Movies to See Before Your Disney World Vacation

first_imgShare This!Ready for a Disney Movie Marathon?When counting down a trip to Walt Disney World, there are a number of things that need to be done from deciding how many suitcases to take, to setting a souvenir budget, to breaking in that new pair of walking shoes. But for me, there’s one more thing that I always have to do when counting down those last few anticipation-filled days, and that’s refreshing my memory and getting in the Disney spirit with a few movies! Kicking back with some popcorn to revisit a classic Disney flick, or even checking out a film for the first time, will only add to your overall Disney World experience. So go pop some popcorn and get ready for a movie marathon with my list of movies to see before your Disney World Vacation!But first, let me explain how I came up with this list. Naturally, I included a number of Disney animated classics, even though it was really really hard to narrow down my favorites; but just so you know, I based my selections on what films I felt were represented the most at Walt Disney World or a huge part of Disney World history. Secondly, my list is not just Disney animated films, but also live-action Disney films and non-Disney films which are either represented in the parks or, again, played a big role in Disney history or as Imagineering inspiration! But as always, if you feel that I missed an important movie, or would simply like to add to the list, please do so in the comments. Okay, are you ready for the list? Here we go…Photo – DisneyCinderellaDisney’s first princess film since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella is one of the most beloved and important films Walt Disney ever made. The film’s release in 1950 was so successful that it revitalized the Disney Company after World War II and kick-started the decade in which we would get the first Disney Park: Disneyland. Why you should revisit Cinderella before your Disney World retreat is because the Magic Kingdom’s castle is called Cinderella Castle! Inside the castle, a sparkly mosaic tells Cinderella’s story and there’s even a themed restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, where guests meet Cinderella herself and dine in a medieval, fairy tale setting. Characters from Cinderella are also known to meet guests around Cinderella Castle and throughout Fantasyland; and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers a special character meal at 1900 Park Fare where Cinderella, Prince Charming, and her dysfunctional family meet with guests as they dine. All in all, Cinderella is an important film at Walt Disney World and is definitely worth a watch before you pass through the park turnstiles.Photo – imdb.comThe African QueenWhy is this film my first pick? Well, believe it or not this 1951 classic, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, inspired the Disney Park staple, The Jungle Cruise. Walt Disney saw this film himself and wanted to recreate the experience in his upcoming Disneyland Park. Although, he planned for guests aboard his boats to see live wildlife on the shores, just as the characters in The African Queen did! Of course, live animals wasn’t exactly doable at the time, nor would they be willing to appear and entertain when a boat passed by every few minutes; and so, the plan for live animals was scrapped in favor of one of Walt’s newest innovations: audio-animatronics. Walt’s vision for an attraction where guests could be entertained by live African wildlife was finally realized in 1998 when Kilimanjaro Safaris opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. In this way, The African Queen technically inspired two attractions at Walt Disney World! This is why I encourage anyone going to Walt Disney World to check out The African Queen. While I’ve always loved the Jungle Cruise, seeing the film which inspired it gave me a whole new appreciation for this classic attraction. Tip: Look for The African Queen poster on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast became an instant classic when it arrived in theaters in 1991 and was actually Disney’s first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture! Beauty and the Beast is worth watching anytime; but you should definitely see it again before your Disney World Vacation, particularly if you haven’t been to Walt Disney World in recent years. Why? Because the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland has a whole Beauty and the Beast themed area that makes you feel as if you’ve wandered right into the film! This new area offers the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction, where guests enter Maurice’s cottage and then are magically transferred to the Beast’s library to meet with Belle herself! There’s also the incredibly detailed Gaston’s Tavern which proves Gaston truly does use antlers in all of his decorating. The best part of all is the Be Our Guest Restaurant, located inside the mountain topped with the Beast’s Castle. This restaurant has three themed dining rooms, such as the film’s signature ballroom and the Beast’s West Wing! Also, over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, fans can take in Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. It’s an incredible show and Disney World’s version of a Broadway production.Photo – imdb.comThe Swiss Family RobinsonInspired by the classic book, The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss, Walt Disney’s film version tells the story of a shipwrecked family who must find a way to survive on a tropical island. The movie was a big success when it first debuted in 1960, and was popular and well-known to audiences in the following decades but has somewhat faded in prominence in recent years. One of the highlights of the movie was the elaborate treehouse the Robinson family constructed out of the ship’s wreckage. As the movie was popular in years prior, Imagineers had a Swiss Family Treehouse attraction that guests could walk through at both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Disneyland’s version was replaced with a Tarzan overlay in 1999, but the Magic Kingdom’s has thankfully retained its original theme. If you haven’t seen Walt Disney’s The Swiss Family Robinson, I encourage you to do so before heading to Walt Disney World to fully appreciate the classic treehouse attraction and to see a piece of Disney history!©DisneyMeet Me in St. LouisOne of my favorite shows at the Magic Kingdom is the Main Street Trolley Show. I love the old-fashioned costumes, the dancing, the charm, and just how it brings Main Street, U.S.A. to life. The Main Street Trolley Show performers often, and rather appropriately, perform to “The Trolley Song,” which just happens to be from the classic film Meet Me in St. Louis. This 1944 film starring Judy Garland tells the story of a turn-of-the-century family coping with everyday life, the prospect of having to move to New York, and the upcoming 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But “The Trolley Song” isn’t the only reason why you should see this flick before your Disney World Vacation. Meet Me in St. Louis is a little glimpse of what life was like in the time of Main Street, U.S.A. and when Walt was growing up. Also, if you’re a Disney historian, you know that World’s Fairs played a huge role in the creation of a number of Disney attractions; and since we don’t have World’s Fairs today, it’s fun to see how they impacted the people living at that time.Photo – imdb.comSingin’ in the RainOne of the most famous films of all time, 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain is a great film to watch in preparation or your Walt Disney World Vacation for a number of reasons. The first is for the sake of history. Singin’ in the Rain is set in the 1920s and is about how Hollywood actors and actresses had to make the transition from silent films to sound. Walt Disney was in Hollywood during this transitional period in the entertainment industry and was one of the first to use sound in his cartoons, most famously in Steamboat Willie. Another reason why you see Singin’ in the Rain is because it is represented at two Walt Disney World Parks. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Great Movie Ride features a scene from Singin’ in the Rain, and there’s even a little photo-op homage to the film’s most famous moment on the Streets of America! (Note: This detail may disappear as the Imagineers begin construction on Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.) The next reference to the film is at the Magic Kingdom, but only big fans of the film will notice it because it’s in the form of a song. The song is “Good Morning” and it’s usually performed during the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show. Bonus: The lead actress in Singin’ in the Rain is Debbie Reynolds, who just happens to be Carrie Fisher’s mom. Hey, Princess Leia is technically a Disney Princess these days, so it’s worth noting!Indiana Jones FranchiseThe Indiana Jones films, with the exception of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because I’m still not over it, are essential to American culture and have a strong presence at Walt Disney World, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park features the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live show which highlights some of the stunt work primarily from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Those who aren’t familiar with Indiana Jones will still enjoy the show, but it’s so much better if you’ve seen at least one of the movies. Also, Hollywood Studios offers Indy merch at two locations, the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and the Indiana Jones Truck. This particular point is awesome for Indy fans because, unlike Star Wars, Indy merch is hard to come by outside the parks. Indiana Jones is also featured in a scene in The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios; but one of the biggest reasons why you need an Indy marathon before heading to Walt Disney World is the new Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs. Jock Lindsey was Indy’s pilot in Raiders of the Lost Ark and this new destination is filled with relics and artifacts and a number of references to the Indiana Jones films. For an Indy fan, dining at this new restaurant is sort of an adventure within itself in trying to find all the fun Easter eggs and nods to Indiana Jones’ adventures!Star WarsYou probably knew this was coming, didn’t you? Yes, you absolutely need to see Star Wars before going to Walt Disney World, especially these days as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a massive success and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is gaining Star Wars Land. For those that don’t know, Star Wars has had a presence at Walt Disney World since the early days of Hollywood Studios, previously known as MGM Studios, with the opening of the original Star Tours. The park had also hosted the incredibly popular Star Wars Weekends event for a number of years. But Star Wars Mania at Walt Disney World has reached whole new levels since Disney purchased Star Wars and released The Force Awakens. Nowadays, Star Wars merch is everywhere and, as I’ve already said, Hollywood Studios is in the process of gaining Star Wars Land and new Star Wars-themed entertainment! So to fully get the hype and the sense of anticipation at Walt Disney World these days, you just gotta see Star Wars. But which one? After all, there is seven and another is on the way. My personal opinion? If you’re new to Star Wars, begin with Episode IV: A New Hope and watch up through Episode VII: The Force Awakens if it’s still in theaters (or once it hits iTunes March 15). They have the strongest presence in the parks these days and I think they’re the best!Pirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic, and popular, attractions Disney ever produced. Even those who have never been to a Disney Park know of Pirates of the Caribbean and its theme song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me.)” In 2003, Disney released Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl which was inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean park attraction. The film also introduced one of the most popular characters ever, Captain Jack Sparrow. More Pirates of the Caribbean films followed; in fact, the franchise’s next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is slated to sail into theaters next year. However, the attraction which started it all hasn’t remained untouched by the success of the Pirates films. They have re-inspired the attraction with the addition of a few key characters from the film. This is why a Pirates of the Caribbean movie night is a great idea before taking a Disney World Vacation, just so park-goers can pick out and understand the new attraction details and enjoy the pirate mania! But like Star Wars, there are quite a few Pirates of the Caribbean movies. My pick? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It’s the first and, in my opinion, the best and not quite as self-indulgent and slapstick as the others. You will also fully get the all hype about the franchise and the character of Captain Jack just from this film. For major Pirates of the Caribbean fans, or for those with junior pirates in their families, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers special pirate-themed rooms so the pirate experience can continue even after you’ve left the park.Toy StoryPixar is a huge part of the Disney Parks and Resorts these days. Even though the first Toy Story arrived in theaters in 1995, it’s hard for me to imagine what the world was like before Buzz and Woody and Lightning McQueen and Mater and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. But of all the wonderful Pixar Movies and Characters, Toy Story has the strongest presence at Walt Disney World and that is exactly why it’s included on this list. For starters, at the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, Toy Story fans can check out Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; and at Hollywood Studios, the awesome and incredibly popular Toy Story Midway Mania and Pixar Place. However, Hollywood Studios is about to get even more Toy Story action with the upcoming addition of Toy Story Land! Finally, the All-Star Movies Resort has a whole section themed after Toy Story which will truly make you too feel the size of a toy. So of all the Pixar Movies to revisit before your Walt Disney World Vacation, my recommendation is most definitely any of the Toy Story films.So that’s my list of movies to watch before your Disney World Vacation. Did I miss any? I hope my list will help get you in the Disney mood, educate you on some Disney history, or at least help you to impress your kids by knowing that name of that certain Disney character. Be sure to tell me what movies you have to watch before packing your bags for Disney World in the comments below!last_img read more

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Metro of the Month: Philadelphia

first_imgThe Philadelphia area’s economy has long relied on its sizable health care and higher education sectors. Much of its future success, however, may depend on easier access to jobs in manufacturing, retail and other industries that are expanding in the region.“In too many cases, if you’re living in some parts of the city, it takes upwards of two hours of connections on buses and trains to get to a job. That needs to change,” said Steve Wray, executive director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit that promotes local economic development.To increase opportunities for work, local officials are exploring a number of transportation-related improvements, such as expansions of existing rail and bus systems. Those moves would make it easier for Philadelphia residents to access a growing number of jobs in the city’s suburbs.Some of the region’s well-known institutions of higher learning include Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania, or “Penn” as it is often referred to locally. Drexel University, Temple University and Penn also all have teaching hospitals that provide thousands of jobs for the local economy.One of the largest ongoing economic development initiatives has centered on the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The site of the country’s first naval shipyard, it was closed by the U.S. military in 1995, but since then has found new life as a large-scale, mixed-use private development. More than 145 companies and 11,000 employees occupy its 1,200 acres.The Philadelphia metro region includes five counties in Pennsylvania, four counties in New Jersey, one county in Delaware and one county in Maryland.To learn more about Philadelphia and other metro economies, please go to:SHRM Metro Economic Outlookslast_img read more

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LulzSec Disbands After Last Hurrah

first_imgAfter almost two months of hacking like mad, LulzSec is apparently disbanding. They declared on their Twitter account that they had dumped a wad of unreleased materials and a goodbye statement on Pastebin. In a rant that might have been composed by cutting up the diaries of 100 college sophomores, they said: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind – we hope – inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love.” LulzSec hacked, among other targets, the U.S. Senate and the Central Intelligence Agency. But they’ve also had a few reversals. A 19-year-old black hat hacker was arrested by British police, who believe he is associated with the group. Someone posted a document to Pastebin that purported to explain the origins of LulzSec and identify the members. The group, after having a great deal of success hitting high-profile targets, got a commensurate amount of high-profile interest from law enforcement. That, along with an overall hit-and-run strategy may explain their alleged dissolution as well as anything. As they say in their statement, however, “(W)e are not tied to this identity permanently.” That could indicate a willingness to continue their activities under a different identity or identities. Or, it may be as simple as the difficulties inherent in keeping a less coherent, less ideologically-motivated group together. The Guardian suggested that their hitting game companies made them unpopular in the hacker community, though that doesn’t strike me as a motivating issue even if it were true. Their last release contained information that seemed to come from the F.B.I., AT&T, AOL and the U.S. Navy. Clown photo by Animoulx | other sources: Gawker Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#privacy#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development invites applications for admission

first_imgThe Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur has invited applications for admission to Master of Arts (M.A) in Development Policy and Practice, Social Innovations and Entrepreneurship, Local Governance and Development and Gender Studies, Master of Science (M.Sc) in Counselling Psychology programs for the commencing session 2015 to 16.Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:Admissions to M.A Programs: The candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of 45 percent marks in any discipline from a recognised university.Admissions to For M.Sc Program: The applicants should have studied a minimum of 2 papers related to Psychology published at the undergraduate (UG) level.Selection procedure: The candidate will be done on the basis of the marks secured in the qualifying examinations and performance in the interview conducted. Application procedure: The candidate may apply online at www.reg.rgniyd.gov.in. For more details and information on the application procedure, please visit the official website.Important dates: Last date of submission of the application form:  July 15About the institute: The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India is an institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament No. 35/2012.last_img read more

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Sakshi saves Indian wrestling blushes in controversial 2016

first_imgBy Chandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) A bitter court battle, followed by an embarrassing dope scandal, before some redemption through an Olympic medal — Indian wrestling in 2016 mirrored the script of a Bollywood potboiler in which Sakshi Malik emerged as the new star on the horizon. For most part of the year, wrestling hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, making it a tumultuous Olympic build-up after two-time medallist Sushil Kumar found himself ousted from contention just a couple of months before the Games in Rio. The chain of events that set in ended up disgracing the sport before Sakshi emerged an unlikely saviour in the Brazillian city. Sakshi not only scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal, she also became the first to win a medal for the country at the Rio Games before shuttler P V Sindhu capped it off with a silver. Fighting back from 0-5 down to beat Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the dying minutes of the bronze medal play-off match in womens 58kg freestyle, Sakshi ended Indias painful wait at the 2016 Rio Olympics for a medal and immediately sent the nation of 1.2 billion into euphoria. In fact, the 24-year-olds feat also covered up for the under-achievement of Indian wrestlers at the mega-event with just one medal coming from a strong eight-member team that boasted of three women for the first time. Even London Games bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt failed to live up to the expectations, bowing out in the qualifying round to end his Olympic campaign on a disappointing note. Though Sakshis heroics provided solace, it was not enough to eclipse the shock and embarrassment that India had to endure with Narsinghs ouster from the Olympics. Narsingh was eventually handed a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after the ad-hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against NADAs all-clear to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics. The 27-year-olds name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in but the CAS verdict dashed all his hopes. In fact, the run-up to the Olympics was nowhere close to being ideal for either Narsingh or the Indian team with more than one controversy affecting their focus. Personally for Narsingh, there was no dearth of trouble ahead of the Games. What started as a minor tussle for an Olympic berth in mens 74kg freestyle, snowballed into an ugly slanging match that ended in a legal battle: though he won in the court, the ordeal was far from over as Narsingh landed in a bigger mess with his blood sample returning positive for a banned substance. In September 2015, Narsingh had bagged an Olympic berth for India at the World Championships in Las Vegas with a bronze medal. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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HOW UNPLANNED MADE IT TO 56 THEATRES ACROSS CANADA

first_img Twitter Unplanned is a film that boasts no major stars, has received mostly poor ratings, and has been called “a piece of hate propaganda” against women and abortion providers by Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.Still, the movie, based on the memoir by Abby Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood staffer-turned-anti-abortion activist, has opened in 56 theatres across Canada. A film shot for a modest $6 million US is being shown on giant screens alongside Toy Story 4 and Spider-Man: Far from Home, a feat most makers of Canadian films shot on a similar budget could only dream of. Advertisement Login/Register With: On the film’s opening weekend, women’s and pro-choice groups are planning demonstrations around the country, while some church groups and anti-abortion groups are calling for outings to watch it.But there’s one aspect of the film that’s difficult to dispute: its producers’ savvy in getting such wide distribution. Martin Katz, a veteran Canadian film and TV producer and the chair of the Canadian Academy of Film and Television, calls the film’s distribution “surprising.”“My understanding is that it’s quite terrible, but there are a lot of terrible films that get released,” said Katz.“What I think is drastic is that there’s a lot of great Canadian films that don’t get released, if they do get released, they get released on a screen or five screens or six screens, not [almost] 60 screens.”Unplanned’s road to the theatres followed a careful strategy of galvanizing its supporters, while working to appease the requirements of the Canadian theatre distribution system and, possibly, promising hefty box office returns based on its success in the United States. Actor Ashley Bratcher (right) is shown in a scene from the film Unplanned. A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Soli Deo Gloria Releasing MANDATORY CREDITlast_img read more

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Wild finish leads Minnesota to upset over Ohio State womens basketball

OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) looks to make a pass during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior night for Minnesota (19-9, 11-6) was upon the No. 5 Ohio State (23-5, 15-2) women’s basketball team as it entered Williams Arena Wednesday night for a late regular-season showdown.It was a healthy crowd that made its way out to witness a true barnburner at “The Barn,” with the Golden Gophers coming away with the 90-88 upset victory in overtime after a game-winning shot with less than a second remaining.Right from the tip, the Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers went back and forth. But in the first half, neither squad was able to get efficient offensive production.Before practice on Tuesday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff harped on the fact that his team would have enough time to get used to the elevated floor at Williams Arena, stating how it was still a basketball court with two hoops like all the other arenas that OSU played at this season. It turns out it is easier said than done to get hot at The Barn — even for the home team.Minnesota presented an extended 2-3 zone to OSU to prevent senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell from driving to the hoop for their own shots and also penetrate to find open teammates. The zone allowed for OSU to swing the rock and have plenty of open looks from downtown, but Minnesota was willing to take the risk with its strategy.The gamble on OSU’s 3-point shooting looked genius, as the Buckeyes only shot 1-of-11 from 3-point land in the first 20 minutes of play. That was an unorthodox showing from the Scarlet and Gray, who average 37.8 percent from behind the arc, ranking third in the Big Ten in that category.However, it wasn’t only the Buckeyes that had problems getting the ball to hit the nylon. Minnesota shot a whopping 26 percent from the field, not only missing long-distance jump shots but also fundamental layups.Heading into the locker room, Minnesota only trailed OSU by four, and the Golden Gophers did not plan on letting the Buckeyes march away in the second half like others have done in the past, as a potential bid for the NCAA tournament was on the line.The third quarter began with a quick OSU 6-0 run to give the Buckeyes an 11-point lead, but Golden Gophers redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham took the game into her own hands after a Minnesota timeout.Averaging 27.5 points per game on the year, scoring over 50 points multiple times and earning recognition on Twitter from NBA legend and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, Banham is all that, and she proved it in the second half against the Big Ten-leading Buckeyes.The 5-foot-9 Banham had no problem creating space for herself from all areas of the court, giving OSU senior guard and tenacious defender Cait Craft a difficult task of guarding her. Banham would finish the game with 35 points and five assists, including a highlight-reel around-the-back pass to sophomore center Jessie Edwards.As play continued in the second half, the officials began to get more and more stingy, whistling after nearly every hand-check and touch on both sides of the court.Craft, who followed Banham up and down the floor the entire night, was forced to exit the game with the five-foul maximum in the fourth quarter.  With 1:10 to play in regulation, Minnesota was holding a 76-74 lead, and the Buckeyes were having a tough time navigating through the Golden Gopher defense. The possession ended up resulting in a shot-clock violation, turning the ball back over to the home team.The Golden Gophers brought the ball down with confidence, but OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss applied stifling defense, stealing the ball and converting the basket on the other end to tie it up with only 16.7 seconds left on the clock.Minnesota put the ball in Banham’s hands for the final shot, as she has pulled through in the clutch time and time again for this Golden Gophers squad. After dancing around at the top of the key, Banham made an in-and-out crossover to the left elbow for the go-ahead jump shot, but it was off the mark.Bouncing off the rim, the ball ended up in Edwards’ hands, who jumped straight up to put the ball through the cylinder to give Golden Gophers a two-point lead and win with the game clock hitting zero.But then whistles blew; the game was not over.The officials went to the scorer’s table to review the play, and after looking over the time when the ball made it through the net, they came to the conclusion that the Buckeyes would have 0.5 seconds to try to send the game into overtime or win it with a 3-pointer.After a Buckeye timeout, Alston set to inbound the ball on the sideline near her own bench. Sophomore forward Alexa Hart looped off of an off-ball screen toward the basket, receiving a lob from Alston and touching it in right before the buzzer sounded.The referees looked it over and determined it was good. Next up, overtime.In the extra period, both teams continued to go back and forth, finishing the entire contest with 12 ties and 13 lead changes.Mitchell, who turned it on in the fourth quarter and overtime period, finishing with 21 points, grabbed her ninth rebound of the night and at the same time drew the foul from Banham, which was her fifth, sending her to the pine for the remainder of the game. Mitchell then hit both foul shots to make the score 86-85 in favor of the Golden Gophers.Minnesota sophomore guard Carlie Wagner, who finished with 26 points, extended the lead to three points, but then OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper came up big on the other end, answering with a strong old-fashioned 3-point play to tie the score up at 88 with 14.3 seconds left on the clock.Wagner wanted the last word, coming down on the other end and knocking down a contested jumper in the short corner with less than a second left to give Minnesota a two-point lead.Once again, the officials would go to the scorer’s box and come back to the floor putting up more time on the clock: 0.8 seconds.After what happened in regulation, the Golden Gophers were aware that the game really isn’t over until the buzzer sounds, no matter how much time is on the clock.This time around the Buckeyes, would inbound the ball to Mitchell in the corner, who would not have enough time to get a shot off, giving the Golden Gophers a sigh of relief and a moment of happiness to celebrate senior night in winning fashion.With their 11-game win streak coming to a close, the Buckeyes will head back to the drawing board and look to finish the regular season on the right foot Saturday versus the Michigan State Spartans.The game is set to tip at 2 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan. read more

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Neil Lennon confident of Hibernian after second draw with Rangers

first_imgHibernian Coach Neil Lennon says his team will get even better following the January transfer window after they emerged unbeaten from their Old Firm hat-trick.Hibs are seventh in the Premiership standings having previously shocked Celtic at Easter Road earlier this month and then earned a draw with Rangers on home soil last midweek.But boss Lennon is confident there is plenty more to come from his side as they look to finish the year on a high note.He told Evening Times:“We are evolving. We lost a lot of good players in the summer and it takes time for everyone to gel.“I’m looking forward to January because we need to get some bodies in. The injury list is horrendous at the minute.“I don’t remember being under any concerted period of pressure in the game. They were saves I would expect Adam to make.Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish PremiershipMatch Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).“He made one great stop from Middleton when he came out and closed the area quickly but the others I would expect him to make.“Even at the Rangers goal, it’s not as if we were cut open. It was a defensive error from our point of view. We were comfortable in the game.“I said at half-time that we needed the midfield to play with a bit more purpose and penetration and we got that.“The subs made a great contribution, Mackie, Horgan and Gray. It’s a real bonus to have David back.“It would be a confidence booster at any time. To come here with Rangers in a title race and take points off them is important.“They played so well at Easter Road last week and we played really well here today. The level of performance was a lot better.”last_img read more

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Brighton manager says he expects a very quiet transfer window

first_imgFor Chris Hughton, the January transfer window for Brighton and Hove Albion will not see many players come, but some might leave on loanBrighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is sure the January transfer window will be a quiet one.The English Premier League club does not expect any new players, but there is a possibility of some players leaving on loan.“At this moment I don’t see us doing much business, if anything at all,” he told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Where we are at the moment, we are fortunate that players we brought in during other windows perhaps haven’t played as much and are starting to now.”“(Florin) Andone came in during the summer, (Jurgen) Locadia who is in good form at the moment on the back of a couple of goals – he came this time last year. Bernardo is in the team at the moment,” he explained.“We’ve got players that have taken a while for whatever reason, not their endeavor but because of the form of the team.”“At this moment, the squad is in a good place in regard of numbers. Possibly there won’t be any business but if there is it will be minimal. You can never say no,” he commented.last_img read more

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Tebas drops massive La Liga hint of Neymar and Mbappé

first_imgDuring an event organized by Europa Press, La Liga president Javier Tebas stated that he believes “something” will happen with Neymar and Mbappé.The summer transfer market seems like it will be even more interesting than the ones prior due to the high demand for stars like Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, at least that’s what La Liga’s president Javier Tebas seemed to hint this Wednesday.During an event organized by Europa Press, the chairman spoke about several topics regarding the competition he controls and spoke about how much the exit of people like Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, or Pep Guardiola have affected the tournament in a very negative way.It’s clear that these football stars leaving Spain dropped La Liga’s level and has elevated the countries where they have decided to continue their careers, Guardiola made a massive impact in the Bundesliga when he coached Bayern Munich for three seasons and Jose Mourinho kept winning trophies in the Premier League during the time he managed both Chelsea and Manchester United.The situation with Cristiano Ronaldo is no different as he has managed to revive Serie A practically on his own after coming to Juventus, suddenly many top players want to play in Italy just because they want to play either with or against the Portuguese forward.➡ Tebas: “Ojalá que Mbappé y Neymar jueguen en #LaLiga”➡ El presidente de LaLiga cree que “puede que haya algún club que se está guardando dinero” y que pueda “haber algo importante en verano”#EPDesayunoTebas https://t.co/vnRHxjSsA0— EP Deportes (@EPdeportes) January 30, 2019Tebas is aware that the Spanish La Liga needs to make some instrumental decisions that will bring the competition back to the very top and they can keep winning the biggest trophies on club level football.While FC Barcelona seems like they will keep Lionel Messi in the squad until the day he retires, clubs like Real Madrid or Atletico are still searching for more interesting players who can help them compete against the dominant Catalan club.Los Blancos are a very specific case, they are one of the wealthiest clubs in the world and they are expected to make a massive investment in one of the two most coveted players in European football.Paris Saint-Germain currently has Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the Brazilian seems like a more plausible option for the French giants to release from the club but the French wonder kid is still one of the most impossible targets in the market today.However, president Javier Tebas just hinted that he may have some inside information about the possible negotiations for both players and he let something slip this Wednesday during the public event organized by Europa Press this week.Javier Tebas, boss of LaLiga: “There are many indications that one of the clubs from LaLiga saves money for the big move. I don’t know if it’s about Neymar or Kylian Mbappé, but I have the impression that something big can happen in the summer.” pic.twitter.com/PzoM1piBeB— Rafał (@madridreigns) January 30, 2019Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Apart from dismissing the complaints from Real Madrid about VAR used in the Spanish La Liga, Javier Tebas offered several headlines as usual about several topics that are very interesting to the world of football.“I wish that both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé can come to La Liga next season,” said Tebas on Europa Press during the event.“I have a feeling that something important is going to happen during the summer. Both of these players are people who can only come to great clubs and there is a possibility that one of them is saving money in order to bring one of those major stars to Spanish football.”“I obviously would’ve loved Cristiano Ronaldo to continue playing for La Liga, or that Mourinho would sign a new contract with a Spanish club.”“Their exits haven’t really affected us, I am not 100% sure that people from Serie A are happy with his arrival.”“As far as the financial fair play allegations against PSG goes, we have been leading the charge on this for the last three years in European football.”“We did place a formal accusation against Paris Saint-Germain in front of UEFA. We won’t stop being on top of this issue until we get a proper resolution,” he added.📈 Biggest home win in #Ligue1 🏡🏅 Biggest win in #Ligue1, equaling the scoreline from a March 2016 victory 🆚 Troyes9⃣-0⃣ #PSGEAG🔴🔵 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/y9rduSsmYr— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 19, 2019Who would you like to come to La Liga, Neymar or Kylian Mbappé? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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