A brand new video for David Bowie‘s “No Plan” debuted yesterday, aligning with both the artist’s birthday today and the one-year anniversary of his death this week.In the mysterious Tom Hingston-directed video, rows of televisions in the rain-slick display window of Newton Electrical – a nod to Bowie’s character in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Lazarus (the Bowie-penned musical that featured “No Plan”) – broadcast the lyrics to the song while an audience gathers and watches, transfixed, outside the store. The televisions also flash images of space travel, another ubiquitous theme in Bowie’s work.“No Plan” was one of the three of Bowie’s final recordings – along with “Killing a Little Time” and “When I Met You” – with the singer’s version appearing on the Lazarus musical cast recording album. To mark Bowie’s birthday, those three songs, along with “Lazarus” from Blackstar, have been repackaged as the No Plan EP, which is available now on streaming services. You can watch the video below, via DavidBowieVEVO:Happy birthday, Bowie, we miss you. The stars look very different today.[h/t Rolling Stone]
Who would’ve ever thought that a team flirting with mediocrity would have New York sports fans so euphoric? Such is life when you live in a region where the championship drought for teams in the four major sports stands at five years. To be fair, these new New York Knicks are something to behold. Suddenly they’ve become the embodiment of teamwork, utilizing effective passing all in the spirit of trust—the organization’s favorite buzzword these days. The leader of this fresh, team-first philosophy is the oft-maligned Carmelo Anthony, who for years has been the target of biting criticism from observers outraged at his perceived lack of leadership.This is the same Anthony who has never played alongside another star player. The best scorer he’s ever had running up the court with him was (gulp) J.R. Smith, the mercurial shooting guard whose affinity for lettin’ ’em fly will never be questioned—by anyone. J.R. Smith is now on LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, where, on a good night, he’s the third best scorer behind James himself. So maybe the Knicks star scorer is not to blame for the team’s maladies since he forced his way to the Garden.Anthony deserves credit for keeping the team afloat during the first half of the season, putting the Knicks in position to sneak their way into the postseason by embracing the role of facilitator. At the halfway mark, the Knicks stand at 20-21, and just completed what could’ve been a season-crushing stretch, but instead won five of their last seven, which included a one-point loss to the dominant San Antonio Spurs on their home court where they remain undefeated.The Knicks have already surpassed last year’s historically bad winning mark (17) and appear to be a resurgent franchise. It didn’t look that way after their embarrassing 27-point defeat to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 1. But the team showed some mettle by knocking off the Hawks twice in as many games and followed that up with an impressive victory over the Heat in Miami. They proceeded to run over the over-hyped Milwaukee Bucks and then held off the upstart Boston Celtics in a game that felt very much like a playoff matchup. Instead of buckling under pressure as has been customary for James Dolan’s franchise, these stubborn Knicks refused to relinquish their dwindling lead down the stretch, even with Anthony going down early with an ankle injury and Kristaps Porzingis fouling out.Although the Knicks were able to hold on and win Tuesday against Boston, it was clear they were missing Anthony. Among the laundry list of complaints alleged NBA fans have regarding Anthony is his defense. Aside from sharing the ball on offense, leading to uncontested baskets, the Knicks have displayed some fortitude on defense. The bulk of the credit has gone to Porzingis and big man Robin Lopez for their ability to defend the basket with their height, but Anthony has been the glue keeping things together. In their victories over the Hawks (twice), Heat, and Bucks, the Knicks gave up 97, 101, 90, and 88 points, respectively. Against the Celtics, the Knicks held them to 49 points in the first half and then gave up 65 points in a second half in which Anthony was relegated to the bench. On Wednesday, the lowly Nets were able to drop 110 points on the Knicks, who were without Anthony, as he was recovering from Tuesday’s ankle injury.Following the loss to the Nets, Porzingis addressed Anthony’s absence, saying “He kind of creates a lot of situations for us. He gets the ball, he’s getting the defense to be tighter.”While Porzingis has been rightfully showered with superlatives all season, it’s Anthony who has been the catalyst. He’s taken less shots than he has in his entire career and his scoring average is nearly four points below his career average. He’s also distributing the ball more than ever. As currently constructed, the Knicks are not primed for a significant postseason run. They need another scorer they can count on and an athletic point guard capable of pushing the tempo. Despite missing these key components, the Knicks should still advance to the postseason. And if they continue playing unselfish ball, buoyed by Anthony, there’s a few teams that no doubt will be uncomfortable when they realize these are not the same old Knicks. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images
Wenger hopes it is an understanding which can continue to return positive results from the challenges ahead. “We have two clean sheets now in two big games and you never do that without a huge contribution of your centre-backs,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player. “It is a mixture of quality, being calm, confidence and not panicking in very heated situations. “At the moment, they are at their peak in these kind of situations.” Arsenal have certainly developed a mean streak in recent weeks, completing a smash-and-grab raid on Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion with a second-half header from Aaron Ramsey after soaking up plenty of pressure from the home side. Wenger believes it is now a real collective effort from the whole of the team. “There is now a little bit of an extra focus on defending, because we are naturally a team which is built with attacking players, so in the big games, these guys force a bit their natural tendency and so we maybe have a bit more of a defensive urgency,” he said. “Their nature is to turn forwards, the likes of (Mesut) Ozil, (Santi) Cazorla, (Tomas) Rosicky, Ramsey – they all like to attack, but in the big games maybe they focus also on defending well so we can improve.” Press Association The Gunners head to Manchester United on the back of clean sheets against Liverpool and then, most impressively, when securing a 1-0 win in the Champions League away to Borussia Dortmund. The partnership between the 6ft 6in Mertesacker and France international Koscielny has grown in stature and kept club captain Thomas Vermaelen warming the bench. Arsenal’s belief may be growing on the back of every big win, but that in itself can bring added pressure from the terraces – one which Wenger challenged his side to take in their stride. “The more a team progresses, it raises the expectation level, and the players have to live with that,” he said. “But all the teams have to do that, and it is interesting as well because in some way it pushes the team to raise their level, and we do have the quality to do it.” Despite all of Arsenal’s early-season promise, Wenger accepts the acid test of how far they can go in 2014 will come against last season’s champions, who are now showing signs of improvement under the guidance of new manager David Moyes after an eight-match unbeaten run through all competitions. “It is still one of the benchmarks of the season where you judge how strong you are,” said Wenger, whose side last won at Old Trafford back in 2006. “People analyse everything, your behaviour and draw conclusions after the game. It is of course still one of the big games. “You can gain confidence and credit for your behaviour. “We had periods where we did very well at Old Trafford and recently, yes, we have not done so well. “It is a good opportunity to show that we have improved and that we can win there. “That is our target, to go there and win the game.” Wenger feels patience will again be key for his side. “We rush our game less, we do not panic, we have a bit more confidence and it is another good opportunity to show that on Sunday,” added the Arsenal boss. “The confidence level is not set and certain for ever, it goes up and down with recent results of the team. “Because our recent results have been stronger, the confidence levels will be higher. The commitment and the resilience need to be high as well.” Arsenal will wait on the fitness of England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been struggling with an inflamed ankle. Mathieu Flamini, though, is expected to feature after recovering from his recent groin problem. Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal’s centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are “at their peak”.