Jim Kelly chosen as legends captain for Pro Bowl

Jim Kelly greeted fans on the sidelines during warmups at New Era Field on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was selected as one of four 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains for the NFL’s annual all-star game.

Kelly will be the captain of the AFC offense with DeMarcus Ware serving as the captain of the defense. Emmitt Smith will captain the NFC offense with Brian Urlacher captaining the defense.

The four have a combined 30 Pro Bowl appearances. According to a news release, the legends “will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players and be present on the sidelines on gameday.” They also will attend various events during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando. The Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Kelly is coming off another procedure last week in New York related to his cancer. According to his wife, Jill, doctors have told the Kellys that they expect this will be his last surgery to address the reoccurrence of cancer diagnosed last spring.


Making En Trance – The untold story of Brit-funk pioneers Atmosfear

Image result for Making En Trance – The untold story of Brit-funk pioneers AtmosfearAn unsung originator of the Brit-funk movement, Atmosfear’s Lester J. Batchelor paints a compelling picture of the soul clubs, record shops and jazz dance scene in early ’80s London.

The creation of communities is a necessity rather than a consequence of living in London, and as such, musicians have tended to gravitate towards one another, particularly in genres that invite collaboration.

As a result, much has been made recently about the tight-knit nature the jazz scene in recent years, where artists not only play in each others bands but are also friends, and in some cases grew up together.

Similarly, back in the late ’70s and ’80s, an early iteration of that movement was forming around clubs like Watford Baileys, Bobby McGees, Global Village and Crackers, where Soul Boys would go to dance and hang out.

There, musicians and friends gained a musical education that would flourish with the emergence of Brit-funk, a typically hybrid music that strung together influences from jazz, fusion, disco, dub and cosmic electronics in the only way London knows how.

Across the city (Incognito were North London boys, Central Line came from East London, naturally), bands emerged whose music captured a moment at home and would become staples on legendary dance floors like Paradise Garage and the Loft in New York.

Among them was Atmosfear, fronted by Lester Batchelor and signed to Andy Sojka’s trailblazing Elite Records label, whose ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ was one of the era’s defining tracks.

With the reissue of their 1981 album En Trance out now via Mr Bongo, we spoke to Lester Batchelor about the world in which this uniquely London form of music emerged.


Liddell-Ortiz 3 Was More Than Enough Closure For A Classic MMA Rivalry

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What did we watch Saturday night when Tito Ortiz faced Chuck Liddell at The Forum outside of Los Angeles? Was it two MMA legends legitimately renewing a 14-year rivalry? Or was it two past-their-prime fighters looking to make a quick buck?

Father time remains undefeated

Liddell, 48, looked fantastic for a dad but slow and plodding for a former UFC champion who is one of the baddest men ever to ever step into a cage. Ortiz, no spring chicken at 43, knocked out Liddell at 4:24 of the first round in the light heavyweight bout.

It’s not uncommon for mixed martial artists to fight into their 40s. Former greats such as Randy Couture and Dan Henderson successfully fought past the age of 45. Current UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is less than four months shy of 40. It’s not always the miles on the car. It’s how many accidents the car has been in.

Liddell’s career highlight reel of knockouts drew everyone in. His trademark tornado-like flurry of punches is ingrained in MMA fans’ minds. Now, those great memories of “The Iceman” are drifting further and further away. He’s lost four fights in a row, all via knockout. His greatest strength has become his greatest weakness: standing toe-to-toe and recklessly brawling. It’s never easy to see a legend in any sport go out on their heels.

Ortiz, on the other hand, makes out like a fat rat. A man who’s on the Mount Rushmore of all-time disliked fighters got the win over his career rival in the most conclusive way possible. It was the first knockout in more than 12 years for Ortiz, a notorious wrestle-first fighter. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” stressed over and over his confidence going into the fight, and it showed in the game plan. He did not attempt a single takedown. Ortiz methodically stalked Liddell until he landed a big right hand on The Iceman’s chin.

What’s next for the two MMA legends?

Following his last fight in UFC in June 2010, Liddell was employed by the promotion as a front office executive. Along with former UFC champ Matt Hughes, he was let go when UFC was sold to WME-IMG in 2016.

The Iceman was left with a lot more time on his hands. He’s consistently in the gym working with younger fighters. He’s also living a much healthier lifestyle than he was in his heyday; Liddell battled alcohol abuse throughout his UFC career. Liddell’s return to the cage Saturday is part of the fallout from leaving UFC. “Just kinda trying to figure what I want to do, I look at it as a blessing in disguise. It’s got me re-motivated to go out and find what I really want to do,” Liddell said on The MMA Hour in 2017.

Liddell is now in the same position as he was two years ago: defeated, unemployed, and with time to kill.


Belief in legends with the Memphis Grizzlies

What makes a basketball player great?

When many people think of basketball greatness, they often think of “killers” like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant—players who often coldly and ruthlessly won games based off what seemed to be their own raw talent and mentality.

Bryant in particular was a different breed. He was someone who not only wanted to beat you but also humiliate you in the process. As he said through a young kid in his “Musecage” on Kawhi Leonard, he wanted to destroy his competition not only physically, but spiritually. He wanted to destroy them so completely, so utterly, on both ends of the court that they would never want their loved ones to come watch them play ever again.

He was almost sociopathic in nature in how he approached the game of basketball. But it was what made him great. And even as a fan of an opposing team, you could just feel his greatness whenever he stepped on the court.

It was an aura, an unshakable sense of almost divine purpose that permeated him. It’s an aura of greatness that all of the greatest players in NBA history share.

It’s an aura that the Memphis Grizzlies and the rest of the NBA can already see flashes of in Jaren Jackson Jr.

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Now make no mistake: Jackson is certainly no Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, or Kevin Garnett. Those players were merciless machines in a way that Jackson’s personality will likely never allow him to be.

He’s also not a unicorn like Kristaps Porzingis or Karl-Anthony Towns. No, he’s more of a freaking behemoth.

So who exactly is Jaren Jackson Jr., and what makes him so great at such a young age?

To put it simply, his greatness is found in his uniqueness. There is essentially no player like him in NBA history.

Of course, enough has already been said about his almost unprecedented versatility at the age of 19. He’s currently 5th in the NBA in blocks at 2.2 per game, and he’s shooting 35% from three. His per-36 minute numbers are also generally superior to both those of Anthony Davis and Kevin Garnett during their rookie years in their rookie campaigns (and he is months younger than both of them were).

He’s a player who not only will be able to dominate the game on both ends of the court, but he is also capable of it now. There have been times where he has looked like an immaculate monster on the defensive end of the court, such as when he blocked four shots in in just over a four-minute span against the New York Knicks. There have also been times where he has overwhelmed his opponents inside the paint offensively, such as when he scored an easy 27 points against the Sacramento Kings.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies


The Legends are borne back ceaselessly into the past—more specifically, into 1920s Paris

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, November 26. All times are Eastern.

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DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 9 p.m.): Based on the trailer below—a delight, as always—it would seem that the Legends Of Tomorrow are due to hit a brick wall built of bureaucracy. Ain’t that always the way? But, Legends being Legends, they’re also headed to a place and time that’s firmly anti-establishment, and will be rubbing elbows and (one assumes) getting shitfaced with the art scene of 1920s Paris.

What makes us think that? Well, there’s the the image above (go ahead and make a guess as to the identity of that mustachioed gentleman). There’s also a convenient episode summary, which begins, “When Hank Heywood (guest star Tom Wilson) confronts Ava (Jes Macallan) about the spending habits of the Legends, Nate (Nick Zano) steps in to try and smooth things over by inviting Hank on to the Waverider. The Legends then show Hank what they do by visiting 1920s Paris, trying to capture the newest Fugitive.”

But mostly, there’s the fact that this hour is called, “Tender Is The Nate.” Never change, Legends—and please let Sara get drunk with Zelda Fitzgerald while Mick picks a fight with Hemingway.


Philippine cage legends inspire Gilas for FIBA World Cup home stand

On the eve of a crucial home stand that could punch the Philippines’ ticket to the next round of the qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World, Cup, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas brought out of some of the most illustrious names in Philippine basketball to inspire the current generation of national players at the Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall.

The Philippines plays Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3, both at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“When Filipino basketball fans speak of Olympic honor, of Olympic prestige, indeed of Olympic tradition, we cast our eyes to the distant past,” said SBP President Al Panlilio. “We are in the company of 10 great players who know the story of what made our basketball past great.”

Among the past Philippine Olympians present were Rafael Hechanova (1952 Helsinki); Antonio Genato (1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne); Caloy Loyzaga (1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne), who was represented by his eldest son Chito; Kurt Bachmann (1960 Rome), who was represented by his son Dicky; Edgardo Roque (1960 Rome); Arturo Valenzona (1964 Tokyo); Jimmy Mariano (1968 Rome); Marte Samson (1972 Munich); and Manny Paner (1972 Munich).

The Philippines competed in seven Summer Olympics.

“The objective today is not to measure the success of one team or one generation over the other, but to share stories and strands of commitment, patriotism and pride,” added Panlilio.

“We are on the eve of a war that may well spell whether the Philippines will advance to the next phase of the FIBA World Cup. Today’s reunion with the basketball legends reinforces our belief in the Gilas Pilipinas team to play at its best to achieve its goals, whatever the odds, whatever the cost.”

Added SBP Executive Director Renauld “Sonny” Barrios: “This is a golden opportunity for these Philippine basketball legends to share their experiences and to give inspirational messages to our current Gilas Pilpinas players. Not many people get this opportunity to be with greatness and we hope it rubs off on our players.”

“We thank the SBP for the honor of recognition and that they reached out to the past basketball players to offer words of advice to our national players,” said Robert Jaworksi.

“Malaking bagay na mga idol natin nag-pave ng way para sa atin,” said balik-Gilas player LA Tenorio.

“Make the most of this opportunity,” implored Genato to Gilas Pilipinas. “I believe you will win.”

“This is a wonderful send-off for our national team,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. “Meron tayong kasabihan na, ‘ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa pinaroroonan.’ To be in this room with all these basketball legends is a good opportunity to learn from our past to aspire for our future. We should link up with our past to link up with our present to go to our future.”


Clash of the Titans: Legends Only 2018

On Saturday, six of the world’s strongest male climbers from across the globe gathered in Stockholm, Sweden to duke it out in the eighth rendition of La Sportiva’s invitation-only redpoint boulder competition. Legends Only alternates between male and female climbers annually. This year’s installment featured a roster with powerhouse male climbers like Rei Sugimoto and Jernej Kruder, as well as the German wunderkind Alex Megos and the longtime American superstar Chris Sharma. The six competitors competed to redpoint four problems, having practiced them a few days prior, and then worked to onsight a fifth surprise problem.

First out was Japan’s Rei Sugimoto, the gold medalist from this year’s Vail World Cup and overall third place in the IFSC Bouldering World Cup season. Sugimoto barn-doored hard off the opening lateral dyno of Problem 1, as did Sharma, who followed him. The Russian climber Alexey Rubtsov, who finished fourth overall in 2018’s IFSC Bouldering World Cup, easily stuck the opening dyno and the following one, cruising up through crimps to score a top on his first attempt.

The reigning champion of Legends Only, the lanky Jongwon Chon of Korea, completed the opening moves to the bonus, but got stuck on a deadpoint. After three failed attempts, he managed to pull up and battle to the top, blowing air kisses to the crowd as he walked off the mats.


‘Legends of Tomorrow’: “Hell No, Dolly!” Photos Released

Image result for https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/11/28/legends-of-tomorrow-season-4-episode-7-hell-no-dolly-photos/The CW has released new photos for “Hell No, Dolly!”, the seventh episode of Legends of Tomorrow‘s fourth season.

The episode will see the Legends traveling to old-timey New Orleans, on the hunt for a magical fugitive that appears to be able to possess dolls. While the photos don’t give a whole lot of plot details away, they do seem to hint that the team has an interesting challenge in store.

“We were really interested in seeing how human beings without super powers react to this onslaught of magical beings,” showrunner Phil Klemmer revealed in a previous interview. “So we wanted to find everyday evil and institutional evil, looking at people who are good and take a turn for the sinister. The magical creatures are so crazy and over the top that we wanted to make our big bad a little more human-scaled. I’m talking a little bit around the punchline here – we’ve seen doppelgangers, but we’ve never had the Legends fracture as a group. We wanted to challenge those kinds of bonds this season.”

“Hell No, Dolly!” will serve as a very particular installment for Legends, in part because it will serve as the first episode of a sort of two-part midseason finale.

“We have a fun episode with puppets in a few episodes, which are really fun,” Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/The Atom, teased to reporters during a recent set visit. “I have a lot of interaction with the puppets — different puppets, we have many different puppets on the show — and then also, we have a fun alternate reality episode, which will be the one that’s the finale before the midseason break….Not mystical creatures, necessarily, but some of the creatures from the past come back and make an appearance in that episode and we get to be crazy in different versions of ourselves, which is always fun.”

And hey, if you didn’t think that was fun enough, the episode has some sort of Paul Reubens cameo in store as well.

You can check out the synopsis for “Hell No, Dolly!” below!

“RIPPLE EFFECT — With Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Ava (Jes Macallan) at odds, Sara (Caity Lotz) tries to come up with a way for them to get along, but all is put on hold when a new magical creature attacks the Legends. Constantine (Matt Ryan) is forced to confront his tragic past but it could have devastating consequences for the rest of the team.


Sources: Rogue finalizes League of Legends Europe rosterSources: Rogue finalizes League of Legends Europe roster

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Rogue will add top laner Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek, mid laner Chres “Sencux” Laursen and support Kim “Wadid” Bae-in to their new League of Legends European Championship lineup, sources close to the team told ESPN.

The four new members of the team will join AD carry Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa, the first signing by Rogue after free agency began on Nov. 19. To complete the lineup, Rogue will need to facilitate a transfer agreement with G2 Esports for Wadid, whose contract with G2 lasts until the end of the 2020 season. The additions of Profit and Wadid were first reported by Fomos. Rogue declined comment when contacted by ESPN.

The team signed former Team ROCCAT coach Simon “fredy122” Payne as their head coach and former Gambit support Edward “Edward” Abgaryan as their assistant coach. Rogue has also signed Emil “Larssen” Larsson as a substitute mid laner, sources said. Larssen, 18, announced on Twitter on Monday that he will complete his schooling in the spring, then join the team in Berlin and compete for the starting mid lane spot in the summer.

Of the Rogue roster, four — Profit, Kikis, HeaQ and Wadid — previously had been members of Team ROCCAT. After they were accepted into the League European Championship in October, Rogue hired former Team ROCCAT manager Tomislav “flyy” Mihailov as their European GM.

Rogue will make their League of Legends debut in January, after being one of 10 organizations to be accepted as permanent partners in the League European Championship. Prior to competing in League of Legends, Rogue held professional-level teams in Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege.


Watch: Shah Rukh Khan Tries To Solve The Mystery Of Zero Director Anand L Rai’s Lost Samosa!

Watch: Shah Rukh Khan Tries To Solve The Mystery Of Zero Director Anand L Rai's Lost Samosa!

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s most awaited upcoming film ‘Zero’ is all set to release on December 21st. Khan will be seen with Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the film, which traces the story of a quirky character “Bauua Singh”, played by Shah Rukh himself. The trailer of the film was launched on Shah Rukh’s birthday on November 2 in Mumbai; and after Zero trailer launch, SRK and the film’s director Anand L Rai were seen indulging in some lip-smacking street foods like pani puri, pav bhaji, etc. Shah Rukh is known to be a foodie and it seems like the actor has found his match in the director Anand L Rai. A recent video posted on Instagram by the official handle of Red Chillies Entertainment gives us a peak into the kind of fun that the cast and crew of ‘Zero’ had on the sets of the film.

“@aanandlrai is looking for a lost samosa and even @iamsrk doesn’t know where to find it,” said the caption of the video posted on Instagram. The video shows Rai being filmed while indulging in a number of fast foods and snacks, including samosas on multiple occasions. Apparently the director loves the Indian deep-fried snack samosa (honestly, who doesn’t?), but this love affair has prompted the crew of ‘Zero’ to make fun of him. Shah Rukh Khan even went to the extent of taking out posters of Anand L Rai with the caption, “Pehle meraa samosa waapis karo.” The posters were put up around the sets of ‘Zero’ to remind everybody of the director’s undying love for Samosa.