Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restart

first_img La Blaugrana restart their title defence with a trip to the Balearic Islands on June 13, ahead of a high stakes end of season run in. However, the defending champions have been boosted by the news that Messi is on track to recover from a thigh injury.Advertisement “Messi has not trained due to a precaution, but he is perfectly fine and will not have any problems,” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “We are facing a concentrated run of games, and I want to have Messi on the pitch as much as possible.” Setien also confirmed Luis Suarez is back in full training and the Uruguayan international will be included in the squad to face Vicente Moreno’s side. Read Also: Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at AnfieldThe former Liverpool man has been sidelined since January, after undergoing knee surgery, but due to the extension of the 2019-20 season, he is now set to return.French international pair Ousmane Dembele and Clement Lenglet will miss out, through injury and suspension respectively, with Samuel Umtiti set to step in for Lenglet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona boss Quique Setien has confirmed Lionel Messi will be fit for their La Liga clash away at Real Mallorca this weekend.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)Behind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visitlast_img read more

Minneapolis schools and parks cut ties with police over George Floyd’s death

first_imgMinneapolis Public Schools and the city’s parks department said they will be ending their relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department following George Floyd’s death.The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday night to end its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, according to a recording of the meeting. All nine of the Park Board’s members voted in favor of the resolution to immediately stop using “Minneapolis Police to staff park-sanctioned events” and end the practice of “Park Police response to Minneapolis Police Department calls.”The vote came after the Minneapolis Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to terminate the district’s contract with MPD, which provided school resource officers at school buildings.“George Floyd died on the street slowly and deliberately strangled and our children watched,” Jenny Arenson, vice chair of the board said during the virtual meeting on Tuesday. “Minneapolis police, individual officers and the city have work to do. And until they demonstrate they have done that work, we need to separate our relationship.”Additionally, the University of Minnesota also announced they would “no longer contract with the Minneapolis Police Department for additional law enforcement support” and it will not use the police department for “specialized services are needed for university events.”last_img read more

Area HS coaches adapt to lack of spring sports season

first_imgSchools across the state closed in mid-March, just as tryouts and practices were about to get underway. Gradually, hopes for any kind of season flickered away as the number of infections and deaths climbed at the local, state, national and worldwide levels.On April 27, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association canceled its slate of state championships. Four days later, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools would stay closed for the rest of the academic year.Among the many sports that never got started was track and field, where long-time West Genesee coach Jim Vermeulen said his challenge was to see that his athletes exited the crisis with a firmer and deeper perspective on life. Whether young or old, newly-hired or long-established, high school sports coaches are accustomed to facing change, whether it’s new students on their rosters or rules changes or some other unforeseen challenge.Dealing with the loss of an entire season before a practice or game could take place falls into a whole other category.Among the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was the entire 2020 spring sports season, a reflection of similar cancellations across the country of all activities having to do with schools. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In his “Thoughts From Three” journal for the NY MileSplit web site, Vermeulen discussed, at length, what he was sharing with the kids he coached.“The virus had created a virtual “pause” in society, and that pause has offered my athletes the chance to dampen the daily noise and to use social distances to find themselves,” said Vermeulen.“The goal is to emerge on the other side of the pandemic with stronger appreciations and less-distracted convictions. For the athletes, this uniquely stripped-down form of daily life presents the chance to appreciate what it fully means to ‘be an athlete.’”Later on in the journal, Vermeulen shared stories from some of his athletes, who talked about altered training routines and even doubts about whether they even wanted to be on the team.It concluded with the coach continuing his conversation with them all the way to the end of the school year.“At times, the pause is as important as the push,” said Vermeulen. “And since coaching is teaching, I could easily offer my distance runners a one-question final exam: Briefly describe what you’ve learned this spring about your running.”Switching to softball and baseball, where the snow had melted in mid-March and teams were set to have a rare opportunity to practice outdoors, and on the field, when the schools closed.That affected, among others, the Solvay softball Bearcats, the 2017 state Class B champions and expected to be quite strong again this season.Veteran Solvay head coach Phil Merrill was about to start his 31st season. He said he, like so many others, could not have predicted that a pandemic would wipe out an entire year’s worth of work getting ready for 2020.“‘Ive dealt with weather-related seasons or seasons with kids sick, but nothing to this extent,” said Merrill. “I personally miss being at the field hitting infield, outfield or batting practice.”Yet even as he expressed his dismay at how things turned out, Merrill kept the whole issue in perspective.Not being around the kids is making me feel my age (and) they kept me feeling young,” he said.  “I hope if things workout, that we can get back to high school sports by next season (and I) hope the kids can bounce back from this as well as our whole country, because this is far more serious than high school sports.”Up at Marcellus, where its boys golf team still has a spring schedule, head coach Joe Goss, who has led the program for 25 years, had his own set of challenges to face.“We had 16 players signed up, from Sean Colella, who made it to the state tournament the past two seasons, to kids who really are just starting to learn to play,” said Goss.“Since I know all the kids from school, I was excited to work with this group of personalities, but we will wait. This area has responded pretty well to the distancing rules so inconveniences are just that, and not devastating sorrow.In the meantime, Goss said that he kept in touch with all of his players through establishing mental drills to learning about the Mustangs’ home course, Sunset Ridge, and also learning about the rules of the game. Tags: MarcellusSolvayspring sportsWest Geneseelast_img read more