moe. played their second-to-last show before the coming hiatus to an appreciative crowd of long time fans and fresh faces last night at the Huckleberry Jam Festival. While bassist Robert Derhak seeks treatment for a rare but highly survivable form of cancer, the band will take time off for the healing process. Idahoans have been looking forward to moe.’s return to their fair state, and even though the circumstances had a somber edge, they were more than pleased at the stellar performance they witnessed.Last week’s show in New York served as a celebration for the band’s oldest fan base while the Huckleberry Jam gave moe.rons from the further reaches of the nation to come by and wish Derhak well. In the end it was a chance get down with the band for the last time for the immediate future, and thanks to a stocked set list, there was something for everyone.moe. and Aqueous To Join Forces As “moe.queous” At Brooklyn Comes AliveFrom set one opener “Moth” on, the music never stopped. Before they managed to finish “Moth,” the band wandered musically from a spacey solo into the well-received opening strains of “Puebla.” The massive jam from guitarist Al Schnier in the back half of “Puebla” calmed slightly before picking up pace and morphing into a ripping take on the Chuck Garvey led “Annihilation Blues.”Check out some video posted by moe. of their run closing first set below:moe. only paused a moment at best before the psychedelic strains of “Silver Sun” wafted from Schnier’s guitar. Drummer Vinnie Amico displayed his usual depth and control–as no matter the pace needed, the timing was ever-perfect. The last note of “Silver Sun” morphed perfectly into a set closing pair of songs from Garvey, “Four>Akimbo,” a spirited, extended instrumental, improvised intro.Observant fans had noted the lack of Derhak-led pieces in the first set, which though disappointing is perfectly understandable in light of the medical issues he faces. Luckily for all in attendance, his playing hasn’t been affected at all and his vive was up to backing vocal duties and even a couple of leads.Second set opener “Recreational Chemistry” showcased the band at their most expressive. Derhak strummed, plucked and slapped his bass with a frenzied passion that has made him a force to be reckoned with over the last few decades. Percussionist Jim Loughlin delighted as always with his bag of tricks, including his ever sharpening mallet skills as they progressed into the nearly instrumental “Meat.”As the crowd joyfully digested the massive “Meat” they were given, moe. gracefully returned to the final strains of the show opener “Moth” to close the set. Again, with the hiatus looming, it was nice of them to provide a sense of musical closure to their adoring fans who will be counting the days until their beloved band returns to the stage.Here are some second set highlights from the band’s Facebook:One of the greatest messages in any of moe.’s songs comes in the Garvey-sung “Wind It Up,” and it served as the perfect first of the two song encore that closed the show. “As the crowd passionately joined in the sing-around-chorus “Be on my side, I’m on your side,” the message was abundantly clear. They were there to represent a nation of fans who want nothing more than the speedy return to full health from the man who has stood at the center of the stage for as long as moe. has made their magic.Taking the mic for moe.’s last song of the night, Rob Derhak used the moments before to thank the audience and quietly promise to be back “…sometime soon.” Guitarist Al Schnier thanked the festival for allowing them an extra half hour of stage time to thank the fans who traveled from all points to come and see their band off in style.As the last note rang out, Derhak again thanked the crowd and told them he loved them. Though he surely knows after these last weeks of massive outpourings of well wishes that his love is returned, magnified a thousand times over. Cancer is a scourge on all walks of life, and most of us have had someone we know and love affected by the disease’s many forms.I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Mr. Derhak over the years and I know him to be a man of layers. Under a sometimes thick skin is a heart of gold, but under that is someone who enjoys a good fight, a hard knock, and the satisfaction of rising up after taking a blow. That spirit should serve Derhak well in this fight, and on behalf of Live For Live Music, and the nation of moe.rons of who I am proudly a member, I wish him a speedy and full recovery.Get well sir…we will be waiting when you are ready to rock once again!.moe has one final performance at LOCKN’ with Phil Lesh before taking their hiatus.Listen to last night’s full show below, courtesy of mark r. smith:moe. | The Huckleberry Jam | 07-28-2017 | Donnelly, IDSet I: Moth>Puebla>Annihilation Blues, Silver Sun, Four> AkimboSet II: Recreational Chemistry>Meat>MothEncore: Wind It UpEncore II:Captain America[Cover photo by Paul Citone from previous show]
Linfield kept alive their hopes of progressing thanks to a battling 2-1 defeat to Spartak Trnava. The Slovakian side took the lead with a penalty from captain Erik Sabo. David Kee levelled soon after with a superb free-kick from the edge of the box but Martin Mikovic restored his side’s lead from close range. Milos Nikolic was sent off for a second yellow card just before half-time but the Blues could not add to their tally. Newtown perhaps faced the most difficult task of the British sides and came away from FC Copenhagen with pride intact but still facing a two-goal deficit to overturn in the second leg. The Welsh Premier League side got off to the worst possible start at the Parken Stadium when Ben Verbic struck for the hosts after three minutes. But Newtown refused to crumble and it took until the 74th minute for Kasper Kusk to double Copenhagen’s lead. UCD only went down 1-0 away at Slovan Bratislava, Adam Zrelak scoring the only goal, while Shamrock Rovers were beaten 2-0 at home by Odd. Olivier Occean netted twice for the Norwegians, the first from the penalty spot. But just when it looked like the tie would end goalless, Tomkins bundled the ball into the net following a corner to give the Barclays Premier League side the slenderest of leads to protect in next Thursday’s away leg. Aberdeen were far more convincing as they gave themselves a massive boost with a 3-0 first-leg win over Rijeka at the Stadion Kantrida. Such a result seemed unlikely in the early stages as the Croatian side, aiming to reach the group stage of the tournament for the third year running, dominated possession from the first whistle and squandered a host of chances – the closest of which saw Marin Tomasov strike a post. But defender Andrew Considine headed the Dons in front against the run of play in the 38th minute from a Niall McGinn corner. There was more joy soon after the break when midfielder Peter Pawlett, denied a goal for offside just before the break, headed in a Shay Logan cross. Substitute Kenny McLean increased the lead further in the 75th minute with a close-range volley to give Derek McInnes’ side what should be an unassailable lead ahead of the return game at Pittodrie. In contrast, fellow Scottish Premiership side Inverness experienced a painful lesson on their introduction to European football after falling to a dead-ball goal against the run of play against Romanian side Astra. Caley Thistle made a good start but lost 1-0 following a 24th-minute strike by Constantin Budescu. James Tomkins’ scrappy goal in the 90th minute saved West Ham’s blushes with a 1-0 win over Birkirkara in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg clash at Upton Park. Press Association With manager Slaven Bilic in the Boleyn Ground dugout for the first time since his summer appointment, the Irons were expected to make short work of the Maltese Cup winners, having seen off FC Lusitans of Andorra 4-0 on aggregate in the first round. However, despite naming a strong starting XI – which included the likes of captain Kevin Nolan, goalkeeper Adrian, defenders Winston Reid and Tomkins, with Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga in attack – the Irons were left frustrated as the visitors dug in.
Bayern last played on March 8 before the Bundesliga was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bayern starts with Robert Lewandowski up front after the Poland forward recovered from a shin injury during the time the league was suspended.France international Kingsley Coman is also on the bench with the winger not having played since injuring his leg against Chelsea on Feb. 25.Bayern can go four points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund with a win as it chases an eighth successive German title.___ ___Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in favor playing without fans for a long time if it helps “save” soccer clubs amid financial uncertainty.The English Premier League hopes to re-start games by mid-June in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.A World Cup winner with France, Lloris says “it’s important that soccer restarts, for today and tomorrow.”He adds that “if we have to play behind closed doors for a long period of time in order to save soccer, then we have to.” Lloris currently trains at his club every other day with “specific time slots” for each player, adding that “sometimes we pass each other, but from very far away.”In a newspaper interview with Nice-Matin, Lloris says that arriving at training already dressed in his kit reminds him“of when I started out and my grand-parents would drop me off at training.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 17, 2020 Associated Press Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month.Since March Russia has barred most foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Now the government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors.The government says “the decision will help professional sports organizations, including Russian Premier League soccer clubs, to resume training after the lifting of restrictions related to the spread of the new coronavirus.”The Russian Premier League aims to restart June 21 though some of its foreign stars headed home during the outbreak and have yet to return.Lokomotiv Moscow said Saturday that its 35-year-old Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan had contracted the virus. Club chairman Anatoly Meshcheryakov told the RIA Novosti news agency that Farfan was in Moscow and had not been hospitalized. Farfan hasn’t played this season due to injury. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German soccer champion Bayern Munich has returned to action for the first time in more than two months with a league game at Union Berlin. The Latest: Bayern Munich returns to action in Bundesliga
Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 At the beginning of this season, Ray Graham emerged as an early contender in the Heisman Trophy race.The Pittsburgh running back rushed for 201 yards in the opener against Buffalo and followed it up with a 121-yard performance against Maine to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 start. Three games later, Graham ran over South Florida for 226 yards in front of a national audience on a Thursday night.But less than a month later against Connecticut, his season — and Heisman dream — was over after he suffered a major knee injury.Pittsburgh turned to Zach Brown, a senior transfer from Wisconsin who was an afterthought in the Badgers offense the past two seasons, to carry the load.‘We obviously run our offense, but there’s no replacing Ray,’ Pitt head coach Todd Graham said during the Big East teleconference Nov. 14. ‘Ray just did it all. Ray could run inside, outside, a tremendous receiver and big play capabilities. Zach is more of a power runner, a guy that can really bang it up inside and a really, really good receiver.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrown served as an adequate replacement in three games as the featured back. Even though the senior transfer didn’t rack up the massive yardage that Graham did early in the season, he averaged more than five yards per carry running behind a battered offensive line.But now Brown is hurt, too, leaving his status in doubt for Pittsburgh’s final game of the regular season against Syracuse (5-6, 1-5 Big East) on Saturday at noon. If he can’t go, Panthers quarterback Tino Sunseri will hand the ball off primarily to freshman Isaac Bennett in hopes the Panthers’ (5-6, 3-3 Big East) third starting running back this season will rise to the occasion and help send the team to a bowl game.The Panthers can thank Brown for keeping Pittsburgh in a situation in which it can still make a bowl.‘He’s another guy that’s been banged up and has really just shown unbelievable toughness for us, and he’s been stellar,’ Todd Graham said during the teleconference. ‘ … He’s really gotten better with his perimeter running and has caught the ball very well out of the backfield and been very efficient.’But even if Brown can’t carry the ball Saturday, the Panthers don’t expect to change a lot. Ray Graham was perhaps the most crucial piece to the Pittsburgh offense early in the season, but the Panthers offense stayed the same with Brown in the backfield.Graham was a prototypical do-it-all back who relied primarily on his speed and quickness. Brown, on the other hand, was the perfect complement to Graham in the first month of the season as a power back that could move the chains in short yardage.Their differences in style combined to form an ideal backfield for Pittsburgh. So when Graham went down, the Panthers needed a speedy running back to provide a change of pace in the offense.Bennett provided that burst of speed to go with Brown’s pounding running style.Less than a month ago, Bennett thought he was going to redshirt. The true freshman didn’t get his first carry until he carried the ball six times for 26 yards in a loss to Cincinnati. Since then, Bennett has rushed for 138 yards in two games coming in to give the powerful Brown a break.‘Isaac Bennett, the freshman, has been a good complement to Zach, as Zach was to Ray,’ Todd Graham said. ‘They’re just very different backs. … Probably between Ray and Zach is where Isaac would fall.’If Bennett gets the call against Syracuse with Brown hurting, the offense could have a similar feel as it had with Ray Graham carrying the load. At least that’s what Bennett thinks.The head coach likes the unique styles of all three running backs — each with his own skillset and strength as a running back. Bennett feels that all three backs have similar styles and that each can do a little bit of everything.‘I see myself as both, and like Zach, I even see him as both, and Ray, I see him as both,’ Bennett said. ‘I’ve seen Ray run a couple guys over and Zach likes to power down. I see all us as both in a little way.’Bennett’s high school coach agrees.During Bennett’s senior season at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., he amassed more than 1,300 yards on the ground thanks to his ability to do a little bit of everything for the Hornets.‘He’s a multilevel runner. He’s a slasher, he can get in the crease, or he can give power running, put his shoulders down and run over someone,’ Booker T. Washington head coach Darrell Hall said. ‘And he’s very elusive, he’s got pretty good hips on him that allows him to put a move on a guy, and with the size he’s put on and the speed he already had, it makes him a very versatile runner.’Bennett is just another example of the depth Pittsburgh has had to utilize in a difficult season.With starters constantly banged up at every position, it hasn’t just been the backfield that’s been hurting. The Panthers also spent much of the season without star offensive lineman Lucas Nix, a likely mid-round draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft in April. Nix was back in the lineup in last Friday’s loss to West Virginia and will make life easier for whoever is running the football for the Panthers on Saturday.Between the hectic offseason that ended with the hire of new head coach Todd Graham and a regular season that featured a plethora of injuries, Pittsburgh has battled to get to within one win of bowl eligibility.The Panthers’ fate on Saturday, with a postseason berth on the line, could rest on the freshman Bennett’s legs in what would be his first career start.But the injuries have made Pittsburgh stronger and taught the players valuable lessons. The Panthers believe they can win despite all the injuries.‘I think it speaks to the character of our team and how much these guys love each other and care about each other, and we do have a great synergy,’ Todd Graham said. ‘ … We’ve got a lot of guys that have stepped up, and I think this just shows the preparation and the training and that they were prepared and that this means something to them.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
RelatedPosts ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Havertz, 20, delivered a cheeky finish to slot the visitors in front on seven minutes, and it was his penalty which restored their lead after Marcus Thuram scored a thumping equaliser.Sven Bender ensured the visitors took all three points in the most entertaining Bundesliga clash on Saturday – which played out in front of more than 8,000 cardboard Monchengladbach fans.Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued to show no sign of rust following the restart, cruising to a 2-0 victory over ten-man Wolfsburg.Raphael Guerreiro finished off a fine team move, netting his third goal since the Bundesliga’s resumption last week before Achraf Hakimi made it two.England star Jadon Sancho came off the bench and made an impression, nutmegging a defender five seconds after coming on and then setting up the second goal.Wolfsburg’s task was rendered impossible late on when Felix Klaus saw red for a nasty challenge after a VAR review.The result means Dortmund climbs to within one point of leaders Bayern Munich – who welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to an empty Allianz Arena.Bundesliga Results:Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin (Friday)Freiburg 0-1 Werder BremenPaderborn 1-1 HoffenheimWolfsburg 0-2 Borussia DortmundMonchengladbach 1-3 Bayer LeverkusenBayern vs Frankfurt (5.30 pm kick-off) Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBorussia DortmiundBorussia MonchengladbachWolfsburg That’s 14 goals for Havertz from midfield this season If Premier League clubs were interested in Kai Havertz before the Bundesliga returned, they’ll be totally infatuated now.The Manchester United and Liverpool target netted his second brace in as many games, helping Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 victory at high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Source: Talk Sports