GSA softball team wins three straight

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy softball team pulled its record even with three wins this week.GSA (7-7) defeated Sumner (2-10), Dexter (8-5) and even avenged an early-season loss to Ellsworth (9-4).GSA rolled past Sumner on Tuesday with a 35-15 win.On Saturday, GSA edged Dexter 7-6. Mallory Charette hit the winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to score Hannah Peasley for the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso for GSA, Olivia Stevenson contributed a triple and an RBI while Sophia Steinbarger added a single with two RBIs. Allyson Snow pitched a six-hitter while striking out 11.On Thursday, GSA upset Ellsworth 6-3. Allyson Snow pitched a six-hitter while striking out four to lead GSA.Olivia Stevenson had two singles and drove in four runs to pace GSA. Katrina Limeburner added two doubles and an RBI, and Lily Vox contributed two singles.For Ellsworth, Callie Hammer homered and had two RBIs. Catlin Beal chipped in a double while Leah Stevens and Breanna Cummins each singled.John Bapst 4, Ellsworth 3Callie Hammer had two singles and an RBI, and Shelby Cote doubled for Ellsworth in its loss to John Bapst (6-7) on Tuesday.Also for Ellsworth, Leah Stevens and Katelynn Bagley each had a single, an RBI and scored a run.Bucksport 10, MDI 3Bucksport (12-1) defeated Mount Desert Island (2-12) on Tuesday.Narraguagus 20, Sumner 2Lanie Perry pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead Narraguagus (14-0) past Sumner on Monday.MDI 5, Caribou 2Lindsey McEachern and Maddie Thornton combined to strike out eight batters to lead MDI past Caribou (3-10) in the second game of Saturday’s double-header. Thornton, Aubrey Boyce and Cassidy Parady each contributed an RBI-double.MDI 13, Caribou 3Mount Desert Island picked up its first win of the season in the first game of a double-header against Caribou on Saturday.MDI scored a season-high 13 runs. Cassidy Parady collected three hits, including two doubles and five RBIs, while Lindsey McEachern struck out 11.Greenville 18, DI-S 2Greenville (11-1) beat Deer Isle-Stonington (1-9) in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.Greenville 12, DI-S 2Greenville beat DI-S in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.Bucksport 14, Searsport 0Katelin Saunders pitched a no-hitter while striking out 13 of 15 batters for Bucksport en route to the win over Searsport (1-11) on Friday.Also for Bucksport, Tyler Dupont led the offensive attack with a homer and a single while driving in three runs. Julia Zavalza and Eliza Hosford each added a double, a single and two RBIs. Makenzie Smith tripled and singled.Ellsworth 26, WA 1Abby Lynch turned in a 4-for-4 performance that included two doubles and six RBIs to lead Ellsworth past Washington Academy (6-6) on Friday.Callie Hammer chipped in with a double, single and five RBIs for Ellsworth to back Kate Whitney, who pitched four perfect innings with eight strikeouts.Old Town 10, MDI 0Avalon Kerley had two singles for MDI en route to the team’s loss to Old Town (9-3) on Thursday.Bangor Christian 13, DI-S 7Natalie Knowlton singled twice for Deer Isle-Stonington while Jessalyn Gove and Lillian Gray each singled and scored a run en route to Wednesday’s loss to Bangor Christian (4-9).Orono 7, Bucksport 6Bucksport built a five-run lead before Orono (9-4) rallied in the fourth inning to hand the Golden Bucks their first loss of the season on Wednesday.last_img read more

Celtics top Bucks in 7 to reach Eastern Conference semis

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second year in a row Saturday with a 112-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.Boston’s Al Horford and Terry Rozier tied for a team-high 26 points apiece in the Game 7 win, and rookie Jayson Tatum added 20. Khris Middleton provided 32 points for Milwaukee. The home team won every game in the series.Boston’s second-round opponent will be the Philadelphia 76ers, who beat the Miami Heat in five games in the first round after winning 16 straight to end the regular season. The Celtics will have home-court advantage throughout the series.Below are dates, locations and TV listings for the remaining games in the series. All times are Eastern.Game 1: 8 p.m. tomorrow, April 29, TNT (Boston)Game 2: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, TNT (Boston)Game 3: 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, ESPN (Philadelphia)Game 4: 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, TNT (Philadelphia)Game 5 (IF NECESSARY): Wednesday, May 9, TBD, TNT (Boston)Game 6 (IF NECESSARY): May 11, TBD, ESPN (Philadelphia)Game 7 (IF NECESSARY): May 13, TBD (Boston)This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Girls’ soccer: Bucksport defeats Calais; Tigers top DI-S, Narraguagus

first_imgBUCKSPORT — With the high school soccer season heating up, two local girls’ teams have secured vital wins as they push toward the Class C North playoffs.The Bucksport and Sumner girls closed out September by climbing up the standings and inching closer to appearances in the postseason. The Golden Bucks recorded a win Monday against a formidable Calais squad, and the Tigers earned shutouts against Deer Isle-Stonington and Narraguagus last week to reach the halfway mark on a three-game winning streak.On Monday, Bucksport hosted No. 4 Calais (7-2) and earned a 3-1 win to improve to 5-4 and move into fifth place. The Golden Bucks got two goals from Ella Hosford and one from Johanna Stiles.Sumner hosted Deer Isle-Stonington on Wednesday and completed a season sweep of the Mariners with a 2-0 win. Amanda Brooks scored the first goal for the Tigers with an assist from Scarlet Capitano, and Skylar Soule scored the second unassisted.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Tigers then took on rival Narraguagus on Saturday and came away with a 6-0 win in Harrington. Soule led the way with two goals and three assists for the Tigers, who also got goals from Brooks, Brianna Flaherty and Sage Soule to improve to the 5-2 and move into eighth place in Class C North.Teams seeded 1-6 in the region this year will earn byes to the quarterfinals. Teams seeded 7-10 will qualify for the preliminary round with No. 7 hosting No. 10 and No. 8 hosting No. 9.Bucksport and Sumner will face off Thursday, Oct. 3, when the Golden Bucks host the Tigers at 4 p.m. Bucksport will then play a road games against Washington Academy (3-3-1; 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4), and Sumner will host Calais at noon Saturday, Oct. 5.last_img read more

‘Never stopped believing’: Rafael Nadal

first_imgLONDON: After two consecutive losses in 2006 and 2007 to Roger Federer in the final of the Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal finally managed to beat his arch rival in 2008 in a match that is regarded as one of the greatest of all time in the history of the sport.”Wimbledon for everybody is special. When I was a kid most of the time I saw Sampras winning. For me, it was a personal goal,” Nadal told the BBC. “Well, I think 2006 I went to that final without believing in victory. 2007 was a completely different story. I felt ready to compete and I was there. I lost the 5th and I had my chances. In 2008 I was playing great. I came into the final with the feeling that I was not the favorite but I was ready to win. And I never stopped believing in victory. I had some tough moments, especially in the fourth set.” In a match that lasted four hours and 48 minutes, Nadal beat Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(8–10), 9–7. “Of course, I was very nervous. I think everybody was nervous. The only thing that stays on my mind is I feel myself falling down and just screaming,” he said The Spaniard would then go on to win the Wimbledon once again in 2010 and since then, his best finish at the grass court Grand Slam has been runner up in 2011. In the last two editions, he finished in the semi-finals, losing to Novak Djokovic in 2018 and Federer in 2019. IANSAlso Watch: The Mores: Lets Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Archer should play in third Test against Pakistan: Robert Key

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON: Former England batsman Robert Key feels speedster Jofra Archer should play against Pakistan in the third and final Test starting here on August 21.Archer was rested for the rain-affected second Test here, with all-rounder Sam Curran coming in as England rejigged their side in the absence of Ben Stokes owing to family reasons. “I would pick Archer,” said Sky Sports pundit key, while admitting that being without Stokes has caused England a few headaches. “If you ask all of those Pakistan batsmen, I reckon they would have been cheering when they heard he (Archer) wasn’t playing in the second Test. I would do a straight swap between Curran and Archer. This is the problem when you don’t have Stokes,” he said. “That would weaken the batting in conditions that, if it’s like last week, won’t be easy to bat in but I would go for an out-and-out bowler. I think England would then have their best bowling attack,” Key said. England lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first match. Pakistan have drawn their previous two Test series in England in 2016 and 2018, and Key feels they could follow suit this time around too. “Pakistan got 230, which I think was a good score in the worst of the conditions. This is a very good Pakistan side and they have a very good chance of levelling the series,” he said. IANS Also Watch: Govt Acts Tough On Schools Without Licenceslast_img read more

Inox Group to sponsor India at Tokyo Olympics

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Inox Group will be the official sponsor for the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said on Thursday. As part of its partnership agreement with the IOA, the multiplex giant will further support the Indian contingent’s promotions through its entertainment company, INOX Leisure Limited, at its multiplex properties around the country. Inox has earlier collaborated with various sporting events, teams and leagues in the field of Table Tennis, Football, Badminton, Running, Basketball and Cricket, and building awareness among masses through effective promotional initiatives. IANS Also Watch: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Condemns Attack in Zubeen Garglast_img

National Schools Championships officially launched

first_imgMinister responsible for sports, Nicolette Henry, yesterday took the opportunity to re-emphasize the Ministry’s mandate to have sports become an integral part of the schools’ curriculum.She was delivering the feature address at the official launch of the 56th National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships held at the Ministry of Education NCERD Building.The championship is set for November 21st – 25thThe Minister shared her views that not only should sports and other extracurricular activities be made a fundamental part of the schools’ curriculum, but also be introduced at the earliest stage, even nursery schools perhaps, so that the athletes can reach their fullest potential.“We cannot overlook having sports as an integral part of the school’s curriculum. Games and sports are an integral part of a student’s life, it is indispensable for all-round development. It is my firm belief that sports must be introduced at the earliest level if we really want to identify and train the best of our potential athletes in any sporting discipline,” the Minister said.She admitted that much is lacking in the support given to Guyanese athletes.“I believe it is high time that we give our athletes the attention and support they need in order to develop to their full potentials. A lot more needs to be done generally if we are to produce world class athletes. No one would disagree with me that we have the ability to produce world class athletes that have the talent,” Henry added.During questioning the Minister stated that while the Ministry does not channel support specifically to athletes coming from this Championships, they nonetheless extend support to many athletes, some of whom may have also participated at this level.“What you find is that an athlete might emerge from the Championships but might be an athlete that is involved in another championships, so how do I separate? If we provide support for [an athlete] I don’t know how I would segregate to say that they are exclusively related to this Championships. The Ministry’s purpose is to provide support and ensure that there are structural mechanisms in place, so that anyone who has talent that they can reach their full potential,” Henry explained.Also at the head table were President of the Guyana Teacher’s Union, Mark Lyte, Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, Principal Assistant Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Glendon Fogenay, Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Edison Jefford, as well as representatives from the events chief sponsors, Banks DIH and Digicel.Henry,during her speech also did not forget to laud the efforts of both Digicel and Banks for remaining stalwart supporters of the event. The sponsors in turn spoke of their job to be part of an event which promoted so many benefits among youths.Lyte,in his speech reinforced that the organizers are committed to ensuring that the athletics component of the Championships is moved to the National Track and Field Centre for next year’s hosting.It was somewhat a matter of dissatisfaction that this year’s Championships, of which the track and field competition is the most central component, is not being moved to the NTFC which houses an internationally recognized synthetic track.Instead,the event will once again be held primarily at the National Stadium, with Cycling being held at the National Park and Swimming set for the National Aquatic Centre (NAC). Athletics were not being held at the NTFC since many of the athletes,that include under-8 children, will not have advisable footwear, and this was not budgeted for despite talks last year that the issue would have been addressed by this year.Lyte,nonetheless (wanted) to see the event moved to NTFC, while other proposals such as splitting the competition into senior and junior editions are also still being considered. As it pertains to the overall standard of the competition,Lyte said that he believes that continuous improvements have been forthcoming throughout the years, though much more can be done.“We are in transition and we recognize that we are not up to international standard, but it takes time for us to move in phases. We are moving in the direction to be an international competition, like the other international countries but it will take time, you don’t just wake up one morning. It’s been 56 years, but I think in light of what is before us we have been doing fairly well.” Lyte said.Athletes for the event will be housed at several schools on Woolford Avenue.last_img read more

Other Sports Chinese farmers swap sheep for skis ahead of Olympics

first_imgBeijing: It may be hot outside but that doesn’t stop doctors and former shepherds on skis snowploughing on giant white treadmills on the outskirts of Beijing – part of the battalions of workers learning the sport ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.             China is scrambling to build enthusiasm for winter sports ahead of the Games with an ambitious goal to increase the number of fans tenfold, to 300 million, by 2022. ALSO READ | UEFA insists no talks on Champions League final in New York           The doctors, nurses and former sheep farmers are part of this mammoth effort, training for several days a week over the past year to make the cut as volunteers and workers during the Games.           The training continued through the searing summer in Yanqing district on the outskirts of Beijing, which will host several events in 2022, including Alpine skiing, bobsledding, skeleton, and luge.           Amid balmy temperatures outside, the students stood on skis on two inclined treadmills that were sprayed with water inside a gymnasium.           Lang Enge and his team of 25 farmers and shepherds practised their moves to be able to do “whatever the government arranges for us”, such as cable car maintenance work, snow gear repair and operating artificial snow machines.           “Almost all farmers sold their sheep in our village, there are no shepherds now in Yanqing,” says Lang, 29.           The sheepherders decided to sell their flocks after the local government told them they could keep them but could no longer take them to the mountains due to overgrazing.           Lang sold his 300 sheep and decided to focus on skiing instead. The local government finances all the training, promising jobs related to the Winter Olympics. Lang and his friends hope that by learning to ski, they can land permanent jobs in ski resorts after the Olympics. In the meantime, Lang is working as a temporary traffic and public security employee for the local government. He said other farmers are working as taxi drivers, factory workers or car salesmen. ALSO READ | ‘I could have died,” says paralysed Olympic champion Vogel           Doctors and nurses are also training at the same gym, but for a different challenge: working as medical volunteers who can rush down a slope to help an injured athlete.           “It’s a challenge for me. I hope to have more time to do my best,” said Jiang Wei, 30, a nurse at the local hospital, before jumping into the skiing simulator, wearing elbow and knee pads and a helmet, as an instructor gave her advice.           The farmers appeared more confident on the slope simulator, slowly slaloming on the moving carpet while the doctors and nurses were still grabbing onto a security pole at the bottom of the treadmill.           “I think the people I trained will be suitable for these jobs,” said E Yinchun, one of the trainers. China is not the first country to train medical staff to ski for the Olympic Games, where athletes can get injured by attempting risky jumps and making high-speed turns. But for the farmers in Yanqing this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a better-paying job. Lang and his team have left the countryside for good and now they are working for the district office while they prepare for the big event in February 2022. What will happen after the Games is still uncertain. Especially, he said, now that “there are no sheep farmers in town”. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Conflict of Interest: BCCI Ombudsman issues notices to Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman

first_imgJustice Jain in his notice (in possession of PTI) has asked both Tendulkar and Laxman to file written responses to the allegations by April 28 and has also simultaneously asked BCCI to file their response.The complaint was filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).AS per the notice to Tendulkar and Laxman, Justice Jain wrote: “A complaint has been received by the Ethics Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (for short “the BCCI”) under Article 39 of the Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, regarding certain acts, allegedly constituting as ‘conflict of interest’ on your part.”You may file your written response to the accompanying Complaint, supported by duly executed affidavit, on or before 28th April 2019, with the Office of the Ethics Officer, BCCI, Mumbai for further proceedings in the matter,” he further stated.The Ombudsman stated that failure to respond will mean that no further chance to explain their points of view will be given.”On your failure to respond to the present notice, the Ethics Officer shall be constrained to proceed in your absence, without giving any further opportunity of filing a response to the Complaint, to you.”A copy of this Notice is also being sent to the BCCI, to enable it to file its response to the accompanying complaint, in writing on or before 28th April 2019 before the Ethics Officer,” Justice Jain wrote. Tendulkar, who celebrated his 46th birthday on Wednesday, and Laxman were not available for comments. highlights BCCI Ombudsman issues notice to Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. Tendulkar is Mumbai Indians’ mentor. Laxman is in the same capacity for Sunrisers Hyderabad.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Legendary Sachin Tendulkar and batting maestro VVS Laxman were Wednesday served notices by BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer D K Jain for their alleged ‘conflict of interest’ by serving as mentors of IPL franchise as well as member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Tendulkar is Mumbai Indians’ mentor and Laxman is in the same capacity for Sunrisers Hyderabad. This is the third case of conflict of interest allegation being filed after former skipper Sourav Ganguly had to appear before Justice (retd.) Jain for deposition for his triple role as CAB president, CAC member as well as advisor of Delhi Capitals.All three were part of CAC that picked the senior national coach Ravi Shastri in July 2017, which was their last meeting.last_img read more

Tennis News Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty Progress In China Open Tennis Tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Beijing: Naomi Osaka said she had been “really riled up” as Japan’s two-time Grand Slam champion reached the second round at the China Open on Sunday despite being far from her best. The 21-year-old former world number one racked up 26 unforced errors on the way to a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win over Jessica Pegula of the United States. Fourth seed Osaka looked frustrated and disgruntled on several occasions against the 76th-ranked Pegula. Osaka, who plays Andrea Petkovic of Germany next in Beijing, was disappointed that she was unable to replicate the form which won her the Pan Pacific Open in Japan a week ago. “During tournaments, the first match is always the worst for me,” said the US-based star.”But I was kind of expecting it to be better because I just played really well in Tokyo (actually Osaka). I don’t know, I thought it would carry on. I was a little bit frustrated that I felt my game wasn’t really where I left it. I just felt like today I was really riled up, not really sure why,” she added, also describing herself as “very stressed” and “very nervous”.Also Read | Naomi Osaka Splits With Coach For Second Time In Year After Poor SeasonI also didn’t want to lose in the first round,” she said. Osaka’s triumph in the Pan Pacific Open was her first trophy since her second consecutive Grand Slam win, at the Australian Open in January. Another two-time Grand Slam winner, Simona Halep, cruised into round two in Beijing with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of qualifier Rebecca Peterson. The Romanian has had ongoing problems with her back and, despite having little trouble swatting aside the Swede, admitted she was unable to play her normal game. “I’m not 100 percent recovered, I still feel pain,” said the sixth seed. “Always when you have an injury, it’s a little bit risky. But I accepted it, I took the risk.” Venus Williams, whose sister Serena is not in the Chinese capital because of a knee problem, battled into the next round with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Barbora Strycova.Also Read | US Open: Noami Osaka Set To Lose No.1 Ranking After Losing To Belinda BencicBarty shrugs off injury Ashleigh Barty said that she expects to be fit for her opener in Beijing after the Australian world number one struggled with a calf problem in Wuhan. The 23-year-old lost to eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka in Friday’s semi-final at the Wuhan Open and needed treatment on her left calf halfway through the second set. The French Open champion, the top seed at the China Open, said: “I haven’t been on court since my match in Wuhan. “We’ll look to get on court this afternoon (for practice) and kind of test it out. From how it’s been going, it’s been marginally better than we expected, which is good. I’m sure that we’ll have no issue. It’s just about now ticking the boxes and making sure it’s alright to go.” Barty has a bye in the first round. last_img read more