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Hedwig Star Neil Patrick Harris Has a Tiny Twin?!

first_imgWe thought Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Neil Patrick Harris was the only transgender German rock goddess on Broadway (at least until Andrew Rannells takes over on August 20), but we were so wrong! Backstage in his dressing room, the Tony winner took a seriously adorable selfie with a mini Hedwig doll by DoubleSupaFantastico. The doll is the spitting image of Harris as Hedwig, down to the studded cuffs, the fishnets and the glittering makeup. Hey, can you guys sell these at the merch stand? And while you’re at it, can you sell the lipstick, eyeshadow and wigs? Check out this Hot Shot of Hedwig and Mini-Hedwig, then see Harris in the hit rock musical through August 17! Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch Neil Patrick Harrislast_img read more

Iran neighbors impose travel bans as coronavirus toll rises

first_imgIran’s confirmed death toll from the new coronavirus rose to eight on Sunday, the highest outside China, sending neighbouring countries scrambling to contain the outbreak.Four immediate neighbours of the Islamic republic — Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Armenia — said on Sunday they would close land borders, while three imposed restrictions on air traffic, amid growing regional concerns about the spread of the virus.Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities have already banned travel to and from Iran. Lebanon has confirmed its first case — a 45-year-old Lebanese woman who had travelled from Qom in Iran — and Israel on Sunday quarantined at home nearly 200 school pupils who came into contact with South Korean tourists who contracted the virus. Iran reported three more novel coronavirus deaths Sunday among 15 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total number of fatalities to eight and infections to 43.Four new COVID-19 cases surfaced in Tehran, seven in the holy city of Qom, two in Gilan and one each in Markazi and Tonekabon, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.Authorities have ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centres in 14 provinces across the country as a “preventive measure”. Art events, concerts and film shows have been banned for a week.”We are on the frontlines, we need help,” the head of Qom’s medical sciences university, Mohammadreza Ghadir, said on state television. ‘Major implications’ “To prevent the spread of the novel #coronavirus and protect the public, Afghanistan suspends all passenger movement (air and ground) to and from Iran,” the office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan tweeted.A provincial official in Pakistan and the nation’s Frontier Corps, for their part, confirmed the country had sealed the land border with Iran.Both Afghanistan and Pakistan share long, porous borders with Iran that are often used by smugglers and human traffickers, while millions of Afghan refugees live in the Islamic republic — raising fears that the virus could easily spread over the border.Turkey said it would “temporarily” close its land border with Iran, while air traffic from Iran would be halted but departures to the country continue.Late on Sunday, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian announced his country was both suspending flights and entry via the sole land border checkpoint with Iran. China — the epicentre of the outbreak — reported another 97 deaths in its daily update Sunday, taking its total to 2,442, plus 648 new infections.Nearly 80,000 people have been infected worldwide, the vast majority in China.But official figures indicate the death rate is proportionately much higher in Iran than China, standing at nearly one in five of the confirmed infections.Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said the treatment of COVID-19 cases would be free.”In every city, one hospital will be dedicated to treating coronavirus cases,” he said, adding that this number would be greater in bigger cities like Tehran.But academics expressed concern over the ability of Iran — currently grappling with a major economic crisis and hit by swingeing US sanctions — to contain the outbreak. “It is unlikely that Iran will have the resources and facilities to adequately identify cases and adequately manage them if case numbers are large,” said Paul Hunter, a medical professor at Britain’s University of East Anglia.He also noted that the region was already grappling with multiple conflicts.”During armed conflicts, borders between countries become porous… and health care facilities are often targeted and destroyed,” he said.Other regional countries on Sunday also took major precautionary measures to counter the virus potentially spreading from Iran.Jordan said it would bar entry to citizens of China, Iran and South Korea and other foreigners travelling from those countries.The Kuwait Port Authority, meanwhile, announced a ban on the entry of all ships from the Islamic republic.Topics :last_img read more

Baseball Playoffs

first_imgJust as the weather turned cold, true to form baseball has reached their final playoffs.  The 4 teams left are the Kansas City Royals, the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Mets, and the Chicago Cubs.For 3 of these teams, it has been a while since they have been in the playoffs.  In the case of the Chicago Cubs, they have not been in the World Series since the early 1900’s.  Only Kansas City was there last year.  From this you would think they would be considered the favorites.  However, in Vegas you can get odds on any one of the 4 winning the World Series.  Just sit back, enjoy it, and wait for the final game.last_img read more

Federer through to Aussie Open final

first_imgThe former world number one looked to be on course for a straightforward victory after taking the first two sets 7-5 6-3.However a medical timeout for Wawrinka saw him return in much better form, and took the next two sets 6-1 6-4.Federer then took a timeout of his own, and he was able to prevail in the deciding set by 6 games to 3. It means Federer is now the oldest men’s Grand Slam finalist in over 45 years, and is one win away from a record 18th Grand Slam title.He’ll play either Rafa Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final.Earlier the Williams sisters both secured their place in Saturday’s women’s final.Serena strolled past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1, while Venus needed three sets to see off Coco Vandeweghe.Saturday’s match will be the ninth Grand Slam final between the pair and the first in nearly eight years.last_img read more

Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat, perhaps setting up DeAndre Jordan’s exit

first_imgThe Clippers appeared to solve two problems with one trade Tuesday afternoon, when they swapped guard Austin Rivers for Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat. ESPN first reported the trade, which comes days before the start of free agency on Saturday night.Rivers was one of nine guards on the Clippers’ roster, as of Tuesday, after he opted to exercise his option on the final year of his contract. The Clippers also added guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) and Jerome Robinson (Boston College) with their lottery picks in the NBA draft last week, creating a glut in their backcourt.The acquisition of Gortat gives the Clippers flexibility in case center DeAndre Jordan decides to opt out of his contract before a Friday deadline and pursues free agency. Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, said Monday talks on an extension were ongoing.“We are excited to welcome Marcin Gortat to the Clippers, a respected player that brings years of NBA experience and additional toughness to this team,” Frank said in a statement. “We’ve been a fan of Marcin’s for some time and this decision we help re-balance the roster by adding another proven big man to the frontcourt.” The 6-foot-11 Jordan, who turns 30 next month, averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds in 2017-18.Gortat, also 6-11, averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Wizards last season. The 34-year-old has spent the past five seasons of his 13-year career in Washington.Jordan has played 750 games in the NBA, all with the Clippers. Last season, he passed Randy Smith who had held the franchise record for the most games played with 715. He also holds the club record for rebounds with 7.988 and blocked shots with 1,277.Even if Jordan decides to opt in on his $24.7 million contract, the Clippers reportedly could seek to trade him to another team, thus ending the longest tenure in franchise history. The Clippers drafted Jordan in the second round (35th overall) from Texas A&M in 2008.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Wizards had been trying to trade Gortat for several months, according to reports. His scoring and rebounding averages for last season were well off his career averages of 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. He averaged 25.3 minutes, his fewest since 2009-10 with the Orlando Magic. Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs What’s more, Bradley could re-sign before Saturday or test free agency.Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson are expected to join the Clippers’ summer league team, which begins play July 6 in Las Vegas. They also are expected to battle for playing time when training camp opens Sept. 24 at the University of Hawaii.Doc Rivers seemed unconcerned about having too many guards during an interview Monday.“It always washes out,” Doc Rivers said. “You know how that stuff works out. It’ll be figured out by the time the season starts. I don’t think we’ll go into (training) camp with 11 or 12 or 13 guards. We’ll figure out how that goes.”Austin Rivers joins a youthful, athletic backcourt that includes Bradley Beal and John Wall in Washington, his third NBA team after New Orleans selected him 10th overall from Duke in 2012.“Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking,” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Gortat, who will make $13.6 million in 2018-19, can become a free agent next summer.Rivers played 243 games over parts of four seasons with the Clippers, averaging 11.1 points and 2.5 assists while primarily filling a reserve role. Because of season-ending injuries to Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic and Avery Bradley, Rivers started 59 of 61 games last season.The 25-year-old Rivers, who was drafted No. 10 overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, averaged career highs of 15.1 points, 4 assists and 2.4 rebounds and shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range in 2017-18.It was generally assumed that Rivers would remain with the Clippers as long as Doc Rivers, his father, remained their coach. Doc Rivers agreed to a contract extension last month and last year relinquished his management duties in owner Steve Ballmer’s front-office shakeup.Austin Rivers’ departure might not be the last from the Clippers’ backcourt. Although he decided to exercise his option on next season’s contract, it’s believed that Teodosic might want to return to play in Europe next season. Only $2.1 million of his $6.3 million contract is guaranteed. The Clippers could waive Teodosic before July 16, when the deal becomes fully guaranteed.Related Articles Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell fighting frustration amid fourth-quarter absences

first_imgSaid Russell: “No.”Scott has favored 10-year NBA veteran Lou Williams, who posted 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes off the bench against the Heat (5-3). But Scott did not explain Russell’s fourth-quarter absence amid a double-digit deficit. “I didn’t really think about bringing him back at that time,” Scott said.That left Russell with his own theory.“I got to get better on each read,” Russell said. “I try to force it, getting the ball to guys.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI >> Through all the hiccups accompanying his rookie season, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell has stomached something far more frustrating than adapting to the NBA. The most trying times have happened when he has sat on the bench.Russell did not play in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 101-88 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena, marking the third time in only seven games this has happened for the team’s top draft pick and No. 2 choice overall. The Lakers (1-6) have lost all of those games.“I got to figure out what I’m doing wrong,” said Russell, who posted four points on 2-of-6 shooting, four rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 21 minutes. “So I can correct it.”Did Lakers coach Byron Scott offer any feedback?center_img Russell still described his confidence as “through the roof in space somewhere.” Yet, Scott and Russell both confirmed he has only called about 50 percent of the team’s plays. Scott said he has “no timeline” on when Russell will have full autonomy.“I want him to get to the point where he can really, really run the offense and understand who hasn’t touched the ball, who’s hot and who’s not,” Scott said of Russell. “That’s going to take him a while. But I like the direction that he’s headed.”More GamesIt appears possible Kobe Bryant will play basketball even if he retires after the 2015-16 season. He sounded open to making his third U.S. Olympic appearance in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Bryant initially ruled out another stint after winning gold in the 2012 Summer Games in London. Bryant also won a gold medal in Beijing in 2008.“I also probably thought I wouldn’t be playing still,” Bryant said, smiling. “Never say never.”USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo had reported that Bryant expressed interest last summer.“I don’t know if that’s an indication on what he plans on doing for next year,” Scott said. “But that’s cool to me.”That hinges on one obvious variable.“It’s just a matter if I could” make the team, Bryant said, “and if I’m physically able to do that.” Heat forward and former U.S. Olympic teammate Chris Bosh joked that Bryant just wanted “a free trip to Brazil.” But Bosh then gushed about Bryant’s work ethic on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, shortly after the Lakers’ NBA Finals loss to Boston.“I don’t know if it was motivation or just how he normally is. But he was beating everybody to the gym and working on off-days,” Bosh said. “He could have every excuse to come in and rest. But there’s a reason why he’s one of the greatest of all time.” Passed upThe Lakers originally viewed Heat guard Goran Dragic as a free-agency target. But they changed their mind after falling in love with Russell in pre-draft workouts and holding optimism they could land a front-court player in free-agency. “I didn’t think about it. The Miami Heat came first and they offered a good deal,” said Dragic, who re-signed with the Heat to a five-year contract worth $90 million. “This was the right place for me and my family. It’s a winning culture here and they are doing an amazing job.” last_img read more