Delays in Ombudsman’s investigation into Patsy Kelly murder

first_img Facebook Delays in Ombudsman’s investigation into Patsy Kelly murder By News Highland – July 24, 2018 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Previous articleDonegal man (19) who raped ‘good samaritan’ is jailedNext articleOpposition to one way system plans for Rathmullan News Highland center_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 44 years after the murder of an Independent Nationalist councillor in Tyrone, there are calls for more resources to investigate claims the original police investigation was flawed.Patsy Kelly, an independent councillor from Trillick, was killed on July 24th 1974, with the last people known to have seen him a group of UDR soldiers at a checkpoint.West Tyrone MP Orfhlaith Begley says the Police Ombudsman indicated last August that he expected an investigation to finish this year, but that’s now been pushed back another 12 to 18 months because they don’t have the resources.Ms Begley says that’s an issue that must be addressed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/orfhlaghghghgithpk1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Bob Weir To Join Phil Lesh For Special Backyard Performance At Terrapin Crossroads Tomorrow

first_imgPhil Lesh’s legendary venue, Terrapin Crossroads, has become a meeting ground and mecca for jam musicians and fans alike. The Grateful Dead bassist consistently invites old friends and new to join him at his intimate San Rafael venue to join in on the fun. This morning, the venue announced that tomorrow, for a special event dubbed Sunshine Daydream (with a tagline of ‘Let there be songs to Phil the air,’ which is also incredible), none other than fellow Grateful Dead member Bob Weir will join the group for an outdoor performance in the backyard of Terrapin Crossroads. Weir will team up with Lesh, along with Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, and Scott Law for the evening performance. Tickets are only $12 and are on-sale now here.[Photo via the Terrapin Crossroads Facebook]last_img read more

Jamie Redknapp backs Arsenal to swoop for John Stones transfer

first_img Comment Jamie Redknapp backs Arsenal to swoop for John Stones transfer Coral BarryMonday 13 Jul 2020 10:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Arsenal’s defenders have face a lot of criticism (Picture: Getty)‘But we gave them a goal again, conceded at a set-piece and at that level you cannot do that.‘The game was ours, we had total control. They didn’t generate anything, every time we pressed, they couldn’t come out ball after ball. ‘It’s difficult to attack a low block like this, but we created enough chances. But the small details cost us and that is the biggest part we have to address as a team.‘We will keep trying to improve and coach the players to get that [the mistakes] out of their head. ‘It happened today and when it happens in big games the margin isn’t big enough to win games.’MORE: Martin Keown names two positives for Arsenal after Tottenham defeatAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Jose Mourinho sends classy message to Mikel Arteta after Tottenham beat Arsenal in the north London derbyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:05FullscreenArteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-sides-2-1-defeat-against-tottenham-2209436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He is quick, strong and brave in the air but he’s made high-profile mistakes.‘The spotlight has been on him since he was signed from Everton for £47.5million so his errors always catch attention.‘But Stones is still only 26 — the same age Van Dijk was when he joined Liverpool. He is young enough to mould, but has only started once in the league under Pep Guardiola since January.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Arsenal need a centre back, and Mikel Arteta knows Stones from his City days. That could be a good fit.’Stones has started just eleven Premier League games this season having rapidly slipped down the pecking order at City under Guardiola.Although Arteta praised his players after the defeat to Tottenham, the Arsenal head coach was ruthless in his assessment of his side’s defending.He said: ‘We tried our best, I am really proud of my players. I’ve never seen us play like this before, dominating an opponent as much as we did today. Stones could be offloaded by City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp believes Mikel Arteta should sign John Stones from Manchester City to help ease Arsenal’s defensive woes.Arsenal’s frailties at the back were on show again in the 2-1 defeat to north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, with Sokratis and David Luiz combining to gift Spurs’ their equaliser just moments after the Gunners had gone in front.Arteta bemoaned Arsenal’s defensive mistakes after the game, insisting the club cannot move forward until there is major improvement at the back.Stones appears surplus to requirements at City and Arteta coached the Englishman when he was Pep Guardiola’s No.2.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd with Arsenal showing no sustained signs of improvement, Redknapp has urged Arteta to raid his former club to sign Stones.‘What’s next for John Stones?’ Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column. ‘One of Virgil van Dijk’s biggest assets is his decision-making. He knows when to play and when to put the ball into row Z. With Stones, that’s been a downfall.last_img read more

Ulivieri: ‘Juve new manager  Pirlo knows more than most coaches’

first_img Pirlo was taught by Ulivieri and the teacher was very impressed with his student. “He’s very focused, smart, can analyse possible instruments looking to the future of football. Pirlo is someone who looks forward. He was always there, taking notes. read also:Ronaldo reacts to Sarri’s sack by Juventus “Pirlo was a great player who knows football, so he’s versatile and will adapt the system to the characteristics of his players. Is it a gamble? Andrea Agnelli thought about this carefully. “I won’t say whether it was a wise move to sack Sarri, because it is always sad when one of our own is dismissed. At the same time, I am happy to see more of our young coaches take flight with jobs after leaving our classes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Andrea Pirlo was appointed head coach at Juventus in his first managerial job, but Renzo Ulivieri reveals he ‘knows more about the game than most coaches who have been working for years.’ The decision to fire Maurizio Sarri was not entirely surprising, but Pirlo was promoted from the Under-23 job to the main bench without overseeing a single game. “Pirlo doesn’t actually have his coaching badges yet, but he’s got permission because he was at the most recent course. He’ll hand in his final thesis in October and then he’ll be a coach,” President of the Italian Coaches’ Association Ulivieri told Calciomercato.com. “I can confidently say that Pirlo is currently one of the deepest thinkers in world football. He knows more about the game than most coaches who have been working for years. He’s studious, he really looked into the subject and he is ready.” Before being allowed to work as a coach in Italy, you must go through a course at the Coverciano training ground, complete with exams and final thesis.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Blum: Syracuse must prioritize protecting Eric Dungey from further head injury

first_img Published on October 22, 2015 at 9:10 pm Three opponents’ helmets struck the helmet of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey. Three times, those treacherous moments were masked with jubilation.The first, a toss to freshman Dontae Strickland who turned an open seam into a touchdown. He dropped the ball to the ground after his first step, blissfully unaware that his quarterback just had his neck and head twisted backward by Central Michigan defensive lineman Mitch Stanitzek.The second, a 26-yard, perfectly-executed run-pass option where Dungey leapt over a defender before being struck in the head by Virginia’s Micah Kiser as he crossed the plane to the end zone. Dungey got up and was mobbed by his teammates.The third finished with a pass to Ervin Philips, who caught the ball 2 yards short of end zone, before spinning in for the score and pointing up to the silent UVA crowd in overtime.“I try to get every yard I can,” Dungey said following the loss to UVA. “I’m a competitor.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the risk of getting every yard isn’t worth the reward it reaps. Not for a possible game-winning drive and not for a Top 10 play on SportsCenter. With one “upper-body injury” — Stanitzek’s blow against CMU was enough — comes the greater likelihood of more. And with four Syracuse players having suffered career-ending fates from concussions in the last two seasons, the reality of its dangers isn’t detached from the Orange program.As a coaching staff, there’s only so much it can do to prevent brain injuries — showing a player the hits he didn’t have to take is chief among them, offensive coordinator Tim Lester said. Preventative measures only decrease risk, but can’t eliminate it. But everything that can be done needs to be, and one week removed from losing scholarship QB AJ Long for his career, there needs to be more concern expressed.“He loves to make plays,” Lester said. “He goes in his Johnny Manziel mode wanting to run around. I told him, ‘Even Manziel, when he won the Heisman, he only carried it 15 times a game.’ So he’s still got to cut three to get to that level.”Lester said he called 32 passing plays for Dungey on Saturday. Only 22 of them actually went for passes. He threw the ball away twice, two more times than he has before. “Baby steps,” Lester called it.It’s time to start making strides.Of the 31 quarterbacks that have run the ball 59 times or more, only two have played in fewer games than Dungey. Twenty-six have played in more games than the SU quarterback. He’s one of the most likely QBs in FBS football to run the ball, but there are still 105 quarterbacks with higher yards per carry totals than his 3.8. Of the QB’s with more attempts, he would place 16th on that list.He’s got the ability to run, but is far from elite status. He’s not TCU’s Trevone Boykin, a Heisman candidate averaging 5.7 yards per carry, and a player that Lester likened to Dungey when talking about football-first plays.That doesn’t mean that Dungey should never play quarterback again to limit the risk. That play against CMU was a pass, and he never put himself in harm’s way. But time and again, even after coming back against USF, he has put himself in danger. The numerous hits to the head need to be a wakeup call for refocused priorities before he has no choice but to stop playing.Scott Shafer said the line between being aggressive and smart is a fine one. His high school tapes are littered with hurdle plays like the one he made Saturday.Dungey might make plays like he’s invincible, but he’s not. And it’s on the coaching staff to make sure that’s clear.When Lester calls for 32 passing plays, there should be more than 22 attempted. When the choice is to hurdle or slide, make the safer play, even if it leaves him short of the goal line.“It’s tough to take the aggression out of an aggressive person,” Shafer said. “That’s who Eric is and that’s what makes him.”A leaping jump-turned touchdown may give reason to celebrate. That may be “who Eric is.” His grin was huge when the pile of teammates dispersed with him back to the Orange’s sideline. But the risks that accompany a play like that make it far less than worth the chance he’s taking. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LIVE: African Player of the Year awards

first_img*****Complete list of winners at the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony in Accra Thursday:Player of the Year1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool/ENG), 2. Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool/ENG), 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund/GER)Women’s Player of the YearAsisat Oshoala (Nigeria, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (Zambia, Liefering/AUT)Coach of the YearHector Cuper (Egypt)Club of the YearWydad Casablanca (Morocco)National Team of the YearEgyptWomen’s National Team of the YearSouth Africa African Player of the Year Award nominees, Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R), attend a media briefing on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony. PHOTO AFPSalah completes awards hat-trickAccra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the African Player of the Year. The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has now been voted African Player of the year, BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon were  the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah  installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”#AiteoCAFawards2017 TweetsSalah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Salah coud become only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steve Cropper…Almost Famous (Observations from the Edge, with the Courier’s Lee Kann)

first_imgLee Kann is a filmmaker, media producer and freelance writer for the New Pittsburgh Courier.  Contact: [email protected] Steve Cropper (Photo courtesy playitsteve.com)Growing up in my house, there was always music in the air…big bands, show tunes, and long ago crooners on a first-name basis, like…Frank, Sammy, Tony, Dean, Mel, Nat, Steve and Edie, and so on. My musically charged parents are in their 90s now, so they’ve been around. And if I queried them about famous musicians, the conversation would go something like this…Me:  “Do you know who Eric Clapton is?”Them:  “Of course.”Me:  “How about Jimi Hendrix?”Them:  “Well, sure,”Me:  “Bruce Springsteen?”Them:  “Oh yes.”Me:  “How about Bob Dylan?”Them:  “Of course we know him.”Me:  “How about Steve Cropper?”Them:  “Who?”Me:  “Steve Cropper?”Them:  “Never heard of him.”Of course they’ve never heard of him and neither have you, unless you are; a) a musician, b) a record industry type, c) a music aficionado, d) working in radio, e) a music writer (if you’re e, you better have), f) living in Memphis, or g) a fan of “original” rhythm and blues…in which case your answer would be, “Hell yes, who doesn’t know Steve Cropper?”To those in any of the above categories, Steven Lee Cropper…simply known as Steve Cropper or “Play it Steve” Cropper…is an icon. He is the most quintessential guitarist extant, next to Eric “Clapton is God” Clapton himself. But to the rest of Planet Earth, Cropper is the Eric Clapton that you don’t know…but you sure as hell know his music.Cropper, his guitar, and his music, along with Traffic’s Dave Mason, were in town last month at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead—a gig I could not attend—so I made it up to Kent, Ohio, to see their show on the 19th of August, where Cropper declared to the audience, that at their age, “we should be in wheelchairs somewhere but we’re so glad we’re still here to entertain you people.” Both he and Mason made the show more of a casual bar show than a rock concert where the act is disconnected from the fans.Cropper is not the “slow hand” blues mastery of Clapton, nor the exorbitance of Jimi Hendrix, or the wizardry of Eddie Van Halen. He is more like the Wizard of Oz. Don’t mind the man behind the curtain, he’s just doing his magic act back there, behind the likes of Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Blues Brothers, Jeff Beck, Bobby Darin…oh yeah…and a couple of Fabs named John and Ringo.And then there was Otis Redding.In the case of Redding, as Cropper tells me by phone before his show, “Otis was the kind of guy who had hundreds of ideas. He had been in San Francisco doing the Fillmore Auditorium and he was renting a boathouse (Cropper means houseboat) and that’s where he got the idea of the ships coming into the bay. ‘I watch the ships come in and I watch them roll away again. I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay,’ was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform. I just took that, and I finished the lyrics.”Redding had considered the song incomplete and planned to record the final version when he returned from touring…a return that never happened. Redding’s final work was recorded on November 22, 1967, with additional overdubs on December 7th by Cropper. The song fades with a whistling, originally performed by Redding. According to Cropper, “Otis had this little fadeout rap he was gonna do but he forgot what it was, so he started whistling instead.”On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding’s charter plane crashed into a lake outside Madison, Wisconsin. After Redding’s death, Cropper mixed “Dock of the Bay” at Stax Studios, adding the sound of seagulls and waves crashing, at Redding’s request…the sounds Redding heard while staying on the houseboat.Having played on such a monster hit, Cropper feels this way…”It’s nice to know I played on a song that lasts so long for an artist,” he says. “In the days at Stax, if you had a hit, that artist could work off that one song for the rest of their lives. That was always nice to know that I helped contribute to that. How many mouths did I feed? How many members of the family benefited from that one hit? It’s a good feeling to know that I contributed something to it.”I asked him why Stax was so successful. “It was pretty simple,” says the man. “We made dance music. People in Memphis like to dance. We took a lot of blues-rooted songs and once Al Jackson (drums) and Duck Dunn (bass) put a beat on it that people could dance to, they became hits.”Sounds simple enough.Cropper only writes with another, never alone. “I’m too critical of my work,” he confesses. “I’ll never finish a song. I like to be in a room, one on one with a guy. I’ll come up with an idea and they’ll say, ‘that’s great,’ or, ‘I got a better idea.’ I like to collaborate that way.”And who didn’t he like working with?“I can’t recall any one I didn’t like,” he continues. “I can’t recall any collaboration where I walked away saying I didn’t want to write with that guy again.”You’ve never heard of Steve Cropper perhaps, but you’ve heard him alright. He has played guitar on virtually every important soul and R&B hit record of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and then some. He has co-written legendary songs like the aforementioned (“Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,” with Redding, “Soul Man,” with Sam and Dave, “Green Onions,” with Booker T. and the MGs, just to name some of the salient ones. You’ve heard these songs as staples of pop radio, TV commercials, movies, in the grocery store, at Home Depot, on BOB- FM, ‘60s on 6…everywhere.Listen to Cropper on his seminal piece, (“Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay.”  Put on headphones or earbuds so you can hear the subtle but prominent chords and string plucking of Cropper’s Fender Telecaster. To the casual listen, we hear Redding’s tearful voice, but underneath, where Cropper creates most of his musical incantations, he provides the underbelly of this tune of a lost soul.The self-effacing Cropper doesn’t see himself as a guitar player, but as a musician and a session player that has played in a lot of sessions, on a lot of hit songs. Despite what Cropper alleges, he is a guitar player…a guitar player’s guitar player. Keith Richards, who plays in an old English band called the Rolling Stones, and who can play a little guitar himself, says of Cropper…”Perfect man.” That’s no shabby endorsement.When Cropper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as part of Booker T. and the MGs, he was wedged onstage between Johnny Cash, Neil Young, U2’s The Edge, and Little Richard, as they did a jovial rendition of “Green Onions.” Cash is all eyes on Cropper as “Play it Steve” takes his solo turn.Cropper has always been a session man in the studio of Stax Records in Memphis, where he formed the Stax house band of Booker T. and the MGs (Memphis Group), of “Green Onions” and “Time is Tight” fame—one of the earliest interracial bands in the south—long before the civil rights movement was in high gear. But it was the Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd that put him on the road for the first time—something he was not akin to—and has been touring ever since, minus some years after the death of Belushi. That’s 31 years on the road.The MGs never toured because they were consumed recording behind Wilson Pickett, Johnny Taylor, Albert King, Eddie Floyd…and everyone else who came through Stax. There, some of the most famous guitar riffs were born, like the intro and bridge (“Play it Steve”) to Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man” (also covered by the Blues Brothers), or the guitar accompaniment of Booker T. Jones’ Hammond organ in “Green Onions.”  You know these riffs…they dwell in the back of your consciousness, outside of your awareness.For this piece, Cropper calls me exactly on time (thank you, Steve) and before I can ask the first question, he has already answered my first three. I suppose he has the interview process down by now at 76 years old but that’s not really it. It’s more of an uncontrollable tsunami of musical anecdotes he spews my way. And so it goes for 70 minutes…I ask one question, he answers four, whether I was going to ask them or not. He elaborates, he expounds, he chuckles (a lot)…the man loves to talk, that’s a natural fact. He’s a “good ole boy” from the south, born in Missouri, crafting his guitar life in Tennessee. But when I ask him who his favorite artist is or was, who had the most influence on him as a guitarist, who his favorite producer was, his most this and most that…he’s tight-lipped. He holds no favoritism—except for Eddie Floyd (“Knock on Wood”), the paragon he considers family—and maybe Bob Dylan, with whom he feels great kinship.And yet, Steve Cropper is not just a pretty face with a six string—he’s a top-notch producer, too—as evident on (“Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay.” Locally, Cropper produced an Iron City Houserocker record with Joe Grushecky back in the day. He spent two weeks here in Pittsburgh rehearsing with the Houserockers before they entered the studio. “I’ll always remember that name, the Iron City Houserockers,” chuckles Cropper. “I got a pretty good education about Pittsburgh.” And I gave him a little more education when he asked about the venue where he was going to play with Mason, the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead. He clearly likes Pittsburgh.At the Kent Stage show, Cropper continued talking where he left off with me, going on and on about how the song “Green Onions” got its name and how it became a huge hit. He even confessed to the audience that Dave Mason told him not to talk onstage, but in his own words, “I know this story gets long and Dave told me not to talk,” he groans loudly, “but I’ve got to, I can’t help myself.” “Green Onions” is Cropper’s ringtone on his phone. He then gets into a rendition of the MG’s classic with the band and the audience responds accordingly. As a guitarist, Cropper is fluid and easy.(As for Dave Mason…the man has not lost an inch—not in his guitar work (or his wah-wah pedal) and certainly not in his voice, which is crystal clear and youthful. In this age of aging ‘60s rockers, whose voices are long gone from prime time (like Rod Stewart, Stephen Stills, Elton John, and Greg Lake—long before he died), Mason sounds ageless.)Steve Cropper is full of life and musical experiences, having worked, and is still working with the pantheon of artists, mostly whom are still close friends. Sam and Dave gave him his first “Play It Steve” shout out in “Soul Man,” as did the Blues Brothers when they covered the tune. And he got another one on Ronnie Baker Brooks’ track, “Show Me.”So yeah, go ahead and say it…”Play It Steve.”  And he still does…after six decades.last_img read more

‘Mad Scientist’ DeChambeau claims 2nd straight FedEx Cup win

first_imgNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Golf’s latest search for a breakout star has come to the quirky little laboratory of Bryson DeChambeau. The 24-year-old physics major known as the “Mad Scientist” won his second straight event in the FedEx Cup playoffs on Monday, shooting a 4-under-par 67 at TPC Boston to win the Dell Technologies Championship by two strokes over Justin Rose.It was the third win of the year for DeChambeau, who also won the playoff opener at Ridgewood and is guaranteed the No. 1 seed for the Tour Championship regardless of what happens in the third round. And he solidified his claim to be one of Jim Furyk’s captain’s picks for the American Ryder Cup team, where he would join the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, back-to-back U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka and others who have staked a claim to follow Tiger Woods as golf’s next big thing.“People can put that title on me, but I’m not going to. Never will,” DeChambeau said after finishing at 16-under 268 to claim his second straight $1.62 million first prize.“I’m just a player out here trying to do my absolute best. And I’ll say that every single time,” he said. “It is cool to have people say that to you. And it is an honor, it really is. At this moment going forward, though, I’m just going to keep going about my business and doing what I can do.”DeChambeau is the first person to win the first two tournaments in the FedEx Cup since 2008, when a different points system allowed Vijay Singh to effectively wrap up the title before the final playoff event. DeChambeau still has work to do; he leads Johnson by almost 2,400 points, but the new system keeps the $10 million bonus in flux until the finale at East Lake Sept. 20-23.Still, the back-to-back wins probably eliminate any doubt about the Ryder Cup team.DeChambeau attended the last Ryder Cup, outside of Minneapolis — as a spectator.“I wanted to experience it,” he explained. “I wanted to be a part of that atmosphere and get comfortable with that. So hopefully if I do make it this year that all things considered I’d be more comfortable when I got there. That was really the reason why I went there.”A physics major at Southern Methodist, DeChambeau brings an unconventional but scientific approach to his game, peppering his comments with references to biomechanics and error tolerance and filling his bag with clubs that are all the same length (34 inches, or roughly the length of a 7-iron) so he would only have to master one swing.The decision had its doubters, from potential college coaches who turned him aside to his father. (Now the elder DeChambeau uses one-length clubs, too.)“I’ve had quite a bit of resistance,” DeChambeau said. “There’s only been a few people that have really helped keep pushing me in the right direction, saying ‘Hey, Bryson, you’re doing the right thing, Keep doing it. Just keep figuring things out.’”He seems to have done that.After starting the year at No. 99 in the world, DeChambeau moved to No. 7 with the win Monday, one spot past Rory McIlroy.“He’s facing the biggest and best fields,” said Rose, who birdied three of his last four holes for a 68 and second place. “There’s a lot of conjecture about how he goes about it. But when he delivers as he is now, it just proves it.”Opening the day one stroke behind leader Abraham Ancer, DeChambeau took control with three straight birdies to finish the front nine. Australian Cameron Smith closed the gap with a pair of late birdies, but DeChambeau answered with a birdie on No. 15 to keep his lead at two shots.Ancer dropped three shots in a four-hole stretch on the back nine, hitting into a hazard and making bogey on the 18th and finishing with a 73. The 27-year-old Mexican did improve from No. 92 to No. 56 and into the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship at Aronimink next week.Matt Kuchar failed to advance to the third playoff round for the first time in 10 years, costing him a chance to bolster his Ryder Cup case. Furyk will make three selections on Tuesday, and a fourth after the BMW Championship.The likely choices Tuesday would seem to be DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Woods, who were Nos. 9, 10 and 11 in points when qualifying ended for eight automatic berths after the PGA Championship. Woods closed with a 71 and tied for 24th; Mickelson, who has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1995, made nine birdies Monday in a closing round of 63.“So fortunate also that it’s the day before the Ryder Cup picks, although I don’t feel that should be a bearing,” Mickelson said. “I think you have to look at the big picture through the course of the year statistically. … But it certainly doesn’t hurt.”___More AP Sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy after winning the Dell Technologies Championship golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)last_img read more

News in brief: Terry and Dembele win awards, Musonda wanted by Zambia

first_imgJohn TerryThe Chelsea skipper received the outstanding contribution honour at the London Football Awards. Terry, whose next game will be his 700th appearance for the club, collected the award from former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.Chelsea’s Willian was shortlisted for the Premier League player of the year, won by West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, while ex-Chelsea man Petr Cech was the London goalkeeper of the year.Moussa DembeleFulham’s 19-year-old forward won the Football League London Player of the Year, pipping team-mate Ross McCormack, Brentford’s Alan Judge and QPR’s Matt Phillips. He failed to win the Young Player of the Year award though, which went to Tottenham’s Dele Alli.BrentfordThe Deaf Sports Plus Project, run by the Bees’ Community Sports Trust, was among the runners-up in the Community Project of the Year category.Eni AlukoThe Chelsea Ladies striker was also honoured at the awards in Battersea, being named the London Women’s Player of the Year. The Blues’ Katie Chapman and Fran Kirby were among those nominated.Aluko was among those to win an awardChelsea LadiesAluko, Kirby, Gilly Flaherty and Karen Carney all featured for England as they were beaten 1-0 by world champions United States in their opening game of the SheBelieves Cup in Tampa.Team-mate Ji So-Yun played for South Korea in their 2-0 defeat by Australia at the Olympic Games qualifying tournament.Charly MusondaThe Chelsea midfielder has been invited to play for Zambia, the birthplace of his parents. The 19-year-old, currently on loan at Real Betis, has played for Belgium from Under-15 to Under-21 level, having been born and brought up in Brussels.However, his father was a Zambia international and the country’s coach George Lwandamina has asked the teenager to join up with the squad for a match against Congo Brazzaville this month.FulhamThe Under-21 game against Arsenal, originally scheduled for Friday 18 March, has been brought forward to Wednesday 9 March. It was due to be played at Craven Cottage but will now kick-off at 7pm at Motspur Park.Oliver SpragueThe Hendon left-back has been named on stand-by for England ‘C’, the non-League representative team, for a match with Ukraine on 22 March.The 22-year-old, who was on the books of both Chelsea and QPR as a youngster, joined the Greens in March 2014 from Northwood.Sir Bradley WigginsThe 35-year-old Olympic champion led the Great Britain team to silver in the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships. They beat Italy to take on Australia in the gold medal match and held a slender lead going into the final 1,000m, but ended up finishing more than a second behind.Middlesex WomenSophia Dunkley, Alex Hartley and Fran Wilson have all been named in the England Women’s Academy squad that travels to Sri Lanka later this month. The trio are in a 15-strong party that will take on Australia Women’s Academy and Sri Lanka Women ‘A’ over six 50-over matches and two T20 games.HarlequinsBoss Conor O’Shea has made five changes to the Quins line-up for Saturday’s Premiership game at Sale Sharks. Tim Visser starts on the wing after returning from international duty, Matt Hopper comes in at centre, Dave Ward and Kyle Sinckler slot into the front row with Nick Easter back at number eight.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal line-ups: Cahill back, Hazard a sub, Gunners stars on bench

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesGary Cahill returns to the Chelsea starting line-up following his recent suspension.Eden Hazard is on the bench again, while Cesc Fabregas starts against his former club.For Arsenal, Theo Walcott has been nursing a calf problem and is named among the substitutes. He is joined on the bench by Alexis Sanchez and the fit-again Per Mertesacker.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Willian.Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Hazard, Batshuayi.Arsenal: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Lacazette; Welbeck.Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Sanchez, Walcott, Giroud.last_img read more

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