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“I have been a lifelong Abba fan so it is an absolute honour,” says Victoria Hesketh

Hesketh also shared a photo of herself playing keys alongside Abba's Benny Andersson, presumably in rehearsals for the upcoming shows.

I have been a lifelong @abba fan so it is an absolute honour to share that I will be joining @abbavoyage live on stage on keyboards/ synth and BVs. I am beyond excited for this journey to continue and hope you can join us…. https://t.co/cIEiSiEOJs #abbavoyage #abba pic.twitter.com/dGUGbQAmPrSeptember 6, 2021

Abba Voyage will feature a10-piece live band and be staged in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. This will take place in Spring 2022 - you can register for early ticket access on the Abba Voyage website.

Abba are one of the biggest pop bands of all time, and have confirmed that their long-awaited new album, Voyage, will be released on 5 November and contain 10 new songs.

Ahead of the release, the band have unveiled two new singles, I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, both of which are available to stream now.

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Browns practice squad: Team does not protect anyone for Week 1

Browns Wire 07 September, 2021 - 03:18pm

The Cleveland Browns have an interesting season laid out in front of them in 2021. While the end goal is months away, their Week 1 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs looms large as a measuring stick. The Browns don’t have to win against the Chiefs to prove they belong but it could be a huge boost of confidence.

While the team’s depth chart looks stacked, there are areas where they could use help from their practice squad from time to time. With the new rules started in 2020, NFL teams can call up players from their practice squad on game days. They can also protect up to four players so other teams couldn’t sign them the week of a game.

Today comes the news of the players protected by their teams. Only 18 teams chose to protect players with Cleveland being one that did not:

Full list of practice squad protections prior to Week 1 of the NFL season. These players cannot be signed off their teams’ practice squads until next week. pic.twitter.com/wrpjT40GWq

— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) September 7, 2021

There could be a couple of reasons for this decision by the other 14 teams but it is risky. Agents could have negotiated (as a handshake agreement) with teams to not have their players protected for a certain number of games, teams could be trying to hide their intentions with players on their practice squad or trying to do right by them, giving them options, this early in the season.

Perhaps teams weren’t worried since all of these players were available to sign to 53-man rosters just days ago but an injury during the week could change everything in that regard.

While it is unlikely to be a problem in Week 1, it is interesting that the Browns didn’t at least protect quarterback Nick Mullens and kicker Chris Naggar for emergency purposes.

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Browns’ Week 1 depth chart, featuring the 53-man roster

Dawgs By Nature 07 September, 2021 - 01:46pm

As always, the depth chart is always labeled as unofficial.

The team always refers to it as an “unofficial” depth chart, so nothing should be taken as being locked in. Here are the things of note from the depth chart:

Browns are ‘built to beat’ Kansas City Chiefs say top ESPN analysts

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Browns rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 'ready' to face Travis Kelce, Chiefs in season opener

NFL.com 07 September, 2021 - 08:06am

When Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah began sliding toward the back half of the 2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland swooped in to stop his fall. The Browns already had a plan how to employ the do-it-all linebacker.

The rookie will get to test that plan right off the bat in Week 1 when the Browns face Kansas City and its boatload of weapons, including tight end Travis Kelce.

'I'm definitely ready," he said after Monday's practice, via the Associated Press.

Owning the size, speed and coverage ability, the Browns view JOK as someone who can help slow pass-catching tight ends like Kelce, who ripped the Browns for 108 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions in Cleveland's postseason loss to K.C. The Browns hope the rookie linebacker can provide at least a bit more resistance for the All-Pro tight end.

"A high-rated guy," Owusu-Koramoah said of Kelce. "It is not foreign to me to have some type of matchup as such. Watched a lot of film and had to watch a lot of film to be able to be ready for a guy who is as talented as him.

"We will be ready. I will be ready. As a team, we are looking forward to game-planning correctly."

JOK's offseason hasn't been seamless. He tested positive for COVID-19, and a gash on his head that required stitches kept him out for several practices and the club's final preseason game. However, the rookie said that even though he missed on-field time, the mental reps will help him get off to a fast start.

"Same ordeal when I was in that COVID quarantine, same thing," he said. "Doing everything that I can that's off the field. I was still doing some individuals (drills) too, still running and doing things like that, making sure that I keep my stamina up.

"It wasn't as big a setback as it may seem. We'll be good."

After watching Kelce explode on them during the postseason, the Browns hope their offseason changes on defense can help turn the tide among potential AFC powers. Owusu-Koramoah represents one of the most significant parts of that plan.

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