Mueller shines as Bayern squeeze into German Cup quarter-finals

first_imgHowever, Hoffenheim’s Israeli forward Munas Dabbur caused Bayern a few nervous moments with two late goals as the visitors threatened a fightback from 4-1 down.”In the second half, we gave too much ball away and let them come back into the game,” admitted Bayern winger Serge Gnabry.”We have to look at that, however we had a lot of fun going forward in attack.”It was Mueller who had calmed Bayern’s early nerves, forcing an own goal from Benjamin Huebner to equalise after Bayern defender Jerome Boateng had turned the ball into his own net. Mueller then gave Bayern a 2-1 lead before Lewandowski netted either side of half-time to extend their lead before Hoffenheim’s late fightback.Bayern are the biggest name into the last eight after RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both crashed out on Tuesday to Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen respectively.After Lewandowski had an early goal disallowed for offside, Hoffenheim threatened an upset when Boateng turned a shot by Hoffenheim winger Ihlas Bebou into his own net on eight minutes.However, the lead lasted just five minutes.Canadian winger Alphonso Davies crossed to Mueller in the middle, but the ball clipped the knee of Huebner and looped into the net.Bayern were 2-1 up on 20 minutes when David Alaba’s cross found Mueller and the Germany star fired home from close range.Lewandowski then pounced when Hoffenheim goalkeeper Philipp Pentke failed to claim a high ball under pressure from Mueller.The Poland striker was on hand to head the stray ball into an empty net on 36 minutes and appeared to have settled the matter with a well-taken fourth goal after the break.Lewandowski has scored in all four of Bayern’s matches so far in 2020 and boasts a season tally of 35 goals in 29 games in all competitions.Union Berlin are also through after seeing off fourth-tier minnows Verl with a 1-0 win thanks to a late goal by midfielder Robert Andrich.A goal by Argentinian striker Lucas Alario helped Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-1 win at second-division side VfB Stuttgart.Topics : Thomas Mueller weighed in with a goal and an assist as holders Bayern Munich edged a 4-3 thriller with Hoffenheim on Wednesday to reach the German Cup quarter-finals.Mueller’s golden run continued at the Allianz Arena to leave him with seven goals and nine assists in the 14 games since Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac as coach last November.Not to be outdone, Mueller’s strike partner Robert Lewandowski claimed two goals in the third-round tie.last_img read more

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Don Mattingly: Was he Dodgers manager or just managing?

first_imgIf we could all mutually agree upon a lasting impression of Donnie Baseball Manager, all wrapped up in a Dodgers straitjacket, what would it be?How about that awkwardly defiant moment when he defended his honor sitting next to a horribly uncomfortable then-GM Ned Colletti after the 2013 season blew up? That tenacity was worth a three-year contract extension.Then there was the awkward but loyal insistence that really no one was to blame — not even himself — for the fact third base was left uncovered during a defensive shift that punctuated the decisive 2015 Game 5 of the NLDS against the Mets. The obfuscation likely didn’t sit well within the current front-office boys, who wanted no part of awkwardness when they muttered something Thursday about Mattingly mutually agreeing to leave.(Cue up Willie Wonka telling the kid who wants to be zapped into the TV set: “Stop. Don’t. Come back.”) Remember Mattingly’s post-game press conferences, for those who could see them on SportsNet L.A.? They were often a series of shrugs, hand-wringing, hemming and hawing. There was some concern he was going to strangle himself as he rubbed his neck, searching for a simple answer to a question, without a lot of conviction.Remember some of Mattingly’s in-game confrontations — not just the ones that were on national TV? He tried to appear far more stoic, if not emasculated, as players like Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier appeared as if they wanted to wrap their hands around his neck.That feeling, apparently, was mutual, too.• The Don Mattingly who came to L.A. as a package deal with Joe Torre in 2008 is sent packing after posting one the most impressive regular-season winning percentages (.551) in franchise history, albeit in just a five-year sample.It’s that nagging 8-11 postseason mark (.421 percent) that did him in. Although, by comparison, Dusty Baker had similar numbers in his 20 years as a manager (.526 regular season, .422 in the playoffs at 19-26), and it’s not far behind Mike Scioscia’s current 16-year-run (.546 regular season, .438 in the playoffs at 21-27). And those are two guys who fans have mentioned they’d like to see next?Check the flux capacitor again. You know it’s not 2002, right?• Mutual inductance, for you Mark McGwire, Big-Bang followers, is a basic property of physics that has to do with the magnetic field of two or more coils close together producing some notable voltage.Let’s at least mutually agree that Mattingly and Dodgers loyalists had no such connection, and there was never going be inductance into a Dodgers Hall of Fan Fame. AC/DC could have held concerts after every game and it wouldn’t happen.For various reasons, Dodgers fans seemed to recoil around him. There was nothing Lasorda-esque magnetic about him.From our vantage point, Mattingly The Manager came across as an affable concierge at a high-end hotel who knew how to use the phone book, sort the mail and be responsible for a set of master keys. He just didn’t make everyone around him real confident he knew how to use them in an age of cell phones, emails and thumbprint identifications.“I have a confidence in myself,” we recall him saying when Frank McCourt handed him a primo parking pass in 2011. “I’ve been around the game a long time, not necessarily in the manager’s seat. I know people are going to question it, and that’s understandable. But I know I can do it.”A guy who watched a lot of Yankees World Series celebrations next to Torre but never came close to one as a player was cool and kind and commanded respect for his baseball accomplishments — which came with that now somewhat ironic nickname.But something didn’t translate. As a motivator, a leader of a clubhouse with all kinds of factions, one who never could quite figure out this Yasiel Puig deal, he came off as more a caretaker than someone who wanted to take an extra base.• Based on the resume he has built in the skipper department, would a franchise like Washington, Miami or San Diego benefit by taking him in? Perhaps. It depends on their urgency to win versus a dependency to field a competitive regular-season team that keeps their fans satisfied.The L.A. fans, asked to pay much more for tickets, food and souvenirs and still get shut out from TV access, won’t keep subsidizing a franchise with an obscene payroll when there’s nothing more than another NL West flag to brag about. It’s a warped, unrealistic scenario that’s been created.Mattingly just may be the first of several to get swept under the mat because of it.• So now, with all the names thrown out there, the 40-year-old Gabe Kapler, by all intrinsic measurements, appears to be the prime internal suspect in succeeding Mattingly?Whiz kid president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spotted Kapler’s talents back when he played for his Tampa Bay Rays (2009-10), and GM Farhan Zaidi is confident in his metrics know-how and on-field experience.Born in Hollywood and schooled at Taft High in Woodland Hills, with stops at Cal State Fullerton and Moorpark College, here’s a 57th-round draft choice who grinded out 12 years of big-league playing experience with six teams as well as a season in Japan. Note that Kapler was actually cut by Mattingly from the Dodgers’ 2011 spring-training roster. Kapler also recently helped run a company where Mattingly’s son, Preston, was one of his key employees.The Malibu resident expounds about his life values on his website www.kaplifestyle.com. Seen it lately? There are blog pieces that state: To build a winning culture “you need to clean the gutters.” Or: “If you want to encourage your athlete’s motivation, don’t praise innate talent. Focus on behavior instead.”Also: “Today’s players don’t blindly follow direction. They want to know the answer to the question ‘why?’”He’s either got a future as a Dodgers clubhouse motivational speaker or a fortune cookie writer.More questions on the blog at insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Wellington school board, Belle Plaine City Council primary to be held Tuesday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 284 weeks ago Just curious Cue how will House Bill 2345 if passed, effect USD 353 School Board? I think it is more than needed., Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago 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. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply 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. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will be two primary elections in Sumner County this Tuesday for local races. There will be a primary for the USD 353 school board candidates at large, in which all of those in the Wellington school district will be eligible to vote.The candidates for the this primary will be Jackie Glasgow, Carley Moberg, Janette Moser and Fatema Yunker. The top two candidates will then advance to the general election in April.Qualified voters will vote at the Raymond Frye Complex, except those who reside in Osborne, Sumner and Downs Townships.  They would vote at the Mayfield Grocery Store Annex.There is also a primary in the City of Belle Plaine for City Council.  Qualified voters living in the City of Belle Plaine, will vote at the Community Building located at 528 N. Merchant.Those candidates will be: Richard Penn, T. Bub Rothgeb, Richard Penn, Joel Rouse, Lonnie Patrick, Monica Barton, Robert Narron, Richard Lowry, Dennis McGinnis and Jamie Crelly.The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 3.Sumner Newscow will be featuring a candidates forum on the Wellington school board primary candidates this weekend.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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