Jazz Fest Weekend Two Kicks Off With Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elvis Costello, Snarky Puppy & More

first_imgDespite a rainy start, New Orleans Jazz Fest kicked off weekend two with a bang today, bringing in tons of heavy hitters to the Fairgrounds for a day of stacked music. Everything from blues to funk to zydeco to jazz and beyond was represented at one of the country’s longest standing festivals. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the event to catch Tedeschi Trucks Band with Jimmy Vaughan and Billy Gibbons, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Snarky Puppy, Gary Clark Jr., George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, and hundreds of others across twelve stages.Fortunately, photographer Marc Millman was on hand to capture the festivites. Check out some photo highlights from the festival below:Brandi Carlile on the Gentilly StageCyril Neville & SwampFunk on the Congo Square StageFlo Rida on the Congo Square StageGary Clark Jr. on the Acura StageLost Bayou Ramblers with special guests Rickie Lee Jones and Spider Stacy on the Gentilly StageNew Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band on the Jazz & Heritage StageSonny Landreth on the Acura StageTedeschi Trucks Band ft. Jimmy Vaughan and Billy Gibbons on the Acura Stagelast_img read more

Sammy, Samuels confirm participation for Pakistan Super League final

first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC) – Media reports here say West Indies players Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels have confirmed their participation for the Pakistan Super League final, once their side Peshawar Zalmi qualifies for the championship game.Sammy, who captains Zalmi, and Samuels who also represents the franchise, have reportedly told management of their availability, despite the exodus of foreign players due to security concerns surrounding the game set to be staged here Sunday.Zalmi take on Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard’s Karachi Kings in today’s second qualifier, for the chance to face Quetta Gladiators the final set to be held in the violence-plagued Pakistani city.Neither Gayle nor Pollard is expected to play if Kings advance, with Sri Lankan teammate Mahela Jayawardene also set to be unavailable.Already the English trio of Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills have pulled out of the Gladiators side citing safety concerns, along with South African Rilee Roussouw and New Zealander Nathan McCullum.Barbados-born England all-rounder Chris Jordan, who represents Zalmi, is also reportedly not travelling to Lahore if his side qualifies for the final.In a further blow to organisers, England-based broadcasters Sunset and Vine have opted not to cover the final.This leaves Sammy, the two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning captain and his West Indies teammate, Samuels, as possibly the only two foreign players who could appear in the final.Organisers are determined to host the championship game in Lahore in a bid to have Pakistan returned to the international calendar following eight years of isolation.However, a bomb explosion at a public rally two weeks ago further heightened tensions.No major international side has toured Pakistan since 2009 when a terrorist attack against the Sri Lanka team bus resulted in the death of several members of the security forces and injury to several players.Only recently, the West Indies Cricket Board turned down an invitation from the Pakistan Cricket Board, to play a Twenty20 series here later his month.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says Kenley Jansen might be used in non-save situations

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “This is the best frame of mind he’s been in,” Roberts said. “So that speaks to his openness to pitch whenever there are important outs to be had. He understands that. It’s very telling. There’s no demotion. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. He’s our closer. But that doesn’t mean that there’s important outs in the eighth inning that we need him to get.”In order to keep Jansen in his “best frame of mind,” the Dodgers are essentially putting him in a bubble.“I’m going to have daily conversations with Kenley,” Roberts said. “But the less that is said from him and about him – the better.”Jansen has taken this to heart. When asked to respond to Roberts’ comments that “outside voices, noise, distractions, were starting to bleed into his head as far as sequencing, opinions on his performance,” Jansen declined to discuss anything of the kind.“I’m not talking about that,” he said before the NLDS started. “I don’t want to hear it either. Thank you.”Jansen said his focus is on the present, not anything in the past.“Enjoy the moment,” he said of his approach. “I love it. Even though it comes with all the pressure, enjoy it. This is what we play for and you don’t know if you’re going to get back to this level of the season.”Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The 32-year-old Jansen recently became the 30th pitcher in baseball history to record 300 saves in his career. But the hardened outer shell required in that role has always been more affected by Jansen than truly a part of his character. Whatever self-doubts Jansen might be carrying around, “most of it is self-induced, to be honest with you,” Roberts said.“We got him back to eliminating that,” said Roberts, who believes he has “a great, honest relationship” with Jansen forged over the ups and downs of the past four years. “He’s got to get back to just pitching and worry about executing pitches. That right there, I think he’s done that. And if he continues to do that, the results will be there.“I think he’s simplified it as ‘When I get the call, I go pitch.’ It doesn’t matter what the situation is. It doesn’t matter who’s hitting. It doesn’t matter what people outside are saying. I think that’s the best place anybody could be in. I think that’s the place everyone should be in.”center_img LOS ANGELES — After the Dodgers’ workout on Tuesday, Dave Roberts was asked if Kenley Jansen’s season of fickle reliability might prompt him to use someone else to close games at times in the postseason.“I don’t see that,” Roberts said then. “I know Kenley is our closer. I don’t see that as an option.“He’s done it and I want him to have the ball at the end of the game.”Sitting in the dugout before Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Friday, though, something had shifted. Roberts said he expected Jansen to pitch in the game (he did not) but “not necessarily in a save situation.” Roberts said he “could see an eighth-inning situation” where Jansen came into the game but did not continue through the ninth, leaving someone else to close the game. “It’s about getting outs,” Roberts said. “He understands that and appreciates that.“Don’t read too much into it. I’m just saying he’s in such a good place – I’m telling you this is as good a place as he’s been in two years.”Two years would take it back to the 2017 postseason, when Jansen’s aura of invincibility was punctured by the Houston Astros twice in the World Series – in Game 2 by Marwin Gonzalez and in the 10th inning of Game 5 by Alex Bregman.Jansen has not been the same pitcher since. A hamstring injury and a return of his heart problems, which required offseason surgery, reduced him in 2018. Diminished velocity and inconsistent movement on his cut fastball have set him on a journey to remake himself as a pitcher this year. The season was strewn with failures, a career-high eight blown saves and another new experience for Jansen – fan disapproval.But Roberts insists Jansen is “in a really good place” mentally as the Dodgers again embark on an October quest which Jansen could sink if the Dodgers rely on him as singularly as they have in past postseasons. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more