[H/T TMZ] Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars was one of the biggest pop songs of 2014, with the number going platinum eleven times and having been streamed literally billions of times. In 2015, The Gap Band was eventually awarded songwriting credit on “Uptown Funk” after they called out the similarities between the song and their own 1979 hit, “Oops Upside Your Head.” Now, another band is entering the fray, with the American funk band Zapp suing Mark Ronson, other producers on the track (besides Bruno Mars, who was left off the suit), Apple, and Spotify.The lawsuit has been filed by Lastrada Entertainment, a licensing company and owner of the rights to Zapp’s music. In the lawsuit against Ronson and company, Lastrada Entertainment alleges that Mark Ronson’s megahit sounds eerily similar to Zapp’s 1980 hit “More Bounce To The Ounce,” specifically calling out the first 48 seconds of “Uptown Funk” for plagiarism. You can take a listen to Zapp’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” and to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars below. One thing that’s for sure is that this lawsuit is sure to be costly for both parties, with such suits frequently costing into the millions and spanning years and multiple appeals.Zapp & Roger, “More Bounce To The Ounce” Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars
When we were kids, we could always find some way to play a game of baseball. First, of course, you tried to round up enough kids to play some kind of regular game. If this didn’t work, then you went to your imagination and found some way to get a game going. One way was to put something in a field to represent fielders, and if a ball was hit close to it, it was an out. You could do this if you got at least 5 others to play. Then there were always the “throw a ball against something” and make a game out of that. I’ve talked about the softer balls being thrown against a step and seeing how it bounced and then calling a play from the bounce or flight of the ball. Of course, the way you threw the ball determined the resulting flight so the home team always won. My younger brother and I had a straw bale backstop so we would take turns pitching to each other and devising a game from that. Since I was three years older than him, I seldom lost. If nothing else worked, I would just try to see how much I could make a ball break or how weird a pitch I could dream up and try to throw it. No matter what I did, I found a way to play ball. Today kids play Wii or some other video game.
SEVENTH Dan Black Belt karateka Jeffrey Wong has been appointed as the vice-president of Dojo Development in the International Karate-Do Organisation (IKO), which has officially established a branch in Guyana.IKO-Guyana, whose headquarters is in the USA, will soon be developing affiliated dojos across the country with the Guyanese playing a pivotal role.Wong, who is a Shihan (expert or senior instructor), will mark 50 years in Shotokan karate early next year. As the VP, he will be tasked with overseeing the development and growth of the IKO in Guyana and will help to maintain its traditional standards of Shotokan karate.According to a release from the recently established body, eighth Dan Black Belt Shihan Adrian Ellis, who is president of the IKO, made the announcement. Shihan Ellis noted how honoured the IKO was to have someone with Sensei Wong’s experience and expertise as a member of its organisation. In the release, Wong was referred to as “someone whose tremendous skill and knowledge have influenced a large number of martial artists in Guyana, particularly young karatekas and whose love and passion for Shotokan karate will be great for their organisation and for the people of Guyana”.In accepting the important position for karate in Guyana and beyond, Shihan Wong indicated that his focus shall be to concentrate on the training facilities of the IKO in Guyana which must be top class and consistent with the mission of the IKO with all of the necessary amenities.The release noted that Wong stated that his intention is to “see IKO-Guyana invest in good training infrastructure across the country and not to make the habitual mistake of concentrating only on Georgetown”. The seventh Dan added that improvement in the art of karate is a process but it can be done with the right instructors and the right dojo environment.The IKO is a member of the World Karate Martial Arts Organisation, the (WKMO), which has member associations in more than 60 countries practising all styles of martial arts.The WKMO, which is headquartered in Switzerland, coordinates and undertakes World Cup Championships, World Championships, Continental Championships, high-level technical seminars, referee and judge’s certification.
UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ESTSyracuse (3-3) defeated Kansas State (2-3) in four sets on Friday night in the Kansas State tournament in Manhattan, Kansas. After falling in the first set, 17-25, the Orange swept the next three, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18, to earn its third win of the season.A balanced attack led by Santita Ebangwese (14 kills), Ella Saada (11 kills), Kendra Lukacs (six kills) and Amber Witherspoon (six kills) powered Syracuse on the offensive front. Five players tallied assists, including Jalissa Trotter (24) and Annie Bozzo (13).The two teams, each coming off losses earlier in the day, started the game trading points, until the score was even at 14. From then on, Kansas State took over. Three attack errors by Syracuse and three kills by junior outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans helped the tournament hosts take nine of the next ten points. The Wildcats bested the Orange in hitting percentage, .243 to .059, and took the first set, 25-17.After conceding the first point of the second set, SU did not trail again en route to a 25-18 victory. The Orange went up 5-2 and from then on the Wildcats failed to cut the lead closer than three points. The Orange posted 16 kills, along with a hitting percentage of .333, while Kansas State tallied just eight kills with a hitting percentage of .069. Balanced attack was the theme of the set, with five different Syracuse players recording a kill before the team reached 10 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange carried its strong play from the second set into the third, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage. The Wildcats battled back to gain a 13-11 lead, but a 9-2 run by Syracuse propelled by two aces and five Kansas State errors helped the SU regain a five point lead. Despite a hitting percentage of .062, Syracuse used 25 digs and three aces to win the third set, 25-22.In the fourth set, the teams traded points until the score was knotted at eight. Syracuse used several different weapons on offense to create separation with kills coming from Ebangwese, Lukacs, Witherspoon, and Mariia Levanova in the second half of the set. While Kansas State recorded more kills (13 to 12), Syracuse made just three errors compared to the Wildcats’ 11. The Orange finished the fourth set on a 17-10 run, winning 25-18.The story has been updated for appropriate style. Comments Published on September 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
TRADE DEADLINE: When is it? | TrackerSo what is general manager Jeff Gorton to do? Here’s a quick breakdown of the situation on Broadway.When was the last time Henrik Lundqvist played?It’s been 22 days since Lundqvist last appeared in the Rangers net — and that was in a six-minute and four-second relief stint against the Winnipeg Jets — when Igor Shesterkin left the game following a collision but returned.On Friday, he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career, a career that has spanned 15 years, 885 games, 751 starts and 459 wins. Those 459 wins, by the way, are the most by a goaltender in the franchise’s 93 seasons and put him at sixth on the NHL’s all-time wins list.NHL all-time wins listRankPlayerWins1Martin Brodeur6912Patrick Roy5513Roberto Luongo4894Ed Belfour4845Marc-Andre Fleury*4646Henrik Lundqvist*4597Curtis Joseph4548Terry Sawchuk4459Jacques Plante43710Tony Esposito423* ActiveWhy is Henrik Lundqvist not playing?Two words: Igor Shesterkin.The long — and I mean, long — heralded heir apparent to The King was drafted back in 2014 but spent the last few years in the KHL before coming to North America this year. He spent some time in the minors with the team’s AHL affiliate in Hartford but since getting the call-up in early January has been on fire. In 10 starts, he’s boasting a 9-1-0-0 record along with a .940 save percentage.New York also has Alexandar Georgiev, who is in his second full season with the club and has a 14-12-1 record with a .912 save percentage. There have been rumors of an impending trade involving the 24-year-old for a number of weeks, but as of now, he’s still a Blueshirt.Who is David Ayres? Meet the EBUG that helped beat the Maple LeafsBy comparison, Lundqvist, who turns 38 next Tuesday, is 10-11-3 with a .907 save percentage. Unlike his compatriots, his GSAA is in the negative numbers for the season (-1.69). With just 25 starts this year, even if he were to start every one of the Rangers’ last 21 games, it would be his lowest total since 43 in 2012-13 (lockout-shortened) and 46 in 2014-15 (missed time with a neck injury). Should the Rangers trade Lundqvist?Lundqvist has owned New York for the better part of 15 years. A seventh-round draft pick back in 2000, he has become one of the most revered athletes in New York sports history. He won the 2012 Vezina and was a finalist another four times and took the franchise to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final — who doesn’t remember him in the locker room after Game 5 — and two conference finals.But, the window of him winning in “The City That Never Sleeps” is closing and at almost 38, it may just be time for him to go to a legitimate contender to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup, a la Ray Bourque back in 2000 who won the following year with Colorado.Moving him, however, won’t be easy: Lundqvist has a no-movement clause and would have to approve of any trade — and he loves New York.As he told the “New York Post’s” Larry Brooks back in May after he hinted his career may not end with the Rangers, “My thinking hasn’t changed. The organization and I are on the same page. What I meant is that a player never becomes bigger or more important than an organization. My dream and goal is still to win the Cup in New York before I retire but at the same time, I as a player will be understanding of the position we are in and the process we are in.” NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond delivered a letter to the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist on-air Friday suggesting the veteran netminder should contemplate waiving his no-movement clause before Monday’s trade deadline to go to a Stanley Cup contender, and let’s be honest, Jackie’s are never wrong.Less than 24-hours before the NHL’s trade deadline, it’s a three-headed goaltending monster at The Garden and while the team is right back in the middle of the playoff race, the future between the pipes is here for the Blueshirts — and it does not include The King. So even if Lundqvist was on board, and let’s be real he would much rather be in net than on the bench watching like he’s been, where would he go? Before the season started, that same Avalanche team was one many experts had pegged as a Cup-ready team. They just lost Philipp Grubauer indefinitely with a lower-body injury but are still one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and everyone saw what happened with the Hurricanes Saturday night; however, its doubtful the Rangers would trade him to a team they’re competing with for a possible playoff spot.Of course, losing Lundqvist would leave a big hole for the fanbase and whether or not he’ll actually head out of New York is unknown for now. Over the summer? Maybe. Brooks speculated on Feb. 17 that the Rangers may buy him out in June.Regardless, as Jackie Redmond said, Ranger fans would like nothing more than to see Lundqvist win a Cup — and fully understand it may not be while he’s donning the red, white and blue of the New York Rangers.