On December 8th, New York City will be treated to a fantastic pair of funky performances, as fan-favorite five-piece The Main Squeeze make their way to The Bowery Ballroom along with rising LA trio Organ Freeman. The double-bill will undoubtedly make for a good time, bringing together the funk and soul from all different directions.Since forming at Indiana University in 2010, The Main Squeeze has captivated audiences, playing to sold out clubs around the country. They have become regulars on the festival circuit, playing at events like Catskill Chill, High Sierra, Summer Camp, and more. Check out The Main Squeeze performing “In A Funk” live at Audiotree:Los Angeles natives Organ Freeman are poised to blow up. With tight musicianship, onstage charisma, and an undoubtedly badass band name, these three talented artists demand your attention–and it’s only a matter of time until everyone you know will be talking about them. Get to know Organ Freeman with this studio performance of “We’re On Our Way”:You can get tickets for the performance here.
Named to Baseball America’s Preseason All-American first team, Ricky Oropesa will help lead the USC baseball team in its 2011 season. The Daily Trojan sat down with Oropesa to discuss his thoughts and goals for this season. The Trojans will start their season Friday against Missouri.Rick Oropesa – Daily TrojanDaily Trojan: First off, congratulations on the Baseball America Preseason All-America first team. How significant is that award to you?Ricky Oropesa: Obviously it’s a really big accomplishment, I’ve been trying to get better. I don’t think I’ve been recognized first-team All-American preseason before, I got second team and stuff like that. But it’s showing that I’m improving and I’m doing better, so it’s a real honor.DT: Tell me about when you were drafted by the Red Sox in 2008. What were the factors that went into the decision to stay?Oropesa: There were a lot of factors that went into that decision. And one of them was where I got placed in the draft.Not knowing where I would be falling into the draft really played a role because I really wanted to go to USC. [Former USC] coach [Chad] Kreuter, the staff, the full scholarship — it’s hard to pass up.Getting a USC degree after getting drafted this year was most important to me so it was a big decision. The Yankee fan in me didn’t really play a role, I like the Red Sox, the organization is great. It’d be funny to see if they draft me again this year.DT: Was USC on your mind before the draft? Had you already said if you didn’t go high enough, this is where you were going to go, or were you choosing between a couple schools?Oropesa: There were some choices I got, like every other Pac-10 school and some East coast schools. But I let it be known that I was going to USC if I didn’t get what I wanted or if I wasn’t placed high enough.DT: So your first year and last year was with [Chad] Kreuter and now you have [new USC coach]Frank Cruz. How has it been different?Oropesa: Both coaches — I have so much respect for them. They’re just two different coaches. Their approach to the game.Coach Kreuter is more of a hands-on guy with players, and coach Cruz is more of a vocal leader, more of a guy that really takes people and kind of sets the mood, as in he doesn’t put up with BS, pretty much. He’s a hard-nosed guy.Coach Kreuter is kind of laid back, that pro coach mentality, if you get it done, it’s on your own. But coach Cruz, he really forces it down on you.DT: Is it helpful for you to have both sides of coaching while being in college?Oropesa: Definitely. As we move on to the next level you’re going to see that type of mentality that coach Kreuter had but it’s nice to see what coach Cruz has and I think he’s done great so far. I’m really excited to see what he has for us and to see our work put in to the season.DT: How are the guys responding to Cruz?Oropesa: The guys like coach Cruz a lot, even though some don’t because of his strict policies and that’s just part of the game, part of being a student-athlete here. He has strict rules. If you miss class, you miss tutoring, you’re going to be throwing up at 4 o’clock in the morning because you’re going to be running so much, but I think that’s what’s supposed to be done. He has a saying that ‘You’re going to hate me now, but you’re going to love me later,’ and I think that’s his way.DT: What’s your long term goal?Oropesa: The hardest part is to go out there every day and just playing your best. You can’t really ask for more. You want to do everything you can out there to win but winning is not the most important thing.The most important thing is to just go out there and do everything you can to win.
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Members of the United States team attend the draw ahead of Davis Cup semifinal matches between Croatia and United States in Zadar, Croatia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)ZADAR, Croatia — Serena Williams isn’t getting much support from the men on the United States’ Davis Cup team over her insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final.Then again, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison are trying their best to stay out of the debate since Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Williams, is also handling their best-of-five semifinal series against Croatia this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It’s been polarized and in some ways politicized,” U.S. captain Jim Courier told The Associated Press on Thursday. “But we have no doubt that Carlos was just enforcing the rules as he sees them.”Williams was given three code violations by Ramos in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, and Williams and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Look, I don’t want this to come out the wrong way,” Johnson said. “But he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years.“I’ve never been called for coaching, but the racket abuse, the verbal abuse,” Johnson added. “That’s just part of the sport. I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the U.S. Open.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The one thing we know about Davis Cup is that rankings rarely matter,” Courier said. “Davis Cup is highly unpredictable and playing for your country can affect people in different ways, shapes and forms.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He’s always been a fair, level-headed guy and made a decision in the heat of the moment. If it was wrong or right, I’m not the judge,” said Bryan, a doubles specialist.“I think we’re all cognizant of the fact that three strikes and you’re going to get a game penalty,” Bryan added. “I don’t think we would ever try to push it that far, especially in this Davis Cup format — we’re not going to dock our country a game. You don’t really crack rackets or berate umpires in this format; you kind of look to your team for support.”Marin Cilic, Croatia’s top player, also had nothing but respect for Ramos. Although Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, noted: “I’m not a guy that gets too many code violations. … I’m quite cool.”The 51st-ranked Harrison, who was called in as a late replacement for the injured Jack Sock, said the women’s final “was a very touchy situation.”“It’s hard to say one side or the other without causing a big stir,” Harrison said. “In a situation where we know Serena is unbelievable; she’s iconic; and we know that Carlos is there because he’s worthy of being there for those matches.“I know Carlos and I know he’s not looking to put himself in a difficult position. I truly believe he was trying to do what he felt like was right at the time and always in heated situations it’s going to be a very sticky, sticky spot whenever it’s in a Grand Slam final like that.”Against Croatia, Johnson will face Borna Coric in Friday’s opening singles match, followed by Cilic versus Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe.In Saturday’s doubles, Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic will face Bryan and Harrison. The reverse singles are on Sunday.The winner will meet either France or Spain in the final.The Americans are missing their top two players: No. 10 John Isner is staying home while his wife awaits the birth of their child, and Sock hurt his hip en route to winning the U.S. Open doubles title with Bryan. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal USTA president and CEO Katrina Adams was overheard apologizing to Ramos on the sidelines of the draw ceremony. A USTA spokesman said Adams was not speaking to media, while Ramos was not available for questions.Courier said there was nothing to discuss with his team over Ramos.“We’re here to play; Carlos is here to umpire; and we don’t expect anything out of the ordinary,” Courier said.While Ramos is known as a stickler for the rules, the U.S. team won’t have to worry about coaching violations since captains sit court-side during Davis Cup matches and are permitted to give advice throughout the match.During the final against Osaka, Williams got a warning for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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