Just last month, guitarist Jack White announced a new release spotlighting the acoustic side of his career. While White is probably best known for his electric guitar playing, his acoustic efforts have not gone unnoticed. His final live performances before taking a hiatus were all acoustic, and the guitarist has a career’s worth of material for his forthcoming release, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.Today, White has made some exciting announcements surrounding the release. The first involves some late night television action, as fans will get to watch Jack White perform acoustically on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 9th! The second is an actual recording from the acoustic release, as White has shared a version of “Carolina Drama” by The Raconteurs featuring acoustic instrumentation.Listen to the newly-released “Carolina Drama” streaming below.Finally, White has also announced that his label, Third Man Records, will be releasing the Acoustic Recordings album on limited-edition blue vinyl. Take a look at the new release below, and be sure to snab a copy when it comes out on September 9th.
Italy’s spectacular Mugello circuit will host a Grand Prix for the very first time in September, as Formula 1 announced the Tuscan Grand Prix and the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi have been added to the revised 2020 race calendar.Mugello is owned by Ferrari, and the circuit’s first F1 event – set for September 11-13, the weekend after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza – is set to be a celebration in more ways than one, given it will mark the Scuderia’s 1000th race in the world championship.A regular on the MotoGP calendar, Mugello will be the fourth Italian circuit, after Monza, Imola and the fabled road course at Pescara, used just once in 1957, to host a world championship race. F1 cars have tested at the circuit many times, however, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc doing so prior to the season opener and raving about its fast and flowing nature.New race datesRoundDateRace9September 11-13FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DELLA TOSCANA FERRARI 1000 2020 Mugello (Italy)10September 25 – 27FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 2020 (Sochi)The addition of Mugello and Sochi, which will take place September 25-27, brings the current number of confirmed races in 2020 to ten, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. As stated previously, Formula 1 expects the revised 2020 season to have between 15 and 18 races.“We want to thank the promoters, national authorities, the teams and the FIA for their hard work and support in making these Grands Prix possible,” said Formula 1 in a statement, “and know our fans will be delighted to see Russia host its seventh race at the Sochi Autodrom and see Formula 1 cars race for the first time at exciting Mugello circuit in Italy.” “We are delighted to announce Mugello and Sochi will be part of the 2020 calendar and want to thank all our partners for their support in recent weeks,” added Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1.“We had great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000 Grand Prix. Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”
For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Another question for the high-energy Lakers, who are accustomed to feeling at home even when they’re away, feeding off fan support in every NBA city: How will they handle playing without spectators?“I don’t know how we can play a game without our fans,” Dwight Howard on a Zoom conference with reporters last month. “I don’t know how anybody could. I think it might be different for fighting, boxing and stuff like that. But for basketball, that’s like the energy. We feed off that. We feed off the crowd. Especially at home. But everywhere is at home for us. When we’re hearing ‘Ko-be! Ko-be!’ or whatever we’re hearing, it’s kind of like they give us more energy. It’s like no matter what’s going on, we have those people behind us. So to be playing games and stuff like that, it would be hard.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As 22 NBA teams prepare to restart their engines July 31, L.A.’s two-pronged championship chase picks up anew — in accordance with a wildly unprecedented plan that’s being unfurled in the midst of the national uprising happening during a global pandemic.“Basketball offers no vaccine, no cure,” Paul George said as he narrated a video from the Clippers’ addressing all that’s happening in the United States. “Only an example of teamwork, of togetherness.”But Matt Barnes, a former Laker and Clipper turned prolific basketball commentator, suggested there are members of both L.A. squads who feel uncomfortable with the idea of playing while the nation is embroiled in protests over racism and police brutality. Barnes said in an interview with Yahoo Sports’ “Dunk Bait” that “there are some whispers about some teams not being comfortable. Some guys want to play and some don’t want to play.”Nonetheless, the NBA board of governors and the players association gave their approval last week to a return-to-play proposal that set in motion the resumption of the season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. SEEDINGWithout real home-court advantage to play for (save, possibly, for some creative incentives that could reproduce the advantage for teams “hosting” playoff series), the eight seeding games will be all about jockeying for matchups.But while New Orleans fights for the eighth and final seed and the Rockets try to avoid slipping into seventh and ending up with a first-round date with the Clippers, L.A.’s pair of contenders will play to maintain their position atop the heap.When the season was suspended, the 49-14 Lakers had won eight of 10 games and were the only team in the Western Conference to have clinched a postseason berth, ensuring the end of their six-season playoff drought on March 7 with a resounding 113-103 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks.As the Clippers left things, they’d won seven of eight games and held the second seed, at 44-20 overall — 5 ½ games behind the Lakers in the standings and 1 ½ ahead of the Denver Nuggets.OPPONENTS REMAININGWho will the Clippers and Lakers play?For the eight games ahead of the playoffs, every team will pick up its schedule where they left off. When a game comes up against a team that isn’t one of the 22 invited to Orlando, or against a team that’s already played its final eight games, they’ll skip over that opponent and move on to the next.The Lakers are one of four teams — along with Miami, Orlando and Portland — whose remaining schedule won’t accommodate eight games by the conclusion of their schedule. The league conceivably will fill in those teams’ final games by pitting them against one another, although that’s not been determined officially.So the Lakers’ schedule will look like this: Rockets, Nuggets, Jazz, Jazz, Raptors, Pacers, (and possibly the Trail Blazers, Heat or Magic).The Clippers’ seeding schedule: Nets, Pelicans, Mavericks, Nuggets, Suns, Nets, Pacers, Thunder.PRESSING QUESTIONSFor the Clippers, it’s health, always health.They’d played only 11 games this season with a fully healthy lineup, and they lost only one of those contests — to the Lakers. The Clippers managed to stay successfully afloat despite using 29 starting lineups and the fact that neither Kawhi Leonard (knee) nor Paul George (shoulders) was totally healthy entering the season.The Clippers were making it a point to do everything possible to protect their stars’ health ahead of an anticipated playoff push, including keeping Leonard out of one game of every back-to-back set as part of his treatment for an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee. The long, unexpected layoff should should bolster the health of Leonard and George, although there’s risk in ramping up quickly after not having played a game in months.There’s also the matter or incorporating new addition Joakim Noah, who was acquired March 9 on what was to have been a 10-day contract: “There are certain individuals that this rest period, or whatever this is called, has been a benefit (for), and Jo is one of them for sure,” coach Doc Rivers said on a Zoom session with reporters during the hiatus. “He’s gotten a chance now to get healthy and to get in shape. That’ll be a factor for us.”For the Lakers, there’s the question about whether they might bring back DeMarcus Cousins, whom they signed last summer before he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and later waived to make space for Markieff Morris.With the NBA reportedly working on plans that will permit teams to replace players in the event of positive coronavirus tests or serious injuries while they finish the season in the Orlando bubble, it’s likely that rosters will expand. With extra time off to rehab, could Cousins be available to give the Lakers the stretch 5 they’re otherwise missing?Related Articles Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Starting with eight seeding games per team in Orlando, the first-place Lakers and second-place Clippers will try to recapture the momentum they’d built before March 11, when the league slammed on the brakes in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.The seeding games will set up a play-in tournament set for Aug. 16 and 17, according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania, who also reported Monday that the first round will commence Aug. 18, followed by the second round Sept. 1, the conference finals Sept. 15 and then, with Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Sept. 30.