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DAVIS, Calif. . -- Ben Scott threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns to lead UC Davis to a 52-35 win over Southern Oregon on Saturday night.Ramon Vargas, who hauled in a 65-yard third quarter touchdown pass from Scott, had six catches for 208 yards, and Manusamoa Luuga finished with 145 yards on 13 carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 13-yard TD in the second.Tied at 21 midway through the second quarter, UC Davis (1-1) took the lead for good on Scotts 25-yard touchdown throw to Keelan Doss. The Aggies also had touchdowns from Joshua Kelley and Ethan Hicks, Matt Blair had a 29-yard field goal, and the defense reeled in four interceptions.Tanner Trosin was 25 of 51 for 428 yards and three touchdowns for Southern Oregon, which plays in the NAIA. Zack Davis had touchdown catches of 67 and 93 yards. .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. . Despite dominating possession, Schalke needed an own goal from Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough a minute before the interval. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfans corner and bundled the ball into his own net. . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. Kenny Leon is the Bill Belichick of musical directors. The lifelong Lakers fan might prefer a comparison to Phil Jackson, but the New England Patriots head honcho likeness seems a bit more fitting.Basketball teams cast just a few players on the court at a time, and everyone plays both offense and defense. Football teams are larger, requiring the precise orchestration of many, and the roles are complementary yet defined.With more than 50 cast members, Hairspray Live! meanders into pigskin-sport territory. Leon, who also directed NBCs The Wiz Live!, knows how to motivate a massive team in the direction of one universal goal.I have a saying: Everybody on the bed, or everybody on the floor, he said in a phone interview.That means either youre working toward a collective effort ... or youre not working.Hairspray Live!, which premieres on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC, features an impressive lineup of stars, including Jennifer Hudson (playing Motormouth Maybelle), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle) and Derek Hough (Corny Collins), all of whom will be working as one to ensure the shows success. The broadcast, with Grease: Live (Fox) and Peter Pan Live! (NBC), is the latest in a string of musicals televised on major networks in recent years.This small-screen version incorporates talent from other successful iterations of the musical and is led by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the 2007 movie. They were joined by the original songwriters, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the Broadway adaptations choreographer, Jerry Mitchell. Tony award winner Harvey Fierstein, who originated the role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway production, came aboard to reprise the role. Also joining are stage veteran Ephraim Sykes (as Seaweed J. Stubbs), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle) of the Disney Channels Liv and Maddie, Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin) and rookie Maddie Baillio (Tracy Turnblad).Based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray, which was adapted as a Broadway production that ran from 2002 to 2009 and further popularized by the 2007 New Line Cinema movie, the storyline has been captivating audiences for nearly three decades.The engaging plot, which is set in Baltimore circa 1962, tells the story of protagonist Tracy Turnblad, whose dream is to cut a rug on the all-white Corny Collins Show, a dance program loosely based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. After getting on the show and gaining fame from the telecast, she sets her sights on diversifying the cast of performers. In the process, she befriends an African-American dancer named Seaweed, and they work together to fight racial justice and inequality and, finally, integrate the show.This story is set in the 60s, when integration dominated discourse, but the fight for racial equality is still present in cultural conversations today.When we did the movie over a decade ago, we felt like we were doing a period piece, Zadan said. Unfortunately, with whats going on in this country right now, [this project] feels contemporary.Sykes, who recently starred in the Broadway smash Hamilton and grew up singing in church, echoed Zadans sentiment.This is something God is calling on us to do, he said in a phone interview. This is the story he has put in front of us to tell because of what is happening.Although the cast boasts many household names and notable Broadway alumni often present the heartfelt scenes, it is newcomer Baillio who will steal the show. After beating more than 1,000 hopefuls for the role of Tracy Turnblad in an open casting process, the Manhattan College sophomore from League City, Texas, is making this her first professional theater credit.Growing up, Baillio played softball, swam and tried out gymnastics, but she didnt naturally gravitate toward sports.I hated all of it, and I just wanted to sing, she said.As a result, her mother enrolled her in a local community theater as a child, and now shes leaping into the big leagues.Hairspray Live! features 18 sets and numerous costumes. Its high-flying, with upbeat choreography and music that brings out everyones smile. All of these things, while pleasant to watch, make the show challenging to perform.The actors and dancers have to move among all the sets in a matter of seconds. The farthest distance that needs to be traveled is the length of a football field. That isnt an easy sprint when just focusing on the workout -- never mind while performing wardrobe changes and then having to sing and dance.Its a little bit of theater, a little bit of film and a little bit of television, Leon said. Its the best of all of those. Its like the Super Bowl.Stamina was not so much a concern as a necessity, and it was something Leon and choreographer Mitchell drilled from the moment rehearsals began. All members of the company were encouraged to run and do cardio training on their own, in addition to practices. No one could get sick, and everyone had to be in fighting shape. Doctors and masseuses were on set to help the cast stay healthy and overcome injuries.At times, it is damn near impossible, Sykes said of the difficulty of the show. The way you learn how to do it and make it possible is by doing it over and over again.According to Mitchell, the show has been in production for a couple months, and that rehearsal time is relatively standard. The difference is the lack of a preview run. By the time a musical premieres on Broadway, the cast has performed it anywhere from 30 to 60 times in out-of-town previews. The Live! concept doesnt have that luxury.We are going to get four run-throughs, and then we have to go live, he said. So we really have to be on our game.Rehearsals were no walk in the park, either. If someone was late, missed a beat or a line, everyone (including Leon) dropped and did 20 pushups as punishment.When one person does something out of line, we all do, Leon said.Leon and Mitchell once ran the shows closing number, You Cant Stop the Beat, five times back-to-back. The way Leon tells it, Mitchell led them through the number while he was shouting in the background, I dont want to see you breathing.Its one of the hardest finales to sing and dance, Mitchell said. You are literally singing and dancing full-out for the eight minutes.With such a high-energy show, it is essential for the cast to stay nimble throughout the performance. Every morning, the crew is led through an athletic warm-up. They jog and do jumping jacks, burpees and more exercises focusing on stretching and dance.It breaks a sweat, gets you warmed up and ready for the day, Mitchell said.?You have what you have, and you cant get any players off waivers now, Leon said. Weve got to do it. 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