Keep Austin Weir’d: Bob Weir Awarded Key To The City Of Austin For His “Vote Local” Initiative

first_imgThis weekend, Bob Weir took to Austin, Texas, to continue his Campfire Tour with his Campfire Band with two shows at The Moody Theater for Austin City Limits Live. Before his first performance on Saturday, the Grateful Dead guitarist met with Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, to talk about his “Vote Local” initiative. This newest project is in conjunction with HeadCount, an organization that advocates for musicians and music lovers to get more involved in politics and for which Weir is a board member. After Saturday’s meeting, Weir kicked off the first of two nights at Moody Theater with the Campfire Band featuring Steve Kimock, Jash Kaufman, Jon Shaw, and The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. This most tour has been in support of Weir’s recent solo album, Blue Mountain, which was released during the tail-end of last year. You can check out pictures from Weir’s mayoral meeting below, as well as setlists from Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Zidane: Bale good enough for Real

first_img Having missed out on Champions League qualification, Tottenham face an anxious summer as they wait to discover whether Bale will sign a new contract with them or move on to one of Europe’s top clubs. Zidane ranked the Welshman in the same bracket as Real’s own star player Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Zidane told reporters: “I’ve been watching Tottenham because Gareth Bale has been playing there. Aside from Ronaldo and Messi, he is the player who has impressed me the most in the world. He is outstanding.” Real Madrid ambassador Zinedine Zidane believes Gareth Bale is among the top three players in the world and “more than good enough” for the Spanish giants. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “What has particularly impressed me is that he is consistent. It’s not just been in one or two matches. “He is consistently scoring spectacular goals and very important goals. He is very quick, skilful and exciting. “Of course all the talented players like that can come to Real Madrid. Is he good enough for Real Madrid? Of course. He is more than good enough to play for Real Madrid.” last_img read more

Lamolinara returns to form, becomes force in net in Syracuse’s win over Georgetown

first_img Published on April 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 WASHINGTON — Dominic Lamolinara shoulders some of the blame for Syracuse’s loss to Hobart. He made just seven saves and allowed 13 goals in Tuesday’s loss to the Statesmen.He’s been solid for the most part for the Orange since joining the starting lineup on March 19 against Providence, but his performance against Hobart led SU head coach John Desko to discuss replacing his struggling goaltender with former starter Bobby Wardwell. So Lamolinara’s performance on Saturday was much needed.“Dom was a little shaken up at the Hobart loss,” Syracuse defender Brian Megill said. “Dom’s a great leader and he’s going to get on his game eventually, and he did.”Lamolinara’s struggles continued early—he allowed three goals without making a save in the opening quarter – but he straightened up and locked down the Georgetown offense over the final three quarters of the No. 3 Orange’s 9-8 win on Saturday. He finished the day with 10 saves to just eight goals allowed, good for a 55.6 save percentage.But he didn’t necessarily struggle in the first quarter because of anything he was doing wrong. Twice the SU defense let a Hoya in close for an easy shot, and the third goal came on an extra-man opportunity for GU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was seeing the ball the whole game,” Lamolinara said, “they just had some real good shots in the first quarter.”After the first quarter, the gaffes were few and far between for Lamolinara. As Syracuse made its run in the second half, Lamolinara stood tall between the pipes.He reached down to make saves – like one on Zac Guy early in the second half – and leaped up to knock balls out of the air – like the one he made on Joseph Bucci’s shot midway through the third quarter.“They got a couple of decent looks and I thought he made some very good saves, some one-on-one saves and some good shots from the outside he took away from (them),” Desko said. “He finished with 10 saves on the day and it came at the right time.”But the biggest play of the day came without him even making a save. When Syracuse midfielder Steve Ianzito’s stick broke with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Orange went into a de facto man-down situation while nursing a one-goal lead.He braced for the shot, but Lamolinara never panicked. He let his defense rotate as Drew Jenkins came on to replace Ianzito. Dan McKinney’s pass sailed out of bounds. Lamolinara made the saves he needed, but on the final play, luck smiled upon him as well.“The first thing I thought of was, ‘OK, shot’s about to come,’” Lamolinara said. “But he didn’t have much of an angle so he held on to it and we were able to rotate down and I don’t think they knew where the open guy was, so we lucked out.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Q&A with Daily Utah Chronicle football reporter

first_imgNo. 20 USC heads to Salt Lake City this Saturday to take on No. 19 Utah in a game with big implications in the Pac-12 South. Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen interviewed the Daily Utah Chronicle’s football reporter, Ryan Miller, to provide Trojan fans with a better picture of what to expect against the Utes.Daily Trojan: Utah has been utilizing two quarterbacks this season. This kind of system usually doesn’t bode well for teams, but the Utes are 5-1 anyway and ranked No. 19 in the nation. How has Utah been able to have succeed using two different quarterbacks consistently?Daily Utah Chronicle: The common phrase goes, “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.” That pretty much describes the Utes’ current quarterback situation. This isn’t a quarterback battle that has sprung up because both Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson have played exceptionally well; on the contrary, it’s because both have been ineffective.Wilson was benched against UCLA because Utah head coach Whittingham was tired of seeing the offense fail to move the ball and Thompson was benched for the same reason against Oregon State.The reason why Utah has had success in the early part of the season is because of an outstanding front seven, an emerging star running back and a special teams unit that may be the best in the nation.Whittingham hates two quarterback systems and he has made it clear the Utes are not running one. The Utah coach is just waiting for either Wilson or Thompson to seize the job and start moving the offense consistently.DT: This weekend’s matchup features the No. 1 rusher in the Pac-12 (USC’s Buck Allen) against the No. 3 man (Utah’s Devontae Booker). Who finishes with more rushing yards this Saturday?DUC: Utah relies on Booker’s production much more than USC relies on Allen’s. Since entering conference play Booker has been the Utes offense. In three Pac-12 games the Utah running back is averaging 187 yards per contest, and he will probably need to get close to that if the Utes hope to beat USC.The strength of Utah’s defense is their front seven and the Utes would love it if the Trojans try to run a lot against them. With Cody Kessler under center and an athletic receiving corps at his disposal, I would think USC would attack Utah through the air more so than on the ground.So all things considered I expect Booker to have more yards at the end of the night.DT: USC quarterback Cody Kessler threw for seven touchdowns last week. Meanwhile, Utah’s defense managed five sacks. How will Utah’s defense match up against USC’s high-powered offense?DUC: Utah’s strength this season has been their defense and if they are fully healthy, it’s really hard to find a weakness anywhere in the unit. However, that might not be the case Saturday night. Starting free safety Tevin Carter missed the game against Oregon State and parts of the games against UCLA and Washington State.If Carter is out the Utes become very vulnerable to the pass. In fact it was blown assignments by his backup that led to two Washington State touchdowns in Utah’s only loss of the season.The Utes’ front seven though has been superb. They lead the nation in sacks and they will bring heavy pressure against the Trojans as well. The Utes have the speed both on the edge and at linebacker to not only get to the quarterback, but also contain most outside runs. The USC receivers should have the advantage out wide, though, so if Kessler gets time to throw, it could spell trouble for Utah.DT: Utah is coming off of a grueling double-overtime win at Oregon State. Any chance the Utes will be worn down from that game and not play to their full potential?DUC: As it was a Thursday night game, I don’t see the overtime game affecting the Utes at all. It was an emotional victory, yes, but it was the kind that will raise the spirits more than anything else. The game against Oregon State was exactly the type of contest Utah would have lost a season ago and yet, they found away to win. I actually expect them to come out on Saturday more confident because of the slugfest with the Beavers.The game on Saturday also marks a chance for Utah to announce itself as a Pac-12 South contender. I don’t see anyway the Utes aren’t ready to play.DT: Prediction?DUC: I have never been much for predictions, but I’ll give it a shot. The Utes have somehow managed to win back-to-back Pac-12 road games with less than inspiring quarterback play, but I think the run ends here. Unless Wilson (or Thompson) can guide Utah down the field with his arm, I don’t see how the Utes will be able to keep up with the Trojans. You can only ask the Booker to do so much.The Utah defense and special teams will do their part and it will be close throughout, but I don’t think the Utes will be able to squeak this one out like they did against UCLA and Oregon State.USC 24, Utah 17last_img read more

5 interesting stats from Round Rock Express’ 26-run baseball game

first_imgMinor league baseball doesn’t usually get our attention unless something crazy happens, and that’s exactly what happened Thursday night.The Round Rock Express (located in Texas) scored an insane 26 runs against the Las Vegas Aviators. The funny thing is Las Vegas didn’t even play that poorly. The Aviators put up 11 runs of their own, but it obviously wasn’t enough as the Express put up a score you typically see in a football game. There were nine home runs in the gameThe combined record for two teams hitting home runs in a single MLB game is 12, so these teams weren’t too far off.Kyle Tucker, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft, hit a pair of homers, giving him 20 on the season. Nick Tanielu and the Aviators’ Barreto also hit a pair of homers. Taylor Jones, Eric Campbell and Cameron Rupp each hit one.There were 90 total at-batsPlayers with 4+ at-bats: 17Players with 5+ at-bats: 9Players with 6+ at-bats: 4Players with 7 at-bats: 3According to Baseball Almanac, the record for at-bats during a nine-inning game is eight, held by 18 different players. We almost got there in this game, as three different players had seven. Overall, there were 103 plate appearances in this game. MORE: Benches clear after bunt breaks up no-hitter in Yard Goats-Thunder gameSo, with so many runs scored in this baseball game we thought it’d be fun to look at some of the ridiculous numbers that were put up.Every batter scored a runYou might read that stat and think that only applies to the Express, but no. Everyone on the Aviators scored a run as well. There were 20 batters with at least one at-bat and every single one of them scored at least one run. Of those 20, eight of them scored two runs or more.Taylor Jones was a perfect 5-for-5We mentioned already that every batter scored at least one run, but Express first baseman Taylor Jones led the way with five runs. In fact, he went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, with six RBIs. He had seven total plate appearances, which included two walks.We also should make mention of the Aviators’ Franklin Barreto, who also went 5-for-5 at the plate. He hit two home runs, had four RBIs and scored three runs. Norge Ruiz allowed seven runs in 0.0 inningsOfficially, Aviators pitcher Norge Ruiz pitched in 0.0 innings. But he did face seven batters, and allowed seven earned runs while giving up five hits and walking two. His poor outing contributed to an incredible 13-run inning in the seventh, which took this game to a completely different level.Ruiz wasn’t alone in his struggles, though. The two Aviators pitchers before him had already given up 10 earned runs. And of the six pitchers the Aviators used in the game, all of them allowed at least one earned run.last_img read more

Bengals’ Johnson is silent

first_imgCINCINNATI – Now that Chad Johnson has reached the NFL’s biggest stage, he’s got nothing to say. The Bengals’ top receiver and best showman intimated again Wednesday that he’s been muffled by a head coach trying to get his team focused for its first playoff appearance in 15 years. That was it. And that was fine with coach Marvin Lewis, who has tried various ways to subdue a player who keeps inventing new ways – a Pepto-Bismol shipment, a Terrible Towel bib – to tweak the next opponent. Finally, silence. “Wow. After 17 weeks! Man!” Lewis said Wednesday, breaking into a huge smile. “Don’t put Marvin Lewis in that decision. Good decision by Chad. He wants to focus on the week, and that’s good.” Johnson insists it’s not his idea. Earlier in the week, Johnson told reporters that “higher authority” – his code words for the head coach – ordered him to keep quiet all week. Nothing had changed Wednesday. Usually the center of attention in the locker room, Johnson declined interviews with a sorrowful shake of his head. He was a solitary figure, eating a plate of chicken and rice while teammates talked freely about their first-round game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Asked if he would talk to the media at all, Johnson said, “Only if you pay my fine.” center_img So, while receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh gave his insights into the game at an adjoining locker, Johnson sat by himself and ate lunch. The AFC’s top receiver wore a Bengals stocking cap, an AFC North Champions T-shirt and a glum expression. He didn’t interact with teammates or watch what was happening around him in the locker room. When reporters approached, he merely shook his head. The only time he talked was when someone called him on his cell phone. It was totally out of character. “Hopefully he’ll have a lot to say after the game,” Houshmandzadeh said. Everyone else will have a lot to say leading up to it. The Bengals (11-5) and Steelers (11-5) split their season series, each winning on the other team’s field. Cincinnati took control of the division with a 38-31 win at Heinz Field on Dec. 4, leaving the Steelers in danger of missing the playoffs. Pittsburgh won its last four games, building momentum along the way. By contrast, the Bengals lost their last two games by a combined 72-30, raising concerns and prompting Lewis to get tough. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fifi finds her family again after incredible year-long journey

first_imgA little dog has had an unimaginable experience after it was found in a shocking state over the weekend. With the help of local people in Ballybofey, she went through an amazing transformation and has won over the hearts of many people after her story emerged online. The dog’s owners were found after a nationwide search. Her name was Fifi, and her harrowing story had finally come to a happy ending. There was widespread shock on the Twin Towns Lost and Found Dogs Facebook page when photos were posted of the dog after she was found with a huge amount of overgrown matted fur.It appeared that the dog had been lost by its owners some time ago, but where it had been until now was not known. Dog groomer Jenny Leeper at Pretty Paws opened up on Saturday and took on the task of removing her huge filthy coat to reveal a beautiful little white pup beneath.It was an incredible transformation and the little dog was freed from the heavy fur after the grooming. The search then began to track down the owners and two possible owners came forward. They had both lost dogs in the area – one owner was from Galway and the other lives in Ballybofey. They each had to submit their chip numbers to see if it was their pet. Both families were eager to be reunited with their long-lost pets and everyone in the Lost and Found group were waiting in suspense hoping to see a happy ending to the tale.Today, the chip number was matched to the owners in Galway, and while people rejoice to know that Fifi would find her home again, the sad details of her story came to light.Fifi went missing in Galway back in February. She was later found in Carrick-on-Shannon but before her owner could come to rescue her, Fifi had escaped and seemed to have been brought to Ballybofey by finders. She escaped again and had been living rough ever since, which is how she got into such a terrible state while living on her own. When Fifi’s owner rang Doreen today and called out to her, the little dog recognised the woman’s voice and whined for her, Doreen told Donegal Daily.Fifi’s journey back to her home in Galway begins later today and she will be safely home for Christmas.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Doreen said: “Twin Towns Lost and Found Dogs are delighted for the owner. We are a registered rescue group in Killygordon set up four years ago. “We have helped so many dogs surrendered to us by owners. We wish Fifi well and pray she stops her running off and this will be her last adventure.” The Twin Towns Lost and Found Dogs group works to help dogs that are lost over the weekends when other services are closed. Through their Facebook page, they have reunited countless dogs with their owners and brought relief to many families in the area. On Halloween night this year, the group worked to reunite 10 lost dogs with their owners. Fifi finds her family again after incredible year-long journey was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more