Ronaldo remains scoreless since joining Juventus

first_imgRome, Sep 3 (AP) It’s been a frustrating week for Cristiano Ronaldo.First, he was edged out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for UEFA’s player of the year award.Then he again failed to score in Juventus’ 2-1 win at Parma extending his goal-less start with his new club to three matches.”In Italian football there are different challenges,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after Saturday’s match. “But he played a good game. It’s one of those periods but I’m happy with what he’s doing. The international break will help him to become sharper.”On Thursday, Ronaldo was the only nominee to skip the UEFA awards ceremony in Monaco.”It’s true, Ronaldo was disappointed not to receive the best player award,” Allegri said. “He scored 15 goals in the Champions League and won the cup.” Ronaldo left Madrid in the offseason in a Serie A-record 112 million euro (then $132 million) transfer, but he is still figuring out how to score in a league known for its defensive qualities.”I think he’ll score at most 25-26 goals this season, but certainly fewer than he’s accustomed to scoring in Spain,” said retired Juventus and Italy defender Ciro Ferrara.”He won’t get more than 30 goals, in my view,” Ferrara told Il Corriere di Torino.”It’s different in Italy and I’m not saying that just because of the defenders we have here, but also the style of football. It’s more tactical and even the smaller teams are more organized.” Ronaldo scored 26 goals in 27 Spanish league appearances last season. He also didn’t score in his first three Liga matches a year ago, though he did score in other competitions for Madrid during that spell.advertisementStill, the mere presence of Ronaldo and the constant danger he creates have helped Juventus win all three of its opening matches.Ronaldo’s 23 shots are the most of any Juventus player and he has played all 270 minutes.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to rest and improve his physical condition during the international break, since he was not called up by Portugal for the Nations League.”I spoke with him and we decided that in consideration of his adjustment process to Turin and his new squad he won’t be with us during this period,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.DOUBLE 9Can Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone co-exist at AC Milan? If the final minutes of Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma were any indication, the answer is yes.Cutrone came off the bench and was set up by Higuain for the winner five minutes into stoppage time.However, Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has hinted he believes using two No. 9s together from the start would leave his squad unbalanced.”If you play with two lines of four (in a 4-4-2) it might not work,” Gattuso said.”But Patrick, who hasn’t had much space lately, is a player with poison in his veins.There will be time and space for him, too.The 20-year-old Cutrone scored 18 goals in all competitions for Milan last season but has become second choice to Higuain, who Milan signed from Juventus.LIKE OLD TIMESIt seemed like yesteryear at the San Siro with Paolo Maldini, Leonardo, Kaka and even Adriano Galliani in the tribune.Since U.S.-based hedge fund Elliott Management took control of Milan last month, the club has brought back several stars from the Rossoneri’s golden years.Leonardo is Milan’s new sports director, Maldini is the sporting strategy and development director and Kaka is also being linked with a Milan job.Galliani was Milan’s longtime vice president under the presidency of Silvio Berlusconi.GENOA’S GEMKrzysztof Piatek has already scored seven goals in all competitions for Genoa this season.Piatek scored a brace in a 5-3 loss at Sassuolo on Sunday, giving him three Serie A goals to go with his four in the Italian Cup.The 23-year-old striker was called up to Poland’s team that will face Italy in the Nations League on Friday. (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Matt Barnes Used Homophobic Slur When Arrested

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes used a homophobic slur at a police officer during his arrest in late July.The police dashboard video, which was obtained by, shows Barnes waiting on the side of the road with his wife in the presence of a couple of Manhattan Beach (Calif.) police officers. Much of the video shows his wife asking the police officers repeatedly why they have been detained. After a lengthy argument, an officer tells Barnes that there is a warrant for his arrest.As officers pull Barnes’ hands out of his pockets, he tells one not to touch him, but they do put handcuffs on him. As they start to walk him away, Barnes says: “You’re the f—— f—– who followed me.”Barnes was arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer. He had an outstanding traffic warrant after being stopped twice before that incident and being cited for driving without a license.Barnes issued an apology that was run on“I would like to apologize for the unfortunate language I used,” he said. “I know that certain words are extremely hurtful.“I meant absolutely no disrespect to anyone. This comment, spoken in the heat of a difficult moment, does not accurately reflect my actual point of view.”Barnes’ reference during his arrest to being followed likely stemmed from his contention that the same police officer who had ticketed him before waited hours for him to leave a restaurant to arrest him the third time.“I couldn’t believe it was the same guy,” Barnes told ESPN The Magazine after his arrest.The Manhattan Beach police department denied that Barnes was specifically targeted.“If Mr. Barnes has an arrest warrant and chooses to come into the city the onus is on him,” officer Stephanie Martin, a Manhattan Beach PD spokesperson, told ESPN The Magazine. “This is a small town and we’re aware of many individuals who have warrants.”Barnes was the Lakers’ top-scoring reserve last season, averaging 7.8 points per game. He signed with the Clippers in the offseason. read more

Morelos must respect the dressing room – McAllister

first_imgRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says Alfredo Morelos must respect the team’s dressing room following his red card against Aberdeen.The Scottish club have had issues regarding their discipline on the pitch, having picked up eight red cards so far this season, with three of those for Morelos.“Alfredo has got the respect of the dressing room but he has got to stay on the pitch,” said McAllister, according to Daily Mail.“He is young enough and we are experienced enough, there are enough experienced people on the management team, to help him to get it right.”“The facts are that he is paying the biggest price because he loves scoring goals and when you get red cards you miss games.”Lingman believes Morelos can play for a bigger club than Rangers Manuel R. Medina – July 16, 2019 The former Scottish Premier League midfielder believes the Colombian is one of the competition’s best players.“That is the biggest penalty any striker can receive because he is not on the pitch and able to do what he does best.”Morelos picked up a soft yellow card in the first half against Aberdeen but could have been shown a straight red for lashing out at Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie in the second half.A veteran of the British game, McAllister has played alongside some of British football’s most notorious hard men and seen it all before.“Obviously, I played alongside Vinnie Jones for a short period of time.”“There are players that others will try to provoke. That’s part of the game, it’s a compliment.”last_img read more

Trump brands mostlyblack Baltimore infested mess

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 25 July 2016, US Representative Elijah Cummings speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism Saturday after he attacked a prominent African-American lawmaker and branded the majority black city of Baltimore an “infested mess.”Trump’s outburst came in a series of sharply worded tweets aimed at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings — a high-profile critic of Trump’s administration whose district covers much of Baltimore.”Cumming (sic) District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the president wrote, calling it “the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States.””No human being would want to live there,” he said — in an attack ostensibly provoked by Cummings’ criticism of the harsh conditions facing would-be asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.The morning diatribe ignited a storm of criticism, less than two weeks after the House of Representatives condemned Trump for “racist” comments targeting four first-term Democratic congresswomen who are ethnic minorities.The top Democrat in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of a “racist” attack on a “champion… of civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague.””We all reject racist attacks against him,” wrote Pelosi — who was born in Baltimore and whose father served as mayor of the city.Former vice president Joe Biden — the Democratic frontrunner to challenge Trump in 2020 — called out the president directly on Twitter.”It is despicable for you to attack him and the people of Baltimore this way,” Biden wrote. “Once again you have proved yourself unfit to hold the office. A president is supposed to lift this nation up. Not tear it down.”This file photo taken on 31 January 2014, shows Baltimore, Maryland, is reflected in a still and icy Inner Harbour. Photo: AFPThere was similar condemnation from half a dozen White House candidates including Cory Booker, who tweeted footage of a black CNN anchor and Baltimore native who broke down on air while reacting to the attack on his hometown.”This is painful. This is a moral, defining moment in America,” wrote Booker. “Silence is toxic complicity.”‘Disgraceful’ Democratic 2020 contender Kamala Harris, who like Booker is black, said she was “proud” to have her campaign headquarters in Cummings’ district and called Trump’s attack “disgraceful.”The city’s Democratic Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young — also black — rejected Trump’s rhetoric, calling it “hurtful and dangerous.””It was a total insult,” he told reporters. “We’re not going to ignore anyone degrading Baltimore city and its effective leadership, no one.”The editorial board of the city’s newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, took a direct swipe at Trump in a scathing column which concluded that it is “better to have a few rats than to be one.”A historic port city of 600,000 people, Baltimore presents a mixed picture, with both handsome and affluent neighbourhoods and poverty-stricken districts. It has one of the country’s highest murder rates.In this file photo taken on 12 April 2019, a man walks by a mural painting on a rainy day in the McElderry Park area in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: AFPCummings’ district is more than 50 percent black — and the city of Baltimore as a whole, more than 60 per cent.Cummings himself tweeted: “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings — one of the most prominent African Americans in Congress — has launched investigations into Trump administration policies, including reports of poor treatment at migrant detention centres.”Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump charged.He attacked Cummings again Saturday evening after spending the day at Trump National Golf Club outside Washington.”Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’ He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district!,” the president tweeted, adding the hashtag #BlacksForTrump2020.The broadside was reminiscent of Trump’s recent, racially charged onslaught against four young Democratic women lawmakers, who he said should “go back” to the “crime infested” places they came from. In fact, three were born in the US and all are American citizens.Trump denies accusations of racism — and has made a point of pushing for the release of US rapper A$AP Rocky, held in Sweden on assault charges, in an apparent effort to curb his unpopularity with black voters.But his calculated targeting of the “Squad” — as the four are known — was widely seen as a bid to galvanize his mostly white electoral base as he gears up for next year’s re-election battle.last_img read more

Civilian Review Board Backlog Triggers Turmoil

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROWaiting for a bus after school last year in Howard County, 18-year-old Jawone Nicholson said he was confused when a stranger approached him and a friend and started asking questions.“He came up and asked why we were there,” he told the AFRO.“He never identified himself.”But then, an uncomfortable moment turned terrifying, when the unknown inquisitor brandished a gun.Members of the Civilian Review Board examine cases of police misconduct, which often spark volatile meetings. (Twitter Photo)“He was like, `ya’ll aren’t going to do sh*t,’ then he pulled the gun out of his pocket,” Nicholson recalled.“If my friend would have moved a little closer the gun would have been in his stomach.”They called Howard County police, who arrived quickly. But, their fear turned to anger, when they learned the gun toting mystery man was actually Baltimore City Police Officer Damond Durant.“I thought I was going to die, I didn’t know who he was,” Nicholson said.Since the perilous encounter Nicholson’s family has filed a complaint with the city’s Civilian Review Board (CRB), a body staffed primarily by residents, which orchestrate its own investigations of police misconduct cases.The family turned to the Board after being rebuffed by the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD) internal affairs division, Nicholson’s mother Erika Hamlett told the AFRO.“When we went for the interview they treated us like we were criminals,” she said.But, now they fear a dispute, which has embroiled the city’s only police civilian oversight body may delay a decision in their case.Until last week, the BPD had stopped sending cases to the CRB after board members refused to sign a non-disclosure form.Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis argued the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) was necessary to prevent the board from revealing the names of officers identified in CRB rulings.  The secrecy is the result of laws, which protect personnel records.“The statute that created them gave them no resources, no funding, and very little training,” Davis said during testimony in Annapolis earlier this month. “It’s a paper tiger that has no teeth.”But, board members say the NDA was redundant because they had already signed one.  And many members were concerned that the new agreement was overreaching.“The language was very vague,” George Buntin, a board member said.  “We had concerns.”The Board’s pushback prompted the department to stop forwarding cases, as required by the law.  The CRB in turn sued the city, claiming the BPD did not have the right to withhold case files.Since then, Davis and the BPD have backed down and agreed to resume turning over complaints. But, the actual size of the backlog of cases is unknown.Maryland ACLU legal director David Rocah said holding case files violates the statute that created the Board and circumvents the sole power of the body, transparency.“What the city solicitor is not free to do, is attempt to hold them hostage by preventing them from doing their job,” Rocah said.The state legislature authorized the nine-member board in 1999, after police made a dubious arrest of former State Sen. Joan Carter Conway at an accident scene outside her Baltimore office.Radio talk show host and former State Sen. Clarence Mitchell IV, said the legislation was intended to be the beginning of a shift towards more robust civilian control of police.“There were incidents that were driving the need for civilian oversight,” Mitchell said. “We anticipated coming back and amending it later.”Meanwhile, In court-proceedings last year a Howard County judge approved a peace order against Officer Durant filed by Hamlett. The 17-year veteran testified that he felt threatened by Nicholson who he thought looked nefarious.“You look suspicious, both of you look like you’re going to do something,” Durant said he told Nicholson and a friend.“I’m trying to help you,” he continued.  “Before someone calls police and you get in trouble.”Durant’s attorney Chaz Ball and police spokesman Matt Jablow did respond for requests for comment.The peace order, however, has done little to alleviate Hamlett’s anxiety about the lack of action on her son’s case.“It’s like the system is designed to deter you,” she said.In fact, she said the CRB’s precarious legal position contradicts promises of law enforcement reform made by city leaders after entering a federal consent decree with the Department of Justice.“I don’t even trust this process,” Hamlett said.last_img

Scientists uncover universal features of first passage under restart

first_img Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of two nuke reactors This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sample applications of first passage under restart: (Top) During a search and rescue mission, a team of searchers might need to temporarily stop searching, return to base, and start again. (Middle) A computer algorithm performing a random search may start down the wrong path, but programmed restart could give it a second chance. (Bottom) A molecule prepared in an excited state may decay to a low-energy state without forming a desired product, but the molecule could be excited again by a laser pulse. This time, a different chemical reaction could occur in which the desired product is formed. Credit: Pal et al. ©2017 American Physical Society While first passage under restart has been used to describe a wide variety of processes, part of the problem with this variety is that currently there is no general, unifying approach that could be applied regardless of the particular details of the process or restart mechanism.By developing a general framework for first passage processes under restart, Pal and Reuveni have addressed this problem. Using this framework, they then identified an optimal strategy, called sharp restart, that outperforms all possible restart strategies in terms of attaining the shortest average first passage time. As the researchers explain, sharp restart is very simple in essence: simply stop the process and start it anew after some fixed amount of time, with the exact amount of time depending on the problem. The results have a wide variety of potential applications.”In foraging theory, one studies the movement of animals searching for food, mates and shelter in the wild, and it’s quite fascinating to see how animals try to optimize their foraging activities,” Pal said. “First passage under restart can then be used as an idealized description for some of these activities. One possible, yet unexplored, direction in which this could be taken is the study of prehistoric migration patterns of human groups searching for new and more accommodating territories. “Another application is in the development of more efficient search strategies that may aid in finding lost objects, or help construct rescue operations for crashed airplanes or lost submarines. Search processes also naturally appear in the context of biochemical reactions when one molecule searches for a reactive target site, and first passage under restart could also be used to describe enzymatic reactions.”Currently, one drawback of the sharp restart strategy is that it may be hard to implement using molecules due to the high energetic cost. In the future, the researchers plan to further analyze this problem to come up with nearly optimal restart strategies that perform almost as well but consume less energy. These strategies could become especially important in living cells or in man-made molecular devices.”Restart is routinely used to expedite the completion of randomized computer algorithms, but its importance in physical, chemical, and biological processes is just starting to be realized,” Pal said. “We intend to explore restart in these contexts and are particularly interested to find out if biological systems have found a way to also take advantage of restart and the benefits it can offer.” © 2017 Journal information: Physical Review Letters (—Discovering the ways in which many seemingly diverse phenomena are related is one of the overarching goals of scientific inquiry, since universality often allows an insight in one area to be extended to many other areas. Citation: Scientists uncover universal features of ‘first passage under restart’ (2017, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Working along these lines, researchers in a new study have developed a general framework for the “first passage under restart” model, which describes a wide range of statistical phenomena in physics, chemistry, biology, finance, and other fields. By identifying an optimal strategy and showing that it cannot be outperformed by any other strategy, the researchers have taken steps toward improving the performance of many diverse processes with a wide range of applications, such as efficient computer coding, biochemical reactions in cells, and wildlife foraging.The researchers, Arnab Pal at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Shlomi Reuveni at Harvard Medical School, have published a paper on their development of a general theoretical framework for first passage under restart in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We have developed a theoretical framework for first passage under restart,” Pal told “The framework is extremely general and offers applications to a wide and diverse class of problems in computer science, computational physics, biophysics, non-equilibrium statistical physics, and more.”First passage under restart is a variation of the “first passage time” framework, which was originally developed in the context of non-equilibrium systems and used, for instance, to study the time it takes for a particle with random motion to reach a certain location. More generally, the first passage time is the time taken for any random variable to reach a certain threshold value. It is especially useful for accounting for the inherently probabilistic nature of statistical processes, such as neuron firing, fluorescence quenching, or stock market activity.More recently, researchers have investigated what happens when a process is stopped and started again from its initial starting point. Studies have shown that restart can have advantages for certain problems that “get off to a bad start”—for example, a search algorithm that randomly scans for a solution to a problem, but starts off searching along a path that goes in the wrong direction. Restart could then help rescue a futile search by starting it anew. More generally, restart could help in a situation when it is unclear if the process will end quickly or only after a long period of time. Explore further More information: Arnab Pal and Shlomi Reuveni. “First Passage under Restart.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.030603last_img read more