Straight out of Upstate New York, Formula 5 has big plans for the fall with the announcement of a twenty-eight show tour that will see the band hit the Northeast and Colorado. This Thursday, the back kicks off their tour in Syracuse, New York, at the Westcott Theater on August 31st. After shows in New York at Buffalo and Lake George this weekend supporting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the band heads north, hitting East Salem, New York on September 9th, and Great North Music Festival in Minot, Maine, on September 9th. The group will continue to extensively tour in the Northeast in the following weeks, with the tour ramping up in mid-October that will see Formula 5 hit dates in New YorkMassachusetts, Pennsylvania New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island. On November 6th, Formula 6 sets their eyes westward, hitting Mom’s Place in Chicago, Illinois on November 6th. By way of a detour in Taos, New Mexico, on November 9th, the band finally hits Colorado for five dates across the state from November 11th through 18th. Returning to the East Coast just in time for Thanksgiving, Formula 5 will play a show at The Hollow in Albany with The Jauntee. You can get more information about the band and their upcoming tour on their website here.[Photo: Bryan Lasky]Formula 5 2017 Fall Tour8/31 The Westcott Theater, Syracuse NY*9/1 Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY*9/3 Adirondack Independence Music Festival, Lake George, NY9/8 Eastbound Throwdown, East Salem, NY9/9 Great North Music Festival, Minot, ME9/14 Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ#9/15 Snug’s Harbor, New Paltz, NY^9/16 Wormtown Music Festival, Greenfield, MA9/22 Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY$10/5 Howlin on the Hudson Boat Cruise, Albany,NY10/6 The Root Cellar, Greenfield, MA ()10/13 Bishop’s Lounge, Northampton, MA+10/14 Triumph Brewing, New Hope, PA10/18 American Beauty, NYC%10/20 The Shaskeen, Manchester, NH%10/21 Nectar’s, Burlington, VT%>10/26 The Acoustic, Bridgeport, CT%10/27 King Neptunes, Lake George, NY%10/28 Horror Camp, MA11/3 Ocean Mist, Wakefield, RI11/6 Mom’s Place, Chicago, IL11/9 Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos, NM%11/10 The Lariat, Buena Vista, CO%11/11 The Lazy Dog, Boulder, CO%11/16 Intrinzik, Montrose, CO%11/17 Old Town Pub, Steamboat Springs, CO%11/18 Be On Key’s Psychedelic Ripple, Denver, [email protected]/24 The Hollow, Albany, NY&* supporting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong# with Bee the Band^ with Vibe Theory() with The Basement Cats$ with After Funk+ with Mister F% with Cycles> with [email protected] supporting Dead Phish Orchestra& with The Jauntee
Libya’s factions chose interim government ahead of electionsLibya’s factions chose interim government ahead of elections
GENEVA (AP) — Delegates from Libya’s warring factions have selected four leaders to guide Libya through to national elections in December. This is seen as a major, if uncertain, step toward unifying a country that has for the past years had two separate governments in the east and west. The development could become a landmark achievement to end one of the intractable conflicts left behind by the Arab Spring a decade ago. In Geneva on Friday, 74 delegates chose a list of candidates in a U.N.-hosted process aimed to give balance to regional powers and various political and economic interests.
Kris Bryant’s two home runs darken the Dodgers’ day in loss to CubsKris Bryant’s two home runs darken the Dodgers’ day in loss to Cubs
CHICAGO >> For a moment Monday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was lights out.It happened in the sixth inning, when Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant was standing in the batter’s box. The sky had just morphed from an eerie shade of yellow-brown to near black. Unexpectedly, several floodlights illuminating Wrigley Field went dark, leaving Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson in a momentary shade.A 10-minute delay ensued. The umpires huddled. Cubs manager Joe Maddon protested. Kershaw fidgeted on the mound, looking agitated. The light banks only gradually regained their strength.When play resumed, Kershaw walked Bryant. It was one of only two plate appearances Monday in which Bryant didn’t hit a home run. His two-run home run in the third inning off Kershaw, and a solo shot off Adam Liberatore in the eighth, made the difference in a 4-2 Cubs win. The lights were ultimately nothing more than a momentary distraction, both from the game and the larger issues plaguing the Dodgers and their ace pitcher.Sometimes, it feels like the home run has been the instrument by which the Dodgers live and die this year. That was certainly the case Monday.The Dodgers got both their runs on solo home runs by Pederson and Kiké Hernandez. The Cubs got all four of their runs on homers ‑ the two by Bryant and one by Matt Szczur, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day.Kershaw (5-5) has now allowed 11 home runs in 15 starts this season. He allowed only nine home runs in 27 starts last year, when he won the National League Cy Young and MVP awards.“I don’t really care if I give up homers or not,” Kershaw said. “Other than them being runs, it’s just a bad pitch, a mistake. As long as they’re solo shots it doesn’t really matter. Right now that feels like the only way I’m giving up runs the past two starts. If you make a bad pitch, you make a bad pitch. Hopefully they just stay in the ballpark.” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis wasn’t sure if Kershaw is actually making more mistakes, or if his opponents are merely taking advantage.“It just feels like the balls being left up are hit hard,” Ellis said.Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ suddenly feeble offense only had one runner in scoring position all night. That runner, Yasiel Puig, was picked off second base on a pitchout to catcher David Ross with Justin Turner batting in the third inning.Other than the missing lights, it was a familiar epitaph for anyone reading into the Dodgers’ losses these days: The longball was there ‑ and little else.The Cubs had more bad breaks to deal with Monday. Center fielder Dexter Fowler left the game with a sprained left ankle. Starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was forced to leave in the second inning with a cramp in his left deltoid.The final three innings were played under protest, per Maddon’s request, and one was played under a steady rain.But the Dodgers mustered only three hits over the first eight innings: two against Wada and one against relievers Travis Wood (4-3), James Russell, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.Pederson’s team-leading 19th home run off Jason Motte in the ninth inning brought the Dodgers within 4-2. A single by Adrian Gonzalez brought Howie Kendrick to the plate with a chance to tie the game.Kendrick grounded out softly, ending the game.The Dodgers have lost seven of their last 10 games. They did so Monday despite a better-than-decent performance from Kershaw, who allowed only four hits in seven innings, walked two batters and struck out nine. “It’s always frustrating to lose,” Kershaw said. “A couple pitches here or there, I just wish they were doubles instead of homers. It happens sometimes.”For the Dodgers (39-32), who lead the San Francisco Giants (38-33) by a single game in the National League West, it seems to be happening a lot lately. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Lakers sign free agents Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee to one-year contractsLakers sign free agents Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee to one-year contracts
Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie LeBron James’ sales pitch to Lance Stephenson was straightforward: Come join me in Los Angeles, let’s let bygones be bygones, sign with the Lakers as a free agent and be yourself, bring the intensity, bring your edgy style of play and let’s win together.“I was surprised he made the move to L.A.,” Stephenson said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “I guess he needed a new look and I just feel like him reaching out and showing he likes what I bring to the game is amazing. I’m just happy to be on a team that wants to win.”Stephenson, a guard, signed a one-season, $4.5-million contract to join the new-look Lakers, whose roster underwent an extreme makeover with the addition of James, Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo in a free-agent spending spree last week. James and Rondo had already signed.McGee, a center, signed his one-season, $2.4-million contract Tuesday. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? By some accounts, Stephenson began trying to get under James’ skin as far back as 2012 and memorably blew in his ear during a 2014 playoff game.Stephenson is renowned as one of the game’s biggest pests on the court. James is universally acknowledged as the game’s best player, having won three NBA championships and been named league MVP four times. James wasn’t about to let past incidents impact his free-agent recruiting efforts, however.“It’s actually funny I’m on the same team,” Stephenson said. “I’m excited to see what it brings and just playing with him, one of the best players to play the game, is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to get on board.”Stephenson, 27, has averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3 assists in 440 games with the Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves. He also has averaged 11.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 57 playoff games.“It’s incredibly exciting to have Lance join our team,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “Lance is playoff-tested and will bring a certain edge, confidence and toughness to our roster. His multi-positional versatility and open-court playmaking abilities are key ingredients for the basketball style we designed for next season.”Stephenson isn’t concerned about the Lakers having too many ball handlers and playmakers despite the fact that many around the league wonder how it will all blend together.“It is going to give us a great advantage,” Stephenson said. “We have a lot of unselfish guys and winning guys and even the young guys you can see they are the same way. … We have a lot of potential and different ways we can win games and I feel like we are definitely going to show that this season.“I actually talked to (Coach) Luke (Walton) and he basically told me he wanted me to be myself, bring that defensive edge, be a leader on and off the court for the young guys and just bring that focus of winning and coming to compete every night,” Stephenson added. “But the one that stands out the most is letting me play and let me be myself. When you got a coach telling you that stuff, it is just amazing.”McGee, 30, averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 65 games last season with Golden State, winning his second consecutive NBA championship with the Warriors. McGee, the son of former USC standout Pamela McGee, also has played with Dallas, Philadelphia, Denver and Washington.“JaVale changes the geometry of the game,” Pelinka said in a statement. “His unique combination of incredible length and foot nimbleness will allow us to play fast at both ends. His ability to both protect the rim and create angles with rim rolls will present a number of advantages in Coach Walton’s system.”Pelinka is scheduled to make his first public comments about signing James on Wednesday morning in El Segundo.MYKHAILIUK SIGNS DEALThe Lakers signed rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk to a three-year, $4.6-million contract. Mykhailiuk was the 47th overall pick in the NBA draft last month after spending four seasons at Kansas after departing his native Ukraine at 17.“Blessed and grateful – Officially a Laker! Thanks #LakerNation!” he wrote on Twitter.Related Articles VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s an amazing experience just to be here,” McGee said during a conference call.How the veterans mesh with young Lakers such as Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma and the re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope remains to be seen. Stephenson and McGee seemed excited about the prospects of playing an up-tempo style of game alongside James and the youngsters.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“That’s basically how I love to play,” he said.Said McGee: “I think all the pieces are going to fit perfectly.”Stephenson and James have had what passes for a bitter rivalry over the years, with Stephenson caught on camera blowing in James’ ear during a playoff game between Stephenson’s Indiana Pacers and James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in April. It wasn’t the first time he did it, either. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mykhailiuk, 20, averaged 16 points on 52.2 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds and 2 assists in his first two games with the Lakers at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He and the Lakers faced the New York Knicks later Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.Although he’s best known for his perimeter shooting, Mykhailiuk showed off a solid overall game during the Lakers’ victories Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers and Sunday over the Chicago Bulls. He was the Lakers co-leader with nine rebounds against Philadelphia, for instance.“It doesn’t surprise me,” Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon said of Mykhailiuk’s versatility. “Before I was coaching with the Lakers, I was calling Big 12 games (as a TV analyst). For three years, I called Svi’s games.“I saw his progress from Day 1, when he stepped on campus in Lawrence to his progress now. Nothing really surprises me with him because he’s only 20 years old. The way he can move. He can jump. He can slide his feet defensively.”Assessing his play in Las Vegas, Mykhailiuk said, “I’m just hoopin’.”