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first_imgTo honor their 20th anniversary and the release of it’s not us, Umphrey’s McGee will hit New York City for a three-night run at the Beacon Theatre from January 19th through 21st, 2018. In addition to these highly anticipated shows, Live For Live Music is presenting two official after-shows featuring members of Umphrey’s as well as longtime collaborators of the band. Following the run opening performance on January 19th, Umphrey’s own Ryan Stasik and Joel Cummins will team up with Matt Jalbert and Isaac Teel of TAUK for a very special “Tauking McGee” show at the Highline Ballroom.Ryan Stasik & Joel Cummins To Replace Brownie & Magner For Show With TAUK MembersThe second after-party on January 20th will showcase a one-off super jam formed by DJ and longtime Umphrey’s McGee pal Wyllys. Dubbed “The Will To Live,” the band will find Rob Compa from Dopapod leading the charge on guitar, while Mike “Maz” Maher from Snarky Puppy lays down his impressive trumpet skills. Those familiar with Wyllys’ NY Hustler Ensemble will recognize three alumni: former Trey Anastasio Band & New York Hieroglyphics man Peter Apfelbaum will be on percussion for the evening, while guitarist Chris Cartelli from Newton Crosby and keyboardist Zac Lasher from U-Melt will round out the all-star cast.Wyllys Taps TAB, Dopapod, & Snarky Puppy Members For Umphrey’s McGee Afterparty[Photo: Joshua Timmermans] Umphrey’s McGee has confirmed their plans to broadcast live streams for first three nights of their it’s not us Tour. The tour kicks off tonight (January 11th) at Studio AE in Pittsburgh before making a two-night stop at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th.The upcoming shows tonight through Saturday will be webcast with HD video and soundboard audio via TourGigs. Fans will also be able to replay the webcasts they purchase for two full weeks following the shows. All three webcasts, as well as a three-night bundle, can be purchased here.Umphrey’s McGee’s latest tour finds them on the road in support of their newest album, it’s not us, which is slated for release this Friday, January 12th. After this weekend, the band will head to Chicago and then New York City, where they will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a three-night run at the Beacon Theatre.last_img read more

first_imgWith 1:27 left in the Rose Bowl and his team needing a touchdown to even the score, Sam Darnold had a decision to make.USC, marching downfield quickly, had a first down at Penn State’s 27-yard line. Taking the snap out of the shotgun, the redshirt freshman quarterback surveyed the field. He surely must have seen junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wide open in the left flat for an easy 10-yard pick-up. That would have been the safe, conventional play: A first down catch to temporarily stop the clock and set up in the red zone with plenty of time remaining to tie the game.Out over the middle in the end zone was another option. Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett had run a post route through the teeth of the Penn State secondary, but he was well covered; linebacker Cam Brown was playing Burnett shallow and safety Marcus Allen was back deep. Any pass would have to be pinpoint accurate, or else it would be a sure interception and a comeback-that-wasn’t.Very few quarterbacks in the country at any level would have taken that throw over the conventional, no-risk first-down conversion.But if we’ve learned anything about Darnold, it’s that he’s hardly conventional, and that a high-risk, high-reward play is essentially his bread and butter.It didn’t take long for offensive coordinator Tee Martin to realize he had something special in Darnold.The redshirt freshman’s first career start was a 31-27 loss at Utah, but he had played well. Darnold completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 yards and had his team in position for a win until a last-second touchdown gave the victory to Utah.Listening in on his headphones upstairs, Martin saw a certain bravado in the way Darnold conducted himself both on the bench and on the field.“For me, listening upstairs from what he was saying on the sideline, he has this macho leadership about him, a sense of confidence,” Martin said. “I think the guys feed off that. I thought he did a good job of managing the offense and making plays, too. There were some decisions out there that he made that was next-level type stuff.”The following week, Darnold earned his first career win in a breakout performance at home against Arizona State. By halftime, he had 212 yards passing. He finished with 352w yards in the air for three touchdowns as the offense dropped 41 points on the Sun Devils.His teammates started coming around to him, welcoming a revamped offense after the early-season struggles under then-starting quarterback Max Browne. Darnold’s dual-threat ability had become apparent.“It was exciting to see a guy like [Darnold],” junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said. “He can run the ball, throw the ball and run while he’s throwing.”By now, head coach Clay Helton also probably knew the talent he had unleashed in Darnold. But the following week against Colorado, USC barely scraped by with a 21-17 win after the quarterback was responsible for three of the team’s four turnovers, fumbling twice and throwing his first career interception. Still, Darnold threw for 358 yards, his most of the season. And USC had just beaten the Pac-12 South leader.So Helton didn’t make turnovers too much of a concern. He knew a quarterback as aggressive as Darnold would commit errors. He didn’t want Darnold becoming a robot. After the game, Helton reinforced that message to his quarterback, telling him to “drive it like you stole it.”“You play the game with no fear and he does,” Helton said. “He does some things that people can’t do, so you let him do it.”Lo and behold, Darnold came back strong the following week against Arizona and proved his coach right. Under the scorching Tucson sun, Darnold torched the Wildcats for five touchdown passes, throwing, scrambling and running circles all over the defense. Up big in the fourth, Helton pulled Darnold and the starters and put in the second unit. He expected the first-year starter — fresh off the best performance of his young career — to come off the field and give him a smile. Instead, he got a promise.“Coach, there’s more out there,” Darnold said to Helton.Specifically, Darnold was upset at a few deep balls that didn’t connect with receivers.“You saw the long balls in the first half,” Darnold said. “Guys were open and I missed them.”“He’s a perfectionist,” Helton added. “He’d be a great coach one day. He’s one of those guys that expects perfection and demands it of himself — as well as his teammates — and that’s important.”Darnold answered his own call by dropping another five-touchdown performance the next week against Cal, and then led USC’s 45-20 rout over Oregon on Nov. 5.That set up a date on the road with then-No. 4 Washington, an unbeaten team looking to ruin Darnold’s darling season. But the redshirt freshman stood his ground, out-dueling Heisman Trophy contender Jake Browning and silencing the raucous Husky Stadium crowd.Both of his touchdown passes were vintage Darnold plays — tough throws to the back of the end zone and absolute lasers that were right on the money — but the one to redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe to give USC a two-score lead in the fourth quarter would be a harbinger of things to come. On third-and-goal, Darnold rifled a pass over multiple defenders right into the outstretched arms of Imatorbhebhe, who hauled it in.It was such a risky throw that redshirt junior defensive back Chris Hawkins thought it would be intercepted.“It was one of the most beautiful passes I’ve ever seen,” he told Darnold on the sideline.If he hadn’t by then, Imatorbhebhe definitely had gained complete faith in his quarterback.“I don’t question Sam anymore,” he said. “I know he’s going to put it right where I can catch it, so it’s my job to catch it. He can make pretty much every throw on the field.”The upset over Washington was the ultimate confirmation: This kid out of San Clemente was the real deal, and in a span of weeks, had gone from backup redshirt freshman to the quarterback of the future. But just for good measure, Darnold led the Trojans to blowouts over rivals UCLA and Notre Dame to end the season on an eight-game win streak.And before USC’s postseason game, Martin had one more prophetic quote on Darnold.“He’s going to push the defense and see how much he can get,” Martin said after the UCLA game. “He’s like a kid playing around the stove until he gets burned, but he’s going to pull his hand up. He’s like the kid who’s going to put his hand as close as he can again the next time.”If it wasn’t apparent already, it’s clear that Darnold wouldn’t just settle for a simple little dump-off to the flat. Not if he can help it. And definitely not in the fourth quarter of a one-score game in the Rose Bowl.No, Darnold didn’t care that he had plenty of time on the clock. Didn’t care that it was first down and not fourth down. Didn’t care that he was ignoring his best receiver for a wide-open reception and instead throwing to a well-covered sophomore who replaced the injured redshirt junior Steven Mitchell Jr. in the starting lineup earlier in the season.Of course, he was going for it all. And of course, the throw was perfect, right over the outstretched arm of Brown. By the time Allen entered the picture, Burnett already had the ball and a foot in the end zone.“How does he make this throw with that coverage?” marveled Kirk Herbstreit on the ESPN telecast.Burnett credited his chemistry with Darnold.“Me and Sam are always having talks,” he said. “I see what I see and what he sees around the field.”Ultimately, though, the decision rested with Darnold to look off his top receiver and go for the deep ball. He said Burnett was supposed to “keep a straight line” on the play instead of run a post route.“But just the player that he is, he made a play, and I saw him,” Darnold said. “So I’m happy I threw it to him and not the shallow (receiver).”With that, the game was tied, and the rest is history.If the Washington upset was the moment Darnold became a legitimate quarterback, the Rose Bowl was the game that propelled him to Heisman Trophy frontrunner next season. He broke Vince Young’s bowl record for total yards (473), along with the record for touchdown passes (5). He threw for 453 yards, eclipsing former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez’s mark of 400 yards in the 2009 Rose Bowl. He finished the season with multiple touchdown passes in nine straight games; the last USC quarterback to do that was Matt Leinart. And he’s just 19 years old.If Sam Darnold followed the script, he probably would have set none of those marks. If he didn’t consistently go for the home run over the safety valve, USC might not have even been in the Rose Bowl. If he didn’t have that quiet confidence, that calm demeanor, that sense to stay poised and deliver clutch throws on the biggest stage, then we’re definitely not talking “USC” and “national championship” in the same breath next season.Quite frankly, USC let Darnold be Darnold this season, and it was probably the best decision that could’ve been made.“Certain animals are born certain animals, and you can’t change it,” Martin said.In an ESPN interview after the game, Darnold was asked how he inspired a sense of belief in his teammates.“I think just staying poised. I’m never going to change for anyone,” he said. “That’s just who I am.”last_img read more

first_imgHearts of Oak produced an  impressive performance to beat Bechem United 3-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Phobians did not take long to make their intentions known with two shots on target in the first minute. Despite the bright start, the Phobians had to wait till the 37th minute to take the lead when striker Samuel Yeboah reacted quickest to a loose ball in the penalty area to fire the ball into the net. Hearts got their second in the second half when midfielder Mustapha Esuuman’s shot deflected off Patrick Cole into the net. Two became three when Isaac Mensah fired from six yards after great work from Samuel Yeboah and his partner Cosmos Dauda. The Phobians however conceded their first goal of the campaign when John Nyamekye scored from close range.Sekondi Hasaacas were held to a 1-1 draw by champions AshantiGold at the Essipong Stadium.Eric Bekoe fired Hasmal into the lead from the spot in the 53rd minute but defender Kadri Mohammed levelled for the travelers two minutes from time. Ashantigold dominated possession for large portions of the game  but it was Hasmal who scored first after a Samuel Afful explosive run from the right forced an AshantiGold defender to handle the ball in the box. Bekoe stepped up to send Robert Dabuo the wrong side for the opener. Ashantigold huffed and puffed for the equalizer and were duly rewarded when Kadri Mohammed rose high to head home a Fuseini Nuhu cross late into the game.A brace from Sadick Adams ensured Asante Kotoko’s winless continued. Adams scored twice in the space of four minutes to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten record at home to 40 games. Kotoko were expected to record a positive result after back to back draws but it was the Blues who dominated the game from the start.The Blues were by far the better side in the first half as they dominated play and made the most of their chances. Sadick Adams twice beat the offside trap to score his second and third goals of the season. Despite upping their game in the second half, Kotoko were unable find the back of the net.Aduana Stars picked their first win of the season after beating WAFA 1-0 at the Agyemang Badu Park. Godfred Saka got the winner from the spot on the nick of halftime. Aduana  were under the Romanian trainer Cioaba Aristica for the first time and his presence could have inspired the victory. The Dormaa side have now scored their first goal of the season and kept their first clean sheet of the season. Liberty Professionals kept their fine home run on track with a slender 1-0 win over Techiman City FC. Talented playmaker Latif Blessing scored the only goal of the season with a header from a Tamimu Muntari cross.  Techiman City defended gallantly for large portions of the day but were undone by a moment of brilliance from Tamimu and Blessing.  Techiman City went in search of the leveler but the Liberty defence marshalled by police officer Sam Sarfo stood resolute to fetch the Dansoman side all three points.New Edubiase Utd and Inter Allies FC played out a goalless 0-0 draw at the Len Clay Stadium. New Edubiase United dominated both halves of the game but a combination of poor finishing and exceptional goalkeeping by Kwame Baah kept the scoreline barren. A good point for Herbert Addo and Inter Allies but they will sweating over the fitness Ropapa Mensah was substituted in the first half after sustaining an injury ahead of hosting Hearts of Oak next weekend. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgThe Lakers also will have the No. 32 pick for the NBA draft June 23, as well as up to $60 million in cap space to spend on free agency beginning July 1. Neither option provides as much expected impact as a lottery pick.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who represented the franchise on the dais at a New York hotel on Tuesday, anticipated the worst-case scenario beforehand both to soften any potential disappointment and to improve the team’s karma.Fortunately for the Lakers, they experienced a much happier ending. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> After suffering countless losses that accounted for their worst season in franchise history, the Lakers still have managed to experience good fortune elsewhere.The Lakers ended with the No. 2 pick Tuesday in the NBA draft lottery, a selection they will not have to send to the Philadelphia 76ers for the second consecutive year.The Lakers could have kept the pick only if they landed in the top three, which had a 55.82 percent chance of happening based on having the second-worst NBA record this season.Had the Lakers not received a pick in the top three, they would have had to send it to the 76ers as part of the ill-fated Steve Nash trade with Phoenix in 2012.center_img The Lakers also got lucky last year when they had the fourth-worst record and exceeded the odds by winning the No. 2 selection, despite holding only 12.6 percent chance of doing so.This year, the Lakers had a 18.8 percent chance of finishing with the No. 2 pick.That leaves the Lakers with a key asset they could use for various purposes.With the No. 2 pick, the Lakers are expected to choose whichever highly rated forward remains available, either LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram. The Lakers chose Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick last year.The Lakers also could use the pick as part of a trade presumably for an established veteran. Although the Lakers are intrigued with the potential of Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., the team’s inexperience contributed to its 21-61 record in the 2015-16 season.last_img read more

first_imgNHL free agency 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ UFA, RFA players With Sebastian Aho staying in Carolina, the Canadiens looked to a familiar face to help maintain their current roster.The Habs announced on Thursday restricted free agent winger Artturi Lehkonen re-signed to a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.4 million. The 24-year-old played all 82 games for the first time in his three-year career last season recording a career-high 31 points (11-20-31) in the process. Canadiens agree to terms on a 2-year contract with forward Artturi Lehkonen (AAV of $2.4 million).DETAILS ➡ https://t.co/Y3kvBkHsZr#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/zHhzlDkxLp— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 11, 2019A second-round pick by Montreal in 2013, the Finland native should surpass 300 games played in a Canadiens uniform early into the second year of his contract if he remains healthy.Lehkonen re-signed with Montreal the same day as fellow arbitration-filer Joel Armia, who signed a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.6 million.CapFriendly projects the Canadiens have $4,844,524 remaining in cap space with only Charles Hudon left to bring back from last year’s active roster. Hudon has his arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 2.last_img read more