Sunman, In. — The Sunman American Legion will host a Lenten Fish Dinner in the big hall Friday, March 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. Dine-in for a free will offering or get a carry out for $10. The event is sponsored by the Sunman American Legion and Auxiliary.
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The Uruguayan, who heads the Barclays Premier League scoring charts with Liverpool at the top of the table, is joined by Reds strike partner Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard on the six-man list which was announced by the PFA on Friday. Also nominated for the top prize are Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester City playmaker Yaya Toure and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana. Luis Suarez is one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year award. Press Association Suarez is the firm favourite to land the award after a stellar season in which he has already scored 29 league goals. Hazard and Sturridge are also nominated for the young player of the year prize, along with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling. England international Sturridge has proven a highly effective foil for Suarez in Liverpool’s attack, weighing in with 20 league goals, while Gerrard’s on-field leadership has galvanised Brendan Rodgers’ side for their title push. Hazard has come on impressively in his second season at Chelsea, and has been described by manager Jose Mourinho as “probably the best young player in the world”, while Toure’s midfield promptings, and remarkable supply of goals, have kept City near the top of the table all season long. Lallana’s inclusion in the final six might cause some surprise, but he has been consistently impressive in a season that has seen Southampton initially flirt with pushing for a European place before settling into a comfortable upper mid-table position. For a player pushing for a World Cup place this summer, the clear approval of his fellow professionals could give England boss Roy Hodgson more food for thought. The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, April 27 at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.
The 30-year-old Morocco international originally moved to Selhurst Park on a one-year deal last summer after leaving former club Arsenal and went on to become a regular fixture in the Eagles’ side as Tony Pulis guided them to Premier League safety. Chamakh scored six goals for Palace last season, including a run of three successive league games in December, and was transformed into playing in a position behind the main striker by Pulis. Marouane Chamakh has signed a new two-year contract at Crystal Palace, the Barclays Premier League side have announced. Press Association One of 16 players signed by Ian Holloway ahead of Palace’s first Premier League campaign in eight years, Chamakh opened his account in his second appearance as the Eagles lost 2-1 at Stoke. That proved to be his one and only goal under the stewardship of Holloway, who was replaced by Pulis in November with Palace struggling in the relegation zone. Chamakh’s performances improved once Pulis had taken over in south London and the former Bordeaux striker became a favourite with the Selhurst Park crowd. Four more league goals followed, three of which came in victories, as Palace flourished to finish 11th and Pulis took the Premier League manger of the year award. With survival assured, Chamakh had hinted that his future lay with the club. “My first choice would be to continue my adventure with Crystal Palace,” he told the official programme. “My priority is to stay here. The adventure here is not over. We’ve had a good season and built something really, really strong. I hope that will continue.” The ex-Arsenal misfit has got his wish and Palace supporters will be hoping to see another impressive season from both Chamakh and Pulis.
ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks have climbed to third place in the Maine Principals’ Association Eastern Maine Class B standings, trailing only Waterville and Rockland.John Carlin of the Ellsworth Eagles delivers a pitch during his two-hit shutout of the Caribou Vikings on Saturday at Ellsworth.—HUGH BOWDENBucksport improved its record to 6-1 on Tuesday with a 4-0 shutout of the Old Town CoyotesOn the field, the Ellsworth Eagles also have established themselves as one of the better teams in Eastern Maine Class B with a record of 6-2 as the baseball season nears the midway point.But one would never know it from the MPA’s Heal point standings this week.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe standings, supposedly including games through Saturday, placed the Eagles 16th among 21 teams with only a 3-1 record and did not include Ellsworth’s doubleheader win over previously undefeated Caribou on Saturday. The hard-luck Mount Desert Island Trojans, ranked 13th, are just 2-5 so far, but four of those five losses have been by either one or two runs.In Class C, the George Stevens Academy Eagles — after losing their first two games — have reeled off six straight wins and sit atop the Class C standings.That’s due in part to standout senior righthanded pitcher Peter Dickinson.In three complete game efforts so far on the mound, Dickinson has gone 2-1, allowing just seven hits and striking out a whopping 38 batters.Also in Class C, the struggling Sumner Tigers are now 1-6 and are ranked 13th. And in Class D, the 3-2 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are ranked sixth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015
Carmel Secondary female team, BV Secondary males win titlesCARMEL Secondary School female team and Beterverwagting (BV) Secondary School male team were crowned champions of the National Sports Commission (NSC)/Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP)-organised and sponsored Cheddi Jagan Memorial windball cricket championships, which ended on Sunday at the National Gymnasium.In the female final, Carmel were flawless against Camille’s Institute for Business and Science Studies due to a stellar performance from Indira Amardeo. She led the attack with 40, while Siana Abrams added 25, which helped their team to 85-0 from their five overs, chasing 82-0 made by their East Bank Demerara opponents. Stacy Flores led Camille’s Institute with 32.Prior to the championship clash, Carmel had defeated Tucville Secondary by 32 points in the semi-finals. Amardeo had scored 74 runs to lead the winners’ attack (91-2). Tucville, in reply, reached 59-3 with Amardeo taking 2-20. Camille’s Institute (51-1) had gotten past Annandale Secondary (47-1) in their final-four matchup.Director of Sport Christopher Jones (standing fourth from left) presents the championship trophy to BV Secondary. Organiser Alistair Munroe (stands second from left).In the third place game, Camille’s Institute whipped Covent Garden by 79 runs. Stacy Flores (60) and Alicia Davidson (54) propelled Camille’s Institute to 130-0, while Covent Garden were restricted to 61-0 off their five overs. N. Agrippa led the attack with 43.In the male division, BV got past Camille’s Institute in the grand finale. Camille’s batted first and scored 63-2, while BV replied with 64-0. Kapil Dev Phagoo led the attack for the winners with 40.In the third place clash, Carmel Secondary, led by eventual tournament MVP Jamal Da Santos (38), defeated Vreed-en-Hoop.The West Bank Demerara school batted first and scored 63-0 with Aryan Khan hitting 32, but Carmel replied with 68-1.
(BBC) – Liverpool will not give Premier League appearances like “Christmas presents” to young players despite having already won the title, says boss Jurgen Klopp.Klopp’s side were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City on Thursday in their first game since securing their first top-flight title in 30 years.The Reds have no cup ties and only six league games left to play this season.“The youngsters are really close, but we won’t give them Premier League matches just for fun,” said Klopp.Harvey Elliott, 17, and 19-year-olds Neco Williams and Curtis Jones have all been in the match-day squad for both of Liverpool’s last two games.“We want to win football games and to win football games the best players have to be on the pitch,” said Klopp.“If the young boys are part of these best players then they will be on the pitch.“They are so close, they are really good and they are our future – but they will not play now because I want to see them in a Premier League game.“We don’t give Premier League games as Christmas presents.”Klopp added that he did not think “these kind of questions” will be asked of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Following their defeat by City, Klopp took issue with questions from the media as he defended his side’s attitude.Liverpool host 18th-placed Aston Villa on Sunday at 16:30 BST before facing Brighton, who are in 15th, on Wednesday at 20:15.“We are really in the competition, and it’s not just about the other teams like Aston Villa fighting to stay in the league, Brighton fighting to stay in the league,” said Klopp.“It’s not about respect; we just want to do it because that’s the case. The boys are really good. But it’s not like we are giving Premier League appearances away like sweets.”
By Simon EvansLISBON (Reuters) – Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said his club wants to develop a “constructive relationship” with European soccer’s governing body UEFA after the end of their bitter legal battle over financial rules.UEFA had banned City from European competition for two years after ruling they had breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations but City won an appeal last month to have that verdict and sanction overturned.The Premier League club was, however, fined 10 million euros ($11.84 million) for non-cooperation with the UEFA probe into their financial declarations.City had issued strong condemnations of the investigation but in an interview with the club’s website on Monday, Khaldoon struck a different tone when focusing on UEFA’s Champions League, where Pep Guardiola’s side were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Olympique Lyonnais.“Life is too short to carry grudges. It is an important competition. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sports and it is a competition we want to win and it is a competition we have to respect in order to win,” he said. “And this was a challenge, it’s behind us, end of story as far as I am concerned, I am focused on one thing. How I can help this club compete in this competition and win it and how to have a constructive relationship with UEFA, I think it’s the only way to go.”City, one of the biggest spenders in European soccer, have already been busy in the transfer market, bringing in defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for a reported 40 million pounds ($52.56 million) and 20-year-old Spanish winger Ferran Torres from Valencia in a deal reportedly worth some 20 million pounds.Khaldoon said the club had moved quickly to get those deals done but added that more new faces could be arriving.“We don’t take a one-year view, we take a three, five, 10-year view and when we look at what changes or improvements we have to make for this squad, we’re going to make them and we’ll be sensible and pragmatic about it but we will do what it takes,” he added. “There are additional players we will be bringing in and we will stick to the plan, obviously within the realities of the market that we live in today,” he said.FFP regulations aim to stop clubs running big losses buying players. They also ensure sponsorship deals are based on real market value and are genuine commercial agreements and not ways for owners to pump cash into a club to get around the rules.
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team took a break from the rigorous Big Ten schedule Monday to host Eastern Illinois — a break that was much needed.The Badgers headed into the contest with a five-game losing streak and a 1-6 conference record, but got back on track with a 75-48 victory over the Panthers.The win was more than welcome for a struggling team trying to get through the stretch run of the season.”Tonight’s game was just what the doctor ordered … and hopefully this is the shot in the arm that we needed at the right time,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “For us, our basketball team needs to be filled with some confidence, and indeed we found some. Our growing pains continue, but this is a great feeling tonight and I’m very proud of our team for hanging in there.”Wisconsin took all the “sparks” out of the game right at tip-off — Megan Sparks, that is.Sparks, Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, was limited to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.”Sparks is a great player, but we did a great job on her,” Stone said. “We had a lot of different guards guarding her, and once we made the adjustment as to how we were going to defend that, I thought we did a nice job of making shots difficult for all of their perimeter players.”Sophomore guard Jolene Anderson was guarding Sparks for the majority of the game and credited the superb defensive job to the coaching staff’s scouting report.”I studied the scouting report,” said Anderson, who had 23 points in the contest. “I tried to keep the ball out of her hands and be in the right spot at the right time.”But stopping Sparks wasn’t the only key to the game.Wisconsin out-rebounded Eastern Illinois 47-33 and doubled the Panthers’ offensive rebounds, 24-12.The Badger bench stepped up with sophomore Danielle Ward recording 19 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five steals, as well as freshman Christine Spencer notching 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 2-for-2 from 3-point range.”Coming off the bench, I really tried to bring a lot of energy to the game,” Spencer said.And the bench was looking more lively than usual with Stone and the players enjoying themselves in victory as opposed to having their heads down, as was the case during most of the five-game losing streak.”To have the bench like that, it helps us in the game as well,” Anderson said. “They’re into the game, so it helps us out on the court not to let fatigue get to us knowing that the rest of the team and coaching staff is behind us.””It just helps to have that support there,” Ward added. “I think that’s one of the most important things — to have the team, the coaches and yourself believing in you.”Free-throw shooting was also crucial as the Badgers made it to the free-throw line 27 times as opposed to only 12 free-throw attempts for Eastern Illinois — an issue Panther head coach Brady Sallee attributed mostly to Wisconsin’s size advantage.”I came out of intermission wanting to go take two of their 6-foot-4 kids and put one of my jerseys on them,” Sallee said. “I think that would’ve made maybe the bigger difference.”While size was undoubtedly an issue for Eastern Illinois, it didn’t help to shoot 1-for-14 from 3-point range for a percentage that even the UW men’s basketball team bettered in Saturday’s loss to North Dakota State.”I think they did a good job preparing for us, knowing that we shot the three, and I think they guarded it pretty well,” Sallee said.Gibson steps up: Freshman forward/center Caitlin Gibson grabbed a career-high nine rebounds — one more and she also would have recorded her first-ever double-double.Gibson actually checked in during the final minutes of the second half seeking the rebound, but Spencer “stole” it from her.”I’m her roommate, so something’s going to happen tonight,” Gibson joked.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim addresses media following the Orange’s 108-56 victory over Monmouth. In a team effort, the Orange offense came together, as seven players scored in double figures. Comments Related Stories SMASH MOUTH: Behind dazzling offensive display, Syracuse routs overmatched Monmouth 108-56On the beat: Men’s basketball beat writers Ryne Gery and Michael Cohen reflect on Syracuse’s victory over MonmouthCooney continues hot shooting, drains 5 3-pointers in win over Monmouth; Christmas gives Syracuse force in middle of zone, records 4 blocks Gallery: Syracuse routs Monmouth 108-56 Published on December 9, 2012 at 1:25 am Facebook Twitter Google+
[media-credit name=”Jen Small” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]The Wisconsin Badgers played another strong fight to bring home a 3-1 win against the Ohio State Buckeyes in their final home match of the regular season at the University of Wisconsin Field House after falling to No. 2 Penn State 3-0 Friday.The Badgers tallied a 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 victory over the Buckeyes leaving them at 20-8 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten Conference. This is the Badgers first 20-win season since 2007.As the Badgers celebrated senior libero Annemarie Hickey’s final match at the UW Field House, they put on an aggressive offensive performance with four players recording double-figure digs and hit more than .300.“I thought our attackers were really aggressive today and smart. They went with the flow and executed with confidence. It was a great offensive performance by our hitters,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “We had a really balanced match. I thought we just played good volleyball today.”Junior Courtney Thomas led the team hitting .417 on the match followed by Ellen Chapman with .357, Haleigh Nelson with .340 and Dominique Thompson with .333 to bring together a dominant Badger offense.“Our hitters were really varying where they were hitting on the net,” freshman setter Lauren Carlini said. “We were running a lot of different plays. I think this definitely helped as far as keeping the other team off balance.”The Badgers were very unified and executed their game plan both physically and accurately. Thomas was pleased with the team’s performance.“Our hitters were just swinging with confidence, a lot of confidence tonight,” Thomas said. “When we are like that we are literally unstoppable.”Along with the strong offense, the Badgers also held the court with a strong defensive end. Hickey led the team with 15 digs and recorded a perfect 1.000 on 34 service receptions and no errors. Hickey was honored in a pre-match ceremony as the lone senior to play on Senior Night, but let nothing down as she led the team to a victory for their last home match.“Anne is a rock,” Sheffield said. “She is the same, is the same, is the same. She is going to bring it every night.”The Badgers brought down the Buckeyes with a neck and neck fight throughout much of the third set, but closed it down in game four to bring home an emotional victory.“You know we came out there fighting and really wanted to beat the Buckeyes,” Hickey said. “We really put pressure on the other team and showed them that we could finish.”Badgers fall to No. 2 Penn State.Just two nights earlier, the Field House turned into a battleground on Friday night as the Wisconsin Badgers faced the No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions. With a season high crowd of 5,897 fans, the Badgers fell to the Lions in a 25-23, 27-25, 25-16 loss.“I thought we played pretty well today,” said head coach Kelly Sheffield. “[Penn State] was very inspired defensively. I guess that’s the best way to put it. I thought we battled really hard.”Despite the loss, the Badgers fought hard, holding Penn State to an even performance. The Lions looked like they were going to take the first set, quickly jumping to a 5-1 lead but the Badgers battled back with a 9-3 run, bringing the score to 21-22. The Badgers held off two set points, but finally a kill from the Lions finished off the set.That momentum carried over to game two. The set went back and forth with a total of 19 ties and 10 lead changes. Deme Morales brought the Badgers to set point with a kill. A service error from the Lions tied up the score, but the Badgers could not convert the set, Penn State took game two.Junior Dominique Thompson was an aggressive player for the Badgers Friday. She put away eight kills in the second set alone. With long rallies in each set, the momentum changed from the Lions to the Badgers with both teams putting up a strong fight.“I would say our biggest challenge is that they are big hitters,” Thompson said. “Just coming back and moving on after those big hits, that’s what we had to work for the most.”Freshmen setter Lauren Carlini was very mobile Friday, moving around a lot during each set.“You could tell both teams were tired and out of breath after those long rallies. It’s nice to see, everyone is going all out and giving all they’ve got,” Carlini said.Defense was the deal breaker, however, with the Lions recording 12 team blocks, with 6-foot-6 middle blocker Katie Slay shutting down eight of those blocks.“That’s probably the biggest blocker in the country going up against the smallest outside hitter in the country. You know Deme [Morales] is a warrior, but that’s a tough thing to do,” Sheffield said.