Draw lifts Burnley out of drop zone

first_imgBurnley climbed out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September after extending their undefeated run to four matches. With three striped shirts close by, he negotiated room to shoot where a square pass for Boyd might have been the wiser move. It would not have mattered had his effort nestled in the top corner but Elliot beat the ball away one-handed. The Clarets continued to probe, Kieran Trippier catching the back four flat with a clever chipped pass that Ashley Barnes could only turn into a corner. Soon after Barnes flashed over from an even better opening after good hold-up work from Ings. Newcastle were playing largely on the counter but began to string chances together, Sammy Ameobi stretching Tom Heaton with a skiddy shot across goal and Cisse blazing high into the stands following a deft set-up by Gouffran. Heaton made a second decent save after 32 minutes, rushing to smother Mehdi Abeid’s toe punt. But it was Burnley who were playing with greater control and they were rewarded with the opening goal a minute later. Ings turned Trippier’s speculative long ball into something much more dangerous, winning the aerial battle and cushioning a perfect header into Boyd’s path. The Scot took a touch out of his feet and fired past the unsighted Elliot from 20 yards for his second of the season. The lead might have doubled just before the break when another deft touch from Ings invited Jones to shoot, only for the midfielder to miss the target. Pardew did not hesitate to change things, hauling off Williamson and Ayoze Perez at the break and sending on Steven Taylor and Remy Cabella. Within three minutes the scores were level. Cabella nearly made an instant impact, his goalbound shot blocked by Stephen Ward, but the goal arrived seconds later. Janmaat’s cross was flicked on instincively by Gouffran at the near post and Cisse rifled home from close range. Immediately the match took on a new complexion, Newcastle finally playing with fluidity rather than rushed breaks. Burnley were forced back, Cabella revelling in the space behind Cisse and captain Cheick Tiote starting to snap into tackles in the centre. The home side suffered another setback when Ward hobbled off, handing Ben Mee a first appearance since October 18. But the fort was holding for Sean Dyche’s men, who were happy to see Abeid twice launch hopeful long-range efforts over the top. The game began to open up again in the last 20 minutes, Burnley regaining territory and asking questions of their own again. They also asked for a penalty when Michael Keane’s header hit a Newcastle player at point-blank range but it would have been guesswork by Phil Dowd to call handball. Press Association A matter of weeks ago they were the only club in English football’s top four tiers not to have won a game, now with eight points from the last 12 on offer they are out of the drop zone. Hull replace them in 18th place, though they have a chance to change that on Wednesday night. Burnley’s resurgence has been built around the return to form and fitness of Danny Ings and although absent from the scoresheet he was again in excellent form. His cushioned header provided Boyd with the chance he needed to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute and whenever the ball came close to him in the final third, he gave fright to the Magpies defence. But a draw was the right result and Cisse’s fifth of the campaign set Newcastle back on course after a winning run of six matches ended in defeat against West Ham on Saturday. United boss Alan Pardew was relieved that his worst fears were not realised before kick-off, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and Mike Williamson all passed fit. But he was still without a handful of injured regulars and stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot, deputising again for the absent Tim Krul, was called into action in the eighth minute. David Jones’ one-touch pass set Burnley off in attack, giving Scott Arfield licence to run before touching the ball through for Ings. The match itself was unremarkable, an occasionally untidy 1-1 scuffle lit up by George Boyd’s 20-yard opener for the hosts and Yoann Gouffran’s clever flick that teed up Papiss Cisse’s equaliser. But the significance of escaping the bottom three is huge to Sean Dyche’s Clarets. last_img read more

Pulis: I knew Jewell could quit

first_img Pulis is still looking to appoint a goalkeeping coach and remained tight-lipped on his former Stoke keeper Carlo Nash landing the role. He is also hopeful of adding to his squad to aid their fight against relegation with the Baggies 14th in the Barclays Premier League, but three points above the drop zone, ahead of Monday’s trip to Everton. “It’s an important two weeks in the window, important for the football club,” Pulis said. “The players we bring in have to be better than what we have, they have to make a difference. It’s a difficult window if you haven’t been preparing. “We have to make sure players are right. We’ve been busy behind the scenes but it’s very difficult. We have to get that team winning. I really do think it will be tough.” The Baggies boss admitted he heard Jewell was interested in the vacant Charlton job. The Addicks instead appointed Guy Luzon and Jewell left West Brom on Tuesday, following the arrival of Gerry Francis on a part-time basis, just a week after he was appointed joint-assistant head coach. Press Association Jewell, who has now been linked with a coaching job at Hull, is taking legal advice in the wake of his departure but Pulis insisted it did not come as a shock. “I had a phone call on Sunday saying Paul was in for the Charlton job. I spoke to him on Sunday but that was the last time I spoke to Paul,” he said. “I have been concentrating on getting stuff sorted out at this football club. I have been non-stop. “If it was going to be Charlton, Hull or whoever he is a good lad to have on board. “He has been linked with a few jobs, so we’ll see what happens. I hope he gets back into it, that’s where he should be and where he belongs.” Pulis is looking to appoint a replacement and spoke to chairman Jeremy Peace on Thursday but is in no rush to find a new man and will continue to work with long-time number two Dave Kemp. He said: “Myself and Kempy have done it by ourselves before and Gerry (Francis) comes up every other day. “We will get on with it. People make decisions and that’s it, you move on. I have got nothing but respect for Paul, he is a good guy.” Head coach Tony Pulis has hinted he knew Paul Jewell could quit West Brom 48 hours before his exit.last_img read more

Aston Villa v Man U Talking Points

first_img Press Association Aston Villa host Manchester United in the first Premier League clash of the weekend on Friday night. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five of the main talking points ahead of the match. 1) CAN WAYNE ROONEY PROVE HE IS THE RIGHT MAN TO LEAD UNITED’S ATTACK? center_img Wayne Rooney started last year’s draw at Villa Park in midfield, but he will play as a lone front man on Friday night. United manager Louis van Gaal is so convinced Rooney will be able to score 20-30 goals this year that he claims he does not need to sign another striker. The United skipper scored just one goal in pre-season and looked rusty against Tottenham. Will his season spark into life at Villa Park? 2) CAN DALEY BLIND SILENCE HIS DOUBTERS? Blind is primarily a central midfielder, but Van Gaal is convinced his compatriot is good enough to play at centre-half for United. Alan Shearer disagrees, claiming on the eve of the Spurs game that he would love to come up against Blind every week. The former Ajax man is comfortable on the ball, but lacks strength. Christian Eriksen brushed him off the ball last week. At 6ft 4in tall, Rudy Gestede is a far more imposing figure than the slight Dane, and the Villa striker will target Blind on Friday. 3) CAN SERGIO ROMERO PROVE HE IS A WORTHY NUMBER ONE? With David de Gea still unable to focus on his game, according to Van Gaal, Sergio Romero will start in goal for United. The Argentinian performed reasonably well against Spurs, particularly when you consider he had barely been at the club for two weeks before his debut. But the Argentinian was barely tested and his goal will come under a more sustained threat against Villa. Romero was not good enough to hold down a place at Monaco last year so is he really the answer to United’s goalkeeping problems? 4) WILL FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WORK? The match has been brought forward a day because of policing reasons, but next year, games will be played on Friday nights every week. Ending the week by going to a top-flight match under lights is a good idea in principle, but is it practical? United fans travelling by train will not arrive back in Manchester until the early hours of Saturday morning. The last train from Aston to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 10:32pm and arrives at 01:28 after changes at Birmingham New Street and Crewe. Those who finish work after 5:30pm have no chance of getting to the game on time via train, and those making the 170-mile trip via car will have to leave early as the M6 is notoriously bad for traffic on an evening and roadworks are taking place on junction 17. 5) CAN TIM SHERWOOD TURN VILLA INTO A TOP-SIX TEAM? Sherwood was parachuted into the Villa job in February and in his previous job at Tottenham, he was appointed three months into the season. This is the first time he has had a pre-season with a club and he has made his mark, signing nine players, with a 10th not far away in Adama Traore from Barcelona. Sherwood has lost Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, but this is now his team and his survival depends on whether he can turn them into a consistent and potent force again. The time has come for him to prove whether he really is capable of becoming a successful top-flight manager. last_img read more

McClaren rejects kicking conspiracy

first_img Monk, however, was delighted after Swansea built on their opening-day draw away to champions Chelsea with a comprehensive victory, courtesy of goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew. “I talked to the players all week that good teams and good players are able to back up good performances with another one,” Monk said. “We did that and we executed the plan very well. “We looked dangerous at points of the game and showed maturity when they went to 10 men as we didn’t force the game but took the openings when they came.” Newcastle’s defeat came after an opening-day draw at home to Southampton, and McClaren said: “We’ve learned nothing today apart from we need to keep 11 players on the field. “I don’t think you can judge us on that game and that performance, which is a shame. “It’s kind of a waste of a game when we need to learn about the players and how we go about things.” Newcastle went down timidly to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat after right-back Daryl Janmaat had been sent off four minutes before half-time for two bookable offences. The Dutch defender was booked for his second foul on Montero after 17 minutes and, after almost bringing him down again inside the penalty area, he was banished for tugging back the Ecuadorian winger deep inside Swansea’s own half. Press Association “You could see their tactics was basically try and kick him (Montero), and full credit to the referee for spotting it straight away,” Swansea manager Monk said after the game. “Quite rightly the player was sent off in the end. “We talked before the game about Jeff being protected and that’s important because it will be a tactic going forward.” But Newcastle boss McClaren dismissed Monk’s claim that Newcastle had sought to stop Montero by targeting him for rough treatment, with the former England manager insisting his team do not play that way. “We haven’t got a team capable of doing that and I don’t think the game represents that now,” said McClaren. “Our team is a football team, not kickers, so I would dispute that. “As always, you make your presence known to your opponent, which we did, but there was one tackle too many. “I thought the red card was harsh, he was a long way from goal and it was a little tug. I thought the referee could have been lenient.” Steve McClaren rejected Swansea boss Garry Monk’s accusation that Newcastle tried to stop Jefferson Montero with a tactic to “basically try and kick him”.last_img read more

Loic Remy ready to step in for suspended Chelsea striker Diego Costa

first_img “I just play the way I play and don’t put pressure on myself because I know my quality. The manager knows as well that he can use me as a striker or on the side. I don’t have any pressure, I just want to feel better and with the game which is coming I maybe have an opportunity to play more. We will see.” Remy scored 14 goals in 27 games for the Magpies on loan from QPR in 2013-14 and backed United, winless and second bottom in the league, to recover from a nightmare start after being dumped out of the League Cup by Sheffield Wednesday. “I am surprised because they are a big team and strong. I am sure they will get better very soon,” he added. Loic Remy insists he can fill the void left by the banned Diego Costa at Chelsea. The striker admitted his substitute role has been difficult but he is ready to convince Jose Mourinho to hand him more starts. Costa has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association following a clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny on Saturday. The incident, in which Costa appeared to raise his hands to the Gunners defender, was not seen by referee Mike Dean during the match, which Chelsea won 2-0 as Arsenal were reduced to nine men. Costa was banned for Wednesday’s 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Walsall as Remy scored his first goal of the season and the 28-year-old insisted he is ready to perform the striker’s physical role ahead of Saturday’s trip to former club Newcastle. “I don’t have a choice, I have to do it. When we play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best 100 per cent, so of course I will do the best I can,” he said. “I think we will miss him because we know how important he is for the team but we are all focused on winning games. Whoever is on the pitch we will try to do the best we can, of course it’s a shame for us to lose him. “Whoever is on the pitch will give their best. It’s my old club so it’s always a pleasure to play against them. The manager will decide and pick 11 players, we’ll see on Saturday.” Remy has made just six Barclays Premier League starts since joining from QPR last summer but has netted seven goals and could deputise for Costa at St James’ Park. He has played for only eight minutes in league action so far this season, and admitted he recent role has been tough. He said: “It’s very difficult, I can’t lie. When you come in you have to do the best but when you are not playing much it is more difficult. I cannot complain, I want to play and when the manager wants me to come I just come and try to score goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

Slaven Bilic wants West Ham to stay grounded

first_imgSlaven Bilic wants everyone involved with West Ham to savour their current success – warning the feeling will not last forever. Press Association A first home league win came last time out against Newcastle and Norwich are the visitors to east London on Sunday, with Bilic pleased that the club are enjoying the moment. “Everything goes really quickly in football and in life,” he said. “I’m not denying that, there is no point not enjoying the good spells. I said to my staff the other day ‘we’ve done good why shouldn’t we enjoy it a little bit because when the bad days come we won’t enjoy it?’ “There’s no reasons we could not be confident or proud. But the one condition is they stay on the ground and be even more motivated. There’s no point to deny them enjoyment and be grim.” A former West Ham player, Bilic was a popular appointment back in June, especially after the fractious relationship the majority of the fan-base had with Allardyce. And the 47-year-old admits he loves being told by supporters of other clubs, as well as those West Ham fans, how impressed they have been with the start to his managerial career in England. “”It’s the best. It’s a great feeling to be fair,” he added. “We have an army of fans but it is not only our fans, it is outer clubs’ fans – football fans – who are congratulating me and West Ham fans are delighted but other fans say “well done” and all that. The Hammers currently sit third in the Premier League having secured an amazing trio of away victories at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City so far this season. Former Croatia coach Bilic is enjoying a good start to life as Sam Allardyce’s replacement at Upton Park – despite an early exit from Europa League qualification and home defeats to Leicester and Bournemouth. “The praise gets through to you, it gets to me and the staff and the players of course which is the most important thing – that we get that get that feedback that so far we are doing a good job.” While Allardyce was often at odds with the supporters and owners over the style of football on display, Bilic has introduced a more attractive game – an approach people associated with the club label the ‘West Ham Way’. “Every coach likes to play good football,” he added. “For that you need to train, you need good players, you need to have confidence and you need to have points. “The more points you have the better you are going to play in the next game, it can go a bit up and down but it goes like that. “We having been trying to do that from the start. Sometimes you are doing that and sometimes you are not but this is our philosophy and our plan – but not to die in the art.” Another three points against newly-promoted Norwich would keep West Ham up with the early-season pace setters in the Premier League and continue to see Bilic’s stock rise. Club-record signing Andy Carroll will be pushing for his first league start since January, while deadline day signings Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic are in contention for their full debuts. last_img read more

Slain UNCC hero Riley Howell to be buried with full military honors

first_imgSlain University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) student and ROTC Cadet Riley Howell will be buried with full military honors, according to officials of Wells Funeral Homes.The 21-year-old died after tackling the suspected gunman who opened fire at the school, late Tuesday.Police say Howell disarmed accused shooter 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell and by doing so saved lives.According to funeral home officials, the memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.Howell’s family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in the Wells Events & Reception Center, WFH officials said.A petition asking the White House to give Howell a military funeral was filed Wednesday, a day after the shooting.As of Saturday afternoon, the petition reportedly has over 69,000 signatures, with a goal of 100,000.“Riley was an ROTC cadet and would have served his country. Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates,” the petition reads. “For his heroism, we ask the Riley be given a burial with full military honors.”19-year-old Ellis Parlier was also killed in the attack and four others identified as Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean Dehart, 20; Rami Alramadhan, 20; and Emily Houpt, 23, were injured.Related content:Police: UNCC shooting victim tackled gunman, saved liveslast_img read more

White House accused of cover-up amid whistleblower scandal

first_imgMaguire, who was grilled for three hours during Thursday’s House hearing, stood by how he handled the whistleblower complaint.“My integrity has never been questioned until now,” Maguire said Thursday.But Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are now accusing the White House of a cover-up.Pelosi said Thursday Maguire “broke the law” by not turning the complaint over to Congress.While Democrats are convinced of an alleged Trump administration cover-up, Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Vice President Mike Pence are reportedly outraged at their latest attempt to “reverse the 2016 presidential election.”As of now, the identity of the whistleblower. and the current status of the impeachment investigation remain unknown.This story is developing. Tensions amongst Democrat and Republican lawmakers are at an ultimate high in the wake of the whistleblower scandal.This week Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but denied any wrongdoing in the matter slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”On Wednesday, the White House released the full, unredacted transcript of the conversation.Following the release of the documents, the Department of Justice found that President Trump did not break the law.On Thursday, the Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before a congressional intelligence committee about the recently released whistleblower complaint.Related content:WATCH Live: DNI Testifying On Capitol Hill, Whistleblower Complaint Herelast_img read more

Weather Improves as 2020 Moves Closer

first_imgSunday will not be rain-free, although it will be an improvement over Saturday, according to forecasts.A ridge of high pressure off the east coast of the state will begin to move closer to shore today, forcing its clockwise flow over our area. That will mean showers in the Atlantic will affect Miami-Dade or Broward counties, as well as areas not of us, such as Orange County and the I-4 corridor.Graphic courtesy: WPEC/CBS12Palm Beach County could still see a few isolated to widely scattered showers through Monday.We can expect to have partly sunny skies and drier conditions by New Year’s Eve, and sunny skies and cooler temperatures for the first day of 2020.last_img

TOURNEY 2020: Five schools represented on All-Hancock County girls’ team

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio 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 posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img The 2019-20 girls’ basketball season saw players all across Hancock County rise to the occasion. In some places, familiar faces returned to cement their statuses as top players; in others, new stars made names for themselves with breakout seasons.Comprised of one senior, two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman, this year’s All-Hancock County team highlights local players of all ages. Representing five different schools, these six players show that talent across the area will be running strong in both the days to come and the years ahead.Leah Carroll, sophomore, Mount Desert IslandA Mount Desert Island team with four new starters had to overcome its inexperience quickly to keep pace in the ever-competitive Class B North field. Carroll answered the call for Brent Barker’s group, which got off to a 5-1 start en route to yet another tournament appearance.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCarroll finished in double figures in each of her first five games, a stretch that included a 19-point, 12-rebound performance Dec. 18 against Washington Academy. In addition to her team-best 11.2 points per game and her impressive 6.3 rebounds per game, she shot a Big East Conference-best 45.0 percent from 3-point range.Bucksport’s Jade Leeman shoots as George Stevens Academy’s Evelyn Dagan (left) and Sophia Biggie-Jennings defend during a high school girls’ basketball game Jan. 29 at Bucksport High School. Leeman, a freshman, averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 blocks, 3.9 assists and 3.2 blocks per game. KARIN BOS PHOTO“Leah has made some great adjustments this year to become a key player for us,” Barker said. “She’s shot the ball really well, and she’s been real aggressive. We know teams are going to try to key in on her.”Jade Leeman, freshman, BucksportThe Bucksport girls’ team fell just short of a tournament berth in 2019-20, but the Golden Bucks’ young players should have fans excited about the team’s future. No Bucksport player encapsulated that more than Leeman, who averaged a Hancock County-best 19.1 points per game along with 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.2 blocks.Last Wednesday, Leeman scored a career-high 37 points in Bucksport’s 66-40 win over Sumner. Among her other strong efforts were a 20-point, eight-rebound, seven-block showing Dec. 20 against Central, a 23-point, 10-rebound performance Dec. 28 against Stearns, a 28-point outburst Jan. 2 against Narraguagus and a 26-point effort Jan. 29 against George Stevens Academy that included five 3-pointers.Luna Perry-St. Peter, sophomore, George Stevens AcademyNo one in Hancock County came remotely close to Perry-St. Peter’s average of 12.6 rebounds per game this season. The sophomore captain was also GSA’s top scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game as she helped lead the Eagles back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.Perry-St. Peter scored a season-high 22 points Jan. 18 against Calais. Her other strong performances included 16 points and 15 rebounds Dec. 11 against Narraguagus, 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists Dec. 13 against Searsport and 15 points and 16 rebounds Dec. 18 against Bucksport.“Luna is everything that you would want in a student athlete,” GSA head coach Brandi Ensworth said. “With her size and athleticism, she can play any position, which makes her a matchup problem for opposing teams. She gives everything she has every time she steps on the court.”Trinity Montigny, senior, EllsworthMontigny makes her second appearance on the All-Hancock County team after leading Ellsworth back to the playoffs with a remarkable senior season. The senior led the Big East Conference in scoring at 17.4 points per game and was also in the top three in assists (3.3) and steals (2.8) per game.Montigny’s biggest game this season came Jan. 29 as she scored 42 points to join Ellsworth’s 1,000-point club and lead the Eagles to an 80-35 win over Foxcroft on Senior Night. She was named Big East Player of the Week for the second and eighth weeks of the season.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Kaylee Morey shoots over Shead’s Maleeka Barnes during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game Dec. 14 in Deer Isle. Morey led the Mariners in assists (4.7) and steals (3.3) per game and also averaged 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“She’s just a great kid and a phenomenal athlete,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “She does the right things on and off the court, and she raises the level of those around her. There just aren’t enough good things to say about her. … She’s a joy to coach.”Kaylee Morey, junior, Deer Isle-StoningtonMorey was the starting point guard for a Deer Isle-Stonington team that went 16-2 in the regular season. She was immensely valuable as the facilitator and top defender for the Mariners, who will be playing in the regional quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row.Morey averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. The Stonington native’s best games included a 13-point, six-assist, four-steal effort Dec. 14 against Shead, a six-assist, seven-steal performance Jan. 5 against Machias, a 12-point, four-assist, six-steal effort Jan. 14 against Machias and a 16-point, four-rebound showing Jan. 21 against Bucksport.Rylee Eaton, junior, Deer Isle-StoningtonAfter claiming a spot on last year’s All-Hancock County team as the leading scorer for a Deer Isle-Stonington squad that went unbeaten in the regular season, Eaton has earned the honor yet again in 2019-20. She led the Mariners in points per game (12.6) and also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals.Eaton will be eagerly anticipating this year’s tourney after missing all three of Deer Isle-Stonington’s postseason games a year ago. Forming an elite tandem with Morey on both ends of the floor, the All-Hancock County duo will look to lead the Mariners to a deep run through the Class D field.“They play very well together, and they also play well with everybody else,” Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Randy Shepard said. “They’re great kids.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more