Atlético says 2 group members test positive for coronavirus

first_imgAtlético says 2 group members test positive for coronavirus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappMADRID (AP) — Two members of Atlético Madrid’s group set to travel to Portugal for the Champions League quarterfinals have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Spanish club did not name those who tested positive and did not say if a player was involved. It said in a statement that the entire squad will be tested again before the team can travel. August 9, 2020 Associated Press Atlético is set to face Leipzig on Thursday in the last eight.___ More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img

WLAX : Block twins take unexpected path to become teammates at Syracuse

first_img Comments Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Daniel Block said his twin daughters always suggested they did not want to go to the same school until they visited Syracuse.Linley and Becca Block weren’t always recruited together either. And they didn’t always get along, getting in fights often throughout their high school days together.The moment when they decided to play together didn’t come until the ride back home from the Block sisters’ first collegiate recruiting tour, with then-SU assistant coach John Battaglino.‘We went out, they did the tour with then-assistant coach John Battaglino,’ Daniel said. ‘And on the ride home I asked them what they thought, and they both said, ‘That’s where I want to go.”Now Linley, who is a defender and midfielder, and Becca, a defender, have both played in every game this season for the Orange. Both made their collegiate debut in a game last season against Colgate on Feb. 19.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike their father said, it wasn’t always a guarantee they would be playing on the same field for the same team.The two sisters played high school lacrosse at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass., and on the national level with a team that represented lower New England. Battaglino, like other coaches on the Blocks’ radar at the time, insisted the twins weren’t being brought in as a packaged deal.‘Syracuse called us, I think July 1 — when coaches can first call you,’ Linley said. ‘And (Battaglino) had asked us to come as soon as we could, so we went to Syracuse before we visited any other schools. Both my sister and I just said we really liked it, and we committed here.’Outside of a mid-March Florida vacation that kept the couple from games against Maryland and Towson last month, Daniel and the twins’ mother, Denise, have attended all but two games on the Syracuse schedule this season.Denise played for Towson in college and introduced lacrosse to her daughters. The twins — who are two of four daughters in the family that all grew up as athletes — emerged from her teaching and have been playing since fifth grade.Though Daniel said both Becca and Linley are equally competitive, they are different. He described Becca as the more emotional of the two.‘They are twins. They’re both gifted athletically, but they’re different people,’ he said.Becca ranks third on the team with 15 draw controls. Linley, who is the older of the twins by one minute, has started six games this year and has seen increased playing time following the injury to senior defender Lindsay Rogers.The twin teammates are finding a different experience now that they are out of high school. Becca said they are more mature.In high school, the twins would fight often, fights that would get physical, Becca said. Many times, the fights concerned things that had nothing to do with lacrosse.‘But now in college, it’s like a lot more serious,’ Becca said. ‘It’s a different level. We get along much better now. We clearly don’t get in physical fights in practice.’The two may not have originally pictured themselves playing alongside each other at the college level, but they have clearly grown to appreciate being at Syracuse together.After making frequent trips to Syracuse to see his daughters play, Daniel described the five-and-a-half to six-hour drive from Stratham, N.H., to Syracuse as ‘doable.’ He was relieved to find out the two picked a school that was in the Northeast.And he was relieved they picked a place where he could make those ‘doable’ trips to see them play every game.‘Even though they’re only sophomores, we know at some point it’s all going to end,’ Daniel said. ‘We enjoy the camaraderie as parents, and we enjoy watching them compete. We don’t want to miss games unless we absolutely have to.’zoirvin@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse’s smothering defense leads to 30 turnovers, 45-point win over North Carolina Central

first_imgIt took two minutes to see that North Carolina Central didn’t stand a chance.On the Eagles’ first possession, trying to break free of Syracuse’s hounding press, Khyra Conerly threw the ball right into the hands of SU’s Alexis Peterson, who raced up the court as NCCU defenders tried to catch her. The next three Eagles chances would each result in turnovers as well, and by the time Brianna Bulter corralled a Conerly air ball before hitting a 3 on the other end of the court, it was 9-0. Only 127 seconds had ticked off the clock.“You want to pressure and impart your will on teams,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “And I thought that we kind of had a little beat on their press break, and I knew they’d get into it right away, and we guessed right.”On an afternoon when Syracuse struggled to hit its shots – going just 33.3 percent from the field – it still found a way to hound an inferior N.C. Central (2-8) team that had an impossible time finding a rhythm on offense. No. 20 Syracuse (7-1) forced 30 turnovers and recorded 15 steals as it defeated the Eagles 70-25 on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome in front of 447.“I definitely think getting steals early is beneficial for us,” Butler said. “It definitely leads into our offense, allowing us to get into our offense getting the ball, stealing from them and being able to get fast break layups.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 3 minutes left in the first half, NCCU’s Racquel Davis tried to break the pressure by passing to Conerly, but it hit off her fingertips, and Peterson pounced on it before getting fouled as desperate Eagles players trailed her down the court.As Rachel Williams tried to break the press two possessions later, she was hounded by two SU players. She muscled her way up the court with Briana Day sticking to her, before Willams lost the handle on the basketball. As it rolled out of bounds, she turned around and slowly trudged up the court.The Orange smothered N.C. Central into inept passing and allowed to Orange to trap the shorter — all but two players are 6-foot or less — and slower Eagles on every opportunity it got. Syracuse pressed after each made basket, timeout, or dead-ball turnover, effectively running the Eagles off the court.“I think this was an improving game, we stepped up in a lot of areas that we weren’t doing so good in in the beginning,” Day said. “Overall, I think this was a really good game for us.”Day said that the improvement was starting off the game strong, which the Orange has struggled with this season. Today, SU had a 12-point lead before the first media timeout. That deficit wouldn’t get closer than six as Syracuse dominated in a game that was meant to be a blowout.Even though Hillsman said he wants to see his team get out in transition and make more open shots, the pressure that creates those opportunities was more than enough in a 45-point win over an inferior Eagles team.“I thought that as we started changing our defenses throughout the game, it gave us a few advantages,” Hillsman said. “…I thought our pressure turned the ball over. And the key is getting more possessions and more shots.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Gbinije nets 14 points to lead otherwise listless Syracuse offense past Yellow Jackets

first_img Published on January 8, 2015 at 12:41 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ ATLANTA — The best, most consistent player for Syracuse on Wednesday night was Michael Gbinije.After taking the ball up the court with the game on the line in the final 12 minutes of Syracuse’s (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) 46-45 road win over Georgia Tech (9-5, 0-2), the junior forward finished with 14 points — 30.4 percent of his team’s scoring — and 10 rebounds. At times he was a highlight in a game generally lacking in them. At others he was like the rest of his teammates — sloppy, but good enough to win.“Well he got off to a great start and then I think he felt he reached his quota and stopped,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I’m not sure. I don’t know what he was thinking.”Though he committed just one turnover in the game, Gbinije did make plenty of mistakes, starting with the wide-open 3 he dribbled out of on SU’s second possession. He said he should’ve shot the 3 or driven straight to the basket.Those same decision-making errors would arise late in the game too, but not before he carried the Orange through Georgia Tech’s occasional presses and Kaleb Joseph’s spotty minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije had eight of Syracuse’s first 10 points. And with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half, he dribbled through the Yellow Jacket’s press, gliding past his man before throwing up two fingers to start the offense.Rakeem Christmas, though on his way to 18 points and eight rebounds, was struggling to get into good position on his shots from the post. Trevor Cooney shot 3-of-10 from the field and Joseph was in and out of the game, still an inconsistent freshman point guard.“We’ve got to get somebody else going,” Boeheim said.Coming out of a timeout with 1:17 left in the game and SU down by one, Gbinije threw up a 15-foot fadeaway that barely caught the front of the rim.“(Boeheim) let me have it,” Gbinije said. “He made it known to not take that shot anymore, so I’ll limit that.“He just asked me what I was thinking and I told him what I was thinking and he basically said we don’t do that here.”Gbinije said he was just trying to make a play. He had, but he was leading a team that largely hadn’t.Said Boeheim: “Fortunately, Mike has picked it up but we’ve got to get another guy or two to pick it up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Track and field shines in second meet of season

first_imgSenior jumper Margaux Jones has also impressed in back-to-back weeks, winning the women’s long jump for the second competition in a row with a 20-9.25. That mark represents a huge step of progress for Jones, who hadn’t cracked the 20-foot mark since last indoor season, as she struggled with injuries during the outdoor campaign. Her showing on Saturday is a promising sign for the rest of her final season as a Trojan. Up against Big-12 and Pac-12 competition, the Trojans succeeded with eight victories from the event. The crop of freshmen has competed in impressive fashion from the start of the season, with two more first place finishes coming from Trojan newcomers this weekend after 13 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational. Distance runner Alyssa Brewer ran a time of 2:06.48 in the women’s 800-meter to secure the win, defeating last year’s NCAA champion Sammie Watson of Texas A&M. Sophomore jumper Earnest Sears duplicated his impressive performance from the prior weekend to finish first in the men’s high jump, once again clearing the same personal record height of 7 feet 5.25 inches to secure the win on his first try. Once again, Sears came close to clearing the next height of 7 feet 6.25 inches, though he ultimately fell short. Sophomore Kaelin Roberts set a personal record in the women’s 400-meter, running a time of 52.25 seconds. Sophomore hurdler Chanel Brissett provided another first place finish for the Trojans in the women’s 60-meter hurdle with her personal record of 7.98 seconds. Three sophomores set personal records at the meet. Sprinter TeeTee Terry continued her streak of dominance, winning the women’s 60-meter dash with a personal record of 7.15 seconds to add to her two victories last week. Terry has yet to be defeated this season. With impressive showings in the first two weeks of competition in their pocket, the Trojans will look to continue their success next weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. It will be their first time facing SEC opposition this season. Junior distance runner Isaiah Jewett set a USC record with a time of 1:46.91 in the men’s 800-meter, although he finished second in the event. The Trojans collected their final victory of the competition with a first place finish in the women’s 4×400 relay, with a team of juniors Anna Cockrell and Kyra Constantine, freshman Bailey Lear and sophomore Kaelin Roberts. The quartet managed a time of 3:31.25, winning the event. Redshirt senior hurdler Dior Hall was one of many Trojans to set a personal record in Lubbock, Texas last weekend, finishing tenth in the women’s 200-meter with a time of 23.70. (Photo courtesy of John McGillen/USC Athletics) Brewer’s time was good for third on the Trojans’ all-time list. Freshman hurdler Ayden Owens collected his second first place finish in as many weeks with a victory in the men’s heptathlon, setting a school record with a point total of 5,642. Following an impressive weekend of competition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., the Trojan track and field team went to Lubbock, Texas, last weekend to compete in the Texas Tech Invitational. A clearance at that height would give Sears the USC record in the event, surpassing the record of 7 feet 6 inches held by redshirt senior jumper Randall Cunningham and USC alumnus Jesse Williams. Sears has been dominant in the early season, and already seems to be on the verge of taking a shot at that mark. It’ll be a storyline worth monitoring throughout the long remainder of the season.last_img read more

UCL Round of 16: Bayern Munich outclass Chelsea 3-0 in London

first_img Source: BBC Chelsea’s Champions League campaign is surely over after they were brutally outclassed by Bayern Munich in the last-16 first-leg tie at Stamford Bridge.The Bundesliga leaders followed in the footsteps of closest rivals RB Leipzig, who won at Tottenham at this same stage six days previously, by coming to the capital and producing a hugely impressive display.And, as when Bayern inflicted an historic 7-2 home defeat on Spurs in October, former Arsenal star Serge Gnabry was the tormentor-in-chief as he revelled on his return to London.The 24-year-old scored four at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and he delivered the end product Bayern had threatened from the kick-off when he struck clinically twice early in the second half after being set up by the outstanding Robert Lewandowski.Lewandowski surely snuffed out any lingering hopes Chelsea had of a comeback when he finished off another sweeping attack, fed by the brilliant teenager Alphonso Davies.As if this was not enough, Chelsea’s misery was compounded by defender Marcos Alonso being sent off late on after a clash with Lewandowski after the experienced Jorginho had been ruled out of the second leg when he received a silly yellow card for dissent.Chelsea’s lack of class exposedChelsea may have actually over-stretched themselves by getting out of a group containing Valencia and Ajax, key results being a win over last season’s semi-finalists in Amsterdam and a freakish 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge, when they came from 4-1 down.This, however, was a step too far.The warning signs were flashing almost from the kick-off as Bayern, looking sharper and more inventive than the side well beaten by Liverpool at this same stage last season, sliced them apart.Chelsea somehow survived the first 45 minutes in tact but the threat from the likes of Gnabry, Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman was evident, Thomas Muller coming closest with a header against the bar.It was no surprise when Bayern opened up Chelsea with precision for three second-half goals and Frank Lampard’s side simply had no answer in any area of the pitch.When Chelsea had half-chances they could not convert them and when dangerous balls flew across the face of goal there was no-one on the end of them.Chelsea looked a well beaten side once the deadlock was broken by Gnabry six minutes after the break and if there is any consolation, and in truth there is not, it is that the damage could have been a lot worse, such was the gulf in class.They pulled off a miracle to win the Champions League against Bayern in their own Allianz Arena in 2012 – but there is no evidence to suggest they will come anywhere near the result they require in the second leg.last_img read more

Ayew: I never meant to hurt Mollo

first_imgMarseille forward Andre Ayew insists he never feared a red card after his rash tackle injured St Etienne’s Yohan Mollo during Tuesday night’s meeting at the Stade Velodrome.Ayew was booked by referee Said Ennjimi just after the hour mark for a lunge at the on-loan Nancy player, whose club have revealed he suffered a sprained ankle in the incident.Ghana international Ayew said: “I was late but I never feared I would be sent off because I never had the intention of doing him harm.“The linesman said he had seen it all and he advised a yellow card to Mr Ennjimi.“I know Yohan well and I never had any wish to do him harm. I hope it’s not serious and that he can play at the weekend.”Goals from Benjamin Mendy in the 26th minute and Gianelli Imbula four minutes later were enough for Marseille to win the game, televised live on BT Sport, 2-1, Faouzi Ghoulam providing St Etienne’s goal after Alaixys Romao handled Mollo’s cross. And OM coach Elie Baup told L’Equipe: “We were very good in the first half. All the team were in tune.“We were solid and scored the goals. It does not matter who was on the end of those moves.”Playmaker Mathieu Valbuena added: “Even if it was not the strikers who scored, they played their part. I noticed a greater presence in front of goal.”St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier was left to rue his side’s nightmare start.“In the first 20 minutes, Marseille imposed great physical pressure and we could not respond,” he said. “It’s never easy to get a result at Marseille, never mind with a two-goal handicap.“After that, we picked our heads up and reduced the deficit. We played our football with plenty of desire and determination. We were unlucky sometimes but Marseille defended well.“Our second half was good but not good enough to beat a team like OM.”last_img read more

Four Wellington men charged in Jan. 31 vandalism in downtown area

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Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 336 weeks ago Nice work by the department to catch these men. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down WHSsuccess · 336 weeks ago What a bunch of idiots. Get a life (and a job) and leave other people’s property alone. Don’t be stupid thugs. Report Reply 4 replies · active 335 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 336 weeks ago Why are you referring them as “boys”? Grown men. Childish and dumb, but still grown men. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down MJJ · 336 weeks ago They look like a bunch of idiots… and they appear like they haven’t got brain between them. You have people trying to make a living, working hard to keep their businesses operating…GROWN MEN running through the town with spray cans…So stupid. I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Donna Huth · 336 weeks ago Not surprised to see Eugene McCormick in the news again. His grandfather would have been so ashamed of him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Anonymous · 336 weeks ago Got more charges for spray painting stuff than that 19yr old girl did for shooting someone. . Sounds like Wellington to me. Report Reply 2 replies · active 335 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 336 weeks ago Finally, a fun use for facebook! Classic entries around Jan 31st as well as yesterday. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down Lac · 336 weeks ago Ah ic the Wellington pld actually solving crimes and just giving DUIs but again the crimes happened to the rich ppl in Wellington my guess it’s the only reason they solved it Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down ftp · 336 weeks ago Notice how it doesn’t mention them turning themselves in. Report Reply 1 reply · active 335 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down 420fan · 335 weeks ago How high can you be to spray paint like a 10yr old?????? Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington men have been charged with the Jan. 31 vandalism of 21 downtown Wellington properties.The four young adults formerly charged by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer are:•Eugene McCormick born in 1992, of Wellington;•Eli Schmeidler, born in 1989, of Wellington;•Cyrus Cunningham, born in 1992, of Wellington;•Dylan Pacchelli, born in 1993, of Wellington.The four have been charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors that caused an estimated total damage of $5,499 to the downtown area.The four men, all adults, are each being charged with: •Conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property, a Level 10 felony;•Criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor;•Criminal damage to property, a level 9 felony;•Criminal damage to property, a Class A felony;•Criminal damage to property, a Class A misdemeanor;•Criminal damage to property, a Class A misdemeanor.The incident took place Friday morning at 4:45 a.m. when the young males allegedly went to Wellington Wal-Mart and purchased cans of spray paint and markers to use to deface buildings and other property in Wellington. McCormick, Schmeidler, Cunningham and Pacchelli are accused of painting and writing on the building walls – inside and outside buildings.The four are accused of entering the unoccupied “Old Smith Building” or Glasco building at 102 S. Washington owned by Karl Braddick of Dallas. They allegedly passed through the fenced off area and went inside through an unlocked door. Once there, they allegedly painted on the walls inside the building. The estimated cost to repair these walls was $1,255, according to the criminal complaint docket.The four also allegedly spray painted garage doors and building at a Tom McAlister building at 112 S. Washington which would cost $829 to remove or cover up.The list of other vandalized properties include:Security State Bank, 101 N. Washington – $100.Allison Rusk, 116 W. Lincoln, $100.Shawn Weaver, 214 S. Washington, $100.Mariah Prit, 112 E. Lincoln, $50.American Legion, 124 W. Lincoln, $465.Jan Spivak, 107 W. Lincoln, $100.Floor Mart, 106 S. Washington, $100.Security State Bank Drive Thru, $100.Kim Brayant, 111 N. Jefferson, $100;Security First Title, 116 E. Harvey, $100;City of Wellington, 208 N. Washington, $40;Gatehouse Media/Wellington Daily News, 115 W. Harvey, $50.Carter Green, 110 W. Harvey, $840;Rural Truck service, 114 W. Harvey, $50;Ron Church, 210 S. Washington, $285;Renn & Co. (Greg Renn), 209 S. Washington , $50;John T. Stewart,II, 202 S. Washington, $50;Chad Renn, 122 E. Harvey, $0; and Tom McAllister, 110 E. Lincoln, $585.Spencer separated a Class A misdemeanor charge against the young males for the spray painting and marked graffiti on the front window and an exterior wall to the Family Hair Parlor at 215 S. Washington, owned by Julie Russell.The vandalism appeared to have taken place in a two-hour timeframe, said Wellington City Police Chief Tracy Heath.“The guys at the department did a heck of a job,” Heath said in an interview two weeks ago. “We were able to get a lead shortly after the incident took place and secure who was involved shortly after the crime was committed. We are hopeful this will come to a successful conclusion.”Charges were formerly introduced to the district court on Feb. 28. The reason for the month delay was gathering up the number of businesses for which criminal damage had occurred Heath said. He estimated it took about two weeks for property owners to make damage reports to the city.No court hearings have been scheduled at this time according to the court dockets.last_img read more

German football returns under intense scrutiny

first_imgSchalke 04 coach David Wagner wore a face mask to walk from the team’s hotel in Gelsenkirchen to trainingBerlin, Germany | AFP |  Football in Germany returns to the pitch on Saturday as the Bundesliga becomes the first of Europe’s top leagues to swing back into action since the coronavirus lockdown.The German Football League (DFL) convinced Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s regional leaders to allow play to resume by agreeing to submit to an extraordinary set of guidelines to prevent infection.The stadiums will be empty and silent except for the players’ shouts and the referees’ whistles — Germany has suffered far fewer deaths from coronavirus than other large European countries, but it is still too dangerous for crowds to return.Borussia Dortmund will take on local rivals Schalke 04 in the Ruhr Derby on Saturday.That fixture would normally have attracted an 82,000 crowd to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park but supporters will be locked out.On Sunday, Bayern Munich, who were four points clear at the top of the table when the season was suspended in March, will resume their quest for an eighth successive Bundesliga title when they play in the capital against Union Berlin.– No hugging –To minimise the risk of infection, players and staff are being tested regularly and each club has been in a week-long quarantine ahead of the matches.Teams will arrive at stadiums in several buses in order to meet social distancing requirements inside the vehicles. Once on the pitch, players have been warned not to hug to celebrate goals.Substitutes and coaches on the bench must wear protective masks.Some have already fallen foul of the unprecedented rules.Augsburg’s new coach Heiko Herrlich has ruled himself out of Saturday’s match at home to Wolfsburg after leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.“I made a mistake,” Herrlich said. “I did not live up to my function as a role model for my team and the public.”While Herrlich was criticised, there was sympathy for Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer after he broke quarantine following a family bereavement.It means he must miss his side’s clash with Bayern.“All our sympathy goes to the Fischer family in this difficult time,” said Union president Dirk Zingler.Ex-Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, 34, has been suspended by Hertha Berlin for shaking hands with team-mates. Bavaria’s state leader Markus Soeder warned that those who fail to follow the regulations should expect consequences.“If the health experts have given you these suggestions, if the league itself has worked out concepts at great expense, then you have to abide by these rules,” Soeder said Friday.“And if you don’t follow them, in case there is any doubt, there will be ‘a red card’.”The coronavirus has claimed over 7,800 lives in Germany.A poll by broadcaster ARD showed 56 percent of the German public are opposed to football’s return and the players have been warned that the eyes of the nation are upon them.“Down to the last player, everyone knows to abide by the rules,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.– Football world’s focus –With leagues still suspended in England, Italy and Spain, the Bundesliga will have the footballing world’s attention to itself.Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has warned the matches will “look and feel different”.Teams only started squad training sessions last week having previously worked in small groups.“I’m calling it ‘flying blind’,” Hertha Berlin coach Bruno Labbadia said.“With so few days of preparation, it’s impossible to say where we stand.”Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller said his teammates were raring to go.“When I see the emotions we have developed over the last few days, even in a training game, it shows our greed for regular competition,” Mueller wrote on LinkedIn.The clubs want to finish the nine remaining rounds of matches by June 30 in order to claim around 300 million euros ($324 million) in television money. Several clubs are reported to be suffering deep financial problems. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Newcomer Seeks to Unseat Red Bank Mayor

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – A 42-page report filed in June described the borough’s municipal operations as “ineffective” and “dysfunctional.”Could that assessment effect Red Bank’s political landscape for the next four years?The Borough Council-commissioned study has already shaken up the 2018 election, as the Republican party will top its ticket with 64-year-old Pearl Lee, a political novice who found enough inspiration in those scathing pages to run against Democratic incumbent, Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna. It will be the first time Menna will face a challenger in a general election since he won the seat in 2006.Lee called the report “revealing” and “an accumulation of many years of neglect.”“When someone runs unopposed for this long, you’re really not accountable to anybody except your own party,” Lee said.In an Oct. 17 interview with The Two River Times, Menna said the report wasn’t a reflection of current municipal leadership, but rather a necessary step before changes should be made in the borough.“Whether it’s me or anybody else, there had to be a complete review of borough operations. No one had ever done anything like this ever before in our 100-year history,” Menna said.Menna said the governing body commissioned the study because “the people had a right to know” where changes are needed.“Any review that is open and is candid and provides a way forward for operations in the next century is a positive step, especially if we’re implementing it, which we are,” Menna said.For Lee, the message of the report – conducted by consulting firm Government Strategy Group – was inefficiency. The study suggested Red Bank could eliminate 12 full-time positions and recommended consolidating code enforcement, planning, zoning and building departments into a single office.“They had in the report that there were 9,000 open construction permits. There’s only 12,000 people in town and 4,000 houses. It’s about attention to detail. If you show you’re not paying attention, then nobody is paying attention,” Lee added.Menna called the number of open construction permits “unacceptable,” and blamed it on a lack of administrative oversight. He also added those open permits have since been resolved.The firm’s leading recommendation was for Red Bank to overhaul its form of government. The report found that the borough council form had given elected officials too much control over daily operations.In June, Menna said such a maneuver would be a “cop out,” though in Wednesday’s interview he admitted, “I think we are overhauling it.” “Are we a small borough, like back in 1907? Or have we evolved into a center of the region? And the answer is we’ve evolved. I think we have to shape our departments and our government to reflect that,” Menna said.Red Bank’s current form of government consists of a mayor and six council members. The council acts as the legislative branch of the municipal government, while the mayor presides over meetings and only casts a deciding vote on issues in the event of a tie.Lee said, if elected, she’ll approach Red Bank as a business owner would, since she has 40 years of experience to draw from after heading a video production agency in New York City.“If the town was a business, I think it’d be out of business right now,” Lee said. “The amount of mismanagement in almost every department is outrageous.”Lee was critical of a vision statement crafted earlier this year by Red Bank RiverCenter, which was meant to guide the actions of local businesses and the governing body in hopes of securing a financially healthy future for the borough.Lee said the notion is contradictory and confusing.“How can you have visions for the future when you can’t even take care of the things that are right in front of you?”As a political outsider, Lee hopes to play a large role in developing that future, while Menna said the future is something he’s been working toward for the past three decades by “striving to overcome challenges faced by all the different members of our community” and by supporting the progress of the Borough’s public and charter schools.“What sets me apart is that, whether it’s been in prominent situations or completely anonymous tasks, I’ve been actively involved in every fabric of life in this town for 30 years,” Menna said. “I’ve tried to represent the municipality as much as I have been able to do with stability and responsiveness. This isn’t something I started last year. It’s 30 years in the making.”The mayoral and Borough Council candidates are scheduled to appear at the 22nd Annual Candidates Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the River Street Commons. It will be moderated by Amy Goldsmith, West Side Community Group president. The event is open to the public. Street parking only. This article was first published in the Oct. 18 – Oct. 24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more