The 20-team competition is expected to see six Aviva Premiership teams, six clubs from France’s Top 14 competition and seven of the RaboDirect PRO12 sides qualify. The final place would be taken by the winner of a play-off involving clubs from several competitions, including the second-tier touranment that is to replace the Amlin Challenge Cup. European rugby bosses are close to reaching an agreement on the elite club tournament to replace the Heineken Cup and an announcement could come as early as Thursday, it has emerged. There is also expected to be a new third-tier competition in September, from which two qualifiers would then take part in the second-tier tournament opening it up to clubs from outside the Six Nations countries such as Georgia, Russia, Spain, Romania, Portugal and Belgium. Press Association Sport understands an agreement is very close, and once signed all parties can then chase a resolution between broadcasters BT Sport and Sky, both of whom have indicated a willingness to agree a compromise TV rights deal. Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said earlier this month: “We are absolutely willing to take part in conversations that lead to a solution that is in the best interests of the game and for the fans. But it will take compromise and compromise between all parties.” European Rugby Cup, the governing body of the Heineken Cup, will be wound up in the summer. A replacement body will be set up, with its name and the name of the new tournament yet to be finalised. The Six Nations committee is expected to provide the basis of the new governing body, with some ERC staff retained. Press Association
The series stands level after four games. The final game of the series is scheduled to happen in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 13. Rishabh Pant will once again be seen behind the stumps; which will also be his last opportunity before the World Cup. highlights “Such comparisons are cropping up because, like Dhoni, he (Pant) is also a wicketkeeper-batsman. But it’s unfair on him because it puts undue pressure for him to perform in a particular way, and be like Dhoni. He performs the best when his mind is free,” the coach was quoted as saying by Indian Express.Sinha also reminded the fans that Dhoni has become what he is today after years of international cricket, it isn’t like he was this good from the day he donned the Indian jersey.“There’s a difference between the Pant of today and Dhoni 14-years-ago when he was making his way into the Indian team. Back then, he did not come with the kind of baggage as Pant has. There wasn’t any legendary wicketkeeper whom he was replacing. The guys back then were either Dinesh Karthik or Parthiv Patel, players younger to him. So, he (Dhoni) was free from the pressure and expectations that Pant is facing today,” he continued.Further downplaying the criticism Pant has received after dropping those catches and missing stumping opportunities on Sunday, suggesting there’s no wicket-keeper in the world (even Dhoni) who hasn’t spilt chances behind the stumps.“Which keeper in the world hasn’t missed a catch or a stumping? Even Dhoni missed catches and stumpings at the start of his career. The good thing is that the selectors persisted with him and did not drop him after one season. He improved with time to become one of the greats of the game,” Sinha explained. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : India and Australia are all set to lock horns for one final time at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in the five-match ODI series on March 13. The series stands 2-2 with first two going in India’s favour, and Australia coming back strongly in the third and fourth one-day International. However, many believe that the scoreline could easily be 3-1 and India could have taken an unassailable lead at PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali if Rishabh Pant would have shown better display behind the stumps. Pant had replaced MS Dhoni in the squad who has taken a two-match rest post-Ranchi ODI. Earlier to the game in Mohali, many believed that Pant can replicate Dhoni and replace him once Dhoni plans to retire.However, after the young sensation missed a stumping and catching chance, there were absolutely different thoughts. On this, Pant’s childhood coach went onto back Pant and said it’s better not to compare Pant with MS Dhoni as he performs best when he is free from any kind of expectation.
Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s time to take Doug Marrone seriously. After Saturday’s disappointing 27-10 loss to Louisville on the heels of the program’s most impressive win in nearly a decade, let’s really examine what the Syracuse head coach had to say.‘We made a lot of penalties early on in the game, which is uncharacteristic of our team this year,’ Marrone said. ‘So I have to do a better job making sure we understand and not have those type of penalties that put you in tough situations, which that’s what happened here in the first half.’So I have to do a better job … that sounds familiar. It seems I’ve heard that phrase before.Ah, right. It’s Marrone’s go-to response following every SU loss in 2011.After SU’s blowout defeat at the hands of Southern California, Marrone said he has to do a better job preparing the young players to play. After Syracuse gave the game away to Rutgers, Marrone said he has to do a better job coaching the special teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLet me translate these three mirror-image postgame messages for you, it’s really quite simple: Marrone was outcoached. That’s what each of SU’s first two losses looked like, and Saturday was no different.First, it was Lane Kiffin’s offense obliterating the Syracuse defense one secondary member at a time for 501 yards. Next, it was Greg Schiano’s defense bullying the Orange offense into five turnovers. And on Saturday, it was Charlie Strong beating SU with a true-freshman quarterback and a stellar defensive line to relentlessly pressure Nassib.That’s why Marrone took his usual spiel one step further after the loss to Louisville. It seems he’s realized the role his ineptness has played in each Syracuse loss.‘I’ve got to take a good look at myself in the mirror and make sure that I can come back and figure out a way to put our players in position to win football games and play Syracuse football,’ Marrone said.Does that mean Marrone didn’t put his players in a good position to win on Saturday? What about at USC or against Rutgers?I’m starting to think so.The Louisville defense that limited the Orange to 155 passing yards and registered three sacks of Nassib in 2010 was the exact same scheme used to hold the Orange to 162 passing yards and tallied four sacks in 2011.‘You’ve got remember it’s the 15th-ranked defense, so they’re not going to do something different,’ Marrone said.‘They did what the film said they were going to do,’ SU running back Antwon Bailey added. ‘They were going to pressure, and they were going to come after us, which they did. And we struggled.’In essence, Marrone and his staff had ample time to prepare for this game against the Cardinals and still couldn’t come up with a plan to beat Strong’s defense.Outcoached. That’s all there is to it.But don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to say Marrone is a bad coach. Not by any means.Though he immediately deflected the credit away from himself following his team’s phenomenal 49-23 rout of West Virginia, it doesn’t take a special eye to see how brilliant the game plan was.Marrone and his staff identified a weakness in the Mountaineer defense that allowed SU’s tight ends to break free in the red zone. The result was pure exploitation as Nassib found Nick Provo for three touchdowns.‘The story probably isn’t here,’ Marrone said following the West Virginia game. ‘Even with me, I don’t know how many answers I can give you. We made plays, the kids executed. … The story lies within those players.’There are plenty who will argue this is exactly what a coach should say after a huge win. It’s not his job to take the credit all for himself, he should credit the players. Trust me, I’m with you.But that doesn’t mean the coach can’t acknowledge an effective game plan or talk about how a particular scheme worked well. And Marrone didn’t do that.If he’s not shy to say he screwed up — as he has three times this season — he can’t keep deflecting credit where credit is due. It sends the wrong message by saying he does nothing to help this team — win or lose.At this point in the season, Marrone has claimed failure in three of eight games. If I claim failure in three of eight classes, I lose my scholarship. So does Marrone lose part of his salary? No.And that’s why he needs to be better.Sure, this team can’t be expected to win every game and cruise into the national championship game at a cool 12-0.If the ball doesn’t roll your way come Saturday, so be it. But it’s not unreasonable for SU fans to expect their head coach to prepare his team properly each and every week.Michael Cohen is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Published on October 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+
David Petraeus, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and retired four-star general, sat down with the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Carmen Puliafito to discuss military healthcare and strategic leadership as a part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer series at USC’s Health Sciences campus.Army strong · Former CIA director and retired four-star general David Petraeus speaks at the Health Sciences Campus Tuesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanPetraeus, who has been called one of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, now holds the Judge Widney Professor seat in USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and also serves as chairman of the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Global Institute.The Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer Series has brought renowned individuals to the USC Health Sciences campus to discuss current critical health care issues. Earlier this year, the series hosted Amgen chairman and CEO Robert A. Bradway and Dr. David B. Agus, author of The New York Times #1 bestselling book, The End of Illness.During the lecture, Petraeus and Puliafito discussed the status of veteran affairs in this country and medical support for service members.“There’s no doubt that we need to do more, but there’s also no doubt that we have done a great deal, and we’re in the process of doing even more,” Petraeus said. “The challenge, though, is that we have people surviving that never would have survived before … leaving the battlefield with life-altering injuries and wounds.”Petraeus cited improvements in battlefield response times due to improved technologies and medical knowledge as the main reason for the increased survival rate for service members who suffer serious injuries in combat. He said some of the worst damage can be the lasting psychological impact after soldiers return from combat.“It’s actually when that individual goes home, and the band stops playing and the flag stops flying,” Petraeus said.Petraeus spent the day touring the USC Health Science campus, visiting various research centers and operating rooms and meeting with medical students. Petraeus also visited the LAC+USC Navy Trauma Training Center. Four leaders from the Navy Trauma Training Center program, Commander Patricia Hasen, Commander Michael Kearns, Lieutenant Commander Kimberly Syres and Lieutenant Commander Daniel Grabo attended the lecture.For the past 12 years, the Keck School of Medicine of USC has trained health professionals in the LAC+USC Navy Trauma Training Center. According to Puliafito, the doctors and nurses trained through the program have saved the lives of thousands of service members and civilians.“It was an honor to have General Petraeus visit our program today. He’s an incredible leader and a role model, especially for those of us in uniform,” Syres said.Puliafito was grateful for Petraeus’ visit to the Health Sciences campus.“He’s the most inspiring speaker we’ve had here. He established a real personal [connection ] with everyone he met here, with the students and the Navy Trauma Training Center. He was very engaged with what is happening here at USC.”Petraeus also told of his efforts to reduce violence in Iraq during the surge and slow the momentum of the Taliban in Afghanistan during comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency campaigns. He cited the book Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton as an inspiration during the early days of the surge in Iraq.“The determination that Grant showed was really extraordinary,” Petraeus said. “All those in uniform have experienced those tough days … and that’s when you just have to hang tough. You can’t let your shoulders slump.”
Every Tuesday through Thursday morning, USC coach Lane Kiffin meets with media members following football practice, first summarizing the day’s session and then fielding a handful of questions.Tight-lipped · USC coach Lane Kiffin believes disclosing injury information in advance of games puts his team at a disadvantage. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanBut Kiffin abruptly ended his interview on Wednesday after roughly 28 seconds in response to a question about a previously injured player’s return to practice.“Really good practice today,” said Kiffin to begin the media session at Howard Jones Field. “I thought the offense came out and was really crisp in both the running game and the passing game.”In response to his opening statement, a reporter asked whether Kiffin thought the improved offensive performance was a “function” of the injured player’s return to practice in preparation for Saturday’s game against California.“I don’t know,” Kiffin replied.Midway through the next question about senior safety T.J. McDonald’s pass-rushing role against Stanford last Saturday, Kiffin simply said, “I gotta go,” brushed past a handful of reporters and jogged away.He did not speak with the media further.USC instituted a new policy in August preventing credential media members from reporting injury-related news they observe during practice. Citing the competitive disadvantage those reports create, Kiffin has also instructed his players not to comment on their respective injuries.Last week, Scott Wolf, a reporter from the Los Angeles Daily News, had his USC football media credentials revoked for two weeks after he reported sophomore kicker Andre Heidari had undergone knee surgery and would be sidelined for three weeks.Heidari had not played in the team’s Sept. 8 game against Syracuse in East Rutherford, N..J.Upon appeal, the ban was lifted, and the reporter was reinstated two days later.“I apologize if that was taken the wrong way,” Kiffin said last Thursday following Wolf’s reinstatement. “We viewed it differently. There’s not necessarily a right or wrong. The editors and our people are going to try and get together so you people can do your job the best you can and also for us not [to compromise] a competitive advantage. I know it’s not exactly the best thing for you, but we’re also trying to protect our team, too.” Joey Kaufman contributed to this report.
38 times Tipp have been victorious, 37 times for Cork, in what’s a perennial battle that is full of shared memories and a mutual respect for the warriors and their followers on both sides so, there’s never been much to separate them over the years.The heroes of Munster Hurling have locked horns right back since the now faded times of blistering summer days, glass bottles and long journeys.When the duo met in Thurles, hurling lovers were often stuck in tailbacks to Killinan or Loughtagalla and so setting out early was a must. Some years there were pilgrimages to exotic packed venues like the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh or one experienced being part of the collective 50,000 plus souls watching a live knockout Munster hurling game in Páirc na nGael or Killarney.The names of old like Ringy, Rattler, Jimmy Doyle, Mick Roche, Jimmy Barry Murphy, Jim Cashman and Pat Fox are all part of the rich tapestry of these great rivals. As time moves on new heroes emerge to new generations. Tipp and Cork, the 2017 version, go at it again Sunday. How will it go?Both teams are coming into it on the back of promising but ultimately disappointing league campaigns. Cork beat Tipp in spring before bowing out to Limerick at the quarter final stage.Tipp fell flat against Galway in Limerick in the final and have had a tough run in since. Hamstring injuries to Bonner Maher (whilst playing for Lorrha against Templederry in the north championship), Donagh Maher and experienced Sarsfields corner back Michael Cahill meant that Tipp were three down. Barry Heffernan picked up a shoulder injury, Kieran Bergin left the panel and decided to play football instead hence the Tipp panel back up has faltered somewhat.Add in the result of the Jason Forde appeal in front of the Central Appeals Committee during the week and Tipp are well diluted on Sunday. It was a tough few weeks for Tipp and Jason who suffered disproportionately after Davy Fitzgerald ran onto the field in the league semi final of the meeting of Wexford and Tipp. The consequence is Silvermines Jason Forde can’t hurl this weekend.Cork, as Christy Ring used to say are like the mushrooms. They will smell an opportunity this weekend. Cadogen, Horgan and Lehane are pacey forwards who just want two seconds of room to swing the stick fast.New players to the scene like Shane Kingston and Luke Meade won’t have any hang ups about the last decade when Cork only managed 6 goals against Tipp in championship.The rebels will look for goals early and often on Sunday and if Michael Cahill or Donagh Maher can’t fill the corner back position then who will? From the four corners of the county-Kildangan’s Alan Flynn, Killenaule’s Joe O’Dwyer, Killea’s Tomas Hamill and Clonoulty’s John O Keefe-are the front runners.The number fours performance could be vital just like in 1991. Back then, Babs sent on a confident Upperchurch Under 21 hurler to sink or swim against Cork. To herald his arrival Michael Ryan hit a long clearance in to Pat Fox who buried it past Ger Cunningham to wild celebrations from the Tipp crowd. The rest is blue and gold history as Tipp went on to beat Kilkenny in the All Ireland final. All the jigsaw pieces are important.Tipp should prevail but the rebels are keen on rising in time for the unveiling of their magnificent new venue by the banks later this summer. How they’d dearly love to be in this years Munster final. For Tipp it’s time to get back on the horse after the dusting down against Galway in the league final. So there’s plenty to prove for both sides.Let’s hope there’s a cracker in store and it lives up to the rich history these two hurling giants have created over time.Verdict: Tipp to march on after weathering a stormAhead of the game Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson was speaking to:Ronan MaherJames BarryJohn McGrathShane McGrathTipp FM’s full live coverage of Tipp vs Cork on Sunday with Stephen Gleeson and Ken Hogan is brought to you in association with “Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Raymie Ryan Lighting, Cashel” and our big match build up gets underway at 2 pm Tipp FM’s Tipp v Cork preview including exclusive interviews with Ronan Maher, James Barry, John McGrath and Shane McGrath”by Stephen GleesonThis Sunday we will all be privileged to witness the latest chapter in the historical legacy of Tipp versus Cork in the Munster hurling championship.
They got saves in all three victories from Trevor Rosenthal, a converted junior college shortstop who throws no fastball slower than 98 mph and was a 21st-round draft choice.The Dodgers, who lost that series in four games, don’t tell stories like that.They have trouble saying goodbye. Manager Don Mattingly talked of “an overabundance of outfielders” which led to Yasiel Puig’s benching in Game 4.The club says it wants to rely on homegrown players again, like outfielder Joc Pederson, but where would he play?Andre Ethier is owed $53.5 million through 2017, Matt Kemp $86 million through 2019 and Carl Crawford $62.7 million through 2017.Puig, already the Dodgers’ best position player at 24, has a contract that rises to $9.2 million in 2018.This isn’t the NFL. You can’t change the formation and play four-wide. And you can’t stash one of them at first base, where Adrian Gonzalez has $85 million left on a deal that runs through 2018.The Dodgers can handle those contracts much easier than they can trade them. They have definite needs, in both their rotation and bullpen, but there’s no indication they can find them within.They seem inclined to let shortstop Hanley Ramirez walk, and would like Corey Seager to replace him at some point. But Seager doesn’t turn 21 until late April.It seems odd to say that the Dodgers have organizational problems when Puig, Kemp, Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen all came through the ranks. But we see it every year in almost every sport: A lot of good players usually beats a few great ones.The Cardinals have a flow of young pitching, and they sprinkle the field with reasonably-priced free agents and well-schooled kids. Six of their nine starters in Game 4 were players they drafted.And, with all that, Zack Greinke is pitching Game 5 tonight at Dodger Stadium if Kershaw could have sneaked that final curveball past Adams.All four favorites, not just the Dodgers, lost Division Series.Still, the loss was a gut punch to a franchise that is not spending $240 million just to stimulate the local economy. Business is good, but it would be even better with a World Series.Instead, Guggenheim has gotten no closer to the castle than did Frank McCourt. In Anaheim, Moreno trails Disney in World Series appearances and titles, 1-0.The brass, specifically president Stan Kasten, will have to judge if the Dodgers had packed everything they needed into the postseason. Mattingly treated most of the bullpen as if radioactive, and he only trusted three starters.Kasten worked in Atlanta and says he wants a same farm-to-ballpark approach that Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz built. Neither he nor general manager Ned Colletti wanted to trade top kids for David Price, Jon Lester or Jake Peavy, the extra starter they needed. But Price and Peavy did not cost Detroit and San Francisco their best minor leaguers.It is difficult to load all your hopes on today AND tomorrow. If the Dodgers’ richest players can’t be moved, there would seem to be little reason to hang on to Pederson, particularly with his value.Of course, the Dodgers could deal Ethier and promise to keep paying his salary. Even this year they were still paying Andruw Jones.Eventually the team that keeps laundering its mistakes keeps losing to teams that don’t make any. And, in that way, a smaller payroll actually helps a team like the Cardinals make disciplined decisions.Mattingly? Firing him would be nothing more than a PR move, the illusion of action. The Dodgers’ problem is not chemistry but geometry, as the square pegs get older and the round hole gets deeper. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels are 42 games over .500 with one playoff appearance and zero playoff games won.Sometimes goodbyes are good.The Cardinals signed Carlos Beltran to compensate for Pujols, then said goodbye to him, too. Their five busiest relief pitchers from 2012 have all been replaced.They got three home runs in this Division Series from Matt Carpenter, an 18th-round draft choice.They got a series-winning home run from Matt “Big City” Adams, a 23rd-round draft choice who made $517,000 this year. Albert Pujols officially left St. Louis on Dec. 6, 2011. There were no torched jerseys, no midnight vigils.Cardinals’ fans were still high on a World Series title. A season-ticket holder named Jeff Schmitt sat at Mike Shannon’s restaurant that day and said, “Sure, we’re sad, but what more could he have given us? We’re losing a good man, but no man is bigger than the franchise.”Meanwhile, Anaheim mobbed Pujols as if he were a new In-N-Out franchise. Arte Moreno finally had cattle as big as his hat.Since then the Cardinals are 64 games over .500 in three seasons, with four playoff series victories.
Maroon 5 is the headlining performer during the Super Bowl 53 halftime show in 2019. They will be joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. Both Super Bowl 53 and the halftime show will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle will perform “America the Beautiful.” And they will also be joined by performer and deaf activist Aarron Loggins, who is signing both the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” during the pregame festivities. MORE: History of Super Bowl national anthems, from best to worstWhere is Super Bowl 2019?Super Bowl 53 will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has hosted the Super Bowl twice before (XXVIII, XXXIV), both at the since-demolished Georgia Dome. The Rams won the last time the Super Bowl was in Atlanta in 1999.List of Super Bowl halftime show performersSuper BowlYearPerformer(s)I1967Universities of Arizona and Michigan Grambling University BandsII1968″Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bandsIII1969″America Thanks” with Florida A&M UniversityIV1970Carol ChanningV1971Florida A&M BandVI1972″Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Ftizgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Coprs Drill TeamVII1973″Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody HermanVIII1974″A Musical America” with University of Texas BandIX1975″Tribute to Duke Eillington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University BandsX1976″200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s BicentennialXI1977″It’s a Small World” including crowd particiption for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cueXII1978″From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al HirtXIII1979″Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bandsXIV1980″A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with PeopleXV1981″A Mardi Gras Festival”XVI1982″A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”XVII1983″KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)XVIII1984″Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”XIX1985″A World of Children’s Dreams”XX1986″Beat of the Future”XXI1987″Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”XXII1988″Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby CheckerXXIII1989″Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effectsXXIV1990″Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma ThomasXXV1991″A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the BlockXXVI1992″Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy HamillXXVII1993″Heal the World” featuring Michael JacksonXXVIII1994″Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi JuddXXIX1995″Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound MachineXXX1996Diana RossXXXI1997″Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ TopXXXII1998″A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The TemptationsXXXIII1999″Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion GloverXXXIV2000″A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni BraxtonXXXV2001″The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and NellyXXXVI2002U2XXXVII2003Shania Twain, No Doubt and StingXXXVIII2004Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin TimberlakeXXXIX2005Paul McCartneyXL2006The Rolling StonesXLI2007PrinceXLII2008Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersXLIII2009Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandXLIV2010The WhoXLV2011The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, SlashXLVI2012Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki MinajXLVII2013Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s ChildXLVIII2014Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili PeppersXLIX2015Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz502016Coldplay with guets Beyoncé and Bruno MarsLI2017Lady GagaLII2018Justin TimberlakeLIII2019Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi Why is Maroon 5 performing this year? They weren’t the NFL’s first choice. At least two singers reportedly rejected invitations from the NFL, most notably Rihanna and Cardi B, in a show of solidarity with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is involved in a high-profile collusion case against the league related to his protest of police brutality and racial injustice. The pop singer-songwriter P!nk also reportedly turned down an invite.Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will join a long list of artists who have been selected to headline the most-watched musical event of the year. Previous halftime performances include Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Prince and Bruno Mars among many others throughout the game’s history. Here’s everything to know about this year’s Super Bowl 53 halftime show, including expected start time and a full list of performances throughout the game’s history.MORE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME:Five worst performances | Five best performancesWho is performing during halftime of Super Bowl 53?Maroon 5 is headlining the halftime show. They will be joined on stage by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, an Atlanta native.Details about their set and potential guest appearances remain a mystery, although Christina Aguilera, a friend of Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, is popular among the prop bets. Andre 3000, the other half of OutKast, could also join Big Boi if rumors prove true.It’s also expected that Maroon 5 will incorporate SpongeBob’s “Sweet Victory” into their set list, a tribute to late show creator Stephen Hillenburg.What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?Super Bowl 53 will be played Sunday, Feb. 3, and kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET. Expect the game to actually start closer to 7 p.m. after the conclusion of the national anthem and the rest of the pregame program. That means halftime should arrive around 8:30-9 p.m., depending on pace of play.LIVE STREAM SUPER BOWL 53 AND THE HALFTIME SHOW:U.S: fuboTV | Canada: DAZNWho is Maroon 5?Maroon 5 is led by famous frontman Adam Levine. They have won three Grammy Awards, selling over 53 million albums and 48 million singles worldwide and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. Their hit songs include “She Will Be Loved,” “This Love,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Payphone,” and their most recent single “Girls Like You.”Who is Travis Scott?Travis Scott is a Grammy-nominated rapper. His third album “Astroworld” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and his single from this album “Sicko Mode” has been nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Scott is also the longtime boyfriend of Kylie Jenner. MORE: Does Colin Kaepernick disapprove of Travis Scott’s halftime appearance?Who is Big Boi?Antwan Andre Patton, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an Atlanta native rapper and was once a member of OutKast. Patton, as one half of OutKast, sold 25 million albums and won seven Grammy Awards. His latest single “All Night” has garnered 40 million streams within a year. The song also hit top 30 on Billboard’s pop chart.Do performers get paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?It’s complicated, but the short answer is no. The NFL covers all “expenses and production costs” but does not pay artists a wage, league spokesperson Joanna Hunter explained to Forbes in 2016. Those expenses can vary year to year. Beyonce’s show in 2013 cost a reported $600,000, per Forbes, but other reports have given much higher estimates for more recent shows, including $10 million for Katy Perry in 2015.So the halftime show is basically one big, free concert to promote an upcoming album or tour, and the profits for such exposure are unquantifiable. Most artists have seen a large spike in record sales and endorsements immediately following their performances. Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 53?Gladys Knight has been chosen to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 53. The seven-time Grammy Award winner and Atlanta native is best known for her hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends are For,” both Billboard Hot 100 singles. She also has 11 No. 1 R&B singles, as well as six No. 1 R&B albums. Knight is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Pips.
The representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miralem Pjanic, signed for Barcelona, reports the Italian portal Goal.com. According to this media, the transfer will be made official soon. He underwent medical examinations in Turin during the day under the supervision of a Barcelona doctor, and the transfer is estimated at 60 million euros, Radio Sarajevo writes.Pjanic will get a four-year contract at the Nou Camp and should earn between 7.5 and 8 million euros per season. In this way, Pjanic became the most expensive member of the Bosnian national team in history. The record so far has been held by Edin Dzeko, who moved from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in 2011 for 37 million euros.
Some nations like the Philippines and Australia are taking matters too seriously, sadly even trying to rearrange each other’s mug in order to qualify for basketball’s World Cup in 2019.As a consequence, the national teams of both countries are now hurting physically and emotionally following an on-court brawl, among the worst in the annals of basketball during a World Cup qualifier at Philippine Arena in Bulacan last month.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal While basketball’s have-nots are trying damn hard to survive the qualifiers, the United States team, the reigning World Cup champion made up of basketball’s biggest superstars, is letting the process run its course.After all, basketball is only a game.USA Basketball’s two-day mini-camp ended in Las Vegas last Friday, and what’s next for the national team that will defend the World Cup in China is up in the air.If Team USA qualifies in February, 12 players will be selected from a pool of 35.But even before probable national team members like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and James Harden could see action, it will be up to the NBA G-League players currently bannering USA Basketball in the qualifiers to land a berth in China.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms URCC fetes celebrity athletes LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Suspensions meted out after the melee by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) are causing bitter beer faces for the Filipinos more than the Aussies.With 10 players and two coaches suspended, Fiba’s action effectively decimated the Philippine national team, forcing basketball’s local governing body to withdraw from the Asian Games in Indonesia later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This will be only the second time that the Philippines, a four-time Asiad gold medalist and bronze medal winner in 1998, won’t play since 1951.As can be expected in a country where basketball is treated like religion, reaction against the team’s pullout was brisk and blistering. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re not going anywhere if we don’t qualify,” national team coach and San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich said matter-of-factly.Veteran Baguio newsman Ramon Dacawi has sent a “long shot” appeal to NBA megastar and philanthropist LeBron James that he prays “will find its mark.”Dacawi 67, is facing a lifetime of dialysis due to kidney failure caused by diabetes.In a letter to the James Family Foundation, Dacawi is seeking financial help for a kidney transplant because he said even in “my senior years and condition, life is still beautiful.”Also a former mayoral spokesman, Dacawi is a longtime advocate of kidney patients and has initiated a signature campaign to ask Congress to make dialysis a free medical service.His letter was shared with his permission by ABS-CBN Northern Luzon bureau chief Dhobie De Guzman.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments