21 Sep

Benteke bags brace as Villa stun Gunners

first_img Press Association Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had failed to land any major summer transfer targets, but that did not stop his side racing into an early lead through Olivier Giroud. However, Villa – who spent much of last season battling against relegation – hit back when Christian Benteke equalised from a penalty rebound. The visitors were awarded a controversial penalty on the hour when Koscielny looked to have won the ball in his challenge with Gabriel Agbonlahor, before Benteke netted from the spot. The France defender, booked for his challenge by referee Anthony Taylor, was then soon shown a second yellow for clattering into Andreas Weimann Arsenal, who face a crucial Champions League play-off first leg away to Fenerbahce next week, rallied with 10 men, but were not able to break down a determined Villa defence, as goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a couple of smart saves. Antonio Luna added a late third for the visitors before unhappy chants of “spend some money” rang out from the home support at full-time. The match was also notable for featuring the first use of the Premier League’s new goal decision system (GDS) when a 52nd-minute effort from Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph struck the inside of the right-hand post and rolled across the line. GDS came into play as television replays shown in the press box showed the referee Taylor had been notified that the ball did not cross the line at any point. Arsenal had started brightly and it was no surprise when they swept into the lead on six minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke down the left and the England midfielder cut the ball back across the six-yard box where Giroud guided it into the far corner. Arsenal had defender Laurent Koscielny sent off as the Gunners crashed to a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the new Barclays Premier League season. Villa, though, were level on 22 minutes. Agbonlahor cut through the centre of the Arsenal defence and darted in on goal. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was out quickly, but could only pull down the Villa forward as they went for the loose ball, which dropped to Weimann and he could only fire it into the side-netting. Play was correctly called back by referee Taylor for a penalty, with the Arsenal keeper fortunate to have only been shown only a yellow card. Benteke struck the penalty low to the left where Szczesny made a superb save, only for the ball to bounce back up and the Belgian striker headed in. Suddenly the atmosphere of the match changed, with plenty of heavy tackles from both sides to test the referee’s patience. Arsenal then had to make a substitution as Kieran Gibbs suffered a cut above his eye and, with blood pouring from his head, was replaced by Carl Jenkinson on 29 minutes. Villa captain Ron Vlaar and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere then squared up after a clash on the half-way line, with both men booked. Szczesny lost his cool after rushing out to make a hash of his clearance, which he then headed away. The Polish keeper went on to tackle Benteke before darting back into his goal to produce a full-length diving save as Ashley Westwood’s 25-yard drive looked to be floating in. Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half when the lively Oxlade-Chamberlain, who looked to have picked up a knee problem, was replaced by Santi Cazorla. Tomas Rosicky blasted over after a neat one-two with Giroud on the edge of the 18-yard box. Villa were almost ahead on 52 minutes when, following a quick break, Delph’s low drive beat Szczesny, but bounced back off the inside of his right-hand post and across goal. GDS, introduced into the Premier League for the first time this season, came into play as the TV replays in the press box showed the referee had been notified the ball struck the base of the post and was not over the line before it rolled away. The match officials, though, could have done with the benefit of a second look at the award of a second penalty for Villa on the hour. Agbonlahor sprinted into the Arsenal area but Koscielny looked to have made a fine recovering tackle, getting a touch on the ball before the Villa man. However, referee Taylor decided otherwise and pointed to the spot. This time, Benteke made no mistake, crashing the ball past Szczesny. It got worse for Arsenal on 67 minutes when Koscielny, who had been booked for the penalty, was shown a second yellow card when he clattered into Weimann. To their credit, Arsenal rallied, and Rosicky was denied by a good reaction save from Guzan, who deflected Cazorla’s half-volley up onto the crossbar. But with Arsenal pressing forwards, they were hit on the break as Villa’s summer signing Luna darted clear to slot past Szczesny with five minutes remaining. last_img read more

20 Sep

Rose eyeing Old Trafford upset

first_imgDanny Rose insists Tottenham are confident they can achieve a third successive victory at Manchester United – with their rivals under more pressure to finish in the top four. Spurs have won on their previous two outings to Old Trafford after a barren spell of results in previous years and go there on Sunday looking to give their own Champions League qualification chances a boost whilst simultaneously denting the chances of Louis van Gaal’s side. And Rose, who played in the 2-1 win over David Moyes’ United last year, believes a hat-trick of successes can be achieved against a Red Devils’ side which is now entering a crucial period of the season as – following Sunday’s game – United face Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea inside a month. Press Association “We are in a transitional period at the minute and the average age of the squad every week is the youngest in the league so maybe next year, when we have all had a full season of playing together, I think it would be more disappointing – next season – if we didn’t get it than this season.” Rose signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane in the summer and has enjoyed an impressive campaign so far, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino hailing him as the best English left-back in the Premier League this season. He will undoubtedly take his place in the Tottenham side that lines up against United – but it could have been so different had Pochettino not put faith in the former Leeds trainee following the acquisition of fellow left-back Ben Davies from Swansea. “I was fully ready to look elsewhere,” he conceded. “Everyone knows that. I didn’t have a good season last season and I spoke to the manager two weeks before pre-season and he said that I wasn’t going anywhere. “He wanted me to stay and fight and I did that. The club offered me a new contract which I may not have deserved considering the season I had just had. I didn’t have a season like I had (on loan) at Sunderland. “I have to say a massive thanks to the chairman and the manager for giving me that contract. I like to think that I have repaid them with how consistent I have been this season. And I have managed to notch a few goals as well.” “There is more pressure on them to get into the top four than us,” said Rose. “Looking at their run-in, they can’t afford to drop any points. I know it has been well-documented they have not been playing that well over the last few weeks but they are still winning. “But we tend to do better when we are playing on a big pitch and we are looking forward to it. We are confident we can go there and get something. “Two seasons in a row we have gone there and won and there are not many teams who have done that. We will be going there hoping to make it three seasons in a row. There is no reason why we can’t go there and win.” After their chances of winning the FA Cup ended with defeat to Tottenham’s north London neighbours Arsenal on Monday night, Van Gaal must now guide United into the top four if his first season at the club is to be viewed as a success. But Rose believes whilst Tottenham have the desire to return to Europe’s elite club competition, they do not necessarily need to be playing Champions League football next year. “It is important,” he said. “Every season I have been with Tottenham they have set out to try to get into the Champions League. But for me, personally, it wouldn’t be a disappointing season if we did not get into the Champions League. last_img read more

20 Sep

Human remains found in home where children had been removed during abuse investigation

first_imgOfficials in Phoenix, Arizona are reporting that they have discovered human skeletal remains inside of a home where three children had previously been removed by the Department of Child Safety.The discovery was made Tuesday after the Phoenix Police Department was called to the home due to the report of a fire.Officials say they were first made aware of the conditions inside the home on Monday after an 11-year-old girl called authorities to report that she had been left inside the home alone. When authorities arrived to the home, they found the child had in fact been left alone and also found evidence that the child may have been abused.The child was then taken into DCS custody.The department returned to the home a day later after learning that there were two additional children ages 4 and 9 who also lived in the home. They too were taken into DCS custody.Several hours later, a neighbor contacted police to report that their neighbor’s house was on fire.Authorities were able to put out the fire inside the home and while doing so, discovered human remains.Officials then arrested 50-year-old Maribel Loera and 56-year-old Rafael Loera.Both are facing child abuse charges while Rafael Loera faces additional charges of concealing human body parts, endangerment, and arson.Authorities have yet to identify the remains nor have they indicated if they belong to an adult or a child.last_img read more

20 Sep

Hancock County’s Gary Allen takes first in division in Sugarloaf Marathon

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Gary Allen of Cranberry Isles placed first in the men’s 55-59 division of Sunday’s Sugarloaf Marathon.Allen, 58, finished 43rd overall of more than 600 runners with a time of 3:10:21.9. Allen averaged a 7:16-minute mile over the 26.2-mile course.Marathon results for Hancock County finishers are listed below:Women 29 and underThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textKassie Strout, 24, of Trenton, 15th in division and 170th overall (3:39:56.1).Shira Catlin, 22, of Bar Harbor, 18th in division and 191st overall (3:45:52.8).Rebeccah Geib, 26, of Southwest Harbor, 33rd in division and 273rd overall (3:58:54.7).Sabrina Vivian, 22, of Blue Hill, 50th in division and 376th overall (4:16:56.5).Kara Pratt, 22, of Bar Harbor, 75th in division and 516th overall (5:00:32.9).Men 30-34Andrew Kephart, 30, of Ellsworth, fourth in division and 18th overall (3:02:01.2).Jonathan Hogue, 33, of Southwest Harbor, 19th in division and 198th overall (3:46:41.4)Issac Marnik, 32, of Franklin, 39th in division and 559th overall (5:29:58.8).Men 35-39Petr Simecek, 35, of Bar Harbor, 30th in division and 177th overall (3:44:02.0).Women 35-39Rebekah Knowlton, 39, of Deer Isle, 41st in division and 572nd overall (5:49:01.3).Men 40-44Joshua Torrance, 41, of Ellsworth, 19th in division and 180th overall (3:44:43.2).Women 45-49Elizabeth Davis, 45, of Hancock, 27th in division and 560 overall (5:29:58.5).Results from the 15K are listed below:Men 29 and underVance Eldridge, 22, of Orland, 17th in division and 207th overall (1:22:27.3).Women 29 and underLetson Douglass, 25, of Deer Isle, 12th in division and 71st overall (1:11:28.7).Jessica Duma, 23, of Cranberry Isles, 22nd in division and 132nd overall (1:16:55.5).Tawney Jacobs, 25, of Ellsworth, 81st in division and 584th overall (1:58:26.9).Women 30-34Brandi Moore, 30, of Bucksport, 35th in division and 352nd overall (1:30:44.4).Jenny Racicot, 30, of Hancock, 60th in division and 566 overall (1:53:52.9).Men 35-39Matt Ingrisano, 35, of Southwest Harbor, eighth in division and 89th overall (1:13:01.9).Women 35-39Kathy Snow, 39, of Ellsworth, 61st in division and 474th overall (1:39:47.2).Men 40-44Adam O’Neill, 42, of Ellsworth, 25th in division and 474th overall (1:39:06.4).Women 40-44Elissa Haskell, 41, of Stonington, 29th in division and 313th overall (1:27:56.4).Alison King, 40, of Trenton, 55th in division and 496th overall (1:41:09.9).Women 45-49Traci Boddy, 45, of Ellsworth, 30th in division and 356th overall (1:31:33.3).Sarah Gilbert, 47, of Bar Harbor, 37th in division and 455th overall (1:37:35.2).Esther Shinn, 49, of Bucksport, 55th in division and 585th overall (1:57:44.4).Men 50-54Chris Holt, 53, of Ellsworth, second in division and seventh overall (57:58.6).Women 50-54Beverly Hawkins, 53, of Sedwick, 32nd in division and 498th overall (1:41:02.3).Men 55-59Jeff Dalrymple, 59, of Surry, 15th in division and 308th overall (1:27:51.5).Women 55-59Maggie Overton, 56, of Blue Hill, 27th in division and 500th overall (1:41:15.9).Men 70-74Lloyd Harmon, 74, of Ellsworth, second in division and 189th overall (1:20:44.5). Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly reported last year’s marathon results. The post has been updated with the 2015 results. Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

18 Sep

Manchester City punish 10-man Fulham 4-0 to reach FA Cup last 16

first_img(REUTERS) – Holders Manchester City served up an attacking masterclass as they thrashed 10-man Fulham 4-0 in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, with Gabriel Jesus scoring twice within three second-half minutes.Any hopes of Championship side Fulham causing an upset at the Etihad Stadium were dented in less than six minutes after captain Tim Ream received his marching orders for dragging down Jesus inside the box.“For a few moments I thought it would be a tough game,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “They’re a team with a lot of courage but it was a bit different after the red card.”Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan converted the resulting penalty for his fifth City goal of the campaign, before Bernardo Silva made it 2-0 for the hosts.Phil Foden slid the ball across the edge of the box to Silva, who made a sharp turn before driving the ball past Fulham keeper Marek Rodak into the bottom right corner.City continued to carve open Fulham in the second half, with substitute Raheem Sterling striking the crossbar from close range on the hour mark.Jesus eventually put the game to bed as he headed home a Joao Cancelo cross from the right wing.The Brazilian striker made it four, 163 seconds later, when he pounced on a rebound after Foden’s initial attempt had forced a save from Rodak.Having fallen 16 points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race, City are now focused on winning the remaining three cup competitions in the second half of the season.Guardiola’s side are well placed to reach the League Cup final as they hold a 3-1 lead heading into the second leg of the semi-final against local rivals Manchester United on Wednesday.However, a tougher test awaits in the Champions League, where City meet Spanish giants Real Madrid in the last 16 next month.“The determination was always there and we will fight to win each competition,” Guardiola added. “Next is United and a chance to get to the final and that is our next target.”last_img read more

17 Sep

More Confusion as CAF Rejects CAS Ruling on Champions League

first_imgBoth Wydad and Esperance filled different appeals at CAS, which upheld that of Esperance and thus annulled the decision of the CAF Executive Committee.CAF in a statement on Thursday morning insisted that CAS decision was “only for procedural reasons. However, CAF has yet to receive the summarized decision.”According to CAF, the CAS Panel has decided to refer the case to the competent CAF bodies to apply the appropriate disciplinary sanctions, if any, and accordingly decide whether the second leg of the CAF Champions League 2018/19 season shall be replayed or not.“In this regard, CAF announces that the competent bodies will meet shortly to decide on the case and details will be communicated in due course.”Tunisia’s Esperance and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca lodged appeals after the CAF Executive Committee decided to replay the second leg – both felt they should be awarded the win.Wydad had a goal disallowed and left the pitch because VAR was not working.Esperance were winning 2-1 on aggregate and declared champions initially.The home side were handed the trophy and winners’ medals after a two-hour delay on 1 June, but were told to return them days later after CAF ordered a replay on neutral territory, citing “unsafe conditions”.Both clubs think they should be named champions and given the prize money. Wydad’s request was rejected by CAS, with Esperance’s appeal to be investigated at a later date.Play in the second leg was halted after Wydad thought they had equalised on 59 minutes through Walid El Karti’s header but it was disallowed for an infringement.The video assistant referee system was visible on the side of the pitch but the players had not been told it was not in use because of a malfunction.After appeals by both clubs, CAS ruled that CAF’s executive committee “did not have jurisdiction” to order that the final be replayed.It has ordered “competent CAF authorities to review the incidents”, specifically to refer the case to its proper disciplinary structures for a decision on whether the game will be replayed or not.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The end is yet to come on the controversial 2019 CAF Champions League final match involving Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco and Espérance Sportive de Tunis of Tunisia. CAF has decided to appeal the decision of the Court of Arbitration on Sports.On Wednesday, CAS ruled in favour of the Tunisian club, which had been originally awarded the trophy following the refusal of Wydad to continue with the return leg match on account of a disputed goal.The Emergency Committee of CAF, meeting on the sidelines of FIFA Congress in Paris in June ruled that the final match be replayed in a neutral ground after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img read more

17 Sep

ITTF Hails Aruna Quadri’s Fighting Spirit at Bulgaria Open

first_imgThe philosophy came in handy this week in Panagyurishte, Bulgaria, where the 31-year-old beat Japanese superstar Jun Mizutani in seven games (8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 4-11, 13-11) to reach the men’s singles semi-finals at the Bulgaria Open for the second time in three years, notching his best result on the 2019 ITTF World Tour along the way.There were several moments in the match where things might not have gone Aruna’s way, but the player known for his incredible comebacks stood and simply refused to be defeated. Returning from match point in game seven, he evened the score at 10-all and capitalised on his opportunity, battling back from match point a second time to eventually win the game 13-11 and thus bring an end to an unforgettable contest.Never say die might have been his prevailing attitude at the table, but when Aruna arrived in the mountain town of Panagyurishte, 90 kilometers east of Sofia, other things were on his mind.Exhausted by his efforts earlier this month at the ITTF Africa Cup and ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open (Aruna went on to win the latter), the prospect of playing in Bulgaria seemed like a vacation.Quadri Aruna delights adoring fans, retains title; Polina Mikhailova com…by Ian Marshall, Editor Delight for the host nation but there was also disappointment, Olajide Omotayo and Segun…“I’m very tired after playing 11 days in Lagos non-stop. I said I should just come to Panagyurishte since I’m in the main draw only to enjoy myself.” Quadri Aruna, 11th August 2019Having made up his mind to have a good time just after celebrating his 31st birthday on 9th August, enjoy himself is what Aruna did, and it was the others who suffered:First up was China’s Ma Te, who was defeated in seven games.“It’s difficult for everyone [playing against him]. I spoke with my colleagues that have faced him before and their advice allowed me to manage this match and win it. I have not played him before but those who did told me about the spin in his racket that I was able to play a little bit against him.” Quadri Aruna, 15th August 2019Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong was the next victim, suffering the same result. That set up the quarterfinal duel against Mizutani, which proved just as strenuous as the others. With his back to the wall during match point in the seventh game, Aruna could have capitulated and admitted defeat. But he’s a fighter; Rocky-like, something had hardened in him.“Point after point I get more and more tired because he is a defender, but of course I’m here to enjoy myself and play without any kind of pressure.” Quadri Aruna, 17th August 2019The semi-final loss to China’s Zhao Zihao has in no way dented his spirit. Aruna looks to the future. As always, it’s his to shape.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He may not often challenge for titles on the ITTF World Tour, but Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna has distinguished himself by being ranked inside top 25 male table tennis players in the world.Born and raised in Oyo, South-western Nigeria, Aruna moved to Lagos in the early 2000s after unexpectedly capturing the country’s cadet title at the turn of the century.Widely regarded as Africa’s best player of the last decade, the highly popular two-time Olympian is a man who understands that hanging in there and biding his time can pay off in big ways. Small defeats today can reform themselves, contributing to big victories tomorrow.last_img read more

17 Sep

Nigerian Breweries Plc, NOC Reaffirm Partnership for Tokyo 2020

first_imgSpeaking on this strategic partnership, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emmanuel Oriakhi, stated that, “Nigerian Breweries Plc. is passionate about sports in Nigeria and we know our consumers love to celebrate great moments in sports. We are thrilled to be able to bring people together to enjoy and celebrate Team Nigeria on their journey to Tokyo 2020 where we believe our talented athletes will do their best and shine.” In his response, the Secretary-General, NOC, Olabanji Oladapo said “We are happy to have Nigerian Breweries Plc as our partner. Amstel Malta and Star are brands we are excited to work with not only because of what the Nigeria Olympic Committee stands to gain but also because of what is in it for the fans and supporters of Team Nigeria.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Pioneer brewing company, Nigerian Breweries Plc and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), have reaffirmed their continued partnership in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.The agreement, which kicked off in 2018 will have two of Nigerian Breweries Plc’s biggest brands, Star Lager Beer and Amstel Malta headlining the partnership as official alcoholic and malt beverages of Team Nigeria.With Tokyo 2020 taking place next July, Amstel Malta and Star will play an important role in supporting Team Nigeria on their journey to and through the games. Both brands will not only support the team, but will also provide premium enjoyment for fans with engaging campaigns leading up to Tokyo 2020.last_img read more

16 Sep

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s loss to Virginia Tech

first_imgNo. 10 Virginia Tech (16-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) dominated Syracuse (14-6, 5-2), 78-56, in the Orange’s worst loss since it fell in the Carrier Dome to St. John’s in 2016. Oshae Brissett led a lifeless SU offense with 16 points, and the Orange couldn’t tap into the 3-point success it experienced in past games.More Coverage:Syracuse can’t find the edge, more takeaways from No. 10 Virginia Tech’s win over SUSyracuse’s zone burned by Justin Robinson in loss to Virginia TechNo. 10 Virginia Tech steamrolls Syracuse, 78-56, in SU’s worst loss since 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 27, 2019 at 12:54 amcenter_img See what our beat writers had to say after SU’s loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

16 Sep

Man Utd and West Brom share the spoils.

first_imgManchester United left it late to salvage a 2-2 draw at West Brom in the Premier League last night.The home side led twice during the match, but Daley Blind hit a late equaliser for United.It’s a result that leaves Louis Van Gaal’s team sixth in the table, with Albion moving up to 14th.last_img