Watch Dean Ween And Father John Misty Jam Backstage At Bonnaroo

first_imgBonnaroo is known for its collaborative spirit. When artists arrive at the festival, its understood that sit ins and jam sessions are not only suggested, they are expected. Sometimes the artists just want to keep playing when their sets are over, in backstage situations that, with so many artists from all walks of life on The Farm, can be once-in-a-lifetime.That’s just what happened this Sunday, when Ween and Father John Misty played back-to-back sets to close out the Which Stage. While Dead & Company played their epic two-set finale on the What Stage, Dean Ween and Father John Misty jammed out in Ween’s dressing room. Ween plays bass, and Father John plays drums, a throwback to his days in Fleet Foxes. With Kurt Vile and others looking on in the background, it’s awesome to see these musicians playing for the joy of playing.See below for a video of this rare performance!last_img read more

Dodgers split-squad teams pound Padres, play to a tie vs. Yasiel Puig and Reds

first_imgRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season THE GAME: The Dodgers scored eight times in the first three innings and went on to beat the San Diego Padres 12-0 Thursday night in Peoria. Earlier in the day, another Dodgers’ split-squad team played to a 3-3 tie with the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning but allowed just two more hits while going four innings against the Reds. … Lefty reliever Scott Alexander gave up a solo home run to Phillip Ervin in his one inning of work. … Relievers Dylan Floro, Jaime Schultz and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning. … Against the Padres, Kenta Maeda called it his “best outing of spring training” after he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. … Top prospect Dustin May followed with three scoreless innings, allowing an infield single while striking out three.HITTING REPORT: Yasiel Puig was 1 for 3 with a single off Ryu in his first game against the Dodgers. … Infielder Jeter Downs (one of the two prospects acquired from the Reds in the trade that included Puig and Matt Kemp) was 1 for 2 with a double against his former team. … Kiké Hernandez was 1 for 3 and is batting .371 (13 for 35) this spring. … Catcher Will Smith tied the score with an RBI single in the sixth inning and went 2 for 4. … The Dodgers had 11 hits including five doubles and three home runs in the first four innings against the Padres. Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger and Brad Miller hit the homers. … A.J. Pollock (a single, double and walk) was on base in each of his first three plate appearances and scored runs each time. … Barnes was on base four times – two walks, an RBI double and a solo home run. … David Freese had two doubles and Joc Pederson three RBIs on his double. … Maeda had a double in his first at-bat of the spring.UP NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias) at Reds (Reds RHP Tanner Roark), Friday, 6 p.m., Goodyear Stadium, SportsNet LA Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Dodgers rally to beat Cubs as Cody Bellinger hits two home runs

first_img“We’ve got some big hitters, some heavy hitters,” outfielder Alex Verdugo said. “One person hits it, it kind of seems like there’s going to be one or two after that.”Left-hander Jon Lester (5-5) allowed only one baserunner in the game’s first three innings as the Cubs built a 3-0 lead. With one out in the fourth, David Freese hit a hard ground ball back to the mound that caromed off Lester’s left foot. Freese reached first base with the Dodgers’ second hit, a single, but the Cubs had a bigger issue. Manager Joe Maddon visited the mound with an athletic trainer. After a brief chat, Lester remained in the game.Two pitches later, Bellinger crushed a two-run homer to left-center field. Chris Taylor lined a single to left field. Muncy pounced on a first-pitch fastball that buzzed over the left-center field fence for another home run. Suddenly the Dodgers had their first lead of the evening, 4-3.For good measure, Verdugo lined Lester’s next offering into left field for a single – the Dodgers’ fifth straight hit. Eight pitches was all it took to transform the mood among the announced crowd of 44,970 at Dodger Stadium.Kershaw’s mood seemed to pick up too. He was trailing 1-0 after throwing a single pitch; finally, he had some breathing room. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I can’t say enough good things about our team and what we’re able to do,” Kershaw said.The left-hander rallied to pitch a scoreless fourth, fifth and sixth innings, allowing two harmless singles along the way. Kershaw walked two batters and struck out eight before handing the ball off to Julio Urías.Urías tossed three scoreless innings to earn his third save of the season.Although he relies less on his fastball than ever, Kershaw (6-1) still overwhelmingly begins hitters with the pitch. He usually throws it for a strike, too. Schwarber read the scouting report and ambushed Kershaw’s first offering of the game, launching it 398 feet to center field for a home run.The Cubs were just getting started. Kershaw lost Kris Bryant to a walk. Anthony Rizzo stroked a double into right field, sending Bryant to third base. A one-out single by Willson Contreras drove in Bryant and Chicago led 2-0.The inning ended when Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes threw down to third base as Rizzo strayed from the bag, then tagged Rizzo out at the end of a rundown.In the third inning, Kershaw fell behind Bryant 2-and-1, then allowed another home run on a four-seam fastball over the plate. The Cubs led 3-0 before the Dodgers had their first hit.“Home runs are going to happen,” said Kershaw, who has allowed 10 in his first 11 starts. “The solo home runs – first pitch of the game I was trying to throw a strike, honestly. The Bryant one was a missed location. Six innings, two runs is not great. I can live with that. It’s the walk to Bryant that led to the second run that is frustrating for me.“Thankfully I kept them at three and the team did a good job of coming back and scoring a bunch of runs.”Barnes’ single in the bottom of the third inning ended Lester’s no-hit bid, but the Dodgers couldn’t scratch out a run until the fourth.“I think it was more we weren’t chasing bad pitches,” Muncy said. “We were getting back to being a little more patient, and attacking the zone.”In the fifth inning, Freese tagged Lester for his eighth home run of the season. The two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead. All six runs Lester allowed were earned, an uncharacteristic outing for the five-time All-Star.Lester entered the game with a 3.22 ERA in 10 regular-season starts against the Dodgers. He dominated his three NLCS starts against the Dodgers in 2016 and 2017, allowing a total of three runs. Thursday he looked downright human.“He made some mistakes,” Manager Dave Roberts said of Lester. “I think that early on he was just on the edges. The cut fastball, we just weren’t seeing. Both lefties and righties weren’t taking good swings on the cutter. Once we got him the second time around … we just felt better. He got more of the white part of the plate. Our approach was the right one.”Bellinger had been stuck on 20 home runs since May 28. He’s up to 22 now, and his 3-for-4, three-RBI performance raised his batting average to .358. Verdugo and Freese each had two of the Dodgers’ 11 hits.For a day, the Dodgers did not miss Corey Seager, who was placed on the 10-day injured list early Thursday with a strained left hamstring. One of the team’s hottest hitters, Seager might be sidelined for a month or more.“I think we’re deep,” Bellinger said. “It sucks losing Corey. He was getting really hot, so that sucks, but I don’t know. We’re a really deep team.”center_img PreviousDodgers Max Muncy, #13, Chris Taylor, #3, Cody Bellinger, #35 and Alex Verdugo, #27, celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Cubs at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, greets Max Muncy, #13, after his two-run homer during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw, #22, started for the Dodgers against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCubs Kyle Schwarber, #12, is greeted by Anthony Rizzo, #44, after his homer against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw, #22, started for the Dodgers against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Kris Bryant, #17, scores as Dodgers Austin Barnes, #15, can’t make the play at home during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Anthony Rizzo, #44, is out at home by Dodgers Austin Barnes, #15, on a steal attempt during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Jon Lester, #34, started for the Cubs against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, #22, heads back to the mound as Cubs Kris Bryant, #17, rounds the bases after hitting a home run during 3rd inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, #22, advanced Austin Barnes to second base on this sacrifice bunt during 3rd inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Kyle Schwarber, #12, can only watch as Dodgers Cody Bellinger’s ball goes into the stands for a two run homer during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Cody Bellinger, #35, is greeted by David Freese, #25, after Bellinger hit a two run homer against the Cubs during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Albert Almora Jr., #5, can’t make the play on this homer over the fence by Dodgers Max Muncy during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Max Muncy, #13, heads for home after knocking in a two-run homer against the Cubs during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Cody Bellinger, #35, waits for this turn at bat. Bellinger had two home runs during the game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 7-3 in the first game of the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Dodgers Cody Bellinger, #35, homers in the 7th with a line drive to right field against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 7-3 in the first game of the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Dodgers Alex Verdugo, #27, is out at second as Cubs Addison Russell, #27, completes the double play during 8th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 7-3 in the first game of the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, makes the throw to first baseman David Freese to take out Cubs Willson Contreras during 8th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 7-3 in the first game of the series. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Relief pitcher Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with catcher Austin Barnes #15 after defeating Chicago Cubs, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Dodgers Max Muncy, #13, Chris Taylor, #3, Cody Bellinger, #35 and Alex Verdugo, #27, celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Cubs at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, greets Max Muncy, #13, after his two-run homer during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 21Dodgers Chris Taylor, #3, greets Max Muncy, #13, after his two-run homer during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — More than two weeks had passed since Cody Bellinger’s last home run, or Clayton Kershaw’s last victory. More than two months had passed since the Dodgers lost three consecutive games and, for a moment Thursday, they seemed to be going nowhere fast.In the span of eight pitches, everything changed.Bellinger and Max Muncy launched two-run home runs in the fourth inning, and Kershaw rebounded from a slow start to earn the win in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.Bellinger homered again in the seventh inning, the final blow in the opener of an 11-game homestand and a four-game series between two of the best teams in the National League. By beating the Cubs (38-30), the Dodgers (46-23) maintained their 9 ½-game advantage in the NL West.last_img read more

March Madness 2020: Texas’ buzzer-beater quiets media calling for Shaka Smart’s job

first_imgShaka Smart’s firing as head coach of the Texas Longhorns became unofficially, officially inevitable late on the evening of Feb. 16, when ESPN’s NBA wizard Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers and coach John Beilein were on the verge of a disheartening but apparently amicable breakup.Austin is 1,376 miles from Cleveland, and the Big 12 is a pretty far piece from the NBA, so these two items would seem to be unrelated. Smart’s Longhorns had lost their fourth consecutive game just 32 hours before the Beilein news broke, however; they stood at 14-11 and appeared well on their way to missing the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his five seasons. Aristotle is credited with the phrase, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” No one ever has said, “If there is no vacuum, the sports media happily will create one.” Until now. The latter actually might be more accurate. There were scores of media comments regarding Beilein’s suitability to become the Texas coach, even though Smart still held the position.FAGAN: March Madness predictions 3.0: Projecting final 2020 NCAA Tournament fieldThere is no question Smart’s five seasons with the Longhorns haven’t reached the level imagined when he was hired away from VCU with five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the astonishing 2011 Final Four run on his resume.His two NCAA Tournament teams in the first four years in Austin didn’t last long: The first, in 2016, finished 20-13 and earned a No. 6 seed but was beaten by Northern Iowa in the first round. The second, two years later, at least made it an extra five minutes, losing in overtime as a No. 10 seed to No. 7 seed Nevada.Smart was no one-hit wonder at VCU. His teams there averaged 27 wins, even though they stepped up in class from the Colonial Athletic Association to the Atlantic 10 midway through his six seasons. At Texas, though, he has not recruited a high-quality point guard. Only holdover Isaiah Taylor, the quarterback of his first team, ever managed to produce more than 4.1 assists per game. Matt Coleman has been a fine college player, but never a game-changing playmaker. Smart has neither recreated the “Havoc” fullcourt pressure that was his brand at VCU nor established a suitable alternative identity.Had this Texas team continued playing .560 ball and missed out on March Madness yet again, it would have been reasonable for those supervising Smart to pursue another course. However, since that day in mid-February — when so many in the media rushed to install the newly available Beilein in the position still occupied by Smart — the Longhorns are playing 1.000 ball.They beat TCU at home and Kansas State on the road. They drilled West Virginia, a prominent seed in the NCAA selection committee’s official bracket preview. They then won at Texas Tech and Oklahoma, two teams that have been entrenched in most media bracket projections.The Longhorns might be an NCAA Tournament team.And it’s glorious.DECOURCY: Beilein would be prize of coaching carousel if he returns to collegeI’ve been in sports journalism for just short of 40 years and never have understood the zeal many in the business demonstrate for firing coaches. I wrote about my discomfort with this phenomenon in Basketball Times all the way back in 1993, after California dumped Lou Campanelli toward the end of his eighth season on the job. My attitude toward this has not changed.There is no issue with a writer or broadcaster calling someone a crummy coach, though it helps to have some evidence to back up that opinion. But one would think — after all the many hundreds or thousands of journalists have seen their jobs disappear in the past three decades — that those still fortunate to be employed in this business might be more empathetic or circumspect.Monday night, the Longhorns appeared to be destined for a furiously contested road defeat that would spoil their NCAA Tournament dreams. Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle went to the free throw line with six seconds remaining and a 2-point lead he could have stretched beyond UT’s reach. He missed twice; Texas’ Brock Cunningham grabbed an uncontested rebound and handed the ball to Coleman, who advanced the ball upcourt, met little resistance and launched a 26-footer that banked in. That was worth three points, exactly what Texas needed to win the game and improve their record to 19-11.ICE IN HIS VEINS 🥶🥶🥶@mattcoleman2_ | #AllForTexas pic.twitter.com/doWLuDKmor— Texas Men’s Basketball (@TexasMBB) March 4, 2020ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla has this saying that, at its essence, sums up what life can be like while laboring to build a successful college basketball program: He describes a last-second shot floating through the air, with the whims of the public, the athletic administration, the university administration and, of course, the media vacillating as it travels toward the goal.“Good coach … bad coach … good coach … bad coach.” That could apply to either person on either bench.It happens that Fraschilla was calling the game as Coleman raced toward victory. When the shot slammed through the goal, Fraschilla shouted, “OH MY GOODNESS! The season stays alive!”He might also have been talking about Smart’s tenure at Texas. Even at 110 decibels, subtlety is an option.last_img read more