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

LeSean McCoy: ‘I’m not a big fan of rookies, but Josh Allen is pretty good’

McCoy, who was training in Miami Tuesday, was traded from the Eagles to the Bills in March 2015.

(Charlotte) is a logical place for this stadium. Not just with Charlotte if that’s what it is, but also with the governor of North Carolina and the governor of South Carolina there’s a lot to talk about. There’s some really interesting things from the development side for us, the Panthers, to consider.

You have a pretty good football side here; a head coach that understands himself. I appreciate some of the changes that were made on that staff in my view. I had nothing to do with it I just appreciate it. (Offensive coordinator) Norv (Turner) is a pretty good addition in my mind on the offensive side. I think (head coach) Ron (Rivera) is a natural defensive guy. Natural like walking-down-the-street-and-drinking-water natural. I appreciate a guy (Rivera) that understands he wants to have strength in the organization and bring in good people to do that. I’m not looking to do too much there. I think we’ve got some good folks there.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the football players here. There’s incredibly good guys here. Really good guys that love this country. Good guys that are charitable on this team. Hopefully will get more involvement from them, but they’re already involved. I know it doesn’t get reported enough, it doesn’t get said enough, but hopefully we can start extenuating the positives a little more. Hopefully I can bring that out.

TMZ adds that court documents claim McCoy cut electricity to the house and things have been nasty ever since.

Later in the day, TMZ Sports published an audio recording of a dispatch call that they report was sent to McCoy’s house in Georgia.

The audio in the dispatch, transcribed:

It’s gonna be in reference to a female who was assaulted, hit in the head, locked in the bathroom. You will need to stay for PD [police department] on this one. We do have PD en route in reference to a home invasion where a phone was taken.

When officers arrived they found one victim who had been physically assaulted by a lone intruder. During the altercation, the suspect demanded specific items from the victim. An adult female victim was treated and released at North Fulton Regional Hospital. A second adult female victim also sustained a minor injury during the incident.

Cordon’s mother posted a photo to Instagram with the caption, I am deleting the other post way too much hate going on. My daughter is resting now. let the police do their job.

Peterman’s off to a good start, completing his first two passes to help the Bills get 34 yards up the field.

It’s a dumpoff to the fullback (exciting!), and this one is not really Peterman’s fault. Patrick DiMarco just can’t catch it, so it bounces off his hands and into Korey Toomer’s waiting arms. He returns it 59 yards for a touchdown.

The first drive of Peterman’s first career NFL start ended with a pick-six. And it got worse from there.

This is pretty much a carbon copy of his second interception. Nobody really bothered to block Chargers pass-rushing sensation Joey Bosa. Well, someone tried, but … LOL.

It’s easy to say Peterman should’ve thrown it away, but maybe he didn’t have time on this one.

Governor Gina Raimondo signed SB 2045, which will allow for sports betting at the Twin River and Twin River Tiverton casinos. It prohibits wagering on, any collegiate sports or athletic event that takes place in Rhode Island or a sports contest or athletic event in which any Rhode Island college team participates, regardless of where the event takes place.

The state will receive 51 percent of revenue from wagers. The bill specifically prohibits any integrity fee to the leagues. Executives from Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association had previously asked for a 0.25 percent integrity fee.

These states currently have active legislation that would allow for sports betting to take place at casinos, racetracks, or online.

ACA 18 was read in 2017, but no progress was made pushing the sportsbook-legalizing bill through the state legislature. That could change now that the Supreme Court has empowered states to create their own regulations.

The Rams were a surprise division champion in 2017 after surrounding quarterback Jared Goff with weapons and trusting the second-year player to fulfill the potential that made him 2017’s top overall pick. While he passed with flying colors, he’ll face a tougher schedule than the year before and will be without Sammy Watkins, who led the team with eight touchdown receptions last season but has since signed with the Chiefs. Rather than replace him on the free agent market, Los Angeles doubled-down on defense, trading for Marcus Peters and bolstering an already-dominant line with Ndamukong Suh.

Behind them stand two teams heading in different directions. The Seahawks are shifting toward a rebuild after losing standouts like Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril from the Legion of Boom defense ,and playmakers Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham on the other side of the ball. The 49ers are boomeranging back from their rebuild behind Jimmy Garoppolo, who remains undefeated as a starting quarterback despite taking over a 1-10 team last season. San Francisco is ascending, and if last year’s late-season leap is transferrable that’ll be bad news for Goff’s hopes of a repeat.

Ryan Shazier is still working on his NFL comeback.

A Buffalo radio producer said he’d quit if the Bills drafted Josh Allen. So he did.

The Ravens got penalized for violating NFL OTA rules, which actually could be a good thing.

SB Nation’s Thomas George wrote yesterday that this year’s Super Bowl hangover may be the most challenging for the Patriots to overcome.

The Patriots used to find solace in saying that they lost two Super Bowls to the Giants but beat the rest in every other Super Bowl instance. Now, adding the Eagles to the list stings. It was cleaner the other way. More palatable, George writes.

Malcolm Jenkins used signs, not words, in a powerful response to President Donald Trump.

Shazier’s father, Vernon, said that Ryan regained feeling in his legs.

He’s much better, the elder Shazier told Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV, but we’ve agreed to keep his progress private until he’s ready to share where he’s at.

Shazier made his first public appearance since the injury at the Steelers’ Week 15 game against the Patriots,. He waved a Terrible Towel to pump up the crowd:

The Steelers put Shazier on injured reserve, officially ending his season.

Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season, Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement. However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.

It appears the Cavaliers are doing everything they can to keep LeBron James.

There was speculation from many that a trade would happen on draft night for Walker, but according to the Bleacher Report, citing two unidentified league sources, there’s still a possibility.

The Cavs continue to explore the possibility of working a deal with the Charlotte Hornets for two-time All-Star Kemba Walker, two league sources told B/R on Thursday night. Their best chance at such a deal would seem to have involved the eighth pick in the draft, which didn’t happen. One person close to Walker said Thursday night that he still believes such a deal is possible.

Porter has a legitimate chance to be a star if he checks out healthy and returns to the form talent evaluators saw during his senior year of high school. At 6-11, he has the ability to knock down jumpers over the top of defenders, and he’s athletic enough to be a threat in space.

There’s a real possibility the Nuggets come out a huge winner here, but for Porter, the night was unquestionably a disappointment after expectations were set so high entering his freshman campaign.

No surprise here. Daryl Morey’s Rockets came out ahead from an analytics perspective. Houston locked down several prospects on draft night who rate out well by the numbers.

Meanwhile, Another year with more than 4,000 passing yards, another year of being top 10 in pass attempts.

This QB always airs it out and that’s good for fantasy players. Because when he throws, it’s high quality. Last season, he was top three in the NFL in completion percentage, completion percentage on play-action and red zone completion percentage. And you see that high completion percentage and I bet you think he’s a dink-and-dunk guy, right? Nope, our guy also led the NFL in yards per attempt last season. He’s consistent as they come.

In his many seasons with his current team, he has never been outside the top 12 in terms of total touchdown passes, even in the seasons he got hurt. A weekly warrior last season, he posted the lowest interception rate of his career and played in all 16 games.

Greg Bird hits a solo shot to left in the fourth and one to right in the eighth.

Packed house, summer heat, Red Sox-Yankees for the best record in baseball.

I wish I could tell you it did, he said, but it didn’t.

Instead, he just pitched as if the calendar read October, rather than June.

James, 33, is coming off one of his finest campaigns as a pro in his 15th season. He played all 82 games for the first time and averaged 27.5 points (his most since 2009-10), tied a career high with 8.6 rebounds per game and set a career high with 9.1 assists per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

He followed that up in the playoffs by averaging 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9 assists while shooting 53.9 percent. The Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season and were swept by the Golden State Warriors.

James finished second in MVP voting, amassing 738 points, behind only first-time winner James Harden of the Rockets (965).

In the days that have led up to James’ opt-out decision, the Lakers have jockeyed for position in the race to obtain the three-time champion by ramping up trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire all-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The big story here to me is Phoenix’s passing on using its cap space to sign a point guard, leaving the position in the hands of shoot-first Brandon Knight (coming back from a torn ACL) and No. 31 pick Elie Okobo. Barring a trade, that seems to signal using Booker as a primary ball handler with Jackson in a supporting role — an interesting gamble that could enhance Booker’s value.

More likely, I suspect the Suns’ lack of playmaking will doom their offense to the NBA’s bottom 10 despite their upgrades elsewhere. And I don’t think the addition of Ariza and Bridges will be nearly enough to help last year’s worst defense in the league, not with rookie Deandre Ayton anchoring things in the middle.

But there’s a big difference between wanting to making the playoffs and actually doing it, as the Suns have found out over and over again during their eight-year run in the lottery.

NBA free agency rumors: Trevor Ariza signs 1-year deal with Suns

Trevor Ariza is signing a one-year deal, worth $15 million, with the Suns, according to Yahoo Sports.

Houston free agent Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year, $15M deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell Yahoo.

Ariza is a solid two-way wing who averaged 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds last season. He signed a four-year, $32 million contract with Houston in July 2014.

Ariza has spent 14 years in the NBA and won a championship with the Lakers in 2008-09. He has a career average of 10.5 points.

I’m told that Jabari Parker, who was born and raised in Chicago, has received interest from the Chicago Bulls. The 23-year-old is a restricted free agent, so the Milwaukee Bucks can match any offer sheet he signs.

Milwaukee selected Parker out of Duke with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. But, he has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Parker missed most of last season after he suffered his second torn ACL in February 2017. He returned for 31 games and averaged 12.6 points.

If the Seahawks are going to extend Thomas, it will be on their terms, not his. So their offer might be this: play out the last year of your deal or get the franchise tag in 2019, which would mean waiting at least two years for a multiyear extension as opposed to one more.

Thomas’ stance would seem to keep the Cowboys in play, but roadblocks would remain if talks became serious.

Texans safety Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Houston Texans safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer that affect white blood cells, the team announced Friday.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner were diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have since returned. Berry was diagnosed in December 2014 and returned to earn Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2015. Conner was diagnosed as a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and returned as a senior.

Hal’s teammate in Houston, David Quessenberry, was diagnosed with non-Hogkin’s lymphoma in 2014 and rejoined the Texans in 2017.

The Texans say Hal is currently discussing his treatment options and is continuing to undergo testing and evaluation.

However, in Watson, we have a player with elements of risk but also with a demonstrated production upside that is far higher than any of his peers. In his short stint as a starter last season, Watson lapped everyone else in production. Even if there is no guarantee that he repeats that level of dominance as a sophomore, there is more beneficial upside to your fantasy team in taking that chance than there is downside if you swing and miss. Because if Watson isn’t as impressive this season, or if he gets injured again, we’ve already established that quarterback is a deep position and more than likely you’d be able to get a quarterback whose production isn’t far off the best.

But if you swing and connect, if Watson’s production last season is who he really is, and he can replicate it this season, you would have a quarterback who is significantly better than everyone else. And one, by the way, whom you can likely get in the fifth round because many people don’t start drafting quarterbacks until later. That kind of upside from that type of draft slot can legitimately win leagues.

Is Watson a guaranteed bet for 2018? No. But he is the best fantasy quarterback prospect in the league and the one who should be drafted first in any 10- or 12-team format.Miller: ‘I try to be an all-around defender’

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hasn’t been well-supported in years

Flacco might be a lot better off with Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead than he was with Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin in 2017, especially since there’s also hope for young wideouts Chris Moore and Breshad Perriman. 

The Cleveland Browns hope they’ve found a franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield, but before Mayfield sees the field in the regular season, bridge starter Tyrod Taylor will get to work with a group that has more talent than the majority of NFL offensive supporting casts. 

The Browns have one of the most intriguing receiver trios in the league now that Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry has been brought in to work with 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman (finally healthy) and redemption-seeking former superstar Josh Gordon (finally eligible). 

At 26, top wideout DeAndre Hopkins just might be on a Hall of Fame track. He’s coming off a 96-catch, 1,378-yard, 13-touchdown first-team All-Pro season despite the fact that Watson played only seven games and the offense was terrible without the rookie quarterback. Meanwhile, 24-year-old 2016 first-round pick Will Fuller scored seven touchdowns despite playing just 10 games as a sophomore in 2017. 

Those two should only get better, especially with Watson back. But they’re not perfect (Hopkins has caught a shamefully low 54 percent of the passes thrown his way the last two years, while Fuller has missed eight games in two seasons because of injury), and they don’t have a lot of support. Reserve receivers Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller have clear ceilings, while top tight ends Stephen Anderson and Ryan Griffin are far from being game-changers. 

The Texans offense does have a nice veteran-youngster backfield duo in Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman, but Miller’s yards-per-attempt average has plummeted in three consecutive seasons (from 5.1 to 4.5 to 4.0 to 3.7), and Foreman is still trying to rehab a torn Achilles that ended a promising rookie season in November. 

Hopkins and Fuller can make up for a lot of those shortcomings, but if anything happens to either of those guys, the Texans might not have enough firepower for Watson in 2018. There’s a lot of potential, but it’s risky being that thin.

MLB wrap: Cubs get extra-inning win to split doubleheader with Dodgers

Center-fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 victory earning a doubleheader split with the Dodgers Tuesday.

Kris Bryant opened the inning with a triple, and after an intentional walk to Javier Baez, Almora had the stage set to be the hero.

The Cubs earned some payback with the win, as the Dodgers had won the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3, thanks to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer’s two-run double in the top of the ninth.

I’m very proud of what school I went to and obviously people don’t think of Richmond as a big football school, Lauletta told The Post on the last day of minicamp. Richmond was amazing to me, so I’m very grateful.

Those are three people I’ve worked with for five straight years, so I know them really well and got a chance to talk to them yesterday before practice. So it was definitely good seeing them out here.

Lauletta recalled how his time at Richmond was a challenge, both academically and in football. But he isn’t the only player on the Giants’ roster with roots in Virginia.

Pederson is in a much different boat now in 2018, but he might approach it in training camp, which begins in late-July, in a similar way.

Maybe we’ll do the same type of thing, Pederson said on Thursday at NovaCare Complex.

He has Nick Foles, the reigning Super Bowl MVP residing on the top of the depth chart as Wentz recovers from knee surgery. This is Wentz’s team, Pederson said as much this week, but until he’s ready to go, Foles is the No. 1 quarterback.

Of course, Wentz is rapidly progressing, already working in 7 on 7 drills in minicamp despite suffering a Torn ACL in December.

So if Wentz makes enough progress to become a full — or near-full — participant in training camp, don’t expect him to receive 100 percent of the first-team reps just yet.

Tentatively, Pederson’s plan would be to have Nick (and) Carson working with the ones, working with the starters so we’re not losing a lot of that valuable time, Pederson said.

Ravens sign first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens’ entire draft class is now signed.

Baltimore signed first-round tight end Hayden Hurst today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Hurst is due a four-year, $11.1 million deal as the 25th overall pick in the draft. He’ll also have a fifth-year option, like every first-round pick.

A former minor league baseball player who once got a $400,000 signing bonus from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hurst caught 44 passes for 559 yards and two touchdowns at South Carolina last year.

The Ravens had two first-round picks and have already signed the other first-rounder, quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Adam Vinatieri not looking to hang them up anytime soon

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri will likely be making some history in 2018.

That way, you’ve got to have that versatility in that room, that if somebody gets injured or something like that, the next guy’s gotta be up, Edwards said, via the team’s website. And he’s [a great example], especially for the young guys — ‘Hey, the more that you can do, the longer you’re going to be able to stick around and help us win football games.’

The Vikings have had a need for a body at safety as Andrew Sendejo has been out with an undisclosed injury and Newman got into the spirit by wearing Sendejo’s No. 34 on the practice field. If he and Harrison Smith stay healthy in the regular season, Newman’s reps at safety may not come into play directly but all that experience will factor into Minnesota’s defense one way or another.

Terez Owens first reported the rumored coupling in April, after Vonn, 33, was spotted at a number of Subban’s games. Following Nashville’s elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the athletically gifted duo took in Game 7 of the Cavaliers-Celtics series in late May.

Vonn previously dated NFL coach Kenan Smith for a year, before calling it quits last November.