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Horror and Depp-ravity in the woods

first_imgJohnny Depp really should get himself a new agent. The man has worldwide adulation from female fans, and a talent as reliable as any Hollywood heavyweight. He’s probably one of the most bankable actors at work today. But judging from his track record, he chooses his scripts either blindfold or just blind drunk. For every classic he’s made ( Platoon, Donnie Brasco etc), there’s a clanger to match ( A Nightmare on Elm Street 6, enough said). These days, though, he seems to be resigned to carrying films singlehandedly. Pirates of the Caribbean would have been instantly forgettable without his swaggering brilliance as Captain Jack Sparrow. Hell, even the Academy had to swallow their usual stuffiness and hand him a Best Actor nomination for what was, basically, a pantomime performance. This week’s Secret Windowfinds him once again fighting a valiant battle against a mediocre script. A Stephen King adaptation, it gives him a chance to playfully undermine his sex-symbol status as a grubby, dishevelled novelist (Mort Rainey), holed-up alone in a log cabin following a split from his wife. Shuffling around in a mangy dressing gown, surviving on Doritos and cigarettes, Mort battles writer’s block in a lovesick stupour. Life isn’t exactly made any easier by the appearance of a wacko redneck (John Turturro), angrily claiming that Mort plagiarised a story of his. Rather than letting their lawyers settle it, he wants do things the good old-fashioned psycho way involving vendettas and imaginative intimidation. Of course, this being a psycho movie, Johnny stubbornly remains in his creepy cabin in the woods, even while all those other dispensable peripheral characters receive screwdrivers in their heads with quick succession. As terrifying as all this may sound, the film actually works much better as a light comedy than a thriller, thanks to Depp’s bumbling amiability as Mort and some beautifully deadpan one-liners. But as welcome as this light relief may be, it only succeeds in making the film strangely schizophrenic in tone; an uneasy marriage of humour and horror. Mind you, all this would still be forgivable if the finale didn’t feature a twist so ludicrous it makes The Sixth Senseseem one-dimensional. It’s one of those ones that doesn’t stagger you with its ingeniousness but just leaves you feeling cheated when the assumptions you’ve built up and interest you’ve invested in characters are left completely redundant. The unintentional irony of Mort’s remark, that “the only thing that matters is the ending. It’s the most important part of the story”, only adds salt to the audience’s wounds. You’re left wishing that Johnny had heeded his own warning. And fired his agent while he was at it.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Masters 2019: A timeline of Tiger Woods’ fall and rise

first_imgWhen Tiger Woods rolled in the winning putt at the Masters on Sunday, it was like reliving a bygone era.It had been 11 years since the American great’s last major triumph and 14 since he previously claimed the famous green jacket at Augusta. There was considerable doubt whether Woods would ever challenge at the highest level again, as he sought to overcome career-threatening back injuries and a slump in form.However, a resurgence in 2018 – which included challenges at The Open and US PGA Championship – raised hopes he could secure a 15th major.That long-awaited success finally arrived on Sunday. Here, we take a look at the timeline of Woods’ dramatic, albeit largely injury-inflicted, fall and rise to becoming a major champion again.September 2013 – Woods was named PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning five titles in 2013. He ended the year as world number one.Congratulations @TigerWoods , our 2013 Player of the Year. He is now an 11th-time Jack Nicklaus Award winner. #pgatour— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 27 September 2013March 2014 – Underwent surgery to treat a pinched nerve and missed that year’s Masters.June 2014 – Returned to play the Quicken Loans National in June but missed the cut. He played The Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship but struggled at all three and ended the year ranked 32nd.February 2015 – After withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods announced an “indefinite break” due to poor form, He had recently shot an 11-over-par 82 at the Phoenix Open.April 2015 – Returned to play the Masters and showed signs of promise – finishing tied-17th after going five under par for the tournament.Watch @TigerWoods round in under three minutes. #themasters https://t.co/d3Xac4qhbr— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) 12 April 2015September 2015 – Having missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, the first time he had failed to make the weekend at back-to-back majors, Woods confirmed he had undergone a second major back surgery to correct a pinched nerve.October 2015 – A month later, Woods underwent a follow-up procedure to his previous surgery to help relieve discomfort.September 2016 – Woods filled the role of non-playing vice-captain in the United States’ Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine.December 2016 – After a 15-month absence, Woods finally made his comeback at the Hero World Challenge and placed 15th.February 2017 – Having failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open a week previously, Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour ahead of the second round, with his agent citing back spasms.April 2017 – Woods announced he would miss the Masters for a second year running, and later that month he underwent a fourth major surgery to help ease pain in his back and leg.May 2017 – A humiliating mugshot of Woods was released after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods quickly explained the incident was due to “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving at a Palm Beach County courthouse.July 2017 – Woods’ inactivity led to him dropping out of world’s top 1,000.December 2017 – Made his latest comeback at the Hero World Challenge and finished tied-ninth, before showing good form at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational early in 2018.Great being with my team @BridgestoneGolf . Gearing up for an even better… stronger 2018. #DareToBeBetter pic.twitter.com/R0tcOplyDH— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 6, 2017July 2018 – Finished three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at The Open, having held the lead midway through the final round at Carnoustie.August 2018 – Carded a 64 – his lowest final round in a major – on the last day of the US PGA Championship to claim second place, two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka. September 2018 – Woods secured the Tour Championship at East Lake, his long-awaited victory coming after he was named by captain Jim Furyk as a wildcard pick for the US team to face Europe in the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.April 2019  – Fourteen years after winning the Masters for a fourth time, Woods claimed a fifth green jacket and celebrated a 15th major victory, coming from behind to win such a title for the first time.”We did it.” pic.twitter.com/RKgSorDpFr— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out vs. Kings

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of a right hip tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala will return “hopefully Monday” against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. After participating in morning shootaround on Friday, …last_img read more

Stars of diski: South Africa’s football greats

first_imgBafana Bafana are on the up, once again wearing the badge with pride. One day we’re likely to talk about this group of players with the same reverence as our legendary heroes – Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung. Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone (front row, far right) in the 1957 to 1958 squad for Dutch football club Heracles Almelo. Mokone is so beloved in the Netherlands that there is a street named after him in Amsterdam. (Image: Salmon Palangana)Football-mad South Africa has had its share of greats, men who have not only wowed their countrymen, but have gone on to fly the flag in other countries as well. Among these legends are men who were stars long before the game was just about money. They were men whose reputations were built on their skill, and not the size of their wallet.Early starsAmong South Africa’s early football exports were Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung.Once signed for Barcelona (he never played a single game at the Palau Blaugrana arena) Mokone was the first black South African to play professional football in Europe. After signing up for English club Coventry City in 1955, Mokone went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later for Torino in Italy.At the time he was one of a handful of players to earn £10 000 a year. By 1959 he was rated as one of the best soccer players in Europe, and was being compared to the all-time greats of the game.Ntsoelengoe was a legend with Kaizer Chiefs Football Club in the 1970s before moving to the United States for 11 seasons. He was in the North American Soccer League (NASL) all-star team in 1979 and 1982 and was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. Ace Ntsoelengoe in the 1976 Minnesota Kicks squad. (Image: Stimulated Faculties)Sono, owner of Jomo Cosmos FC, had a tough childhood. His father, Orlando Pirates midfielder Eric “Scara” Bhamuza Sono, died in a car crash and his mother abandoned him. Being from Orlando East in Soweto, Orlando Pirates was his home club before he moved on to play for the New York Cosmos, where one of his team-mates was the legendary player Pelé.Jomo Sono in action against Angelo DiBernado in 1982. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Motaung – “Chincha-Guluva” as he was affectionately known because of his dribbling skills – played for Orlando Pirates. After a successful stint with US club Atlanta Chiefs he came back and formed the club Kaizer Chiefs, one of the most revered teams in South African football and the biggest rival to Orlando Pirates.A 22-year-old Kaizer Motaung with Brazilian football legend Pele in 1968. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Class of ’96Fast-forward a few decades and a new crop of players sprang up who would go on to be known as the Class of ’96 after winning the Africa Cup of Nations, or Afcon, two years into South Africa’s new democracy.From that crop Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe, Doctor “16V” Khumalo and Phil “Chippa” Masinga stand out for also appealing internationally and having great careers.Watch highlights of Bafana Bafana’s victory against Tunisia in the final of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations:Radebe plied his trade with Kaizer Chiefs before leaving them in 1994 and going to Leeds United in the UK. Leeds player of the year in 1998 he became club captain and remains a hero to the fans at Elland Road, the clubs home. The English band Kaiser Chiefs, all Leeds fans, named the band in honour of Kaizer Chiefs, Radebe’s first club.Khumalo, nicknamed after the Volkswagen GTI, a popular car in the township of Soweto at the time was a dribbling wizard that could read the game well. He was the guy that passed to Masinga to score the winning goal for the Afcon title. Khumalo played for the Moroka Swallows reserves before going to Kaizer Chiefs and then on to play for LA Galaxy in the US.Masinga scored the winning goal in the Afcon final of 1996 and brought South Africa to a standstill. A lanky striker with a thunderous shot, Masinga made use of his height advantage very well to score many goals during his illustrious career. He played for Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa before going to Leeds United and Italy’s Bari.The millennium revelationsBenni McCarthy is the only South African player to have ever won the European Cup Champions League. He is probably the most decorated South African players having won the Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam; Portuguese League with Porto under Jose Mourinho; and, a championship treble with Orlando Pirates where he retired in 2013.Watch Benni McCarthy’s top 10 goals for AFC Ajax:Aaron Mokoena is the first and only South African player with a century caps (107). He represented South Africa in four African Cup of Nations (1998, 2002, 2004, 2008), two World Cups (2002 and 2010) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the captain of the South African team in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and was also Portsmouth FC captain in 2009 in the UK’s Premier League.Still playing regularly in the top flight league in South Africa, Siyabonga Nomvete can still put many a younger striker to shame. Having played in several European leagues, and now Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League, Nomvete has represented Bafana Bafana since 6 May 1999, and he played in the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.These are not all of the greatest players to come from South Africa but their accomplishments continue to inspire the players that came after.last_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: We’re looking for some kind of style

first_imgWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: We’re looking for some kind of styleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores admits their performance was not good enough in their 2-0 defeat at Wolves.Matt Doherty’s opener was added to by Daryl Janmaat’s own goal after the break, which saw Wolves pick up three points and rise up the table. The Hornets head coach said: “We knew today would be a different match [to the defeat at Manchester City] and it would be tough. It’s not enough, it’s clear the performance should be better.“Now we are looking for some kind of style, some way we’re going to play, but at the moment we’re not playing in that way. We concede very easy goals and these destroy all the plans. We are playing [catch-up] behind the score so it’s difficult for the players right now.”Asked what it would take to turn the corner, Sanchez Flores responded: “Winning. We need to win. We need to train hard, we need to improve, we’re stronger on the training ground every single day but in the matches we still have problems, we have insecurities, we have situations we can’t solve, easy mistakes giving opportunities to the opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas A&M Used Johnny Manziel In Tweet Promoting Upcoming NFL Draft, Got Trolled By Rival Fans

first_imgTexas A&M Johnny Manziel tweet touting his greatness.Twitter/@aggiefblifeA year ago, former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was a first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns after a stellar college career. Things haven’t gone very well for Johnny Football since, but Texas A&M’s @AggieFBLife Twitter account still used the Heisman winner in a tweet promoting the upcoming 2015 draft. Sign with Texas A&M: ✔️ Win a Heisman: ✔️ Get drafted in the 1st Round: ✔️ #WHOSNEXT pic.twitter.com/HfgOh2fxja— AggieFBLife (@aggiefblife) April 29, 2015As you can imagine, fans of Texas and other rival schools had a lot of fun with this ‘checklist,’ and trolled A&M and Manziel in response.Signs with A&M ✔ plays for 0 titles ✔ goes to 0 bcs bowls ✔ wins the chik-fil-a bowl ✔ https://t.co/RKR4zHfoZu— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) April 29, [email protected] @chrisgb00 2nd string ✔️go to rehab✔️— Connor Nelson (@ConnorN22231016) April 29, [email protected] Get Kicked Out of Manning Camp. Hang out at Rival School & party. Can’t wait to Leave A&M. #WHOSNEXT— joe villa (@mikeejoe) April 29, 2015 @aggiefblife @JManziel2 @CoachSumlin Really?No Championships, soft nonconf schedule, bttm SEC-W, arrests, rehab stints. #fireSumlin.— III & Company (@IIIandCompany) April 29, 2015So…that didn’t go quite as planned for Texas A&M. Reports that Cleveland may trade up to No. 2 to take Marcus Mariota haven’t helped matters in the Manziel Camp either.[Sporting News]last_img read more

Football Ohio States No 1 recruiting class not indicative of crucial misses

Urban Meyer watches the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin from the sidelines in the third quarter. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFive-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman had been Ohio State’s No. 1 target for months. He was the top-ranked player at a position of need and the top player in Ohio.In the end, Urban Meyer and his staff couldn’t seal the deal, and Carman ditched home for another top program — Clemson.Carman, along with defensive end Brenton Cox, safety Jaiden Woodbey and quarterback Emory Jones all left Ohio State for other programs in the final two weeks leading up to Wednesday’s decision date, leaving Meyer without even more transcendent talent than the 20 players that signed to his class Wednesday.On paper, the 2018 class is perhaps Meyer’s best ever as a head coach. However, it should not be overlooked. For a time, Ohio State had four five-star recruits with a chance at five. It ended Wednesday with two, while conference rival Penn State added its third.Carman wasn’t committed to Ohio State at any point in time like Cox, Woodbey and Jones. But it’s expected that the Buckeyes should land the top prospect in Ohio every year. Since Meyer arrived in Columbus, he has landed the top recruit in the state of Ohio every year with the exception of 2016 when five-star offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer went to Notre Dame. As for the other three, it’s difficult for a program to keep players who further from the school committed for a long time, when top programs close to home are knocking on the door.Woodbey, a five-star safety from California, committed in February, but flipped and signed with Florida State Wednesday. Cox, a five-star strong-side defensive end from Georgia, committed to Ohio State in April before decommitting Dec. 6 and signing with the Georgia Bulldogs Wednesday. Jones, a four-star dual-threat quarterback committed to the Buckeyes in July 2016, before flipping and mailing his letter of intent to Florida Wednesday.Those three decommitments in the last two weeks of the early signing period hurt Ohio State and have great implications.The first impact is the optics. Losing three players in less than two weeks, with two being five-stars and another being a highly rated dual-threat quarterback, makes it look as if the coaching staff is losing its touch. That’s probably not the case because Meyer has been an excellent recruiter his entire career and his 2018 class is still ranked as the top class. But given that Penn State landed a five-star Wednesday when Ohio State lost two, that’s added pressure for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff to hold onto prized recruits.Second, Meyer, and quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day had to find a second option to Jones late in the process. Now, they ended with a solid option in three-star Matthew Baldwin from Austin, Texas, who led his team to a state championship game Saturday, but Meyer probably would’ve liked to not rely on flipping a quarterback late to have one for this recruiting class. Baldwin was previously committed to Colorado State.Ohio State’s depth at safety isn’t hurt too much with Woodbey’s departure from the class, but with Cox’s decommitment, Ohio State had to flip three-star Alex Williams from West Virginia just to have one end in the class. Without Carman, it has just one offensive tackle in four-star Max Wray. Both are positions of need.Meyer has already had discussions to play Williams at tight end, so Ohio State would only have three defensive ends for next season, pending a potential commitment from four-star Tyreke Smith. Wray is the fourth offensive tackle on next year’s roster.Ohio State finally beat Alabama in a recruiting class, but it limped to the first finish line Wednesday with key misses that can impact a program for years. That’s something Meyer will have to live with. read more

Cuadrado announces successful surgery

first_imgThe Juventus Colombian forward has confirmed his knee surgery has gone as planned and is now recovering to return to football soonJuventus Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado has come out from knee surgery with success.The South American announced on Instagram he was happy after his surgery.“Thank God the surgery went well now I will work for making a good recovery and come back stronger,” Cuadrado wrote on Instagram as quoted by Calcio Mercato.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I am convinced that if we love God all things go well.”““Today, the player was subjected to arthroscopic treatment of the left knee for the lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilage fracture, a perfectly successful operation, and today Juan Cuadrado has undergone arthroscopic treatment on his left knee – a lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilaginous fracture reported in the trauma suffered during the Champions League match played in Bern,” said the club’s press department.“The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr. Cugat, assisted by Juventus health officer Dr. Claudio Rigo, is perfectly successful.”last_img read more

Sunday Noon Update Hot Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is currently estimated at 95,047 acres with roughly 409 crew members and remains at 14% containment. Hot, dry weather is challenging fire personnel in all areas of the fire, according to a release from the Incident Management team. For the AM update and additional details click here. Campfires are restricted to enclosed fire rings/grates within designated campgrounds/cabins within the Kenai NWR, Kenai Fjords NP, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach NF lands on the Kenai Peninsula. The release states, the east flank continues to move up slope and into higher elevations along the mountain ridge line. As elevation changes, so does the vegetation available to burn. This change is expected to reduce opportunities for fire to move above ground level resulting in slower fire spread and lower intensity burning. Crews are working to improve the Skyline Trail to create a fuel break along the southeast corner of the fire to prevent fire spread along the highway. Helicopters will continue to utilize water drops to cool the fire areas producing heat north of Upper Jean Lake.The containment line north of the Homer Electric transmission line is holding well as small areas of interior vegetation burn, further increasing the depth of the fuel break created to protect the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway.last_img read more