English clubs advance to next round of Europa League

first_imgUnited beat Danish side Midtjylland 5-1, with teenager Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his first-team debut to help Louis van Gaal’s men to a 6-3 aggregate win.Tottenham beat Italian side Fiorentina 3-nil on the night and 4-1 overall.And Liverpool got the better of German side Augsburg by a goal to nil.last_img

Advise MI Program Helps Local Students

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPreparing for the next step after high school could be intimidating.But thanks to the placement of college advisors into local high schools it’s a smooth transition.Part of the Michigan College Access Network, the Advise Michigan Program aims to help more students make it into college.To achieve this goal the program placed specially trained advisers into high schools including those in our area.Currently, Michigan high school counselors average caseloads of more than 700 students apiece, making it hard for them to provide one–on–one college advising, which is where the college advisors come in. At Alpena High School, college advisor Ashley Popp helps the students with just about everything pertaining to post secondary education.“Just discussing their college decisions kind of wrapping up where they’re going to be attending if they need any final help with financial aid process,” said Popp.Advisers focus on helping students research various college options, re-take admission tests, apply to colleges, and complete their FASFA to secure financial aid and enroll in post secondary institutions. The program has proven to be very successful at Alpena High School.“We’re looking at over 90% of graduating seniors going on to some sort of post secondary education whether that be a 2 year community college or four year university,” said Popp.This is the third year that the program has been in effect.Other schools in the area that are participating in the Advise Michigan program include ACES Academy, Alcona Community High School, Oscoda High School, and Vestaburg High School. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Spruce Spruces Up Town With Window Clings UnveilingNext ‘Science is Magic!’ Summer Programlast_img read more

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is slimming down at the team’s request

first_imgDodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, giving his first interview of the new year in Los Angeles on Tuesday, answered several questions in English. That’s news on its own merit. The 25-year-old from Cuba has been reluctant to go on the record in a language other than Spanish to this point in his career.Puig did not resort to a familiar cliche by declaring himself in “the best shape of his life.” Actually, he took the opposite tack, cracking a joke when asked how much he weighs.“This year, 280,” he said in English, breaking into a grin. “I’m so fat.”After a pause, Puig said he now weighs 240 pounds. That’s 15 pounds lower than his listed weight in last year’s media guide. “I’m working to slim down,” he said. “Maybe when we go into spring training, 236 or 237.”Those numbers should please the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, who asked Puig to “lose a few pounds” — in Puig’s words (in Spanish through an interpreter) — to keep him on the field more in 2016. Last year he was limited to 79 games because of injuries to both of his hamstrings.Puig said the injuries inhibited his performance, which were reflected in his not-so-flashy batting statistics: a .255 batting average, 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in those 79 regular-season games. In the postseason, Puig started only once in five games against the New York Mets.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, himself a former outfielder, is on board with Puig’s weight-loss plan. Pinning a target weight on the 6-foot-2 outfielder is tricky.“It’s hard to say,” Roberts said. “He’s a large human. Everybody’s different, their bone structure and muscle mass, but for me with his structure, somewhere around 235, 240ish, something like that.” Puig batted .305 in his first two seasons with the Dodgers. He flashed a rare combination of power at the plate, speed on the bases, and range in the outfield to go with a phenomenal throwing arm. Along the way, Puig steadily gained weight. He was listed at 235 pounds prior to the 2014 season.“I don’t really see a correlation between weight and how well one plays baseball, how that affects one or the other,” Puig said through an interpreter. “However, of course I’m taking (Friedman) up on that suggestion. Everyone else is encouraging me to do the same. if that’s their suggestion to become a better player, I’m absolutely on board. I’m going to do that.”Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is still investigating Puig for his role in a fight at a Miami nightclub in November under the league’s new domestic violence policy. Two other players, Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman, are also being investigated under the policy. Commissioner Rob Manfred recently told the Associated Press that there is no timetable to resolve those cases.Puig said he’s heard as much from the league as far as a timetable — that is, nothing — though he cited his participation in a goodwill trip to Cuba in December as evidence that he doesn’t foresee any punishment from the league.The Dodgers’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training on Feb. 19. Puig plans to report on Feb. 15, possibly in the best shape of his life.AlsoRoberts was formally commended by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for becoming the first minority manager in franchise history. Roberts’ father is African-American and his mother is Japanese. … The Dodgers announced their training staff: Former Arizona Diamondbacks trainer Neil Rampe is replacing Stan Conte as the team’s head athletic trainer; Nathan Lucero and Thomas Albert were named assistant athletic trainers; and Brandon McDaniel (strength and conditioning coach), Steve Smith (physical therapist) and Yosuke Nakajima (massage therapist) will return to the major league staff. … Outfielder Andre Ethier, special advisor Tommy Lasorda and retired players Tommy Davis, Steve Garvey, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas are scheduled to host more than 400 law enforcement personnel and families impacted by the mass shooting in San Bernardino in a private event Wednesday at the National Orange Show Event Center.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more