Last night, Acoustic-4-A-Cure IV took over the Fillmore in San Francisco for a night of music and charity. Metallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s benefit concert featured Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLauchlan, Steve Vair, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, and Dave Grohl (who sat in for James Hetfield as he is away on tour). The artists played through acoustic sets, delivering once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations, and more.Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Rami Jaffee debuted a new Foo Fighters song, called “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” after playing through Foo favorites “Everlong,” “My Hero” and “Times Like These.” The song marks the band’s first new official release since 2012’s Sonic Highways and the 2015 “surprise” EP Saint Cecilia. With an international tour ahead of them, this new rock ballad is a positive indicator of the album the band is reportedly spending the year working on.Watch the first-ever live performance of “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” below, courtesy of YouTube user pepokiss:Another one of the night’s highlights was when Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir teamed up with drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Steve Vai, and bassist Ruth Davies to perform “Easy To Slip” by Little Feat, his original “Only A River,” as well as Dead classics “The Other One” and “Loose Lucy,” which Sammy Hagar joined in for. You can watch a clip of that below, courtesy of @chefikefrazee:
Press Association The Northern Irishman has a real liking for the Chinese event and had serenely made his way through to the semi-finals, prompting thoughts of a third title in as many years. But 2005 world champion Murphy blocked his path, taking a 6-4 win to set-up a final date with Mark Selby. Mark Allen’s hopes of winning three straight Haikou World Open titles were ended by Shaun Murphy on Saturday. Selby saw off Marco Fu in the earlier last-four clash, meaning Murphy has a chance to avenge his 6-1 drubbing by his good friend in January’s Masters. Murphy had to pull out all the stops against an in-form Allen but, after beating Graeme Dott on a fluked black on Friday, looked in the mood to enjoy himself. He went 1-0 up and, despite being pegged back, knocked in scores of 74 and 69 to go clear at 3-1. Allen hit back with a 57 but 67 from Murphy put him close to glory. The next two frames were shared and when Allen slammed in a hundred to make it 5-4. Murphy held his nerve, though, and got over the line. Earlier in the day, Selby held off a spirited Fu fightback to book his place in the showpiece. The Leicester cueman led 5-1 only to be pegged back to 5-4 by Fu, before clearing from the last red to the back to win under real pressure. World number two Selby was never really at his best throughout, with a high break of 74 the highlight as he slugged out to 5-1 ahead. Fu then found some fluency to come back, with a 104 making it 5-4. Selby is a master of the pressure situation, though, and got the job done.
Wisconsin men’s football didn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher last season for the first time since 2008.After Heisman hopeful and potential first round pick Corey Clement suffered an early groin injury in week one’s blowout loss to Alabama, backups Taiwan Deal and Dare Ogunbowale were unable to carry the unanticipated load and fell flat during a mediocre season.The two amassed only 1,322 total yards and averaged a combined 3.8 yards per carry.While Clement recovered with enough time to play against Rutgers on Halloween, he finished the year with only 231 rushing yards and was forced to sit out the season finale at Minnesota for off-field disciplinary issues.Football: Clement cited for off-campus altercationThe miserable junior season for Wisconsin running back Corey Clement took another ugly turn Wednesday. According to Zach Heilprin of Read…The numbers were particularly atypical for a school that is frequently known for its legendary backfields, but the three returning backs remain unfazed by the expectations that come each season.“With Corey down last season and Dare and I vying for time, we all just became really close,” Deal said. “It’s a party every time we see each other now and we carry that fun off the field into our practice and work each week.”Wisconsin has never been a stranger to a two-back set, and has sported some of the most productive tandems college football has ever seen.That list is headlined by five straight years with John Clay and Montee Ball in 2010, Ball and James White from 2011-12, White and Melvin Gordon in 2013 and Gordon and Clement in 2014. Each duo racked up more than 2,600 yards on the ground and made up five of the top six most efficient two-back sets in Big Ten history.Despite all the success two running back offenses have had for the Badgers over the years, this close triangle of guys has a different feel. With Clement finally returning to health late in spring practice, a rare three-back set could emerge entering an especially brutal fall schedule.“We’re all brothers,” Clement said. “Whether it’s a good or a bad play, we hold each other accountable and work with each other to make it positive. No one guy thinks they’re higher than any other guy in the group and that makes it fun to be around.”Football: As spring winds down, quarterback battle heats upThe battle for the Wisconsin’s quarterback spot is in full swing this spring and remains one of the big question marks Read…The backs enter their second season under head running backs coach John Settle. Settle resumed his position at University of Wisconsin after a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and University of Pittsburg before returning to Madison with current head coach Paul Chryst. Settle told ESPN’s Jesse Temple in March this year’s core really thought they were able to do the little things last season to help the Badgers get wins, and their close relationship will make them dangerous in the coming season.“Coach Settle does an excellent job of implementing both collegiate and NFL skills on and off the field,” Clement said. “He treats us like adults and that’s how we, as a unit, want to be treated. Whoever’s the freshman in the room is going to get treated like a senior and that’s the mentality he wants you to have.”Despite the lack of productivity a season ago, Clement’s absence might have been what this unit needed to reach the elite level associated with a typical Wisconsin backfield. The entire offensive line from last season is coming back and Chryst has finally built the power running unit he set out to establish in his return to Wisconsin.“I think we can be one of the best tandems in the country,” Deal said. “Three running backs that all have power and speed; we can do some really good things this season.”With the final week of spring practice in the books, the three will enter summer play at full strength and look forward to the fall. Clement rehabbed his way back into live scrimmages at practice and seems relatively healthy entering his senior year.“[Ogunbawole and Deal] are motivating competitors and just always going,” Clement said. “You want those guys around you to help you get better.”Settle and the backs seemed incredibly confident exiting spring practice last Thursday. All in all, team cohesion in the backfield looks solid and could push the Badgers back into form as a running powerhouse.“It feels great to carry on the tradition and legacy of some of those legendary running backs,” Deal said. “This is Wisconsin football and we are the ‘running back university.’”