Irish performance impresses fans

first_imgNotre Dame’s narrow, last-second defeat of Louisiana State University (LSU) in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl capped off the 2014 football season in dramatic fashion, much to the delight of local fans and those venturing to Nashville, Tennessee, from nearby midwestern and southeastern states.“It was great to see my school’s football team playing so close to home,” junior and Nashville native Jessica Zic said. “Also, I was excited to see that the Notre Dame football team practiced at my high school’s football stadium during the days leading up to the game.”Junior Lauren Pate, who hails from Memphis, Tennessee, said she jumped at the chance to attend the Dec. 30 bowl game because she missed the football season studying abroad in Kampala, Uganda. She said she made the three-hour trip in the morning with other Memphians and had enough time to walk around and enjoy live music in downtown Nashville before the game.“I didn’t really keep track of the 2014 football season because I was abroad, but I had heard about the ending of the Northwestern game, so it had me nervous for the ending of the Music City Bowl,” Pate said. “We won though, so I was very happy for that and glad it was the game I got to see for the end of the 2014 season.”Freshman Katharine Janes traveled with her family from Michigan and said the atmosphere at the game differed noticeably from a typical Notre Dame football experience.“The game day experience was incredible. The stadium was alive with excited football fans, and it was so much fun to reconnect with friends from school that you didn’t know you would be running into 600 miles away from home,” she said. “… I sat in a few parts of the stadium — ranging from directly off the LSU sideline to the upper bowl on the ND side — but I think that all parts felt incredibly energized.“It was definitely a different experience than watching a home game from the student section, but it was the best of both worlds to be able to watch part of the game with my family in the stands yet also experience other parts with students from ND.”Pate said she sat in the student section, right next to the Band of the Fighting Irish. She said the section was “very small but nonetheless lively.”“All of the fans seemed very excited despite the cold, and very engaged with the band and cheerleaders in all the cheers and songs,” she said.Senior Russell King, a drum major in the Band of the Fighting Irish, said the band practiced once in Nashville before their halftime show which featured versions of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” and Europe’s “The Final Countdown.”“It was cold, but we have fantastic fans who braved the weather to come support us [at practice before the bowl],” King said. “There were about 100 fans who came out that morning. The band had not marched in about a month so it was a well-needed rehearsal to polish the show.”The band participated in several pre-game events in downtown Nashville leading up to the bowl game, including a battle of the bands with LSU’s band, King said.“The actual game is only a small part of the Music City Bowl experience,” he said. “A subset of the band played at the ACC Pep Rally, the Alumni Kick-Off at the Rock Bottom Brewery and a ND tailgate at the Acme Feed & Seed.“However, by far the largest event was the Battle of the Bands. Thousands of people showed up to support both our band and the LSU Marching Tigers. Both bands marched side-by-side but in opposite directions on the main street of Nashville.“Then, the bands faced each other and went back and forth with our best songs. In my opinion, the knockout punch came with another stellar singing performance of ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’ by sophomore clarinetist Michelle Mann. However, LSU countered with their best song and the battle was declared a tie.”Sophomore Kristen Ochs, who came from Ohio for the game, said the team’s performance in the last seconds of the game, especially senior kicker Kyle Brindza’s field goal in the last four seconds that put the Irish up 31-28, left her optimistic for the prospects of the 2015 season.“I think this game allowed for a brighter end to what many might call a disappointing season,” she said. “Clearly, things can change quickly since we started out so well with high hopes and didn’t end very well at all.”Pate said the team demonstrated more poise than she had expected.“My biggest takeaway was the true grit of our team and how well they performed under the pressure of the game,” Pate said. “I was very impressed. I’m looking forward to seeing how this win will transfer over to next season. I’m hoping it’ll give us a boost of confidence to start and finish the season strong.”Tags: bowl game, Fighting Irish, football, Kyle Brindza, Music City Bowl, Nashvillelast_img read more

Heading to 54 Below: Norbert Leo Butz, American Psycho & More

first_imgCarmen CusackAugust 9 & 11 at 9:30PM, August 14 & 16 at 7:00PMAfter an illustrious musical theater career around the world, Carmen Cusack finally made her Broadway debut earlier this year and earned a Tony nomination. Now, the stage star is ready for another first: her solo concert debut. Between songs that shaped her career will be stories from her road to Broadway. And remember: If you knew her story, you’d have a good story to tell. GET TICKETS Tony Danza”Standards & Stories”August 9 at 7:00PM, August 10 at 9:30PM, September 8-9 at 7:00PMTony Danza makes his Feinstein’s/54 Below solo show debut to revive his latest cabaret act, which he presented at the Carlyle last year. The screen favorite and Broadway alum is bringing out the soft-shoes, the ukulele and plenty of tales from his time on Taxi, Who’s the Boss and his latest Broadway stint: Honeymoon in Vegas. GET TICKETS Norbert Leo Butz”Girls, Girls, Girls”August 5-8, 10-12 at 7:00PMAfter debuting his hit solo show at 54 Below in 2013, the two-time Tony winner will return to the midtown hotspot for another round of songs exploring mythic and contemporary women. Audiences can expect to hear gender-blurring takes on classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Loretta Lynn, and maybe even something from a certain internationally ignored song stylist. Bring your own wig in a box. GET TICKETS Coming to Feinstein’s/54 Below American Psycho Sings Duncan SheikAugust 13 & 15 at 7:00PM & 9:30PMThe hardbodies of American Psycho may have met their maker earlier this year, but that was not an exit. A number of cast members, including Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley and Theo Stockman, will reunite to celebrate the work of composer Duncan Sheik. In addition to Psycho, expect numbers from Spring Awakening, Noir, and his alterna-pop singles. Attire is Chanel, Gaultier or Giorgio Armani. GET TICKETScenter_img Andy Mientus with Teen CommandmentsAugust 2 & 3 at 9:30PMThe Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will take the stage with Brooklyn band Teen Commandments (including Spring Awakening castmate Van Hughes) to present new takes on familiar tunes and some originals, including numbers from their upcoming musical Manhattan Kids. Joining Mientus are Jennifer Damiano, Nicolette Robinson, Damon Daunno and Jo Lampert. GET TICKETS Summertime, and this nightclub is swanky. With an assortment of stars of stage and screen lined up, Feinstein’s/54 Below is the place to be to beat the heat this August. Sit back, have some sorbet/gelato and watch your favorites step up to the mic with tales and tunes. Check out a few upcoming acts that caught our eye below, from a Honeymoon gangster to a cavalcade of Psychos. View Commentslast_img read more

Football News Tottenham come back from brink to qualify for last 16 of UEFA Champions League after Inter Milan draw

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Tottenham came back from the brink in the Champions League on Tuesday as Lucas Moura’s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw against Barcelona and sent them through to the last 16. Lionel Messi was left out of a heavily-rotated Barca line-up at the Camp Nou but Ousmane Dembele’s stunning early goal looked set to put Spurs out, until Moura intervened. Mauricio Pochettino’s side only had to match Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven in Group B, which they did, as the Italians only managed a 1-1 draw themselves. It made for a night of exhilarating drama, climaxing in the final five minutes when Tottenham must have wondered whether to push for a winner or hold on to what they had. At the final whistle, their players faced an agonising 30 seconds, only for a roar in one of the stadium’s deepest corners to tell them the whistle had blown in Italy. “No-one believed in us,” Pochettino said. “People said it was mission impossible but we are here. It is a massive achievement for the club.” Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde may not be popular with Inter supporters after he rested several key players, including Messi, but his team already had first place wrapped up. We qualified quickly and that speaks for itself,” Valverde said. On Messi, who came on shortly after the hour, he added: “It’s good to keep him busy.”Read More | Liverpool beat Napoli to enter last 16 of UEFA Champions LeagueBesides, Dembele scored a goal of which the Argentinian would have been proud, his brilliant run and finish providing the perfect riposte to more reports of indiscipline from the 21-year-old this week. “It was a great goal, the kind only players with his talent can score,” Valverde said. “We are happy with him.” When Barcelona crashed out in the quarter-finals in April, Valverde took much of the blame, the accusation that he failed to rotate his players in games of lesser importance.Read More | Roma stall Inter Milan’s progress in Serie A, AC Milan move to fourthPerhaps he listened, because while Messi’s absence was the key point of relief for Tottenham, Jordi Alba and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, both excellent in recent weeks, were also left on the bench. Spurs, though, were also unfamiliar, at right-back, where Kyle Walker-Peters made his Champions League debut and it was the 21-year-old’s error in the sixth minute that gave Dembele a sniff. He robbed the ball and tore away, brushing off Walker-Peters again before brilliantly dummying a late Harry Winks dive and finishing past Hugo Lloris.Pochettino said he would be kept aware of the score at the San Siro, so news may have reached him soon after that PSV had taken the lead. Spurs put Barca under pressure Tottenham improved, peppering Barca’s right side, as another break saw Danny Rose fire across the face of goal.Son Heung-min’s lunge came up just short. Son’s best chance was still to come as he skipped away from Thomas Vermaelen’s desperate challenge, which might have earned him a red card had Son tumbled. Instead, he powered on, only to see his shot meet Jasper Cillessen’s leg.Along with Dembele, Philippe Coutinho was Barca’s biggest threat.He clipped the outside of Lloris’ post with one bending effort before half-time and had another blocked by Walker-Peters just after. The stadium had risen to its feet as Messi began warming up but Tottenham continued to push early in the second half. Harry Kane blazed over, put off balance by a nudge in the back from Vermaelen. Rose pulled back when he might have shot. Barca fans cheered like they had scored when Messi came on in the 64th minute but the chances kept coming at the other end, where Moura, on as a substitute, failed to head in from five yards as Cillessen clawed the ball off the line. Inter equalised against PSV, leaving Tottenham needing a goal with 15 minutes to play. Instead, they were almost dead and buried, as Coutinho again hit the post.Finally, they found a way through. Erik Lamela threaded Kane free and he crossed for Moura five yards out. This time he could not miss. Inter were still level but Spurs could hardly risk settling for a draw in case the Italians scored a winner. Kane’s deadly disguised pass set Rose clear but he fired high. In the end, it mattered little as the whistle blew and Tottenham’s players waited. Then they heard the cheers. last_img read more

Stars, Golden Knights win Game 7s to reach Western finals

first_imgLast Updated: 5th September, 2020 09:35 IST Stars, Golden Knights Win Game 7s To Reach Western Finals Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008 SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.Kiviranta moved away from the crease just before his quick shot on a pass from Andrej Sekera from behind the net. Kiviranta was playing only his third postseason game, on the ice for the series finale with Andrew Cogliano unfit to play, after the 24-year-old forward scored once in 11 regular-season games.It was only the seventh Game 7 hat trick in NHL history, and the first since Wayne Gretzky for the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 conference finals.Dallas will play Sunday night against Vegas, a 3-0 winner over Vancouver in a Game 7 later at Rogers Place. There had never been an NHL Game 7 played at a neutral site before the two games.The Avalanche, who also lost in Game 7 of last season’s conference semis, were trying to get to their first conference final since 2002, and forced Game 7 after being down 3-1.Alexander Radulov scored two goals for Dallas, tying it at 3 with 8:32 left. That was only a couple of minutes after Radulov came out of the penalty box for an interference penalty.But in a series when the two teams combined for 57 goals, and were tied four times in the finale, they scored 10 seconds apart late in regulation. Colorado had a 4-3 lead with 3:40 left in regulation after Vladislav Namestnikov scored his second goal of the game. But 10 seconds later, Kiviranta scored his second goal.Stars goalie Anton Khudobin made 40 saves.Nazeem Kadri had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. They played without captain Gabriel Landeskog (unfit to play) and didn’t get a point from scoring wizard Nathan MacKinnon for the first time in 15 games this postseason.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, CANUCKS 0Shea Theodore finally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 remaining in the third period and Vegas edged Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Game 7 of their second-round series.Theodore’s goal was the first in 138:40 for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie who had brought Vancouver back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and held off Vegas for most of this game, too. Then Theodore scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic and past Demko, who had made 98 consecutive saves.Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty-net goals.Vegas outshot the Canucks 36-14 in the game and 127-55 over the final three. It was barely enough. The Golden Knights will face Dallas for a berth in the Stanley Cup final.Robin Lehner had his third shutout of the series, and his sensational glove save on Brock Boeser in the second period kept the game scoreless.Image credits: AP LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 09:35 IST Written By FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Hazard wants to be a Chelsea ‘legend’ after hitting century mark

first_imgWatford were level within two minutes as Jose Holebas’s corner perfectly picked out Pereyra on the edge of the Chelsea box and the Argentine connected sweetly on the volley to find the bottom corner.The hosts had claims for a penalty waved away when Gerard Deulofeu tumbled under a shoulder barge from David Luiz, but there was no controversy when at the other end moments later Hazard was hauled down by Foster.Hazard picked himself up to dispatch the penalty confidently and by the end Chelsea’s margin of victory should have been greater.Willian and N’Golo Kante drilled low shots inches wide and Foster had to race back to his goal after going forward for a late Watford corner to deny Hazard his hat-trick with the last action of the game.“We could have won with another result because in the last 20-25 minutes we missed opportunities,” added Sarri. “At the end of the match, we did very well, especially mentally.” Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Eden Hazard offered Chelsea fans hope his future may remain with the Londoners by stating he wants to become a club “legend” like former team-mates Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba.Hazard scored his 100th and 101st Chelsea goals as Maurizio Sarri’s men moved back into the Premier League top four by grinding out a 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day.However, doubts remain over the Belgian’s future with his contract set to expire in 2020 and persistent rumours over interest from European champions Real Madrid.“It means a lot, especially because we won today also,” said Hazard on reaching his Chelsea century.“100th and 101st goal with this amazing club is something I will never forget, but now the fans, me, the staff, the players, we want more.“I want to score more goals for this club and be a legend like Lampard, Terry or Drogba.”Two of the three goals came in first-half stoppage time as Hazard’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Roberto Pereyra’s spectacular strike.However, Hazard made sure he was the match-winner as he was brought down by Ben Foster and then converted the resulting spot-kick early in the second half to move Chelsea two points ahead of Arsenal in the battle for Champions League qualification.Despite fuming at Chelsea’s lack of focus in losing at Stamford Bridge for the first time in charge of the Blues to Leicester on Saturday, Sarri named the same starting line-up with Hazard again serving as the focal point of the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.“Hazard can play in every position,” said Sarri. “Today he played very well with two goals and could have had a two or three assists.”Chelsea’s top scorer had to wait for his chances to come, but showed why Sarri persists with him through the middle as he coolly rounded Foster from Matteo Kovacic’s pass to give Chelsea the lead.last_img read more

Open House on Proposed Changes to Chehalis Basin Area Flood Maps

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersThurston County government and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will co-host a community open house in Rochester on Thursday, January 17, to present proposed changes to County flood maps that may affect properties near the Skookumchuk, Black, and Chehalis rivers, and Scatter Creek.What:  Open House on Proposed Updates to Thurston County Flood MapsWhen: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Grand Mound Centralia, 6223 197th Way SW, Rochester, Washington, 98579The key change is a proposed redrawing of the flood hazard area which will lead to the removal of 190 structures from the flood hazard area, and the addition of 168 structures. FEMA proposed the flood hazard area revision after completing a study of the Lower Chehalis Watershed using new technologies that provided more accurate details about the location of river flooding.The proposed changes will guide the County’s land-use and building development regulations, and may also affect the cost of flood insurance for some land owners. County staff and FEMA representatives will be available during the open house to explain the proposed changes to preliminary maps, answer questions, and receive public comment.To learn more about the County’s Flood Programs, visit http://www.thurstonplanning.org and select ‘Flood Programs’ under ‘Planning Links’ on the left. Information on the Open House is also available online.You may also email flood-related questions or comments to Tim Rubert, Floodplain Manager, at tim.rubert@co.thurston.wa.us, or call (360) 867-2123.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more