Hubert Lawrence: Relay magic at Gibson-McCook Relays

first_img PROFESSOR’S INTERVENTION From a super-fast 4x400m run from the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) girls in the morning to Christopher Taylor’s zooming comeback for Calabar in Class Two, to the all-star run by Javauney James in the 4x800m, to the fascinating Ashley Williams-Junelle Bromfield duel in the 4x400m final, the 40th Gibson/McCook Relays was filled with baton magic. Despite the rain, the storied relay carnival delivered excitement as always. Curiously, the events inside the National Stadium have fans speaking of a new athletic power in the land, Sprintec Track Club. Based at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and led by noted coach Maurice Wilson, Sprintec took both 4x100m for Clubs and Institutions and put up real resistance in the men’s 4x400m final. It took a 44.8-second anchor by relay genius Javon Francis to reel in Sprintec. The 2015 Pan-Am 100m champion, Sherone Simpson, has rebuilt her career at Sprintec and Anastacia LeRoy may well be on the verge of moving up from her status as merely being a reliable member of the women’s 4x400m pool at major championships. Commonwealth 200m champion, Rasheed Dwyer, has been joined there by former Calabar High and Akan sprinter Oshane Bailey and the results are promising. To be fair, neither Racers nor MVP turned up at full strength. That meant no Usain Bolt, no Warren Weir, no Kemar Bailey-Cole and no Johan Blake from Racers; and no Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and no Elaine Thompson from the MVP. Two weeks earlier, MVP’s Carrie Russell, Thompson, Andrea Reid-Goodwin and Fraser-Pryce won the 4x100m at the Western Relays in 43.31 seconds. That’s 0.3 faster than the winning time last Saturday night. Still, the Sprintec efforts at Gibson/McCook were notable. The win in the men’s 4x100m was eye-catching at 38.59 seconds despite cool and wet conditions. It’s great to have another source of athletic excellence to join the established clubs. The hope is that others will rise up, too. The day almost got off to a miserable start, but fans were rescued at the gate by organising committee chairman, Professor Rainford Wilks. It seemed that the main gate security team thought access should be granted at 9 a.m., the set time of the first race. Thanks to the professor’s intervention, all was well. The day that unfolded saw an injury-free return for Germany Gonzales, an early morning 4x400m jaunt for hurdles star Hansle Parchment and hot racing in the high school ranks. Thanks to a big anchor by James, STETHS edged St Jago in the boys’ 4x800m. Emerging Holmwood prospect, Williams outduelled the outstanding Bromfield after STETHS had already run three minutes 36.91 seconds in the morning heats. The second fastest time in qualifying was all of five seconds slower. Happily, the apparent injury to Calabar High’s Class Two sprint ace, Tyreke Wilson, has turned out to be nothing more serious than a cramp. Taylor, Michael Stephens and Dejour Russell retrieved the situation in the 4x100m final in spectacular fashion, but never appeared again for the day. With Champs just around the corner, caution was advisable. Those who thrive on records might have left disappointed. The rest of us went home invigorated by a great show and with Champs on the brain. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

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BPL Points Table

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 732 T’ham 33 18 11 4 60 25 35 653 Man City 33 18 6 9 61 33 28 604 Arsenal 33 17 9 7 56 34 22 605 Man U 33 16 8 9 40 30 10 566 West Ham 33 13 14 6 54 42 12 537 Southam 34 14 9 11 45 35 10 518 Liverpool 32 14 9 9 52 43 9 519 Stoke City 33 13 8 12 37 43 -6 4710 Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 4 4411 Everton 33 9 14 10 53 44 9 4112 Watford 33 11 8 14 32 37 -5 4113 B’mouth 34 11 8 15 41 57 -16 4114 West Brom 33 10 10 13 31 40 -9 4015 Swansea 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 4016 C Palace 34 10 9 15 36 43 -7 3917 Norwich 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 3118 S’land 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 3019 N’castle 33 7 7 19 35 61 -26 2820 Aston V 34 3 7 24 23 65 -42 16last_img read more

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Blow for Hamilton as poor start leaves him third

first_imgSUZUKA, Japan (CMC): Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton suffered another blow to his title defence when he finished third behind teammate Nico Rosberg in yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix. The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, suffered a poor start after lining up second on the grid and failed to recover in time as Rosberg took the chequered flag with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen second. For Hamilton, the result was a damaging one, as it left him 33 points behind Rosberg with four races left in the season, following on from his failure to finish in Malaysia last week. He said, however, he planned to keep us his challenge until the end of the season. “This is a great result. I don’t think the damp patch [on my side of the track] had really anything to do with it. I made a mistake and then just working my way up from there was tricky but … I did the best I could,” Hamilton told reporters afterwards. He added: “I’ll give it everything I’ve got [for the rest of the season] as I did in the race and we’ll see what happens.” PLUNGE TO EIGHTH Hamilton’s slow start meant he plunged to eighth as he was easily swamped by the cars behind him, and he left the first corner already significantly behind Rosberg. The 31-year-old then produced a stirring comeback passing the likes of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari of Williams to catch Verstappen with nine laps left. However, the teenaged Dutch driver kept Hamilton at bay, forcing him to settle for third spot. Rosberg now has 313 points with Hamilton on 280 and Daniel Ricciardo third on 212. The next race will be the United States Grand Prix which comes off in two weeks in Austin, Texas.last_img read more

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Usain Bolt scores 2 goals in first A-League trial start

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He played the entire second half against the North Shore Mariners on Sept. 19, when he alternated between left wing and forward.It’s Bolt’s first serious foray into football since retiring from athletics last year. He has trained with teams in Norway, South Africa and Jamaica, and had a much-publicized training stint with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in March.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Olympic star Biles leads Team USA at world championships MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt speaks at his press conference with the Central Coast Mariners soccer team in Newcastle, Australia. Bolt says his performance in a trial match could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and his attempt to play professional football in general. (AP Photo/Steve Christo, File)SYDNEY — Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in an A-League trial match on Friday before being substituted with about 15 minutes remaining.The retired eight-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter is trying to secure a place with the Mariners for this season, which begins for the Mariners on Oct. 21 against the Brisbane Roar.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “My first start and scoring two goals, it’s a good feeling,” Bolt told Fox Sports television. “I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving. I’m keen to be a Mariner, and get into the team.”Bolt said he hoped to sit down with the Central Coast coaching staff next week to discuss his future with the team.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 ChrissBolt was in the starting lineup against a second-tier National Premier League combined team representing Sydney’s southwest region.Playing in a central striking role, Bolt struggled for touch early in the match but flourished after halftime. He showed good strength to hold off a defender and race onto a through-ball before beating the goalkeeper at the near post with a strong left-foot shot in the 55th minute. In celebration, he gave his trademark Lightning Bolt to the crowd.Just over 10 minutes later, he capitalized on a defensive mix-up to pick up a loose ball and tap in from a few meters out. Bolt had six shots overall before being substituted.He left the game with the Mariners leading 4-0, which was the final score, and spent the remaining time on the sideline signing autographs for hundreds of fans at Campbelltown Stadium in western Sydney.Bolt wore No. 95 on his jersey, in reference to his 100-meter world record of 9.58 seconds he set in Berlin in at the 2009 world championships.The 32-year-old Bolt, who holds the 100- and 200-meter world records, saw his first action for the Mariners on Aug. 31, playing 20 minutes against a Central Coast invitational side.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Mourinho to admit tax evasion in Spain: report

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho is set to admit Spanish tax fraud © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMADRID, Spain, Sep 4 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to admit to a Spanish court investigating him that he evaded Sh382mn ($3.8 million) in tax while coaching Real Madrid, Spanish daily El Mundo reported Tuesday.The 55-year-old Portuguese is accused of committing tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, prosecutors said last year. He has reportedly accepted to pay a fine corresponding to 60 percent of the amount he allegedly hid from the taxman and to a one-year prison sentence that should be commuted into another fine, the newspaper said.That should come to a total of more than five million euros, it added.The deal reached with prosecutors and the Spanish taxman has not yet been submitted to the court investigating the case, according to El Mundo.Mourinho is the latest in a long list of football players and other personalities in the industry to be accused of tax fraud in Spain on income related to image rights in the past few years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Long-awaited title Liverpool’s to lose after latest Man City slip

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side’s title challenge falter in a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Pep Guardiola insists it is far too early to write off Manchester City’s chances of defending their Premier League title, but the champions’ fourth defeat in nine league games has emboldened Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title.Win at home to Leicester at Anfield on Wednesday and Jurgen Klopp’s men will have a seven-point lead over City with just 14 games left to negotiate. Moreover, there is every chance that lead could be extended in the coming week as City host Arsenal and Chelsea either side of a trip to the other side of Liverpool to face Everton in a testing eight-day stretch starting on Sunday.“Next week will be tough with Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea,” said Guardiola after a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Tuesday.“If we want to go up as a club we have to accept that challenge. There are a lot of titles and points to play for.”Unlike Liverpool, who bowed out at the first hurdle of both domestic cups with Klopp fielding weakened teams, Guardiola believes the way forward for City to establish themselves as a dominant power in the era of the club’s Abu Dhabi funded wealth is silverware on all fronts.“What are the best teams in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona. These are the three best teams in Europe. Why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there,” Guardiola said this week.“We can – not get close to them, because it’s difficult – but imitate them. Being in the competition until the last stages. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not, but be there.”City are still involved in four competitions having progressed to the League Cup final and last 16 of the FA Cup in recent weeks, while Liverpool have had time for a winter training camp in Dubai during a 10-day break since their last outing.– Defensive deficiencies exposed –However, in chasing a quadruple of trophies, City’s challenge to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League has faltered.Despite taking the lead after just 24 seconds at St James’ Park, defensive deficiencies were exposed in a second-half Newcastle fightback, just as they were in December defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester.By contrast, Liverpool have kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 13 goals in 23 games prior to Leicester’s visit.Klopp admitted on Tuesday that the title race is too “intense” for him to enjoy.The German is yet to win a trophy since taking charge in October 2015, but he is now on the brink of delivering the one most craved on Merseyside for nearly three decades.And if Liverpool to go onto win the title, one of Klopp’s predecessors who came close to delivering the holy grail 10 years ago will have played his part.Victory over Man City was doubly sweet for Newcastle boss and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYRafael Benitez’s Liverpool fell just short in 2008/09 against a Manchester United side blessed with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney in their prime and who remain the last team to retain the Premier League.Now Newcastle manager, a victory that boosted the Magpies’ chances of survival was doubly sweet for the Spaniard.“When you have to win, even a draw is not good enough for you then maybe you will play with more anxiety, you will make more mistakes,” said Benitez from experience as, despite just two defeats all season a decade ago, 11 draws cost Liverpool the title.“I said in the press conference before the game maybe they will feel a little more pressure and I think that was another factor.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Greening up paper

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. David Ford was on his way to becoming a top timber industry lobbyist when he decided he’d had enough of the fighting that erupted in the 1990s over forests and the northern spotted owl. He now heads a nonprofit called metaFore, which evolved from promoting sales of wood products from forests certified as environmentally sustainable to helping Fortune 500 companies green up their paper supplies. “Some of my colleagues in the forest products associations said, You’ve gone to the dark side, David,’” Ford said. “I learned that the conflict wasn’t getting us where we wanted to be.” Improving their public image and their bottom line, major corporations are moving from using less paper to demanding the paper they use comes from environmentally sustainable sources, and letting stockholders and customers know they are doing it. This month the metaFore Forest Leadership Forum drew 400 representatives of corporations like Bank of America, Starbucks, Nike, Staples and Time Inc. to talk paper with environmental organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, Forest Ethics and the Dogwood Alliance. “Climate change is becoming THE issue,” said David J. Refkin, director of sustainability for Time, the world’s largest magazine publisher and largest direct buyer of coated paper in the United States. “Increasingly, businesses will look to do business with businesses that are leaders in sustainability.” Aaron Sanger, corporate program director of Forest Ethics, which keeps a “naughty and nice” list on catalog merchandisers, sees the marketplace producing faster results than the old venues of courts, Congress and campaigns. “I never thought our group would end up working with big companies to help them sell paper products,” said Sanger. “We are realizing that if good products don’t make money, then we don’t win.” Patrick Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at Vermont Law School, said the question arises whether corporations embracing sustainability is “really true or is it greenwash. “I tend to think a lot of it is real,” he said from Vermont. “You have to look hard at performance, at actions, and penetrate the nice-sounding expressions of sustainability. That’s a very opaque term. You have to get to the bottom of what people are doing.” To that end, Time Inc. publishes an annual sustainability report that lists its paper suppliers and printers. It also plans to switch from using its own questionnaires to rank paper suppliers to using the Environmental Paper Assessment Tool, a computer database that metaFore is rolling out later this year. The assessment tool was developed by a working group that metaFore put together three years ago with representatives from Bank of America, Nike, Cenveo, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Hewlett-Packard, Staples, Kinko’s, MacDonald’s, Starbucks, Time Inc. and Toyota. It considers 30 factors, including labor practices, air and water emissions of mills, recycled content, and whether virgin pulp comes from forests certified as sustainable. Sanger is not happy that it cannot yet identify pulp coming from forests identified as endangered, but Ford said metaFore is working on it. With the United States using 100 million tons of paper a year, every business is in the forest business, whether it is Toyota packaging auto parts, or Starbucks pouring coffee, said Ford. “We really want to use this as a methodology to transform the market,” Ford said. Retailers signing up to use it include Wal-Mart, L.L. Bean, and Lands’ End, Ford said. Paper producers Weyerhaeuser Co., Louisiana-Pacific Corp., and Kruger Inc. are taking part. Bank of America has been greening up its paper chain since 1991, when it started looking for paper with more recycled fiber, said Kaj Jensen, vice president for public policy. It has boosted recycled content to 70 percent, and reduced internal paper use by 32 percent, and hopes to do better with electronic bank statements, which already go to more than 1 million customers. “It’s driven by the economics of it and the pursuit of our environmental principles,” said Robert Kee, senior vice president for document management for Bank of America, which has committed to using the new assessment tool. “Our shareholders value the reduction of expense. Our consumers seem very receptive to the environmental aspect.” Time Inc. which buys 600,000 tons of paper a year from the United States, Canada, Finland, Scotland and Russia was buying 25 percent of its paper from certified sustainable sources in 2002 and hopes to hit 80 percent this year, said Refkin. “What you’ve seen in the last year or two is more and more leadership companies recognize that sustainability is not just about environmental and social responsibility,” said Refkin. “There are also economic opportunities that are available.” If Time can push paper mills to produce a lighter grade of coated paper for magazines, fewer trees get cut for pulp and less fuel is burned for shipping, both of which are good for the environment, but also save Time money, Refkin said. “There are two aspects to this question,” said Cassie Phillips, vice president of sustainability for Weyerhaeuser. “One is about managing your own environmental impacts from your operations. The other thing to recognize is your products can be a solution to your customers’ desire to solve environmental problems.” MetaFore’s roots go back to the Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection, a small group of architects, furniture makers and musical instrument craftsmen formed in the late 1980s to assure the exotic woods they used came from sustainable forests, said Bruce Caberle, global forest program director for the World Wildlife Fund. A group of business and environmental interests decided to recruit Ford to take that to a higher level. A former timber sale planner for the U.S. Forest Service, Ford had worked for a series of timber industry organizations, including the American Forest Products Association, which merged into the American Forest and Paper Association, the nation’s leading timber industry group. “If you’re going to make an impact you’ve got to go to scale you’ve got to go to name brand industries,” Caberle said. “We recruited David Ford. It was monumental at the time. Folks on the green side of the issue reached into the heart of the industry and grabbed a person on track to be the leading lobbyist of the industry.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah wins FIFA Puskas Award

first_img REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Bale was the favourite to win the award Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s strike in last season’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield has won the FIFA Puskas Award for the goal of the season.Ten goals were shortlisted for the award, with many pundits predicting a win for Gareth Bale’s acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack He told the audience at the Royal Festival Hall that he hoped to win another prize later in the evening.Speaking at the awards ceremony, Salah said: “I am very happy and very proud.“I have to thank everyone who for voted me.” ADVICE But the Egyptian star’s effort, which saw him spin past two Everton players before curling a left-foot shot into the far corner, gained 38 per cent of the more than 500,000 votes cast.The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London. Salah, 26, has also been shortlisted for men’s player of the year.center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Salah won the Puskas award Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 MONEY impact silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

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County acquires parkland acreage

first_img In addition to the 47-acre parcel the supervisors sold Tuesday, the authority expects to obtain a 79-acre parcel soon. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The authority’s acquisition of the property is part of an ongoing effort by the agency to acquire land in the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, Verdugo Hills, Angeles National Forest and the Los Angeles River basin. Together with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the agencies have acquired about 62,000 acres of open space in the hills surrounding the San Fernando Valley. In March 2004, the supervisors approved a hotly contested proposal to build hundreds of homes at Deerlake Ranch, which has been the subject of debate for years. Supervisor Antonovich, whose district includes the development, required the developer, San Francisco-based Presidio Chatsworth Partners LLC, to lessen the impact of the project by dedicating 145 acres for open space outside the project, an additional 79 acres within the project and construction of more than 4.2 miles of equestrian and hiking trails. Since then, the authority has obtained a 32-acre parcel and a 145-acre parcel and will obtain a 15-acre piece once tax issues are resolved. Adding to what eventually will be a 316-acre swath of open space near Chatsworth, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved the sale of 47 acres to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for $100,000. The property, which the county acquired in 1952 as a result of tax default, is in the Deer Lakes Highland and Devils Canyon area north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway. The $100,000 sale price covers the county’s costs to acquire and manage the property since 1952. “This cleans out all of the county’s ownership of land north of the Deerlake Ranch development,” said Paul Edelman, chief of natural resources and planning for the conservation authority. “Slowly, we are building what is the core of the Michael D. Antonovich Open Space Park.” last_img read more

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Big stars salute legends

first_img “Acting isn’t what she does, it’s who she is,” Spacey said. Harris’ films include “The Member of the Wedding,” “East of Eden” and “Reflections in a Golden Eye.” Dancer Suzanne Farrell was feted by her former colleague at the New York City Ballet Jacques d’Amboise. The company, led by George Balanchine, “was the center of American ballet and she was the diamond in its crown,” d’Amboise said. Farrell was the lead dancer in Balanchine-choreographed ballets such as “Meditation” and “The Nutcracker.” She is now an instructor. Earlier Sunday, the members of the 28th annual class of honorees were welcomed by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush at a White House reception. “Each of these honorees, in a lifetime of achievement, has set a standard of excellence that is admired throughout the world,” the president said. The Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast on Dec. 27 on CBS. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Record producer Quincy Jones described Bennett as “a soulful messenger of American songs” and said, “Tony is the one who knows how to fly us to the moon and get us back.” Robert Redford – actor, director and creator of the Sundance independent film festival – took some potshots from Paul Newman, his co-star in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Sting.” Referring to Redford’s reputation for lateness, Newman said, “Backstage they think the only reason he’s even in the vicinity was because they told him this whole thing was yesterday.” Glenn Close called Redford “a visionary activist with the heart and soul of an artist,” while Tom Brokaw dubbed him “captain of America’s golden boys.” Julie Harris, a longtime veteran of stage and screen and winner of a record six Tony awards, won kudos from Kevin Spacey, who called her performances “not tricks, but transformations.” WASHINGTON – Tina Turner and Tony Bennett, two legends of American music, earned accolades from a broad array of pop and jazz stars Sunday during the Kennedy Center Honors. In honor of Turner, Queen Latifah sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Melissa Etheridge sang “River Deep, Mountain High” and Beyonce Knowles performed “Proud Mary.” Oprah Winfrey called herself “Tina’s biggest known groupie” and spoke of seeing Turner perform live, advising the star-studded audience at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, “Add that to the list of things you do before you die.” Bennett was saluted with performances of standards like “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, “For Once in My Life,” by R&B star John Legend, and “Fly Me to the Moon,” by chanteuse Diana Krall. last_img read more

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