first_imgBack in November, Dave Matthews got together with Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, a key player in Cuba’s Nueva Trova movement, for a private event in Washington, DC to benefit The Center for Democracy in the Americas. Today, a full taping of the intimate performance has emerged. The first third of the video captures a Dave Matthews solo set of three songs before welcoming Varela and his band (Aldo Lopez Gavilán, piano; Yissy García, drums; Julio Cesar González, bass) to join him for the rest of the set. The hour-long performance ran through favorites from Dave Matthew’s catalog including “Save Me,” “#41,” and an encore of “Ants Marching.” The group also performed a song of Varela’s “Muros y Puertas.”The proceeds from the event, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Center, went toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, two countries with a tenuous history at best. Matthews and Varela have played together a handful of times during 2016, both on American and Cuban soil, as part of the cultural exchange program established with the lifting of the Cuban embargo. Matthews serves on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and Varela has served as a cultural delegate to Cuba.Watch the performance and check out the setlist below, courtesy of Jason E. Stessel.Dave Matthews Solo Set03:30 Little Red Bird08:05 Don’t Drink the Water14:16 OhDave Matthews With Carlos Varela and Band19:00 Save Me24:14 #4131:01 Samurai Cop38:09 Muros y Puertas*Encore46:33 Ants Marching[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

first_img Yes, owner Nicola Cortese and manager Mauricio Pochettino spent heavily on signing the likes of Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Dani Osvaldo last summer, but the focus very much relies on home-grown talent. Cortese’s aim is pretty clear. He says: “We want to see a starting XI in the Premier League that is fed from our youth development.” Lambert, of course, has not come through Southampton’s famed Academy, but Adam Lallana, who is the squad for England’s games against Chile and Germany, has. Youth products James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw are also knocking on the door while defenders Calum Chambers, Matt Targett and Jordan Turnbull are England Under-19 internationals. Lambert is fiercely proud of Cortese’s mantra and he reckons other clubs are wasting money by doing otherwise. “I think a lot of other chairmen are going out and spending money on the continent instead of investing in young British players and that is a shame,” the Saints striker said. “I’m not just saying it because I am at Southampton but I think other chairmen need to take a look at how (Cortese) has done things and make it an example. Press Association While Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea spent lavish amounts of money on foreign imports this year, the real good news story of the season so far has come from the south coast. Southampton, who were playing third-tier football 30 months ago, sit third in the Barclays Premier League after an outstanding start to the current campaign. “Nicola made it clear that the youth system is the way we are going to go. “It has given them the confidence to feel free and play their stuff. “To see the players like Prowsey, Chambo (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) and Luke Shaw coming through and Calum Chambers as well, it’s a pleasure to be part of it.” As it stands, Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Lallana are on course to be in Hodgson’s provisional squad for the World Cup in Brazil next year. Ward-Prowse and Shaw, who are with the Under-21s, may get a chance to impress at senior level in March. If Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain recover from injury, as expected, there is a chance that over a third of Hodgson’s World Cup squad could be current or ex-Southampton players. As for those in the current set-up, Lambert had nothing but praise for Lallana and Rodriguez, who are likely to earn their first caps on Friday against Chile. “They are doing superb,” Lambert said. “I have been banging the drum about them for a while now so to see them getting recognition from the England manager is brilliant and truly deserved. “Adam is a one-off. I’ve never played with anyone like him. “He’s the best player I’ve played with. We’ve known how good he is for years and he’s starting to show on the world stage how good he can be.” Rickie Lambert believes other Premier League clubs are missing a trick by not investing as much time, money and effort into home-grown players as Southampton.last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been given the support of the club’s co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold in an open letter published on the Hammers’ official website. The one bright area for West Ham has been the Capital One Cup, in which they beat rivals Tottenham in the last round to set up a semi-final meeting with Manchester City, the first leg of which takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. And Sullivan and Gold have backed Allardyce to move the club up from 19th place in the table and, with the support of vice-chairman Karren Brady, they will also use their own experiences to overcome West Ham’s current plight. “We know Sam has not lost his ambition or desire and is committed to making West Ham United a great Premier League club,” the open letter read. “Sam has been handed a near impossible task of coming through three crucial games in the space of six days with a squad of only 14 fit and available senior players. “We have experienced difficult times before and we know what will get us results – hard work, determination and perseverance. “To that end, we are all working round the clock to do everything in our powers to help arrest our slump in form.” It is the seemingly ever-growing injury list at West Ham that has been highlighted as the main reason for the club’s poor run, which has seen them fail to win a league game since November 30. Andy Carroll has yet to feature this season while James Tomkins, Winston Reid, James Collins, Mark Noble and Ricardo Vaz Te are also injured and captain Kevin Nolan is currently banned. Press Association The duo also confirmed in the letter that they are close to completing their first signing of the January transfer window. Allardyce is the only manager of a side currently in the bottom five of the Barclays Premier League who was in charge at the start of the season and, following this weekend’s 5-0 FA Cup thrashing at the hands of Nottingham Forest, there has been speculation the 59-year-old may be the next boss out of work. Sullivan and Gold revealed in their letter that they are close to providing Allardyce with more players and believe once their current crop of crocked talent start returning to action things will get easier for the Hammers. “Our first priority is to get our key players fit,” the letter continued. “Our record signing Andy Carroll continues to make good progress following his return to first-team training and he should be back on the pitch very soon…Trust us, Andy Carroll is desperate to play and is ready to do his bit for the team and we are confident that the return of all of our injured players will lead to an upturn in our fortunes. “Thereafter, our second priority is to bring in the new talent needed to bolster our squad in the most needed areas. “January is not an easy time to do business but we are pleased to confirm we are close to securing one of our key striking targets. A defender is high on the list of priorities as well and progress is being made on that front.” Everton defender Johnny Heitinga rejected a move to Upton Park last week and Allardyce has conceded attracting players to compete in a relegation battle may prove ‘impossible’ but, with talent such as Monaco forward Lacina Traore reportedly closing in on a loan move, any business will be welcomed by everyone involved with West Ham. Allardyce, meanwhile, has warned that there will be no reinforcements at the back before the daunting trip to free-scoring City. Tomkins, Reid and Collins leave a sizeable gap in the heart of defence and it looks set to remain at the Etihad Stadium. “First-team players were rested (against Forest) to play Wednesday, the last thing I wanted to do was have players going in to the semi-final fatigued or not as fresh as City, who have a much bigger, more talented squad,” he said. “We planned to get as many fit for Wednesday and Saturday as possible but I don’t think by Wednesday we’ll have any defenders fit certainly. By Saturday we might. “All of our defenders in central areas are missing and until they are back fit again and stay fit it puts us in a very, very difficult situation.” In a bid to keep his first-choice players fit for the challenges ahead Allardyce effectively sacrificed the FA Cup tie, fielding a total of five debutants and three more players with fewer than 10 first-team outings between them. It was a controversial decision, with the rout increasing dark clouds around the club as well as potentially scarring the rookies. As for the latter charge, Allardyce feels it may have a positive effect in the long run. “They’ve got to find out what level they have to be at as young professionals,” he said. “They have to find out how string they have to be, not just physically but in mental terms to play at this level. This was not an easy game for them but it was a fantastic opportunity for them to realise. “They all probably thought they were better than they are. They probably thought ‘I’ve got my chance to show what I can do’ and in the end they got over-run. “To be fair, there were too many of them on the field. I would have liked to play three or four but that wasn’t the case with a massive Capital One Cup semi-final coming up.” last_img read more

first_img Getty Images Women’s World Cup 2019 underdogs As with every major competition, teams who are odds-on favourites are mirrored by underdogs and dark horses to upset the established hierarchy, and this summer’s tournament in France is sure to be an exciting spectacle.So who are the favourites to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup? Goal takes a look at the contenders for the highest prize in women’s football.Favourites to win the 2019 Women’s World CupThe USWNT are firm favourites to retain the trophy, and are now the frontrunners after their 2-1 victory over host nation France in the quarter-finals to set up a meeting with England.Jill Ellis’ team are now priced at odds of 3/4  to clinch their third World Cup title according to bet365 following a thrilling start to their title defence, annihilating Thailand 13-0 in their opening game and defeating Chile 3-0 in their second group game.Alex Morgan scored five goals for her side and the USWNT set a record for the largest margin of victory in World Cup history, men’s or women’s, in addition to a slew of other feats. The 29-year-old scored the USA’s first, fifth, eighth, 10th and 12th goals, becoming just the second player in the history of the Women’s World Cup to net five goals in a single game. She also became the fourth USWNT player in history to score a hat-trick in a single World Cup match, joining Carli Lloyd, Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings.Veteran forward Lloyd broke a record of her own, setting a tournament record after scoring in her sixth consecutive game against Chile . Phil Neville’s  England team have emerged as considerable favourites following their victorious 2019 SheBelieves Cup win, and are now backed by odds of 4/1 to win this year’s tournament. The Lionesses were the first team to book their place in the semi-finals after beating perennial challengers Norway.Women’s World Cup 2019 outsiders Getty Images Getty Images The Netherlands’ women’s team are priced at 9/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, a year after their male counterparts failed to even qualify for the 2018 tournament. The Dutch side finished second in their qualification group and won six of their games, drawing and losing one fixture before beating Denmark in the play-offs.They progressed to the knockout rounds top of their group with two straight wins, first beating New Zealand 1-0 and Cameroon 3-1 in which 22-year-old Vivianne Miedema became the European champions’ all-time top scorer as she registered her 59th and 60th international goals to eclipse Manon Melis’ record in just her 77th appearance.The Dutch overcame Japan in the last 16 in a hard-fought 2-1 victory and they have thus been paired with Italy in the quarter-finals. Sweden are major dark horses to win the tournament after knocking out former champions Germany at the quarter-final stage, and are now backed at odds of 6/1 to win the competition outright.Peter Gerhardsson’s side have had a hard-fought route to the last four, finishing second in Group F to the USWNT and then beating Canada and Germany by fine 1-0 margins. The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup is now under way this summer in France, with the U.S. women’s national team looking to clinch an incredible fourth World Cup title.A total of 24 teams will battle it out for the biggest prize in football just one year on after France’s men’s team won the World Cup in Russia, and their female counterparts can follow in their footsteps and recreate history if they were to win on home soil – two decades on from when Didier Deschamps’ side did so in 1998.last_img read more