Soulive’s Alan Evans Is Filling In With The New Mastersounds This Weekend

first_imgFunk aficionados The New Mastersounds have a run of shows set for this weekend, but the band hit a slight snag when drummer Simon Allen revealed that he would not be able to perform. Fortunately, the ever-funky Alan Evans has been tapped to fill in behind the kit, lending his soulful rhythms to the esteemed ensemble.The shows in question run from this Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th, with stops at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ, Rocks Off Concert Cruise in New York, NY, and the ARISE Music Festival in Loveland, CO.You can see the dates and the band’s announcement, below:The New Mastersounds Tour Dates With Alan Evans08.04 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ08.05 – Rocks Off Concert Cruise – New York, NY08.06 & 08.07 – ARISE Music Festival – Loveland, COlast_img read more

Nasri ready for crunch month

first_img Manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated his desire to top the table by new year, an ambition that could obviously hinge around the Gunners’ visit to the Etihad Stadium on December 14. But around that fixture are a series of equally important away games in the next three weeks in which City must seek to address their travelling deficiencies. While City have a 100 per cent home league record – maintained with a 3-0 defeat of Swansea on Sunday – they have lost four out of six on the road. That quirky statistic is undermining their title challenge and Nasri accepts it must be addressed this week as City travel to West Brom on Wednesday and Southampton next Saturday. The Frenchman, looking to maintain the form that saw him score twice against the Swans, said: “We have a tough week, we are playing two games away from home. “The most important thing now is to recover from this game and be ready against West Brom because we have to improve our form away from home. “We have to mind the gap with Arsenal before we play them here and we have two games away from home. “We have to show the same mentality and the same desire we have at home. We are a good team but now we have to show it away from home.” City’s victory over Swansea lifted them to third in the table, but still six points behind Arsenal. In all competitions five of their next six games before Christmas are away from home. Samir Nasri knows the crunch could come for Manchester City this month as they look to reel in Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Press Association Defender Gael Clichy believes the away results are just an anomaly. He said: “It’s great to play in a team like this. We have great players and, at home, with the fans behind us, it seems to work better than it does away. “But taking game after game will be a key point for us and hopefully we can now improve our away record. “You have to look at the positive side – even though we lost against Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland away, we still managed to play better than the opposition. “This is a new team with a new manager and new players and we are only going to get better. “We are confident it will get better, hopefully starting on Wednesday.” City, 6-0 victors over Tottenham the previous week, looked like they were going to cruise to another comfortable home victory against Swansea. They had two good chances before Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring after eight minutes and hit the bar through Martin Demichelis soon after. But Swansea responded well and dominated the rest of the first half. They should have equalised when Jonathan de Guzman shot over with just the goalkeeper to beat before half-time but City upped the tempo after the break. Nasri settled the game with strikes in the 58th and 77th minutes after good balls from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. While City will turn their attention to their away form, Swansea might be pleased to have back-to-back home games coming up. Michael Laudrup’s side have hit a sticky spell with just one win in eight games in all competitions since mid-October. In-form Newcastle – beaten twice by Swansea last season – visit the Liberty Stadium in midweek before Hull make the journey to south Wales. Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, who played at Eastlands as Michel Vorm was not deemed sufficiently match-fit, told the club’s website, “These two home games are very important. “We knew before today that it would be difficult to take anything away from Manchester City – but in terms of passing and possession we can take a lot of positives. “I think they (Newcastle) struggled a bit last season with the amount of games, particularly in the Europa League. “But they are on a good run, have good players and it will be a difficult game. But at home, we can beat anyone.” last_img read more

Practice isn’t the fix for USC’s tackling woes

first_imgIf you’ve been watching USC’s defense this season, you’ve probably heard this sound more often than any other: whiff!That’s the sound of the Trojans tackling, or at least attempting to do so. If defense is USC’s greatest weakness, tackling is the most troublesome part of the equation. If USC’s defense is anything like Achilles, the inability to tackle is its heel.The Trojans’ trouble with bringing opponents to the ground has plagued them all year, and they’ve given up monster games to athletic offenses. It started with Hawai’i’s 588-yard eye-opening bombardment, and was finally confirmed when Washington dogged the Trojans for 537 yards and handed them their first loss of the season.Needing assistance – USC has elected to not tackle in practice, leaving the Trojans to fend for themselvs in game situations. The decision came as a result of a lack of depth on the Trojans’ roster, and its effects have been evident on the defensive side of the ball so far this season. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanEspecially glaring was when a few USC players whiffed on Washington running back Chris Polk’s long run that put his team in field-goal range during the Huskies’ game-winning drive.It is well known by now that the Trojans don’t go live in practice. They try to keep everyone on their feet in hopes of limiting injuries as much as possible in an already-depleted squad.So with the Trojans’ defensive shortcomings finally biting them last Saturday, is it time to start tackling in practice? That should fix everything, right?Wrong. It still wouldn’t be worth the risk.It has been USC coach Lane Kiffin’s strategy since the middle of fall practice, and it is still a logical one. Sanctions equal fewer players, which means a team that has less tolerance for injuries that don’t happen on game day.USC senior cornerback Shareece Wright understands the toll the game takes on players’ bodies. Regardless of the Trojans’ obvious issues on Saturdays, Wright still supports Kiffin’s no-tackle policy.“We can’t go live [in practice]; we’d all be banged up,” Wright said after the Washington loss.The problem is not even one of technique, but one of mentality.“I feel we’re trying to kill people and trying to take kill shots,” Wright said.Instead of making the sure hit, USC is looking for the big hit. If ever there were a season when being fancy was meaningless, this is it.It’s not that veteran guys, such as Wright or senior linebacker Michael Morgan, forgot how to tackle. They are just as capable of tackling without beating one another up every day in practice.It’s a question of rhythm.The difference between a tackle and a whiff is a split second of timing picked up through repetition on the practice field.USC used to have so much depth that its two-deep roster could probably field two separate competitive football teams. Practices were fast-paced. The Trojans were encouraged to hit one another, with vicious hits regularly eliciting oohs and ahs from spectators.Unfortunately, USC no longer has that luxury.The Trojans could start going live in practice, and you would probably see measurable improvement in tackling. Still, the potential cost would be too great.USC is so thin in its front seven that redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo played snaps at defensive end last Saturday to give the fatigued defensive linemen a break. Inevitably, the chances that a starter gets injured goes way up if he is hitting or taking hits in practice.Undoubtedly, tackling is a key issue in these huge defensive letdowns. But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s not the only problem.Even if Kiffin were willing to take the risk in practice, fixing the tackling issue would only go so far. The Trojan defense is often out of position. It is largely inexperienced. It is not very deep.So although tackling in practice appears to be a quick fix, the Trojans’ problems run much deeper. And Kiffin has to do all he can to keep the Trojans as healthy as possible in a forum where he can control it.As long as the Trojans have reduced numbers that prevent them from going live in practice, the whiffs will keep coming.“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Josh at [email protected]last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Opens MVC Schedule At Knapp Center Against SIU

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team starts 2016 with a New Years Day matinee against the Southern Illinois Salukis at the Knapp Center. Tipoff for the Missouri Valley Conference opening game for both teams is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday and will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Drake (7-4), who dropped its final non-conference game at No. 25 Iowa on Dec. 22, will open 2016 moving forward from a 1-4 record in the month of December after a 6-0 start to the season. The Bulldogs are hoping for a similar start to MVC play in 2016 like last season when they ripped off nine straight league wins before falling at SIU. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) leads the MVC and ranks 19th in the nation in scoring at 20.9 points per game. Wendell poured in a game-high 35 points on the Hawkeyes, shooting 50 percent from the field (14-of-28). She has now scored 78 points in her last two games against the Hawkeyes after dropping a career-high 43 points last year. Wendell has recorded 30 or more points in a game six times in her career. Junior point guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) handed out 12 assists to just one turnover this year against the Hawkeyes after dishing out 10 assists with just two turnovers in 2014. Ingle has the top mark in the MVC and ranks 10th in nation at 6.6 assists per game. SIU (7-5) enters Friday’s contest winners of five of its previous seven games, but dropped its final non-conference game to Marshall, 61-55, on Monday in Carbondale, Ill. The Salukis have three players averaging double figures led by Rishonda Napier’s 15.4 points a game while Dyana Pierre is next at 13.5 along with pulling down a league-best 11.0 boards a game. Friday’s matchup is the 81st in the all-time series, which Drake leads 53-27 as the Bulldogs have won seven of the previous 10 games as the two schools have played twice annually since 1980. It is the most games for Drake against a conference opponent. Drake, who is beginning MVC play at home for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign, closes the weekend Sunday against Evansville at 4 p.m. at the Knapp Center.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Deepa Malik Basks in Khel Ratna Glory, Bajrang Punia Misses Ceremony

first_imgNew Delhi: Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award but training commitments kept co-awardee Bajrang Punia away from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.Malik, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was joint winner of the top honour with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Punia, who is in Russia to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan. Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to have won the prestigious award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour.World Championships bronze-medallist shuttler B Sai Praneeth, woman cricketer Poonam Yadav, Asian Games gold-winner heptathlete Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, two-time world silver-medallist boxer Sonia Lather, Asian Games silver-medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza, motorsports ace Gaurav Gill and Kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur were among the 19 sportspersons who received the Arjuna Award from President Ram Nath Kovind here.Malik became fourth-time lucky as she was ignored for the award for the past three years, leading her to question and criticise the decision.Prominent absentees from the event apart from Punia, were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, and silver-winner quarter-miler Mohammed Anas, all of who were picked for the Arjuna award this year.Jadeja is currently on national duty with the Indian Test team in the Caribbean, while Toor and Anas are competing in the national inter-state athletics meet in Lucknow right now.The National Sports Awards are given on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.”I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability,” Malik said.”I think the award is going to be a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win medal in Paralympic,” she added.While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh each along with citations.Besides the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the President also gave away Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards to coaches, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.List of Awardees:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling)Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports).Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey).Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey). arjuna awardsBajrang Puniadeepa malikDhyan Chand Award First Published: August 29, 2019, 6:55 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more