Disclosure have released the first single off their highly anticipated sophomore album, a catchy club track called “Holding On.” The song features vocals from Grammy award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter.Disclosure Being Sued For Over $200,000 For Allegedly Stolen LyricsThe track was originally written as a piano ballad, but the electronic UK duo later turned it into an upbeat track, essentially remixing themselves. Listen below.
Specialist research & consultancy firm MultiSport Research has released summary findings from a new study into athlete motivations during the current Covid-19 crisis. This tracks sentiment in June 2020, comparing with a previous study undertaken in April.The research is provided free of charge to industry stakeholders in order to help them plan during these challenging times.Gary Roethenbaugh, Managing Director at MultiSport Research, said “A big thank you to all athletes who gave up their time during these difficult circumstances.“The research in June was specifically focused on the USA; and many thanks to the race directors and other industry stakeholders who helped to put the word out.”Summary findings from the June 2020 Endurance Sport Athlete Motivations Study include:Among survey respondents, compared to April 2020, there is a drop in the levels of worry about Covid-19 – both in terms of health & wellbeing and financial impact.The proportion of endurance athletes expecting to race in summer 2020 is down 64%.Those expecting to return to racing in 2021 are up 82.6%.62% are ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to enter a time-trial race with staggered start times.Athletes appear willing to tolerate some form of price rise to help keep events viable; although, around 32% are unsure, or unwilling to accept a price rise.52% have reduced their expenditure on endurance sport gear. Post Covid-19, 22% expect to increase on normal gear spending levels; while 52% expect their endurance gear spending will return to normal levels.Gary Roethenbaugh added, “A number of athletes indicate a desire to get back racing as soon as possible. Although, there is, not surprisingly, some caution in the air. This is particularly focused on a more imminent restarting of events.“Expectations have also dropped around a return to summer 2020 racing – with much lower numbers of athletes now expecting to race this summer.“Around one-quarter, 26%, are expecting to race in Sep-Oct 2020 (versus 34% when asked this question in April 2020).”The research was undertaken via a new athlete survey. This went live on June 5, 2020 and closed on June 30, 2020. In total, there were 2755 responses across all countries (with 1848 in the USA). The survey covered a number of areas, including:Athletes’ current vs typical participation in endurance sportIncrease or decrease in activity due to social distancingLevels of concern about Covid-19Attitudes to training & rescheduled eventsViews on race cancellationsVirtual racingGear expenditureAthlete types, levels of experience & training hoursSummary demographicsA number of new data points were also explored for the latest report, including:June 2020 vs April 2020 survey index to compare shifts in sentimentAttitudes to training & coaching servicesAttitudes to a safe return to racing, with selected athlete commentsViews on increased entry fees & race travel distancesGary Roethenbaugh added, “We will continue to monitor athlete motivations over the coming months and hope to see the industry adapt to the ‘new normal’ we are currently facing.”MultiSport Research is planning an update to the research in order to track sentiment as the Covid-19 crisis evolves. To participate in the research or find out more, please get in touch with MultiSport Research directly.www.multisportresearch.com Related
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There’s no shortage of talent nor ambition when it comes to Dalton Coker’s budding singing career. The 16-year old from Jacksboro is working his way toward his big break with plenty of enthusiasm. Two years ago as an eighth grader, Coker auditioned in Nashville for The Voice. Yesterday afternoon at Knoxville he auditioned for America’s Got Talent.He arrived at the Knoxville Convention Center around 8:30 am Thursday morning. He auditioned around 2 pm.The upside is his almost seven hour wait to sing his version of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” is over. The downside is his wait to learn if he made the cut is four months away.He told WLAF that, “If you play your own instrument, you can have music with your song. If you don’t you, must sing a cappella.” He sang a cappella.The Campbell County High sophomore has been singing since he was five. He credited his elementary school music teacher John Edwards as one of his early influences. The Children’s Band and the Wiggles played a role in getting him more interested in singing, Coker said with a laugh.Coker sings all genres from rap to rock and doesn’t have a favorite singer. But some of those he said, were “up there” are Nathan Sharp, Sam Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Ed Sheeran.His plans range from a singing career to moving to New York City and auditioning on Broadway or perhaps going on to college and majoring in voice.The WLAF staff hopes Coker will perform a number of Christmas songs on air this holiday season. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2018-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF MISTY COKER)Share this:FacebookTwitter
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Over the years, the media folk have become an afterthought at many sporting events as they are put farther and farther away from the action. For instance, media members used to have front row seats at NBA games, but now only a handful of teams seat them on the floor, preferring to sell the prime seats and stick the writers up in the corners away from the action.Not that we deserve any special treatment.But special treatment is what the press corps gets while covering the Masters.Augusta National already had perhaps the finest press room of any tournament in the world — admittedly, the other major golf tournaments move from site to site every year, so the press is housed in a large tent at the U.S. and British opens.However, since last year’s Masters tournament, a huge press two-story building, reportedly costing upwards of $50 million, was constructed on the edge of the players practice area.Huge glass windows overlook the practice area with about 350 individual divided areas for reporters. Each desk has an embossed gold nameplate with the writer’s name and affiliation with two screens on the desk with one for highlights and interviews and the other for a hole-by-hole scoring key for the leaders. Each slot has a plush leather swivel chair. Behind each desk is an individual compartment to store notebooks and papers or other supplies with an individual key to keep it locked. There’s also a personal trash can behind each desk.There’s even a tunnel to transport golfers from the range to the press building, to keep the players from having to navigate the large crowds. Oh and did we mention the two large screens in each corner of the press room that are larger than the ones at Vivint Arena?When Jack Nicklaus walked into the interview room Tuesday afternoon and looked out at the large room with individual wireless microphones at each desk of the 150-plus seats, he exclaimed, “So this is the press shack — wow!”Last month, when Rory McElroy saw the new press building for the first time, he was similarly in awe, saying, “If I wasn’t playing, I know where I would want to hang out.”WEATHER REPORT: The weather couldn’t have been much better for Tuesday’s practice rounds with perfectly clear skies and a high of 85 degrees after rain wiped out most of Monday afternoon’s practice rounds.However, the nice weather isn’t going to last with thunderstorms forecast for Wednesday’s Par-3 Tournament. It’s supposed to be cooler, in the low 60s and windy for the next two rounds, especially on Thursday. Then the forecast is for a sunny weekend with temperatures around 70 to 75 degrees.MASTERS NOTES: Daniel Summerhays is one of 19 rookies in the Masters. The last time a rookie won, was in 1979 when Fuzzy Zoeller beat Ed Sneed in a playoff. … Dustin Johnson, who has won his last three tournaments, is the favorite, but he would become the first No. 1-ranked player in the world to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2005. … If it does rain Wednesday or any other day this week, it’s tough luck for the ticket-holders. No refunds, rain checks, exchanges or replacements will be given for inclement weather. … All fairways are mowed to 3/8 inch, the second cut is 1 3/8 inch, the tees are 5/16 inch and the greens 1/8 inch. … The concession prices at the Masters are right out of the 1960s with sandwiches costing $1.50-$3 and soda drinks $2. Related Summerhays, Weir among first to tee off in Masters’ 1st round
(Etan Thomas Facebook Post)Former NBA player Etan Thomas has called out a woman he says denied him a seat next to her on a crowded train, only to offer it up to another passenger.He wrote in a Friday Facebook post that he asked a woman if he could sit next to her on a crowded train but was told the seat was taken. Thomas, who is Black, said a White man inquired about the seat less than two minutes later and the woman obliged.Thomas said he confronted the woman and took a picture, which he later posted to Facebook. He said she called the conductor, who Thomas said was a fan of his.Thomas didn’t say where the incident took place or what train line he was on.The 38-year-old Thomas played for Washington, Oklahoma City and Atlanta in a nine-year NBA career that ended following the 2011 season.
On sharing the lifting of the trophy with Sergio Busquets, Iniesta said it had no significance other than “needing help. There’s nothing different on the horizon. It’s good that Busi gets used to [lifting trophies] for the future.” RELATED STORIES “But this is our third Copa del Rey in a row, and that must be valued.” CEST Looking back on the season in general, though, there was a hint of disappointment: “We are required to play well, but also to get results. We didn’t do great in the other competitions and we were punished. Andres Iniesta was happy to close the season with Copa del Rey success against Alaves and praised Barcelona’s ability to keep winning trophies. Iniesta: “Ya va bien que Busquets se vaya acostumbrando para el futuro” 28/05/2017 SPORT.es “A final is a final and it is always difficult [to win],” the Barça captain said. “Even though we were favourites, these games are always tough. We are happy because we reached the aim of ending the season with the Copa.” Upd. at 11:25 IN SPORT.ES Finally, he was asked about outgoing manager Luis Enrique: “He arrived at a delicate time and his record has been more than positive. We will keep trying to win every year.” Barcelona player ratings as they win 29th King’s Cup