Leon Bridges Gives The National Anthem Some Soul In This New Musical Interpretation [Watch]

first_imgLeon Bridges shows his stars and stripes in this performance for a new series on the National Anthem from ESPN and The Undefeated. The Texas soul sensation reinvents “The Star-Spangled Banner” by turning the song into 6/8th time and delivering an emotionally moving rendition.“I felt that the original version is a little bit too straightforward musically,” Bridges told ESPN in an interview. “I felt it was kind of dope to give a little 6/8, groovy feel to it. Something that felt comfortable for me to sing. I felt that the National Anthem needed a little bit of soul.”Check out Leon Bridge’s beautiful recreation below:last_img read more

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It’s not all about RVP – Monreal

first_imgArsenal’s showdown against new Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday must not just be all about Robin van Persie, according to Gunners defender Nacho Monreal. Press Association Passions still run high among some of the Emirates Stadium faithful by the manner in which the Holland forward left last summer in a £24million move, and there have been suggestions those disgruntled fans will turn their backs in protest when the teams come out from the tunnel ahead of a guard of honour to mark United’s achievements. But Spain full-back Monreal said: “Teams like Manchester United don’t just have gifted wingers, they have a squad with a lot of depth. Their players are of the highest level, you can’t just focus on one player because their team is full of players who can create and score.” center_img Full-back Monreal, who joined Arsenal from Malaga in January, added: “We must be on our guard and be aware of certain key players, like Robin, who has scored a sack of goals this year and is playing well. He is one of their main threats. “They are one of the biggest teams in England and they are having an exceptional season. It is one of those games every player wants to be involved in, but there are three points at stake and that is what we are aiming for. They may be a very strong opponent, but we are also a very good team and can win the match.” Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, admits losing striker Olivier Giroud to a three-game ban is a “blow” – but one which his side must learn to deal with if they are to hold on to a place in the top four. Giroud was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Fulham for jumping into a challenge with defender Stanislav Manolev. Although Wenger initially indicated he felt the dismissal had been warranted, after review the club appealed, which was on Tuesday rejected by the Football Association. Wenger must now re-evaluate his attacking options for crucial games against United on Sunday, then at QPR and home to Wigan before Giroud, who has netted 17 goals, will be eligible again on the final day at Newcastle. “It is a blow that we cannot have him available. We will have to do without him and we will do it,” Wenger said. “It is a harsh decision. After the game, I was a little bit less convinced that he didn’t deserve the red card, but having seen it again, I feel it is completely accidental and a very minor incident.”That is why I decided to appeal. I am sad that it didn’t work, but we have to cope with it.” last_img read more

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Syracuse alumni provide $1 million grant for football program

first_imgFormer Syracuse offensive lineman John Lally and his wife, Laura, gifted the Orange football program $1 million, Syracuse athletics announced Thursday morning.The grant is expected to be used to aid in reconditioning the practice field turf and renovations to the football complex along with other renovations.Lally, who played guard for SU from 1979-81, was a three-year letter winner in his time with the Orange and in 2011 was honored by the Syracuse football club with the Mike Zunic award. Zunic, who was a Syracuse football alumnus and close friend of Lally, died in a plane crash in 1989. The award is given annually in memory of him and his wife, who also died in the crash. Comments Published on December 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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