Getty Images The slap-in-the-face Robert Kraft solicitation story is three days old, and if police in south Florida prove their case against the Patriots owner, I believe he’ll be suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell. Without any new weekend news on the case, I’ll lead this week with the official start of draft season. The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville two months from tonight. The first day of the week-long NFL Scouting Combine is Tuesday in Indianapolis. So it’s a good time for college-football know-nothings like me to start the learning process on the new names that will be household names in the pro football world by late April. This is not setting up to be a dramatic year in the draft, or in the run-up to the draft, except for one thing: where Kyler Murray goes. The undersized (5-9 7/8, Oklahoma says) quarterback set college football on fire last fall and could go anywhere from the first overall pick (Arizona) to fourth (Oakland) to … [Read more...] about FMIA: The Combine Names to Know and How NFL Might Handle Kraft
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PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
Less than 48 hours after learning he had been traded from Cleveland to Utah, Kyle Korver stepped on the floor on Friday for the first time as a Jazzman in 2018, and immediately hit a three just 12 seconds after entering the game. But to get Korver to that point was a mammoth undertaking by a team of behind-the-scenes individuals working together to make it possible to put him in a Jazz uniform so quickly, and to set Korver up with a future in Utah for the rest of the season. Here’s how it all happened: Like most players do, Korver was taking a pregame nap before his Cleveland Cavaliers — the team with the worst record in the NBA — were to face the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. That’s when he got the news: “I woke up from my pregame nap with a bunch of missed phone calls from my GM and my agent, and I was like 'well, something happened!’” That Korver was traded wasn’t a huge shock to him. Given the Cavaliers … [Read more...] about The anatomy of a trade: This is what happened to new Jazz forward Kyle Korver when he was dealt from Cleveland to Utah
Sri Lanka vs England, third Test scoreboard ENG 336 & 230 beat SL 240 & 284 by 42 runs Jack Leach ensured England kept their nerve in Colombo to turn their series win over Sri Lanka into a true collector's item - a 3-0 whitewash on foreign soil. Leach took three of the six required wickets as well as a vitally important run out to seal a 42-run win and make Joe Root's side just the third English touring team to sweep a series of three or more games. Such achievements are not easy to come by - the last time it happened, in New Zealand, John F Kennedy was planning for a second term as President of the United States and the Beatles were three days away from releasing their debut album - and Sri Lanka pushed England harder than anyone expected. Chasing a ground record 327 and starting on 53 for four, Kusal Mendis (86) and Roshen Silva (65) both made major inroads before a last-wicket stand worth 58 threatened the unlikeliest of turnarounds in the third Test. Leach's left-arm … [Read more...] about England whitewash Sri Lanka after spinners end long resistance