Singer Emily Clark will be performing a special tribute to legendary blues singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt tomorrow night in Denver, CO at Cervantes Other Side. “Tangled & Dark” – A Tribute To Bonnie Raitt will feature Clark bringing along drummer Dave Watts (The Motet), bassist Todd Smallie (JJ Grey & Mofro), guitarist Sasha Brown (Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds), and singers Tanya Shylock, LaDamion Massey and Phil Johnson.Satsang will provide opening support, while Hymn For Her will keep the night rolling along after the tribute set, for what is sure to be a special dedication to one of the most iconic female musician’s of the 20th century. Tickets for the show are $10.To purchase tickets, click here.Check the Facebook Event Group here.
The incredible work the football players have put in at practice all season long, underneath the surface-level perception of a 5-3 team, has translated into two straight wins and, consequently, an excellent position to win the division.“The competitiveness has always been there, but we’ve really been executing these past two games and [the] guys have really been playing for each other,” redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler said after practice Tuesday. “All the hard work — everything has always been there. Our biggest saying was just [finishing] games and executing and trying to keep everybody together.“Linebacker Su’a Cravens said that though the team had started growing impatient with the amount of work they had been doing in practice — which had fallen short with losses in previous games — they were never discouraged. USC has learned that executing the game plan in practice has earned these two wins.“We were making mistakes that we knew we were better than,” Cravens said. “We know that if we execute everything we work hard on in practice, we would end up being successful. So going into this week, it will be just like the last two weeks — do your job.”Interim head coach Clay Helton certainly has his team dedicated to playing for each other and for their new head coach. Helton says that he’s been “very humbled” by the way his players have responded to his message of playing as a family, and they have begun playing much more collectively on the field, in practices and games.“You see guys going out there making plays, and you see guys who maybe aren’t getting the balls as much as they would like to out there blocking,” Helton said.Kessler echoed Helton’s sentiment of teamwork and hard work in practice.“It is really cool to see when guys genuinely care about winning games and making plays, just so that their teammate can make it,” Kessler said.Kessler has faced a lot of adversity in his career and said that playing as a team is the best way to overcome it.“It shows you, probably the number one thing that I have learned in this entire experience — how important relationships are in this business,” Helton said. “Those relationships between coaches and players are invaluable, and I want them to know that I have the utmost trust in them … I know that I have their trust. And when you have that, you are going to be a very cohesive football team.”Offensive line coach Bob Connelly said that he is proud of his line players, who have exemplified a “collective unit” more than any other group on the team. Despite injuries to key starters, the Trojan line looked dominant in a second straight performance against Cal where the Trojan running backs accumulated 185 rushing yards, which resulted in 35 minutes of possession time.“I’m really proud of how our guys have come together,” Connelly said. Obviously, when pieces of the puzzle fall out, there has to be a ‘next guy up’ mentality, and that is what we are preaching right now. We want them to be hostile, mobile and agile.”This echoes a philosophy Helton has preached all season long, which has inspired USC to play together as a family.“I really think [Helton] can do great things for this team and this University. I believe in him,” Kessler said. “He’s got my vote 100 percent [to be head coach next year]. That is what we are doing. We are going to play 100 percent for him and hopefully end the season the right way.”Players have stayed and worked with position coaches after practice to improve their fundamentals all season. Receivers Dominic Davis, De’Quan Hampton and Deontay Burnett joined Kessler and new center Khaliel Rodgers Tuesday, who were already working on snaps, and ran routes that they wanted to improve on.Tight end De’Quan Hampton and the other less-experienced receivers are trying to develop their chemistry with Kessler as they prepare for more passes in the possible absence of injured JuJu Smith-Schuster, who leads the team with 52 catches for 956 yards and eight TDs. 6-foot-4 Hampton says that extra passes will help Kessler adjust to a bigger receiver.Smith-Schuster is listed as questionable in this weekend’s game against Arizona. He arrived at practice Tuesday with his hand wrapped in a sling after surgery on his ring finger, which Helton said went “extremely well.”“I just wanted stay and get some work in because in some one-on-ones [drills], I didn’t make some over-the-shoulder grabs I should have made, which had been bothering me,” Hampton said.Hampton has made significant catches in the last two wins and said that his particular attention to detail has resulted in him being more confident to make those plays. He says that his comfort level has definitely improved as he has gotten more and more time on the field. Because he has a firm grip on the playbook and the speed of the college game now, he is able to release off the line quicker and can analyze defenses better.“It hasn’t really mattered who is out there because the next guy is going to have to come out to work and make their plays,” Kessler said. “They made them last game. It is really comfortable for me knowing that these guys know the offense and, no matter who it is, they are going to come in and make plays.”Helton says that young wideouts such as freshman Deontay Burnett, who led USC receivers with three catches for 82 yards against Cal, have began to “blossom as players” largely because of a new 45-minute Monday practice, which was implemented the week before the Notre Dame game, that only consists of redshirt players and those who do not get as many reps. Helton said that the extra practice is largely the reason why Kessler has established a large amount of trust in his young receivers, who are continually stepping up and making huge plays for USC.“We usually use that as a day to be able to lift and for the veterans to get over their bumps and bruises, and watch the tape,” Helton said. “We have taken it upon ourselves saying that we want to develop every kid on the football team. So, they are getting the reps out there and they love it. It’s been really neat to see those young guys start to blossom as players.”
Published on January 27, 2018 at 8:46 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer PITTSBURGH — Syracuse’s Bourama Sidibe sat in the visitors locker room in the Petersen Events Center surrounded by reporters. Syracuse’s leading scorer, Tyus Battle, walked right behind Sidibe as he started answering his first question.Typically, most of the reporters flock to Battle as soon as he’s available. But after this game, nobody wanted to leave the freshman center who, up until the start of the game, had scored four points in Atlantic Coast Conference play.“Yea Bourama,” Battle yelled, as a smile crept across Sidibe’s face.After averaging seven minutes a game in ACC play, Sidibe played 31 minutes for SU (15-6, 4-4 ACC). He finished with a game- and career-high 18 points and 16 rebounds, helping lead the Orange to victory over Pittsburgh (8-14, 0-9) on Saturday afternoon.Sidibe had seen a sharp drop in minutes since the Georgetown game in mid-December. He’s been dealing with tendinitis in his knees that often kept his mobility limited.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’d received two platelet-rich plasma injections to help reduce the pain and swelling. The second one was administered in the eight-day layoff between the first Pittsburgh and Boston College games. Sidibe sat out the BC game, even though he wanted to play.“(Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim) was kind of telling me that I’m not ready, my knee is not ready,” Sidibe said. “I just went today and played and showed him that my knee was fine. I can play.”Sidibe initially came in because of Paschal Chukwu’s ineffectiveness. He got to work on the glass early, picking up eight rebounds in the first half — which would have been a career-high had he stopped there.The freshman center only had four points on one made basket in the half though. Syracuse went into the break with just 22 points as everyone struggled to produce offensively.In the second half, Sidibe began to thrive on a weak Pittsburgh defense. He seemed to always find the right spot to be in to get feeds.Sometimes, Oshae Brissett would have the ball in the high post and would drive, drawing multiple defenders. Sidibe would slide right into the open space and finish an easy bucket.On other plays, Marek Dolezaj would get the ball at the high post. Being less of a threat to score, the defense sagged off him a bit more. But he could still get the ball to a baseline-roaming Sidibe, who would finish with either hand on a reverse layup attempt.Coming out of a timeout midway through the second half, Frank Howard dribbled left from the top of the key. He attacked the basket and floated the ball to the right side of the rim, where a cutting Sidibe rose up and slammed it down.“Bourama was playing amazing today so we were just trying to get him the ball,” Brissett said. “Whoever was in the middle, just try and dump it down to him.”Sidibe seemed as quick as he had early in the season. Early in the second half, the Panthers’ Kene Chukwuka pulled up from 3 from the corner right in front of Pittsburgh’s bench. Sidibe rotated from his position under the basket and sprinted out to the corner in time to tip the shot and block it.There were some obvious moments that Sidibe was rusty or too anxious to make a play. Early in the first half, he traveled trying to post up a Panthers player several feet out of the paint. He also twice fouled a Pitt player attempting a 3-pointer while trying to make a late contest.Still, Sidibe’s overall contribution on the defensive end was solid, as he came up with three blocks and frequently took away Pitt’s looks from the high post.Sidibe said after the game that he feels fine and that he thinks his knee is better than what it once was. Boeheim said that he didn’t expect Sidibe to play 31 minutes in the game, but added that he thinks Sidibe could produce like this every night when healthy.“Bourama was tremendous. He’s been getting better in practice, healthier, he had his best practice of the year this week,” Boeheim said. “He tries to make plays and I thought he was tremendous. He was the difference in the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
…suspect nabbed while attempting to sell laptopJust hours after bandits broke into the car belonging to a soon-to-be wed couple from the media, within the vicinity of the Georgetown Marriott Hotel on Saturday, a suspect has been taken into custody after attempting to sell an item which was stolen during the robbery.Bandits had smashed a window to gain entry into the car parked on Battery Road, Kingston, as popular iNews reporter Ramona Luthi and her fiancé were in a pre-wedding photo shoot around 16:00h.The robbers managed to cart off the laptop computer, two camera lenses, a battery pack and several storage devices, as well as a handbag containing several important documents and a quantity of cash belonging to the couple and the photographer, all of whom are members of the media.Altogether, these items carry a value in excess of $500,000.Shortly after the incident, a prospective buyer of the Asus laptop computer, which went missing from the car, cancelled the transaction based on the suspicious actions of the perpetrator who was on a mission to sell the stolen item.The woman instead contacted the Police, allowing for ranks to intercept the suspect who was nabbed with the stolen item in his possession. In addition, one of the hard drives which were taken from the car was also retrieved.Meanwhile, the man has been taken into custody where his fingerprints are expected to be cross-checked with those that were lifted from the damaged vehicle.Investigations into the matter continue.