Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:
Columbus, In. — A Bartholomew County educator is on administrative leave after leaving a shotgun in a truck after a hunting trip.Two students saw the gun and notified school officials at Columbus East High School who called authorities. The staff member was escorted off the property and placed administrative leave pending an investigation.The staff member told police he had been coyote hunting the day before and left the shotgun in his vehicle.
USC baseball coach Chad Kreuter stood off the third-base line, peering down to the right at his designated hitter.Kreuter’s team was trailing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 4-3, in the top of the eighth inning. His freshman catcher, Robert Stock, had just singled to centerfield, putting the team’s tying runner on base, but USC needed someone to step up and drive him in.Only five outs remained between a series loss and a late-inning comeback.Kreuter’s eyes were on the plate as a 6-foot-5, 190-pound freshman stepped into the batter’s box. But even though the 18-year-old right-handed batter was a new face to the team, he wasn’t a new face to the coach.The hitter was Kreuter’s son, Cade.The coach had enough faith to leave the young hitter in during a pressure situation.When Cal Poly starter Kyle Anderson — who had cruised through a six-inning, two-run outing to that point — made a mistake on his next pitch to home plate, Cade knew exactly what to do with it.Cade connected for a game-changing, two-run home run that cleared the left-field wall at Baggett Stadium.The coaches cheered. The dugout roared.And Dad looked like a genius.It was a big moment for the Trojans, and it was a moment in which any dad would be proud of his son.It’s even more special for a dad who gets to congratulate his son as he’s rounding third base.“It’s a real cool moment shaking hands with your son when he’s coming around the bases,” the coach said.Chad said he didn’t get to speak at length with his son until the ninth inning, when Chad returned to the dugout from his post as third-base coach. He was proud that his son made adjustments from an earlier at-bat in the game.“He turned around a pitch he had struck out with and hit a home run,” Chad said.Cade’s home run reminded his coach of another time the father and son got to shake hands at home plate after Cade launched a drive over the fence.It was during Chad’s major league career, when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He remembers hitting a home run and sharing a high five with Cade, the team’s bat boy, as he headed back to the dugout.“It’s like we’ve come full circle.”Baseball represents a special connection between father and son. Often, the very first person a child learns how to play catch with is his father. And because throwing and catching a Wiffle ball is fairly easy, many children begin playing catch with their dads before they can even remember.This has translated into many great father-son duos in baseball history.Arguably the greatest father-son combination to have played professionally is the Griffeys. (The Bonds are a pretty close second, bar steroids.)The most memorable father-son moment ever is probably when Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. played together in the same outfield on Aug. 31, 1990. Later that season, the Griffeys became the first and only father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League Baseball game.Because of the age gap, it’s difficult for a father and a son to ever play together professionally. The Griffeys were an exception because Griffey Jr. made it to the major leagues at the young age of 19, and Griffey Sr. was at the tail end of his career in 1990.It’s also rare for a father to be the head coach of his son’s team past little league and even rarer past high school.So, for the Kreuter family, this is a special experience. In Sunday’s game, Cade made Dad proud, belting a home run that helped the Trojans defeat the Mustangs, 9-4, and earn USC a season-opening series victory.And although Cade’s role is still yet to be defined this season, it’s a memorable moment every time he and Chad put on the same uniform at the college-baseball level.Griffey Jr., a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, said playing with his dad was more important to him than any other record he would go on to break.The Kreuters should enjoy the time while it lasts.“Soft Hands” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jon at [email protected]
Sri Lankan paceman Dushmantha Chameera will return home from England with a lower back injury, his country’s cricket board announced on Tuesday, compounding the team’s woes on the tour.The islanders lost pace bowler Dhammika Prasad to a shoulder injury even before the first test at Leeds, which England wrapped up inside three days.Even in that innings and 88-run defeat, the 24-year-old Chameera managed to impress by dismissing top scorer Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad in England’s first innings.”Chameera underwent an MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.The team would name a replacement soon, it added.Prasad, who has since been replaced by stumper-batsman Kusal Perera, had been undergoing treatment, the board added.The second match of the three-test series begins at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
“It’s our job to get the players on our team to playbetter, and that’s what we’re going to do and we’reexcited about that.”There’s a great chance that the Cardinals will go into the2012 season with Kolb and Skelton as the only experiencedquarterbacks on the roster. Kolb got a huge contractbefore last season and Skelton led the Cards to sixvictories in the second half of the season. Does thatmean without Manning in the mix, that this job is up forgrabs? “There’s always competition, at any position and I don’tthink that you can ever say ‘this guy is going to be theguy’,” Whisenhunt explained. “We’re always opening it upto let other guys compete for spots, and the best playersare going to play.” Sounds like the making of a quarterback showdown inFlagstaff this August to me.Stay tuned. Will the talk surrounding the Arizona Cardinalsquarterback position ever end?After the 2010 season, the upgrading of the position wasdiscussed daily. Would John Skelton ascend to be thestarter? Would the Cardinals draft Blaine Gabbert? Woulda veteran like Kevin Kolb or Matt Hasselbeck be broughtin?We know how it shook out: the Cardinals traded for Kolband he and Skelton both showed glimpses of promise in an8-8 campaign. Comments Share Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Here we are a year later, and the questions about thequarterback position remain. They’re a little different,but they’re still around. Will Kolb be the starter?Will Skelton take over? Will the Cardinals pursue PeytonManning if he becomes available?Arizona GM Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt joinedDoug and Wolf Thursday for Newsmakers Week and addressedthat very position.“At all positions, we try to maintain flexibility and theability to take a look at any free agent out on the marketthat we feel has the ability to help our football team,”Graves said. OK, so that’s not exactly an invitation for Cardinal fansto start saving money for red #18 jerseys, but Graves andall NFL execs operate in a shroud of ambiguity when itcomes to players under contract.Whisenhunt did speak more specifically, but about his ownquarterbacks. “We’re in a heck of a lot better position at thequarterback position right now than we were a year agotoday,” he said. “We’ve got two guys that we feel canplay. They’ve shown at times that they can do things verywell. They’ve shown at times, they’re knuckleheads. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away