Fans are gearing up for Lotus‘ annual Summerdance, the band’s homegrown music festival at Garrettsville, Ohio’s Nelson Ledges over Memorial Day Weekend. Slated for August 30th through September 2nd, Lotus announced the initial lineup for the festival in July, which features a number of beloved artists performing across the event’s three-nights.On Monday, Summerdance added yet another artist to the bill: the Baltimore-based funk-inspired jam masters of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are veterans of the festival, having performed at Summerdance each of the last two years in, 2016 and 2017. Pigeons have steadily risen on the lineup each year, quickly becoming one of the event’s fan favorites. This year, the quartet has claimed the second spot on the bill—immediately below the host band, Lotus—and is set to serve as Thursday night’s headliner.In addition to three nights and six sets of Lotus and the newly announced Thursday night headlining performance from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Summerdance’s 2018 lineup features a number of talented acts new and old. Per tradition, the festival will host a number of spin-off groups and side projects from Lotus’ band members—including Octave Cat, which features the band’s Jesse Miller plus Dopapod‘s Eli Winderman and Charlie Patierno; Luke The Knife, a DJ set from Lotus’ Luke Miller; and a special DJ set from Lotus’ Mike Greenfield. Summerdance will also see performances from Broccoli Samurai, Muscle Tough, Consider The Source, and Magic Beans.For more information and for ticketing for Lotus’ annual Summerdance celebration, head here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island has been placed under a blizzard warning as a powerful mid-Atlantic Nor’easter churns toward the region this weekend.The blizzard warning will go into effect early Saturday morning and last until noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s Upton office. Blowing snow could start after 3 p.m. Saturday and continue through the evening.It’s not only periods of heavy snowfall that Long Islanders will have to contend with. Sustained winds of 35 mph combined with gusts of 55 mph could spawn whiteout conditions that will make traveling extremely dangerous. As a result of drifting snow, forecasters said, visibility may be reduced to ¼ of a mile—or, in some cases, “near zero” visibility.Snow accumulation predictions currently range from 7 to 12 inches, forecasters said.Parts of the Island will also be under a coastal flood warning. A combination of powerful wind gusts and a full moon could mean tides 3 to 4 feet above normal, forecasters said.The South Shore could see the most flooding, the weather service said.“Elevated water levels and large breaking waves on the shore of Long Island may result in erosion of dunes,” the weather service said on its website.The massive storm could impact as many as 15 states. Washington D.C. is preparing for more than two feet of snow, prompting officials there to shut down its entire mass transit system.Foreboding weather predictions appeared to have some local residents preparing for the worst, with residents filling up gas cans to fuel generators in the event of power outages.The biggest threat to power lines is icing brought on by the blistering cold and heavy snow expected to blanket the region, PSEG Long Island said.During the week, the utility has conducted logistics and system checks ahead of the storm.Local officials urged residents to use caution over the weekend. They implored people to stay off the roads and only get behind the wheel if travel is absolutely necessary.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said there’s more than 100 pieces of snow-fighting equipment and 28,000 tons of salt available to treat roads.“Nassau County is monitoring the storm track and prepared to begin bringing main county roadways, bridges and overpasses to prevent black ice from forming,” Mangano said.Suffolk County Deputy Commissioner Tim Sini said the department has equipment and people in place throughout the county to ensure road safety.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is prepared to assist local municipalities impacted by the storm.The Island is also in store for frigid temperatures near freezing this weekend.
DeGrom still plans to pitchNEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom still plans to pitch on opening day, although New York Mets manager Luis Rojas didn’t sound so sure that will happen. The two-time Cy Young Award winner says he feels good two days after leaving an intrasquad game early because of back tightness. A precautionary MRI came back clean, and deGrom thinks he simply might have slept “wrong” the night before. Rojas says the team is taking a day-to-day approach as deGrom receives treatment.MLB-CUBS-HENDRICKS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAAC releases testing requirementsUNDATED (AP) — The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition. July 16, 2020 Hendricks to get opening day startCHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks will start on opening day for the Chicago Cubs, getting the nod over Yu Darvish. Chicago begins the season on July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hendricks has been one of Chicago’s most consistent pitchers since his major league debut in 2014. The right-hander, who was acquired in the July 2012 trade that sent Ryan Dempster to Texas, is 63-43 with a 3.14 ERA in 163 games over six seasons. Darvish will start the second game. The Japanese right-hander finished strong last year, compiling a 2.76 ERA and striking out 118 in 81 2/3 innings over his final 13 starts.MLB-MARINERS-RODRIGUEZ SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA Tour starts in two weeks with consecutive tournaments in Ohio that will not have spectators. The Marathon Classic is the second event back. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said there was a chance the tournament would cap attendance at 2,000 spectators. But after talking with county and state officials, the Marathon Classic decided to go without fans on Aug. 6-9. The tournament still will have two pro-ams in which the amateurs must be tested for the coronavirus. The LPGA Tour resumes July 30 at Inverness with the Drive On LPGA Championship.MISSED TESTS-STEVENSAmerican sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed tests The announcement by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA. The Power Five conferences have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MEACAnother conference cancels fall sportsUNDATED (AP) — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season. Former Phillies star dead at 84PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia Phillies infielder and coach Tony Taylor has died. He was 84. The Phillies said in a statement that Taylor died Thursday from complications of a stroke suffered in 2019. Taylor batted .261 with 2,007 hits, 1,005 runs and 234 stolen bases in 2,195 career games. Taylor was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002. He was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2004.NBA-PELICANS-WILLIAMSON Williamson leaves team for family matterLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season. But the club has not said whether the former Duke star would be able to return or whether he’ll miss any games because of his departure on Thursday. Williamson will have to quarantine again when he returns to Central Florida. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 games this season after missing the New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from preseason arthroscopic knee surgery. GENEVA (AP) — Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens has been banned for 18 months for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games. The Athletics Integrity Unit says Stevens was unavailable for giving samples three times in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. Three whereabouts violations within one year can lead to a ban. The 25-year-old American runner’s ban was backdated to start on Feb. 17, 2020. It expires days after the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. At her disciplinary hearing, Stevens cited issues with her telephone to explain why samples collection officials were unable to contact her for two of the missed visits. Stevens placed 7th in the 200-meter final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and 5th at the 2017 world championships in London. Update on the latest sports Associated Press GOLF-MEMORIALSteele takes early lead on different Muirfield Village trackDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Gary Woodland was a stroke better than the field on the back nine in the first round of the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village. Brendan Steele shot a 4-under 68 and was the early leader. Also on Woodland’s heels are Jimmy Walker and Lucas Glover.It’s the second straight week the PGA Tour is at Muirfield Village, but it sure didn’t play like the same course. The greens are 2 feet faster on the Stimpmeter, and that made all the difference. The wind is also howling.LPGA TOURBoth Ohio events on LPGA schedule to be played without fans Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021.Elsewhere in college sports:— The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all. The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.MLB-METS-DEGROM Top Seattle prospect hurtSEATTLE (AP) — Top Seattle Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez has suffered a hairline fracture of his left wrist during a practice. The 19-year-old dived for a ball during a defensive drill and jammed his wrist. He left the field with a trainer and manager Scott Servais said X-rays revealed the fracture. Rodriguez will have additional tests on the injury. Rodriguez was going to be on Seattle’s taxi squad for the upcoming season but is considered one of the top prospects in the organization. He has been rated among the top 20 prospects in all of baseball heading into the season. MLB-OBIT-TONY TAYLOR
Correction: In a previous version of this article, the number of times Salazar won both a singles and doubles match was misstated. Salazar had won a singles and doubles match once before. The Daily Orange regrets this error.Valeria Salazar has not allowed her recent success to change her demeanor on the court.When Salazar delivered a big win for Syracuse against Florida State on March 7, the freshman cracked a smile as teammates rushed to congratulate her on the court.But Salazar wasn’t prepared to remain content with the victory over the Seminoles. The expectations would remain the same moving forward — to continue performing at a very high level during her first season with the Orange.“I’ve been playing since I was 10, and have traveled to many places,” Salazar said. “The experience of wanting to win, and being in that tough position (to win) makes you really want it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Syracuse (2-8, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to face Miami (Fla.) (12-2, 6-0) on Friday, Salazar is primed to continue rising as a reliable contributor. Her success with Maddie Kobelt in doubles, as well as her recent improvement in singles matches, has played a critical role in SU’s two victories against ranked teams.Regardless of the outcome, Salazar stays calm and collected and always reminds herself of the unpredictability of the game.“Sometimes you lose, and sometimes you’re lucky and you win,” Salazar said. “That’s how tennis goes.”With injuries to Aleah Marrow and Breanna Bachini, Salazar has embraced her increasing role with the team. In her victory against Florida State, she won both a singles and doubles match, a sign that her hard work was leading to success against ranked opponents.Head coach Shelley George acknowledged that Salazar has grown as a player due to the leadership around her, and is gaining the respect of her teammates through her recent success.“Valeria has great leadership there on the court with her,” George said. “Maddie is a senior, she’s been through all of this before. But Valeria’s got her own game. She can make her own shots as well.”Salazar has improved her development as a player while playing alongside Kobelt. While Kobelt has led the doubles pairing all season, she believes that Salazar has delivered on her end in the matches.“All season we’ve been playing together, and she has been rock solid,” Kobelt said. “She has done a really great job with composing herself and executing the right shots.”Salazar has excelled in SU’s rotation because of her willingness to take risks and do whatever is necessary to win matches. A recent example was her victory in the singles match against Florida State’s Kristina Schleich. Salazar had allowed a 5-2 lead in the final set to slip away.But her resiliency paid off as she rallied to win the next two points and secure a 7-5 victory.“I went for too much in that match point, but I had to do something,” she said. “I had to go out for all of my shots. I had to keep playing my game.”As Syracuse looks to earn its first road win of the season, Salazar believes she is very fortunate with her recent performances against quality teams in the ACC.And against the Hurricanes, she could be the difference-maker.Said Salazar: “I’m just very happy that I am able to be in this position. I have played many matches before, but this is a different atmosphere.” Comments Published on March 20, 2014 at 12:10 am Facebook Twitter Google+