Frank J. Guarini JERSEY CITY – The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) has announced receipt of a $100,000 gift by philanthropist and former Rep. Frank J. Guarini. The donation is in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the chamber’s rebranding effort and comes on the eve of Legends 10, the annual event at Liberty Science Center honoring outstanding members of Hudson County’s business community.The unprecedented donation was followed by additional gifts to 39 non-profit organizations who are members of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.Guarin’s generosity and support of the business community are legendary, as is his long history in Jersey City providing leadership and financial support for a multitude of institutions and agencies.“It is most important that our business community supports the good work of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and harnesses the energy and dedication of our non-profit community. Our future depends on working together with a common purpose. Together, through the Chamber, we can assure a successful and prosperous tomorrow,” Guarini said.The 129-year-old Hudson County Chamber of Commerce presently has a diversified membership of more than 600 businesses located throughout the County. It supports 50 programs annually and is ranked in the top 25 Chambers in New Jersey by NJBiz.Maria Nieves, president and CEO of the HCCC, recognized Guarini as a treasured leader, resource, and contributor to the energy and growth of business in Hudson County and the state:“Frank Guarini’s timely support provides critical and immediate funding to a diverse and growing community of non-profit organizations in Jersey City which contribute greatly to elevating the city’s quality of life for all. My hope is that it is the beginning of a renewed focus on the important work these individuals do every day. In addition, I believe that this level of generosity will serve to inspire others to take action as they consider ways to support Jersey City and Hudson County non-profits, which are deserving of a level of giving that their counterparts in New York often attract.” ×Frank J. Guarini
University of Wisconsin men’s basketball’s sophomore forward Ethan Happ was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday for the second straight time for his effort in wins against Penn State and Rutgers.The Illinois native has quickly asserted himself as one of the most consistent scorers in Madison and the Big Ten, notching more than half the team’s points in an overtime win against the Scarlet Knights Saturday.Despite the slump in play by the now No. 10 team in the country, Happ has raised his level of play to match the loss in production by some of the more experienced players. Wisconsin was down nine points with less than three minutes to go against Rutgers, leaning on Happ to will them to victory and score the game tying bucket at the end of regulation to send the match into extra time.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMen’s basketball: Happ’s 32 points salvage Badgers at Madison Square GardenThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team returned to Madison after an overtime thriller Saturday at Madison Square Garden in Read…With the 46 points, 14 rebounds, seven steals, four assists and two blocks this past week, the sophomore is now the first player to win the award of Big Ten Player of the Week consecutively since 2005. What was almost more crucial than the sheer stat totals was Happ’s leadership in the closing moments to save the day and keep the Badgers at first in the Big Ten.Unlike Happ, seniors Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes had disappointing showings this past week, and it was apparent on the stat sheet. Against Rutgers, Koenig shot 2-13 from the field while Hayes went 2-7. Vitto Brown continued his shooting slump, posting a 0-8 shooting performance and three turnovers.While Happ’s dominant couple of weeks were a positive in that Wisconsin came away with wins, the style of play isn’t sustainable and will have to change if the team wants to stay in the top 10.
Barcelona sauntered to what appeared to be a regulation 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night, but below the surface, something remarkable was occurring.For the first time in 317 competitive games – 317! – Barcelona finished the game having had less possession than their opponents. Yes, that’s 317.Ever since a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in May 2008, the master practitioners of tiki-taka had greedily hogged the ball like the best kid in the school playground.This remarkable spell included the entire reigns of former coaches Pep Guardiola – who did so much to refine Barcelona’s possession-based strategy – and Tito Vilanova, as the Madrid defeat over five years ago came under Dutchman Frank Rijkaard.In the intervening games they had come up against quality opposition at home and abroad but, until last night, had never seen their possession stat dip below 50%.Remarkably, it was a small club from a working-class Madrid barrio who ended one of sport’s great all-time streaks as Rayo notched up 54% possession against a strong Barca line-up which included Lionel Messi, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and Neymar. While the locals at Vallecas might have been distracted by the heavy beating dished out to their side – with Pedro claiming a hat-trick – at least this morning they can console themselves with the knowledge that they witnessed a little bit of history being made.And how to explain this aberration? Who knows. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino was full of praise of Rayo, even after beating them comfortably, and said after the match: “Rayo’s approach was very bold. Aggressive. They had an excellent approach.”However, Pitchside Europe suspects the fact that Barcelona were missing the brilliant midfield holder Sergio Busquets, and had the rather erratic Alex Song to replace him, explains why the Catalans were unable to exercise their usual control over the game.
MLB hot stove: Hal Steinbrenner talks Bryce Harper, Manny Machado The commissioner has the power to unilaterally implement those changes if MLB and the union don’t come to an agreement.While the AL adopted the DH rule in 1973, National League teams — and their fans — have long proudly resisted the DH, but its implementation in the senior circuit now seems almost inevitable. Expect the National League DH proposal to come up for talks regarding the next collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires at the end of the 2021 season. MLB reportedly will rename disabled list as ‘injured list’ Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the DH rule will not be expanded to the NL in 2019, and while that request by the MLBPA was a long shot to implement this season, a couple of proposed rule changes are still under consideration.Two changes designed to shorten games are still on the table for 2019, according to the AP. One, a 20-second pitch clock, has been mentioned in the past as a way to shave time from games. The other proposal is a rule that would require a relief pitcher to face at least three batters unless an inning ends. Speaking Friday at an owners’ meeting, Manfred told the AP he is encouraged by the union’s response to the pitch clock and three-batter-minimum proposals. Related News Manfred, who has made speeding the pace of MLB games a priority in recent seasons, first proposed the pitch clock before last season. MLB recently suggested the three-batter minimum rule to the players union.