Van Persie looks Fenerbahce-bound

first_img On Thursday, Fenerbahce announced via Twitter: “Fenerbahce has begun to transfer talks with Robin Van Persie and his club Manchester United.” Fenerbahce signed Van Persie’s former United team-mate Nani on Monday for a reported £4.25million. If Van Persie is sold, United would have only Wayne Rooney, James Wilson and the injured Javier Hernandez – out with a broken collarbone – in their squad as recognised strikers following the exit of on-loan Falcao at the end of the season. Press Association The 31-year-old scored 30 goals for United as they won the league in 2012-13 following his £24million move from Arsenal. His impact since then, however, has been muted due to a series of niggling injuries, and he was limited to 10 goals in 29 appearances under compatriot Louis van Gaal last season. center_img Robin van Persie appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit with Fenerbahce confirming they have opened talks with Manchester United over the striker.last_img read more

Manchester City worry about key trio ahead of Champions League clash

first_img Last season’s runners-up got the campaign off to an exceptional start but have begun to stutter recently, losing three of their last four matches in all competitions. A 2-1 home defeat to Juventus in their Group D opener heightens the importance of winning on Wednesday, although they will be without a string of key players in Germany. David Silva, Eliaquim Mangala and Fabian Delph all missed Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Tottenham, as did Wilfried Bony, Gael Clichy and Kelechi Iheanacho. Things got worse at White Hart Lane as Toure came off with a hamstring complaint and an ongoing calf issue saw captain Kompany withdraw from the squad before kick-off. Hart was reduced a role on the bench due to a back problem, adding to City’s problems ahead of the trip to Monchengladbach. “Joe had a problem with his back during the week,” City boss Pellegrini said. “He could train just one day this week, that’s why I decided to play (Willy) Caballero. Joe was not 100 per cent. “Yaya had some problem with his hamstring. “We don’t know (if they will be fit). We must wait for Sunday or Monday to decide if they are 100 per cent.” The prognosis on centre-back Kompany seems more clear-cut, though. Press Association Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and Yaya Toure are doubts to face Borussia Monchengladbach, giving Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini a Champions League injury headache. “I don’t think (he will be available on Wednesday),” Pellegrini said. “At the beginning he was fit to be on the bench. “In the warm-up, he felt also some problem in his calf. We will see in the way he developed the next few days.” City struggled without Kompany, Toure and Hart as Kevin de Bruyne’s first half goal was wiped out at White Hart Lane. Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela netted as Pellegrini’s men suffered a 4-1 defeat, but the City boss dismissed suggestions he side lacked leaders. “No, I never complain about players that cannot play,” he said. “I think this team played very well in first 45 minutes and maybe deserved a better score. “After that, two set pieces and that’s not about leaders. It is about marking, concentration. That decided the game.” While City look to right some wrongs in Germany, Spurs will try to kick on against Monaco this Thursday – a Europa League tie in which goalscorer Dier hopes they can get another big result. “It was a great result,” the defensive midfielder told Spurs TV. “Everyone is really happy. “I think it has been a long time coming, really, that we get a big result like this. “We’ve been working very hard and the last couple of results – minus the Arsenal one – have been good, so everyone is really happy.” last_img read more

Slaven Bilic moving West Ham training as injuries pile up

first_imgSlaven Bilic is taking drastic action in a bid to end West Ham’s injury jinx – by moving training grounds. The Hammers were due to relocate to their new Rush Green HQ, where they currently play under-21 games, at the start of next season. But beleaguered boss Bilic has decided to take training there from next Monday, despite the site not being completely ready, following a rash of injuries on the pitches at their current Chadwell Heath base. “The pitches are better there than here. We can live without the great dressing room, the kitchens and the free area for now.” New Zealand international Reid could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with West Ham awaiting the results of a scan on Friday. “It doesn’t look good,” added Bilic. “It’s one of those they tell you is four to six weeks, but it doesn’t look like small one. He slipped and felt it rupture. “Victor is out for four to six weeks. It’s a blow – we have had six injuries since the Everton game. Before that we had a full squad!” Ecuador forward Valencia is the closest to being fit and has an outside chance of making the bench against Stoke on Saturday. Bilic currently has six key players – Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses and Winston Reid – on his casualty list. Payet and Valencia were hurt after heavy challenges against Everton last month but the other four have suffered muscle injuries, which Bilic has blamed on the training pitches. Winger Moses and defender Reid were this week ruled out until the new year with hamstring damage, which proved the final straw for the Croatian. “I heard a lot about the pitches here and they are not ideal,” he said. “With Reid’s injury, for example, they are slippery on the top but rock hard underneath, and it is a bad combination. “Over the time players have been moaning about the pitches, they are not happy. “We were planning to move next season, at the start, to Rush Green because of the quality of the pitches. “I decided on Monday next week, we will go. We can’t continue to risk this much on these kind of pitches. Press Associationlast_img read more

Toddler Falls from Third-Floor Window in Boynton Beach

first_imgAn 18-month-old child was rushed to a local hospital after falling from a third-floor window in Boynton Beach on Wednesday evening, according to police.The incident happened along Asbury Way.The toddler was transported to the hospital via trauma alert.Police are investigating the incident, and no additional information is available at this time.last_img

Martin County Allows Facial Covering Order for General Public to Expire

first_imgHowever, facial coverings are still required for employees working inside grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and gyms within the county.That order will not expire unless the state of emergency ends or Martin County officials decide that it is no longer needed. The mask ordinance that had required all Martin County residents to wear face coverings where social distancing is not possible has expired.County officials unanimously passed the order, which was valid for 30 days and was not renewed, on July 7.As of Aug. 7, Martin County has reported 3,802 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.DOH UPDATE: COVID19 tests & positive cases down across FL, due to Isaias, testing sites closed. Operations returning to normal, likely the numbers will return to pre-storm. View Interactive charts…Data at &— Martin County BOCC (@MartinCountygov) August 7, 2020last_img read more

Trojan Girls Pound Eagles

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team has been just a few fleeting moments away from getting several wins this season; performances in the first full week of May had an example of what happens when things fall apart and when things come together. In the age-old rivalry against the Ellsworth Eagles, which played itself out in Ellsworth on Saturday, the Trojans were firing on all cylinders when a big sixth-inning rally propelled the MDI team to an 8-1 lead.Brigitte Pratt drove in two crucial runs with a line drive double in the sixth. Mackenzie Curtis then stepped up and delivered the third of her three singles for the day to drive Pratt home. A single from Kendra Bryer sent Curtis over the plate for the eighth and final run for the Trojans.The Ellsworth players looked as though they were gathering some steam in the bottom of the sixth when Casey Wyman tagged a double, sending Maggie Harding and Kayla Blanchard, who had both singled, over the plate.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe MDI defense tightened up, caught a couple of pop fly balls and ended the Eagle rally. Both teams went three up, three down in the seventh inning and the game ended in the Trojans favor with a final score of 8-3. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

GSA boys’ basketball team falls to Orono in Class C quarterfinal

first_imgGeorge Stevens Academy senior Kelsey Allen drives in for a layup in the Eastern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal against Orono on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENBANGOR — The George Stevens Academy Eagles dug themselves into a hole in the early going of Wednesday’s Eastern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal against the Orono Red Riots. That hole proved to be so deep the second-seeded Eagles never could quite climb out as they were upset 68-57 by the seventh-seeded Red Riots, ending their season with a 15-4 record.GSA led just once in the game — when senior guard Kelsey Allen put his own rebound back up and in to score the first two points of the game at the Cross Insurance Center.Orono quickly went on a 11-2 run, five of those points coming from sophomore forward Jake Koffman as the Red Riots forged a lead they never relinquished.The Eagles, who struggled with their shooting throughout the first period, put together their only sustained run of the game in the second period, after the Red Riots had opened up a 23-8 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSenior center Finn Davis-Batt got things started for GSA with a foul line jumper and junior center Nick Szwez hit two foul shots. Guard Taylor Schildroth followed with back-to-back baskets, sophomore guard Jarrod Chase and Davis-Batt then each knocked down a pair of free throws and Davis-Batt connected on another foul line jumper, leaving the Eagles trailing by a single point, 23-22.But that was a close as they would get.The Red Riots pushed the lead back up to six points on a pull-up jumper by Nick Desisto and a three-pointer by Tom Lucy before Schildroth hit a pair of free throws with no time on the clock to leave the Eagles trailing 28-24 at halftime.In the third period, GSA closed the gap to three points on a drive to the basket by Allen, but the quarter ended with the Red Riots in front 46-37.And in basketball, when a team is trailing with time running down, there’s little choice but to foul the opponent to stop the clock and hope that the ensuing free throws are off the mark.That wasn’t the case for Orono, and the Eagles could only watch as the Red Riots connected on 20 of 26 foul shots over the last eight minutes to seal the victory and advance to the semifinal round.Orono got balanced scoring with eight players contributing. Desisto and Jackson Coutts led the way with 15 points each, Damian Heeger followed with 11 and Kamron Hines chipped in with 10 as the Red Riots improved their record to 13-7.For the Eagles, Allen led the way with 21 points and Szwez and Schildroth finished with 10 points each.Click here for more photos of this game. Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Postscenter_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)last_img read more

Relay for Life scheduled for Friday

first_imgELLSWORTH — Hancock County’s Relay for Life is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School track.The event, which will last until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3, will feature Zumba for children from 6:30-7 p.m. for children and a 7-8 p.m. class for adults. Six instructors will be present.Donations will be collected for the American Cancer Society at the event. A full list of time-specific games, guests and other activities can be found on the event’s Facebook page.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

MDI boys, DI-S girls advance to Northern Maine semifinals

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 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 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img BANGOR — If the Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball team missed a shot in the first half of its opening playoff game, James McConomy can’t remember it.Whether they were shooting 3-pointers, mid-range jump shots, free throws or simple layups, there were times when the basket might as well have been 5 feet wide for the Trojans on Saturday. Nothing — not even a 9:05 a.m. start time — could stop MDI from lighting up the scoreboard.“It seemed like it was going in from just about everywhere,” McConomy said. “We just got good looks and kept making them over and over again.”The Trojans might not have made every shot they attempted in the first half, but in terms of shooting performances, this one was about as good as it gets. MDI made shots early and often to leave no doubt in the team’s regional quarterfinal matchup against Washington Academy.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI shot an astounding 71 percent in the first half to stroll to a 79-38 win in the team’s opening game of the Class B North playoffs Saturday morning. The win gave the Trojans five straight wins and ended a winless streak of 0-6 for Hancock County teams to begin the state tournament.MDI’s Dane Vanzura defends against Washington Academy’s Ching Jim-lin during a boys’ basketball playoff game Feb. 17 at the Cross Insurance Center. The Trojans’ win sent them to the Class B North semifinals for the second year in a row. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOWashington Academy’s Ching Jim-lin nailed a 3-pointer to begin the game before McConomy responded with a triple of his own to tie the score inside the first 40 seconds. The Trojans then added three more 3-pointers as part of a 13-0 run that gave them a 20-10 lead after one quarter of play.Although MDI struggled somewhat offensively to start the second quarter, fouls and mental mistakes began to pile up for the No. 7 Raiders (14-6). After a quick basket and another 3-pointer from McConomy extended the Trojans’ lead to 25-10, the team was able to stifle a Washington Academy offense that was hot in the opening minutes to head to the locker room with a 41-19 lead.“Finn started off hot, and the rest of the team kind of built on that momentum and took off from there,” senior Andrew Phelps said. “We played smart and we played hard the entire way, and it was just one of those games where the efficiency was there for us as well.Phelps started the second half with a layup before a Colby Lee 3-pointer and Derek Collin foul shot put MDI ahead 47-19. The Trojans then led 62-30 after Collin hit a fadeaway at the buzzer to end the third quarter and breezed through an uneventful fourth for a decisive victory.MDI’s Derek Collin shoots over Washington Academy’s Brandon Allard during a boys’ basketball playoff game Feb. 17 at the Cross Insurance Center. Collin finished the game with 14 points. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOPhelps led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points, and Collin scored 14. McConomy scored his 12 points on four 3-pointers for an MDI team that made nine total, and Drew Shea and Owen Mild rounded out the Trojans’ top-five scorers with eight points and seven points, respectively.“Up and down, we have those players who can come out and make plays for us,” MDI head coach Justin Norwood said. “When they’re hot, they’re really hot, and that’s what we saw this morning.”With the win, the Trojans have now won five consecutive state tournament games dating back to last season. Even in that remarkable run to the Gold Ball a year ago, MDI didn’t have an offensive performance that resembled this one.The names on the back of the team’s practice uniforms are somewhat different this time, but MDI is in a very similar position. Just as they did last year, the Trojans will head to the Class B North semifinals with a 16-3 record and the region’s No. 2 seed.“I don’t think you can compare any team to last year, but we’ve got some good players on this team, too,” Phelps said. “This is definitely up there with the best games we’ve played.”MDI’s next game will be back at the Cross Insurance Center against No. 3 Presque Isle (14-5) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Trojans lost to Presque Isle 53-49 when the teams met in Aroostook County in December but got revenge with a 63-46 win last month when the teams met in Bar Harbor.This time, the stakes are much higher. A berth in the regional championship game is on the line, and the loser won’t have another opportunity to make amends.“We had a big lead up there [in the first meeting against Presque Isle] and kind of let it get away from us,” McConomy said. “They showed the first time that they’re a good team that can get back in the game against you no matter what the score is. We’ll have to be at our best.”Deer Isle-Stonington girls defeat AshlandDeer Isle-Stonington’s Brienna Limeburner (right) looks to drive toward the basket against Ashland’s Micayla Driscoll during a girls’ basketball playoff game Feb. 17 at the Cross Insurance Center. The Mariners defeated Ashland 33-20 to reach the Class D North semifinals and improve their record to 17-0. JOSEPH CYR PHOTO/HOULTON PIONEER TIMESThe Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team kept its undefeated season alive Saturday night with a 33-20 win over No. 6 Ashland at the Cross Insurance Center.Lily Gray and Kaylee Morey scored nine points apiece to lead the third-seeded Mariners (17-0) on offense. Sophomore Katie Hutchinson scored seven points and notched 10 rebounds.On defense, Deer Isle-Stonington allowed its fewest points of the season with its stifling 2-3 zone. Ashland (9-10) shot just 11.5 percent from the field.The win sent Deer Isle-Stonington to the Class D North semifinals for the first time since 2011. It also marked the first victory for the Mariners at the Cross Center.Deer Isle-Stonington will return to Bangor to face No. 3 Woodland (16-3) at 2:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. A win there would send the Mariners to the regional championship game. 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Barcelona battle to secure draw against Girona

first_imgBarcelona: Barcelona managed a 2-2 draw after fighting hard to overcome a 1-2 deficit against Girona following the expulsion of Clement Lenglet, but not the win they craved for at Camp Nou.Both the Girona goals were scored by Uruguayan Christian Stuani here on Sunday, reports Efe.Girona came out with a vengeance, with Bernardo heading its first shot on goal just two minutes into play, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen blocked it. It then dominated the first 15 minutes of play, with Lionel Messi driving toward the goal in the 12th minute, powering right to left across the pitch and leaving three rival players behind along the way, although Bono managed to deflect the shot.Seven minutes later, however, Chile’s Arturo Vidal made a beautiful and perfect pass to Messi, which the latter converted on a powerful shot, getting the home squad on the board and scoring his eighth tally in six games.In the 35th minute, Pere Pons collided knee to knee with Lenglet and, upon consultation, the referee concluded that the Frenchman had committed a red-card fowl by purposefully elbowing his rival in the face and sent him packing.Pique was to blame for allowing Girona’s first goal, however, after he made a lackadaisical attempt at a clearance that enabled Stuani to take Aday Benitez’s cross and tap the ball past Ter Stegen for the equalizer.After the break, Pique was once again the one largely responsible for allowing the visitors to go ahead, first being outrun by Portu and then bringing the striker down from behind on an apparent uncalled penalty, although Portu sprang up and fired – with Ter Stegen deflecting the shot right to Stuani, who popped the rebound into the top of the net.In the 62nd minute, Messi and Luis Suarez were on hand to try for another tally, but the latter’s shot went awry and Pique – redeeming himself – scored on a header to salvage the draw from the jaws of a sure defeat.With the result, Barcelona saw their perfect La Liga record this season busted and lost their two-point advantage in the standings over Real Madrid, but they did manage to return to the No. 1 spot in the table, albeit only on goal difference.Girona, meanwhile, moved up to sixth place after the match played before some 76,000 fans on a very hot and humid Barcelona night. ianslast_img read more