Leon 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:
Reports started emerging on Monday afternoon that Moyes was set to be axed – some 16 hours before he was informed at a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday morning that his contract was being terminated. League Managers Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan accused United of failing to handle Moyes’ sacking correctly. He said: “The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club. “Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition. “It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.” United quickly dismissed the allegation. A club spokesman said: “We do not accept that it was handled in an unprofessional manner. “The decision was not taken until late Monday night and was communicated face-to-face first thing on Tuesday morning. “When reports started emerging on internet news sites on Monday afternoon, no decision had been taken at that time.” Manchester United have hit back at claims they handled David Moyes’ dismissal in an “unprofessional” manner. Moyes, sacked on Tuesday just 10 months into a six-year contract, was happy to concede results were not up to scratch when he spoke about his dismissal for the first time on Wednesday. Press Association Sport understands the former Everton manager was far from happy about the way rumours surrounding his imminent departure started spreading before he was sacked. Press Association
Six years after his involvement in one of cricket’s biggest corruption scandals, Mohammad Amir returns to the Test arena next month with a chance to show he can still be the world’s greatest bowler. (Latest Cricket stories)Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Monday that Amir still has all the qualities that made him one of the sport’s hottest properties as an 18-year-old fast bowler, before he was exposed with two Pakistan team-mates in a 2010 fixing plot in England that earned him a jail sentence and a long ban from cricket.”He can still be the best bowler in the world,” Misbah said in Southampton, where Pakistan was holding its first news conference since arriving in England for a four-Test tour. “The way he has been bowling, he is there. You look at his bowling speed, his swing, his control … they’re all there.”Amir served half of a six-month jail sentence in England after pleading guilty to charges of bowling deliberate no-balls at pre-arranged times to fix spot-betting markets while playing for Pakistan in a Test against England at Lord’s. Then-captain Salman Butt and fellow bowler Mohammad Asif were also involved and received jail sentences.The International Cricket Council banned Amir from all cricket for five years.Amir became eligible to play again last September and he already has been recalled by Pakistan in both white-ball formats. But this summer marks his return to Test cricket, and – ironically – his first match back is set to be at Lord’s.”He knows he is under pressure, but he is handling it well,” Misbah said. “This is a good chance for him to come here – the place where he had those problems – and show the world he is there to perform and deliver for the team.”advertisementMIXED REACTIONMisbah said the 24-year-old Amir should expect a mixed reaction from England fans.”It is a chance to win back all his fans,” Misbah said. “It’s a great opportunity and he is working hard. It (a bad reception) might happen – you can always hear voices – but it always (happens) in a crowd.”Anything might happen, but Amir’s main focus should be on his game. The best way is to concentrate on your skills and your duties and Amir has to focus on his game and what he has to do. He is doing well.”Pakistan have two tour matches before facing England in the Test series.