highest scoring output in his career, Jordan Clarkson saw “the best ending to the movie.” The 37-year-old Bryant traveled back in time for one night. So even if the performance meant nothing more than comfort food to a depressing season, Lakers forward Brandon Bass followed through on his pre-game suggestion for all of Bryant’s teammates to douse him with champagne. last_img read more

Pacers assistant coach isn’t shy about sharing ‘hate’ for 76ers, Joel Embiid

first_img76ers center Joel Embiid may not have recognized Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke before Monday night. He knows exactly who Burke is now.Burke came out with a strong stance on the Sixers and Embiid after the Pacers’ loss in Philadelphia on Saturday. Embiid scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Sixers to a 119-116 victory, but apparently something about Embiid’s playing style annoyed Burke. MORE: Embiid mocked by Raptors fans, Drake during first scoreless game”I hate that team,” Burke said in an interview that aired during Fox Sports Indiana’s broadcast of Monday’s Pacers-Grizzlies contest. “I really wanted to win that game. I think Embiid gets away with a bunch of crap the league ignores, and it would have been a good one to just walk away from [with a win].” Dan Burke discusses the 76ers.We stan.— The Fieldhouse (@FieldhouseEtc) December 3, 2019Those comments somehow earned Burke a seat at the Christmas table of Sixers coach Brett Brown.Brett Brown was asked whether he takes this as a compliment.”Absolutely…I would bring him to my house for Christmas, and he can share in the Christmas dinner.”— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) December 3, 2019Embiid said he was done talking trash after his October fight with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, but come on. Burke is throwing a pitch right down the middle to Embiid here. No one will be shocked if Embiid fires back on camera or through social media. (He hasn’t said anything as of Tuesday afternoon.)The 76ers and Pacers meet again Dec. 31. Happy New Year, basketball fans.last_img read more