John Wall on Wizards’ playoff downfall: ‘Our bench got outplayed’

first_img“I think Kelly Oubre could’ve played a little bit more, but coach makes the decision, and we stick behind him 100 percent,” he added.Wall was instrumental throughout the Wizards’ playoff push, but appeared to have ran out of steam in the deciding game after missing his last 11 shots from the field.Oubre, on the other hand, was suspended for one-game of the series for his altercation with Kelly Olynyk, but managed to produce 6.5 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting.Earlier, Wall’s backcourt mate Bradley Beal made headlines after proclaiming that “Cleveland didn’t want to see us.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT The Wizards were one win away from challenging the Cavs, but lost a pivotal game 7 against the Celtics.Over the weekend, the Wizards’ best player, John Wall, shared why he believes his team failed to set up a date with the perennial Eastern conference powerhouse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We need to help our bench,” the four-time NBA All-Star told CSN’s Chase Hughes. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got out played.”He also wished that the team’s young role player, Kelly Oubre, could have gotten more playing time, but refused to throw his coach Scott Brooks under the bus. LATEST STORIES Cavs arrange 3rd Finals showdown with Warriors, eliminate CelticsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Washington Wizards guard John Wall (AP/Alex Brandon)The reigning NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers are set for a finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, after dispatching the Boston Celtics in five games of the Eastern Conference Finals.Still, both fans and pundits alike are still left wondering if the Washington Wizards would have posted a better challenge to the LeBron James-led squad.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Koy Banal makes coaching return as Seafarers face Batangas Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Kareena Kapoor shows her moves on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan had been busy refuting rumours of differences with film-maker Karan Johar ever since she was dropped from his upcoming production Shuddhi. She chose the platform of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to clear the air. Dressed in an off-white anarkali suit, Kareena made an appearance on the sets of the show to promote her upcoming film Singham Returns, slated for release on Independence Day.Kareena Kapoor Khan with Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa judges (from left) Remo D’Souza, Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar.The public display of affection between Kareena and Karan was too glaring for anyone to miss. Bebo revealed how she has always enjoyed sharing a stage with Karan and working with him in films in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. She has been missing in action after her last film Gori Tere Pyar Mein opposite Imraan Khan. The film failed to leave any impression at the box office, but, a dance number Tooh, did catch up with the audience. Kareena is trying to ensure that her comeback with Rohit Shetty directed Singham Returns opposite Ajay Devgn is not missed by anyone.Kareena was at her cheerful best as she sportingly came up on stage to dance with young dancing sensation Akshat Singh. Madhuri Dixit gave a tough competition to Kareena as she agreed to match steps with her on hit number Tooh. In the film, Kareena will be seen shaking a leg with rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh for an opening video album based on the Singham theme.advertisementlast_img read more

Brandon Victor Dixon On Jesus Christ Superstar John Legend We Are New

first_imgJudas from “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” opens up about working on one of the year’s most-lauded TV specials and his new platform to marry music with making a differenceNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 11, 2018 – 5:22 am When “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” aired on April 1, fans of both the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical and its modern all-star cast rejoiced. While viewers recognized the marquee recording artists who appeared, for many it was Judas who stole the show. The man behind that role? Brandon Victor Dixon, an accomplished actor and two-time Tony and GRAMMY nominee who has just released his first single, the uplifting and unifying “We Are.”Originally from Washington, D.C., Dixon has performed on Broadway in “The Color Purple” and “Hamilton,” on television in “One Life To Live” and “Law & Order,” and on stages from Los Angeles to New York to London. A true Renaissance man, Dixon formed his own production company two years ago to develop film and TV content. But his arrival as a recording artist is anything other than your typical stage-to-stereo crossover, and “We Are” is much more than a mere single.”I’m not necessarily building a recording career,” says Dixon. “I’m a very philanthropically oriented individual. There are a lot of causes that I support, and I’m a big fan of advocacy. In this day and age, I feel like if you’re not advocating for somebody or something then you have to ask yourself what you’re doing. I feel like the more we speak for and support others, the less we’ll have to worry about speaking for and supporting ourselves.”To that end, “We Are” represents a message of equality and compassion Dixon hopes to share with the world. The song originated when fellow actor Daniel J. Watts asked Dixon to write something to go along with a performance he was doing at a benefit event. Dixon crafted the hook and the rest fell into place with the help of South African producer Greg Dean Borowsky.Next, Dixon walked the walk and chose Young New Yorkers, an organization aimed at enrolling sentenced juveniles in arts programs instead of sending them to jail, as the beneficiary of the single’s proceeds.”It’s creating the #WeAre movement and the song is really designed to get people to remember that there’s no you without me, there’s no me without you and remember that, at one point, we knew how close we were as human beings together on this planet,” says Dixon. “This first movement and this first song is about children, and the children that are caught up in our for-profit justice system.” Brandon Victor Dixon On Music & Philanthropy brandon-victor-dixon-jesus-christ-superstar-john-legend-we-are-new-single Brandon Victor Dixon On “Jesus Christ Superstar,” John Legend & “We Are” New Single Facebook Twitter Email Dixon speaks passionately about several different philanthropic efforts, including mass incarceration, gun control, LGBTQ issues, racial equality, and feminism. Music provides him with an avenue to reach people and advocate for these causes.”I started writing music over the last couple years, particularly when I was doing ‘Motown.’ I started to connect with people in the music industry, and Ryan Shaw, who played Stevie Wonder in that show, and I started working on some projects together,” says Dixon. “Then this year, coming off of ‘Hamilton’ and going into ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ I just felt it was time to start putting out some music.”Dixon’s “… Superstar” experience put him shoulder to shoulder onstage and in living rooms around the world with GRAMMY winners such as John Legend.”It was really awesome to see someone like John … voluntarily step out into a slightly more foreign territory and be just as dedicated and giving of himself and, beyond that, to stretch forward to drive himself into a new creative territory,” Dixon says. “You don’t see that in everybody who is established and comfortable with what they’ve built.”He was excited by all the wonderful work happening around him. John produced it, and he was very proud and excited about the overall project and the reaction to it.”Dixon’s breakout performances of “Heaven On Their Minds,” “Superstar” and “The Last Supper,” a pivotal confrontation with Legend, introduced him to a whole new audience. While he cites Sara Bareilles’ beautiful rendition of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” as among his personal highlights, choosing his top moment of the night comes easy.”Coming out in a bedazzled tank top and silver jeans and singing ‘Superstar’ with a 36-piece band and 28 dancers around me is one of the dopest things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do,” says Dixon.The adrenaline rush of taking the stage was no doubt magnified by the performance being broadcast live on television. Though  Dixon’s initial approach to his role as Judas and the show was not unlike his prior work on Broadway, the live filming element added another layer of technical wrinkles.”We want everybody at home to feel what we’re doing live in the arena, and it seems like they really succeeded at that,” says Dixon. “The storytelling and the heart came through, and that’s largely because of the technical ability of the group we had around us.”The hard work was worth it, as the show Dixon calls “a permanent part of our cultural artistic fabric” made a huge splash with TV audiences, spurring a host of acclaim from critics and the public alike.”I think the best thing somebody said to me was, ‘The way you portrayed Judas and the way this production told the story, it makes me think about the world around me in a very different way,'” says Dixon. “That’s moving for me, because, for this show, you walk into it labeling Judas as a villain, and evil and bad, and the goal for me was to strive to make people feel differently about someone they thought they knew. And hopefully that will translate to the real world where you can think differently about people around you that you think you know … maybe even help you think a little differently about yourself.” News With so much under his belt already as an entertainer, it’s clear Dixon’s true purpose moving forward is all about enacting positive change, a daunting task for any artist. Naturally, maintaining a balance is also important.When he’s not onstage or in the studio, Dixon says he can be found playing pickup soccer in New York City or snagging a stack of comic books and a bag of Twizzlers to unwind. But he’s quick to assure us more music and videos are in the works, all aimed at showing the world we are one.”My message is very democratic, so hopefully that’s the spirit in which people will receive it and will feel happy to share it.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Katrina Kaif says this about pairing up with Shah Rukh Khan in

first_imgShah Rukh Khan, Katrina KaifTwitterA few days ago, there were reports that Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif have been approached to step into the shoes of Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini for the remake of 1982 hit comedy Satte Pe Satta. It was reported that the remake will be directed by Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan. However, when Katrina was recently asked about the reports of her being cast opposite SRK on screen for the remake, she nodded her head in disapproval.Shutting down all the rumours, Katrina was recently quoted by the media saying that nothing is happening of that sort at the moment.Katrina and SRK have previous worked in Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Zero. When the starlet was asked if she would be happy to share screen again with SRK in a movie after Zero failure, she said that she would definitely do a film with him if a good script comes up.Katrina is currently promoting Bharat wherein she is romantically paired opposite Salman Khan. The movie is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar who had earlier directed the two actors in Tiger Zinda Hai which went on become a blockbuster hit at the box office.Riding high on the immense buzz, Bharat is expected to rake in moolah at the box office as the movie hits the theatres on this Eid on June 5. The movie also stars Disha Patani, Tabu, Jackie Shroff and others in prominent roles.last_img read more

Russia bars Navalny presidential bid

first_imgRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks along a street in Moscow on Monday after the election commission rejected his presidential bid. Photo: AFPRussia’s Central Election Commission on Monday unanimously rejected top opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s bid to run against President Vladimir Putin next year, leading him to urge a boycott of the polls.The commission voted 12 to zero in barring Navalny from the presidential election, citing a controversial embezzlement conviction for which he received a five year suspended sentence.Navalny’s crime qualifies as “serious” and therefore rids the individual of the right to stand for president,” said commission member Boris Ebzeyev ahead of the vote, urging the body to bar him from running.The decision prompted the 41-year-old protest leader-who maintains that the court case against him was fabricated for political reasons-to call for a boycott of the election.“We are declaring a strike by voters. We will ask everyone to boycott these elections. We will not recognise the result,” Navalny told journalists.He said he would still appeal the commission’s decision.Navalny held rallies across Russia Sunday, with more than 15,000 people endorsing his candidacy. He submitted his nomination on Sunday evening and expressed suspicion when the commission announced they would make the decision as quickly as the next day.In a video published after the decision, Navalny said that offices he set up for his presidential campaign will now turn into a network for the electoral strike.“To go to polling stations now is impossible and indecent,” he said.“The main goal of the Kremlin will now be to falsify election turnout,” he said, urging people who want to go to the polling station count the people attending instead of casting a ballot.‘Electoral strikes’Navalny, who has campaigned across Russia in recent months, argued earlier in front of the commission that his conviction was lifted in the European Court of Human Rights, and that banning him from participation would make March’s election illegitimate.“I proved in court that my case was fabricated,” Navalny said, urging the commission to make a decision that would be fair and independent.“I assure you, a huge amount of people will not go to this election, would actively boycott this election” and hold “electoral strikes.”In a passionate speech he accused the commission of barring true opposition figures while allowing candidates who are not interested in fighting corruption or in conducting real campaigns.In a heated exchange, commission chair Ella Panfilova told Navalny it is not in her power to lift his conviction, further accusing the protest leader of “zombifying young people”.“You are young, you have everything ahead of you,” she finally told Navalny. Previously he was told he would not be able to run before 2028.Navalny, who has built a sizeable campaign through his blog and YouTube on an anti-corruption platform, has called several mass rallies across Russia this year which saw an unusually high number of young people participate.Navalny was first sentenced in 2013 on the embezzlement charges, which accused him of defrauding the Kirov regional budget of about $270,000.The European Court of Human Rights last year quashed the ruling, saying it was unfair, and Russia’s Supreme Court ordered a retrial.The retrial in a Russian court however gave Navalny the exact same sentence as before, using almost identical wording as the 2013 decision.last_img read more