In an interview on City’s official website, Delph said: “I spoke with Joe Hart when I was with him for England and he was always been telling me how the club has come on and what City are trying to achieve – and Micah Richards told me that as far as he is concerned, this is the best club in the world and he had the time of his life here.” After completing a medical on Friday, Delph was preparing to fly to Australia to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour. In a statement issued to Press Association Sport, Delph maintained his initial decision to stay at Villa was an emotional rather than career decision and quickly became one he began to regret. Delph said: “My decision to stay initially was purely based on the emotion and feelings that I hold for the club and the people there that I would be walking away from – rather than looking at the football opportunity that had been placed in front of me. “I’ve experienced some incredible low times in my career with injuries and at one point even questioned whether I would even return to Premiership level. Despite that, I’ve always been 100 per cent committed to improving my game and developing as a player and a person. “As a kid watching the game on TV and then as a young footballer you dream about testing yourself against the best in the world, to compete for major trophies and to play in the Champions League. I’ve proved that I can play at the very top level with England and believe I owe it to myself to take the challenge of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world in Manchester City.” But Delph will be braced for a backlash, with former Villa striker Stan Collymore labelling his decision to leave “an absolute disgrace”. Speaking before the deal was officially confirmed, Collymore told talkSport’s Drive programme : “He (Delph) said twice now that he wants to stay at the club – nobody put a gun to his head. “He said twice that he believes Villa is a great club that he wants to stay at…if he signs for Manchester City or any other club in the next few days then he’s an absolute disgrace.” Delph signed a five-year contract with City on Friday, less than a week after he issued a strongly-worded statement to insist his future remained with Tim Sherwood’s men. And in a bizarre twist the 25-year-old revealed how the words of Richards – who last month went in the opposite direction from the Etihad to Villa Park – helped him make up his mind to perform a U-turn. Fabian Delph has revealed the advice of former Manchester City star Micah Richards convinced him to reverse an earlier decision to commit his future to Aston Villa. Press Association
The 23-year-old Belgium goalkeeper tore the meniscus of his right knee in training and is likely to be out until December, Press Association Sport understands. A statement from Chelsea read: “Thibaut Courtois underwent surgery yesterday (Thursday) on an avulsion of the posterior corner and medial part of the internal meniscus of his right knee. Press Association Begovic played in the loss at City after Courtois was sent off in the season opener with Swansea and the Bosnian has Mourinho’s confidence. “It’s a big blow, but you will not see me next week speaking again about Thibaut, because I never do when a player is injured,” added Mourinho, who will have Jamal Blackman on the bench. “It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured. “But it’s easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play. And we have Begovic to play.” Oscar remains out with a knee injury, but could return to contention for next Wednesday’s Champions League campaign opener at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv or the following Saturday against Arsenal. “Almost there,” said Mourinho on the Brazil playmaker. Mourinho declined to discuss Chelsea’s transfer window activity, where Everton rebuffed offers for defender John Stones. “The transfer window is closed. I have no more comments. I have nothing to say,” Mourinho said. “What (Everton boss Roberto) Martinez says for me means nothing. I don’t comment. “John Stones, I expect him to play tomorrow with (Phil) Jagielka, because it’s the normal two central defenders that play for Everton.” Asked if he would shake hands with Martinez at Goodison Park, Mourinho said: “You think that’s important? I don’t think it’s important.” Instead of Stones, Chelsea signed Papy Djilobodji on a recommendation. Mourinho said: “It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely. “I don’t know every player. My job doesn’t allow me to travel, doesn’t allow me to spend hours and hours watching players. “And in some moments of the market, under certain circumstances are moments where you have to trust or not the people that you work with. “In my case I trust, because the same person that told me that Djilobodji can be a good squad player for us, was the same person who told me (about Kurt) Zouma.” Mourinho remains optimistic despite Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season, which saw Crystal Palace inflict defeat last time out. “We are in a title race,” Mourinho said. “In every match we played better than the result. Circumstances of the match gave us results worse than the performance. So I’m positive.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out of action for around three months after undergoing surgery on his right knee. “The successful surgery consisted of a reattachment of the meniscus by suturing.” The operation is understood to have taken place in Spain. Courtois suffered the injury on Wednesday in circumstances boss Jose Mourinho was not familiar with, as it happened during a goalkeeper-specific session. The Blues boss was braced for the bad news, indicating Courtois would be out for “quite a long time” prior to the exact prognosis being revealed. The Barclays Premier League champions will first be without the Belgium goalkeeper for Saturday’s match at Everton, but Asmir Begovic will be required to deputise for some time to come. “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” Mourinho said earlier on Friday. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” It is another blow for the Blues, who have four points from their opening four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho is in the midst of the worst run of results of his trophy-laden career, but he remains happy with his handling of Chelsea’s miserable season, saying: “I am not afraid, I’m not crying, I’m not desperate”. Southampton’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday left the Premier League champions 16th in the standings and led to the inevitable suggestion that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be firing another manager. Jose Mourinho says he will only quit Chelsea if he loses the backing of the players. “In this moment it’s not so easy and my feelings – I’m so unhappy with the sport feeling of defeat but I am so happy with myself with the way I am facing this.” Mourinho does not doubt the quality of his squad and believes an about-turn in confidence or good fortunate will help his players sooner or later. “Only Mother Nature can do it,” he said. “They need to feel luck, they need to arrive at half-time winning 2-0, 3-0. “They need to fly without pressure, they need to play and feel that everything is going in their favour. “Not to feel this pressure, this panic, this negativity. Decisions against, unlucky, mistakes. “They need it. Time will bring it. I don’t know next match, in two matches, in three. For sure they will get that confidence back, for sure.” Press Association Mourinho, who insisted he would not resign, suggested the media should speak directly to the players who do not go on international duty, captain John Terry among them, to ask whether they are supporting the Portuguese, rather than report speculation. “People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players,” Mourinho said. “Get a table at Cobham (Chelsea’s training ground) next week – John Terry doesn’t go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn’t go, Ramires doesn’t go. Ask them. “If they tell you they don’t trust me, (that) is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table.” Mourinho insisted he was handling the spell well, after a fourth loss in eight Premier League games. “It makes me understand how big a guy I am,” the Portuguese said. “I am not afraid. I’m not crying, I’m not desperate. It makes me realise how big I was, how big I am. “When you win and you win titles and you are champion, life is easy. It’s easy to be proud. It’s easy to be what you are.
On Wednesday, Miami Beach commissioners rejected the possibility of the popular Ultra Music Festival coming to the city next year.In a vote of 5 to 2, commissioners shut down a proposal, introduced by Commissioner Ricky Arriola, to begin discussions of hosting the festival at Lummus Park.Florida cities including Homestead, Hialeah, and the City of Miami are all looking into hosting the 2020 event.Ultra organizers voluntarily terminated their contract with the City of Miami following a rough year on Virginia Key, due to transportation issues and an increase in crime from previous years.
A grand jury has indicted a former American Airlines mechanic who is accused of sabotaging a plane carrying 150 passengers at Miami International Airport.The grand jury charged 60 year old Ahmed Alani with willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Although he wasn’t charged with a terror-related crime, prosecutors say Alani saved videos showing Islamic State propaganda, and made statements about wanting Allah to hurt non-Muslims and about a brother in Iraq who has links to ISIS. “You may be very sympathetic to terrorists,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris M. McAliley said during a bond hearing Wednesday.Alani allegedly said he wanted the flight to be delayed because he wanted overtime work, but investigators believe he had a more sinister plot. McAliley ordered Alani to be held without bond. Jen and Bill will be speaking with an airline expert later in the show about this and other cases concerning the flying public.
Courtesy of our partners at WPTV:FHP was in pursuit of a black SUV heading towards two security checkpoints at Mar-a-Lago around 11:40 a.m. when it breached both security checkpoints heading towards the main entrance, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.Officials discharged their firearms at the vehicle, PBSO said.The vehicle continued while being pursued by the Florida Highway Patrol and a PBSO helicopter.The vehicle has been located and two people are currently in custody, officials said.President Trump is not in town. He is scheduled to arrive Friday evening.This is a breaking story and will be updated.More information from WPTV here.
State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts WESTBROOK — The girls’ team from Springers had two members compete this past weekend at the Maine Academy of Gymnastics in Westbrook. Ellie Mason, a Level 8 gymnast, had her state championship.At the same time, Taylor Wardwell, a Level 7 gymnast, had her second sectional meet of the year.The Level 8 State Meet is held separately from the other levels in the state because Level 8’s are able to qualify for the Region 6 Championships.There is no regional USAG championship for levels under 8. This is Mason’s first year as a level 8.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWardwell was required to obtain her second qualifying score of over 31 in order to secure her spot at the USAG State Meet on April 9 in Waterville.Wardwell did manage to achieve a score over 31 to secure her spot in the state meet.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015
Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) 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. firstname.lastname@example.org John Hassett of the George Stevens Academy Eagles wonthe boys’ Hancock County cross-country title. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSSULLIVAN — Sophomore John Hassett of the George Stevens Eagles and senior Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans are this year’s Hancock County cross-country champions.Hassett led the GSA boys to the team title on Thursday when he toured the course in 16 minutes and 37 seconds, besting runner-up Ralph Magnani of MDI by nearly a minute.Driscoll was one of four MDI runners to place among the top 10 with her winning time of 19:29 as the Trojans to top girls’ team honors.Senior Haley Lawrence of the Ellsworth Eagles battled Driscoll from the start before finishing as runner-up in 19:43.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the boys’ team competition, it was GSA first with 26 points, followed by MDI with 29 and Ellsworth with 73.Behind Hassett for the GSA boys were Devlin Valle, third in 17:32; Tate Yoder, seventh in 18:27; Oliver Broughton, eighth in 18:32; Aylen Wolf, 10th in 18:52; Tyler Ray, 13th in 20:03; and Michael Salois, 15th in 20:31.Following Magnani for MDI were Jordan Harris, fourth in 17:46; Ethan Craigo, fifth in 18:14; David Anderson, ninth in 18:34; Josh Bloom, 11th in 19:14; and Matt Hanna, 19th in 21:25.Ellsworth was led by Conrad Svec, 12th in 19:15. Behind him were Noah Robidoux, 14th in 20:13; Austin Baron, 17th in 20:45; Matt Frost, 18th in 20:46; Derek Look, 20th in 21:48; Tim Curts, 21st in 25:20; and Collin Lima, 22nd in 25:20.For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, Skyler Fraga was sixth in 18:20 and Michael Soteres was 16th in 20:39.In the girls’ race, it was MDI in first place with 26 points, GSA second with 42 and Ellsworth third with 65.Finishing behind Driscoll for MDI were Lydia DaCorte, third in 20:06; Waylon Henggeler, fifth in 20:22; Sakura Sunagawa, sixth in 20:43; Emma Strong, 12th in 21:27; India Janes, 13th in 21:33; and Sydney Wright, 17th in 22:31.For GSA, Eliza Broughton was fourth in 20:15, Hanna Gutow was seventh in 21:00, Mary Richardson was eighth in 21:01, Zeya Lorio was 11th in 21:21, Bella Cimeno was 14th in 21:33, Rachel DesFosses was 15th in 21:41 and Emma Larsen-Whittaker was 18th in 22:36.Behind Lawrence for Ellsworth were Mariah Brown, ninth in 21:14; Olivia Lounder, 19th in 22:37; Katelynn Bagley, 20th in 23:34; Julia Zavaleta, 21st in 23:36; Emine Mutlu, 22nd in 27:41; and Bailey Neale, 23rd in 31:21.For Bucksport, Natalie Coleman was 10th in 21:19 and Natasha Clement was 16th in 22:21.In the junior varsity competition, GSA’s Hanna Jordan won the girls’ race in 22:51 and Eagle teammate Frank Schweizer won the boys’ race in 20:01.For more photos click here. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017
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. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Ellsworth quarterback Jacob Shorey looks down field for an open receiver in the Eagles’ first game of the 2014 season against the Maine Central Institute Huskies on Sept. 5.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — After three winless seasons, the Ellsworth-Sumner cooperative varsity football program will likely remain in Class D East for another two years.The two schools’ combined enrollment would have bumped the team up to Class B next fall, but the Maine Principals’ Association’s football committee decided to make an exception for the Eagles.“It takes a long time to build a football program,” said Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford. “Especially when you’re facing teams who have been in existence since the ’40s and ’50s, where football is ingrained in the community.”The MPA football committee convenes biannually to classify its member schools into four classes by enrollment. On Monday, Dec. 8, the panel recommended allowing both the Ellsworth-Sumner and Camden Hills football teams to continue playing in the smallest school division.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe committee’s proposal to offer these schools a hand has raised some questions about what’s a realistic timeframe for a new program to grow and when should the MPA decline intervention.If approved by the MPA’s management committee this winter, the decision would mark the first time a two-class drop will have been permitted.Bucksport Athletics Director Ed Hatch serves on the football committee charged with making recommendations for the reclassification process.“It’s our job to do what we can to help preserve football and support the programs,” Hatch said. “That’s why the vote was made.”Hatch said there is no exact formula for deciding which teams are granted approval to play down from their enrollment classes. All program appeals are considered on a case-by-case basis.But as the athletic director of a Class D football program, Hatch said he did present reasons at the meeting for why an exception perhaps shouldn’t be made for the two schools in question. Chief among his points was the discrepancy in treatment of big and small programs.“There is no place for any struggling Class D program to go,” Hatch said. “In turn, those schools have unfolded.”Hatch cited the example of Sacopee Valley High School of South Hiram — a Class D Western school that recently dropped its varsity football program after five winless seasons.This same argument resonated with the committee two years ago, when members rejected Mount Ararat’s appeal to play down two classes from Class A to Class C. The committee did, however, allow the team to compete at Class B.Hatch said he was the one dissenting vote on the decision regarding Ellsworth-Sumner and Camden Hills, but he understands why the proposal was approved.“I want those programs to survive,” Hatch said. “You always want to see kids who enjoy playing football to have that option.”Like all new varsity programs in their first two years, Ellsworth-Sumner was allowed to play down to the smallest-school class — now Class D in the four-class format instituted by the MPA in 2013.The Eagles recently completed their third year in the lowest class, with their first year spent as a Class C team in the three-class format. While teams are supposed to compete at the junior varsity level for two years before joining the varsity ranks, Ellsworth-Sumner jumped in a year early to fill a scheduling hole created by the demise of the Calais-Woodland program.Ellsworth’s enrollment of 540 eligible students combined with Sumner’s 230 would have placed the Ellsworth-Sumner team in Class B next fall, which contains schools with enrollment between 600 and 874.Crawford requested in an email that his team stay another two years in Class D (enrollment no higher than 454) with the existing provision that squads playing below their enrollment classes are ineligible for playoffs.“That’s the least of my worries at this point,” Crawford said of the postseason tournament. “We just need to focus on getting bodies in the program.”Crawford said starting a football program is especially difficult in communities such as Ellsworth and Camden, where the boys’ soccer teams have reigned successfully for decades.Since the turn of the century, the Ellsworth and Camden Hills boys’ soccer teams combined have won eight of 14 Class B Eastern Maine championships, with Ellsworth claiming five titles to Camden Hills’ three.“The common denominator for new schools that come in and struggle is the established fall sports programs,” Crawford said. “Soccer has always been there, so that’s where the majority of athletes go.“But when they are brought up through the football feeder program, that’s when you’ll start seeing changes.”This year, Ellsworth-Sumner received its first batch of freshmen who went through the Ellsworth Football League feeder program, which was founded by Crawford six years ago.Crawford said that, in his experience with starting Mount Desert Island’s Acadian Football League, teams start becoming competitive once the third class of feeder program players makes it onto the squad.“That’s what it took to turn that program around,” Crawford said of the MDI High School football team. “Once a program that won one or two games a season became a perennial playoff team.”And that kind of success attracts other athletes, as is the case for the Ellsworth soccer program.While many multi-sport athletes comprise the soccer roster, Crawford said that, with the exception of wrestling, not one Ellsworth-Sumner football player in three years has had varsity experience in another sport.Next season, the second class of feeder program players will enter high school. Ellsworth-Sumner will have three classes of feeder program athletes before the Eagles must once again face the possible reclassification into a higher class.But as of now, just maintaining a team large enough to compete at all is a challenge for Crawford. With 11 players on the field playing both offensive and defensive roles, a team can wear down by the end of the game without substitution options.“You’re looking at trying to get 35 to 40 kids on a team to really be able to compete,” Crawford said. “There aren’t many other sports out there where you need that many players.”Early in the season, Ellsworth-Sumner’s squad dwindled from some 30 players to just over 20 as a result of injuries and other various circumstances.In Ellsworth-Sumner’s final matchup of the season against Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, Mattanawcook’s roster boasted nearly twice the number of players and included 18 seniors.“They had almost as many seniors as we had kids suited up,” Crawford said. “Those are players who have gone through the feeder program and experienced four years of high school football.”Crawford said he has had success with players who joined his squad with little to no experience in football, but for the most part, there is a huge learning curb involved.“You’re halfway through the season before the kids have it figured out,” Crawford said. “Especially those in the skilled positions.”But progress is evident for Ellsworth-Sumner in the statistics. The Eagles increased their total offensive yards from 500 in the first year to 2,000 in the second.And in the first two years, all of Ellsworth-Sumner’s opponents put in their JV squads after a first half blowout. This season, though, the Eagles kept four of seven games close enough to keep the other team’s varsity players on the field for all four quarters.These are the milestones on which Crawford continues to focus. He cited this year’s greatest accomplishment coming from the Week 5 game against Dexter in which for the first time, the Eagles ended the opening quarter with a lead.“We know that we will have to be on our own after this two-year cycle, and that’s fine,” Crawford said. “This is going to allow us to get everything well-established to hopefully make it to the playoffs in a couple years.” EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016
BUCKSPORT — George Stevens Academy junior John Hassett won his second straight high school cross-country invitational on Saturday.Hassett finished the boys’ varsity 5K at the Bucksport Invitational first of 41 runners in 15 minutes and 49 seconds. The win comes a week after Hassett’s first-place finish at the Ellsworth Invitational.At Bucksport, the GSA boys took second with 38 points. Orono won with 22.For the girls, GSA sophomore Eliza Broughton led the team, finishing fourth of 26 runners in 19:51. GSA took second with 37 points. Orono won with 18 points.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMore results can be found in the links below:Boys’ resultsGirls’ results