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U2, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga Cancel Shows
The rock band U2 cancelled their September 16th concert in St Louis, citing security issues. Protests in the city after news that a white police officer was acquitted in the shooting of a black driver threw the city into disarray and put a strain on local security personnel, many of whom are off-duty officers. Plans for a make-up show have not been announced. Ed Sheeran similarly cancelled his Sunday night St. Louis show at the Scottrade Center, also due to safety concerns stemming from the protests. Lady Gaga also had to cancel a show recently. The pop queen canceled her Friday show at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil due to “severe pain” and was taken to the hospital last week. The singer suffers from fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal illness. Lady Gaga also has postponed her upcoming European tour, which was to begin this week and run through the end of October. Dates will be rescheduled for 2018.
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Rolling Stone Magazine Up For Sale
Fifty years ago Jann Wenner co-founded Rolling Stone magazine, which The New York Times is reporting is going up for sale. Starting as a small counter-culture magazine, Rolling Stone quickly became the music industry standard for its interviews, reviews, topical articles. Wenner is 71 years-old and feels that RS should be headed by “young people.” It’s no secret that the internet has changed the publishing business, and changed the way people consume news. With instant access to news media via smartphones, a story coming out in any magazine may be outdated by the time it hits the presses. Online versions of magazines are commonplace, even essential extensions of today’s successful print magazines. Wenner and his son Gus, who works for Wenner Media, say they’d be willing to still play some role in the magazine after ownership changes hands, but that would be up to the new owners.
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Gene Simmons And Ace Frehley Joining Up For Benefit Show
Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley from KISS are playing The Children Matter Benefit Concert at the CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 20th. The proceeds from the show will go to support displaced Houston hurricane victims living in shelters. The non-profit MATTER foundation is providing meals, sanitation supplies, contamination prevention supplies, fresh water and more to the shelters. Ace Frehley will be joining the Gene Simmons Band for the show, which also features sets from Don Felder of the Eagles, and Cheap Trick. Simmons and Frehley have not performed live together in over 16 years. Simmons recently disclosed that he wrote two songs on Ace’s next solo album. Paul Stanley sang on Ace’s 2016 covers album, also appearing in the video, but while past animosities seems to have cooled off, they contend that there is no plans for another KISS reunion.
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Foreigner Original Lineup To Reunite For 40th Anniversary Show Finale
Mick Jones from the rock band Foreigner announced that members from both his current Foreigner lineup, and from the original band lineup will perform together at the last two shows on their 40th anniversary tour. Original singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood, bassist Rick Wills, drummer Dennis Elliott, and guitarist Ian McDonald met up with Mick Jones this summer in July and played together for the first time since 1980. It went so well that Jones, who is the only original member in the group now, decided to do it again to wrap up the tour. The lineups will join forces on October 6th and 7th in Michigan. Foreigner’s self-titled debut album came out 40 years ago this March.
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David Gilmour To Release New Concert Video
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour debuted his new concert video "Live At Pompeii" last night in 2,000 theaters across the globe last night. In 1972 Pink Floyd released a concert documentary film of the same name, filmed in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy. The guitarist returned to the venue 45 years later to play a two-night set featuring selections from Gilmour’s recent solo album "Rattle That Lock" as well as Pink Floyd classics. In 1972 Pink Floyd played to an empty theatre, but when Gilmour returned he had an audience. It marked the first time an audience attended any performance in the amphitheater since Roman times. The concert comes out in two weeks in stores on audio and video formats.
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Husker Du’s Grant Hart Passes at 56
Grant Hart, founding member of alternative rock and hardcore punk band Husker Du has passed away today at the age of 56. The drummer and co-songwriter had been battling cancer. Husker Du formed in 1979 and was a highly influential force in post-punk. Though not the primary vocalist, Grant did sing several Husker Du tracks, his melodic style contrasting Bob Mould’s harsher delivery. After Husker Du broke up in 1988 Hart switched to guitar and released several solo albums. He also formed and fronted Nova Mob, an alternative rock band. Bob Mould expressed his condolences on Facebook, saying "Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember."
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Yes Cancel Remaining Tour Dates
Virgil Howe, son of the Yes guitarist Steve Howe, unexpectedly and tragically passed away this weekend. The 41-year old drummer was a member of the British power-rock band Little Barrie, best known for having written the theme song to the show “Better Call Saul.” The band was to begin a UK tour today in Cambridge. In the wake of this event, Yes has canceled the remaining American dates of their current Yestival tour with Todd Rundgren. No cause of death has been announced.
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Protesters Angry With Kid Rock
The new Little Caesars Arena opens its doors tonight in Detroit, Michigan, with a performance by hometown product Kid Rock. The 46-year old performer is known for his love and support of Detroit and for his philanthropy in the local communities. The outspoken entertainer has come under fire lately for his support of unpopular president Donald Trump, and for criticizing Colin Kaepernick for not standing during the national anthem last year. Among those taking offense is Peter Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University in Detroit. Hammer has organized a protest of the concert tonight through the National Action Network’s Detroit chapter, loosely accusing him of racism, citing Kid Rocks previous use of the Confederate flag at his concerts. Kid Rock responded, saying “I’ve never flown that flag with any hate in my heart. Not one ounce.” To his defense, Rock stopped using the Confederate flag at his shows six years ago. In 2011 the NAACP’s Detroit chapter gave Kid Rock its Great Expectations award for his work in the Detroit communities, which is 80% African American. Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod for social injustice lately by not making an NFL roster after protesting during the national anthem last season. Those believing the quarterback is being blacklisted by the NFL have been angered by Kid Rock’s assertion that Kaepernick doesn’t have an NFL job because he isn’t good enough. He also pointed out via social media that nobody had a problem with him playing the new arena until he began talking about running for political office. The performer begins the first of six sold out shows at the arena tonight.
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Janet Jackson Breaks Down On Stage
Janet Jackson, going through a divorce from husband Wissam Al Mana, broke down and wept onstage at a show in Houston this weekend after performing the song “What About” off of 1997’s The Velvet Rope album. The song deals with spousal/domestic abuse. Crying, Jackson said “This is me” after singing the track. She hasn’t performed the song since 1999 but added it to the North American tour setlist. This was the second night of the tour. Janet postponed the tour last fall due to pregnancy. She gave birth son Eissa Al Mana in January and separated from her husband in April. Jackson plays the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday.
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Smashing Pumpkins Hinting At Reunion
There is talk that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan may be coordinating a reunion tour with the original lineup. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin said as much in a recent WGN Radio interview when he spoke of Corgan’s plan to reunite and record an album with “people who used to be in the band.” Chamberlain has been back in the band since 2015, and guitarist James Iha, who has been performing as a solo artist as well as being in A Perfect Circle, has sat in with the Pumpkins a few times in the last year. Original bass player D’Arcy Wretzky has not played with the band since she parted ways with the Pumpkins in 1999. Chamberlin recently said they were talking about playing next year with the band. The Smashing Pumpkins were on hiatus for several years, returning with a new lineup in 2007 to release the Zeitgeist album, followed by Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Oceana, and most recently 2014’s Moments to an Elegy.
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Dave Matthews To Host Free Show In Charlottesville
Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake have joined the lineup for a show the Dave Matthews Band are hosting in the wake of the recent turmoil and violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. The show is free to members of the Charlottesville and University of Virginia communities, but donations are encouraged, with proceeds going to the victims of the violence, as well as first responders and organizations devoted to the promotion of justice and unity. Pharrell Williams, Chris Stapleton, The Roots, Cage The Elephant, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes will also perform. The show will take place August 11th and 12th at the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
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Steely Dan Co-Founder Walter Becker Passes Away at 67
Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker passed away this weekend at the age of 67. No cause of death has been released. Becker recently missed two big shows due to unspecified illness; the Classic East and Classic West festivals. In July, Steely Dan partner Donald Fagen told Billboard Magazine “Walter’s recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon.” Steely Dan has a large catalog of beloved albums and singles, including “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, “Reeling in The Years”, “My Old School”, and “Deacon Blues.” Becker and Fagan were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Donald Fagan released a statement saying he plans to “keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Halted by Courts
Distribution of the Lynyrd Skynyrd film that ex-drummer Artimus Pyle was involved in has been halted by the U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet. The suit was filed by surviving member Gary R. Rossington and the widow of singer Ronnie Van Zant. The film, recounting the events of the fatal crash which took the lives of several band members including original singer Ronnie Van Zant, was produced for $1.2 million dollars and completed this spring. The court agreed that the film violated an agreement the surviving members signed which dictated the terms in which they could use the band’s name, history, or the name and likeness of Van Zant. Pyle, who was to receive a co-producer credit and 5 percent of the film’s profits, signed the agreement in 1988 with “under protest” written beside his signature. A copy of this document was sent to Cleopatra early in development, but they made the film anyway. Evan Mandel, a lawyer for Cleopatra Records Inc. and Cleopatra Films, stated he would seek “immediate relief” from an appeals court.
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Yes and Tom Petty Each Cancel Shows
The rock band Yes were forced to cancel a show this week at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre. Torrential rain flooded the outdoor venue and water literally covered up the seats. Residents were urged to stay home as roads were closed and drivers were stranded in the flood. It has not been announced yet if a future Oklahoma City will be added to the tour. The band has been touring a show they’ve dubbed the “Yestival” with Todd Rundgren and the Carl Palmer ELP Legacy also on the bill. Rocker Tom Petty also canceled a show this week. Last night’s show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California was rescheduled due to laryngitis. The new date is Monday, August 28th. Tomorrow night’s show is still scheduled to go on.
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Stars Releasing New Music This Fall
The next few months will see the release of new music from some of the industry’s biggest names. Taylor Swift has been hinting at a new record and announced yesterday that her latest effort “Reputation” will be released on November 10th. This marks her first new album since 2014’s “1989” album. Demi Lovato will release her new album “Tell Me You Love Me” on September 23rd. Lovato is performing at the Mayweather-McGregor fight this weekend. Rock legend Robert Plant has a new album coming out on October 13th with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. The album title is “Carry Fire”, and the first single, “The May Queen”, can be downloaded now. Dates are not set but Plant plans to go on tour in November.
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Foo Fighters Rickroll Audience
The Foo Fighters, known for spontaneously including cover songs in their sets, were joined onstage by 80’s pop artist Rick Astley recently in Tokyo, Japan for a rocking version of Astley’s hit song “Never Gonna’ Give You Up.” “Rickrolling” became a popular prank in the age of the internet, with people finding never-ending ways to trick others into listening to the song “Never Gonna’ Give You Up.” What at first sounded like Dave Grohl playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the Nirvana classic, was actually the Rick Astley hit, which was the best-selling single of 1987. Astley, who was playing the Tokyo Fest also, was quite animated, rocking out the song with the Foos, getting into the spirit of things and hyping up the audience, yelling “Come on let’s go you m*therf%!kers!” The Foo Fighters are back in America in September and will open the new Anthem Venue in DC with a show on October 12th.
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The Misfits to Play Los Angeles Reunion Show
The Misfits, the original punk horror-rockers, have gone through several lineup changes over the years, some barely resembling the band that debuted in 1977. In-fighting and lawsuits have plagued the band for years, notably between original singer Glenn Danzig, who left to forge what has been a successful solo career, and original bass player Jerry Only, who continued the Misfits and turned the band name into a marketing success story. With recent lawsuits cleared up, the original members of the band have announced they will play a reunion show on December 30th at the Los Angeles at the Forum. The band reunited last year at Chicago’s Riot Fest. The show will feature original members, including Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein. Glenn Danzig is calling the show a one-off show, “no tour, no bs, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books.”
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Bonnie Tyler Reaps Eclipse Bounty
Thanks to the solar eclipse yesterday, sales of Bonnie Tyler’s No.1 Billboard ranked hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” soared this week on digital download sites, with sales increasing by over 500%. Earlier in the year, the song averaged 1,000 downloads per week, but the number rose to 2,000 per week in early August, and 12,000 in the week ending August 20th. The song was downloaded 4,000 times on the day before the eclipse. Clocking in at 5 minutes and 33 seconds, the song was over twice as long as the real total eclipse, which maxed out at 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
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2018 Atlanta KISS Expo to Feature Vinnie Vincent
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is slated to appear at the 2018 Atlanta Kiss Expo being held next January. Vincent was the original official replacement to guitarist Ace Frehley in 1983. His style took the band closer to heavy metal as he co-wrote 8 of the 10 songs on “Lick It Up”, the band’s 1983 release. In addition to that, he also co-wrote several songs on Kiss’ 1992 release “Revenge”. Vincent, known for his Egyptian-themed face paint, only lasted a short time with the band, reportedly over issues with his contract. He went on to form the Vinnie Vincent Invasion and release a pair of albums. Last year the Kiss Expo scored an appearance by original Kiss drummer Peter Criss, to the delight of the attendees.
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Danzig Pairs With Corrosion of Conformity
Danzig is teaming up with Corrosion of Conformity for a short trek in September. The first pairing is in Hampton Beach, NH on September 7th, with additional dates in Philadelphia, PA (9/8), Montclair, NJ (9/9), Huntington, NY (9/11), Lewiston, KY (9/12), Cleveland, OH (9/14), and Detroit, MI (9/15). The short Danzig tour culminates in an appearance at Riot Fest in Chicago, where they are expected to play 1992’s “How the Gods Kill” album in its entirety. Danzig released their 11th album “Black Laden Crown” earlier this year.
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Gregg Allman Tribute and Final Album Release
The late Gregg Allman’s final studio album “Southern Blood” is being released next month on September 8th. The release will be celebrated with coordinated tribute events in three of Allman’s favorite U.S. cities, Nashville, Macon, and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles event will take place at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum on September 7th and feature an evening of music and stories with producer Don Was, Devon Allman, manager Michael Lehman, and Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard. The Macon, Georgia event will be at The Big House on September 9th, and mayor Robert Reichert will declare December 8th (Allman’s birthday) ‘Gregg Allman Day.’ The Nashville event will be at the Americana Music Festival & Conference September 15th. Devon Allman, Buddy Miller, Pony Bradshaw and John Paul White are scheduled to appear.
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Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Passes Away at 73
WWE manager and personality Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away Sunday at the age of 73. Coming up in the formative era of modern professional wrestling, Heenan was one of the early great managers in WWE history, with stars such as Andre The Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, King Kong Bundy, Mr. Perfect, and a host of others in his stable. Known for his sarcastic and antagonistic banter, Heenan went on to be one of the great WWE announcers, working alongside “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Gorilla Monsoon for years. He briefly had his own show on the USA Network. Throat cancer forced him from the announcer booth in recent years.
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Fox To Phase Out Late Night Comedy Reruns
With competition from many streaming services such as Hulu, Crackle, and Netflix to contend with, Fox-owned stations plan to stop running syndicated comedy reruns such as “30 Rock” or “Seinfeld” in the late-night time slots and instead run programming created by local news operations. Fox has aired sitcoms in the 11:30 pm slot for two decades to compete with rival stations original programming, most of which has been late-night talk shows such as “The Tonight Show” or “Late Night with David Letterman.” When these certain syndicated programming contracts come back up, Fox will not be renewing them. The stations, which now share advertising revenue with the syndicators will now receive full shares of the monies generated from their new original programming.
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Netflix Continues To Sign Top Comics to Specials
Patton Oswalt has signed on with Netflix for a new stand-up comedy special to air on October 17th. Titled “Annihilation”, the special is about how Oswalt has handled the sudden death of his wife, Michelle McNamara, as well as the topic of him raising his seven-year-old daughter alone. His last Netflix special won an Emmy, and the audio release won a Grammy. Recently Netflix has released specials by many of the industry’s top comedians, including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Tracy Morgan.
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Comedian Jerry Lewis Passes Away at 91
Comedian and actor Jerry Lewis passed away on Sunday at the age of 91. Known for being a spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Jerry Lewis Telethon was a huge fundraiser for the charity, raising an estimated 2.5 billion dollars over 44 years. Lewis rose to fame as the partner of crooner Dean Martin, whose yin and yang mix of personalities paid off in unbelievable smash success. Though in the hospital with complications from a urinary tract infection since June, Lewis died from natural causes. Lewis’s son is Gary Lewis, from the 60’s rock group Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
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A Matt LeBlanc Update
TV actor Matt LeBlanc, who rose to fame as Joey on the long-running sitcom “Friends” was added to the British television series “Top Gear” last season to very positive reviews. The stunt-filled motor show tests all manner of cars to see if they live up to manufacturer claims. The 2016 crew features LeBlanc alongside automotive journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid. LeBlanc signed a two-year deal to be a presenter on the show. In addition to this, he is also still doing the British series "Episodes", which he’s been in since 2011, and starring in the American sitcom "Man With A Plan", which was just renewed for its second season.
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JJ Hardy Returns From Injury
Orioles shortstop JJ Hardy returned to the lineup this weekend after a long stay on the disabled list. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Saturday loss to the New York Yankees. Hardy was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist after being hit with a pitch by Lance Lynn of the Cardinals in June. The 34-year old was having a rough year prior to his injury, batting only .195 with poor on-base and slugging percentages. He has a $14 million team option for 2018, but it seems doubtful that the option will be picked up. Part of the reason is Tim Beckham, who has been a stellar addition to the Orioles’ roster, filling in for the injured Hardy after being picked up from the Tampa Bay Rays. Beckham’s hitting has made him as essential part of the lineup, so essential that with Hardy’s return, Beckham stayed in the lineup in the DH slot. Defensively, however, Beckham is no JJ Hardy, committing 9 errors in just 44 Oriole games. That’s how many errors Hardy had in the 2015 and 2016 seasons combined. Errors are easily overlooked when a player is hitting the way Beckham has been hitting. In a short time with the team he has become beloved by fans. Do you sacrifice stellar offense for stellar defense The answer is often no.
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Houston Rockets Sell For $2.2 Billion
The Houston Rockets were sold to businessman (and reality TV host) Tilman Fertitta this month for a record sum of $2.2 billion. The previous record was the $2 billion that Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. Fertitta inherits an all-star backcourt after the recent trade that brought Chris Paul to Houston to join with 2017 mvp candidate James Harden.
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Redskins Rack Up Injuries In Win Over Rams
The Washington Redskins defeated the Los Angeles Rams Sunday 27-20. Much of the game was controlled by the Redskins, who were facing a team fielded by the team’s former offensive coordinator Sean McVay. This first matchup with wonder-kid McVay was hyped all week, but it’s clear the rookie head coach, who was hired at age 30, has some team-building to do to. Part of that team-building may include signing Kirk Cousins next year, as second-year quarterback Jared Goff continues to develop slower than anticipated. Redskins’ starting running back Rob Kelley left Sunday’s game what is feared as fractured ribs in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelley had 78 yards on a dozen carries. Rookie Samaje Perine finished the game and had 67 yards on 21 carries. Several Redskins were injured in yesterday’s game. Jordan Reed sprained his SC joint, safety Deshazor Everett suffered an eye contusion, and Morgan Moses sprained his ankle. Corner Josh Norman and safety Montae Nicholson both sprained shoulders. Mason Foster dislocated his shoulder in the second quarter, but after having it popped back into place, came back and sealed the game with an interception on the final Rams drive. Dallas and Philadelphia both lost, so the division records are even. The Giants play tonight, and the Redskins are back home Sunday to face the Los Angeles Raiders.
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Cleveland Sets American League Record For Consecutive Wins
The Cleveland Indians are on fire. A victory over The Detroit Tigers Wednesday gave them the American League record for most consecutive wins with 21 in a row. The streak is the longest in baseball since the 1935 Chicago Cubs, who also had 21 in a row. The Indians hit more home runs (41) during this streak than their opponents scored runs (35). With less than 2 dozen games to go, some feel the team may be peaking too early. Better to be on a 21-game win streak though, than on a losing streak like the Los Angeles Dodgers have been on recently, losing 16 out of 17 games, and at one point, 11 games in a row. The losing streak may have brought the Dodgers’ record back down to earth, but they are still the best team in baseball at 94 wins, 52 losses. Cleveland hosts the Kansas City Royals tonight in a bid for 22 in a row.
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Nationals Clinch Division
The Washington Nationals have won the division, clinching the NL East with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nats clinched early, and with 18 games left in the season, Dusty Baker has the luxury of resting key players and setting up his pitching rotation for the playoffs. With the Dodgers recent 11-game losing streak, they find themselves only 4 games ahead of the Nats for home field advantage. The Nats are 7-4 this month with Stephen Strasburg currently pitching the longest scoreless inning streak this year in the majors, with 34 scoreless innings. In comparison, Orel Hershiser holds the MLB scoreless inning record at 59 innings. Bryce Harper is still not back from the DL, but Dusty Baker reports he has started “doing some baseball activities” this week. Harper is recovering from a bone bruise in his left knee and a calf strain. Harper is batting .326 with 29 homers. The National League playoffs begin Friday, October 6th.
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Ravens Lean On Running Attack in Game One Win
With quarterback Joe Flacco skipping the preseason with a back injury, it was no surprise the offense was more run-oriented on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Utilizing three running backs, the team ran for 157 yards in the 20-0 shutout. Flacco only threw 17 passes, connecting on 9 of them for just 121 passing yards. Terrance West and Javorius Allen split the carries after Danny Woodhead left the game with a hamstring injury. A combination of a good Baltimore defense and a dismal Cincinnati offense made for a surprisingly one-sided day.
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Golden State Warriors Latest to Sell Jersey Advertising
The latest NBA team to cut an advertising patch deal is the Golden State Warriors, who sold the space on its jerseys to Japanese tech company Rakuten. Rakuten owns messaging app Viber, e-book brand Kobo, and cash-back site Ebates. The company paid $20 million per year for three years, making it the biggest NBA advertising deal yet. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a deal with Goodyear worth approximately $10 million per year. Rakuten, who have a North American headquarters in San Francisco, will display their red logo on the 2.5 by 2.5-inch patch on the left front portion of the jersey. The Warriors, who had multiple offers for the advertising, chose Rakuten because they are a worldwide brand and would bring more attention to the team. Advertising on NBA jerseys is a new enterprise for the league, beginning this 2017-2018 season. Other team franchises that have sold their jersey advertising space include Orlando, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Toronto, Brooklyn, Sacramento, and Utah.
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Redskins Sluggish in Loss To Eagles
The Washington Redskins dropped the first game of the season to the Philadelphia Eagles, 30-17 yesterday at home at Fed Ex field. A questionable fumble taken in for a touchdown squashed the teams chance to win as they were driving in the last 2 minutes. What appeared to clearly be an incomplete pass was not overturned by officials, putting the game away in favor of the Eagles. It was apparent that the Redskins’ dismal defense was improved, but the offense that failed to get going in the preseason continued to look out of synch. Second-round pick Josh Doctson, who coaches have been praising this training camp, was invisible, not being targeted for a single pass, and is looking more like a bust. Cousins threw high and behind, missing receivers several times. New star signing Terrelle Pryor had multiple drops, including a sure touchdown that went right through his hands. Jamison Crowder didn’t look like himself, just coming off a hip flexor injury, and star tight end Jordan Reed is playing with a fractured toe. Starting running back Rob Kelley was held to 30 yards on 10 carries. The Redskins play the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday, September 17th.
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NFL Week One News
With Category 5 hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, the NFL has moved the week 1 game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game will be rescheduled for Week 11, when both teams happen to be on bye. This works out for scheduling, but it means neither team will get a week off this season. In other NFL news, the 6-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been upheld by the arbitrator. As a result of various legal proceedings on both sides, including a temporary restraining order filed by the Elliott camp, Elliott will be allowed to play the Week 1 game against the New York Giants.
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Redskin Safety Su’a Cravens Talking Retirement
Washington Redskin safety Su’a Cravens shocked fans and coaches last week by announcing his intent to retire. The 22-year-old had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus August 15th, a relatively common and simple procedure for a football player. Instead of returning to the team he told coaches he was leaving football, citing personal issues and expressing a lack of desire to play. Cravens stated that “Football isn’t fun for me anymore,” and “If I had come in, and played without having my heart in it, it would have been very, very hard.” The second-round draft pick for Washington in the 2016 draft, Cravens was projected to be the starting safety this year. The team has, at least temporarily, talked him out of retiring, instead placing him on the exempt/left squad list. Team President Bruce Allen has given him a month to work on personal issues, after which they will revisit his status. Cravens’ four-year contract averages $1.1 million per year. The situation is a major disappointment for the organization, as the organization and fans had high expectations for Cravens, one of the bright spots from last year’s dismal defense. Deshazor Everett will start this weekend at strong safety.
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Red Sox Accused of Using Technology To Steal Signs
Stealing signs is an accepted part of baseball. Baserunners or coaches in the field relaying signals to gain advantage is something all teams do. It is also legal. What teams are not allowed to do, is use technology to steal signs, which the Boston Red Sox have reportedly admitted to doing. Baseball prohibits the use of electronic devices in the dugout. The New York Times is reporting that according to an MLB source, the Red Sox have admitted they used an Apple watch to receive pitching signs from someone watching video of the game. The investigation was prompted by claims from the team’s division rival New York Yankees, who were suspicious that Red Sox hitters seemed to know what pitches were coming over several games. The Red Sox are 3 ½ games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East race. In response, the Red Sox have accused the Yankees of using a YES Network camera to steal signs as well, which Yankee’s denied. At this point, it is unknown how many games the Red Sox used the Apple watch to steal signs. Earlier this year MLB commissioner Rob Manfred penalized the St. Louis Cardinals after it was found that scouting director Chris Correa illegally accessed rival Houston Astro’s database nearly 50 times. Manfred fined the organization $2 million, took away the Cardinals first two draft picks and banned Correa from baseball for life. Correa was also sentenced by the feds to almost 4 years in a penitentiary. With the pennant race so close, possibly affected by the games in question, it will be interesting to see how harsh a punishment will be levied by Manfred this time.
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Celtics Send 2nd Round Pick To Cavaliers To Complete Trade
The holdup on the recent trade between the Celtics and Cavaliers has finally been resolved, with the Celtics agreeing to send a 2020 2nd round pick to the Cavaliers. After realizing the injury to Isaiah Thomas’ hip was worse than they expected, the Cavaliers balked at the deal, insisting on getting more in return for four-time all-star guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers wanted an additional first-round draft pick, which the Celtics denied. The Cavs insisted that Boston was not transparent enough in terms of the extent of the Thomas injury. Though he contends that he will be back very soon if not at the start of the season, the worst-case scenario is Thomas misses most of the season. He is in the final year of his contract, and the Cavaliers are just protecting themselves in the event that he cannot play. The deadline for the deal to go through was Thursday morning.
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NFL Cancels Cowboys - Texans Preseason Game
The NFL has cancelled Thursday’s Cowboys-Texans preseason football game. Due to the flooding of Houston and surrounding areas by Hurricane Harvey, the game was originally moved from the Texans’ NRG Stadum to Dallas. The disaster affected members of the Texans organization and their families as well, so the league decided it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel the game and allow players and coaches to take care of their family and homes. Most of the flooded city is staying in shelters, and now that some areas are allowed to occupy their houses again, they undoubtedly have cleanup issues to deal with. Players and coaches may not have seen their families for the last week and are eager to go home. Many view the game as unnecessary anyway. The last preseason game is the least viewed of the four, with most teams holding back all their starters. Over 40,000 tickets were sold, and refunds are being issued. Any un-refunded ticket money will go towards flood relief efforts. The McNair family, owners of the Houston Texans, are also donating an amount of money equal to what the ticket sales would have generated. The Dallas Cowboys are doing their part as well, holding a telethon today to raise money for flood relief. Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant are among those that will work the phones taking donations while the team televises a 90-minute practice. Many other players are holding auctions of game-worn gear, organizing trucks of water, or simply donating money to the cause.
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New Companies To Rent Team Jerseys To Fans
There are many reasons sports fans balk when it comes to purchasing a jersey of their favorite player. There is risk involved with such a high dollar purchase when any player could switch teams at any time. A pro jersey can cost several hundred dollars. Now fans can rent one on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. At least two companies have the same business model, one is JerseySquare, an east-coast startup, and the other is Rep The Squad, based in Seattle. JerseySquare is running a $12,000 kickstarter campaign for their company, which plans to start with NBA jerseys. A fan can rent a jersey for $25 per week, or buy an annual subscription for $200 that will allow customers to swap jerseys much the same way Netflix started out by mailing customers movies. The other company, Rep the Squad, has major financial backing from the Madrona Venture Group and from professional athletes Golden Tate, Russel Okung, and Doug Baldwin. The company raised $1.5 million dollars from investors and will charge $19.95 per month for adults, and $16.95 for youth sizes. Customers will receive the jersey of their choice, and when they decide to switch to a different player, will simply send it back to receive a different jersey of his choice a few days later. They are starting with jerseys from 3 NFL teams: Seattle, Detroit, and San Francisco. It plans to expand to more NFL teams and then eventually teams from other pro leagues, such as the NBA and NHL.
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Phil Taylor Latest Injured Redskin
Redskins nose tackle Phil Taylor suffered a season-ending quad injury on Sunday. The ex-2011 first-round pick was released by the Broncos after he sustained a knee injury in training camp last July. The Redskins signed Taylor in January, and he seemed to fit in perfectly. The team will now possibly use A.J. Francis or Joey Mbu at the nose, but there is a significant dropoff in talent, and they may look around the league for a replacement. Earlier this month center Spencer Long suffered a knee injury and underwent a minor knee scope. He is expected to be out until mid-September. The team traded cornerback Dashaun Phillips to the Pittsburgh Steelers for center Lucas Crowley. Safety Su’a Cravens underwent meniscus surgery August 15th on his knee, and Linebacker Trent Murphy will miss the season after he tore his ACL and MCL.
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Stafford Becomes Highest Paid NFL Player in History
The Detroit Lions have signed Matthew Stafford to a five-year deal making him the highest paid player in NFL history. The contract will pay him an average of $27 million per year with a $50 million signing bonus. The deal will guarantee him $92 million dollars, the most guaranteed money in the NFL since Andrew Luck received $87 million last June. Stafford’s annual salary also eclipses the $25 million that Derek Carr just received. With the salary cap continuing to rise, and the demand for quality quarterbacks increasing, deals like this one will just keep coming. Two quarterbacks that will become free agents next season are Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan. Cousins is the first player to ever be franchise tagged twice, earning him $24 million this year. Due to his good play and the team’s failure to sign him, Cousins has leveraged himself into an unprecedented situation, where he ultimately has all the power. He will either get the deal he wants with the Redskins, or he’ll be welcomed with open arms onto one of several quarterback-hungry teams. Matt Ryan is coming off a Super Bowl appearance and will already command a contract comparable to the Stafford deal. It is unlikely that Cousins can score a contract that high, but the longer he waits to sign, the better things look for him.
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Protesters Gather at NFL Offices
Over 1,000 people gathered in protest at the steps of the NFL Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan yesterday supporting ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who many believe he has been blacklisted by NFL owners because of his personal protest during the national anthem last season. Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last year to protest police brutality and social injustices. Along with his protesting, Kaepernick pledged to donate a million dollars to charities over a 10-month span. His protest spread to other players in the league and beyond. The media circus surrounding his protest became a distraction for the league. Protesters are convinced that he has not been signed to a team because of this. However, though usually related to unsuitable behavior or criminal activity, teams regularly pass on players of great talent that bring distraction to their organizations. People also forget that Kaepernick would still be playing if he hadn’t opted out of his contract with San Francisco. A few NFL teams have issues this year at quarterback and it seems that several would benefit from Kaepernick’s services, but Kaepernick thrives in a read-option system which the league has moved away from in recent years. After going 1-10 in his last 11 starts, it’s easier to see both sides have their points.
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Four Capitals Ranked in Top 50 Players
The Hockey News has ranked the top 50 players of the 2017 season, with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid taking the top spot. Penguin’s Sidney Crosby was ranked second, and Erik Karlsson of Ottawa was third. McDavid was this year’s scoring champ, tallying 30 goals and 70 assists for 100 points. When asked for comment, McDavid told The Sporting News that “Everyone knows who the best player in the league is, and it’s not me.” McDavid was referring to Crosby, who had 89 points last year and whose team won the Stanley Cup. McDavid signed an eight-year contract extension on July 5th that will pay him on average, $12-million per year. Washington Capitals making the list were Braden Holtby (13th on the list), Backstrom (16th), Ovechkin (36th), and Kuznetsov.
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Kyrie Irving Traded for Isaiah Thomas in Megadeal
In a blockbuster trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and an unprotected first-round pick. Celtics GM Danny Ainge acknowledged that “It was a high price tag” for the trade, “but acquiring a 25-year old perennial All-Star, a player that fits a timeline for us and is a fantastic offensive player, one of the best offensive players in the league, you have to pay a heavy price.” Isaiah Thomas is 28, and averaged 28.9 points, 5.9 assists this year, but is coming off a hip injury bad enough for him to consider surgery. Thomas will be a free agent at the end of 2017-18, and if healthy, will get a max contract. Jae Crowder gives the Cavaliers a solid perimeter defender averaging 13.9 points and is under contract for three seasons. The trade was made possible by the disgruntled Kyrie asking the owner to be traded earlier this year. How each team’s chemistry will alter remains to be seen. Thomas was the leader and driving force of the Celtics, and with Cleveland, that role will always belong to LeBron James. Meanwhile, Irving, who has spent his entire career in Cleveland, will be going someplace new and expected to not only fit in with a team that has an established chemistry but to also lead it. The Cavaliers and the Celtics begin the season against each other on October 17th in Cleveland.
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Anthem Protest and Injuries in Preseason Matchup
The Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants in preseason last night on Monday Night Football with a few incidents of note. Twelve Browns players knelt in protest during the national anthem, the largest pre-game protest of the kind since Colin Kaepernick first started doing it last season. Browns rookie safety Jabrill Peppers said the protest is to “draw attention to racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now.“ Browns coach Hue Jackson still hasn’t picked a starting quarterback. The three under contract are Brock Osweiler, who they traded for earlier this year, 2016 draftee Cody Kessler, or rookie DeShone Kizer, who was taken by Cleveland with the 52nd overall pick in this year’s draft. It seems Osweiler may be the starter by default, the most experienced of the group, but he’s had a poor preseason. Kizer has looked good in preseason, and so has Kessler. The Brown’s opponents last night, the New York Giants, had two receivers suffer injuries. Odell Beckham Jr. sustained an ankle injury, and Brandon Marshall injured his shoulder. Beckham said after the game “it feels like a sprained ankle.” Marshall left the game to get his shoulder X-rayed.
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MLB Inaugural Little League Classic
The first-ever MLB Little League Classic game was played at the BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania this weekend. The game is part of a new initiative by Major League Baseball in partnership with Little League International to foster interest and encourage youth participation in the sport. The game was between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals, and as the Little League World Series is being held in Williamsport, every member of all sixteen teams was on the field for player introductions. The first pitch was a relay from center field involving one player from all sixteen teams. At the end of any MLB game, the winning team’s players congratulate themselves, but in the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited in Little League environment, after this game (which was won by the Pirates, 6-3), both teams lined up at home plate and shook each other’s hands.
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Jordan Reed Returns To Practice
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been activated from the Physically Unable to Play (PUP) list. The five-year veteran had been unexpectedly sidelined this preseason with a big toe sprain. He was recently fitted for specialized orthopedics he can wear in any shoe. Reed is a key part of the team’s offense, especially in the red zone. He is a nearly uncoverable tight end that gets plenty of attention from opposing teams. Even when he isn’t scoring he is pulling defenders off assignments as they double team him. Reed believes the time invested in resting and healing the injury will allow for a full season free from toe problems. Reed’s career has been plagued by injury problems, including concussions. Last year’s addition of Vernon Davis and the return of a healthy Niles Paul will take some of the pressure off Reed, as due to injuries the team has played with a tight end shortage the last several years.
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The Will Butcher NHL Sweepstakes Begins
Will Butcher, the defenseman for the University of Denver hockey team who led the team to the national championship this past season has become a highly sought after free agent. Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division l hockey last year. He was drafted in 2013 by the Colorado Avalanche but the four-year window for them to sign him has expired. Several teams are lining up to get the 23-year-old, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, and Vegas Golden Knights. The defenseman had a plus/minus rating of +19 last year over 39 games. He scored 9 goals and 23 assists. Colorado made Butcher an offer in April, but he preferred to test free agency instead.
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Wizards Sign Journeyman Guard Donald Sloan
The Washington Wizards have picked up free agent guard Donald Sloan, a former Hawk, Pelican, Cavalier, Pacer, and Net who has been playing professionally in China recently. The 29-year-old averaged 5.5 point and 3.0 assists per game in the NBA. The Wizards have been looking for a solution to their situation at backup point guard, and Sloan is a low-risk signing for them. The Wizards have contracts on 19 players, so they can add one more with training camp coming up at the end of next month. Sloan will be competing with the likes of Trey Burke and Tim Frazier at backup point guard to Wall. The Wizards also have guards Jodie Meeks, Sheldon Mac, and Thomas Satoransky on the team.
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