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A Perfect Circle Has No Tolerance For Cell Phones At Concert
Just a week ago Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders came under fire for ending a show early when fans would not put their cell phones away. She received a lot of criticism from fans on Twitter and other social media sites. The truth is, Hynde’s many warnings to the audience, which were all ignored, was courteous and generous compared to other band’s policies about cell phones. A Perfect Circle is one of the bands touring regularly that employs a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cell phone use. The audience is warned pre-show of the policy with signs, a video announcement, and a megaphone announcement. Anyone using a cell phone to take pictures or video of the band is removed from the show. According to industry site The Pulse Of Radio, the staff at A Perfect Circle’s show this weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania removed over 60 people from the show. The policy on cell phone use comes from the bands, not the venues. Several other touring bands today have this policy. All of singer Maynard James Keenan’s projects have it, including Tool and Puscifer. Kevin Hart has a security staff that removes cell phone offenders. The Eagles have had a no-cell-phone policy for years, starting with the “History of the Eagles” tour. Fans using cell phones at Eagles shows are immediately visited and loudly reprimanded by a network of tour security. The result is an arena full of fans watching the show and not a cell phone screen. At Alicia Keys shows fans must lock their cellphones in pouches that can only be opened by ushers in the lobby. David Chappelle also uses this method. Only one thing is certain, and that is that as long as cell phones exist, and concerts exist, people will try to use them at shows.
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Ozzy Osbourne To Headline Download Festival On World Tour
Black Sabbath vocalist and part-time Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will be playing the Download Festival next year. It was announced yesterday that Osbourne will headline the Sunday night portion of the show. The Donington Park event is traditionally one of the biggest metal shows of the year. The annual UK event will take place June 8th through June 10th of next year. Osbourne also announced the first dates of what he is calling his farewell tour. His plan is a three-year world tour, which will mark his retirement from doing world tours. He has not ruled out playing a one-off show here or there, as a solo artist or with Black Sabbath. After their farewell Sabbath tour Tony Iommi similarly said that a future Black Sabbath show was not out of the question. Ozzy’s longtime guitarist, Zakk Wylde, is back in the band for the tour, as well as bassist Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson, and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Clufetos handled the drum chores for the final Black Sabbath tour. Ozzy’s keyboard player is Adam Wakeman , son of Rick Wakeman. This will be the first time Ozzy Osbourne has headlined the Download Festival as a solo artist. He appeared at the show with Black Sabbath in 2005 and 2016. No other headliners have been announced yet for the three-day show. The first two legs of Ozzy’s farewell world tour have been announced. The shows kick off in Mexico on May 5th. There will be a series of South American dates before Ozzy heads to Europe. Ozzy will play both the UK and the Paris Download Festivals, as well as the Tons of Rock Festival in Norway, and the Copenhell Festival in Denmark. No North American tour dates have been announced yet.
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Surprise! Morrissey Cancels Show
Morrissey rescheduled his show in Paso Robles, California last night moments before showtime. The temperature was in the 40’s, and the outdoor venue’s stage heater was broken. It is unknown if the singer feared the affect the cold may have on his singing voice, (and future shows), or if he simply didn’t want to be cold. Throat infections and pneumonia have plagued Morrissey throughout his career. The crowd was informed via PA announcement that “Due to an inoperable heating system onstage, tonight’s engagement in postponed. A new date will be rescheduled for the 2018 season.” Ironically, prior to the show, fans in California were joking via social media about Morrissey showing up. Notorious for cancelling concerts, Morrissey cancelled a pair of California shows in 2004, one in Los Angeles and another in San Francisco. The fragile singer has cancelled several dozen other dates over the past 2 decades for various reasons, and now “cold weather” will be added to the list. Morrissey cancelled shows in the past due to infections, food poisoning, band members getting ill, relatives getting ill, broken water pipes, and mismanagement of tour money. He left the 1995 tour (as supporting act for David Bowie) allegedly because he didn’t enjoy being the opening act. The North American leg is only on the 4th date of the tour. The tour is scheduled to continue this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Billy Idol opening both nights.
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Foo Fighters New Summer Dates
The Foo Fighters announced a new set of North American dates for their current Concrete and Gold tour. A family emergency caused the band to postpone two shows last week. They were added to the tour’s summer 2018 leg. Shows from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky and Fed Ex Forum in Memphis were rescheduled to May 1st and 3rd, respectively. These are the newly announced dates: April 18 – Austin, Texas, Austin360 Amphitheater April 19 – The Woodlands, Texas, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 21 – Dallas, Texas, Starplex Pavilion April 22 – Bossier City, La., CenturyLink Center April 25 – Tampa, Fla., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre April 26 – West Palm Beach, Fla., Coral Sky Amphitheatre April 28 – Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State Stadium April 29 – Jacksonville, Fla., Metropolitan Park (Welcome To Rockville) May 1 – Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena May 3 – Memphis, Tenn., FedExForum July 7 – Camden, N.J., BB&T Pavilion July 12 – Toronto, Ontario, Rogers Centre July 14 – Wantagh, N.Y., Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater July 16 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena July 17 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena July 19 – Pittsburgh, Pa., PPG Paints Arena July 21 – Boston, Mass., Fenway Park July 22 – Boston, Mass., Fenway Park July 25 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center July 26 – Noblesville, Ind., Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center July 29 – Chicago, Ill., Wrigley Field
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Chrissie Hynde Takes Stand Against Cell Phone Users At Concert
Chrissie Hynde stopped a concert short and walked off the stage last Thursday when fans refused to stop using cell phones. The Pretenders leader marched her band off the stage early at a show in Dubai. Just as excited fans held lighters in the air for concerts in the 70’s and 80’s, fans today hold up cellphones. There is a difference. Fans held up lighters as a salute to the band, whereas a cell phone is held up to take pictures and video. It is an annoying practice to both concert-goers and to the bands. Though conditioned to tolerate it, nobody wants to go a show and have a sea of cellphones in front of them. Photos and video from the shows is almost always destined to end up on social media. In extreme cases, entire concerts are recorded by fans and uploaded onto the internet, which ends up hurting artists. After all, why should someone pay to see a show when they can just watch it on the internet Some argue this point, claiming these uploads are a form of promotion that helps artists. They are wrong, bands don’t want this unsolicited “help”. In this light, it is satisfying to see an artist take a stand and act against cellphone use at shows. Some comedians utilize a practice where fans must lock cell phones in a locker or special bag before being allowed entry. Others employ security to remove fans using cellphones. An unauthorized upload of a stand-up show spells disaster for a tour. Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders post flyers at the venue clearly stating it is a no cell phone show. After the first song, Hynde requested fans not use cell phones during the show. As the show progressed, an increasingly annoyed Hynde began berating the audience, even singling out specific fans for cellphone use. She used an increasing level of profanity as she continued to ask the crowd to stop using cell phones. As reported by The Independent, Hynde finally told the crowd “If you keep using your phones, then I’m not singing, and you can listen to us playing.” She stopped singing, and after the song said, “Well, take a (expletive) picture of this” and walked off the stage. The show lasted only 45 minutes. The band has been touring the new album “Alone”.
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Judas Priest Nominated For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
The legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest launched a campaign encouraging fans to vote them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Birmingham, England band released an internet video clip outlining the group’s legacy with the link to the voting site enclosed. Judas Priest is perhaps the first pure heavy metal band. It is thought that Judas Priest is the heavy metal band to release an album without any trace of blues music in it. In the 80’s Judas Priest was on a hot streak, releasing three gold and four platinum albums in ten years. 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance went double-platinum in the United States. The band is a rare heavy metal entry on the list of 19 finalists for 2018 induction into the hall. Other 2018 nominees include: Rage Against the Machine, The Eurythmics, Bon Jovi, Radiohead, Dire Straits, Kate Bush, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, The Cars, LL Cool J, The Zombies, Link Wray, Rufus with Chaka Khan, MC5, Depeche Mode, The Meters, and the J. Geils Band. The number of heavy metal bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be counted on one hand. Black Sabbath and Metallica are the only metal bands in the hall, and if you stretch the definition you can also include Guns N Roses and Deep Purple. Judas Priest are on the road next year with a new tour and new album called "Firepower."
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Foo Fighters And Weezer Teaming Up
Australian fans of 90’s alternative rock are in for a treat next year. The Foo Fighters and Weezer are teaming up for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in early 2018. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo recently told NME via interview that the two bands were “Friendly bitter rivals.” Weezer were figuring out the logistics for an Australia tour when the Foo Fighter camp invited them to open their tour down under. Cuomo said, “I don’t think they think of us as rivals because they’re 10 times bigger than us, but that’s how I feel because we came up at the same time.” Cuomo also said they’re happy to be opening and playing stadiums. Weezer is currently playing Europe and the United Kingdom, while the Foo Fighters are touring North America. Grohl and the Foo Fighters recently opened the new Anthem arena in the Washington D.C. Wharf District. When Grohl noticed a fan on crutches, he brought his orthopedic doctor out to talk to her. When Grohl’s doctor told the girl she needed to be wearing a shoe with her brace, Grohl gave her one of his. The Foos have been touring America in support of their ninth album Concrete and Gold, which released in September. Weezer is set to release their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream, on October 27th.
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Scorpions Cancel Remaining US Dates
The German rock band Scorpions are canceling the remaining tour dates of the North American tour. Singer Klaus Meine has a severe case of laryngitis and has been advised to rest his voice. The band released an official statement this week. A top throat specialist in Los Angeles told the frontman “If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage.” The Crazy World Tour, which has them paired up in the United States with friends Megadeth opening, will continue in Russia at the end of the month, with other European dates to follow. Klaus told fans on Facebook that “It breaks my heart to let you down for the remaining shows in the U.S.” The band said it hoped to return to North America in 2018. Guitarist Matthias Jabs said “it’s stupid” for a rock act to announce its retirement. Jabs recently told the Arizona Republic the recent farewell tour was their manager’s idea. Apparently, each member of the band mistakenly thought their bandmates wanted to retire, and they all went along with it. Jabs: “So we postponed the end of everything and now we don’t know. It’s kind of stupid to announce it. It’s getting a bit ridiculous when you say it and don’t do it, so we won’t do it again.” Earlier this month the Los Angeles City Council declared it “Scorpions Day.” The Scorpions are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is one of the biggest Hall of Fame snubs considering the global recognition the band has. At the height of their popularity the band went and played the Soviet Union. They were the second foreign rock band to visit the country and developed a massive Russian following. The band goes back to Russia for a series of shows starting in Sochi on October 28th.
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Marilyn Manson Postpones Dates After Accident
Marilyn Manson has postponed nine shows of his American tour after a stage prop fell on him. The controversial singer was pulling on a giant gun prop during the song “Sweet Dreams” at his show in New York City this weekend. The prop collapsed on him and he lay on the stage in pain. The show was cut short and Manson was taken to the hospital and treated. Just the night before, Manson broke his ankle during the Pittsburgh show as he played the encore song, “The Beautiful People.” His actual Saturday night injuries have not been disclosed but video of the incident shows Manson grabbing his right ankle after stagehands lifted the prop off him. Shows from October 2nd to October 14th are being rescheduled. This includes shows in Boston, MA (10/02), Huntington, NY (10/03), Toronto, ON (10/05), Camden, NJ (10/07), Columbus, OH (10/08). Chicago, IL (10/10), and Milwaukee, WI (10/11), Kansas City, MO (10/12), and Houston, TX (10/14). He will resume the tour in Grand Prairie, Texas at the Texas’ Freaker’s Ball on October 15th. Manson is currently recuperating from his injuries at home in Los Angeles. He had just started his “Heaven Upside Down” tour, which began in North America last Wednesday in Silver Spring, Maryland. Manson’s upcoming album is set to be released this week on October 6th. The album was originally slated for release on Valentine’s Day of February 2017, but Manson was not happy with the album. He recorded three additional tracks which went on to be the cornerstones of the album. Manson recently appeared on the third season of the WGN America television series Salem. His character was barber/surgeon/sociopath Thomas Dinley.
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Tom Petty Passes Away At 66
Tom Petty passed away this weekend from a heart attack at the age of 66. He was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest Sunday at his Malibu home. He was rushed to the hospital and briefly put on life support but could not be revived. Petty wrote countless hits as a solo artist and with his band, The Heartbreakers. “Refugee”, “Breakdown”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “American Girl”, “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” are just a handful of tracks that still play daily on FM radio across the country. Petty and the Heartbreakers accepted Bob Dylan’s invitation to both open and be his backing band on Dylan’s 1986 True Confessions tour. In 1988 the prolific musician joined the Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup that included industry veterans Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. This led to Petty working with Lynne as he recorded Full Moon Fever in 1989. The album was the first of three solo Tom Petty albums. Full Moon Fever went 5x platinum, and other than the 12x platinum Greatest Hits release, is his biggest album. Petty embraced the video format from the start and rode the wave of popularity that MTV brought to acts that regularly released videos to the channel. One such video was the iconic Alice in Wonderland-themed “Don’t Come Around Here No More” from the 1985 Southern Accents album. Petty appeared in a few movie roles in the late 80’s, including the Kevin Costner movie The Postman. He also voiced a character on the animated comedy King of the Hill. Petty historically fought with record companies over the rights of artists. He prevented MCA from raising the cost of his 1981 Hard Promises album a dollar more than other releases. Petty was not retiring from playing live, but finished what he said would be his last world tour just days ago. He is survived by his wife Dana, and two daughters from a previous marriage.
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Paul Simon and Miley Cyrus Join Billy Joel At Madison Square Garden
At Madison Square Garden this weekend Billy Joel brought out Paul Simon for a pair of songs midway through the set. They ran through two Simon hits, “The Boxer” and “Late in the Evening” to the delight of the crowd. The surprises kept coming, as later Miley Cyrus took the stage with Joel for “New York State of Mind.” As an encore, both Simon and Cyrus came back onstage and the trio played “You May Be Right” off the 1980 Glass Houses album, and “Rock and Roll”, the Led Zeppelin cover. Billy Joel has been playing Madison Square Garden in New York City every month for several years. He said he will continue to play a show at the venue every month if the fans want him there and the shows keep selling out. Joel has kept the shows fun with cover songs and the occasional surprise guest. Last month Patty Smythe joined him for her hit song “Goodbye to You.” Also at the August show, Joel did a medley of covers with the theme of sunshine, including “Sunshine of Your Love”, “Good Day Sunshine”, “Sunny”, “Walking on Sunshine”, and Here Comes the Sun”. Since his residency began, Joel has covered songs by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, AC/DC, Puccini, Elton John, and over a dozen other artists.
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Dennis DeYoung Rocks Annapolis
Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung brought his crowd-pleasing set of Styx classics to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis Friday. DeYoung was animated and talkative as he led his band of stellar musicians through hits such as "Babe", "Lady", "The Best of Times", as well as classic FM radio staples "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Fooling Yourself", and "Blue Collar Man." Leading off with the title track to 1977’s "The Grand Illusion," DeYoung’s voice hasn’t declined at all. Both he and his band were highly enthusiastic, clearly enjoying themselves onstage. The current touring version of Styx, which is led by Tommy Shaw and James Young, exclude any Dennis DeYoung-penned songs. DeYoung, however, plays the Styx classics fans want to hear regardless of who wrote it. Highlights included the rarely played "Crystal Ball", a Tommy Shaw-penned song that was brought out for the first time this tour, and fan-favorite "Mr. Roboto", which saw DeYoung doing the robot and holding up the famous "Kilroy" mask from the 1983 video. DeYoung only played one song from his solo career, the 1984 hit "Desert Moon." It is hard to believe that DeYoung turned 70 this year, as he ran around the stage more than many frontmen half his age. The band took a bow, and then closed the show with fan favorites "Renegade" and "Come Sail Away."
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Comedian Kevin Hart Finishes NYC Marathon
Comedian Kevin Hart ran the New York City Marathon Sunday, finishing with a time of 4 hours, six seconds. He was also involved in a strange but funny mix-up. Fans track NYC marathon runners on a phone application by TCS. The app tracks the runners on a map, and lists split times at every 5 kilometers, the halfway point, and finish. Over 20,000 fans tracking Hart’s progress on the marathon app were mistakenly following the wrong Kevin Hart. A 58-year-old South Florida man with the same name ran the race at the same time as the comedian. The comedian Kevin Hart found it amusing. Hart told NBC “It’s not easy to run a marathon and that’s why I think it’s funny that people were tracking me thinking it was him. I was just cracking up. I couldn’t believe it.” In a video Hart posted to Instagram, Hart said he’s set a goal of earning five marathon medals, and to finish with a time of 3:45. He said he cramped up after mile 20, but was happy with his time.
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Dave Grohl Hosts Jimmy Kimmel On Halloween
Dave Grohl seems to be everywhere. On Halloween the Foo Fighter front-man sat-in for Jimmy Kimmel as guest-host on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Keeping with the Halloween spirit, Grohl dressed as David Letterman, complete with letterman jacket and long white beard. Grohl gave a ten-minute monologue, and sat in with the audience for Kimmel’s annual Halloween features. Grohl promoted the annual "Tell Your Kids You Ate Their Candy Feature." The rest of the Foo Fighters backed Alice Cooper for two Cooper songs: “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” and “Killer”. Alice brought his stage show tricks with him, performing the first song in a straightjacket before being loaded into a guillotine and beheaded during the second song. If he ever tires of being a rock star, Grohl hosting his own late night talk show wouldn’t be unfathomable.
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Robert Guillaume Passes Away At 89
Emmy-Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. He was fighting prostate cancer. The American actor who played Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night also voiced the mandrill Rafiki in the Lion King. He was primarily known, however, as Benson, the sharp-witted butler on ABC’s hit comedy series "Soap." Guillaume’s character was beloved by both characters on the show, and fans of the series. Soap was an ensemble show packed with top-shelf talent (including Billy Crystal, Richard Mulligan, Katherine Helmond and Robert Mandan). Guillaume’s portrayal of Benson, essentially a minor character, was so popular that it spawned the spinoff show, Benson, which ran from 1979-1986. The show was a television staple in the 80’s. It continued with the former butler rising to become lieutenant governor. The successful show brought Guillaume wealth and fame. Guillaume became a spokesman for the American Stroke Association after recovering from a stroke at the age of 71.
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Kevin McDonald Teases Possible Kids In The Hall Shows
Kevin McDonald from Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall is teasing the idea of doing new episodes of the show. In an interview with Consequence of Sound last month, he revealed that Lorne Michaels has been talking to them about a new project. The new project would possibly be “…like six episodes of sketches for something like Netflix.” McDonald has been doing a variety show podcast show called “Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show.” He immediately realized someone had to take podcasts to the next level. The show mixes sketch comedy, conversations, and musical performances, and has been running about a year and a half. He has toyed with the idea of streaming the Kids in the Hall troupe live. The group are still friends and enjoy working with each other. Scheduling conflicts are the only problem. The focus of Kids in the Hall was never topical or news-related, so it still retains its validity today. Things that were absurd in 1985 are still absurd now. There is something timeless about skits featuring Skoora the Gentle Shark, Head-crushing, and calling skinny people fat. With any luck, McDonald and the gang will be crushing people’s heads again very soon.
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Jack Black Producing Serial Killer Television Comedy
Jack Black has been named executive producer on a new ABC comedy project. According to Variety, the network has put into development a single-cam ensemble comedy titled Boring, OR, which centers on a police officer named Jonna “who is determined to stop the killings while the rest of the townspeople remain dead set on not letting it affect their day-to-day lives.” The show is being produced by Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Productions, and being written by Stephen Soroka. Soroka is known for his work with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the television show that stemmed from the improvisational sketch comedy group. The show will be feature an ensemble cast.
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Maryland Handles Butler 79-65.
The Maryland Terrapins beat the Butler Bulldogs last night 79-65 at the Xfinity Center in College Park. Anthony Cowan Jr. stepped up as the clear team leader, recording his first-ever double-double. He scored a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists and two steals with only one turnover, breaking the Bulldog press on his own multiple times. Cowan went 3-of-6 from three-point range, each one coming at the end of the 30-second clock. Butler came out strong and kept the game even for the first ten minutes, but Maryland slowly built up a lead of 7-12 points. The rotation of Maryland big men was too much defense for Butler to handle. Morsell and Fernando were often subbed in together, and with them rotating in with Michal Cekovsky, the Terps always had a fresh body in the paint. The Bulldogs made a run late in the second half, coming within 6, but the Terrapins pulled away again, ending with a 14-point victory. Kevin Huerter had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. He seemed on his way to a double-double as well but fouled out late in the second half. Maryland freshman Bruno Fernando and Darryl Morsell had standout games as well. Justin Jackson was unusually quiet with only 4 points but still pulled down 11 rebounds. Freshmen Darryl Morsell and Bruno Fernando both had excellent games. Morsell is a fearless ball handler and had 13 points. Fernando had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The level of excitement and energy he brings to the court is unparalleled. Asked about Fernando in a post-game interview, Anthony Cowan said he yells on the court, on the bench, and he could still hear Fernando yelling from the locker-room. Maryland takes on Bucknell Saturday night.
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Maryland Terrapins Add Pair Of Bigs
Two big additions to the Maryland Terrapin basketball team this year are 6-foot 4, 200 lb Darryl Morsell, and 6-foot-11, 245-lb Bruno Fernando. Both players made their Maryland debuts this week. Friday night Bruno Fernando was unstoppable, scoring 10 points in thirteen minutes, seemingly all dunks. Darryl Morsell debuted with only 4 points in 21 minutes, but showed a little more Sunday night against Maryland Eastern Shore. The former Mount Saint Joseph guard had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes. Morsell is Maryland’s first recruit from Baltimore since the 2011 season. As well as new additions Morsell and Fernando, Michal Cekovsky and Ivan Bender give coach Mark Turgeon a solid interior with plenty of size. Coach Turgeon has given significant minutes to ten different players in the first two games of the year. The Terrapins beat Stoney Brook 76-61 Friday and crushed Maryland Eastern Shore 96-43 last night. In last night’s matchup the Terrapins shot 70 percent in the first half. With guard Melo Trimble departed for the NBA, Sophomore Anthony Cowan will be running the offense. Cowan, along with fellow sophomores Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson were key additions to the team last year. Jackson toyed with the idea of going into the NBA draft earlier this year. The trio gelled together well last year, and it is exciting to get to see them continue to grow. Maryland takes on Butler Wednesday in the first real test of the year. Butler defeated Princeton this weekend 85-75 in a game where they dominated the paint.
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Redskins Score 30 And Lose
The Washington Redskins lost to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, 38-30 at Fed-Ex Field. The defense made quarterback Case Keenum look like Joe Montana, throwing four touchdowns to four different targets. The Redskins gave Keenum too much time in the pocket, and he threw for 304 yards. Minnesota was 8-for 10 converting third downs. They converted all five of their red zone chances into touchdowns. The Redskin defense gave up 247 yards in the first half alone, a season high. Ex-Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs torched superstar cornerback Josh Norman on a double move that took them just short of the goal line. It’s amazing that the Redskins offense put up 30 points and still managed to lose the game. Gruden choosing to go for it on 4th and 1 instead of attempting a field goal was one poor decision. Another was going for it on what became a failed 4th and 6th. The desperation onside kick was awful, going only about four yards. As with any Redskins game, there were injuries. Robert Kelley left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. DeAngelo Hall is having an MRI on his knee today. There were a few bright spots, though. Mo Harris got his first start of the year with Brian Quick and Jordan Reed on the injury list. He made an incredible one-handed touchdown reception. DJ Swearinger had 2 interceptions. New kicker Nick Rose made a 55-yard field goal. The Redskins fall to 4-5 in the division and will travel to take on the red-hot New Orleans Saints next week.
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UCLA Players Detained In China
UCLA player LiAngelo Ball was arrested last week in China for shoplifting. Ball, son of media villain Lavar Ball, is one of three players accused of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store. The team was in China last week to play against Georgia Tech. The goal of promoting the sport and goodwill was stained by this incident. Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were also accused of stealing. Confidential ESPN sources claim there is surveillance video of the players shoplifting from three different stores. The trio remains in Hangzhou, China. The rest of the team, as well as the Georgia Tech team, came back to the U.S. this weekend. It is expected that the players will be kept for at least a week or two. The grim truth is that China could jail the players for several years. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, traveling with the teams overseas stated, “It has provided a real distraction and unwanted publicity, which distracts from what overall has been a tremendous experience and a tremendous week for the UCLA and Georgia Tech students.” He also said, “We’re monitoring the situation and staying in close contact with the students, and we hope the situation resolves itself soon.” The team coaches did not comment. Lavar Ball, who flew to China last week, also had no comment. Last year marked the inaugural Pac-12 China Game. Played in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the program’s goal is to promote the sport overseas. China is a large untapped market for the sport in terms of dollars as well as talent. Only a handful of players from the Chinese Basketball Association have made it to the NBA, biggest among them being the 7-foot-6 Yao Ming. The program hopes to one day mirror the success the National Football Association enjoys in London. Next year’s Pac-12 China Game is a California – Yale matchup.
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Wizards Lose To Lowly Dallas Mavericks
The Washington Wizards lost to the dismal last-place Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night, 113-99. Harrison Barnes went off for 31 of the Maverick’s points. The Mavericks shot 47 percent from the field, scoring a season-high 64 points in the first half. The lackluster Wizards defense allowed Dallas to score the most points they have all year. The victory is just the second Dallas win of the season. Dallas seems to have the Wizard’s number, taking 14 of the last 15 games. John Wall returned to the court after suffering a sprained left shoulder against the Cleveland Cavaliers last Friday. He had 14 assists, and both he and Bradley Beal scored 23 points apiece. With Markieff Morris also returning, the team’s starting lineup was on the court for the first time this season. Morris was previously recovering from hernia surgery. The loss drops the Wizards to .500, currently 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have lost five of the last seven games, and are looking to recover against the Lakers tonight at home.
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Banged-Up Redskins Sign Two Players To Practice Squad
The Washington Redskins looked at several players this week in hopes of strengthening their banged-up roster. Yesterday they signed wide receiver Keenan Reynolds to the practice squad. Reynolds was a Heisman candidate quarterback for Navy who was converted to WR by the Ravens. He was drafted in 2016 but waived before this season. The Redskins plan to use Reynolds as a kick returner. The team also signed former defensive end Tavaris Barnes to the practice squad. Barnes was drafted in 2015, spending time with New Orleans, Seattle, and Tampa Bay. The Redskins signed defensive end Arthur Jones last week, but he dislocated his shoulder in the Seattle game this weekend. The team also is currently working out former 1st round defensive end Tyson Jackson. The 6’4”, 300 lb lineman was drafted number 3 overall in 2009 by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in the 2016 Super Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons, but was released this March. To make room for new signings, the Redskins released WR Shakeir Ryan and Givens Price from the practice squad. They also reached an injury settlement with DB Stefan McClure. This gives the Redskins one open spot on the practice squad. Both the offensive and defensive lines have been hampered by injuries this season. Last week a rag-tag offensive line gave up a season record six sacks to the Seattle Seahawks. The line had only one starter, Morgan Moses. Coaches and fans can breathe a little easier this week, as Right guard Brandon Scherff, center Spencer Long, and left guard Shawn Lauvao all returned to practice. The Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Fed-ex Field in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings lead the NFC North with a 6-2 record.
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Holtby And Capitals Defeat Coyotes After Shaky Start
The Washington Capitals beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 last night at Capital One Arena in DC. After giving up goals on the first two shots of the night, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby shut the door on the Coyote shooters. He had 24 saves on the night. Smith-Pelly answered in the first period for the Capitals, cutting the score to 2-1. Ovechkin scored on a power play in the second period to tie the game. The goal broke a 0-for-15 power-play run for the team. With 46 seconds remaining in overtime, John Carlson beat Scott Wedgewood on the short side for the win. The Capitals out-shot the dismal Coyotes in every period. Arizona is in the basement of the Pacific Division with a record of 2-8-2. Clayton Keller and Christian Fischer had the Coyote goals. Keller is the top-scoring NHL rookie, with 11 goals and 6 assists so far. The third consecutive win for the Capitals helps ease the nerves of Caps fans after a shaky start to the season. The team is now 8-6-1, and just two points out of first place in a crowded Metropolitan Division. The Capitals were just 1-for-6 on the power-play. The Coyotes failed to score on their 3 power-play attempts. Ovechkin’s power-play goal gave him 216 career power-play goals. The goal moves Ovechkin over Joe Nieuwendyk for 12th-most power-play goals in NHL history. Former Capitals Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr are just one goal ahead of him on the list, tied with 217. The next slot is held by other former Capital, Dino Ciccarelli sits in 9th place with 232 power-play goals.
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Redskins Come Up With Thrilling Victory Over Seatle
The banged-up Washington Redskins beat the Seattle Seahawks yesterday with a thrilling, last-minute play. With just over a minute to play, Kirk Cousins audibled and threw a 31-yard pass to Josh Doctson at the goal line. Robert Kelley punched in his second touchdown of the day and the Redskins went up 17-14. With 4 seconds to go, Russell Wilson threw a desperation bomb in the end zone. D’Angelo Hall, in his first game since Week 3 of last season, knocked it away from Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham. Seattle went up early in the matchup, scoring a safety when Cousins was sacked from the blind side in the end zone. The Redskins offensive line was missing several starters, including Trent Williams. The offensive line was also missing Shawn Lauvao and Spencer Long. Samaje Perine fumbled early, contributing to a Redskins running game that was rendered ineffective. Chris Thompson had only four carries for 20 yards, and Robert Kelley was held to 18 yards on 14 touches. With Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder out, wide receiver Brian Quick got the start and made 3 important receptions for 49 yards. Vernon Davis had six catches for 72 yards. The running game was For the Seahawks, the day was a series of unfortunate events. When the Redskins couldn’t contain them, they hurt themselves with penalties enough to keep the Redskins in the game. Seattle kicker Blair Walsh missed 3 field goals in the rain. DJ Swearinger intercepted a Seattle two-point conversion attempt and nearly scored after running it back almost eighty yards, lateralling to Josh Norman on the way. The victory ended Seattle’s four-game winning streak. The Redskins play Minnesota next Sunday at 1:00 pm at home at FedEx Field.
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Astros Win World Series
The Houston Astros won their first-ever World Series. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 last night in Game 7. Pitcher Yu Darvish, whom the Dodgers picked up before the trade deadline to strengthen their postseason lineup, was a disaster. He gave up 5 runs in the first two innings, nearly the same thing he did in the Game 3 loss. His location was off all series, and Astro hitters seemed to be sitting and waiting on a specific pitch. Game announcers theorized that the Astros had picked up something in Darvish’s movement that was giving away the pitch. Astros starter Lance McCullers was not very good either. He hit four batters in his two and a third innings of work, allowing seven of the first 13 batters on base. He got the job done though, allowing no Dodger to score. Yuli Gurriel tipped his cap to Yu Darvish before his first at-bat, baseball’s version of a public apology. Darvish stepped off the mound and nodded, putting to rest tensions between the two. Gurriel was given a 5-game suspension by Major League Baseball (to be served next season) for a racist taunt of Darvish in Game 3. He was still heartily booed by the home crowd. Charlie Morton got the win, pitching 4 innings in relief. He gave up just one run and two hits while striking out four. After Darvish, the Dodgers went to Morrow, Kershaw, Jansen and Wood, who were extremely effective. The damage of the first two innings, however, proved too much to overcome. Dodgers batters amassed an astronomical total of 25 men left on base.
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Redskins Sign Arthur Jones To Patch Injured Line
The Washington Redskins signed defensive lineman Arthur Jones to the squad yesterday. The 5-year veteran was unsigned after being released by Indianapolis in the offseason. Jones is a 6-foot-3, 300 lb interior rusher. The team is hoping to fill the void left by the injuries to Ionnidis and Allen. Jones is on a deal for the rest of the season. If he proves to work out, the team can work him into the rotation next year. If not, they haven’t much invested. The defense this year is much improved from last year. When fully healthy, the defense has been exemplary. The team dominated the Oakland Raiders a few weeks ago with a performance unlike anything the city has seen in over two decades. Since then, however, Injuries have decimated both the offensive and defensive lines. The list of current Injured offensive linemen includes Spencer Long, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Brandon Scherff, and Trent Williams. That is four starting linemen, and one trusted battle-proven replacement. First-round draft pick Jonathan Allen is out for the season, as is linebacker Trent Murphy. Replacement guard Tyler Catalina is also out, suffering a concussion in his first start. Matt Ionnidis, who seemed to be having his breakout year, had surgery on his hand. This list is unfortunately only a small sampling of injured regulars. On the defensive side, linebackers Zach Brown, Mason Foster, and Preston Smith are all on the injured list. Corners and safeties on the list include Bashaud Breeland, Deshazor Everett, Fabian Moreau, Montae Nicholson, and Josh Norman. Several players on the list who should be resting this weekend will inevitably have to play.
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NFL Trade Deadline Moves
The NFL trade deadline is today. Teams have until 4 pm to make roster moves before heading into the second half of the season. Several major deals have been made so far. The New England Patriots are sending Jimmy Garoppolo, backup quarterback to Tom Brady, to the San Francisco 49ers. The Patriots receive a second-round draft pick. Several quarterback-hungry teams sought Garopollo before the draft this spring, but the Patriots held onto him. It was thought that the 49ers were waiting to fill the quarterback slot next year when Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins becomes a free agent. Cousins would have been reunited with his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The move adds to the speculation that the Redskins will tag Cousins for a third year if they can’t get a long-term deal done. In today’s NFL, a second-round pick for a potential franchise quarterback is a bargain. The Seattle Seahawks picked up three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown from the Houston Texans. They send cornerback Jeremy Lane, a 2018 fifth-round pick, and a 2019 second-round pick to Houston. Brown is 32-years old and has spent the last ten years in Houston. He ended a hold-out with the Texans last week. Brown helps shore up an offensive line that has suffered since starting left tackle George Fant tore his ACL in the preseason. The Seahawks are re-tooling Russell Wilson’s contract to make salary cap room for Brown. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired running back Jay Ajayi for just a fourth-round pick. The Dolphins have been struggling all season, having lost starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the preseason. Last week they lost his replacement, Jay Cutler. The turmoil at QB has not bode particularly well for the Dolphins’ running back, who has yet to score this year. Ajayi is averaging 3.4 yards per carry, but the Eagles believe he can only improve an already outstanding squad. Last year Ajayi was a pro-bowler, rushing for 1,272 yards, the fourth-highest total in the NFL.
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Wizards Fight Their Way To West Coast Split
The Wizards just completed a four-game trip out west that saw them going 2-2. They lost close games against the Golden State Warriors (120-117) and the Lakers (102-99). The Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings last night, 110-83, and opened the west-coast swing with a 109-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets. The league announced penalties for several players are being fined for an incident that occurred in the Wizards/Warriors game Friday night. Bradley Beal got into an altercation with Warriors forward Draymond Green. The two were fighting for position on a rebound, which quickly escalated into a fight. It appeared that Beal hit Green in the face before the two wrestled each other to the ground. The scene was chaotic as both teams joined in the scrum to intervene, but hostilities were kept to the two primary parties. Ejections were given to both Beal and Green. Beal told the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner Saturday that he thinks he’ll be suspended. He said “When you look at the film, they’re going to think I tried to hit (Green) in the face. The way it looks, they’re going to interpret it that way. So I’m expecting it.” Instead, the league assigned a $50,000 fine to Beal, and a $25,000 fine to Green with no suspensions. They did, however, suspend both Markieff Morris and Carrick Felix from the Washington Wizards. Both players left the bench during the melee, and each got a one-game suspension. The suspensions are basically meaningless, as Morris is recovering from a hernia, and Felix is the low man on the bench. The Wizards are off to a 4-2 start, currently third in the entire Eastern Conference, behind the 5-2 Detroit Pistons, and the also 4-2 Boston Celtics. The Wizards play Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.
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The Few Healthy Ravens Take On The Few Healthy Dolphins
The Baltimore Ravens play the Miami Dolphins tomorrow night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. At least, some of the Ravens will play some of the Dolphins. Injury has hit both teams hard. The Dolphins lost starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the preseason. His replacement, Jay Cutler, will miss tomorrow’s game as well. Cutler left Sunday’s game with cracked ribs. His replacement, Matt Moore, carried the team to a 31-28 win over the New York Jets. Dolphin fans have been expectantly waiting to see Moore replace Cutler for weeks and they finally get their wish. Other Dolphins questionable or out for the game are DE Andre Branch, WR DeVante Parker, Guard Anthony Steen, and Tackle Laremy Tunsil. Running back Jay Ajayi was limited in practice with knee and elbow issues but is expected to play. Six other Dolphins were also limited. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has been less than himself this year, playing with a nagging back injury. He holds the second-worst passer rating in the NFL (70.0). This makes the team lean more on the run game, but running back Terrance West is out with a calf injury. The Ravens have significant injury issues at many key positions. At tight end Maxx Williams is out with an ankle injury, and Benjamin Watson might play, but is nursing a bad knee. Guard Matt Skura also has a knee injury. Terrell Suggs and Jimmy Smith are both out. Two safeties, Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson, were limited in practice with ankle injuries. Seemingly every Ravens receiver is injured. Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman are both in concussion protocol. Jeremy Maclin has missed several games with a shoulder injury. Michael Campanato is questionable as well with a shoulder injury. Fans have not taken to the concept of Thursday Night Football the way the league hoped. The perception is that the games are just not good. Players are expected to perform at a high level with no time to recover from the previous week. Teams have little time to prepare or practice for the games. Tomorrow’s game of walking wounded will be no different.
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Wizards Win With Scotty Brooks Assist
The Washington Wizards are 3-0 after a 109-104 victory against the Denver Nuggets last night. It was aided by a freak, non-basketball incident. During a timeout with 32.2 seconds to go, Wizards coach Scott Brooks walked onto the floor to talk to his players as members of the Nuggets walked towards their bench. Nikola Jokic, the 6’10" Nuggets center, appeared to raise his elbow and bump into Brooks, who immediately alerted an official. Jokic was given a technical foul. Bradley Beal made the shot, and then drove for a layup on the ensuing possession, putting the team up by 5. It is hard to tell from the replay if Jokic intentially made contact with Brooks or not. What is clear is that the contact was made. Denver media (and fanbase) claim that Brooks embellished the bump. The truth may never be known. Walking towards the bench, Jokic does seem to change his angle to walk directly towards Brooks. He claims he was trying to see the score. When asked about it after the game, the crew chief for the officials told reporters that "(Jokic) intentionally walked into Scotty Brooks on his way to the bench." To his credit, Jokic seemed sincere when he spoke of the incident with reporters, saying "I’m sorry because I put my team in a bad position, so that’s the only thing that I can say." Jokic had 29 points in the game. The Wizards took advantage of 23 Denver turnovers, converting them into 28 points. All Wizards scored in double digits, with Bradley Beal notching a team-high 20 points. John Wall had 19 with 12 assists. Otto Porter had 17 with 10 rebounds and four steals. Kelly Oubre Jr. got the start and played a team-high 37 minutes, while Marcin Gortat shot 85% from the field. The Wizards take on the Lakers Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Astros Take On Dodgers In World Series
The 2017 MLB World Series begins tonight, with the Houston Astros taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles has home field so the series will open at Dodgers Stadium. The Astros knocked off the Yankees last friday 4-0, and took the series 4 games to 3. Jose Altuve hit another home run for the Astros; he’s hitting .405 in the postseason. Pitchers Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers held the Yankees to just three hits. The Dodgers knocked off last year’s darlings, the Chicago Cubs. They took them out in just 5 games, blasting the Cubs 11-1 in the final. Due to freak weather conditions right now, forecasters are predicting the game-time temperature to be 99 degrees. If the predictions come true, this will be the hottest World Series game in history. The pitching matchups for the series look like this: Game One- Dallas Keuchel (Astros) vs. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers). Game Two- Justin Verlander (Astros) vs. Rich Hill (Dodgers). Game Three - (either) Charlie Morton or Lance McCullers (Astros) vs. Yu Darvish (Dodgers). Game Four - (either) Charlie Morton or Lance McCullers (Astros) vs. Alex Wood (Dodgers). Historically, the Houston Astros have never won a World Series. In their last appearance (2005)they were swept in 4 games by the Chicago White Sox. That appearance was while Houston was still in the National League. With this year’s American League victory, they have become the first team in history to win a pennant in both leagues. Game One is tonight with a 5:09 Pacific start time.
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Lonzo Ball Makes Weak Laker Debut
The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball made his much-anticipated debut in the NBA last night. The Clippers beat the Lakers at the Staples Center, controlling the game from start to finish. Ball was guarded by Patrick Beverley, who gave him a rough welcome to the league. Beverley relentlessly defended, bullied, taunted and antagonized the young rookie the entire game. The first quarter found Beverley crowding Ball chest-to-chest on an inbound play 94 feet from the basket. He also stole the ball from the rookie at half court and took it in for a layup. Ball, the number 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, had just 3 points and 9 rebounds in 29 minutes of play. He shot 16%, and missed both his free throws. He had only 4 assists, and his plus/minus was negative fourteen, the worst for any starter on either team. Lonzo Ball is sure to receive a lot of extra attention this season, a result of the media circus created by his father, LaVar Ball. The senior Ball has spent the last two years stepping on toes and creating controversy to draw attention to his Big Baller shoe company. Addressing the way Patrick Beverley shut down his son, LaVar Ball said “One game. Ok, you still don’t have your own shoe, you are still not your own boss.” Brook Lopez also made his Laker debut, and led the team with 20 points. Jordan Clarkson had 18 off the bench. Blake Griffin had 29 points, and DeAndre Jordan scooped up a Dennis Rodman-like 24 rebounds for the Clippers. The Lakers play the Phoenix Suns tonight in Arizona.
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Early NHL Roundup
Approximately seven games into this year’s NHL season, a few teams have gotten off to great starts. The Toronto Maple Leafs are 6-1, leading the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The team has scored an incredible 34 goals in seven games. They scored four goals on five shots in the first period of their game against the Red Wings Wednesday night. They are averaging 4.86 goals per game. The Los Angeles Kings are 5-0-1, leading the Pacific Division. Just behind them are the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights, at 5-1. The Phoenix Coyotes are the league’s only winless team, with a record of 0-5-1. They’ve managed just 12 goals in 6 games. Only the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers have scored less (11 goals each). Despite losing 4 of the first 5 games of the year, Vegas still gives the Oilers as the 2nd best chance of winning the Stanley Cup, at 9-1 odds. The Metropolitan Division the Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils are each 5-1. The defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins are 4-2-1. The team has given up a league-high 29 goals. The Washington Capitals are in the middle of the pack in the Metropolitan Division at 3-3-1. According to Vegas, the Capitals have the 3rd best chance of winning the Stanley Cup at 12-1 odds.
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Wizards Beat 76ers In Opener
The Washington Wizards opened the season last night with a 120-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. John Wall had 28 points, eight assists and two blocks in 37 minutes of play. He put up several highlight reel plays, including two vicious dunks. The Wizards were in control nearly the entire game, but allowed the Sixers to tie it in the fourth quarter. A 5-0 run by the Wizards ensured the victory. Bradley Beal had 25 points and six rebounds. He was particularly effective in drawing contact, making it to the free-throw line 16 times. One telling stat that shows the 76ers’ youth was that the Wizards had 38 free throw attempts to the Sixers’ 19. In his first game after getting his max-deal contract, Otto Porter scored 10 points and 8 rebounds with 3 steals. The only Wizards starter to hit a three-pointer was Bradley Beal, who was 1-4. Porter scored the Wizards’ first eight points. Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 17 rebounds. Jason Smith started at power forward but sprained his shoulder seven minutes into the game. Kelly Oubre played 32 minutes off the bench, including the entire 4th quarter. He provided the team with great energy, and had 2 steals and 2 blocks down the line. He led the team in three-pointers, going 3 of 6. Jodie Meeks off the bench for the Wizards was 7-7 in free throw shooting. For the 76ers, Robert Covington led the scoring with 29. He went 7-11 from the three-point line. Simmons and Embiid both had 18. Offseason signing J.J. Redick was 4-8 from three. The Wizards play the Detroit Pistons tonight at the Verizon Center.
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Gordon Hayward Breaks Leg In Season Opener
Boston Celtic Gordon Hayward suffered a terrible, crowd-silencing injury last night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. While coming down from an alley-oop, Hayward landed awkwardly and broke his leg. Players and spectators alike averted their eyes from the horrific sight of his leg and foot facing the wrong way. Players from each team took a knee, huddled up, put their hands on their faces, grimaced and prayed for Hayward and he struggled with the intense pain. The arena went from raucous noise to a low humming murmur from the crowd. The injury cast a black cloud over the opening game of the 2017-18 NBA season. Trainers quickly raced to secure Hayward and rush him to the hospital. He will undergo surgery today to repair the fractured tibia and dislocated ankle. The distracting injury sapped the spirit from both teams, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to win the game, 102-99. LeBron James was one assist short of a triple-double, with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists. Skip Bayless, a host of the Fox Sports “Undisputed” show, has rightly come under attack for his heartless response to the accident. Bayless tweeted “If Gordon Hayward is gone, maybe for the season, LeBron’s path to losing a sixth finals gets even easier.” Thousands of Twitter users have called Bayless heartless and disrespectful, as well as a number of implied expletives. Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan replied: “You’re a clown for that tweet after a man gets hurt with a potential career ending injury!” The loss of Hayward is a big blow to the Celtics, who spent the off-season improving an already impressive lineup. The team signed Hayward in the summer and traded an injured Isaiah Thomas for star point guard Kyrie Irving. Combined with center Al Horford and multiple promising young players including Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics were positioned to contend for the Eastern Conference. The Hayward injury now throws that into question. The Celtics play their home opener tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Redskins Defensive Injuries Continue
The Washington Redskins announced that defensive lineman Jonathan Allen suffered a Lisfranc injury Sunday. Lisfranc injury occurs when a metatarsal bone is displaced from the tarsus in the foot. Much worse than a sprain, healing for this type of injury is measured in months. Allen left Sunday’s game against the 49ers in a walking boot. Coach Jay Gruden said “hopefully” Allen comes back in three to four weeks. The rookie is part of a vastly improved Redskin defensive line. Allen is the team’s number one overall 2017 draft pick. He’s notched 10 tackles and one sack this season as an interior pass rusher. More importantly, he’s part of the reason teammates Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have combined for eight sacks this year. Gruden said Allen is “A young player, but he plays it like a veteran. He has great fundamentals, great idea of run-pass and how to get off blocks.” A rotation of players, including Stacy McGee, Matthew Ioannidis, and Terrell McClain are possibilities to fill in for Allen. Ziggy Hood and Anthony Lanier may also log time filling in. Allen will miss upcoming games against the Eagles, Cowboys, Seahawks, and possibly the Vikings. The true severity of the injury will be clearer after Allen meets with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson today. Allen’s injury adds to the defense’s list of recent bad luck. Also injured in Sunday’s game was cornerback Bashaud Breeland, and safeties Montae Nicholson and Stefan McClure. Breeland sprained his left MCL, Nicholson injured his shoulder, and McClure hyperextended his left knee. The team’s much-improved secondary seems to all be injured. Star cornerback Josh Norman has been out with fractured ribs, and safety Deshazor Everett was out with a hamstring injury. Breeland had an MCL injury two years ago but returned in half the time. He may play next week. In his press conference, Gruden said: “Breeland’s always been a fast healer.” The Redskins face division rival Eagles next Monday night.
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Strasburg Overcomes Illness To Dominate Cubs
The Washington Nationals won Game 4 of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs 5-0 last night at Wrigley Field. Stephen Strasburg made the start and notched the win after 2 days of drama. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to weather. This gave Strasburg, who started Game 1, an extra day of rest, making it possible for him to get the start. However, it was announced he would not be pitching because he was sick. The reason varied depending on who was asked, manager Dusty Baker, GM Mike Rizzo, and Strasburg himself. Strasburg said he was simply depleted after throwing his bullpen session. Dusty Baker said the hotel had mold. Other reports said he had acute sinusitis. Whatever the reason, the Nationals were set to start Tanner Roark, but mid-Wednesday it was announced that Strasburg would make the start. He went on to completely dominate the Cubs hitters, notching 12 strikeouts over 7 shutout innings. Hanging on to a one-run lead, Michael A. Taylor hit an 8th-inning, 2-out grand slam to seal the victory. The series-deciding Game 5 is tonight at Nationals Park in DC. The Nationals will pitch Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, or both. Every pitcher but Strasburg is actually available, which includes Max Scherzer. Game time is 7:08pm.
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Red Sox Part Ways With Manager John Farrell After Quick ALDS Exit
The Boston Red Sox announced they will part ways with manager John Farrell. The team was knocked out of the playoffs last night with a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros at Fenway. In five years, Farrell went 432-378. He won the 2013 World Series but also had two last-place finishes. This season, as well as last season, ended with a first-round playoff exit. The Red Sox ended the season as the American League East champions with a record of 93-69. They took the division lead from the Yankees just before the All-Star break, and their position was never truly threatened afterward. They drew the Houston Astros in the playoffs, who finished the year with a record of 101-61, one game shy of the red-hot Cleveland Indians. Jose Altuve hit 3 homers in game one and the Astros won 8-2. John Verlander was the winning pitcher and Chris Sale was the loser, giving up 7 earned runs in five innings. Game 2 ended with the same result and same score, Astros 8, Red Sox 2. Carlos Correa had 4 RBIs and pitcher Dallas Keuchel got the win. Drew Pomeranz was the losing pitcher. The Red Sox won the third game of the series 10-3, coming back after starter Doug Fister was rocked and chased by the Astros in the first inning. David Price pitched four innings in relief and held down the Astro hitters allowing the comeback. In game 4 Monday night, Justin Verlander returned in relief after a Charlie Morton start. Chris Sale came in to relieve Rick Porcello for the Red Sox. Boston took the lead in the fifth inning but the Astros came back in the eighth last night to win 5-4 at Fenway. This is the second year in a row the Red Sox have been knocked out of the first round of the postseason. Red Sox president of operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Wednesday that Farrell would not be returning to the organization. Dombrowski said, “Managing is a tour job, period, I think it’s a tougher job here than anywhere else.”
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Arizona Beats Colorado To Advance To NLDS
Relief pitcher Archie Bradley hit a triple with two men on in the seventh inning to help advance Arizona to the MLB National League Division Series. The Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League Wild Card Game at Chase Field. Previously slumping Paul Goldschmidt started off the scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning. Daniel Descalso hit a two-run shot in the 3rd, making it 6-0 Diamondbacks. The Rockies battled back to make it 6-5 in the top of the seventh. After the Bradley triple in the 7th, Nolen Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back homers for Colorado in the 8th to bring the game within 1. A.J. Pollock hit a 2-run triple in the 8th to make it 10-7. The Arizona win sets up a postseason meeting with the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers. The first game of the best of five series is Friday at Dodger Stadium. The likely pitcher for the Dodgers is Clayton Kershaw, with Rich Hill going in game 2. Yu Darvish will start game 3. The Diamondbacks have not announced their starters yet.
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Nationals Announce Pitching Rotation For NLDS
The Washington Nationals have selected Stephen Strasburg to start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday. He will be going against the Chicago Cubs ace Kyle Hendricks. Max Scherzer has been nursing a hamstring/calf strain but was able to throw some in practice yesterday. It was hoped that he’d be ready for Game 2, but Dusty Baker announced today that Gio Gonzalez would get the start as a precaution. This all but eliminates the chance that Scherzer could be back for a possible Game 5. Stephen Strasburg was just named National League Pitcher of the Month. He came off the disabled list mid-August and recorded the second-lowest post-All-Star Break ERA in history (0.86). He finished the season 15-4 with 204 strikeouts. Unlike previous years, Strasburg is healthy for the playoffs. Fans have been waiting to see Strasburg take the mound in the postseason for years. He made his only postseason start in 2014, falling to the Giants in Game 1 of the NLDS. He pitched well, giving up only 2 runs in 6 innings. Sean Doolittle received the National League Reliever of the Month Award, posting a 1.64 ERA and taking eight of nine saves. He was aquired mid-July from the Athletics and established himself as the team closer.
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Yankees Defeat Twins In Wild Card
The Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4 in the American League wild card game last night. Starting Yankee pitcher Luis Severino was pulled after giving up four hits and three runs in the first inning. He gave up home runs to Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario in the first four at bats of the game. He made it a third of an inning. Chad Green relieved Severino and steadied the ship, striking out two batters. The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the 1st off a 2-run homer by Didi Gregorius. From there the game went back and forth with lead changes until Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the fourth. From there on out the Yankee relievers handled the Twins effectively. Aroldis Chapman came in throwing 101 and closed out the ninth. The Yankees can’t be happy that the bullpen got so much work so soon, but they had to do what they did to get the win. Perhaps they learned from watching the Orioles in last year’s wild card game. With that game on the line, Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter failed to go to his shutdown reliever Zach Britton when Ubaldo Jimenez was in a jam. The result was the Orioles went home without their best pitcher ever getting into the game. The Yankees now face the red-hot Cleveland Indians in the ALDS which begins Thursday in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Yankees 5 of the 7 times they faced each other in the regular season.
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Redskins Play Tough But Lose To Undefeated Chiefs
The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs beat the Redskins 29-20 last night at Arrowhead Stadium. The score is not representative of how close the game was, as with 4 seconds left the Redskins turned the ball over on a desperation lateral. The Chiefs recovered and ran it in and consequently covered the 7 point spread Vegas had on the game. The Redskins took the Chiefs by surprise in the first quarter, scoring on their first possession and looking unstoppable. The Redskins drove on their next possession and scored a field goal, taking a 10-0 lead on unbeaten Kansas City. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had an excellent game, connecting with targets all over the field, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor, and hit tight end Vernon Davis on a run and catch that netted 69 yards. Ryan Grant pulled in a perfectly placed ball in the end zone in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Josh Doctson dropped what could have been the game winning touchdown in the endzone after an excellently executed Redskins drive. There were several Redskins injuries last night. Redskins running back Rob Kelley left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Josh Norman suffered a rib injury which will have him sidelined for “several weeks.” Deshazor Everett, Zach Brown, Trent Williams, Montae Nicholson, and Kendall Fuller all left the field at times with injuries. The Redskins went toe-to-toe with the best team in the NFL and had every chance to win. They proved that they are as good as fans hoped they were when they crushed the Raiders last week. The offensive line gave up no sacks. The defense looked good until Josh Norman got hurt. The offense looked good but not great. Kirk Cousins completed 58 percent of his passes last night, which is the best anyone has done this year against the Chiefs. One small consolation for the Redskins is that they are now on their bye week, so they have an extra week to heal.
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Houston Texans Clobber Titans
The Houston Texans exploded for 57 points on Sunday, walloping the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium 57-14. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw four touchdowns and scored one himself, a one-yard goal-line run. Will Fuller caught two touchdowns in his first game of the year. Fuller broke his collarbone in training camp. The second-year receiver has already matched his touchdown total from last year. The victory, along with last week’s close game against the New England Patriots, is changing the way people view the team. The Texans suffered a dismal week-one loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars amidst the distraction of Hurricane Harvey. The team rebounded with a narrow 13-9 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and a loss to one of the top 3 teams in the league (the Patriots). For several years the Texans seemed ready for success. The team’s defense has been dominant, featuring J.J. Watt and number one pick Jadeveon Clowney. The issue with the team has been the stability of the quarterback position, which has been largely a question-mark since Matt Schaub’s rapid deterioration in the 2013 season. Even this year there were questions at quarterback as Tom Savage was originally named the starter. After being sacked six times and fumbling twice, Savage was removed at halftime of the first game, and since then, Watson has become firmly entrenched as the team’s quarterback. Down 37-14, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota left the game with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter. He was replaced by Matt Cassel who had no touchdowns, lost a fumble, and threw two interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown. Texans’ safety Andre Hal intercepted Mariota twice. Many teams got off to a slow start this season, with scoring for week one being much lower than usual. The distractions of hurricane damage and flooding affected other NFL teams as well including the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With neither stadium being a suitable option, Miami and Tampa Bay moved their week one match-up to week 11 since they shared the same bye-week. Earlier this week Deshaun Watson gave his entire first NFL game-check to three women that work in the Texans’ facility cafeteria. The women who split the approximately $29,000 check recently lost everything in the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Three teams in the AFC South are tied for first place with records of 2-2; the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. The Colts are 1-3. Sunday’s game marked the first time in the 97-year-old history of the NFL that a game has ended with the score 57-14. Coincidentally, another game yesterday ended with a previously unrecorded score, as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Indianapolis Colts 46-18.
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Dwayne Wade Signing With Cavaliers
Dwayne Wade, who recently reached a buyout agreement on his contract with the Bulls, is signing a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sources are reporting the deal is for one year, worth $2.3 million. Last year for Chicago Wade averaged 18.3 points per game. This reunites him with LeBron James, his friend and ex-Miami teammate from the 2010 to 2013 seasons. Together in Miami, they won back-to-back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. LeBron James is excited to have Wade on the team, telling the Associated Press that “I’m happy that we were able to keep him away from everybody else.” Wade is a 12-time All-Star player with three championships. He is also 35-years-old. The average age for an NBA player is 26, so the role he will be playing for Cleveland is yet to be seen. One thing he does provide is a little more piece of mind to a fanbase that just saw All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving leave for Boston. It provides a little more hope that the Cavaliers may make it back to the NBA finals for a fourth straight year. It also gives the fans a little more hope that if all goes well and Lebron James is happy, he may stay with the team next season. The revamped Cavaliers’ lineup includes James, Wade, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder. The team has added three guards to the team in the offseason, Thomas, Rose, and Wade. Yesterday coach Tyron Lue announced that Derrick Rose will be the team’s starting point guard until Isaiah Thomas comes back from his hip injury, which is expected to happen sometime after Christmas. The uncertainty of Thomas’ injury may have played some part in the team picking up Wade. The Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics thinking Thomas could fill the roll of starting point guard. It was later discovered that Thomas’ hip injury was more serious than anticipated. Ironically, the injury originally occurred in a May 19th matchup against the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have a preseason game against the Washington Wizards in DC on Sunday, October 8th.
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Maryland Loses Another Starting Quarterback
The Maryland Terrapins lost quarterback Kasim Hill to an ACL injury in Saturday’s game against Central Florida. Hill was scrambling on a third-down play and was hammered by three defenders while spinning. He was replaced by sophomore Max Bortenschlager who was barely able to move the offense. He had one touchdown but was intercepted twice. He went 15 of 26, completing just 57 percent of his passes. Maryland lost the game 38-10. The loss is terrible news for Maryland. It was only 3 weeks ago that the team lost starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome to a knee injury. Hill came in ran the team with efficiency as Maryland defeated No. 23 ranked Texas. Hill then led the team to a 63-17 win over Towson, and Maryland scored 50 points in the first two games for the first time in school history. Bortenschlager is the only scholarship quarterback left on the team, and redshirt junior quarterback Caleb Henderson has been nursing a foot injury. Bortenschlager was sacked five times this weekend, and Maryland converted only 2 of its 13 third downs. Maryland has lost five starting quarterbacks to injury in the last three years and has started seven different quarterbacks in two seasons. Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe, C.J. Brown, and Devin Burns all suffered season-ending injuries. Quarterback Jordan Steffy was knocked out for the season in both 2007 and in 2008, first with a concussion, and the next year with a broken wrist. This week Maryland plays the 3-0 Minnesota Golden Gophers before going to Ohio State to take on the #11-ranked Buckeyes. Maryland also faces #10 Wisconsin, #8 Michigan and #4 Penn State.
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Ravens Suffer In London
The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this weekend in a one-sided 44-7 beatdown. Baltimore came out flat against a fired-up Jacksonville team and allowed Blake Bortles, a quarterback who is just barely hanging on to a starting position, to throw four touchdown passes against them. Jacksonville has played more games in London than any other NFL team and enjoys home-field advantage. They have played in five London games since the NFL International Series began in 2007. The Ravens’ lone score came from backup quarterback Ryan Mallett late in the fourth quarter. It was the team’s worst loss in 20 years. Like other teams around the league this weekend, several players from both sides knelt in protest during the national anthem. This week President Trump commented on the Nfl protests, which were started by Colin Kaepernick last year. Trump said players who refused to stand during the national anthem were “sons of bitches”, and that the protesters should be fired. Players around the league viewed the comments as an attack on their right to free speech, causing more players to protest this week than ever before.
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Redskins Dominate Raiders
The Washington Redskins dominated the Oakland Raiders last night in a one-sided 27-10 win at Fed-Ex Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskin secondary handcuffed two of the league’s top receivers; holding Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to just two catches for a total of 13 yards. The Redskin defense gave Oakland quarterback Derek Carr fits all night, notching 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. The Raiders were 0-11 on third down, and managed only 128 yards of offense the entire night. Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 30 passes, including a 52-yard touchdown to Josh Doctson, which was Doctson’s first reception of the year. Chris Thompson had 188 yards of total yardage. The only Raiders touchdown came after Jamison Crowder muffed a punt in the third quarter which gave Oakland the ball on the 18-yard-line. Redskins fans are celebrating one of the most impressive team performances in recent memory.
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Sherwin Williams Not Honoring Promotion After Upton Home Run
The Los Angeles Angels announced that a home run hit by Justin Upton last night for a promotion they have been running with paint company Sherwin Williams will not be honored. In center field is a giant paint can with a "Angels Home Run In The Can" sign. If a player hits a home run into the can, Sherwin Williams said they will donate one million dollars to the Angels Baseball Foundation. Upton’s 9th inning 444-foot blast cleared the center field fence, and bounced once before landing in the ten foot tall can. Team representatives said that for the homer doesn’t count for the promotion because it did not land in the can on the fly, but bounced first. The Angels lost the game 6-3.
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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. However, in the short time he’s been with the team, Beckham has become beloved by fans. It is easier to improve a player’s fielding than to improve his hitting.
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