Everton won’t compromise – Coleman

first_img The Toffees’ 3-1 victory over QPR on Monday night was only their third of the season at home and ended a run of four matches without a win. The frustration being felt by Everton’s fans was obvious as the team laboured during the first half an hour against a team that has not picked up a point away from home. The absence of Gareth Barry through suspension and injured trio James McCarthy, Leon Osman and Darron Gibson forced boss Roberto Martinez into playing a young and untested midfield partnership of Barry and Muhamed Besic. It paid off handsomely, with Barkley putting in a mature performance while showing off his huge talent and Besic catching the eye with a series of uncompromising but generally well-timed tackles. The Bosnian was a summer signing from Ferencvaros and has been growing into life in the Premier League. “I’m sure everyone saw him at the World Cup, he’s brilliant at that role,” said Coleman. “He’s a great lad and works very hard so we’re all very happy with how he played.” The result lifted Everton above neighbours Liverpool and into the top 10 ahead of the busy festive period. On Saturday they travel to Southampton before two games in three days against Stoke and Newcastle and then a New Year’s Day trip to Hull. “I love the Christmas period,” said Coleman. “I love games every couple of days. “As footballers, we’re paid to win football matches and hopefully we can do that as much over the Christmas period as possible because I think if you have a good Christmas period it sets you up very nicely. “There’s not much points difference ahead of us so hopefully we can start clawing people back.” QPR find themselves in the bottom three and boss Harry Redknapp is still searching for answers on how to break their away duck. “It’s been difficult but they’re tough away games,” he said. “We’ve come up from the Championship along with Burnley and Leicester and it’s difficult. It’s difficult for six or seven teams that are going to be down there. “But our home form has been good. I wanted to make changes but I’ve got two strikers on my books, Bobby Zamora and (Eduardo) Vargas, who normally plays wide. We’re short in certain areas.” Passes went astray and they struggled to create anything of note until a moment of individual brilliance from Ross Barkley put them ahead. Kevin Mirallas grabbed a second before half-time with a deflected free-kick and Steven Naismith effectively killed off the game with a third in the 53rd minute. But then Everton sat back and allowed QPR to come at them, with Bobby Zamora grabbing a consolation, and the atmosphere around the ground was hardly one of joy. Coleman said: “When the results have been going the way they’ve been going it’s only natural to feel like that but we know what we’re capable of in that changing room and it’ll never change. “We like to keep the ball and play as much football as we can. “It’s been difficult because our home record last season was so impressive but it’s something we’ll be looking to put right. “We go out trying to play the same way we do every week. Sometimes you get the result, sometimes you don’t, but hopefully that result can kick-start us. “When results haven’t been going well you do feel the pressure that little bit more because you need the win but I thought we played freely and Ross was brilliant breaking from midfield.” Seamus Coleman insists Everton’s style will not be compromised by the pressure to get results at Goodison Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Leicester’s Maloney move off

first_imgLeicester manager Nigel Pearson’s hopes of landing Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney have fallen by the wayside. The Foxes had agreed a fee with Wigan for Maloney, understood to be just over £1million after an initial bid was rejected. But the Scotland international will not be moving to the King Power Stadium after failing to agree personal terms. Press Associationcenter_img Via Wigan’s Twitter feed, manager Malky Mackay said: “We accepted a bid for Shaun Maloney, but the personal terms fell through. He’s our player until the end of the season. “Interest was from Leicester, and there’s still interest from Chicago Fire. Shaun’s our player unless a new offer comes in.” last_img read more

MPA approves fall sports season, but hurdles still remain

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The Maine Principals’ Association has given sports the OK to return — but the governing body must revise its plan before any athletic activities can take place this fall.The MPA on Thursday unanimously approved a decision to go forward with a 2020 fall sports season. Yet on Tuesday, the return of high school sports was dealt a setback as state agencies recommended the MPA further delay the season.Plans for the high school sports season changed when the MPA received a letter from Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Commissioner of Education Pender Makin. The joint letter detailed specific concerns with the plan the high school sports governing body outlined at its meeting five days earlier.The MPA’s plan, the letter stated, contained a few proposals that “did not comport” with state guidelines. The agencies’ list of shortcomings included the MPA’s guidelines on the wearing of masks and face coverings, recommendation of 3-6 feet of spacing and “[silence] on the interaction with schools’ plans.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We would like to know, at your earliest convenience, if the MPA plans on modifying its guidance, and, if so, how,” the letter stated. “We urge you to consider extending your delayed start date for fall sports.”Under the MPA’s current proposal, countable games, matches and meets cannot be held until Sept. 18 for golf, cross-country, volleyball, field hockey and soccer and Sept. 25 for football. A timetable for when such a season would conclude has yet to be established.Hancock County runners compete in a 2019 cross-country meet at Bucksport High School. Cross-country courses will be widened this year to provide more spacing between athletes, who are likely to be given staggered start times. FILE PHOTOThe plan outlined Thursday would allow the return of the five “low-risk” or “moderate-risk” sports: golf, cross-country, volleyball, field hockey and soccer. Football, the lone “high-risk” sport, would be cleared for preseason action, though the MPA would have to give the sport additional clearance before countable games can be held.The MPA made an “easy” decision in approving golf, a low-risk activity that Sports Medicine Committee Chairman William Heinz noted as having been played safely this summer under Maine State Golf Association guidelines. Those guidelines prohibit pin removals, the use of bunker rakes and groups of more than four players.Athletes competing in cross-country must be masked prior to and immediately following the conclusion of races. Courses will be widened throughout and adjusted to provide large finish-line chutes for runners, who are likely to be given staggered start times and will be asked not to collapse to the ground after reaching the finish line.“One of the things we deal with in cross-country is athletes reaching the finish line and then collapsing at the finish,” Heinz said. “Well, that’s not going to work; it’s too much of a log jam, and we’ve got to keep those kids moving through there.”Field hockey, which is not offered at any of the six Hancock County high schools, will introduce longer intermissions and allow teams to make only one substitution at a time. Soccer will allow a maximum of five players surrounding the goalkeeper inside the 6-yard box on corner kicks, prohibit slide-tackling within 6 feet and implement breaks for hydration and sanitization.Soccer is the only sport for which the risk is categorized differently by NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) guidelines, which classify it as moderate-risk, and the state’s community sports guidelines, which classify it as high-risk. Yet after deliberation, the MPA Soccer Committee was able to present the sport as a moderate-risk activity without suggesting drastic changes to how the game is played.“With soccer, it’s not like football, where you’re in someone’s face all the time,” said Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost, who is also the Soccer Committee chairman. “We talked about things like getting rid of throw-ins and headers, but we didn’t want to change the rules so much that it compromised the integrity of the game.”Volleyball, another moderate-risk sport and the lone fall athletic activity to be played indoors, would also see some major changes in 2020. Those in the gymnasium during matches — including players on the floor — would be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times, and teams would not rotate sides of the court between sets.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Chris Cobb makes a tackle during the first half of a 2019 high school football game against Sacopee Valley at Ellsworth High School. MPA Sports Medicine Committee Chairman William Heinz said football has been given the “blinking yellow light” for 2020. FILE PHOTOFootball, the lone fall sport to be designated as high-risk across the board, was the subject of much more controversy. Although Heinz agreed with football’s classification as a high-risk activity, he cited the lack of any major outbreaks stemming from the roughly 1,000 high school football games played thus far in 2020 as a major reason for the sport’s tentative approval.“Overall, football may not be as risky as we think it is,” Heinz said. “With the other sports, I look at it as we’ve given them a green light; with football, I look at it that we’ve given them a blinking yellow light, and if anything happens throughout the country or within the state of Maine as far as increased transmission, then we are going to pull that recommendation.”The MPA’s decision came a day after the governing body’s Sports Medicine Committee made formal recommendations for each fall sport. Some of those recommendations, particularly the approval of football, came as somewhat of a surprise to athletic directors and other administrators around the state.“I was surprised but certainly relieved that they proposed all sports being offered,” Mount Desert Island Athletic Director Bunky Dow said. “There were some times along the way when we thought that would never happen, so it’s great to be in a position now where we might be able to do it.”If sports are played this fall, contests will be subject to 100-person and 50-person limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings, respectively. Players, coaches, referees, medical trainers, administrators and media members would all count toward those totals, leaving little room, if any, for spectators.In some cases, teams might have to reduce roster sizes in order to keep events within the aforementioned state guidelines on gatherings. Some cross-country and football teams frequently boast roster sizes of 50 athletes or more, a situation that would be beneficial most years but is instead problematic in the era of social distancing.“If you look at a school like Thornton Academy or Bonny Eagle, their football teams have 80 people on the roster,” Frost said. “You’re already cutting it pretty close right there, and that doesn’t account for the coaches, the officials or the opposing team. … These are some difficult decisions that each school has to talk about as an administrative team.”Fall sports have been called off completely in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. A number of other states have moved football, soccer and/or other high-contact sports to the spring while pushing start dates for other sports to later in the fall.George Stevens Academy’s Evelyn Dagan sets the ball during a 2019 high school volleyball match against Machias in Blue Hill. New MPA guidelines would see some major changes to volleyball, including the wearing of masks or face coverings at all times. MARK MESSER PHOTO/GEORGE STEVENS ACADEMYIf approved by state agencies, the MPA plan would allow teams to begin practices on the previously agreed-upon date of Sept. 8. Yet MPA Executive Director Mike Burnham clarified during the meeting that individual school districts may push back the start of practices to a later date if necessary.“It is not a mandate that you have to start on that day,” Burnham said. “We have heard from some districts that they are looking at postponing that start date. … That local decision would be supported by our office and all of our school committees.”Last week, Camden Hills Regional High School became the first school in the state to announce it would not be offering sports this fall. Other high schools, such as Orono and Gardiner, announced immediately after the MPA gave its approval that they would be offering 2020 fall seasons.Locally, Deer Isle-Stonington High School has already announced it will not be offering soccer this fall. That decision was made after the school district’s board voted at its most recent meeting to cancel fall sports that could not meet Maine Department of Education guidelines for social distancing.“This was not an easy decision for our school board to make or for me to recommend as we both know the importance that after-school activities play in many of our students’ lives,” School Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington wrote in an email to parents. “It is our hope to still have fall golf and cross-country following social distancing expectations.”Ellsworth, Frost said, is awaiting the final word from the state before it goes forward with any decision on the season. Dow, who met with MDI Regional School System Superintendent Marc Gousse on Friday, said his school is also waiting for the state’s verdict, though he expressed guarded optimism that the district will be able to offer at least some activities.“Our coaches have already reported back that they’re ready to go, and I know the kids are excited about the possibility, too,” Dow said. “I think we can do it, but there’s still some research I want to do before we get things started. The last thing anyone wants to do is do something reckless that starts an outbreak.”Update: This story has been updated to include comments from local administrators as well as the state’s response to the proposals outlined in Thursday’s MPA meeting. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Final day of transfer window

first_imgLiverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are among the clubs who look set to be busy on transfer deadline day.The summer window shuts for the Premier League sides at 11pm tonight.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close to completing his £40 million move from Arsenal to Liverpool after the clubs agreed a fee last night. The Reds are also being linked with moves for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.Champions Chelsea are looking to sign English midfielders Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater.Manchester City are expected to launch an improved bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.last_img read more

Alpena Public Schools announces free meal service; pick-up and delivery

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —  Alpena Public Schools (APS) has announced a free meal service available to all students under the age of 18.All pick-up locations and bus stops are available for children 18-years-old and under, as well as any special education student 26-years-old and under.  A parent/guardian and/or child can pick up food at any location or bus stop.According to APS, food will consist of breakfast and lunch for multiple days.APS advises that if your child has food allergies and you need food assistance, to please leave a message on the Food Hotline at 989-358-5019.  You will be called back to arrange the food needed as well as your pick up schedule.Following are the food PICK UP dates, times and locations:FOOD PICK-UP LOCATIONSMarch, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.Alpena High School, 3303 S. Third Street, Alpena March 17, 29, 24, 2612:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Besser Elementary, 375 Wilson Street, AlpenaElla White Elementary, 201 N. Ripley Blvd., AlpenaHinks Elementary, 7667 US 23, AlpenaLincoln Elementary, 309 W. Lake Street, AlpenSanborn Elementary, 12170 US-23, OssinekeWilson Elementary, 4999 Herron Road, Herron Following are the FOOD DELIVERY dates and times:FOOD DELIVERY March 17, 19, 24, 26Food will be delivered by school bus to the typical 6-12 bus stops on a 3-hour delay from the standard morning pick up time.March 18, 20, 23, 25, 27Food will be delivered by school bus to the typical preK-5 bus stops on a 3-hour delay from the standard morning pickup time.For questions, call the APS Food Hotline at 989-358-5019.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Gov. Whitmer temporarily shuts down bars, theaters, and casinos; restaurants limited to delivery and carry-outNext Governor Whitmer expands unemployment benefits for Michigan workerslast_img read more

(Updated 9:35 p.m.) Wright finishes 6th in high jump; other qualify for finals at state meet

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. +1 Vote up Vote down Local · 376 weeks ago Yeah! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 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 — The Wellington girls track team got off to a good start this Friday during the first day of the two-day 2013 Kansas State Track and Field Championships. Wellington junior Holly Wright finished sixth in the Class 4A high jump, giving Wellington its first three team points of the track meet. Wellington also qualified both its 400 (4×100) meter relay and 1600 (4×400) meter relay teams. The 1600 relay team qualified despite not having Megan Campbell in the lineup. Wellington head track coach Tyler Ryan said last week he might hold Campbell out in order to save her legs for Saturday where she will be running the 100 preliminary, the 100 finals, the 200 finals and a leg on the 4×100 meter relay team. Wright had a huge day, jumping 5-2 and finishing sixth. As a team, Wellington has 3 points going into Saturday’s competition. Wright also qualified for the 100-meter hurdles final finishing sixth in the preliminaries. The top eight will be running the finals race tomorrow. Campbell turned in the best time of the day in the Class 4A 200 meters preliminary run today. The results after one day of competition are as follows: Girls High jump – Holly Wright, jr., sixth, 5-02.4×100 girls relay – qualified for finals, sixth best time.WELLINGTON time – 50.14.1) Micah Rogers 11                 2) Megan Campbell 123) Dietra Sober 9                  4) Holly Wright 114×400 girls relay – qualified for finals, fifth best time.Wellington time – 4:08.371) Cabreil Roe 10 2) Leah Nelson 103) Dietra Sober 9 4) Holly Wright 11 400 meters – Leah Nelson, so., 14th, 1:02.97, failed to qualify for finals.200 meters – Megan Campbell, sr., first, 25.82, qualified for finals.Pole Vault – Ian Stallbaumer had no height. last_img read more

Wednesday press conferences — Governor Reynolds at 11:00 AM on AM-1300 KGLO — Cerro Gordo County weekly update at 3:30 on all our stations

first_imgGovernor Reynolds will hold her daily press conference at 11:00 AM on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com, as well as the video offered on this pageAt 3:30 this afternoon on all of our radio stations — AM-1300 KGLO, AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, Star 106, 93.9 The Country Moose and Super Hits 102.7-FM — we’ll have the weekly press conference will leaders of Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and the City of Mason Citylast_img

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Winnebago Industries in Forest City tomorrow

first_imgFOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence has announced he will travel to Iowa this week to meet with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.The vice president also plans to tour recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries and give an address to its employees on Tuesday.It will be Pence’s second trip to Iowa in as many months. In early May, Pence visited the Des Moines area to meet with Reynolds during a spike in coronavirus cases in the state. Pence also spoke during that trip to a group of faith leaders in Iowa about resuming religious services as COVID-19 cases continued to rise, saying the cancellation of services in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus had been a burden for congregants.last_img read more

No decision until FUFA talks with Micho’s agent

first_imgIt is Our Game, It is Our Country.RELATED VIDEORELATED STORY ALL SMILES: Micho (2nd right) after meeting FUFA officials. Micho’s agent now comes into play.No decision until  FUFA talks with Micho’s agentKampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT |  Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has held talks with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) over his salary arrears. The two parties agreed, according to a statement, that FUFA talks to Micho’s agent Ivic Stankovic.to resolve any issues between them.Micho was silent five hours after the meeting ended,  then he tweeted: “48hours expired I couldn’t come out with final outcome as promised due to human wish that unfortunate situation is sorted in civilised way.”He reportedly flew to Addis Ababa hours later to join his family as the issue is being resolved.****STATEMENT FROM FUFAFUFA and the Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic have on Monday 24th July, 2017 held a meeting at FUFA House in Mengo in relation to the ongoing speculations about the status and future of the coach.The meeting between the two parties held constructive discussions in which;The past achievements, current and future of the Ugandan football were at the forefront during the discussionsThe parties have agreed that FUFA CEO Edgar Watson talks to the agent of the Uganda Cranes Coach Micho over the matters.FUFA and Micho will release a statement after the FUFA CEO has held discussions with the coach’s agent.‘The meeting that also discussed the technical aspects of the just concluded 2018 CHAN qualifier match played between Uganda Cranes and South Sudan was attended by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha, 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson’ said FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed HusseinFollowing this statement, FUFA requests the public to disregard any speculations about this matter. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Defense a priority for Bruins

first_imgLOS ANGELES – When an opponent crossed halfcourt against UCLA last season, a successful pass was difficult and finding an open shot nearly impossible. So as the Bruins tried to regroup during a Saturday practice after the horrific loss to California in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament, it made perfect sense that defense was the starting point. “We have to go back to our roots, go back to our defense,” Bruins point guard Darren Collison said. “We’ve been allowing teams \ a little over 45 percent from the field. That’s not our game. We like to hold teams under 35 percent. “We have to bring back that mind-set, and I think we have. This team is capable of doing that. We just can’t get away from that.” In winning 20 of its first 22 games, UCLA (26-5) held opponents to 41.9 percent from the field. In going 6-3 in its final nine games, opponents shot 46.9 percent from the floor, with three teams shooting better than 50 percent. Once the NCAA tournament seedings were announced Sunday, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would not contact his former assistant and current Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras for a scouting report. Since Weber State and NAU both play in the Big Sky Conference, Howland said he didn’t want to put Adras in a difficult position. The Bears shot 48 percent from the field in the 76-69 overtime win, continuing a disturbing trend for a UCLA squad that is best known for its tenacious defense. As No. 2 seed UCLA heads into Thursday’s meeting with No. 15 seed Weber State in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Sacramento’s Arco Arena, the Bruins need to tighten defensively. center_img Of course, Howland didn’t need to talk to Adras, since the two spoke about 11 p.m. Saturday. Adras said he was on a recruiting trip when he called Howland. “I thought for sure, and I think (Howland) also felt it was going to be Weber,” Adras said. “They know what they’re doing.” Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said he relieved a lot of his anger and frustration over his three-point effort against Cal by setting a personal-best in the bench press with 265 pounds. “It’s funny how it gives you that inspiration,” Afflalo said. “Our strength coach told me lifting weights gets rid of nervous energy, any type of anxiety, any type of frustration. It’s true. Afterward, I felt calmer.” Afflalo was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News, the fifth team he’s made. He was also a first-team selection by the basketball coaches (NABC), SI.com, ESPN.com and Dick Vitale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more