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Keith Urban comes to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in August

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ST. LOUIS – Keith Urban is coming to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on August 19, 2022 featuring Ingrid Andress.

“The Speed of Now World Tour” is Urban’s first tour in four years.

FOX 2 will be giving away tickets every day from December 6 to December 10.

“I’ve always considered myself a live performer first,” Urban said. “It’s what I’ve always done and it’s what my music needs to live and breathe.  Our shows are all about living in the moment.  They’re a totally interactive and immersive experience where everyone can participate in whatever way they want – sing, dance, do whatever.”

His tour kicks off on May 27 in Las Vegas. It ends on November 5 in St. Paul Minnesota.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m.

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Ja Morant, Grizzlies carve up Nuggets to spoil Nikola Jokic’s triple-double

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Ja Morant, Grizzlies carve up Nuggets to spoil Nikola Jokic’s triple-double

If it wasn’t already institutional knowledge around the NBA, it is now. Grizzlies star Ja Morant is a problem.

The soaring superstar was at it again Friday night at Ball Arena. Morant carved up Denver’s defense en route to a 122-118 Grizzlies win. It’s the third time this season Memphis has knocked off the Nuggets – a disconcerting trend for a potential first-round opponent this spring.

Morant sprung for 38 points to the chagrin of the handful of defenders who tried to contain him. Not even Aaron Gordon could quell Morant’s incessant drives, scintillating dribbles and relentless attacks.

Memphis’ size and spirit spoiled Nikola Jokic’s fourth triple-double in as many games. Denver’s franchise centerpiece tallied 26 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, but his line couldn’t overshadow Memphis’ towering presence. The Grizzlies poured in 58 points in the paint and bludgeoned Denver on the glass, 48-37.

A healthy DeMarcus Cousins can’t come soon enough. Denver’s latest addition sat out Friday’s game, which marked the first day of his 10-day contract. The four-time All-Star went through warm-ups but was a game-time decision due to a minor injury issue, according to Nuggets coach Michael Malone. He ultimately didn’t play and had to watch the Grizzlies bully the Nuggets inside.

Their other addition, Bryn Forbes, managed nine points on just 4-of-13 shooting on the night. Will Barton poured in a team-high 27 points, including 12 in the fourth as the Nuggets fought to keep it close.

The Nuggets, who got two points from their bench in the second half, fell to 23-21 on the season and will close their six-game homestand against Detroit on Sunday.

Carrying the same energy they used to end the first half, the Nuggets blitzed the Grizzlies with a 19-8 run to open the third quarter. Jokic hunted for his shot inside, often playing through the more physical Steven Adams. Four minutes into the quarter, after Jokic corralled an offensive rebound, he stopped mid-play and stared at the official on a no-call. Play eventually resumed when Jokic found Jeff Green cutting through the lane for a jam, but his exasperation was evident.

Meanwhile, Morant kept coming. His swerving, spinning drives gave Denver guards fits, and he penetrated the lane with ease. Morant managed 13 points in the third quarter alone, and the Grizzlies took a 98-92 lead into the fourth.

Forbes’ debut was a decent one. He buried his first jumper in a Nuggets uniform midway through the first and then continued hoisting whenever he found space. Even though he wasn’t efficient, he took the shots the Nuggets needed him to. Expect him to be a valuable spoke in the second unit moving forward.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone knew exactly what type of challenge the Grizzlies presented: an athletic, physical, imposing outfit that has shown no fear during their swift ascent.

“It does start with Ja Morant,” Malone said. “This young man is electric. Athletically, he’s just so gifted. He can get to anywhere on the court, he can finish in traffic, he can dunk on you. We’ve all seen the blocked shots that he’s had. He’s playing both ends of the floor. His 3-point shot has improved.”

After Morant, the Nuggets’ scouting report prioritized keeping them out of transition, out of the paint and off the glass. It didn’t, however, highlight their perimeter shooting, which was blistering in the first half Friday night.

Memphis jumped out to a 68-63 halftime lead on the strength of 10 first-half 3-pointers. Morant hit two of them, but others came as a result of the defensive attention he commanded. He spliced Denver’s defense for 23 points on 14 shots over the first two quarters.

Jokic was productive, with 10 points and eight rebounds early, but was hardly the imposing force he was in Wednesday’s dominant showing. His deep 3-pointer to end the first half gave the Nuggets some tangible momentum into the break.

Malone, livid after a physical play didn’t yield a foul for Jokic, picked up a first-half technical that had been brewing.

 

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2 injured in head-on collision of school bus, van in New Brighton

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2 injured in head-on collision of school bus, van in New Brighton

Two people were injured in New Brighton on Friday afternoon when a school bus collided head-on with a passenger van.

According to the New Brighton Department of Public Safety, the collision occurred at about 4 p.m. in the 400 block of West County Road D near Interstate 35W.

The driver of the van was extricated and taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. There was no immediate information about the person’s condition.

The bus was carrying 21 students from Mounds View High School, and one was transported to a local hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

Other students were relocated to an adjacent office building to escape the frigid temperatures. They were either picked up by their parents or transported on another school bus. Mounds View school district staff also went to the scene to assist the students.

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the collision and will complete an investigation.

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Chicago Bears interview Reggie McKenzie for GM vacancy

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The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager candidates and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the interview process, we’re looking at each of the prospective hires.

Reggie McKenzie interviewed for the GM opening Thursday, the team announced.

Reggie McKenzie

Title: Miami Dolphins senior personnel executive

Age: 58

Experience

Before joining the Dolphins in 2019, McKenzie spent seven seasons as the Oakland Raiders general manager. He was named the Sporting News and PFWA executive of the year in 2016 after a 12-4 playoff season that included seven players making the Pro Bowl.

That was the Raiders’ only winning season in his seven as his teams went 40-72.

Among the players he drafted were Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray.

Before joining the Raiders, McKenzie spent 18 years with the Green Bay Packers as a pro personnel assistant, the director of pro personnel and the director of football operations. The Packers won two Super Bowls in that span.

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McKenzie was an NFL linebacker who played 60 games over five seasons with the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers from 1985-92. He played in college at Tennessee.

Chicago connection

In 2014, McKenzie drafted current Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack fifth overall.

In 2018, after coach Jon Gruden was hired and negotiations for an extension soured between the Raiders and Mack, the team traded Mack, a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020 to the Bears. The Raiders received two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick over the next two seasons. The Bears then gave Mack a six-year extension.

Mack was named a Pro Bowler each of his next three seasons with the Bears but missed 10 games this year with injury.

What has been said

Before firing McKenzie in December 2018, Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke to ESPN about the Raiders’ roster issues.

“It’s been all part of an evolution, but I think it’s becoming clearer and clearer to Jon (Gurden), as well, that the talent is just not here at this time,” Davis said. “The drafts did not help supplement what we were doing in the free-agent market. If you look at our roster now, it’s a bunch of free-agent, one-year guys that are mercenaries. And they’re great guys, and they’re Raiders. Once a Raider, always a Raider … but we just don’t have the overall talent of a 22-man roster.”

Before the Raiders hired McKenzie in 2012, former Packers executive Ron Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Reggie’s a tremendous evaluator. He can tell you who can play and who can’t play. That’s what it’s all about. Some can write reports but can’t tell you who can play. Whatever that is, he has that. He has a feel.”

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