The New York Pops orchestra will welcome a host of Broadway stars—including two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, four-time Tony nominee and The Bridges of Madison County’s Kelli O’Hara, Tony nominee Matthew Morrison and Ryan Silverman—into the 32nd season of the company’s Carnegie Hall series, led by music director Steven Reineke. The Pops orchestra season will feature five concerts in total, kicking off on October 24. Ryan Silverman View Comments Audra McDonald Kelli O’Hara Sutton Foster Matthew Morrison Star Files Among the seasonal features are All You Need is Love: The Music of The Beatles, a celebration of the iconic band featuring Finnish a cappella ensemble Rajaton; Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays, a festive holiday concert featuring South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza co-stars Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison; a solo evening with Violet star Sutton Foster; and Let’s Be Frank, a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes featuring Chicago vet Ryan Silverman, Tony DeSare, Storm Large and Frankie Moreno. Other season highlights will include a Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage concert by five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. The December 12 performance will feature classic songs from musical theater and film, along with pieces written for her by leading songwriters. Last year’s New York Pops season included performances from Broadway veterans Montego Glover, Ashley Brown, Bullets Over Broadway’s Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. View All (5)
Follow Lauren on Twitter @LJonesSports USC won its first home game under new coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke on Wednesday night, staking out a big lead against San Diego State before withstanding a late rally to win 65-61.Step up · Junior guard Ariya Crook assumed control of USC’s offense after senior forward Cassie Harberts got into foul trouble in the first half. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe game came down to the final seconds after the Women of Troy (3-0) were up by as much as 19 points in the first half. Junior guard Ariya Crook scored a team-high 18 points while senior forward Cassie Harberts contributed 17 points for the Women of Troy. The victory avenged last season’s devastating 34-point loss to the Aztecs (0-2).The Women of Troy came out of the gates with a vengeance, attacking the Aztecs on both ends of the floor en route to a 24-5 lead. At one point, USC’s defense held the Aztecs scoreless from the floor for more than 10 minutes.“We jumped on them early,” Cooper-Dyke said.But turnovers and fouls allowed the Aztecs to gain some momentum as the final minutes of the first half wound down, and managed to cut USC’s lead to 32-19 heading into the locker room.“We never quite regained that initial intensity back in the latter part of the first half,” Cooper-Dyke said.Though the early foul trouble caused the Women of Troy to back off defensively, they showed the makings of an elite defensive team.The Aztecs made just three of 19 attempts from the floor in the opening half for a dismal field goal percentage of 15.8. San Diego State scored just six of their 19 points in the first half from the field, tallying their other points at the free-throw line. The Women of Troy forced 15 turnovers in the first half and Aztec center Cierra Warren, a Louisville transfer, was held scoreless in the first half.Once the second half was underway, the Women of Troy could not seem to find the perfect combination of players on the floor, causing their 13-point halftime lead to quickly wither away.As the Women of Troy struggled to regain control of the game, Warren was able to get into a rhythm, making her virtually unstoppable. Warren ended up with a game-high 21 points, all of which came in the second half. She scored 12 of the 13 points during a late run for the Aztecs to cut the Women of Troy lead down to just three late in the second half.Crook was fouled and sent to the line with 2.6 seconds left on the clock, and knocked down one of her free throws to extend USC’s lead to 65-61 and halt the Aztecs’ last-gasp comeback attempt.It was fitting that Crook would take the final free throws for USC — the junior guard took the offensive reins for the team while Harberts was sidelined for most of the first half due to foul trouble. Cooper-Dyke spoke highly of the budding leader.“She can score and she’s a great passer,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We expect her to perform well offensively.”But after missing an easy layup in the second half, Cooper-Dyke says Crook still needs some polishing.“She can either get too high or too low in temperature, so my coaching staff is working with her to find a happy medium,” Cooper-Dyke said.Crook says her coach’s upbeat demeanor has helped spark her play.“She really motivates me,” Crook said. “She gave us confidence and has been shifting our mentality from street ball to team ball.”Crook is not the only one who has bought into the Cooper-Dyke system.“It’s a different mentality,” said Harberts. “She preaches score, score, score but does not let us forget about defense.”The offense-first system seems to be working so far — the Women of Troy are 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season, and have defeated three opponents — the Aztecs, Fresno State and UC Davis — who beat them last season.“It’s important for me to stress that USC women’s basketball is not about the [Cheryl] Miller, [Sheryl] Swoopes and [Paula] McGee era,” Cooper-Dyke said, referring to the trio of USC hoops legends who increased the relevance of the program alongside herself. “It is these players’ time to leave their footprint and create their own legacy at this school.”If the Women of Troy continue to play at this level, they will be well on their way to doing just that.Harberts says her teammates are working on translating the great off-the-court chemistry they have developed over the past couple years to the court. As the season progresses, the Trojan faithful will see if they are able to successfully do so.The Women of Troy’s get a nine-day break before their next game on Nov. 22, when they’ll take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has gotten off to their best eight-game start since the 2010-11 campaign, and there is no sign of them slowing down either.The Badgers ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game for the month of October, and have been exceeding the expectations of Badger nation since day one.Yes, it is apparent that a new era of Badger hockey is coming to life right before our eyes and, at the heart of this fresh start are the young stars who have taken Wisconsin hockey by storm.Men’s hockey: Badgers split Northern Michigan series 1-1, continue dominant startComing off a successful 2-0 road trip in New York, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team were stifled by Read…The Badgers feature a host of young talent all over the ice. The list of skillful younger players of sophomore and freshman status is nearly endless when scanning the Badger’s roster.“It’s really exciting the see the future that’s coming in here,” sophomore forward Seamus Malone said. “I mean our freshman class this year is unbelievable, my sophomore class there’s a lot of guys that are contributing right away, and just goes to show that couple years down the road we’re going to be really really good.”At the heart of the youthful offensive attack are three of the top five leaders in points for Wisconsin. Topping the list is freshman phenom, forward Trent Frederic, who has lit up the ice in his first eight games as a Badger. Sophomores Seamus Malone and team captain Luke Kunin are not much farther down the list, currently tied for the third spot.Drafted 29th overall by the Boston Bruins in this year’s NHL entry draft, Frederic has been nothing short of sensational for the Badgers. The freshman is also sitting fourth when it come to total points recorded in the Big Ten.“We knew coming in he’s extremely highly skilled, he’s played international level with the U.S. development program, he’s a big kid that’s got a lot of offensive upside,” UW head coach Tony Granato said regarding the freshman star.Alongside Frederic on the front line are sophomores Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone. Kunin was taken 15th overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft by the Minnesota Wild. Kunin was elected UW’s team captain prior to the start of the season after a breakout 2015-16 campaign.Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…“We’ve given him a ton of leadership roles and responsibility that most sophomores aren’t asked to have just because of his work ethic, because of his commitment to stay here rather than turn pro or go somewhere else,” Granato said. “[It] really says a lot about him and his character.”Granato had high remarks for the sophomore forward and rightfully so. Kunin not only leads through his play, but also through his presence in the locker room, during workouts and on the ice.The head coach did have some concerns on the backend off the ice coming into the season with little depth and experience, but Granato has been more than pleased with his youthful defensemen overall.One of those dominant defensemen is sophomore Peter Tischke. Tischke has been somewhat of a surprise this season, bursting onto the scene and being one of the many reasons that the Badgers have had such a successful start. Granato is confident that if his defensemen can continue to grow, the team’s balance and depth will be a huge advantage going into winter break.“The growth and some of the defensemen’s play has been outstanding. Tischke is one that I can flat out say his game each and every day he’s on the ice finds a way to get better and show us more,” Granato said.A team so young can often go through some serious growing pains. It’s not to say the Badgers have skipped that learning curve, but the team has undoubtedly exceeded expectations in that area thus far.“Everyone’s working hard, everyone’s, you know, coming to work every day and clicking in practice and putting in the work to be successful out there on the ice,” Kunin said.The young athletes on this Badger team are hungry and determined to win, but we can’t forget about the veterans of the team who know what it’s like to lose. Players like senior Grant Besse and junior Cameron Hughes both faced the woes of the last two seasons and have contributed greatly to the success of this young team.“They’re great leaders, they’re working hard every day and I think that trickles down to the rest of the team,” Kunin said.With the hiring of experienced coaches, a solid veteran presence, and an outstanding group of young players, the future of Badgers hockey is bright.“We’re going to be contending for National Championships every year, I don’t doubt that for a second,” Malone said.This team is yearning to win and every player is all in. The only thing Badger fans can do now is sit back and enjoy the ride.