PHOTOS: Mihali, Rob Compa, Danny & Mary At Garcia’s 4/6/18

first_imgLoad remaining images On Friday, April 4, 2018, Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle performed a solo set at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY, along with sets from Rob Compa (Dopapod) and Danny Mayer and Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band). While most of the musicians in the room come from jam band roots, they all took a singer/songwriter approach to the evening–much to the delight of their most loyal fans.During their performances of originals and covers, Danny & Mary’s set included a beautiful cover of Leon Bridges‘ “Coming Home”; Rob Compa delivered an outstanding take on Fleet Foxes‘ “Oliver James”; and Mihali provided a powerful version of “Round Here” by the Counting Crows.Thanks to photographer Andrew Blackstein, you can see some shots from the evening below.Mihali, Rob Compa, Danny & Mary | Garcia’s | Port Chester, NY | 4/6/18 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Blacksteinlast_img read more

Europa League Final Preview: Betway odds, tips for Chelsea vs Arsenal

first_imgLondon rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both have a chance to finish the season with silverware when they face off in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Europa League final.For Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, winning the trophy will make it his first major trophy in his over 20 years in management.His opposite number, Arsenal’s Unai Emery, on the other hand, has become a bit of an expert in this competition, having won it 3 times already with Spanish side Sevilla.But more importantly for the Gunners, victory over Chelsea will also guarantee their place in next season’s Champions League group stages, having missed out in a place in the top 4.In terms of team news, Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t be playing for Arsenal due to Armenia’s dispute with Azerbaijan. That’s about the only major absentee for the north London side.As well as Ngolo Kante being a major doubt for the game, Chelsea will also be without Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, all crucial players for Sarri, who are all injured.But the Blues can count on star man Eden Hazard, perhaps for the last time, as he is heavily linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.Prediction, Tips and OddsWith Alexander Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in such fine form, coupled with Chelsea’s defensive frailties, Arsenal are my favorites to secure the win.Yes, Chelsea are unbeaten in the competition so far this season, but they did show in their semi final win against Frankfurt, as they have all season, that they are very vulnerable against any team with sharp movements in the final third.I’m predicting a 2-0 win for Arsenal. You can back an Arsenal win at 3.52 odds on Betway with a Chelsea win pegged at 2.16 odds.If you’re a fun of goals, Over 2.5 stands at 1.85 odds and Under 2.5 odds are at an enticing 1.93 odds.Chelsea to score first is 1.74 odds while backing an Arsenal first goal is at 2.27 odds (this I’m confident about).Who are you back? Head to Betway.com.gh to place your bets on this game and all the other games with unbeatable odds.Kick off is at 7pm.Chelsea v Arsenal Opta statsArsenal against Chelsea will be the second all-English UEFA Cup/Europa League final in history, after Tottenham against Wolves in the UEFA Cup final in 1972.This is the 198th meeting in all competitions between Arsenal and Chelsea but only the third in European competition – they met in the 2003-04 Champions League quarter-final, with the Blues progressing 3-2 on aggregate.Arsenal vs Chelsea will be the first fixture to played in the FA Cup final, League Cup final and a major European final.This will be both Arsenal and Chelsea’s sixth major European finals – only Man Utd (7) and Liverpool (14 – including 2019 Champions League) have reached more among English clubs.Arsenal have lost four of their five major European finals, with their only victory coming in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup against Parma; they’ve lost each of their last three, losing in the 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup, 2000 UEFA Cup and 2006 Champions League finals.In all European competition, Arsenal have faced opponents from 27 different nations and beaten teams from 26 of those countries, with the only exception being against English clubs.Chelsea have won four of their five major European finals (2x Cup Winners’ Cup/1x Champions League/1x Europa League). Among English teams, only Man Utd (5) and Liverpool (8) have won more major European finals.This final will be third time two teams from the same nation have faced in the Europa League final, after Porto v Braga in 2011 and Atletico Madrid v Athletic Club in 2012.Arsenal manager Unai Emery has won the Europa League more often than any other manager, winning it three times in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with Sevilla.Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored 10 Europa League goals this season, the most by a Blues player in a single European season (excl. qualifiers) and the joint-most by a French player in major European competition in a season – Nestor Combin in the 1963-64 Cup Winners’ Cup and Just Fontaine in the 1958-59 European Cup also scored 10.Arsenal’s Unai Emery could become only the fourth manager to win the UEFA/Europa League with two different teams, after Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus & Inter Milan), Jose Mourinho (Porto & Man Utd) and Rafael Benitez (Valencia & Chelsea).Both Arsenal and Chelsea have won 11 Europa League games this season – only three teams have ever won more major European games in a single season (excluding qualifiers); Real Madrid in 2001-02 (12), Porto in 2010-11 (12) and Atletico Madrid in 2011-12 (13).If Arsenal win this match, only Giovanni Trapattoni (5) will have won more major European finals than Unai Emery (4), while only three other managers would have won as many as four with a 100% record in each final – Nereo Rocco, Bob Paisley and Jose Mourinho.Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri is the first Italian to manage in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final since Alberto Malesani in 1999, who won the trophy with Parma that year.The two previous Italians to manage an English club in a major European final have managed Chelsea to victory – Gianluca Vialli in the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup final and Roberto Di Matteo in the 2012 Champions League final.Arsenal’s last eight Europa League goals have been scored by either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (4) or Alexandre Lacazette (4).Azerbaijan will be the 24th different country to host a major European final and the third consecutive year a country will host a major final for the first time – Wales for the 2016-17 Champions League final and Ukraine for the 2017-18 Champions League final.last_img read more

Goodbye Germaine Mason

first_imgThe date is July 22, 2002. The location is a Knutsford Boulevard bank, a short drive from the National Stadium where the 8th staging of the World Junior Championships had ended the day before. Among the customers is Germaine Mason, who had won a historic bronze medal for Jamaica in the Championships. Mason had broken new ground by winning the nation’s first World Junior high jump medal two years earlier. His bronze in Kingston made him the first to win medals in back-to-back Championships. Yet, though, he jumped 2.21 metres for third inside a packed Stadium and though the meet was broadcast on national television, no one in the bank seemed to know him. An impromptu poll was conducted in the waiting line to test the conclusion. One by one, the customers around Mason admitted to never having seen him before. This was in stark contrast to the attention Mason and his World Junior teammates had enjoyed in the previous week. He chuckled good-naturedly at his status as an invisible man and the fleeting nature of fame in sport. His death on Thursday morning vaulted him back to the front pages as much as his high jumping ever did. In the years after the World Juniors, he became Jamaica’s best high jumper ever. In 2003, he won the Pan-American Games gold medal and reached the final at the World Championships in Paris. Then, with the Athens Olympics just months away, he won the bronze at the 2004 World Indoor Championships. Sadly, he broke his ankle along the way. That mishap derailed his bid for Olympic glory until 2008. Jumping for Great Britain, he leapt to the runner-up spot. SPOTLIGHT MOMENT Injuries hastened his retirement, but at the 2008 Olympics in the Chinese city of Beijing, he had a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. As news broke of his tragic death in a motorcycle accident, the most common question was probably, ‘Germaine who? As it was in the bank in 2002, Mason wasn’t well known here outside the sport. That is perhaps understandable. Nevertheless, he leaves a considerable legacy behind. At Wolmer’s Boys School, he set a Class Two high jump record of 2.09 metres at the first combined Boys and Girls’ Championships in 1999. It stood until 2012 when Kristoff Bryan, who also attended Wolmer’s Boys School, broke it. Like the others at the MVP Track Club at the start of this century, he was a symbol of the then new effort to produce world class at home. In addition, he was proof that Jamaicans could do more than sprint. Regrettably, his death robs two countries of a man who genuinely was a sporting pioneer. – Hubert Lawrencelast_img read more

Klopp makes weak case for Liverpool defence

first_imgKlopp’s men have kept only two clean sheets in 10 matches this season and he admitted after last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Leicester in the League Cup that he was “really, really sick” of shipping soft goals.Held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla in their Champions League opener two weeks ago, Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 matches in the competition.But for all their defensive woes, which are symbolised by recurrent failings at set-pieces, Klopp has been reluctant to admit that he has a major problem on his hands.Asked about his team’s difficulties at the back prior to their most recent game at Leicester, he protested: “It sounds like we have no points and are completely the worst team in the league.”If Klopp has been spared more trenchant criticism, it is because his team, when on song, are capable of playing attacking football of scintillating quality.Liverpool crushed Arsenal 4-0 at the end of August and in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and new signing Mohamed Salah they possess some of the most talented forwards in the Premier League.The suspicion, which Klopp does not exactly deny, is that as long as his team are scoring goals at one end of the pitch, he will not lose too much sleep about what is happening in his own penalty area.“If you would ask me: ‘Do you want your team perfect in defending set-pieces, but don’t know how to play football, or would you prefer the other way round?’ I still would take this (second) one,” he says.Liverpool’s quest for greater defensive solidity has not been helped by the unpredictable form of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet or by Klopp’s own selection choices.– ‘Should have kept Sakho’ –The 5-0 capitulation at Manchester City earlier this month came after he made the questionable choice to start Ragnar Klavan instead of usual first-choice centre-back Dejan Lovren, who remained on the bench.The Liverpool manager also regularly chops and changes his defence, notably rotating his full-backs between games, which has made it impossible to achieve any kind of continuity.Matters were not helped by Liverpool’s frustrating transfer window, during which they missed out on prime defensive target Virgil van Dijk.With Liverpool having failed to prise the Dutch centre-back from Southampton, former captain Phil Thompson believes it was a mistake to allow Mamadou Sakho to join Crystal Palace after the Frenchman fell out with Klopp.“Sakho was our best defender,” Thompson told Sky Sports last week.“I know there are fallings out at football clubs all the time, but somewhere along the line, you can’t cut off your nose to spite your face.“Klopp should have made up with the boy. He should have banned him, but then brought him back into the fold.“They lost out on Virgil van Dijk for whatever reason, but when it happened, they should have kept Sakho.”Overall, Thompson feels there “shouldn’t be any debate” about Klopp’s position and says the German has clearly taken Liverpool forwards since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.But while Liverpool’s attacking football will continue to nourish hopes of a return to prominence at home and abroad, their defensive issues may prove a fatal flaw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp watches his players warm up on September 23, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Liverpool approach the second game of their Champions League campaign away to Spartak Moscow on Tuesday with manager Jurgen Klopp under pressure to resolve their chronic defensive problems.Liverpool ended a four-game winless run by prevailing 3-2 at Leicester City on Saturday, but they have conceded 10 goals in three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time in the competition’s 25-year history.last_img read more

NEIL’S POETIC REFLECTION ON DONEGAL’S EPIC ALL-IRELAND JOURNEY

first_imgNeil Glackin has followed the fortunes of his beloved Donegal senior team since he was a youth, this year he has captured the mood of the county after every game with a beautifully penned poem.His latest and final instalment is the best one yet, in it he recaps our epic All-Ireland journey detailing all the highs and lows.He captures perfectly the pride we have in our county, and that despite the heart-breaking defeat to Kerry on Sunday, we’re all PROUD to say we’re from Donegal. Well tell me have you ever seen, in memories young and old,The sight of a once-proud Hill transform into a sea of gold,And tell me have you ever been, so proud of the county where you were raised,To see two teams chase their dreams on All-Ireland Final Day. The road we’d travelled had been long and winding, since our first day out in May,With players bailing out there were lots of doubts, for Jim and his boys to allay,A tight trip to Derry was our season’s first test, on the plain grasses of Celtic Park,But as underdogs we defied the odds, and knew this was just the start. Antrim were next and showed well in patches, but the boys had it under control, As the team kept on surging new stars were emerging, young O’Connor even slipped in a goal,Added to him were two more bright talents, two pure sporting thoroughbreds,Young Ryan McHugh and McNiallais too, adding legs to the experienced heads. A big test was waiting on Ulster’s big day, a team we’d lost to one year before, Behind two iron curtains, one thing was certain, it wasn’t going to be a high score,Monaghan’s boys were gamey and tough, not afraid to dole out a slap or a belt,Though the tackling was cruel, Donegal kept their cool, and claimed back the Anglo Celt. Out of Ulster and into the quarters, who knew where the season would lead,But in Armagh came a boulder, nearly knocking us over, until McBrearty stepped into the breach,After some valiant efforts it all seemed set up, for Dublin to ruin the ball,For us to advance there wasn’t a chance, we needn’t bother show up at all. In the face of the danger McGuinness was laughing, because he had the master plan,To come up with a scheme to beat football’s best team, Jim was your only man,In over an hour the Dubs were dismantled, by Donegal’s brave non-conformists,In the late summer heat the plan worked a treat, surely the county’s best ever performance. With the bookies sickened the gold boys marched on, and looked forward to another final,Not just them going through, the minors did too, continuing the upward spiral,Awaiting them both was a proud football county, the unmistakeable Kingdom of Kerry,As the county went crazed with colourful displays, we knew we’d come a long way from Derry. The sun was out and the scene was set, on the third Sunday of September,After last year’s pain we were back again, buzzing from a year to remember,The minors were first in the curtain raiser, but still a match of the highest importance,Playing with honour under the man Declan Bonner, they promised a big performance. And battle they did for a solid hour, every lad gave their all to the fight,In the end there were tears through the Kerry cheers, but still the future looks bright,As they walked off the pitch with heads still held high, Croke Park inhaled a deep breath,But it wasn’t long till the seniors were on, ready to scrap to the death. Croke Park was full and bathed in colour, beneath the strong autumn sun,Two teams from the west on an All-Ireland quest, with an atmosphere second to none,For our final outing it was only fitting, for a couple of late rearrangements,Jigger and Rory replaced McBrearty and Christy, both looking to make big final statements. But Kerry drew first in the heat of the duel, a goal with barely a minute gone by,Next it was Star to send one over the bar, and let out a thumping war cry,From those in their seats to us on our feet, we prayed for divine intervention,But Murphy our saviour wouldn’t tolerate failure, two frees brought us back into contention. We were keeping in touch but our play wasn’t great, as we lost our way in the sun,Jigger surely ploughed but got lost in the crowd, he’ll have more big days to come,With O’Connor leaving Toye stepped in, all year the man’s been possessed,With little ado he went charging straight through, and McNiallias helped out with the rest. Still time for one more before half time came, Karl Lacey popping up with the score,A point cool and classy from this Donegal Daddy, to the sound of a deafening roar,The goal was a blow but the boys had come back, to level at 1-3 to 6,So little in it after 35 minutes, the game very much in the mix. The teams re-emerged to the sound of Bruce Springsteen, singing about ‘Glory Days’,Murphy gave us the lead and it seemed indeed, that the boys were coming ablaze,But Kerry came back and levelled it up, through a Murphy of their own,The game was tight in the midst of the fight, the winner still very much unknown. What followed was scrappy with wide after wide, the shooting on show was quite blunt,Until a lad named Keane came on the scene, and edged Kerry back in front,The tension was growing as the clock kept on ticking, one mistake could make all the difference,What happened then to our finest of men, turned the game in one crazy instant. For so many years when picking the teamsheet, there’s only been one number one,A one man brick wall, a beast under the high ball, a proud Town of Donegal son,Yes on this day he made a mistake, when Donaghy was dangerously lurkin’,But on other days of struggle he’s got us out of trouble, always a hero is our Papa Durcan. Despite the blow Donegal weren’t finished, McBrearty led the rescue mission,And Neil McGee took a run up the field, to score from a forward position,The gap was just one, the game was on, but Kerry were up to the task,Three points in a row where a crushing blow, and left our boys a big ask. Molloy hit a score and so too did Toye, but Sheahan he answered them back,As the time ticked down Kerry passed it around, not allowing Donegal attack,But a chance was to come for that much needed goal, as Murphy showed his might,McBrearty had a go but the keeper got down low, and McFadden’s rebound came off the upright. As Kerry spilled away the final whistle blew, the Kingdom were champs once again,The men of Donegal had given their all, their faces told a story of pain,Though bruised and battered and feeling so low, you know that you can’t win them all,When they looked to the crowd they saw people so proud, of the heroes that represent Donegal. So it ended in heartbreak for both of our teams, but they gave us such an amazing year,From the win up in Derry to the loss against Kerry, they fought with honesty and heart so sincere,The experts may moan and throw out smart comments, but they can never question your desire,And never fear we’ll be back next year, forever chasing that man Sam Maguire.You can check out more of Neil’s poems and blogs by clicking on the link outlined below.http://thefenceblog.wordpress.com/about/NEIL’S POETIC REFLECTION ON DONEGAL’S EPIC ALL-IRELAND JOURNEY was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalNeil GlackinnewsPoemsPoetic ChampionshipSportlast_img read more