Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg

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“The dexterous duo is back with their brand of old-time clawhammer banjo and Dobro wizardry” – Elderly Instruments

“Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg’s Return to Trion is the follow-up to their terrific 2010 recording, Farewell Trion. Coole sings and plays clawhammer and guitar, while Rosenberg plays Dobro, resophonic banjo and sings. The eleven resulting tracks are stunning, which range from Robbie Robertson’s Stage Fright and the country classic Fool Such As I to traditionals like Georgie and Sail Away Ladies, and three originals. Great banjo picking by both players.” – Banjo Newsletter

“This Canadian duo is back after their release Farewell Trion with an even stronger set of material featuring Coole’s wonderful banjo playing and Rosenberg’s delightful resonator guitar mastery…The arrangements show off the virtuosity of these two great musicians while enhancing each piece. The clarity and rich substance of the material is shown in a new light drawing the listener’s ear to aspects sometimes lost in the rush…If you are a fan of great music that doesn’t always follow the rules, look no further.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

Chargers pick up option on Melvin Gordon

The Chargers didn’t add any depth at running back until the seventh round, but they added a year to Melvin Gordon‘s contract.

Via Field Yates of ESPN, the Chargers have picked up the fifth-year option on Gordon’s rookie deal.

That guarantees Gordon’s salary for 2019 (against injury), and gives the Chargers some cost-certainty at the position where he again figures to get most of the work.

Gordon hasn’t averaged 4.0 yards per carry yet in his career, but he had 1,105 rushing yards and 476 receiving yards last year. He also had a combined 12 touchdowns, and the Chargers haven’t given much reason to think he’ll continue to get most of the carries.

Mike Vrabel has been roundly praised for his leadership qualities, and it doesn’t hurt that he spent the majority of his career watching Bill Belichick do his thing.

During his Patriots career, there was no player more respected for his football intellect and revered for his leadership by his teammates than Mike, Patriots chairman Robert Kraft said in a statement following Vrabel’s retirement in 2011, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. He was elected a team captain by his peers and is a player who I think everyone knew was destined to become a coach after his NFL playing career was over.

Allen’s decision to enter the draft at all seemed unusual, since he was benched this year at Houston after transferring. But once upon a time, he was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country.

Allen was Sam Darnold‘s workout partner this offseason, working under quarterback tutor Jordan Palmer, which was the extent of the similarities with the Jets first-rounder.

The Panthers don’t have much behind Cam Newton. They’ve discussed bringing back Derek Anderson, and they have Garrett Gilbert and Taylor Heinicke on the roster at the moment.

Mike Vrabel is as well-suited for coaching as any player I have ever coached, Belichick added at the time, per Bedard. He has a tremendous feel for people, players, coaches and what his team needs regardless of the situation. He is outstanding in his knowledge of the game, which contributed to his excellence as a player. I have no doubt Mike will develop tough, intelligent, fundamentally sound winners.

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C.J. Goodwin, Gabe Martin among five Cardinals cuts

The Cardinals announced agreements with 24 undrafted free agents this week and that left them with some work to do to clear roster space before they arrive to sign contracts at next week’s minicamp.

They took care of some of it on Tuesday. The Cardinals announced they have dropped five players, including linebacker Gabe Martin. Martin had six tackles in 11 games for Arizona over the last two seasons, but tore his Achilles while working out this offseason. He was waived with an injury designation as a result.

Uncertainty about how Griffin would translate to the NFL, considering he had his left hand amputated when he was young, caused the slide in the draft.

But it’s not like he doesn’t have a track record.

Griffin was a great player for UCF the past two seasons.

In addition to passing on the chance to hold onto defensive tackle Danny Shelton, multiple reports indicate the team also chose not to exercise the options on wide receiver Phillip Dorsett or defensive tackle Malcom Brown. Brown was the only one of the three originally drafted by the Patriots as Shelton came to New England in a trade with the Browns while Dorsett was acquired from the Colts.

Dorsett only had 12 catches for 194 yards for the Patriots after last year’s trade and he’ll be trying to earn playing time in a competitive group again this year. He had 51 catches in his first two NFL seasons.

Brown has been a regular up front since being drafted and has started 37 games in his first three years. That makes this decision somewhat more surprising than the other two, although the Patriots may feel they can work out a deal that sets up better for them than the $7 million-plus Brown would be set to make under the option.

The Saints provided a stylist on game days, but Davis paid for semi-monthly manicures, a makeup set for community appearances, an annual spray tan membership, false eyelashes for every game and appearance and 20 pairs of tights each year.broncos_122_21be279738d7ad2f-180x180

Saints Pro Bowl RB Mark Ingram suspended four games for violating NFL’s PED policy

New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram has been suspended the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Two former Detroit Lions employees who claim they experienced unequal treatment and disparaging comments because of their race have filed suit against the team, alleging they were fired because of racial and age discrimination….

Reid seems to think that it’s the owners — not general managers and coaches — who are preventing him from getting a fair contract to play football. Meanwhile, players like Torrey Smith and Devin McCourty have come out in support of Reid.

Ingram was born in Hackensack as the son of former Giants wide receiver Mark Ingram, a member of the Super Bowl XXV champions.

The younger Ingram grew up in Michigan, attended high school in the state and went to college at Alabama, where he won a national title and the 2009 Heisman Trophy.

As his son blossomed into a star and first-round NFL Draft pick, the elder Ingram spent more than six years in prison from 2009-15.

The suspension will cost Ingram about $1.2 million in bonus pay and game checks, according to reports.

The Saints might be the Eagles ‘ biggest challenger for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and a potential slow start without Ingram could make a difference later. They meet head-to-head in Week 11.sharks-044

He had nine strikeouts, eight of them swinging.

His counterpart, Mike Clevinger, was also throwing a no-hitter vs. the Yankees except through four innings. Aaron Hicks broke it up with a single up the middle to start the fifth.

The first-pitch temperature of the game was 61 degrees, with a little wind.

German lost his perfect game when he walked Jose Ramirez with two outs in the fourth inning. He also walked Edwin Encarnacion to start the fifth.

The former Cedar Creek High School star has used his redshirt and one year of eligibility and will be a two-time transfer if he lands at another school.

After his suspension and subsequent defection from Michigan, Rutgers coach Chris Ash gave Mitchell a second chance and later brought in his older brother , Damon, as a graduate transfer from Arkansas with the dual purpose of upgrading the wide receiver talent and being a mentor to his brother.

He hasn’t played in two years, three years, however long its been. So now that will be the new excuse as to why they won’t sign him. This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

This is on the NFL’: cheerleaders urge league to halt ‘blatant discrimination’ More Fresh allegations follow continued claims of low pay, long hours and sexual harassment. Will commissioner Roger Goodell listen? Bailey Davis, one of two National Football League cheerleaders to file gender discrimination claims against the league, says she is disappointed that the commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to agree to a sit-down meeting, as cheerleader claims of sexual harassment and discrimination continue to mount.

In a stretch of 18 games without a day off in a 17-day span (April 20-May 6), they’ll face a mediocre Texas Rangers pitching staff (team 4.68 ERA, 1.46 WHIP), play a Thursday doubleheader against a pair of hittable Toronto Blue Jays starters, then make a three-game trip to hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium while missing Luis Severino in the New York Yankees’ rotation. The eight-game schedule is advantageous to Indians hitters, but more so is the fact that five of those games are scheduled to be played against left-handed starting pitchers.tigers_056-115x115