The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a historic step. It affirms American ideals of equal opportunity and underscores the importance of the right to military service as a fundamental dimension of citizenship. It was no accident that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation not only guaranteed freedom to black Americans, but at the same time opened the Union Army to their participation. Because of today’s action by the Senate, gay and lesbian Americans will now also have the right to pursue this honorable calling, and we as a nation will have the benefit of their service.I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country. I am grateful to the Massachusetts congressional delegation for its unified support for repeal.— Drew Faust
Proving to be adept with big showbiz numbers (Chicago), dreamy flashbacks (Nine) and Sondheim smarts (Into the Woods), this seems like a winning idea for Marshall. Cross your fingers and start dream-casting, Broadway fans! A true Broadway baby who got his start as a performer, choreographer and director on the Great White Way, Marshall has become Hollywood’s top director for modern movie musicals. Acclaimed past projects include the Oscar-winning Chicago (which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination), the 1999 TV redo of Annie and Nine, which received four 2010 Oscar nominations. While Broadway fans eagerly await the chance to go Into the Woods on Christmas Day with Disney’s all-star film version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, director Rob Marshall might be looking ahead at another show that begs for a big screen adaptation. ‘I’d love to take a look at Follies,” Marshall told Broadway.com, when asked which other Sondheim musical he’d like to bring to the screen. Follies premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 4, 1971 under the direction of Hal Prince and Michael Bennett, running just over a year with 522 performances. A cult favorite, the show has enjoyed many notable rebirths including a starry 1985 concert at Avery Fisher Hall, a 1987 London premiere, a 2001 Roundabout Theater Company revival on Broadway, a 2007 concert staging at City Center Encores! and a 2011 Broadway revival that premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. With a score by Sondheim and book by James Goldman, Follies follows a group of former performers who are reunited on the stage of a soon-to-be-demolished Broadway theater where they once starred in a lavish musical revue. Many Sondheim standards are featured in the Tony Award-winning score, including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Could I Leave You?,” “In Buddy’s Eyes” and “Losing My Mind.” View Comments
Bradley Beal, Tobias Harris latest to pull out of USA Basketball FIBA World Cup pool NBA free agency news: Wizards to offer Bradley Beal $111M max extension Add Zion Williamson’s name to the growing list of players who won’t be joining USA Basketball for the 2019 FIBA World Cup this summer.The Pelicans forward has withdrawn from training camp, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told The Athletic Monday. New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from USA Basketball’s Select Team for FIBA World Cup training, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2019Williamson, 19, was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is expected to be an important building block in New Orleans’ future, as it sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers for an impressive haul of young talent and future draft picks. The 6-7, 285-pound high-flyer probably doesn’t need to accumulate extra wear and tear before his rookie season, and he’s not the only one sitting out the World Cup. Within the past week, James Harden, Anthony Davis, CJ McCollum and Eric Gordon, among others, also have pulled out of the upcoming USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas. Related News Williamson may be better served getting into shape and building chemistry with the Pelicans’ top-tier young core that includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and fellow 2019 draft pick Nickeil Alexander-Walker.Williamson already gave the Pelicans a scare when he bruised his knee in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas earlier this month. He threw down some thunderous dunks and scored 11 points in nine minutes against the Knicks in his lone game, but the knee injury led New Orleans to keep him out for the remainder of that contest and the rest of the event. The Pelicans were 33-49 in 2018-19 and missed the playoffs, but New Orleans appears to be positioning itself for some serious improvement. Coach Gregg Popovich still currently has quality young players like Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma in the fold, as well as proven veterans like Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard. The 12-man U.S. roster will open World Cup play Sept. 1 in Shanghai.
Breaking down the remaining schedules for the Seahawks and 49ers, the Seahawks have the slight advantage through the rest of December before the two teams meet in Week 17.MORE: Updated NFL Playoff PictureHere are the Seahawks’ next three games: at Rams, at Panthers, vs. Cardinals. At the same time, the 49ers face this slate through Week 16: at Saints, vs. Falcons, vs. Rams. Seattle’s opponents there have a combined winning percentage of .431 (15-20-1). San Francisco’s upcoming foes have a combined winning percentage of .556 (20-16).By far, the 49ers’ trip to the Saints in Week 14 is the hardest game left for either team before facing each other. By far, the Seahawks hosting the Cardinals in Week 16 is the easiest. Both teams already beat the Rams, so those two rematches are a wash in terms of degrees of difficulty.The Seahawks do have to come out east again to play Carolina, but they are undefeated away from Seattle this season, and the Panthers are in freefall again. The 49ers should also take care of business as heavy favorites when the Falcons visit San Francisco.So then it comes down to Week 17, when the Seahawks host the 49ers to close the season. Should the teams win out before then, they will both be 13-2, with that finale becoming winner-take-all for the division. We know the only way the division will be decided ahead of Week 17 is if either the Seahawks or 49ers go 3-0 and the other goes 1-2 or worse.The real question is, should the Seahawks hold a full one-game lead going into Week 17 and the 49ers win the rematch to even things up, who would win the division should they tie?MORE: Takeaways from the 49ers’ loss to BaltimoreThe first tiebreaker is division record. The Seahawks are 3-0, while the 49ers are 3-1 because they lost to the Seahawks. Assuming Seattle beats Arizona, sweeping Los Angeles would be key for both teams. There’s a fair chance both teams can end up an equal 5-1 in division play.The second tiebreaker is common games. The Seahawks (Vikings, Eagles) and 49ers (Packers, Redskins) each went 2-0 in their two unique games. Both teams lost to the AFC-leading Ravens. The Seahawks lost at home to the Saints. So if the 49ers can win in New Orleans in Week 14, it would be huge for the tiebreaker scenarios; both teams already beat three-fourths of the AFC North, and are likely to beat at least three-fourths of the NFC South. The Rams also can be a difference-maker.The third tiebreaker is conference record. Both teams are 7-1 now, and if they stay even, the tie won’t be broken there, because both teams have only NFC games remaining. Then, it comes down to strength of victory. The 49ers beating the 10-2 Saints would be a huge boost. That’s also where the uncommon games come into play. For Seattle, Minnesota and Philadelphia are a combined 13-11. For San Francisco, Green Bay and Washington are a combined 12-12.Because of the Eagles having an advantage over the Redskins, the Seahawks would be bound to get the fourth tiebreaker, if the 49ers, like them, lose to the Saints. Because the fifth tiebreaker is strength of schedule, the difference in level of NFC East opponent already gives the Seahawks the edge there.Anything can happen over the last month, and usually does. But based on what we think we know about the Seahawks and 49ers now and who they play going forward, down to their rematch being in Seattle, the odds are with the Seahawks to take the division. The Seahawks (10-2) are now in first place in the NFC West after their 37-30 win over the Vikings to close the NFL’s Week 13 on Monday night. They have the division lead by the slimmest of margins over the 49ers (10-2), whom they beat in San Francisco in the Week 10 Monday night game.Both teams have four regular-season games left to determine who wins the division and advances to the NFC playoffs as a likely top-two seed, earning at least a first-round bye and potentially home-field advantage until the Super Bowl. The division runner-up is facing a hard playoff road as the likely No. 5 seed sure to draw a wild-card matchup at the eventual NFC East champions, either the Cowboys or the Eagles.