UConns NotSoSecret Weapon

FiveThirtyEight’s model calls Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut a tossup. If it’s as close as each team’s win probabilities are, the game will probably come down to free throws. If it does, advantage, UConn.The Huskies have hit 77.4 percent of their free throws this season, good for fifth out of the 351 teams in Division I. That’s the highest free-throw percentage ranking for a Final Four team since Michigan State ranked third in the nation in 2005. And if UConn shoots well at the line and beats Kentucky, the Huskies will have the highest free-throw percentage ranking of any champion since before the 1998 Final Four, the earliest for which stats are available. Kentucky is hitting 68.4 percent of its free throws, just 228th overall.Hitting lots of free throws is, not surprisingly, helpful for winning college basketball games, and in Storrs, Conn., free-throw shooting has become a key part of success. During the 2010-2011 season, current UConn associate coach Glen Miller found and shared a video of Steve Nash shooting from the free-throw line (Nash is a career 90.4 percent shooter in the NBA). That year, the Jim Calhoun-coached Huskies won the championship while finishing 11th nationally in free-throw shooting. UConn hit 82 percent of its free throws in the tournament. It was a big improvement from the Huskies’ No. 312 ranking the prior time they won the title under Calhoun, in 2004. (That was the lowest ranking in free-throw accuracy for a champion on record.)Last season, its first under coach Kevin Ollie, UConn ranked 31st. During his four years as a Husky in the 1990s, Ollie improved his accuracy from the line, going from 71.8 percent his freshman year to 80.6 percent in his senior year. And under Ollie, UConn has improved, too. All three players to shoot at least 80 free throws last year and this year for UConn have a higher percentage this season.Even if you don’t appreciate the aesthetic value of Shabazz Napier’s free-throw shooting as much our Grantland colleague Louisa Thomas does, you should appreciate its value to the Huskies. Napier has hit 86.9 percent of his free throws this season, up from 81.9 percent last year. He’s also taken 64 percent more foul shots. He’s been even better in the tournament, missing just twice on 31 tries.To approximate the importance of free-throw accuracy for the Huskies’ success, I checked a few simple what-if scenarios. If they’d shot free throws in each game this season at the rate they shot last year (74.3 percent), or the national average rate this season (69.8 percent), the Huskies would have lost two more games during the season and been forced into overtime in a third. A loss in that overtime game could have jeopardized their tournament berth.At the national average rate, UConn would have hit just 15 of 22 free throws in both its Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games — instead of hitting 20 and 21, respectively. Both games would have gone into overtime, which would have jeopardized  its Final Four berth. And if the Huskies had shot in each game at the same rate as their opponent in that game, they would have lost their Sweet Sixteen game against Iowa State.Of course, these are overly simplified scenarios; games probably wouldn’t have played out exactly the same way with different free-throw results. But that could cut both ways: Perhaps a team of Huskies who were weaker from the line would have done even worse because they wouldn’t have gotten to shoot the back end of one-and-ones, or because opponents would have fouled them more often and prevented more field goals. Then again, the record of recent Final Fours shows plenty of teams can succeed while laying lots of bricks from the free-throw line. One conclusion is clear: UConn almost certainly wouldn’t have gotten this far without Napier’s deadeye accuracy with the clock stopped, or without that Steve Nash video. 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Trio of Ohio State football players join track and field team

OSU then-junior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) runs with the ball during a game against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorFor three Ohio State football players, a new layer has been added to their offseason training programs.H-back Dontre Wilson, wide receiver James Clark and defensive tackle Robert Landers are going to be wearing scarlet and gray as multisport athletes, as the OSU track and field team announced on Tuesday that the trio would be joining the team for the 2016 season.“We’re excited to have our football players join the track and field program,” said OSU director of track and field Karen Dennis in a press release.All three of the athletes competed in track and field in high school, giving the team hope that they can immediately step up as contributors while balancing their spring football practices.“We realize the indoor season is short, and these men have a major responsibility to football. However, they are all talented athletes that may help us in the throwing and sprint events,” Dennis said in the release. “They have some work to do to get their ‘track legs’ back, but work is something they are very familiar with.”Wilson played in nine games in 2015 while dealing with a foot injury, managing seven catches for 63 yards. Considered one of the fastest players on the OSU football roster, Wilson ran track in his first three years at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. He is listed on the roster as a sprinter.Also listed as a sprinter is Clark, who was one of the faster short-distance runners in Florida while in high school in New Smyrna Beach.Clark placed in fifth place in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash in the 2012 Florida Outdoor Championships, recording a personal-best 100-meter time of 10.43 seconds.He did not record any receptions last season, but was a contributor on special teams.While Wilson and Clark make their presences felt with their legs, the third Buckeye to join the track and field team, Landers, does his damage with his upper body.The 290-pound freshman did not see the field during his first year playing football in Columbus, but he brings a stellar track record to his new team.At Huber Heights High School, Landers was the Ohio Division I state champion in shot put in 2014 and finished fifth the following year. He also competed in hammer throw, discus and weight throw.“I appreciate coach Meyer and his staff working Landers, Wilson and Clark into our training schedule in an effort to strengthen our men’s program,” Dennis said.For the OSU track and field team, the season is already underway, as the Buckeyes already have three meets under their belts. They are set to continue their schedule in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday in the Power 5 Conference Clash. read more

Van Dijk praises Liverpools scary attacking trio

first_imgVirgil van Dijk believes Liverpool’s attacking trio in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane can be “undefendable” following their 5-1 win over ArsenalThe trio scored all of Liverpool’s goals on Saturday at Anfield as they extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points from Manchester City.The Reds have won their last nine league games now with City coach Pep Guardiola suggesting they may be the world’s best team right now.“We were almost perfect. We conceded the goal. That was the only thing,” said Van Dijk, according to FourFourTwo.“But it was an important win. We have finished 2018 now pretty well, and hopefully, we can keep that going.“Confidence is definitely here, but it can change over a couple of games. We won’t get carried away.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We need to keep doing what we have been doing. There will be setbacks, as there always is in life, but it’s how you react and so far we have been doing pretty well.”Salah, Mane and Firmino have scored a combined total of 28 of Liverpool’s 48 Premier League goals this season.“At the beginning of the season, people were saying they [the front three] didn’t click,” said Van Dijk.“They’re fantastic. You see in this game as well and they can be undefendable. It’s scary — and I’m happy to see that.”Jurgen Klopp’s side will next take on City on Thursday at the Etihad Stadium with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Rashford reveals how Solskjaer has improved him as a striker

first_imgMarcus Rashford believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance at Manchester United has been a “massive help” towards his development as a striker.Since Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford in December on an interim basis, Rashford has embarked on a superb run of form in his favoured centre-forward role.The 21-year-old striker has scored six goals and provided three assists in 12 appearances under Solskjaer.The caretaker manager, who scored 126 goals in 366 games as a forward for United, has even challenged Rashford to match the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.“For me, it’s been a massive help having that type of guidance around me,” Rashford told Sky Sports on Solskjaer’s role in his development.“But he’s been working with all of the players with everything he’s got, you can see even the defenders are improving, the midfield is improving, the team’s improved overall but we understand we can still take more steps forward.“He has that know-how, the understanding, that’s the kind of thing you just pick off naturally off these type of people.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Even not just out on the pitch, having conversations about it, it all adds up. It’s been a big turnaround. As long as we keep improving I don’t see why [he shouldn’t get the job permanently].”The England international went on to reveal that Solskjaer has even encouraged both himself and teammates Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to aim high and possibly match the feats he achieved at United during his own playing career.Aside from being a prolific scorer, Solskjaer also won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups.The 45-year-old even famously scored the match-winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final at Barcelona.Rashford added: “When we were in Dubai, we were having a bit of banter when the manager was speaking to me, Anthony [Martial] and Jesse [Lingard], and I just mentioned his goal in the Champions League final.“He was quick to let us understand that with what we have in this team, anything is possible and it’s not far-fetched to say we can recreate those moments.”United will host Solskjaer’s old rivals Liverpool in a Premier League match at Old Trafford in Sunday with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United gestures during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)last_img read more

San Diego Sheriffs Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter San Diego Sheriff’s Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 16, 2018center_img Updated: 8:20 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Sheriff’s Department announced Monday they will review their investigation of the death of Rebecca Zahau.“The Sheriff’s Department has continually indicated its willingness to reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case if new evidence was presented. After a productive conversation with the family’s attorney, Keith Greer, Sheriff Bill Gore determined that, while no new evidence was presented, new analysis of existing evidence was presented in the recently concluded civil trial. In the spirit of transparency and open-mindedness, we have agreed to undertake a fresh review of the case, by investigators who have had no prior involvement with the case, to evaluate the new information. Without having the materials and reports from the civil attorney in front of us at this time, it is difficult to say how long this review will take; however, we expect it will take at least 90 days.When our investigation is complete, we will meet with the family’s attorney to discuss our findings. Ultimately, the cause and manner of death, in any case, is determined by the Medical Examiner. In San Diego County, the Medical Examiner’s Office is an independent entity and separate from the Sheriff’s Department.”Zahau was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family disputed that finding and in a wrongful death suit, alleged that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In early April, a California civil jury found Adam Shacknai guilty and he was ordered to pay Zahau’s family $5 million for the loss of Zahau’s love and companionship.The panel has not yet determined whether they will order punitive damages.Adam Shacknai released a statement Monday following the announcement from the Sheriff’s Department.“I welcome a fresh review by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. As I have maintained from the beginning, I was in no way involved with Rebecca’s death, which was part of a tragic sequence of events, that also involved the loss of my six year nephew Max. I will be pleased to assist the investigation in any way requested, as I have all along.” April 16, 2018last_img read more

The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

first_imgOivind Hovland/Ikon Images/Getty ImagesA health savings account works much like a personal savings account — with a difference. Any money in it that we use to pay for certain medical expenses isn’t taxed.Spending your own money on health care might mean that you’ll be more frugal with it. That’s the theory behind health savings accounts, a decades-old GOP concept that’s sparking renewed interest on Capitol Hill as Republican lawmakers look for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act.HSAs are like personal savings accounts — with a difference. As with a retirement account, money put into an HSA can be invested, and any growth in the fund accumulates tax-free. Withdrawals can be made at any time, and they are tax-free, too — but the money can be used only to pay for certain medical expenses, such as health insurance deductibles, or for copays for hospital care or a visit to the doctor.Currently, HSAs are only available to people who have high-deductible health plans, meaning they usually pay a few thousand dollars for medical care each year before their insurance kicks in to pay its share. While HSA participation is growing, only about 20 million people out of the 176 million who have health insurance participate in these savings accounts, according to a 2015 report by the Association of Health Insurance Plans.Why don’t more people who are eligible for HSAs have them? For one thing, not everyone has money to contribute upfront. But psychologists and behavioral economists point out that even many people who have the extra cash on hand confront big psychological barriers to saving.“How we think and feel is directly tied to our ability to make ‘good’ financial decisions,” says Alycia DeGraff, a board member and secretary of the Financial Therapy Association. DeGraff says when faced with financial decisions about the future, many people simply get stressed out.“These stressors can become so overwhelming that … we can become debilitated and ignore the situation altogether,” she says. “Or we can practice any kind of defense mechanism — entitlement, suppression, overcompensation, isolation, etc. — to try and deal with [it].”This may explain, at least in part, why middle-class Americans are pretty bad at saving money in general. Only about half of us have money in any sort of retirement account. And those of us who are parents have only saved, on average, enough to pay for about one year at an in-state college for our kids.Saving money is hard. It means setting aside what we want now for something we think we’ll want or need later. And we live in a culture that offers a lot of pretty, shiny, things to buy RIGHT NOW.Plus, we all pretend we won’t get old or sick.“People are predictably irrational,” says Dr. Mitesh Patel, especially when it comes to money. He’s a behavioral economist, physician and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.But many of us really hate to lose money, Patel says, which is what makes the concept of HSAs is so appealing.For example, he and his colleagues published a study last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine on what motivates people to lose weight, and found that the way a financial incentive was framed made all the difference.The researchers observed three groups of people for 13 weeks. They told one group to walk 7,000 steps a day. About 30 percent of the group did so. Meanwhile, people assigned to the second group were told they’d be paid $1.40 every day they walked 7,000 steps. About 35 percent of the second group did so.Here’s the kicker: Each person in the third group was paid $42 upfront and was docked $1.40 each time they failed to meet their goal. Forty-five percent of that group met the assigned goal, Patel says. People hate to lose money.Another way to encourage more saving might be to make HSAs operate more like the 401(k)s that required people who didn’t want to participate to actively opt out of the plan — rather than requiring people who want to contribute to opt in. “This creates a path of least resistance,” Patel says.Of course, setting up and overseeing such a plan would likely cost the government some money, he notes.People with HSAs do use less health care than those without such plans, a recent study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute suggests. But it’s unclear whether they actually improve their health. Prescription drug costs went down for people enrolled in HSAs in the EBRI study, but emergency room visits went up — particularly for lower-income families.Then there’s the issue of figuring out how much you, as an individual or a family, would need to save for health care — it’s not easy to find out the average price for a medical test or procedure in your town, let alone how much that price varies from doctor to doctor or hospital to hospital.“If you want to save for a house, you can pretty much figure out the math,” Patel says. “But if you go to a doctor, they don’t give you a menu for prices.”To really increase their health savings — or any savings — we’d all need to change our mindset, says Degraff, the financial therapist.“People would have to first take a dose of reality and get real about their future selves,” she says. Naturally, we think our future selves will be “better, healthier, more financially secure,” she adds. But, for many of us, health and income eventually decline with age. We need to save more now for later.HSAs can be useful, Degraff notes, but only for those who have enough cash to pay their day-to-day expenses — plus a little left over.“A lot of people don’t even have a regular emergency fund savings,” DeGraff says, “especially those that are already struggling to pay for health insurance.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

The AFRO Opened its House to the Community

first_imgIt’s nice to be reminded of a hidden treasure. That was the mission of the Evening in the Archives, March 24, at the AFRO‘s Baltimore office on Charles Street, when supporters, subscribers, community leaders and friends and former employees dropped by for warm conversation and a stroll through history.The first stop was the historic Clean Block Room.No one born in Baltimore before 1970 can forget the white marble steps that demanded weekly scrubbing, daily during the summer and sometimes twice a day. No one can forget the painted tires that screamed, “We’re an AFRO Clean Block,.” So oohhs and aahhs were heard at the sight of historic articles and photos from those days.Those who waited their turn for tours renewed acquaintances from schools and neighborhoods. Some had served on boards together or belonged to the same clubs or sororities. They were glad to see each other. And they were glad to visit the Archives together.The Archives is a treasure, though not really that hidden because scholars and researchers turn often to the aged pages of Black history collected one week at a time over the past 121 years. Academic institutions and keepers of history rely heavily on what the original writers and photographers must have thought to be stories for the day – the simple reporting of an event, the explanation of a new policy or law, the addition of a back story.Nationally-recognized filmmakers, television producers and authors have called upon the AFRO Archives for images and materials they can’t find anywhere else.Informative tours that began with art along the hallways were conducted by Murphy family descendents CEO and publisher, Jake Oliver and Benjamin Phillips, AFRO president, telling their own personal stories about how it was to literally “grow up with the AFRO.” Guests were amazed at the shelves of unwieldy tomes that hold golden moments as well as painful details of the struggle of Black people in this country. The archivist, Ja-Zette Marshburn made sure to educate her guests not only on the important history the AFRO captured but also the AFRO’s own story.The powerful and important photography, articles and ads of a bygone era lined the walls; the original technology used by AFRO staff was on display. The offices of famed sportswriter Sam Lacy and cartoonist Thomas Stockett were some of the highlights of the tour. One onlooker said, “You guys need a museum to showcase all of these treasures.” Another guest remarked, “I could just live here!” The tour ended with a look at some of the unique archival materials including signed photos and correspondence from Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and the original manuscript of The Big Sea by the renowned Langston Hughes.last_img read more

Reeder Wants DC Open for Everyone

first_imgDionne Reeder, a small business owner in Ward 8, wants to be the next Independent D.C. Council member because she wants to help Washingtonians be the best they can be and have a thriving city to which they can contribute.“Let’s make the investments in our communities to allow every D.C. resident to reach their full potential because if you work hard you should have equal access to opportunities,” Reeder said.Dionne Reeder, a small business owner in Ward 8, is running for a seat on the D.C. Council. (Courtesy photo)Reeder owns the Cheers@The Big Chair that is located in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., Southeast.  In an interview with the AFRO, Reeder said that public service is a calling.A native Washingtonian, Reeder grew up in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Ward 1. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and went to West Virginia State University, where she served as the president of the Student Government Association.Reeder has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources as a legislative assistant and for the D.C. Community Prevention Partnership where she assisted over 200 people to go to college.The entrepreneur’s work caught the eye of then D.C. Chief Financial Officer Anthony Williams, and he gave her $9 million to curb youth violence in the District. She focused her efforts on the North Capitol Street, Northwest corridor.When Williams became mayor, he tapped her to be Ward 8’s Neighborhood Coordinator where she worked to assist residents in dealing with the District government.In 2007, when Williams left office, Reeder went to work for Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, managing the organization’s daily operations as well as its community-oriented multi-million dollar programs.In recent years, Reeder opened up her business to help Ward 8 economically.Among the reasons she decided to run for the council was a piece of legislation that D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) was sponsoring.  Silverman is the author of the Universal Paid Leave Act, which guarantees District employees in the private sector up to 16 weeks of paid leave per year. Reeder said that she has problems with Silverman’s legislation.“It hurts small businesses,” Reeder said.Reeder argues that small businesses will be particularly hurt by Silverman’s legislation because they may not be able to recoup the lost employee time, nor have the resources to make up for work that will not get done. However, Silverman told The AFRO that’s not true.“I am a champion of paid leave because working families feel squeezed,” she said. “And many small businesses, including restaurants, say they want to provide this benefit to retain their workers and keep them healthy but can’t afford to pay it out of pocket. Our paid leave law helps by giving a very big benefit to both workers and businesses for a very modest payroll tax.”Reeder also said that Silverman is not a strong supporter of the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which allows District employers to offer temporary jobs and training to teenagers and young adults.“I have heard so many people tell me they got their first job working for the Summer Youth [Employment] Program that was started by Marion Barry,” Reeder said. “She cut $2 million out of the program, wants young people to take an entrance exam to get into it, and wants to max out participation for three years. That program was once for specific people but now it is for everyone.“It teaches young people the importance of a work ethic. She said the program was a problem and only has visited 20 sites to see it.”Silverman said that Reeder is in error on her stand with SYEP.“I am a big champion of SYEP, including expanding it to 24-years-old,” she said. “That’s why my committee did not cut funding.”The councilmember said “an entrance exam is not in the legislation” and “the biggest thing the legislation does is make learning life skills like showing up on time, communicating with supervisors and colleagues and learning how to resolve conflict maturely a centerpiece of the summer work experience.”Reeder’s platform includes using District government resources to invest in the next generation, make the District more affordable for residents of all income levels, and focus on seniors, millennials and families. She wants to invest in the District’s private sector, saying it should be easier to start and run a business in the city with a special emphasis on neighborhood establishments.Reeder and other Independent candidates will face Silverman in the Nov. 6 general election.Stuart Anderson is a Ward 8 political activist and told The AFRO he favors Reeder.“When I looked at the candidates in the at-large race, I saw that Dionne was the best,” he said. “She is a Black business owner and I am confident that she will look out for the best interests of Black businesses. We need a voice on the D.C. Council for Black businesses and she will serve as that voice.”last_img read more

Mamata offers to quit as CM party rejects

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Saturday offered to quit as chief minister of West Bengal following her party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls but the TMC rejected it. Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, she accused the BJP of polarising the people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal. “At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to leave the chief minister’s post. However, the offer was rejected by the party and I may continue,” Banerjee said. She also raised suspicion over BJP’s stellar poll performance. “This huge victory is not beyond suspicion. It is quite astonishing how opposition is completely wiped out in several states. There has been some setting and foreign powers are also involved,” she claimed. The TMC chief also said that an emergency-like situation was created in the state by the BJP to win the elections.last_img read more

Rolling Stones to tour Latin America

first_imgNEW YORK — The Rolling Stones, who in their fifth decade remain some of the top earners in the live music business, announced a 2016 tour of Latin America on Thursday. Members of the legendary band are all in their 70s but have kept up an active touring schedule and keep fetching some of the industry’s highest ticket prices.The Rolling Stones’ last tour was a 15-date swing through North America earlier this year, which grossed more than $100 million according to an estimate by industry journal Billboard.“People said 30 years ago, ‘Yeah, this will be your last tour.’ An old expression now — it’s like, okay, we don’t believe we’ll ever stop,” a band member, who was not identified but sounded like drummer Charlie Watts, said on the video.The Stones have not released an album of new material since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang,” which was accompanied by the second highest-grossing tour in history at more than $600 million, topped only by U2.But Richards, who earlier this year released solo work, recently said that the Stones would return to the studio after the Latin America tour to record a new album. Related posts:Kevin Johansen and The Nada to join illustrator Liniers in live art-music show in Escazú Jazz Café to host first annual Costa Rican Women in Music Festival Selena died 20 years ago – why we’re still talking about her The legendary Will Smith returns to rap with Colombia’s Bomba Estereo Facebook Comments The English rockers, who last played Latin America in 2006, will start the tour Feb. 3 at the National Stadium in Chile.“The audiences in Latin America are some of the best there (are). The atmosphere is electric,” guitarist Keith Richards said in a promotional video.The tour will mark the first time that Mick Jagger’s band performs in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, despite decades of globetrotting.The Stones will also play four dates in Brazil, three concerts in Argentina and close the tour on March 14 in Mexico City.Watch the Stones’ promo video announcing the tour:last_img read more