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Shakey Graves Impresses At NorVa Performance [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Shakey Graves rolled into Norfolk, VA’s The NorVa last Wednesday, July 27th, ahead of their performance this weekend at FloydFest in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Dedicated fans poured into The NorVa to groove along to the songwriting of the Austin, Texas performer. Mixing blues, rock, funk, and more, Graves commands an audience at every turn, and puts on one great show!Photographer Sam Shinault was there to capture some great images from the show; check out the full gallery below!last_img read more

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Athletes, teams pledge donations to impacted workers

first_imgWhat started as an idea by Mark Cuban on Wednesday and became a gesture by Kevin Love a day later is now a full-blown movement as the world heads into its first weekend since the coronavirus outbreak was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.Shortly after the NBA announced on Wednesday that its season was being put on hold because of the coronavirus, Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, said he would work on getting arena employees paid while they wait for the games to return and they go back to work.A day later, Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward, announced he was donating $100,000 to help the organization’s arena staff and support staff. In his announcement he added, “I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities.” –The Golden State Warriors announced that their owners, players and coaches are donating $1 million to a disaster-relief fund that will aid the more than 1,000 part-time Chase Center workers. Warriors guard Stephen Curry said in a statement released by the team, “As players, we wanted to do something, along with our ownership and coaches, to help ease the pain during this time.”–The Mavericks issued a statement saying the organization is making arrangements with American Airlines Arena and other corporate partners “to ensure that scheduled event staff will receive payment for the six home games that were to take place during the 30-day NBA hiatus.” The impacted staff will include security, police, parking attendants, housekeeping, in-arena entertainers and guest services staff, according to the release.–Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo pledged to donate $100,000 to Fiserv Forum staff. Shortly after, Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted that “we follow our leader” and announced the team will match Antetokounmpo’s donation.–New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson pledged to pay the salaries of all Smoothie King Center employees for the next month. “My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days,” he said in an Instagram post.–The Phoenix Suns and Talking Stick Resort Arena announced on Friday plans to “ensure that all part-time staff and hourly workers, including employees that work in guest service relations, concessions, ticketing, security, parking and events services will receive financial compensation for the six remaining scheduled Suns home games and concerts and shows that have been canceled in March.”–In the NHL, Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky donated $100,000 to part-time workers at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. — a donation matched by teammates as a group and added to by team ownership.–Pittsburgh Penguins players have started a fund to pay “full and part-time arena/service employees who would otherwise lose income on regular season games due to the pause in the NHL season.”–Other NHL franchises that as of Friday night have pledged to pay arena workers at least through the end of the month, if not longer, include the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Wizards. The hours since have seen plenty of stepping up.–Also Thursday, the Cavaliers joined Love and pledged to compensate all Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse hourly and event staff employees “as if every game and every event is still taking place.”–On Friday, the Pistons’ Blake Griffin said he is donating $100,000 to help pay the salaries of workers at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Griffin tweeted to Love, “Just following suit.”–Ilitch Companies, which owns among other things the Detroit Tigers, the Red Wings and Little Caesars Arena, announced the establishment of a $1 million fund to cover one month’s wages “for our part-time staff for games, concerts, and events that they would have otherwise worked were it not for the recent cancellations and postponements caused by the coronavirus crisis.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Lampard edges closer to record

first_img Press Association Lampard, who began the game as a substitute, set up Oscar’s opener before converting a 45th-minute penalty to move him within one goal of the club record held by the watching Bobby Tambling. Last season’s European champions were unable to add to their total in the second half as Rafael Benitez’s side moved three points clear of rivals Tottenham in the battle for a place in the Barclays Premier League top four and extended Swansea’s winless run to six games. Midfielder Frank Lampard scored his 201st Chelsea goal as the Blues moved closer to a return to the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Swansea at Stamford Bridge.center_img Chelsea’s next Premier League clash comes at Manchester United before the London derby with Spurs on May 8 which could prove decisive in the Champions League qualifying race. For now they remain on course to achieve their two remaining targets this term and they will seek to confirm their place in the Europa League final in Thursday’s semi-final second leg with Basle. Victory in Amsterdam on May 15 would provide a fitting finale for Lampard if he does leave Chelsea this summer at the end of his current contract. His appearance midway through the first half in place of the injured Ramires injected impetus into Chelsea’s play. The goal was his 15th of the season and first following seven scoreless appearances, since moving to 200 goals against his former club West Ham on March 17. David Luiz’s presence in midfield allowed Lampard to push forward from deep and the England international fired in a 25-yard shot which Vorm turned around the post. The hosts’ opener came after Terry intercepted a long ball forward before striding purposefully into midfield. He fed Lampard, who in turn found Oscar, and the Brazil forward drilled a shot across goal inside the far post. Chelsea doubled their advantage before the interval after Juan Mata combined with Hazard before being pulled down by Leon Britton. Lampard fired the ball low into the right corner and immediately Stamford Bridge erupted into chants of “sign him up”. Late on Lampard could not control a bouncing ball in the area and Ba shot straight at Vorm as he chased down Petr Cech’s long kick. But Chelsea had to be content with two goals, a clean sheet and Lampard edging closer to the record. last_img read more

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Billy Twomey crowned grand prix champion in Liverpool

first_img Press Association Gaudiano became the first international rider to win two classes at Liverpool, while just a fortnight ago he landed the London International Horse Show’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup qualifier at Olympia. “I think this is a good moment for me in my career,” he said. “The horse is very fast, I know her well, and I know exactly when and where we can go quickly. “I will compete in Basle next, and then Leipzig. My aim now is to try to qualify for the World Cup final later this year.” ” I am really delighted,” Twomey said. “It’s an unbelievable show here, and I have got some happy owners and some happy children tonight. “It came off for me today. The Horse of the Year Show was Diaghilev’s last big event, really, but he has slotted straight back in, which is great. “He has a lot of power and scope.” Earlier in the day, Emanuele Gaudiano continued a run of Italian success in Liverpool by claiming the four-star speed class. And it meant that either Gaudiano or his Italian colleague Piergiorgio Bucci triumphed on all three days of competition. Gaudiano’s latest victory was on his New Year’s Day winner Cochshynsky, and it was delivered in comprehensive fashion. A time of 54.08 seconds proved beyond the reach of his rivals, with Britain’s William Funnell and Billy Angelo taking the runners-up position, almost three seconds behind. Fredricson finished third aboard H&M Sibon, and Twomey fourth on Ardcolum Duke. Twomey, who is based in Nottinghamshire, denied 60-year-old Yorkshireman John Whitaker a £15,000 top prize at Liverpool Echo Arena by coasting home on Diaghilev by 1.6 seconds. Whitaker, riding 2016 Rio Olympics hopeful Ornellaia, had to be content with second place in a time of 36.47 seconds, with Sweden’s Peder Fredricson taking third aboard H&M All In, while the remaining top six places, respectively, were filled by British trio Robert Bevis (Courtney Z), Robert Smith (Bavi) and Peter Charles (Stapleton Mist). Ireland’s Billy Twomey produced a commanding performance on the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show final night to be crowned grand prix champion.last_img read more

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