Phife Dawg, a core member of the legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has passed away today. He was 45 years old. According to reports in Rolling Stone, Phife Dawg had suffered from Type 1 Diabetes for years, and underwent a kidney transplant back in 2008 for the condition. Still, that doesn’t make his loss any less heartbreaking.Phife was a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest with childhood friend Q-Tip, alongside members Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The group started in 1985, but it was their 1991 album, The Low End Theory, that set them apart from their contemporaries. Low End, along with Midnight Marauders in 1993, are ranked among the top albums of all time.The group’s ability to blend socially conscious lyrics with hip hop rhythms and jazz accompaniment set them in a league of their own. ATCQ broke up in 1998, but reunited a handful of times in the years following. RIP Phife Dawg, you will be missed.Update 12:45 PM. 3/23:Phife Dawg’s family has shared the following statement:“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.
View Comments We’re happy to meet him! Nicholas Rodriguez will take over the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Rodriguez will begin performances in the Jack O’Brien-directed touring production on March 21 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA.Rodriguez appeared on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan. His additional stage credits include Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Hair, Carousel, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and The Light in the Piazza, Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, South Pacific and The King and I. Rodriguez’ film and TV credits include Sex in the City II, Madam Secretary and One Life to Live.“Rarely, but once in a blue moon the planets align in such a way to make both a director happy and his audiences even more so,” said O’Brien, in a statement. “Nicholas Rodriguez assumes the crucial role of Captain von Trapp in our wonderful The Sound of Music, bringing me not only pride that one of my own friends has turned up in the perfect role, but with the assurance that our audiences are about to hear this great music sung as beautifully as can be imagined. Nicholas’s voice is one of the major theatrical gifts I’ve known, and any production lucky enough to snag him will glow with melodic pride! We welcome him, and envy those about to experience this remarkable evening!”Rodriguez joins a cast that includes Charlotte Maltby as Maria Rainer, Melody Betts as The Mother Abbess, Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Austin Colby as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children are played by Elliot Weaver (Friedrich), Stephanie DiFiore (Louisa), James Bernard (Kurt), Dakota Riley Quackenbush (Brigitta), Taylor Coleman (Marta) and Anika Lore Hatch (Gretl).The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien, choreographed by Danny Mefford and music supervision by Andy Einhorn.The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Nicholas Rodriguez
IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSÂ Former 100 metres world record holder Donovan Bailey has backed Usain Bolt to bow out in triumph at the IAAF World Championships starting on Saturday in London despite his slow buildup to the athletics showpiece.Bolt logged his season best of 9.95 seconds just over a week ago in Monaco, a time beaten by a raft of sprinters this year.But the 30-year-old Jamaican is still raging favourite to win his fourth 100m World title, and with good reason, according to former world and Olympic champion Bailey.“Anyone that bets against Bolt at a major championship isn’t smart,” the Jamaica-born Canadian told Reuters at the weekend.“Those athletes have to have a mistake-free race to make (the 100m final) interesting,” he said of Bolt’s rivals.Bolt is currently ranked joint seventh with arch-rival Justin Gatlin on the year’s top timesheet which is headed by world leader and American NCAA champion Christian Coleman.Coleman ran 9.82 seconds in Eugene, Oregon last month.Bolt’s Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake is second on the list with 9.90, ahead of South African Akani Simbine (9.92) and Americans Cameron Burrell and Christopher Belcher.Former Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Ato Boldon, who won the 200m World Championship in 1997, thinks only Blake has a chance to spoil world record holder Bolt’s party in London.“If Blake is healthy, he can be a real threat to Bolt. I don’t know that anyone else this year has shown me that they can be better than Bolt in the last 50m,” Boldon told Reuters.Bolt, who has won eight Olympic and 11 world championship gold medals, is planning to quit the track after competing in the 100m and 4x100m relay in London.Boldon, a four-times Olympic medallist, said there could be no debate about the world’s greatest ever sprinter.“There isn’t anyone who can say that he (Bolt) has not been the best ever,” he said.“Jesse Owens was the most important, Carl Lewis made sprinting profitable, but Bolt is the GOAT (greatest of all time).”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Tipp club will be looking to retain the trophy and add to their already stellar season which saw them claim the Munster Junior League Division 1 title for the first time in their history and win a Munster Challenge Cup. Shannon are awaiting the winners of today’s clash in the final.Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Liranzo, 23, has spent the past six seasons in the Atlanta Braves and Orioles systems including a 2014 season spent recovering from elbow surgery that involved inserting a screw to repair a fracture. He was 3-4 with a 4.85 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 65 innings over 31 games (including 12 starts) at Double-A last season. He has yet to pitch above the Double-A level.In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Liranzo, the Dodgers moved right-hander Tom Koehler to the 60-day DL. Koehler suffered a shoulder injury during spring training.TURNER REHABDodgers third baseman Justin Turner has moved his rehab back to the team’s training complex in Glendale, Ariz., and could be cleared to pick up a bat in the next week.“A soft timeline on that, it was going to be three weeks after the initial injury that he would pick up a bat,” Roberts said.Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist two weeks ago Monday when he was hit by a pitch during a Cactus League game.WHO’S ON FIRST?Even though he was in the lineup as the starting center fielder on Monday, Joc Pederson worked out at first base during the Dodgers’ early workout. Pederson has worked out there on his own initiative a few times in the opening week and Roberts said it is on Pederson’s own initiative. Pederson has never played first base in the majors or minors – and don’t look for him there in a game any time soon.“In the near future? No,” Roberts said. “But I think it’s good for Joc to work on his footwork, his hands. That’s something that he detected himself and wanted to continue to improve his skill set, his versatility. To think he’s going to be in a major-league game soon? Probably not. But you never know at some point in the future and I applaud Joc for the work.”UP NEXTDodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 1.50 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (8-9, 3.37 ERA in 2017), 6:40 p.m., SportsNet LA The 31-year-old Hudson might have an upside story, but he already has a compelling story that includes two Tommy John surgeries. After the second surgery in 2012, he missed the entire 2013 season and pitched in just three big-league games in 2014. Primarily a starter in his first four seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks, Hudson moved to the bullpen after his second elbow surgery and emerged throwing harder. His fastball has averaged 95 mph since his return (compared to 93 mph as a starter) and he was a valuable piece of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in 2015, posting a 3.86 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.The next season wasn’t as good, but Hudson signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent following the 2016 season. He posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 appearances for the Pirates last season and was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Corey Dickerson in February. The Rays released Hudson near the end of spring training.“We’ve obviously seen him for years,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We liked him. We’re going to see where this takes us.”Hudson will go to extended spring training for now before being assigned to a minor-league team.At the same time, the Dodgers swapped minor-league pitchers with the Baltimore Orioles, sending left-hander Luis Ysla to the Orioles in exchange for right-hander Jesus Liranzo. PHOENIX — The search for optionality never stops.The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed just one run (Joe Panik’s home run off Kenley Jansen on Friday) and six hits in 11 innings over the four-game season-opening series with the San Francisco Giants. On Monday, they added a potential veteran option, signing right-hander Daniel Hudson to a minor-league contract.“We’re excited to add him to the mix,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “He’s got a big arm and we feel there’s a very compelling upside story.“We just think it’s a guy with real upside. We’ll work to tap into that and see where it goes.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error