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Roger Waters Teases New Album
Pink Floyd veteran Roger Waters is gearing up to release a new album and set to tour in support of it. He premiered his brand-new single, ‘Smell The Roses’ today, which can be streamed free on the internet. Water’s new solo album “Is This The Life We Really Want” releases June 2nd on Columbia Records. A press release for the project describes it as an “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times,” that serves “as a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as ‘Animals’ and ‘The Wall.’” This is the singer’s first album of new material since 1992’s “Amused To Death". Waters tapped Nigel Godrich (known for his work with Radiohead) to produce. Some of the song titles on the new album are ‘Broken Bones’, ‘The Last Refuge’, and ‘Oceans Apart’. The Waters tour opens May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center.
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Rock Stars Stepping Up For Charity
Two rockers are currently in the news doing their part for charity. Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is celebrating his one year anniversary of being cancer free this July. He was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2015 and underwent an experimental immunotherapy program, which was successful. Rockett is asking fans to donate $10 to the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, where he received his treatment. Former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony is doing the “Walk L.A.” event to support the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, hoping to raise $10,000 in donations. Anthony’s infant grandson, Rex, was diagnosed with Heart Disease at birth, passed away recently at two weeks old.
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Korn Playing South American Tour With Twelve-Year Old Bassist
Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, is playing bass with the Nu-Metal band Korn. He’s twelve. When Korn’s regular bass player Fieldy recently had to suddenly drop out of the band’s South American tour due to unforeseen circumstances, the band drafted Trujillo to fill in. He made his debut with the band Monday at the Chamorro Entertainment City Hall in Bogata, playing the band’s full set with no problem. Korn’s regular bass player will re-join them when the tour comes to the United States next month.
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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow to Release New Live Album
Legendary rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is releasing a double album of his June 2016 Rainbow show from Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Blackmore, who became a rock legend as the driving force of the band Deep Purple, changed his musical focus from rock to classical Renaissance music in the mid-nineties, and released ten albums with singer Candice Night as the duo Blackmore’s Night. Fans were shocked and delighted as Blackmore performed 3 shows last year with his other former famous rock group, Rainbow. Blackmore had not played with either Rainbow or Deep Purple in the UK in almost 20 years. They are slated to play 4 more shows in the UK this summer. The setlist from the live cd, which comes out June 9th, is full of classics from both Rainbow and Deep Purple, including Highway Star, Mistreated, Since You’ve Been Gone, Man on the Silver Mountain, Perfect Strangers, Child in Time, Stargazer, Burn, Smoke on the Water, and many others.
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Judas Priest Enlists Tattoo Artists For Charity Auction
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is set to open a sneak preview of the upcoming “Hell Bent For Leather: An Art Exhibition” show on April 27th at the Parliament Tattoos’ headquarters in London. The show officially opens on May 5th-10th at Camden’s Provender Building. The free exhibition features a collection of leather jackets painted by top tattoo artists (such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, and over a dozen others). Each artist used a specially designed acrylic leather paint to create a Judas Priest themed work. Some are designed after the band’s epic album covers, and some are based on song titles. The show then moves to the Brighton Tattoo Convention May 13th and 14th. Following the exhibitions, the individual jackets will be auctioned off online to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. The band hopes to raise as much money for these charities as possible.
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Morrissey Ends Show After Six Songs
Morrissey abruptly ended a concert in Tucson, Arizona Monday night after only six songs. The ex-Smiths singer’s voice gave out. At the end of the song “Everyday is Like Sunday,” Morrissey left the stage, followed shortly by his band. A band member came out and addressed the crowd, telling them “His voice is shot, you heard it, you heard it. He’s been trying, trying really hard. He came out, he tried. His voice is really shot. We’re sorry. He’s sorry. You know he tried.” To his credit, instead of hiding backstage, Morrissey came out and stood beside his bandmate while he delivered the apology. The show was less than 30 minutes. The Fox Tucson Theatre is not offering refunds at this time, but Executive Director for the theatre Craig Sumberg said Tuesday they were negotiating with managers for Morrissey about rescheduling the show. Morrissey’s spokesman Gustavo Manzur posted that the singer’s voice was “reduced to a whisper.” A sold-out show is scheduled tonight at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and as of now, the show is still on.
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Pink Floyd Exhibit To Open In London
In preparation for The Pink Floyd Exhibition being held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the enormous heads that grace the band’s “Division Bell” album were loaded off a lorry and into the museum last week, ironically on March 28th, the 23rd anniversary of the album’s release. Each of the metal heads is roughly the height of a double-decker bus, taking a team of over twenty workers to transport. The exhibit will feature over 350 objects and artifacts from the band, including set and construction pieces from other Pink Floyd album covers and tours. Original handwritten lyrics, instruments, and psychedelic prints and posters will also be on display. The exhibit, which is being described as “an immersive multi-sensory and theatrical journey through multiple aspects of the band’s career” opens May 13th and will run through October 1st.
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50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles put out their classic Sgt. Pepper album in 1967, which makes this year the 50th anniversary of the landmark release. In celebration, several configurations of the album are being re-released on May 26th, including a deluxe vinyl edition, a two-CD deluxe edition, and a four-CD/Blu-ray/DVD box set. The first disc is a new stereo mix of the original LP by Giles Martin, son of the band’s late producer George Martin. Other discs include the complete early takes from the sessions sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates, including some rare mono mixes of tracks. The DVD and Blu-ray include the previously unreleased 1992 movie, “The Making of Sgt Pepper.” It was previously rumored that singles “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”, two songs recorded at the start of the sessions but not included in the track listing, would be placed on the album in the originally planned track order. As much as fans would like that to have happened, the rumor is false and the album’s tracklist remains the same.
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Ghost Frontman Lawsuit
Tobias Forge, known by his stagename Papa Emeritus, frontman for the rock band Ghost, is reportedly being sued by his four former bandmates. Swedish publication Corren reports that four of the bands former members, known as "ghouls", claim they are owed for revenue that was failed to be paid to them between 2011 and 2016. The band’s partnership agreement states that Forge is responsible for carrying out the band’s management duties, so he is the target of the suit. The band is alleged to have been through 10 lineup changes since it formed.
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Annual Acoustic 4 A Cure Benefit Lineup Announced
The fourth annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit show has been announced and will take place May 15th at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The show features legendary artists performing acoustic sets including collaborations and jams. This year’s show features Pat Benatar, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai and Bob Weir. The show, which is organized by Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield, raises money for pediatric cancer research performed at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. This year Hetfield is on tour with Metallica and cannot attend, but Hagar enlisted Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to take his place.
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Dark Side of the Moon Console Breaks Auction Record
The Abbey Road recording console used by Pink Floyd to record ’The Dark Side of the Moon’ sold via auction this weekend for an amazing $1,807,500. Over the years the 1971 40-channel EMI TGI12334 MK IV console was used by a variety of rock superstars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kate Bush and the Cure, but in 1973 Pink Floyd used the console to record ’The Dark Side of the Moon’, which went on to sell over 45 million copies. The album stayed on the Billboard Album chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. The sale of the console broke the record for the highest price ever paid for a piece of technology at auction. It more than tripled the estimated going price.
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Former Boston Drummer Sib Hashian Passes Away
Sib Hashian, former drummer for the rock band Boston collapsed onstage Wednesday night on the Legends of Rock Cruise. CPR was performed but Hashian died on the boat. The 67-year old musician’s cause of death has not been announced but it is believed that he suffered a heart attack. Hashian was performing with fellow Boston allum guitarist Barry Goudreau and Kansas member John Elefants. Hashian is known best for playing on the first two Boston albums, including the debut album that sold over 17 million copies.
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Chuck Berry Passes Away At Age 90
Chuck Berry, the inventor of rock and roll music, passed away this weekend at the age of 90 at his home in Missouri. Berry is known for writing many early rock and roll standards, including “Johnny B. Goode”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “No Particular Place to Go”, “Maybellene”, and “School Days.” Hundreds of artists have covered his songs. The Beatles famously covered “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music” early in their career. Berry made guitar soloing the norm for rock music. His sense of showmanship was uncanny, inventing the “duck walk.” Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, in which he was cited as having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry played 70 to 100 shows a year through the 1980’s, showing up solo, making the venues provide his backup band. He continued performing nearly up to his death, touring Europe in 2008 and playing American festivals. He released 20 albums since he debuted on Chess Records in 1957. His music influenced countless rock acts, including the ones that are considered founding fathers of the genre themselves, like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Jimi Hendrix.
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Pearl Jam Invites All Their Drummers To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
After initially being snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, three Pearl Jam drummers, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons have been invited by Pearl Jam to attend the honors with them. Only current drummer Matt Cameron and original drummer Dave Krusen were extended invitations by the Hall of Fame. Abbruzzese was with the band from 1991 to 1994, as they toured behind the album “Ten”, and played on the “VS” and “Vitalogy” albums. He certainly contributed to the band’s formative years. Irons was the band’s drummer for four years, time spent that the drummers, and now the other members in Pearl Jam, feel can’t be discounted. Speaking on the matter in an open letter on their Twitter account, Pearl Jam expressed their desire to “reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.” Though they may attend, and even go up and accept honors along with Pearl Jam, a representative for the Rock Hall told Rolling Stone Magazine that on Krusen and Cameron would be inducted.
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The Who Announce Las Vegas Shows and More
Legendary classic rockers The Who have announced they will be playing a residency at Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas this summer. The dates for the announced shows are July 29th, August 1st, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 11th, with the statement announcing the residency referring to these as the “first run”, hinting at more dates to come. Last year the group played the successful Desert Trip festival, a two-weekend show featuring the band as well as the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan. The Who will be the first rock band to play the Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003. The band is finishing the last dates of their latest farewell tour. They will also be playing two acoustic performances of “Tommy” at London’s Royal Albert Hall to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust on March 30th and April 1st. The band has not performed Tommy in its entirety since 1989, and this time will be joined by friends Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Florence and the Machine, The Cure, Them Crooked Vultures, and others. The band will be playing a selection of hits after the rock opera is completed.
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Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical Makes Debut
A new stage production debuted last week based on Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” album. “Bat Out of Hell – The Musical” opened at the Manchester Opera House in England, gaining a four-star review from the Manchester Evening News, which called it “a truly staggering piece of musical theater, which breaks new boundaries in its staging, choreography, and concept on an epic scale.” Jim Steinman, who wrote the music for the classic Meat Loaf album, has reportedly wanted to see his work turned into a stage show for decades. The show is a romantic adventure taking place in a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland and uses tracks from the original album as well as the album’s sequel. The show plays the Manchester Opera House until April 8th and then moves on to London.
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Eagles and Fleetwood Mac Top Bill For Classic Rock Festival
After the smash success of last year’s Desert Trip, a three-day festival that featured The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Roger Waters, a group of promoters has joined up to bring fans a classic rock sequel of sorts. There will be two shows, one called Classic East and another called Classic West. Classic West will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 15th and 16th, while Classic East will be at New York’s Citi Field on July 29th and 30th. Day one of each show will feature the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan opening for the Eagles. The second day will feature Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire opening for Fleetwood Mac. Singer Don Henley previously stated the band probably would not tour again after the death of founder Glenn Frey last January. As yet, it has not been announced who, if anyone, will replace Frey onstage. These shows will mark the first the band has played without Frey. Several names have come up to possibly take Frey’s place, including Frey’s son, Deacon, Jackson Browne, and Vince Gill.
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Comedian Charlie Murphy Passes away at 59
Well-loved American comedian, writer and actor Charlie Murphy passed away on April 12th, losing his battle with leukemia at the age of 59. Murphy kept his illness secret, even from his co-stars on the Starz show “Power”, in which Murphy plays a prison guard. Murphy, brother of comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, appeared in several minor movie roles until he appeared in “CB4”, where he played the movie’s antagonist. He appeared in over two dozen films. He really stepped out from his brother’s shadow as a regular on Chappelle’s Show. He had a regular feature on the show called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories”, which produced the legendary “Rick James” and “Prince” sketches.
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Comedy Legend Don Rickles Passes Away at 90.
Don Rickles passed away from kidney failure at the age of 90 yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. The legendary comedian rose to fame with his brand of insult-comedy, befriending Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the sixties. He’s been a staple of late night television talk shows, guesting countless times with Carson and Letterman, as well as appearing in episodes of such hit shows as “The Munsters” and “Gilligan’s Island.” He starred in 1972’s “The Don Rickles Show” and was also the lead role in the 1976 show “CPO Sharkey.” His movie credits include “Run Silent, Run Deep”, “Kelly’s Heroes”, and most recently as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise. Rickles also served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter and two grandchildren.
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Female Wrestling Comedy Comes To Netflix
Netflix is launching a comedy about the world of female professional wrestling. The show, entitled “GLOW”, is set in the 1980’s and follows an out-of-work actress who finds herself in the world of women’s wrestling. A certain generation may remember that in the 80’s “GLOW” stood for “Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling”, a show which lasted four seasons from 1986-1990, featuring wrestling, strong women, colorful characters, and comedy sketches. The new show stars Britt Baron, Kimmy Gatewood, and Rebekka Johnson. Created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is the New Black). GLOW is set to hit Netflix on Friday, June 23.
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Comedy Central To Debut Trump Spoof Talk Show
Comedy Central is debuting "The President Show", featuring Anthony Atamanuik as President Donald Trump. The weekly show will spoof Trump as if he were hosting a late night talk show. Peter Grosz wil play Vice President Mike Pence as sidekick to Trump. The duo will go through the normal batch of talk show features, including guest interviews, desk segments and field segments. Comedy Central announced the show via a fake Russian hack which sent viewers to a website directing visitors to the show’s Twitter feed. The show debuts on April 27th.
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Tim Allen Under Fire For Nazi Germany Joke
Tim Allen has been under fire after making a Nazi Germany comment on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Friday. When asked Kimmel about attending the President Trump inauguration this year, Allen replied that "You gotta be real careful ’round here...you get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened." Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, is one of the people to take issue, asking the comedian to apologize. Goldstein feels that the comparison "trivializes the horrors imposed on Jews in Nazi Germany."
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Dave Chappelle Addresses City Council in Ohio
Comedian Dave Chappelle appeared at a Yellow Springs, Ohio city council meeting this week and voiced his concerns over an incident that occurred at the town’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The incident involved an innocent bystander getting hit with a taser after the police arrived on scene to disperse the crowd minutes after midnight. Chappelle called the incident a “huge gaffe” by the police department. The incident had already led to the resignation of the Yellow Springs Police Chief. Chappelle currently lives in the town with his family.
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Nashville Sweeps Top-Seeded Chicago
In a colossal upset, the Nashville Predators completed a shocking upset sweep of the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks. The high-scoring Blackhawks hit a brick wall against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who logged shutouts in games one and two, and who gave up just 3 goals after that. The Blackhawks also had difficulty dealing with the speed of the Predators. The sweep marks the first time in NHL history that a No. 1 seed has been swept by a No. 8 seed. Nashville moves on to the second round to face the winner of the St.Louis-Minnesota series. Nashville is enjoying a bit of revenge, as Chicago knocked them out of the playoffs in 2010 and 2015. The Blackhawks tried everything they could, switching up lines, adding Russian Michal Kempny to the playoff lineup, dressing seven defensemen, but it didn’t matter. Nashville simply outplayed the more talented Chicago team.
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Bulls Take 2-0 Lead Against First-Seeded Celtics
After limping into the last seed of the NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls have stunned the basketball nation by taking the first two games of the series from the Eastern first place finishers the Boston Celtics. The shock is not just the wins, but with the extent the Bulls are dominating play. Jimmy Butler is grabbing every rebound while averaging 26 points, and Rondo looks like the Rondo of old. At the beginning of the year the team was bickering and fighting amongst themselves. Rajon Rondo was suspended for a game by the team. He was also fined, along with Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler. Rondo wasn’t even in the regular rotation the whole year. He’s got it together now though, just missing a triple-double in Game 2 of the series while containing the Celtic’s biggest threat, Isaiah Thomas. Home court advantage shifts to Chicago as the series heads there for Game 3.
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Toronto Takes Lead In Series Against Washingon
The Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime, in what was basically an exact repeat of game 2. Toronto leads the series 2 games to 1. The young Toronto team has made the Capitals look slow, with much of the series being played in the Capital’s defensive side of the ice. Perhaps Toronto learned from the Pittsburgh Penguins last year, who brought up some young fast players from the minors who the Capitals simply couldn’t keep up with. Caps fans are nervous, living year after year with the “curse” of choking in the playoffs. Easily the superior team on paper, the Capitals have only made it to one Stanley Cup final, the 1998 series against the Steve Yzerman-led Detroit Redwings, who swept the series in four straight. Caps fans are nervous, but Vegas still has the Capitals as 6-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. (The odds for the Penguins to win the cup are 7-2).
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Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell
Former star tight end for the New England Patriots, and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell this morning at 3:05 a.m., from an apparent suicide. Hernandez was hanging from a bedsheet attached to the window in his Massachusetts prison cell. A statement released by the correction department said, “Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and he was transported to UMass Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.” The statement also said that Hernandez “attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.” Hernandez was acquitted days ago for a separate double murder. Brian Murphy, Hernandez’s former agent expressed doubt that it was a suicide, stating there was “absolutely no chance” Hernandez killed himself, and that “he would never take his own life.” Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
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The 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Breaking the Color Barrier
April 15th is the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. An event that helped pave the way for modern civil rights in the United States. To celebrate the event, Adidas has made a series of Jackie Robinson signature special edition cleats and trainers. Adidas also built a new baseball and softball field for Robinson’s alma mater, John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. Robinson became the first African-American to play in the major leagues when he signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The Dodgers will unveil a statue of Robinson this weekend with Robinson’s wife and children in attendance.
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NBA Eastern Conference Standing
With only one regular season game left in the NBA schedule, several Eastern Conference playoff slots will be determined by the final night of the year. The Cleveland Cavaliers, predicted by many to represent the East in the NBA finals, may not even finish first in the division. They don’t even control their own outcome, if they lose tonight against the Toronto Raptors, they finish in second place. The Cavs must win tonight, and hope for a Celtics loss for them to take first place. If Boston wins tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics finish in first place. Toronto is locked into third place, and Milwaukee is locked into sixth place no matter the outcomes. Washington and Atlanta are set as the fourth and fifth place teams, respectively. If Chicago beats Brooklyn tonight, they will finish in one of the last two playoff spots depending on the Indiana outcome. Indiana is playing Atlanta tonight, and if the Pacers win, they will finish in seventh place. If they lose and both Chicago and Miami win, the Pacers will be knocked out. If Indiana wins and either Chicago or Miami lose, they will make it. Miami is playing Washington tonight, and to make the playoffs, the Heat must win and have either Indiana or Chicago lose.
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Tebow Homers in Minor League Debut
Tim Tebow hit a homerun in his first at bat in his debut game for the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets’ Class A team. His minor-league experience so far has been less than spectacular, with a .194 batting average in the Arizona Fall league and a .148 average in the Grapefruit league this spring. The 29-year-old ex-NFL quarterback has fielded his share of criticism for possibly taking a roster spot away from some young, more deserving player. Of course, not many players at this level make the majors or even get close. With three strikeouts and a ground out after his homer, nobody is kidding themselves that Tebow is a future major-leaguer. His presence on the team is bringing in fans and fan dollars though, as well as exposure. The Fireflies went on to win the game 14-7.
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Marshawn Lynch Wants to Un-Retire
Retired star running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come back to the NFL and play for the Oakland Raiders. The powerful back retired after the 2015 season in which he missed nine games due to injury. Lynch is an Oakland native. In an interview on KIRO-AM radio this week, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that Lynch wants to return only to play with the Raiders. The Seahawks still retain Lynch’s contract rights. The Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has met with Lynch, and if the team decides to bring him on, a deal would have to be worked out with Seattle. The Raiders let running back Latavius Murray exit via free agency, so a proven power running back would be a welcome addition. With over a year to recuperate from injury, Lynch could theoretically be fully recuperated, but his health is definitely a factor to any deals getting done.
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Patrick Ewing Introduced As New Hoyas Coach
Patrick Ewing was introduced as Georgetown’s new men’s basketball coach yesterday, replacing John Thompson III after thirteen seasons. Georgetown made it to the NCAA tournament only once in the last four years. The Hoyas were a two-seed in 2013, but the team was handily defeated by the fifteen-seed Florida Gulf Coast, 78-65. Ewing has been an NBA coach for over a decade, primarily with the Orlando Magic, and more recently the Charlotte Hornets. Ewing was greeted at Georgetown yesterday by his old coach and mentor John Thompson, Jr, who ran the program from 1972 to 1999. Together the pair won the NCAA championship in 1984. Ewing said he wants to rebuild the program using a style “similar to the style that we play in the NBA – I want it to be up-tempo, push the ball, shoot 3’s when you have them.” Ewing also said he wants to restore Georgetown’s feared reputation of the eighties, when “no one liked us”, when there was “Hoya Paranoia”, and when they were “smacking people down.”
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Westbrook Ties NBA Record for Triple-Doubles
Russell Westbrook has made NBA history, recording his 41st triple-double of the year, something only one other player has ever done. Westbrook ties the Oscar Robertson’s 1961-62 season record, and with five games remaining, not only can he break the record, he also has the chance to break the record for the longest consecutive streak of games with a triple-double. As of last night, Westbrook has 7 triple-doubles in a row. Wilt Chamberlain holds the longest streak with nine in 1968. Recognizing the milestone, referee Gary Zielinski tucked the ball under his arm, allowing the fans and Westbrook to enjoy the moment. When play resumed after a Westbrook wave to the crowd, he promptly heat-checked himself by hoisting up an airball from 3-point range. It didn’t stop the fans from chanting “MVP” at the end of the game though. The feat may give the edge to Westbrook in a tight MVP race between he and James Harden of the Rockets.
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Penguins Lose Letang for Season
The Pittsburgh Penguins, reigning Stanley Cup champions, have lost No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang for the playoffs. The five-time All Star went out in February with a herniated disc in his neck. Pittsburgh had hoped that a non-surgical treatment program would allow him to come back in time for the playoffs. It was determined last week following another MRI that surgery is now needed. Letang had 34 points in 41 games this year for the Penguins, who are five points behind the Washington Capitals, and currently holding the 2nd place slot in the Metropolitan Division. With only three games left in the season, the Penguins are likely to remain in 2nd, though they mathematically could land in 1st, or even slip to 3rd place. Letang was a key component in the playoffs last year, amassing 15 points in 23 post season games. The Penguins added two defensemen before this year’s trade deadline, Mark Streit and Ron Hainsey.
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Opening Day Win For Nats Overshadowed by Stadium Technical Problems
A win for the home team on opening day at Nationals Park was overshadowed by long concession lines and complaints of bad service. At any major-league park one can expect a certain wait time for a beer or hotdog, and being in any line that takes longer than the two teams switching sides at the end of an inning is considered too long. At Nationals Park yesterday, some lines were clocked at over 40 minutes. Technical issues had both credit card and eCASH machines down, so concessions were cash only. ATMs all over the stadium were either out of service or quickly ran out of cash. Workers having to deal with complaining customers understandably led to what some called rude service. The Nationals issued a statement through a spokeswoman: “We pride ourselves on offering a first-class fan experience. Today we fell short. We encountered technical problems resulting in long lines and frustration at concession stands around the ballpark. We are working to identify the issues and implement solutions before our game on Wednesday.” To add to the chaos yesterday, the first 20,000 fans received a voucher for a Nationals “Magic 8ball” giveaway, but perhaps because the item was baseball shaped and would make a great projectile (possibly used to protest something like long concession lines) they couldn’t pick it up until the bottom of the seventh inning. This caused additional lines that made exiting the stadium more difficult and confusing.
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Dallas Quarterback Tony Romo To Retire
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is set to retire. The injury-plagued veteran was replaced last year by star rookie Dak Prescott, who led the team to a 13-3 record. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the four-time Pro-Bowler will replace Phil Simms as an analyst on game broadcasts with Jim Nantz. Romo is slated to be released Tuesday but will be put on the reserve/retired list, which essentially allows the Cowboys to split his salary cap hit over the next two years. Romo’s full salary cap hit is more than $20 million dollars. Romo is the league’s 29th all-time passer, but is better known for heartbreaking turnovers in crucial games, including the 2008 game-ending interception against the Giants, and the three interception week 17 game against the Redskins in 2012, which decided the NFC East championship.
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UNC Outlasts Gonzaga in NCAA Final
The University of North Carolina defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs last night 71-65 to win the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Though the Tar Heels were only down three at halftime with a score of 35-32, Gonzaga clearly dominated play, running a smoother offense, out hustling and out-rebounding UNC. In the second half the referees could not put their whistles down, to the frustration of both teams, fans, and even announcers. The officials called 21 fouls in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Neither side could get into a rhythm, and play was very choppy. Refs called a total of 44 personal fouls, with teams shooting a total of 52 free throws on the game. Leading 66-65 with 49.1 seconds left, Carolina gained critical advantage with a missed out of bounds call. During a tie-up on the floor under the Carolina basket, possession arrow gave the ball back to UNC, but Kennedy Meeks, who recovered the ball for the Tar Heels, clearly had his hand out of bounds. No replay was reviewed, and the ball was awarded to UNC, which scored with 26 seconds left, putting them up three. Carolina blocked a shot and scored a breakaway dunk, sealing the victory.
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Swarm of Bees Interrupts Padres Spring Training Game
At a spring training game in Peoria, Arizona last night between the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies, a massive swarm of bees descended on the field during the ninth inning and sent players and umpires running for cover. Players ducked to the ground until the swarm passed through. Bees plagued the Padres earlier this month when they chased players from batting practice at the Peoria Sports Complex where the team works out.
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Mets Reliever Suspended
After reviewing an incident that occured on October 31st, 2016, Major League Baseball has suspended New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia for 15 games for violation of the league’s policy on domestic violence. Familia was arrested that night after his wife called the police and told them her husband was getting drunk and violent. Though both Familia and his wife denied any physical altercation took place, and prosecutors later dropped all charges, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred still concluded that Familia’s conduct violated the domestic violence policy. Familia was suspended 15 days, will miss 18 days’ worth of pay, and be required to speak and donate his time to domestic violence prevention organizations. He also had to take twelve 90-minute counseling sessions, which he has completed. Familia was a 2016 All-Star and led the league with 51 saves. He posted a 2.55 ERA with the Mets last season.
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Goalie Eddie Lack Injured in Overtime Loss
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was injured on the game-winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings last night. Andreas Athanasiou collided with Lack as he stuffed the puck in the net at the 1:59 mark of overtime. Athanasiou was checked by center Victor Rask and collided with the goalie in the head area. Lack immediately slumped into the net and was attended by the medical staff. Players for both teams gathered near the net and spectators remained standing silent until Lack was removed from the ice by stretcher 10 minutes later, giving fans a thumbs up. Diagnosis is a neck strain, and it is believed that Lack will be released from the hospital tonight. The goalie was on a recent hot streak, going 5-1-0 in his last six starts.
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Raiders Approved to Relocate Team
NFL owners have approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move, with only Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, dissenting. Ross said in a statement that "My position today was that we as owners and as a league owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted. I want to wish Mark Davis and all the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas." The Raiders’ proposed 65,000-seat dined stadium won’t open until 2020 so the team will spend the next two years at home in Oakland at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, as the team has two one-year leases. They currently have no place to play the 2019 season and are looking into options, which may include another one-year lease in Oakland. When the new stadium is finished the team will share it with UNLV, but has all but ruled out using UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium for the interim year. There is the possibility, though, that the team plays one preseason game per year at Sam Boyd. Raider Nation is naturally disappointed, not wanting to see their team leave town. Raiders owner Mark Davis said "The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff."
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Gonzaga Outlasts West Virginia
The Gonzaga Bulldogs outlasted the West Virginia Mountaineers last night in a tight game to advance to the next round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Bulldogs held on against the high pressure West Virginia defense. The game was evenly matched throughout, staying within 3 or 4 points the entire game, with the strong defense of West Virginia keeping the high powered offense of Gonzaga in check. At halftime the game was tied at 30. West Virginia gained momentum late in the second half, but an errant whistle stopped play with 1:59 to go in the game when West Virginia’s Nathan Adrian appeared to step out of bounds. Replay clearly showed that Adrian’s foot was actually in bounds, and he made an excellent save giving West Virginia possession of the ball. What should have taken the officials thirty seconds to correct took six minutes and 47 seconds, an eternity in game time, effectively cooling both teams. To his credit, when asked if the long break snapped his team’s momentum, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins replied that he didn’t know, and no one could know. What was clear though, was that the Mountaineers had a horrific last 30 seconds of the game. Down by three with no timeouts, Mountaineer Jevon Carter, who was having an excellent game, missed two highly contested 3-pointers, dribbled off all the time on the clock, and passed the ball with only 2 seconds left. Carter, who led all scorers with 21, was triple-teamed at the three point line and failed to pass it off to Daxter Miles Jr. earlier, who appeared to be wide open for the final 14 seconds of the game. Miles got the ball in the last 2 seconds and had no time to frame any sort of proper shot. Gonzaga moves on to face Xavier in the next round.
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USA Wins World Baseball Classic
The United States won its first World Baseball Classic last night, defeating Puerto Rico 8-0 at Dodger Stadium. Pitcher Marcus Stroman went six no-hit innings, leaving in the seventh to the crowd’s thunderous roar of "U-S-A" after dominating Puerto Rico’s hitters. The team advanced by defeating Japan and the Dominican Republic. The popularity of the World Baseball Classic reached fever pitch in Puerto Rico, with fans gathering to watch the games at bars and restaurants all over the island. The entire Puerto Rican team dyed their hair blonde, causing fans to do the same. Stores on the island ran out of hair dye. For USA, the victory, and the popularity of the event this year may place a new focus on the importance of the event for the country. Players in past years have turned down invitations to play on the team because they’d rather focus on preparing for their regular seasons. The tournament began in 2006 and is now played every four years. The United States is only the 3rd team to ever win, with Japan taking the first two championships, and the Dominican Republic winning in 2013.
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Tom Brady Super Bowl Jersey Found
The missing Tom Brady Super Bowl 51 jersey has been located in Mexico, along with the jersey the New England Patriots quarterback wore in Super Bowl 49, which was never reported stolen. The jersey was discovered missing by Brady after he completed his post-game media obligations. It was found in the possession of Mauricio Ortega, the former director of the tabloid La Prensa. Ortega resigned March 14th, citing personal reasons. He had access to areas of NGR stadium via his media credentials, and it is alleged that he entered the locker room and removed the jersey from Brady’s bag. The FBI was involved since the crime involved a matter out of the country. It is rumored that other Super Bowl memorabilia may have also been discovered, including cleats and possibly a jersey or helmet that belongs to Von Miller from the Denver Broncos. No charges have been filed so far, as the FBI are in the process of authenticating the items.
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The ACC Nearly Wiped Out Of The Tournament
The Atlantic Coast Conference sent nine teams to the NCAA Tournament this year, more than any other conference, but only one is left still playing. North Carolina is the last ACC team still in the hunt, with No.2 seed Duke falling last night to the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Tarheels overcame a tough Arkansas group, winning 72-65 yesterday. Four of the teams lost to a lower-seeded team, and three of the teams got crushed. Florida State got hammered by Xavier in what was essentially a home game for them. Virginia only managed to score 39 points against Florida, the lowest scoring total any team has put up this year. After dominating the first ten minutes of play against Michigan State, the Miami Hurricanes fell apart and lost by 20 points. Four of the remaining conferences have 3 teams remaining in the tournament: the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, and the Pac-12. The Big East has 2 teams still in, and the WCC has 1 remaining.
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NCAA Tournament
The NCAA college men’s basketball tournament begins today in earnest, after the play-in games finished up last night, with UC Davis, USC, Mt St Mary’s, and Kansas State all advancing into the field of 64. This year’s No. 1 seeds are Villanova, UNC, Kansas, and Gonzaga. Last year’s defending champions Villanova came back strong and earned the overall No. 1 seed. A No. 1 seed has not won back to back championships since Florida did so in 2007. For many, this is the best sporting event of the year, and even the casual observer probably fills out a tournament bracket hoping to win the office pool. The American Gambling Association estimates that 40 million Americans will fill out more than 70 million brackets. An estimated $9 billion is wagered on the NCAA tournament, over twice what is bet on the Super Bowl in the United States.
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Maryland Women Receive Controversial Tournament Seed
The Maryland women’s basketball team received a disappointing No. 3 seed in this year’s Women’s NCAA Tournament. After finishing the season 30-2, and being the overall 4th ranked team in the league, the seeding is quite controversial. Maryland finished the year with the second least number of losses (2) and the second most number of wins (30). For the third year in a row, they won the Big Ten Tournament as well as finishing first in the conference, something no other program has ever done. The selection committee seeded Maryland as if they were the 9th ranked team. Division I chair, Terry Gawlick cited Maryland’s 117th-ranked strength of schedule as a factor in the seeding decision. However, Maryland nearly defeated the juggernaut Uconn Huskies in December, losing 87-81 in one of the only single-digit differential games Connecticut has seen in several years. Duke, on the other hand, which lost to Notre Dame in the ACC championship game this year and finished the year 9th overall with a 27-5 record, was given a No. 2 seed. Only one No. 2 seed won its conference tournament, Stanford. The selection committee also placed the lady Terps in the Bridgeport Region, which is the same region Connecticut will have home court advantage in.
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Busch Bloodied In Fight After Nascar Wreck
The first NASCAR fight of the year happened this weekend when Kyle Busch’s car was run into by Ford driver Joey Logano and wrecked on the final lap of the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. Busch marched up to Logano after the race and punched him in the face. A short melee ensued and though Logano was immediately restrained, his pit crew was not, and they proceeded to pummel Busch. For his trouble, Busch received a cut to the forehead, leaving the skirmish bleeding. Busch and Logano have never had any problems before, but Busch’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth, was once suspended for intentionally wrecking Logano in 2015.
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Colorado Rockies Ian Desmond Breaks Hand
According to a preliminary diagnosis, Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond suffered a fractured left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Rookie Davis of the Cincinnati Reds. The Rockies signed Desmond to a five-year, $70 million dollar contract earlier this offseason. After playing shortstop with the Washington Nationals for seven years, Desmond went to the Texas Rangers in 2016 as an outfielder, and had a resurgence, hitting 22 home runs and raising his batting average from .233 to .285, his best since 2012. Desmond made it to his second All-Star Game last year.
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After Plane Skids Off Runway, Michigan Wins Big Ten Tournament
Last week the Michigan men’s basketball team plane failed to make it off the ground due to high winds, slid off the runway and crashed. Aside from minor bumps and bruises, all passengers were unharmed. The team loaded onto another plane and made it to the Big Ten tournament in Washington DC, where it was the 8th seed. They defeated No. 9 Illinois, then knocked off the No. 1 seed, Purdue. Perhaps brought together by the brush with disaster, the team played some of its best basketball all year. On Saturday, it beat No. 4 seed Minnesota, and Sunday it beat the No.2 seed, Wisconsin to win the Big 10 tournament. The victory ensured a berth into the NCAA Tournament this week, where Michigan was given a 7 seed, facing the No. 10 seed, Oklahoma State.
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