Phish is currently in the midst of their 2018 summer tour, which stops in Alpharetta, Georgia tonight before continuing up the east coast. Last week, the Vermont foursome announced the launch of an exclusive limited-run SiriusXM pop-up channel, Phish Radio, to take over Jam On (ch.29) starting today, Friday, August 3rd, at noon ET.On August 16th, the channel will turn into The Bunny, the exclusive broadcaster of the band’s sold-out 11th festival, Curveball. The Bunny will run on ch. 29 through the end of the festival on Sunday, August 19th before converting back to Jam On on Monday, August 20th.According to the announcement, the channel will launch with a live concert broadcast from Atlanta and a special program hosted by Ari Fink with the one-and-only Trey Anastasio, “Ask Trey,” where Anastasio will answer questions that were submitted to SiriusXM by Phish fans earlier this month. Phish Radio will play music from throughout the band’s extensive career, including selections from their vast live catalog, studio tracks, unreleased demos, and musical influences, and will feature exclusive commentary from all four band members.Last night, Scott Rogowsky of HQ Trivia revealed in an Instagram post that he will be the “official voice” of Phish Radio. HQ Trivia, an app that hosts daily trivia games with prize money, has been peppered with Phish (and Grateful Dead) references since its inception in 2017. Rogowsky, a noted jam band aficionado, even got John Mayer to host the app-based game while Dead & Company were in New York for their Citi Field performances. Now, Rogowsky will take his hosting skills to a whole new (and seriously unexpected) level as the official voice of Phish Radio–meaning he will announce all the interstitial content between songs.SiriusXM’s Phish Radio begins on Friday, August 3 at noon ET via satellite on channel 29 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen to Phish Radio on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. If you don’t yet have SiriusXM, you can get a three-month free trial here. Head here for more information.[Video: SiriusXM]Last month, SiriusXM launched an exclusive limited-run Dave Matthews Band channel, Dave Matthews Band Radio, featuring music from the band’s extensive career, including their indelible hits, live songs, demo tracks and musical influences. That station has been extended through Labor Day weekend, and is set to move to its new home on Channel 30 on August 1st.
Press Association Watford manager Quique Sanchez-Flores has thrown Jose Holebas’ future into further doubt by warning the player he needs to improve if he wants to be their first-choice left-back. Holebas was a £1.8million summer signing from Roma, where his form had kept Ashley Cole on the periphery, and was expected to feature heavily in Sanchez-Flores’ first team this season. He has been limited to only three appearances so far, however, due to competition from the impressive Ikechi Anya and Nathan Ake. And amid reports that he will leave the club in January, his manager has demanded more from the defender. “Holebas needs to improve,” said Sanchez-Flores of the Greece international. “I chose him in the first match because he was the left-back but his performances have not been enough to keep him in the first XI, so it’s very easy for me. It’s not enough. “He needs to train more and train better and have a better understanding of everything. “Holebas is waiting, fighting and trying to play in the first XI. I like the players to fight to come back to the first XI. “Maybe when he arrived he thought it would be easy to play for Watford but the level of the Watford team is high. “He is fighting with Anya, fighting with Ake and the competition is high in this position.” Another reasonably high-profile summer recruit, Alessandro Diamanti, also arrived from from Serie A and is yet to play as much as had been expected, but Sanchez-Flores has insisted he has no concerns about the Italian and that he is simply focused on improving his conditioning for the Premier League. “I had the conversation two weeks ago with him,” he said. “He’s experienced, he’s working hard, but his physical level is not enough at the moment. He didn’t do pre-season, which is very important – in this age it’s essential. “He’s a good player, he’s good technically and he’s going to help us during the season, but at the moment he’s not ready for the first XI.”
In a statement he said he will file a case imminently seeking to have the agreement made “null and void with immediate effect”.The recent agreement will see Samoura work with CAF as a “General Delegate to Africa”.It is a move where he hopes CAS “will give interim orders stopping the hostile takeover of CAF by FIFA and especially the decision to bring Fatma Samoura to head the CAF Secretariat.”The controversial decision to bring in Samoura was given “almost unanimous” support by CAF’s Executive Committee according to the head of the Nigerian federation Amaju Pinnick.Pinnick insisted that Samoura’s appointment would help “strengthen our judicial, governance and fiscal discipline”.FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the meeting and said he believed the plan would help “significantly improve” football on the continent.However, former FIFA President, Joseph Blatter described the move by the world body as ‘Colonialism.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A member of the Confederation of African Football’s Executive Committee,Musa Bility of Liberia, has said he will file a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) challenging plan by FIFA to appoint its Secretary General, Fatma Samoura to reform the continental body.Bility is unhappy with what he calls the ‘co-operation agreement’ between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA.
The Blake Smith pitching experiment will continue in the Chicago White Sox organization.Smith, 27, was the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2009. He reached Double-A as an outfielder before converting into a relief pitcher in 2013. This year he had a promising 1.62 earned-run average in 16 relief appearances with Double-A Tulsa.Friday, the Dodgers traded Smith to the Chicago White Sox for minor-league lefty Eric Surkamp.Surkamp, 27, has appeared in 42 games (seven starts) in three big league seasons with the Giants (2011, 2013) and White Sox (2014), going 4-3 with a 6.20 ERA.The White Sox designated Surkamp for assignment in April. He was 3-0 with one save and a 2.81 ERA in 11 games (one start) at Triple-A Charlotte this season and will now report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Surkamp has a 40-19 record with a 3.09 ERA in 116 career games (95 starts) in seven minor league seasons.Injury updatesThere is still no timetable for right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Carl Crawford or pitcher Joel Peralta to return to the Dodgers. All three players remain on the 15-day disabled list.Puig (strained left hamstring) has been swinging a bat, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, but he “is still feeling it trying to run. Still felt tightness while jogging. We still haven’t gotten past that.”Crawford (strained oblique) is continuing his rehab at the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. “Carl, the last I’ve seen, is doing more activity but still feeling it at different times doing different exercises, so had to back off of things,” Mattingly said.Peralta (pinched nerve) played catch on flat ground for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 24.Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy, meanwhile, has no timetable to appear in a minor-league rehabilitation game, either. The right-hander threw three innings in a simulated game against Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez at Dodger Stadium, making approximately 45 pitches.Beachy underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career in April 2014. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched with a torn labrum since he signed with the Dodgers in December 2012, he said Friday. His first MRI revealed the injury, but neither Ryu nor the team publicly disclosed the diagnosis until this week.Ryu will not pitch again this season after he had surgery Thursday to repair the tear. The 28-year-old left-hander said he’ll try his best to return as good as before.Maybe the real question is this: Once he’s fully healthy, can Ryu come back better than before?As a rookie in 2013, Ryu went 14-8 with a 3.00 earned-run average in 30 starts. He struck out 154 batters in 192 innings and finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Last year, Ryu went 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA. His 2.62 FIP and 1.191 WHIP suggest that he pitched even better than the traditional statistics indicate. He also missed time last season with shoulder fatigue twice.In spring training this year, Ryu needed an anti-inflammatory injection in his left shoulder. He was originally thought to be returning sometime in May. But after his last bullpen session May 1, Ryu’s shoulder had not improved enough to allow him to throw off a mound.“I knew that as time was passing by, there wasn’t any better solutions,” than surgery, Ryu said through an interpreter. “The earlier decision was better. It was my choice.”Asked if he had been told that surgery would be needed following his original diagnosis, Ryu said “I can’t recall a doctor told me surgery would be the main thing.”Minor trade