Ever since last Friday’s horrific terrorist attack at Le Bataclan in Paris, the music community has been wading in troubled waters. Concerts are supposed to be moments of pure emotion and celebration, and these unspeakable actions have left us with uncertainties. If this happened once, could it happen again?Fortunately, Le Bataclan co-manager Dominique Revert has given fans a reason for hope. With one line in a new Billboard article, Revert has shown us that can be music a beautiful source of strength for us all.“It will reopen, no question about it. Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”The full article tells the history of the storied venue, which has been hosting music in Paris for 151 years, including legends like Buffalo Bill to Jeff Buckley, even DJs like David Guetta and modern pop bands like Oasis. The venue is an integral part of Parisian culture, and its return to activity will almost certainly be marked with great celebration.
With the 2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title safe and secure, D’Tigress head coach Otis Hugley Jr has set his sights on winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.D’Tigress must, however, first navigate through two qualification windows to make the 2020 Olympics and after missing out narrowly at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Hugley says his wards must work hard to ensure a berth in Tokyo not just for the sake of qualifying but with the goal of winning gold at the Games.“We have to go through November and February and we are going to work real hard to do that. And the goal is not just to get there it’s to win it.”Download AudioThe American called up three new faces to his squad for the 2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket – Jasmine Nwajei, Victoria Macaulay and Ifunaya Ibekwe – and he says there could be more players of Nigerian descent in foreign leagues more willing to play for the D’Tigress following their 2019 AfroBasket triumph with the prospect of playing at the 2020 Olympics an added incentive.“We’ll see, I’m sure the winning is going to generate a lot of interest but the ticket to the Olympics is going to generate tremendous interest. So we’ll see,” Hugley said about calling up more new players for the Olympic qualifiers.Download AudioD’Tigress have been drawn in Group A of the first window for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifiers where they will face Mozambique and Congo DR who they defeated 79-46 at the 2019 FIBA AfroBasket in Dakar, Senegal.Related
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The BYU women thought they were probably going to West Lafayette, Indiana or College Station, Texas for the NCAA tournament, but were pleasantly surprised to be headed to Chicago, one of the great cities of the world, when their name came up Monday night.Since they flew in on Thursday, they must have been out sightseeing — riding to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower, walking around Navy Pier, touring the Art Institute or taking an Architecture River Cruise, right?Nope, the only fun the Cougars hope to have on this trip is on the basketball floor.”We actually came to Chicago last year and did a lot of fun things,” said BYU guard Haley Steed of a tournament the Cougars played in over Thanksgiving weekend in 2010. “This trip is more about winning basketball. I’m sure we will eat at nice places and do fun things as a team, but we aren’t worried about seeing too much.”So the Cougars didn’t go downtown Friday morning before their mid-afternoon press conference and practice.”We come and enjoy the cities we visit, but these ladies are focused,” said coach Jeff Judkins.And don’t count on the Cougars going downtown Saturday to check out the Chicago River, which is dyed green every year for St. Patrick’s Day.WEATHER REPORT: There were no real garden spots among the various women’s NCAA sites, with the aforementioned West Lafayette and College Station, not to mention Ames, Iowa, and Norfolk, Va.But the Cougars may have gotten the best venue of all. The weather in the Chicago area has been outstanding with the temperature hitting 81 degrees Friday for the third day in a row. That broke a record for the most days in March with temperatures over 80 and nearly half of the month to come.COACHSPEAK: When asked about BYU, DePaul coach Doug Bruno said, “I really don’t think they are a team that has weaknesses” and then went on to talk about what a great point guard Haley Steed is and the inside presence of Kristen Riley.When told what Bruno said, BYU’s Judkins just laughed and said, “That sounds like a coach, doesn’t it.”Judkins had his own praise for DePaul and Bruno, saying, “DePaul is a very good team and very well-coached. (Bruno) has done a marvelous job for 26 years.”HOME EDGE: Unlike the men’s NCAA tournament, women are allowed to play games in their home arenas and hometowns for NCAA tournament games.While DePaul is not playing in its home gym, which is in downtown Chicago, the Blue Demons will have a home crowd advantage Saturday evening.”It’s nice to get to play in Chicago,” said DePaul forward Jasmine Perry. “We’re not playing at home, but we’re in Chicago, so we’ll get to have all of our home fans here, which will be fun and exciting.”However, coach Bruno downplayed any edge his team might have, saying the only one is that it didn’t have to fly to Chicago.”We haven’t played in this gym or shot in this gym more than anybody else,” he said. “This is as neutral for us as it is for Tennessee, Tennessee-Martin and Brigham Young. That’s just the way it works. If we were playing at McGrath-Phillips Arena, I would tell you that it’s a home-court advantage but since our players haven’t played here, it’s hard to call it home-court advantage.”email: [email protected]