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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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Metallica and Lady Gaga Join Forces At The Grammys
Lady Gaga joined Metallica onstage at the 59th annual Grammy Awards for a duet on “Moth Into Flame”, a track off Metallica’s latest album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.” The pop superstar brought an additional dose of energy to the already adrenalin-charged rockers. Metallica front-man James Hetfield’s microphone malfunctioned for the first verse, and when he figured it out he joined Lady Gaga for the chorus on her mic. To her credit, Lady Gaga took to singing heavy metal like she has been doing it her whole life, completely owning the performance, which she ended by turning around to reveal a Metallica moth tattoo on her back. It’s taken a long time for heavy metal to be embraced at the Grammys, and for bands like Metallica to gain respect with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, who vote on the awards. The first ever Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Recording was infamously awarded to veteran prog-rock band Jethro Tull in 1989, snubbing Metallica who had just released the massive breakthrough album “And Justice For All.” Last night at the Grammys Hetfield’s mic malfunctioned and the band’s name was omitted by actress Laverne Cox, who introduced the performance as “…eight-time Grammy award winners and six-time Grammy winner, Lady Gaga.” Cox later tweeted an apology to the band. In another major faux-pas, as the band Megadeth accepted this year’s Grammy for Best Metal Performance, the house band inexplicably played “Master of Puppets”, a Metallica song. Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica over 25 years ago.
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Famous Jerry Garcia Guitar Goes To Auction
“Wolf”, one of Jerry Garcia’s most famous guitars, is going to be sold at auction on March 14th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York. The iconic guitar, instantly recognizable to Grateful Dead fans, was custom built by Doug Irwin, and debuted in concert with Garcia in 1973. It is featured on the cover of Garcia’s 1974 album “Compliments.” Garcia used the guitar on stage for years, and last played it in 1993. Upon his death, Garcia left the guitar back to Irwin in his will, as well as another Irwin-built guitar, nicknamed “Tiger.” The Grateful Dead claimed the instruments belonged to the band, but Irwin filed a lawsuit against them, and finally regained possession of the instruments. The “Wolf” guitar sold it at auction in 2002 for $789,500. The guitar’s current owner is donating auction proceeds to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of children, women, the disabled, low-wage immigrant workers, and the LGBTQ community.
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John Legend Touring Behind New Album
Contemporary R&B singer John Legend is heading back out on tour in 2017 supporting his latest release, “Darkness and Light.” He will be on tour most of the summer, with dates scheduled so far from May to July. He is also playing this year’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on June 30th. Supporting him on tour will be newcomer Gallant, whose debut album “Ology” is getting a lot of attention in the R&B world. Also on tour with Legend will be wife Chrissy Teigen and new baby Luna.
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Black Sabbath Play Final Show
Pioneers of the heavy metal genre, Black Sabbath played the final date on their farewell tour in their home town of Birmingham, England. The year-long tour, titled “The End”, featured a reunited original band, except for drummer Bill Ward, who claims he was offered a contract that was impossible financially for him to accept. Ward was replaced on drums for the tour by former Rob Zombie, and current Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos. The band streamed their final bow to their Facebook page Saturday night. The fifteen-song set included many of the expected classics and leaned heavily on tracks from the “Paranoid” album. No songs from the band’s latest release, titled “13” were included. Several popular Sabbath songs were left off the tour, notably “Changes” and “The Wizard.” Singer Ozzy Osbourne is working on material for the next Ozzy Osbourne album. Guitarist Tony Iommi, whose Lymphoma cancer is now in remission, recently wrote a song for the Birmingham Cathedral Choir.
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Eagles of Death Metal Subject of Documentary
Colin Hanks, actor and son of Tom Hanks, has directed a new documentary about the American rock band the Eagles of Death Metal. On November 13, 2015, extremists carried out a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, including one at the Eagles of Death Metal show. The documentary focuses on the events the band went through that night, and on the band’s return to Paris to play months after the incident. Accounts of the tragedy are recalled by the band and their fans. The documentary debuts on HBO this month.
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Guns N Roses Tour Making Crazy Money
The rock band Guns N Roses has been breaking records for revenue on their current “Not In This Lifetime” tour. Figures obtained by Billboard’s Boxscore reported that the band earned $56,545,200 from just 13 South American shows, occupying eight of the top ten positions in the chart. The North American tour pulled in over $116 million in nine weeks. The band, which is touring with a reunited lineup of original members Axel Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, as well as longtime member Dizzy Reed, returns to the states in late July, touring through September 8th.
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Download Festival Headliners Announced
The 2017 Download Festival line-up has been released, with System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith as headliners. The UK festival is famous for assembling some of the best hard rock acts around on 4 different stages. This year day one features System of a Down, Prophets of Rage, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Sum 41, Baroness, Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus. Day two has Biffy Clyro, A Day To Remember, AFI, Rob Zombie, Coheed and Cambria, Simple Plan, and Wednesday 13. Day 3 features rockers Aerosmith, Slayer, Clutch, Alter Bridge, In Flames, Opeth, Ministry, Fozzy, and Steel Panther. These are perhaps half of the bands that will be playing over the course of the three-day festival. This will be the 15th year of the festival.
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Asia Singer John Wetton Loses Battle With Cancer
John Wetton, 67-year-old singer for the rock band Asia passed away Tuesday in his sleep after a long battle with colon cancer. Wetton’s first big break came in 1972 when he became the singer and bassist for the legendary band King Crimson. He later was in several other influential prog-rock bands, including Roxy Music, U.K., and Uriah Heep. As well as having a solo career, Wetton helped launch supergroup Asia with Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, and Carl Palmer. The group had 2 top 20 hits, including "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell." Wetton began treatment for cancer in May of 2015. The band has been touring, supporting Journey with Billy Sherwood sitting in on vocals. Wetton and Downes had been writing material for the latest Asia album and had hoped that John would be able to return soon to touring.
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Insane Clown Protest
The Insane Clown Posse announced that it is organizing a march on Washington in September. The band is protesting the FBI’s classification of the band’s faithful followers, known as Juggalos, as a loosely organized hybrid gang in a 2011 FBI Gang Task Force report. The band is angry that due to this status, any member of the Juggalos, which is essentially just a fan club, that gets in trouble with the law for any reason is now viewed as a gang member. Several lawsuits have been filed by Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records against the FBI and Department of Justice. So far, all have been dismissed. The Juggalo March will begin at noon in front of the Lincoln Memorial and end at the Washington Monument, with a protest rally to follow. The band’s website stresses that this is not a party, but a “serious, peaceful public demonstration.”
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Paul Stanley Suffers Concussion
Paul Stanley, frontman for the rock band KISS announced the postponement of four shows next month while he recovers from a concussion he suffered while skiing earlier this month. Paul was scheduled to perform with his soul music collective “Soul Station”, a band that plays soul classics by artists such as The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson, and The Jackson Five. They play no KISS songs. Paul has been singing with his side project since 2015. The shows were scheduled to take place February 1st through fourth, and makeup dates will be announced soon.
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Megadeth Hosts Badass Camping Event
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine announced the band will be hosting the Megadeth Boot Camp, a once-in-a-lifetime rock camp for Megadeth fans. It will be held March 10th – 13th on Mustaine’s private estate in Southern California, and will include many workshops and activities, including drum, guitar, and bass lessons, an intimate acoustic performance from Megadeth, a jam session, live streaming of Symphony of Destruction, a wine tasting excursion with Dave, a metal trivia challenge, and of course, fireside stories from the road with the band. Campers can have coffee with bass player Dave Ellefson, who will also host a contemporary non-denominational church service.
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Allman Brother Butch Trucks Passes Away
Founding member of the Allman Brothers Band Butch Trucks died at the age of 69 last night in his West Palm Beach home. The cause of death has not been announced. Trucks played drums for the band since they formed in 1969 until 2014. Since that time, Trucks has been working the Freight Train Band, which had a series of dates scheduled this spring.
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Stand Up Comedy Documentary
CNN has a new 8-part documentary devoted to the art of stand-up comedy. “The History of Comedy” debuts in February, with different episodes devoted to the many aspects of the genre. Not all fun and games, one episode is devoted to the darker side of comedy, and the toll it takes on the performers. It will look at depression, suicide, and drug use, which has in one way or another claimed the lives of many young comedians, including John Belushi, Chris Farley, Robin Williams and Richard Jeni. Other episodes in the series focus on such topics as groundbreaking performers, women in comedy, and profanity onstage.
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Kevin Hart Surprise Set
Fans at the New York Comedy Club last week were treated to a surprise guest appearance by superstar actor/comedian Kevin Hart. Kevin used to do sets at the V Spot Café next door and returned to the area do a set for the first time since he became a star. The crowd reportedly went crazy when he casually walked onstage. Kevin has done surprise shows in the past to work out new material.
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Carol Burnett Does Pilot For ABC
The network ABC has ordered a pilot for a comedy starring Carol Burnett. The premise of the pilot, called “Household Name”, is that of a family who gets the opportunity to purchase the house of their dreams, with the unusual catch that they must share it with the previous owner. The owner being an eccentric actress (Burnett). The 83-year-old star of iconic hit “The Carol Burnett Show” has recently landed guest appearances on shows such as “Glee”, “Hot In Cleveland”, and “Hawaii Five-0.” Burnett has won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and most recently, the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, which honors individuals who exhibit “the finest ideals of the acting profession.” If ABC picks up the pilot, Burnett will also serve as executive producer.
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Veteran Comics Announce The Comedy Get Down Tour
Five veteran comedians have teamed up and are hitting the road on The Comedy Get Down Tour. D.L. Hughley, Charlie Murphy, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, and Eddie Griffin have joined forces as sort of a sequel to the now legendary Original Kings of Comedy tour, which featured Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley, as well as Steve Harvey and the late Bernie Mac. These performers are all headliners on their own; veterans of countless films, TV appearances, and standup shows. The tour has dates scheduled throughout the year between now and December 9th. In addition, George Lopez and D.L Hughley will be doing several shows as a duo, and when not on tour with the group, Eddie Griffin is playing a solo residency in Las Vegas through March 30th.
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Baywatch Coming To Theaters
Actor and wrestling star Dwayne Johnson will be starring in the upcoming film version of the television show Baywatch. Johnson plays a no-nonsense veteran lifeguard who goes head-to-head with a reckless recruit until they uncover a criminal plot that threatens their beach. Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach also star. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, who made starred in the original series, also will appear. Seth Gordon, who directed 2011’s Horrible Bosses and 2015’s Pixels, directs.
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Mary Tyler Moore Passes Away
Comedy legend Mary Tyler Moore, known for her ground-breaking roles on the Dick Van Dyke Show and on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, passed away Wednesday from a cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia. She was 80 years old. She won many awards in her life, including 6 Emmy awards, several Golden Globes and Tony Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She was nominated for Best Actress for her role in the 1980 film “Ordinary People”. Moore’s television role as Laura Petrie revolutionized roles for women, as it was one of the first to present the modern positive image of a woman in society, as opposed to being typecast as a bickering housewife in a patriarchal marriage.
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Season 5 of Arrested Development Announced
It has been rumored that season 5 of Arrested Development will be a prequel season, taking place mostly in the past, with new actors playing the younger versions of the main cast. The plot device will ease the pains of scheduling the all-star cast, which includes Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alia Shawkat. Netflix has only gone so far as to confirm that the new season will contain 17 episodes, and that production will start this summer.
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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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Former Syracuse Star Fab Melo Found Dead At 26.
Former Boston Celtic and Syracuse Orange Man Fab Melo was found dead in his home in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. He was there playing pro basketball with the team Brasilia. Melo played two years for Syracuse before entering the NBA draft in 2012. Melo’s Syracuse team went 34-3 and 17-1 in the Big East, where he averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in the 2011-2012 season. He was selected 22nd overall by the Boston Celtics but spent most of his Boston career in the D-league with the Maine Red Claws. Just a year later he was traded to and waived by the Memphis Grizzlies. He then joined the Dallas Mavericks, who also waived him. He signed with several Brazilian teams but didn’t play a single game for any of them until he joined Liga Sorocabana in 2015. Melo’s mother found him dead in his bed this week. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
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MLB Testing Controversial New Extra Innings Rule In Minors
Major League Baseball continues searching for new ways to increase the game’s pace of play. A controversial new extra-innings rule will be tested in the lower minor leagues this season. At the beginning of every extra inning, an automatic runner will be placed at 2nd base. MLB will be testing the rule in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Arizona League this summer to see if further implementation is warranted. A runner automatically in scoring position drastically changes the way a team approaches the inning, both on offense and defense. For example, a team may consider bunting right away, and a defense may consider now walking the first batter. Aside from speeding the game, another goal of the rule is to save mileage on pitching arms. If the rule is a success, it would still be years before it is implemented in the majors. By that time, young MLB players would be accustomed to the rule from the minors, and it would be less of a shock.
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Capitals Murdering The Rest Of League And Eating Pizza
Not only are the Washington Capitals on an 11-game home win streak, but they are absolutely murdering their opponents. It can be said that the Capitals are playing the best hockey in team history. They have scored at least five goals in each the last ten home games, something no team has ever done. Since December 5th they’ve gone 25-4-3. The scoring is coming from every line. Ten Washington forwards have scored ten or more goals this year. The league-leading Capitals are 6 points ahead of the next closest team, the Minnesota Wild, led by former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. Another point of note is that the Capitals are in the toughest division in hockey, with the Metropolitan Division containing 4 of the top 6 teams in the league, including Pittsburgh, the streaking NY Rangers, and Columbus, who earlier went on a 16-game unbeaten streak (which the Capitals halted). Also of note, is that every time the Caps score 4 or more goals, Papa John’s offers a 50% off special the next day. With the team scoring 5 goals in the last 11 home games, Papa John’s is taking a beating from Caps fans.
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Shanahan Named Head Coach
The move was fully anticipated by the entire league, Kyle Shanahan has been named head coach of the San Franciso 49ers. As offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Shanahan’s offense took the team to the Superbowl this year, averaging a league-high 33.8 points per game. Shanahan will be working with 49er’s new GM John Lynch, who played for the Broncos when Kyle’s father Mike Shanahan coached the team. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that both Lynch and Shanahan are reported to have been given 6-year deals. Shanahan will have control of the 53-man roster, with Lynch taking care of the other facets of the organization. The Falcons have moved on quickly, announcing the hire of Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator. The former head coach fired from USC was calling plays for Alabama this year after the position was vacated by former coordinator Lane Kiffen, who accepted the head coaching position at Florida Atlantic.
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MLB Proposes 2 New Rules
In its ongoing effort to improve the pace of the game, Major League Baseball is trying to get two new rules pushed through for the 2017 season. One is to raise the strike zone, and the other is to eliminate the way an intentional walk is handled. The lower portion of the current strike zone is defined as “the hollow beneath the kneecap.” The proposal is to raise this portion of the strike zone to the top of the hitter’s knees. This essentially shortens the strike zone by an estimated 2 inches. The rule will have difficulty passing, as every pitcher will be against anything that helps the hitters. The second rule would eliminate the 4-pitch intentional walk. Instead of forcing the pitcher to throw 4 pitches, the hitter would simply be awarded first base at request of the fielding team. This would speed the game. The rules are being assessed by the player’s union, but so far there is no indication which way the union is leaning on either rule.
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Cavs Beat Wizards In Epic Overtime Game
The red-hot Washington Wizards lost in overtime last night to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 140-135. With the Cavs down 3 with 3.4 seconds to go in regulation, Kevin Love threw LeBron James an inbound pass that nearly spanned the length of the court. LeBron brought it in, made it to the 3-point line, and hit an impossible turnaround jumper off the backboard to tie the game at 120. In overtime, LeBron fouled out, and Kyrie Irving hit a 3-pointer that ended up being the game winner. Bradley Beal had 41 points and eight assists. John Wall had 22 and 12, while Otto Porter went 5-of-7 from the three-point line, finishing with 25 points. The Cavaliers are first place in the Eastern Conference, and the way the Wizards have been playing, a matchup between the two teams in the Eastern Conference finals would be no surprise. The Cavaliers broke the Wizard’s 17-game home winning streak, and their seven-game overall win streak. The Wizards are in fourth place, but only a game out of third, and three games out of second place. Washington started the season at a dismal 3-8, but turned it around under new coach Scott Brooks, who was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.
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Hartford Trying To Woo Islanders
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin have invited the New York Islanders to come play in the Hartford XL Center. This comes after it was announced by Bloomberg News that Barclay center owner Mikhail Prokhorov shared a financial projection with prospective investors that showed the Islanders would not be contributing revenue after the 2018-2019 season. There has been no official announcement about the Islanders leaving Barclay Center, but it has been no secret that there have been problems with the ice, which is made with a PVC system. The problem is that a PVC system, which does not meet NHL standard requirements for ice-making, cannot maintain the ideal temperature of 21 degrees for NHL play. Somehow, the NHL let this slip by them. The rest of the teams in the league use systems containing metal piping. An additional factor to this is that the with attendance averaging at 12,828, the team simply is not drawing fans to the games. The venue was never designed for hockey in the first place. Because the team was operating under a deficit before moving to the Barclay center, the Islanders signed a lease that pays them an average of $53 million annually. In exchange, the arena gets control of ticket and suite sales, as well as other promotions and sponsorships. It seems that the team departing would be of mutual benefit to both sides. Hartford has been without an NHL team since 1997 when the team relocated to the south to become the North Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders minor-league AHL affiliate is conveniently already in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a strong fan-base of their own that would readily accept the Islanders as their own. The Islanders simply stated that they heard about the offer, which was in the form of a public letter, and are thrilled to be playing in front of passionate New York Islanders fans, and are focused on their goal of making the playoffs.
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MLB Discussing Measures To Improve Game Pace
Major League Baseball owners have been discussing proposed measures to speed up the pace of the game. Commissioner Rob Manfred has been pushing for faster games for two years, with the average time of a nine-inning game in 2016 clocking in at 3 hours. This average is 4 minutes more than the previous year, and that is with the league attempting to speed the game up this year by keeping batters in the box. Teams are discussing the possibility of a pitch clock, which has been installed in Triple-A and Double-A games the past two seasons. While owners worry about the attention span of viewers with so many other programming options readily available, players are resisting any game-changing measures, claiming that there is nothing wrong with the current pace of play.
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Tostitos Invents Bag Of Chips That Detects Alcohol
Tostitos has revolutionized the snack food game, not with a new snack, but with a bag that acts as a breathalyzer. The bag is equipped with technology that allows it to detect the presence of alcohol. When a person breathes into the bag, if the embedded sensor detects a trace of alcohol, the bag lights up red with the message “Don’t Drink and Drive.” If it does not detect alcohol, it will light up green. Additionally, an Uber driver can be contacted just by tapping a smartphone against the bag, which also has a code for a $10 dollar Uber discount available to the first 25,000 people who use it. Frito-Lay, which owns Tostitos, has teamed up with MADD, and Uber to sponsor these limited-edition bags. The goal is to raise awareness of drunk driving, which kills an average of 10,000 people in America each year.
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Orioles Catcher Caleb Joseph Arbitration
Arbitration ruled against Baltimore Orioles Catcher Caleb Joseph, awarding him a salary of $700,000 for 2017. The backup catcher made $523,500 in 2016 and was seeking a $1 million dollar contract this year. Joseph is projected as the backup to Welington Castillo next year, as starting catcher Matt Wieters, now a free agent, is not expected to remain with the team. While an excellent defensive catcher, Joseph had career lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage last year, down in part due to a horrific testicular injury he suffered off a foul ball last May, which led to immediate surgery and impacted a portion of his season.
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Investors Back Out Of Raiders Stadium Deal
Sheldon Adelson, a major investor who was expected to contribute 650 million dollars towards the construction of a proposed Las Vegas stadium for the Oakland Raiders to move into, has pulled his support from the 1.9 billion-dollar project. This has caused a ripple effect, causing a second investor, Goldman Sachs to back out as well. The team officially submitted relocation papers earlier this month, and still intends to move the franchise from Oakland to Las Vegas, but this is a major roadblock. The team committed $500 million to the stadium project, with a Las Vegas hotel tax bringing it another $750 million. Without Adelson and Goldman Sachs on board, the team must figure out a way to raise the remaining amount.
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NFL Returning To Mexico City
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that in 2017 the Oakland Raiders will host the New England Patriots in Mexico City at Estadio Azteca. The date and time is yet to be determined, as the release of NFL schedules is months away. The Raiders defeated the Houston Texans 27-20 in the inaugural Mexico game played November 21 in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 76,473. It was the first Monday Night Football game played outside the United States. The game will be one of five international games played in 2017, the other four being played in London.
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Maryland Terrapins Winning With Freshmen
The University of Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team is off to its best start in team history, with a record of 20-2. Currently tied with Wisconsin for first place in the Big Ten with a conference record of 8-1, the Terrapins are finding unlikely success with a team full of freshmen starters. The success has been so unlikely, that Vegas favored the unranked Ohio State last night over the No. 17 Terrapins. Led by junior guard Melo Trimble, Maryland regularly starts 3 freshmen, Anthony Cowan, Justin Jackson, and Kevin Huerter. The energy these talented freshmen have been providing has replaced the raw talent they lost when seniors Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman departed, and when Robert Carter Jr and Diamond Stone left for the NBA. Perhaps because it is so young, the current team has gelled together in a fashion nobody expected, with no one player dominating scoring. Trimble is a steady force running the team, Cowan is a speedy guard and tenacious defender, Huerter and Jackson are 3-point specialists. Maryland has one of its toughest stretches in the next 2 weeks, as it faces Purdue and Ohio State again, as well as No. 25 Northwestern and No. 10 Wisconsin on the road.
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2017 NHL All-Star Game
The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be held January 29th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will once again employ the 3-on-3 tournament format it successfully introduced last year, in which teams representing each of the NHL’s four divisions (Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, and Pacific) will compete in a single-elimination tournament, with each game consisting of two 10-minute halves. Any ties go directly to shoot out after 20 minutes. Fan voting determined the four division captains, Carey Price, Sidney Crosby, P.K. Subban, and Connor McDavid. Avoiding the fiasco that NBA currently has with its All-Star Game voting, fans were only able to vote for a pre-determined list of players. The game is being broadcast on NBC, the first time it has been on network television since 2004.
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John Wall Makes All-Star Team as Reserve
After initially being snubbed in the NBA All-Star Game voting, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been voted in as a reserve by the coaches. Wall is having an incredible year, averaging 23.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists. The Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December missed the cut for all-star voting, which involves a criticized combination of votes by fans, players, and coaches. Earlier this week coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors called player voting "a mockery," and criticized players for not taking the voting seriously, as it was obvious that any number of players simply voted for themselves. This will be Wall’s fourth All-Star appearance.
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Celtics Partner With General Electric
The Boston Celtics have announced they have made a multi-year deal with General Electric to advertise the company on their uniforms. Each NBA team has permission to sell a 2.5-inch square patch on the left shoulder of game jerseys. Financial details of the Boston-GE deal have not been disclosed, but the Philadelphia 76ers have a three-year deal with StubHub worth $15 million dollars, and the Sacramento Kings have a partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds reportedly worth a similar amount.
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Several Top NCAA Teams Upset
3 of the top 4 men’s NCAA basketball teams suffered upsets last night, with No. 1 Villanova losing to unranked Marquette 74-72, No. 4 Kentucky being edged by Tennessee 82-80, and No. 2 Kansas being outmatched by No. 18 West Virginia, 85-69. Current No. 3 team Gonzaga is still unbeaten at 20-0, and will most likely take over the No.1 spot when the new poll comes out. Earlier in the week No. 7 Duke lost to NC State.
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