ELLSWORTH — Three Hancock County teams are set to participate in the Northern Maine semifinals after winning their quarterfinal matches.In Class B North, the No. 2 Ellsworth girls improved to 11-2 on the season Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Washington Academy (7-7). Miriam Nelson, Brianna Abbott and Faith Braley won their singles matches for the Eagles, and the duo of Jocelyn Boudreau and Bailey Clarke claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win in doubles play.With the win, Ellsworth clinched its first regional semifinal berth since 2014. The Eagles can advance to their first regional title match since 2013 with a win at home against No. 3 Erskine Academy (11-3) at 11 a.m. tomorrow, June 1.In Class C North, the George Stevens Academy girls’ and boys’ teams advanced with home wins over Van Buren and Houlton, respectively. The girls’ team (11-2) earned a 5-0 win Wednesday over No. 7 Van Buren (8-3), and the boys’ team (10-3) won by the same score Thursday against sixth-ranked Houlton (8-6).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBoth GSA teams will be back in action tomorrow for the semifinals. The girls’ team will host No. 6 Piscataquis (10-4) at 2:30 p.m., and the boys will face No. 2 Mattanawcook Academy (11-2) at 4:30 in Lincoln.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is hoping that a delegation from the CFU, expected in the country next week, will give a nod of approval for the use of the Leonora Stadium when Guyana meets Jamaica in a 3rd round Men’s Senior Scotia Bank Championship encounter on October 11th.As it is, the fixture is without a venue, since the only FIFA approved facility in the country, the Providence Stadium, is unavailable due to works being currently conducted on the field for the upcoming Regional Professional Cricket League.The GFF, in an attempt to have the match played here, as it has been scheduled, dispatched a correspondence to the CFU office last week, explaining the predicament and seeking approval for the alternative venue to be used.General Secretary of the CFU, Antiguan Neil Cochrane,told Chronicle Sport that a delegation will be arriving in Guyana this coming week for an inspection of the Leonora Stadium,where the size of the ground is smaller than the Providence Stadium. There are also security concerns for both players and officials, as well as fans.Guyana surrendered home turf advantage in the second round of the competition played in June, as the Providence facility was unavailable due to International cricket. The game was played in Curacao, who took the home advantage on an artificial turf, and Guyana lost 5-2.The Golden Jaguars rebounded with an emphatic demolition of the USVI to advance to the 3rd round, but since then nothing has happened for the national selection with regards to preparations; and the Federation has been very tight lipped.With just over three weeks before the team travels to Suriname,for an October 8th meeting to begin their 3rd round campaign, a squad is yet to be named.Add to that the uncertainty of where the game versus Jamaica will be played, and you can understand how under-prepared we are, going into this important round of matches.(Ras Wadada)
Agonizing losses seem to come in bunches.With 20 seconds to go in the game, the Badgers were in need of a score after giving up an early lead. Wisconsin couldn’t create any offense to secure the win and faced a heartbreaking loss. Luckily for the men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 3-3-0 WCHA), they had another game to even things up with the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (4-4-0, 3-1-0 WCHA).On both Friday and Saturday night, Wisconsin took an early 3-1 lead over Nebraska-Omaha. While they were unable to protect such an advantage Friday night, losing 5-4, the Badgers held on Saturday night, winning 6-3.A total of 18 goals were scored in the entire series – of which only one goal was scored in the second period per game by the winning team – the amount of goals was minimal when compared to the multitude of penalties.In the two game series both teams combined for a total of 33 penalties. On Friday night alone there were 19 penalties, 15 of which came in the first period. For a comparison, Wisconsin only managed 22 shots on goal in that game.Friday night, six of the games nine goals were power play goals, four of which were in the favor of the Mavericks.Head coach Mike Eaves attributes the loss to UW’s poor penalty kill.“When you give up four power play goals yeah,” Eaves said. “We blocked some shots, we did some decent things, but the details in the end allowed them to score some goals that’s what we have to shore up.”“In college hockey, there’s a lot of special teams that comes into play. … [Friday night] we didn’t kill off enough penalties, and that resulted in a loss,” sophomore defensemen Frankie Simonelli said.Saturday night the special teams play swung in favor of the Badgers, as sophomore forward Mark Zengerle started the night off with a shorthanded goal 7:52 into the first.Simonelli netted the Badgers lone power play goal of the night with 15 seconds left in the first, putting UW on top of UNO 4-1 with two periods of play left to go.“We play with, ‘You go if you got the ice,’ and we got the ice,” Zengerle said. “It was going to be a one-on-one, and [Tyler Barnes] kind of jumped it. He did a great job selling the D-man and the goalie too there, and he put it right on my stick and I put it in the 6-foot frame or whatever it is.”Much like Eaves wanted, those little details were executed in a more consistent and stronger way Saturday night with Zengerle and Barnes leading by example.“We started doing rehearsals on who can do penalty kills for us,” Eaves said. “Mr. Zenegerle and Mr. Barnes – above and beyond scoring the short handed goal – they did a very nice job of showing that they understood what the scheme was when we’re killing penalties. They were willing to block shots, and I thought they really stepped up. They got some serious minutes added to their game because of that fact. That was a real pleasant surprise.”Youth is no excuseAt the beginning of the season, with all his Badger cubs in tow, Eaves would have been more than happy to end the first month at .500.Now that he’s seen what his team is capable of doing on the ice and the amount of goals they’ve scored – 28 goals in eight games – and multiple moments of tough play beyond their years, Eaves believes his team was capable of more than just an average month.“I think if somebody would have said that before the first month started, I think we would have taken it, especially considering the youth that we have, the untested goaltenders and all of that,” Eaves said. ” … We’re learning quickly. It’s nice to get some wins in all the things that we’ve been going through because it gives us good motivation to stay on course.”As for the players, they’re trying to shed the youthful image. Rather than using it as an excuse – which was one thing even Eaves cited during Friday’s postgame press conference – the players want to move beyond it.“We’re trying to get rid of that right away,” Zengerle said. “We don’t want the term ‘young’ to be an excuse for us. We want to grow and get as good as possible. We’re trying to swipe that label off us as we speak.”
Maurizio Sarri has informed Chelsea he wants to leave the club this summer, according to Sky in Italy.In his first season at Stamford Bridge, Sarri secured Chelsea a return to the Champions League by sealing a third-placed Premier League finish, before claiming the first major trophy of his career by lifting the Europa League.However, amid interest from Serie A champions Juventus, Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday and she promised to talk to the club’s owner Roman Abramovich about his future.Despite delivering a more than adequate performance in terms of end-of-season results, Sarri endured consistent criticism from a significant portion of the club’s supporters throughout the campaign.Chelsea beat Liverpool and Tottenham to advance to the Carabao Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester City, but fans remained unsatisfied with the possession-based ‘Sarri-ball’ style of play the Italian was attempting to implement.With Massimiliano Allegri having departed Juventus earlier this month, Sky in Italy understand that Sarri is the club’s primary candidate to fill the role, and he now appears keen to take up the position.Ahead of his showdown talks with the Chelsea hierarchy, Sarri met with his agent Fali Ramadani, who prepared his client to engineer a route out of the London club. Source: Skysports
Jerry Jones said he has not spoken with Poe and McCoy, who asked for the owner to speak up on social justice justice this summer.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 12, 2020In the past, Jones has been adamant players should stand for the national anthem, including in 2017 saying any player who kneels during the anthem would be benched.”We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the [NFL] and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag,” he said at the time.With protests being staged in the name of racial justice and civil issues across the country following the killings of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, professional athletes have felt emboldened to take stances for racial equality. The Cowboys released a video condemning racism in June, but Jones hadn’t spoken publicly on the issue until Wednesday.The Dallas Cowboys began conversations about social injustice two years ago and they continue to be ongoing.The recent killing of George Floyd and others illuminates the importance of continuing these efforts. pic.twitter.com/0yofZ6Vz9O— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 5, 2020 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made his first statements on protesting in sports, and specifically among members of the Dallas football team.Jones, who was called out by Dallas players Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe earlier the offseason for his silence on the social justice issues plaguing the United States, on Wednesday Jones both clarified and muddled his stance on protests, specifically that of players planning protests during the 2020 NFL season. When asked about his plans to approach the protests, Jones said he’ll exhibit “grace” when trying to understand where players are coming from and that he expects players to reciprocate that feeling.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, in regard to social justice movement and kneeling during anthem, he wants players to exhibit “grace” when understanding some people’s sensitivity to flag and also fans to exhibit “grace” for players and their perspective on racial inequality.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 12, 2020Jerry Jones says it’s well-documented how he feels about standing for the national anthem, but that he will show grace when discussing with players how to handle it this season.— Damon R. Marx (@DamonMarxDMN) August 12, 2020The Cowboys owner said he’s been open about supporting players and their causes, but that hasn’t satisfied some players, including McCoy and Poe, who were critical of Jones’ silence in the wake of the death of George Floyd, which set off protests over racial injustice nationwide.”It don’t look good, I’ll say that. It doesn’t look good, and you can’t be silent at a time like this. I’m new to the Cowboys organization, and I’m blessed to be part of this organization,” McCoy said via ESPN’s Ed Werder. “But when things are not going well for the team, you can hear him screaming. Well, this is life. This is bigger than just football; it’s bigger than money; it’s bigger than winning a Super Bowl. And something needs to be said.”MORE: Jerry Jones explains how Cowboys will play in front of fans in 2020Poe added: “His silence definitely means a lot because in any other situation [he] will have something to say about most things. I was once a proponent of doing stuff behind closed doors, and doing what I need to do not out in the forefront. … So hopefully he is doing that, but who knows what he is doing. …”Personally, I would hope that he comes out and says, ‘OK, I am willing to help, I am willing to fight, and I am willing to be with y’all.'”Jones said he has not spoken to either Poe or McCoy, per Calvin Watkins.