Cheap 2cellos Tickets & 2016 Tour Dates

2Cellos is a classical crossover act. The duo — coming from Zagreb in Croatia — started recording together in 2011. In the time since their debut, 2Cellos have released 3 different studio albums featuring many popular rock covers. Artists to whom they’ve made tribute include AC/DC, U2, and most notably Michael Jackson.

Fusing the disciplined talent of classical music with the passionate appeal of rock and pop is what 2Cellos are all about. The two cellists are both products of some of the world’s finest classical music schools. Luka, a Slovenian by birth, studied in both Vienna and Zagreb. Croatian Stjepan Hauer also studied in Zagreb as well as at London’s Trinity College. They were first brought together during a master class in Croatia during their teenage years and stayed in contact afterwards. Their shared love of both classical and mainstream music brought them closer and closer together and gave them the first ideas for a cover project. Their skill and enthusiasm has resulted in a remarkable career founded on nothing more than passion and two extremely talented cellists.

Columnist thinks coach could lose players for making them (gasp) run

Lions coach Matt Patricia’s short tenure has had some unexpected twists and turns. Now, even before the end of his first offseason program with the team, he’s facing his first locally-generated hot take.

A columnist in Detroit thinks Patricia could be in danger of losing his players, because (wait for it) he makes them run at practice as punishment for mistakes.

The players’ actions were characterized by some and perceived by some as disrespectful to the flag, our country and our military, and what should be a unifying moment for our communities and our country has become in some instances another source of divisiveness.

Surely, the Eagles had to say something. Ultimately, the Eagles opted to say next to nothing.

It’s a continuation of the fear with which the NFL regards the President and his base. For a league that constantly fights and fights and fights and fights anyone and everyone and anything and everything, the NFL has finally found a foe who is capable of making the league run up a tree.

Brown said Monday that it’s not something he’s currently focused on.

My agent is handling that, he said following practice. I trust that everything is going to happen in good time and when it’s supposed to. For now I’m just concerned with this moment, embracing every day that I have here in the offseason. This is the first time that I’ve been able to work with this group of guys in the offseason and I’m really cherishing it and enjoying it. It’s my 11th year I’m going into so I’m not concerned with that. I’m concerned with improving as a player, helping my group up front improve and doing all I can for this team and everything else will work itself out.

Former Devil Devante Smith-Pelly helps put Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup

Devante Smith-Pelly showed what kind of streaky scorer he could be when he first joined the Devils at the end of the 2015-16 season.

He’s on one of those runs again right now at the most important time of the season with the Washington Capitals.

I knew coming in, you only get so much chances to stick, Smith-Pelly told The Washington Post after Game 4. I knew that this could be my last one. I took the buyout personally.

Smith-Pelly scored the Capitals third goal on Monday, giving Washington a 3-0 lead over Vegas with 20.5 seconds left in the first period.

Oddly enough, Smith-Pelly could have easily been a Golden Knight. He was one of the players exposed by the Devils in the 2017 Vegas Expansion Draft. The Golden Knights instead selected defenseman Jon Merrill.

Getting ahead of Trump’s attempts to use the NFL as political leverage was a large part of the reason why a new national anthem policy was passed in May.

I honestly believe that had we done nothing that the anthem protest would have subsided on its own,” an NFL owner told SB Nation’s Thomas George. But the risk of giving Trump another football to kick was too great. A lot of his fan base is our fan base.

But Trump showed Monday that he’s still plenty capable of leveraging the opinions and social activism of NFL players into political opportunity.

Collins is the best bargain on the Giants as he counts just $1.94 million against the salary cap in his final year before entering free agency. He plans to ditch the barely noticeable carbon fiberprotective equipment on his arm before the season kicks off.

Padres’ Jose Torres suspended rest of season after domestic violence charges

jets_020San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Friday. The penalty is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. Torres has agreed not to appeal and will take part in an evaluation and treatment program.

That’s exactly what we needed to see, he said. We all knew that he had to get back to commanding the fastball down in the zone, and he did just that.

The Tigers took only four pitches to grab a first-inning lead on doubles by Leonys Martin and Nicholas Castellanos, but Bauer quickly settled down.

Cleveland tied it in the fourth on Alonso’s two-out RBI double. Edwin Encarnacion scored from first, but Alonso was thrown out trying for his third triple in nine major league seasons.

Hurdle says the Pirates were being proactive and trying to settle him down by placing him on the DL.

Rodriguez is 1-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 22 relief appearances. Pittsburgh also called up right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis.

MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, one of those aforementioned Statcast wizards, and Baseball Prospectus’ Russell Carleton both leaped headlong into the data and came to similar findings.

The shocker was this: Pitchers walk more batters when throwing in front of a shift. In fact, the extra number of walks exceed the number of singles saved by the strategy.

Shifts do significantly lower batting average on balls in play, which is why the practice has caught fire. Petriello’s analysis of the 2017 and 2018 seasons showed that BABIP against shifted defenses has been .281, versus .299 without it. However, once you factor in the walks and the slightly higher home run rates (i.e., the increased launch angles meant to hit the ball over the shift), batters have put up a .336 wOBA against the shift versus a .334 on non-shifted players.

Bud Norris earned his 13th save in 15 chances.

jets_021Jordan Lyles (2-3) gave up 11 hits and four runs in six innings.

St. Louis went ahead 2-1 in the third when Martinez homered into the right-field bleachers after Tommy Pham led off with a single.

After Martinez singled for his third hit in the fifth, Ozuna followed with a drive into the left-field bleachers on an 0-2 breaking pitch left over the plate, giving the Cardinals a 4-1 advantage. It was Ozuna’s fourth homer in his last nine games.

The two home run balls, pitches I want back, Lyles said. Two good hitters, balls over the plate but other than that, there were just so many hits scattered throughout. A lot of balls hit hard, some weren’t but one though nine, they’ve got a good lineup. That was a battle to get through that lineup a few times.

Cory Spangeberg hit a line-drive homer into the right-field seats with one out in the second, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead.

Robert Gsellman worked two scoreless innings , bailing out Reyes after his double error gave the Yankees a chance in the eighth. Reyes threw well wide of first base on what should have been a 6-4-3 double play, and then a replay review showed he missed second base entirely on the pivot. Gsellman got a foul out and a flyout to strand the runners.

The Diamondbacks recalled RHP Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno and optioned utility man Christian Walker to the Aces prior to Monday’s game. Shipley replaced Corbin and hit Harrison, the only runner he allowed in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli sat out his second straight game after being struck in the left jaw by a foul tip on Saturday. … Harrison is day to day with a contusion from being hit by Shipley.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (strained right oblique) threw a bullpen session on Monday and could start a rehab assignment soon, depending on how he recovers.

Arizona RHP Clay Buchholz has allowed two runs or less in all four of his starts heading into Tuesday’s game against the Pirates and RHP Trevor Williams.Crawford homers as Giants beat Scherzer, Nationals 2-0

The most recent Dez Bryant rumor (thanks to former teammate Jason Witten ) had the Green Bay Packers being a possible destination.

jets_028But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pretty much indicated that won’t happen.

Tepper, a Pittsburgh native of modest upbringing, built himself into a billionaire by 2003 by successfully gambling on the distressed debts of bankrupt companies such as Enron and WorldCom. But in 2010, his firm pocketed $7 billion on a single deal, and almost overnight, a man who occasionally berated employees and other times flung breast implants at them had become a regular personality on cable news financial shows.

For two hours, Lewis’ eyes are stuck in that scowl. He goes full Bobby Knight, yelling and sighing and pacing and constantly peppering his son with orders from about 20 yards away.

When one teammate flips an underhand ball to him at second, Jazz drops it, and his dad loses it. He two-hand smacks the plastic yellow cover over the fence and screams, Pay attention!with the same cold scowl that used to intimidate linebackers in the AFC. As Lewis steps away from the fence, boiling with rage, a few parents glance his direction.

On the surface, this is a dad who needs a reality check. Part of you feels like putting a hand on his shoulder to remind him that, hello, these are eight-year-olds. But that reaction would completely misconstrue this entire situation.

His son smiles and darts ahead with his sister, Ivana, to Javen’s AAU basketball practice at the adjacent rec center. Inside, Lewis brings up his old teammate Shannon Sharpe’s Hall of Fame speech. In that speech, Sharpe apologized to his kids for not being in their lives enough. The words struck a chord, because neither was Lewis, especially for Javen and his oldest daughter, who’s now 23.

Drafting the candidates for offensive rookie of the year

The odds are out for 2018 NFL offensive rookie of the year. Which inspired Monday’s PFT Live draft.

Who are the best candidates to win the award this year?

Simms lost the toss, and he then proceeded to lose the draft, in dramatic (almost embarrassing) fashion. You can witness the carnage by checking out the video.

And make your own case for potential rookies of the year in the comments. Or just make fun of Simms.

It’s just simple to me, Sanchez said. “It’s about not swinging at bad pitches and looking for good pitches to hit in the zone and making sure if I get those, not miss them and make good contact.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban predicted on CNBC that legalized gambling will result in the doubling of the value of sports teams in each of the four major leagues: NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB.

Ted Leonsis, owner of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals, separately said on CNBC that the development will specifically help the NFL.

“This should reinvigorate the NFL and drive value into teams,” Leonsis said on CNBC. “You have 11 players on defense and offense, each doing a discrete action, and then there’s 30 seconds in between plays. Now all of a sudden football can be reborn.”

It be reborn as a modern-day sort of jai alai, with the human combatants the subject of real-time bets tied not only to the outcome of the game but to the outcome of each and every play. That same approach can apply in baseball; Cuban said it will actually be fun to go to a baseball game again). For basketball and hockey, it will be more difficult to break the betting opportunities into specific segments.bucks_515

Josh McDaniels says he wants to be a head coach again, happy he stayed with Patriots

Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels spoke to the media Friday for the first time since backing out of the Colts head coaching job, and it appears he’s still happy with the decision he made earlier this offseason to remain with the Patriots as offensive coordinator.

While speaking with reporters at Gillette Stadium where all of New England’s assistant coaches were made available to the media, McDaniels fielded questions about turning down the job saying he was “very happy” and “thankful.” However, he also reiterated that he still wants to become a head coach again.

Not calling the Giants seemed utterly foolish, but if the Jets were indeed comfortable with Mayfield, Darnold or Josh Rosen, which is the case according to Breer, then ultimately their move was the right one. It looked expensive to give up all those picks for a shot at their third option and it looked foolish not to call the Giants and try to guarantee themselves one of the top two picks. But they did some nice due diligence, guaranteed they could get one of the quarterbacks they believed was a franchise signal caller with their pick and didn’t sacrifice a future first-round pick to do it.

On the first passing play of what turned out to be the final start of his NFL career, Johnny Manziel rolled into his drop after a play-action fake and was hit — hard — by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford just moments after whipping an incomplete pass. This was back in December 2015, and the hapless Browns went on to lose, 17-13, of course. It was the first of five times the 6-foot, 207-pound Manziel would be hit behind the line of scrimmage, as he not only struggled to throw with anticipation and accuracy — he completed only 13 of 32 passes for 136 yards and an interception — but also took a beating doing it. Oh yes, Manziel did some Johnny Football things that day, using his trademark break-neck, Fran Tarkenton-ish scrambles to rush 11 times for 108 yards.

Bottom line: This is a pivotal year for the franchise given Lewis’ tenuous hold on the head coaching job and back-to-back losing seasons. There’s been a familiar pattern in the division the last two years, too: Cincinnati sweeps Cleveland, splits with Baltimore and loses both games to Pittsburgh. If Cincinnati can find a way to make that record 4-2 or better, then it will be in the AFC wild-card hunt. If it’s less than .500, the Bengals might be looking to change directions once and for all. Record prediction: 8-8

The NFL is planning further changes to the kickoff, hoping to reduce the number of high-speed collisions that happen on the play. A proposed new rule that owners will vote on next week will make several changes to the kickoff.cowboys_098

WR Russell Shepard asks for release from Panthers, report says

Russell Shepard has asked for his release from the Panthers after he refused to take a pay cut, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The release occured Monday, which will make the receiver a free agent.

Shepard confirmed his release on Instagram, where he posted “It was fun while it lasted.”

With his release, the Panthers now have an extra $2.1 million in cap space. He was signed to a three-year, $10 million deal in 2017, but Shepard didn’t move the needle much for the team.

Love them or loathe them, fans watch the Cowboys. They don’t completely give up their rooting interest, either for or against, when Dallas’ stars move into TV, according to ESPN commentator and native Texan Will Cain.

“Maybe it’s the star. Maybe it’s the blue and silver. Maybe it was Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman,” Cain told Sporting News in an interview. “But the Dallas Cowboys, in my estimation, symbolize what’s great about the state of Texas, and what’s great about the state of Texas symbolizes what’s great about the United States of America. They are America’s Team.”

“The problems posed by sports betting are much the same as they were 25 years ago,” Hatch said in a press release. “But the rapid rise of the Internet means that sports betting across state lines is now just a click away. We cannot allow this practice to proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory bottom. At stake here is the very integrity of sports. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena. I invite stakeholders and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in addressing this important issue.”

The word “integrity” quickly has become a hot button in the gambling debate, because sports leagues hope to impose an “integrity fee” onto the betting framework, giving them ostensibly revenue for ensuring that their sports have a high degree of integrity but as a practical matter giving them money for nothing, because they already should be striving for the highest degree of integrity in an atmosphere of legal gambling in Nevada and widespread illegal gambling elsewhere. It will be much easier to get Congress to impose an “integrity fee” that would apply to all states than to negotiate the fee in 50 different jurisdictions.ravens_159

Eagles draft 346-pound Australian rugby player Jordan Mailata

It took a grand jury 11 minutes to end Khaseem Green’s NFL career.

The former Rutgers football star was indicted on a gun charge following a shooting outside an Elizabeth nightclub in 2016.

He didn’t fire the gun, but prosecutors claimed that he handed the weapon to the shooter. They said they had security camera footage of the handoff and the gunman, Jason Sanders, implicated Greene.

Okay, well you can recant at another time. Not tonight, one of the detectives tells Sanders. When the prosecutor’s office talks to you about your case you can say that wasn’t Khaseem…

After talking to a couple people on the cap side of the business, my feeling is Ryan’s contract has three elements to it that are worth paying attention. First, Cousins broke ground by getting a fully guaranteed three-year deal in March. Ryan didn’t pull that off. But he did get his first three years fully guaranteed, and he’s due a total of $94. 5 million over that time.

On Thursday morning, ESPN leaked to ESPN that Witten was indeed joining ESPN. And that news invites speculation as to the impetus of the following tweet from Warner, posted late Wednesday afternoon: “I remember the days growing up believing the BEST person for the job — not race, not gender, not age, not pedigree — led to gaining position… trying to figure out if it ever TRULY applied (thinking I was just a naive kid) but, if so, how did we get so backwards!?”

If Warner was the fallback choice to Witten and if ESPN was ready to leak to ESPN as of Thursday morning that Witten would be joining ESPN, it’s possible if not probable if not most likely that Witten made his decision and communicated it to ESPN on Wednesday at the latest, and that Warner would have gotten word that he has won silver in a gold-medal-only contest at some point on Wednesday as well. So if Warner knew ESPN was going with Witten before Warner posted his tweet (and it would be a surprise if Warner didn’t), it’s fair to think there was a connection between his sentiment and his situation.broncos_016_c87cfd1fa4367b1f-180x180

Robert Meachem’s money manager accused of stealing $1 million from him

A woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from former Saints receiver Robert Meachem was arrested Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Meachem hired Tonya Lynn Adkism in 2010 to manage his finances. Instead, she faces charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of all charges, Adkism faces more than 300 years in prison.

An agent for Meachem declined comment to the Associated Press.

The New England Patriots haven’t experienced a smooth-sailing offseason, but beyond controversy regarding Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and a tough March during which they lost key players Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis, New England signed a potentially high-impact pass-rusher at what appears to be a discounted rate.

That seems like a prudent move, since White has mostly been injured, and injury is the only thing the option is guaranteed for.

The former No. 7 overall pick has played five of a possible 48 games in his three pro seasons, and the Bears stacked in options at the position over him this year. They’ll still give him a chance to contribute, but he’s now in the mix with free agent pickups Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and second-round pick Anthony Miller.

If White somehow stays healthy and has a breakout season, he could cash in as a free agent next spring, but there’s little reason to expect that.

As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done. I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence.broncos_076_47055b351ccc3dea-180x180