Check out Turls’ latest for “My Plug”….and no, your computer screen isn’t broken.
This week’s offering on The Signal comes from Turls, who’s dropping the visuals for his track “My Plug.” Turls drops bars about robbing his plug (probably a bad move) with a long, drawn out, monotonous drawl that somehow works over the electronic-laced trap beat. Check it out above, and be on the lookout for Turls’ Destruction of A Heart project, dropping soon.
San Pedro, California, was the site for American Ninja Warrior‘s sixth and final qualifier as dozens of competitors attempted to tackle a grueling course that proved rather treacherous.
There was a distinct military theme to the qualifier as active duty members and veterans battled in the shadow of the USS Iowa.
Among the numerous military personnel to take part, only 10 brave souls managed to survive each of the barriers in their way before completing the Warped Wall. You can view all 30 people who advanced to the city finals below:
The show saved the best for last as Ryan Stratis was the final contestant to run. He’s no stranger to American Ninja Warrior, now having competed in each of the seven American seasons.
Being the experienced pro that he is, Stratis took his time with each of the stages, and the strategy paid off as he reached the finish with relative ease, taking one step closer to Mount Midoriyama.
Even with his massive reputation, Stratis still wasn’t the most impressive performer—Dustin McKinney and Ahmed Toure arguably tied for that honor.
McKinney may have finished the course with the slowest time, but the fact he could still complete The Worm after scaling the Warped Wall is downright remarkable, per the show’s Twitter account:
It’s a good thing that celebration didn’t cost him.
Meanwhile, Toure was simply in a class of his own because he showed up to San Pedro in his business-casual attire. His jeans must have allowed for great flexibility:
Next time you want to hit the gym, maybe consider a nice pair of blue jeans. Toure might be holding the secret to success.
One of the more notable athletes who tried and failed to make his way across the course was 72-year-old Chuck Mammay. If you’re wondering how somebody could feasibly compete on American Ninja Warrior at Mammay’s age, the show gave you a taste of his typical workout regimen:
And to think I consider running a couple of miles a week to be a job well done.
In addition to the $1 million prize, Mammay said in December he had another goal in mind with his journey to American Ninja Warrior, per Lauren Rautenkranz of WECT 6 in Wilmington, North Carolina:
Well, it’s because a lot of people say I inspire them by the condition I’m in. Sometimes I feel like ‘Oh I don’t want to get out of bed and do this!’ But once I get going it’s just there. It’s the fun of doing it. People say it’s work and, eh it might be a little work, but it’s a lot of fun plus you get to eat more, which I love to eat! The way I look at it, I figure if I can get out and inspire more people and if I can get on American Ninja Warrior that’ll be maybe millions of people I can help inspire.
Unfortunately, Mammay’s run ended almost immediately after it began. He approached the Quintuple Steps all wrong and slipped on the first step before hitting the water below.
Still, the fact he made the show at all is an incredible accomplishment. American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman believes everybody should strive to match Mammay’s level in life:
For the 30 competitors who advanced to the city finals, there’s still a long way to go to grab the $1 million.
Monday’s episode not only featured impressive feats of athleticism, but it also served as a fantastic tribute for those who have served in the armed forces.
Chinese stocks opened down on Tuesday, taking no comfort from a slew of support measures unleashed by Beijing in recent days, and unnerved by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's failure to mention the market chaos in a statement on the economy. Before the market opened, Li said in comments on a government website that China had the confidence and ability to deal with challenges faced by its economy, but had nothing to say on the three-week plunge that has knocked around 30 percent off Chinese shares since mid-June. The ChiNext growth board , home to some of China's giddiest small-cap valuations, fell 5.1 percent.
Scientists estimate there are 20,000 particles of space junk measuring up at over 10 cm in diameter currently hurtling around the earth at an average velocity of 25,000 km/h, threatening to damage or destroy orbiting satellites. To combat the problem, the German Government has granted the German Aerospace Center (DLR) €25 million to create a system to track space junk as it orbits the earth and the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) has been tasked with creating the new system’s radar component.
Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson from the team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar. In a statement Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson’s immediate dismissal. In the security camera video released by the State Attorney’s Office, it appears the woman and Johnson were trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her.
The third day of the 2015 Orlando Summer League action took place on Monday, with a slate of three games involving the majority of the league’s 10 squads.
First on the schedule were the Orlando Magic’s two separate squads, who took on the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, with mixed results. Then a pair of lottery rookies engaged in a duel when the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons tangled in the third contest.
That’s just a tease of the developments that unfolded on Monday’s slate. Check out a full list of results below along with a brief recap for each showdown at Amway Center.
Magic (White) def. Pacers, 86-76
Former Michigan State floor general Keith Appling showed grit and competitiveness by getting to the charity stripe often, sinking all 11 of his free throws and sparking the White Magic squad to a victory.
Appling matched teammate Chris Singleton for a game-high 17 points. Sam Meyerkopf of EuroLeagueAdventures.com weighed in on Appling’s potential NBA future:
Pacers lottery draft pick Myles Turner took the hardwood and showed the uneven play that made him a polarizing prospect. In 27 minutes or so of court time, Turner hit a three-pointer among his six field goals on 11 tries, had 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
NBA TV’s highlights of Turner’s debut and the kind words from Pacers head coach Frank Vogel must have Indiana fans eager to see more from the Texas product:
Spectacular as Turner’s numbers were on Monday again, he also had eight personal fouls, which won’t cut it in the NBA.
Turner has undeniable potential and is probably playing with no holds barred to make splash plays in Orlando Summer League. While the assertiveness is admirable, he must find a balance between contesting shots and avoiding contact in doing so.
Thunder def. Magic (Blue), 73-65
Mitch McGary carved up Orlando’s defense for 19 points to lead three Oklahoma City players in double figures, helping the Thunder pull away in a fourth quarter they won 25-18.
Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com made a keen observation about McGary amid a performance in which the former University of Michigan standout drained nine of 12 shots:
ESPN’s Royce Young logged a key sequence that showcased McGary’s versatility:
The Thunder have to be pleased at what they saw from McGary. He figures to be called upon to provide a spark in the frontcourt with the A-team after OKC missed the postseason in 2014-15.
Never shy to shoot, Mario Hezonja didn’t have his best outing for Orlando (6-of-16 shooting for 14 points) but did throw down a filthy dunk to provide a morale boost:
One silver lining the Magic can take away from Monday’s loss is the tremendous play of Aaron Gordon. After a lackluster rookie campaign, the raw big man will hope to be more of a force in Year 2. Gordon strutted his stuff against OKC with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress.com noticed how Gordon has upgraded his offensive arsenal:
Magic assistant coach Monte Mathis spoke glowingly about the 19-year-old, per NBA.com’s John Denton:
First and foremost, he’s an unbelievable person and that goes hand-in-hand with how he works. (Gordon’s) work ethic is one of the best that I’ve seen and I’ve been around (Dallas Mavericks superstar) Dirk Nowitzki for 10 years. And that (Gordon) kid puts in the time and that’s why he’s going to get better and better.
Promising as Orlando’s young core is even with the exception of Gordon, it seems he is taking the necessary steps to improve his craft. His willingness to play summer league ahead of his second season despite being last year’s No. 4 overall pick is a testament to his rave reviews.
Orlando is evidently buzzing over Gordon—and not just for his athleticism and upside anymore. The talent is starting to shine through in game situations, suggesting he may be in line for a bigger role in 2015-16.
Heat def. Pistons, 78-73
Controversy swirled on draft night when Detroit opted to go with Arizona star Stanley Johnson over fellow Duke freshman phenom Justise Winslow with the No. 8 overall pick. Time will tell who’s better, but Winslow has the last laugh for now.
Winslow led all scorers with 17 points, and although he was just 5-of-15 shooting from the field, he got to the rim almost at will and hit seven of 10 free throws.
In Johnson’s defense, he was far more proficient, netting 14 points on just five field-goal attempts to go with seven rebounds. But Winslow made strides in the Heat’s eyes, per Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick:
Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reported what Winslow said afterward about how he and Johnson embrace their budding rivalry:
For the moments the game’s two headliners had, each squad had balanced scoring efforts. Pistons guard Spencer Dinwiddie pitched in 11 points and four assists, while Heat center Willie Reed had 13 points, 11 rebounds and committed just two fouls.
Miami has improved to 3-0 and has to like what it’s seen from Winslow, whose slide in the draft appears most fortuitous. The Heat will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday to try to keep their perfect record intact.
Dinwiddie’s stellar outing has to be encouraging for Detroit. The former Colorado star is still trying to establish himself since a torn ACL cut his final college season short but also has Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings to clear on the Pistons’ depth chart.
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