West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet determined to come back stronger from injury

first_img Press Association He wrote: ” Hey guys just a little feedback. Just wanted to say that I’m recovering. “I’m gonna work even harder and I will be back stronger. See you soon Hammers.” Ecuador forward Enner Valencia was also injured against the Toffees and will see a specialist next week to determine the extent of his ankle problem. Hammers co-owner David Sullivan was not impressed by some of Everton’s challenges during the 1-1 draw at Upton Park. He told the club’s website: ” I thought some of the tackling by Everton was strong and I was amazed it took so long for them to get a yellow card. “We’ve ended up with two badly injured players. Some weeks the challenge on Payet would have been a red card and his injury changed the game for us.” West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet has vowed to come back stronger following his injury lay-off.center_img The French midfielder, who has scored five goals this season, faces three months on the sidelines with the ankle injury he suffered against Everton on Saturday. Payet has taken to Instagram to give an update on his recovery – accompanied by footage of the crunching tackle on him by James McCarthy which caused the damage. last_img read more

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic says team must come first after Diego Costa row

first_img “If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems,” Mourinho said. Ivanovic, Chelsea’s captain in the injury-enforced absence of John Terry, believes Costa will react to his omission from the team in a positive way. “I expect Diego to come back strongly. We start the season as a team and we have to finish as a team,” Ivanovic said. “Sometimes for a player who isn’t playing it’s difficult but it is a normal situation for the club. “This is important. When we start losing we all know it’s not about the one or two players playing badly or playing well – it’s about the team. “Diego didn’t play against Tottenham but he’ll be ready for the next game. “He scored against Norwich – the winning goal. It’s all about the team. We all have to think about that.” If Mourinho decides Costa’s lack of form and public display of frustration in north London warrants another shift on the bench, then Eden Hazard is happy to continue filling the role of Chelsea forward. Hazard was superb against Tottenham with Mourinho acclaiming it as his best performance of the season. “I have played on the left, on the right, recently in the number 10 role, and I just enjoy playing. I know to give my all wherever I am on the pitch,” Hazard told Chelsea TV. “We want to finish in the top four and we know it’s difficult but we will try. We will continue to work hard and continue to take pleasure from our game.” The draw keeps Tottenham knocking on the door of the top four – they are two points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal and only four off leaders Manchester City – but playmaker Mousa Dembele refuses to consider a title challenge. “We have the confidence to win any game if we have the same mentality we have now. You want to end up first but we don’t think that far ahead,” Dembele said. “The next game is important and every week is a massive challenge. We are more confident and that’s something we’ve worked on for a long time. “Maybe in the past it was different, more people were sure of their spots, but at the moment everyone is capable of playing and that is something I hope will make everyone focus, including myself.” Branislav Ivanovic insists the needs of the team must come first as Chelsea reflect on Diego Costa’s display of petulance in Sunday’s goalless draw with Tottenham. Press Association Costa remained on the bench for the duration of the Barclays Premier League showdown at White Hart Lane and in the final moments tossed his substitutes’ bib over his shoulder in the direction of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho laughed off the Spain striker’s ill-temper, also stating that he understands why he was upset at not being involved in the London derby. last_img read more

Ronald Koeman: £100m would not be enough to sign Saido Mane

first_img Press Association Ronald Koeman claims not even £100million would be enough to tempt Southampton to sell Sadio Mane – or any of their other stars – this January. However, Saints boss Koeman says there is no chance that the Senegal winger, or anyone else, will be leaving when the transfer window re-opens. “No, no, not in January,” he said. “Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January. “Nobody, even when they pay £100million.” Meanwhile, Saints have secured the future of highly-rated Josh Sims until 2018. The Saints academy graduate was part of the triumphant England side at last year’s European Under-17 Championship. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with Sims in the past, but the 18-year-old has now signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s. “I’m delighted to sign the new contract,” he told the club’s YouTube channel. “I’m happy that the club has also shown faith in me. “First and foremost this season I really want to nail down a place in the Under-21s, show the first-team staff what I can do and then see where that takes me. “The aim is to get into the first team, but the Under-21s is the first step. I know the standard I need to get to and hopefully I can impress this season.” center_img The 23-year-old has shone in the 15 months since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Saints in a £10million deal. It led to strong interest from Manchester United in the summer and Press Association Sport understands the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are amongst the high-profile clubs monitoring Mane. last_img read more

Uber Driver Facing Criminal Charges After Accidentally Shooting Teen Passenger

first_imgA Florida teenager is hurt after a bizarre incident during an Uber ride.The 15-year-old Broward County girl was accidentally shot in the ankle by her Uber driver last weekend as he was trying to holster his gun.The driver, Adrian Harper is charged with culpable negligence. A member of our well regulated militia (and @Uber driver) moves his loaded gun with passengers in his car. He fires the gun and shoots a 15 year old girl through her ankle and heel. https://t.co/nm9k549Nt5— WellRegulatedMilitia (@Well_Regulated_) October 22, 2019 Also, Uber has cut ties with Harper because the company doesn’t allow drivers to carry guns or give rides to unaccompanied minors.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: Trump First President to Attend NYC Veteran’s Parade

first_imgFor the first time in its 100-year history a US President and the first lady attend the New York City Veterans Day parade today. President Trump will lay a wreath and the president will deliver remarks and offer a tribute to the men women who served this country during the opening ceremony of the annual event.Organizers say there will be more than 25,000 participants – veterans, active duty military personnel, and veterans supporters; also high school and college bands, and floats. The parade takes place over two dozen blocks on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The President and First Lady remain in New York tonight, staying at Trump Towerlast_img read more

FHP: Tractor Trailer Fire Shuts Down Turnpike near Jupiter

first_imgFHP currently on scene of a tractor trailer that caught on fire, Florida’s Turnpike southbound at the 120 mile Post. All southbound lanes are blocked at this time, please use caution and seek alternate route. pic.twitter.com/LZ7uURESUc— FHP West Palm Beach (@FHPPalmBeach) January 15, 2020 Major problems for motorists heading out of Martin County into Palm Beach County this morning afte an Amazon Prime semi burst into flames.The big rig was engulfed by flames Wednesday morning on Florida’s Turnpike in Martin County approaching Indiantown Road, closing all southbound lanes north of Jupiter.Delays were back to Bridge Road.The Florida Department of Transportation website reported the incident occurred at 6:53 a.m.FDOT traffic cameras at 7:10 a.m. showed the tractor-trailer was still on fire with large flames coming out of the trailer and cab.It’s unclear if anyone was hurt, but there are heavy southbound delays between Jupiter and Stuart.By 7:30 a.m., fire crews had arrived and extinguished the blaze, but traffic cameras show the cab and a portion of the trailer were destroyed.SB turnpike before Jupiter Indiantown road closed A semi tractor trailer fire scene is going into the clearing stages pic.twitter.com/l9J7ZPJOWS— Johann Hoffend (@Chopper5WPTV) January 15, 2020last_img read more

DeSantis: State Ready to Withstand Financial Effect from Coronavirus

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the Sunshine State is financially prepared to withstand the blow of the coronavirus.“We already see that this is going to cause economic dislocations,” he said after Thursday’s budget vote.Nonetheless, Florida lawmakers have already earmarked about $300 million to offset the financial setbacks.“We entered this session with unemployment going down, down, down to 2.8%, and now we’re going to be exiting this on the back end of this COVID(-19) looking at a different economic picture,” according to DeSantis. “I think it’s one we can recover from, don’t get me wrong, but that is going to be an issue that we’ll have to address in future sessions.”The approved $93 billion budget includes more funding for water quality and Everglades projects, as well as a three-percent pay increase for state employees. It should also move Florida into one of the top five states for teacher salaries in the nation, providing $500 million to boost minimum pay for new teachers.In terms of how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Florida’s tourism and workforce, the governor explains, “There’s going to be Florida businesses that are going to take it on the chin, because we’re so sensitive to things like tourism, but once this passes, and it will pass, I think we’ll be able to pick back up and start going.”last_img read more

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for COVID-19

first_imgCNN “Prime Time” anchor Christopher Cuomo has tested positive for COVID-19, the network revealed Tuesday morning.Cuomo, host of “Cuomo Prime Time,” is “feeling well” and will continue to work from the basement of his home for the next two weeks, per a memo circulated to CNN staffers.CNN Host Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for Coronavirus https://t.co/FIv3bo5eu2— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 31, 2020 Chris Cuomo’s brother New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is concerned about his mother Matilda because she recently visited Chris at his home because she was lonely. The governor made it clear that his brother made a mistake by potentially exposing his mother to the virus.There are at least 162,168 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems. At least 3,040 people have died in the US from coronavirus. https://t.co/8822U1pZF6— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2020last_img read more

Old skate park to get new lease on life as pickleball court

first_img Steve FullerReporter at The Ellsworth American,Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast’s Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. Latest posts by Steve Fuller (see all) Bio Turn about is fair play – January 29, 2020 Real stories – March 11, 2020center_img The Gould Life – January 8, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The skate park at the Down East Family YMCA, closed for several years due to safety concerns, is set to reopen next month with a new look and a new purpose: pickleball.Peter Farragher, the Y’s CEO, said Y officials had talked for awhile about “what would be the next thing for the skate park.” It was Fitness Director Robin Clarke, Farragher said, who suggested pickleball courts.Pickleball, for those who are not familiar with it, is played on a badminton-size court, uses a modified tennis net and combines the elements of those two games with those of ping pong. Players use graphite or wood paddles to strike a plastic ball with holes, and the game can be played as either singles or doubles.Farragher said the motivation to go forward with the pickleball plan at this time was seeing how successful Friends in Action’s pickleball program has been at the Moore Center on State Street.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJo Cooper, executive director of Friends in Action, said her group launched its program indoors at the Moore Center in mid-2015 and that it has proven very successful.She said its popularity has only grown “as people found out about it and started trying it.”“It really surprised me,” said Cooper, “with how quickly it took off.”Pickleball is offered at the Moore Center from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Crews cleaned up the area around the skate park next to the Y recently and Farragher said the next steps include sealing the surface of the courts and putting in the necessary lines. He said the plan is to open the remade facility in June.Farragher said the Y has received a couple of donations to help cover the cost of the work but is still looking for additional funding. He said this new use for the skate park seems like a perfect fit.“The timing is just right,” he said. “It’s a great thing.”Use of the pickleball courts will be free to anyone with a YMCA membership, Farragher said, while non-members will have to be a minimal hourly fee.Pickleball has grown in popularity in Maine in recent years, and Ellsworth is not the only community to look at taking an old facility and converting it to use for pickleball.In Belfast, for example, the City Council in December discussed converting a basketball court described as “dilapidated” into a space for pickleball.The skate park in Ellsworth dates to 2003. It was closed in the summer of 2012 due to safety concerns, including the discovery of rotting wood on some of the equipment. Latest Postslast_img read more

Robichaud’s home run gives Bucksport softball team improbable Northern Maine title win

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BREWER — When her team was given a lifeline, Madysen Robichaud made it count.With the Bucksport softball team down to its last at-bat of the season in the Class C North title game against Mattanawcook Academy, Emily Hunt had hit a popup that looked to be the final out. Yet as the Lynx players started to celebrate, the ball popped out of the fielder’s glove and fell to the dirt.With Hunt safe at first, the Golden Bucks were still alive. All they needed was a run to tie the game at 1, and Robichaud, the team’s leader in home runs and RBIs, was up next. Before she could step up to the plate, though, her head coach wanted to have a few words.“That’s an omen,” Bucksport head coach Mike Carrier told Robichaud. “Don’t let it go to waste.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Bucksport senior then stepped up to the plate and took one pitch for a ball. Then another. After a third pitch outside the zone made the count 3-0, Robichaud took the bat off her shoulders and launched a two-run home run over the fence in left field.Immediately, the Bucksport dugout exploded into celebrations. The team had been trailing most of the game, but in a matter of moments, the Golden Bucks had gone from elimination to the doorstep of the state championship game.Members of the Bucksport softball team pose with the Class C North championship trophy after defeating Mattanawcook Academy 2-1 on June 14 in Brewer. The Golden Bucks will be back at Brewer High School to play Madison for the state championship Saturday, June 17. RICK MCHALE PHOTORobichaud’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning propelled No. 2 Bucksport to a 2-1 win over top-seeded Mattanawcook in the Class C North championship game Wednesday at Brewer High School. It was the third regional title in a row for the Golden Bucks.“All game long, I told my team, ‘All we need is one chance,’” Carrier said. “With our pitching and our defense, we can keep every game close, and when we caught a break, we knew how to capitalize.”Throughout the entire season, these two teams had been on a collision course to meet for the Northern Maine crown. Led by dominant pitchers Kate Saunders (Bucksport) and Haley McLaughin (Mattanawcook), both were undefeated and had been the top-two teams in Class C North the entire season.As was to be expected, the game was a pitcher’s duel all night. With the exception of Mattanawcook’s three-hit third inning that made the score 1-0, the few hits to be had were accompanied by strikeouts and groundouts for the first six innings. For most of the night, it looked as if that one run would be enough for the Lynx to advance.Bucksport’s MaKenzie Smith swings at a pitch during the fourth inning of the Class C North softball championship game against Mattanawcook on June 14 in Brewer. Smith reached second with a double in the at-bat. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThat was the case during the seventh inning, too. After McLaughin struck out the first Bucksport batter, Darian Jellison was called out after the umpire ruled she had been hit by a fair ball as she ran toward first base. As Hunt sent a pop fly high into the air in the next at-bat, everyone — Hunt included, as she would later concede — thought it was that end. Instead, the Golden Bucks had another shot.When Robichaud came up to the plate, McLaughlin tried to pitch around her. She had done so effectively most of the night and had kept Bucksport’s senior standout out of the hit column in the process. This time, though, her fourth pitch hung a bit too much over the plate, and Robichaud sent it flying over the wall.“It still doesn’t feel real,” Robichaud said after the game. “I saw it going and going, but I didn’t know it was a home run until I saw a fan near the scoreboard catch it when it went over the fence.”For Carrier, there was no such suspense.“I knew it right off the bat,” Carrier said. “I’ve seen what a Mady home run looks like, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that was a Mady home run.”With the way Saunders had been pitching since the fourth inning, the bottom of the seventh was a mere afterthought. The junior retired all three Mattanawcook batters in no more than two minutes, and the Golden Bucks (19-0) mobbed each other in celebration as Northern Maine champions once again.Bucksport’s Kate Saunders throws a pitch during the second inning of the Class C North softball championship game against Mattanawcook on June 14 in Brewer. Saunders pitched a complete game in the team’s 2-1 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAs joyous as the win was for Bucksport, it was a heartbreaking defeat for Mattanawcook. The Lynx (18-1) had also lost the previous two regional championships to the Golden Bucks, and when it finally looked as if they would break through, fate had other plans.“I feel so terrible for that third baseman,” Carrier said. “She did a really good job the whole night, but that one just had some bad spin.”Saunders struck out eight and allowed four hits in the win. McLaughlin struck out 10 and allowed five hits in the loss.Bucksport will return to Brewer to face South No. 1 seed Madison (18-1) in the state championship at noon Saturday, June 17. The game will be a rematch of last year’s title matchup, which Madison won 3-1.As his players celebrated Wednesday, Carrier didn’t want to think about that. Not even aware that Madison had won its game earlier in the day, his mind was on the incredible feat his team had accomplished.“We’ve got one more [to win], but I’m not going to forget the one we just had,” Carrier said. “That was a special game by a special team that never gave up.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 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. Latest Postscenter_img Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more