Why Chris Kreider was handed curious Rangers demotion

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Maybe it wasn’t a direct demotion, but Chris Kreider got a season-low 11:04 of ice time and finished the game playing on the fourth line during the Rangers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks on Saturday afternoon.

As the Blueshirts wrapped up their four-game Western road trip having gone 2-1-1, Kreider went down to play with Brett Howden and Brendan Smith, getting two shifts over the final 10:54 of regulation. The game had started with Kreider next to Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich, but Buchnevich went down to play with Greg McKegg and Filip Chytil, while Brendan Lemieux and Jesper Fast joined Zibanejad.

“I didn’t love the way certain guys were playing, and wanted to get a different mix,” coach David Quinn said. “We look a little deeper with those four lines. And it being the fourth game in a four-game road trip, the third period, I really wanted to play four lines. So that was part of the decision-making process, and I thought all those lines were effective.”

Quinn added there was nothing physically wrong with Kreider, who has one goal in his past 10 games and seven through the first 32 games.

The only line that stayed together was Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Kaapo Kakko.

Defenseman Marc Staal was able to play despite being a game-time decision, having blocked a shot with his surgically repaired right ankle during the 6-3 win Thursday at San Jose. Staal took a slashing penalty in the second period and got 17:38 of ice time paired with Tony DeAngelo.

Lemieux didn’t seem worse for the wear after he missed Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. He played 14:28, and was moved onto the second power-play unit in the third period in place of Chytil.

The Rangers’ penalty kill had not given up a goal in the previous five games, going 13-for-13 during that stretch. But they gave up a goal on the Ducks’ first power plays of the game — a Jakob Silfverberg tip at 8:53 of the first period then another to Hampus Lindholm with 1:56 remaining in regulation to tie the game.

The Rangers’ power play had scored at least once in each of the first three games of this trip, having gone 4-for-10, but went 0-for-2 against the Ducks.

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Miss Jamaica Wins 2019 Miss World, Miss Nigeria’s Reaction Goes Viral

The sisterhood between Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh and Miss Nigeria Nyekachi Douglas wins the internet as the former becomes the first Jamaican to win the pageant since 1993.

AceShowbiz -The winner of 2019 Miss World was announced at the ceremony taking place December 14 at the ExCeL London in London. Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh took the crown, beating first runner-up Miss France Ophely Mezino and second runner-up Miss India Suman Rao.

“I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world,” Miss Jamaica said in her speech before winning the title. “I wouldn’t say I’m different from any other woman on this stage but I will say that my passion for women and pouring into them and making sure that they have the same opportunities that I’ve had is something that sets me apart.”

She advanced to the top 5 along with Miss France, Miss India, Miss Nigeria Nyekachi Douglas, and Miss Brazil Elis Coelho. When Miss Jamaica was announced as a winner, Miss Nigeria burst with joy for her. Her reaction went viral online, warming people’s hearts on the internet.

“This feels like a dream,” Miss Jamaica said after receiving her crown when head judge Piers Morgan asked her about how she felt. “I’m just so grateful. Thank you for whatever it is you see in me.” The 23-year-old pageant queen continued, “I’m ready to work, ready to get to work.”

The aspiring doctor impressed the judge with her beauty and talent. She did a choreography to Koffee‘s “Toast” and delivered a rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing”. She was the fourth Jamaican to get the crown in the pageant’s 69-year history and the first one to win the competition since Lisa Hanna bagged the title in 1993.

“I used to judge ‘America’s Got Talent‘ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent‘, if you’d come out and sung like you did tonight on those shows, you might have won one of those,” Morgan said. When asked if she wanted to pursue a music career, she replied, “If the door is open, I’ll walk through it.”

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Sarah Ferguson Opens Up About the Heartache of Not Having Princess Diana Around For Royal Events

Sarah Ferguson’s name has been in the headlines a lot lately after accusations that she had something to do with Prince Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview. While the Duke and Duchess of York are facing yet another scandal rocking their family, Fergie is said to be hard at work making preparations for and helping plan Princess Beatrice’s upcoming nuptials.

When Ferguson’s oldest daughter says “I do” there will be one person near and dear to the duchess’ heart who won’t be there and that is Princess Diana. Here’s what Fergie said about not having her good friend and former sister-in-law around for these events.

Fergie thought of Diana at Princess Eugenie’s wedding

After Andrew and Ferguson’s youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie, tied the knot in October 2018 Fergie spoke about the heartache of not having Diana there to witness and experience that day with her but said the princess was on her mind.

 “I thought of absent friends and family; of Diana,” the duchess said. “But she’s with me all the time.”

Fergie added, “Diana was my best friend and the funniest person I knew. She had such timing and wit. It was a total joy to be with her because we just laughed and enjoyed life so much, and I know she would have loved the wedding.”

Ferguson wasn’t invited to Prince William’s wedding

Before Diana’s death in 1997, the two women had a falling out and while Ferguson always believed that they would have eventually made up, there is another royal that never had any plans of forgiving her.

Prince Philip has feuded with the duchess for decades. Ever since her toe-sucking scandal in 1992, Queen Elizabeth’s husband has held a grudge against Fergie for the damage he believes she brought to his family’s reputation. Therefore, when Prince Charles and Diana’s son, Prince William, married Kate Middleton in 2011 Ferguson was banned from the wedding reportedly at Philip’s request.

This is something the Duchess of York was very upset about and can only wonder if things would have been different if Diana were alive.

The duchess was invited to part of Prince Harry’s wedding celebration

Seven years after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, the Prince and Princess of Wales’ other son, Prince Harry, wed Meghan Markle. Ferguson was invited to the church ceremony but was left off the guestlist for the private party thrown later that evening by Prince Charles.

Again, no one knows for sure if that would have been the case if Diana was still around or if they would have been at these royal affairs together. Fergie though has said she was told by a mutual friend that the princess was going to reach out to her and make amends, but died before she had the chance to do so.

Read more: Why Sarah Ferguson Was Allowed To Keep Her Wedding Tiara After Her Divorce But Princess Diana Was Not

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Raymond van Barneveld career ends with PDC World Championship first-round defeat

Raymond van Barneveld’s farewell tournament ended with a 3-1 first-round defeat against American Darin Young at the PDC World Championship in London.

The 52-year-old Dutchman, winner of four BDO titles and the PDC crown in 2007, had no answer to the left-hander, who had a 160 finish in set four.

A crestfallen Van Barneveld struggled to find words when interviewed.

“In my disaster final year I lost in the first round, I will never forgive myself,” he told Sky Sports.

Van Barneveld announced his immediate retirement after a Premier League loss to Michael van Gerwen in Rotterdam in March, but reversed that decision 24 hours later and agreed to play for the remainder of the year.

Despite continual support from the Alexandra Palace crowd, he was far from his best against Young and after being unable to finish from 72, the Dutchman was eliminated as his 46-year-old opponent hit double top.

Earlier, England’s Luke Humphries beat 18th seed Jermaine Wattimena of the Netherlands in a superb second-round sudden-death leg finish after their deciding set ended 5-5.

The 24-year-old World Youth champion from Newbury, who reached the quarter-finals last year and beat Devon Petersen on Friday, will have more than a week before his third-round match.

Singapore veteran Paul Lim, 65, in his 24th World Championship campaign, won the opening leg with a 160 checkout but lost 3-0 to Luke Woodhouse, who earned a second-round match against last year’s beaten finalist Michael Smith.

Saturday’s results:

Afternoon matches:

First round:

Darius Labanauskas (Ltu) 3-0 Matthew Edgar (Eng)

Ryan Meikle (Eng) 1-3 Yuki Yamada (Jpn)

Luke Woodhouse (Eng) 3-0 Paul Lim (Sin)

Second round:

Jermaine Wattimena (Ned) 2-3 Luke Humphries (Eng)

Evening matches:

First round:

Mark McGeeney (Eng) 3-1 Matt Campbell (Can)

Jamie Hughes (Eng) 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher (Aut)

Raymond van Barneveld (Ned) 1-3 Darin Young (US)

Second round:

Rob Cross (Eng) v Kim Huybrechts (Bel)

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used an old school presentation to impress Ed Woodward – The Sun

ED WOODWARD sat back in admiration as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used an old-school method to map out a new dawn at Manchester United.

Solskjaer wrote every United player’s name in its own marker-drawn bubble, alongside ticks on who should stay and who should go.


There were empty spaces, too, for those Ole wanted to get in. It was no state-of-the-art presentation from the new boss installed by United’s executive vice-chairman Woodward.

It also came many weeks before Old Trafford’s head honcho had expected it.

Woodward believed it would take much work for Solskjaer to unravel the mess left behind by the sacked Jose Mourinho and put together his own blueprint.

Less than a year on, and even allowing for a few noughts and crosses along the way, Solskjaer’s picture is coming together.
Only as recently as last month his own situation seemed perilous.

Mauricio Pochettino was the man on everybody’s lips to replace him following the Argentinian’s sacking by Tottenham.

The managerial reign of the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’ at Old Trafford looked to be dying in its infancy.

'FLIP CHART, PASSION'

Ahead of back-to-back games against Mourinho’s Spurs and neighbours Manchester City, the word was that he might not make this Thursday’s first anniversary as boss.

But Solskjaer always believed he was on the right path after he dropped through the chimney like Santa Claus last Christmas, with United in desperate need of some festive cheer.

He smiled as he recalled how Woodward came to see him in what was supposed to be a meeting to arrange a meeting.

Instead the Norwegian got right down to brass tacks.

Laughing, he declared: “I’m old school, me. I am not for the iPad or PowerPoint presentations!

“Flip chart, eye-to-eye, passion, write it down and put the names: Yep, yep, no, no, yes. Players, gaps, holes so he knows what I think this group needed.

“I’d been away but I’d been watching. I had a clear idea of what a United team should look like.

“I have been part of a United team and you do want to go back to our traditions of attacking football with pace, power, personalities.

“That is what we are doing. It’s a gradual thing but you see every single day now that these don’t need an operation.

“Sometimes they need some medicine.

But we are on the right track and if you don’t pull your weight or put a shift in, you’re the odd man out in training.

“It didn’t always used to be like that, I have to say.

“We had put a plan together and I had a vision of how I wanted this team to look in 18 months’ time when that season starts.

“We still need some transfer windows before then. I put that plan out for Ed within a month or a couple of weeks when I came here.

“And one or two have changed, yep. There have been a couple of movements since I first showed him how I was thinking on paper.”

The presentation had a devastating effect on the careers of misfiring strikers Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom Solskjaer wanted out of the Old Trafford door.

Come next month, Nemanja Matic is liable to find he is another name about to be chalked off.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer is planning a major onslaught in the transfer market to fill in more of those missing spaces, having already brought in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan- Bissaka and Dan James.

In terms of those noughts, the biggest was against today’s visitors Everton in April — when United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat.

Solskjaer admitted: “That was the biggest eye-opener because if you lose 2-1 or 1-0 or 3-2, a close game, at least then you can see something.

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Anton du Beke’s ‘hollow laugh’ was ‘warning’ to Emma after actress broke pro dancer rules

Anton du Beke had the Glitterball trophy in his grasp tonight, but he and partner Emma Barton just missed out on victory. He and Emma performed three routines, including a graceful number to Send in the Clowns.

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The trophy went to Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher and pro dancer Oti Mabuse in the end.

What did body language experts make of Anton’s performance tonight?

Judi James claimed that Strictly Come Dancing veteran gave a veiled warning to Emma tonight during an interview.

Judi said: “Poor Anton missed his moment yet again although this must have been the closest he has got to getting his hands on that Glitterball.

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“Emma broke the Strictly pro dancer ‘rules’ by openly admitting to errors and saying ‘I got collywobbles’ after losing it right at the start of her Fred and Ginger routine and Anton’s loud, hollow laugh as she said she would be happy to repeat the routine in the dance-off should have been a warning that you never admit any form of mistake or defeat in a Strictly finale.”

However, Emma and Anton will surely be proud of their performance overall during the series.

They scored a number of 10s from the judges, including at the legendary Blackpool Ballroom.

The pair can thank their connection for this, according to another body language expert, Darren Stanton.

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He said: “It’s clear from their dance they had practiced and practiced. Their rapport and connection seemed faultless.”

The expert claimed there was: “Genuine excitement and confidence from Emma. Her eyes were sparking and were so genuine.”

What is more, there is a “genuine friendship between her and Anton.”

The expert went on: “They are naturally very comfortable in each other’s space, denoted by lots of touching when getting feedback.

“Her eyes were wide like a child on Christmas Day, as if she couldn’t believe she has come to the final.”

STRICTLY COME DANCING WINNERS: A TIMELINE

2004 winner: Natasha Kaplinsky

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first celebrity to win the BBC dancing series, which originally aired in July of 2004. She was partnered with Brendan Cole. They finished 39 points ahead of competitor Christopher Parker.

2004 winner: Jill Halfpenny

Jill Halfpenny was the second star to impress the judges with her dancing skills. Partnered with Darren Bennett, the pair beat off competition from Julian Clary and Denise Lewis in December of 2004.

2005 winner: Darren Gough

Cricketer Darren Gough won the third series of Strictly. He and partner Lilia Kopylova wowed audiences but never once finished at the top of the leaderboard.

2006 winner: Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash was the fourth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He was partnered with Karen Hardy and they were the first couple to restart a routine after their initial attempt saw Mark’s mic get caught in Karen’s dress.

2007 winner: Alesha Dixon

Before becoming a Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon won the nation’s hearts and the Glitterball Trophy during the fifth series. She was partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.

2008 winner: Tom Chambers

Holby City star Tom Chambers was partnered with Camilla Dallerup when he won the sixth series. He performed the Foxtrot and Salsa in the final week.

2009 winner: Chris Hollins

BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan surprised viewers when they beat Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe in the final. They wowed with the Foxtrot, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Showdance.

2010 winner: Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon was the eighth celebrity to win Strictly. She danced with Artem Chigvintsev and failed to receive 40 points throughout her time on the show.

2011 winner: Harry Judd

Former McFly star Harry Judd was the ninth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He didn’t top the leaderboard until week seven but then scored 40 points twice in the final.

2012 winner: Louis Smith

The tenth series of the BBC show was won by Olympian Louis Smith. He danced his way to victory with professional partner Flavia Cacace. He faced competition from Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Danni Harmer in the series finale.

2013 winner: Abbey Clancy

Model Abbey Clancy won series eleven of Strictly alongside partner Alijaz Skorjanec. She was called a “spectacular dancer” with “wonderful posture” by former head judge Len Goodman.

2014 winner: Caroline Flack

Love Island host Caroline Flack took to the dance floor in series 12 where she scooped the Glitterball Trophy with Pasha Kovalev.

2015 winner: Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness surprised viewers when he won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Aliona Vilani. When he learned he’d won, he told host Tess Daly: “I feel spaced out – it’s really weird.”

2016 winner: Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Joanne Clifton.

The sports presenter broke down in tears after beating Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp.

2017 winner: Joe McFadden

Joe McFadden was victorious with professional dance partner Katya Jones. The Holby City star beat off competition from fan favourite Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke.

2018 winner: Stacey Dooley

Documentary-maker Stacey fought off competition to make it to the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton last year. When they won, Kevin described her as “the most wonderful person”.

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Sophia Hutchins Says She Was 'Never Romantically Involved' With Caitlyn Jenner

“I don’t feel a need to address my sex life, quite frankly, unless I want to,’ the 23-year-old said.

Sophia Hutchins is finally clearing up the rumors about her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner.

The 23-year-old and reality star, 70, have sparked dating rumors for years, appearing inseparable on social media and even sharing a home in Malibu.

"We were never romantically involved,” she explained in a new interview with The New York Times.

As to why it has taken so long for her to comment on the speculation, Hutchins said, "We weren’t addressing it — I don’t feel a need to address my sex life, quite frankly, unless I want to."

She even dished on her current love life status, as she said she "just started dating a 30-year-old gentleman who graduated from Harvard and works on Wall Street."

Hutchins also revealed she gets a 10-percent cut of all Jenner’s deal as her new manager, a job once handled by Jenner’s ex-wife, Kris Jenner.

"I saw nobody was managing her, and there were all these people taking massive advantage," Hutchins explained. "And I was saying, ‘Caitlyn, if I don’t step in here and start managing you, you’re going to go broke.’"

Along with the money-managing gig, Hutchins is creating her own beauty brand, much like Jenner’s daughter, Kylie.

But her new endeavors haven’t caused a rift in the Kardashian-Jenner clan, as she stated, "I’m on good terms with all the family, but I’m closest with Kris, Kim, Kylie and Kendall," Hutchins added.

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Sophia Hutchins Reveals She and Caitlyn Jenner Aren't Dating

Sophia Hutchins is officially setting the record straight on her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner. For nearly three years, tabloids have linked the two as a couple — even going as far to say they were engaged. But, according to Hutchins, that couldn't be further from the truth. 

“We were never romantically involved," the 23-year-old told The New York Times

Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins

Until now, Sophia has not done much to dispel the rumors. On one occasion, she posted a selfie from Jenner's bed, writing "home sweet home." In another instance, she told fans she was dating someone without naming names — leading everyone to believe she was talking about Caitlyn. Turns out, she's actually involved with a 30-year-old man who works on Wall Street. 

When asked why the media has insisted on publishing reports linking them as a couple, Sophia explained: “Because we weren’t addressing it. I don’t feel a need to address my sex life, quite frankly, unless I want to.”

Jenner declined to be interviewed for the article, but told the newspaper in a statement: “Over the last few years, Sophia has been my best friend, family and confidant. She is one of the top minds in her field. Her value in my life is undeniable. The sky is the limit with her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Hutchins is Jenner's manager — a role that was previously helmed by ex-wife Kris Jenner. “I saw nobody was managing her, and there were all these people taking massive advantage,” Sophia said. “And I was saying, ‘Caitlyn, if I don’t step in here and start managing you, you’re going to go broke.’"

Elsewhere in the piece, Sophia revealed that she has become friendly with the KarJenners. “I’m on good terms with all the family, but I’m closest with Kris, Kim, Kylie and Kendall," she said. Back in May, Khloé also confirmed that there was no bad blood, adding that Hutchins is "super sweet."

“She’s really sweet — she’s younger, but she’s not bothering anyone."

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Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Selected For National Film Registry

Prince‘s 1984 autobiographical film Purple Rain has been selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as one of America’s most influential motion pictures.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Wednesday the annual selection of 25 films, which were selected on the basis of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.

Purple Rain showcases Prince as one of the greatest musical talents of his generation.

The film’s multi-platinum soundtrack was previously named to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

The film’s director, Albert Magnoli, said he is deeply honored that Purple Rain has been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2019.

Apollonia Kotero, who was Prince’s co-star in the movie, said that as a young Latina actress, being cast in Purple Rain was the opportunity of a lifetime for her.

Spike Lee‘s 1986 breakout movie “She’s Gotta Have It,” Disney’s 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty” and Kevin Smith‘s 1994 “Clerks” were also selected for the National Film Registry.

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President Donald Trump Cheered At 120th Army-Navy Football Game Coin Toss

President Donald Trump’s appearance at the 120th Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia received a roaring response from the Midshipmen and Cadets. The game was televised nationally by CBS.

Trump stode onto the field, clapping, and wearing a “Keep America Great Again” cap with “45” on it. He gave the coin toss following the invocation and the National Anthem, performed by a combined Army-Navy chorus. The President was thanked by a mic’d referee supervising the toss of a special commemorative coin.

Navy won the toss (tails) and deferred to Army getting the ball first.

Before the game, President Trump visited both locker rooms to wish the players well. He also had a special new Presidential order designed for them.

Unlike past years, any player from the military academys who wish to pursue a professional football career will not have to wait until their service is completed. In the past, players had to serve their full military commitment before embarking on a pro career.

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