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At more than 1.8 meters tall and weighing 70 kilograms, Yang Yiguo is one of the best-known professional kickboxers at the Monster fight club. The event prompted him to beef up through martial arts, and he quickly fell in love with Thai boxing. Kickboxers compete in a bout at the Monster fight club in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Dec 11. Monster was founded by two of Yang's friends in a converted bar in an upscale neighborhood of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
Aside from using WeChat, the instant-messaging app, the club does no promotion, yet an increasing number of people are learning about it via word of mouth. Yang and Ma Huoche, a DJ who organizes events at the club, have devised a three-tiered system: knockout bouts, challenge bouts and exhibition matches. Participants and the audience come from various walks of life, including office workers, teachers, doctors, tattoo artists, police officers, sailors, lawyers and college students. The fighters wear little in the way of protective equipment, apart from gum shields and boxing gloves.
Fight night lasts from 10 pm to midnight every Friday and Saturday, with each bout consisting of two to three rounds. Yang began offering one-on-one lessons in late February after returning to China from a 20-day training camp in Thailand.
Fighting, she adds, is a good way of relieving the pressures that accumulate in daily life, but it must be taken seriously. In February, a local newspaper published a report about the club that, according to its founders, intentionally misrepresented the venue to make it look like a shady, underground business. After the report, the police called several times to check whether the club was breaking any laws. Yang adds that, although the fights are passionate and bloody affairs, the fighters always shake hands at the bell.
Emotional fighters always lose because their skills and judgment are affected by their feelings, he says. Xiao Mo, a costume designer in his 20s, has good upper-body strength, but that didn't stop him from suffering a three-round defeat at the hands of a 30-something lawyer who boxed under the name "1942". Breathless and bathed in sweat, Xiao was too exhausted to speak as his friends supported him as he climbed slowly out of the ring.
For Yang, it's all about restoring the martial spirit, which some say the Chinese people have lost. He concedes that he felt humiliated when his coach put him in the weakest training group just because he was Chinese.
Serena Williams of the US hits a return to Anna Lena Friedsam of Germany in their second-round match at the Italian Open in Rome on Tuesday. The gourmet food Serena Williams ordered off the hotel room-service menu for dogs looked good enough for her to eat. Williams posted a video Wednesday on Snapchat showing the salmon and rice dish she ordered for her Yorkshire Terrier at their hotel during the Italian Open. Williams says the bite tasted weird, "a little bit like a house-cleaner thing," but she ate it anyway. Coming from one of the most famous and successful women athletes in the world, the video raised eyebrows but Williams replied to queries on Thursday by saying: "I'm not the most serious person off the court. Admitting she was feeling no serious ill effects of the incident, she added: "No, thank God! Roger Federer said "time was ticking" in his battle to recover form and fitness for the French Open after he lost to rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2) 6-4 in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday. Former world No 1 Federer still looks way short of his best after knee and back injuries and struggled to get to grips with the 22-year-old Thiem at the Foro Italico, a week after withdrawing from the Madrid Open. Thiem, ranked 15th, recovered from an early break and streaked into a 6-2 lead in the tiebreak before taking the opening set with a backhand winner.
He broke the 34-year-old Federer's serve again midway through the second set as he claimed the 32nd victory of a breakthrough season that saw him rise to a career-high 13th. Federer, the winner of 17 majors, has missed 10 weeks of the season following knee surgery. Federer, a four-time finalist in Rome, missed last week's Madrid Open with a back problem but said there had been some encouraging signs this week.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic was on the wrong end of a love set for only the ninth time in his career, picking up just eight points. From there, though, he moved to a smooth victory over the 37th-ranked Belluci and a quarterfinal meeting with Rafael Nadal, who defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4. Bernard Tomic ruled himself out of representing Australia at the Rio Olympics in August due to his "extremely busy" playing schedule. Tomic, who was warned by Australia's Olympic chef de mission Kitty Chiller he was among a group of athletes whose behavior was being monitored to judge their suitability for the Rio team, will instead play an ATP tournament in Mexico.
Tomic drew heavy criticism last week following his exit from the Madrid Open when, on match point against Fabio Fognini, he held the racquet by the strings and did not offer a shot to the Italian's serve. The 23-year-old responded to the criticism by telling News Corp, "I don't care about that match point.
The response was described as "appalling" by Chiller and the criticism intensified when he pulled out of his opening match in Rome after just eight minutes, citing illness. Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks scores a goal past Shea Weber (6) and goalie Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators in the first period of Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at SAP Center on Thursday in San Jose, California. Captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of San Jose's big guns took little time to answer the questions about how this version of the Sharks would respond after a lackluster loss in a potential series clincher. Pavelski got San Jose off to a fast start in Game 7 with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs to send the Sharks to their first Western Conference final in five years with a 5-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Joel Ward, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau also scored as San Jose shook off an overtime loss in Game 6 to reach the conference final for the fourth time in franchise history.
After blowing a 3-0 series lead to Los Angeles in 2014 in their most noteworthy in a long list of playoff collapses and missing the postseason entirely last year, the Sharks are now one round away from advancing to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history.
The Predators' most successful season ended in bitter disappointment as they were unable to repeat their Game 7 road win in the first round against Anaheim to make the conference final for the first time.
Defensive miscues by Nashville's two top defensemen, captain Shea Weber and Roman Josi, led to early San Jose goals as Pekka Rinne got little help from his teammates. The Predators had just eight shots on goal in the first two periods and Rinne left after allowing goals to Thornton and Marleau early in the third period. Nashville remains one of three franchises, along with Columbus and the current Winnipeg franchise, to never make it to a conference final. The Sharks got there in 2004, 2010 and 2011 - only to lose each time as a long run of regular-season success behind stars such as Thornton and Marleau has not yet led to the ultimate postseason goal. The 2014 collapse set the franchise back and led to Thornton losing his captaincy amid several other changes the past two years. The Sharks came out fast from the drop and completely dominated the opening period, outshooting Nashville 17-3 to take a 2-0 lead. Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs forces Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder to pass the ball during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tim Duncan doesn't know yet where he's headed as the San Antonio Spurs face an uncertain future. Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 28, and Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 113-99 on Thursday night to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.
Oklahoma City lost 124-92 in Game 1, but first-year coach Billy Donovan led the Thunder to victory in four of the next five. Steven Adams had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Andre Roberson added 14 points for the Thunder. The Spurs were trying to extend the winningest season in franchise history after going 67-15. In Game 6, Oklahoma City opened up a 47-29 lead late in the second quarter after a 3-pointer by Westbrook that brought a roar from the crowd.
The Thunder looked like the Spurs often do in the first half, running an efficient offense while committing just three turnovers. The veteran Spurs had one last surge left and got as close as 11, but a 3-pointer and a driving layup by Westbrook killed San Antonio's momentum for good.
The Thunder dominated the boards in the series, winning the rebounding battle in five of the six games.
Since Gregg Popovich became coach of the Spurs on Dec 10, 1996, there have been 233 coaching changes throughout the rest of the league. There's only five coaches who were in their current NBA jobs before 2013: Popovich, Spoelstra, Carlisle, Toronto's Dwane Casey and Portland's Terry Stotts. Below is a breakdown of total coaching changes by team since Popovich took over as coach in San Antonio. This doesn't include when coaches missed games for illness or personal reasons, or in situations where the head coach remained officially in place but was not at games (such as when assistant Ron Rothstein filled in for Pat Riley at times during 2006-07 and 2007-08 in Miami, or earlier this season when assistant Luke Walton guided Golden State while Steve Kerr recovered from back surgeries).
The NBA superstar, who is making another run toward a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said Thursday that he will extend his playing career only as long as his three children will let him. James and his wife, Savannah, have two sons and a daughter: 11-year-old LeBron Jr, 8-year-old Bryce and 19-month-old Zhuri. The Cavs have been in limbo since completing a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland's second sweep of these playoffs. James has never given a firm timetable on how long he intends to play, but the four-time MVP isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
He has added reason for that optimism: Many of the Blazers said Thursday they'd be sticking around this summer to work out together. The Trail Blazers' theme this season emerged over time as the team kept surpassing expectations. From a preseason bonding trip to San Diego, where the team hammed for photos on the beach, to Lillard's team dinners and trips to a roller skating rink, the young Blazers became a cohesive group. Lillard was the lone starter to return from the 2014-15 Blazers, after LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews departed in the offseason. The group that was assembled was the third-youngest in the NBA and included players who, for whatever reason, hadn't really caught on elsewhere.
Portland had a daunting task in the defending NBA champion Warriors and MVP Stephen Curry in the second round but put up a fight.
Lillard averaged a career-high 25.1 points in the regular season, becoming just the third Portland player to average more than 25.
CJ McCollum averaged 20.8 points in his first year as a starter, giving the Blazers their first backcourt duo with an average of 20 or more points apiece in a single season. McCollum was named the league's Most Improved Player for more than tripling his scoring average from the 2014-15 season. Those two will almost certainly be back next season, as will fellow starters Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee. The Blazers have a team option on coach Terry Stotts for the coming season, but the team is looking to quickly firm up a long-term deal. Robby Fabbri, their 20-year-old rookie center, became the youngest player in NHL history to score three points in a Game 7, with a goal and two assists, while captain David Backes added a goal and an assist.
The Blues, in the playoffs for the 40th time and still in search of their first Stanley Cup, will have home-ice advantage in the Western Conference final against Nashville or San Jose - and for the Stanley Cup Final as well, if they advance. Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko also had goals to help the Blues win for the third time on the road in the matchup.
It was the fourth straight game in the series, and fifth overall, won by the visiting team, and a lopsided finish to a second-round series matching the Western Conference's top two teams in the regular season. Coach Ken Hitchcock's Blues were only two points behind Dallas in the regular-season standings for the top seed. In this Game 7, the Blues were in firm control after the first period, even after having a goal disallowed because of a replay challenge by Dallas. The Blues were ahead to stay when Fabbri scored on a powerplay 5:23 into the game, whipping a backhander past after Kari Lehtonen after the Dallas goaltender was unable to control a loose puck.
Tarasenko took a shot from in front of the left circle that somehow got behind Lehtonen and into the net with about two minutes left in the first period that appeared to make it 2-0, but replays showed Tarasenko was offside before the puck got in the zone, and officials wiped off the goal.
Dallas coach Lindy Ruff used two goalies all season, and Lehtonen was replaced after allowing three goals on eight shots. And while Ovechkin has been in this position before, having never reached a conference finals in his 11-year NHL career despite eight trips to the postseason, the Washington captain is no more comfortable with the process. After years of playoff heartbreak, this season looked like it might hold a new ending for Ovechkin as the most dangerous scorer of his era helped the Caps lock up home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a month to spare. He kept up his solid play during the postseason, recording five points in the quarter-final win over the Philadelphia Flyers that lasted six games.
Ovechkin then added seven points against Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference semifinal that saw Washington storm back from a 3-0 second-period deficit only to lose 4-3 in overtime of Game 6.
The heartbreaking end to the season has prompted some to suggest the Capitals need to make sweeping changes if they want to take the next step, while others feel a few complementary pieces are all that is needed.
As captain, Ovechkin often shoulders the blame when his team underperforms, and while he could have cashed in on more of his chances, few would argue he is to blame for Washington's early exit. Allardyce hailed the club's "miraculous" effort to secure its top-flight future with a game to spare after a 3-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday condemned neighbor Newcastle United and Norwich City to join Aston Villa in the Championship next season. Allardyce's future would have been uncertain had Sunderland failed to upset the odds by clambering out of the bottom three for a fourth straight season. But after guaranteeing a 10th consecutive Premier League campaign, the 61-year-old said he was relishing the challenge of helping to ensure "great escapes" become a thing of the past. The January additions of midfielders Wahbi Khazri and Jan Kirchhoff and Cote d'Ivoire defender Lamine Kone - who scored twice as Roberto Martinez's side was soundly beaten - have proved crucial in Sunderland's latest successful survival bid. Meanwhile, the beleaguered Martinez brushed off questions over his future after Everton again succumbed to defeat, sparked by Patrick van Aanholt's 38th-minute free kick. The Goodison Park side is in free-fall after one win in its past 10 games and now cannot secure a top-half finish. The Spaniard said his club has found it difficult to come to terms with its FA Cup semifinal exit to Manchester United last month. Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates with manager Sam Allardyce after beating Everton 3-0 at The Stadium of Light on Wednesday. The Canaries beat Watford 4-2 on Wednesday thanks to two goals from Dieumerci Mbokani, one from Nathan Redmond and an own goal by Hornets defender Craig Cathcart.
But the result ended up counting for nothing as Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 to confirm neither Norwich nor Newcastle United can now climb out of the bottom three on Sunday's final day.
That Sunderland was winning comfortably was known long before the final whistle at Carrow Road on a night when Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo scored for the visitors. Whether he will still be in charge at the start of next season in the Championship remains to be seen, but the Scot was certainly moved by the acclaim he received. Remarkably, Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores appears more likely to find himself in need of new employment. Watford came up with Norwich last season and never allowed itself to become embroiled in a relegation battle. Norwich City fans look dejected after Wednesday's match against Watford that relegated their club from the Premier League despite a 4-2 victory. The IOC said on Wednesday it remains in contact with French prosecutors following allegations of a secret $1.5 million payment made during Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Olympics. It said the account is linked to Papa Massata Diack, the son of disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack. French prosecutors confirmed in March they had widened their investigation into corruption at the IAAF to include Olympic bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee said it has been in touch with French magistrates from the start and is now a civil party to the investigation. The IOC said its chief ethics and compliance officer "will continue to be in contact with all interested parties to clarify any alleged improper conduct". French prosecutors have been investigating bribery and money-laundering involving doping cover-ups at the International Association of Athletics Federations. Papa Massata Diack, who worked as an IAAF marketing consultant, was banned for life by the IAAF ethics commission in January for corruption and cover-up allegations linked to Russian doping. The elder Diack, who stepped down in August after 16 years as IAAF president, is accused by French prosecutors of pocketing more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) from bribes in exchange for covering up doping cases. The Guardian reported in January it saw leaked e-mails linking Diack's son to alleged "parcels" to be delivered to six IOC members during the bidding for the 2016 Games, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro. Possible wrongdoing involving Lamine Diack and the 2020 Olympic bid race was cited in a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report into IAAF corruption. The report suggested Diack dropped his support for Istanbul's bid because Turkey refused to pay, and backed Tokyo after the Japanese paid.
Brazil will deploy only half the 9,000 elite police originally planned for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August, a state official said on Wednesday.
He said the federal government had informed him several days ago that he would receive only 4,500 officers from the elite police force. The Olympic security plan announced several months ago provided for a total of about 80,000 police and soldiers for the violence-plagued city, double the number deployed for the 2012 London Games.
Brazil also published a presidential decree on Wednesday authorizing the military to shoot down any "hostile" aircraft threatening the Games. The measure, similar to ones enacted for the 2014 World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup, will apply nationwide. Arrieta is one of several players potentially affected by Strasburg's seven-year, $175 million deal with the Nationals, which prevents the right-hander from testing free agency after this season.
Arrieta avoided arbitration with a one-year, $10.7 million, deal with Chicago in February and is not eligible for free agency until 2018.
Arrieta is coming off a breakout season, helping the Cubs get to the NL Championship Series. Strasburg, the No 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was 11-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 23 starts for the Nationals in 2015. His new contract, announced on Tuesday, includes opt-outs after the 2019 or 2020 seasons, and $70 million in deferred money. Strasburg was an All-Star in 2012, but his season was cut short by the team out of concern for his surgically repaired elbow. Asked about Strasburg's deal as it relates to the Cubs, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said it does not impact them too much.
Arrieta and Strasburg are represented by Scott Boras, who has a reputation for taking his players to free agency. A fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft, Arrieta has flourished since he was acquired by Chicago in a July 2013 trade with Baltimore. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta unwinds against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field in Chicago last week. Thompson scored 33 points with six 3-pointers, Curry added 29 and sealed it with a 3 with 24.9 seconds left and Golden State advanced to the West final for the second straight season with a 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Draymond Green, who had his left ankle retaped in the fourth quarter, had 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists after guaranteeing Golden State would advance from this game. The Warriors got past Portland playing without Curry for the first three games as he recovered from a sprained right knee. Now, Golden State will wait for the conclusion of the Oklahoma City-San Antonio series, led 3-2 by the Thunder. Thompson shot 13 for 17 and became the first player to have at least five 3s in seven straight games, also recording his fourth 30-point game this postseason. Curry's 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer gave Golden State a 93-91 lead heading into the final 12 minutes, then the Warriors made sure their raucous crowd at Oracle Arena got to celebrate another series-clincher after they eliminated Houston at home - also winning that best-of-seven series 4-1. The Trail Blazers were 16 of 36 on 3-pointers and, unlike their Game 2 loss at Oracle Arena, they stayed in this one for the entire 48 minutes.
Allen Crabbe, who played at the University of California in nearby Berkeley, scored 20 points. Curry's first points came at the 5:29 mark of the first quarter and then he got Golden State right back in it on one wild sequence. He missed a long 3 off the front rim, Leandro Barbosa got the rebound and tried a backward pass to Curry that the point guard had to save.
Green, who blocked a career-high seven shots on Monday, made good on his declaration to eliminate Portland. Curry, donning a yellow "Strength in Numbers" T-shirts over his No 30 jersey, received his MVP award from commissioner Adam Silver before the game as fans chanted "M-V-P!" and video highlights of Curry's year were shown on giant monitors. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors runs down court during the final seconds of their win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. DeRozan matched a playoff high with 34 points and Lowry had 25 as the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 99-91 to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal. Lowry and DeRozan made six of 28 shot attempts and scored 19 total points as Toronto lost 94-87 in overtime in Game 4.


It was DeRozan's franchise-best 13th 20-point game in the playoffs and his sixth this postseason.
Toronto led by 20 in the first half and by 13 to start the fourth quarter before its lead shrunk to 88-87 when Wade made a pair of free throws with 1:54 left. DeRozan made a pair of free throws and, after a Miami turnover, Lowry drained a long 3-pointer to put Toronto up 93-87 with 52 seconds left. DeRozan jammed his sore right thumb while fouling Miami's Tyler Johnson with 8:19 remaining in the fourth.
England's Danny Willett readies for The Players Championship during Tuesday's practice round in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Masters champion Danny Willett has been away from golf for a month and has been working harder than ever.
The last box of about 200 yellow Masters flags for Willett to sign for players and charities arrived on Tuesday, bringing the total to what manager Chubby Chandler estimated at just short of 1,000 since the 28-year-old from England slipped on a green jacket. Even before he rallied from a five-shot deficit to beat Jordan Spieth on the back nine at Augusta National, Willett had planned a quiet month away from golf with his wife and newborn son to relax and do what he described as "normal things". He was not planning on chaos back home in a country celebrating its first Masters champion in 20 years. There were media appearances with his green jacket, a trip to the European Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Villareal and an appearance at the World Snooker Championship in his hometown of Sheffield, where Willett took a lap of honor around two snooker tables. Willett probably would not have spent the Tuesday night after the Masters watching a replay of his 5-under 67 that in time will get as much attention as the 41 that Spieth shot on the back nine. Willett plans to bring his green jacket with him wherever he plays, and with it comes expectations he has not felt since he was the world's No 1 amateur in 2008.
Willett only has a two-week break scheduled twice through to October, and he could play as many as 15 times over the next 23 weeks. That does not include the FedEx Cup playoffs, even though he is eligible by taking PGA Tour membership.
That is a tall order, because Willett has only four events left - The Players and three majors - to earn points and he currently is No 34. It starts at Sawgrass with a lot of rust and plenty of expectations - at least more than he had before he owned a green jacket. World No 1 Jason Day hopes that advice from Tiger Woods will come in handy at The Players Championship this week as he attempts to break his slump in the tournament regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major. The 28-year-old Australian has forged a close relationship with Woods in recent months with the former world No 1 regularly offering advice via text messages.
Woods, a two-time winner at TPC Sawgrass, will not be competing in Ponte Vedra Beach as he battles his way back from an extended layoff after back surgery. But Woods' influence could well be significant if Day mounts a successful challenge for the $1.89 million winner's check.
Day said he often turns to Woods for motivational advice, revealing that he is hoping to emulate the sort of mental toughness that became synonymous with Woods during the 14-time major winner's peak.
Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, says a victory at The Players Championship could ultimately end up shaping his legacy. Players who want to see what they've been missing for the last century can swing by the USGA Museum for the next month. Egan won the silver medal at Glen Echo Country Club, finishing behind George Lyon of Canada. They will then be loaned to the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of a special Olympic exhibit. Colin Montgomerie would like nothing more to return to the British Open this year at Royal Troon, where his father was the longtime club secretary. The 52-year-old Scot said he will try to qualify at Hillsdale Golf Club in Southport, which is adjacent to Royal Birkdale. The last time the Open was at Troon, Montgomerie was three shots out of the lead going into the weekend and closed with 72-76 to finish 12 shots behind. James Hahn does not mind talking about his blunders, though caddie Mark Urbanek gave him a different attitude last week. Hahn made a 10 on the par-4 16th hole at Quail Hollow last year, calling it the "best 10 I have ever made".
Going into the Wells Fargo Championship this year, he had no trouble sharing his tale with whoever was in his group.
It was enough for Hahn to get into a playoff and beat Roberto Castro for his second PGA Tour victory.
Former British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia is the latest to have a monthly show on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.
Last week: James Hahn won the Wells Fargo Championship over Roberto Castro on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Last week: Wang Jeung-hun won the Hassan Trophy in a playoff over Nacho Elvira on the European Tour. Notes: Li Haotong, the 20-year-old from China who won his first European Tour event two weeks ago, is in the field. Stephen Curry poses with his back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player awards at a media conference at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday. From the jaw-dropping half-court heaves that somehow sink through the net to the dazzling drives and zippy passes from every direction, Stephen Curry's desire to keep getting better while always trying to entertain has the Golden State superstar being mentioned in the same breath as the NBA's the best ever, including Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. There might still be so much more for the 6-foot-3, baby-faced point guard whose ability to make it on the big stage was initially questioned by some. On Tuesday, Curry accomplished something nobody else has ever done by becoming the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season. Curry is the 11th player in league history to be voted MVP in consecutive seasons and the first guard since Steve Nash in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Curry was followed in the vote by Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio, LeBron James of Cleveland and Oklahoma City teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Curry is the first two-time MVP in franchise history, and Wilt Chamberlain (1959-60) is the only other Warriors winner.
After guiding Golden State to its first championship in 40 years, Curry and Co took that success even further to finish with 73 regular-season wins to top the mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that went 72-10.
In a stunning overtime performance on Monday night, Curry showed exactly how he can take over a game in a matter of seconds.
Curry, now one of the most recognizable and popular athletes in the world, was presented with his MVP trophy at Oracle Arena before trying to close out the series against the Trail Blazers at home on Wednesday night. Curry understands, and even embraces, the constant scrutiny that comes with being an MVP and playing on a championship team. His pregame ballhandling routine draws huge crowds in every city, but it has been his long-range touch that has forced defenses to extend - and has children and adults alike throwing the ball up from anywhere. Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves in to beat Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby with the 4-3 overtime winner in Tuesday's Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal in Pittsburgh.
After watching a three-goal lead evaporate - along with his team's momentum - Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provided a check list heading to overtime of Game 6 of a relentlessly entertaining Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. In the span of a dozen frantic seconds early in the extra period, Carl Hagelin, Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino did all three, sending their resilient club to the conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bonino tapped the rebound of Hagelin's shot past Braden Holtby at 6:32 of OT to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 win to wrap up the series in six games. Kessel dug the puck out of the corner and passed it to Hagelin, whose shot caromed off Holtby directly to Bonino, who had little trouble pushing it into the net for his 10th career playoff goal. The Capitals overcame a three-goal deficit in the final 22 minutes of regulation and earned a break when Jay Beagle went to his belly on the goal line to steer a shot by Patric Hornqvist out of harm's way early in the extra period.
Each year, writing about the summer festival season requires sweeping away some of the refuse of winter. We fit in various trips to coffeehouses and clubs, mostly seeing favorite performers (Jerry Douglas at The Blue Note) and making, for us, the occasional new discovery (Natalia Zukerman at the Living Room).
We took comfort from a book, The Bear Comes Home, by jazz critic Rafi Zabor, about a jazz sax-playing bear. Looking toward Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival for our first taste of summer riches, we notice Bethany and Rufus (Yarrow & Cappadocia).
The Fifth Annual Mountain Jam has a whole lot of Trucks, both in the Allman Brothers Band and in the Derek Trucks Band.
The one-day benefit for Appel Farm "With a Little Help from My Friendsa€? supplants the actual festival this year. We suspect her political leaning must be left-of-center, considering who's she's married to. Some of the people showing up at Old Songs used to be regulars at Fox Hollow back in the 70's. There's no Johnny Shines or Reverend Gary Davis, but modern blues master Toby Walker is here to carry the torch onward into the 21st century. This year's New Bedford Summerfest has that same stellar mix of trad and modern folk, but also contains a bit of Falcon Ridge flavor with John Gorka, Cliff Eberhardt, Richard Shindell, Red Molly and The Kennedys on the bill.
Jimmy LaFave headlines annual The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, and we assume he's still on its board of directors.
The audience at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival got more than their money's worth on Sunday last year. The Acoustic Live booth will once again be the scene of its own daily showcases every afternoon. It's been a long time since I was a resident of the town I was born in, Bridgeport Conn., so it may be forgiven if I didn't know about The Gathering of the Vibes, now in its 10th year of existence.
FREE Presented by the Huntington Arts Council and the Folk Music Society of Huntington 3pm until late evening Attendees are advised to bring chairs or blankets.
The Fourth Annual Huntington Folk Festival is a small, cozy one-day affair at Hecksher Park in Huntington, Long Island.
We'll take off for the Philadelphia Folk Festival at around eight on Saturday morning, for our annual one-day jaunt, hoping to avoid the crush of beach traffic. Since she lives close by, photographer Jayne Toohey of the Naked Folk Calendar will be there to give us a big hug (no clothes will be removed by anyone at this time). We are extremely excited to see that Jerry Douglas will be performing at Rhythm & Roots Festival this year. He and his group do so many things so well, as we found out at The Blue Note in NYC this last winter.
Buffy Sainte Marie is one of the headliners at Mariposa this year.A  We saw her a couple of years ago at Clearwater, still looking young and bursting with energy. The David Bromberg Quartet.A  We first saw The Waybacks at Falcon Ridge a bunch of years ago.
Have you ever wanted to go out to eat – but decided against it because you can’t hear in noisy restaurant environments?
Scroll down for some interesting reading on restaurant acoustics and for a look at some of our past Quiet Restaurant Meet-ups. Okay, I won’t name names, but the guilty comprise many restaurants in Los Angeles and other cities.
I came across the post, How to Choose A Restaurant When You have Heraing Loss, from leading hearing health advocate Shari Eberts, on her blog, Living With Hearing Loss.
While I complain about poorly designed acoustic environments, I can only imagine the overwhelming negative impact on restaurant customers with any degree of hearing loss.
Recent interests in tuning up the restaurant experience to address the adverse effects of sound, vibration and reverberation is admirable. To create a comprehensive design, don’t just select stylish furniture, nice art and an agreeable palette of paint colors. I like “transparent ceilings.” Besides delivering the impression of a taller space, this approach produces one of the best acoustic solutions. Keep the high ceilings, but bring the intimate scale and noise level down with funky chandeliers. Include acoustic ideas as part of every design discussion, not as an afterthought or something trivial.
One of the nice things about this restaurant is that there is a back room, set off from the rest of the space. Reviewed in several guides to Boston restaurants as a good pick for quiet dining, we set out for a 6:30 arrival and the ambience was calm and peaceful for the first course. Keep in mind that quiet may not mean the latest hot spot, the best bang for the buck or the cuisine of a celebrity chef. Note: Lunchtime fashion shows, organized by Marilyn Riseman, held on Fridays when the Symphony gives afternoon concerts.
At the Brooklyn Star in Williamsburg, the volume averaged 94 decibels over an hour and a half — as loud as an electric drill. At Beaumarchais, a nightclub-like brasserie on West 13th Street, the music averaged 99 decibels over 20 minutes and reached 102 in its loudest 5 minutes.
Workers at these places said the sound levels, which were recorded over periods as long as an hour and a half, were typical when they were working. One spin class at a Crunch gym on the Upper West Side averaged 100 decibels over 40 minutes and hit 105 in its loudest 5. By way of comparison, a C train hurtling downtown in Manhattan registered at 84 decibels; normal conversation is from 60 to 65 decibels.
Some research has shown that people drink more when music is loud; one study found that people chewed faster when tempos were sped up. But repeated exposure to loud noise often damages hearing and has been linked to higher levels of stress, hypertension and heart disease.
Indeed, employees at noisy places are often the most affected, yet enforcement of existing noise regulations is almost nonexistent at places like these. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is responsible for workplace noise, generally investigates only when complaints are made; this appears to happen rarely, if ever, when it comes to restaurants, bars and gyms (the agency said it would take 138 years to inspect every workplace in the United States). OSHA requires workers to wear hearing protection if they are exposed to 90-decibel noise for eight hours; at 85 decibels, employers must provide ear protection and conduct hearing tests. Many hearing loss prevention experts say, however, that people should not be exposed to 100 decibels — the level at the spin class on the Upper West Side — for more than 15 minutes without hearing protection.
One waiter at Lavo, who, like several other workers, did not want his name published for fear of losing his job, said he knew his hearing could be in jeopardy. Rick Neitzel, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, said full-time employees subjected to the volumes found at Lavo and Beaumarchais for a year or two could easily incur hearing loss. At the Abercrombie flagship on a recent afternoon, a preteen girl plunged wide-eyed into the darkness as loud beats poured from dozens of speakers.
Brian McKinley, vice president for marketing at DMX, the sensory branding company that creates Abercrombie’s playlists, said the goal was to create an “aspirational” environment.
Wyatt Magnum, a music designer, slipped into the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on a recent night and trotted down stairs to the restaurants. Maria Vasquez, 22, a design student who spends time at Lavo — home to the 96 decibel levels and migraine-afflicted waitress — said she found the cacophony there fun. Yet an hour in a noisy spin class followed by a few hours in a very loud bar could easily put people over their recommended daily noise dose. Representatives and owners of several New York City establishments where sound topped 90 decibels said they had not known that they might have been breaching federal guidelines. A spokeswoman for the Standard, where the Biergarten’s average decibel levels hovered in the mid-90s, said that the sound level varied by time of day, and that the owners did not know they might be breaking federal laws. Bill Reed, one of the owners of the Brooklyn Star, said he had no idea that the restaurant’s volume might be nearing risky levels. Bill Bonbrest, chief operating officer for the TAO Group, which owns Lavo, said no patron or employee had ever complained about the noise.
And Keith McNally, owner of several brasserielike restaurants including Schiller’s Liquor Bar on the Lower East Side, which registered 91 decibels, said that the D.J. After bringing in an engineer to measure sound, the owners of Catch, a restaurant in the meatpacking district, installed 1,800 square feet of sound panels, noticeably muffling the sound.
As for the loud spin classes, Donna Cyrus, senior vice president for programming at Crunch, said that individual instructors set the volume levels, and that each sound system had limits to ensure volumes were safe.
Up to 30 percent of workers exposed to noise levels of 90 decibels or more over their working lifetimes can expect hearing loss, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Reign Hudson, who teaches spin classes where the volume can top 100 decibels, said she was used to the loudness. A bartender who has worked at Lavo for a year and a half said she thought her hearing was suffering a little, but she was staying in the job because the money was good.
Yet Nadene Grey, who used to tend bar at the Standard’s beer garden, said she had frequently been exhausted at the end of her shift. Hearing loss from chronic exposure to noise starts with the loss of hearing high-frequency sounds, and the damage can go undetected for years, which is what happened to Ian Carson, a longtime bartender.
However, his well-honed physique is a far cry from when, at 16, he was beaten up during a basketball game. Now in his 20s, he has been fighting professionally for six years and has lost just four of his 30 bouts. In November, Yang joined them as a Thai boxing coach and, using his connections, arranged bouts featuring several well-known boxers. The fighters register for free via WeChat and are assigned to different levels depending on weight and experience. They are allowed to strike their opponents with their fists, elbows, knees, legs and feet, and the bout is only stopped if a boxer yields or if the referee steps in to stop the fight.
Cut eyebrows and bloody noses are the most common wounds, while no fighter has sustained serious injuries, Yang says. The events draw audiences of about 50 people, with tickets costing 100 to 200 yuan ($15 to $30; 13 to 26 euros). Given the large number of people who have contacted him through WeChat, the boxing training market is far larger than the one for organizing fights.
That's because the Chinese all elbow themselves into casinos, transexual shows, restaurants and shops," he says.
She recovered in time to beat fellow American Christina McHale 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the third round Thursday. He shrugged off the defeat, saying his immediate priority was the French Open that begins on May 22. The frustration boiled over as he slammed his stick against the post and tossed it aside after Marleau's goal made it 5-0. But with only 10 players remaining from that disappointment and a new coach in Peter DeBoer, the Sharks believed this team was different and are showing that through two rounds of the playoffs. Oklahoma City now will face defending NBA champion Golden State, starting Monday in Oakland, California. The 40-year-old Duncan struggled for much of the series before scoring 19 points as San Antonio tried to fight back in the fourth quarter. San Antonio lost just once at home during the regular season, but the Thunder beat the Spurs twice in San Antonio during the series.
Durant's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the half pushed the lead to 55-31 at the break. San Antonio shot 31.1 percent from the field before the break and missed all nine of its 3-pointers. The team has spent the past two days practicing while waiting to see if it will play the Toronto Raptors or Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Many never thought the Blazers would win more than 30 games, let alone make the playoffs, but Portland went on to finish 44-38 with the fifth seed in the Western Conference.
After dropping the first two in Oakland, Portland claimed the third at home but lost the fourth in overtime - with Curry coming back from a knee injury and scoring 40 points, including 17 in the OT. Forward Maurice Harkless, who started all 11 postseason games, backup guard Allen Crabbe and reserve forward Meyers Leonard are all restricted free agents. Louis also went seven games to win its quarterfinal series, beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Brouwer's winning goal in the Game 7 clincher at home. He was pulled late in the first period of Game 6 after giving up three goals on seven shots and Dallas held on to win 3-2 and set up its first Game 7 at home since 2000. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes a save against the Dallas Stars during the third period of Wednesday's Game 7 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinal at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. We have the best goalie in the league, we have a solid group of guys on the defensive side, and all four lines can play well. Our signings in that window have proved crucial and now the next set of recruitment over the summer is just as important," said former Newcastle manager Allardyce.
Neil, at 34, is one of the youngest in the profession and elevated the club from the second tier in his first season in charge. But despite a satisfying season, he is expected to be replaced by the Pozzo family, which owns the club. He is wanted for questioning by prosecutors in France, and Interpol has issued a wanted notice for him.


The e-mails were reportedly sent by Papa Massata Diack to a Qatari business executive in May 2008. A footnote to the report indicated Diack was prepared to sell his vote in exchange for a $5 million sponsorship of IAAF events. It will be a challenge, but we're ready for it," Rio state security secretary Mario Beltrame told newspaper O Globo. He added 11 assists after returning to the starting lineup for the first time all series because of a knee injury. Marreese Speights provided key minutes off the bench and made a 3-pointer with 8:19 to play after a layup the previous possession.
The ball went to Bogut, who turned toward the baseline and handed off to Curry from close range and buried a 3 over his tall teammate with 4:34 to go. Toronto can clinch its first appearance in the conference final with a win in Game 6 in Miami on Friday.
They shot 20 for 47 overall and scored 59 points, their highest total this postseason, even with DeRozan battling a bad thumb that took another hard hit in the second half. He played nine holes on Monday when he showed up at the TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship. We're going to beat this hole.' And I thought about it for a second and I was like, 'You're right.
I know it inspires a lot of the next generation, a lot of people who love the game of basketball to value the skill of it, value the fact that you can work every single day to get better.
He returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points - 17 in overtime - in a 132-125 win at Portland to put his team up 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal. It's fanciful and funny, with zany and insightful observations on both the human and animal condition. Coming up out of the subway at 34th and 8th, I push westward toward 10th Avenue for my 9-to-5.
If there's any consolation to be found since Rushad Eggleston left Crooked Still, it would have to be any opportunity to hear Rufus Cappadocia. Between the zydeco of Terrence Simien and the Cajun of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, everybody better bring extra t-shirts. The Kennedys, Red Molly, the Greencards and Tracy Grammer actually provide some of both and Rhonda Vincent gives us a full dose of the high lonesome.
On hand to lend a hand are some old friends, The Kennedys and Vance Gilbert (start laughter now -- avoid the last-minute rush). We'll miss the big party at Madison Square Garden, so we're glad we make it to both days of Clearwater every year. Groups that celebrate Pete's philosophical and political bent will be there, like Work 'o the Weavers and Hope Machine. We don't know if Alejandro Escovedo will be strapping on his telecaster for his appearance here, but we've seen him play acoustic before and it's still a major event when he steps onto any stage.
Steve himself would be a natural for Clearwater, but we don't want to know what his asking price is these days.
There is still, however, French Canadian Benoit Bourque, a bear of a man, who combines accordion with dance.
The first three names, Donna the Buffalo, Rusted Root and The Horse Flies all generate a bone-rattling bounce impulse in festival-goers. We used to do one full Saturday and part of Sunday, but can't do that at this distance from NYC. We hope our readers reap all that the summer promises We'll be looking for you out on the festival trail! The Kennedys, Red Molly, the GreencardsA  and Tracy Grammer actually provide some of both and Rhonda VincentA  gives us a full dose of the high lonesome. These days they get all plugged in and cover Led Zepplin, bluegrass stylea€¦A  and it's good! Join us as we venture to find the quietest restaurants in the Boston area and enjoy both food and company. In her post, she describes the challenges that those with hearing loss can have when dining out and provides suggestions for how to best navigate a restaurant environment. Though it is questionable to view the topic as a “new design trend.” Would we call safety a new design trend in automotive design? The notes below are only a start, but should guide everyone from chefs to managers to designers in achieving quality aural architecture. Balance a concrete floor with walnut planks and brass mesh. Sleek surfaces are easy to keep clean, but juxtapose that polished stone countertop with a leather elbow rest. But it does mean having a lovely evening in a restaurant where the tables are more than two inches apart and the dinner and the diner are more important than the music.
Paul Luongo, the unofficial mayor of Back Bay, to recommend a centrally located dining-bar that’s hip yet quiet. On that night, the noise averaged 96 decibels over the course of an hour, as loud as a power mower, and a level to which, by government standards, workers should not be exposed for more than three and a half hours without protection for their hearing. Across New York City, in restaurants and bars, but also in stores and gyms, loud noise has become a fact of life in the very places where people have traditionally sought respite from urban stress. At the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten in the meatpacking district, where workers can log 10-hour shifts, the noise level averaged 96 decibels.
Armed with this knowledge, some bars, retailers and restaurants are finely tuning sound systems, according to audio engineers and restaurant consultants. Younger people can withstand loud music longer, while older ones may run from it, helping proprietors maintain a youthful clientele and a fresh image.
Some restaurateurs said they were surprised that their decibel levels were too high, and a few said they were taking remedial measures. In the 2011 fiscal year, all of the 14 noise violations issued by OSHA in New York City went to construction sites or factories; none went to restaurants, clubs or bars.
Mayberry, that is exactly what Abercrombie wants: for loud music to keep out older people while teenagers venture in with their parents’ credit cards.
Throbbing music and dim lights make youngsters feel as if they are in a club and entice them to stay longer. Magnum designs music programs for restaurants, bars and hotels, and often programs them to increase in tempo and volume as the day goes on, and to peak at cocktail hour, when the profit margins are largest. As more club owners enter the restaurant business, he said, they have imported their penchant for loud music — and their savvy about its effects. Ken Friedman, majority owner of the Spotted Pig, the Breslin and the John Dory Oyster Bar, all busy Manhattan restaurants, said calculating beats per minute to speed up turnover sounded like “mumbo jumbo.” “I don’t think any great restaurants here do that,” he said. Magnum said the Hard Rock Cafe had the practice down to a science, ever since its founders realized that by playing loud, fast music, patrons talked less, consumed more and left quickly, a technique documented in the International Directory of Company Histories. The trend of making restaurants look like brasseries and bars to resemble speakeasies has bred an abundance of hard surfaces that can reflect and amplify sound: ceramic tiles, concrete floors and tin ceilings.
Tiffany Trifilio, 26, a fashion analyst who frequents the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten, said the din made her feel part of the crowd. The pounding music helped them forget they were exercising, they said, and made them feel they were reliving the club days of younger years.
Especially in New York, where people drown out yowling sirens and screeching subways by cranking up MP3 players, ears often do not get the break they need. The restaurant would install insulating foam under the tables, he said, and possibly hang sound absorption boxes, too. In the fall, the chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini installed $10,000 worth of soundproofing at the Dutch in SoHo: his customers’ biggest complaint, he said in a Twitter post, had been noise.
Others said they knew they were being subjected to dangerously loud levels but shrugged off the risk.
Jeffrey Sullivan, 34, a bartender at the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten, said he was surprised that the decibel levels there were so high.
Carson assumed his regular spot behind the bar at Campagnola, an Italian restaurant that is an institution of sorts on the Upper East Side.
She says Yang started by teaching her the basics, but he soon discovered she had a good foundation in the sport and remarkable physical strength. He just wanted to try," says Xiao's wife, who watched the bout and wiped the sweat from her husband's face during the breaks between the rounds. Take away Popovich's two-decade-and-counting run, and the average time that an NBA coach has been able to keep a head-coaching gig around the league is about two and a half years. So what am I, the second-longest-tenured?" Spoelstra, who rose from the Heat video room to head coach, said earlier this month when asked about the lack of job security in the field.
The Raptors lead the Heat - James' former team - 3-2 in their series, which continues Friday night.
He's led the Blazers to the playoffs in each of the last three years, and to the conference semifinals twice. The Blues routed the top-seeded Dallas Stars 6-1 on Wednesday night to advance to their first Western Conference championship round since 2001. Stastny scored first and then Berglund on a shot from just inside the blue line with only 3.4 seconds left before intermission.
Willett was No 12 in the world when he won the Masters, after winning in Dubai earlier in the year and in Switzerland last year.
He will play the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship only if he can stay in the top 30 without competing in the opening three playoff events. Keegan Bradley has parted with caddie Steve Hale, who had been on his bag since Bradley's rookie season in 2011 that included his victory in the PGA Championship. In the eMusic trove, I was elated to discover The Best of Howlin' Wolf (without Howlin' Wolf there'd be no Mick Jagger). We were used to seeing Peter as a promoter, so the burly baritone we finally heard coming out of that beard was a pleasant surprise for a lot of us. His vocals contain a glottal flip, a sort of a built-in yodel, and his songs tell fascinating stories.
John Gorka can be expected to include both humor and poignancy in his repertoire (does anyone ever get tired of hearing John? Red Molly is here, still on their world domination tour, conquering the planet one festival at a time. This festival might represent Pete's crowning achievement in spurring the cleanup of the Hudson River. Old Crow Medicine Show has an old-timey, bluegrassy sound and they're not afraid to tackle social themes.
Of course, Arlo Guthrie fits in here, hand-in-glove, seeing as how his old man, Woody, is kind of the North Star for all this folk music stuff. Michael exuded mischievous good humor back then, so he'll fit right in with Christine Lavin who's been known to add a humorous song (or several dozen) to her repertoire. We don't have the schedule yet, but we're hoping to see Steve's son, Justin Townes Earle, whose latest CD, Midnight at the Movies, kicks major butt. We don't see the Red Stick Ramblers in the line-up at Rhythm and Roots this year, so we're doubly disappointed we won't see them here.
This can be done ambitiously with walls or easily with the placement of a wine display case or host stand. This Middle Eastern jewel exudes serenity with acoustical paneling and upholstered chairs designed to reduce the noise level; cell phones are prohibited. After descending below sidewalk level to a brick-covered alley to enter the restaurant, you’ll find yourself in a small, romantic, candlelit setting that evokes the French countryside.
Unlike other Boston steakhouses, the Oak Room is traditional, elegant and just right for conversation. Housed in the same brownstone as L’Espalier (#3), this is a much less expensive alternative. This historic landmark (est 1875 and a favorite of Frank Sinatra and JFK) has been reinvigorated with an updated menu by new chef and co-owner Lydia Shire, but the glorious atmosphere remains. Skip the sometimes noisy Wine Bar and head upstairs to the dining room where the tables are well-spaced. The New York Times measured noise levels at 37 restaurants, bars, stores and gyms across the city and found levels that experts said bordered on dangerous at one-third of them. No music was playing: the noise was generated by hundreds of voices bouncing off the metal skeleton of the High Line. At the Fifth Avenue flagship store of Abercrombie & Fitch, which has designed many of its stores to resemble nightclubs, pulsating music hit 88 decibels, just shy of the limit at which workers are required to wear protection if exposed to that volume for eight hours. The city has a noise code, but in the cases of restaurants and bars, it applies only to music and thumping that annoy the neighbors.
Gordon Hughes, director for clinical trials at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Signs of too much exposure include not hearing well after the noise stops, a ringing sound and feeling as if the ears are under pressure or blocked. The grandmother, Nancy Hilem, 56, of Bucks County, Pa., said they had been in the shop 10 minutes but it felt as if it had been an hour because of the noise. He counts luxury hotels and chain restaurants among his clients, though he did not want their names published, and sells an Encyclopedia of Beats-Per-Minute to help proprietors perfect tempos. While not denying this tactic, Hard Rock said its current approach was “vastly different,” with on-site video and guests helping to select the music. This despite the fact that one of the biggest customer complaints about restaurants, according to Zagat, is noise. And Katherine Gold, 35, who often stays at home with her baby, reveled in Lavo’s noise one recent night. Bonbrest said he did not know that Lavo might be violating a noise standard, and a few weeks later, he said the company had hired a professional to measure the sound. And Alex Stupak, the chef and owner of the Empellon taquerias in the East Village and the West Village, spent close to $20,000 soundproofing his restaurants after complaints about the din. He has worked, however, in construction, played bass guitar in a band and surfed, all of which can be hard on the ears. The top spot in the world ranking is up for grabs between Jason Day (No 1) and Jordan Spieth (No 2).
For me, it prompted a retro excursion into some old jazz favorites: Miles, Cannonball and Coltrane. Shannon Lambert-Ryan performs a mix of music both from Celtic nations and this side of the pond, giving their traditional songs a fresh sound. It should be a lot of fun to see what Terence Martin, Aztec Two-Step, The Kennedys and Rod MacDonald do with Dylan material. The Bottle Rockets have a punked-up rockabilly sound that brings to mind Gene Vincent and the Ramones in a blender. John Roberts and Tony Barrand would sing those wacky English folk ditties back then and here they are, still doing it.
Then he'll get up and dance around the stage while the rest of his group plays accompaniment.
Granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband Johnny Irion will join other followers of the dream. Returning here in 2007, doing the math, that makes it its 5th year at the park, a stone's throw from my old alma mater, The University of Bridgeport. When he sits down to sign post-performance autographs, it's going to give us a chance to say hello.
Multi-instrumentalist Ken Whitely was a hit at the Northeast Folk Alliance Conference a couple of years ago, another of those wonderful discoveries we get to make at NERFA when these folks venture south of the border. Why is the noise level actually painful—my ears ringing from the haranguing clamor, and my throat sore from yelling mere table conversation? Listen, it is as if a lazy chef separated your taste buds from yours eyes, suggesting that your entree doesn’t have to taste good, as long as it is looks good. This is the only one, however, where you can enjoy a calm, romantic evening; light jazz on Fri.
Avoid sitting near the entrance — insist upon a table as deep as possible in the stunning downstairs dining room.
None of these symptoms necessarily mean the damage is permanent, though even if hearing seems restored to normal, damage may have been done. Nicolas Gueguen, a professor of behavioral sciences at the Universite de Bretagne-Sud in France, reported in the October 2008 edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that higher volumes led beer drinkers in a bar to imbibe more. Yet those who like noisy places said they were energizing and gave them a sense that they were where it’s at.
A hearing conservation program would be put in place, he said, which would include providing hearing protection and employee audio tests.
Different people have different susceptibilities, and too much of it gradually wears on the body until, for some, irrevocable damage is done. Neither did his stint working in discos, nor nearly three decades of working at Campagnola, which has a reputation for getting noisy, though on that particular night it was relatively quiet, averaging 82 decibels.
We've heard what Bill Kirchen does with the one guitar and the entire history of rock n' roll in one number. Mostly bluesy, sometimes the sound veers off into jazz and it sounds like hearing Jeff Beck again, for the first time, with a few new twists and turns.
At the Celtic extravaganza which closes Summerfest, Benoit will encourage audeince members to join him on stage and dance, no matter how amateurish they might appear. Created as a tribute to The Grateful Dead, it's no surprise that Bob Weir & Ratdog will perform.
Peter Rowan will be joined by brothers Chris and Lorin, who will open before acting as Peter's band. A Saturday night mainstage performance by Sonny Landreth would be nice, too, but we might just be asking for too much. The Folk Brothers, Jack Hardy and David Massengill, will add a Northeast flavor, as will Cliff Eberhardt. You don’t have to install an acoustic tile ceiling, which makes your restaurant look like a corporate office. Signature dishes: red winebraised boneless short ribs, braised skate in carrot-ginger broth. There are 18 stools at the long, French bar where you can chat with your neighbor, read a book or watch the Tour de France on TV.
Spieth is playing for the first time since losing a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters. One of the greatest of the left-wing dreamers, grandmaster songsmith Jack Hardy is on board. Janis will be joined by Susan Werner, Cliff Eberhardt and Ellis Paul for the Friday night song swap. They'll be joined by relative newbies, Iron and Wine, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch and Neko Case. We'll take a stroll through the Philly campground to se if there are any new and zanier themes this year.
Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida, will host the US Women's Amateur Four-Ball in 2019. Donna's lead guitarist Jeff Mattson was formerly with Dead tribute band, The Zen Tricksters. Pete's grandson Tao Rodriquez Seeger is starting to gain wider recognition as a solo performer, now that The Mammals have apparently disbanded. Any campfire with Michael Smith, Ruthie Foster or Ray Bonneville in attendance will heat up in a hurry.
We suspect that with the line-up we see here, attendees will swear they can feel Hunter Mountain shake. Always a great festival, there'll no doubt be fireworks both on stage and in the sky over the harbor. There'll be a lot of nostalgia surrounding this event, with Crosby Still and Nash, the Levon Helm Band and Buddy Guy performing.
Guy Davis is one of the American acts that they sneak in for a little balance, I guess, because we let so many of their guys come down and play here.
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Ryan Palmer has the longest active streak (24 rounds) of not hitting a ball in the water on the par-3 17th.



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