Current Sunday in the Park with George star Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein, John Douglas Thompson, Corey Stoll and more Broadway stars lead the initial casting for the 2017 Free Shakespeare in the Park season, set for the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. As previously announced, Oskar Eustis will direct Julius Caesar from May 23-June 18, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream running July 11-August 13 under the direction of Lear deBessonet.Julius Caesar will feature Tina Benko (Calpurnia), Teagle F. Bougere (Casca), Eisa Davis (Decius Brutus), Robert Gilbert (Octavius), Pulitzer winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Cinna the Poet), Gregg Henry (Caesar), Edward James Hyland (Lepidus/Popilius), Tony winner Nikki M. James (Portia), Christopher Livingston (Titinis/Cinna), Elizabeth Marvel (Antony), Chris Myers (Flavius/Messala/Ligarius), Stoll (Marcus Brutus), Thompson (Caius Cassius) and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Marullus).Julius Caesar will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jessica Paz and original music and soundscapes by Bray Poor.A Midsummer Night’s Dream will include Tony winner Ashford (Helena), Tony nominee De’Adre Aziza (Hippolyta), Kyle Beltran (Lysander), Tony nominee Burstein (Nick Bottom), Tony nominee Shalita Grant (Hermia), Alex Hernandez (Demetrius), Jeff Hiller (Francis Flute), Robert Joy (Peter Quince), David Manis (Egeus/Fairy), Patrena Murray (Tom Snout), Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen (Puck) and Joe Tapper (Robin Starveling).A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Jessica Paz, original music by Justin Levine and choreography by Danny Mefford.Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Tickets to the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. Annaleigh Ashford(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments
Former Gopher qualifies for 2019 US Amateur ChampionshipPersons spent eight years playing professionally throughout the United States and Canada. Nolan O’HaraJuly 17, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhen the 2019 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship heads to historic Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in just under a month, former University of Minnesota golfer Josh Persons will be in attendance. Persons qualified after placing first at a qualifier event in Fargo, North Dakota. “I’ve just kind of been solid and steady, nothing flashy, I’ve just kept myself out of trouble. We’ll see if I can do that at a little tougher course down in North Carolina,” Persons said.Persons, a Fargo native, shot a 1-under-par 71 in his first round and an even-par 72 in his second to finish 1-under-par at the Fargo Country Club. His consistent play was enough to carry him to a first-place finish and secure a spot at the U.S. Amateur. “It went good, obviously, for me. They have qualifiers all over the country, the one that I did was in my hometown in Fargo,” Persons said. “There was about 50 guys, they let in two spots. It happened to be a windy day on a course that I was familiar with and I just played solid golf. I was able to sneak through.”The U.S. Amateur takes place August 11-18 in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. It’s the oldest United States Golf Association championship and features some of the world’s best amateur players. Many previous champions have gone on to have successful careers on the PGA Tour, including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and most recently Viktor Hovland. This year’s event will once again feature young amateurs with PGA Tour aspirations, but Persons is pursuing this event with a different mindset. “I already gave it a good go. I played professionally for eight years,” he said. “I kind of already put in my time, I’m just able to still spend some time playing golf when I’m not working. I do it for the enjoyment now, but also for the competitive side of it.” While Persons is no longer pursuing a career on the PGA Tour, his desire to compete continues. He is also excited about the possibility of connecting with another former Gopher, Ben Greve. Greve also qualified for the U.S. Amateur; he finished tied for second in the qualifier at the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights. “I’ve already been texting with Greve a little bit, so we can hook up down there and play once or twice while we’re down there,” Persons said. “It should be a fun time.”Persons’ connections, like the one he has with Greve, are what stands out to him from his time at the University. He continues to keep in touch with friends and teammates. “There’s plenty of memories. You know, the coolest parts about it, I can text Greve. He’s playing in it,” Persons said. “I’ve been talking to Justin Smith, who’s now the head coach. He was there kind of at the same time as me. Just reminiscing with all the guys you’ve become close with over the years.”
BY NATALIE CHOLOHEI KINA Bank is reaching out to its Esiloan clients nationwide and has recently donated 200 T shirts to the Lae International School students. In an effort to reach out to the community, the Bank is going into schools that are part of their Esiloan product as an appreciation for banking with Kina Bank. Kina Bank manager Esiloan branch Philo Antonette Warakoi last Friday donated 200 T-shirts to the school. “Lae International School has recently come on board our Esiloan product whereby they are offering us business and in return we have to give something to them,” Warakoi said. “It is part of our community obligation to give to the people to make our presence felt in the communities,” she said. Lae International School principal Rosalea Cameron thanked the bank and said the involvement of students with the community is very important to the school. “We are very grateful. Engaging with the community is very important to us and we’re working with the students to understand that they’ve got an obligation to look after the community. “It is important being that we try to raise ethical leaders of Papua New Guinea thus engaging with reputable businesses,” Cameron said. The Bank will be donating another 200 shirts to Lae Secondary School today. Lae Secondary School is not a client to the Bank but the Bank has recognised it its provincial secondary school status to give them something. The same donation will be carried out in other centers as well.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were more than happy to give the longtime Cleveland Browns cornerback a shot at all three.The Steelers signed Haden to a three-year contract on Wednesday night just hours after the Browns granted Haden his release.Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, gives the defending AFC North champions an upgrade in the secondary in their bid to chase down Super Bowl champion New England.Haden’s deal has a total value of $27 million, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details were not released. Initial talks between Pittsburgh and Haden were first reported by ESPN.The Browns cut Haden earlier Wednesday, breaking ties with one of the few fixtures for a franchise that has spent the entirety of Haden’s seven-year career rebuilding and then rebuilding some more.They don’t do that in Pittsburgh. The Steelers reached the AFC title game in January only to get blown out by the Patriots, with Tom Brady throwing for 383 yards and three touchdowns.Pittsburgh made taking a more aggressive approach a top priority and Haden is eager to prove he’s still an elite defender after two subpar seasons marred by injury.The former first-round draft pick has 19 interceptions in seven seasons, but has been limited to just 18 games the past two years. Haden’s signing adds spice to the season opener between the Browns and Steelers on Sept. 10.This is the second straight season the Steelers have taken on a former Browns defender late in training camp. Pittsburgh sent a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft to Cleveland last August for former first-round pick Justin Gilbert. Gilbert never earned a starting spot, played in just 12 games and was released the day after the Super Bowl.The expectations will be considerably higher for Haden, who will get a shot to line up opposite Artie Burns.Ross Cockrell and Coty Sensabaugh have spent much of training camp vying for a starting spot, but both could take on lesser roles or perhaps even be out of a job entirely depending on what direction the Steelers want to go in when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Saturday.The Steelers took cornerback Cam Sutton in the third round of the draft and also have veteran William Gay and Mike Hilton in the mix, among others.Pittsburgh went 11-5 last season despite a middling performance against the pass. The Steelers finished 16th in yards passing allowed, 15th in interceptions and ninth in sacks, rankings they have said repeatedly during training camp need to improve if they want any chance at catching up with the Patriots.If Haden can recapture some of the form he displayed in 2013 and 2014, the Steelers could inch closer to ending New England’s vice grip on AFC supremacy.___AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden needed a job, a change of scenery and a chance at a Super Bowl. In this Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) walks off the field after an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—I went to the game mmmaaannn! Certainly another typical Pittsburgh Cincinnati game, but I think the Steelers received the wake-up call last week and have turned the corner. Yes, it’s still early, not even midway yet, but this team seems to be coming together in all fronts. Special teams not allowing a touchdown in forever. James Harrison out of the cave to add to an already tough Steeler defense and Big Ben and the other B’s moving the sticks on ground, air and in the Steeler way. And we all know what happened…the Steelers crushed the Bengals, 29-14.:09—All “The Old Timers” rolled into town last weekend for the National Old Timers Tournament. Sixteen teams all total from all over the country. Detroit, Cleveland, D.C. and other notable cities. A true star was in town and never has the saying “Small in Size, Mighty Otherwise” been more true. Earl Boykins, all 5’5” of him, was in town. The former Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks star can still play the game at a superior level and be mindful, should you ever want to challenge the little man, while playing in the 2010 season, he bench-pressed 315 pounds. More than twice his body weight as he comes in at 132 pounds!!!:08—Speaking of old timers, a group of us old timers get together at the Kingsley Center every Saturday morning to hold onto the memories, shoot a round, play around and fool around. One of our guys is “Chuck.” Don’t have his last name right now, but ya’ll know Chuck. About 5’10”, quick, always moving and can play. Always could. The thing is, he’s still playing…and well. I mean he played three strong half court games and then ran a whole court game with the “youngins” as he calls them. I’m going on record to demand that the pick-up Saturday morning basketballers’ officials (whoever they are), give “Chuck” a drug test. No man Chuck’s age…my age, should be able to do what Chuck is doing! And yes, I am jealous. It’s just not fair.:07—To “Big Ed” out at Ace’s in Monroeville, your Baltimore Ravens…Crows…whatever, are done and done!:06—L.A. Dodgers vs. Houston Astros will be a good World Series and great pitching to be sure, but you know the networks wanted East/West. Dodgers vs. Yankees. But not to be. Game 1 was last night in L.A. Game 2 is tonight.:05—They let him out and we haven’t heard a word since. There’s something wrong with that. Where – is – O.J. people???:04—Alright you LeBron lovers, you can rest easy. Once again the Eastern Conference of the NBA is set up for the Cavs to win. There is zero competition in the East for them. Yea, “Zik.” I said it.:03—Speaking of which, Zik, members of the anointed “In the Locker Room” club wanted me to tell you to let that Earl Campbell better than Franco Harris thing go. You can’t win that argument. Not here, not now, not ever. This is Steeler Country!:02—Hey…Achieving Greatness Inc. is looking for holiday volunteers for the upcoming Rev. Duane Darkins Memorial Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner and Toys for Tots Christmas Party and Toy Giveaway. We need a lot of help in a lot of ways. If you’re interested, call AGI at 412-628-4856.:01—The Kennedy files get released this week. Trust me. Nothing new has been released. They’re crazy, but they ain’t stupid!:00—The Fall Fashion Fantasy is coming to the Savoy on Saturday, November 18. If you’re a model and want to be in the show, call AGI at 412-628-4856. You get paid, free photos and the charity benefits Toys for Tots.:00-00—GAME OVER.
Pittsburgh’s Jared Wilson-Frame (0) shoots for three over McNeese State’s Jacob Ledoux in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ In the first half against McNeese State on Saturday afternoon, Pittsburgh couldn’t get going on offense and was without senior lead Ryan Luther, who missed the game with a foot injury.In the second half, junior Jared Wilson-Frame stepped into the void as both a vocal leader and a volume scorer, scoring 16 of his 19 points after the break to lead Pitt to a 72-51 win.Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half when they went a combined 15 for 65 (23 percent). McNeese State took a 10-3 lead and it took the Panthers (6-5) much of the first half to battle back.Wilson-Frame, a junior college product in his first Division I season, got things going with a second-half hot streak from downtown. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 7 of 11 overall.“Jared’s leadership was terrific today and I really think that’s what enabled him to play the way that he did,” Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings said. “He was talking in at halftime, talking on the way out of the locker room. He was the guy that was bringing the energy for us today.”After the break, Wilson-Frame went on a roll. He went on a personal 13-5 run to push the Pitt lead from five at the break to a more-comfortable 13. As a team, Pitt shot 16 of 27 from the floor and 8 of 14 from beyond the arc in the second period.“We had great shots when they made their run,” McNeese State head coach Dave Simmons said. “Those are shots we can finish. . We couldn’t stay close enough and the game just got a little bit lopsided.”James Harvey led the Cowboys (2-7) with 14 points. Quatarrius Wilson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.BIG PICTUREMcNeese State had one chance this regular season to face a major-conference opponent, and the Cowboys acquitted themselves well. Coming off three straight losses, the Cowboys got off to a hot start, leading until the 10:44 mark of the first half.Pitt’s young team features seven freshmen and just two seniors, so playing without Luther provided the Panthers with a glimpse of the future, especially at forward. Brown made his fourth career start and played a career-high 24 minutes. Fellow freshmen Peace Ilegomah also set a new career mark with 16 minutes played.INJURY UPDATELuther missed the game and is expected to be out “at least” a couple of weeks with a right foot injury, according to head coach Kevin Stallings.It’s the same foot that Luther injured last season, when he missed 12 games with a stress fracture, but this injury is to a different metatarsal and is a stress reaction, rather than a fracture.Luther is averaging a double-double on the season with 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He is Pitt’s leader in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. He is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks.STAT OF THE NIGHTIn Luther’s absence, the Panthers utilized a team rebounding mentality that saw Terrell Brown (seven) and Parker Stewart (eight) each set career highs. Shamiel Stevenson also grabbed eight boards, while Wilson-Frame had five.“(Luther) averages a double-double. It’s kind of hard to replace that,” Wilson-Frame said. “We knew it was going to have to be multiple people putting in that work that he does as a collective group.”UP NEXTMcNeese State returns home to face Texas College on Tuesday. The Cowboys are undefeated at home this year, but have played just two games there, starting the year with seven of their first nine on the road.Pitt continues a nine-game homestand with a game against Delaware State on Tuesday. The Hornets have not beaten a Division I opponent this season.
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—All you non-believers, doubters, pretenders…and let’s call it like it is…you wannabe Cleveland fans. Hear this and hear it loud and clear. Your Pittsburgh Steelers will win 12 games, win the AFC North Division, and challenge for the Super Bowl. And that you can take to the bank!:09—Reason why? Here you go. #1. Big Ben has slimmed down and spent the offseason working on his upper core and throwing motion. #2. Call it running back by committee, if you want. But the reality is we now have three backs that are hungry, ready to go, and not complaining: James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, and Benny Snell. All different skill sets keep to the defenses guessing. #3. Best “O-line” in football. #4. Best sack defense in football. #5. A receiving group that has a ton to prove.:08—Yes, Little Johnny, there are plenty holes to fill! #1. Ben can-not-throw-untimely interceptions (not that there are timely ones). #2. James Conner, “I love you man” and I got your back, but you’ve got to hold onto the ball. #3. “D-line” stop the run…when you have to stop the run. #4. We’re sure about Devin Bush, the new linebacker. It’s the other linebackers we have to be sure of. #5. Of course Joe Haden is a “stop it all corner,” but the D-backs across the board have a lot to prove.:07—A belated but nonetheless very important shout out to the heaven for the late, great Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins. Born July 14 in Brooklyn, New York, 77 years ago. “Hawk”…I owe everything to you!:06—Speaking of the Hawk, and I was, for those who want to be in the know, the City of New York will be hosting a special tribute to Connie coming up the weekend of Sept. 14. The mayor, NBA players and schoolyard legends will rename a hoop court and other dedications. Stay tuned—I’ll keep you posted, and of course Google is your friend.:05—There’s an old saying, if you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say anything at all. The Pittsburgh Pirates……:04—Speaking of nothing good to say, and once again, if you were paying attention you know I was, here’s me saving you money. The hit movie just out, “Hobbs & Shaw,” starring “The Rock” and Jason Statham, was in fact not a hit and not worth your time. Two stars is the best I can do. One star for each knucklehead.:03—So, to wrap up the ongoing question as to who the best City League basketball players of all time are, here’s what the three legends had to say on my sports show, “Soul Take-—Champions Live” starring Kevin Cameron and yours truly. Bobby Byrd, Clarence Hopson and “Magic Mike” Williams all agree that a top ten list is impossible. But here are the names that rise to the top! Kenny Durrett (Note: He’s the one name everyone agreed is the best ever), Petey Gibson, Ron Hightower, Ricky Coleman, Jeep Kelly, Dwight Clay, Sonny Lewis, Ron Carter, Larry Richardson, Sam Clancy, Ron Harris, David Kennedy, Larry Anderson, David “Dr. Death” Trent, Maurice Lucas, Kirk Bruce, Bobby Byrd, Clarence Hopson, “Magic Mike” Williams, DeJuan Blair, Kennedy Jr., Kane Jr., Darrell Porter, “Happy” Dobbs, Jason Hood, Maurice Stokes, Ed Flemming, Warner Macklin, Darrin Walls, George Harvey, Courtney Wallace, Ronnie McCrae. See what we’re saying? This could go on for a while. All hail the City League!!:02—If Tom Brady can get a two-year contract at age 42 to play football, surely Carmelo Anthony can get a contract on any one of the worst teams in the NBA to play basketball.:01—Now more than ever you have “29” more reasons why Donald Trump and his racist words have to go! Get ready to vote. This one will be the most important one of your life!:00—Blessings and condolences to the families of the latest senseless mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. BTW . . . be aware, be very aware at all times. Dayton is only 257 miles away!GAME OVER.