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first_img View Comments Dean Jones, a Broadway alum who created the role of Bobby in Company, died on September 1, Variety reports. His death at his Los Angeles home, following copmlications from Parkinson’s disease, was confirmed by Richard Hoffmann. Jones was 84.Jones was born on January 25, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama to Andrew and Nolia Jones. Following his service in the navy during the Korean War, he joined the Bird Cage Theater at the California amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm. It was the same stage that launched the careers of Steve Martin and Lauren Tewes.After stepping in last-minute during an out-of-town tryout in Boston, Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 opposite Jane Fonda in There Was a Little Girl. Later that year, he appeared in Under the Yum-Yum Tree. He would go on to reprise his performance as Dave Manning in the 1963 film adaptation.In 1962, Jones starred in the NBC series Ensign O’Toole, drawing from his military experience to play the titular officer aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific Ocean. He went on to appear in numerous Disney films over the course of his career, including That Darn Cat!, The Ugly Dachshund, and what has become his signature screen performance: The Love Bug, in which he played Herbie’s driver Jim Douglas. He reprised his performance in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and the TV series Herbie, the Love Bug. He was named a Disney Legend in 1995.Following a string of on-screen appearances, including the romantic comedy Any Wednesday opposite his former Broadway co-star Fonda, Jones returned to the stage in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. He created the leading role of Bobby, a bachelor who navigates the various marriages of his friends as he searches for —and perhaps flees from—a relationship of his own.Jones played the role in Boston before the Broadway bow and originated it on the Great White Way, though withdrew shortly after opening night. He cited his departure to stress, as the role was perhaps too close to home while he went through a divorce with his first wife, Mae Entwisle. Jones was replaced by Larry Kert, who received a Tony nomination for his performance: a rare occurrence for a replacement.After Company, Jones married actress Lory Patrick. It was around that time that he became a devout Christian. He took on many roles in projects with religious themes, including Into the Light on Broadway and the Visual Bible series. In 1998, he founded the Christian Rescue Fund, an organization aimed to provide relief for people persecuted for their religion.Jones is survived by his wife Lory, their son Michael Pastick, his two daughters from his marriage with Entwisle, Caroline Jones and Deanna Demaree, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.last_img read more


first_img Comment More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Michael Owen predicts top-six for new Premier League season 1. Manchester City‘City will miss the presence around the dressing room of skipper Vincent Kompany this season, but they remain the team to beat although they picked up a meagre 98 points last season compared to their century in the previous campaign!‘Kevin de Bruyne missed long periods through injury last season and his return to full fitness allied to the acquisition of club record signing, Spanish holding midfielder, Rodri makes the City midfield better than ever.‘It is a big season for John Stones who has the opportunity to cement his place at the heart of the defence alongside Aymeric Laporte.‘That said I wouldn’t rule out Guardiola making a move between now and the end of the window for another central defender.’2. Liverpool‘Champions League winners Liverpool look set to again be the main challengers to City as they continue their search for a, hitherto, elusive PL title.‘The Reds played their part in a magnificent title race last season and they are sure to have their supporters as they bid to go one better, but I just favour City in what looks a virtual match between these two great sides.’3. Spurs‘Another side who have broken their transfer window this season with 22-year-old midfielder Tanguy Ndombele arriving in north London for £54m from Lyon.‘Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier struggled for form and fitness last season and the young Frenchman will bring pace and power to Mauricio Pochettino’s engine room.‘At the time of writing it does look as if both Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen will stay at the club this season although both players are out of contract next summer.’4. Chelsea‘Despite their current transfer embargo Chelsea can finish the campaign in the final Champions League spot under new boss Frank Lampard.‘The Blues do have new £64m signing American international Christian Pulisic in their squad but begin life without Eden Hazard.‘Lampard looks likely to give his young guns Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount the opportunity to show they are ready for the fight ahead and it will be interesting to see the Blues starting XI for their opening game at Old Trafford.’5. Manchester United‘United will be desperate to add at least a couple of new big-name signings to their squad between now and the end of the transfer window with Harry Maguire looking more and more likely to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United revolution by Thursday week.‘Romelu Lukaku is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but the club will want to sign another striker if – as seems increasingly likely – the Belgian international gets his move to Italy.‘A season of consolidation at Old Trafford.’6. Arsenal‘Arsenal don’t appear to have addressed their central defensive problems although they completed a club-record signing of £72m for Lille winger Nicholas Pepe and also look likely to bring in left back Kieran Tierney from Celtic.‘The Gunners will remain a match for anyone at the Emirates, and I’m looking forward to seeing Spanish Under 21 international Dani Ceballos, but they are likely to continue to struggle on the road.’ Michael Owen predicts relegated trio 18. Bournemouth‘This is Bournemouth’s fifth successive season in the PL, but I feel they may struggle this term and I feel it will be a long hard winter for the Cherries who finished 14th last term.‘Eddie Howe bought midfielder Phillip Billing from Huddersfield for £15m earlier in the week and has added a couple of young full backs to his squad, but it might not be enough for the club to maintain their elite status this season.19. Sheffield United‘This will be Sheffield United’s fourth PL season and I feel they will give it a real go in the top-flight this term. Chris Wilder has made several new signings this summer with the return of keeper Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United the pick.‘Bramall Lane is sure to be rocking on Matchdays, but I just feel they will struggle to score enough goals to survive in the Premier League.’20. Norwich City‘Daniel Farke has largely placed his faith in the Canaries’ side who won last season’s Championship, but there is a huge gulf in class between the two leagues and I feel Norwich’s Premier League stay will be fleeting.‘The Canaries will get the new season up and running at Anfield on Friday week in what promises to be a baptism of fire for the German although his side did put five past Luton Town in an impressive preseason win at Kenilworth Road recently. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Aug 2019 10:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Michael Owen has predicted how the new Premier League season will finish (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has predicted where the big-six will finish in the Premier League next season – and is backing Manchester City to win a third successive title.Pep Guardiola’s City edged out Liverpool by two points to win the Premier League again last season and will go for a hat-trick of titles when the new campaign begins on August 9.Chelsea finished third last term under former manager Maurizio Sarri, with Tottenham claiming the final Champions League position in fourth.Arsenal narrowly missed out on a top-four spot to finish fifth, while Manchester United dropped to sixth during a dismal campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer England striker Owen expects the Premier League to play out in a similar fashion this season and has predicted the final table for BetVictor. 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first_imgThe Orange County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 28-year-old Mason Trever Toney who is accused of fatally stabbing his boss, 28-year-old William Knight, at a construction site off exit 254 on the Florida Turnpike.According to the arrest affidavit Knight was a “proud and outspoken American and pro-Donald Trump.” Witnesses said Toney and Knight got into an argument that could have been about their different political views.Authorities discovered Knight’s body with a new American flag next over the side of his body.Police arrested Toney and he is being held in Orange County without bond.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (10-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) is looking to pick up its third straight ACC win on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at No. 21 Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-2). The Orange has won its last two games handily by a combined 26 points over two legitimate opponents in Miami and Pittsburgh. Now, SU hits the road in search of its first win outside of the Carrier Dome this season.Here’s what you need to know ahead of Syracuse’s matchup with the Hokies.All-time series: 8-2, Syracuse leadsLast time they played: The Orange trailed by seven with just under two and a half minutes in regulation when the two teams squared off in their only matchup last season on Feb. 2, 2016. SU came thundering back to force overtime and eventually win, 68-60. Down the stretch of the second half, Syracuse forced three missed shot attempts while converting on two crucial 3-pointers by Malachi Richardson and Michael Gbinije. The Orange outscored VT 12-4 in overtime as Gbinije (17 points), Richardson (13 points) and Tyler Roberson (12 points, 15 rebounds) led the way.“Really that’s as good of a comeback as you’re going to see,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on January 9, 2017 at 10:53 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img Virginia Tech report: The Hokies enter the matchup against Syracuse on a season-worst two-game losing streak. After opening ACC play with an attention-grabbing 89-75 upset of Duke, they lost to North Carolina State and Florida State in the past week by a combined 41 points. However, both those games were on the road and Virginia Tech has yet to lose at Cassell Coliseum.Virginia Tech doesn’t pop out statistically, but head coach Buzz Williams’ squad is well-rounded. Five players average more than 10 points and averages 83.3 points per game. Still, that ranks only fifth in the ACC in scoring offense. The Hokies’ effective field-goal percentage of 56.2 ranks 17th nationally, per Kenpom.com. Leading scorers Zach LeDay (16.3) and Ahmed Hill (15.3) combine to average 31.6 points, but SU needs to be concerned with VT’s team offense as a whole.How Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: The most impressive part about Syracuse’s past two games — two solid ACC wins — has been its defensive turnaround. The Orange had given up more than 90 points in two of its three games prior to beating Miami and Pittsburgh. SU must continue stepping up on the defensive end in order to beat the Hokies, who can lean on an array of players to score. Against Pitt, Syracuse closed off the high post and entry passes to Jamel Artis. Against Miami, the Orange packed in its defense and forced the Hurricanes to go 10-of-28 from inside the arc while holding all but one player to single-digit point totals. The Hokies present a different challenge without having any elite scorers, but a variety to go to.Stat to know: 5 — Virginia Tech is one of just three schools in the ACC with five players averaging double-digit points per game.Player to watch: Zach LeDay, forward, No. 32LeDay averages 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 55.2 percent on 2-point field goals. While the Hokies have other players who can beat Syracuse’s defense, Virginia Tech feeds LeDay often. He’s only scored in single digits once, and that was an eight-point performance against Texas A&M in VT’s first loss of the year. He draws 6.4 fouls per 40 minutes, which ranks 86th in the country per Kenpom, and if he’s effective doing that again, the Orange may be forced to play more than just five players for a majority of the game just as it has in its past two wins. Commentslast_img read more

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