Last weekend marked the return of the annual Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, bringing together an elite lineup of talents for a true festival for live music fans. One of the themes of the event were top notch collaborations and jam sessions, including one with Medeski, Martin, Russo & Benevento that you can watch here. Another occurred during a performance from Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, which saw the band welcome three different keyboardists at various points and the full horn section of Snarky Puppy.Hamilton first welcomed out Holly Bowling, who sat in on an opening run that included “Synth Driver,” “This Thing Ain’t Goin Nowheres” and the Grateful Dead’s “Cumberland Blues.” The Disco Biscuits’ own Aron Magner followed suit, joining in for the “Cumberland Blues” and staying on for “An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark.” Magner would remain on stage, while the band brought back Holly Bowling and also introduced Hamilton’s JRAD bandmate Marco Benevento for a rousing rendition of “At The Show.”At that point, Bowling left the stage, but the band wasn’t done with their guest stars! The Snarky Puppy horns were then introduced, and they accompanied American Babies (with Benevento and Magner) on a rendition of “Old Time Religion.” Finally, the set closed with the Puppy horns and Marco Benevento joining Tom Hamilton’s American Babies for one remarkable rendition of “Fever Dreams.”You can watch this all-star set-closing jam session below, thanks to American Babies!Do not miss Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on tour, especially for their exciting Masquerade Balls stopping in major cities across the country. With a Beatles tribute set for Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room (get tickets here) and a David Bowie tribute set for the following Saturday, November 5th at NYC’s American Beauty (get tickets here), there’s no reason to miss out! More information about these special shows can be found here.Check out the full Tom Hamilton’s American Babies setlist and audio from Luna Light, below![via taper Rich Steele]Setlist: Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, Darlington, MDSet: Synth Driver*, This Thing Aint Goin Nowheres*, Cumberland Blues*^, An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark^ > At The Show*^#, Old Time Religion^#$ > Fever Dreams#$* with Holly Bowling^ with Aron Magner# with Marco Benevento$ with Snarky Puppy Horns
The 27-year-old Scotland international, who has missed the last four games, will sit out against Everton on Saturday and is likely to play no further part in the club’s fight for Barclays Premier League survival. Manager Gus Poyet is otherwise remaining coy over a series of minor knocks, but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is still sidelined by a shoulder problem. Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is unlikely to play again this season because of his ankle injury. The 32-year-old had to have five stitches in an eye wound early in last weekend’s victory over Arsenal. Defender Phil Jagielka (hamstring) could be fit to return for next weekend’s visit of Manchester United. Boss Roberto Martinez believes fighting for a place in the top four is no different from a relegation battle as the requirements are essentially identical. “I think it is exactly the same, if I am completely honest,” he said. “It is being able to focus on the game itself, understanding the intensity and the focus you need in every action. “In every season, whatever you are playing for, it comes down to the final points you are playing for: whether it is for staying in the league, making the top four or winning the title it is exactly the same. “Looking back at other seasons with Wigan, we managed to get seven wins out of the last nine and that is the same intensity you need to have in any aim you are fighting for.” Press Association Poyet has told his players to be brave as they attempt to escape the drop. The Black Cats slumped to the foot of the table after a disastrous few days last weekend which saw Fulham, West Brom and Crystal Palace all win before they were thrashed 5-1 at Tottenham on Monday evening. Poyet’s men are now seven points adrift of safety and knowing their two games in hand will count for little if they do not manufacture a significant improvement in form. The 46-year-old Uruguayan admitted after the debacle at White Hart Lane that his side would need a miracle to stay up, and had called upon his players to stand up and be counted in the club’s hour of need. Poyet said: “We try, we try to be brave. We have played games away from home against top teams and we have left one up front and we did okay; against Liverpool, we left two all the time and we did better; and against Spurs, we left two and we were terrible. “That shows you that it doesn’t matter too much sometimes, all the plans and all the things because it depends what happens on the pitch in 90 minutes, how we cope with situations, how we pass the ball, how we defend. “But maybe that word, being ‘brave’ is one of the biggest ones in this situation.” Midfielder Leon Osman is Everton’s only doubt.
Bio SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A quarter of a century ago, seven junior high and high school basketball teams participated in the inaugural Great Harbor Shootout.This year, 84 teams from nearly every corner of the state will play in Harbor House’s tournament, which will take place March 17-19 at six locations on Mount Desert Island and in Trenton and Ellsworth.“From where it started with seven teams to what it has become is pretty huge,” said Diana Novella, events and community relations director at Harbor House. “It’s a testament to how big basketball is in the state of Maine. It’s kind of all-encompassing for the whole winter season.”Over 1,000 players and coaches from Camden to Fort Kent will participate in this year’s tournament.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s huge and it’s become one of those tournaments that so many kids look forward to,” Novella said. “It gives them a chance to play after the season is over and lets coaches take a look at what teams may look like next year.”Since seniors are not allowed to play in the tournament, basketball coaches can get a feel for how teams are shaping up as new leaders step in.Novella said that since teams from classes A, B, C and D will play in this year’s tournament athletes get a chance to play against teams they would not normally face in the regular school season.“It’s a great chance for them to work on their skills since they are playing kids in a different division,” she said.Not only is the tournament a must-see event for basketball fans, it is also a boon to the local economy.Those 1,000 players come with parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. Area hotels are booked up and restaurants will enjoy an influx of celebrating customers.“That’s an influx of about 5,000 people and it’s a great economic boost for the island restaurants that are open during this in-between season,” Novella said.Games begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 17, with high school girls playing at Trenton Elementary School and Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor while high school boys will play at Mount Desert Elementary School and the MDI YMCA. Junior high school boys and girls will play at MDI High School.Ellsworth Middle School will host a handful of high school preliminary games on Friday night and Saturday morning.The middle school finals will be at MDI High School on Sunday, March 19, with the boys playing at 11:30 a.m. and girls playing at 1 p.m.High school finals are set for the same day at Pemetic Elementary School with the girls at 2:30 p.m. and the boys at 4.For spectators, weekend passes are available for $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students which will allow entry into any game. Day passes are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors and are only good for one venue.All funds will go toward Harbor House’s year-round youth sports programs including after-school and summer camp programs.“It helps keep our fees down for youth sports programs as low as possible,” Novella said.The Great Harbor Shootout is being underwritten by The First while several local businesses donated to the event. Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all) Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected] Latest Posts MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017
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Manchester City have endured a “tough” season but can end it on a positive note by winning their last two games and sealing a Champions League spot for next season, midfielder Fernandinho has said.City won their first 10 Premier League matches but failed to maintain their title bid. They were also knocked out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals and the Champions League in the last 16.They are fourth in the league but will be assured of finishing third if they beat West Brom on Wednesday and Watford on the final day of the season.”This season has been tough for us, something went wrong but at the end we still have a chance to go into the Champions League and I’m sure we can improve next season,” Fernandinho told British media.”We are trying to improve week by week, training session by training session. I’m sure we are improving, for the next two games and for next season as well.”Our target, our goal, is to win the next two games. Especially the next one at home in front of our own fans because I think they deserve it,” Fernandinho said.”Then the last game is at Watford, which will be tough again but we are ready for that.”
Congratulations to the award recipients at the 2012 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Dinner.Affiliate of the YearSouthern SunsGriffith Touch AssociationSydney RebelsBankstown Jets Touch AssociationSydney MetsPenrith Touch AssociationSydney ScorpionsNorthern Suburbs Touch AssociationHunter Western HornetsDubbo Touch Association Northern EaglesArmidale Touch AssociationNSWTA Affiliate of the Year Dubbo Touch AssociationAdministrator of the Year Southern SunsNick Altin (Griffith Touch Association)Sydney RebelsJohn Ryan (Eastern Suburbs Touch Association)Sydney MetsMargaret Thornton (Penrith Touch Association)Sydney ScorpionsSue Jones (Manly Warringah Touch Association)Hunter Western HornetsShane Hayne (Berkeley Vale Touch Association)Northern EaglesPeta Devine (Gunnedah Touch Association)NSWTA Administrator of the Year Nick Altin (Griffith Touch Association)The ‘Matthew Medal’ – Referee of the YearDavid Baggio (Wagga Wagga Touch Association)Selector of the YearBarry Gibson (Manly Warringah Touch Association)Junior Coach of the YearBelinda Caruso (Wallsend Touch Association)Coach of the YearWade Jenkins (Eastern Suburbs Touch Association)NSWTA Region of the YearHunter Western HornetsSenior Female Player of the YearAnnette Mounsey (Wollongong Touch Association)Senior Male Player of the YearGarry Sonda (Eastern Suburbs Touch Association)Junior Female Player of the YearLaura Peattie (Manly Warringah Touch Association)Junior Male Player of the YearJosh Rozairo (Bankstown Touch Association)Female Player of the YearLouise Winchester (Canterbury Bankstown Touch Association)Male Player of the YearDylan Hennessey (Hornsby Touch Association)Stay tuned to www.nswtouch.com.au for all of the latest stories from the 2012 NSWTA Blues Dinner and the NSWTA YouTube channel for all of the highlights – www.youtube.com/nswta. Related LinksNSWTA Award Recipients
Sharapova tops Errani to win French Open, completes career Grand SlamAs they gazed at each other across the net before their French Open final, 24 cms in height separated Maria Sharapova from Sara Errani – when the action began it was a country mile as the Russian won the title and completed the career grand slam.The statuesque Sharapova is tennis royalty and her 6-3 6-2 win on Saturday over the 21st seed, who is diminutive in stature and in status, was less a contest and more a coronation.It was all over in a flash: 89 minutes, five breaks of serve followed by a victory speech in four different languages.Congratulations Maria Sharapova!
One of the most anticipated coaching announcements of the coming season came early Monday afternoon when Ohio State announced Thad Matta was out as men’s basketball head coach. As the curtain falls on the tenure of the most successful coach in program history, Athletics Director Gene Smith said a national search for a new coach will start immediately.Former OSU assistant and Dayton head coach Archie Miller accepted the heralded Indiana job in March, taking the speculated would-be replacement of Matta out of the picture. But there are plenty of high-profile coaches who could be contacted about the vacant position at a school considered to be a high-major program.Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder head coachOklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan shouts to his players during the second quarter on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Donovan won back-to-back national championships at Florida in 2006 and 2007, the second of which was against Matta’s Buckeyes. Donovan coached 19 seasons at Florida from 1996-2015, then was hired by the Thunder as its head coach. He has a career record of 467-186 (.715) overall at Florida and 202-109 (.650) in the Southeastern Conference. He made four Final Four and seven Elite Eights in his time with the Gators.Why a good fit: OSU needs a change in the program to bring it back to the top of the conference. Donovan did it before, so why couldn’t he do it again? He is arguably one of the best coaches in basketball right now and has had tremendous success on the recruiting trail, grabbing nine McDonald’s All Americans from 2001-2015.Connections: Donovan and OSU football coach Urban Meyer coached at Florida simultaneously and reportedly have a strong relationship. If that has any impact on Smith and the job search, that’s remaining to be seen. Not to mention, OSU will have to take Donovan away from the NBA. However, Donovan’s Thunder aren’t likely to win a title in the near future despite having triple-double machine Russell Westbrook at point guard.Sean Miller, Arizona head coachArizona head coach Sean Miller issue orders to his team during second-half action against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Wisconsin advanced, 85-78. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Once Matta left Xavier at the end of the 2003-04 season, Miller kept the program alive and made the tournament each year except 2004-05 when the Musketeers lost its three leading scorers from the previous year. Miller led Xavier to two straight Sweet Sixteens in 2008 and 2009 before he was hired as Arizona’s head coach. There, he has won two conference coach of the year awards, four regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament championships.Miller has never made it to a Final Four, but has made it to three Elite Eights and five Sweet Sixteens in seven NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also been most successful on the recruiting trail with five top-five and six top-10 classes since 2010. Miller has signed seven McDonald’s All-Americans since 2012.Why a good fit: Smith made it seem like the decision to fire Matta and not give him another season was because of recruiting. If that’s the case, why not get one of the best recruiters, by numbers, in college basketball? However, Arizona is a premier program and Miller is under contract through 2022.Connections: Miller was one of Matta’s assistant coaches at Xavier from 2002-04, then took over for Matta and coached the Musketeers from 2004-05 season through 2009. His brother, Archie, was an assistant with Matta at OSU. Chris Mack, Xavier head coachXavier head coach Chris Mack on the sidelines against North Carolina State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Where Miller picked up after Matta, Mack picked up after Miller. In his eight seasons as Xavier head coach, Mack has led the Musketeers to seven NCAA Tournaments, including four Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight. Under Mack, Xavier had its highest preseason Associated Press ranking (7) in school history at the start of the 2016-17 season.Why a good fit: He’s an Ohio guy who knows the area and is a growing recruiter in the Midwest. He has built up his career enough to make the jump to a major program like OSU. Mack has also been able to compete against high-major programs with primarily four- and three-star prospects that have developed into reliable college scorers. Connections: Mack is a Cleveland native, graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and has coached Xavier for seven years as an assistant and eight years as the head coach. Xavier gave OSU its last coach and this would be a huge leap forward for Mack in his career. One aspect that could play a factor is that Mack is a Xavier alumnus.Mick Cronin, Cincinnati head coachCincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin shouts out a play against UConn on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Cronin was named the head coach of the Bearcats in 2006-07 and was just 11-19 in his first season, finishing last in the Big East. Four years later, the Bearcats won 26 games and a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons. Since then the Bearcats haven’t won less than 22 games in a season and have made seven NCAA Tournaments, winning one American Athletic Conference title in the process.Why a good fit: Cronin has deep ties in Ohio and, like Mack, has immediate credibility to in-state recruiting. He has also shown an ability to develop players over a few years in his program, which is something OSU desperately needs.Connections: Cronin lacks direct connections to OSU, other than landing his first collegiate coaching job under then-Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who was an assistant for two seasons with the Buckeyes in 1978-79 and 1979-80. Chris Holtmann, Butler head coachButler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his team during the first half against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Virginia advanced, 77-69. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: He has only been a coach at Butler since the 2014-15 season, but is quietly becoming one of the best coaches in college basketball. This past season, Holtmann’s Butler Bulldogs beat the reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats twice during the regular season and finished second in the Big East. Holtmann was named 2017 Big East Coach of the Year award after finishing 25-9 and 12-6 in conference. Butler made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2016-17 for the first time since 2011 under Boston Celtics coach, and former Thad Matta assistant, Brad Stevens.Why a good fit: Holtmann, although under contract through 2025, has returned Butler to the relative prominence that Brad Stevens had the program at during its two national championship runs in 2010 and 2011. It would make sense for OSU to hire a coach that has had commitments from players in Ohio (Massillon Jackson’s 2016 forward Kyle Young) and has shown he can put a program back on the map and compete for conference championships.Connections: Like the Xavier coaching tree to OSU, the Butler coaching tree has also been lucrative for the Buckeyes, considering Matta’s head coaching career began with the Bulldogs. Holtmann was an assistant under coach John Groce at Ohio in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Groce was one of Matta’s original assistants starting in 2004-05 until 2007-08.
After much encouragement from Arsene Wenger, the UEFA finally lifted the player registration ruling for their competitions for next season – much to the frustration of the Arsenal fansThis development comes in light of their record January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who previously represented Borussia Dortmund in this season’s Champions League at the group stages, being cup-tied for their Europa League campaign.As Dortmund were demoted to the Europa league upon their group stage eliminated, Aubameyang was prohibited from playing for Arsenal in the competition. This caused much frustration for Wenger, who has publicly criticized the UEFA for their handling of the situation.Upon releasing new regulations, that will include a 4th substitute for the respective finals of the Champions League and Europa League, the UEFA also stated that from next season three players who are signed during the January transfer window will be able to play in the knockout rounds of both the Champions League and the Europa League, without exception – Essentially meaning that Aubameyang remains cup-tied for the rest of their campaign.The fans have let their frustrations over the ruling know:Had to be done the year after Arsenal sign a cup-tied Aubameyang while Giroud and Alexis could play in the Champions League…Thanks, UEFA. https://t.co/sTOMDLuqaR— Dwarkanath Prabhu (@dk_prabhu) 27 March 2018Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.meanwhile aubameyang still cant play in a competition he never appeared in for bvb https://t.co/6ZkC7w4mh9— k. (@Kiigenn) 27 March 2018Arsenal buy AubameyangUEFA: Eh, tough shit guys, sorry.Barcelona buy CoutinhoUEFA: This rule is unfair, we’ll fix this now.— Doug Nichols (@TheTXI) 27 March 2018