Future Olympic venues provide welcome stability

first_imgIt’s not as though it was any big surprise. This plan had been in the making for some time, but following the stress and strain caused by golf’s return to the Olympics last year there is something to be said for turnkey venues. Although the Olympic Golf Course has emerged as a rare beacon of hope from last year’s Rio Games, for those who endured years of delays and constructions concerns it was not an ideal situation. The anxiety caused by having to start from scratch in Rio for golf’s return to the Games was just part of bigger-picture concerns that led to many of the game’s top players passing on a trip to the ’16 Olympics, but on Wednesday the executive board of the International Olympic Committee made sure that’s not an issue for the foreseeable future. The executive board officially announced that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Games and Los Angeles will get the ’28 Olympics. Both cities originally bid on the ’24 Games, but were considered such leading candidates they agreed to alter hosting duties in ’24 and ’28. It was a win-win for the IOC and for golf. While golf needs to officially be approved past the 2020 Games, which should happen this week, the venue for the ’24 Games would be Le Golf National, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup and a regular stop on the European Tour, and Riviera Country Club, the annual site of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open since 1929, in 2028. There will be no scrambling to create something from nothing, like Rio architect Gil Hanse and Co. did in Rio. No worries over whether the game’s best will find a suitable test or how the competition will show to the world – just fine-tuning.  It’s a comfort that Antony Scanlon, the executive director of the International Golf Federation, couldn’t hide during a recent interview. “A good test event next year,” joked Scanlon, referring to Le Golf National and the ’17 Ryder Cup. “Every year after that with the French Open we will try to improve on it.” If golf is approved for the ’24 Games and beyond, which officials are confident will happen, Riviera is considered one of the game’s best courses and annually draws one of the Tour’s best fields. This may seem like a small portion of the Olympic puzzle for Scanlon, but given how trying the ’16 and ’20 Games have been logistically it’s a genuine reason for organizers to celebrate. Although the Rio course was completed on time for last year’s Olympics, and by all accounts proved to be a successful venue despite countless construction delays, protests and legal wrangling, it was a distraction that golf would have gladly done without. Even the 2020 venue in Tokyo hasn’t exactly been a home run. Following weeks of criticism for not allowing females members, Kasumigaseki Country Club, the venue for the ’20 Games, voted in March to reverse its policy and allow women to join the club. This change of heart came after the IOC made it clear it would have no trouble finding another venue if the policy remained in place. The Paris and Los Angeles venues will have no such issues. Both are established clubs with close ties to the game’s leading organizations, like the PGA and European tours. The courses also have a proven track record, with Riviera regularly voted as one of the Tour’s best venues by players and Le Golf National among the Continent’s most popular stops. While Rio was a unique success story, for vastly different reasons, consider the game’s best going head-to-head on a course in Versailles just minutes outside of Paris’ city center, or at Riviera, which is wedged between San Vicente Road and Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood (In a related note to 2028 athletes: traffic could be an issue). It’s always the play on the field that makes a competition special, but having fields with established reputations and proven logistics can only enhance an event that exceeded many expectations in ’16. For all the issues faced by organizers last year in Rio, there were advantages to golf returning to the Games in South America, the primary benefit being able to introduce a country with very little golf history to the game on such an important stage. But all things considered, Scanlon will gladly embrace a little less uncertainty for future competitions.last_img read more

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Eric Krasno Welcomes Derek Trucks, Cory Wong, & More At Blue Note NYC [Photos/Video]

first_imgIt’s been a big week for guitarist Eric Krasno. In addition to playing his first gig as the interim guitarist with Circles Around The Sun and releasing his stellar new concept album, TELESCOPE, Krasno brought his eponymous trio to the hallowed Blue Note NYC for a four-night run.Krasno has collaborated with virtually everyone on the live music circuit over the years, and with Vulfpeck at Madison Square Garden and Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre this weekend—in addition to the various other artists that live in or frequent the Big Apple—the pool of potential surprise guests for this final night at the Blue Note was as deep as ever.On Sunday night, the Eric Krasno Trio (E3) closed out their intimate Blue Note residency with help from a number of high-profile guests. The show got started with the core trio—comprised of Krasno, drummer Eric Kalb, and organist Eric Finland—performing takes on a trio of Krasno originals in “76”, “Torture”, and “Jezebel”.The first guest of the evening, Leslie Mendelson, joined in next for renditions of soul classic, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, and “Please Ya”, another cut from Krasno’s 2016 LP, Blood From A Stone. Next, Krasno welcomed Tedeschi Trucks Band trumpeter Ephraim Owens and revered jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield to augment a performance of Jimmy McGriff deep cut, “All About My Girl”.From there, the Krasno trio was joined by Vulfpeck/The Fearless Flyers guitarist Cory Wong, fresh off his MSG debut the night prior, who added some funky rhythm lines on “Jan Jan” as his Fearless Flyers bandmate/Snarky Puppy guitarist, Mark Lettieri, looked on from the audience. With time for a couple more, Krasno called Derek Trucks to the stage.As Susan Tedeschi and several other members of TTB watched from the crowd, Eric Krasno, Derek Trucks, and company worked through “Curse Lifter”, another track from Krasno’s Blood From A Stone which features Trucks on the studio recording. As Krasno notes, this marked the first time he and Trucks had ever performed the song together live. Watch a video of the “Curse Lifter” collab below:Eric Krasno Trio w/ Derek Trucks – “Curse Lifter” – Blue Note NYC – 9/29/19Finally, with Trucks still on stage, the four-piece lineup closed out the show with a fiery, Soulive-style take on Jimi Hendrix favorite, “Manic Depression”.Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the guest-filled Eric Krasno Trio performance courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci.This weekend, the Eric Krasno Trio will head to Texas for shows at Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas (Friday, October 4th) and Empire Garage in Austin (Saturday, October 5th). For more details and ticketing information, head here.Setlist: Eric Krasno Trio | Blue Note | New York, NY | 9/29/19Set: 76, Torture, Jezebel, Big Brother, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*, Please Ya*, All About My Girl^, Jan Jan%, Curse [email protected], Manic [email protected]* with Leslie Mendelson^ with Mark Whitfield and Ephraim Owens% with Cory [email protected] with Derek Trucks Eric Krasno Trio w/ Derek Trucks, Cory Wong, More | Blue Note NYC | New York, NY | 9/29/19 | Photos: Chris Capaci Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Martin Truex Jr. wins at Las Vegas; Busch and Logano tussle after the race

first_img Related Hemera/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Martin Truex Jr. took the checkered flag at Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, sweeping all three stages of the race and passing Brad Keselowski in the final two laps, in a race that was marred by a post-race pit road scuffle.Joey Logano and Kyle Busch had to be pulled apart after the race. Busch confronted Logano after Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford made contact with his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the final lap sending Busch into a spinning wreck. Logano finished fourth.It was Truex’s first win of the year as his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota finished ahead of Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy.  Chase Elliott, driving the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, finished thrid.With Truex’s pass in the final two laps, Keselowski’s bid for back-to-back wins, after a victory last week in Atlanta, faded. Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford finished fifth.Here are the top-ten standings in the Monster Energy Cup Series following Sunday’s race:1) Brad Keselowki — 132 points2) Kyle Larson — 1313) Chase Elliott — 1294) Martin Truex Jr. — 1275) Joey Logano — 1196) Ryan Blaney –1067) Kurt Busch — 938) Kevin Harvick — 919) Kasey Kahne — 8810) Jamie McMurray — 86Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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