PREEMO PRIMER: DJ Premier & The Badder Band Will Bring Hip Hop Heritage To Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgLegendary hip hop producer DJ Premier has crafted a timeless catalog that stretches across the genre. A trendsetter with an easily discernible sound, his patented brand of hard-knock drums and syncopated stab-n-scratches have been steadily coming correct for the better part of three decades. Known best as one-half of Gang Starr the seminal duo with the late emcee Guru, Premier’s body of work as a producer for a veritable who’s-who of hip-hop royalty cemented his reign as one of the creators of the New York hip hop sound. He might have been born in Texas, but no other producer is more synonymous with New York’s celebrated reign atop the golden era of hip hop than that of DJ Premier.Starting in 2015, the man they call “Preemo” embarked on a new kind of project in the live music realm, forming a five-piece ensemble called The BADDER Band. This brood of instrumental bullies helps the venerable DJ re-create his iconic discography as a live concert experience. Each set they play is an award tour through thirty years of boom-bap bliss. The BADDER Band is made up of bassist Brady Watt, Lenny “The Ox” Reece on drums, horns/keyboardist  Takua Kuroda, trombonist Mark Williams, and the bandleader, DJ Premier himself, on live production. After first touring Japan, and later releasing their first official record and video, “BPATTER,” Premier took the group on a 16-city trek across North America, dubbed the BADDER Band Tour. Now Preem is bringing the group home to Crooklyn for a late-night get-down at this weekend’s Brooklyn Come Alive.  Watch the video for DJ Premier & The BADDER Band’s “BPATTER” below (via DJ Premier‘s YouTube page):“My addiction is turntables, drum machines, guitars, amps, and a lot of speakers,” Premier stated in a press release last Spring. “I have fun doing a whole bunch of different styles with my band, because they fall into place so well, with everything that we’ve brought into the picture, no matter what it is.”Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces ‘After Midnight’ Tickets For DJ Premier, Crystal Method, BrowniePreem’s live band’s shows have made an impact on some of the most well-respected modern day hip hop/funk/soul tastemakers. After DJ Premier & The BADDER Band brought their beats to Denver, Lettuce/Break Science drummer/producer Adam Deitch proactively reached out to comment on the show, beyond impressed with the group and their fresh presentation of Preemo’s untouchable catalogue.“DJ Premier is the epitome of Real Hip Hop,” Deitch raves, “From his work with Gang Starr to KRS One to NAS and Biggie, he is the architect of the NY hip hop sound. Hearing his band play his original tracks so well, anchored by drummer Lenny ‘the Ox’ Reece, their set at Brooklyn Comes Alive is a can’t miss situation for any true beat-heads and golden-era aficionados.”Hovering above the clouds and strolling down memory lane, ever the veteran OG, Premier knows that the mass appeal remains hard to earn. When his BADDER crew takes the stage to represent, with militia-like discipline and a New York state of mind, they kick in the door, and mos’ definitely take it personal. New York, ya out there? My advice to you is to step in the arena when Crooklyn Comes Alive, because although DJ Premier is royalty and still boasts the skills, he will not be puttin’ in work forever. In anticipation of Brooklyn Comes Alive, here is Live For Live Music‘s Brooklyn Comes Alive “PREEMO PRIMER”–a brief selection of just some of DJ Premier’s finest cutting-edge work over the years, from the likes of Gang Starr, Rakim, Nas, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Jeru the Damaja, D’angelo, and Christina Aguilera. We also included a Best-Of mixtape (above) so you can bump the beats blended together and get stoked for the BADDER Band. If this list appears like a hip-hop Hall of Fame, that’s because it is. You know Preemo’s steez…BCA PREEMO PRIMER: Gang Starr Tracks BCA PREEMO PRIMER: Classic DJ Premier Production Credits words: B.Getzlast_img read more

Rectors’ pets call residence halls home

first_imgAlthough animal-loving students may suffer when they leave pets behind and come to Notre Dame, residents of some dorms can still interact with the furry friends belonging to their rectors. New rules instated in the last decade prohibited pets in residence halls, so pets already living with their rector owners in the dorms were “grandfathered in” as residents of their respective halls, Farley Hall rector Sr. Carrine Etheridge said. Etheridge unexpectedly became the owner of Farley, a Pekingese mix, about 10 years ago. “Farley was a stray, and security brought her to my attention on a bitter, cold night in December,” Etheridge said. “She would have frozen to death, but she’s been living here ever since, and it’s been a lot of fun having her.” For the past 10 years, residents of Fisher Hall have become accustomed to the mellow, friendly basset hound named Ellie, who belongs to Fisher Hall rector Fr. Rob Moss. “She’s kind of a fixture,” Moss said. “She was my mother’s dog, and I probably won’t have another one in the future, but I don’t think she’s moving anywhere.” Fisher Hall residents christened Ellie as the dorm’s unofficial mascot, and she often attracts crowds during dances and parties in the hall, Moss said. “There’s one chair in the main lobby that I let her sit on, so it’s pretty much her throne,” Moss said. “She’s so friendly that she practically flirts with some students, and she puts up a little fuss if the assistant rectors don’t pet her.” Ryan Hall rector Breyan Tornifolio has enjoyed the companionship of Ella, a cocker spaniel-springer spaniel mix, since she arrived at Notre Dame five years ago. “Ella is a great companion to have,” Tornifolio said. “The women like having her around, and it’s nice having her there when I get back from a meeting or while I’m in my room.” Etheridge, Moss and Tornifolio all said their dogs comfort homesick students and help them deal with difficult situations, such as the loss of a family member or illness. “Farley is very sensitive and will sit by a girl who is in trouble or in need of help,” Etheridge said. “She’s particularly good with girls who have broken up with their boyfriends, but she’s heard everything and she never breaks her confidence.” Similarly, Tornifolio said she encourages her residents to feel comfortable around Ella and to confide in her because she is “the best secret keeper there is.” Sr. Sue Dunn, who resides in Cavanaugh Hall, said her dog Leo is a substitute for Cavanaugh women who miss their own animals at home, she said. “He came through when I had to break hard news to residents in the hall,” she said. In addition to supporting students through trying experiences, residence hall dogs often receive a great deal of attention and special treatment, including walks and treats from students. This Christmas, Tornifolio said Ella even received a gift from one Ryan resident’s mother. Moss also said one Fisher student carved a wooden picture frame for Ellie a few years ago, and Ellie often rides the elevator and goes on rounds with security guards. Etheridge said the women of Farley enjoy dressing their dog in costumes for every occasion, including dances and football weekends, and Farley knows which students keep dog treats in their rooms. “We put her in a black taffeta dress for dances, and she wears either a football jersey or cheerleading costume to pep rallies, which people love to see,” Etheridge said. “Once, we had a luau, so some girls made her a grass skirt and used walnuts instead of coconuts for her top. We have a lot of fun with her.” Although allergies to dogs present a point of concern, only Moss ran into issues with allergic students in the past, but this problem was resolved when the student moved from the first floor to an upper floor, and no problems have occurred since. Despite the responsibilities of having a pet in a residence hall, the rectors unanimously agreed their pets make life in their halls more lively and interesting. Tornifolio said she “couldn’t imagine Ryan Hall without a dog.” Other dog owners living on campus include Fr. Austin Collins, resident of Dillon Hall and owner of an Irish setter named Big Red. “It’s just fun having a dog,” Etheridge said.last_img read more

Monitoring kudzu

first_imgU.S. Forest Service entomologist Jim Hanula may be the only person in the South who actually wants to keep kudzu alive. He needs healthy plots of the famous weed to monitor the effect the bean plataspid – a pest that entered Georgia some two years ago and has become known as the kudzu bug – is having on kudzu.Bigger roots for faster growing“Kudzu is known as the vine that ate the South. The roots can grow 12 feet deep and weigh 300 pounds,” said Hanula, who also has an adjunct appointment with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Kudzu, and the new pest that feeds on it, came to the U.S. from Asia. The U.S. government promoted kudzu for erosion control in the early 1900s and by 1946 the vine had spread or was planted on 3 million acres of land, he said. It now occupies 7 million acres and covers 50,000 new acres each year. Since the bug arrived in Georgia, Hanula has been knee-deep in Georgia kudzu patches trying to learn about the bug’s life cycle and behavior — and how it affects kudzu health.Kudzu bug overwinters, lays eggsThe pest eats the vine but it overwinters on the bark of nearby trees. Those that survive winter lay eggs on kudzu in the spring. Their young, called nymphs, feed on kudzu and emerge as adults in late June and July. The insects then go through the same process again with the next generation of adults emerging in September and October. “It is these adults that will overwinter and start the whole process next year,” Hanula said.Hanula has been taking weekly samples of the pest from research kudzu patches to study its biology. Kudzu bug attracted to whiteHe and USFS entomologist Scott Horn, tested a variety of colored traps to attract the bug and found it is not attracted to red, purple or black; it favors white most and yellow to some degree. This explains the hundreds of calls UGA Extension agents receive from owners of white homes or cars.To determine how the pest damages kudzu, Hanula harvests the stems and leaves of infested kudzu patches and compares them to the patches he sprayed to protect them from the kudzu bug. “The pest caused a 33 percent reduction in kudzu growth after one year,” he said. “In 2011 we saw a 50 percent reduction compared to the 2010 protected plots. We will monitor for several more years to see if the trend continues.”Hopefully, kudzu will weakenUSFS and UGA scientists hope continual feeding by the pest will deplete kudzu roots and weaken the plants. “If the bug’s effect is cumulative, kudzu plants will likely weaken, and patches won’t be as thick,” Hanula said. “Hopefully, the bug will reduce kudzu’s ability to climb, which would be good for forestry.” Much of the land now covered by kudzu is ideal for growing trees, so anything that slows kudzu growth is good for forestry, he said. Kudzu bugs dining on kudzu may sound like a reason to celebrate, but the flipside is that the kudzu bug also loves to feed on soybean plants and other legumes. Georgia farmers grow soybeans for the oilseed and animal feed markets. UGA entomologist Phillip Roberts has seen the pest reduce soybean crop yield by 19 percent in untreated fields. On a positive note, the bug does not feed on soybean pods.Kudzu bug invasionThe kudzu bug was first spotted in Georgia in the fall of 2009 when insect samples were sent to the University of Georgia Homeowner Insect and Weed Diagnostic Laboratory in Griffin, Ga. The first samples came from UGA Cooperative Extension agents in Barrow, Gwinnett and Jackson counties.“As of now, the bug has been reported in 154 of Georgia’s 159 counties – only five along the coast remain unconfirmed,” said Wayne Gardner, a Griffin-based CAES entomologist who has been studying the pest since it was found in Georgia.The kudzu bug has also been found in all 47 South Carolina counties, 73 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 25 counties in Alabama, two counties in Virginia, four counties in Tennessee and six counties in Florida, he said.“I think that’s 312 counties in seven states, which is a total land area of 147,342 square miles,” Gardner said. For tips on controlling kudzu or the kudzu bug, see CAES publications online at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/.last_img read more

House Mountain

first_imgApproaching it from the east on I-64, House Mountain outside of Lexington, Virginia, stands alone, rising abruptly from lowland valleys. As travelers continue westward, the mountain takes on a different look, with two distinct summits, each towering above the U-shaped saddle that separates them. A campaign in the late 1980s by volunteer members of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council and the Virginia Outdoor Foundation proved successful and the upper portion of House Mountain is now preserved for all to enjoy.With the first part of the hike gradually ascending along a woods road, this is the perfect locale to bring the kids. A shelter and spring, located in the saddle, add to the comfort of spending a night on the mountain. With superb views, multitudes of wildflowers, and an array of wildlife, House Mountain can be a rewarding outing.An open farm meadow near the beginning furnishes a hint of the views to come, while the gated road at 1.0 mile leads onto private property; stay left and walk by raspberry and blackberry bushes that may tempt you to tarry if you do the hike at this time of year. Take a break when you reach the saddle at 2.2 miles and wander around the meadow where daisies and asters grow tall, snakes and turtles creep through lush grasses, and foxes, deer and even bears have been seen here. Although it surely must have been a struggle to live here in times past, you can’t help but envy the beauty those folks were privileged to experience every day.Return to the roadway intersection and turn right, making another right onto the shelter’s side trail at 2.3 miles. If this is going to be your home for the night, you can leave the bulk of your equipment here and just take a jacket and some drinking water when you return to the main route to continue the climb.The ascent steepens, but the views continue to get better. More than a thousand feet below is a mosaic of rectangular farm fields stretching across the Shenandoah Valley. Like the scenic backdrop of a theatrical stage production, the main crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains sweep upward to the eastern horizon.An old communications tower building announces that you have reached the summit of Big House Mountain (3,645 feet) at 3.2 miles. Although there is no view from this particular point, consider wandering around a bit, possibly finding a view or two from rock outcroppings hidden by overgrown vegetation.50 Hikes in Southern Virginia provides details of the hike.last_img read more

How much stock in retirement accounts?

first_imgIt has been seven years since the start of this bull market for stocks in the U.S. Is it time for investors to adjust the equity allocations in their retirement portfolios?Many financial advisers say yes. But that is where the consensus seems to end. Some believe that investors should start to reduce the amount of money they have in stocks. Others, however, argue for sustaining the stock allocation. What they do have in common is that they believe it is time to tinker with the models, while weighing different reasons to move the stock needle up or down.There is no universal prescription for equity allocation, of course. Much depends on a portfolio’s size, an investor’s age and how soon he or she wishes to retire. Expectations for annual stock returns have ratcheted back since the stock market recovery began in 2009, with many financial planners modeling for annual returns in the 4% or 5% range, down from as much as twice that before the 2008-09 recession. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 22

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProblems with Nisky Democrats’ robocallsOver the past few weeks I have received several robocalls from the Niskayuna Democratic Committee, asking for my vote.There are four problems. 1. I live in Glenville. 2. The caller ID says, ‘Lake Placid.’ 3. I sent an email some time ago, requesting that these mistakes be fixed, especially because hundreds if not thousands of calls to residents outside Niskayuna might be going out. Nothing was done and I received no response. 4. I tried to use the NDC’s website to contact them today. The email didn’t work.Dave DuncanGlenvilleGo after scofflaws to recover moneyIt would seem that the governor’s plan to raise $70 million from us New Yorkers has slowed down. The complete story is still to be written, I guess.I have been looking at the news and wondering if my license, that is due in April 2020, was going to cost me another $70 to replace my “perfect” plates.I was in Central Park recently and I walked up and down a row of cars. I observed that the greatest number of plates were perfect for another 10 years, except on one car that I noticed was wrecked more than the plate and should be replaced — the car, I mean.The main reason for this letter is that if the governor wants to raise some big bucks, for whatever purpose he has, he should have someone look into the scoffers that owe the state more than $70 million in fines that they have not paid on their violations of vehicle misuse. These scofflaws in New York state and Schenectady also should pay up or have their licenses taken away. Let’s collect from these law breakers and maybe reduced taxes.James A. WilsonSchenectadyDo test scores really indicate proficiency?The recent Scotia-Glenville school district newsy bits mailing included the overall assessment of student performance on the state standardized tests: 48 percent of students achieved level 3 or 4 (proficient) scores on the ELA (readin’ and writin’) test; 54 percent achieved proficient scores on the math (‘rithmetic) test.The first score was on par with last year. The second was six points better than last year.The numbers are consistent with a multiple-year check based on the district’s website report.The Scotia-Glenville school district, on its website, likes to buff its nails on this topic. And indeed, the scores are better than the Education Department’s (rather modest) expectations.On the other hand, if on average, student proficiency is about 50 percent across the board, that means that half the students are not proficient. Ooopsie.The story gets better. These students go on to high school, and most, around 95 percent, as I recall from the website report, seem to get the Regent’s Diploma.That is to say, youngsters who have notable problems with readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic miraculously (what else could it be?) manage in grades 9 through 12 to, um, remediate themselves.I find this all very puzzling.Donald JennerScotialast_img read more

Bill to ‘crack down on unscrupulous lenders’

first_imgOneNews 17 Sept 2013A Bill to strengthen protections for borrowers and make wide-ranging changes to consumer credit and repossession laws passed its first reading in Parliament today.Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill is the largest overhaul of consumer credit law in a decade.“The Bill will crack down on unscrupulous lenders who leave borrowers and their families trapped in a spiral of uncontrolled debt,” Mr Foss said.The changes will require all lenders to act responsibly and provide consumers with the information they need to properly consider any loan agreement, he said.The Bill makes it illegal to lend money to someone whose loan repayments would be likely to result in substantial hardship.It also requires lenders to properly consider applications by borrowers for hardship relief.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/bill-crack-down-unscrupulous-lenders-5586220last_img read more

Local lawmakers want your input as General Assembly approaches

first_imgBatesville, In. — Local lawmakers are looking for your input as preparations continue for the latest session of the General Assembly.Here are links to 2018 Legislative Surveys:State Senator Jean Leising Indiana Senate District 42State Senator Chip Perfect Indiana Senate District 43 State Senator Jim Smith Indiana Senate District 45 State Senator Jeff Raatz Indiana Senate District 27 District 67 State Representative Randy FryeDistrict 66 State Representative Terry GoodinDistrict 57 State Representative Sean EberhartDistrict 68 State Representative Randy LynessDistrict 55 State Representative Cindy ZiemkeDistrict 69 State Representative Jim Lucaslast_img read more

Chivita Rewards Consumers with Man Utd’s Jerseys

first_img Loading… She said, “Thanks to Chivita 100%, I can now proudly say I own an authentic Manchester United jersey. It is always a welcome development when brands reward their loyal consumers. While I enjoy watching Manchester United play, this was an extra incentive for me to support the club, as well as get the very best of nourishment that Chivita 100% juice gives me.” Brand Manager, Chivita, Ademola Mafikuyomi, stated that the tremendous response from social media users to the promo and their enthusiastic participation in the competition was a reflection of the affinity Chivita 100% fruit juice enjoys amongst consumers in Nigeria. read also:Keep your eyes on Shoretire, Newcastle great Clark tells Man Utd fans “We congratulate winners of the Chivita-United social media promo. We realize that football is the number 1 sport in Nigeria, and as such, this consumer promotion presented us with an opportunity to reward Nigerians for making Chivita 100% their favourite brand for everyday nourishment. “We will continue to identify the best platforms to connect with, engage, reward, and delight our numerous consumers whilst providing them with products that contain all the essential nutrients and vitamins the body needs. Consuming natural, high quality, healthy, and nourishing foods and drinks is especially important during this pandemic to enable the body stay well nourished, build strong immunity, and stay protected against infections and diseases.” he stated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chivita 100% fruit juice has rewarded winners in its just-concluded Chivita-Manchester United social media promotion with exciting prizes including jerseys of the English Premier League club. The Promo drew excitement from enthusiastic soccer-loving fans and consumers across Nigeria as they participated to get rewarded. The month-long promo which began on June 15, 2020, created a platform for soccer-loving fans to express their passion for the team they love, Manchester United while enjoying healthy nourishment from their favourite fruit juice brand Chivita 100%. Participants were required to follow Chivita Juice on all social media platforms, and predict the final scores of the Manchester United matches one hour before they commenced. The first six fans with the correct predictions were selected as winners and rewarded with authentic Manchester United jerseys signed by some of the club’s top stars. The competition saw over 1,000 participants taking part throughout its duration. One of the lucky winners, Elizabeth Isaiah, expressed gratitude to Chivita 100% for the promo and its exciting reward.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Historical Mysteries That Still Haven’t Been SolvedWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?San Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster.In other NFL news:— The Bills have picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Tre’Davious White, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White was taken in the first round of the 2017 draft and tied for the league lead with six interceptions.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points.NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATION — The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said the date would be acceptable, but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.— Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party and will be broadcast on NBC. The day will be highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-MERZLIKINSJackets extend netminder He retired after the 2016 season, ending a 67-year run in the Dodgers’ broadcast booths.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR teams can restart car preparationsUNDATED (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks.Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 Thursday and said he would gradually open it in three phases, adding he’s still considering NASCAR’s request to run the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators. MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon.Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked. Associated Press NFL-NEWSIncentive deal to move Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council. The Jaguars went for a cornerback with the ninth choice, taking Florida cornerback CJ Henderson.The Browns used the 10th pick to take offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, who allowed one sack in 39 games for Alabama.Not since the draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. Scouts and general managers are working from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects are homebound as well, giving Commissioner Roger Goodell no one to hug after each of the 32 first-round selections are made. Goodell is overseeing the festivities from his basement.The draft was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas before the pandemic turned it into a virtual selection show. The league announced during the first round that Vegas will host the draft in 2022. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft.Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season. He completed an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.Burrow played his last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Ohio State. He joins a team that went 2-14 in 2019 under first-year head coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals scored 279 points last season, third worst in the league.The Buckeyes produced the No. 2 second as defensive end Chase Young was taken by the Redskins. Young made life miserable for quarterbacks as a junior last season, recording 16 ½ sacks and 21 tackles for loss.The Lions grabbed the highest-rated cornerback in this year’s draft by taking Ohio State All-American Jeff Okudah (oh-KOO’-duh) with the third selection. He is the highest-drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs was selected from the same school by Seattle in the 1997 draft. NCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsorsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draft For any racing to be done, the North Carolina-based teams need access to their shops to prep the cars.The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without fans. South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month. Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.— Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%. The first offensive tackle in a strong group went off the board fourth overall when the Giants selected Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. He started 41 games for the Bulldogs in three seasons, the last 26 at left tackle.The Dolphins took Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) with the fifth choice. Tagovailoa threw 76 touchdown passes in 24 starts the past two seasons, but a dislocated and fractured hip ended his 2019 season in mid-November.Oregon’s Justin Herbert became the third quarterback selected, going sixth overall to the Chargers.The Panthers selected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown with the seventh selection.Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was taken by the Cardinals after he surprisingly fell to the No. 8 pick. The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players.The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 24, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.Merzlikins has been solid for the Jackets this season, recording five shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He is tied for second in the league in shutouts and fifth in both save percentage and goals-against average.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros. UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs.Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October.— Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season. 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