Most of the players in such a musical engine play the roles of cylinders, stroking in perfect and predictable synchronization. Dream Team Syndrome notwithstanding, the idea of Issac Delgado & Son putting this new type of race car through its paces seemed like something that might just work brilliantly.
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban all Stars kick their East Coast Tour off tonight at Landmark Theatre in Port Washington, New York. If you're in Europe you can catch Manolito y Su Trabuco at Kursalon in Vienna on the second day of their month-long European tour that will take them to ten countries. A program on shortwave radio which your servant hosts, From the Isle of Music, is dedicated to several different genres of Cuba's music and also features interviews with the artists in addition to the music. After their successful show at Yoshi's last year, Cubanismo is back for a string of big concerts at SF JAZZ: tonight, Saturday and a Sunday matinee. Master percussionist Joaquin "El Pulpo" Pozo will be in town to teach some master classes and to perform as a guest artist with the Angel d'Cuba Septet.
ENGLISH: For those who love most styles of Cuban music in addition to Timba, a new radio program, From the Isle of Music, features almost everything including Timba, Traditiional Son, Jazz cubano, Fusion, Rock, even a little classical. ENGLISH: Finally, The 8th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival takes place February 11-14 at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. Septeto Nacional, a Cuban music institution since 1927, performed to a sold out crowd at Brava Theater in San Francisco on January 17, 2016, playing their exquisite form of son. I was at Jazz Plaza in Havana (and also in Santiago de Cuba) in December, and in the near future I will be sharing a lot of what I learned and experienced. Knowing Aisar's talent as a composer and arranger and his command of Cuban popular dance music ranging from timba to more traditional music such as son, I have great expectations for this band. UPDATE: The Sunday show was sold out and a clinic (with lots of performing) has been added for Monday. Septeto Nacional will be in New York at Lehman College on January 16th (Orquesta Broadway opens) and at Brava Theatre in SF on the 17th. Pepito: The song was recorded by musicians from different countries such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru and New York. Part of this endeavor is the 1st annual Carnaval de la Salsa, which will take place in Havana from February 25-28. That is more than enough to make the Carnaval de la Salsa a must-attend event for any timba fan. For the parties, Maykel (Blanco) is also bringing in international DJs such as Jack El Calvo (France), El Samurai (Italy) and Patricia La Peruana (France), as well as Cuba's best-known timba DJ  - Mandy. Calle Real's third CD is available today at on-line digital retailers, just in time for Christmas! It has been a long road - six years to be exact - but with patience, dedication and faith the guys from Calle Real will celebrate the release of their third album with a release party tonight at Scala Theater in Stockholm, Sweden. Just in time for the holidays, two long-awaited timba releases will be dropping in December.
Track list Intro Somos El Team Donymood Te Lo Di Bienvenido Créeme Película en color Hoah! One soundbyte that has stayed with me from that night -- courtesy of Alden -- is that he mentioned that "precisely now that the Buena Vista Social Club is saying goodbye to the stage, Septeto Santiaguero emerges as a world-class group, taking the very best of Cuban traditional music to every part of the world". And three weeks later, Spieth's not quite ready to say he's fully recovered from letting a five-shot lead in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony that ended with him slipping the green jacket on Britain's Danny Willett following an ugly and very public collapse.
It just hadn't really happened to Spieth during the 22-year-old's sprint to the top of the world rankings, a dash that included a pair of major championships and a reputation as one of the game's steadiest players as the holes dwindled and the stakes rose. Spieth endured the uncomfortable post-round ceremony with Willett, whose brilliant closing 5-under-par 67 will be forever tied with the way Spieth let it slip away.
Spieth admitted "this one will hurt" in the aftermath and he's spent the last few weeks trying to decompress and get ready for the daunting test that awaits at Oakmont in June.
So Spieth did what most early 20-somethings with time to burn and money to spend did: he went on a well-appointed spring break, joining Rickie Fowler, Smylie Kaufman and Justin Thomas for a getaway at a tropical resort that Fowler chronicled via Snapchat. It will be back to work on Wednesday when Spieth takes a long look at Oakmont, which is prepping to host its ninth US Open and first since 2007, before heading to Florida for next week's Players Championship. Spieth plans to treat his preparation for the rugged test in the Western Pennsylvania hills much the same way he got ready for Chambers Bay last summer, when he edged Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by a stroke. Angel Cabrera captured the Open in its last visit to Oakmont with a four-round total of 5 over par.
It will take nerves to survive, and regardless of what that stretch at the Masters looked like, Spieth isn't worried about his confidence being rattled should he be in the mix on Father's Day. For an event returning to the Olympics after more than 100 years, some industry experts are concerned the withdrawal of key names could turn off casual fans who might watch golf for the first time during the Game.
In the past few weeks, Australia's Adam Scott withdrew, as well as South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, drawing criticism from nine-time major winner and South Africa team captain Gary Player, who said "many people have fought tooth and nail" to return golf to the Olympics.
The players who do not show up may end up regretting it, said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics.
Golf Channel is touting other players who say they are excited to compete for a spot in Rio, such as Americans Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson and Ireland's Rory McIlroy.
But some viewers might be turned off if more notable golfers are not in the lineup, said Michael Neuman, managing partner of the sports marketing division of Horizon Media.
Golf was chosen by the International Olympic Committee eager to tap new markets and win fans.
Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 500 golfers in the world for the first time in his 20-year professional career. Being injured and idle has sent Tiger Woods out of the top 500 in the world for the first time in his 20-year career as a pro. Woods hasn't played since the Wyndham Championship last August and he had played poorly (and sparingly because of injuries) the year before that. Woods was No 875 on April 2, 1995, the week before he tied for 41st in his Masters debut as an amateur.
A Masters invitation is off the charts (Taylor lives in Augusta, Stuard has never played the Masters), and the money should be ignored (each earned $1.26 million).
And yes, he gets in the Masters, PGA Championship, The Players Championship and several more than weren't on the agenda a week ago. The 37-year-old Smith has never made it to the US Open, and he would desperately like to play the next one. It hasn't been a lack of effort, with one story he told last week about the time he tried to qualify in 2007, the last time the US Open was at Oakmont. He was an alternate out of local qualifying and received a call on Friday that there was a spot for him in the 36-hole sectional qualifying on Monday. Among his Walker Cup teammates are Rickie Fowler (2009), Jordan Spieth (2011) and Justin Thomas (2013). The USGA accepted 9,877 entries for the June 16-19 US Open at Oakmont, the third-most in history. Leicester City's fairytale run to clinch the English Premier League soccer title was hailed by American golfer John Daly on Tuesday as he congratulated his fellow "underdogs" for their success. For Daly, Leicester's unexpected success echoed his first major victory at the 1991 PGA Championship, where he was the ninth and final alternate into the field and found out just a day before the tournament began that he would be playing. Last week: Brian Stuard won his first PGA Tour event in a playoff at the Zurich Classic over Jamie Lovermark and Byeong An. Last tournament: Woody Austin and Michael Allen won the Bass Pro Legends of Golf at Cedar Lodge on April 24. Last week: Jenny Shin won the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout for her first LPGA Tour victory.
Anyone with a stopwatch and a set of hand wraps can be the former, but only a guy who has hit and been hit can become the latter. As a teenager, the native of Plainfield, New Jersey, compiled an amateur record of 103-13, with 50 knockouts.
A fleet-footed super featherweight with dynamite in both fists, the man nicknamed 'The Shadow' was 19-0 and the No 1 challenger to world champion Rocky Lockridge (42-5) when they met on April 4, 1988 in Atlantic City.
A couple of months later, while he was preparing for a bout in New York, Knight's brain scan revealed a benign cyst lesion.
After Knight quit boxing, his former trainer, John Davenport, started working with heavyweight prospect Lennox Lewis. Knight recently agreed to work with Xiong, the pint-sized slugger from Kunming, Yunnan province, who became China's first professional world champion by winning the WBC strawweight (105 lbs) belt in 2013. Xiong's record of 26-6-1 includes 14 knockouts, and he has won four of five since being dethroned by Mexico's Oswaldo Novoa in 2014.
Now ranked No 3 in the world, Xiong will face No 6 Jose Jimenez of Colombia in a 12-rounder on the May 25 card headlined by IBF world flyweight champ Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand defending his title in a rematch against No 1 contender Johnriel Casimero of the Philippines. The card is being held in conjunction with the IBF's 33rd annual convention in China's capital from May 23-27. Besides Xiong, Knight is working with super bantamweight Qiu Xiaojun (20-2) and featherweight Xu Que (8-1-1) - and he sees a lot of potential in all of them. During spirited sparring that saw all three fighters square off with each other, Knight was right in the mix. Britain's Anthony Joshua is considering the possibility of defending his International Boxing Federation world heavyweight title at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium, promoter Barry Hearn said on Monday. Hearn said he was talking to Chinese officials about a contest involving the 26-year-old Joshua, who won his version of the heavyweight crown when he dethroned Charles Martin in London last month. Joshua, who won gold for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his first title defense against American Dominic Breazeale in London next month.
A win would put Joshua on course for a unification fight with fellow British world champion Tyson Fury. Hearn said that if everything goes according to his schedule, Joshua could fight China's 2008 Olympic silver medallist Zhang Zhilei in Beijing. China is set to play a dominant role in world snooker, according to some of the sport's top officials as they reacted to Ding Junhui's best-ever performance by an Asian player in a world title event.
Ding, 29, who moved to the UK at the age of 15 to pursue his snooker dream, this week narrowly missed unseating Mark Selby from his global No 1 spot in a gripping final of the World Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.
It was another landmark in a career in which Ding has served as his country's standard-bearer in a sport that is undergoing rapid growth in interest and participation. Ding has inspired a new wave of young players who want to match his career haul of 11 ranking titles. Barry Hearn, chairman of rights-holder World Snooker, said on Tuesday the Chinese government is pouring investment into sport and this would help the country dominate not only snooker but most other sports within 10 to 15 years. Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, said snooker is already huge in China.
Aside from Ding, players such as Zhou Yuelong, Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong are likely to become a lot more familiar over the next decade in a sport that attracts 100 million television viewers in the world's most populous nation. During this year's final it was announced the World Championship will stay in Sheffield until at least 2027. Hearn hinted that if China misses out on hosting the World Championship for the foreseeable future, other, bigger events would be set up there instead. Ding, whose record at the World Championship had been poor before this year, said: "Five years ago I reached the semifinals, and this year I made it one step further. The Chinese player received a plaudit from seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry, who said: "Ding is a player at a different level to most of the others. Pep Guardiola says he views his three-year reign at Bayern Munich as a dismal failure after again being unable to steer the Bavarians to the Champions League final. Bayern lost the semifinal first leg 1-0 in Spain, and won the return 2-1 in Munich on Tuesday as Atletico Madrid triumphed on away goals. Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola watches Tuesday's Champions League second leg semifinal match against Atletico Madrid in Munich. Antoine Griezmann's goal for Atletico made all the difference at Allianz Arena as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate. Bayern has again exited the semifinals in Europe at the hands of Spanish opponents after losing to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2014. Guardiola was asked if he viewed his time in Munich as a failure despite winning five trophies so far, including two German league titles. Bayern can become the first team to win four consecutive German league titles if it beats Ingolstadt on Saturday and then face Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 21. But Guardiola, who will coach Manchester City next season, says the chance to win the double does not make up for the disappointment of another semifinal exit. Guardiola said he had no regrets about his lineup, having recalled Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng in three changes from the side that lost the first leg.
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said the squad regretted failing to reach the European final in Guardiola's swansong season.
Atletico reached its second Champions League final in three years, despite losing 2-1 at Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the semifinal return leg as it finished 2-2 on aggregate.
After Atletico beat Bayern 1-0 in Madrid, Griezmann's crucial away goal in Munich means Diego Simeone's squad will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the final.
Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres (left), Stefan Savic, Saul Niguez and Teye Thomas celebrate winning Tuesday's Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich.
Atletico, tied with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with two games remaining, faces a busy few weeks. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will rue Thomas Mueller's saved first-half penalty just after Xabi Alonso gave the hosts the lead by crashing home a first-half free kick. There was similar drama in the second half when Manuel Neuer saved Torres' late penalty attempt for Atletico. Simeone said he was stunned by his side's ability to cope with the stress in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Munich's Allianz Arena. Simeone also singled out Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Neuer for their saves to deny Mueller and Torres respectively. Having lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final, Atletico will now bid for their first European crown at the third attempt having also lost the 1974 final - to Bayern.
Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave the Warriors their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left as Golden State rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Draymond Green added 17 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in another win without Curry, who is sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Thompson's 3 with 6:44 remaining tied the score, igniting the sellout crowd inside deafening Oracle Arena as the defending champions erased an early 17-point deficit. Damian Lillard's 3 to beat the third-quarter buzzer put Portland ahead 87-76 entering the final 12 minutes - Golden State's largest deficit going into the fourth all playoffs.
For most of the night, the energized Blazers did everything the defending champions typically do on their impenetrable home court: making the zippy pass, setting the tone on the defensive end, crashing the boards, answering any threat with a big basket. Lillard had 25 points and six assists, and CJ McCollum added 22 points as Portland hit 13 3-pointers. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green blocks a shooting attempt by Portland Trail Blazers' Ed Davis. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was impressed with his club's mental toughness on Tuesday night.
After Toronto guard Kyle Lowry forced overtime by hitting a half-court, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, Miami opened the extra period on a 8-0 run and hung on for a 102-96 victory over the Raptors.


Goran Dragic had a game-high 26 points for Miami, and Dwyane Wade added 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Dragic appeared to kill the Raptors' momentum by sinking a 3-pointer with 40.6 seconds remaining, and Miami led by six after Josh Richardson sank two free throws. Rusty, rested or reeling, LeBron James and the Cavaliers find a way to beat the Hawks in the playoffs every time. James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and Cleveland withstood a strong second-half surge by Atlanta to maintain its chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday night in the opening game of their second-round Eastern Conference series. James converted a critical three-point play with 2:09 left for the Cavs, who blew an 18-point lead in the second half and fell behind with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter before making several clutch plays down the stretch. Cleveland swept Atlanta in last year's Eastern Conference finals and has won eight straight over the Hawks, moving to 9-0 against them in the postseason. Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 and rallied the Hawks before they crumbled in the closing minutes. Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Kent Bazemore added 16 points for Atlanta, which got just eight points from Jeff Teague. James' three-point play, which he punctuated by flexing his biceps, came after he stripped the ball from Schroder and the Cavs kept their possession alive with a pair of offensive rebounds, one by Tristan Thompson, the other by J.R.
The Cavs did not show any rust following an eight-day break after the first round until the third quarter, when their offense slowed and the Hawks got hot.
But when it mattered most, the defending conference champion came through - and, as always, James led the way. Kevin Love, who was injured when the teams met in the postseason last year, added 17 points but was just 4 of 17 from the floor and appeared to hurt his right shoulder. Thompson has been a rebounding marvel for the Cavs, comparable to what Dennis Rodman once did for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Love, who missed six of his first seven 3-pointers, drained a pair from long range and James finished a 2-on-1 break with a thunderous dunk to give Cleveland a 72-54 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Atlanta, though, responded with its own deep barrage, draining four 3-pointers in a 16-3 spurt to close the quarter and pull within 75-70 entering the fourth.
But with a chance to steal Game 1 and end their futility against Cleveland, the Hawks came up short. Love, whose dislocated left shoulder ended his first postseason last year, banged his right shoulder in the fourth when he pump-faked Bazemore into the air and drew contact while shooting a 3-pointer.
During a timeout, one of Cleveland's medical personnel worked on Love, who stayed in the game.
The Cavs focused on shutting down Korver, who averaged 12.2 points and took 52 shots during Atlanta's six-game victory over Boston in the opening round.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 on Monday night, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score on a wild sequence in the final seconds. Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game 1. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich complained to officials after the game that Dion Waiters went over the allotted five seconds to inbound the ball on Oklahoma City's final possession.
Aldridge had 41 points, but the Spurs shot 43 percent as a team after shooting 61 percent in the series opener.
San Antonio missed 12 of its first 13 shots, struggling to even hit the rim after seemingly making every shot it took in the opening quarter of Game 1. Oklahoma City had lost 15 games this season when leading after the third quarter, including the playoffs.
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is pumped up after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of Monday's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal in Cleveland. Richardson made his first stop in Beijing on Monday, where he interacted with players participating in the finals of the Junior NBA Basketball League at LeSports Center. On Tuesday, he made an appearance on CCTV's NBA Primetime and visited Beijing No 35 Middle School to share the values of the game with students. The 6-foot-6 guard from Saginaw, Michigan, was selected fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 NBA Draft. Richardson was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2002 and won the NBA slam dunk title in 2002 and 2003. The first Junior NBA Basketball League in Beijing was launched last fall as part of the existing partnership between NBA China and the Ministry of Education to promote basketball education and youth development in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities.
The Junior NBA teaches youngsters fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. Rookie goalie Matt Murray made 47 saves while standing up to Capitals' avalanche of shots, and the Penguins parlayed two goals in 62 seconds in the first period into a 3-2 victory on Monday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored before the midpoint of the first period, and Carl Hagelin added a goal in the second to make it 3-0 and the Penguins, the NHL's best team over the past two months, held on to top the Capitals, easily the league's best team all season. Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season against the Penguins in the third period, and linemate Justin Williams scored in the final minute as the Capitals tried frantically to rally. However, it was not enough as the 21-year-old Murray, the youngest Pittsburgh goaltender to ever win in the postseason, improved to 5-1 in the playoffs. Murray, who began the season in the minors and played only four NHL games until March, made the difference as the Penguins were outshot 49-23 yet still controlled the scoreboard even as the Capitals controlled the stats sheet.
The Penguins, on the fringe of the playoff race much of the season, have won 20 of 24 games since March 8 - with Murray in net for 11 of those wins - and are 6-2 in the postseason.
At least statistically, the Capitals were dominant from the start except in the number most important: goals. They doubled up the Penguins in shots for most of the first two periods - it was 28-14 after two - yet Murray turned away scoring chance after scoring chance. Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins can't make this save on Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (not pictured) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Consol Energy Center on Monday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the rough-cut figure of Jamie Vardy, newly crowned Premier League champion Leicester City possesses the living embodiment of a rags-to-riches tale that has captivated fans around the world. Six years ago, Vardy was playing amateur soccer for Stocksbridge Park Steels in England's seventh tier and working part-time at a factory making medical splints.
Now he is an England international, whose 22 goals have powered Leicester to its first league title, won him the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award and sparked talk of a Hollywood biopic.
There will be several abiding memories from Vardy's historic season, from the 30-yard wonder goal against Liverpool to the brace at Sunderland that left manager Claudio Ranieri blinking back tears at the final whistle. But perhaps the most lasting mark will be his run of scoring in 11 consecutive games between September and November, which set a Premier League record and helped lay the foundation for Leicester's extraordinary campaign.
Released by boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday at age 15 on the grounds that he was too small, Vardy, now 29, cannot have imagined he would one day be the toast of England. After leaving Wednesday he spent time away from soccer, studying sports science at a local college before winding up at Stocksbridge, nestled beside northern England's Peak District, where he progressed through the youth ranks. Vardy's roguish streak occasionally caused him problems - he was sent off four times in his last season at Stocksbridge, deterring suitors Sheffield United - and he had trouble controlling his temper off the pitch. A conviction for a late-night assault temporarily obliged him to wear an electronic tag and observe a 6:30 pm curfew, which would see him substituted midway through games so that he could get home in time.
Spectacularly prolific, Vardy joined Halifax Town from Stocksbridge and then moved on to Fleetwood Town, who sold him to Leicester for a non-league record 1 million pounds ($1.5 million) in 2012. Since then, the milestones have zipped past: 16 goals in Leicester's Championship promotion campaign, five in his first season as a Premier League player, a first England cap and, in March's 3-2 win over world champion Germany, a brilliant back-heel for his first England goal.
Initially perceived as mere ballast in Roy Hodgson's squad, the wiry Yorkshireman, who wears a blue cast to protect a thrice-fractured right wrist, is now certain to go to Euro 2016. In a deeply unpleasant episode in August, he was caught on camera racially goading an Asian man at a casino, for which he issued a public apology. He missed the two matches that took Leicester to the title, meanwhile, after being sent off for diving in a 2-2 draw against West Ham United and then launching a foul-mouthed tirade at referee Jon Moss. Vardy is among a select band of players to have risen from non-league to the England team and with each goal, he has demonstrated that there is more than one route to the top. Polo-loving Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 58, rubs shoulders with celebrities and his surname, meaning "light of progressive glory" was bestowed by Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But the bespectacled Thai tycoon also displays an unerring common touch, dishing out free beer and doughnuts at Leicester's King Power Stadium, where he lands his helicopter in the center circle.
Despite his popularity, Vichai remains enigmatic as he rarely gives interviews, preferring to let his son, Aiyawatt, known as 'Top', act as the family frontman. The avuncular Vichai has carefully navigated Thailand's treacherous political waters of recent years, while taking his King Power empire from strength to strength. He has built an estimated fortune of $2.9 billion since establishing King Power in 1989 - starting with a single shop in Bangkok. With the company name emblazoned across the Leicester shirt and stadium, Vichai is now well placed to leverage soccer success into global recognition for his brand. And as Premier League champion, Leicester's share of next season's $7.4 billion TV deal will be several times more than Vichai first paid for the club.
Leicester supporters quickly warmed to Vichai after he bought the then Championship struggler for an estimated 40 million pounds ($58 million) in 2010. The devout Buddhist is a firm believer in the power of karma, flying in Thai monks to bless Leicester's pitch and give its players lucky amulets. And while pumping tens of millions of pounds into the team, club debt and infrastructure, Vichai has spent judiciously.
Leicester's success has been crafted from teamwork and endeavor, and the astute leadership of manager Claudio Ranieri, rather than an expensive squad of stars. Vichai rose from relative obscurity, flourishing during the past decade of political upheaval in Thailand, a country where big contracts follow political loyalties. King Power hit the jackpot in 2006 when it won the duty-free concession at Bangkok's cavernous new Suvarnabhumi airport, and with it a captive market of tens of millions of travelers.
In 2007, a year after ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Manchester City's former owner, was dumped from office in a coup, Vichai saw off legal moves to break his duty-free monopoly. In a kingdom where connections count, Vichai now firmly belongs to the royalist establishment that turfed out Thaksin. Before soccer, Vichai's first sporting love was polo, the pursuit beloved of the international elite, and he and 'Top' are accomplished players. Vichai boasts a lifetime membership at London's Ham Polo club, frequented by the British royals, and has a stable of horses and players on retainer in Bangkok.
Leicester City players crowded around a television inside teammate Jamie Vardy's house on Monday, locked arm in arm, watching the action 100 miles away.
In the second tier two years ago, in a relegation fight last season, a 5,000-1 long shot last summer, Leicester is now alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and the other clubs that can call themselves champions.
The Foxes clinched the most improbable title of the Premier League era when second-place Tottenham was held to a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night. With an insurmountable seven-point lead and two games remaining, Leicester is champion of England for the first time in its 132-year history.
As recently as 2009-10, Leicester was in third-tier League 1, the equivalent of a Double-A baseball team filled with prospects.
Just two years ago, Morgan and many of his teammates were playing in the far-from-glamorous second-tier League Championship. But on Monday, fans who never dreamed the modest club from an East Midlands city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals descended on Leicester's King Power Stadium to party into the night. Leicester, which will collect the trophy on Saturday when it hosts Everton at home, had not finished higher than second in the top tier since 1929. English soccer has not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978.
Unlike Blackburn's 1995 champions, Leicester has achieved its success without lavish spending. Chelsea's draw also made Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri a league title winner for the first time in his career - 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues. Ranieri's task when he replaced the fired Nigel Pearson in July was just to keep Leicester in the Premier League.
At Chelsea there was not bitterness that the Blues were surrendering the title to a soccer minnow, but joy that Ranieri was the beneficiary.
Chelsea players will form a guard of honor for the Foxes when they play at the London club in the season finale on May 15.
Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when it was held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea got the party started. Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep its bid for a first title since 1961 and led 2-0 on goals from Harry Kane in the 35th minute and Son Heung-min in the 44th, before Chelsea rallied in a fiery London derby where tempers frayed and tackles became wild. Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea's part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power. Leicester City fans celebrate winning the Premier League after watching the Tottenham-Chelsea clash in a pub on Monday. The front page of the i newspaper read "Fantastic Foxes write the greatest fairytale football has ever known" while the Daily Mirror dubbed them "The Incredibles". Many newspapers referred to the fact that before the team's ascent, bookmakers had, at one time, offered to pay out 5,000 pounds ($7,335) for every bet that Leicester would win the title.
The Daily Telegraph's sports supplement printed a giant blue Leicester crest and a cheering team manager Claudio Ranieri, with the words "How Leicester's 5000-1 title dream turned into astonishing reality". Some questioned whether former England striker Gary Lineker, who played for Leicester and helped rescue the club from going out of business in 2002, would really present BBC soccer program Match of the Day in his underpants - a rash promise he made earlier in the season should Leicester be crowned Premier League champion. Others noted the fairytale story of the team's top scorer Jamie Vardy - who spent years in the lower leagues but now plays for England - already talked about as a subject for a Hollywood movie.
Guardian sportswriter Barney Ronay described Vardy as a "a late-blooming, whippet-thin, scaldingly quick journeyman striker". Leicester's success drew international reaction as well, with The New York Times describing its triumph as "one of the most remarkable seasons in soccer history".
Mark Selby holds a Leicester flag next to the Snooker World Championship trophy he won after beating China's Ding Junhui in Monday's final. Li conjured up his best round of the week, a bogey-free 64, to win the Volvo China Open by three shots and keep the title in domestic hands for the second year in a row. The 20-year-old began the final round two shots back of overnight leaders Felipe Aguilar of Chile (69) and Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark (70), but carded a blemish-free round to finish 22-under at Beijing's Topwin Golf and Country Club. Li succeeds Wu Ashun, who last year became the third Chinese winner of the country's oldest professional tournament. Playing in the group ahead of Aguilar, Li tied the Chilean at 21-under with four holes remaining. As Li played a superb approach to the 17th hole to set up a birdie, Aguilar hit his worst shot of the week on the short 16th, plunking it in the water. Li said he learned he was in the lead only on the 18th fairway, and he thanked his caddy for helping him not to get carried away with an aggressive approach. The victory was a big relief for Li, who missed the cut at Genzon Golf Club the previous week and lost in a playoff at Shenzhen International last year.
Li also won the Rong Gao Tang Award as the best finisher among the four Chinese players who made the cut. Dou Zecheng, who won the award three years ago when still an amateur, finished 2-under alongside defending champion Wu Ashun, who closed with a 69.
Aguilar finished 19-under, a shot ahead of Bjerregaard, England's Richard Bland and Marcel Siem of Germany.


One of the week's early highlights was a 7-iron hole-in-one at the 16th by Sweden's Rikard Karlberg. Jenny Shin became the third first-time winner on the USLPGA Tour this year, coming from behind to close with a four-under 67 on Sunday and win the Texas Shootout tournament.
It took the 23-year-old Shin 135 starts since turning pro in 2010 to record her first victory. Shin played the final 43 holes at the Dallas-area Las Colinas Country Club bogey free as she finished at 14-under 270. She was two strokes in front of fellow South Koreans Amy Yang (71) and Hur Mi-jung (71) as well as American Gerina Piller - who led heading into the final round but closed with a two-over 73.
Shin joins compatriot Jang Ha-na and Japan's Haru Nomura as first-time winners in 2016 and will jump from No 38 to No 24 in the world rankings.
Cheyenne Knight, a 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman from nearby Aledo, had a 72 to tie for 30th at 1 under. China's Li Haotong gets a helping hand from his caddy in lining up a putt during Sunday's fourth round of the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & Country Club in Beijing. And Hamilton said he had "no reason" to believe it was happening after finishing second to Rosberg in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. Wolff told reporters in Sochi he wanted to speak out to protect members of the team from accusations.
The defending three-time champion also said he felt very grateful to the team for helping him finish the race and score 18 points.
Sunday's race saw Hamilton survive the first lap without incident for the first time this year. Since winning at Sochi last year, Hamilton has only victory - the following race in the United States, where he clinched the title.
Meanwhile, Daniil Kvyat apologized for hitting Sebastian Vettel's car twice and causing the first lap carnage that knocked the four-time champion out of Sunday's race.
The young Russian said he had not felt his brakes and then could not see what was happening ahead of him in the incident that left Vettel fuming at his actions for the second successive race.
The second and final show in this mini-tour will be on May 8th at Symphony Space in New York City. After carefully choosing and integrating each component through months of rehearsal and touring, he takes to the stage with the steely control and yet reckless abandon of a Formula 1 racecar driver. But like an engine, a great band also needs spark plugs – one or more explosive musicians who add bursts of creativity and unpredictable surges of adrenaline and aggressivity at just the right times.
Ned Sublette’s liner notes alone make it worth acquiring this one the old-fashioned way. Issac is famous for his improvisation and his ability to soar over some of the greatest rhythm sections in Cuban music history and as we all know, PMG makes the short list in that particularly category.
Timbalive will also - as they do each year - play their own show of original material Sunday night to close the festival.
The Carnaval includes concerts by FClan on Friday and Jose Torres y Salsa Tropical featuring Mayito Rivera on Saturday. Six out of the seven were members of Septeto Nacional, but because of visa problems of their tres player, Iván Camblor, band leader, composer and tres player played with the group. In 2008 he also released four songs under the name El Expresso de Cuba, but Aisar stayed with Revé until December 2015 when he announced he would finally start his own band.
When a relationship starts, your friends and family start giving their opinions, and even if people say that this relationship isn't right for you or that this partner is not for you, it's too late to say no to what is already in your heart. We have the opportunity o live together and bring to the music a little bit of flavor from every corner of the world.
He has also dedicated himself to finding new ways to promote Cuban music and dance, both on the island and internationally. I happen to be out-of-town as often seems to be the case when we have timba events in Stockholm, so I will not eb able to report on the party.
This is a translation from a Cuban newspaper (source), that leaves out the notion of the "passing of the torch" or "passing the baton".
Compare that to the 18-under Spieth posted while winning at Augusta in 2015 or even the 5-under he put up at Chambers Bay. So that's still a pretty good percentage, if you're in contention six times, you win two of them, a third of the time. Most golfers have cited scheduling conflicts or family commitments as reasons for withdrawing, but the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil has also loomed for months.
554 to No 431 after the '96 British Open, and he began a swift climb when he turned pro a month later.
Taylor was No 447 in the world when he won at Pebble Beach, while Stuard was No 513 when he won at New Orleans.
He has played in the Walker Cup three straight times and won the inaugural US Amateur Four-Ball at Olympic Club with Todd White.
Furyk withdrew on Sept 17 during the first round of the BMW Championship and tried to let his wrist heal with rest before opting for surgery. By the time he turned pro at age 20, he had won five state Golden Gloves titles and two national Police Athletic League championships.
The champ retained his title via a unanimous 15-round decision - and Knight never fought again. At age 25 he hung up his gloves and eventually became a correctional officer at a Pennsylvania prison - but the lure of the ring never left him.
Instead of barking instructions from the safe side of the ropes, he hovers on the periphery of the punching and isn't shy about stepping in to impart instant advice. And though it's only been a few weeks, his Chinese charges are already proving to be attentive pupils.
Bayern won 2-1, still exiting the European competition against a Spanish opponent for the third straight year.
Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski netted for Bayern on a night when both teams missed penalties. Perhaps we have helped the players, maybe it's not enough, but it was the important thing for me. When Bayern missed their penalty, we had a good chat at halftime and we coped with the pressure they put on us in the second half. I have to say how difficult it is to cope with this situation at Bayern, playing away from home. It's disappointing to lose a game you're competitive and you're in position to win in the fourth quarter. Curry is this year's winner of the Magic Johnson Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player who combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the public and media. Atlanta's offense bogged down in crunch time and the Hawks only scored two field goals in the final four minutes. Replays showed Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili to get the space needed to pass the ball to Durant, who was immediately stripped by Danny Green. Ginobili was the only other San Antonio player in double figures, scoring 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The Spurs missed six layups and Green awkwardly tossed a hard runner that ricocheted off the backboard. The All-Star forward drained his second 3-pointer of the season to pull San Antonio within 96-94 and then made three free throws after being fouled by Serge Ibaka to pull the Spurs within 98-97 with 13.5 seconds to set up the final play. Qinghua University High School beat Beijing No 4 High School 74-62 in the final of the tournament aged 16-18. Over his 13-year career, Richardson played for the Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets), Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. Excuses are for losers, and we're not losers and we're going to try to improve in Game 4," Williams said. They were last in the Premier League in April 2015 before winning six of their last eight matches to avoid relegation, and at the start of this season betting houses favored them to drop back down. And for the past 20 years the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City winning all the titles.
I'm a pragmatic man; I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week," said Ranieri, who made a brief trip home to Italy on Monday to see his 96-year-old mother. Still, Tottenham clinched no worse than fourth place and qualified for the Champions League for the second time. He played a decent chip after taking a drop, then missed his putt to finish with a double-bogey five.
A par on the final hole clinched the title for the Hunan native, who finished sixth in last year's tournament. Her best showing before Sunday was finishing runner-up at the 2012 HSBC Women's Champions to Angela Stanford, who beat Shin in a playoff. She launched her 67 with three birdies in the first five holes, quickly whittling away at the four-shot deficit she faced at the start of the round. The long-hitting US Solheim Cup hero grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, and played at the University Texas-El Paso. Karah Sanford, a 14-year-old high school freshman from San Diego, tied for 51st at 6 over after a 77.
Far too many jazz and Latin recordings of recent years suffer from what I call DTS: Dream Team Syndrome. Birthed through a process of hundreds of gigs at a small mid-town Manhattan restaurant called Guantanamera, PMG was not a big engine stripped down for better mileage; it was a new kind of vehicle, built from the ground up to produce even more explosive energy at a fraction of the decibel level and with a clarity and precision of interlocking parts impossible with a 14-piece orquesta.
PMG is precisely the type of hyper-creative and wildly improvisational but rock solid rhythm section that Issac has spent his career soaring over.
The band is also planning a tour of the US later this year, so stay tuned for more information. El lanzamiento tendra lugar en un evento especial desde la Tropicana Varadero, en vivo por TV Cubana. The program airs every Monday night in the Americas (Tuesday morning in Europe and Africa) on WBCQ, 7.490 MHz on shortwave (it also streams on the Internet during the hour of the broadcast). Calixto has put together a team of ten musicians to offer the City of Angles an authentic taste of what timba was like when the Havana scene was at it's most creative. Iván, who is originally from Cuba, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and leads a local son group, Pellejo Seco. The song is his own composition with an arrangement that combines the New York sound with Cuba. I am very happy that it is like this and that music serves to unite countries and musicians - that people can enjoy it and feel happy. By day you can take part in workshops with well-known Cuban dance instructors and the special participation of Maykel Fonts. But I have already bought the CD and can recommend it as an important addition to any timbero's collection, be you DJ, dancer or simply someone who likes to listen.
In Best Latin Jazz Album, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is nominated with his record "Suite Caminos".
As anyone who has visited the island and experienced the level of musicianship, it was interesting to get their viewpoints on what we were seeing and hearing at the Latin Grammy show compared to the performances in Cuba. Patty Mills missed an open 3-pointer, LaMarcus Aldridge lost the ball after grabbing the airball and Kawhi Leonard was unable to gather the ball before the buzzer sounded.
A number of high school and college friends joined her family - led by her husband, PGA Tour player Martin Piller - in the gallery. We are pushing the limits on the chassis and on the engine side a lot in order to have a competitive car.
It's unusual for them - the majority were on Nico's car last year and Nico's (current) guys were with me for three years. The band will play 12 gigs so check out their updated list of tour dates to find a concert near you. I also want to give a special thanks to Roberto Ruiz for allowing us to use some of his photos to bring some visuals to the interview.
My goal is to go to sing in Europe to the audience that I haven't seen for a little while, and that write asking when I can go. If you're lucky enough to be at the concert tonight or catch them in concert next year - bring some extra cash and pick up a hardcopy!
It is a televised event after all, and it was GREAT, but my opinion is that after a while the general tendency to rely on flamboyant and pyrotechnic visual elements and stimulation starts eroding the music and sound. That seemingly endless sequence on 12 where he hit the ball into Rae's Creek not once but twice on his way to a quadruple bogey 7 that cost him control of the tournament. Jack Nicklaus didn't play when technology measured swing speed, ball speed, smash factor or launch angle. Tuve la oportunidad de conocerlo, grabar una entrevista y escuchar su música en diciembre.
We will keep you updated, and don't forget to follow Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor at Facebook . The Kennedy Center Honors have succeeded in staying away from this trap and continue delivering breathtaking musical performances. The Golden Bear said he was 58 when he was out at a test center in California that measured his swing speed at 118 mph.
Colin Montgomerie says he will enter Local Final Qualifying for the British Open at Royal Troon, where his father was the longtime secretary. Gerina Piller went from a two-shot lead to a three-way tie for second in Texas last week, which cost her Olympic ranking points.
Ole!" the jubilant Leicester players chanted as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other's shoulders inside Vardy's house. Some things that stand out are the laid-back groove and the unusual harmonies in many of the songs. Also I was sad to notice that the Best Salsa Album category was removed from the telecast and into the not-televised part (the pre-telecast, now called "the premier"). Tommy Bolt and Nancy Lopez are among those who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame for 2016. The ceremony will take place on Sept 18 at Southern Hills, where Bolt triumphed in the 1958 US Open. Centre: Charlie Bennett, Les Griffin (trainer), Harry Oxtoby (trainer), Greg Anderson (treasurer), Jack Armstrong (secretary), Bruce Cambridge (president), Ray Hunt (manager), Graham Seymour. About Us Contact Us A Tribute to Ben Fisher and Jack Thompson Bill Keato the Lad from Liverpool Old Newspaper stories and photos from the 1960's VALE Laurie Bruyeres VALE Nev Charlton. VALE Bill Keato VALE Vince Karalius VALE Bob McGuiness VALE Denis Meaney VALE Johnny Mowbray Vale Kel O'Shea Vale Mark "Snow" Patch VALE Bob Sargent Vale Ken "Nebo" Stonestreet.
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