13 Days Of Phishmas 2017: Baker’s Dozen Night 4, The “Jam-Filled” Show

first_imgHot Takes From Night 4:REPEAT WATCH: Pshhh, come on now. On Jam-Filled Tuesday? No shot.TODAY’S DONUT: Jam Filled [5-song first set, each song at least 10 minutes in length, including a 30-minute “Lawn Boy”; 20-minute “Fuego” set two opener; 33+ minute “Crosseyed and Painless,” the second-longest jam of the 3.0 era; Bob Marley “Jamming” quotes]WE TIRED YET: Tired? Sure. But after Jam Tuesday, we’ve all decided we’re never missing a Phish show again. Whether or not we’re tired.SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 4 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/25/17SET 1: Sample in a Jar, Lawn Boy[1] > My Friend, My Friend[2] > Stash, Bathtub GinSET 2: Fuego > Thread > Crosseyed and Painless > Makisupa Policeman -> End of Session[3] > Tuesday > CavernENCORE: Julius > Lawn Boy[1] Page on keytar.[2] No “Myfe” ending.[3] Debut.[Cover photo: LivePhish]We’ll see you back here tomorrow, as we continue to re-sample all the donuts on our way back to the Garden for New Year’s Run 2017-2018. For a complete list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17 In just 10 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. Over the years, The Garden has become the de facto home court for the Phish from Vermont. To date, the band has played the storied midtown room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable shows they’ve ever played. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG over the course of 17 days featuring nightly donut flavors, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to each evening’s respective donut “theme” and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, that ended with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York.Much of the excitement of the residency came from figuring out the game as it went along. By the thirteenth night, we were all experts on the Baker’s Dozen: We were making informed setlist guesses based on pastry flavors, hoarding our souvenir beer cups (anyone else have a cabinet full of those bad boys?), confidently debating the virtues of one concourse spicy chicken sandwich vs. the other. On the Monday morning following the run, we gushed about the impressive amount of material covered (230+ different songs) as we proudly surveyed the thoroughly baffling results of these 13 nights in NYC. But on Night 1, nobody knew much of anything. We didn’t know that the donut flavors held deeper meaning. We were skeptical of the band’s ability to play 13 shows with no repeats. We were totally unprepared.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesGoing back over the music of the Dozen is an extensive undertaking, and it’s been tough to know where to start in the months since, let alone how to rank these shows among the rest of Phish’s decorated history at MSG. So with the band’s historic summer at the Garden in the rearview and another four Phish MSG shows squarely in our sights, we’ve decided to celebrate this year’s Phishmas by reliving the magic of the Dozen one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’ll all be primed and ready to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest and baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Merry Phishmas, kiddos…NIGHT 4: JAM-FILLED7/25/17(Review by Andrew O’Brien) Phish – 7/25/17 (Jam Filled) – Full Video [Dinner and a Movie Ep. 3]When Phish announced after their velvet-y Sunday performance that Tuesday night’s donut theme was “Jam-Filled,” wild guesses as to what the clue meant abounded. After all, the daily donut “puzzles” have been one of the most entertaining aspects of the Baker’s Dozen so far. We get one clue, and our imaginations take over as we try to figure out what tunes will fit within the established framework for the evening. Would they play “Jam” songs like “Mountain Jam?” Or maybe they’d play a Pearl Jam song? And so on. But in the back of everyone’s minds, there was only one right answer. The answer that just seemed a little too outlandish to be true—more outlandish, even, than Phish playing “Black Betty” by Ram Jam.On Tuesday, Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and, of course, Page McConnell, answered the hypothetical that has been bouncing around the inter-webs since their reunion in 2009—a dream scenario for even the most jaded of vets: “What if they just, like, came out and jammed for a full show?” Well, on a Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the foursome did just that. You can go ahead and mark Jam-Filled night at the Baker’s Dozen as a full-show entry in the ongoing and rapidly expanding upcoming series entitled, “For Real, Though, You Do Just Need To Go To All The Damn Shows.”It seemed a lot of familiar faces from weekend one were running a little late—and dressed a little more formally than they were on Sunday—as they filed into the Garden. It’s Tuesday, after all, and the real world doesn’t care that Phish is playing thirteen shows across seventeen nights. The real world wants you to go to work. So as those first “Sample In A Jar” guitar jabs rang out, the incoming “straight from work” crowd in the venue concourse seemed to slow down a couple notches—”Maybe we’ll just get our beers now before we head to the seats. ‘Sample’ opener, nothing we haven’t seen before.” Wrong. “Sample” quickly launched into majestic Type-II space, the audience let loose a rapturous roar as the concourse kids stampeded toward their respective sections. Jam-filled Tuesday was already making good on its promise. Hope you grabbed those beers when you had the chance latecomers, because there was nary another “piss break” moment the rest of the night.After 10+ minutes of “Sample,” Trey Anastasio kicked up “Lawn Boy.” It’s early for a “breather,” but hey, who doesn’t love to hear the Chairman strut his stuff? After a quick, knowing “Good evening, everybody,” Page McConnell started in on the verse, quickly ceding to spotlight to Mr. Michael Gordon, who dove into his usual bass solo with a determined focus. But it quickly became apparent that this was not your regularly scheduled “Lawn Boy” programming. Exhibit A: After the extended Mike solo, it was Trey who picked back up on vocals, not Page. The keyboardist had other plans, grabbing his notorious keytar instead, as Trey tossed him an alley-oop: “He gets so overwhelmed by olfactory hues—Mr. Page McConnell!” Mr. Page McConnell, indeed. Leo started with a keytar run through the song’s theme before linking up with Jon Fishman and powering into a meaty funk groove. Yes, in “Lawn Boy,” a song with no earthly reason to spawn a groove. And yet, there it was. And on it went. And on, and on…Trey joined the fray before long, helping build the jam to its first of many peaks and distinct sections, ranging from crunchy funk, to beautiful, to melodic vamps, to space-rock ambiance, to towering lead lines, and virtually everything in between. Powered by an impeccably tight Fishman (quite possibly the evening’s MVP), the “Lawn Boy” jam was patient, focused, and enthralling, and clocked in at just under 30 minutes (?!) when all was said and done. People read show reviews to get a feel for the music that was played, but at a certain point, verbally describing a jam becomes a fool’s errand. Some things you just have to hear for yourself. So listen back to this “Lawn Boy” at all costs for some of the finest Phish you can hope to hear. For our purposes here, we’ll just say this: On Jam-Filled Tuesday at MSG, “Lawn Boy” became a Lawn Man.Watch pro-shot footage of Phish’s enormous “Lawn Boy” from Jam-Filled Tuesday at the Baker’s Dozen below, via the band’s YouTube page:Thunderous applause ensued as the band moved into “My Friend, My Friend,” ending what was by far the greatest rendition of “Lawn Boy” ever played. Phish continued their jam-filled mission on the Rift favorite, eschewing the song’s “myfe” ending for a blissful major key jam that seemed to briefly touch on “The Very Long Fuse” from Chilling, Thrilling Sounds. “Stash” was up next, with Trey stepping up and swinging for the fences with delicate but powerful jazz-rock guitar leads, giving the classic composition its own hearty helping of sweet, sweet raspberry jam. “Bathtub Gin” then popped up out of “Stash,” making its highly-awaited Baker’s Dozen appearance on Jam-Filled Tuesday to the still-dumbstruck delight of the crowd. The roaring Type-I shot of “Gin” would have easily been a highlight of any other Phish show, and is definitely worth several re-listens, but on this night, the set-closing tune quickly faded into the background.Set break was jammed full of high-fives, awe-struck stares, and a chorus of “wtf did we just see?”. The answer to that burning question: A five-song FIRST SET, with excellent versions of “Sample,” “My Friend,” “Stash,” and “Gin” all eclipsing the ten-minute mark. And, oh yeah, thirty overwhelming minutes of olfactory hues! And Jam-Filled Tuesday was still just getting started.Phish returned from the break with a set-opening “Fuego,” giving the fans a chance for some cathartic “whoa” chants before, once again, launching deep into blissful Type II territory and, eventually, descending into the murky depths (with touches of “2001” and “Piper” thrown in, to boot). With Fishman once again keeping things rolling, the band put together a gorgeous “Fuego” jam reminiscent of some of the tune’s early extended outings (see 7/4/14; 7/8/14) during the “Summer of the Fuego.” Right around the 20-minute mark, the bottom dropped out of the “Fuego” jam, and the infectious guitar riff of recently debuted original, “Thread,” took its place. While “Thread” would prove to be one of the few songs that didn’t get the jam treatment on Tuesday evening, it further affirmed its stature as the strongest of the summer’s original debuts.After the brief detour into “new tune” terrain, Phish got the “Jam” train rolling once again as they kicked into the Talking Heads‘ “Crosseyed and Painless”—and oh, what a “Crosseyed” it was! Riding a steadfast determination to jam the living daylights out of this song, the band delivered a multi-section, multi-faceted, multi-“wait, is this still ‘Crosseyed?” rendition of the fan-favorite cover, vaulting it into the upper reaches of the “best of” conversation. A slinky “cocktail lounge” jam, building and breaking bass-forward sonic chem-trails, flighty guitar flutterings, and seemingly endless thematic twists and turns, with some 1.0 hose, some 2.0 weirdness, some 3.0 groove, and more generally impeccable work behind the kit from Fishman. This jam had a bit of everything, all served up in the form of a half hour-plus of immaculate Phish improv. Just like the big, burly first-set “Lawn Man,” it’s a farce to try and do justice to this “Crosseyed” with words—it’s a dish you simply have to taste yourself.“Makisupa Policeman” followed the massive “Crosseyed” jam, serving as the show’s first true “breather” and a welcome choice for that role (Keywords: “Woke up this morning, stumbled out on stage; I only came here so I could listen to Page” > funky Page solo). In the midst of the reggae bounce, Trey inserted one of the night’s most amusingly appropriate embellishments: a quote of Bob Marley‘s “Jamming,” serving as a second set of “keywords” to introduce a solo from the Cactus: “We’re jamming, hope you like jamming too. It’s the kind of music I like, especially when I’m listening to Mike.”“Makisupa” even got a brief dose of synth-led major key jamming itself toward the song’s end, before bleeding into another totally unexpected surprise—the cotton-soft ambiance of “End of Session,” the “quasi-song” coda from the end of 1998’s The Story of the Ghost, making its first-ever live appearance almost 20 years after its release.[Thanks to Phish Tour 2014 member Christina Elaine for the fist-pump GIF]The remainder of the set was the definition of a “victory lap”—just take a look at Trey’s emphatic fist pump above if you need proof. Newly Phish-ified TAB rocker “Tuesday” served as a celebratory nod to a Tuesday night show for the ages, and a raging “Cavern” drove the set home. “Julius” kicked off the encore, and Trey, at first, seemed tired and winded after several solid hours of electric improvisation. However, that, too, proved to be a parlor trick, as the guitarist tore into the song’s closing solo. Finally, Page walked out from behind the keys toward center stage, as the band landed back on the “Lawn Boy” theme, allowing the keyboardist his usual chance to ham up the tune’s closing notes.So, there we have it. Jam-Filled night is in the books, and it’s proved to be one of the most exciting, creative, and all-around high-quality shows in recent memory. With the Baker’s Dozen, nothing is off the table, not even an all-time great show on a Tuesday night. It’s hard to imagine the shows getting better from here. But, in case you forgot, this was still only night 4 of 13, and after a monster show like that, it would be thoroughly unwise to doubt the powers of the Phish. There’s still a lot of magic to come, so strap on your seat belts and enjoy the ride. See you all tonight for some Powdered Donuts!Listen to Tuesday’s “Jam-Filled” performance below, courtesy of Phish Rabbi.last_img read more

Event explores impact of faith on the elderly

first_imgThis week’s exploratory spirituality session, Spirituality Monday, took place Thursday and examined faith in the context of aging populations.Senior biology major Haley Koth shared her senior composition project research findings at the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality-sponsored meeting.  Caroline Genco | The Observer While religion is, “the active expressing of spiritual beliefs through traditions in an organized faith community,” spirituality is comprised of the “personal attitudes that come from belief in a higher power,” Koth said. They are considered separate from but can include religion, she said.Koth sought to relate the two distinct terms with the help of 23 sisters from Saint Mary’s Convent and 17 residents of Holy Cross Village, a senior living community. All participants but one identified as Catholic; one individual was Protestant, Koth said.“I set up meetings with people who demonstrated interest,” Koth said. “We discussed the benefits and the risks and the confidentiality and objectives of the study.”With the information from residents aged 60 through 100, Koth began to research the possible correlation between spirituality and health through a survey. The survey consisted of three parts, health and well-being, religion and spirituality, and basic information questions.When she concluded and began to analyze her research, Koth said she discovered  “people who reported significantly higher levels of religiousness and spirituality also tended to report significantly higher levels of health and well-being.”Koth said it is important to note that “this [correlation] is their perception of their own health and it is not an actual measure of how healthy they are.”According to Koth, there have been more than 2,000 studies on religion and spirituality in the last four years.“In many studies the two are combined into the term religious spirituality,” she said.Koth said she conducted her research in a short time period and she wondered how the results would change if her study continued through a time span of multiple years.“It would be interesting to see whether a person’s spirituality fluctuates along with changing health over a period of time,” Koth said.Koth, a biology major with minors in chemistry and religious, has studied both fields and brought them together in her research.“I kind of look at religion and spirituality from a scientific type of standpoint,” she said.The next event in the Spirituality Mondays series will take place Monday in the Student Center. Jill Vihtelic, professor of business and economics, will discuss spirituality and global business.Tags: age, Center for Spirituality, Faith, saint mary’s, SMC, spiritualitylast_img read more

New PPP tool connects small business with small-asset lenders

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Small Business Administration has launched a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) and other smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders.The forgivable PPP loan is emergency relief assistance aimed at sustaining businesses and keeping employees on payroll. Lender Match does not accept Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications.Within two business days after entering their information into the Lender Match platform, a borrower receives an email from lenders who have been matched with them. The borrower can see lenders’ requests for them to begin an application. Borrowers are then able to begin the application process directly from the email they receive.last_img read more

Ahead of virtual open house, Johnson City teacher talks strategy to success, despite the screen

first_img“We wanted to make sure that we set time aside that we could address specific needs, wants, concerns with the parents about their own specific child beforehand,” she explained Tuesday. She’s putting this plan in place to nurture the parent-teacher relationship that she said is extra important this year. When parents are then brought all together, the plan is to talk about more big pictures topics like home expectations and schedules. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — With so many events turned virtual, the Johnson City Central School District is adapting the open house experience into an online format. Normally in-person, she’s tackling the added challenge of a screen between her and parents by offering personal meetings on top of the group session. Johnson City fifth grade teacher Taylor Plocinski is preparing for her school’s virtual open house. Plocinski elaborated that she hopes to establish herself as resource for parents, for the benefit of the students.last_img read more

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Columbus lawmaker wants refunds for offended Colts fans

first_imgColumbus, In. — (Nicole Darrah-Fox News)Indianapolis football fans who want their money back when Colts players kneel during the playing of the national anthem could soon get their way — if legislation filed this week by a state lawmaker is approved.Republican Rep. Milo Smith, who represents the Columbus area, told the Indianapolis Star kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the government, and when he witnessed it himself at a game in September, “it didn’t sit right with me.”“To me when they take a knee during the national anthem, it’s not respecting the national anthem or our country,” Smith told the news outlet. “Our government isn’t perfect, but it’s still the best country in the world and I think we need to be respectful of it.”Smith explained his proposed bill wouldn’t be breaking any laws as it wouldn’t stop players from kneeling, but would require the Colts to refund fans who wanted their money back. He also explained it wouldn’t require the team to refund sports fans if members of the opposing team were to kneel during The Star-Spangled Banner.The conservative legislator’s proposal comes months after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 8 after opposing team players knelt during the anthem.Pence tweeted soon after he “will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”Earlier this month, a New Orleans Saints season ticket holder filed a lawsuit in Louisiana judicial district court claiming an alleged demonstration during the team’s Sept. 17 home game against the New England Patriots created an angry atmosphere that’s since made his tickets unusable.The fan is seeking attorney’s fees and a refund for his tickets, which The New Orleans Advocate reported cost around $8,000.last_img read more

Whitetails Unlimited awards $2,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Whitetails Unlimited has awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant totaling $2,000 to fund processing fees on donated large game and livestock.  “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program, “said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, “and pleased that this Whitetails Unlimited is continually making an investment in our community.”These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donations of large game and livestock within Indiana. Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to our “Meat” the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations, and gives this nutritious meat to hunger relief-agencies within Indiana. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them (farmers may also write-off fair market value on taxes), by taking their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area.  The donation will be processed, packaged in 1- to 2-pound packages and frozen. Local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. The individuals and families that Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry serves are reached through food banks and other hunger- relief agencies whose services are strictly for low income and poor populations.“The grant provided by Whitetails Unlimited will pay for approximately 1,500 pounds of donated large game and livestock, which will then be distributed to area hunger-relief agencies – providing almost 6,000 meals to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. Even as the economy is improving, many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck. Indiana residents who must regularly choose between paying bills and buying groceries, continue to struggle to stay afloat but become even more in debt. In Indiana, approximately 1 out of every 4 households with children – report an inability to afford enough food to feed their family. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Protein, one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children and young adults, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry assists in meeting basic needs within each county we serve. By assisting individuals and families that are struggling with this situation, the organization gives families the ability to avoid hunger and not have to choose between bills and groceries – allowing those aging and vulnerable populations to get back on track to hunger-free, independent living.“To date, we have 83 participating meat processors working within 85 counties in Indiana to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “In the last six years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute over 1,123,000 pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing approximately 4.5 million meals to Hoosiers in need.”Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.last_img read more

Rohr: I’ve hired an international lawyer to get NFF pay my outstanding $100,000

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr, has raised alarm over the sum of $100,000 owed him in bonuses and allowances by the Nigeria Football Federation.The Franco-German coach, who made this claim in chat with insideworldfootball on Tuesday, said he had hired Jean-Jacques Bertrand, who served as the lawyer of Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, to negotiate with the NFF on his behalf to get the arrears paid.Rohr said: “I preferred to get Jean-Jacques involved because it got to a stage that I didn’t want to be speaking to the federation about money all the time. It got tiring… I wanted to take my mind away from money and simply focus on my job and let him deal with the issues off the field.“While I have had a good time with my players and staff over the last three years, I have to say that relations with the administration have not been very easy, especially when it comes to the payment of my wages and that of the bonuses and allowances of my players and staff. There needs to be a lot more respect in this regard.”Nigeria, under Rohr, won a bronze medal at the last Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and have made a strong start in the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign, winning their first two matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho.“We have made a very strong start to the campaign and we hope to continue with that when the qualification series continues in August. Hopefully, I will still be here by this time,” Rohr laughs.The manager’s contract terminates in June 2020 but discussion for a new deal is slated for January 2020, with the NFF President,.Rohr said: “The President of the Nigeria Football Federation has told me that we will sit down in January 2020 for a discussion and the conclusion of the extension of my contract, which runs out on the 30th of June.“To be very honest, I have enjoyed the last three years with the national team of Nigeria, because I can see the progress that I have made with the players over this period.“I think that I have the chance to do something with this group for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The players are young, disciplined and willing to learn. I am very happy with them and my staff. We have formed a strong team, a strong unit.“But I am surprised that the federation are taking their time to conclude a contract. And to be honest, I am also surprised that when I was given a contract extension after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, it was only extended until July 2020, which is right in the middle of qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. That is not normal and it is only the federation that can explain the reason for this.“According to the provisions of my current contract with Nigeria, I am free, from January 1st 2020, to enter into a pre-contract agreement with any club or national team, to start work with them on the first of July 2020. That is my right.“After the AFCON in Egypt, I was approached by some national teams but I made it clear that I was still under contract with Nigeria and was happy to continue with my work here.“I will wait for my conversation with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation in January, when he says that we shall arrange a time to sit down and talk. We shall see what happens.” Tags: Gernot RohrNFFlast_img read more

Kidney support for captain Heaslip

first_imgCoach Declan Kidney is impressed by the way Jamie Heaslip has approached the Ireland captaincy amid difficult circumstances, insisting he is making “strong decisions”. Heaslip has come under close scrutiny so far this RBS 6 Nations, with the Leinster number eight receiving criticism for providing a lack of leadership during the defeats by England and Scotland. But Kidney accepts Heaslip has inherited the post at a challenging time, and said: “When things aren’t going as well as you want them to, you push the comments that are out there to one side and get on with your job. Jamie has done that and done it very well.” He added: “There’s a bit of adversity around the place and it’s the measure of a man as to how he deals with that. “Jamie’s making strong decisions for us and all we need to do is execute on those decisions.” Kidney denies Heaslip is struggling to stamp his authority on the team due to the presence of predecessor Brian O’Driscoll, who has been relieved of the captaincy but continues to play at outside centre “I would say quite the opposite actually, Brian being there has been a huge help. Now we have a couple of leaders speaking up,” Kidney said. “There have been times in the past when I’ve been prompting other players to speak up. Now Jamie and Brian do that role.” Kidney’s own position is the subject of doubt and his chances of earning a contract extension beyond the summer appear to have died alongside Ireland’s chances of winning the Six Nations. “In rugby terms this has been the most challenging Six Nations I’ve experienced,” Kidney said. “There have been a lot of things happening outside our control that we’ve had to deal with. But I couldn’t ask any more from the players. “The frustrating thing is that we’ve put ourselves in positions to win matches. As a result of not taking one or two chances, we are where we are.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Kurtis Patterson added to Australia squad for two-Test series against Sri Lanka

first_imgSpeaking about his selection to ESPNCricinfo, Patterson said he had no expectations coming out of the game in Hobart. “You want to be picked when playing well and I feel I am. Obviously, there’s some hard work to be done this week, but if I get that opportunity, I’ll be really looking forward to it,” Patterson said.Patterson’s addition continues the selection of a new crop of batsmen in the Test squad following the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner. Will Puckovski, Marnus Labuschange and Marcus Harris are the new bunch of youngsters to get a chance in the series against Sri Lanka which will begin with the Day-Night Test in Brisbane on Thursday. The series will end with the second Test at Australia’s newest Test venue in Canberra.For Sri Lanka, they will be aiming to break their jinx Down Under and secure their first-ever win in a Test in Australia. However, they have been in woeful form heading to Australia, having not won a single game in New Zealand and recently being whitewashed 3-0 at home against England. Their chances have taken a bigger hit with seamer Nuwan Pradeep ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury.Pradeep, who has been suffering from hamstring injuries and has not played a Test since October 2017, bowled only two overs and did not play any further part in the warm-up game in Hobart and scans revealed a grade one strain on his hamstring muscle, putting him in doubt even for the three Tests against South Africa after the Australia tour. New Delhi: Kurtis Patterson, the left-hander who played a vital part for the Australia U-19 team during the 2012 edition, slammed 157* and 102* in the warm-up game for Cricket Australia against Sri Lanka in Hobart. Although this match did not have First-Class status, Greg Chappell, the national selector and Australia skipper Tim Paine were in attendance and impressed by the knocks, Patterson was drafted as the 14th member of the Australia side for the two-Tests against Sri Lanka. National selector Trevor Hohns said Patterson had been “pushing his case for selection for some time”.  “We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection.  Given Kurtis’ consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week’s tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad,” Hohns said in a statement.Australia had a poor Test series with the bat against India and no Australian reached triple figures at home in a series of four Tests or more for the first time since 1882-83. They also lost a Test series at home to an Asian nation for the first time. Patterson’s performances are a continuation of the consistency he has shown in the last couple of games, where he smashed 107* and 43 against Western Australia and 45 against South Australia playing for New South Wales. Earlier, Patterson had scored 167 in a New South Wales Premier Cricket Game. highlights Kurtis Patterson was part of U-19 squad for 2012 World Cup.Sri Lanka have never won a Test in Australia.Nuwan Pradeep out of series due to a hamstring problem. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more