Last night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino hosted the inaugural NYC Blues Revue – An All Star Fundraiser For The Blues Foundation. The event was put together by producer Greg Williamson, and enlisted a serious “who’s-who” list of musicians, including Shemekia Copeland, John Sebastian, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Krasno, Marcus King, Scott Sharrard, Tash Neal, Sam Moore, and many more, the biggest surprise of the night came when Vivino called out another special guest from backstage. The crowd quickly realized who he was signaling to, as Gary Clark Jr. (also known as “The Chosen One”) came to join the band on stage.Gary Clark Jr. (who is in town to open for Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden Thursday and Friday night) acquiesced, and with Vivino handing over his axe to the Austin, TX-based guitarist, commanded the stage for a few minutes alongside Grammy Award winner and soul singing legend William Bell. The two are no strangers to one another, as they performed Bell’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” together at the Grammy’s earlier this year. Check out video of the sit-in below, courtesy of Jon Hammer:
Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded.___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group. April 17, 2020 The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.”___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling. The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___ The Latest: Premier League still wants to complete season The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity.The proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___ Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July. The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season.
Over the weekend, Ghanaian players were in action as usual across the world.Michael Essien got his first 90 minutes in the Premier League season, whilst there was a rare goal for Jonathan Mensah in France.Usual suspects Asamoah Gyan and Emmanuel Osei Banahene were also on target, as was Greece-based midfielder Aziz Tetteh EnglandIn the Premier League, Michael Essien was booked in the 58th minute and played the full match as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace. In the Championship, Jeffrey Schlupp replaced Jamie Vardy seven minutes from time as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Burnley.Albert Adomah played the full match as Middlesbough lost 0-1 to Brighton.In League Two, Patrick Agyemang was replaced by Ryan Bird in the 67th minute as Portsmouth lost 0-2 to Newport County. SpainIn La Liga, Richmond Boakye Yiadom was booked in the 65th minute and was replaced by Cristian Herrera 13 minutes later as Elche lost 1-2 to Levante. GermanyIn the Bundesliga, Kevin Prince Boateng played the full game as Schalke 04 beat Freiburg 2-0. In the 2.Bundesliga, Baba Abdul Rahman replaced Niko Giesselmann in the 65th minute as Greuther Furth lost 1-4 to Arminia Bielefeld, for whom Marcel Appiah played the full match.Charles Takyi replaced Michael Schulze in the 67th minute as Energie Cottbus lost 1-3 to Fortuna Dusseldorf.In 3.Liga, Pius Ofosu Ayeh played the full match as MSV Duisburg drew 1-1 with Wacker Burghausen. FranceIn Ligue 1, Jonathan Mensah scored in the 74th minute and played the full game as Evian TG drew 1-1 with Reims.Jordan Ayew was replaced by Gilbert Imbula in the 56th minute as Marseille drew 2-2 with Lyon.In Ligue 2, Kwame N’Sor was booked in the 16th minute and replaced at half time by Bouna Sarr as Metz lost 2-4 to Tours. ItalyIn the Serie A, Isaac Cofie was an unused substitute as Genoa drew 1-1 with Atalanta.Joseph Alfred Duncan was booked in the 74th minute and played the full match as Livorno lost 0-2 to Lazio.Kwadwo Asamoah played the full match as Juventus thrashed Sassuolo 4-0, with Raman Chibsah replacing Francesco Magnanelli in the 71st minute for Sassuolo.In Serie B, Moro Alhassan was an unused substitute as Cesena drew 0-0 with Empoli. Masahudu Alhassan played the full match as Latina lost 2-3 to Crotone.Nana Addo Welbeck was an unused substitute as Brescia beat Modena 1-0.Nii Nortey Ashong was an unused substitute as Spezia lost 0-4 to Varese.Ransford Selasi was an unused substitute as Pescara beat Virtus Lanciano 1-0. NetherlandsIn the Eredivisie, Fred Benson played the full match as PEC Zwolle lost 1-2 to Heerenveen.Mitch Apau played the full game as RKC Waalwijk beat Ado Den Haag 2-1.Shadrach Eghan was replaced by Jesus Corona in the 63rd minute as Twente beat Go Ahead Eagles 3-1.Christian Atsu played the full game as Vitesse Arnhem beat NAC Breda 3-2, with Jeffrey Sarpong playing the full match for NAC Breda.Kwame Quansah was an unused substitute as Heracles beat AZ Alkmaar.In the Eerste Divisie, Jonathan Opoku replaced Roel van der Sande 13 minutes from time as OSS lost 1-5 to Sparta Rotterdam. BelgiumIn the Pro League, Eugene Ansah was an unused substitute as Lokeren drew 0-0 with Kortrijk.Daniel Opare played the full match as Standard Liege secured a 3-1 win over Genk, for whom Bernard Kumordzi was booked in the 37th minute and replaced in the 66th minute by Ajub Masika.Frank Acheampong replaced Luka Milivojevic in the 73rd minute and set up a goal for Aleksandar Mitrovic three minutes later as Anderlecht secured a 2-1 win over Gent, for whom Nana Akwasi Asare played the full match.Enoch Adu was an unused substitute as Club Brugge drew 2-2 with Charleroi. CyprusIn the 1.Division, Mustapha Quaynor was booked in the 16th minute and replaced by Andreas Anastasiou two minutes from time as Alki lost 1-2 to Nea Salamis.Ebo Andoh was an unused substitute as AEL beat AE Kouklion 1-0. GreeceIn the Super League, Aziz Tetteh scored in the 65th minute and played the full match as Platanias thrashed Xanthi 3-0. PortugalIn the Primeira Liga, Alhassan Wakaso played the full match as Rio Ave lost 1-3 to Porto. RomaniaIn the Liga I, Sadat Bukari was replaced by William two minutes into the second half whilst Seidu Yahaya replaced Marian Cristescu in the 72nd minute as Astra Guirgiu beat Viitorul Costanta. SwitzerlandIn the Super League, Ishmael Yartey was replaced by Fousseyni Cisse five minutes from time whilst Ebenezer Assifuah was an unused substitute as Sion lost 1-3 to Lausanne Sport. TurkeyIn the Super Lig, Jerry Akaminko played the full match as Eskisehirspor drew 1-1 with Kayserispor.In the 1.Lig, Shaibu Yakubu replaced Mehmet Istemi 13 minutes from time as 1461 Trabzon lost 2-3 to Kahramanmarasspor.Kwame Amponsah Karikari played the full game as Malikesirspor lost 0-3 to Manisaspor.Emmanuel Osei Banahene scored in the 55th minute and played the full match as Sanliurfaspor beat Adanaspor. United Arab EmiratesIn the Arabian Gulf League, Asamoah Gyan scored in the 23rd and 77th minute and played the full match as Al Ain beat Al Shaab 5-2.Emmanuel Clottey was an unused substitute as Al Dhafra beat Dubai 3-2.