City determined to prove a point

first_img “If it is not important for the table or the title race, I think the derby is always a derby. It is important for us and for them. We want to show we don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind and we can reduce the gap from now to the end. But the title race is finished.” With the FA Cup now City’s only realistic hope of silverware, it would be understandable if priority was given to next week’s semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley. But that is clearly not City’s mentality, with Mancini’s words backed up by those of a number of players this week. After so many years of living in United’s shadow prior to their 2008 takeover, City are determined to make a statement to the neighbours. Striker Edin Dzeko told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “It’s a very important game even if we are 15 points behind because the derby is always the derby. It’s the best league game of the season and we will do our best to try and win there. To win the derby always means a lot – for us and for our fans it is very important.” Dzeko scored twice when City made one of the most emphatic statements of their recently-elevated status among the country’s elite by thrashing United 6-1 in October 2011. That was City’s last visit to Old Trafford and the match will long be remembered in the blue half of the city but nobody is seriously expecting a repeat this time. “This is impossible,” Mancini said. “This can happen every 100 years.” City are close to a clean bill of health for the game with only right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon, who have both been sidelined with knee injuries, definitely ruled out of contention by Mancini. City travel to Old Trafford trailing United by 15 points at the top of the Barclays Premier League and, with just eight games remaining, Mancini has conceded defeat in the title race. But he is convinced the sizeable gap is not a true reflection of the difference between the sides and he wants City to show that on the field. “To play there is difficult – the stadium is big, their supporters, their team is strong. But there is not a big difference between us and them,” the Italian said. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini intends to use Monday’s derby to prove his team are not hugely inferior to Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs new stadium gets green light

first_img A short statement on the club’s website read: “Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd and the Josif Family (Archway) are delighted to announce that a private agreement has been reached for the purchase of Archway’s property on Paxton Road by the Club. “In order to allow Archway to relocate its business appropriately, the Club will not take possession of the land until later this year.” Archway’s property was heavily damaged by fire in November as their court battle rumbled on but now Tottenham can continue with their plans – which have been approved by Haringey C ouncil for some time. Despite the good news, Tottenham will still need to find a temporary home for the 2016/17 season as the work is carried out – with the likes of MK Dons’ stadium:mk, the Olympic Stadium and Wembley all touted as potential locations. The club have plans in place to construct a new 56,000-seater stadium on their White Hart Lane site but have faced a lengthy court battle with Archway – who refused to relocate to allow Tottenham to begin the process. Earlier in the month the business decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling which forced them to find new premises and now Spurs have announced they have reached a private deal with Archway that will allow them to take over the land next year. Tottenham have announced an agreement has been reached with Archway Sheet Metal Works which clears the path for their new stadium to be built.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Duane B. Gray Memorial Golf Tournament draws record 88 participants

first_imgBLUE HILL — A total of 88 George Stevens Academy alumni, students, parents, faculty members and friends took part in the sixth edition of the Duane B. Gray Memorial Golf Tournament at the Blue Hill Country Club on Saturday.The annual tournament honors Duane B. Gray, a 1964 GSA graduate who was an avid golfer as well as a pharmacist at Blue Hill’s Community Pharmacy before passing away in 2012. His nephew, Tom, represented Community Pharmacy at the tournament, which raised money for GSA’s annual fund.A volunteer committee led by GSA Trustee and Development Committee Chairwoman Phyllis Taylor and the school’s golf coach, Dwayne Carter, organized the tournament. More than 60 local businesses pitched in with hole sponsorships and a variety of other contributions.Champions were crowned in both the morning and afternoon. Ron Allen, John Bannister, Adam Gray and Mark Leonardi posted a gross score of 50 to claim the morning title, and Alex Drenga and Ebb Walton combined with current GSA seniors Finn Russet and Percy Zentz to win the afternoon championship.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIndividual competitions were held to determine the longest drives on the seventh hole in both the morning and afternoon editions. Male and female morning competition winners were Mark Rosenthal and Kitty Clements, respectively, and Ebb Walton and Bebe Moulton won the afternoon contests.last_img read more

Summer sports programs delayed at 5 Hancock County high schools

first_imgELLSWORTH — Athletes at five of Hancock County’s six high schools must wait until at least early August to resume team activities after a decision by Hancock County school superintendents to suspend summer programs through the end of July.Under Maine Principals’ Association guidelines, Maine high schools were eligible to begin certain offseason workouts last Monday after a long hiatus that included the total cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season. Activities resumed at schools such as Brewer, Edward Little, Mountain Valley and Waterville.In Hancock County, though, summer workouts and conditioning drills have been delayed until at least Aug. 3 at Ellsworth, Bucksport, Mount Desert Island, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington high schools. The agreement means that team gatherings and use of school facilities will remain off limits throughout the month of July.“We thrive in the presence of our student-athletes and coaches,” MDI Athletic Director Bunky Dow said in a letter to athletes and parents. “This decision is made so that we can be best positioned to start school in the fall with in-person learning and [extracurricular] activities.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe agreement follows similar county-wide delays on summer activities made in Cumberland and York counties. High schools in other parts of the state are making decisions on team workouts, practices and other gatherings on a school-by-school basis.Coaches are still able to communicate with athletes and issue sport-specific workouts and conditioning regiments. The MPA has waived the traditional “hands-off” period prior the start of the fall season. The two-week period was scheduled to last from Aug. 3-16.Further changes as to when offseason team activities may resume, though, are not out of the question. In a message to his school, Sumner Principal Ty Thurlow said that administrators will “continually assess to see if we can start in August” as the Aug. 3 date approaches.“We are going to be using the month of July to assess and reassess our ability and the appropriateness to begin our fall sports training,” Thurlow said. “[We are] working very closely with athletic directors in our area and around the state as well as with the Maine Principals’ Association to look at not only guidelines but our ability to hold those programs and any training.”George Stevens Academy, a private school, is not part of the additional four-week moratorium on team activities, Athletic Director Larry Gray told The Ellsworth American on Monday. GSA has thus been eligible to resume team activities as laid out under MPA guidelines.In regards to what a 2020 fall sports season, if one takes place, would look like, Dow said no decisions have been made as of yet. With the designated Aug. 17 start date for practices just over a month away, all options — a full season, a canceled season, a season with limited offerings and even a proposed flip of the fall and spring seasons — are still on the table.“We eagerly await the day we all come back together on campus, in the classrooms and on the playing/performing surfaces together,” Dow said. “However, we need to be cautious and deliberate regarding how and when we resume [extracurricular] activities.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Biocenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse opens home slate with Candlewood Suites Invitational

first_img Published on September 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ After a rough opening weekend against last year’s Big East champion, the current No. 1 team in the country and even a scrimmage against a professional Polish team, Syracuse opens at home this weekend against four unranked teams.For a youthful Syracuse team — there are just two seniors on the roster — the Candlewood Suites Invitational will provide a more accurate benchmark.“It will be much easier than playing in Penn State,” middle blocker Monika Salkute said. “All the fans are at your (side).”SU will open the weekend at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the Women’s Building against Stony Brook (2-1) with a 7:30 nightcap against Rutgers (2-1). Syracuse (0-2) will round out the weekend with an 11 a.m. start on Saturday against Oakland (1-2) before closing out the invitational against Colorado (1-1) at 7:30 p.m.But while Syracuse will be back at home, the Women’s Building isn’t necessarily a familiar venue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnlike most teams who practice where they will play, the Orange has only played for part of one practice in their home arena. Head coach Leonid Yelin said they tried one day of practice in there, but the heat made the floor too slippery and SU moved back to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.The unfamiliarity will inevitably cause problems, Salkute said, even though she played there last year.“A little bit,” Salkute said. “Because the area is different (than the Melo Center), that’s why.”Yelin doesn’t believe that the lack of practice in the Women’s Building is the only thing that takes away from his team’s home-court advantage. He was disappointed with the sparse attendance at games last season.Yelin coached at Louisville for 15 seasons before arriving at Syracuse. He said the Cardinal fans were much more supportive of their athletic teams, and strong turnouts at his team’s home games were common.With that uncertainty, the inexperience and the youth of the roster, Yelin has no idea what to expect from his team this weekend and this season.“It’s a very young team. I think we have young talented kids,” Yelin said. “That’s what we have to find out, where we are, what we have to do. The goal is as the season will progress, getting better. Keep them believing what were doing is going to pay off.”Yelin said he liked the way his team fought against No. 1 Penn State, but that the Nittany Lions were just too strong. In their season opener, however, Yelin believes his team came out with too many nerves, and his players agree with that assessment.“Our first game we didn’t play at all like we were supposed to,” outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. “It was just in our heads and I think maybe it was some kind of pressure of the first game. Everything was bad and it wasn’t us at all.”The youth of the team set it back this past weekend, as the players and Yelin all agree they came out too nervous for their opener against then-No. 19 Louisville.Salkute, though, believes that returning to Syracuse and the experience it picked over the weekend will lessen the team’s nerves when SU starts its home slate on Friday.“I think it will be easier because we’re playing home,” Salkute said. “As more games we play, the better we will be.” Commentslast_img read more

Statement from Daryl Gross on no longer serving as director of athletics

first_imgDaryl Gross will no longer serve as Syracuse University’s director of athletics, as announced in an email sent to the SU community by Chancellor Kent Syverud on Wednesday morning. He will become vice president and special assistant to the Chancellor.Gross issued the following statement, which was attached at the bottom of Syverud’s email:“Today, I am announcing that after 10 years of leading the Syracuse University Department of Athletics, I have decided that it is time for me to take on new challenges. I am truly humbled and honored to have served. It has been an amazing 10 years in which we have had some of the best successes and accomplishments in the history of the program and established that our teams are among the elite in the nation across the board, on the field and in the classroom. We are truly proud of the transformational changes most notably our move to the ACC, which has shaped and strengthened our program for years to come.Now I am excited and grateful to take on a new opportunity, offered to me by Chancellor Syverud, to become Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. My focus will be on marketing, branding and advancement for this great institution, while teaching sports management in this nationally recognized college.I am thankful to have worked with what I consider the greatest coaching staff in the country and our student-athletes who have competed proudly at the highest national levels. Our vision was to graduate student-athletes and provide them with the tools with which they can make a positive impact on society, and I feel that goal was accomplished.  I am also thankful for my wonderful staff who have been exemplary. In addition, I am truly humbled by the amazing support of the Syracuse community. There are no better fans in the world, as proven by the numerous record crowds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI believe Syracuse athletics is positioned to flourish going forward in the most extraordinary way. Most importantly, we have graduated thousands of student-athletes who have become global leaders. The Syracuse athletics brand is strong and resilient.My wife and I have raised our four beautiful daughters here. The oldest is a freshman at Syracuse and the two youngest were born here. We love the community and we love the university and we will continue to work passionately to make sure it remains one of the top universities in the nation and the world. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to be a part of this incredible journey.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2015 at 11:22 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

Out of the Park: Brady and Patriots deserve to move on

first_imgFor a team that reached the AFC Championship in eight consecutive years, losing in the 2019 Wild Card had to be a major letdown, especially given that Brady’s last throw was a pick-6. The Brady-led Patriots squad trended downward last year, starting out a perfect 8-0 before going 4-4 to end the regular season. Although fans knew Brady’s contract was ending, that didn’t make it any easier when he announced his decision to leave the team on Twitter. Brady was flooded with positive messages about his legacy, but there were also many fans who wondered why he would choose to spend the last years of his storied career anywhere other than Foxborough. There is always the possibility that Brady’s numbers continue to decline and that he misses the playoffs for the first time since 2008. There are always critics who insist that a 42-year-old has no business continuing to play football, and maybe they’re right. Brady also has little to lose, which is something that can’t be said for Belichick and the Patriots. Struggling for a small-market team wouldn’t put him under nearly as much fire as struggling for the traditionally top-tier Patriots. In an unprecedented time when nearly every league had already suspended or canceled play due to the coronavirus, the news of Brady’s departure from his team of 20 years was perhaps just as unfathomable for those who grew up watching him play. Overall, though, Brady’s decision to leave at this point in his career serves a mutual benefit to both him and New England. And I’m not just saying he made the right choice because I’m tired of the Brady-Belichick combo beating my Pittsburgh Steelers. But whether Brady goes 0-16 or 16-0 with the Bucs, his legacy with the Patriots won’t change.  Amanda Sturges is a sophomore writing about the impact of sports. She is also a features editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Out of the Park,” typically runs every other Tuesday. One user commented, “Stop it. Retire. For the love of god, stop Favreing,” comparing Brady to quarterback Brett Favre, who came out of retirement three times before officially calling it quits at age 41. Like Brady, Favre spent the majority of his career with a single team — the Green Bay Packers — before short stints with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.center_img The Bucs offer Brady an exciting new challenge. Shockingly enough, Brady actually pitched himself to Arians and Bucs general manager Jason Licht, and it makes sense if you think about it. The Bucs haven’t made the postseason since 2007, but Brady will surely take advantage of their receiving corps. He now has the opportunity to see what he can do for a franchise that doesn’t have it all figured out yet. The loss of such a big name in Northwest sports was tough, and that’s why I can’t imagine what it will be like for New England Patriots fans to see Tom Brady suit up as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. I’m not pinning the Patriots’ turnaround entirely on Brady by any means, but this Patriots team appeared very different from the powerhouse we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. When that happens and your quarterback is 42 years old with an expiring contract, it makes sense for the franchise to make some changes. Brady has been part of the same winning formula for two decades under head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, so the traditionally more cautious quarterback’s play under Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is sure to be an intriguing storyline. Beyond leaving his longtime franchise, the move can be a risky one for Brady’s continued success as a player. If he wants his seventh ring, he might not earn it on a Bucs squad that went 7-9 last season and faces tough competition in the NFC. Whether you love him or hate him and whether you love or hate his decision, let Tom Brady go out how he wants to — he’s given the league 20 of the best seasons it has ever seen from a player. I was 12 years old when right fielder Ichiro Suzuki was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees. I didn’t keep up with sports news at the time, but the sense of betrayal I felt when I saw the player who had been playing for the Mariners all my life in a Yankees jersey was overwhelming.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s loss to Florida State

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 5, 2019 at 11:41 pm No. 22 Florida State (17-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) broke away late in the game and dominated Syracuse (16-7, 7-3), 80-62. Only four Syracuse players reached the scorer’s column in the loss.See what our beat writers had to say after the game.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, November 14, 2013:•8:00 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 1100 block S. Douglas, Wellington.•8:23 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery of a known suspect in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.•9 a.m. Paul E. Osborne Jr., 32, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for probation violation.last_img

Saints Softball Team Heading to GNAC Tournament As The Number-One Seed

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, Wash. –   The Saint Martin’s University softball team will travel to Billings, Mont., this week for the Great Northwest Atlantic Conference Tournament after claiming its first-ever GNAC regular-season championship outright with the Saints’ win in a doubleheader Sunday against Central Washington University (7-5 and 12-4 in five innings).This marks the Saints’ first such victory since the team’s inception in 1992, and the team will take the No. 1 seed into the GNAC Tournament on Thursday, May 2, playing against No. 4 seed Central Washington Wildcats, in the opening round at 1:30 p.m. The Saints are ranked 25th nationally in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Poll.Sam Munger put the Saints on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single that scored Lacey McGladrey. Joslyn Eugenio added to SMU’s total with a two-run blast to extend the lead to 3-0.Despite the quick strike by Saint Martin’s, the Wildcats managed to hang around, scoring a single run in the fourth and the fifth inning to make it 3-2. The Saints answered with a four-run sixth inning as an error on CWU’s shortstop scored the first run. Munger drove in her second and third runs of the game with a double while Eugenio added one more on a single up the middle for her third RBI.CWU did not go away quietly however as Dallas Maupin hit a two-run pinch hit home run with one out in the seventh to pull the Wildcats to 7-4. Jill McDaniels singled up the middle to make it 7-5 with two outs but the final batter of the inning flied out to center field to end any threat of a comeback.Munger picked up her 20th win of the season, becoming the first SMU pitcher in program history to reach this milestone. She finished the game going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and a double.McGladrey was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. Eugenio went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and her fifth home run of the season.Central Washington strung together consecutive singles to start game two and McDaniels’ one-out single put the Wildcats ahead early. Elena Carter lined a shot up the middle but Munger made a diving stop in the hole, shoveling the ball to McGladrey at second, who turned the double play to get the Saints out of an early jam.A sacrifice fly by Munger in the bottom half of the inning tied the game and in the third, Megan Miller‘s sacrifice fly put the Saints ahead 2-1. SMU would increase its lead in the fourth on an RBI groundout off the bat of Madi Davis but, once again, the Wildcats fought back.CWU scored three runs in the top of the fifth as McDaniels’ RBI double scored one and Carter’s single scored two more, giving Central Washington the 4-3 lead.That lead was short lived as SMU exploded, scoring nine runs on eight hits in the bottom of the fifth. Taviah Jenkins drilled a two-run home run to left center for her fifth of the season. Then three-straight singles by McGladrey, Miller and Munger scored four more runs. Eugenio finished it off with a three-run homer, giving the Saints the 12-4 win.Taylor Bakos improved to 14-7 on the year in the circle. McGladrey finished the game going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases. Munger was 1-for-3 with three RBI, extending her hitting streak to 18 games. Eugenio went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and her sixth home run of the season. Miller was 1-for-1 with a run scored, two RBI, two walks and a stolen base.The winner of the three-day, double elimination tournament will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. For more information about the 2013 GNAC tournament, CLICK HERE.Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more