Broadway Icon Patti LuPone is Carrying the Torch at 54 Below April 2 to 14

first_imgTwo-time Tony winner and all-around Broadway icon Patti LuPone is back at 54 Below with a return engagement of her acclaimed solo show, The Lady with the Torch. The intimate set will run through April 14, with tickets available right here on Broadway.com.In The Lady with the Torch, LuPone performs an eclectic collection of torch songs by such composers and lyricists as Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne,Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter.Hear LuPone perform songs from and talk about the show in the Broadway.com video below. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 15, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Patti LuPone: The Lady With The Torchlast_img read more

Strong midfield and back-end play carries No. 23 Syracuse over No. 14 St. Joseph’s, 2-1

first_imgChiara Gutsche sensed the pass coming, and began to inch toward midfield. As the clock neared five minutes in overtime, Gutsche crept up from the defensive end and made her move.Moments earlier, fans had called out “Drop Char,” yearning for Charlotte de Vries, SU’s star freshman, to cut off the angle across the field. She didn’t, so the St. Joseph’s defender sent the pass from left to right. Gutsche and de Vries locked eyes, and Gutsche knew she had to step into the passing lane. She intercepted it in stride, and sprinted toward the SJU cage, securing another turnover for SU’s defenders. That sequence ended with Laura Graziosi’s game-winning goal — when she ripped the ball into the back of the cage after a penalty corner insertion — and sealed No. 23 Syracuse’s (4-1) 2-1 overtime win over No. 14 St. Joseph’s (3-1) Friday night. The Orange midfield consistently broke up St. Joseph’s attacks in the middle-third and stifled rushes that neared the crease in the back end. Sometimes, the steal came on the initial pass. Other times, they interrupted the stick-handling that followed. But behind a thorough defensive effort, Syracuse limited tense moments for goalies Syd Taylor and Sarah Sinck, and created enough offensive opportunities to knock off the Hawks.“We just had good pressure from all over the field, everybody was just doing their jobs,” senior Claire Webb, who played for the first time this year, said. “And when everybody does their jobs, we play well as a unit.”It was the complete performance that SU had lacked thus far. During its first four games, offensive dominance and defensive containment had flashed but rarely meshed. Against Vermont and UMass Lowell, SU escaped with wins. Against Lafayette, two early goals allowed by Sarah Sinck overshadowed prominent chances in the Leopards’ end. And against Cornell, those lapses resulted in an upset loss. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Ange Bradley said Webb’s return brought composure, and the senior replaced freshman Olivia Graham at center back, the defense’s anchor. Bradley also started Taylor for the first time in net, but she never needed to dive to one side or knock away balls with knee pads — the Hawks tallied zero shots in the first half. Junior Sarah Luby, midfielder Claire Cooke and Gutsche spearheaded a middle that swarmed SJU’s passes and chopped balls away, leading to counter-attacks and eliminating lanes for SJU rushes.“We played really together and compact, moved the ball quick and around, always try to open new and more holes,” Carolin Hoffmann said.At times, the turnovers created favorable opportunities in the other end. SJU’s midfielder Cassidy Atchison pushed the ball to the edge of the field and centered a pass into the crease, but Webb sent it in the other direction before another stick could poke it toward the cage. Cooke maintained possession midway through the first quarter, although her long pass intended for Gutsche sailed harmlessly out of bounds and returned control to the Hawks. Had that pass connected, Gutsche would’ve had an odd-man rush at the net.But those plays prevented disaster in the defensive end. With de Vries and her six goals patrolling the offensive zone, a pass on a counter-attack to her stick could end in scoring chances. Leading up to SU’s first goal, Luby poked the ball away to Gutsche and initiated a rush. At the sequence’s end, de Vries backed up St. Joseph’s freshman Kate Blincoe before spinning around and finishing with a reverse hit to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.“We just kept playing our style of game,” Hoffmann said, “just didn’t even think about what [the Hawks] were doing.”With a one-goal lead, the Orange attempted to slow down the pace early in the second half. When Webb and Graham would corral passes near the crease, they’d simply rotate the ball until an SJU defender pressed hard enough. Then, once the ball progressed into the midfielders’ territory, they too circled it around. First Graham, then to Webb, over to sophomore SJ Quigley, and then back again.Even when St. Joseph’s struck off a penalty corner in the 35th minute, when Emily Peters dropped to the right post and finished in an open net, it wasn’t from a defensive breakdown, Bradley said. Rather, the game-tying tally resulted from the Hawks finding a successful angle off the insert, finding a location where all Taylor could do was watch from the opposite post as the white sphere pounded the back of the cage. “It’s a guessing game,” Bradley said of defending penalty corners. Early in the fourth quarter, still 20 minutes away from when Graziosi took two steps right and rifled the game-winning goal past Hawks goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke, Graham crouched down at midfield and greeted another St. Joseph’s rush. Fans had started to congregate near the bottom of J.S. Coyne Stadium’s bleachers, awaiting the pivotal rush. Others paced on the top row by the “Game Day” flags whipping in the wind. Graham shuffled to her left and followed until she could poke the ball away. Hoffmann snagged possession and sent an outlet pass to a streaking Luby. Despite an outstretched stick, Luby watched the pass jump past her stick. She shook her head.But Graham wasn’t disheveled at the missed opportunity. The freshman had done her job, similar to her other midfield and back partners the rest of the night. Graham jogged to her right, back toward her normal spot, and grasped her stick with both hands. At one point, another rush would come. Another chance to start a counter-attack. She just had to be ready. Comments Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Flutter continues to feel the effect of FOBT ruling during Q3

first_img StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Flutter Entertainment Plc, has seen its total group revenues jump by 9% during Q3, despite its retail division continuing to feel the effects of the changes in fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) legislation implemented earlier this year.Publishing its interim report for the three months ended 30 September 2019, Flutter Entertainment disclosed a 9% year-on-year decline in retail revenues, down to £75m, as the 5% sportsbook growth was ‘more than offset’ by a 37% decline in FOBT revenues.The FOBT legislation meant that ‘gaming revenues decreased by 37% in Q3 2019 reflecting the impact of the change to FOBT staking limits since April. This compares with a decline of 44% in Q2 2019 and we have continued to observe an ongoing improvement in this trend as the year has progressed.’The group, which now includes Paddy Power, Betfair, FanDuel (US), Sportsbet (AUS) and the recently acquired Adjarabet (CIS) and Stars Group, has expressed hope in an improvement to its UK retail revenues as ‘competitors have moved to close shops in the vicinity of our UK retail estate and we expect this trend to continue as more closures occur.’Sports revenue for the group has grown by 10% and gaming growth of 7%, which has been supported by the addition of Adjarabet, which added 4 percentage points to Group growth in the quarter.  Commenting on the Q3 results, Flutter Entertainment Chief Executive Peter Jackson commented: “Q3 was an important quarter for the Group with revenues up 10% and the announcement of our combination with The Stars Group. We believe that this deal will accelerate delivery of all of our core strategic objectives and we are very excited about the international growth prospects for the combined group.   “Within PPB, both the Paddy Power and Betfair brands continued to make good progress in building more recreational customer bases through enhanced responsible gambling measures. While revenues in the quarter were impacted by this ongoing work, we remain confident that the changes being made will improve the sustainability of future growth and lead to a more diversified customer base for both brands.“In our retail business, we have seen an improvement in gaming revenue trends month‐on‐month and this trend has accelerated since the start of the fourth quarter as competitors have started to close shops across the UK.”Despite identifying a number of ‘encouraging underlying trends’, Paddy Power Betfair reported a 1% decline in revenues as a result of the combined impact of ‘responsible gambling measures and international market switch offs.’Online sportsbook revenues marked a 5% decline in Q3, while net revenue margins for the quarter were ‘broadly in line’ with the group’s expectations of 8.2%. Flutter Entertainment put this down to ‘a combination of the ongoing benefit of country specific pricing, positive customer bet mix changes (including increased same game multi usage) and continued growth in our recreational customer base.’But despite facing a tough regulatory landscape in the UK, the group’s Sportsbet division saw  ‘revenues increase by 19% in the quarter to £119m, driven by good customer growth over the last 12 months’.Jackson continued: “Sportsbet delivered another strong quarter in Australia with revenues increasing by 19%. Refinement of our pricing capabilities and ongoing changes in our product mix are delivering positive changes in expected margins while ongoing investment in product and value is continuing to drive customer engagement.”Flutter said that its US operation FanDuel has now launched online sports betting in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana and Jackson has been very encouraged by progress to date. He added: “Published market share data in Pennsylvania shows that FanDuel quickly became the market leader with around 50% share while we remain the clear number one operator in New Jersey also. Notwithstanding the substantial investment we are making, our strong customer and revenue momentum means that we are raising our full‐year guidance in the US.”PPB Online revenue down 1% impacted by combination of tough comparatives, market switch-offs and ongoing enhancement of responsible gambling measures. Sportsbook up 7% (excluding World Cup). Gaming daily actives up 9% #FlutterResults pic.twitter.com/dXW8eXhQTl— Flutter plc (@FlutterPLC) November 7, 2019last_img read more