Additionally, current cast members Ross Dawes and Derek Hagen will take over in the roles of Mr. Salt and Mr. Bucket, respectively. Also joining the cast on May 4 is Mark Oxtoby as Jerry. View Comments Some new faces are about to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. On May 4, the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will welcome Lara Denning as Mrs. Buckett and Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George. They take over for Kirsty Malpass and Billy Boyle, respectively, and join the previously announced Jonathan Slinger, who will assume the role of the whimsical candyman. The musical features a book by David Greig and music and lyrics by March Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the adventures of young Charlie Bucket as he and four other children win golden tickets to visit the strange and eccentric world of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. The West End production officially opened on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Denning previously appeared on the West End stage in Matilda. Thornber’s London credits include Return to the Forbidden Planet, Guys and Dolls and Oh! What a Lovely War.
NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Patriots, Raiders, Cowboys, Giants go defense; Bucs, Chargers get in on QBThe first 20 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft were set at the conclusion of the regular season (the Bengals having secured the top overall pick after their 38-35 loss to Miami in Week 16). Pick Nos. 21-24 — the Eagles, Bills, Patriots and Saints, respectively — were set after the wild-card round of the playoffs. Picks 25-28 — Vikings, Dolphins (via Texans), Seahawks and Ravens, respectively — were set after the divisional rounds.The Titans and Packers claimed picks 29 and 30, respectively, after their losses in the conference championship round.Below is the official NFL Draft order for the first 32 picks in 2020, now including results for the entire NFL playoffs.NFL Draft order 2020Pick No.TeamRecord1.Cincinnati Bengals2-142.Washington Redskins3-133.Detroit Lions3-12-14.New York Giants4-125.Miami Dolphins5-116.Los Angeles Chargers5-117.Carolina Panthers5-118.Arizona Cardinals5-10-19.Jacksonville Jaguars6-1010.Cleveland Browns6-1011.New York Jets7-912.Oakland Raiders7-913.Indianapolis Colts7-914.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7-915.Denver Broncos7-916.Atlanta Falcons7-917.Dallas Cowboys8-818.Miami Dolphins(via 8-8 Steelers)19.Oakland Raiders(via 8-8 Bears)20.Jacksonville Jaguars(via 9-7 Rams)21.Philadelphia Eagles9-722.Buffalo Bills10-623.New England Patriots12-424.New Orleans Saints13-325.Minnesota Vikings10-626.Miami Dolphins(via 10-6 Texans)27.Seattle Seahawks11-528.Baltimore Ravens14-229.Tennessee Titans9-730.Green Bay Packers13-331.San Francisco 49ers13-332.Kansas City Chiefs12-4Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft for 2020 has LSU quarterback Joe Burrow going No. 1 overall to the Bengals, followed by Ohio State edge-rusher Chase Young going to the Redskins. As for the two Super Bowl participants, SN writer Vinnie Iyer mocks the Chiefs bolstering their run game with Georgia running back D’Andre Swift and the 49ers going the defensive route again in Alabama safety Xavier McKinney.”Swift (5-9, 229 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field,” Iyer wrote. “He also flashed well as a receiver for the Bulldogs and can excel in the screen game Andy Reid loves.”At 6-1, 197 pounds, McKinney could do it all for San Francisco, handling tight ends in coverage and cleaning up against running backs.” The Chiefs beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, bringing the 2019 season to a close and finalizing the NFL 2020 Draft order.The Chiefs, which entered the playoffs as the AFC’s No. 2 seed after a 12-4 season, will take the 32nd overall pick after their 31-20 win. San Francisco, which claimed the top seed in the NFC after a 13-3 season, will get the 31st pick.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The decision was not all that surprising, but the timing of it couldn’t have worked out better.When Bruce Bochy announced Monday that the 2019 season will be his last as the Giants manager, it saved the future Hall of Famer from a season of speculation surrounding his job security.It also gave Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi a head start in his quest to find the franchise’s 37th manager.Shortly after Bochy revealed his plans, Giants CEO Larry Baer said …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Partly sunny and very cold here the next couple of days. This morning should be the peak of the cold air, but we stay exceptionally cold through tomorrow. There still can be some lake snows in north central and northeast Ohio, so long as north winds stay strong, but the chances of that diminish with time. We do see clouds develop on Friday as temps start to moderate, and those clouds now look like they can bring some snow to the northern half to NW quarter of the state…perhaps a coating to an inch with coverage at 50%.Yep…you are seeing correctly. Some parts of the state may not get above zero today….but 50s are on the way next Monday!!!!We start to warm up Saturday and will be well above normal for temps on Sunday and Monday. Temps Sunday and Monday can be 20 degrees above normal or more. The map at right shows temps Monday afternoon. We are pushing rain back a little more on Sunday now, meaning we should see a mostly dry weekend. Rain starts Sunday night and goes through Monday. Rain totals end up in the .25”-.5” range, which is a bit smaller than our thoughts yesterday. However, we make that up with more moisture coming Tuesday night and Wednesday. After a brief break in moisture Tuesday morning and midday, rain is back Tuesday night and goes through early Wednesday morning. Temps will be cooler than this weekend for sure, but should still be mild enough for all rain from this event, with totals of .25”-.75” and 70% coverage. We turn significantly colder Wednesday night.Snow moves over south west and southern Ohio for Thursday and may bring a coating to a couple of inches, while the rest of the state just stays cold and dry. Friday flips that script, with lake effect snows likely in the north central and northeast parts of the state and nothing in the south. Next Friday will be very windy and much, much colder.The extended period remains consistent with snows for the 10th and 11th, and we continue to think there is good potential for moderate to heavy snow there. Then, at the end of the 16 period, we are looking at another system for around Valentine’s day that can also bring snow. After the warm up this weekend and early next week, we are back to below normal temps for the remainder of the forecast window.
New Delhi: The Congress is speaking in different voices on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir because of its “directionless politics”, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday while stressing that the situation in Valley will be normal very soon.The minister also accused Congress leader P Chidambaram of communalising the issue and said people of Jammu and Kashmir are happy with the decision to revoke the state’s special status under Article 370. Chidambaram on Monday alleged that the BJP scrapped the special status of J&K as the region is “dominated” by Muslims, a remark condemned by the ruling party as “provocative and irresponsible”. The former union finance minister also alleged the BJP-led NDA government would not have taken the bold decision had J&K been a “Hindu-dominated” state. “This is Congress’ frustration, despair and directionless politics. Karan Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, R P N Singh and other leaders are talking one thing and Chidambaram, Mani Shankar Aiyar saying another thing. The party is in perennial confusion. They never had a clear stand,” Javadekar told reporters here. The union minister of Information and Broadcasting and Environment also said the people of Jammu and Kashmir celebrated Eid happily. “Let me say that after Article 370 people of Kashmir will progress and will get the rights that have been denied to them in the last 70 years. That is why they are happy…,” he said.
In happier times, Dwayne and Siohvaughn Wade.Wade Wife Arrested – The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion and appeared in court Tuesday to have it heard, hours before the Heat guard was to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.A hearing was set for June 26, which would be the date of Game 7 if the Heat and Thunder extend the series to its limit.Wade told The Associated Press that his sons have been with him in Miami since about 6 a.m. Sunday — “That’s what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father’s Day,” he said — and that the incident has not adversely affected his play in the championship series.Siohvaughn Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki told The AP on Tuesday. Another woman at the home at the time, Nadgee Alarcon, was charged with one count of resisting arrest, Bilecki said. All the charges are misdemeanors.Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday, Bilecki said, and is due back in court in August. It was not known if she had an attorney.“Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action,” Wade wrote in the filing, using initials to protect identities but referring to his ex-wife. “This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children.”The couple was divorced in 2010. Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011. His ex-wife’s appeal of that decision was denied in December, and the couple is scheduled to return to court in September in an attempt to complete financial terms of the divorce.“The minor children have been subjected to great deal of drama/trauma as a result of S.L.’s conduct,” the filing said.Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.According to the filing, the two boys were to be picked up by Wade’s sister around noon Saturday so they could make a 3:05 p.m. flight from Chicago to Miami so they could be in South Florida for the entirety of Father’s Day.Wade’s sister got no response at the home, and after “several hours,” the sheriff’s office was called to send someone to the scene, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody. The boys, at that time, were with Alarcon inside the home, according to the filing.Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him that Alarcon “smacked him on the head,” according to court records.Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.Wade recently finished writing a book primarily about fatherhood and the custody fight for his sons. It will be released Sept. 4.
13Julius Erving31-34+7.8+6.3+5.93.2-4.6 10Kevin Garnett27-30+9.9+9.7+7.95.0-4.9 19George Gervin30-33+1.1-0.4-1.3-3.3-4.4 2Mookie Blaylock29-32+7.2+3.6+4.90.2-7.0 14Shawn Kemp24-27+6.5+3.1+3.82.0-4.5 12Bobby Jones25-28+7.7+5.1+3.83.1-4.6 Includes players who played at least 50 percent of available minutes each season in the four-season stretch.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 3Michael Adams28-31+4.4+1.7-0.1-1.6-6.0 4James Worthy28-31+4.0+2.3+0.7-1.6-5.6 15Dirk Nowitzki27-30+5.7+6.7+5.21.2-4.5 7Derek Harper28-31+4.3+2.8+0.7-0.9-5.2 18Dwyane Wade27-30+10.7+9.4+5.96.3-4.4 9John Drew23-26+3.1+1.3-0.7-1.8-4.9 8Terry Porter27-30+6.1+3.1+2.41.0-5.1 PlayerAgesYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 44-year Change 11Ricky Rubio25-28+1.9+0.8+1.7-2.9-4.8 Few players have ever declined so much as Melo, so quicklyBiggest decline in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) for qualified NBA players over a four-season span, 1976-2019 16Ray Williams25-28+4.0+3.1+3.9-0.4-4.4 Carmelo Anthony may have played his last game as a member of the Houston Rockets. Or maybe not. Who knows? Either way, the Carmelo Experiment in Houston hasn’t gone according to plan over the first month of the season. Coming off a charmed 65-win campaign in 2017-18, this year’s Rockets are below .500 — and while Houston’s problems run deeper than Anthony, he has done little to suggest they’re merely coincidental with his presence on the team.Going into the season, my colleague Chris Herring wrote that Anthony’s success or failure in Houston would largely depend on his ability to curtail his usual scoring tendencies and play effectively off the ball — finding opportunities for open shots (presumably off passes from Chris Paul and James Harden) and knocking them down. In addition, Anthony would need to prove he wasn’t a total liability on defense, considering Houston lost lockdown forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute over the summer.Unfortunately, Anthony hasn’t really done much in any facet of that role so far. He has dialed back the share of team offense he’s using — down to a career-low 20.5 percent usage rate — which would normally be a positive sign of accepting a diminished function in the offense. But he’s also stopping the ball too often — he has assisted just 2.9 percent of teammate buckets while on the floor — and his shooting hasn’t been up to par. Anthony is hitting catch-and-shoot jumpers at an effective field goal percentage of just 51.8 percent, which according to Second Spectrum ranks 32nd out of 48 shooters with at least 50 attempts. More concerning, Anthony also ranks 224th out of 266 qualified shooters in overall quantified shot quality, Second Spectrum’s metric for judging the expected value of a shot (based on distance, defender proximity, etc.). Anthony has always excelled at making tough shots, but in order to fit into Houston’s obsessively efficiency-maximizing scheme, he needed to prove he could generate easy ones, too.Moreover, Anthony has been a prime culprit in Houston’s drop from sixth in defensive efficiency last season to 20th this year. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the Rockets are allowing an eye-popping 119.2 points per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court, 10.1 more than they do with him off the floor. That 109.1 mark without Anthony would rank 14th in the league anyway, so it’s more than just Anthony that’s causing the Rockets to slip from their defensive form of last season. His arrival certainly hasn’t helped the cause, though.Anthony’s friend (and fellow Banana Boater) Dwyane Wade tweeted Sunday that fans and journalists were trying to make Anthony “the fall guy” for Houston’s slow start, and he has a point. Looking beyond Anthony, Houston has three rotation players — Eric Gordon, Gerald Green and Michael Carter-Williams — with true shooting percentages below 50 percent. Harden hasn’t quite recaptured his MVP form from last year, and Paul appears to be slowing down at age 33. The Rockets look sluggish (they rank 28th in pace) and are making only 32.7 percent of their many three-point attempts, which ranks a shocking 25th in the league.1For comparison’s sake, they ranked 13th last year.But Anthony is also hitting new statistical lows in what has been an otherwise Hall of Fame career. At age 33 with Oklahoma City last season, he’d never been worse according to Player Efficiency Rating (12.7), Win Shares per 48 minutes (.071) or Box Plus/Minus (-3.8). Although there was hope he’d just slumped in a bad situation on OKC, Anthony is blowing away those old career-worst marks this season: He currently has a PER of 11.5 with .043 WS/48 and a BPM of -5.1.It’s not unheard of to see a player dip so drastically in production as he ages into his 30s, but it is shocking to see it happen to a player who has been as good as Anthony has been and also hasn’t suffered a major injury. According to Basketball-Reference’s data, Anthony’s 7.7-point decline in BPM from 2015-16 to 2018-19 is tracking to be the largest since the ABA merger for any player who logged at least 50 percent of team minutes over each season in a four-year span. BPM by Year in Span … 1Carmelo Anthony31-34+2.6-0.7-3.8-5.1-7.7 A player had to be very good in order to even suffer so large a decline in the first place, and Anthony certainly fit that bill … once upon a time. Many of the names on that list managed to bounce back and be quality contributors going forward, though few were as old (and none as bad) as Anthony has been recently. So in that sense, the collapse of Anthony’s game has been historic — we’ve never really seen a star’s numbers fall off quite so much in such a short time.If the Rockets do end up cutting ties with Anthony, he may still draw interest from certain NBA teams. (At the very least, the Melo-to-the-Lakers rumor mill is already starting to rumble back to life.) And, however small, there is some evidence Anthony could be more effective in a different system than that of the Rockets, where his game never meshed with Mike D’Antoni’s overarching philosophy at either end of the court. But whether due to fit or declining skills, it has been a nothing less than stunning fall for Anthony these past few seasons. 17Scott Skiles26-29+1.6-1.4+1.0-2.8-4.4 20Kevin Willis29-32+1.0-0.4+1.1-3.2-4.2 5Dwyane Wade28-31+9.4+5.9+6.33.9-5.5 6Kareem Abdul-Jabbar37-40+4.9+4.5+1.6-0.6-5.5
201730–6–1.70 Before Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa became a household name in last season’s national title game, the Georgia Bulldogs had a 13-0 lead and were 30 minutes away from the program’s first championship in nearly 40 years. To start the second half, Nick Saban plugged in the freshman quarterback from Hawaii, and Tagovailoa rallied the Crimson Tide to an overtime victory, adding to the team’s already overflowing trophy case.Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs retreated with their tails tucked between their legs.This weekend’s SEC title game, then, represents the rematch. And once again, Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide stand in Georgia’s way.It’s ridiculous to think there’s a blueprint for beating Alabama when they’ve looked so dominant, outscoring opponents 588 to 165 this season. But there are a few areas where Georgia may have an advantage.Of course, Georgia doesn’t want to get baited into a shootout with arguably the nation’s best offense. Of course, limiting possessions and muddying up the game are a more optimal approach. Of course, Tagovailoa should be kept off the field as much as possible.All of this starts with running the ball. 201528–5–1.39 Perhaps the most underappreciated storyline in the SEC can be found in Athens. Running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were selected in the first two rounds of this year’s NFL draft, and Georgia’s run game improved.This season, the two-headed monster of Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift has run buckshot through the SEC. Each will likely eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Largely behind the two, the Bulldogs have over their last four games rushed for 1,345 yards, more than nine teams have accumulated all season. Georgia has the conference’s top rushing attack, gashing opposing defenses for 259.8 yards per contest on 6.3 yards per attempt, and leads the conference in total rushes of 10-plus yards (102) and 20-plus yards (35).Now, it seems silly to nitpick an Alabama defense that has allowed only six rushing touchdowns all season and ranks in the top 15 in both rushing yards allowed per contest (114.0) and rushing yards allowed per carry (3.3) … but we’re going to do it anyway. If Alabama’s ultra-young defense has had difficulty with anything, it’s mitigating explosive plays. Over 12 games this season, the Crimson Tide has allowed 13 carries of 20-plus yards, tied with five teams for 35th-fewest in the nation. On top of that, the Tide defense has also allowed 38 carries of 10 or more yards. Both numbers are the most Alabama has allowed through 12 games since 2011: 2017127.22 Source: Espn Stats & Information Group SeasonNat’l RankRush EPA/Game Season10+ yards gained20+ yards gainedYDS. After 1st Contact/Rush Alabama is vulnerable on the groundBig runs given up by the Crimson Tide defense and yards given up after first contact on a running plays each year (through 12 games) since 2011 201330–5–1.64 201633–6–1.36 201121–5–1.39 Yards after contact data is unavailable before 2011.Source: Espn Stats & Information Group Georgia’s expected points added per game on running plays during seasons under Kirby Smart 2018107.85 201433–7–2.13 Number of Opponent Rushing Plays with … 201223–6–1.47 201838–13–2.46 2016681.91 Opponents are running through Alabama tacklers like never before, too. This season, the Tide has allowed 2.46 yards after contact per carry, which is the worst performance for Alabama through the first 12 games of a season since 2011, the earliest year for which data is available. Of note: Only Memphis has gained more yards after first contact this year than Georgia.Of course, Tagovailoa is the closest thing to a cheat code in college football this season and could render these potential advantages for Georgia moot. The sophomore has racked up more passing touchdowns in the first half of games (27) than all but 21 schools1Excluding Alabama. have scored over the entire season. But this is an elite Georgia defense that could be Tagovailoa’s biggest test this season.The ultimate irony would be if a quarterback change by Smart decided the outcome of Saturday’s game. Jake Fromm has capably commanded the Georgia offense this season and has been sensational since his tepid showing during the team’s lone loss, which came against LSU. But Justin Fields, one of the most sought-after recruits from the 2018 class, has an uncanny athleticism that adds another potential threat to an already devastating offense. At receiver — again, the irony — Riley Ridley (brother of former Alabama star Calvin Ridley, who scored a touchdown in last season’s title game) has elevated his game this season. Fromm and Fields will look to Ridley, the team leader in receiving touchdowns, to take the top off the Alabama defense.If the game comes down to the wire, Georgia should be the more confident team. Long the Achilles’ heel of Saban-led teams, special teams could be what holds Alabama back. Kicker Joseph Bulovas has missed four of 16 field-goal attempts and has botched five extra points. And while the Crimson Tide ranks in the top two in offensive and defensive efficiency, it ranks a dismal 87th in special teams efficiency. “It’s not really acceptable,” Saban said earlier this month.Conversely, Rodrigo Blankenship, the bespectacled Georgia sensation, has been among college football’s most accurate kickers, nailing 19 of his 22 attempts and all 58 of his extra points. Georgia’s special teams rank far better than Alabama’s, landing at No. 38 in efficiency.It speaks to the sheer dominance of Alabama that Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Crimson Tide as double-digit favorites against Georgia. But this is a dangerous underdog with all the trappings of a dominant squad. Some metrics consider the Bulldogs among the two best teams nationally. They won’t be short on motivation, if nothing else, as they seek to avenge last season’s loss when the lights were brightest.Check out our latest college football predictions.