It’s certainly a rare occasion for Joe Russo and Marco Benevento to reunite as a duo. While the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bandmates have mostly dedicated their time to the Grateful Dead-inspired band, as Benevento tours his own band throughout the year, the drummer and keyboardist reunited for their fourth show this year after a six year hiatus on Friday night. Suwannee Hulaween served as the perfect setting for this reunion, even bringing former collaborator Mike Gordon to the stage for a set-closing “Scratchitti”.The Benevento Russo Duo made an unexpected come-back when they played a surprise show at a small club in Brooklyn, NY at the Threes Brewing in 2016. Having not played since 2010, the show marked the first of four that would take place in the year since. While they were once a touring machine, bringing Mike Gordon along for the ride in 2005 and then Trey Anastasio in 2006, the Duo always remained the key ingredient of the special sauce.During their performance at Suwannee Hulaween, the Benevento Russo Duo welcomed the Phish bassist for an appropriate “Scratchitti”–an original that’s been in rotation since the band’s inception in 2004, and the go-to for Mike Gordon sit-ins. As JamBase notes, the trio hadn’t shared the stage under this moniker since 2008, and with Mike Gordon’s band in 2009–though the end of this video indicates that it’s been eleven years since they’d played that together. All in all, the surprise sit-in was a huge success for all those in attendance.Check out a full video of the Benevento Russo Duo and Mike Gordon performing “Scratchitti” below:
By Abhishek TakleSUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas swept to victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ championship and guaranteed themselves an unprecedented sixth consecutive title double.The Finn crossed the line 11.3 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who made a hesitant start from pole position and had to fend off a charging Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps.The result moved Mercedes 177 points clear of Ferrari, allowing them to wrap up a record-equalling sixth consecutive constructors’ crown, with a maximum 176 points from four races still to be won.It also assured Mercedes of the drivers’ title with only Bottas now capable of challenging five-times world champion Hamilton, whose lead narrowed to 64 points.Mercedes have now equalled Ferrari’s record six constructors’ titles in a row between 1999-2004. The Italian team won five successive drivers’ crowns with Michael Schumacher from 2000-04.“Starting third is never easy here but there’s no point giving up,” said Bottas after his third win of the season and first since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April.“I had a really nice car and Sebastian had an issue, so it was good to get the lead. Really proud of the team, a sixth title in a row is so impressive.”Ferrari looked like they might delay the title celebrations after locking out the front row in a qualifying session held on Sunday morning, after being postponed from its traditional Saturday slot due to Typhoon Hagibis.But both Vettel and team mate Charles Leclerc ran into trouble at the start.Vettel launched off his grid spot a fraction too soon and slammed on the brakes before moving again. He was investigated for a false start but let off without a sanction because his car had not crossed the line.The momentary hesitation was enough to allow Bottas to sweep around the outside and into the lead.Leclerc collided with Max Verstappen as the Dutchman tried to pass around the outside, damaging the Ferrari and pushing the Red Bull, which later retired, into a spin.The Monegasque nevertheless carried on, crucially holding up Hamilton as his car shed bodywork in a shower of debris before eventually pitting for repairs at the end of the third lap.AdvertisementPENALTIES Leclerc, 21 and winner of two of the last five races, crossed the line sixth but dropped to seventh behind Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo after being slapped with two post-race time penalties.He collected a five-second penalty for the Verstappen incident and a further 10 seconds for continuing to drive a car deemed to be in an unsafe condition.Ferrari were also fined 25,000 euros ($27,600) for the latter offence while Leclerc was given two penalty points on his superlicence.Ricciardo and 10th-placed team mate Nico Hulkenberg could still drop back, however, with Racing Point lodging a protest against the French manufacturer for an alleged brake bias infringement.Slideshow (12 Images)“The lights were on but it was my mistake (at the start),” said Vettel, a four-time winner at Suzuka.“The Mercedes were difficult, they had more pace than us and Valtteri was flying. I’m not happy with the start of the race but everything else was fine, just lacked a bit of pace.”Hamilton’s joy at Mercedes’s success was muted after the team gambled on a one-stop strategy for the Briton, even as Bottas and Vettel opted for two.With tyre degradation higher than expected, the 34-year-old was forced to pit a second time and lost track position to Vettel.“Firstly, congratulations to the team,” said Hamilton, who can still clinch the drivers’ title at the next race in Mexico. “That’s the main point. I just wanted to bring home good points for the team.”LAP EARLY The race officially ran for only 52 of 53 scheduled laps after the chequered flag was shown a lap early on the digital displays around the track.Drivers, who did not see the chequered flag display on their steering wheel dashboards, continued to race around but the order at the end of the 52nd lap was declared as the result.As a result, Mexican Sergio Perez retained his ninth place finish for Racing Point, despite crashing out after contact with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly at the start of the final lap.
No. 2 USC women’s golf is looking to improve their second-place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the UC Irvine Invitational.The Women of Troy started another different lineup for the tournament: it’s their sixth different lineup in an equal amount of appearances. For the UCI Invitational, the starting lineup for USC consists of juniors Annie Park and Kyung Kim, sophomores Karen Chung and Gabriella Then and freshman Amy Lee. Junior Kim Santiago is playing individually in the tournament.The first day of play consisted of two rounds. The Women of Troy finished second with a 1-over 577. They’re chasing Washington, who put up a 10-under 566. No. 15 Texas A&M is right behind USC sitting at 2-over.Atop the leaderboard for USC, Lee finished a stellar 36-hole day with a 6-under 138 (70, 68) to have the individual lead.She has a two-shot lead over Marijosse Navarro of Texas A&M and Kimmy Hill of Texas Tech. Lee is tied for 12th after an even 36 holes to put her at an even par of 144 (71, 73).Kim finished the first day with a 4-over 148 (70, 78) to tie for 26th. Chung (76, 75) and Park (77, 74) both finished with a 7-over 151 to tie for 38th. Santiago shot 8-over 152 (74, 78) to tie for 43rd.The two-day, 54-hole (36, 18) invitational consists of three Pac-12 teams — No. 2 USC, No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Stanford — and 10 other teams — San Diego State, UC Davis, Pepperdine, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, SMU, UNLV, Texas Tech, CSU Long Beach and host UCI.The Women of Troy will look to improve their overall scores and overtake Washington for the lead in the final 18 holes of play. Sitting in second place, that’s quite feasible for the Women of Troy. They’ll look especially to Then and Lee, who finished 10th and third, respectively, at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.Park, a seasoned veteran, can also help improve the Women of Troy’s place in the UC Irvine Invitational.Park was the NCAA Champion in 2013 and also holds the record for the most tournament wins at USC with six victories. Her most recent victory was at the Windy City Collegiate Championship this past October where she shot a 5-under and helped the Women of Troy win the tournament with a three-stroke lead to defend their 2013 title.A strong performance from Park on the final 18 holes of the course will surely help the Women of Troy ascend the leaderboard and claim the top spot from Washington.Overall this season, the Women of Troy have had two wins during the fall in four events and have three top-2 finishes this season.The Women of Troy will look to continue the success they have seen so far this season and finish the UC Irvine Invitational with another victory.