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Published 4:30 a.m. ET March 29, 2019
March Madness: Bluebloods look to punch Elite Eight tickets
It was a rough night for No. 2 seeds on Thursday night, with Michigan and Tennessee being bounced from the tournament. Will that trend continue when the Sweet 16 resumes Friday night? If so, Kentucky (vs. Houston) and Michigan State (vs. LSU) could be in trouble. ACC rivals, and top seeds in their respective regions, Duke and North Carolina also hit the court. Duke plays Virginia Tech, which will have Ty Outlaw despite an arrest for marijuana possession. UNC plays Auburn, which led the country in 3-point shooting. In the meantime, be sure to check how your bracket is faring against the competition.
SportsPulse: Purdue vs. Tennessee became an instant classic but didn’t finish without controversy. USA TODAY’s Trysta Krick breaks down Thursday’s action and previews Friday’s slate of games.
WOW Air’s demise scrambles fliers’ travel plans
WOW Air’s collapse has passengers who already bought tickets scrambling to find alternative flights. But travelers stranded by WOW or holding tickets for Friday or future flights have limited options — last-minute flights are expensive, and flights to and from Europe on other carriers were never as cheap as Iceland-based WOW’s bargain flights. Passengers can check other airlines to see if they are offering discounted fares for stranded WOW fliers, though travelers will still be out more money, in some cases a lot.
Iceland’s low-cost airline, WOW Air, has ceased operations, leaving passengers stranded and confused.
All eyes on Lyft’s IPO
Ride-hailing service Lyft is set to become a public company Friday when its stock trades for the first time under the ticker “LYFT” on the Nasdaq index. The initial public offering, or IPO, of the company is one of the most highly anticipated offerings this year as other major tech companies line up behind it. On Thursday, Lyft priced the offering at $72 per share, according to a press statement from the company. The offering has attracted quite a bit of investor interest, and one of its biggest investors General Motors could win big — the automaker invested $500 million in Lyft in January 2016. Lyft’s valuation of $24.3 billion is more than the first quarter’s other 17 IPOs combined, says Matthew Kennedy, senior IPO market strategist at Renaissance Capital, a provider of institutional IPO research.
California racetrack set to reopen after 22 horses died
Anticipating approval by the California Horse Racing Board, California’s Santa Anita racetrack plans to reopen Friday for the first time since it was shut down following the deaths of nearly two dozen horses over three months. Racing had been suspended at the track in suburban Los Angeles since March 5 after 22 horses suffered fatal injuries since late December.. In the aftermath of the tragedies, the board voted Thursday to severely limit the use of whips on horses in racing statewide and approved medication changes on a smaller scale.
Will Disney’s “Dumbo” remake fly?
A live-action remake of Disney’s 1941 animated classic, “Dumbo,” (★★★ out of four; rated PG) opens in theaters nationwide Friday. The new “Dumbo” tells the story of a baby elephant who is pulled away from his mother to join a small circus with one-time horse-riding star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell). The drama carries well beyond Dumbo’s —spoiler alert — first triumphant circus flight, where the original movie ended, to explore the joys and perils of instant fame. USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt finds that director Tim Burton applies to a “dark whimsy, not unlike what he did with Batman nearly 30 years ago.” In addition to Farrell, stars include Danny DeVito, Eva Green and Michael Keaton and child actors Finley Hobbins, 11, and Nico Parker, 14, — daughter of “Westworld” star Thandie Newton.
‘Dumbo,’ the beloved elephant with oversized ears, is reimagined in live action.
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