About a year ago, a local entertainment magazine had He Ying Ying on its cover, touting her as the next big thing and "the new Joanne Peh". By coincidence, Joanne was on our cover two months ago, and now, this bubbly 24-year-old graces this month's. No longer a neophyte, she already has a Best Newcomer win in the 2018 Star Awards, and a nom for Best Supporting Actress (A Million Dollar Dream) in this year's edition. Not too bad for someone who originally had no intention of entering showbiz. Ever since she joined the industry in 2015, this National University of Singapore alum has been every bit the rising star. She jokes, though, that she might be in this writer's position if she had continued on the career path her degree in communications and new media would have led to. "I find journalism exciting because, like acting, it gives me a voice," she says. "I get to express the views and depict the lives of others and myself." So, yeah, she could have been a journalist (maybe she'll play … [Read more...] about Actress He Ying Ying wants to play a villian next
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By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 ARLINGTON, TEXAS—Who’s your daddy Vladdy? Much as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. makes the mouth water over his no-ceiling baseball possibilities, and despite the bounding warmth he’s brought to the Blue Jays clubhouse as a joyfully irrepressible 20-year-old, there’s always this unseen presence at his shoulder, a shadow looming over every jammed media session, in the background of each ESPN interview since the cable station, Spanish version, appears intent on documenting every twitch ’n’ tug. Certainly on this six-game road loop from California to Texas, Vladimir Guerrero Sr., while not physically present, has very much hovered as a spectre over a son who looks nothing like him, in a couple of the ballparks where he carved out his all-star and eventual hall of fame career. Junior is indubitably not Senior, though they share a genetic bat swing — as well as a 34-inch, 32-ounce bat. … [Read more...] about Slumping Guerrero searches for pop as nostalgia tour hits Texas
By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Thu., May 2, 2019 PHILADELPHIA—The Toronto Raptors should have won Game 2 of this series, and didn’t. It wasn’t the end of the world; it was one game against a good team in the Philadelphia 76ers, but Toronto was still in good shape. Those things only come back to haunt them if you let them. Well, it’s on the table. In Game 3, the 76ers played well for the first time in the series, and Joel Embiid was larger than life for the first time in the series, and you could see how this thing could unravel. Philadelphia is bigger, and in this game Philadelphia was better. The Sixers led all night, won 116-95, and now lead this series two games to one. “I trust our guys,” said Sixers coach Brett Brown before the game. “They’re not sort of caught up in the moment. I think that it’s a launching pad.” It was, and now Raptors coach Nick Nurse needs a solution. Toronto wasted an awful … [Read more...] about Raptors watch Sixers take charge for the first time in Game 3
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Wed., May 1, 2019 Brad Marchand’s true colours are showing through, huh? Gonna guess a fair bit of Leaf Nation is rooting for the Columbus Blue Jackets at the moment. Or maybe you should be with the Marlies, who signed Egor Korshkov (though his name is Yegor on hockeydb.com), for their playoff run. Game 1 vs. Cleveland (Columbus’s top farm team) is tonight. Korshkov, whose Leaf contract kicks in July 1 and runs two years, will stand out because he’s actually big. Six-foot-four. We’ll see what kind of pro he is, if he can skate, etc. His numbers in the KHL don’t exactly scream: “Prospect.” Injured most of this year, he had five points in 19 games, and 65 points in 119 career games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He had a terrific 2016 World Juniors, with eight points in seven games, losing the gold medal game to Kasperi Kapanen’s Finland. He was drafted by the Leafs that summer, already 19. … [Read more...] about Leafs forwards make the grade: Marner is the key