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 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

Manavjit Singh Sandhu 1st, Lakshya 5th in Qualification Round of the Men’s Trap Shooting

first_imgJakarta: Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lakshya finished first and fifth respectively in the first day’s qualification round of the men’s trap shooting event at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.Veteran Manavjit scored a total of 72 after three series produced 25, 23 and 24 to top the day’s competition.His compatriot, 19-year-old Lakshay scored 22, 25, 24 for a total of 71 out of a possible 75 to be fifth.Second on the list was Pakistan’s Aamir Iqbal, who scored a 72 (24,25, 23), while Philippines’ Hagen Alexander Topacio was third with 71 points.Thailand’s Savate Sresthaporn was fourth with 71 points. IANSlast_img

Supreme Court reserves order on Sreesanth’s plea against lifetime ban by BCCI

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a plea by former cricketer S. Sreesanth challenging the lifetime ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in match fixing during 2013 IPL.The bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K.M. Joseph reserved the order as apex cricketing body said that Sreesanth was found guilty on all the three counts – corruption, betting and bringing disrepute to the game.The court has given both Sreesanth and the BCCI to file their written submissions in two weeks.Appearing for BCCI, senior counsel Parag Tripathi told the court that for corruption and betting, the punishment is lifetime ban from the game.Pointing to zero tolerance towards corruption and betting and also any act bringing disrepute to cricket, Tripathi told the court that at no stage, Sreesanth brought it to the notice of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit about his being approached by bookies.The BCCI also reiterated the charge that Sreesanth never explained to the inquiry committee about where Rs 10 lakh, an amount that finds mention in the recorded telephonic conversation, came from.In his rejoinder arguments, senior counsel, Salman Khurshid appearing for Sreesanth said that the onus of proving the guilt was on the BCCI. He said it was for the BCCI to establish that Rs 10 lakhs had come from questionable sources for match fixing.Referring to the taped conversation, Khurshid said it says that transaction would take place only if former cricketer concedes 14 runs in an over and that it would be off for anything less than that.In the alleged over, where Sreesanth was to concede 14 runs, in fact 13 runs could be scored. It has been contended against Sreesanth that there was one no ball, which would have made it to 14 runs, but it escaped the umpire’s sight.Wrapping up his rejoinder arguments, Khurshid urged the court to save the career of the “young cricketer, who is not that young now, but still retains the spirit of cricket.”In the earlier hearing, Sreesanth had told the court that he initially confessed to the Special Cell of Delhi Police about his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal to escape sustained and continuous police torture.Sreesanth moved the top court challenging the Kerala High Court order upholding the lifetime ban on him by the BCCI.The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and his two other Rajasthan Royals’ teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charge of spot-fixing during IPL 2013. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Dale Steyn, de Villiers, Smith in Herschelle Gibbs’ all-time SA XI

first_imgJOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs has revealed his all-time Proteas XI. He picked the same team for both Test and ODI formats. While no spinner could make a cut to the side, the biggest surprise was the inclusion of former left-arm fast bowler Brett Schultz who played nine Tests and one ODI between 1992 and 1997 as his career was blighted by injury.Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten were picked as openers, followed by Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan and AB de Villiers. Mark Boucher was picked as the wicketkeeper. And the bowling unit consists of Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Allan Donald and Schultz. “Team is for both Tests and ODIs,” Gibbs wrote on Twitter while revealing his best South Africa XI. “Can’t have all right-arm bowlers. No variety, so you need Schultz and he was devastating in all conditions,” he added while justifying his selection of Schultz. Gibbs, who played in 90 Test matches, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is for his country between 1996 and 2010, has also put up the bat — used during his team’s record-breaking chase of 434 against Australia in 2006 — for auction in order to raise funds for fight against coronavirus. Herschelle Gibbs’ best Proteas Test and ODI XI: Graeme Smith, Gary Kirsten, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Allan Donald, Brett Schultz. IANSlast_img read more

Andrea Foster –an aspiring Olympian

first_imgTHIS week’s Noble House Seafoods’ Personality-of-the-Week is 19-year-old Andrea Foster, a national athlete, who has represented Guyana numerous times both regionally and internationally, and has acquired several medals under her belt.Andrea is a multiple CARIFTA Games bronze medallist and gold medallist at the Hampton International Games, while she was also once selected to represent the prestigious World Championships.An aspiring Olympian, Andrea is currently a student of the Essex County College, thanks to her athletic ability. Andrea was offered a sports scholarship to study for an Associate Degree in General Science at the college after her continuous outstanding performances.Andrea is a middle distance athlete, specialising in the 800m and 1500m distances, though she never shies away from the challenge of also contesting in the 3 000m and 10km distances in events.fosterShe describes athletics as “her life”. Though she now confidently speaks of her dreams of representing Guyana at the Olympics, Andrea was not always enthused at the idea of being an athlete. As the daughter of former national sprinter, and current bodybuilder Alisha Fortune, many thought Andrea would have a natural inclination for sport, but she actually did not.It was not until she was continually prodded by her teachers in high school for having an athletic mom and not being an athlete that Andrea finally gave in. And so it was in 2011, after dabbling in debating as an extracurricular activity, she decided to also do athletics.“It was my teachers that got me to run. They said my mom can’t be an athlete and I’m not,” she recalledSo goes the tale of another athlete, who got involved in sports through influence at school. Representing her school Bladen Hall Multilateral, Andrea advanced through the different levels of the National Schools Championships, or Nationals as we’ll call it, in 2011 and continued every successive year.In 2012, she had her first chance to represent Guyana regionally at the CARIFTA Games, and on her first time out she won a bronze medal for her efforts. Then in 2013 she was again on a national team among those who represented Guyana at the Tri-nation Inter-Guiana Games.Last year, her local performances were enough to see her selected to represent Guyana at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.For this year, she has won another two bronze medals at CARIFTA Games in her 800m and 1500m events. She later won gold in both these events at the Hampton International Games. She also continued her dominance at the local level.But then she departed Guyana in August for the USA, where she now represents Essex and continues her training and hopes of perhaps representing the Golden Arrowhead at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

Red Force, Scorpions clash in first Super50 semi-final today

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Two-time reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will try to stave off an anticipated strong challenge from dangerous Jamaica Scorpions when they clash in the first semi-final of the Regional Super50 here today.Red Force, who will be aiming for their fourth straight final, will enter the day/night affair at Coolidge Cricket Ground as heavy favourites but head coach Gus Logie said they would not be complacent and underestimate Scorpions.He pointed out that the Red Force squad was laced with experienced players who were familiar with championship games and much would rest on these personnel.“The build-up has been pretty good for the players. In the squad, we do have some experienced players who know what it’s about. (They’ve) been there, done that, led by the captain (Denesh Ramdin),” Logie said.“He’s really and truly steered the ship to where ‘we are at this point in time and the players have responded very well to his leadership and his leadership has been both on and off the field, and I think it augurs well for Trinidad and Tobago cricket.“We know how competitive and how dangerous the Jamaicans can be and we are prepared in every way possible for that. The players are all comfortable with their own games and we look forward to the challenge against the Jamaicans.”Red Force finished top of Group A on 31 points after losing just one of their eight games played here in Antigua. That defeat came at the hands of English County Kent in their second game but they then sparked a six-game winning streak to dominate the group.However, Logie said Red Force had started the campaign full of self-belief and the Kent loss had done nothing to diminish that.“I think the confidence level has always been high. Not taking anything away from Kent, I think they played a good game … and the Kent bowlers exploited the conditions,” he explained.“It looked a little bit more like English conditions … and our application was not 100 per cent and at the end of the day we paid the price.“But the guys sat down (afterwards) and realised we did not perform to the best of their ability and we had to really and truly pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off.”Red Force will look to Jason Mohammed who has been their only batsman to pass 300 runs with 313 while their attack has been spearheaded by seamer Ravi Rampaul with 17 wickets.Scorpions, meanwhile, have trained their sights on their first final in five years, after a lean run in recent times.They were second to hosts Barbados Pride in Group B but ended the preliminary campaign on a high, following their morale-boosting 74-run victory over the previously unbeaten Pride, in their penultimate outingHead coach Robert Samuels said, however, he was still waiting on Scorpions to execute the perfect game and believes the semi-final was the ideal opportunity.“I think the players haven’t really put it together as I would like a 100 per cent but they are sparks,” he noted.“We have won some Man-of-the-Match (awards), we’ve been doing well with the ball, we’ve been doing ok with the bat but I would like to see the bat do a bit more and then the ball will hold its own. We grew from strength to strength in Barbados and this is now Antigua.”Having grown accustomed to the conditions in Barbados – especially those at Kensington Oval – Samuels warned that Scorpions would need to make some subtle adjustments for the new venue.“Looking at the television, looking at the surface, this is a different surface from what we are used to. I must admit Kensington Oval was excellent in terms of ground, the pitch, the bounce, the carry – everything was excellent there and it suited our play,” he pointed out.“Coming here now, the pitch still looks to be a good batting track but I’m thinking it’s void of grass … you have to show a little more patience on pitches like those. So we have to change our game plan just a little bit, not too much … but once our game comes together we are going to be a formidable opponent.”Scorpions will look to former Test seamer Jerome Taylor who has taken 16 wickets, to lead their attack while they will use a team effort in the batting to build a competitive total.The game bowls off at 13:30hrs (Eastern Caribbean time).SQUADS:RED FORCE – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Nicholas Alexis, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Ravi Rampaul.SCORPIONS – Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton.last_img read more