Skip Marley, grandson to the late and great Bob Marley, just released a music video for his new single, “Lions.” With many of the lyrics taking on an explicitly political message, “If ya took all my rights away / If ya tellin’ me how to pray / If ya won’t let us demonstrate / You’re wrong,” the track is triumphant and clearly defiant. The video itself features Marley and other young people, all dressed in black, plotting and rising up against a tyrannical fascist dictator in a dystopian future. You can check out the video for yourself below.[H/T Billboard]
The player manager and coach of Korean Overwatch squad Luminous Solar have been booked without detention in South Korea after attempting to qualify for the OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger Season 2 by match fixing. This was initially reported by Inven, and translated by ESPN. Image courtesy of BlizzardThe criminal charge specified by the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency was interference with business. Both the player and coach have already been banned by OGN, following an internal investigation conducted last February. The investigation related to the wildcard qualifier quarter finals between Luminous Solar and UnLimited which the former won. The evidence suggests that Jin Seok-hoon and Baek Min-jeh offered sponsorship for UnLimited should they agree to forfeit the match. It was also discovered that they produced a fraudulent doctor’s certificate in order to field a last minute substitute in the match. The player from UnLimited, Choi Yoon-soo was also banned from participating for the next season of OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger.It’s not the first and it likely won’t be the last example of match fixing in esports. Whilst bodies such as ESIC are working hard to ensure players are educated about the perils of match fixing it still remains a risk and the aforementioned case shows just how seriously it can, and should be dealt with. Over the weekend the first iteration of Beyond the Summit’s CS_Summit saw Cloud9 play with Braxton “swag” Pierce, a player banned from Valve-sponsored events having been found guilty of match fixing. The discussion of cheating versus match fixing has been prevalent in the community as people tend to see cheating as the worst possible sin. Simply put, the example above is exactly why match fixing is more serious. In most sports across the world it’s a criminal offence to be involved in match fixing whilst cheating, i.e. performance enhancing drugs are often not dealt with on a criminal level.Esports Insider says: Hopefully this doesn’t become a common occurrence. This goes to show how severe match fixing is and how ruthlessly it can be dealt with.
Randy Johnson threw 52 pitches in batting practice against Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Saturday and wants to pitch in an exhibition game this month. It was the first time he’s thrown BP since back surgery in October. “I’m pleased with where I’m at right now, as I have been with every step,” Johnson said. “To not have any real setbacks other than maybe a stiff back here and there, I think that’s to be expected, especially with the workload I’ve been doing this quickly. I’m pretty pleased.” The Big Unit allowed a few balls to be hit out of the infield, but only two were sharply hit. “I was impressed,” first baseman Chris Carter said. “I wasn’t expecting him to be nearly as good the first time. He may be the best pitcher I’ve ever faced and he’s not even (100 percent).” The Diamondbacks have said they’re not sure if Johnson will be ready to pitch in a game before the exhibition slate ends, but the left-hander said he’d like to try. “I’d like to be ready for opening day, but I think you have to take the appropriate steps to get there,” Johnson said. “What we’re doing right now is just that.” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said Johnson decided to throw more pitches than initially expected at Maryvale Baseball Park, where Arizona played the Milwaukee Brewers later Saturday. “We were looking earlier at maybe mid-30s, but he wanted to take a break and throw some more,” Melvin said. “He was throwing both sides, throwing sinkers, throwing everything he had.” There is still no timetable for when Johnson will pitch in an exhibition game. Melvin said Johnson would be scheduled to throw another round of batting practice after seeing how he felt Sunday. Benitez progressingArmando Benitez is ready to step back on the mound and show that he can be the San Francisco Giants’ closer when the season starts next month. Benitez is slated to make his first appearance of spring training Sunday in a split-squad game against the Seattle Mariners as he works his way back from knee injuries that cut short his 2006 season. “I have to be looking forward to it. It’s been a long time since I’ve pitched,” Benitez said Saturday. “I feel very good. I want to see how I do tomorrow against the hitters. I’m a little excited to pitch.” Benitez said he’s close to 100 percent after finishing last season on the disabled list with two arthritic knees, the right one so painful he could hardly put pressure on it. He began throwing off the mound early in spring training and looked good throwing at minor league camp last Tuesday. Ruling on the hillSamuel Alito liked being on this bench, too. Dressed in a green Devil Rays jersey instead of a black robe, the Supreme Court justice stood in the dugout Saturday, getting ready to throw out the first ball before Tampa Bay played his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Asked what he would throw, Alito said, “A gyroball.” Devil Rays reliever Ruddy Lugo drew the assignment of catching Alito. The justice offered an opinion on how to frame the pitch. “Make it look like a strike,” Alito told Lugo. Short hopsBrian Roberts and the Orioles are nearing an agreement on a two-year extension that would put the second baseman under contract through the 2009 season. Roberts is already signed this season for $4.2 million. The Orioles are seeking an extension because he would become eligible for free agency after 2008. The 29-year-old Roberts has a career batting average of .280. He set career highs in 2005 with a .314 average, 18 homers and 73 RBI, a season that was cut short by an elbow injury that required offseason surgery. Ryan Zimmerman was given a $400,000 salary for 2007 by the Nationals after finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season. Zimmerman hit .287 with 20 homers and 110 RBI for Washington in 2006. Kansas City Royals third baseman Alex Gordon, a touted prospect the team hopes to build around, will be sidelined for a few games with a sore shoulder. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!