Coronavirus strikes out Rumble Ponies Opening Day

first_img“Fortunately enough I have keys to a cage at a local baseball field, My dad and I just head up there and get my work in, my swings in, some defensive stuff, and we play catch together,” said Bohanek. Ponies utility man Cody Bohanek has also had to get creative. Bohanek finished last season in Double-A with the Rumble Ponies and was more than likely to crack this year’s Opening Day roster. As for the 2020 Eastern League All-Star game that was set to place here in July, Hughes told us MLB and MiLB will make a decision in conjunction with each other. but the Rumble Ponies are preparing for it as if it will happen. “You know I’ve purposely not closed my eyes on that. I mean I can’t see life without baseball, I can’t see America without baseball. So of course one of our major things to do is get baseball up and running I think that’s been said by a lot of people. For sure we’re not going to give up on that dream just yet, and we’re nowhere close to it,” said Hughes. Team owner John Hughes tells me for now, the organization is running scenario based options, including how to fit everything in, what a schedule will look like, and how they will take care of players in fans – if the season resumes. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. There were no fans coming through the gates at NYSEG Stadium, excited for the promise of a new season. There was no smell of ballpark food on the grill or the sight of the green outfield grass. Fans are left with nothing but hope that at some point this summer, America’s favorite pastime can resume and we can have that much anticipated Opening Day. “Something we’re going to have to weather and see how that goes. I think the first priority for everybody is let’s get up and running and then let’s have good frank discussion about the way forward. Our only focus is let’s get everybody up and running and get people outside, and to the ballpark,” said Hughes. In the meantime, players and coaches have to stay ready for the season to begin. Minor league players have had to get creative, as most do not have the resources to train how they typically do. “I just try to get in home workouts in, I have a couple dumbbells I have a little bench press thing that I try and keep up with, other than that, that’s really it, just throw and workout,” said Tony Dibrell. center_img “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. “Things aren’t the way we would all want them to be in the sports world and in the world in general but we’ve been trying to make the most of it and look at the bright side and see the light at the end of the tunnel in all of this,” said Bohanek. These players will be ready for the start of the season. The Mets have done a good job of keeping their minor league players in the loop but for the time being, they are staying optimistic with so many unknowns looming. Ponies pitcher Tony Dibrell, went to Staples and bought a carpet to put on his back deck. Dibrell gets his work in by throwing pitches at that carpet. “They told us they don’t really know so there is nothing for certain right now, they just want us to stay in shape because just in case they say we’re playing next month. They want us to be ready,” said Dibrell. The biggest question surrounds negotiations between MLB and MiLB regarding the minor league teams at risk of being eliminated. If the 2020 baseball season is cancelled, we may have seen the last of Mets affiliated baseball in Binghamton. When asked if he anticipates this season being cancelled, Hughes said it’s a thought that has crossed his mind. Negotiations between the leagues are currently on pause, as the new priority is getting baseball up and running in 2020. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Today was supposed to be the start of the 2020 Rumble Ponies season, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season is on pause with no start date in sight. last_img read more

Trump to dominate Republican convention in bid for campaign momentum

first_imgPresident Donald Trump will try to recover momentum in his uphill re-election struggle at this week’s Republican Party convention, telling Americans that he has answers to the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and racial unrest.Trump and his top aides strived over the weekend to put an optimistic spin on what will be a mostly online convention as he prepares to head Monday to North Carolina to formally launch the four-day event.”I think we’re going to see something that is going to be very uplifting and positive, that’s what I’d like it to be,” the president told Fox News. Provocative lineup The Republican convention will be Trump-centric, with each of the four days expected to feature an appearance by the president and also by at least one member of his family.Some of the guests are clearly aimed at riling up Democrats, who spent their convention last week savaging Trump as a failed leader.These include a Missouri couple who brandished firearms at a group of anti-racist protesters marching past their mansion in June — an image that quickly went viral.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in support of Trump during an official visit to Israel. Such a directly political intervention by the nation’s top diplomat while abroad would be highly unusual.The president plans to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday from the lawn of the White House, shrugging off criticism over the use of the presidential residence for campaign purposes. Help from ‘The Apprentice’ The event comes only four days after the Democrats — in a history-making all-virtual convention of their own — formally crowned former vice president Biden as the party’s presidential candidate. Trump, whose rise from New York real estate mogul to political prominence was boosted by his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” has turned to two of the program’s producers to help with convention planning, according to reports.The Republicans’ effort is expected to incorporate more live broadcasting — an approach holding both opportunity and risk — than the Democratic event.Trump is expected to try to impart the best possible spin on his efforts to battle the coronavirus, but polls show most Americans trust Biden far more than him to deal with it.The president faced further criticism over the weekend from someone uncomfortably close: his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, heard on secretly recorded tapes provided to the Washington Post describing him as cruel, a liar and a man of “no principles.”Jason Miller, Trump’s senior campaign advisor, responded angrily on NBC, saying, “It’s shameful that the Washington Post came and ran the story yesterday, literally the day after the funeral services for (the president’s brother) Robert Trump.”Miller joined other Republican aides in dismissing the Democrats’ convention, calling it a “massive grievance-fest” from a party with no “vision for the future.”The candidates are scheduled to hold three debates, the first on September 29, before Americans cast their ballots on November 3. Topics :center_img Dealing with the virus Charlotte, North Carolina is where the party originally planned to hold its convention before the pandemic intervened, forcing first a shift to Florida and then a quick reimagining of the event as mostly virtual.A few hundred Republican supporters are slated to gather in Charlotte to hear Trump speak on Monday, but Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel insisted that the gathering was being handled safely.”We tested everybody before they came to Charlotte. We have been testing people on-site,” she told NBC.Convention speakers includes former ambassador Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr. on Monday; First Lady Melania Trump and Pompeo on Tuesday; and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.While Democrats heard from all living former Democratic presidents as well as former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, former Republican president George W. Bush is not expected to appear. Bush has been a critic of Trump’s. He sought to draw a sharp contrast to the just-ended Democratic convention, which he has called the “darkest, angriest and gloomiest” in history.Republicans, facing polls that give Democrat Joe Biden an eight to 10-point lead, were also hoping for a boost from Trump’s announcement Sunday of what he claimed was a “historic” breakthrough in plasma therapy against COVID-19, which has killed more than 175,000 people across the country.Trump told reporters the therapy, which has been given emergency authorization for use, shows “an incredible rate of success.” However, this went much further than his own health officials’ cautious welcome of the treatment, in which blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients is used to treat new cases.Challenged by a reporter to explain the apparent contradiction, Trump passed the question to one of his experts, then ended the press conference.last_img read more

Syracuse football struggles to protect quarterback Zack Mahoney in 45-14 loss to No. 17 Florida State

first_img Published on November 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus As Zack Mahoney pulled himself off the ground, the few Syracuse fans that were left in the Carrier Dome began to boo.Mahoney had just been flattened to the turf between Florida State defensive ends DeMarcus Walker and Brian Burns on fourth down. The two raced around the edges of the Orange’s porous offensive line to complete FSU’s eighth sack of the game and end an SU drive on downs that started at the Seminoles own 49.“Pressured our quarterback,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “Overpowered our offensive line.”Against one of the best defensive fronts in the country, Syracuse’s inexperienced and patchwork offensive line crumbled. The result was eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one recorded quarterback hurry — though it seemed like more — and just 37 rushing yards. Mahoney struggled under pressure, throwing two interceptions and completing just 44.4 percent of his passes in Syracuse’s (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) 45-14 loss to No. 17 Florida State (8-3, 5-3).Syracuse punted on six of its first eight drives. The only two it didn’t punt ended with interceptions. Mahoney was sacked on three of SU’s first five third downs, ending those drives.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Brisly Estime returned punts to FSU’s 39 and midfield, respectively, the offense could do nothing with it, managing minus-seven yards.On the first drive, Jamar McGloster got beat around the edge and Mahoney was sacked without a chance to even look downfield. McGloster lifted his QB up by his left shoulder pad. The next play, Mahoney had to spike a screen pass into the turf before getting hit.Estime walked off the field with his head down. Receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had his hands at his side. The only SU player to not look dejected was the usually upbeat Steve Ishmael, who had just played his first series in two weeks because of injury.McGloster was not available to the media after the game.The next drive, Mahoney got walloped from on third down.“From an offensive standpoint we really couldn’t support the defense and the special teams and the things that they were doing,” Babers said. “A lot of old guys against a lot of young guys. But we’re gonna keep our heads up.”Between series, center Jason Emerich, who was the starter at the beginning of the year before suffering a season-ending injury, got in the faces of the offensive linemen. He yelled directions at them and demonstrated stances. By the fourth quarter, he gave up.“I thought our offensive line held up pretty well today, but I missed a lot of reads and a lot of throws,” Mahoney said.But the reality was, he hardly had time to do either.“It’s a different game when a quarterback is getting hit a lot,” Babers said. “They’re not supposed to get hit a lot. I think Zack is doing a nice job for us. We have to find a way to do more to help him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Neymar, PSG left to pick up pieces as transfer saga ends

first_img0Shares0000Neymar is staying at Paris Saint-Germain after failing to get his desired move to Barcelona, but can he make a success of this season? © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS, France, Sep 3 – Neymar’s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 was motivated by a desire to establish himself as the best player in the world, but a troubled time in the French capital has left the Brazilian at risk of wasting the best years of his career.The closure of the transfer window has finally brought to an end the lengthy saga surrounding the future of the world’s most expensive player, who will stay at PSG having failed to get the move back to Barcelona he craved. His former club could not complete a deal to rescue the 27-year-old from his apparent nightmare in Paris, with Neymar so determined to return that sports daily L’Equipe reported he offered to pay 20 million euros ($22 million) from his own pocket towards the fee.PSG paid 222 million euros ($264 million at the time) for his services, while committing reported wages of 36 million euros a year.Yet he has not done nearly enough at the Parc des Princes in two seasons marred by injuries and interrupted by off-field distractions.In August 2017, the desperation of PSG’s Qatari owners to win the Champions League appeared to fit with Neymar’s own obsession with emerging from Lionel Messi’s shadow and winning the Ballon d’Or.“I would love for us to meet in two years and see what his value will be compared to today. At least double,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the time.– Missing at key moments –However, since moving to the Parc des Princes, Neymar has appeared in barely half of his club’s matches.When he has played he has frequently been brilliant, scoring 51 goals in 58 games. He has won back-to-back league titles and one Ligue 1 player of the year award.But the Champions League is what really matters, and when it has really mattered in Europe he has been absent. Foot injuries saw him miss three of the four Champions League knockout matches the club have played since his arrival.Without him, they lost in the last 16 to Real Madrid in 2018 and then to Manchester United this year.After suffering a broken foot for the first time in February 2018, Neymar missed the rest of PSG’s season to be ready for the World Cup. Brazil went out in the quarter-finals.In January this year, Neymar fractured the same foot, missing the crunch part of PSG’s season during three more months out.He has since missed the Copa America with an ankle injury and was accused of raping a Brazilian woman at a Paris hotel in May — the case was dismissed in August by a Brazilian judge.Neymar has never learned French and has often appeared too busy with off-field distractions, including throwing lavish birthday parties and making a cameo appearance in his favourite Netflix series.– Good for the PSG brand? –He remains one of the biggest sporting celebrities on the planet, but he must put the last few months behind him quickly and deliver, otherwise there may well be nobody rich enough who is willing to take a chance on buying him next year.PSG supporters have made clear their unhappiness towards Neymar, yet those feelings can still change if he brings success on the pitch.In the boardroom, there is also the realisation of his commercial value — when Neymar arrived, Al-Khelaifi spoke of “a project of two brands: we’re associating the Neymar brand and the PSG brand.”They have since signed major sponsorship and endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, with Neymar’s presence alongside Kylian Mbappe playing a major role.Paris Saint-Germain’s believe that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe can build their brand © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“PSG are a young club who need a big media profile to help them develop. That is what Neymar has brought, just like Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) or (David) Beckham before him,” French sports marketing specialist Jerome Neveu told AFP.Ending the Neymar experiment might have allowed PSG to start afresh, although Mbappe and coach Thomas Tuchel had stated their wish that he stays.“I like Neymar, I want to keep playing with him, with Kylian and with everyone,” said Tuchel recently.Now all eyes will be on Neymar to see if he can put this episode to bed, although his three-game Champions League suspension means it may be some time yet before he makes any genuine impact.0Shares0000(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more