Photo: Phierce Photo Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been out on the road together for the last few days, turning heads each with their unique brand of improvisationally-influenced music. Whether it’s the funky rock approach of Pigeons or the smooth electronic influences of Lotus, both bands know exactly how to keep fans engaged when they’re on stage. Both bands continue to evolve with experience, as Pigeons are planning a new album release later this year and Lotus just released their first ever album with vocals on every track. With the two bands going back to back at Express Live in Columbus, OH, you can bet that this was a great night of music!Check out a full recording from the Pigeons’ set, courtesy of taper mott77.You can see the full gallery of images from the night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo, as well as a video recap from the performance. Load remaining images
According to reports from Diario Sport, club president Josep Bartomeu acknowledged an offer for the teenager during a virtual board meeting earlier this week. The rumoured bid was immediately rejected by Bartomeu however, who confirmed the club have no intention of selling the Spanish U21 international in the near future. Read Also: Dutch legend confirms contact over Barcelona job Fati burst onto the scene at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, becoming the club’s youngest ever goal scorer back in August 2019. He has continued to play an important first team role, under both Ernesto Valverde and new boss Quique Setien, with 24 appearances and five goals in all competitions in 2019-20. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Loading… The 17-year old forward agreed a new contract at the Camp Nou less than 12 months ago, with his current deal expiring in 2023, with La Blaugrana retaining the option of extending it until 2025. Barcelona have reportedly turned down a shock €100m bid from a unnamed rival club for teenage superstar striker Ansu Fati.
Neil Warnock wants to steer Crystal Palace to safety this season because he feels he owes the club’s supporters. “I’m sure certain people think we might plummet now we’ve got new people on board but I don’t see that. “I look at where these players finished in the league table and I think they warranted that – if anything I think we’re even better now.” Club-record signing James McArthur could make his debut against Burnley on Saturday along with fellow new arrivals Kevin Doyle and Zeki Fryers. Palace are open to sending some of their fringe players out on loan, including Paddy McCarthy and Peter Rammage, but Warnock says he is happy with the balance of his squad. “We were looking for players that weren’t going to disrupt anything already here because the dressing room is probably the most important thing,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to the game now and seeing how we play and it’ll be nice with the crowd – Selhurst Park is a very special place. “I’m sure Burnley will be looking at this game as a winnable game and we’ll be the same.” Burnley’s Sean Dyche is grateful for the admiration Warnock has shown him during his time as a manager, but insists there will be no “love-in” when two winless sides meet. Warnock revealed last season that he voted for Dyche to be the LMA Manager of the Year – over the likes of Pulis and Brendan Rodgers – for his efforts in guiding the unfancied Clarets into the Premier League. The 65-year-old had also called to offer support to Dyche during the lowest ebb of his fledging career when he was sacked by Watford in the summer of 2012. But while there is clearly a mutual respect between the two men who will line up in opposite dugouts at Selhurst Park this weekend, the need for a first top-flight win of the season will be Dyche’s sole focus. “He’s someone who has shown me an awful lot of respect,” Dyche said of Warnock. “I know him a little bit and he’s always spoken well of myself as a young manager and I do thank him for that because his record speaks for itself at the varying clubs he’s had. “I thought he had chosen the time to say ‘no, that’s it, I’ll go and enjoy the family’ – but he’s obviously got the bug again which happens in football. It’s a great game, that’s why we all love it, and he certainly loves it. “Make no mistake, there will be no love-in when the whistle blows with Neil; he wants his team to perform and so do I.” Dyche has the chance to blood his three deadline day signings in this fixture after George Boyd, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane all arrived at Turf Moor to swell one of the thinnest squads in the entire division. Providing adequate competition for places was always going to be a challenge for the Clarets following a season in which they rarely changed their line-up from week to week, but Dyche is happy that nobody can now be assured of a starting berth. “We are happy with the business we’ve done,” added Dyche. “It rounds the group off in a nice way. We’ve got demand more or less all over the pitch, there’s no safety net for players wondering about their shirt and we wanted that. “It is hard for clubs like ourselves because we can’t carry vast squads, and we probably wouldn’t wish to, but when the window shuts, it is shut. There’s no loans or anything like that so it means you do have to have a deeper squad.” Danny Ings, who joined Chalobah and Keane in the England Under-21 squad, is considered fine following a bout of illness so fellow striker Sam Vokes (knee) is expected to be Burnley’s only absentee at Selhurst Park. “I do feel it’s the right club for me and I do feel like I owe a little bit to the fans,” Warnock said. “The fans know how it was when we were in administration – it was very difficult to keep the boat rolling.” He added: “When I came back with QPR I thought I’d get a bit of stick. “It was probably the most emotional day I’ve ever had in my life because the majority of the ground was behind me. “It was a fabulous day for me so it’s nice to get the opportunity now, when it’s a bit hectic again, to try to steady the ship.” Pulis was named the Barclays Premier League manager of the season after leading Palace to 11th place in the table and the players were disappointed with his exit 48 hours before the start of the campaign. Warnock, however, insists there has been no bitterness towards him and has backed his players to prove the doubters wrong. “I think they had a great time with Tony,” Warnock said. Warnock left Selhurst Park for QPR in March 2010 after Palace had been put into administration and the club was fraught with financial problems. He returned to the Eagles a fortnight ago after Tony Pulis’ shock departure and Warnock admits he wants to pay the fans back for the loyalty they have shown him. Press Association
QPR head coach Chris Ramsey told www.qpr.co.uk: “I’ve always liked Grant from when I worked with him at Spurs. “He’s an old fashioned defender – he can head the ball, he can tackle and he doesn’t mind putting his foot in when he needs to. But he can play as well from the back, and that’s what we’ll be looking to do when the opportunities present themselves this season. “He’s still a young boy and centre-half is a very responsible position, but he’s got experience in the Championship and that’s vitally important for us.” Hall, who has been on trial at Loftus Road over the summer, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. The 23 year-old was registered prior to the midday deadline and is therefore expected to go straight into the Hoops squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship opener against Charlton at The Valley. QPR have signed Tottenham defender Grant Hall for an undisclosed fee. Press Association
Wayne Gretzky is rooting for Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin to break his all-time goal scoring record. In an interview with the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno, Gretzky is supporting Ovechkin’s chase of his goals record.”I can’t help but cheer and root for him each and every day,” Gretzky told the AP. “I hope I’m the first guy who’s able to shake his hand when he does break my record.” “We’ll see,” Ovechkin said. “I’m healthy, thank God, and I still love this game. As soon as I’m not going to love this game, I’m not gonna cheat on it because I respect it a lot.”Ovechkin isn’t thinking about the record amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that paused the 2019-20 season.”My mind right now is not about 50 goals or catch ‘The Great One’ or somebody else,” he said. “My mind right now is to do the best what I can do, and what my family can do to be safe.” Gretzky and Ovechkin conducted a joint interview for the first time and it will air on NBC Sports Network and Sportsnet on Monday. Ovechkin’s pursuit of “The Great One’s” record was among the topics discussed.MORE: April 18, 1999: Gretzky’s final NHL gameThe all-time goals scoring record is held by Gretzky at 894 goals with Ovechkin at 706 goals. What marvels Gretzky about Ovechkin is his longevity. Even at 34 years old, the Capitals forward is still putting up consistent numbers as Ovechkin is tied with Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak for the league-lead with 48 goals. The Hockey Hall of Famer doesn’t know whether Ovechkin will catch his record as the Capitals forward might desire to play in his native country.”Maybe one day in his mind he’ll say, ‘Look, I want to go home and play in the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) when I can still compete at a high level,” Gretzky said. “We don’t know that. That’s his decision. But I think he loves playing in Washington, I think he loves the NHL and I think he’ll do everything he can at any point to chase down the record.”MORE: Can Ovechkin catch Gretzky?Gretzky said he was offered to play in the KHL following his NHL retirement but turned it down. He said Ovechkin is in a different situation since Russia is home for him.”All I remember was my mindset was there’s one league and if I’m not good enough for this league, I’m done,” Gretzky recounted. “I grew up, I’m an NHL guy and if I can’t play in NHL, that’s it for me. He’s (Ovechkin) probably in a different scenario. He grew up in Russia and he’s proud of his country and maybe it’ll be great for him to go home.”When asked about how much longer he wants to play during the joint interview, Ovechkin was mum pointing to his current contract that expires after next season.