Dead & Company Closes LOCKN’ With Branford Marsalis For Final Performance Of 2018 [Full Video]

March 2, 2021

first_imgOn Sunday night, Dead & Company once again took the stage at LOCKN’ to close out the 6th-annual edition of the festival with a very special performance. The Grateful Dead spinoff band featuring bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and lead guitarist John Mayer alongside original guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzmann marked the end of their 2018 touring schedule by welcoming much-anticipated guest saxophonist Branford Marsalis for the entirety of their second set. Despite some rough edges early on, the show lived up to the high expectations set by Marsalis’ previous appearances with the Grateful Dead from 1990-94 and post-Jerry Garcia iteration The Dead in 2009.For the second straight evening, an extended line check of the band’s equipment delayed the start of Dead & Company’s set for roughly half an hour, but at 9:10 pm the band took the stage and launched right into one of Bob’s signature songs, “Playing In The Band”, which was played at a languid pace as the band got their onstage levels set. After the verses, the band moved into the first lengthy jam of the evening, which maintained the warming-up pace for several minutes. John and Jeff quickly made eye contact and began trading guitar and piano phrases. Billy then built a rhythmic foundation on which Mayer laid down particularly Garcia-like, Mutron-assisted runs, the crowd cheering as the evening’s full moon was projected on the video screens.“Uncle John’s Band” followed, and while the song is normally one of their best, its slower pace initially struggling to fire up the weary Sunday evening festival audience. However, the ending jam showed promise when John and Oteil locked eyes from across the stage for some stimulating musical conversation. The band skipped the final chorus of “Uncle John’s Band” and moved straight into “Loser”. While Weir delivered a well-timed vocal performance on the tune, its similarly slower pace maintained the placid vibe. The energy spiked, however, when the band finished the song by detouring straight back into a minute-long instrumental reprise of “Playing In The Band”.Next, Mayer switched to his silver PRS guitar for a fuller, dirtier tone before leading the band into “Mr. Charlie”, giving the set a much-needed shot of energy. John sang the bridge of this Pigpen-penned song twice, once before the solo and then again afterwards in its usual position. The rural Virginia setting felt right for this song, which was a welcome addition to the Dead & Company repertoire in 2018.After a quick stop, the band began a regionally-appropriate “Tennessee Jed”, as both the verses and choruses generated a much louder crowd sing-along than usual. John’s closing solo hit a nice peak as he jumped up and down in place while the video stream showed dozens of excited audience members jumping along with him. Let’s see if this trend sticks. If it does, will it be called Mayercise or Mayerobics? “Althea” came next, and the crowd buzzed as it started, as the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter classic has become one of John’s signature Dead & Company tunes. However, despite Jeff’s strong piano solo, this version didn’t hit the heights it often does.“Sugar Magnolia” made for a nice surprise as the first set closer, but it was a shambolic version that got sidetracked early when Bob sang the wrong verse. He then backed off and sang the correct one, but the band didn’t follow his cue to go to the song’s bridge, narrowly managing to avoid a train wreck as they reconfigured themselves in real time. However, the momentum had been affected, and the ending jam never truly caught fire and it stumbled to a close, prompting a bystander to yell that the miscue “feels like the old days!” However, the “Sunshine Daydream” coda made for a strong finish to the set, particularly bolstered by several Oteil bass bombs.Once again, the intermission was reduced to 15 minutes, a third of the usual Dead & Company break. When the band returned, an extra microphone had been placed onstage between Bob and Oteil for their special guest, Branford Marsalis, who was celebrating his 58th birthday on this evening. The revered saxophonist emerged in a blue checked shirt that appeared decidedly dapper next to Weir’d cut-off D’Angelico tee.The tuning made it obvious that Shakedown Street was getting the nod as the opener, but it too got off to a rough start when Bob started the song’s the third verse instead of leading the band into the mid-song solo. John was able to alert Bob to the detour, and the band recovered as Marsalis took the first of many moving solos to come. As they moved into the song’s outro jam, Mayer started with a funky solo to get things going while Branford watched him and smiled. He joined in next over Weir’s tight, terse chords, before Oteil joined the party, his bass runs coming through much more prominently than usual. It all evolved into a game of lead, follow and chase between Oteil, Branford and John. Finally, Jeff came in over the top, propelling the story still further with thick triads.Rather than return to the final verse of “Shakedown Street”, the band slowed down and settled into “Bird Song”, the tune that started the timeline of Dead/Branford collaborations back on March 29, 1990. After gliding along for several minutes as the jam found its wings, the band hinted at a segue into “New Speedway Boogie”—as they’ve done on various occasions this year—before Mayer kept the song in its original lane with verse two. A faster, jazzy jam materialized next, as the band moved through numerous polyrhythms and tempo changes and further hints at “New Speedway Boogie”. By this point, it was already apparent that Branford was doing what he’s always done in the Dead arena—pushing the players around him listen and play to the absolute best of their abilities. The result: A truly distinct version of the song.“Eyes Of The World” started as Bird Song slowed down, and did not disappoint as the band plus Marsalis delivered a memorable reading. As it turned out, no one onstage meshed better with Branford than Oteil Burbridge. By the time they arrived at the solo after the second verse, Branford and Oteil were new best friends, with Oteil’s thick, nimble bass lines coming through loud and clear for Branford to wrap his horn tones around. Everyone onstage seemingly felt it happening, to the point where John and Jeff retreated into the background, leaving space for the Burbridge/Marsalis fireworks. After a brief Oteil solo, John and Jeff reved up another tag-team solo to the delight of the crowd.Rather than moving into the widely predicted (and hoped-for) “Dark Star”, “Eyes” instead moved into “Terrapin Station”. Branford switched to his soprano sax for the classic Dead opus, adding deft, delicate runs to the initial “Lady With A Fan” segment as Mayer delivered his customary vocals. As Marsalis tailed Mayer’s mid-song solo, it was abundantly clear that he was well-rehearsed for this engagement, helping push the band out into a spacey jam. The band had picked up palpable momentum as they moved into the song’s “Terapin Station” climax, Bob’s vocals leading the way as the powerful, dramatic section played through, helping realize the song’s ample emotional potential. The closing jam was forceful and bass-heavy, once again augmented by Oteil’s higher-than-usual seat in the sound mix.Next, Mickey and Bill retained Oteil’s services for some “Drums”, before Marsalis returned with his tenor sax to serve as the melodic mothership for a top-notch “Space” voyage. Hard to believe that what started 28 years ago in a concrete arena in Long Island lead to this beautiful scene in a field in Virginia surrounded by colorfully illuminated trees and tens of thousands of revellers.John kept his silver PRS on coming out of “Space”, indicating that something powerful was on deck. The opening notes of “Morning Dew” confirmed that suspicion. The well-rehearsed Marsalis offered up a harmonic counterpoint to Weir’s vocals before Mayer delivered his personal highlight of the evening with a searing mid-song solo that was long on tone and power and efficiently short on pyrotechnics and trickery. After all of the dipsy-doodling and stutter-steps and give-and-go’s all night, he zagged and laid down a powerful rock solo that sent chills up the spines everyone in attendance.The set came to a close with a light-hearted “Not Fade Away” victory lap highlighted by some exciting call-and-response mimicry by Mayer and Marsalis. Oteil popped some string funk-style on the fadeout, and the crowd made an attempt at starting the Not Fade Away chant and clap before Jeff and Bob announced that we should say thank you to Branford, prompting a crowd-sung “Happy Birthday”. Branford came back out with his tenor sax and blew a few motes to get the crowd synched back up with the “Not Fade Away” chant, while Bob grabbed a tambourine to help and John clapped along. This was just more instance of Marsalis fully inhabiting the Grateful Dead space. Sure, it’s great to celebrate birthdays, but when the Dead close with “NFA”, that chant should be pulsing straight through to the encore. Hats off to the man for keeping things on track.Marsalis switched back to his soprano sax for a “Brokedown Palace” encore opener, bringing the crowd comfortably back to Earth with an expected fare thee well singalong. The band wasn’t done yet, though, as they launched straight into “U.S. Blues”, much like they did last summer in Chicago. The crowd sang along with notable gusto, as relishing the song’s “summertime has come and gone, my oh my” refrain. However, still unwilling to cede the stage, Mayer grabbed an acoustic guitar and led the band into “Ripple”, completing the rarest of Dead show creatures: a three-song encore, Dead & Co’s first of its kind.After a somewhat shaky first set, the second set featured some of the year’s finest musical moments with the help of Marsalis. What’s more, Oteil was truly incredible on this evening, and everyone watching—from the crowd, from their couch, and especially from the stage—clearly felt him assert his mastery in tandem with Branford, and appropriately gave him space to shine. While Eugene retains the crown for best show of the year, tonight’s show ranked among the year’s most memorable outings, a wonderful exclamation point at the end of a fantastic LOCKN’ weekend.It was a strong year for Dead & Company by any standard. See you all in 2019.You can watch the full pro-shot video of Dead & Company’s LOCKN’ 2018 headlining performance with Branford Marsalis below:Dead & Company w/ Branford Marsalis – Full Show Pro-Shot [Video: Relix]Setlist: Dead & Company | LOCKN’ Festival | Arrington, VA | 8/26/18Set One: Playin’ In The Band, Uncle John’s Band, Loser, Mr. Charlie, Tennessee Jed, Althea, Sugar MagnoliaSet Two: Shakedown Street, Bird Song, Eyes of the World, Terrapin Station, Drums > Space > Morning Dew, Not Fade AwayEncore: Brokedown Palace, U.S. BluesEncore 2: RippleNotes: Entire second set featured Branford Marsalis on saxophonelast_img read more

Hofstra Student from Copiague Dies After SUV Crash

December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 19-year-old Copiague man and Hofstra University sophomore athlete died Saturday of injuries suffered in a car crash on the morning New Year’s Day, the school and authorities said.Joe Ferriso was driving his Jeep on Great Neck Road when he crashed into a tree at 7:20 a.m. Jan. 1, Suffolk County police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan hospital in West Islip, where he died two days later.“Words can not describe the feeling of sorrow and sense of loss our team and the Hofstra Lacrosse family have at this time,” Seth Tierney, Hofstra Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, said in a statement.  “Joe was the definition of teammate and if we can not play with him, then we will play for him.”The Kellenberg Memorial High School graduate was a mechanical engineering major and defender on the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team. He is survived by his mother, Debbie; father, Al; and sister, Amy.Wake services for Ferriso will be held 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at D’Andrea Bros.Funeral Home, 99 Oak St. in Copiague. His funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 1 Molloy St. in Copiague.last_img read more

Trump ditches new tone on coronavirus to tout questionable theories

October 19, 2020

first_imgNew tone? Trump’s Twitter activity on Monday was made more remarkable by the fact that hours earlier he’d flown to a North Carolina laboratory participating in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. Trump used the photo-op, where he was shown inspecting high-tech lab equipment at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, to underline his support for the scientific response to the pandemic.”We will achieve a victory over the virus by unleashing American scientific genius,” he told reporters.The facility has been awarded a contract to mass produce an experimental vaccine developed by Novavax, as part of a multi-billion dollar government initiative dubbed Operation Warp Speed.Topics : But at a press conference in the White House on Tuesday, it was the old Trump in full.He said it was unfair that the leading US infectious diseases specialist Anthony Fauci was more popular than him.”Nobody likes me,” he said.He pushed his pet theory — counter to advice from his own government and most doctors — that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat COVID-19 patients. President Donald Trump’s much heralded new tone on the coronavirus pandemic evaporated Tuesday in a burst of misleading medical speculation, criticism for his own top virus expert, and praise for an eccentric preacher-doctor touting conspiracy theories.Just a week ago, Trump sought to get his shaky reelection campaign back on track by addressing national criticism of a leadership void in a crisis that has already killed nearly 150,000 Americans and wreaked havoc on the world’s biggest economy.The president admitted things were going to “get worse before they get better.” He indicated he was embracing the science. He finally urged the wearing of masks. Social media outcast Trump’s testy press conference, which he abruptly ended while answering a second question about his praise for Immanuel, followed an overnight row with social media giants Twitter and Facebook over some of the same controversies.Twitter took the rare step of removing clips tweeted by Trump from a video earlier deleted by Facebook in which Immanuel and a group of doctors told Americans that masks are unnecessary and that hydroxychloroquine can defeat the COVID-19 virus.Twitter said Tuesday that tweeting the video, which was seen by millions of people online late Monday and remained up on different right-wing websites, was “in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”Twitter also blocked Trump’s son Don Jr — a major player in the president’s reelection campaign — from tweeting for 12 hours after he uploaded a version of the video.The physician, who calls herself “God’s battle axe,” claims in the video that “the virus has a cure” in hydroxychloroquine.This is false — there is currently no cure for the coronavirus. Also, a majority of medical authorities now have decided, after some initial debate, that hydroxychloroquine has no proven benefit for coronavirus patients and can be very harmful.Trump has for months pushed the notion of hydroxychloroquine and says he took the drug for two weeks as a precaution, without suffering ill consequences.As he repeated on Tuesday, “I’m here, right? I’m here.”center_img “Many doctors think it’s extremely successful.”And he took pains to praise Stella Immanuel, a doctor and preacher who believes in witchcraft and a plot being carried out to vaccinate people against being religious, calling her “spectacular.” Anti-Fauci rants In his Twitter spree late Monday, the president also retweeted a growing right-wing conspiracy theory that Fauci helped push coronavirus to hurt Trump’s reelection in November.The tweet, shared by Trump to his 84 million followers, claimed that Immanuel is highlighting “what should be the biggest scandal in modern American history.”This was “the suppression of #Hydroxychloroquine by Fauci & the Democrats to perpetuate Covid deaths to hurt Trump,” the tweet reads.Trump also attacked Fauci by retweeting a comment on a podcast hosted by his former advisor Steve Bannon that Fauci “misled the American public on many issues.”Fauci responded early Tuesday on ABC News saying he ignores Twitter. “I don’t tweet, I don’t even read them,” he said.”I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances,” said Fauci, whose decades of experience include pioneering the fight against AIDS from the 1980s onward.”We’re in the middle of a crisis with regard to a pandemic,” he said. “This is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life.”Trump insisted on Tuesday at the press conference that he has “a very good relationship with Doctor Fauci.”last_img read more

European insurance industry welcomes agreement on Omnibus II Directive

September 29, 2020

first_imgThe Omnibus II Directive effectively updates the EU’s Solvency II framework directive agreed in 2009, to reflect changes such as those in the Lisbon Treaty.It also deals with concerns about artificial volatility and pro-cyclicality created by the Solvency II measures when they were tested in the fifth quantitative impact study (QIS 5) in 2010, Insurance Europe said.The lobby group said the agreement was an important milestone on the way towards the new Solvency II risk-based regulatory regime for insurers in the EU.Looking ahead to future stages of the Omnibus II process, there will be very little time between the finalisation of the delegated acts and technical standards, and the proposed application date of 1 January 2016, Insurance Europe said.Despite this, the federation said Europe’s insurers would do all they could to meet the ambitious timetable.“While the compromise reached between the institutions on Omnibus II is not the ideal solution the insurance industry would have wished for in terms of correctly reflecting insurers’ long-term business and low exposure to market volatility, it is a workable base from which to develop the technical details of the new regulatory regime,” Balbinot said.He said Solvency II would increase confidence in the European insurance industry, the largest in the world, accounting for one-third of global premiums Europe’s vast insurance sector has welcomed last night’s agreement between EU institutions on the Omnibus II Directive – part of the new Solvency II regime – even though it said the result “was not the ideal solution”.With so little time left to finish the many details of the new rules, it was important the agreement had been reached now, said Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.Sergio Balbinot, president of the industry body, said: “Insurance Europe commends the EU institutions for reaching agreement on Omnibus II.“It was important for Omnibus II – which updates the Solvency II Directive of 2009 – to be finalised now, as a great deal of work remains to be done on the technical details of the new regime before insurers and supervisors can be ready to apply it from the start of 2016.”last_img read more

Eight Mile Plains home sells under hammer for $1.088m

September 28, 2020

first_imgThe home at 31 Ellendale Cct, Eight Mile Plains, sold for $1,088,000.NINE registered bidders fought it out for this Eight Mile Plains home at an auction last month.Ray White Eight Mile Plains estate agent Lachlan Smith said the 31 Ellendale Circuit home sold under the hammer for $1,088,000. Inside 31 Ellendale Cct, Eight Mile Plains.The home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms across two levels.The agent said the sale was “a great result” and said the market in Eight Mile Plains was still performing strongly.“It’s still a strong market,” Mr Smith said.“The selling time may have gotten a little longer but Eight Mile Plains is always a very multicultural and sought-after area.”According to CoreLogic data the median house sale price for Eight Mile Plains is $780,000.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29 The rooms in the home are large.Mr Smith said more than 70 groups of people inspected the home in the weeks leading up to the auction, with three people making offers before the day.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The new owners are a family with young children. “It’s a really well-presented home in a great estate,” Mr Smith said.“It’s a very modern home with four or so living spaces so it is going to provide plenty of space as the family grows.”last_img read more

Roseau Cathedral renovation works progressing says Bishop

September 26, 2020

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire, newly elected President of Antilles Episcopal ConferenceWork continues to progress on renovation works at the Roseau Cathedral Bishop Gabriel Malzaire has said. The project, to restore the Cathedral which was 159 years old, commenced in 2012 with the removal of items in the Cathedral and the preparation of St Gerard’s Hall as a place of worship.The second phase involved the removal and disposal of the asbestos material on the roof, while the third phase involved strengthening the foundations and construction of new concrete columns to support the weight of the new roof.“We are at the stage of placing the roof, the covering,” he explained to Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 9 May 2017. This part of the project, which began in January 2017, will take thirteen (13) months to complete. It will be done in two stages; the basement of the roof and the roof covering. He informed that following this will be the placement of doors, windows, flooring and choir loft along with other finishing works, as well as another major part of the project which is the ceiling. “Once that is done, we would be on the home stretch,” Bishop Malzaire said. However what is required is money as raising funds for such a big project has been the greatest challenge. “In fact, the present project we have at the moment we had to take a loan to accomplish it and so that will see us through, but we are still in the process of raising more funds so that the other parts of the project we will not have to delay on it.”He therefore called on members of the church community to contribute financially to the renovation works. “We are still in the Easter Season and of course we are celebrating the resurrection of Christ. We are encouraged to always live as people of resurrection and people full of life and people trying to live a Christian life so I want to encourage everyone to seek first the Kingdom.”At a press conference in July 2016 Bishop Malzaire said he anticipated that renovation works on the Roseau Cathedral will be completed by June 2018.center_img Share 406 Views   one comment FaithLifestyleLocalNews Roseau Cathedral renovation works progressing says Bishop by: Dominica Vibes News – May 10, 2017last_img read more

Arsenal strike late to keep off wasteful West Ham

September 24, 2020

first_img But David Moyes’s men deserved something to show for their performance and felt hard done by with some decisions that went against them. After a relatively trouble free first weekend of the season for VAR reviews, the inconsistent application of what constitutes handball reared its head on Saturday. After Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof was penalised for handling inside the box during his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, West Ham were not awarded a penalty for what seemed a much more obvious handball from Gabriel Magalhaes early on. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 6 Iconic Supercar Movies6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World Read Also: Zaha double helps Palace beat Man Utd at Old Trafford And West Ham were made to rue those missed chances as Arsenal were clinical with their only clear sight of goal in the second-half. Ceballos and Nketiah were involved in a spat during the warm-up at Craven Cottage last weekend, but showed they were back on the same wavelength as the Spanish midfielder unselfishly squared for the England under-21 international. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 That was the only clear opening the hosts created before half-time and West Ham levelled just before the break when Antonio outmuscled Rob Holding to turn home Ryan Fredericks’s inviting cross. Antonio was a constant menace to the Arsenal defence and came close twice more in the second period. Gabriel just did enough to take the sting out of his first effort for Bernd Leno to save on the line before Antonio powered a header back off the crossbar. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang committed his future to Arsenal earlier this week by signing a new three-year contract and the Gunners’ prolific goalscorer was the creator for the opening goal as he just managed to stay onside from Bukayo Saka’s pass before crossing for Lacazette to power a header home.center_img Antonio saw a second-half header come back off the bar, but Arsenal were ruthless with their chance to win the game as Dani Ceballos timed his run perfectly in behind the West Ham defence to square for Nketiah, who had the simple task of rolling into an empty net. After winning the FA Cup and Community Shield and starting their season with a flourish by winning 3-0 at Fulham on the opening weekend, Arsenal were expected to swot aside a West Ham team that were easily beaten by Newcastle a week ago. Loading… Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to score the winner as Arsenal overcame an underwhelming performance to beat West Ham 2-1 on Saturday night. The Gunners move level with Everton and Crystal Palace on maximum points at the top of the table after two games, but were far from the standards they have set under Mikel Arteta as the visitors enjoyed the majority of the chances after Michail Antonio cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener for the hosts.last_img read more

Ellsworth boys’ soccer team falls to Erskine in Class B regional championship

September 20, 2020

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — For a loss in the Class B Northern Maine boys’ soccer championship, the mood at Del Luce Stadium didn’t seem so glum after Ellsworth fell to Erskine 2-1 on Wednesday night.Perhaps Ellsworth’s disappointment was drowned out by the hundreds of Erskine fans celebrating, or maybe it was masked by the respect both teams demonstrated for each other after the game.Or maybe it was because, as 42nd-year Ellsworth coach Brian Higgins said, advancing to another regional championship was an unexpected feat for his young Eagles squad.“Our season was much better than people expected it would be,” Higgins said. “To get back to the final again and for our young kids to experience the medal round — that’s really great.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHiggins credited three under-recognized defenders, who weren’t in last year’s starting lineup, with keeping Ellsworth competitive after graduating 10 seniors this spring. That trio includes sophomore Jared Hamilton and first-year backs Trent Mahon — a junior who struggled with injuries his first two years — and Nick Bagley — a senior who split time with Ellsworth keeper Bruce St. Peter in goal before taking on a new full-time position.Erskine, the No. 10 seed, also exceeded expectations in the postseason — knocking off No. 7 Mount Desert Island, No. 2 Winslow, No. 3 Presque Isle and, finally, No. 1 Ellsworth.Ellsworth ended its season 13-3-1.Erskine (11-4) will play in its first-ever state championship on Saturday against the defending champion, Yarmouth, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.“Class B was a very, very tough league this year,” Higgins said. “Erskine was the best team we have played all year. We heard in the preseason that they were the team to beat, and it worked out like that.”Ellsworth’s strength all season has been scoring off set plays. But Erskine’s aggressive defense prevented the Eagles from ever capitalizing on Lukas Firestone’s flip throw-ins or Kyle Golding’s corner kicks.“We knew they were tough and they showed it today,” Higgins said. “They were very, very aggressive, won many 50-50 balls and defended our throw-ins and corner kicks very well.“And we got beat by their throw-ins.”Tristan Hubbard scored first for Erskine just four minutes into the game after redirecting a long throw-in from teammate Josh Reed into the net.Down 1-0 at halftime, Higgins said he told his Eagles that they were “in for a battle.”“‘We need to step it up and be a couple steps quicker,’” he told his team.“And, for the most part, I thought we did.”Ellsworth nearly tied the score several times in the first 24 minutes of the second half. But Luke Peabody pulled Erskine farther ahead when he broke loose and scored to give his team a 2-0 lead.With 12 minutes remaining, Ellsworth tasked junior forward Colby Clarke with taking a penalty kick — a role usually filled by senior midfielder Dagan Berenyi, who suffered a season-ending concussion in Saturday’s semifinal after colliding with Waterville’s goalie.“Dagan is our inspirational leader. We missed his aggressiveness and ‘don’t-give-up’ attitude today,” Higgins said. “But Colby stepped up.”Clarke gave Ellsworth hope when his shot landed in the left corner of the net. But the Eagles never were able to close the gap.“The best part of the whole game was the hard, fair play,” Higgins said. “There were no yellow cards. Our kids came off the field saying they were a great bunch of kids. That was really nice after the previous game.”When time expired, fans clad in blue flooded onto the field. Ellsworth and Erskine players exchanged praise and even some hugs during the awards ceremony.Afterward, Higgins grabbed the microphone and pointed out something both teams could celebrate.“Camden Hills isn’t here,” he said in jest of the powerhouse squad and Ellsworth’s longstanding rival, which got bumped up to Class A this season.The joke triggered laughter from both sides.Find more photos of this game here.PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Top seed Kerber overcomes nerves, Tsurenko to advance

September 19, 2020

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Defending champion Angelique Kerber battled her nerves and blew a match point in the second set before finally overcoming Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Australian Open tennis yesterday.The top-seeded German was starting the defence of a grand slam title for the first time and made harder and longer work than she might have of advancing to a meeting with compatriot Carina Witthoeft.“I was actually feeling not too bad,” the 28-year-old said after basking in the applause on Rod Laver Arena, where she beat Serena Williams last year to win her first grand slam title.“From the beginning, I was trying to play my game. I played a good match. There was a little bit where I didn’t play too good. I make some simple mistakes in the second set, at the end of the second set.“But first round matches are always tough.”Kerber perhaps had good reason to fear the embarrassment of becoming only the second woman to fall at the first hurdle in her title defence at the Australian Open.She had spoken before the tournament about feeling the pressure after her stellar 2016 season, during which she won two major titles, reached the Wimbledon final and became world number one.Knocked out in the first round at Melbourne Park two years ago, even last year Kerber was match point down against Misaki Doi in her opener before recovering to reach the final.After losing the first six points of the match, though, Kerber gradually found her range and proved too strong for Tsurenko, who was reduced to scrapping to save her serve and the odd pearl of a consolation point off her rasping backhand.The nerves returned when Kerber was serving for the match, however, and the world number one angled a backhand into the net on her single match point before her Ukrainian opponent broke back for 5-5.World number 51 Tsurenko grasped her opportunity with both hands and broke the Australian and U.S. Open champion again after a marathon nine-minute game to send the contest into a decider.The third set developed into a battle of wills but lefthander Kerber grabbed the key break for a 4-2 lead before rattling off the next two games to advance after more than two hours on court.“I think it’s always good to have a match like this in the first few rounds,” said Kerber. “I mean, it’s always tough for everybody to get the rhythm and to start the tournament, especially the grand slam, the first grand slam of the year.“So I think it was not so bad to have a match like that in the first round.”last_img read more

The Latest: Eagles’ Dillard helping athletes at alma mater

September 19, 2020

first_imgSchiano said none of his football players is known to have had the virus. Once he hears about a virus-related illness in a player’s family, Schiano telephones the player to ask how the school can help. ___While the start of horse racing season at Belmont Park is being postponed from the original April 24 date, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes in this year.NYRA on Thursday announced the spring/summer meet will be delayed but did not set a new opening day. It continues to assess options for the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 6, including shifting the third jewel of the Triple Crown to a later date.The Kentucky Derby has already been rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled infield activities for the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore but not announced whether it would be held May 16 or a later date. The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever was tossing some pitches in his backyard, throwing at a bull’s-eye target enclosed on three sides by netting. One throw got away from him, sailing past the right side of the netting and breaking a bedroom window.“Oh!” Kelly exclaims in a video posted on social media, holding his right hand to his mouth.His wife Ashley asks, “Wondering how quarantine is going? Joe was working on a changeup” while panning to the broken window.“Yeah, that’s cool,” she says after a piece of glass falls out of the pane. “Rad.”Last year, Kelly was scratched from a spring training appearance after he hurt his back while cooking Cajun food. Racing at Belmont Park is scheduled to go on through July 12 before New York racing shifts to Saratoga in upstate New York.___The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June and calls the prospect of holding the Grand Slam tournament without spectators because of the coranivirus pandemic “highly unlikely.”Mike Dowse, whose term began on Jan. 1, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.It would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar because the French Open’s start was postponed from May until September and Wimbledon was canceled altogether. ___More than 50 Major League Baseball players representing all 30 teams have raised nearly $1 million to provide over 4 million meals to support childhood hunger prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.The Home Plate Project is a partnership between Major League Baseball, country music superstar Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact, a program led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson.The Home Plate Project initiative was originally scheduled to launch its second year in the fall. But Brooks, Wainwright and Gibson saw the urgency now to provide meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at schools that are closed because of the pandemic.On short notice, the charity groups were able to raise $937,100. Dillard helped cover the costs of care packages that were sent to every athlete at Washington State. The packages included strength and conditioning items, nutritional supplements and resistance bands. They were sent to all athletes across the 15 sports offered at Washington State.Dillard was a third-team AP All-American selection his senior season at Washington State in 2018. He was the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft by the Eagles and started four games as a rookie.___The Breeders’ Cup is donating cash to help racetrack backstretch communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Lexington, Kentucky-based organization gave $25,000 to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. The money will be allocated to help those most in need at various backstretch communities. “I am a little worried that we won’t have a season, but that’s up to the governors, the President, (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell and all those other people.”–David Ginsburg reporting in Baltimore___Rutgers football players have had family members get sick with the coronavirus and some have dealt with a death, coach Greg Schiano says. Speaking to the media for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Big Ten Conference university and its athletic programs last month, Schiano said Thursday his biggest concern is the health of his players and their families. The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs.The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP.The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___ ___Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown says he’s “scared” the NFL will not have a 2020 season because of the threat of coronavirus.Brown continues to train in Oklahoma but is unsure if Baltimore will get a chance to defend its AFC North title.“I’m a little scared. It’s a serious situation,” he said. “You can only control what you can control, and for me personally that’s making sure I come back in the best shape and making sure my weight is where it needs to be.”The final decision by the NFL is out of his hands. The men’s and women’s tennis tours are on hold entirely until at least mid-July, and one tournament in August already has been scrapped.As for holding the U.S. Open with no fans, Dowse said the USTA is “not taking anything off the table, but right now, I’d say that’s a highly unlikely scenario.”He did add that the USTA “may reconsider.”___The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ISU made the decision after an online meeting of its governing council.The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships were initially set for March 13-15 in Seoul, South Korea, while the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to be held in Montreal from March 16-22. Both events had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown caused by the pandemic. Now, it’s official — they won’t be held at all.This will be the first year without the figure skating worlds since 1946, the last of a seven-year layoff because of World War II. Since the event’s founding in 1896, the only other cancellations occurred from 1915-21 because of World War I and its aftermath.The World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York have been formally canceled as well. That event was originally set for April 3-5.The ISU plans another online meeting April 28 to discuss scheduling possibilities for the 2020-21 skating season. Former NFL coach Don Shula and three of his former Miami Dolphins players are providing free meals to those seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from team owner Stephen Ross.Shula, John Offerdahl, Kim Bokamper and Bob Brudzinski — all involved in the restaurant business — have teamed to help deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner to those most at risk.The Dolphins said Thursday the program provides wrapped meals for health care and nonprofit organizations and first responders. It is also aimed at keeping food service workers employed.___Mike Conley Jr. expected to spend this week starting a quest for a championship with the Utah Jazz. He’s playing for the NBA HORSE title instead.Conley is one of four semifinalists in the tournament. The conclusion will be streamed Thursday night on the ESPN platforms. The other semifinalists are retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.The HORSE tournament was born to give basketball-starved fans some content and Conley says it scratched his itch to be competitive again as well.Conley says “HORSE is something that we’ve all played growing up and it’s something I actually play after most of my workouts in the summertime.”Conley adds “I like to still have fun and throw shots off the backboard, the walls, bounce stuff in. It’s just good to get the creative juices flowing again and I know all the competitors are feeling that way.” ___The Canadian Open golf tournament has been canceled because of the to the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.The Canadian Open is the third oldest event on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.___ Associated Press Stellone was hired in February to replace Paolo Zanetti. The former coach and his staff are still under contract with the club.Youth team coach Guillermo Abascal has been promoted to direct the first squad.Ascoli is in 15th place in the 20-team division.No soccer games have been played in Italy since March 9. That was when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The lockdown is set to expire after May 3.___ The Latest: Eagles’ Dillard helping athletes at alma mater Wainwright founded Big League Impact in 2013. He says the big leaguers felt the need to jump in right away to help feed kids in their cities.___Italian second-division soccer club Ascoli has fired its coaching staff because of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Ascoli says it made the decision only after coach Roberto Stellone and his staff refused to terminate their contracts consensually with a settlement agreement.The Serie B team says the move is part of measures being taken to “safeguard” the squad’s future “amid the temporary situation we are experiencing.” The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday through May 31.The Division I Council Coordination Committee made the adjustment this week to allow coaches more time to connect with their teams while social-distancing measures are in place to fight the coronavirus. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. NCAA rules require a sports-safety certified staff member be present when athletes do required physical activities such as conditioning, strength training or practicing. Normally, coaches are allowed two hours per week to work with players and an additional six hours per week of strength and conditioning in the offseason.The NCAA also said teams are prohibited from requiring any activities beginning one week before the start of their school’s final examination period for the spring semester through the conclusion of exams. The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The self-taught singer and guitarist will perform from her home in Colorado as part of the grassroots effort to provide health care workers with ski/snowboard goggles to help in their care of patients. So far, they’ve donated more than 30,000 to hospitals and clinics.The virtual benefit concert also will feature international singer/songwriter KT Tunstall. It can be heard on won gold in the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games and another in the giant slalom four years later in Pyeongchang. The 25-year-old, who has captured three overall World Cup titles, took a six-week break from ski racing this season following the death of her father.___Joe Kelly’s aim needs some work. “Black and brown communities are being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 because of hundreds of years of structural racism,” Kaepernick said in a post on his Instagram account.The 32-year-old Kaepernick sparked one of the biggest controversies in NFL history when he started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice in America.Kaepernick hasn’t appeared in an NFL game in three-plus years. He filed a grievance against the league, contending teams colluded to keep him out. The sides reached an undisclosed settlement. ___Two-time Olympic skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin is stepping up to the microphone Friday to take part in a fundraiser for Goggles for Docs. ___Colorado coach Jared Bednar says the three Avalanche players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better.In a teleconference call Thursday, Bednar said the players adhered to the guidelines and self-isolated.“As far as I know, they’re all doing good and back with their families,” Bednar said. “Those guys are lucky and were lucky there wasn’t anything too serious with their symptoms. They were able to come through it without any major complications.”J___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Current Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Andre Dillard is helping the athletes at his alma mater. Breeders’ Cup also donated 4,500 gloves, 2,000 hair covers, 1,200 Tyvek suits, 500 masks and 500 shoe covers to the state of Kentucky for medical professionals to treat COVID-19 patients. Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Drew Fleming says the group remains “fully committed” to holding the world championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6-7.However, if the event is canceled or held without spectators, Fleming says anyone who has already purchased tickets, or is thinking of doing so, would receive a full refund.___Liberty University says it will allow all 19 of its spring sport athletes whose seasons were cut short by the novel coronarvirus to return next season and finish their careers. The NCAA Division I Council voted March 30 to permit spring sport athletes to return and, for one year, suspended financial aid rules governing the permissible number of scholarships a school can offer.The Flames’ spring sports include baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.___Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has started a COVID-19 relief fund to help raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic on minority communities.He opened the effort with a donation of $100,000. The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled. April 16, 2020last_img read more