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Jessye Norman: Hear 10 of Her Greatest Performances – The New York Times

There was a sense of safety in the rich, majestic, capacious voice of Jessye Norman, who died on Monday at 74. To have lost her is to have lost some part of that safety, too, which may have been one reason for the intensity of feeling that greeted the news of her death.

[Read the obituary for Ms. Norman, and our critics appraisal of her career.]

A fellow diva, Rene Fleming, called it a stunning, saddening loss on Twitter, posting a classic live recording of Ms. Norman singing the Liebestod from Wagners Tristan und Isolde. Yuval Sharon, who directed a foray into John Cage late in her career, shared on Facebook her commanding, committed Jocasta in Stravinskys Oedipus Rex.

More Wagner, as well as gorgeous renditions of Ms. Normans beloved Strauss and other composers, are on offer here, in selections by our critics and writers of some of her greatest performances. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Was there ever a singer more suited to Strauss than Ms. Norman? Probably not, and in no music more than the Four Last Songs. Theres an extraordinary video online of her singing them with Wolfgang Sawallisch, but her studio recording remains without equal, backed by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, in unimaginably plush form.

Nobility, strength, power: Its all here. At the end of Beim Schlafengehen, as she sings of a soul unwatched soar into immortality, her voice lights the sky with defiant, unbounded joy. At the end of September, its her quiet, touching delicacy that shocks and enthralls.

And yet it is Im Abendrot that she inhabits most thoroughly: its lines unending, its spirit unyielding even as time takes its toll. DAVID ALLEN

Wagner: Die Walkre

It is one of the pivotal moments of Wagners Ring cycle and Ms. Norman defined it for me since I first heard the cycle live in the opera house. It comes near the end of Die Walkre, the second opera, when the bereft Sieglinde, who has just lost her lover, learns she is pregnant with his child. She goes from longing for death to fighting for life. Then, in a beatific, transcendent moment, she thanks Brnnhilde for helping her escape to safety so she can give birth to the young hero.

The way Ms. Norman sang it, her line of gratitude O hehrstes Wunder! Herrlichste Maid! (O noblest wonder! Most glorious maiden!) unspooled in an almost unimaginable torrent of powerful, rich, huge, pure sound. She hit every note cleanly; it was aural radiance. MICHAEL COOPER

Ms. Normans queenly quality, her larger-than-lifeness, suited her for myth: She didnt have to act! But since there wasnt anything ethereal about her full-bodied (though luminous and levitating) sound, the effect was that of both mortal and deity, an earth goddess. She can be intimate here, telling a story across a campfire, and then suddenly shes unfurling across the millenniums. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Behold: one of the great spectacles of our age. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, on July 14, 1989, the French government chose Ms. Norman as its Marianne. Dressed in a sweeping, hooded tricolor cape designed by Azzedine Alaa, and stalking like an animate statue the very embodiment of libert around the base of the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, she announced La Marseillaise not as history, but as living truth. ZACHARY WOOLFE

And now for something completely different, though still in Ms. Normans pungent French. Better known for authority, she was also adept at the brand of dreaminess that permeates Debussys embrace of being alive in a sunset. Shes joined by one of her best partners, James Levine, whose pianism is as elegant as her singing. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Some singers speaking voices are far removed from the ones they produce in song. But when I interviewed Jessye Norman in 2009, I was struck by the beauty of her diction: each consonant polished, each word uttered in a resonant, inky tone. The dignity and gravitas she projected onstage were qualities she carried with her everywhere.

The first notes Ms. Norman sings in Mahlers Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, from the song cycle Rckert-Lieder, are rooted in that deep, noble register. The song is about renunciation, and its patient vocal lines require extraordinary control and restraint. I am dead to the worlds tumult and rest in a quiet domain, she sings, beginning here at 4:30. Listen to how, on the word ruh (rest), she seems to stop time altogether with a voice that sounds drained of all ego, the pure sublimation of lonely, hard-won dignity. CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM

Before I knew the range that Ms. Norman was capable of Wagnerian grandeur, French delicacy, moving spirituals I first fell, like so many others, for her famous (perhaps definitive) recording of Strausss Four Last Songs. I was so obsessed with it that for a long time I didnt fully appreciate the other treasures on the album, especially Morgen. This song is easy to come by, but a performance like Ms. Normans isnt. Her trademark clarity is there, but her voice is more modest, kept at a muted glow throughout like a gentle sunrise, wrapping each phrase in a ray of warm light. JOSHUA BARONE

The New York Timess obituary for Ms. Norman quotes a 1992 review by Edward Rothstein in which he refers to her a voice as a grand mansion of sound. You dont need to look any further than her Dich, teure Halle, from Wagners Tannhuser, to see why. Here she is at Carnegie Hall, singing with the New York Philharmonic under James Levine, completely upstaging a full orchestra in her ecstatic and effortlessly majestic entrance. But even in a concert performance, her dramatic gifts are on display as the opening gives way to a quieter, haunted pain when she recalls Tannhusers absence, then the joy of remembering his return. In musical rapture her voice takes flight, and it feels like youve been swept into the stratosphere with her. JOSHUA BARONE

Recorded as if she were singing in the middle of a huge, empty plain, the voice is grand here spacious and silken, a dark molten pool but never affected. The song is a single thought, intently communicated (listen to the urgency with which she lands on was ich near the end), as if the most important thing to say in the world is give thanks. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands

The gentle, caressing lightness of the beginning, like shes sharing the secret that will save your life, turns insouciant, and almost witty when she mentions the birds and the bees right in His hand. But its not a secret for long: The good word is something to shout from the rooftops, and Ms. Normans rendition builds to controlled whoops of ecstasy, capped by one of the most memorably flung-out high-note bolts youll ever hear. ZACHARY WOOLFE

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Can the Blues do it all again? – KSDK.com

ST. LOUIS The defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues (that will never not sound weird, by the way) will drop the puck on a new regular season on Wednesday, October 2 against the Washington Capitals at Enterprise Center.

Just 113 days before that, they were carrying the most famous trophy in sports off the ice at TD Garden in Boston after a Game 7 that will never be forgotten.

They've had their parade (which lived up to the 52-year wait), they've each had their day with the Cup, their names have been etched into immortality, they've lived like rock stars and they've received their championship rings.

Now all that's left is to raise the banner to the rafters of the Enterprise Center.

After that, it's back to work on adding another one.

Hockey is the hardest sport to repeat as champion. These guys literally played their last game that counted about three months ago.

Since 1990, only two franchises have been able to accomplish the repeat feat. The Penguins did it in 1991 and 1992 and then again in 2016 and 2017, and the Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998.

But we already know not to doubt this team.

The 2019 Blues were able to pull themselves out of the basement of the NHL in January to fight all the way back to the top.

Now, they have a clean slate to start a new season. A blank canvas if you will. They have a full year of Craig Berube at the helm upcoming and darn near a full returning roster that just won the Stanley Cup.

Watch: Ryan O'Reilly talks ahead of new season for Blues

If a team could ever be in perfect shape to repeat, the Blues are in it.

The roster taking the ice for opening night against Washington is in many ways BETTER than the team that left the ice against the Bruins.

Pat Maroon is a St. Louis hero. The hometown kid had a year unlike anything any of us who grew up here can even imagine. But his departure opens the door for some younger, faster players to get more ice time. Sammy Blais and Zach Sanford should both benefit from the opening, and both have breakout potential.

Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong also dropped a bomb on all of us just ahead of the start of a new season.

Watch: Justin Faulk talks about joining the Blues

Even though Armstrong's team is the defending Stanley Cup champs, he didn't sit on his hands. He went out and got an all-star defenseman in Justin Faulk and then locked him up in a long term contract.

Oh yeah, the Blues also get a full season of Jordan Binnington between the pipes. It would be unfair for fans to expect quite the domination he provided last year through the playoffs (the dude was on a level we had never seen before), but he'll prove to the rest of the league he's no fluke.

The players made it clear they've already turned the page on last year. Now, it's time for fans to do the same.

No, we'll never forget this Stanley Cup summer, but a new challenge lies ahead.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the quote of the offseason, and it's time for the city to get behind his words.

"One is not enough."

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LISTEN | ‘We’re 90 minutes away from it now’ – Dundalk FC on the verge of immortality – Dundalk Democrat

Dundalk FC qualified for their fifth successive FAI Cup final in Sligo on Sunday night, defeating the locals courtesy of Michael Duffy's stunning late strike.

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Exhibition of Turkish artist opens in Baku [PHOTO] – AzerNews

2 October 2019 15:13 (UTC+04:00)

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By Laman Ismayilova

An exhibition of Turkish artist Ahmed Guneshtekin opened at the Heydar Aliyev Center on October 1 within the 2nd Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts, and Spirituality.

Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

Addressing the event, the director of the Heydar Aliyev Center Anar Alakbarov spoke about the 2nd Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts, and Spirituality organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation jointly with the Ministry of Culture.

"I take this opportunity to welcome guests who have come to the festival from around the world. First of all, I thank President Ilham Aliyev for the support provided in the implementation of cultural projects in our country and the announcement of this year as the 'Year of Nasimi'. I express gratitude to First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva for worthy promotion of Azerbaijani culture in the world and for the help in the implementation of such a festival," Alakbarov said.

He also expressed confidence that the exhibition would cause great interest.

Turkish artist Ahmed Guneshtekin, in turn, regarded Baku as a city of culture. He stressed the unique architecture of the Heydar Aliyev Center.

"This is a unique place. It is the same valuable architectural model as the Room of Immortality that I have created. I dedicated this work to the great leader of the Azerbaijani people, Heydar Aliyev, as a tribute to his memory. With this work, I tried to reflect the history of Azerbaijan and the personality of Heydar Aliyev," Guneshtekin said

Inspired by Nasimi's poetry, Turkish artist created a unique art work dedicated to him.

His work reflects the ideas of Hurufism, which is a literary and philosophical branch of Sufism. Among the exhibited works there is also the famous "Room of Immortality".

The artist created this installation under the influence of archaeological discoveries in Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. "The Epic ofGilgamesh" and "Nuh Tufans" legend were the main sources of his inspiration.

On the "Room of Immortality", the artist worked together with 130 people of various professions.

The art work consists of 22 thousand metal skulls and twisted horns. 35 tons of aluminum were consumed for its manufacture. The installation was first demonstrated in 2018.

Ahmed Guneshtekin is considered one of the prominent figures of contemporary Turkish art. Starting to paint at the age of five, Guneshtekin moved to Istanbul in 1981. In 1997, he opened the first studio in Istanbul. In 2003, Ataturk Cultural Center hosted its first major exhibition "Colors after Darkness".

In 2005, he presented the documentary "Following the Trail of the Sun". In 2010, the artist established the Guneshtekin Art Center in Istanbul. In 2013, he opened the first international exhibition in Venice and began to collaborate with the Marlborough Gallery.

The artists exhibition at the Heydar Aliyev Center will be open until March 31, 2020.

The 2nd Nasimi Festivalof Poetry, Arts and Spirituality was held in Azerbaijan from September 28 to October 1.

The festival, dedicated to the creativity of Imadaddin Nasimi, was organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Culture.

The project aims at promotion ofthe national poets works, as well as exploring his philosophy, reflecting the phenomena of the modern world. As partof the project, a number of events were heldin Nasimis hometown Shamakhi as well as in Baku.

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Wanted: Matrix 4 Is Looking For A Young Version Of Keanu Reeves – Konbini US

In an episode of My Moms Basement, the podcast by Variety's journalist Justin Kroll,we hearthat the next Matrix team, which will be the 4th and not a reboot, should hire a young recruit to play Neo. If the original cast, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss - who will take over the roles of Neo and Trinity -, has planned to return to the matrix, the script could take us through the ages.

When some people have fun creating memes about Keanu Reeves' immortality or the possibility that his body will never age, rumors are already spreading that several of the main actors of the franchise could also have their young version in this new adventure, such as Morpheus, to whom Laurence Fishburne lends his features, Heroic Hollywood reminds us.

Only one of the two original directors, Lana Wachowski, will write and direct the film and no information as to why her sister Lilly is not part of the project. For the script, she will get some help from the American writer Aleksandar Hemon and the British novelist David Mitchell. The filmmaker had shared her enthusiasm with Variety in mid-August:

"Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. Im very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends," Wachowski said.

The film is expected to go into production in 2020. In the meantime, we'll wait for every drop of information we can get.

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Opinion: There’s Nothing Bad About ‘Bucha – Albionpleiad

Kevita is among many brands of kombucha that have become popular in recent years. While rainbow ice cream and sushi donuts might disappear from the public eye as quickly as they came into it, kombucha has been around for thousands of years, and it isnt going away any time soon(Photo by Jordan Revenaugh).

Food fads are nothing new.

Sushi now comes in many different forms, ranging from donuts to burritos. Some foods, particularly ice cream, now come in unicorn colors, a fancy way of saying rainbow, while others come in charcoal. Classic foods, like lasagna, now come in a deconstructed style, because I guess eating noodles, marinara sauce and cheese together is antiquated. Now, the cool way to eat them is separately.

While many food fads come and go, one of them is here to stay: Kombucha.

Some of you out there roll your eyes at this. You wonder how people can enjoy a bitter, vinegar flavored drink. You wonder how they can stand the feeling of carbonation as the fermented tea-based drink bubbles on their tongues.

You have preconceived notions about kombucha because you assume its just like any other old fad: temporary. You judge kombucha the way I judge a deconstructed lasagna. But, unlike a lasagna that has already been deconstructed, theres more to pick apart when it comes to kombucha.

How long has this stuff been around?

While you might think kombucha was invented in recent years solely for health gurus and hipsters, thats not actually the case. Kombucha is thought to have originated in China approximately 2000 years ago. Records date back to 221 B.C., when kombucha was referred to as the tea of immortality.

Cool, butWhat is it?

Kombucha is a fermented green or black tea made with something called kombucha culture, a mixture of live bacteria and yeast otherwise known as scoby.

Similar to how kombucha is made with kombucha culture, scoby is actually an acronym that stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The takeaway? When it comes to what ingredients make up kombucha, things are pretty straightforward.

Bacteria: Isnt that gross?

Not when its good for you.

As the scoby digests, it produces sugar. This goes on to create a long list of acids that, aside from amino acids, my chemistry for the non-science major course did not cover in-depth enough for me to understand. What I do understand, however, are the vitamins that are also produced in the digestive process. In addition to the plethora of acids, the decomposing bacteria release vitamins A and C along with B vitamins B1, B6 and B12.

Whats more is that while kombucha contains bacteria, according to Healthline, it also kills bacteria. While this might seem counterproductive at first glance, its not. Acetic acid, which gives kombucha a taste similar to that of vinegar, works to kill off bad bacteria in your gut. What it doesnt do is kill off scoby, the good bacteria within the effervescent drink, or detract from kombuchas natural probiotic properties.

Whats so important about gut health, though?

The thought of gut health tends to allude to thoughts of digestion, but we wont get into that. What we will get into, however, are all the things that are unexpectedly associated with what goes on in your digestive tract.

According to Time Magazine, the gastrointestinal system has been linked to many different health related issues in recent years, ranging from anxiety to many different chronic illnesses, such as Type 2 diabetes and various forms of cancer.

So, maybe its a little bit gross to think about scoby swimming around in your gut, but its doing some good work in there.

How do different kinds of kombucha compare?

When it comes to good old bucha, the list of brands and flavors is nearly endless. When it comes to popularity, GTs and Kevita are probably the most popular brands, each with a vast variety of different flavors.

With each bottle selling anywhere from $2 to $5, depending on where its sold, maybe that seems like a major hit to a college students already dwindling bank account. When it comes to kombucha, though, the pros outweigh the cons.

But if the ticket price is too high to gain approval in your budget (because honestly, thats fair), youre in luck. There are plenty of ways to brew your own kombucha in order to get your fix.

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Star Wars Theory: Vader Immortal Might Reveal the True Purpose of the Death Star – CBR – Comic Book Resources

The Death Stars were moon-sized battle stations developed by the Galactic Empire, capable of destroying entire planets. Thirty years later, the First Order followed suit, tunneling the kyber-rich planet Illum to build the Starkiller Base. That's par for the course for a militarized regime, but it always seemed like a waste of resources, given the Emperors objectives and his explicit disregard for building lasting political structures. But what if those feats of wartime engineering weren't what the Imperial and First Order officials thought they were? What if the true reason for their existence was to allow Palpatine to achieve immortality? Thats what the VR game Vader Immortal seems to be pointing at, through the legend of Lady Corvax and the Brightstar.

In Vader Immortal, the player character ventures beneath Fortress Vader on Mustafar to retrieve the Brightstar artifact for Darth Vader. Lady Corvaxs spirit guides the player on this quest, and along the way she explains that she stole the Brightstar, the sacred object that provided Mustafar with life, to create a device that would bring her dead husband back to life. (That's why Vader wants the Brightstar too: Hes trying to bring Padm back to life.)

However, while a portal was created, and her husband was trapped in the world between the living and the dead, the Brightstar energy destroyed Mustafar, transforming it into the volcanic inferno that it is now. The portal remained active, a rip in time and space, and it was a major plot point the Marvel comics series Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, in which Vader is also on a quest to resurrect Padm (he blunders, although not because the portal wasnt working).

Vader Immortal peppers the screen with visual hints that this Brightstar is actually primitive Death Star technology: The Brightstar looks like a massive, spiral kyber crystal, within a cave of smaller kyber crystals. The pre-Corvax Mustafarians had been using it as an energy source, or perhaps as a way to keep their world in balance in the Force. Lady Corvax broke that balance to rip the veil of reality and bring back her husband, which caused the devastation.

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Canon material backs up that hypothesis: In Catalyst: A Rogue One novel, scientist Galen Erso discovers that kyber crystals could be faceted to become a very cheap source of energy for entire planets. He also proposed that kyber crystals were able to align the natural dark and light side of the Force to focus, balance and increase this energy output even more. However, without proper containment this energy would lash out and destroy everything that surrounded it as it could be seen in the Death Star I, II and the Starkiller Base, and on a lesser degree, Kylo Rens fractured kyber crystal and crackling, spitting sword, and in the explosion that results from Anakin's lightsaber breaking in The Last Jedi. That's exactly what happened to Mustafar after Lady Corvax unwittingly unleashed the energy of the Brightstar.

The Emperor was obsessed with immortality, and everything he did was designed to lead to that goal. Why bother to harness such a vast and time-consuming military power and building two massive and incredibly conspicuous space stations just to kill people? Could he have been trying to use the same kyber crystal energy around which the Death Stars were based to open a portal to a higher plane of existence, beyond life and death?

There is a plane like that: In The Clone Wars, the Gods of Mortis seem to inhabit and control a space where anything can happen. On Star Wars Rebels, Palpatine uses a Mortis portal to penetrate the World Between Worlds, the place in which the Force connects all points in time and space; staying there would have made him invincible. In the comic book Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, Palpatine implies he knows about the portal under Mustafar, so he probably knew the legend of the Brightstar and its resurrection properties too. All of that, plus the Rur crystal (more on that in a moment), point toward the idea of an advanced civilization that knew how to wield the kyber crystals better than the old Sith and the Jedi. They went extinct, leaving behind only legends, artifacts and gods: a tempting puzzle for a Sith so obsessed with power and eternal life.

The Force Awakens featured Starkiller Base, which was originally the kyber-rich planet of Illum, the place where Jedi padawans went to retrieve crystals for their lightsabers. The First Order took advantage of the extinction of the Jedi to take over the planet, tunnel it and exploit its core to create the most terrifying weapon of mass destruction: one that killed suns and destroyed entire systems across impossible distances. In the novelization, it is mentioned they did this by ripping a hole through time and space. In Finns words, It doesn't operate in what we'd call normal hyperspace. It fires through a hole in the continuum that it makes itself. Everybody was calling it 'sub'-hyperspace." In a different internal monologue, General Hux, closest thing the First Order has to a chief science officer, thinks about how Starkiller melds the quintessence derived from dark matter with the kyber crystals at the core of the planet to create phantasm energy that can travel through the galaxy instead of across it.

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It sounds as if the First Order unwittingly created a rip in space and time that shortcut through the World Between Worlds. Within The Force Awakens, there are some interesting Force-related events that occur at the same time as the Starkiller weapon is being charged and deployed: Rey and Kylo Ren (two Force users) are on the base as the Starkiller, a massive machine surrounding an enormous amount of kyber crystals, sucks the sun dry. Kylo Ren surrenders to the Dark Side of the Force and kills his father. Poe Damerons targets the oscillator that ultimately destroys the planet, which coincides with the turning of the tables in the fight between Kylo and Rey. In the novel, interestingly, that's also the precise moment when Rey hears a cold, murderous voice in her head coaxing her to kill Kylo. It's a voice that sounds a lot like the Emperor talking through time and space. Why at that precise moment, and not before, unless Palptine's ability to communicate with the living was dependent on the existence of this hole and the presence of a kyber crystal planet?

But what about resurrection? Other than by ripping the fabric of reality and the balance of dark and light, is it possible for a kyber crystal to help someone come back to life, like Lady Corvax intended? We know that its possible for kyber crystals to hold conscience and Force powers, even for Jedi. In Marvel's canonical Doctor Aphra, the characters finds the ruins of the space-station fortress of the Ordu Aspectu, an ancient, pre-Republic sect of Jedi that wanted to achieve immortality. Their Rur crystal (another artifact that looks an awful lot like a massive kyber, but this time in green) was the computer core of their fortress, its source of energy and the vessel for the Eternal Rur, a corrupted Jedi spirit A.I.

Darth Vader eventually fetched the Rur Crystal, and it became a prized part of Palpatines collection. So, yes, in a way, kyber crystals could technically be used to contain the conscience of Force users. This ancient galactic concept, combined with the legend of Lady Corvax, would work perfectly for Palpatines quest for ultimate power and immortality, and would explain his very disparate interests in ancient history and technological advancement: all along, he was trying to replicate and improve upon these ancient technologies for his own benefit and his ultimate goal: immortality.

When Darth Vader killed the Emperor, he did so by throwing him deeper into the heart of the Death Star, where he exploded into energy. Part of that energy was seen hitting Vaders helmet (that might explain why it speaks to Kylo Ren), but most of it went down the chute, toward the kybers powering the Death Star's core. We know that Sith can attach themselves to objects, so what object would be better for Palpatines spirit than the core of a Death Star, made up of kyber crystals that were probably being tuned to manipulate reality itself?

If Palpatines spirit is indeed stuck in the Death Star, that would explain why Rey, Poe, Finn and probably Kylo Ren are heading to it in The Rise of Skywalker: they want to reach him before the other side does, and prevent him (or assist him) in escaping before another kyber-crystal is used to destroy. And, judging by the red-rimmed Sith Fleet with miniaturized Death Star cannons that blow up Kijimi in the Episode IX trailer, it seems like the amount of tiny starkillers able to assist him has multiplied a thousand-fold.

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Who Is The Rottweiler on ‘The Masked Singer’? This Fan Guess Is The Most Legit One Yet – WomansDay.com

There's already a frontrunner on The Masked Singer and it's the Rottweiler. The judges and viewers quickly found out during the contestant's performance of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates that he was a professional musician (or at least he sounds like one). Judge Nicole Scherzinger raved that his was the best rendition of a song she'd heard yet on the show. But even though they were blown away by his talent, the judges couldn't come to a consensus about who was behind the mask. The viewers, though? They think they have this mystery solved.

When a photo of the Rottweiler first appeared on the show's Instagram page, fans couldn't decide who it might have been. One commenter guessed that it was Snoop Dogg, but that would be a little obvious for a season that has pledged to make the clues harder. Another fan guessed that it could definitely be a rapper, based on the styling of the costume alone.

After hearing the Rottweiler sing so well, most of the judges believed that he was someone from a boy band like the Backstreet Boys or NSYNC. Robin Thicke guessed Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys and Ken Jeong agreed, while also throwing out JC Chasez from NSYNC as an option. Jenny McCarthy guessed another boy band member, Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger threw out a complete wild card and said Bruno Mars.

All of the judges admitted that the clue package threw them off, so most of their guesses were based on singing talent only not on the actual hints. Fans on Twitter utilized both the clues and the performance to make their own guesses, though. Many of them came to the same decision that it could be Chris Daughtry from the rock band Daughtry (and from American Idol) under that mask.

When you look closer at the clue package from the show, that guess makes a ton of sense. In the video, blue roses are shown on a shelf, and Daughtry has a big tattoo of a blue rose on his arm. When he got the ink, he posted it to Instagram with a caption explaining his choice. "Blue roses are often portrayed in literature and art as symbols of love, prosperity and even immortality... one could say Eternal Life," he wrote.

He also said he rose to fame "almost overnight." Being on American Idol is one way to get some overnight success in the industry, and Daughtry was on season 5 of the singing show. There were also two references to football in the clue video. One said, "The first time I touched a pigskin under the Friday night lights, I learned preparation is key." And the other clue was a fantasy football champion ring. According to ESPN, Daughtry played football in high school but said he wasn't very good at it.

Perhaps, in the clue video, he was saying preparation was key for football and that he didn't prepare enough because he wasn't good. Also his championship ring is in fantasy football rather than real football because he didn't make it to the pros.

In the video there was a record named "Live" playing, and, as a musician, Daughtry has played live many times. He also said he wants to "show the doubters, it's not over." Well, "It's Not Over" is actually one of Daughtry's most popular songs. Take a look at the clue video for yourself if you want to be further convinced:

None of the judges guessed Daughtry when they heard the Rottweiler sing, but maybe next week they'll hear that tone in his voice. Or maybe we're totally barking up the wrong tree with this Daughtry guess. We'll just have to wait and see when the Rottweiler is unmasked.

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Jessye Norman: Hear 10 of Her Greatest Performances – The New York Times

There was a sense of safety in the rich, majestic, capacious voice of Jessye Norman, who died on Monday at 74. To have lost her is to have lost some part of that safety, too, which may have been one reason for the intensity of feeling that greeted the news of her death.

[Read the obituary for Ms. Norman, and our critics appraisal of her career.]

A fellow diva, Rene Fleming, called it a stunning, saddening loss on Twitter, posting a classic live recording of Ms. Norman singing the Liebestod from Wagners Tristan und Isolde.

More Wagner, as well as gorgeous renditions of Ms. Normans beloved Strauss and other composers, are on offer here, in selections by our critics and writers of some of her greatest performances. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Was there ever a singer more suited to Strauss than Ms. Norman? Probably not, and in no music more than the Four Last Songs. Theres an extraordinary video online of her singing them with Wolfgang Sawallisch, but her studio recording remains without equal, backed by Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, in unimaginably plush form.

Nobility, strength, power: Its all here. At the end of Beim Schlafengehen, as she sings of a soul unwatched soar into immortality, her voice lights the sky with defiant, unbounded joy. At the end of September, its her quiet, touching delicacy that shocks and enthralls.

And yet it is Im Abendrot that she inhabits most thoroughly: its lines unending, its spirit unyielding even as time takes its toll. DAVID ALLEN

Wagner: Die Walkre

It is one of the pivotal moments of Wagners Ring cycle and Ms. Norman defined it for me since I first heard the cycle live in the opera house. It comes near the end of Die Walkre, the second opera, when the bereft Sieglinde, who has just lost her lover, learns she is pregnant with his child. She goes from longing for death to fighting for life. Then, in a beatific, transcendent moment, she thanks Brnnhilde for helping her escape to safety so she can give birth to the young hero.

The way Ms. Norman sang it, her line of gratitude O hehrstes Wunder! Herrlichste Maid! (O noblest wonder! Most glorious maiden!) unspooled in an almost unimaginable torrent of powerful, rich, huge, pure sound. She hit every note cleanly; it was aural radiance. MICHAEL COOPER

Ms. Normans queenly quality, her larger-than-lifeness, suited her for myth: She didnt have to act! But since there wasnt anything ethereal about her full-bodied (though luminous and levitating) sound, the effect was that of both mortal and deity, an earth goddess. She can be intimate here, telling a story across a campfire, and then suddenly shes unfurling across the millenniums. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Behold: one of the great spectacles of our age. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, on July 14, 1989, the French government chose Ms. Norman as its Marianne. Dressed in a sweeping, hooded tricolor cape designed by Azzedine Alaa, and stalking like an animate statue the very embodiment of libert around the base of the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, she announced La Marseillaise not as history, but as living truth. ZACHARY WOOLFE

And now for something completely different, though still in Ms. Normans pungent French. Better known for authority, she was also adept at the brand of dreaminess that permeates Debussys embrace of being alive in a sunset. Shes joined by one of her best partners, James Levine, whose pianism is as elegant as her singing. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Some singers speaking voices are far removed from the ones they produce in song. But when I interviewed Jessye Norman in 2009, I was struck by the beauty of her diction: each consonant polished, each word uttered in a resonant, inky tone. The dignity and gravitas she projected onstage were qualities she carried with her everywhere.

The first notes Ms. Norman sings in Mahlers Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, from the song cycle Rckert-Lieder, are rooted in that deep, noble register. The song is about renunciation, and its patient vocal lines require extraordinary control and restraint. I am dead to the worlds tumult and rest in a quiet domain, she sings, beginning here at 4:30. Listen to how, on the word ruh (rest), she seems to stop time altogether with a voice that sounds drained of all ego, the pure sublimation of lonely, hard-won dignity. CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM

Before I knew the range that Ms. Norman was capable of Wagnerian grandeur, French delicacy, moving spirituals I first fell, like so many others, for her famous (perhaps definitive) recording of Strausss Four Last Songs. I was so obsessed with it that for a long time I didnt fully appreciate the other treasures on the album, especially Morgen. This song is easy to come by, but a performance like Ms. Normans isnt. Her trademark clarity is there, but her voice is more modest, kept at a muted glow throughout like a gentle sunrise, wrapping each phrase in a ray of warm light. JOSHUA BARONE

The New York Timess obituary for Ms. Norman quotes a 1992 review by Edward Rothstein in which he refers to her a voice as a grand mansion of sound. You dont need to look any further than her Dich, teure Halle, from Wagners Tannhuser, to see why. Here she is at Carnegie Hall, singing with the New York Philharmonic under James Levine, completely upstaging a full orchestra in her ecstatic and effortlessly majestic entrance. But even in a concert performance, her dramatic gifts are on display as the opening gives way to a quieter, haunted pain when she recalls Tannhusers absence, then the joy of remembering his return. In musical rapture her voice takes flight, and it feels like youve been swept into the stratosphere with her. JOSHUA BARONE

Recorded as if she were singing in the middle of a huge, empty plain, the voice is grand here spacious and silken, a dark molten pool but never affected. The song is a single thought, intently communicated (listen to the urgency with which she lands on was ich near the end), as if the most important thing to say in the world is give thanks. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands

The gentle, caressing lightness of the beginning, like shes sharing the secret that will save your life, turns insouciant, and almost witty when she mentions the birds and the bees right in His hand. But its not a secret for long: The good word is something to shout from the rooftops, and Ms. Normans rendition builds to controlled whoops of ecstasy, capped by one of the most memorably flung-out high-note bolts youll ever hear. ZACHARY WOOLFE

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Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen reveals reason she hated being on iconic sitcom – Fox News

LOS ANGELES Susan Olsen has enjoyed many of the spoils that came with being a child actor on the legendary family sitcom The Brady Bunch.

Now,at 58 and fresh off an exciting HGTV special series, where the surviving castmembers renovated the venerable Brady Bunch house, Olsen is opening up about her time as Cindy Brady and why she detested being on the series.

'BRADY BUNCH' STAR SUSAN OLSEN RECALLS VISITING THE SHOW'S ICONIC HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME

I say in order to have immortality, you have to have a soul and the soul is love. And I think that the love that was shown on the show, it was genuine between all of us cast members and I think people pick up on that, Olsen told Fox News in reference towhy the show has managed to stand the test of time so many years after its television exit.

But she didn't always feel that positive.

I never thought I would say this because when I was younger I was very rebellious and I really hated the fact that I was in such a wholesome show with American values and family values. But guess what now I'm so proud of that, added Olsen while attending the Jose Iturbi Foundations rooftop dinner "Under the Stars" event at the Hollywood Bowl.

Members of "The Brady Bunch," cast, from left, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, Mike Lookinland, Christopher Knight and Barry Williams participate in HGTV's "A Very Brady Renovation" panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

The animal rights activist said she appreciates that people saw the Brady family as something they could aspire their households to be and explained that it was actually the role of Cindy Brady itself that helped Olsen come into her own as a young woman.

I think that being an actress helped me to grow. I don't really think that the show helped me to grow so much as people that watched the show learned to grow, shared Olsen. People would ask me, 'Don't you wish that 'The Brady Bunch' was your real family?'And I'm like no because my family is just as good and they're a little bit funnier, a little weirder, but I know so many people that literally say that the show saved their lives.

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She continued: And you know, I had a great family life but for people and other people that had a great family life loved it too--but there were people that didn't have a great life and as children, they depended on the show. And it's for them that I really feel responsible.

The radio host said she never wanted to become an actress and simply used it as a means of helping her to focus on other avenues where her interests laid.

Well, I didn't pursue having a career in acting. I did at first because I just didn't have much imagination, Olsen explained. I thought, 'I've got my foot in the door with something that everybody wants,' and it took me a while to realize that I didn't want it. Acting is not really my medium I'm a creative person, but I prefer visual arts.

But now I'm teaching acting for kids among other things, so I love it but it's not really my thing, Olsen said, adding that she loves Cindy Brady for allowing her to connect with fans.

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As far as careers go, you know, Cindy Brady has certainly been a good ambassador. She opens doors, people have a nice feeling about me and they may not know why. [They say] 'Gee, I just feel like I grew up with you.' I'm like, 'Oh, that's nice,' said Olsen.

When asked if fans of the series are ever surprised at her rebellious nature and problem with authority, Olsen said yes, adding that Cindy really wasnt that smart to begin with.

Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady in "The Brady Bunch." (Getty)

I think people generally are happily surprised when they find out that my tastes were not quite so wholesome, she said. You know, I was very into punk rock and rock music and I'm really outspoken. So I'm definitely not Cindy, but I don't want to be the anti-Cindy because she was fairly nice.

She just wasn't very bright, Olsen added with a laugh.

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Today, Olsen says shes having the time of life and said when she isnt teaching acting classes or listening to her rock and roll, she passes her time with video games and cellphone apps that keep her mind sharp.

I play 'World of Warcraft," Olsen said.I am a big gamer kind of person, yeah. I'm not very good at fast things, but the strategies I'm good at.

Brady Bunch cast: (left to right) Maureen McCormack / Marsha Brady, Christopher Knight / Peter Brady, Susan Olsen / Cindy Brady, Mike Lookinland / Bobby Brady, Eve Plumb / Jan Brady & Barry Williams / Greg Brady in front of the original Brady home in Studio City, CA, as seen on A Very Brady Renovation. (HGTV via AP)

Olsen continued: I do some of those mental [exercises] deliberately because I'm not getting any younger. I do some of those apps on the phone. I try to keep frosty and try to learn new things. I teach children I teach a filmmaking class where we just put together a little film and just keeping up with the technology in video is a constant challenge.

Olsen said she had no more secrets she could share from the old Brady Bunch set, telling us that Barry [Williams] told all and then some because a lot of what he told in his book Growing Up Brady didnt actually happen if you read the book.

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Yeah I mean we all, we weren't really related, we didn't really share a house so yeah, we kind of tended to date each other, although I was too young to date, said Olsen.

But we made out in the dog house, she added. I mean we were just such good kids. We were a lot like the characters and in fact, we didn't argue as much as the characters because we didn't have to share one bathroom with no toilet.

That can make people cranky, Olsen said with amusement.

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LISTEN | ‘We’re 90 minutes away from it now’ – Dundalk FC on the verge of immortality – Dundalk Democrat

Dundalk FC qualified for their fifth successive FAI Cup final in Sligo on Sunday night, defeating the locals courtesy of Michael Duffy's stunning late strike.

Afterwards, Gary Rogers caught up with The Democrat's Keith Wallace.

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Enable at ‘her peak’ ahead of Arc hat-trick attempt – FRANCE 24

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Enable is at "her absolute peak" for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the superstar mare's trainer John Gosden said on Monday.

Frankie Dettori's mount is odds-on favourite to become the first triple winner of Europe's most prestigious race.

The last to attempt the feat was Treve, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek. The 2013/2014 Arc heroine missed out on turf immortality when finishing fourth to Gosden's Golden Horn in 2015.

Enable arrives in Paris in fine fettle, having extended her unbeaten run to 12 in the Yorkshire Oaks in August.

Gosden told Sky Sports: "She's got a great stride on her and a great head and a wonderful outlook. She's always got her ears pricked and she's very enthusiastic about everything."

The Newmarket trainer suggested that as a five-year-old Enable has reached the summit of her skills.

"She's filled her frame and there's no doubt in my mind that a flat thoroughbred horse is probably at their absolute peak at five. She's fully grown now and fully developed."

Leading the opposition to topple her are the Aidan O'Brien-trained Japan and Magical, French Derby winner Sottsass, last year's Waldgeist who finished fourth and three runners trained in Japan - Kiseki, Blast Onepiece and Fierement.

"We'll see how we go ? there's some mighty opposition coming at us, there's no doubt about that," said Gosden.

With a prize money pot of five million euros ($5.45 million) the Arc is the second richest turf race in the world behind Australia's The Everest.

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Star Wars Theory: Vader Immortal Might Reveal the True Purpose of the Death Star – CBR – Comic Book Resources

The Death Stars were moon-sized battle stations developed by the Galactic Empire, capable of destroying entire planets. Thirty years later, the First Order followed suit, tunneling the kyber-rich planet Illum to build the Starkiller Base. That's par for the course for a militarized regime, but it always seemed like a waste of resources, given the Emperors objectives and his explicit disregard for building lasting political structures. But what if those feats of wartime engineering weren't what the Imperial and First Order officials thought they were? What if the true reason for their existence was to allow Palpatine to achieve immortality? Thats what the VR game Vader Immortal seems to be pointing at, through the legend of Lady Corvax and the Brightstar.

In Vader Immortal, the player character ventures beneath Fortress Vader on Mustafar to retrieve the Brightstar artifact for Darth Vader. Lady Corvaxs spirit guides the player on this quest, and along the way she explains that she stole the Brightstar, the sacred object that provided Mustafar with life, to create a device that would bring her dead husband back to life. (That's why Vader wants the Brightstar too: Hes trying to bring Padm back to life.)

However, while a portal was created, and her husband was trapped in the world between the living and the dead, the Brightstar energy destroyed Mustafar, transforming it into the volcanic inferno that it is now. The portal remained active, a rip in time and space, and it was a major plot point the Marvel comics series Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, in which Vader is also on a quest to resurrect Padm (he blunders, although not because the portal wasnt working).

Vader Immortal peppers the screen with visual hints that this Brightstar is actually primitive Death Star technology: The Brightstar looks like a massive, spiral kyber crystal, within a cave of smaller kyber crystals. The pre-Corvax Mustafarians had been using it as an energy source, or perhaps as a way to keep their world in balance in the Force. Lady Corvax broke that balance to rip the veil of reality and bring back her husband, which caused the devastation.

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Canon material backs up that hypothesis: In Catalyst: A Rogue One novel, scientist Galen Erso discovers that kyber crystals could be faceted to become a very cheap source of energy for entire planets. He also proposed that kyber crystals were able to align the natural dark and light side of the Force to focus, balance and increase this energy output even more. However, without proper containment this energy would lash out and destroy everything that surrounded it as it could be seen in the Death Star I, II and the Starkiller Base, and on a lesser degree, Kylo Rens fractured kyber crystal and crackling, spitting sword, and in the explosion that results from Anakin's lightsaber breaking in The Last Jedi. That's exactly what happened to Mustafar after Lady Corvax unwittingly unleashed the energy of the Brightstar.

The Emperor was obsessed with immortality, and everything he did was designed to lead to that goal. Why bother to harness such a vast and time-consuming military power and building two massive and incredibly conspicuous space stations just to kill people? Could he have been trying to use the same kyber crystal energy around which the Death Stars were based to open a portal to a higher plane of existence, beyond life and death?

There is a plane like that: In The Clone Wars, the Gods of Mortis seem to inhabit and control a space where anything can happen. On Star Wars Rebels, Palpatine uses a Mortis portal to penetrate the World Between Worlds, the place in which the Force connects all points in time and space; staying there would have made him invincible. In the comic book Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, Palpatine implies he knows about the portal under Mustafar, so he probably knew the legend of the Brightstar and its resurrection properties too. All of that, plus the Rur crystal (more on that in a moment), point toward the idea of an advanced civilization that knew how to wield the kyber crystals better than the old Sith and the Jedi. They went extinct, leaving behind only legends, artifacts and gods: a tempting puzzle for a Sith so obsessed with power and eternal life.

The Force Awakens featured Starkiller Base, which was originally the kyber-rich planet of Illum, the place where Jedi padawans went to retrieve crystals for their lightsabers. The First Order took advantage of the extinction of the Jedi to take over the planet, tunnel it and exploit its core to create the most terrifying weapon of mass destruction: one that killed suns and destroyed entire systems across impossible distances. In the novelization, it is mentioned they did this by ripping a hole through time and space. In Finns words, It doesn't operate in what we'd call normal hyperspace. It fires through a hole in the continuum that it makes itself. Everybody was calling it 'sub'-hyperspace." In a different internal monologue, General Hux, closest thing the First Order has to a chief science officer, thinks about how Starkiller melds the quintessence derived from dark matter with the kyber crystals at the core of the planet to create phantasm energy that can travel through the galaxy instead of across it.

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It sounds as if the First Order unwittingly created a rip in space and time that shortcut through the World Between Worlds. Within The Force Awakens, there are some interesting Force-related events that occur at the same time as the Starkiller weapon is being charged and deployed: Rey and Kylo Ren (two Force users) are on the base as the Starkiller, a massive machine surrounding an enormous amount of kyber crystals, sucks the sun dry. Kylo Ren surrenders to the Dark Side of the Force and kills his father. Poe Damerons targets the oscillator that ultimately destroys the planet, which coincides with the turning of the tables in the fight between Kylo and Rey. In the novel, interestingly, that's also the precise moment when Rey hears a cold, murderous voice in her head coaxing her to kill Kylo. It's a voice that sounds a lot like the Emperor talking through time and space. Why at that precise moment, and not before, unless Palptine's ability to communicate with the living was dependent on the existence of this hole and the presence of a kyber crystal planet?

But what about resurrection? Other than by ripping the fabric of reality and the balance of dark and light, is it possible for a kyber crystal to help someone come back to life, like Lady Corvax intended? We know that its possible for kyber crystals to hold conscience and Force powers, even for Jedi. In Marvel's canonical Doctor Aphra, the characters finds the ruins of the space-station fortress of the Ordu Aspectu, an ancient, pre-Republic sect of Jedi that wanted to achieve immortality. Their Rur crystal (another artifact that looks an awful lot like a massive kyber, but this time in green) was the computer core of their fortress, its source of energy and the vessel for the Eternal Rur, a corrupted Jedi spirit A.I.

Darth Vader eventually fetched the Rur Crystal, and it became a prized part of Palpatines collection. So, yes, in a way, kyber crystals could technically be used to contain the conscience of Force users. This ancient galactic concept, combined with the legend of Lady Corvax, would work perfectly for Palpatines quest for ultimate power and immortality, and would explain his very disparate interests in ancient history and technological advancement: all along, he was trying to replicate and improve upon these ancient technologies for his own benefit and his ultimate goal: immortality.

When Darth Vader killed the Emperor, he did so by throwing him deeper into the heart of the Death Star, where he exploded into energy. Part of that energy was seen hitting Vaders helmet (that might explain why it speaks to Kylo Ren), but most of it went down the chute, toward the kybers powering the Death Star's core. We know that Sith can attach themselves to objects, so what object would be better for Palpatines spirit than the core of a Death Star, made up of kyber crystals that were probably being tuned to manipulate reality itself?

If Palpatines spirit is indeed stuck in the Death Star, that would explain why Rey, Poe, Finn and probably Kylo Ren are heading to it in The Rise of Skywalker: they want to reach him before the other side does, and prevent him (or assist him) in escaping before another kyber-crystal is used to destroy. And, judging by the red-rimmed Sith Fleet with miniaturized Death Star cannons that blow up Kijimi in the Episode IX trailer, it seems like the amount of tiny starkillers able to assist him has multiplied a thousand-fold.

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World Athletics Championships: Lyles, Warholm and the other stars chasing world record immortality – myKhel

Noah Lyles (Men's 200m)

Bolt's astonishing 19.19 seconds in the German capital back in 2009 took the breath away and looked set to stand for generations. Anyone going quicker remains a long shot but, as Bolt himself proved by going under Michael Johnson's apparently unassailable 19.32, even the most celebrated records are there to be broken.

"I have a strong chance of winning and I also have a strong chance of trying to break some records," American sensation Noah Lyles told BBC Sport when reflecting upon a superb 2019 to date. "I might not get another chance like this again because I plan to be doubling after this."

Lyles, 22, will only compete in the 200 meters in Doha, having broken Bolt's Paris Diamond League meeting record last month in a time of 19.65. His 19.50 in Lausanne in July is the fourth-fastest time in history. Gold looks assured - the question is just how impressive that gold might be.

In Zurich last month, Norway's Karsten Warholm ran the second fastest 400m hurdles of all time, powering home in 46.92. However, gold is far from a formality for the world's leading performer.

Warholm was pushed all the way to the line by Rai Benjamin and the American's time of 46.98 made it the first race ever to have two men go under 47 seconds.

Consider the fact that Qatar's Abderrahman Samba also has a 46.98 on his record and Kevin Young's celebrated mark of 46.78 has never felt more under threat since it was set way back in 1992.

Unlike the other competitors on this list, Dalilah Muhammad has already scaled the mountain.

The Olympic champion won the USA Track and Field title in Iowa this year with a blistering time of 52.20, shaving 0.14 off Yuliya Pechonkina's 2003 world record.

The 29-year-old will now aim to repeat those heroics on this year's biggest stage.

Defending the world title she won in London two years ago, Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas heads to Doha peaking at just the right time.

At the start of this month, she leapt 15 metres 41 centimetres in Andujar, just 9cm shy of Inessa Kravets' 1995 record, which was established on the way to world championship glory.

Repeating that piece of history would round off a stellar year for Rojas, who put an injury-ravaged 2018 behind her to triumph at the Pan American Games in Lima.

On the same Zurich evening Warholm and Benjamin went toe to toe, Juan Miguel Echevarria obliterated the competition in the long jump.

His 8.65m was the longest in the world this year and broke the Diamond League record. The Cuban star also thrilled a home crowd in Havana with a huge 8.92m in March, although his wind-assisted effort was not eligible for record purposes.

The latter leap was close to Mike Powell's imperious world record of 8.95m, which remains unlikely to be challenged in settled conditions.

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On Plans To Investigate Wealthy Pastors And Their Poor Flocks – New Vision

The people that need to be investigated are those thousands of poor pastors who met the President recently led by Pastor Robert Kayanja

By Goodwill Magezi

While launching a wealth creation campaign at a church recently, President Yoweri Museveni cautioned preachers against accumulating wealth as their flock struggle with poverty.

Whichever poor flock, the President was referring to, it is certainly not Zoe Fellowship led by Prophet Elvis Mbonye. We are multiplied on every side in every way; in numbers, in wealth, in revelation, in dominion, in influence, in excellence, in giving, in prophetic fulfilment and not just in word, but indeed consistently demonstrated over the many years. It is now evident for the whole world to see that we are not just theorising or auditioning for ministry.

The God kind of prosperity is supernatural. This means it transcends logic, empirical formulas and human investigation. Our prosperity in Christ is timeless and past finding out for it is rooted and bound to the Kingdom of God. God is essentially our prosperity.

Knowing this, how then can the finite regulate or investigate the infinite? How can mortality regulate immortality? Can darkness investigate light? How can a government that is still dependent on aid and wallowing in debt after 50 years of independence investigate the eternal government of God, the Lord of wealth, the Monarch of the Universe?

The dimension of supernatural prosperity exhibited by Prophet Elvis Mbonye and those that he leads at Zoe Fellowship, springs from God and is the proof that God is the Lord of all wealth and reigns supreme in all the earth.

Actually the people that need to be investigated are those thousands of poor pastors who met the President recently led by Pastor Robert Kayanja, that appealed to the President to lift them out of poverty. Talk about salt losing its saltiness! Do these people believe in the God of the Bible? These pastors who met the President are the people that have been attacking the Gospel of prosperity and yet now have chosen to embrace and preach the NRM version of prosperity "Bonna Bagagawale".

What have these hypocrites been teaching their congregation for all these years! These pastors are clearly not servants of God but civil servants propagating the agenda of the government of Uganda.

They have fully and willingly submitted and believed in the President for their salvation, which President is also still struggling to deliver his third world economy out of poverty and debt for 30 years now! Talk about the blind leading the blind! Who should investigate who?

For us to keep quiet and act like we are all a part and parcel of the lot that pleads to earthly governments for aid as if God is dead, is treasonous against the Kingdom of God. The move of God is at stake here!

It is the government of Uganda that needs the God of the Bible not the other way round.

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A Preview of Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1 – Before Charlize Theron and Idris Elba Get to Be In It – Bleeding Cool News

Greg Rucka and Leanardo Fernandez are bringing back comic book Old Guard , about a captain leading a small group of soldiers working as mercenaries through the ages, to Image Comics in December with a new series, The Old Guard: Force Multiplied.

The difference? Well, this time we know its being made into a movie, starring Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed byGina Prince-Bythewood.

And people always get more interested in a comic book when its going to be made into a movie of TV series.

Filming has been happening down the road from me, at Bourne Wood in Surrey. Maybe I should pop by?

Anyway, heres a look ahead at the first issue and the Theron-heavy solicitation

OLD GUARD FORCE MULTIPLIED #1 (OF 5) (MR)(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Leandro FernandezNEW STORY ARC. Soon to be a major motion picture starring CHARLIZE THERON!

Andromache of Scythia and her band of soldiers are back in this second story chronicling the battles and burdens of their dubious immortality. Niles addition to the team has given them new purpose and new direction, but when youve got 6,000 years of history at your back, the past is always ready to return-with a vengeance.

Written by GREG RUCKA and illustrated by the incomparable LEANDRO FERNNDEZ, with colors by DANIELA MIWA, lettering by JODI WYNNE, and design by ERIC TRAUTMANN, the highly anticipated return of THE OLD GUARD is finally here! In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99

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Who Is The Rottweiler on ‘The Masked Singer’? This Fan Guess Is The Most Legit One Yet – WomansDay.com

There's already a frontrunner on The Masked Singer and it's the Rottweiler. The judges and viewers quickly found out during the contestant's performance of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates that he was a professional musician (or at least he sounds like one). Judge Nicole Scherzinger raved that his was the best rendition of a song she'd heard yet on the show. But even though they were blown away by his talent, the judges couldn't come to a consensus about who was behind the mask. The viewers, though? They think they have this mystery solved.

When a photo of the Rottweiler first appeared on the show's Instagram page, fans couldn't decide who it might have been. One commenter guessed that it was Snoop Dogg, but that would be a little obvious for a season that has pledged to make the clues harder. Another fan guessed that it could definitely be a rapper, based on the styling of the costume alone.

After hearing the Rottweiler sing so well, most of the judges believed that he was someone from a boy band like the Backstreet Boys or NSYNC. Robin Thicke guessed Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys and Ken Jeong agreed, while also throwing out JC Chasez from NSYNC as an option. Jenny McCarthy guessed another boy band member, Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger threw out a complete wild card and said Bruno Mars.

All of the judges admitted that the clue package threw them off, so most of their guesses were based on singing talent only not on the actual hints. Fans on Twitter utilized both the clues and the performance to make their own guesses, though. Many of them came to the same decision that it could be Chris Daughtry from the rock band Daughtry (and from American Idol) under that mask.

When you look closer at the clue package from the show, that guess makes a ton of sense. In the video, blue roses are shown on a shelf, and Daughtry has a big tattoo of a blue rose on his arm. When he got the ink, he posted it to Instagram with a caption explaining his choice. "Blue roses are often portrayed in literature and art as symbols of love, prosperity and even immortality... one could say Eternal Life," he wrote.

He also said he rose to fame "almost overnight." Being on American Idol is one way to get some overnight success in the industry, and Daughtry was on season 5 of the singing show. There were also two references to football in the clue video. One said, "The first time I touched a pigskin under the Friday night lights, I learned preparation is key." And the other clue was a fantasy football champion ring. According to ESPN, Daughtry played football in high school but said he wasn't very good at it.

Perhaps, in the clue video, he was saying preparation was key for football and that he didn't prepare enough because he wasn't good. Also his championship ring is in fantasy football rather than real football because he didn't make it to the pros.

In the video there was a record named "Live" playing, and, as a musician, Daughtry has played live many times. He also said he wants to "show the doubters, it's not over." Well, "It's Not Over" is actually one of Daughtry's most popular songs. Take a look at the clue video for yourself if you want to be further convinced:

None of the judges guessed Daughtry when they heard the Rottweiler sing, but maybe next week they'll hear that tone in his voice. Or maybe we're totally barking up the wrong tree with this Daughtry guess. We'll just have to wait and see when the Rottweiler is unmasked.

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‘Stop talking about last year’: Why the Bruins face an unprecedented challenge if they are to win the Stanley… – The Athletic

History is not kind to those teams that came agonizingly close to winning the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins in June became the 10th team since 1971 to lose Game 7 of the Cup final. Of the previous nine, not one made it past the second round of the playoffs the following season.

The last time the Bruins took the ice together, the Stanley Cup was in the building. Hockey immortality was within their grasp.

Now, when they take the ice on Thursday night in Dallas to open the new season, the Cup is a far-off dream as achievable at this point for the lowly Ottawa Senators as it is for the Bruins.

You go from the shocker that you went that far in Game 7 and then youre in disbelief because you thought it was your destiny, said Kay Whitmore, a goalie on the Vancouver Canucks who lost Game 7 of the final the New York Rangers in 1994. You thought, It cant end this way.

So you had all summer to think about it. You come back to...

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Alternative Match Ratings From This Weekend’s Premier League Action – Balls.ie

Although we had to wait until Tuesday to deliver, the Premier League long weekend has come to an end. As Hurricane Lorenzo peers over the horizon, our patented alternative match ratings are already getting wet and wild.

Here are our alternative match ratings for the weekend that was, because sometimes, numbers can't tell the full story.

Sometimes, when watching a football match, something will happen that tells a story far beyond the mere act of kicking a ball. Yesterday, when Arsenal visited Manchester United, one set piece represented the respective fall from grace for both sides. Arsenal had a free-kick around 35 yards out, peak David Luiz territory. There's no guarantee the ball would go anywhere near the goal, but everyone in the stadium knew the Brazilian would spank it.

Then, Granit Xhaka tried to play a disguised ball to Callum Chambers.

Only Granit Xhaka could think, for one, that he has the capability to spray a blind pass thirty yards. Also, only Granit Xhaka could think that Callum Chambers has the pace and wherewith-all to actually get to the ball. However, Granit Xhaka doesn't think, in any circumstance, so all of this should make sense. The free-kick tells a story of both sides in the midst of a deep malaise. The excitement beforehand, with a talismanic player over the dead ball, the moment of confusion as Xhaka's foot connects with the ball, a wide-eyed glare when you see Chambers scuttle after the ball, and the acceptance afterwards that Arsenal and Manchester United just aren't what they used to be.

From expectancy, to confusion, to hopelessness, and finally acceptance.

Rating - How the mighty have fallen

Frank Lampard's Chelsea finally got their first Premier League home win with a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The win also came alongside a first clean sheet of the season, which should do wonders for the confidence of Cesar Azpilicueta and Fikayo Tomori, the only two defenders that played against Brighton at the weekend.

It should be stressed, however, that Chelsea found themselves at times lucky to keep Brighton scoreless. Dan Burn's downward header somehow managed to hit the crossbar, and several times Albion broke beyond the midfield. Thankfully, for Chelsea, Fikayo Tomori is the fastest man alive. Tomori rashly went tight to Brighton's attackers on a few occasions, got subsequently spun, then ran back to easily dispossess the man.

Rating - False sense of defensive security

England have a knack of choosing goalkeepers who are dangerously over-confident as their national team's number one. Jordan Pickford picked up the Joe Hart manual, and the Everton goalkeeper has ran with it.

Conceding three goals against Manchester City isn't something to be ashamed about. However, having made a brilliant one-on-one save from Raheem Sterling, Pickford's head ballooned. Pickford was at fault for City's second goal, with Riyad Mahrez's shot fizzing past him having got his angles all wrong. Later in the game, the keeper nearly gifted Bernardo Silva a goal by rushing off his line. Pickford then let out a little laugh, but Gary Neville didn't see the funny side.

Rating - Third Chuckle Brother

There's nothing more to be said bar 'oh no'. Liverpool are going to win this title by winning every match, and we should all be extremely afraid. This is a tidal wave and we are powerless to stop it. Poor Dean Henderson had a nightmare, but it was always going to happen. Liverpool were always going to squeeze by Sheffield United, despite the Blades' best efforts. All we can do now is pretend we're pious and pray for salvation.

Rating - Oh No

Yes, Spurs may have beaten Southampton 2-1 at the weekend, but Mauricio Pochettino still has Troy Parrott-shaped questions that need answering. The Argentine felt the wrath of an Irish nation scorned during the week by starting Troy Parrott against Colchester United in the League Cup, only to substitute him on the hour-mark for Ireland's greatest enemy, Christian Eriksen. Spurs subsequently lost that tie, much to the delight of everyone with a harp passport.

Those three points against Southampton are hollow, Poch, and you know it. Ralph Hasenhuttl knows the importance of blooding his young Irish attacker in Premier League matches, perhaps you could take a leaf from his book.

Rating - Undeserved

Life is at its most simplistic when Matt Doherty arrives at the back post for Wolves. Without it, life is as barren as desserts without the rain. The marauding wing-back returned to form at the weekend, coming in at the right time to guide a Neto cross beyond Ben Foster to put Wolves 1-0 up.

The former Bohs man is an awful lot like both Ja Rule and Ashanti. He's not always there when you call, but he's always on time.

Rating - We share, something so rare, but who cares? You care, baby...

Dreadful, awful, appalling, horrific, horrifying, horrible, horrendous, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, frightful, fearful, shocking, hideous, ghastly, grim, dire, hateful, unspeakable, gruesome, monstrous, sickening, heinous, vile and serious.

Grave, acute, desperate, grievous, distressing, lamentable, egregious, severe, excruciating, agonising, unbearable, intolerable, unendurable, insufferable, very bad, hopeless, poor, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory, laughable, substandard, crummy, pathetic, pitiful, useless, lousy, abysmal, duff, chronic, poxy, rubbish and pants.

Rating - every synonym for shite

This isn't a match rating so much as an ode to Andriy Yarmolenko. The Ukrainian just seems to wrap the whole of his left foot around the ball whenever he takes a shot. He's absolutely gorgeous.

Rating - I would die for you

In a surprisingly entertaining 2-2 draw between the second and third best sides to wear claret and blue in the Premier League this season, one man was moments from immortality. Former Aston Villa man Ashley Westwood saw his name in lights when he decided to lob Tom Heaton from the halfway line. The ball glided over the head of the former Burnley goalkeeper and caressed the back of the net.

Unfortunately for Westwood, the referee's whistle had already sounded, and rather than be received like a young David Beckham, he instead received a yellow card.

Rating - A fine line between goose and grandeur

We've started our alternative match ratings with a microcosmic look at a set piece, so let's do it one more time. For purely functional football, Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace are a model side. There's nothing that showcases this brutally efficient manner than Luka Milivojevic's penalties.

The Serbian got notched another goal in Palace's 2-0 win at home to Norwich City, booting his penalty past Ralf Fahrmann.

Rating - Function over fashion

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Michael Norman: On track to beat Noah Lyles and match Michael Johnson at Tokyo 2020? – Olympic Channel

Michael Norman is the fastest man in the world over 400m, but does Olympic greatness await at Tokyo 2020 by matching Michael Johnson?

Michael Norman is the fastest man in the world over 400m, but he wants to slow down.

'PATIENCE' is the word on Norman's Instagram bio, written 14 times side-by-side in capital letters.

A reminder to himself and his impatient nature that in the age of Instafame, that greatness is earned over time.

"I'm an impatient person," he said, after running 19.70s in the Rome Diamond League 200m in June 2019, beating favourite Noah Lyles, I just have to stay patient and trust my training.

By slowing down, breaking it down, listening, training and tuning, Norman has gained speed and lost seconds off his personal bests.

And now he's proved he can beat Lyles, the USA track star set off speculation on his 200-400m double chances at the Tokyo 2020.

Only one man has managed that in history: Michael Johnson at Atlanta 1996.

Is Norman next?

Michael Johnson's distinctive style pays off at Atlanta 1996 as he becomes the first man to win the Olympic 200m and 400m sprint double.

The American sprinter finished the race in a world record time of 19.32 seconds at Atlanta 1996.

Norman is not as impatient as everyone thinks though.

Four years ago at the 2015 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships three relatively unknown teenagers lined up against each other: Noah Lyles, Michael Norman, and Christian Coleman.

To see where we are now is, you know, crazy, Norman says when he's reminded of that race.

Coleman is the new 100m world champion, Lyles is in the 200m leader (19.50) and Norman is the man at 400m (43.45).

At that Junior meet in 2015 Lyles won in 20.18, to Norman's 20.24.

Norman went home and wrote four life goals in gold marker on computer paper.

One of them read: Beat Noah Lyles.

Norman faced Lyles again one year later at the US Olympic Trials before Rio 2016, and the margin between them was even smaller, 20.09 to 20.14, neither making the team.

Then last year with both turned pro, the pair met at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Lyles once again coming out on top, clocking 19.69 to Normans 19.88.

Then came Rome.

Norman's first victory in four attempts spanning four years.

Noah Lyles is, like, the first real competitor that Ive had in track and field that has really, like, pushed me over each edge and has beat me non-stop

- Michael Norman

When I finally beat Noah in a 200m in Rome, I was like, Finally. Oh my gosh. Like, four years and counting. It took me four years to beat this guy just one time. And it was just a sigh of relief."

People keep hyping up the rivalry between us, which is great, but I just felt like I needed to put a number on the board for it to be, like, a legitimate rivalry.

Now I get to go home and take that paper down and write some new goals.

Is matching Michael Johnson's 200/400m double at Atlanta one of those goals?

Its going to take a very, very, very special person to do something like that, Norman has said in response to that question.

The problem is that the 200m and the 400m often overlap.

They did at nationals and Norman didn't run the 200, they also intersect at the Worlds.

In Tokyo the 200m semifinals and final are on the two days between the 400m semifinals and final, but he's still keen to try.

Is it feasible? Of course, its feasible. But maybe not feasible to perform very well. Shoot, is it enticing to do it? Yes. Am I gonna be ready for it? I wont know until the end of this year if Ill be ready to do it."

"But I think Ive just got to keep progressing as an athlete, and then I think, if I can keep progressing the way that I am, I think eventually I will be ready.

It's not impossible to petition a move of the events to accommodate an athlete at the Olympics.

They did it for Johnson in '96, and again for Alyson Felix at Rio 2016, but Norman will need to make a big statement in Doha if he wants people to listen.

Becoming world champion and beating Wayde Van Niekerk's world record would make a noise hard not to hear.

But what is it that could inscribe Michael Norman's name alongside greats like Michael Johnson?

What's new about Norman?

When Usain Bolt burst onto the scene, no-one could believe that a 1.96m 6'4" tall sprinter could explode off the blocks the way he did.

Or stay with the shorter more powerful starters over the drive phase and first 30m, achieving maximum extension on those giant strides allowing him to streak away from everybody else towards the finish line.

Bolt was like a hyper-evolved next-gen sprint machine from the future. Built for brilliance.

But what's new about Michael Norman?

At 185cm, 6'1", he doesn't have Bolt's height, but there are certain similarities in his technique - the looseness in his shoulders, the natural, clean motion and smooth mechanics, the straight inflections on the arms.

Physically he has incredibly strong legs that give him a big kick and flexibility despite the muscle mass, his heels almost touching his lower back and he achieves maximum extension on every stride.

Then there are those powerful shoulders keeping him straight and steady at full speed and his arms go up and down without rotation or excess movement.

Quincy Watts won 400m and 4x400m relay gold medals at Barcelona 1992 and now is Norman's coach, he's convinced that this prodigy is 'destined for greatness'.

"I've seen Butch Reynolds, Steve Lewis, Michael [Johnson], and Wayde [Van Niekerk]. I have never seen anyone like him."

- Quincy Watts

"He has a potential speedwise to be faster than them all," says Watts, but this is crucial difference that sets him apart according to his coach:

"The combination that makes him over-the-top special is he has the endurance and the stamina to go with that speed."

Indoor sensation Michael Norman will join the legends of the 400 metres. So says his coach, Barcelona 1992 gold medallist Quincy Watts.

When you watch Norman run and hear the things he says, there's something else that's special about him too:

He listens.

His running style is honed, perfected, with very little wasted movement and energy, like he's dismantled his technique, pared things down and stripped out all the excess so that there's just the most efficient and effective running technique left.

He has a lot to thank his coaches for - and he does, regularly - but his capacity to learn is as impressive as the speed he translates ideas and lessons to races.

After his Rome win, Norman said: "I just went out there really focused on errors and worked on some technical areas that me and coach Caryl [Smith Gilbert] and coach [Quincy] Watts were talking about."

The time [19.70] is a reflection of all the hard work and the trust I have in my coaches, he told NBC Sports.

The ability to process advice and focus methodically on improvements might just be Norman's greatest strength.

Being fast runs in the family.

Norman's Japanese-born mother Nobue was an accomplished sprinter herself, as was his older sister Michelle, and Norman stood out from an early age.

But allied to his talent, he also has a humility and maturity beyond his years, at 21 he already knows what type of legacy he wants to leave behind:

"Saying that you're world champion is cool, saying that you're Olympic champion is amazing, but leaving a legacy is what's most important."

"If you look at Usain Bolt and what he's done over his 12-year career, he left a legacy, he changed the sport forever and now everybody is elevated to these next levels so it's something I want to do myself in the 400."

"I want to be remembered as somebody who's a great competitor, a great person, and a great athlete."

By equalling Johnson's Atlanta double, his Olympic immortality would be assured too.

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