Legendary country music artist John Prine has just announced a new album! Titled For Better, Or Worse, the new release will see Prine team up with a number of extraordinary female musicians for a series of rockin’ duets. Due out on September 30th, the artists who are featured on the album include Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Iris DeMent, Holly Williams, Morgane Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Amanda Shires and his wife, Fiona Prine.The only woman left off of that list is Susan Tedeschi, who is not only featured on the album but on the leading single as well. Tedeschi joins Prine for a reworking of George Jones’ “Color Of The Blues,” which you can stream in full while watching the album preview video below.For more information about the new album, you can head here. Check out the tracklisting below.For Better, Or Worse Tracklisting1. Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out (feat. Iris Dement)2. Storms Never Last (feat. Lee Ann Womack)3. Falling in Love Again (feat. Allison Krauss)4. Color of the Blues (feat. Susan Tedeschi)5. I’m Tellin’ You (feat. Holly Williams)6. Remember Me (When Candlelights Are Gleaming) [feat. Kathy Mattea]7. Look at Us (feat. Morgane Stapleton)8. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music (feat. Amanda Shires)9. Fifteen Years Ago (feat. Lee Ann Womack)10. Cold, Cold Heart (feat. Miranda Lambert)11. Dreaming My Dreams with You (feat. Kathy Mattea)12. Mental Cruelty (feat. Kacey Musgraves)13. Mr. & Mrs. Used to Be (feat. Iris Dement)14. My Happiness (feat. Fiona Prine)15. Just Waitin’
Load remaining images Last night, The Brooklyn Bowl went off, with L.A.’s Organ Freeman and Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong lighting up the infamous Brooklyn venue with each group’s patented brand of funk-jam fusion. You can get a taste of what went down below, with videos of Organ Freeman’s and Pigeons’ set-opening numbers below, courtesy of nugs.tv. You can also check out photos from the night, courtesy of John R Wisdom Photography.[Cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]Organ FreemanPigeons Playing Ping Pong
Published on March 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: March 12, 2017 at 3:05 p.m.Syracuse enters Selection Sunday sitting on the bubble. The Orange (18-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) has the most distinct résumé of any team on the fringe of the NCAA Tournament. The Tournament is made up of 32 conference champions receiving automatic bids and the next 36 “best” teams. In order to judge “best,” the selection committee will parse through the following résumés before the bracket is announced at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.Based on most bracket projections, the selection committee will have likely be choosing five teams for three spots.The below stats are based on the NCAA’s nitty-gritty report and team sheets with results as of games through Saturday night.Syracuse (18-4, 10-8 ACC)RPI rank: 84Strength of schedule: 64Nonconference record: 8-5 (188 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 215Road record: 2-8Vs. RPI Top 50: 6-8Vs. RPI 51-100: 2-1Vs. RPI 101-200: 4-4Vs. RPI 200-plus: 6-1AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSouthern California (24-9, 10-8 Pac-12)RPI rank: 41Strength of schedule: 75Nonconference record: 13-0 (9 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 140Road record: 6-5Vs. RPI Top 50: 2-6Vs. RPI 51-100: 4-2Vs. RPI 101-200: 7-1Vs. RPI 200-plus: 11-0Kansas State (20-13, 8-10 Big 12)RPI rank: 57Strength of schedule: 42Nonconference record: 11-2 (53 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 237Road record: 6-6Vs. RPI Top 50: 4-9Vs. RPI 51-100: 2-2Vs. RPI 101-200: 8-2Vs. RPI 200-plus: 6-0Illinois State (27-6, 17-1 Missouri Valley) RPI rank: 33Strength of schedule: 123Nonconference record: 7-4 (102 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 159Road record: 9-4Vs. RPI Top 50: 1-2Vs. RPI 51-100: 1-2Vs. RPI 101-200: 13-1Vs. RPI 200-plus: 10-1Wake Forest (19-13, 9-9 ACC)RPI rank: 39Strength of schedule: 21Nonconference record: 9-3 (10 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 15Road record: 6-8Vs. RPI Top 50: 3-10Vs. RPI 51-100: 5-3Vs. RPI 101-200: 5-0Vs. RPI 200-plus: 6-0An earlier version of this story had Rhode Island listed as one of the bubble teams. URI won the Atlantic-10 Tournament and therefore received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Comments
The Wisconsin volleyball team continued its recent streak of dominance over the state of Illinois.After defeating nationally-ranked Illinois earlier this week, the Badgers were back in action today and extended their 11-game Big Ten home winning streak by sweeping Northwestern 3-0 behind strong performances from sophomore Kelli Bates and redshirt junior Romana Kriskova.No. 19 Wisconsin (10-4, 2-2 Big Ten) got off to a fast start in the first set behind Kriskova’s three kills and an improving bevy of weapons at junior setter Lauren Carlini’s disposal.After the match, Kriskova credited her improved play over the last few matches to the strong Badgers attack and her growing confidence on the court.“Definitely credit goes to our passing,” Kriskova said. “Since the passing is great, our setter can run offense and can set wherever she wants to. And also, I’m getting more and more confidence in myself. I think that helps.”The second set was more of the same as Wisconsin toyed with the Wildcats (10-5, 2-2) en route to a 25-16 victory. The Badgers made sure to get Bates involved as she tallied five of her game-high 12 kills in the second game hitting at an outstanding 40 percent rate.In the final set, Wisconsin continued its dominance and pulled away early to complete their first sweep of Big Ten play.This time, it was the combination of Bates and Kriskova that pushed the Badgers over the edge as they combined for two-thirds of the kills in the final game.Bates discussed the plethora of attackers the Badgers have on the front line.“[Carlini] can be really deceptive, and with Romana getting all of these kills and completely earning her spot, it makes it a lot easier on me to get the kills when I need to,” Bates said. “I think we’re really hard to defend just because we have such great ball control, such a great setter and we have great attackers.”Bates also noted that playing at home gives the Badgers the extra swagger needed to finish off their opponents.“The home crowd is really energetic in the Field House, so it’s really easy to feed off of that momentum,” Bates said. “We’re trying to establish ourselves as a top-tier program, so with the Field House’s help and all of the ridiculous crowds that we get, it makes it really easy to have confidence in your team and feed off of what the crowd is giving us.”Wisconsin improved to 50-29 all time against Northwestern and now turns its attention to an East Coast road trip against Rutgers and Maryland.Wisconsin will next play at home on Oct. 14 against Minnesota in the annual Border Battle.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t want to comment on that,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Friday. “He was a really good player for us for two years and actually had a willingness and really did add a lot of positional and lineup versatility for us. Just kind of looking forward with some of our youth internally and some of our other targets externally and with the outfield picture returning to health, the need wasn’t as great as when we were really lucky enough to sign Howie late last offseason and be able to bring in another experienced bat at that time.”The swap of Kendrick (who will make $10 million) for Ruf (arbitration eligible) and Sweeney (not even on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster yet) also gives the Dodgers “some additional financial flexibility to retain some of our free agents that are out there,” Zaidi said. That group is headlined by Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill but also likely includes less expensive veterans Utley and Joe Blanton.Kendrick was part of the Dodgers’ offensive surge in midseason. But a slow start and a poor finish resulted in the worst offensive season of his 11 years in the big leagues. His .255 batting average, .366 slugging percentage and .691 OPS were all career lows.Kendrick figures into the outfield picture for the Phillies but there could be moving parts there as well. Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has been mentioned frequently in offseason trade speculation, a move that could land Kendrick back at his former position.Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ plans at second base are in flux. Zaidi mentioned Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor as possibilities there. Catcher Austin Barnes can also play second base. And the Dodgers have interest in bringing 37-year-old veteran Utley back despite his diminishing offensive contributions. The free agent hit just .236 with a .292 on-base percentage from the start of June until the end of the season but was a key factor in a changed clubhouse culture. The Dodgers needed Howie Kendrick to be open-minded in 2016 and he was. They did not need him enough in 2017 to risk that turning to bitterness.Kendrick was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf and former Dodgers minor-leaguer Darnell Sweeney. After receiving a cold shoulder on the free agent market last winter (in part because of the draft-pick compensation attached to him), the 33-year-old Kendrick signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers and accepted a utility role. The career second baseman started 79 games in left field and 14 at third base but only 23 at second base where Chase Utley had also returned as a free agent and became the primary starter.But there were reports already this offseason that Kendrick was frustrated with his role, particularly as Andrew Toles soaked up more playing time in left field late in the season, and didn’t want to return to it again in 2017. The Dodgers moved quickly to trade Kendrick — whether he had actually requested it or not. “There’s still some free agent and trade targets that we’re looking at at second base and we’ve got plenty of off-season left if we decide to go with a more experienced player there,” Zaidi said.Sweeney (who was traded from the Dodgers to the Phillies in the deal that brought Utley to L.A. in August 2015) has also played second base but profiles more as a utility player and will likely start next season in Triple-A, according to Zaidi.One of the Dodgers’ top prospects, Willie Calhoun, is also a second baseman. He is coming off a strong season in Double-A and was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League’s all-star game last weekend. But is not ready to figure in the second-base mix, Zaidi said.“I think the lack of Triple-A experience obviously would suggest he’s going to need more time. That would be my expectation,” Zaidi said. “But we’ve made an effort to incorporate some younger players into the big-league club in different roles. You never want to rule out a guy accelerating the timetable on you.”In Ruf, the Dodgers acquire a player Zaidi said they pursued at the trade deadline to try and solve “our issues against left-handed pitching.” The Dodgers were the weakest-hitting club in the majors against left-handed pitching in 2016. In his five seasons with the Phillies, the 30-year-old Ruf hit .299 with a .921 OPS and 17 home runs in 318 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers (.206, .643 and 18 home runs in 515 against right-handed pitching). He profiles as a “power bat against left-handed pitching,” a role Scott Van Slyke filled in the past. Van Slyke (who had wrist surgery in September) is also arbitration eligible and is a prime candidate to be non-tendered and become a free agent. The Dodgers are already loaded with outfielders, particularly with Toles’ emergence and the expected returns to health of Andre Ethier and Trayce Thompson.“Right now, we actually feel pretty good about the group of guys we have,” Zaidi said of the outfielders. “It’s not a position we are targeting right now in terms of bringing another guy in. But we’ll obviously keep our eyes open and be opportunistic if something comes up that would help our team.”