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Chesney and McGraw Kick Off Summer with First Joint Rehearsal 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour Kicks Off June 2 at RJS

With the drumbeat to summer growing louder, rehearsals for the hottest tour of the summer are in full swing. The 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, hit the next level of production yesterday when Chesney and McGraw met for their first on-stage, joint rehearsal.

"Yesterday's rehearsal with Tim and I and our bands was as electric and exciting as we anticipated," said Chesney, the man with nine summers of playing to crowds of more than one million a year. "It's been a long time since we've played on stage together and the chemistry and excitement is just so natural. It's going to be a dream come true to have our years of friendship come together on stage for what will be one unpredictable, loud, hell of a summer, and I can't wait," Chesney continued.

The 3+ hour working rehearsal found the friends working out songs for the tour, which kicks off June 2 in Tampa, FL. With shows at more than 20 stadiums across the country, including MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ, Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, the tour is set to be the musical event of 2012.

This weekend's Amazing Race 2012 charity event in New Orleans with Drew Brees and Matthew McConaughey marks Chesney and his band's first public performance since the debut of "Feel Like a Rock Star" at the ACM Awards. Chesney's 13th studio album, 'Welcome To The Fishbowl,' will be available on June 19 (BNA Records) and the first single, "Feel Like A Rock Star," with tourmate Tim McGraw, debuted in early April and has quickly climbed the charts.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 Preseason Schedule Finalized



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced their finalized schedule for the 2012 preseason.

Tampa Bay kicks off their preseason schedule with a trip to Miami, as they continue their longest-running preseason series with the Dolphins on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. The following week on Friday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m., the Buccaneers will open their home slate against the Tennessee Titans, a franchise they haven't hosted since a 1989 tilt with the then-Houston Oilers. Tampa Bay will conclude their home exhibition schedule against the New England Patriots on Friday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m., marking the fourth time in the past six preseasons that two teams have met in Tampa. For the second consecutive year, the Buccaneers close their preseason slate on the road at Washington with a 7:30 p.m. start on Wednesday, August 29.

WTSP-TV Channel 10 News is the official television home of Buccaneers preseason football for the second year, and will produce all four preseason games in 2012: at Miami, against Tennessee, against New England and at Washington. Chris Myers will enter his ninth season in the broadcast booth for Tampa Bay as the play-by-play man, while former Buccaneers safety John Lynch will join him for the fourth year. Dave Wirth, who serves as WTSP's main sports anchor, will be the sideline analyst for the second season.

For the ninth year, Clear Channel's US 103.5 FM and 620 WDAE AM will serve as the flagship stations for the Buccaneers Radio Network and will broadcast all Buccaneers games. Gene Deckerhoff will handle the play-by-play duties for the 24th straight season and Dave Moore will enter his sixth season as an analyst. T.J. Rives enters his seventh season as Tampa Bay's sideline reporter.


Fri. 8/10 7:30 PM WTSP Fri. 8/17 7:30 PM WTSP Fri. 8/24 7:30 PM WTSP Wed. 8/29 7:30 PM WTSP All times Eastern and subject to change

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Tickets for U.S. FIFA World Cup Qualifier vs. Antigua/Barbuda on Sale March 1, 11 a.m. ET

U.S. Men’s National Team Opens Group A Play Against First-Time Opponent on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2012) – Individual tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifying match against first-time opponent Antigua and Barbuda will go on sale at 11 a.m. ET on March 1. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. ET on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Tickets starting at $22 go on sale to the public Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m. ET through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Tampa Bay (including many Walmart stores). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. ET and runs until Thursday, March 1, at 9 a.m. ET at Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will hold a public training session at the stadium the day before the game. More information about the free session will be available in the near future.

The USA’s match against Antigua & Barbuda will be the first match of the Semifinal Round of FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying. The Caribbean nation has never advanced to the Semifinal Round before and will also be facing the U.S. for the first time in the teams’ history.

The game also marks the first World Cup qualifier in the state of Florida since the USA defeated Mexico 2-1 on Nov. 23, 1980, in Ft. Lauderdale.

Along with the U.S. and Antigua & Barbuda, Group A consists of Guatemala and Jamaica. Each team will meet each other both home and away in round robin play. The top finishers from each of the three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013.

The MNT will be in Florida shortly before the June 8 match to take on Scotland in Jacksonville. The teams will kick off at 8 p.m. ET at EverBank Field on May 26. Before returning to the Sunshine State, the U.S. will head to Landover, Md., to face Brazil on May 30 and to Toronto to play Canada on June 3.

U.S. Men's National Team To Open 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at RJS

For Immediate Release --U.S. to Face Antigua and Barbuda in Opening Match of Semifinal Round Group Play

CHICAGO (Feb. 15, 2012) – The United States will kick off the effort to qualify for its seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup when they host Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium, marking the first World Cup qualifier in the state of Florida since the USA defeated Mexico 2-1 on Nov. 23, 1980, in Ft. Lauderdale. The semifinal round opener begins at 7 p.m. ET live on ESPN, ESPN3 and the Univision family of networks.

Ticket information will be announced in the near future. To find out when tickets will go on sale, join U.S. Soccer’s ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase tickets for the match against Antigua and Barbuda before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.

“Our focus since last summer has been to prepare this team for World Cup qualifying, and we are thrilled that we can start the process in Tampa,” said Klinsmann. “It’s critical that we start qualifying off on the right foot, so to be in a place where the team has had such great support is a huge positive for us. The players always talk about how great the surface is at Raymond James Stadium, so overall we think is the ideal venue.”

The United States has never played against Antigua and Barbuda, which qualified for the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the first time ever after winning Group F with a combined score of 25-3. Along with these two teams, Group A is comprised of Guatemala and Jamaica. Each opponent will meet twice, once at home and once away, in round robin play. The top teams from each of three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013. Three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-leg playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.

The United States will be making its seventh appearance in Tampa dating back to a 1-1 tie with Switzerland in 1985. Overall the U.S. has a 3-2-1 record with wins against Finland (1990), Ecuador (2007) and El Salvador (2010). The 2007 matchup is the most memorable, with 31,547 on hand at Raymond James Stadium to see a magnificent hat trick by Landon Donovan in a 3-1 victory. In 2008, Raymond James Stadium hosted the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team for the group phase of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The U.S. posted a 2-0-1 record against Cuba, Panama and Honduras.

The U.S. will play a series of friendlies in preparation for the start of qualifying, first meeting Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network in the channel’s debut broadcast of a U.S. National Team game, as well as the Univision family of networks.

Following the match against Scotland, the U.S. continues its competition against the world’s top teams when they host five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Wednesday, May 30 in Landover, Md. Kickoff for the USA’s first ever match at FedExField is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision.

For the last game before the start of World Cup qualifying, the United States will make a rare visit to Canada when it renews the rivalry June 3 at BMO Field in Toronto. Kickoff for the USA’s first match on Canadian soil since 1997 is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

Fans can follow all the matches live online via’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

Contact: U.S. Soccer Communications, 312-808-1300