Dead & Company Brings Donna Jean, Debuts & Huge Jams To Citi Field Opener

first_imgThe travelling musical circus that is Dead & Company arrived at New York’s Citi Field last night, and they brought a special guest and some serious jams with them. As the band emerged to tune their instruments and settle in for the beginning of the first set, Donna Jean Godchaux emerged and took a spot on stage between Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer. After joining the band for the first time for an incredible, festival-closing performance at Bonnaroo, Deadheads wondered if they’d see Godchaux again, and it turns out she is a secret-weapon of sorts for when Dead & Company plays to larger audiences. Citi Field’s spacious capacity of 45,000 qualifies as huge, so when the band hit the first notes of a show-opening “Shakedown Street”, it was met with a huge roar and a wave of dancing fans.After the fun “Shakedown” opener, the band switched gears to powerful versions of “Jack Straw” and “Althea”. Mayer’s guitar prowess was on full display during this opening run, as he absolutely destroyed every opportunity he had to make his mark, soloing his way through all three songs like a true champion of improvisation and sending the crowd into a frenzy multiple times as a result.Watch Dead & Company rip through “Jack Straw,” below.“Loose Lucy” and the plodding “Ramble on Rose” were up next, giving the crowd a big sing-a-long moment with Bob Weir, who was in great spirits all night, as he passionately lead the band as they jammed throughout the evening. Perhaps the highlight of the first set, however, was a sultry, swampy take on “Sugaree”. Mayer has really made this song his own while playing with Dead & Company, as the song is an excellent fit for his vocal range, and the bluesy tune is perfect for his style of guitar playing. Set One came to a conclusion with the band’s second-ever performance of “Passenger” and a rockin’ “Casey Jones” that turned on the the heat towards the end, and left the crowd excited for the fireworks that were on-deck for set two. Before walking off stage, Bob Weir made sure to mention Headcount and their Participation Row initiative taking place on D&C tour, as Weir told the audience to find their desk inside the stadium to register to vote.Set two started with the spacey, floating opening of “Dark Star,” and the band turned in a relentless, wild version of the famous jam launchpad. The trio of Mayer, Burbridge, and organist Jeff Chimenti were incredible together, weaving through the song with excitement as they built it to a climax. Suddenly, the band was playing “Friend of the Devil”, and the intensity of “Dark Star” turned into a huge moment for fans to catch their breath and sing along with the band. It was good timing, as the legendary “Scarlet Begonias” -> “Fire On The Mountain” combo was up next, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The night’s energy reached a peak as the band transitioned between the two songs, and the band performed the duo of classics with passion. The band built “Fire” up and out of nowhere a thumping beat started, and it was time for “Drums” > “Space.” The famous percussive segment started out with a bumping beat, which eventually dissolved into a Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart-led musical freakout.Out of the wild “Space” segment, the percussive opening of “The Other One” could be heard breaking through the madness, and Weir then led the band through the intense tune.After a beautiful version of “Wharf Rat”, Dead & Company closed out the show with a band debut from the Dead’s catalog, Weir’s classic political rocker “Throwing Stones”. The song was met with jubilation, and the “ashes, ashes all fall down” lyric could be heard being howled into the sky by the huge crowd.Dead & Company returned to the stage for a two-song encore that perfectly showcased the band’s diverse style. As Mayer emerged from the backstage with an acoustic guitar and, to the delight of the hometown crowd, a Mets jersey, the band played the beloved ballad “Ripple” to open the encore. After a final sing-a-long moment, the band closed things out with an up-tempo version of “One More Saturday Night”, which wasn’t exactly a surprise, but still left fans dancing wildly, given one last opportunity to dance before the unforgettable night came to a close.Dead & Company return to Citi Field this evening to complete their two-night-run.Setlist: Dead & Company at Citi Field, New York, NY – 6/25/2016Set One: Shakedown Street, Jack Straw, Althea, Loose Lucy, Ramble On Rose, Sugaree, Passenger, Casey JonesSet Two: Dark Star -> Friend of the Devil, Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain, Drums -> Space -> The Other One, Wharf Rat, Throwing StonesEncore: Ripple, One More Saturday NightCheck out a full gallery of photos from Chad Anderson Photography, below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Rising seas, raising hopes

first_imgBy the end of this century, sea levels in the Netherlands may rise more than 4 feet, a troubling prospect in a country where 70 percent of GNP is produced in protected areas that are below sea level.To cope with the prospect of fast-rising water, two schools of thought have evolved in the nation of vulnerable delta cities: Use engineering know-how to build up dikes and improve pumping technology, or open cities to the sea in such a way that natural systems can co-exist with human habitation.The second course — call it a “proto-ecological intervention” — is where Harvard comes in. Over the past two years, students at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) have puzzled over what they call the country’s “climate conundrum” in a project funded by the Netherlands.In a daylong series of studio presentations at Gund Hall on Monday (May 3), the 14 students from the departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design presented their capstone ideas to Dutch officials. Some watched on a trans-Atlantic video link. Others were in low-slung Room B-04, where the four walls were lined with massive poster boards on wheels.The students, part of a research project led by GSD professors Pierre Belanger and Nina-Marie Lister, focused on Dordrecht, the oldest city in Holland. The historic market city, which is bounded by five rivers, is at risk from more than rising sea levels. It faces sea surges from the west, river flooding from the east, and dramatic subsidence in “polders,” the tracts of land captive within dikes.One idea already afloat in the Netherlands is to seal Dordrecht behind a kind of super-dike. That would be the culmination of the world-class civil engineering that the Dutch have practiced for more than 500 years. (Per capita, Dutch expenditures on flood defense — 2 billion Euros a year — match U.S. military spending.)But other Dutch officials are drawn to going beyond traditional dikes and pumps. Closing the city off from any influence of the rivers or the sea is a bad idea, said Ellen Kelder, Dordrecht’s water manager, who attended the presentations along with city planner Judit Bax.Bring in ecology, she said, echoing some of the Harvard presenters. It’s important to make the seacoast city a kind of plastic entity that will flex with natural rhythms instead of defying them.The city was part of a Dutch “delta commission” formed after catastrophic seacoast flooding in 1953, said Bax. Last year, a new delta commission was formed to look ahead to 2100. One idea proposed, she said, would be to open up that closed system to the forces of nature, including tides, flood surges, and rising water levels.The basic idea is simple, said Kelder: “living with water.”Bring in the issue of energy, she added. After all, Holland’s present flood control structures and pumping systems require almost 100,000 barrels of foreign oil a day, and fossil fuels are finite.Dordrecht is one of 40 Dutch cities that are questioning the primacy of engineering-only solutions for what they call “flood defense.” By 2015, each city will develop a strategic plan in the national project called “Room for the River.”Dordrecht also helped form “Drecht cities,” a consortium of riverside towns looking at regional solutions to flooding.The city has teamed with Spanish venture capitalists on the Urban Flood Management Project, part of a bid to be in the forefront of a global conversation on how cities will cope with climate change.But Kelder still fears that any water safety discussion in Holland will stay focused only on engineering solutions. Instead, she said, “We are looking for a paradigm shift.”The GSD students had the same game-shifting notion. Their projects looked at a future Dordrecht region. It could be a place where algae are farmed for energy, and where fertilizer-intensive dry-land agriculture gives way to farming mollusks.It could be “depopulated” as residents are drawn to flood-resilient housing outside the dikes and existing streets alternately become public spaces and flood-control mechanisms.  Why shouldn’t there be fewer people in the city, asked one presentation. After all, in sprawling Dordrecht, 60 percent of the land mass employs only 1 percent of its citizens. Or the future Dordrecht could be a place of “gradient urbanism,” where dikes are expanded to become places to live. Or it could be a place of “climate capitalism,” where the adaptation to sea level rise is the engine for new industries.One project noted that by the middle of this century, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in flood-prone delta regions. A future Dordrecht that relied on “ecological interventions” to supplement engineering solutions could become a coastal urban template for the world.Bax, the city planner, liked the sweep of the Harvard presentations, and that they were created by “people from another continent, with a fresh view.”To summarize and illustrate their complex projects, the students designed and printed a “Depoldering Dordrecht” brochure, complete with faux ads that anticipate a future in commercial concert with the sea. There were ads for estuary-cultivated pearls, “one-stop shopping” for oysters and other bivalves, and a bumper sticker that read: “We [Heart] Floods.”Of all the ads, said Belanger, “The one for Prada hip boots is my favorite.”But what can Harvard possibly bring to the Dutch, who have so expertly been holding back the sea for centuries?“A fresh look,” said Tracy Metz, a Dutch urbanist, architecture writer, and critic who originated the idea of a Harvard-Holland partnership. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard from 2006 to 2007.“The Dutch will always have to pump,” but you can’t only pump, said Metz, especially since many of the hard-engineering solutions of recent decades have come with a steep ecological price. “We want to find new ways of living with water and living with nature.”The Harvard project might help, said Kelder, calling it a collection of ideas that are smart, innovative, and “beautifully presented.”But the next step has to be translating these ideas into something that politicians, businessmen, and citizens will understand. “Everyone has to see the benefits. Then we will go there,” said Kelder.Meanwhile, ideas should be supplemented with a pilot project that interrupts the engineering-only dialogue. “It’s very important to break up the discussion,” she said, sitting near the bright student posters. “And you don’t break up a discussion with just this.”Metz said the Harvard-Holland project could go into a third year, though discussions are continuing. If it did, GSD students and faculty would deal with issues in Rotterdam, the largest Dutch port.As for Dordrecht, said Kelder: Two years is a start for a university-government collaboration, but 10 or 20 years makes more sense.“It’s brilliant what they’ve done,” she said of the GSD students. “Now we need to do something with it.”The May 4 presentations were sponsored by the Harvard-Netherlands Project on Climate Change, Water, Land Development, and Adaptation, in association with the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management; the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment; and the Netherlands-based Deltares Institute. Participating graduate students — who spend a week in Dordrecht in March — were Casey Elmer, Jianhang Gao, Kimberly Garza, Julia Grinkrug, Eamonn Hutton, Haein Lee, Jae Yoon Lee, James Moore, Abhishek Sharma, Soomin Shin, Richa Shukla, Gyoung Tak Park, Sarah Thomas, and Laci Videmsky.last_img read more

China defends Wuhan pool party after viral video prompts outrage

first_imgA massive pool party attended by thousands of people at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic showed how well China had dealt with disease, authorities insisted Thursday, despite images from the event prompting outrage around the world.Pictures and video of the weekend electronic music party in Wuhan — where COVID-19 first emerged in December 2019 — have gone viral, attracting a huge negative response in places where lockdowns are still in effect.The headline “Life’s a beach in Wuhan as world pays virus price” — splashed across the front page of Australia’s Daily Telegraph — was typical of some mainstream news headlines, while comments on social media sites were more colorfully frank. Topics : Under fire But China said Thursday the pool party showed the city’s “strategic victory” against the outbreak, and said the images were proof the country’s approach to controlling the virus had been successful.”I saw relevant reports by AFP, and it is said that people in Europe and America were very shocked,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press briefing.”This shows that Wuhan has won a strategic victory in its fight against the epidemic,” he said.China has come under fire from around the world since the outbreak of the virus, which has infected over 22 million people and killed nearly 800,000.Beijing has denied US accusations that China covered up the initial outbreak and handled it badly.Zhao called on the media to “report the real situation in China” so people abroad could understand the country’s fight against the epidemic.Wuhan has not reported any new virus cases in months after undergoing a draconian lockdown and strict restrictions earlier this year.center_img China’s nationalist Global Times newspaper hit back against what it called “sour grapes” abroad.AFP’s video of the event has been viewed more than 16 million times since it was posted.One Twitter user called the event “incredibly irresponsible”, while another suggested there was “no way” it would not lead to more cases of coronavirus.last_img read more

NPFL: Rivers United tame Adamawa United

first_imgRelatedPosts Rivers United tame Warri Wolves NPFL: Rivers United, Lobi Stars go joint top Why Keshi won’t drop Odunlami, Oshaniwa Rivers United produced their most dominant league performance in over four seasons on Sunday in a one-sided 2-0 victory over Adamawa United in Gombe. Junior Osaghae and Malachi Ohawume were the goalscoring contributors for the Port Harcourt club, either side of half time. The big news before kickoff was that former Super Eagles centre half, Azubuike Egwuekwe, would be making his first start of the season while mainstays, Kunle Odunlami and Captain Festus Austine, would miss out on the game. The absence of the two regulars, Austine and Oduami, did not weaken the side and if anything, galvanized the troops into producing the most dominant league performance ever witnessed in recent memory. United could have racked up double figures in the contest and it would not have flattered them – such was the level of dominance displayed by the ‘Pride of Rivers’ at the Pantami Stadium. United started in brisk fashion with Ishaq Rafiu leaving his marker for dead in the second minute before seeing his goal-bound shot blocked. A minute later, Rivers United came close again with visionary midfielder, Esor Nelson, just failing to reach the lively Ishaq’s teasing cross. The Pride of Rivers continued to play on the front foot and almost took the lead in the fifth minute when a devastating counter attack that involved three players, goalkeeper, Darlington Ovunda, midfielder, Bakary Bamba, and forward, Stephen Gopey, culminated in the attacker firing agonisingly wide from close range. The pattern of missing a plethora of chances continued in the seventh minute when Amos James produced a stunning goal line clearance to deny Gopey, whose exquisitely-taken half volley seemed destined for the bottom corner. Three minutes later, Ishaq almost scored an extraordinary goal, straight from a corner but the shell-shocked Bulus Pwadadi in the Adamawa United goal scrambled to make an important stop, pushing the ball away for a corner. In the 13th minute, Bakary Bamba should have opened the scoring for the visitors had he kept his effort low when he carved out space on the near side and after driving forward with menace. The hosts were struggling to put passes together and barely stepped out of their half as they concentrated instead on stopping wave after wave of Rivers United attacks. In the 21st minute, Adamawa United finally created their first goal scoring opportunity in the shape of Idris Abubakar’s tame effort from the edge of the box which Ovunda stooped with minimal fuss. Almost immediately, the regular pattern of the game resumed with Rivers United creating dangerous moments, almost at will. Junior Osaghae missed two excellent opportunities in the 23rd and 24th minutes respectively but he wasnt to be denied for much longer. In the 25th minute, the midfielder displayed great movement off the ball to meet Gopey’s inch perfect delivery with a stunning header which hit the back of the net before Pwadadi could move a muscle. The goal was the least their dominance deserved but to their credit, Rivers United did not rest on their laurels and nearly got a second goal two minutes later as Gopey saw a fierce effort spectacularly kept out by the overworked Bulus. Poor decision making by Esor Nelson denied Gopey a chance to double Rivers United’s advantage on the half hour as Esor choose to shoot from an impossible angle rather than square to the unmarked attacker. The dominance of the visitors was near total with Osaghae managing to miss two more gilt-edged opportunities before the half was over. One of the chances was a header from three yards with a gaping goal at his mercy after Bulus had already been displaced following Ishaq’s expertly taken corner. Football is replete with stories ‘games of two halves’  and if the home faithful expected the hosts to turn the tide in the second half, they were to be badly disappointed. Rivers United continued from where they stopped after the interval, coming close to adding to the score on three occasions before the game had reached the 50-minute mark. Odaghae headed Bakary Bamba’s cross wide on 47 minutes before remarkably placing a free header wide from point blank range, this time off an Ishaq cross. Defensive midfielder, Victor Chidume drove forward in the 49th minute before delivering a stunning no look pass to Esor who fired wide from close range. It was a remarkable passage of events as the home fans watched, stunned, while the visitors continued to dominate in resounding fashion. On 54 minutes, the hosts had a rare attacking moment of promise but the impressive Egwuekwe reacted well to prevent Idris Abubakar from plundering what would have represented a barely-deserved equalizer. Just before the hour, the marauding visitors came extremely close to doubling their money again but Esor, who was fed in exhilarating fashion by Osaghae, saw a brilliant goal-bound effort deflected for a corner. From the ensuing corner, Esor almost scored but a last ditch bit of heroic defending saw the hosts clear for another corner. Adamawa United were reeling but Rivers United would not take their foot off the gas. Peter Ubakanma, who was having a barnstorming evening at right back, overlapped impressively to meet a Cletus Emotan cross which was disappointly headed straight at Bulus from six yards in the 66th minute. Two minutes earlier, Rivers United had missed their best chance of the half when Gopey arrived in the six yard box with Bulus displaced. He pulled the trigger firmly enough and the away bench had erupted in what turned out to be premature celebrations as Lukman Surajo arrived from nowhere to make a goal saving clearance. It was a remarkable incident in the game and Surajo understandably celebrated like he’d netted the winner. The Pride Of Rivers however refused to despair, their belief hinged on the knowledge that they were the vastly superior side and that their overall quality would carry them safely over the line. Ubakanma raced forward again in the 72nd minute, taking matters into his own hands with a fizzing effort which flew inches wide of Bulus’ right hand post from 25 yards out. Rivers United were however almost punished in the 77th minute as Bobby Abel struck with poise and precision from 12 yards only to see his drive deflected for a corner by Bamba who just about arrived the scene at the opportune moment. The hosts seemed to have stirred from hibernation following that incident and should have levelled matters in the 79th minute. Idris Abubakar outsmarted the visitors’ rear guard, came face to face with Ovunda but somehow placed his effort over. Two minutes later, the ball was on the other end of the pitch as Ubakanma saw his freekick just about fly over. Gopey shot into the side netting in the 83rd minute after turning a defender inside out before substitute, Malachi Ohawume got denied by the offside flag. Ohawume was to have his moment of joy, three minutes from time as he stabbed into an unguarded net from.close range after seeing an initial effort come off the post. “The players put up a good effort and we want to amass points that will take us to the top of the table,” technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma told the club’s official website, after the game. United will next face MFM FC in Port Harcourt on January 5 in their first game of 2020. The Port Harcourt club have now moved into the continental places as they are now level on points with second-placed Lobi Stars on the log having amassed 18 points from 11 matches.— Tags: Festus OdulamiKunle OdunlamiMalachi Ohawumelast_img read more

Syracuse blown out by No. 6 Cornell, 5-0

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Feb. 6, 2018 at 10:09 p.m.No. 6 Cornell (15-7-3, 11-5-2 Eastern College Athletic Conference) drubbed Syracuse (9-17-2, 8-5-1 College Hockey Association), 5-0, on Tuesday at Lynah Rink in Ithaca. After the last game of its non-conference schedule, SU finished with one win and 12 losses outside of the CHA.SU struggled to begin the game, allowing three goals in the first period. After two goals from Cornell sophomore Kristin O’Neill in the first 15 minutes, Syracuse’s lone penalty in the period turned into a Cornell powerplay goal via junior forward Diana Buckley.Halfway through the first period, Orange freshman Emma Polaski hit the post on one of Syracuse’s three shots in the first period.In the second period, two goals in a span of six minutes pushed the Big Red lead to five, an insurmountable deficit for SU. O’Neill completed her hat trick with six minutes remaining in the period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile SU had one more powerplay opportunity than Cornell, it could not convert any into goals. This is the second time in three games that SU has not scored.Freshman goaltender Edith D’Astous-Moreau started in place of usual starter, senior goaltender Abbey Miller, and saved 32 of 37 shots. This was the freshman’s third start of the season and her first since Jan. 9, also against Cornell.With six games remaining before the CHA tournament, the Orange return to conference play when it faces Rochester Institute Technology at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 9.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Kristin O’Neill, Edith D’Astous-Moreau and Abbey Miller were misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets these errors. Commentslast_img read more

Stanley Cup playoffs 2020: Everything we know about the NHL’s potential resumption

first_imgTranslation? There’s still a lot to be ironed out — and, it needs to be noted, nothing is guaranteed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — but one thing appears to be more and more likely: a 2020 Stanley Cup champion will be crowned.”I want to make clear that the health and safety of our players, coaches, essential support staff, our communities are paramount,” Bettman said during the reveal of the format May 26. “While nothing is without risk, ensuring health and safety has been central to all of our planning so far and will remain so. Let me assure you that the reason we are doing this is because our fans are telling us in overwhelming numbers that they want us to complete the season, if at all possible, and our players and our teams are clear that they want to play and bring the season to its rightful conclusion.”When it’ll happen is still in flux because of such things as location, COVID-19 testing and mandatory 14-day quarantines to anyone entering Canada.MORE: NHL’s Phase 2 detailsPhase 2 of the NHL’s return plan began June 8, with Phase 3 and training camps tentatively slated to start on July 10.Here’s everything we know so far about the NHL’s potential return to the ice in Phase 4:Is the 2019-20 season over?Yes. Bettman announced the 2019-20 season has officially concluded.With that information, the Boston Bruins are the 2019-20 Presidents’ Trophy winners (100 points), backstopped by their William M. Jennings Trophy winners Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak.The Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl captures his first Art Ross Trophy with 110 points and Alex Ovechkin and David Pastrnak finish the season with 48 goals each to split the Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovechkin, who notched his 700th goal this season, now has nine goal-scoring titles to his name.MORE ON: Rocket Richard Trophy | Art Ross Trophy | 2019-20 seasonHow many teams will return to play?As reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on May 20, the league, the players and the Return to Play Committee have agreed on a 24-team format.John Carlson, speaking on @LunchTalkNBCSN, not a huge fan of the reported 24-team playoff format: “24 teams sounds like a lot of teams to me if I’m being honest.”— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 21, 2020The top 24 teams based on points percentage — teams had not all played the same number of games when the season was paused on March 12 — are seeded 1-12 in each conference. Seven teams will not resume play and will automatically enter the draft lottery.Eastern ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1Boston Bruins44-14-12.7142Tampa Bay Lightning43-21-6.6573Washington Capitals41-20-8.6524Philadelphia Flyers41-21-7.6455Pittsburgh Penguins40-23-6.6236Carolina Hurricanes38-25-5.5967New York Islanders35-23-10.5888Toronto Maple Leafs36-25-9.5799Columbus Blue Jackets33-33-15.57910Florida Panthers35-26-8.56511New York Rangers37-28-5.56412Montreal Canadiens31-31-9.500Western ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1St. Louis Blues42-19-10.6622Colorado Avalanche42-20-8.6573Vegas Golden Knights39-24-8.6064Dallas Stars37-24-8.5945Edmonton Oilers37-25-9.5856Nashville Predators35-26-8.5657Vancouver Canucks36-27-6.5658Calgary Flames36-27-7.5649Winnipeg Jets37-28-6.56310Minnesota Wild35-27-7.55811Arizona Coyotes33-29-8.52912Chicago Blackhawks32-30-8.514Teams that will not returnTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.Buffalo Sabres30-31-8.493New Jersey Devils28-29-12.493Anaheim Ducks29-33-9.472Los Angeles Kings29-35-6.457San Jose Sharks29-36-5.450Ottawa Senators25-34-12.437Detroit Red Wings17-49-5.275How would the playoffs work?Here’s what we know:There will be normal conference playoffs, meaning Eastern Conference teams will play Eastern Conference teams and Western Conference teams will play Western Conference teams. Before those take place, however, there will be a “Qualifying Round” to set the playoff field. Round-robin for top-four teamsThe top four seeds in each conference will receive byes from the Qualifying Round and will play a round-robin for seeding purposes for the usual first round of the playoffs (16 teams). If these games go to overtime, then they’ll be played under regular-season overtime rules. If there is a tie in points at the conclusion of the round-robin, percentage points from the regular season will be used as a tiebreaker.Eastern ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1Boston Bruins44-14-12.7142Tampa Bay Lightning43-21-6.6573Washington Capitals41-20-8.6524Philadelphia Flyers41-21-7.645Western ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1St. Louis Blues42-19-10.6622Colorado Avalanche42-20-8.6573Vegas Golden Knights39-24-8.6064Dallas Stars37-24-8.594Qualifying RoundThe teams seeded 5-12 will face off in this round. These series will be best-of-five matchups and will feature the usual playoff overtime rule of play until someone scores. Winners of these series will then meet the top four teams in a still-to-be-determined setting.Eastern Conference opening-round seriesMATCHUP(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers(8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue JacketsWestern Conference opening-round seriesMATCHUP(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets2020 Stanley Cup playoffsOnce the teams are whittled down to 16, it will be the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bettman told ESPN on June 15 that each round will be best of seven.Where will the games be held?”Hub cities” has been the magic phrase in sports, and the NHL is looking to play in two locations. Bettman said last month that 10 teams were in the running to serve as hub cities.CITYCOUNTRYTEAMChicago, Ill.United StatesBlackhawksColumbus, OhioUnited StatesBlue JacketsDallas, TexasUnited StatesStarsEdmonton, Alta.CanadaOilersLas Vegas, Nev.United StatesGolden KnightsLos Angeles, Calif.United StatesKings*Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.United StatesWildPittsburgh, Pa.United StatesPenguinsToronto, Ont.CanadaMaple LeafsVancouver, B.C.CanadaCanucks* The Kings’ season has officially ended.”The reason there are so many cities still in contention is we didn’t want to be in a situation with things in the world moving so quickly, changing from day to day, we didn’t want to get locked in,” Bettman told NBCSN’s Mike Tirico on May 26, noting a decision was, at minimum, three weeks away. “We don’t want to go to a place where there’s a lot of COVID-19. We don’t want to go to a place where we can’t get the testing we need, there’s going to be extensive testing . . . and there are governmental issues,” he said. “For example, currently, we don’t think we can do this in the Canadian markets because there’s a 14-day quarantine . . . if we get done with training camp and we want to go to a Canadian city, and to do that we have to quarantine a team for another 14 days, that isn’t going to work.”Bettman told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on June 15 that he is still in discussions with Canadian government officials about the length of the quarantine from the end of training camp to the start of the Qualifying Round. Will fans be able to attend?Bettman didn’t address this on May 26, but probably not. The league has looked into it but the complications are massive. The NHL and teams have done social distancing models for people in seats…most arenas, based on people being 6 feet apart in every direction…would only be able to host 2000 to 2500 fans at a game. A bit of a non-starter.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) May 20, 2020Will players be tested for COVID-19?Players will be tested daily, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.”We will have a rigorous daily testing protocol where players are tested every evening and those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test,” Daly said in a Zoom call on May 26. “It’s expensive, but we think it’s really a foundational element of what we’re trying to accomplish.” Bettman said that each test will cost around $125 with an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 tests needed for the entire playoffs, according to The Associated Press.Bettman told Greenberg that a person who tests positive “will be isolated” and that people who were “in close proximity” would be monitored through contact tracing.”Obviously, for any sport, if you have a major outbreak, it’s going to change everything; but we’re being told that an isolated case or a couple of isolated cases shouldn’t interfere with the plans, and we should be able to move forward,” Bettman said. The NHL is continuing to inch closer to a return.Commissioner Gary Bettman last month announced the steps the league and the NHL Players’ Association agreed upon to move forward, including the official ending of the 2019-20 season, a 24-team return-to-play format and how the draft lottery will look.last_img read more


first_imgSeamus Coleman and Rachel Cunningham who are to wed tomorrow.Killybegs will put on its brightest smile tomorrow when local soccer hero Seamus Coleman marries childhood sweetheart Rachel Cunningham.The down-to-earth couple have opted for a low-key wedding with the reception taking place at Harvey’s Point outside Donegal Town.However, reports have suggested that one slightly glamorous exception to the rule may be the wedding band – rumoured to be Irish pop sensations The Script. Have The Script ben pencilled in to play at Seamus Coleman’s wedding?Whether or not the Dublin rockers turn up remains to be seen, but the community of the harbour town are certainly looking forward to the day.The couple are remaining tight-lipped about the plans but they have invited many locals to the bash.Many of teacher Rachel’s school-friends have been invited as have Seamus’ former team-mates from St Catherine’s FC and Killybegs GAA team.Rachel had her hen party in Spain a number of weeks back but Seamus waited to have his stag bash after last Saturday night’s crunch European Championship game against Scotland in Dublin. Locals say they are not surprised that Seamus and Rachel have shunned the celebrity circuit and opted for a normal wedding.“There is nothing stuck-up about Seamus or Rachel. They both come from really honest, hard-working families and Seamus just happens to b a football player.“When he coms home to Killybegs, he is just one of the lads and he is rated the same way by his friends as he was when h was playing for St Catherine’s or for Sligo Rovers.“Everyone is wishing them well and is hoping that they have a rally lovely day. They are a lovely couple and thy deserve all the happiness that comes their way,” said one local woman.HAS HUSBAND-TO-BE SEAMUS COLEMAN READ ‘THE SCRIPT’? was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegsseamus colemanThe Scriptweddinglast_img read more