Presenter Daisy Ridley, second from left, poses with student Academy Award winners in the documentary category at the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. From left to right are Elise Conklin of Michigan State University, Daphne Matziaraki of the University of California at Berkeley and Rongfei Guo of New York University.
Fifty years after the Stax Records tour, a group of young musicians educated at Stax Music Academy are again bringing the music of Memphis back to Europe. Fifty years after the Stax Records tour, a group of young musicians educated at Stax Music Academy are again bringing the music of Memphis back to Europe. Fifty years after the Stax Records tour, a group of young musicians educated at Stax Music Academy are again bringing the music of Memphis back to Europe. These artists from the Stax Records music studio captivated audiences with their music born from blues and gospel -- a mesmerizing sound created from the black experience in the U.S. last century.
Former Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has returned to where his soccer career began, joining Liverpool as a coach at the club's Kirkby academy. Gerrard, who served as captain for Liverpool and the English national team, joined the Liverpool academy as a 9-year-old and went on to play 17 Premier League seasons for the Reds. He made 34 appearances for the Galaxy in 1½ MLS seasons in which he was plagued by hamstring problems. Gerrard, 36, will begin his new job next month although he is already a familiar presence at the academy, where he has visited with many of the young players while working on his coaching badges. "It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began," he said in a statement issued by Liverpool.
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that its clubs will now assert training compensation claims for any player developed in a league-affiliated academy who signs his first professional contract with a non-MLS team outside the U.S. and Canada. MLS clubs will also seek FIFA-administered solidarity payments when players developed in MLS club academies are transferred for a fee between clubs that are members of different international federations. Solidarity payments are a way in which FIFA attempts to compensate youth clubs for developing players. For example, when a player is transferred while under contract, a 5% fee is tacked on to the transfer and distributed to each club that developed the player, starting from their 12th birthday. The two MLS moves Thursday could potentially bring millions of dollars into an academy system in which the league and its clubs have invested heavily.