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Oscars 2020: Historic races to watch

first_imgbaona/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Each Oscar win is historic for the honoree, but some have more notable implications for the history of the award show.Although most eyes will be on the night’s biggest categories, especially best picture, there’s definitely reason to watch the ceremony in its entirety.Here are some of the night’s more historic races. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, history will already have been made. Conductor Eímear Noone will become the first female conductor ever to lead the orchestra on Hollywood’s biggest night.“I’d be dead inside if I didn’t have any concerns. Luckily for me, I have friends in the orchestra and I have friends on the page in front of me,” she told Variety. “The background changes, but the little black dots on the page are always home for me. No matter what country I’m in or what concert hall, it doesn’t matter — the score is where my mind and my heart are.”1. “Parasite,” the South Korean film about class warfare from director Bong Joon-ho, could become the first non-English movie to win best picture and best international feature film. Five other movies have been nominated in both categories, and while each of them — “Z,” “Life Is Beautiful,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Armour” and “Roma” — won best foreign language film, they all came up short for best picture. (Last April, the best foreign language film category was renamed best international feature film.)2. “Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo, the third person ever to receive acting and song nominations for the same movie, could become the youngest EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) ever, should she pick up either award.3. Scarlett Johansson could become the first woman ever to win best actress and best supporting actress in the same year. She was nominated for her roles in “Marriage Story” and “JoJo Rabbit,” respectively.4. “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir could become the fourth woman ever to win best original score.5. Real-life couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach directed “Little Women” and “Marriage Story,” respectively, and both have been nominated for best picture. They are the first known couple to be pitted against each other in the Oscars race, though exes James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow competed in the best director category in 2010. Bigelow won, and became the first and only woman ever to win the award.6. In the animated feature category, either “Toy Story 4” or “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” could become the second sequel ever to win. “Toy Story 3” was the first.7. If Joaquin Phoenix wins the best actor Oscar for “Joker,” he would become the second person to pick up an Academy Award for playing the Batman villain. (Heath Ledger won best supporting actor in 2009 for playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”) This phenomenon has only happened one other time: Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro both won Oscars for playing Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” and “The Godfather, Part II,” respectively.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO DATESTokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. He is calling for an investigation and a re-vote.In a letter to the NFLPA on Monday, Reid’s lawyers said language posted on the players association’s website after passage of the agreement by a 1,019-959 vote on March 15 contains different language than the one players signed off on.The letter highlights a difference in wording in the section about the league’s disability plan that affects hundreds, and potentially thousands, of ex-players who applied for Social Security disability insurance payments before Jan. 1, 2015. In the version the players received and approved, those offsets applied only to players who applied after Jan. 1, 2015.The new CBA is set to begin with the upcoming 2020 season and extend through 2030.XFL players join Steelers Associated Press Perry opts for draftSTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry has entered the NBA draft. Perry announced his decision on social media and was congratulated by the school in a tweet. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore was selected as The Associated Press co-Southeastern Conference player of the year after ranking in the top 10 of several conference categories. Perry led the SEC in rebounds last season with 10.1 per game, ranked sixth in scoring at 17.4 points and ninth in blocks with 1.2. He also shot 50% to rank fourth in the SEC while leading the Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LIVERSLivers applies for early entryANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft. The school says Livers is not hiring an agent and will work with the Michigan coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the evaluation process, he can return to school without losing eligibility if he ends the relationship with the agent. Livers has started 46 games in three seasons at Michigan. He led the Wolverines in scoring this season at 12.9 points per game, although he was limited to 21 games because of injury problems. Update on the latest in sports: — The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new date of July 23, 2021 for the opening ceremony. All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates. The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race-walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.— The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022. The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15. World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships, which are scheduled to take place in 2022.NBA-CELTICS-SMARTSmart says he’s been clearedBOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month. Marko said the idea “was not accepted positively” within Red Bull and was abandoned.NFL-NEWSNFL-Reid-CBA-Re-VoteReid promotes probe, re-vote over post-ballot changes to CBAUNDATED (AP) — Free agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added following ratification of the pact earlier this month. Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also have clashed with European soccer and North American sports leagues.The new Olympic dates conflict with the scheduled world championships in track and swimming, but those events are now expected to also be pushed back.In other Olympic news:— Tokyo Olympic Committee CEO Toshiro Muto is promising transparency in calculating the costs of reschedule the Olympic Games. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, an emeritus professor of sports economics at Kansai University, puts the costs as high as $4 billion. That would cover the price of maintaining stadiums, refitting them, paying rentals, penalties and other expenses. Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics. However, an audit bureau of the Japanese government says the costs are twice that much. All of the spending is public money except $5.6 billion from a privately funded operating budget. March 30, 2020 In a message posted on Twitter, Smart says he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support.Smart wrote: “Stay safe and stay together — apart!”Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart tested positive on March 19. He had been in isolation since then and was being monitoring by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PERRY F1-RED BULLRed Bull’s Marko says he proposed F1 coronavirus campVIENNA (AP) — Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has proposed holding a training camp where Formula One drivers could get infected by the new coronavirus.That idea was rejected by the team. Marko has told Austrian public broadcaster ORF he wanted to gather drivers while the F1 season is suspended.Marko suggested it would be good for Red Bull’s drivers to be infected now so they could recover in time for scheduled races later in the year. PITTSBURGH (AP) — A stint in the XFL has landed three players jobs with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team signed defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, safety Tyree Kinnel and linebacker/long snapper Christian Kuntz to one-year deals on Monday. All three played in the XFL under the startup league that suspended operations earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Darius Jennings has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Jennings spent the past two seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He has been utilized more as a returner than wide receiver. He led the league in kick return average in 2018 and had a 94-yard return for a touchdown against Miami. Jennings appeared in eight games for the Titans last season and was a restricted free agent, but was not offered a contract.BOXING-SAUNDERS-LICENSE SUSPENDEDBritish boxer has license suspended over video comments CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — British boxer Billy Joe Saunders had his boxing license suspended today after publishing a social media video in which he appeared to condone domestic violence amid the coronavirus outbreak.The WBO super-middleweight champion filmed himself working out and offered men advice on how to hit their female partners during the lockdown.The British Boxing Board of Control says it investigated Saunders’ comments and decided to suspend his license under the regulations for misconduct. The body says a hearing will take place “at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”Saunders, who is unbeaten in 29 fights, was close to agreeing to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas before the outbreak of the pandemic.He has apologized for his remarks and says he’ll be making a donation of 25,000 pounds ($30,750) to a domestic abuse charity.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Dino Babers finds ‘destination job’ at Syracuse

first_img Related Stories Dino Babers injects optimism into Syracuse football, even if it’s just for nowDino Babers named Syracuse football’s next head coach5 things Dino Babers said at his introductory press conference5 quick facts about new Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conference Published on December 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Dino Babers sat in a convention of over 4,000 football coaches. At the time he was an assistant at Baylor, a wide receivers coach looking for an opportunity to be a coordinator, to call plays.Babers had gotten offers at other schools, but nothing good, nothing that would let him bring another assistant with him. Unless he found the right opportunity, the then-25-year assistant coach would continue to be just that.He confided his concerns in Homer Smith, a former coach who had cancer at the time. Smith told him to step back from his misery and look in the room he was in. Half the people in there were without jobs. The other half were looking to hire.“’Dino, that’s a bunch of garbage,’” Babers remembers Smith, who died less than a year later, telling him. “‘You need to get off your butt and get it done.’”In 2011, Babers left his job as a Baylor assistant. But he got it done, getting hired at Eastern Illinois en route to major success at the FBS level. After two years, he moved to Bowling Green, where he just led his team to a Mid-American Conference championship on Friday. Four years as a head coach, three conference championships.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd by morning the morning of Dec. 5 — he went to sleep at 3:30 a.m. after celebrating — he had taken the job at Syracuse. Twenty-seven years as an assistant. Four more as a mid-major and FCS head coach. Fifteen different schools, six different positions coached. Now, he’s at Syracuse, in what he calls a “destination job.”“One of the reasons why I like this university over other universities that were available is that I thought at the other universities that I could win, but I’d have to move again,” Babers said. “What I was looking for is some place that I could win and have an opportunity to stay, because I have moved so much.“Babers’ wife, Susan Babers recently bought a map to put every spot that the couple has moved to together over the past three decades. On the map it says, “home is where you live”. Only four months ago, Susan Babers had bought a home in Ohio. On Saturday morning, she found out that her husband would need a new one.Susan had gotten home around 2 a.m. the night of the MAC championship, only to wake up at 4:10 a.m. for a flight to College Station, Texas to watch her daughter play volleyball. On her way there, she got a call from Babers, telling her that talks of getting to a school might be happening. The next time he called, Babers was the head coach at Syracuse.It was his decision to make, just like it was when he went to Eastern Illinois and took a pay cut to leave Baylor.“(Babers) goes by faith,” Susan said. “And once he makes his decision, I know it’s going to be the right one.”The two hardly talked between then and when she got back Sunday night. On Monday morning, they flew to Syracuse. Her daughter Jazzmin, whose Texas A&M volleyball team lost in the NCAA tournament, came, too. At 10 a.m. he introduced himself to the school. At 11 a.m., he schmoozed with players, coaches and boosters. At noon, he did more media. At 1 p.m., he did even more. At 3 p.m., he got to meet his team, asking them to give him a round of applause.For Babers, the week has been a nonstop whirlwind. The life of a new head coach in the ACC. But the buildup was long. Thirty years in the making. Twenty-seven as an assistant. Fifteen different schools and six different positions.Now he’s where he wants to be, and doesn’t want to leave.Said Babers: “I really think that this is where I was supposed to come.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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