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Ramsey back on board

first_img He is now set to be in the squad for Sunday’s crunch Barclays Premier League trip to top-four rivals Everton. The availability of the combative midfielder will come as a welcome boost for Wenger ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 7, which comes to soon for either playmaker Mesut Ozil or Jack Wilshere. “Aaron has been out for a long time and has just joined in [training] yesterday, but he will be available,” Wenger confirmed at Friday’s press conference. “He is an all-round midfielder who can score goals and drives the team forward always, a real box-to-box player, so it is good to have him back. “That is an area where we are short because we have many midfielders out – we have Wilshere out, Ozil out in this area, so of course it is good to have him back.” Wenger added: “He has worked very hard for a while in training now. What he lacks is competition. “It is a bit like that (signing a new player), yes. Of course he is somebody coming back, he can help the team be very successful. It can be like that, yes.” Arsenal will again be without centre-back Laurent Koscielny (calf) and also midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee), while defender Kieran Gibbs (ankle) is a doubt. The Wales international has not featured since suffering a thigh strain at West Ham on Boxing Day, robbing Wenger of one of his key performers with the 23-year-old having scored an impressive 13 goals in the opening part of the season. Ramsey was expected to initially only be out for around six weeks, but suffered a couple of setbacks to his recovery. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident midfielder Aaron Ramsey can make a big impact on his long-awaited return from injury. The Gunners head to Goodison Park seven points off leaders Liverpool following last weekend’s morale-boosting 1-1 draw against Manchester City, but also only four points ahead of fifth-placed Everton, who hold a match in hand. Wenger said: “For us it is an opportunity to go up forward and as well an opportunity to make a distance with Everton of course. It is both. “The target is to finish as high as possible. Where that will be at the moment I must say, behind us will depend only on our results. “In front of us will depend on our results and the results on the other teams, so that’s impossible to predict.” Wenger added: “There are still a lot of twists and turns in the Premier League until the end of the season and there is no clear favourite. “Liverpool has an advantage as they don’t play any competition other than the Premier League for a long, long time so they have only one target and they can of course be stable in their preparation. That is a little advantage, but it is very tight.” Asked whether Arsenal were now a “little horse” in the title race, Wenger said: “Everybody has the right to see our size as big or as small as he wants. “For us, on our side, no matter how big the chance is we have absolutely to give everything to fight for it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Local woman shoots husband during fight over taxes

first_imgA Lake Worth woman has been arrested after she admitted to authorities that she shot her husband during a fight about their taxes.The incident occurred Monday at her home on Hunting Trail in unincorporated Lake Worth.According to the report, the husband came to the home to finalize their tax paperwork when he and his wife, 55-year-old Lisa Shannon, got into an argument. Shannon told authorities that she asked her husband to leave the home, but he refused to do so. That’s when she “snapped” and shot him several times before calling the police.When authorities arrive, the husband told the first responding officer “she shot me, we going through a divorce and she shot me.”The husband has been taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.Shannon was taken into police custody and faces charges of attempted first degree murder with a firearm.last_img read more

Castleton knocks off MMA 13-11

first_img Latest Posts CASTINE — Senior attacker Ryan Bartlett (Brunswick, ME) scored 4 goals on the afternoon as the Castleton State Spartans knocked of the previously undefeated Maine Maritime Academy Mariners 13-11 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse game played Saturday afternoon at Ritchie Field.The Spartans (5-3, 4-0 NAC) owned the first two periods and lead at the half 8-2.The Mariners scored nine seconds into the third quarter when Andrew DiSalvo blasted a shot past the Castleton goalie to close the gap to 8-3. MMA would narrow the gap to 8-6 but could never get closer than a two goal deficit. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Todd Murphy (30) of the Mariners slings a shot over the head of Brian Roche (22) and on to Spartan goalie Michael Mamunes (19).—MIKE OLES Bio Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text adminlast_img read more

Cilic Loses to Pella in Second Round of Wimbledon

first_imgAnd the world number 82 held his nerve to convert his fourth match point and win 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 7-4It is the biggest win of Pella’s career and he is now in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.“The rain coming helped me a lot,” the 28-year-old, who had not won a match at Wimbledon in his two previous visits, told BBC Sport.“Yesterday he was playing so, so well and I couldn’t do anything.“Today, I started to play more aggressively and fight for every ball and that is why I won. Grass isn’t my favourite surface but I started to feel more confident and served a lot better.”On Friday, Pella will play American world number 103 Mackenzie Mcdonald who will also be making his first appearance in the last 32 of a major.“Every time you win a match in a Grand Slam it is a good feeling,” he added.“Tomorrow is a different match and we will both have pressure so it will be a tense match but I will try to be calm and win.”Cilic told BBC Sport that he struggled to find his fluency in the final two sets of the match.“Yesterday I played great, today not so and that is a big disappointment,” he said.“In the fourth I was struggling to find my rhythm, missing balls I hadn’t been missing earlier and not serving as well.“I was not as accurate and he was starting to play and serve better. I was giving him chances to keep going and he was also raising his level.”Three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka was another to be eliminated. The Swiss, who has dropped to 224 in the world after a series of injuries, lost 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.But there were no problems for Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro who only needed one hour and 34 minutes to beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-1 6-2, winning 31 out of the 32 points behind a successful first serve (97%).US Open finalist and eighth seed Kevin Anderson advanced after a 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory over Fabbiano’s compatriot Andreas Seppi.American ninth seed John Isner sent down 64 aces in his five-set success against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans – the third-highest number of aces in a match at Wimbledon after the 113 and 110 managed by Isner and Nicolas Mahut respectively in their record-breaking marathon encounter in 2010.And Australian Nick Kyrgios was warned for swearing in his straight-sets win over Dutchman Robin Haase.The 15th seed treated the crowd to some clever strokeplay and some trick shots on his way to a 6-3 6-4 7-5 triumph.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Third seed Marin Cilic let a two-set lead slip as he was knocked out in the second round of Wimbledon by Argentina’s Guido Pella.Last year’s beaten finalist was well in control before rain halted proceedings on Wednesday evening.But, on the resumption, Pella improved and wrapped up the third set and took the fourth on a tie-break.last_img read more

Pitcher Abby Thibodeau now spends more time using her surprising speed on the basepaths

first_imgAbby Thibodeau entered her first practice at Syracuse as a pitcher only. After 16 sprints across the width of the football field she exited Manley Fieldhouse with a new title: pinch runner. Although she was recruited by Syracuse for her off-speed pitches, the freshman separated herself from her teammates with her legs.“We saw her in the fall and she was winning every race we had,” said Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch. “… The fact that she can run that well, you can’t ignore it.”Thibodeau comes to the team following an impressive season with the Lake Braddock Secondary School (Virginia) in which she posted a 0.32 earned run average. The right-handed pitcher batted .328 as a senior in high school, but she never pinch ran. In high school, Thibodeau was restricted from pinch running because of her pitching duties.On Syracuse’s (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) opening weekend trip to Athens, Georgia, Thibodeau pitched only one-third of an inning while she appeared twice as a pinch runner. She’ll be a threat on the base paths when the Orange participates in the Florida Atlantic tournament this weekend.“(Pinch running) was really different. I’ve never been put in that scenario,” Thibodeau said. “I hit in high school but I knew I wasn’t going to hit here. Once I got put on the bases it was just a whole different thing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe practice after dominating her “gasser” conditioning test, Thibodeau found herself in the midst of the team’s base running drills. Outside of senior utility player Sydney O’Hara, Thibodeau was the only pitcher on the base paths for independent base running.As a pitcher all her life, she never focused on sliding. In an inter-squad scrimmage the week before Syracuse’s first game, coaches forced Thibodeau to repeatedly run from second base and slide into third. At first the slides were awkward but slowly she began to figure it out.“It was so funny,” O’Hara said. “She’s never base-run in her life. But it was good seeing her get out of her comfort zone and trying something new.”Once the coaches focused on her role as a pinch runner, they realized the inefficiency in Thibodeau’s running form. The player who is always doing extra work, according to coach Bosch, shifted focus to her arm action. By syncing up the motion of her arms and legs and keeping each in opposition she found herself moving faster from base to base.The focus on her running form led to improvements on the base path. In independent base running, a drill used to isolate on base running skills and throws from outfielders, Thibodeau thrived. She learned to cheat off the bag more than usual and test her teammates in the outfield.In the drill, the runners are supposed to run as if they are only runner on base. This has led to the speedster sometimes taking multiple bags and also running past her teammates.Thibodeau was thrown out trying to advance bases in each of her two appearances on the base paths this past weekend. But if winning every running competition to start the year is any indication, her raw speed may eventually pay off.“She can go from second to home second or third fastest from anybody,” Bosch said. “So if we are in a situation in the seventh inning and I need somebody at second base that can simply just run, she is going to do that.” Comments Published on February 16, 2017 at 12:07 am Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Viscarra’s Vice: Really? Helton in the hot seat?

first_imgAngel Viscarra | Daily TrojanA consistent failure to win games, at any program, will inevitably put a coach on the hot seat. Just ask Jim Mora, who was recently fired as the UCLA football coach for not elevating the Bruins to elite status in his six seasons in Westwood.While losing is the common denominator, different programs have a different tolerance levels and qualifications for being placed in the hot seat.Take a stroll through USC Twitter during a Trojan football game, and you’d be convinced that head coach Clay Helton — a man who has his 10-2 team playing in the Pac-12 Championship on Friday — is one game away from getting the boot from Athletic Director Lynn Swann. Since the start of the 2016 season, Helton’s first year at the helm, USC is 20-5 overall. At the conclusion of his first full year as coach, Helton brought USC its first Rose Bowl trophy since 2009. Helton has never lost a game as head coach at the Coliseum (13-0 at home), and he will take his Trojans to Santa Clara this Friday to battle No. 14 Stanford for the Pac-12 Championship. USC has a chance to clinch its first conference crown since 2008.Helton’s consistency for the Trojans has been undeniable. But it’s becoming clearer and clearer that those associated with the program are not so much pleased with consistency as they are with domination and playing for national championships. As USC’s grueling regular season went on, the Trojans slid out of College Football Playoff contention (they opened the season at No. 4 in the AP poll). But it must be noted that the Trojans were called to battle through an injury-plagued season that saw them play 12 consecutive games without a bye week — their first regular season without a bye week since 1995. To navigate through a gantlet of a regular season and escape with a 10-2 record and a Pac-12 South title is something to praise this team and coaching staff about. And so, it can be quite confusing at times to pinpoint what it is about Helton that makes him so disposable to fans and followers of the program. He has led USC to consecutive double-digit win seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008 and has his team just one win away from a prominent New Year’s Six bowl. Those around the program often spout that Helton “just can’t win the big game.” This is strange, considering the fact that Helton’s first two seasons have seen him compile several impressive victories. Last season’s Rose Bowl berth wouldn’t have happened if Helton’s Trojans didn’t upset a tough No. 4 Washington team on the road. Many will claim heroics from then-redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold bailed Helton out, but something has to be said about battling back in the Rose Bowl to win a thriller against No. 5 Penn State.And even this season, USC put together arguably the most complete performance of the Helton era in a 42-24 Week 2 victory over Stanford at home. Despite the 20-5 overall record, Rose Bowl victory, top recruiting class and now a berth in the Pac-12 Championship, many are still clouded when they begin to assess the Helton regime at USC.But this Friday’s conference championship against the Cardinal may be Helton’s most crucial test yet. It certainly shouldn’t be a hot seat game, but it will be a barometer game for many USC fans — one where they will find out if Helton is the coach to bring the Trojans back among the undisputed elites of college football. Should Helton lead USC to victory and its first conference trophy since the Pete Carroll days, it’ll do a good deal of help in silencing the Helton haters. But if the Trojans come back to Los Angeles empty-handed, the “Fire Helton!”, “He’s not the right guy” and “Darnold saved Helton” rants will surely be cranked up a notch. Helton will not have history on his side come Friday night at Levi’s Stadium: No Pac-12 South champion has ever won the Pac-12 Championship Game (the game has been played six times). UCLA’s high-profile hiring of Chip Kelly this past week could also be added gasoline to the “fire Helton” bandwagon. When Helton was announced as USC’s full-time head coach in 2015, there were unpleasant rumblings as the land of Troy seemed to be hoping for a flashier candidate than Helton, who had been an assistant coach for the previous six seasons. If Helton doesn’t quite fit what USC fans want going forward, then all it takes is a look across town to Westwood to begin petitioning for the Trojans to make a flashy hire of their own. It’s easy to get lost in the hype and buildup of conference championship week. But now, more than ever, is an appropriate time for USC fans to take a breath and assess their condition holistically. Helton has been a benchmark of stability for USC so far in his tenure, both on and off the field. It’s ironic that the same fans who were clamoring for program stability when Lane Kiffin was fired on the tarmac and Steve Sarkisian was drunkenly ranting at Salute to Troy are the same fans calling for the head of an even-keel leader like Helton. The last USC coach to deliver back-to-back 10-win campaigns was Carroll, back in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. And while it is Trojan heresy to mention anyone in the same breath as Carroll, it must be noted that he went 17-8 over his first 25 contests as USC coach. Helton is 20-5 through his first 25. So what’s my message to the still-existent Helton doubters? Be patient. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Viscarra’s Vice,” ran Tuesdays.last_img read more

Miami Gardens Announces Re-opening of Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail…

first_imgCustomers are encouraged to use credit/debit cards or Paypal/Venmo/CashApp for payment of services. Work stations should be separated by at least six feet and if they can’t, there must be a plexiglass barrier between salon chairs. The use of face shields is required for face-to-face services, employees must wear protective gloves and wear a single-use lab-coat or protective gown. All equipment, chairs, and tables used by an employee must be sanitized between clients. All nail station items must either be new or cleaned and disinfected. Customers are not allowed to wait in the store. Businesses must limit the number of customers in-store to ONE person PER SERVICE. Employees at those businesses must follow CDC guidelines like using disposable materials and supplies, only accepting appointments (NO Walk-in customers) and giving hand sanitizer to customers.center_img All employees and customers must follow social distancing guidelines, and wear face masks and employees must get their temperatures checked before work. Effective Wednesday, May 27, 2020 the City of Miami Gardens will officially authorize Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail Shops to re-open with operational conditions. Mayor Oliver Gilbert outlined the list of guidelines that businesses are to adhere to. Businesses may open sooner if they are able to operate within the listed guidelines. Watch the entire video message from Mayor Gilbert outlining all the rules below:last_img read more

“We have to face Zesco without key injured players”- Kotoko head coach C.K. Akonnor

first_imgFor Asante Kotoko to progress to the last 8 of the CAF Confederation Cup, they need to get a good result against ZESCO in Zambia on Sunday and they will have to do so without certain important players.It turns out that the team’s injury list grew by a few more players following their 1-1 draw with Al-Hilal and to add to that, star man, Sogne Yacouba will miss the game through suspension.C.K. Akonnor, the team’s head coach, is encouraging the  18-man team heading to Zambia to brace itself and fight for the result they want even in the absence of these players. –By: Nathan Quao/ “No coach will be happy if he has key players injured. It is very a painful experience. Last Saturday during training, we lost Abdul Ganiyu to injury. Before then, it was Maxwell Baako, Richard Senanu and the rest.However, we are going to Zambia without them. There is nothing we can do about that. What we can do is to think, be smart and try to get a victory.”Kotoko are expected to be in Zambia later on Thursday after leaving Addis Ababa where they transited.The match is on Sunday and Kotoko need to win to qualify irrespective of what happens between Al Hilal and Nkana who will be facing each other in Sudan.last_img read more

Seniors at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center Create Kites to Remember Loved Ones

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLaughs, tears, sighs, you name it those are all of the emotions you can feel after losing a loved one.But how do you cope? Thanks to members at the ‘Hospice of Michigan Alpena,’ seniors and staff at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center were able to create decorations and remember the good times they shared with loved ones.“We put on them our memories, our stories, we write letters to people on them, all of those things are ways of remembering them. As we let them (kites) loose into the wind they dance and flutter in the wind it allows us to make new memories as we think about them and love them,” Rev. Martha Stuart said.For a number of years ‘Hospice of Michigan Alpena’ has been creating kites for people to remember loved ones. No one grieves the same way so the project benefits anyone, and any age, not just seniors.“We see a variety of losses. Quite often it’s our parents, a spouse, sometimes our children,” Stacy Malenfant said.If you would love to participate and create a kite to ‘Fly and Remember’ through your own journey of grief contact the Hospice of Michigan Alpena or the Alpena Senior Citizens Center.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Fly and Remember, KitesContinue ReadingPrevious 2000 Books Must Go! Friends of Library Holds Annual Used Book SaleNext Two Alpena Men Facing Charges After High Speed Chaselast_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins: Heisman voters gave no wrong answers

first_imgAs a first-time Heisman Trophy voter who had to decide among Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa this week, there is a piece of good news. There is no wrong answer, even if this is the most difficult vote possible. All three quarterbacks have a legitimate claim to college football’s most prestigious trophy, and that has created the most intriguing race this decade. Heisman voters have been asked not to reveal their picks until Sunday, and that’s fine. Let’s see who wins this race. MORE: The power of Tua, the megastar redefining Bama’s dynastyWhile the straw polls suggest the race will come down to Murray and Tagovailoa — and that could be the closest two-way quarterback race since Nebraska’s Eric Crouch (770) edged Florida’s Rex Grossman (702) by 62 points in 2001 — Haskins could force his way into that conversation Saturday.Haskins led Ohio State to a 12-1 record with a 4,580 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions. It’s arguably the greatest season by a quarterback in Big Ten history. In the Buckeyes’ last two games against Michigan and Northwestern, Haskins totaled 895 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. He will do well in the Midwest region.Murray has better numbers than Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman for Oklahoma last season. Murray leads the FBS with a 205.7 rating. He has 4,053 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions, along with 892 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores. He led the Sooners back to the College Football Playoff and dominated the Big 12 championship game against Texas. The remarkable two-sport athlete will do well in the Southwest region.Tagovailoa was the front runner for the most of season, and with good reason. The hero of last year’s College Football Playoff championship game took Alabama’s offense to the next level. Tagovailoa passed for 3,353 yards with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions and added 190 rushing yards and five fives. He is second to Murray with a 202.3 passer rating. Tagovailoa didn’t throw an interception until November and threw just eight passes in the fourth quarter all season. He will be in good shape in the South region.There are arguments against all three. Haskins threw 73 passes in a 49-20 loss to Purdue and failed to lead Ohio State to College Football Playoff. Murray’s numbers are in part of a product of playing in the wide-open Big 12. Tagovailoa struggled in the SEC championship game and dealt with injuries for most of November.MORE: Murray’s winding path to greatness at OklahomaThe cases for those candidates, however, are much more appealing than the cases against them. That’s why the drama factor is high for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night. How will these candidates fare in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Far West regions? That might determine how close this race is.If it does indeed come down to two of these quarterbacks, will this be the closest Heisman Trophy race of all time? That happened in 2009, when Alabama’s Mark Ingram (1,304) edged out Stanford’s Toby Gerhart (1,276) by 28 points.And if it comes down to Tagovailoa and Murray, it would be reminiscent of 2000, when Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke (1,628) edged out Oklahoma’s Josh Heupel (1,552) by 76 points. Heupel got revenge when his Sooners beat FSU 13-2 in the 2001 Orange Bowl to win the national championship.In that regard, it’s fitting that Murray and Tagovailoa will meet at the Orange Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal. We can guarantee they will score points. Meanwhile, Haskins will have a chance to get to 50 touchdown passes at the Rose Bowl in Urban Meyer’s final game with the Buckeyes.MORE: Haskins passes test in brilliant debut for Ohio State That’s as good as it gets for these three, and voters should be thankful they’re choosing among players who played at the highest level this season. There truly is no wrong answer, and that makes it both easy — and hard — for a first-time voter. There’s more good news. I’m not worried about that. I just want to see who wins the race.last_img read more

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