A year later, Tosti knocking on LAAC door again

first_imgLA ROMANA, Dominican Republic – Alejandro Tosti’s story can come full circle this week at the Latin America Amateur Championship. The winner here at Caso de Campo receives a spot in the Masters – a tournament Tosti has been itching to play ever since he was 5 years old, when he watched the telecast on TV, grabbed a barbecue stick and smacked a deodorant ball around his family’s home in Rosario, Argentina. “I was hitting the ball all over and breaking glasses,” he recalled Friday. “My mom would scream, ‘Stop doing that!’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I want to go play golf.’” Tosti’s parents didn’t play, and his mother, Patricia, asked why he didn’t want to try soccer or tennis or rugby – the popular sports in their home country. He still wouldn’t budge. His parents flipped through the Yellow Pages to find a spot to practice. The nearest course was in Perez, about 10 miles away. Tosti started playing there on the weekends, but with his parents’ busy work schedule – his father, Juan Carlos, was an electronic engineer and his mother a secretary – the 8-year-old often walked seven blocks to the bus station and took the one-hour ride to the club, alone. “I was loving the sport and nobody was telling me to go practice,” he said. “I went because I wanted to.” Echavarria takes 3-shot lead Tosti won his first national junior title when he was 8, on a short course with 120-yard par 3s, 200-yard par 4s and 250-yard par 5s, and with seven mismatched clubs gifted from his first swing coach, Lincho Romero. A few years later, Tosti joined the Argentina Golf Association and attended a high-performance institute in Buenos Aires. At age 15, he took his first trip to the U.S., but his English was so limited that he couldn’t even ask for a Coke. Several college golf coaches still extended scholarship offers, even though Tosti hadn’t even considered the possibility of playing in the States. “But then I started looking at all the guys in my country who were playing really good amateur golf and turning pro at 18, after high school,” he said. “They really struggled, because it’s a profession. You have to work and know the world, know how to speak English. Those guys had a problem at the age of 22 without a plan B in their life.” With a year off between high school and college, Tosti spent every afternoon with a tutor to learn the language. He passed the SAT exam and chose to play at the University of Florida, largely because of his relationship with Gators assistant coach John Handrigan. In June 2014, J.C. Deacon was one day into his tenure as Florida’s head coach when he reached out to Tosti to gauge whether he was still interested in coming to Gainesville after the coaching change. Tosti never answered the call, instead sending back a text: “I don’t speak English.” Not surprisingly, then, it was a turbulent freshman year. He struggled with the language barrier and expressing himself with his teammates and coaches, with the balance of golf and coursework, with his parents being a 16-hour flight away. “It was really difficult to keep up with everything,” he said. Yet his fortunes appeared to improve at last year’s Latin America Amateur, in his home country of Argentina. One shot off the lead with two holes to play, with a Masters berth on the line, he missed a 4-foot par putt on the 71st hole and failed to birdie the last even after eventual winner Matias Dominguez made bogey to open the door. Tosti was devastated, but he found solace in his college coach. In the 2005 U.S. Amateur semifinals, with a Masters berth on the line, Deacon held a 1-up lead with two to play against Dillon Dougherty. He dropped the last two holes and lost the match. “I’ve felt those feelings, of getting the Masters snatched away from you, and it was fun in a way to tell him that story,” Deacon said by phone Friday. “He understood. But I told him: ‘It’s what you make of it now.’” Tosti’s game was trending upward after the LAAC, but a tooth infection that went untreated sent him to the hospital during the NCAA postseason. Suffering from severe headaches, vomiting and fatigue, Tosti’s doctors determined that he had encephalitis – essentially, swelling of the brain – which required nine days in a hospital bed with a catheter, and 20 more days at home where he administered the IV himself. When his health finally improved, his game wasn’t nearly sharp enough to contend for any of the major titles over the summer. In fact, Deacon said, “it wasn’t until the last three events this fall [which included a win at FGCU Classic] that we started seeing the Tosti that we all know.” Now he has returned to the Latin America Amateur, where the memories of last year’s near miss are still fresh. After a rocky opening-round 75, Tosti improved 10 shots on Friday, making nine birdies during a 7-under 65 that moved him into a share of second place, three behind leader Nicolas Echavarria of Colombia. “I feel the other guys are going to ask themselves how he did that with a double bogey,” Tosti said. “It is the round at the right moment for this tournament.” “None of his coaches or teammates are surprised by any of this,” Deacon said. “He has no fear on the golf course. He thinks he can hit every shot and, honestly, he can. He’s so explosive. He’s very powerful and has a great touch. He’s really the whole package, and when he gets in a rhythm there’s almost no one that can hang with him.” Tosti has one of the most natural swings Deacon has ever seen – a powerful, efficient action that was groomed by watching the Masters, by whacking around a deodorant ball with a barbecue stick, and now has improved with the help of Hernan Rey, a member of the Argentina Golf Association who teaches at the Gary Gilchrist Academy in central Florida. “What he can do with the golf ball and the technique and kind of form he’s learned somehow, some way, it was like he was touched by the golf gods,” Deacon said. “He has the talent and ability with the short game that no one else can do. I’ll ask him how he hit a shot, and he’ll say: “Coach, I just do it.’ He puts that picture in his mind and his body creates it. It’s truly a gift that he has.” The next step – the only step left – in his progression is to win a major amateur title, to gain more exposure on the global stage. Perhaps after learning the hard way last year, Tosti has expressed little interest in talking about what a spot in the Masters would mean until he holes out on the 72nd hole, until he lifts the trophy. “But trust me, it would mean everything to him,” Deacon said. “Every time he practices or plays, it’s with that Masters logo in the back of his mind.”last_img read more

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Beef sector to get 50 million euro support fund

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Beef sector to get 50 million euro support fund WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articlePeople in Donegal urged to apply to Thatch Repair Grants SchemeNext articleCouncil housing maintenance policy described as “firefighting exercise” News Highland WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 A 50 million euro fund to support Ireland’s beef sector has been agreed by the European Commission.Under the plan, the government here can match the figure, bringing the total potential aid package to 100 million euro.It comes after a recent government submission to the commission sought help for the struggling sector, and follows weeks of protests by farmers on the issue. Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+center_img Facebook By News Highland – May 16, 2019 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Voting For 2017 TIA Board Of Directors Election Closes Sept. 1

first_imgThe Tire Industry Association’s 2017 Board of Directors election deadline is Friday, Sept. 1. All TIA members who are in good standing and with voting rights are encouraged to vote. Vote online here.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFour individuals will be elected to serve on the TIA Board for a three-year term. The following is a list of the nominees for this year’s election.Chris Brown – Florida Tire Supply Inc. (Auburndale, Florida)Ernie Caramanico – Amityville Firestone (Amityville, New York)Daniel Childers – TCi Tire Centers (Duncan, South Carolina)Russell Devens – McCarthy Tire Service Co. (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)Brad Feeney – TBC Corp. (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)Leslie Hamilton – Jee Wholesale Tire (Houston)Mason Hess – Purcell Tire and Service Center (Tucson, Arizona)Thomas Kirk Huls – TOKAH Inc. dba Big O Tire (Yucca Valley, California)Sean Lannoo – Continental Automotive Systems (Allentown, Pennsylvania)Gary MacCausland – VIP Tires and Service (Auburn, Maine)Brian McGeoghegan – Mohawk Rubber Sales (Hingham, Massachusetts)Lance Meyer – Myers Tire Supply (Akron, Ohio)Mike Pursley – Wegmann Automotive (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)W. Rippetoe – Schrader International (Auburn Hills, Michigan)Election materials have already been mailed to the primary contacts at all eligible TIA member companies. The results of the election will be announced mid-September with the new board members taking office on Monday, Oct. 30, at TIA’s annual meeting during the Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas.AdvertisementFor questions or concerns, contact [email protected]last_img read more

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USA: GE, Sandia National Lab Discover Pathway to Quieter, More Productive Wind Turbines

first_imgGE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company (GE), today announced research that could significantly impact the design of future wind turbine blades. Utilizing the power of high-performance computing (HPC) to perform complex calculations, GE engineers have overcome previous design constraints, allowing them to begin exploring ways to design reengineered wind blades that are low-noise and more prolific power-producers.Partnering with the Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, GE’s work focused on advancing wind turbine blade noise prediction methods. Aerodynamic blade noise is the dominant noise source on modern, utility-scale wind turbines and represents a key constraint in wind turbine design. Efforts to reduce blade noise can help reduce the cost of wind energy and increase power output. In fact, GE predicts a 1 decibel quieter rotor design would result in a two-percent increase in annual energy yield per turbine. With approximately 240GW of new wind installations forecasted globally over the next five years, a two-percent increase would create 5GW of additional wind power capacity. That’s enough to power every household in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles, combined.“There’s no question, aerodynamic noise is a key constraint in wind turbine blade design today,” said Mark Jonkhof, Wind Technology Platform Leader at GE Global Research. “By using high-performance computing to advance current engineering models that are used to predict blade noise, we can build quieter rotors with greater blade tip velocity that produce more power. This not only means lower energy costs for consumers, but also a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.” Jonkhof added: “Having access to Sandia’s supercomputer was invaluable in our ability to conduct these experiments and make discoveries that will bolster wind power’s potential. Access and availability to HPC resources offers a critical advantage to companies trying to compete in a global environment.”To ensure that GE’s wind blades do not pose noise issues today, airfoil level acoustic measurements are performed in wind tunnels, field measurements are done to validate acceptable noise levels, and noise-reducing operating modes are implemented in the control system. Better modeling will help maintain the current low noise levels while boosting output.“Sandia and other DOE national laboratories are using high-performance computing resources to tackle complex design problems in wind energy, such as reducing turbine blade noise to achieve significant reductions in cost-of-energy. Sandia helped GE gain valuable insights into blade noise mechanisms and how design engineers can improve their models,” said Matt Barone, of Sandia’s Aerosciences Department, formerly of the Wind Energy Technologies Department.GE’s testing involved Sandia’s Red Mesa supercomputer running a high-fidelity Large Eddy Simulation (LES) code, developed at Stanford University, to predict the detailed fluid dynamic phenomena and resulting wind blade noise. For a period of three months, this LES simulation of the turbulent air flow past a wind blade section was continuously performed on the Red Mesa HPC. The resulting flow-field predictions yielded valuable insights that were used to assess current engineering design models, the assumptions they make that most impact noise predictions, and the accuracy and reliability of model choices.“We found that high fidelity models can play a key role in accurately predicting trailing edge noise,” Jonkhof went on to say. “We believe that the results achieved from our simulations would, at the very least, lay the groundwork for improved noise design models.” [mappress]Press release, August 15, 2013; Image: GElast_img read more

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Interpreter problems ‘unacceptable’ says ministry

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has criticised the ‘unacceptable’ number of problems in the first weeks of a controversial new contract to run court interpreting services. It has emerged this week that a trial hearing at Leeds Crown Court had to be called off because no one was available to translate for the Czech defendant. The aborted trial is set to cost the court service thousands of pounds in legal fees and other costs. It is one of a litany of cases highlighted by professional interpreters since the MoJ’s exclusive contract with Applied Language Solutions (ALS) began on 1 February. The government has already allowed courts and tribunals to appoint their own interpreters rather than going through ALS’s hub. It has today made its first public censure of its own contractor. An MoJ spokesman said: ‘There have been an unacceptable number of problems in the first weeks of full implementation of the contract and we have asked the contractor to take urgent steps to improve performance. ‘We remain committed to ensuring the rights and needs of those who require interpreters are safeguarded, and are monitoring the system on a daily basis.’ A court worker at Leeds Crown Court confirmed that the Czech national was due to be tried for affray and two counts of possession of a bladed implement in public, but the trial was halted on Wednesday morning. The MoJ says there will be a re-trial in April. It was reported that the judge in the case, Judge Robert Bartfield, warned the aborted trial will cost thousands of pounds and he apologised to the jurors, witnesses and defendant himself whose time was wasted. Czech interpreter Dr Zuzana Windle, a former director of the Professional Interpreters’ Alliance based in Leeds, said she would have been happy to work on the case if ALS had not been involved. However, she added: ‘I am not prepared to subject myself to the degrading prospect of having to pay for an agency assessment and working for ridiculously low rates.’ ALS chief executive Gavin Wheeldon responded to growing criticism earlier this week by increasing mileage rates for staff and offering a £5 incentive to interpreters accepting bookings through an online system. He promised there would be an improvement in the company’s performance, but interpreters are reporting a host of delayed proceedings. A website set up by interpreters has received dozens of anecdotes from people with examples of poor performance. There are claims that non-English speaking defendants are being kept for extra nights in custody because no one is available to translate their case, whilst immigration tribunals are said to have been adjourned due to an absence of interpreters. Labour has called for an urgent inquiry into how the contract with ALS, which was bought by Capita in December, was negotiated. A spokesman said: ‘Tough questions need to be asked. How did this debacle happen? It’s just another example of poorly considered, rushed cuts by a ministry that accepted cuts that go too far and too fast.’last_img read more

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Sullivan | Kentucky lacking without Ulis

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:d1fc45c05b83146afc4aad2c Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-808415-4638832444001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Video | John Calipari details Illinois State win, previews UCLAVideo | UK’s Marcus Lee on big bouncebackPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND “He runs our pack,” forward Marcus Lee said of Ulis Monday night. “He’s our well-oiled machine. He makes sure everything flows perfectly.”Here, Lee paused in mid-thought to impart some positive spin.“Without him, it let our other guards step up and figure things out,” he said. “Even though they’re freshmen, they got the time to be point guards without Tyler and figure things out on their own. For us, it helped us a whole lot more.”Briscoe overcame his wobbly start to score 18 points and demonstrated his versatility with seven rebounds, but he also fouled out in 27 minutes of playing time. Murray, too, opened the game ominously – “The first half, I thought he was non-existent,” Calipari said, but ultimately totaled 16 points.Despite their ranking and 7-0 record, Kentucky heads to UCLA for a Thursday game less experienced than last season and more vulnerable. Unless Ulis heals in the interim, the Wildcats’ first true road game of the season could prove a daunting assignment, despite their dominance of the Bruins a year ago.“If he’s not healthy, it’s bad timing,” Calipari said. “But we’ll see. He was half coaching on the bench, telling me who to take out.”When Calipari asked which player he wanted replaced, Ulis replied, “You know who.”He probably did. But Calipari’s alternatives were limited Monday night. Tyler Ulis was unavailable.Tim Sullivan can be reached at (502) 582-4650, [email protected] or @TimSullivan714 on Twitter. Session ID: 2020-09-18:b9a055b117ede92c908f209e Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-215713-4638454186001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.11/30/15, 10:05 PMVideo | UK G Isaiah Briscoe overcomes slow start vs. Illinois StatePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:9b247637788446d9b34b1e35 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-454826-4638832447001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Video | UK G Isaiah Briscoe overcomes slow start vs. Illinois StateVideo | UK G Jamal Murray steps up in second half vs. Illinois StatePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDcenter_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:a643574ef0b321f1ab28b2b4 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-368001-4638881626001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Video | UK G Jamal Murray steps up in second half vs. Illinois StateNov 30, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) dribbles the ball against Illinois State Redbirds forward MiKyle McIntosh (11) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsNov 30, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) dribbles the ball against Illinois State Redbirds forward MiKyle McIntosh (11) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsLEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 1 needs its No. 3.Kentucky without Tyler Ulis is a sports car without a steering wheel. It is an orchestra without a conductor. It is a collection of valuable parts with a whole lot of assembly required.Playing without its primary and most experienced point guard Monday night, the nation’s top-ranked team moved in fits, starts and sometimes in reverse. The Wildcats’ 75-63 victory over Illinois State was a testament to superior talent, but it was also a reminder of how the absence of a single player can spell the difference between cohesion and chaos.“Without Tyler, it’s obvious we’re not the same team,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “I mean, unless you were watching another game.”Resisting Ulis’ willingness to test the hyperextended right elbow he suffered Friday, Calipari started three freshmen guards against the Redbirds and watched them combine for 12 turnovers – three of them by Isaiah Briscoe in the game’s first 89 seconds – in a game that was tied at the half, 31-31.Instant Analysis | UK wins ugly without UlisBriscoe, Jamal Murray and Charles Matthews are all gifted guys – Briscoe and Murray both project as first-round draft choices by NBAdraft.net – but though they tower over the (purportedly) 5-foot-9 Ulis, they have yet to attain his stature in terms of basketball efficiency.“It was a big difference,” Briscoe said. “We missed him out there, of course. He’s a leader and our floor general, so we missed him today.”In the scheme of a long season, that difference is not a serious knock on these freshmen at this stage of their development. The list of college point guards comparable to Tyler Ulis likely numbers in single digits. The list of those who have made Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gush is shorter still.To review:“He is in complete control of his team,” Coach K said after Kentucky’s 74-63 victory over his Blue Devils on Nov. 17. “Competing against him, I admired his presence throughout the game and his face throughout the game. It was the face of a winner and a really good winner.”Despite his modest size, Ulis typically stands out as the quickest guy on the floor. But that favorable first impression inevitably gives way to a broader appreciation of his instincts, his judgment and the rare ability to make the game appear to slow down even as he’s speeding up.As a freshman last season, consigned to Calipari’s second platoon, Ulis was credited with 135 assists against just 38 turnovers, a ratio that improved to 15-4 during the NCAA tournament. Briscoe and Murray may have higher ceilings, but Ulis is the one Kentucky fans want running the show in a tight spot. (At the risk of belaboring a painful point, it’s almost inconceivable that the Wildcats could have created three straight shot-clock violations had Ulis been in charge in the decisive minutes last spring against Wisconsin.) Story continues after the gallery. Video | John Calipari details Illinois State win, previews UCLAPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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‘American Idol’ recap: The contestants stun with at-home performances

first_imgABC(LOS ANGELES) — You know what they say: The show must go on — and that’s exactly what American Idol embodied on Sunday night’s episode and they made history doing so. For the first time ever in the history of the series, the Top 20 performed remotely for the chance to earn a spot in the Top 10. Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, appeared remotely from their respective homes, as well as, host Ryan Seacrest and mentor Bobby Bones. It should be noted that Katy had an interesting, yet hilarious, choice of attire for the night which involved her dressing up as a bottle hand sanitizer conveniently labeled, “American Idol music sanitizer” in the spirit of everyone staying healthy and safe.Kimmy Gabriela – “Leave Me Lonely” Ariana Grande ft. Macy Gray: Performing from her florally draped backyard with she did what she always does and hit all of the impressive notes. Jovin Webb – “With A Little Help From My Friends” Joe Crocker: Coming from the makeshift stage in the garage of his Mississippi home, he performed this timely song as the band and back-up singers assisted him remotely. Franklin Boone – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” Tears For Fears: With his partner, baby girl, and other friends and family holding their supportive “We Love Frank” posters in the background, He had Lionel going crazy over the performance and even gave Luke chill bumps.Olivia Ximines – “Bad Guy” Billie Eilish: Even though she was in her living room, Olivia brought the sass which had Lionel branding her as a superstar. Louis Knight – “If The World Was Ending” JP Saxe ft Julia Michaels: He delivered a captivating rendition of this record from behind his piano as he looked deep into the cameras and to America.  Makayla Phillips – “Greedy” Ariana Grande: In typical Makayla fashion, she effortlessly hit all her notes. Although she gave an enjoyable performance, Katy challenged the Southern Californian girl to make better choices when it comes to song selection.Aliana Jester – “Run To You” Whitney Houston: Katy, Luke, and Lionel were wowed by her cover of the late legend’s song and they couldn’t help but praise her for taking on such a risk and doing so well. Lauren Spencer-Smith – “Mamma Knows Best” Jessie J: With a breathtaking view of the mountains behind her she Jessie J “Mamma Knows Best” brought the attitude and showed just how much of a powerhouse she can be. Cyniah Elise – “Warrior” Demi Lovato: Cyniah played into the camera views as she sang this emotional ballad which earned her a standing ovation from Lionel, and a “stanky face” from Luke, which means the performance was oh, so good. Francisco Martin – “Teenage Dream” Katy Perry: Francisco slowed down the tempo and made this song his own as he strummed his guitar and sang. It was a bold decision to choose one of the judge’s hit songs but, luckily for him, everyone loved it — so much so that Luke admitted to being jealous of him. Arthur Gunn – “Lovin’ Machine” Wynonie Harris: Without his guitar holding him back, he not only did a little two-step on his back porch, he got the judges up and dancing as well. Jonny West –  “What A Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong: Delivered a beautiful and moving performance, earning a place in Katy’s Top 2 of her favorite performances for the night.Here are the rest of the contestants and their performances:Faith Becnel – “River” Bishop BriggsNick Merico “Hey There Delilah” Plain White T’s Sophia James (Wackerman) – “Burning” Maggie RodgersDewayne Corcker Jr. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” James BrownDillon James – “Let It Be Me” Ray LaMontagneJulia Gargano – “Human” Christina PerriGrace Leer – “Cry” Faith HillJust Sam – “I Believe” FantasiaNext week, with the help of mentor Bobby Bones, the contestants will choose a song that reminds them of home. Voting for the Top Ten is open until Monday, April 27 at 9 a.m. ET. American Idol returns Sunday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Jason Kelce on Eagles’ woes: Where’s the accountability?

first_imgThe departures of veteran leaders during the offseason, including tight end Brent Celek, running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Torrey Smith, have left a sizable void. “The biggest thing you see in my opinion, this team (compared to) the last year, at least offensively, is the cohesion, people being accountable to the job that they’re asked to do, everybody being on the same page,” Kelce said, via the Delaware News Journal.Kelce added: “I think that last year everybody worked together and did their job a lot more consistently than we’ve seen this year. And part of that’s because of all the injury shakeups, part of that is because we’ve had some personnel moves from last year. And I think as we continue to play and we continue to make improvements that should get better.” Related News James Conner injury update: Steelers RB (concussion) practices; ‘nothing changes’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says team is handling Thursday game better than in pastcenter_img Jason Kelce sees one big difference between this year’s team and last year’s Super Bowl squad.While speaking with reporters following Wednesday’s practice, the Eagles center said the team’s lack of accountability is at the root of their struggles this season. But Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he met with his “leadership council” Wednesday morning, speaking with Kelce and safety Malcolm Jenkins following their loss to the Cowboys about how the team can move forward.”I think they understand what’s in front of them,” Pederson said. “They know that the sense of urgency in practice. It’s not a panic or anything other than just a sense of urgency of understanding your job, doing your job, doing it collectively, and making sure that they just focus on one play at a time.”I really do feel like they’re in a good place and they’re positive about the future.”The Eagles (4-5) will try to get back on track but face an uphill battle when they visit the Saints (8-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.last_img read more

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New era for little athletics

first_imgBy Russell Bennett It was the dawning of a new era for Berwick Little Athletics at Edwin Flack Reserve on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Arts on the line

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON THE Cardinia Grand Art Exhibition is in jeopardy following the loss of a major sponsor. Set for…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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