In November of last year, the beloved soul singer Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60, leaving music fans around the world crushed. Jones’ story was one of triumph, getting her first big break at the age of 40 and, years later, overcoming cancer and returning to the stage. Throughout her life, Jones was a longtime member of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders, at New York City’s Universal Church of God, writing a number of songs for the group throughout the years. Today, Daptone Records has released a brand-new tune by Sharon Jones, “Call On God”, which was completed posthumously and features members of her lifetime choir on back up vocals.Sharon Jones’ Final Album With The Dap-Kings To Be Posthumously ReleasedThe beloved songstress wrote “Call On God” in the late 70s for E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders; the song was originally recorded by Jones and the Dap-Kings during the sessions for their 2007 album 100 Days, 100 Nights, with Jones laying out the vocals live with her band as well as the piano parts. Jones’ vision for the gospel number was so inspiring that the group decided to record a full gospel album, setting aside “Call On God” for the project, though the gospel album unfortunately never came to fruition.During Jones’ memorial service in December of last year, Pastor Margot Fields, the widow of Jones’ longtime gospel choir leader E.L. Fields, presided over the ceremony, and original members of the Gospel Wonders flew in from all around the country to attend the service, with Jones’ former choirmates performing a special tribute during the ceremony in her honor.Following the service, these singers joined Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings at the Daptone House of Soul studios, lending their voices to finish Jones’ gospel track that had fallen by the wayside, “Call On God”. Jones had always been adamant that she wanted background vocals on the track, so during this studio session, the members of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders sang with Sharon Jones once again, marking a truly cathartic moment as they adding their background vocals to Jones’ song that she had written for them back in the 70s.Take a listen to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Call On God” below.
Greensburg, IN — Several neighborhoods in Greensburg are reporting that their cars and mailboxes have been broken into recently. Video has surfaced of three men opening an unlocked car and stealing the owner’s wallet in the late-night hours. Others have reported that all the mailboxes in their neighborhood have been opened. The Greensburg Police Department started a campaign a few months ago to remind citizens to lock up their homes and cars at night called the #9PMRoutine. What is the #9PMRoutine? It is a social media campaign to raise awareness and highlight how to prevent vehicle burglary and burglary to your home. They advise citizens to get into the routine every night by joining millions of people across the country in following the #9PMRoutine. Each night the police department will post reminders to the public via their social media platforms. They may use some quirky, funny memes or post some tips to protect your property and valuables. You are encouraged to get into the routine of removing your valuables and locking your vehicle. You help prevent loss of your valuables and reduce the risk of it occurring in your neighborhood.
Â Nigeriaâ€™s senior national basketball team Dâ€™Tigersâ€™ Coach, William Voigt, is excited with the news of five players of Nigerian descent selected in the 2017 NBA Draft which took place early last Friday.According to Extrasportsnigeria.com, Voigt who won Nigeria its first African cup believes the future is surely bright for the countryâ€™s basketball.Shortly after the draft, Voigt tweeted, â€œThe future is brightâ€ in reference to the five picks.The American is already warming up for a defence of the African title after his last outing at the Rio 2016 Olympics.Ogugua â€˜OGâ€™ Anunoby â€“ Indiana â€“ 6â€™8â€³ 215lbs was picked at number 23 by no other than Toronto Raptors headed by a former Nigeria international Masai Ujiri.Anunoby suffered the knee injury in January and required surgery, but his numbers improved nearly across the board from his freshman to sophomore campaigns before the setback. That injury did not scare the Raptors as they look more into the future.Going by ESPN reports this young Nigerian power forward has elicited comparisons to San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard on the high end, and more reasonable comparisons to Portland Trail Blazers Nigerian forward Al-Farouq Aminu.It is hoped that he could team up someday with Al-Farouq in the Nigeria national side Dâ€™Tigers. The Nigeria teams â€“ men and women â€“ have been largely dominated in the last decade by players of Nigerian decent based in the USA and Europe.London-born Anunoby was raised in Jefferson City, Missouri by Nigerian parents. With a brother (Chigbo Anunoby) who made it to the NFL, O.G will be the second Anunoby to turn professional in a major sport.Ike Anigbogu â€“ UCLA â€“ 6â€™10â€ 230lbs got picked at number 47 by Indiana Pacers. ESPNâ€™s draft projections had suggested Anigbogu to be taken with the 17th pick of the 1st round by the Portland Trail Blazers but it was the Pacers that grabbed him.The California-born son of Nigerian immigrants is one of the quickest big men in the draft, as evidenced by his ability to get down court before opposing bigs on fast breaks.Bam Adebayo â€“ Kentucky â€“ 6â€™10â€ 250lbs was the quickest of the picks at number 12 for the Miami Heat. Experts determine that Cleveland Cavaliers centre Tristan Thompson and Orlando Magic Centre Bismack Biyombo are the best comparison for Adebayo and his game at this point.The son a Nigerian father, Bam Adebayo moved with his mother to North Carolina from Newark, NJ at the age of seven.Wesley Iwundu â€“ Kansas State â€“ 6â€™7â€³ 205lbs got in at 33 for Orlando Magic. The small forward and his Kansas State University had a short stay in the 2017 NCAA tournament in March as they won their play-in game/First Four game versus Wake Forest before losing to Cincinnati in the first round of the tournament. Those two games served as an introduction to Iwundu for Non-Big 12 fans of the collegiate game, ESPN reported.Jesusemilore â€œSemiâ€ Ojeleye â€“ SMU â€“ 6â€™7â€³ 235lbs became the 37 pick of the event for the Celtics. The small forward is the son of a Nigerian doctor and nurse.The Philadelphia 76ers selected point guard Markelle Fultz with the top pick in the Draft, while Lonzo Ball went to the Los Angeles Lakers.Â 1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz (G) â€“ Washington2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball (G) â€“ UCLA3. Celtics: Jayson Tatum (F) â€“ Duke4. Suns: Josh Jackson (F) â€“ Kansas5. Kings: DeAaron Fox (G) â€“ Kentucky6. Magic: Jonathan Isaac (F) â€“ Florida State7. Bulls: Lauri Markkanen (F) â€“ Arizona8. Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (G) â€“ France9. Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. (G) â€“ NC State10. Trail Blazers: Zach Collins (F/C) â€“ Gonzaga11. Hornets: Malik Monk (G) â€“ Kentucky12. Pistons: Luke Kennard (G) â€“ Duke13. Jazz: Donovan Mitchell (G) â€“ Louisville14. Heat: Bam Adebayo (C) â€“ Kentucky15. Kings: Justin Jackson (F) â€“ UNC16. Bulls: Justin Patton (C) â€“ Creighton17. Bucks: DJ Wilson (F/C) â€“ Michigan18. Pacers: TJ Leaf (F/C) â€“ UCLA19. Hawks: John Collins (F) â€“ Wake Forest20. Kings: Harry Giles (F/C) â€“ Duke21. Thunder: Terrance Ferguson (F) â€“ Australia22. Nets: Jarrett Allen (C) â€“ Texas23. Raptors: OG Anunoby (F) â€“ Indiana24. Nuggets: Tyler Lydon (F) â€“ Syracuse25. 76ers: Andzejs Pasecniks (C) â€“ Latvia26. Trail Blazers: Caleb Swanigan (PF) â€“ Purdue27. Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (F) â€“ Utah28. Jazz: Tony Bradley (C) â€“ North Carolina29. Spurs: Derrick White (G) â€“ Colorado30. Lakers: Josh Hart (G) â€“ Villanova31. Pelicans: Frank Jackson (PG) â€“ Duke32. Suns: Davon Reed (SG) â€“ Miami33. Magic: Wesley Iwundu (SF) â€“ Kansas State34. Kings: Frank Mason III (PG) â€“ Kansas35. Grizzlies: Ivan Rabb (PF) â€“ California36. 76ers: Jonah Bolden (PF) â€“ Australia37. Celtics: Semi Ojeleye (SF) â€“ SMU38. Warriors: Jordan Bell (C) â€“ Oregon39. Clippers: Jawun Evans (PG) â€“ OSU40. Hornets: Dwayne Bacon (SF) â€“ FSU41. Hawks: Tyler Dorsey (SG) â€“ Oregon42. Lakers: Thomas Bryant (C) â€“ Indiana43. Rockets: Isaiah Hartenstein (C) â€“ Lithuania44. Knicks: Damyean Dotson (SG) â€“ Oregon45. Rockets: Dillon Brooks (SF) â€“ Oregon46. Bucks: Sterling Brown (SG) â€“ SMU47. Pacers: Ike Anigbogu (C) â€“ UCLA48. Clippers: Sindarius Thornwell (SG) â€“ South Carolina49. Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar (SF) â€“ Slovenia50. 76ers: Mathias Lessort (PF) â€“ France51. Nuggets: Monteâ€™ Morris (PG) â€“ Iowa State52. Pacers: Edmond Sumner (PG) â€“ Xavier53. Celtics: Kadeem Allen (SG) â€“ Arizona54. Suns: Alec Peters (PF) â€“ Valparaiso55. Jazz: Nigel Williams-Goss (PG) â€“ Gonzaga56. Celtics: Jabari Bird (SG) â€“ California57. Nets: Aleksandar Vezenkov (PF) â€“ Spain58. Knicks: Ognjen Jaramaz (PG) â€“ Serbia59. Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame (SF) â€“ Clemson60. Hawks: Alpha Kaba (PF) â€“ FranceÂ Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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.”
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1) got their first win of the season Friday night after getting big performances from Kobe King and Nathan Reuvers against the Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-2).Before the game, however, was when the real story was highlighted. The Badgers took time to honor assistant coach Howard Moore who recently lost his wife Jen and daughter Jaidyn in a tragic car accident.Men’s Basketball: Eastern Illinois to offer first home test of seasonThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will play their home opener this Friday at the Kohl Center against the Read…Moore is on medical leave but that doesn’t mean the team has forgotten about his impact. They’ll don “Do Moore, Be Moore, 4 Moore” warm-ups all season long to commemorate and did so for the first time in the Kohl Center tonight. Wisconsin even announced Moore’s son Jerrell as a part of the starting lineup, easily receiving the biggest ovation of anyone.It was an important bounceback game for Wisconsin following a heartbreaking loss against No. 20 St. Mary’s — one where a victory slipped through their fingers.Right out of the gate, the Badger defense was stifling, holding Eastern Illinois to just 10 points in the first 10 minutes. But sloppiness out of the gate held them back from taking full control for awhile, turning it over five times in their first 19 possessions.Inspiring first-half performances from King and Reuvers propelled Wisconsin to a 34–27 lead heading into the break.Men’s Basketball: Diving deep into Badgers’ prospects for 2019-2020Ethan Happ has been the unquestioned leader of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team over the past three seasons. Read…King showed flashes of why many believe he can be one of the driving forces on this UW roster. The redshirt sophomore was a four-star recruit in high school and reminded everyone why when he threw down a massive one-hand poster over Panther junior Jordan Skipper Ford.King finished with a career and team high 18 points. This undoubtedly makes you think this may be his breakout season.Reuvers again showed why he’s considered next in the Kaminsky-Happ bloodline. In the first half alone, he had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. He carried that momentum into the second half, recording another three blocks in the early stages of the second half and seemed on the hunt for a triple double.It was an overall dominant performance from Reuvers against the undersized Panthers, whose tallest player stands only six feet seven inches tall. He finished just short of a triple double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks.One thing to watch is D’Mitrik Trice’s availability for McNeese State next Wednesday. He took an elbow to the head and came away with a pretty gruesome gash that had to be stitched up. Eventually he came back and scored four points, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him sit one out.Basketball: A day in the life of a UW basketball hopefulThree minutes. That’s essentially what about 50 guys went through hell and back for last Wednesday night when they flooded Read…Wisconsin held their lead sturdily the second half, getting major contributions throughout from Aleem Ford, Brevin Pritzl and Brad Davison. Ford finished with 11, Pritzl nine and Davison eight with four assists.In what was a must-win for the morale of this team against an inferior Eastern Illinois team, the Badgers held firm and took it home 65-52.Catch the Badgers at home again next Wednesday as they look to keep it up against the McNeese State Cowboys.
Former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis claimed in a statement Saturday that he did tell former team owner Peter Karmanos about Bill Peters’ alleged physical abuse of two players during a game.Francis, who served as GM in Carolina from 2014-18, wrote that he took immediate action to address the reported incident — which former NHLer Michal Jordan brought to light amid a debacle that led to Peters’ resignation as Calgary Flames head coach — and that nothing else occured between the players and Peters during his time with the club. MORE: How Calgary Flames reacted to Bill Peters’ resignationJordan, 29, wrote on Twitter that Peters once kicked him in the back during a game and punched a different Carolina skater in the head, an account that current Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour corroborated to the media on Nov. 27.”When I was general manager in Carolina, after a game, a group of players and hockey staff members made me aware of the physical incidents involving two players and Bill Peters,” Francis wrote in the statement. I took this matter very seriously.”I took immediate action to address the matter and briefed ownership …”Statement from Ron Francis: pic.twitter.com/2UVFGuOECH— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 30, 2019Karmanos, who sold majority ownership of the franchise to Tom Dundon in 2018, told the Seattle Times earlier this week he had no knowledge of the incident and that he would have fired Peters “in a nanosecond” if he had known. “I’m pretty upset,” Karmanos added, saying that Jordan opted to leave the Hurricanes organization for the KHL despite being offered a contract after the 2015-16 season. “And I have my calls in to Ronnie as well. I think he’s the one who’s going to have to tell people what he did when he found out that the coach had done these things.’’Both Peters and Francis left the Hurricanes organization within a matter of days in April 2018 as Dundon asserted control over the team. Francis is now the general manager of the NHL’s Seattle expansion team that begins play in the 2021-22 season. For that reason, the Hall of Famer said it would have been inappropriate to comment on Peters while another team — the Flames — conducted an investigation into Peters’ past conduct.The Athletic’s Sara Civian reported that she had been told Francis wanted to release a statement earlier this week but could not. Francis also said that he will not comment on the matter further.