Papadosio Celebrates “Earth Night” With Acoustic And Electric Performances [Full Videos/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Papadosio has made Earth Night an annual tradition, bringing fans together for a celebration of all things natural. This year’s main event took place at Express Live in Columbus, OH, with Papadosio headlining two nights for the occasion. After the all-instrumental “Live PA” set on night one, Papadosio brought the house down with two sets, one acoustic and one electric, on night two.Fortunately for us, the band live streamed their entire performance! Check it out in the videos below.Acoustic SetElectric SetSetlist: Papadosio’s Earth Night | Express Live | Columbus, OH | 12/17/16Set One: Oracle, Madre De Dios, Elephant I Presume, WCACB, Anima Mundi, War On War, Moon EntendreSet Two: Cue > Smile Nod XL, New Love, Frequency > Threes, CueYou can also catch a full gallery from the performance below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.last_img read more

Collins: Downing was a bargain

first_img Press Association Downing made his Hammers debut in Saturday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Cardiff City at Upton Park and brought pace and invention to the game during his 20-minute cameo. West Ham will still be missing Andy Carroll, out with a heel injury, for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, but Collins is thrilled by the prospect of the former Liverpool team-mates reuniting. “Stewart looked very sharp – he’s always the same. I played with him at Villa and believe that we have got an absolute bargain,” the Hammers defender said. “Hopefully we’ve got the Stewart Downing of a couple of years ago when he was tearing defences to pieces at Aston Villa. “Obviously it didn’t go well for him at Liverpool, but he did very well against Cardiff and hopefully we can get him firing. “The thought of him playing with Andy is great. They played together at Liverpool and they get on well off the pitch as well. “They are both from the north east so have that certain understanding, which could be great for us.” Collins spent five years at Cardiff until 2005 and is confident the big-spending Bluebirds will survive their debut season in the Premier League. “I think they’ll be all right, but it’s going to be tough for them. They have spent a lot of money and they have got some great players in there,” the 29-year-old said. “I didn’t really know what to expect from them in that first game. I haven’t heard our fans like that before a game for years and I’m sure they put the frighteners up a few of them because we were all a bit nervous. “But I’m sure they will be fine. They have signed some great players and they have got to make their home ground a fortress, taking as many points as they can there.” center_img James Collins believes West Ham landed an “absolute bargain” after recruiting Stewart Downing for £5million from Liverpool.last_img read more

A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky

first_imgFEARLESS FRESHMEN: Kentucky’s Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey have collectively accounted for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 48 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Maxey has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Kentucky field goals over the last three games. Maxey has 17 field goals and 14 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Kentucky has won its last three road games, scoring 78 points, while allowing 68 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Aggies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Wildcats. Texas A&M has an assist on 44 of 75 field goals (58.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Kentucky has assists on 34 of 77 field goals (44.2 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive Texas A&M defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 22.8 percent of all possessions, the 30th-best rate among Division I teams. Kentucky has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.4 percent through 27 games (ranking the Wildcats 293rd). Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 Kentucky (22-5, 12-2) vs. Texas A&M (14-12, 8-6)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Kentucky looks to give Texas A&M its eighth straight loss to ranked opponents. Texas A&M’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels 86-65 on March 18, 2018. Kentucky has won its last six games against conference opponents. February 24, 2020center_img A&M looks to knock off No. 8 Kentucky ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Dapper Dan Roundball Classic co-founder tries to upend NCAA

first_imgSonny VaccaroThere are those who would argue that Sonny Vaccaro helped create the biggest problem in college sports when he began handing out money in the late ’70s to basketball coaches so players would wear Nike shoes.Guys like Jerry Tarkanian and John Thompson got checks for $50,000 or so a year, good money in an era where coaches weren’t automatically millionaires. Their players didn’t join in the profits, getting little more than sneakers with swooshes on them to wear around campus.“The only thing I say is I probably did that better than anybody in the world,” Vaccaro said. “I had good ideas but if the NCAA thought they were wrong all they had to say is no. I never put a gun to anyone’s head.”The former shoe peddler from Trafford, Pa., who helped create the market where billions of dollars are in play, isn’t about to apologize for his role. When you’re the guy who signed Michael Jordan to his first shoe contract, there’s not a lot to apologize about.Only now Vaccaro is selling something other than shoes. He’s on a mission to force the NCAA to share some of the billions that big time college sports generate with the players who make it all possible.Along the way he could once again help change the way college sports are operated. The irony is not lost on him.“I was part of what blew up into this mammoth business, absolutely,” Vaccaro said. “There were no deals with coaches before me, we created this. But if I was so bad then, why are they (the NCAA) not double bad now?”Vaccaro was in search of players who felt wronged when he teamed up with former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon in 2009 to file an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the commercial use of O’Bannon’s image. The suit scheduled for trial June 9 in Oakland, Calif., could not only force the NCAA to change the way it does business, but conceivably put it out of business.The 74-year-old who helped develop an entire new culture in youth sports wrapped around shoe company profits has been an irritant to the NCAA since the days Walter Byers was in charge. The NCAA didn’t say anything when he gave money to college coaches and ran camps and all-star games for high school players, but has fought hard at every turn when it comes to paying players.That’s changing some as the trial approaches. With the NCAA’s control over college athletics is being attacked both in court and in the ballot box over a union for Northwestern football players, there are signs the five major conferences will come up with a plan sometime this summer that will give more benefits and rights to players.Vaccaro believes he and O’Bannon have already won a victory by forcing the NCAA to make concessions that otherwise would have never been made.“Whatever happens in June, whether it is settled or not, Ed O’Bannon has made a stronger case for college athletes than anyone has ever done,” Vaccaro said. “He’s as much of a pathfinder as Curt Flood was in baseball. What Ed did was go against the grain of everything. For 30 years these people had a free pass.”For Vaccaro, who went on to work for Adidas and Reebok after leaving Nike, the tipping point came when ESPN paid $175 million for the Classic Sports Network in 1997. The network carried replays of big college games, but the players from those games never received a dime for the programming.The NCAA’s argument that it owned the rights to player images didn’t sit well with Vaccaro or O’Bannon, who came on board when he saw a video game featuring his likeness from the 1995 UCLA national championship team.“For a college to say get something was like sacrilege,” Vaccaro said. “They have never explained why they have the right to your image even after you die. What right do they have to the most basic thing you own? It’s the most illogical argument you’ll ever hear.”Vaccaro said there have been two settlement conferences ordered by the federal judge in the case that produced no results. Two more are scheduled in upcoming weeks, but he’s not convinced the NCAA wants to negotiate seriously.Vaccaro would like to see a plan emerge where athletes are paid a certain amount for each year of college service – but not until after they graduate. It’s a system that would not only reward players financially, but keep them in school longer so they can pursue degrees.“I believe in my heart this can be worked out,” Vaccaro said. “There’s no way in the world you can convince me that honest and open minds can’t be in agreement. (Nike chairman) Phil Knight told me something long ago. He said: ‘Sonny you can never pay too much for something that’s worth everything.’ And he was right.”Maybe so, though Jordan’s shoe deal started at a modest $500,000 in 1984. Of course, both Nike and Jordan have profited tremendously since.Maybe the NCAA and its athletes can find a way to do the same.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or’s Note: Sonny Vaccaro co-founded the the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic, with concert promoter and boyhood friend Pat DiCesare in Pittsburgh in 1965. The game endured for 43 years and its alumni includes such greats as Calvin Murphy, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Chris Webber, Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Patrick Ewing, Rasheed Wallace and Stephon Marbury.last_img read more