Last night, AC/DC brought their run with vocalist Axl Rose to a close. The tour wound it’s way across the world before finishing up in Philadelphia, PA at the Wells Fargo Center, with Rose replacing long-time vocalist Brian Johnson after he was forced to retire due to his deteriorating hearing.Original rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was also forced to retire earlier this year as he is battling a debilitating case of dementia. While the tour pushed on, bassist Cliff Williams announced back in July that he would be retiring at the end of this tour, with it not feeling right to go on with so many original members dropping out due to health reasons. With that in mind, last night in Philadelphia was Williams’ final show with the band.Anyone who has seen AC/DC knows that it is the Angus Young show, with his schoolboy outfit, energetic stage presence, and wild guitar playing. It proved a truly touching moment when Young walked Williams out to the front and center of the stage as the band rang out the final notes of “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” in Philadelphia.See below for a HD video of “For Those About To Rock”, and watch as Angus Young salutes Cliff Williams during his final moments as a member of AC/DC:Video courtesy of YouTube user Jim Powers.
United boss Van Gaal is under heavy pressure at Old Trafford after a sequence of poor results and an even longer spell of uninspiring performances. Jose Mourinho – who left Chelsea last week – has been heavily tipped as a potential successor should United decide to sack the veteran former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Holland manager. And Hughes, a revered former United striker, could turn up the heat even more if his Stoke team condemn Van Gaal’s men to a fourth successive loss on Boxing Day. Hughes said: “I said last week when Jose lost his role that no-one is immune. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the game previously, and his record as a top-line manager is exceptional, you have to win football matches. “He has been in the game a long, long time and he knows better than most if the results and perception is you are not doing particularly well, you come under pressure. He understands that. We all do.” United have lost their last three games in all competitions and not won in six – a run which has seen them eliminated from the Champions League and slip to fifth in the Barclays Premier League. The team were booed off after losing to Norwich on Saturday and Hughes is well aware of the expectations fans have at United. He said: “I think with all Man United teams there is a responsibility and an onus on the players to go out and perform and play like Man United players, and understand what the demands of being part of a big club like Man United entail. “There’s a responsibility to entertain, I would suggest. That’s always been the Manchester United way. It’s always been woven into the fabric of the club and the teams that have put the shirt on. It’s a huge demand to play for Manchester United and a lot of players can’t deal with it. “People go to United in numbers and if the level of performance isn’t correct then they will let their feelings be known.” Mark Hughes does not expect Louis van Gaal’s reputation to save him if his Manchester United side continue to under-perform. This season is the third of relative under-achievement at Old Trafford since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. Adding to the pressure could be the number of former United players, from the glory years under Ferguson, who are now commenting on the current side as media pundits. Hughes, speaking at a press conference, said: “People at Man United know that they’re in a period of transition since Sir Alex left, and that they’re on a different cycle now. “A lot of key players that were there for many years are still around the place but obviously not on the field of play, so that’s having an impact as well. “A lot of things are changing and these periods of success are a cycle, and when it’s closed somebody else starts a cycle. United might have to wait to get back to the level they were at before.” Press Association
All through the area, various high school girls basketball teams entered the competitive fray last week, all of them attempting to get close to the ridiculously high standards Jamesville-DeWitt has set in recent years.The Red Rams followed up three consecutive state Class A titles from 2016 to ’18 with a return to the state final four last winter, and did it all with a lineup full of underclassmen.They’re all back for 2019-20, but so is much of a Christian Brothers Academy lineup that put a scare into J-D in last February’s sectional Class A semifinals. To test itself at the outset, J-D would go to the Albany area last weekend, starting with yet another match-up against the Averill Park side it has beaten six straight times in regional playoff games in recent years.Finally, that string ended here, the Warriors handling the Red Rams 68-40. Most of J-D’s production came from Gabby Stickle and Momo LaClair, who each had 14 points, combining to hit six 3-pointers.AP’s three-pronged attack included a 26-point effort from Kelsey Wood, and J-D couldn’t key on her since Amelia Wood and Anna Jankovic earned 14 points apiece. Then, on Sunday, it was J-D against Shenendehowa, who had just beat Cicero-North Syracuse the day before and would win big here, too, handing the Rams a 74-45 defeat.Before all this, CBA opened its season by hosting Hannibal and jumped all over the Warriors in a 22-4 first-quarter outburst on its way to a 72-39 victory.Not content with that great start, the Brothers then put together an 18-1 domination of the third quarter after Hannibal had recovered late in the first hafl.Leana Hetiman, with 17 points, was one of four CBA players to reach double figures. 1,000-point scorer Brooke Jarvis and Kaily Campbell finished with 11 points apiece as Emily Hall added 10 points, Tori Hall had eight points and Maura Clare Clonan got seven points.A night later, at Auburn, CBA won again, 61-32, starting with a 22-6 first-quarter burst and never getting caught as Jarvis earned 17 points, with Hall and Heitman getting 10 points apiece. Conan was right behind with eight points.As for Fayetteville-Manlius, it returns most of its lineup, too, eager to try to challenge West Genesee and Cicero-North Syracuse atop the Class AA ranks.The Hornets were quite impressive in last Tuesday’s season opener, bashing Henninger 71-22. Already with a 17-8 lead, F-M used a 24-5 push through the second quarter to pull clear of the Black Knights.All 12 players on the Hornets’ roster got on the scoreboard. Lexie Roe finished with 20 points and Lily Fish had 16 points, with Amanda Hibbard adding nine points and Ava Angello getting eight points.Hosting Rome Free Academy Thursday night, all of this turned around as F-M lost, 43-39, to the Black Knights, who trailed by one at halftime but outscored the Hornets 13-8 in the third quarter to get out in front.Try as it could, F-M was unable to get the lead back, and was too dependent on Roe. Aside from her 22 points, no other Hornets player had more than one field goal. Amya McLeod (15 points) and Jace Hunzinger (12 points) led RFA.Bishop Grimes took a tough 49-48 defeat to Indian River in its opener on Saturday, made more frustrating by the fact that the Cobras had a strong first quarter and was up 29-17 at halftime.Despite 11 points from Lora Marial and 10 points from Jenna Sloan, Grimes could not keep the Warriors from gaining ground and then taking the lead in the final minutes. Adrien LaMora led IR with 12 points and 15 rebounds.East Syracuse Minoa was supposed to open last Wednesday against visiting Watertown, but bad weather up north kept the Cyclones from traveling.The Spartans did play Friday, falling to Fulton 44-27 as it was held to three points in the first half. Turning it around, though, ESM won 45-38 over Henninger a day later to improve to 1-1.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Bishop GrimesCBAF-Mgirls basketballJ-D