Twiddle, Mates Of State, Pimps Of Joytime, & More Play Road Jam Music Fest [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company wrapped up their fourth annual Road Jam Music Fest over the weekend, with Twiddle, Mates of State, Pimps of Joytime, The Fogcutters, The Alpaca Gnomes, West End Blend, and Arc & Stones. Along with the tasty jams were Two Roads Brewing Company selections, along with the Cluster Truck™ food truck hub and perfect weather —  rounding out a complete experience for the 2017 Road Jam Music Fest.Photographer Adam McCullough was on site for the fun, and provided the following gallery.Road Jam | Stratford, CT | 2017 | Photos by Adam McCulloughlast_img read more

Blatter backs USA to host 2022 World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Blatter urges FIFA to suspend Infantino Former FIFA President Blatter calls for Infantino’s suspension Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested that the United States could host the 2022 World Cup if the tournament is taken away from Qatar.Last week the US Department of Justice issued an indictment charging that Russia and Qatar paid bribes in order to secure votes ahead of being awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.Blatter, who is currently serving a six-year ban from football-related activities due to ethics violations from his time in charge, has also pleaded his innocence over the charges.The United States are scheduled to host the 2026 tournament along with Mexico and Canada, but Blatter believes that they could host the 2022 tournament instead.According to the indictment, former Brazilian federation president Ricardo Teixeira, former CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz (who is now deceased) and a co-conspirator were given bribes to ensure their votes for Qatar.Blatter told Sport Bild: “Germany could do it. But this would mean the World Cup being staged in Europe again after 2018.“Europe therefore would not be first choice. The United States could do it instead of 2026. They are capable, it’s not rocket science! Japan could also do it. They also bid to host the 2022 World Cup.“Fortunately, the 2022 World Cup will only have 32 teams and not 48 as [FIFA president Gianni Infantino] had planned. The organisational effort would not be bigger than 2018.”As Blatter stated, the 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams, but it will be the last tournament to do so, with 48 nations set to participate in the 2026 World Cup.Should the United States host the 2022 World Cup as a replacement for Qatar it would create further problems for FIFA as they would then have to find new hosts for the 2026 World Cup.Tags: 2022 World CupSepp Blatterlast_img read more

Walcott could make Anfield return

first_img The knock-out stages of the Champions League await Arsenal, who have been paired with Monaco, the French club where Wenger made his name as a young coach. Wenger won the Ligue 1 title in 1988 and the French Cup in 1991, as well as reaching the European Cup Winners’ Cup final and then the semi-finals of the Champions League in 1994, and went on to have a spell managing in Japan before being a surprise choice for the Arsenal job in October 1996. He has never since faced Monaco in a competitive fixture, and is looking forward to his return to the Stade Louis II stadium for the second leg of the tie in March next year. “We had very few chances to get Monaco and I think it’s a strange coincidence in life because I have spent 25 years of my life at Monaco and Arsenal together, so it’s a little bit like my life meets my life,” the 65-year-old said. “It is good as well because I go back to basically where I started. “I have never [been back], because I was always very busy and since I have been here in England we have played every three days basically throughout the whole season. I have been back to the city a few times but never to the stadium.” Monaco were considered one of the weaker seeds, having come through Group C ahead of Bayer Leverkusen but scored just four goals – two of those coming in the final tie with Zenit St Petersburg. “Overall it is an opportunity for us to get through to the quarter-final,” said Wenger, whose side were knocked out of Europe by Bayern Munich in the past two seasons. “Having said that, Monaco is a tough draw because they have come top out of a very tough group and that means it is a signal for us to be ready to meet a tough team who defend very well and are very quick on counter-attacks. We need a good defensive performance against them.” Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could make a long-awaited return to action at Liverpool on Sunday. Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger revealed the 25-year-old, who has made just two appearances this season following recovery from a long-term knee injury, is set to resume full training after a groin problem suffered while on international duty with England. While Wenger will take no chances on Walcott’s rehabilitation, the imminent availability of the jet-heeled forward will come as a welcome boost ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule, which could also see both defender Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shake off their fitness problems. “There is a slight chance of (Nacho) Monreal being available and a very slight chance for Walcott. We hope that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit. We will see that on Saturday,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He (Walcott) is back in training today (Thursday), but only today. I might take him (to Liverpool), I don’t know yet until he is back to full training. Let’s see.” Oxlade-Chamberlain limped out of the closing stages of Arsenal’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League win over Newcastle last weekend with a groin problem which the club hope will prove to be minor. “That’s what we’ll see on Saturday after a test. He is not in training at the moment,” Wenger said. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is another who is stepping up his rehabilitation, having been out since the defeat at Chelsea on October 5 because of a knee problem. Wenger confirmed both goalkeeper David Ospina and midfielder Tomas Rosicky are also close to being available again following their respective thigh problems. However, captain Mikel Arteta (calf), midfielder Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and centre-back Laurent Koscielny (calf) are still out, but “progressing as planned”, according to the Gunners boss. Arsenal will be looking to remain within striking distance of the top four with a positive result at Anfield to continue their upturn in form, which has seen five wins from six across all competitions. last_img read more