Idina Menzel, Sting & More Set for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

first_img Star Files There may be a chill in the air, but the cold never bothered her anyway! Frozen queen and If/Then headliner Idina Menzel, along with The Last Ship scribe Sting and the Annie movie’s Quvenzhane Wallis are just some of the stars tapped for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.Other big names set for the Turkey day celebration include Great White Way vet Nick Jonas, Cirque du Soleil, opera singer Renne Fleming, the cast of Sesame Street, Kiss, Meghan Trainor, Big Apple Circus, Before You Exit, William Blake, Sabrina Carpenter, Hilary Duff, Becky G., Lucy Hale, Sandra Lee, The Madden Brothers, Miss USA 2014, MKTO, NEEDTOBREATH, NHL stars John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine, Pentatonix, Romeo Santos, Cole Swindell and The Vamps.The 88th annual event, which will have more than 8,000 participants, will be broadcast on NBC on November 27, hosted by the cast of The Today Show.Check out the last time Menzel performed at the parade below. Her costume involved a fair amount of green on that occasion… View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Harman makes key adjustment in close singles win

first_img Comments Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Emily Harman had to get to the net. She was playing a match tiebreaker with the score tied at one at the end of the second set, and her groundstrokes simply would not win it. Not against Jessica Ahn’s consistent returns. But regardless of the speed of Ahn’s serves or the regularity of Ahn’s shots, Harman realized if she was to win, she couldn’t sit back. She needed to attack her opponent. The opportunity to dictate plays while putting away volleys was crucial.‘She’s always going to be an extremely aggressive player, in all facets,’ SU head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘She’s always looking to end the points on her own terms.’From there on out Harman attacked the net every time she had a chance. Instead of waiting at the baseline, she sprinted five strides forward.That’s where her game was. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarman’s change to that aggressive style caught her opponent off guard and secured a 6-1, 6-7 (6), 10-4 win Wednesday. In Syracuse’s 6-1 team victory over Army, Harman’s match provided just about the only excitement of the day. Aside from a loss for co-captain Simone Kalhorn, the Orange cruised to its 10th straight victory, dropping only three sets on the day.Harman, still residing far from the net, appeared to be on course for an easy victory after winning her first set. Assistant coach Shelley George said she was hitting first serves and keeping her opponent on her heels. But the second set got away from her. The attack simply wasn’t there. ‘(Ahn) won the first game of the second set, which in tennis is big if you haven’t won much in the first set,’ Harman said. ‘And I think she made a couple of lucky shots that got her confidence going and then her game started clicking a lot more than in the first set. I made some errors and didn’t execute as well as I did in the first set, which allowed her back in.’Harman came back from being down 5-2 to force a second-set tiebreaker. She started shifting into a serve-and-volley game more. But with that, her returns became tentative. She hadn’t completely made the shift yet, though, losing the second set.Then, instead of playing a third set, Harman and Ahn played a tiebreaker to 10 because Syracuse had already won enough singles matches and the doubles point to have clinched a team victory. Her volleys and serve had just one tiebreaker to stand out.‘(Volleying) is what I like,’ Harman said. ‘A very big strength in my game is to take the first serve and rock it and then just finish the point. Make the point short, attack and the way that I attack is to get to net. And my hands are good and I play to my strength.’This strength manifested itself in several points in the match tiebreaker. Ahn was unable to return two of Harman’s serves, hitting one into the net and one deep. Three points were decided when Harman hit winning volleys past Ahn. She angled volleys so Ahn could not reach them before they flew out of bounds. On the second-to-last point, with the score 9-3, Ahn saw Harman at net and started to sneak forward herself. But that’s where Harman wanted the game to be. That’s where her game resides.Unperturbed, Harman hit a volley past Ahn. Had Ahn been at the baseline — where she spent most of the match — she could have kept the point alive.Ahn didn’t, and two points later, Harman closed out the match. All because of that switch.‘I thought she played awesome,’ Kalhorn said. ‘She was being so aggressive and coming to net and not even giving the other girl a chance really.’[email protected]last_img read more

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Women’s soccer hoping to honor seniors in weekend series

first_imgDarcy Riley and the UW defense will face tough tests as Michigan and Michigan State come to the McClimon complex this weekend.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, winning this weekend’s games versus Michigan State and Michigan would be the perfect way to honor two people who have helped bring their program to new heights – Taryn Francel and Darcy Riley, this year’s seniors.While Sunday’s match-up against Michigan is the official senior day, the team hopes to post victories to honor the senior class in both their home games at the McClimon Complex this weekend – starting with their Friday night game versus Michigan State.Such a sentiment of honoring the seniors was certainly not lost with Coach Paula Wilkins, who hid no emotion when expressing how much the senior class has meant to not only her, but also the program.“They probably don’t know how much they mean to me,” Wilkins said. “In terms of what they’ve done and what I’ve asked them to do, they really started to shift themselves both on and off the field to change the culture. The little things in practice, the little things on the road and just the nature of the team and how they support each other really comes from the two of them. As I always tell my players, ‘they are the program,’ and Darcy and Taryn really did build the program to the next point. They might not show up in the stats as much, but what they’ve done for the program will always be remembered.”On the pitch though, the second-place Badgers (7-4-4, 4-1-2) will need to be fully prepared this weekend. In a conference that seemingly has no weak teams, the Spartans and the Wolverines will continue that trend of strong opponents as they both bring talented squads to Madison.The Badgers’ Friday opponent, Michigan State (9-3-2, 3-1-1), sports not only a fantastic record, but also two of the conferences top three point-getters in junior Laura Heyboer (22 points) and sophomore Olivia Stander (18).For Coach Wilkins, stopping the talented Michigan State attack will be tough, but it’s certainly a task that her side will be up for if they stick to their defensive principles.“We’re going to have to be really focused on being aware of where they are and making sure we have good cover with what they do,” Wilkins said. “Because they can be dangerous, and Laura (Heyboer) is a great player and scorer. And Olivia (Standor) is coming on as a young player and being a threat. At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to good defending and good group defending as a team.”After splitting their two games last weekend with a 1-0 loss at Ohio State and a 3-2 win at Penn State, the Badgers are doing their best to not let the past weekend’s mix of emotions affect this weekend’s games or their outlook on the rest of the season.As junior captain Laurie Nosbusch pointed out, however, it’s tough not to be encouraged by how the team bounced back with a thrilling victory against Penn State on Sunday. The win was a true display of the team’s character and grit and an especially encouraging sign moving forward. “It was a great thing to see because I think it speaks a lot to our team character in taking a loss that was very disappointing and meant a lot to our season,” Nosbusch said. “It lightened our hopes of winning the Big Ten trophy but to be able to bounce back and be able to bring fire against such a great team was amazing.”That same character and intensity is exactly what the Badgers will need this weekend at the McClimon Complex. Not only for their Friday game against Michigan State, but also for their Sunday game against the Big Ten’s other Michigan foe, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan (7-2-4, 2-1-2) presents another formidable Big Ten opponent as they come into town with a solid attack lead by powerful freshman forward Nkem Ezurine.The Badgers should be more than excited for Sunday’s game since, although it is not the senior’s final home game, it will be the perfect opportunity to honor them – both on and off the pitch. For Nosbusch, just like many of her fellow teammates, the biggest priority will be doing all they can to extend the seniors’ careers.“Right now, we’re trying to keep them around as long as possible and we need to keep winning to do so.”last_img read more

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