The Best Mountain Towns

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first_imgBest Outdoor CityChattanooga has been getting a lot of press in the outdoor industry the last couple years. This is no accident. This city has undergone one of the great revitalizations in modern American history, completely transforming itself from grim pollution spewer, to clean outdoor mecca. I had a blast exploring the city and talking to the locals about what the city was and what it is now.Best Mid-Sized Mountain TownThough I had visited Roanoke many times during my lifetime, when I visited Roanoke for this story, it was like seeing the city for the first time. Roanoke has fully committed to being a destination for the outdoors and it is reflected everywhere. From the city government to the lifetime residents to the medical school transplants, people are focused on the city’s image as a place where the active lifestyle, and all that goes with it, can thrive.Best Small Mountain TownWhat struck me about Hot Springs on my trip there was the kindness of the locals. This is a small town with a huge heart, and that is what truly endears it to the people who pass through or come to visit the springs. Everyone knows everyone, and everyone knows when a hiker, or a reporter, comes through town. Besides all the recreation opportunities, which are numerous, this welcoming atmosphere is what really defines Hot Springs.Mountain Towns mapWHAT MAKES A GOOD MOUNTAIN TOWN?No concrete criteria exist to quantify what makes a mountain town or how you achieve such a distinction. Not every town at a high elevation is a mountain town, but not every mountain town is in the actual mountains.So what makes a good mountain town? The simple answer, to quote Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, is “I know it when I see it.” You can usually tell if that dot on the map has an outdoor culture the minute you pull into town. Commuters on bikes, runners on a lunchtime jog, or a full tasting room at the local brewery are all good indicators you are in the midst of a mountain town paradise. These things are a big hint that the outdoor lifestyle is central to what makes up the fabric of a community, but ultimately they are a result and not a cause.The single most important aspect of a mountain town is, and always will be, the people. You can have all the open space and money in the world, but it is the people of any given town that define it as true mountain town or not. Without a community committed to building the infrastructure, you are left with just a town in the mountains, not a mountain town. It is the people that enable a place like Chattanooga to transform their city from the most polluted in America to the most progressive; or a sleepy stopover like Damascus, Virginia to become “Trail Town, USA.”That’s the funny thing about outdoor recreation: it takes a commitment from the people to maintain.  Trails need clearing, rivers need cleaning, and access needs protecting. It would be easy for Asheville to rest on the laurels of its already robust outdoor reputation, but the community is constantly striving to improve the opportunities for its citizens to access the outdoors in any way possible.Sure, bike lanes and municipal parks are great—really great—but the bottom line is these improvements attract the type of person who will settle in a town and open an independent outdoor outfitter or climbing hostel. It is this independent, can-do spirit that sustains a mountain town’s economy and infrastructure for decades to come. What makes mountain towns special is the combination of local governments, entrepreneurs, conservationists, artists, and local outdoor enthusiasts working together to maintain their happy little hamlets.We also wanted to thank our supporters who helped make the Mountain Towns poll such a success. They have always been great supporters of our mission: inspiring people to go outside and play!Don’t forget to vote in our Best of the Blue Ridge poll where you choose your favorite things across from across the region!last_img read more

Meet the Interns!

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first_imgThat’s right, folks, we’ve got some fresh meat in the house! You all know Sarah Puckett from JMU who’s written a number of our 48 Hours guides, but we also have four BRO Ambassadors from across the region who are helping us spread the #gooutsideandplay love. Help us welcome Gordon, Jess, Sean, and Jordan to the BRO team!Why so serious, Gord?Why so serious, Gord?Gordon KnappUniversity of Virginia, Va.As long as I’m outside, I’m happy. I especially enjoy day hikes, backpacking, mountain/road biking, and the occasional game of pickup basketball. Mount Pleasant is my favorite trail close to home. It’s a fairly easy hike, and the views are absolutely spectacular at the top, especially for sunsets! Currently majoring in Economics and hoping to pursue a second major in Global Sustainability. My dream job would be working in the marketing or business department of a renewable energy company. I would absolutely love to sit down and talk with Yvon Chouinard, I’m sure a guy like that would have plenty of stories. seanSean likes fish. We like Sean.Sean ReckertWarren-Wilson College, N.C.My name is Sean Reckert, age 22. I grew up in Needham, Mass., and was draw to Warren Wilson College, in part, by its gorgeous location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the past four years my fondness for rock climbing and fly-fishing have grown exponentially. I am proud to be part of this friendly and environmentally minded outdoor community. DSC00476Jordan in her natural element.Jordan BudnikGeorgia College & State University, Ga.If newborn babies are delivered to their families by stork, it is safe to speculate that I was dropped off by a hawk. My name is Jordan Budnik: raptor spazz, nature nut, and self-proclaimed Critter Captain. A suburban childhood in Decatur, Georgia is not rife with endless forests so I sought out every leaf, bucket of mud, or reptile that I could find. With age and the blessing of a supportive family, I expanded my passion for the outdoors through ski trips, fishing, hiking, birding, interning with Zoo Atlanta, and attending animal conferences across the states. Aside from being in the wilderness, I delight in writing, curling up with a book in my bedroom (aka lair), painting, singing, rock climbing, volunteering with a wildlife rehab clinic, and educating my community about nature. Everyone has a place that resonates with them above all other places–some inexplicable relationship forms. The Blue Ridge mountains tug insistently on my heartstrings whenever I leave for too long so I often go running back to them. It seems only fitting that I made my way to write for an innovative outdoor magazine that shares the name of my favorite place in the world. So many people in outdoor pursuits go out in search of adventure, forgetting to look back and share it with others in the process. Through writing with Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, I hope to join that unique breed of adventurer that reaches out through words to bridge the gap and encourage others to ‘Go Outside and Play’.center_img Enjoying a snowy day at Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest.​ Photo cred: Sarah HarrisonEnjoying a snowy day at Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest.​ Photo cred: Sarah HarrisonJess WiegandtBrevard College, [email protected] go outside and play in lots of ways, but mostly by means of whitewater kayaking. I’ve been paddling since the age of 6 and continue to do so as often as possible. I remember when I was too young to paddle on my own, probably around three or four, my family and some friends spent a day on the James River paddling the Balcony Falls section. I used to be terrified of the Balcony Falls rapid and the first time I ran it, I was sitting in the bottom of a canoe, peering over the edge of the gunwhale and I remember screaming both out of fear and happiness as water splashed in and hit my face. After that, there was no going back. The North Fork of the French Broad right now is one of my favorite places to get out and paddle. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s in a beautiful part of the forest, and I can get out there after class and get a couple laps in before dark. My dream job is to work as an outdoor journalist, covering events, people, and places all over the world. This way I get to play outside, take pictures, write, and get paid for it!Follow Jess on Vimeo!last_img read more

Colombian Authorities Seize Drug-Trafficking Submersible

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first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2012 A homemade submersible with the capacity to transport up to five tons of drugs was seized by the Colombian Navy near the port of Buenaventura (on the Pacific, in southwestern Colombia). The submersible, 7.5 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, is the first of its kind found in Colombia this year, but a total of 76 have been found since the first one was seized in 1993, the Navy specified. According to that institution, the submersible found near Buenaventura is an unmanned vessel that submerges in order to be towed by boats, making it difficult to detect while at sea. Near the location where the submersible was found, Navy units also found a go-fast boat with the capacity to transport up to ten tons of drugs. Drug traffickers use the Colombian Pacific coast especially for the manufacture of illegal vessels, due to its marshlands and areas with constant rain, low tides that enable the production and stockpiling of drugs, and high tides that facilitate the departure of the vessels. Of the total vessels seized from drug-trafficking organizations since 1993, 59 were found in the Pacific, two of which were classified as fully submersible, because they had the specifications to travel long distances underwater. The Colombian Navy indicated that in 2011, 33 percent of the 74 tons of cocaine seized were transported on speedboats, while 17 percent of the drugs were found on fully and partially submersible vessels. Very good work, I am pleased on the one hand by your work, but please be careful: people involved in those actions are dangerous. I am afraid, I am fearful about my family. They do the same here. I do not want bad things to happen, I wish you the best, as if you were my brothers and my children, or nephews or grandchildren, I ask God to protect you, because with you work you protect other people.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events May 12–18

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Iris DeMent & Loudon Wainwright IIITwo great artists, one great night of music. A unique voice in folk, Iris DeMent is known for her sweet tone and thought-provoking lyrics. Her latest album, The Trackless Woods, touches on humanity and the range of feelings we experience throughout our lives. It draws inspiration from one of Russia’s greatest poets, Anna Akhmatova. DeMent will share the stage with the wonderfully talented, Grammy-Award-winning Loudon Wainwright III. He’s a national treasure. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. May 12.Louie AndersonKnown as of Comedy Central’s top 100 comedians of all time, as well as from his appearances in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Coming to America, Louie Anderson is described as a “nimble on his feet comedian with a Fred Astaire-like approach.” Anderson created Fox’s Life With Louie as well as CBS’s The Louie Show to showcase his comedic genius. His stints hosting Family Feud and his appearances on The Tonight Show have added to his fame. Not one to hammer points home, Anderson uses clever “weave-backs” like a dancer doing the two-step. His comic timing leaves audiences in hysterics. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. May 12.The Man With All the LuckThis new play tells the story of two old friends, one in Los Angeles and one on Long Island, who reunite after many years. One has become hugely successful, while the other leads a more sedate, but happy life far from the spotlight. How much of someone’s achievement is the result of talent and hard work or, at least in this mystical story, furthered along by making an auspicious deal with a psychic fortune teller? Can luck be traded like a commodity? That is the question. Debbie Starker directs Cathy Clyne, Kevin Clyne, Lara Hunter, Rich Jimenez and Karin Weibert in this staged reading of the play by Claude Solnik. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Theater294, 294 Famingdale Rd., East Farmingdale. manwithalltheluck.brownpapertickets.com $13. 8 p.m. May 13.Abba the ConcertYou won’t be getting ABBA, of course, but you’ll be getting the next best thing. The Swedish top pop group dazzled fans for decades, selling more than 370 million units worldwide and reaching the pinnacle of music stardom in 2010, when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the cover band won’t disappoint. Get ready for such hits as “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Money, Money, Money,” and of course, “Dancing Queen.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $30-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 13.FoghatSince embarking on their music career in 1971, this English rock band has racked up the accolades, winning eight gold records, one platinum and one double platinum. Foghat continues to pump out great new music with the release of their newest album, Under the Influence, dropping this June. They’ll play their hits including “Slow Ride,” “Live,” “Drivin’ Wheel,” “Last Train Home,” “Born for the Road” and “495 Boogie.” Known for their use of the electric slide guitar, the band still plays their classics interwoven with their latest, providing a creative mix of old and new. Opening the show is Vixen, Earl & The Agitators and Randy Jackson of Zebra. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $30, $35 DOS. 7 p.m. May 13.StrawbsThis distinctive English prog rock band will perform their great hits, including “Part of the Union” and “Lay Down.” Not bad for a talented bunch of blokes who started out in 1964 as a bluegrass group. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 13.The Fresh Kids of Bel-AirNow, this is a story all about how the ’90s got flipped-flopped-and-turned-upside-down and then some. They’d like to take the stage for a night, so just sit right there, and they’ll tell you how they became the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air. Break out the Starter jackets and your pump sneakers for this “I Love the ’90s” show. That decade had its moments, didn’t it? With special guest, Dee Wiz. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. May 14.Dark Star OrchestraGrateful Dead historians and enthusiasts make up this ensemble, offering tributes to Jerry Garcia circa the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Sure to entice Dead Heads, young and not so young. Many of their set lists are designed to emulate that past Grateful Dead shows, allowing fans to dip vividly into their cosmic memory banks and relive the essence of the experience. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. May 14.Clint BlackThis singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor is first and foremost  a chart topper in the country music industry. His breakthrough album “Killin’ Time” led to more success with his following hits like “Untanglin’ My Mind”, “Like the Rain” and “Halfway Up” holding top spots in the charts. With his experience in both songwriting, singing and performing, Black is a truly multi-talented musician. His creations are his own, although he honors his roots. He carries on the legacies of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and does them proud.  Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $45-$65. 8 p.m. May 14.Melissa ManchesterIn her first Long Island performance since the release of her new album You Gotta Love the Life, Melissa Manchester will take us on a musical journey celebrating 40 years of making music “through the eyes of love,” which as it happens is the name of one of her greatest hits! Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. adelphi.edu $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 14.10th Annual First Exposure Student Film FestivalThis hour-long exhibition presents the “best of the best” high school short narrative, documentary, and animated films from the Long Island Media Arts Showcase at Five Towns College in Dix Hills. Hundreds of young filmmakers compete, but only a handful make the final cut. The curators come from the Suffolk County Film Commission. Past Long Islanders who’ve made a name for themselves include Hal Hartley (“Henry Fool,” “The Unbelievable Truth”), Fred Carpenter (“The Blue Lizard”), Michael Cuesta (“L.I.E.”, TV’s Homeland), and Alexandra Brodsky (“Bittersweet Place”). Maybe the next generation is ready to roll right here. See for yourself. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Free. 2 p.m. May 15.Patricia M. McClureIn her new book, “Losing a Hero to Alzheimer’s,” this author shares her experience as her mother’s caregiver. Thanks to her heartfelt prose, readers will learn how to identify the stages of Alzheimer’s in their loved ones and how best to respond with compassion and care. Barnes & Noble, 4000 East Jericho Tpke., East Northport. Free. 2 p.m. May 15.Lamb of GodVirginian heavy metal band Lamb of God is known for playing a significant role in the New Wave Heavy Metal Band Movement, as well as being part of the Metallica Tour and receiving several Grammy nominations. Featured in the acclaimed documentary, “As the Palaces Burn,” the band has a style that has been described as “thrash metal with metalcore elements.” Their most famous hits include “512,” “Still Echoes,” and all of the songs from their most acclaimed album “Wrath.” Opening the show is Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$60. 7 p.m. May 17.Jason HaberThis author is a real estate entrepreneur who will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, The Business of Good, which tells the story behind social entrepreneurship as told by the individuals compelled to create real change in the world–not just start up another business. BOOK REVUE, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. May 18.Hollywood UndeadTheir use of pseudonyms and hockey-goalie-like horror masks lends an awesome aura to performances by this unique LA-based rap/rock band, The Hollywood Undead. With 3 million records sold worldwide, the band promises to push the genre to new frontiers, following their most recent release, Day of the Dead, last year. Their most well-known songs include “We Are”, “Unusual Suspects” and “Dead Bite,” with much more vibrant verbal velocity still to come. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $18-$50. 8 p.m. May 18.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

BSN sets national standard for cloth masks

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first_imgThe National Standardization Agency (BSN) has issued the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for cloth face masks, which requires them to have at least two layers of fabric for extra protection in filtering out respiratory droplets.”SNI 8914:2020 requires cloth masks to be made from woven and/or knit fabric from various kinds of fiber. They should also consist of at least two layers of fabric and be washable for multiple times,” BSN standard development deputy Nasrudin Irawan said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.In addition, cloth masks must be packaged into plastic wrapping with product labels attached. The product labels must at least display information about the brand, the country of origin, the type of fiber of each fabric layer, the antibacterial guarantee, waterproof guarantee, “wash before use” sign, washing procedures and the type of mask. For the type of mask, the SNI categorizes cloth masks into three categories, namely Type A for common use, Type B for bacteria filtration and Type C for particle filtration.However, the standard does not apply to nonwoven cloth masks and face masks for babies.Read also: Which face mask should I wear?The issuance of the SNI for cloth masks would not necessarily overcome the health and security problems, especially during the pandemic, Nasrudin said. However, if used correctly, cloth masks can filter out droplets from coughs and sneezes carrying the virus. Regardless, “though washable and reusable, cloth masks should not be used for more than four hours because cloth masks are not as effective as surgical masks in filtering particles, viruses and bacteria,” he said.A study by Indian pharmaceutical company Varsoy Health Care showed that surgical masks had a 90 to 95 percent efficiency in filtering dust particles, viruses and bacteria. Meanwhile, cloth masks only have a 50 to 70 percent efficiency.Previously, health authorities advised the public against wearing face masks made of thin materials, such as neoprene fabric often marketed as a “scuba” mask, and multipurpose scarves, as they were often made of one-layer of fabric. The authorities argued that such masks were less effective at filtering out respiratory droplets. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Broncos star Matt Gillett sells home in suburban Brisbane

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first_imgMatt Gillett playing for the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League team. Picture: Grant Trouville.It is now under contract after being on the market for only a couple of weeks.Records show the couple bought the property for $670,000 in 2014 — the same price it traded for in 2011. FORMER HOTELIER’S HOME FOR SALE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago HONEY BADGER’S MANCAVE HITS THE MARKET CRICKET GREAT SELLING UP Rugby league star Matt Gillett has sold a home in Albany Creek. Picture: realestate.com.au. Brisbane Broncos’ forward Matt Gillett with his wife, Skye, and daughter Harper. Picture: Peter Wallis.BRISBANE Bronco Matt Gillett has found a buyer for the home he owns with his wife, Skye, in the city’s northern suburbs.The Australian Kangaroos Rugby League forward listed the five-bedroom, two-bathroom family home in Albany Creek for offers over $719,000 late last month. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The kitchen in the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.Gillett made his debut for the Broncos in 2010 and played a key part in the Kangaroo’s World Cup triumph late last year.He also owns a four-bedroom, two-bathroom lowset brick house in North Lakes, which he bought for $415,000 in 2010. The deck on the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.Described as a “modern family home”, the property is on an elevated, 913 sqm block of land at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac.The pair plan to build their forever home in the nearby suburb of Warner where they bought a 6000 sqm, hilltop parcel of land for $800,000 in a deal that settled in February last year. Inside the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au. Inside the Albany Creek home Matt Gillett and his wife have sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.last_img read more

IMCA Sprint Car rookie of the year award new from Brodix

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first_imgMENA, Ark. – A long-time backer of the IMCA Late Model division adds an award for the top rookie driver in the winged division this season.The national IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car rookie of the year receives a set of spec cylinder heads from Brodix of Mena, Ark.Brodix manufactures the official cylinder heads for IMCA Late Models. Both the national Late Model and Deery Brothers Summer Series rookies of the year earn cylinder head sets again in 2015.All three awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.“The Sprint Car award is a natural progression as we continue to develop and enhance the RaceSaver relationship,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Those heads will go through French Grimes and be officially certified and documented prior to their presentation at our national banquet.”Rookie drivers in both divisions must display two Brodix decals on their race car to be eligible. Brodix is in its 19th season as an IMCA marketing partner.Information about Brodix-made cylinder heads and intake manifolds is available at the www.brodix.com web­site, on Facebook or by calling 479 394-1075.last_img read more

Villaraigosa will teach policy at USC

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first_imgFormer Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been appointed a professor of practice at the USC Price School of Public Policy.The university announced Villaraigosa’s appointment in a press release on Friday. The title of “professor of practice” is reserved for individuals who have made “significant contributions in the public practice of their field of expertise,” according to the press release.Villaraigosa will teach both graduate and undergraduate level courses in topics such as city planning and public sector executive management. He will also spearhead the USC Villaraigosa Initiative for Restoring the California Dream, which will focus on finding solutions for major policy issues and increasing the efficiency of state government.Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa has been appointed a a professor of practice at the USC Price School of Public Policy Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDuring his tenure as mayor, Villaraigosa advocated for increasing funding for public transportation through Measure R, pushed for the instatement of 1.000 new police officers in Los Angeles, and worked to improve public education in some of the city’s lowest performing schools. Villaraigosa also served in the state Assembly for six years, two of which as the Speaker of the Assembly.Dean Jack H. Knott of the USC Price School of Public Policy said Villaraigosa’s experience as the 41st mayor of Los Angeles will allow him to give valuable instruction to students.“Throughout his tenure as mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa made significant progress in policy areas that are critically important to the USC Price School, including transportation and infrastructure development, public safety, port security and the environment,” Knott said in a press release. “His wide range of knowledge and hands-on experience in these areas and others, including education and governance, will serve as a great asset to the USC Price School’s ongoing work and research.”The former mayor and state Assemblyman said he looks forward to delving into some of California’s most pressing policy problems at USC.“The Price School is one of the nation’s leading policy schools, with particular strengths in my own policy interests, such as transportation and infrastructure development,”  Villaraigosa said in a press release. “I am excited about working with the school to propose solutions to some of the state’s and nation’s critical policy challenges.” Follow Annalise on Twitter @asmantzlast_img read more

Dortmund show Real Madrid how to win without money

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first_imgJurgen Klopp’s side humbled the Spanish champions at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday despite their meagre transfer budget and chequered financial pastIt’s been a seismic week for European football. Tuesday was Bayern Munich’s day. With a 4-0 win over Barcelona and the audacious capture of Mario Gotze from arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund, it seemed as though the future was theirs and BVB would fall away.Wednesday was entirely different though. With La Liga still reeling from the extraordinary result the night before, Real Madrid had the chance to restore Spanish pride at Signal Iduna Park. But Jurgen Klopp’s side proved their worth, running out 4-1 winners over the Spanish champions.What Dortmund have done in recent years is nothing short of phenomenal. On the brink of complete bankruptcy les than a decade ago, they now have a foot in the door of the Champions League final – and it is all their own work.The deposed German champions have not had the benefit of a billionaire benefactor or a big-name coaching appointment – indeed many had severe doubts that Klopp would be able to lift the club back into the upper-echelons of the Bundesliga. What they’ve done since then is show the true value of spirit.In many ways, BVB are the complete antithesis of Madrid. A club famed for their Galacticos projects, the Spanish giants have made a habit of buying the best players on the planet. From Alfredo Di Stefano to Cristiano Ronaldo, a swathe of the game’s greatest-ever players have plied their trade at the Santiago Bernabeu at some point or another. The current Borussia Dortmund side, however, are based around youth. Nuri Sahin, the mastermind behind their 2011 Bundesliga triumph was a local boy who came through the club’s academy and, barring a brief loan spell in the Eredivisie, spent his whole career at the Westfalenstadion before winning a move (ironically) to Madrid.The next season, without the Turkey international, they had Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski, bought for a combined €5.1 million, step up to the plate to deliver a second successive title and record a best-ever points tally.Of course, while BVB were enjoying domestic glory, so were Madrid. Led by the €94m Cristiano Ronaldo, who was ably backed up by other big-money acquisitions such as Karim Benzema, Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria, los Blancos smashed a host of domestic records themselves as they ended Barca’s dominance in Spain.And you would think that a meeting between two clubs who had enjoyed such great seasons would be an even affair, but it wasn’t. Dortmund pressed and harried their opponents into submission, with Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus delivering superb performances.It was a true humiliation for Madrid, a team assembled to win a 10th Champions League title. Luka Modric, their major signing of the summer for a hefty €30m was anonymous throughout, nullified and outshone by Gundogan, who cost BVB one sixth of that price. And, the ridiculous thing is, the Croat was a meagre signing by their standards. Kaka, a player limited to just 10 starts this season, cost more than the entire Dortmund team put together. Mats Hummels, Reus and Gotze combined earn as much as Cristiano Ronaldo does.As their Decima dream lays in tatters, Madrid may well look at Dortmund in envy. They may be valued at almost twice their German counterparts (€475m to €254m) but they cannot replicate what the minnows have: spirit, passion and togetherness.Dortmund’s story is one to provide any club with hope. En route to their likely Champions League final, they have disposed of Manchester City and Malaga, two teams backed by Emirati money, and Gazprom-funded Shakhtar Donetsk.If they were to go on to beat Bayern in the final of Europe’s elite competition, it would almost be poetic. The Bavarians have won the battle for Germany this season and looked to have won the war with the signing of Gotze, but winning the Champions League would be a victory for the everyman.The title has been monopolised by the economic elite in recent years, with Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan among the recent winners, but BVB would be a breath of fresh air, particularly with the Financial Fair Play era coming. Money can buy you star players, but it can’t buy you echte Liebe.last_img read more

Cody Thomas homers twice in the same inning as Dodgers sweep split-squad games

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first_imgUP NEXT: Rangers (RHP Corey Kluber) at Dodgers (LHP Victor Gonzalez), Sunday, noon PT, Camelback Ranch, SportsNet LARelated Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start THE GAMES: In a pair of split-squad games, the Dodgers pounded the Colorado Rockies 14-2 at Salt River Fields and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 at Camelback Ranch on Saturday afternoon.PITCHING REPORT: Seven Dodgers pitchers held the Rockies to just four hits at Salt River Fields. Walker Buehler made his first start of the spring and retired all six batters he faced in two innings. He struck out Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon in the first inning. … Joe Kelly gave up a hit in his scoreless inning against the Rockies and Brusdar Graterol retired the side in order in his first inning of the spring. … At home against the Diamondbacks, Ross Stripling pitched two scoreless innings. … Scott Alexander and Caleb Ferguson each pitched hitless innings.HITTING REPORT: Cody Thomas hit two home runs in the same inning, a marathon top of the fifth against the Rockies. The Dodgers sent 15 batters to the plate, hit three home runs – two by Thomas – and scored 11 runs in the inning. Thomas has four home runs and eight RBI in 13 at-bats this spring. … Zach Reks and Austin Barnes also hit home runs against the Rockies and former first-round pick Jeren Kendall had a two-run triple. … Luke Raley had a home run in the game against the Diamondbacks. … Gavin Lux was 2 for 3 with an RBI triple. … Justin Turner was 2 for 3 with a two-run single. … Terrance Gore had two singles, stole two bases and scored twice. … Former Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson homered for the Diamondbacks.THOMAS TALK: “You hear nothing but good things about him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s really just scratching the surface on becoming a full-time baseball player. A football-player-turned-baseball-player, the toughness he has and obviously the body plays, the skill set. He needs to continue to grow as a player and that’s what he’s doing.” Thomas played quarterback at Oklahoma before the Dodgers drafted him in the 13th round of the 2016 draft. He hit 23 home runs at Double-A Tulsa last year. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more