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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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Kid Rock Introduces His New Badass Charcoal Grill
Kid Rock has introduced his new 100 percent made-in-America charcoal grill. The barrel-shaped grill, which he calls the “American Badass Grill”, has a handle on the top and is compact enough to shove in a backseat or trunk, or fit on your apartment balcony, or in the back of your canoe while you float down the river catfishing. It boasts enough room to cook up to a dozen hamburgers at once, or 3 beer-can chickens if you choose. In a story by Loudwire.com, Kid Rock was quoted as saying “I love America and I want to do all I can to create manufacturing jobs at home.” You can cook on this grill while you enjoy Kid Rock’s own beer, the Badass American Lager, brewed in Detroit, Michigan. While not innovating the world of backyard barbecues this summer, Kid Rock is touring. He’s doing a run of shows at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit from September 12th to September 20th.
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The Revolution Plans Tour
Prince’s former backing band The Revolution are touring North America, recently expanding the dates that will carry into the summer. The band backed Prince on his iconic “Purple Rain” album as well as “Around the World In A Day” and “Parade.” The band’s original lineup all return, with Wendy Melvoin on guitar, Lisa Coleman and Dr.Fink on keyboards, BrownMark on bass, and Bobby Z on drums. The band played several tribute shows in Minnesota after Prince’s death, and the tour is set to kick off on April 21st, which is a year to the day of his passing.
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Quiet Riot Hires American Idol
Rock band Quiet Riot have replaced lead singer Seann Nicols with the 2011 American Idol fourth-place finisher James Durbin. Durbin has been on Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali’s radar ever since he saw him on the show singing “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law” with Judas Priest, but Durbin had prior commitments. Banali hired Seann Nicols in October to do vocals on “Road Rage”, Quiet Riot’s new album. Nicols was the former singer for ex-Guns ‘N Roses drummer Steven Adler’s band “Adler’s Appetite.” Since the album was completed with Nicols, who is no longer in the band, the band has decided not to make any videos for the album. Original Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow passed away in 2007. Durbin is the band’s fifth lead vocalist.
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The Chili Peppers Postpone Several Shows
The Red Hot Chili Peppers has rescheduled a few shows this week so singer Anthony Kiedis can recover from bronchitis. The San Diego show has been moved to March 21st while the Denver, Glendale shows for this week will be moved to dates later in October. The band is hoping Keidis is well enough to make a trio of shows in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on March 7th, 8th, and 10th. The RHCP new album "The Getaway" was released in June, debuting at No. 2 on the Nielsen SoundScan album chart. The LP is the Peppers’ 11th overall and is their seventh Top 10 album.
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Ace Frehley Added To 2017 Psycho Las Vegas Festival
Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Corrosion of Conformity, Diamond Head and Gojira have been added to this year’s Psycho Las Vegas lineup, joining headliner King Diamond, the Melvins, Sleep and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the three-day festival presents a diverse and unique lineup of underground, psychedelic and classic hard-rock and metal acts. Paul Stanley recently ruled out a reunion with the original members of KISS, though he did appear on a track with Ace Frehley last year. The two remain friends. Frehley has kept it moving along, releasing “Origins Vol. 1”, a collection of covers in 2016. This is the only U.S. King Diamond show in 2017.
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Soundgarden Celebrate Badmotorfinger With Tour
Soundgarden has announced its first US tour in three years, and confirmed work on a new studio album to follow up 2012’s reunion LP, “King Animal.” The band will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic album “Badmotorfinger.” The tour kicks off with the band headlining the 98Rockfest in Tampa, Florida on April 28th, and ends on May 26th at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. The band will also play a bunch of festival dates, including The Welcome to Rockville in Fort Myers, FL on 4/29-30, the Carolina Rebellion Festival in Concord, NC on 5/5, and the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio on 5-19. Supporting the band this tour will be The Dillinger Escape Plan, and The Pretty Wreckless on certain dates. Drummer Matt Cameron is back on tour this time. Matt missed the 2014 tour due to a scheduling conflict with his other band, Pearl Jam.
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The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary
The Moody Blues have announced they will be playing their landmark album “Days of Future Passed” in its entirety this year on tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its release. The rock classic was the band’s second album, released in November of 1967. It marked one of the earliest fusions of rock and classical music, as the band was backed by a symphony orchestra. On this year’s summer tour the band plan to play two sets, the first will be all hits and after a short intermission the band will come back on and play the “Days of Future Passed” album in its entirety. This will be the first time the band has played the entire album in concert. The summer tour starts June 3rd through July 23rd. Lead singer Justin Hayward is touring in March, supporting his most recent solo album “All The Way”, which is a compilation of his solo work with rare and new tracks as well.
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At The Drive-In To Release New Album
Post-hardcore cult heroes At the Drive-In have announced the release of their first album in 17 years on May 5, 2017. “In-Ter a-Li-a” will be the band’s first release since the acclaimed “Relationship of Command” came out in 2000. The band reunited in 2012 for a handful of shows, and again in 2016 for a major world tour, which was cut short when singer Cedric Bixler began having problems with his voice. The new album was produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The band has released two singles from the album, “Governed by Contagions”, and “Incurably Innocent.”
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Crowdfunding Campaign Underway For Giant David Bowie Lightning Bolt
A recent crowdfunding campaign is underway to erect a 30-foot lightning bolt across from the Tunstall Road public transit station in Brixton, England honoring rock legend David Bowie. Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck has expressed her support for the idea. The crowdfunding campaign hopes to raise $1.2 million over the course of a month. The Brixton memorial, which they are calling the “ZiggyZag” would be the first thing a visitor sees when coming to Brixton.
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Former James Brown Drummer Clyde Stubblefield Passes Away
Legendary r&b drummer Clyde Stubblefield passed away last week at the age of 73. He was suffering from bladder cancer, and cause of death was kidney failure. Stubblefield made his name backing James Brown, and played on many of the legendary James Brown hits, including “Cold Sweat”, “I Got the Feelin’”, “Mother Popcorn”, and “Say it Loud- I’m Black and I’m Proud.” Stubblefield is the drummer who played the James Brown track “Funky Drummer”, whose eight-bar drum break is the most sampled piece of music in all hip-hop. The website WhoSampled.com lists 1,364 songs that have used the drummer’s pattern. Stubblefield got the nickname "Funky Drummer" after the song was released. In the wake of Prince’s death last year, it was discovered that Prince paid off Stubblefield’s large medical bills on the condition that it not be reported.
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Metallica Announces North American Tour
Metallica announced yesterday they will go out on a 25-date North American tour in support of their new album “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.” The tour will kick off in Baltimore on May 10th, and end on August 16th in Edmonton, AB. The band hasn’t done a major U.S. tour in over 6 years when they were out on the road supporting their last studio release, “Death Magnetic.” The band has played some European and Asian dates on the latest tour, and some of the songs from the new album that made it into the setlist include “Moth Into Flame”, “Now That We’re Dead”, “Hardwired”, “Atlas, Rise”, “Halo on Fire”, and “Confusion.” Every ticket purchase comes with a physical or digital copy of the new album, which has been well received by critics and fans.
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The Dillenger Escape Plan Cancels Tour After Bus Crashes
The Dillinger Escape Plan have canceled their remaining European tour dates after their bus was involved in an accident. While traveling through Poland this weekend their bus broke down, causing their driver to pull over to the side of the road. A truck then collided with the band’s trailer and bus. While there were no life-threatening injuries, some members of the band and crew are still being evaluated at John Paul Regional Hospital in Zamosc. The tour, which was to run through March 5th, has been canceled as all of the band’s equipment was destroyed. Fans have started a GoFundMe account for the band to help with medical bills.
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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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Comedy Central Hosting Outdoor Comedy Festival
Comedy Central has announced plans to host a large outdoor stand-up comedy festival. A three-day event called the “Colossal Clusterfest” will feature comedy showcases, music, podcast recordings and collaborations by the attending artists. It will be held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium June 2nd to June 4th. The list of scheduled performers includes Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Fred Armisen, Natasha Leggero, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Bob Odenkirk, Vince Staples, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum. The festival will also feature experiences based on popular comedy shows. For example, attendees can visit a full-scale re-creation of Seinfeld’s famous apartment and an array of classic foods from “Monk’s Café” and “The Soup Nazi.”
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Epic Oscar Flub
An epic flub occurred at the 2017 Academy Awards when the Oscar for Best Picture was mistakenly awarded to the wrong picture. The incorrect envelope was mistakenly handed to presenter Warren Beatty. To his credit, Beatty hesitated when he looked at the card, which clearly said “Emma Watson – La La Land.” What Beatty had in his hand was the backup card for the Best Actress Award. Faye Dunaway, Beatty’s presenter partner, blurted out that “La La Land” had won the Oscar. The mistake was made worse because it was not immediately corrected. The cast and producers of La La Land made speeches for several minutes before the mistake was announced. The award really went to the movie “Spotlight”, who were informed of their victory very graciously by “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz. After Horowitz realized there was an error, he told the audience there was a mistake, and declared “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from ‘Moonlight.’”
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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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Redskins Re-Sign Vernon Davis
The Washington Redskins have re-signed tight end Vernon Davis. Last year the former Maryland Terrapin had 44 receptions for 583 yards with two touchdowns. Davis was a welcome addition after the Skins went through a season in which injuries took out several starting tight ends. Vernon is 11th on the all-time receiving list for tight ends with 6,424 yards. Davis provided toughness and a second formidable tight end option, teaming up with Jordan Reed, the Redskin’s number one red zone option.
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Two Top NFL Receivers on the Move
In the second day of NFL teams being allowed to negotiate with players who will become unrestricted free agents, it’s being reported that two top receivers have found new homes. Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins is reportedly going to the San Francisco 49ers with a 3-year contract with the first year expected to be in the $16 million-dollar range. The 49ers have a ton of cap space this year so it makes sense that this deal be front-loaded. The former Redskin is said to have requested a trade early last year, unhappy with his lack of targets. As the season progressed Garcon was the go-to third down option, seemingly always making clutch receptions. A second top NFL receiver is also on the move, with the Jet’s WR Brandon Marshall reportedly going to the Giants. The 2-year deal is worth $12 million dollars. In 2015 Marshall set the franchise records for catches (with 109) and receiving yards (1,502) and was the team MVP. Last year, however, was one of the worst seasons in his career. He caught only 59 balls for 788 yards and only 3 touchdowns. He has never reached the postseason in his 11-year career. The Jets will save $7.5 million in cap space by letting him go.
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Joe Thornton Scores 1,000th Assist
Joe Thornton, in his 900th game with the San Jose Sharks became the 13th player in NHL history to get 1,000 assists. The 37-year old joins a short list that reads like a who’s who of hockey legends. Thornton can realistically pass a few ahead of him on the list. He’s 16 assists behind Joe Sakic (who has 1,016), 33 behind Mario Lemieux, 40 behind Marcel Dionne, and 49 behind Gordie Howe. Still active on the list is Jaromir Jagr, who has 1,142 assists, 23 of which he logged this year. The all-time assists leader is Wayne Gretzky, who has 1,963, nearly twice the number Thornton has.
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Andrew Bogut Breaks Leg In Cleveland Debut
After just one minute of play with his new team, Andrew Bogut broke his leg last night in his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The veteran center collided with Miami Heat player Okaro White with 11:38 remaining in the second quarter, fracturing his left tibia. Bogut was acquired by Cleveland last week after reaching a contract buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers. Bogut was part of a trade the sixers did with the Dallas Mavericks. After the buyout Bogut was courted by several teams, including the Boson Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.
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NHL Vegas Golden Knights Sign First Player
On Monday, the Las Vegas Golden Knights signed their first player, Reid Duke, from the Minnesota Wild. Duke signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Knights. He was originally taken in the sixth round of the ’14 draft by Minnesota. He’s currently in the Junior League and has put up 67 points in 54 games with 35 goals. He will be in the Knights’ inaugural Development Camp this summer. Five days ago the Vegas Golden Knights paid the NHL their $500 million dollar expansion fee and officially joined the league. Assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon owns the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, where Duke has played the last three seasons. The Golden Knights will begin their first NHL season later this year.
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Redskins Extend Head Coach Jay Gruden.
The Washington Redskins have given head coach Jay Gruden a two-year contract extension, even though his contract wasn’t up for another two years. The timing is odd, with the organization experiencing a certain level of turmoil in the leadership department stemming from the recent notable absence of general manager Scot McCloughan at Redskin Park. With questions being asked about the general manager missing the 2017 scouting combine, seemingly the most important event of the year for a team GM, the Gruden contract extension gives the impression of stability to an organization that not only is missing the general manager, but also just fired most of the defensive coaches, and replaced both the defensive coordinator and the offensive coordinator. With free agency about to begin, the extension removes any doubt perspective players might have about the franchise’s commitment to the head coach. Even though fans may question the timing of the deal, there is no disputing that since Gruden arrived, the offense, which has been stagnant for several years, has received new life and put up amazing numbers. The coach has also taken the team to the playoffs or to the verge of the playoffs in the last two seasons.
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Wizards Add Backup Point Guard
Former New York Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings was picked up by the Washington Wizards yesterday after he was waived on Monday. The Wizards added scoring at the trade deadline by picking up former Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who made and immediate impact by hitting six three-pointers last night against Eastern Conference rivals Toronto. The team still wanted to update the backup point guard position, as Trey Burke is only averaging 4.9 points off the bench. In comparison, Jennings is averaging 8.6 points and 4.9 assists with the Knicks this year, filling in with competence when starter Derrick Rose went out. The 4.9 assists is the highest average in the league for a non-full-time starter. Jennings will make 1.2 million this year. Rookie Danuel House was waived by the Wizards to make room for Jennings.
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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan Misses NFL Combine
Redskins fans are a bit nervous that general manager Scot McCloughan is not attending the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. Team spokesman Tony Wyllie told The Associated Press that McCloughan “is taking care of some family matters.” McCloughan said via text that the “family matters” in question concerned a recent death in the family. McCloughan’s 100-year-old grandmother Marie passed away Feb. 6th, which was 25 days ago. The fact that the general manager, the person the organization hired because he was an ace at scouting and talent evaluation, is going to miss the NFL scouting combine is highly disturbing. This comes on the heels of ex-Redskin and now talk-show host Chris Cooley being suspended from his radio job for suggesting McCloughan may be having alcohol problems again. McCloughan is a recovering alcoholic.
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Wizards Take Down Warriors
The Washington Wizards faced a monumental task Tuesday night, going up against the league-best Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have more than their share of the best players in the league; Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson. The Wizards dropped their last two games, one against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, in two sad, lifeless performances. The Warrior’s Steph Curry was coming off an 0-11 three-point shooting night against Philadelphia Monday, a sure sign that Washington was in for a Curry makeup game. That was not the case, though, as Curry’s jumper remained off, going just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. He still finished with a team-high 25, but it was not enough as the Wizards pulled out an unexpected 112-108 win. A key point was Kevin Durant injuring his knee in the first minute of play. Durant went directly to the locker room and is waiting for results of an MRI. In his absence, Bradley Beal went 6 for 7, had 16 points, and made 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Wall had an amazing 19 assists, matching his career high. Markieff Morris contributed 22 points, and all five Wizard starters finished in double-figures. Freshly obtained in the trade with the Nets, Bogdanovic provided 12 points in the first half and finished with 16. He went 3-6 from the three-point line.
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Kirk Cousins Gets Franchise Tag
For the first time in league history, a team has used the franchise tag on the same quarterback two years in a row. The Washington Redskins have just placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins. Because they used the exclusive tag, Cousins cannot negotiate with other teams. The Redskins are still free to negotiate a long-term deal with Cousins but must do so before July 15th. With so many scenarios in play for his future, many fans have been fretting about this decision since the end of last season. The Redskins were unable to reach a deal with Cousins last year, which led to the first franchise tag on him. Seemingly determined not to overpay for the quarterback has led to a situation that the Redskins did not want to see happen, which is Cousins’ value and his price going up by the minute. Coming off a second good season in which he continued to gain yards, win games, and break team records, Cousins’ decision to bank on himself paid off. He stands to make $23.94 million dollars this year, which is nearly $10 million than the initial Redskins offer to him last season. With NFL revenue rising, any future long-term contract offers to Cousins will naturally increase. As other quarterback contract deals get negotiated, the bar keeps getting set higher. When the Houston Texans gave Brock Osweiler a four-year $72 million contract last year with $37 million guaranteed, they instantly wrecked any chance of a Redskins-Cousins deal. Cousins’ performance on the field is head-and-shoulders better than Osweiler’s, who was actually benched for several games this year. Many fans are still nervous that the Redskins may trade Cousins to San Francisco to be reunited with new head coach Kyle Shanahan, the ex-Redskins offensive coordinator and his offensive system that Cousins likes so much. Shanahan and the 49ers have questions at the quarterback position, and it’s no secret he’d like Kirk Cousins on his roster. With the overall No. 2 pick in the draft this year, a trade for an NFL starter is not out of the question.
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76ers Trade Nerlens Noel To Dallas
The Philadelphia 76ers are trading Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in return for center Andrew Bogut, guard Justin Anderson and a conditional protected first-round pick. Noel is a restricted free agent this summer. The 6-11” center has recently complained about playing time, with Philadelphia having a log-jam of available players at center. Tendinitis and inflammation in the knee has also been an issue with Noel. He’s averaging 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game in two seasons with Philly. Justin Anderson is averaging 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds over two seasons. It is thought that Philadelphia will either try to move Bogut or negotiate a contract buyout.
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Wizards Strengthen Bench With Trade
The Washington Wizards acquired swingman Bojan Bogdanovic and forward Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson, and a lottery-protected first round 2017 pick. Bogdanovic is a proven scorer who will add stability to the team coming off the bench, and allow the team to be more versatile with their lineup. He’s shooting 37 percent from 3-point range and averaging 14.2 points per game. Bogdanovic is a free agent after this season but the Wizards will be able to make him a qualifying offer to keep him. The Wizards move two players who were out of the rotation and rid themselves of the terrible Nicholson contract, that was paying him an average of $6.5 million a year through the 2019-20 season. The Nets taking the contract is the price of getting the first-round pick, which with the season the Wizards are having, will be somewhere in the low-to-mid- twenties overall. The Wizards may not have valued the pick as highly as the Nets since the Wizards have a terrible history of drafting players if they aren’t in the top 5. Strengthening the Wizards bench with the trade allows the Wizards starting five a little more breathing room, as they have been carrying the full load the entire season. The Nets plan to waive Marcus Thornton, acquired in the trade.
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Soccer Goalie Resigns After Meat Pie Incident
Wayne Shaw, the 322-pound backup goalie for Sutton United, a soccer team in England, resigned this week after an investigation was launched concerning him eating a meat pie during a match against Arsenal. Shaw found out from friends that the Gambling house Sun Bets had laid odds on the goalie eating a meat pie during the match. Not without a sense of humor, Shaw, known as “The Roly-Poly Goalie” due to his weight, pulled out a meat and potato pie late in the game after the team had used up all its substitutions, ensuring that he would not be called on to play. He proceeded to eat the meat pie as a joke. However, there were serious concerns by the league, and an investigation was launched to see if there was collusion involved, as the bet paid out at 8-1 odds. The well-loved Shaw sadly offered up his resignation which was accepted by the team and league.
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Washington Nationals Sign Catcher Matt Weiters
The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles catcher Matt Weiters to a one-year, 10 million -dollar contract with the option for a second year at 11 million. The four-time all-star catcher is a power switch-hitter with a .256 average and two gold gloves. He hit 17 homers in 124 games with the Orioles last year, his first full year back since he had Tommy John surgery in 2014. Weiters will provide balance to the lineup by providing the team with four lefties and four righties. Before signing Weiters, the Nationals seemed set to move forward with Derek Norris, their former Minor League Player of the Year, who seemed a shoe-in to start when it became apparent that Wilson Ramos was not likely to re-sign with the team. Ramos turned down a three-year, $33 million offer from the Nats in August, as his price on the free market was likely to bring twice that amount. In September, he tore his ACL in his right knee, dropping his value significantly. Ramos decided that moving to the American league where he could DH at least part of the time, was the best move, and in December he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino are also on the Nationals roster, giving the team four catchers. The Orioles let Weiters move on in part to concerns with the way he frames pitches, which sometimes makes a strike look like a ball to the umpire. StatCorner’s framing leaderboard for last season ranked Weiters 68th among catchers who received minimum of 1,000 pitches. For a team like the Orioles, whose pitchers need all the help they can get, it just wasn’t good enough anymore.
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McGregor Mayweather Fight Inches Closer to Reality
The long-rumored McGregor/Mayweather fight seems to be one baby-step closer to reality. The Sun, a British tabloid, has reported that the two sides have reached an agreement concerning the financial details for the fight. If the fight goes through it will be one of the most anticipated matches in years, with UFC superstar Conor McGregor going up against the Floyd Mayweather, the recently retired boxing champion. 28-year-old mixed martial arts specialist McGregor thinks he can take his skills to the boxing arena and take out Mayweather, who is 39 years-old with a 49-0 record. Last year McGregor obtained a boxing license in California. Many believe that without being able to utilize submission holds or kicks, McGregor stands little chance against the former champ in his natural fighting discipline. It doesn’t make that much of a difference considering the enormous payday the fight will bring both men. Now that financial details have allegedly been worked out between the opponents, there are still a few more hurdles to face before the fight can proceed. One being McGregor’s UFC contract, which still has rights to four McGregor fights. Another if longtime Mayweather partner Showtime would have rights to televise the event.
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DeMarcus Cousins Traded To New Orleans
The Sacramento Kings have traded superstar DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for guard Buddy Hield, guard/forward Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, and the first and second picks in the 2017 draft. Cousins is currently the fourth leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. The initial consensus is that the Pelicans got the better deal, immediately pairing Cousins, one of the best players in the league with fellow superstar Anthony Davis. There have been rumblings, however, that Cousins has worn out his welcome with the team. This may be a factor in the Kings taking what seems to be a poor trade. Look closer and the trade isn’t as bad as it appears. The Kings are getting Buddy Hield, last year’s overall 6th pick in the draft, who is averaging 8.6 points per game. Langston Galloway is also averaging 8.6 points per game. Tyreke Evans is averaging 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this year. By trading Cousins the Kings are getting rid of a player who has an anger issue and whose stat line includes an impressive number of technical fouls. Cousins leads the league with 17 technicals this year. He has just one season remaining on his current contract and is eligible for free agency in 2018, just a year away. Sacramento Kings play-by -play announcer went on Twitter praised the trade for the Kings, referring to Cousins as “…a dark cloud over this franchise.” Napear also claimed that “Most of Cousin’s teammates the past 7 years hated playing with him.” While the trade seems lopsided, the Pelicans are picking up a tremendous talent but one that carries the potential risk of disrupting the team and then signing with another team next year. Of coincidence, on February 12th Buddy Hield was ejected after hitting DeMarcus Cousins in the upper groin coming off a screen.
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Lady Terps Upset Top Ranked Florida Gators
The winless University of Maryland softball team upset the top-ranked Florida Gators 4-2 at the Aquafina Invitational. The Terps lost 5-1 earlier in the day to Florida A&M, another winless team. Prior to the Gators matchup, the Terps had been outscored this year 67-18. The Gators, on the other hand, were giving up less than one run per game, outscoring their opponents 56-7. Gators starting pitcher Delanie Gourley was 4-0 in 2017 with an incredible ERA of 0.00. After going down 2-0 to the Gators in a sloppy first inning, the Terps came back in the fourth inning with three runs and added a fourth run in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, the Gators loaded the bases, and as Terps reliever Madison Martin took the field just as the game entered an 89-minute rain delay. The Terps hung on for their first win of the year.
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Prince Fielder Hosting Cooking Show
Prince Fielder and his wife are going to host a new cooking show being released on Netflix and Hulu just in time for Spring Training. The premise of the show, called “Fielder’s Choice”, is not that Fielder will be cooking, he won’t be. Instead, other people will be preparing the food, and Fielder will be sampling each dish. At the end of each episode, he will pick the one he likes the most and declare it “Fielder’s Choice.” Guests for the first season will include CC Sabathia, Xzibit and Jose Feliciano. Fielder announced last year that after undergoing two neck surgeries in three years, he would be unable to continue playing professional baseball. The former first baseman and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers finished with a .283 batting average, 1,028 RBIs, and 319 career home runs, which is coincidentally the same number his father Cecil Fielder ended with. Prince and Cecil Fielder are the only father and son pair to have each hit 50 home runs in a season.
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NCAA To Try New Rules In NIT Tournament
The NCAA’s NIT tournament will try out some new rules this year to see if the game can get closer to the rules and format that international basketball currently uses. The primary change will be using some of the elements involved with playing a four-quarter game instead of two halves. The game will still use 2 halves, but NCAA rules oversight panel approved resetting team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments of each half. The panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds, or leaving it the same if there was more time when play was stopped, instead of going back to 30 seconds when a team inbounds the ball in its frontcourt after a foul that results in no free throws. The goal is to see if these rules will increase the number of possessions and scoring in a game.
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