first_imgLoad remaining images Wilco played their fourth night at the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night with a 29-song setlist. Pulling songs from their 2016 Schmilco, the Chicago crew used the opportunity to play tunes like “Normal American Kids,” “If I Ever Was A Child,” “Cry All Day,” and “We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl),” while keeping their longtime fans happy with career-spanning favorites “Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Passenger Side,” and “A Shot In The Arm.” Overall, their four-night residency was a huge hit in New York City.Photographer Andrew Blackstein was on site to capture the glory in the gallery below.Setlist: Wilco | The Beacon Theatre | New York City | 3/22/17You Are My Face, Normal American Kids, If I Ever Was A Child, Cry All Day, Side With the Seeds, Radio Cure, Kamera, The Joke Explained, Misunderstood, Someone to Lose, At Least That’s What You Said, The Lonely 1, Impossible Germany, We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl), Dawned On Me, Theologians, Via Chicago, Locator, Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m the Man Who Loves You, Hummingbird, The Late GreatsE: Random Name Generator, Red-Eyed and Blue, I Got You (At the End of the Century), Outtasite (Outta Mind), Spiders (Kidsmoke)E2: Passenger Side, A Shot In The Armlast_img read more


first_imgRussian oligarch Alisher Usmanov will pay the wages owed to the national team’s head coach Fabio Capello, according to Russian media reports.The 61-year-old businessman was asked by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to provide the Russian Football Union (RFS) with a subsidised loan worth 400 million roubles ($6.01 million).Media reports say Italian coach Capello and the team’s general manager Oreste Cinquini are owed around 600 million roubles and were last paid in June 2014.Mutko said on Thursday that Capello’s salary issues would be settled within the next two days.”We spoke with Alisher Usmanov for around an hour and managed to get things sorted out. As a citizen of Russia he would also have been embarrassed that we as a country that plans to host the next World Cup cannot even pay the head coach of Russia,” Mutko told news agency RBC-Sport.Usmanov was named by Forbes as Russia’s richest person in 2014, with a fortune of $18.6 billion. He is also the second-largest shareholder at English Premier League side Arsenal. Sources close to Usmanov said that he had given the Russian Football Union a gift of 300 million roubles before the 2014 World Cup.–last_img read more


first_imgSimmons, whose birthday is in September, will be playing in his age 30 season. Since 2000, there have only been 32 shortstops who had even a single season with 130 games at shortstop in their age 31 season or older, and only seven of them had more than two such seasons.That wouldn’t seem to bode well for the chances of an extension for Simmons, but there is precedent for elite shortstops to continue into their late 30s. Derek Jeter, Omar Vizquel and Jimmy Rollins have all had at least five seasons as an everyday shortstop past age 31.Simmons believes he’s in that category.“All you have is the track record of what I’ve done recently,” Simmons said. “I can’t show you a crystal ball of the future, but I can show you what I’ve done throughout.“I believe in myself. I know I can keep doing this for years to come, and I’m still improving as a hitter. Even though it didn’t show up last year because of different things, I know I’m still improving as a hitter and still growing as a hitter.” Although Simmons refuses to look at in the context of his contract, it certainly is relevant that he is looking for this bounce-back season in the final year before he’s set to be a free agent.The Angels have had internal discussions about an extension for Simmons, but have not talked to him or his representatives about it, owner Arte Moreno said last week.“I’m not even thinking about it,” Simmons said. “The only time I think about it is when (the media) brings it up. It is what it is. All I can do is play. I’m going to try to get better in spring training and just play good and at the end of the day, we’ll be where we need to be.”That starts with his physical condition. Simmons said he’s lighter this year, which was a reaction to twice suffering ankle injuries in 2019. He said he’s trying to “reduce the stress on the ankles” by reducing the bulk.Simmons first got hurt when he was lunging toward first to try to beat out an infield hit in May. He came back five weeks later, played for just about another month, and then hurt a different part of the same ankle in early August. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Around those two stints on the injured list, Simmons hit .264 with a .309 on-base percentage and a .676 OPS. He hit seven home runs. His average, on-base percentage and OPS were all the lowest of his four seasons with the Angels.The injuries “definitely affected me,” he said. “You have to learn how to play slightly limited. I was OK. … I maybe lost the momentum I had, the rhythm and timing. I wasn’t stretching singles into doubles. I could move, but not as good.”On defense, the advanced metrics had downgraded Simmons slightly, although he was still well above average. He was a finalist for the Gold Glove award, but Francisco Lindor snapped Simmons’ two-year winning streak.Shortstop is typically one of the positions at which a player’s age impacts him the soonest.Related Articlescenter_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — Andrelton Simmons is looking at this season as a “challenge.”The Angels’ Gold Glove shortstop was on a rising trajectory through 2018, having steadily improved his hitting while continuing to play otherworldly defense.Now, he’s trying to bounce back from a 2019 season in which injuries sapped him of some of his production.“I enjoy all I’ve learned and how much better I got than the expectations when I came into this league as a hitter,” Simmons said. “So it’s a challenge for me to do it, to keep doing what I’ve done the past couple years and keep improving on it.”last_img read more