Renowned venue Irving Plaza was the site of an unfortunate tragedy last week, as one fan at a T.I. concert was killed after a shooting inside the venue. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the corporate ticket promoter has cancelled a number of shows at both Irving and their Gramercy Theatre in response to the shooting.Irving Plaza was scheduled to host Joey Bada$$ tonight, but that show has been cancelled. Additional performances at Irving, including Mac Miller on Friday and Vince Staples on Saturday, were also cancelled. Furthermore, Live Nation cancelled Appetite for Destruction’s Friday night show, Black Pistol Fire’s Saturday night show, and YG’s Monday night show at Gramercy Theatre.While safety at concerts is of course an important concern, it’s just as troubling to think that one incident could set off a chain reaction that thwarts live music in New York City. Hopefully these measures are temporary while new security checkpoints are implemented, but it’s interesting to look at the shows that were cancelled. Four of them, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG, are hip hop artists, and the other two, Appetite for Destruction and Black Pistol Fire, have band names that are directly linked to guns (Appetite is a Guns N’ Roses cover band). Does this mean that the perceived threat of violence has outweighed the right for live music?It’s an interesting debate, certainly, but for now, these shows will not be happening.[H/T The Gothamist]
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ST. LOUIS — A common sight this Angels season has been a baseball skipping away from the plate while an opposing runner takes another 90 feet.The Angels lead the major leagues with 51 wild pitches, 13 more than any other team, coming into Sunday’s games. Although a wild pitch is, by definition, mostly the responsibility of the pitcher, it seems that catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been behind the plate for a disproportionate amount.Lucroy has been behind the plate for 40 wild pitches and five passed balls. The total of 45 balls getting by are the most for any catcher in the majors. Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez is second, with 31, including just two passed balls.Lucroy has had one wild pitch or passed ball per 10.4 innings behind the plate, while the Angels other two catchers have had one every 18.1 innings. The major league average is one every 20.2 innings. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “You’re going to have wild pitches and passed balls,” Lucroy said. “It’s part of the game, especially when you have guys who throw the ball really hard, and when they throw the ball really hard they are going to be wild. It’s all relevant. Not to make that an excuse, but I’ve got to be better. I work at it every day. I just got to be better.”Ausmus said during his playing days he had a couple “blocking slumps” in which he was letting too many balls get by him.“I went through it once early in my career when I was with the San Diego Padres and I went through it once later in my career when I was with the Houston Astros,” Ausmus said. “I found the longer I played that if I had a game where I felt like I wasn’t blocking right if I did some work on it it would some to recover quickly… Like hitting, you just get into a bad habit and it’s usually slowly over the course of time and it manifests itself over the course of a couple games and you have to address it.”ALSORelated Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels have not listed a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, but Ausmus said it will probably be someone who isn’t currently with the team. It could be Trevor Cahill, who the Angels are also considering for a bullpen role after he returns from the injured list. Otherwise, the most likely candidate seems to be Nick Tropeano, who is healthy but hasn’t pitched in a week at Triple-A. …Left-hander Dillon Peters, who may have been a candidate for this week’s spot start, was placed on the Triple-A injured list on Sunday with an adductor strain. He is expected to miss two to three weeks…Andrelton Simmons is still rehabbing his sprained ankle in Anaheim. Ausmus said Simmons is in “a holding pattern” while the Angels decide if he’s ready to be activated or if he needs another minor league game.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 5.68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tyler Mahle, 2-7, 4.17), 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Certainly, a large part of the equation is Angels pitchers. They’ve thrown the third most balls in the dirt with a runner on base in the majors.“It falls on both (the pitcher and catcher),” said Manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher. “It’s the catcher’s job to block the ball. Some of them are very difficult, but it’s a combination.”Ausmus said the team is “100 percent” aware of the Lucroy’s struggle in that area this year, and catching coach José Molina has worked with him on tightening up that part of his game.“That’s something he’s worked a lot on,” Ausmus said. “He kinda had some spells where he doesn’t get his glove down… He and Jose have been working to get that glove down and cover up the five-hole (between the legs). Your instinct is to shy away from the ball but you have to get your glove down and wear it basically.”Lucroy conceded that it’s something he’s trying to improve.
In choosing football over baseball for his immediate career path, Kyler Murray claims to be following his heart, saying, “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB.”Sounds good. And I think Murray is making the right call in taking the easier path to on-field and financial success. But NFL teams will want to hear the 21-year-old, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma say it in person when he is interviewed at the NFL Combine. GMs will still have concerns about the money factor, as they know it is part of Murray’s decision considering the opportunity he has as a likely first-round draft pick who could easily jump into the top 10. That equates to a lot more money than the amount he would have received from minor league pay in the Oakland A’s farm system for his first couple seasons, even with the $4.66 million signing bonus, of which he had to return all but $210,000.As a comparison, QB Josh Rosen (No. 10 overall selection by Arizona last year) received a $10.9 million signing bonus and $17.6 million guaranteed over four years under his rookie deal. Like Rosen, Murray will have a chance to earn a $30 million-plus-per-year contract by his fourth season if he proves to be a franchise QB. He also is sure to gain significant endorsement income as a high-profile QB in America’s No. 1 sports league in terms of fan interest.In Major League Baseball, though, it’s rare for a star player to be paid huge money until he’s been around for five or six years (with the free agency level at six years). Mike Trout is the anomaly as a star player who got paid his megadeal after just a couple seasons. The norm is Mookie Betts, who was paid $10.5 million last year as MVP in his seventh pro season (with three years in the minors), and he’s still two years away from free agency. For all these reasons, Murray will be among the most interesting players this draft season in terms of teams wanting to get to know him better. And it will be fun to see him face the questions.I expect him to do it with confidence, knowing he has a bright future ahead in the sport he says he loves.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. MORE: Best, worst fits for Murray in NFL DraftMurray’s answer to the baseball question will be scrutinized, as each GM and coach will formulate his own opinion on Murray’s commitment to football. His potential to fallback on baseball makes GMs and coaches a little nervous, thinking he could skip an offseason program at some point to scratch his baseball itch. NFL teams do not want divided attention in their players, especially the starting QB.With so much at stake for NFL teams in terms of money, salary cap space and draft capital, that’s the way it works.In my current work with an NFL agent group, I do interview prep with our soon-to-be rookies so they are trained on how to answer tough questions (along with Wonderlic prep). I tell our players they have to stay patient and be personable during the interview grind at the Combine, Pro Day and on pre-draft visits to team facilities.If I were working with Murray, I would emphasize how he needs to be prepared to answer the baseball question for teams who want to be sure there won’t be an about-face a couple years down the line as the physical difference in the two sports becomes more obvious, or the desire to play both sports returns. Above all, I would insist that Murray be honest in his answers to GMs, player personnel directors, scouts and coaches. They all know he is being tutored on how to answer questions, and they can easily spot when a player is not speaking the truth.MOCK DRAFT: Murray not a top-10 pick … yetMurray will go through a grueling couple days at the Combine with physical testing and on-field drills to the extent he participates. I would recommend Murray do all he can to showcase his speed, agility and passing skills. (Although in my NFL team management days, I always relied more on how a player performed in actual games than his Combine measurables.)I also would want Murray to be upfront about the obvious financial incentive to come in the NFL, and that he understands the year-round commitment required to keep learning and improving at his craft. Another subject that will stir questioning for Murray is his lack of height (5-10). Even with the success of Super Bowl-winning QBs Drew Brees (6-0) and Russell Wilson (5-11), most GMs and coaches prefer their QBs to be of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning stature (6-4 or taller) so they can stand tall in the pocket.But smart personnel people understand there is no blueprint for a successful QB’s size, and what a QB like Murray gives up in height can be a gain in mobility and playmaking ability. Astute coaches can design offenses around the skill set of players such as Murray.I watched the barely-six-foot-tall Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton take the Vikings to the Super Bowl in my first year with the team, so I’ve never been overly concerned with a QB’s height. Neither were two Hall of Famers in GM Jim Finks and coach Bud Grant, who acquired Tarkenton from the Giants in a blockbuster trade in 1972. They saw Tarkenton use his quickness, elusiveness and smarts to lead Minnesota to three Super Bowls.Today, the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes at 6-3 is not the biggest QB, but he is the reigning MVP and the most exciting player in the game today. Browns QB Baker Mayfield, last year’s top draft pick, looks like the real deal at 6-1.MORE: Can Murray go No. 1 overall in draft?A third subject Murray must be ready to address is his relative lack of experience. He started only one full season in college, but it was spectacular — a 12-2 record in leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, 39 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions, plus 12 rushing touchdowns.Other recent high draft picks such as Mitchell Trubisky (No. 2 overall in 2017) have had to fight off the same knock. Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, another player being touted as potentially the first QB selected this year, will have to answer the same questions.Then Murray will be asked about the old argument that no defense is being played in the Big 12 conference. All he has to do is toss Mahomes back as an answer. The former Texas Tech QB is doing just fine against the big boys in the NFL.MORE: Odds on teams taking Murray in draft
The cadre of gamers that get their video game fix solely from the Xbox 360 have reason to rejoice today, as Bethesda has released the trailer for its Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim. Like many past DLC releases for super popular gaming titles, Dawnguard is going to be an Xbox 360 exclusive for a period of time this summer. Other platforms will get it eventually, but you’ll have to play on Xbox 360 to get it first.From the looks of the trailer, players will get the choice to either join a group of flesh-eating demons or the Dawnguard (read bad guys vs. good guys) in this Skyrim addon. Gathering clues from the video’s narration, the DLC pack is going to add a whole storyline to the already massive adventure, allowing you to undertake new quests to save the world from the demons, or to help the monstrous horde acquire the Elder Scrolls.Right now, there’s no word on how long Xbox gamers are going to have a leg up on their PC brethren, but it’s likely the time period is going to be short since Bethesda knows that a large portion of its customer base play the game on souped-up gaming rigs to get the best visual experience possible.The word on the street is that the DLC is going to cost 1600 points on Microsoft Live, which translates to about $20.00 in real world money. With a DLC addon costing that much, it’s good to see that it looks to be a meaty addition the Skyrim universe.PC gamers — stay strong! I know we can’t wait to get our hands on this, but it’ll happen soon enough.via Rock, Paper, Shotgun.