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Garth Hudson and Taj Mahal To Join Warren Haynes, Dr. John And More For The Last Waltz Celebration In Chicago

first_imgIt is hard to believe that one of the most memorable performances ever, The Last Waltz, put on by The Band took place 40 years ago at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. It is arguably considered the best single night concert in history, as The Band was joined by a plethora of uber-talented special guests and friends.In honor of The Last Waltz’s 40th anniversary, Warren Haynes, Dr. John (who also played the original Last Waltz), Cyril Neville, Don Was, Dave Malone, and many more will come together to perform at The Chicago Theatre on Sunday, April 9th. Original The Band member Garth Hudson and blues legend Taj Mahal will also join the lineup to pay tribute to the special performance. To top it all off, Mark Mullins will lead an all-star horn section, which will feature the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint.Warren Haynes had the following to say about the show, “Whenever you’re doing someone else’s music, you’re paying respect and bringing the deepest parts of your own personality to bear. And you hope for surprises. . . . These songs – so deeply ingrained in the zeitgeist of who we are in this country – hearing them now is like finding a rare jewel.” Grammy Award-winning musician/producer Don Was also chimed in about The Band’s role in music history, “People love these songs and they’ve become a part of the emotional zeitgeist of country. And unlike the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys or Pink Floyd songs, there’s nobody that’s playing this stuff for folks. You can’t really go to a concert and hear anyone playing The Band’s songs.”Tickets for The Last Waltz 40 performance at The Chicago Theatre on April 9th are currently on sale and can be purchased here.[photos courtesy of Blackbird Presents]last_img read more

The Latest: Nats say 1 person tests positive, no players

first_imgThe Latest: Nats say 1 person tests positive, no players The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.” Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington. ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis. __Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.” Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.” More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img April 10, 2020 The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year. The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___ Associated Press last_img read more

Dodgers on wrong end of shutout in Cincinnati

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Things went further awry in the third after leadoff singles by Tucker Barnhart and Nick Senzel. Joey Votto bounced a ground ball to Corey Seager at shortstop but Seager’s throw to second baseman Chris Taylor was wide of the base and sailed into right field.“I know with Votto we have the infield obviously shifted over so it took some time for CT to get over there,” Roberts said. “Softly-hit ball, trying to throw to a guy who’s in motion, trying to get the forceout there. I really couldn’t tell how much of a misfire it was, if it was, or if CT just couldn’t get to the bag.“It was just one of those things that we just didn’t execute.”Buehler was almost out of the jam with no more damage when he got Eugenio Suarez to pop out and struck out Winker. But Yasiel Puig (who struck out in all three at-bats Friday) dropped a full-count single into center field to drive in two runs.Center fielder Alex Verdugo started to charge the softly-hit single but pulled up to play it one the hop instead, throwing too late to get Votto at home.“It looked like it was off the end of the bat, weakly hit,” Verdugo said. “Off the bat, I took a couple hard steps in, running in hard. I felt I had a better play getting it on the bounce and throwing the second runner out. Now seeing what I see, obviously both runners scored, I think I probably would have just gone there and gone for the dive.“Just one of those things, fastball down, end of the bat, big swing but off the end of the bat. I felt like I had the right read, the right jump. … Even if I did dive I think it would have been bang-bang. It would have been one of those with a very low catch percentage on the play.”All three runs in the inning were unearned and Buehler allowed no more over the next three innings, retiring 10 of the 11 batters he faced after Puig’s two-run single.But the Dodgers’ offense never came to life against Mahle or three Reds relievers, spreading out their six hits and not getting a runner past first base after the third inning. CINCINNATI — It defies proper spelling but Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park leaves the space between ‘Ball’ and ‘Park.’ But it does provide another way for baseballs to leave the yard.Even in this age of home runs, the Reds’ home field annually ranks among baseball’s most accommodating venues. It turned stingy Saturday afternoon, however, as the Dodgers were shut out by right-hander Tyler Mahle and the Reds bullpen in a 4-0 loss.After hitting four home runs Friday night, the Dodgers managed just six hits Saturday, all singles.“Mahle just had our number really. We just couldn’t get anything going,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I thought early the fastball — he was running it in on our guys and beating us in. Then I thought we started getting the handle on him. He wasn’t striking his breaking ball. I thought we took some good swings. I thought (Matt) Beaty had some good at-bats today.“Outside of that he just found a way. Not a bunch of punch (five strikeouts in six innings). We just didn’t get a whole lot of good swings off against him.”It was only the 12th time in their first 47 games that the Dodgers didn’t get off any home run swings — but they lost eight of those 12 games (while going 26-9 when they hit at least one home run). It is an unsurprising split in baseball’s powerball era.“The homer — that’s in our mix offensively. It is,” Roberts said. “I do think that getting on base by way of walk and situationally I think we’ve been pretty good this year. But, yeah, you look around the league teams that don’t homer don’t win a lot of games. So I think that definitely applies to us certainly.”The Dodgers have hit 74 home runs this season, second in the National League behind the Milwaukee Brewers. But their pace has slowed considerably from the unsustainable early barrage of 24 in their first 10 games (a franchise record).center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “It’s hard to go into a game where you say you’re trying to homer,” Roberts said of the losing record without homers. “You understand it, that we’re better when we do homer. We win more games. But our approach, our plan is still our plan and that’s to put the barrel to it, swing at strikes. When we do that, yeah, we do homer. But to go into it trying to homer, I definitely advise against that.”Coming into Saturday’s game, it had been Dodgers pitchers putting up the zeroes. But a 24-inning scoreless streak ended when Jesse Winker hit a solo home run on the ninth pitch of his at-bat against Dodgers starter Walker Buehler in the second inning.“The Winker homer, I take my chances on that pitch really to anybody,” Buehler said of the 2-and-2 fastball. “It was at the top of the zone, kind of my strength.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Coronavirus outbreaks now reported at 23 Iowa nursing homes

first_imgJOHNSTON — State officials have confirmed a coronavirus outbreak at the state’s largest nursing home,  the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.At least three residents of a long-term care facility must test positive for COVID-19 to meet the Iowa Department of Public Health’s definition of an outbreak. Additional outbreaks were announced Tuesday at nursing homes in Dallas and Dubuque Counties. Two nursing homes in Jasper County and two homes in Polk County now have outbreaks.Governor Kim Reynolds this morning said COVID-19, unfortunately, spreads quickly in these kinds of congregate settings.“We’re deploying long term care strike teams to conduct surveillance testing of employees in areas where virus activity is high,” Reynolds said during her daily news conference, “and will continue to ramp up these efforts.”There are now confirmed coronavirus outbreaks at 23 Iowa nursing homes. On Monday, the commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home said 15 employees had tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

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