Greensky Bluegrass has just added one final date to their spring tour… an appearance at Terrapin Crossroads with the great Phil Lesh!Taking place in just a couple short weeks, on March 24th, Lesh and GSBG will team up for a set that will surely include many bluegrass-inspired takes on the Grateful Dead’s music.Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, March 10th, at 4 PM Pacific, and are expected to sell out quickly, so act fast! More info here.Greensky Bluegrass will also be performing at the recently announced “Dear Jerry” tribute show.
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
D.C. United is still winless overall against NYCFC this season, with an overall record of 0-1-2. NYCFC has never advanced to the quarterfinals in their history. United won the Cup last in 2013, but have not come close since. Though the matches within the Cup do not count towards MLS league standings. So United still looks to be in good shape as the MLS season goes on. Please follow and like us: Photo Credit: D.C. United The game started promisingly enough, with Wayne Rooney’s goal in the 32nd minute scoring in clean fashion. However, the Pigeons were quick to rebound. Alexandru Mitrata scored the equalizer six minutes later, and Ismael Tajouri put NYC up for good just before halftime. Rooney had a chance again in the 72nd minute, but his kick went wide, and the Black-and-Red proceeded to lose. A tough loss overall should not diminish a strong performance in this tournament and a great team effort from everyone. The best efforts just did not pan out on this night. D.C. United lost to New York City Football Club 2-1 at home on Wednesday night. In this defeat, they are now eliminated from the US Open Cup, North America’s oldest soccer competition. While NYC goes on to the quarterfinals for the first time ever, the Black-and-Red must now sit back and start practicing for the ongoing MLS season.
The Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, May 1, Pattavia – StablefordA Flight1st Peter Bailey (15) 43pts2nd Maurice Roberts (15) 39pts3rd Mike Allidi (4) 39pts 4th Mark Cooper (13) 39ptsB Flight1st Torben Lingaard (26) 40pts2nd Peter Henshaw (24) 39pts3rd Ken Hole (20) 37pts4th Alan Walker (24) 36ptsNear Pins: Phil Davies (#4), Mike King (#7), Jesper Hansen (#13), Tip Briney (#17)Best Front 9: Tom Herrington (22pts)Best Back 9: Mike Jeffreys (21pts)Chris Smith and James Smith.What a party it turned out to be! 44 golfers came to celebrate Christian Boysen’s birthday at the beautiful Pattavia Century Golf Club, and later at the Links Bar for the after-golf party.There are winners and winners as we had two flights with 4 prize places in each plus 4 nearest the pins and best 9s.Pattavia was already very busy when our 44 golfers arrived, so much so that we were told there were no carts available. Some accepted that they would be walking, others not so sure. However, as the early morning players returned, carts did become available before we teed off.This course was in magnificent condition, and although the greens were as quick as ever they didn’t seem as treacherous as usual. Maybe the pin placements were more friendly, or maybe we are learning how to play them?With so many on the course, in addition to our large contingent, it became a long slow round so that we on the last bus arrived back at the bar under the cover of darkness. Mine host, Phil, met us at the bus and told me to hurry inside before the free beer is all gone…. So who were the winners?Christian Boysen (left) with Peter Bailey.The best score of the day and getting to wear the green jacket was a visitor from Darwin (Australia), Peter Bailey with a big 43 points. Maurice Roberts, currently in fine form, beat Mike Allidi and Mark Cooper on count back for second place, all with 39 points.Torben Lingaard headed the B flight tryers with a terrific 40 points to edge out Peter Henshaw by a solitary point. Ken Hole on 37 and Alan Walker 36 completed the podium.Birthday Boy Christian Boysen was very happy to get the “Wig” on his big day, and just as happy to hand it back to Phil quickly after the photo op.Wednesday, May 3, Burapha – Texas ScrambleThe 26th Links Cup at Burapha Golf Course was billed as a Texas scramble rather than the usual stableford format. 52 players were on the start sheet on this Wednesday morning but we had 7 no-shows which meant that we accrued some financial loss for the transportation. Two person teams had been set, handicaps calculated and starting positions known. Now a reshuffle had to be done at the first tee as we waited to see if any of those travelling in cars did not arrive. Happily, they all got there.Burapha was hosting a large tournament on the day, using A and B nines as the C nine had been closed for renovation, but because of said tournament, they (the management) opened C for us. It was extremely clear they were never expecting anyone to be playing this nine as the bunkers were used to store gravel, greens were partly re-laid and heavily sanded, and workers with heavy machinery were having to stop and stand aside as we passed by. The D course, thankfully, was up to Burapha standards. One questions why we were not made aware of all of this before accepting our booking?There was some golf played, by the way. As per any Links Cup, there were prizes on every hole, from cash to “Links” T shirts and free drinks, as well as the keg of beer from Touch Agogo. Suffice to say that one team cleaned up by taking 8 of those prizes.There were some very good team scores turned in, considering the condition of the course, the energy sapping weather and the reshuffling of the teams. Playing this type of event can sometimes move at a rather slow pace, but full credit here. We were team 9 of 11 and, after the first 3 or 4 holes, never had to wait to tee off. Well done to those up front.Having seen the names on the pins as we went by, we had a good idea which team might win overall. Not a surprise to see the brothers Chris and James Smith taking top spot with a net 62.25. The team of Tommy Marshall and Maurice Roberts came a very close second to the Smith boys, netting a fine 63.25 while Alistair Gall and J.P Maffrey had a good day out and finished with a net 64.80 in third. Completing the podium in fourth place was the pairing of Gary Bolger and Paul Glover on 65.75.The sticky hot weather must have taken its toll as not all made it back to Links Bar for the presentations, but thankfully most did.
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
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