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first_imgSteven Gerrard secured Liverpool an incredible 3-2 stoppage-time victory at Craven Cottage, rifling home from the penalty spot to break struggling Fulham’s hearts. It was a fine win but one in which Liverpool failed to get anywhere near the heady heights reached in Saturday’s 5-1 mauling of Arsenal, falling behind after just eight minutes. Kolo Toure, guilty of gifting West Brom a 1-1 draw 10 days ago, could only watch on in horror when he sliced a Kieran Richardson cross into his own goal. Fulham continued to impress but were undone as half-time approached by a wonderful first-time Gerrard through ball, which found Daniel Sturridge to net his eighth goal since returning from injury. While Liverpool were somewhat fortunate to go in level at half-time, they began the second half with renewed vigour and Luis Suarez rattled the far post as the Whites looked increasingly unsteady. Fortunately for them, Martin Skrtel was looking even more shaky and his defensive mistake allowed Manchester United academy graduate Richardson to net from close range. The lead did not last long, though, as Philippe Coutinho sent a fine shot past Maarten Stekelenburg via a slight deflection off former Everton defender John Heitinga. Fulham looked good value to follow up their thrilling 2-2 draw at Manchester United with another point, only for Sascha Riether to foul Sturridge, allowing Gerrard to fire home a stoppage-time winner from the spot. Few expected Fulham to suffer a ninth home loss of the season given the way they flew out of the blocks. Press Association Less than a minute was on the clock when Lewis Holtby sent a lovely chipped ball over to Darren Bent, who played in the overlapping Ryan Tunnicliffe for a strike that stung the palms of Simon Mignolet. Dan Burn headed over as Fulham continued in the ascendancy, with their early endeavours rewarded with just eight minutes on the clock. Holtby’s exquisite through ball put Richardson behind Skrtel, with the former United man’s cross comically turned into an own goal by Toure. It was quite the start by the Whites, for whom things came close to improving moments later as Holtby met a Darren Bent knock-back with a half-volley that flew inches wide. Liverpool were struggling to quell Fulham’s intensity, but with Suarez in attack it would not be long before Stekelenburg was called into action. The Netherlands goalkeeper denied his former Ajax team-mate after impressively wriggling free to turn on target, before thwarting the Reds striker’s cheeky attempt at a lob. Stekelenburg saved Steve Sidwell’s blushes after his woeful backpass almost put Suarez through on goal, with Sturridge and Coutinho wasting chances before Fulham regrouped. Former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise and Sidwell saw shots blocked either side of a Bent header as the hosts upped the ante, coming closest when Holtby played a neat one-two with William Kvist and continued to fire into the side-netting. They were missed chances the home side were made to rue four minutes before half-time. Getting back on his feet after slipping just inside the Liverpool half, Gerrard played a wonderful first-time ball with the outside of the right boot that split the Fulham defence open and found Sturridge to coolly slot home off the inside of the far post. The England internationals both came close to adding to that before half-time, from which they returned with Suarez whipping a free-kick just wide of the far post. The Uruguay international was soon back in action again, first lashing across the face of goal before striking the post after turning his man on the edge of the 18-yard box. It looked only a matter of time until there was a goal, but few expected it to come from Fulham. A hopeful, if impressive, Sidwell shot from his own half was all the Whites had to show until the 63rd minute, when Liverpool gifted Fulham another lead. Skrtel could not clear a Riether cross from the right, wiping out team-mate Jon Flanagan as the ball fell kindly for Richardson to bury from close range. However, the lead was not to last as Coutinho showed impressive skill and poise to burst into space and strike, via a slight deflection of Heitinga, past Stekelenburg The Fulham goalkeeper was soon forced off after taking a bad knock in denying Suarez, with his replacement David Stockdale seeing Coutinho struck just wide before substitute Joao Teixeira fired over on his debut. And, just as it looked like the west Londoners would take a deserved point, Riether was adjudged to have taken down Sturridge in the box. Dowd pointed to the spot and Gerrard smashed home the spot-kick in front of the raucous visiting fans, who almost had another to celebrate when Teixeira struck over. The match was threatened earlier in the week by a proposed strike on the London Underground – and Brendan Rodgers’ six-match unbeaten league run looked in serious danger of ending on several occasions in west London. Rene Meulensteen’s side produced a performance that belied their position at the bottom of the Premier League, only for them to twice see leads pegged back and then Reds skipper Gerrard strike home in stoppage time. last_img read more

first_img Jennifer OsbornReporter and columnist at The Ellsworth AmericanNews Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at josborn@ellsworthamerican.com or call 667-2576. Bucksport councilors seek reelection – September 18, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth native Maureen Beck won a gold medal Friday in Paris for paraclimbing in the International Federal of Sport Climbing’s World Championship.This is Beck’s second world championship. She also won in Spain in 2014.Beck, who was born without her left hand, lives in Colorado now with her husband, Bryan.The climber has won five national championships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWatch Beck’s winning climb here:You can see the medal ceremony here: Agencies partner to investigate internet crimes – September 17, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Bio Latest posts by Jennifer Osborn (see all) Bucksport Police Log Week of Sept. 17 – September 16, 2020last_img read more

first_imghttp://http://vimeo.com/1879726Mike Leckrone, director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, announces he has suspended the band until further notice. This is due to behavior violations relating to alcohol and inappropriate sexual behavior. The band will miss Saturday’s game against Ohio State, marking the first time in at least 40 years the band hasn’t played a home game.last_img

first_img Published on October 29, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus When the game is on the line, head coach Paul Flanagan turns to sophomore first-line center Jessica Sibley.When Syracuse was down, 2-1, on Oct. 19 against Connecticut and only 13 seconds were remaining in the game, Flanagan trusted Sibley to take the deciding faceoff despite the fact that she had lost one in the offensive zone with an empty net a minute earlier.Sibley won the draw and moved the puck back to forward Alysha Burriss before crashing the net. Burriss put a shot on goal and Sibley tipped it in as the buzzer sounded to tie the game.“If she’s rested, she’s the first one I go to,” Flanagan said, referring to sending Sibley onto the ice for power plays, penalty kills and critical game situations.Even though she’s only a sophomore, Sibley’s skills have cemented her as one of Syracuse’s (1-3-4) top players this season. She has developed into a mature team leader that Flanagan can rely on. On the season, Sibley has recorded one goal and three assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Her leadership in the locker room and on the bench is big,” senior forward Allie LaCombe said, “and then obviously on the ice, she’s a wonderful player. She makes the good shots, the good passes. She makes things happen.”SU’s offense has struggled to produce goals this year, but when it does, Sibley often has a hand in the play.Against Providence on Oct. 18, she assisted on all three of SU’s goals. A day later, she netted the game-tying goal. She was named the College Hockey America Player of the Week for her performances.“It’s always a good accomplishment to get awarded for your hard work, so it was nice because we had a good weekend as a team,” Sibley said.Flanagan describes her as a “prototypical power forward” who is big, strong and clears a path when she’s heading down the ice. Sibley is one of the most skilled players on the team, junior forward Melissa Piacentini said, adding that she has good hands, makes smart plays and has great vision.She is well-rounded and good in the defensive zone too, Flanagan said, and that her low scoring numbers aren’t an indication of how well she’s been playing.Because she logs a lot of ice time, she needs to be more judicious about the work she puts in during the games, Flanagan said, adding that she doesn’t always need to go all out on the forecheck.On the bench, Sibley will talk to the players about what they can do differently and how to improve, LaCombe said.Sibley’s usual linemates don’t think she plays or acts like an underclassman and said the players on the team respect her maturity.“I’m shy so I try to work hard on the ice, give pats on the back, do the little things,” Sibley said.Sibley has proven herself as irreplaceable in her two years with the Orange. But in 2014, she hasn’t been the same scorer she was in 2013 when she finished third on the team with 26 points.She’s a scorer, everyone agrees. But even if the goals aren’t coming, she is still valuable and still the same player that Flanagan relies on.Said Flanagan: “If we didn’t have her — if she were on the shelf — that’s a tough void to fill.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Published on September 29, 2015 at 10:48 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — Zeroes ticked across the scoreboard at Beyer-Small ’76 Field and only one set of LED lights lay dormant — the shots under Colgate’s side of the board.Syracuse goalkeeper Austin Aviza exited the penalty area and immediately sought out defender Kamal Miller standing near midfield to shake his hand and give him a hug. Aviza made his way to defenders Louis Cross and Miles Robinson amid the pouring rain to do the same.“I just throw them a lot of credit,” Aviza said. “They’ve been excellent these past few games so it just makes my life 10 times easier.”For the second game in a row, the back line of Cross, Robinson and Miller kept SU’s opponent from registering a shot on goal. Colgate managed eight shots, but the only ball Aviza had to make a play on was a cross that he punched away late in the game. The clean sheet helped the Orange (6-2-1, 1-1-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 2-0 win over the Raiders (4-3-1, 1-0 Patriot) on Tuesday night.“They put us under some pressure,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “They put a lot of balls in the box. They’ve got some size in the back that came forward on restarts and I thought defensively Louis, Miles, Kamal — and Juuso (Pasanen) in front — played very well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColgate tried to push the ball toward the middle from the start of the game, but the Orange was able to thwart each attempt coming in the run of play.Miller easily headed away a chipped through ball in a one-on-one opportunity on the Raiders’ first offensive possession. Pasanen, a midfielder, missed an oncoming Colgate attacker with a jab of his leg, leaving CU midfielder Jared Stroud open near the back of the penalty area. But Robinson bodied the forward enough to force the ball out of bounds past the goal line as Stroud waved his hands up and down in the air.The Raiders most dangerous chances came on corners and free kicks, but SU defenders were always there to knock the ball away. Each of CU’s seven corners and at least four free kicks were launched into the box.Even one of the throw-ins that Colgate managed in SU’s defensive half was heaved into the box, only to be knocked away.“We just did a good job of defending the first ball, the second ball and protecting our goalkeeper,” Miller said. By Aviza’s estimation, his defenders won every ball in the air.Aviza has grown more vocal as the season has carried on, he and his teammates said, which involves positioning the defenders in front of him on restarts. He cupped his hands on each set piece to communicate with his defense and even tugged at some of their jerseys to get them in the right spot.When the Orange defense knocked away two consecutive Colgate corner attempts with less than four minutes left, Aviza said nothing, however, he just clapped.Colgate’s last attempt came on a free kick from 45 yards out to the right of the net with just a few minutes left in the game. The ball sailed high in the air, curving left, but Aviza rose through a crowd to punch the ball away.Even in SU’s first shutout of the year against Bucknell on Aug. 30, Aviza had to make eight saves. But in the last two games — the only other shutouts — he’s touched the ball most on goal kicks and never to stop a shot on net.“We’re really stepping up and becoming more cohesive as a defensive unit,” Miller said.  “It’s clearly showing with the stats that we’ve achieved in the last two games and I think it’s only going to keep getting better.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team’s defense ranked among the best in the nation all season, in large part due to the play of senior outside linebacker Joe Schobert.The Big Ten recognized Schobert for his efforts this season with the Butkus-Fitzgerald Award, which goes to the conference’s top linebacker.Schobert exploded onto the national scene during the Badgers’ opener against Alabama, recording 13 tackles and two sacks. That performance set the stage for what would be an impressive season.Through the season’s first five games, Schobert had nine sacks. His current total of 9.5 sacks ranks tied for 11th in the country.Schobert made 76 tackles during the regular season (38 total, 38 unassisted).Schobert played his best when the offense needed the aid of the defense the most. Even though both results were losses, Schobert’s games against Iowa and Northwestern were dominant. He had three sacks against the Hawkeyes and three tackles for loss against the Wildcats. His 18.5 tackles for loss ranks seventh in the nation.He forced five fumbles this season, tying the Badgers’ single-season record. That mark ranks tied for second in the nation.Schobert becomes the second UW linebacker to earn the award. Chris Borland won it in 2013.Penn State’s Carl Nassib beat out Schobert for the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honor, also known as the Nagurski-Woodson Award.Teammates get in on all-Big Ten actionIn addition to being named the league’s top linebacker, Schobert was a consensus pick to the all-Big Ten first team. Senior safety Michael Caputo earned consensus second-team all-Big Ten honors, while Schobert’s fellow outside linebacker Vince Biegel was named to the all-Big Ten third team, also by consensus.Senior safety Tanner McEvoy earned an honorable mention from the league’s coaches and the league’s media. Other UW honorable mentions include redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Chikwe Obasih (media), junior cornerback Sojourn Shelton (media), senior safety Darius Hillary (coaches) and redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards (coaches).Meyer earns weekly honorSenior punter Drew Meyer earned his second Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week distinction Monday.Meyer punted seven times, averaging 41.3 yards per punt during the Badgers’ 31-21 victory over Minnesota Saturday. He saved his best for last, booting punts of 53 and 54 yards in the fourth quarter. He pinned the Golden Gophers inside their own 20-yard line three times.Meyer also won the award on Oct. 26.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United survived another scare last night to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.Louis van Gaal’s side went a goal down against Preston North End at Deepdale before they recovered to win 3-1 and set-up a last-eight tie against Arsenal.For the first time in this season’s competition, United have been drawn to play a cup tie at Old Trafford. The other quarter-final pairings see Aston Villa play host to Premier League rivals West Brom while Liverpool will face Blackburn at Anfield and League One side Bradford will take-on Reading.last_img read more

first_imgTennis greats Roger Federer and Serena Williams will meet on court for the first time at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday when Switzerland face the USA in Perth.They will play in men’s and women’s singles rubbers before meeting in the mixed doubles alongside partners Belinda Bencic and Frances Tiafoe.Federer and Williams, both 37, have won a combined 43 Grand Slam titles.“It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it,” said Federer.Williams said it was “like a dream come true”. She added: “I have been looking forward to it. This is so cool.” Serena Williams The match has been described as the most anticipated contest involving a male and female player since the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in 1973, when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former men’s world number one Bobby Riggs in straight sets.Despite their concurrent careers, Federer said it would be an “exaggeration” to say he knew Williams well.“I admire everything she’s done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win,” he said.“It is going to be one time, probably never again. She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever – men and women combined – so it is great to be playing against her.”The Hopman Cup comprises two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations in a round-robin format with two groups of four. The winners of each group will contest Saturday’s final.Federer and Bencic beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter in their opening round-robin tie, while the USA lost to Greece on Monday despite Williams winning her singles tie.Switzerland are the defending champions, Federer and Bencic having won the event in Perth in January 2018.Meanwhile, organisers have announced that prize money at next month’s Australian Open will rise by 14% to AUS$62.5m (£34.5m).There will be a 25% increase for those who lose in the first round: players who reach the main draw are now guaranteed at least AUS$75,000 (£41,400).The singles’ champions will each take home $4.1m (£2.26m).The total prize fund has increased by 89% over the past five years.“We have a responsibility to improve the conditions for all the players, and ensure tennis offers a viable career path, and this means increasing prize money as well as easing the costs associated with playing the Australian Open,” said Australian Open chief Craig Tiley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ONTARIO >> A deal that will bring a Los Angeles Clippers development team to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena is close to being inked, an official involved with negotiations said.An announcement could come as soon as the end of the month, arena CEO Michael Krouse, said by phone. Krouse said he’s been in contract talks with the Clippers for several weeks.“We’re hopeful and excited that this will come to fruition,” Krouse said. “We’re excited about the relationship and we look forward to working with our friends, the Clippers.”Krouse, who spoke confidently about the deal, said he the team would start playing in September, if the contract is approved. “I have another casino sponsorship, and that could present some challenges for us moving forward. I need to talk more with the Clippers about what that means to our sponsor partners. … If there is a challenge, we will certainly work it out in some way.”Jacob Coin, spokesman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said his group became aware of the potential Agua Caliente move Thursday morning.“I don’t know enough about the details of that relationship to provide a comment for San Manuel at this point,” Coin said. “It’s just too soon without knowing any more of the details to make a comment.”Krouse anticipates attendance at the games to be around 2,000 at the beginning of the season, but “we expect to grow beyond that” at the 11,000-seat venue. “For basketball, we could do 10,000 (in attendance),” Krouse said.The Citizens Business Bank Arena is home to the Ontario Reign hockey team and the Ontario Fury indoor soccer team.Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Debra Dorst-Porada is looking forward to the deal’s potential positive impact for the city.“Hopefully, people can to come to the arena, the Ontario Mills Mall, to come to our local restaurants, fill up at our gas stations, and visit all the great things,” Dorst-Porada said. “That will give us more money for police services and recreation services, so those are all good things.”Dorst-Porada said that if the team does come to Ontario, it would increase sponsorship opportunities for vendors that want to get their products to the Inland Empire market.NBA spokeswoman Joanna Shapiro referred questions regarding the new Clippers G-League team to the team itself, and directed questions regarding the changing of the name D-League to G-League to a February press release.Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA D-League, or Development League, will be called the NBA Gatorade League, or G-League, as part of a multiyear partnership with Gatorade, according to the NBA. It marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner, according to the NBA.The league, which began in the 2001-02 season, was formed to develop NBA talent. Since then, 40 percent of current NBA players having spent time in the NBA D-League and four current NBA head coaches started as coaches on NBA D-League benches, according to the NBA.center_img “We still have some details to finalize and we’ve had wonderful meetings. The NBA was out here,” Krouse said. “One of the big reasons they were looking at our arena was because we do conform to all NBA standards. Our arena is in compliance with NBA rules.”Earlier this week, ESPN.com first reported Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa of Rancho Mirage, a prominent sponsor of the NBA team, would become the primary sponsor for the new G-League affiliate.The name: Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.Seth Burton, vice president of communications for the Clippers, said by phone Thursday that he could not comment on the matter. A representative for the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa or the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, could not be reached for comment.Krouse said he wasn’t aware of the relationship with Agua Caliente until he read the ESPN account. Krouse said he will work to address and mitigate any issues that could arise from the fact that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians — which also runs a casino — sponsors the San Manuel VIP Club at the arena.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The right knee injury that forced Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm to leave the game in the seventh inning is more serious. After stretching to retire Arismendy Alcantara on an infield grounder, Maholm needed more than a minute to rise to his feet and walk off the field.“He felt it the step before he got to the bag,” Mattingly said.Maholm was scheduled to undergo an MRI after the game. Haren (8-9) has said for weeks that he’s healthy, but his struggles would be easier to explain if he were hurt. The right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs. He hasn’t completed six innings since June 30 and his ERA has risen by more than a run in the meantime, to 4.76.“It makes me feel worse seeing guys get hurt,” Haren said. “Paul had to come into the game, eat up some innings. I think his injury seems like it’s pretty bad. I feel terrible for him. “I was just embarrassed for my performance. I feel bad for the fans, for the other 24 guys.”The Dodgers explored the market for a starting pitcher prior to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. They passed on two headliners, David Price and Jon Lester, but still might make a move through the waiver process in August.Their desire might become a need if Haren cannot right his struggles. He conquered one nemesis, the first inning, without allowing a run Friday. But the Cubs got a solo home run from Luis Valbuena in the second inning and scored three runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead that they didn’t relinquish.In the fifth inning, Haren allowed a pair of singles and hit a batter to load the bases. Chris Perez entered the game and allowed all three runners to score. One run scored on a wild pitch and another scored when Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis dropped a brilliant throw from center field by Puig as Starlin Castro scored on a deep sacrifice fly.Dee Gordon stole two bases in the first inning, his 49th and 50th of the season. The final insult: The Chicago Cubs, owners of the second-lowest winning percentage in the National League, beat the Dodgers 8-2.“We made so many mistakes tonight,” manager Don Mattingly said. “You know you can’t win like that.”Some of the Dodgers’ problems Friday were temporary. Turner will pay attention to more baserunners than he ignores; Gonzalez will probably never slide so poorly again in his life. Others were not.The Dodgers’ bench was down to one by the end of the game. Besides Gonzalez, whose status was termed “day-to-day,” Yasiel Puig was removed after artfully sliding around a tag and safely slapping home plate before Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo could tag him. He was diagnosed with mild left hamstring soreness.Mattingly said that Puig suffered the injury running from first base in the sixth.center_img Sometime around the fifth inning Friday, it became difficult to blame Dodger fans for flipping back to the video of basketball player Paul George injuring his leg. The baseball game was too painful to watch.Where to begin? Dan Haren was thrown out at first base on a line drive to right field. Justin Turner bobbled a ball at third base, then turned his back while a runner advanced safely from second base. Adrian Gonzalez was thrown out trying to score — despite beating the relay throw from the outfield — because he missed home plate. Gonzalez suffered a knee contusion on the play and left the game. Even the Dodgers’ first-base coach, Davey Lopes slipped twice in the dugout during the game.last_img read more