President Alejandro Giammattei takes part in a mass inside the Metropolitan Cathedral after his swearing-in ceremony in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Jan.14. REUTERS/FABRICIO ALONSO “We have instructed the foreign minister that the only person left in theembassy in Venezuela should return, and that we definitively end relations withthe government of Venezuela,” Giammattei said. “We are going to close theembassy.” GUATEMALA City – Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei cutdiplomatic ties with the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro onThursday and ordered the closure of Guatemalan embassy in Caracas. The conservative Giammattei, who took office on Tuesday, had alreadyindicated he would cut ties upon assuming position. “His government will surely become another bad joke,” Rodriguez wrote. “Ourrespect and affection for the people of Guatemala.”(Reuters) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Rodriguez, in a response on Twitter,accused Giammattei of bowing down to the administration of U.S. PresidentDonald Trump.
Fifth-placed Tottenham take on league leaders Chelsea in west London on Saturday, amid a packed March schedule that will make or break their top-four ambitions. With Arsenal, Southampton and Liverpool to come before the month is out, Eriksen knows pulling off a coup result against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea would be the perfect boost. Eriksen missed Denmark’s 1-0 England defeat in midweek with a back muscle spasm, but expects to be ready to face the Blues this weekend. “Recently I’ve been really satisfied with how it’s gone,” he said. “I think he (Sherwood) is more English in his style than Villas-Boas of course, you can see that in the way we play. “But for me it’s been good, for me personally I’ve had the chance to play, so of course it’s been great. “A win would show everyone that we are top-four contenders, it would show we are still in the race, that’s what we want. “If we want to get to the top four we have to win these games, and that’s what we’ll try to do. “If we win again it’s so close that anything can still happen. “Everybody still has the focus to push towards the Champions League, and hopefully we’ll get there. “I hope we’ve got momentum now, you only gain confidence from winning. “All that matters at this stage is the points, it doesn’t matter how you win, we saw that against Cardiff. “It wasn’t pretty, but we won. “But we still do also know we have to play better to beat Chelsea, or Arsenal, we know that.” Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has hinted he would seek a move away from White Hart Lane should Spurs fail to secure top-level European competition next season. But Denmark’s Eriksen has refused to make similar threats, instead focusing on Spurs’ Barclays Premier League top-four push. The former Ajax playmaker believes Tottenham will prove their Champions League credentials if they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend. “I don’t know how other guys are thinking, but I’m happy where I am, and hopefully we’ll get to the Champions League anyway,” he said. “I think it is important for the club, and the calibre of player that could come, or stay. “I think everybody wants to go to the Champions League. “I’ve tried it before at Ajax, and you see everything is bigger, the atmosphere, the TV rights, the people watching. “The Europa League is great, but the Champions League is what everybody wants, it’s the best place to play.” Eriksen admitted he is enjoying a new lease of life under head coach Tim Sherwood, ever since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this season. The 22-year-old is relishing a more pivotal role under the former Blackburn midfielder, and is keen to repay Sherwood’s faith. Christian Eriksen would not abandon Tottenham simply for missing out on Champions League football next season. Press Association
Darren Fletcher’s proposed move to West Ham is off, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced. Press Association But Van Gaal appears to think the 30-year-old will remain at United, where he has five months left on his contract. “I think so,” Van Gaal said when asked if Fletcher was likely to stay at United. Fletcher has been at United for 20 years, but his experience has not been enough to earn him a regular first-team place under Van Gaal. The Scot has started just four Barclays Premier League for the Dutchman even though he was named as one of two deputies – along with Michael Carrick – to captain Wayne Rooney at the start of the season. The United boss hopes he can give the midfielder more playing time in the rest of the season. “He is my third captain so it is not a problem for me (if he comes back),” Van Gaal said. “Manchester United just want to help him play more. For him now that is a big pity. “We want to help Fletcher. That is my only concern. I am very happy he is coming back.” Van Gaal claims the Hammers wanted to make the deal temporary, rather than permanent, causing the deal to collapse. “I thought Darren was going to sign a contract,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport. “But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement. “When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange. “I don’t know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off.” Speaking after West Ham’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the deal had stalled. “Fletcher broke down on negotiations this morning. I really don’t know (what will happen) at this moment in time,” Allardyce said. Fletcher has also attracted interest from West Brom and Valencia. The long-serving midfielder looked set to leave Old Trafford for the Hammers after he had a medical at the London club on Friday. But United boss Louis van Gaal said after Saturday’s win over Leicester that the deal had fallen through after West Ham moved the goal posts.
ELLSWORTH — This year’s edition of the Santa Run/Walk 5K is scheduled to be held Dec. 1.The race will begin and end at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Costumes are encouraged but not required for the race, which gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. The first 50 registrants will receive free T-shirts, and cookies and hot cocoa will also be made available.Registration forms can be found on be found online via the Wright Center website. They can also be found at Cadillac Mountain Sports, CrossFit Acadia and the Down East Family YMCA.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textContestants may also register the day of the race. Race-day registration runs from 8-9:45 a.m. and is free to the public, though donations are accepted. The race is scheduled to begin at 10.
Beating Baylor · Junior Karen Chung has shot for par through 17 holes against Baylor. The Women of Troy lead the semifinal match 4-1. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe No. 1 women’s golf team leads Baylor 2-1-2 at the East Lake Cup after one day of play in Atlanta, Georgia. The No. 3 men’s team is trailing Illinois 4-1. Monday’s semifinal matches were shortened due to rain and are scheduled to resume at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday with the finals slated for 10 a.m.If the Women of Troy are able to close out their lead against Baylor to advance to the finals, they will face the winner of the matchup between Duke and Stanford. Duke currently leads Stanford 4-1. A loss will place the women in the loser’s bracket.Should the men come from behind to beat Illinois, they will face the winner of the semifinal match between Georgia and LSU. The Bulldogs only need to close out a 4-1 lead tomorrow morning to advance.“We certainly could be in better shape at this point in our matches,” men’s coach Chris Zambri said. “That being said, there is no reason why we can’t prevail tomorrow with some good golf on the back nine. I like where we stand.”The men’s team is losing by one hole in four of its five matches. Sophomore Jonah Texeira maintains a par through 16 holes. Freshman Justin Suh and junior Rico Hoey trail by 1 through 13 holes. Senior Andrew Levitt also trails his Illinois opponent by one hole through 10 holes. Through nine holes, junior Sean Crocker is the fourth Trojan trailing by one.On the women’s side, senior Kyung Kim gave the Women of Troy a win with a 6 and 4 win over Baylor. Freshman Robynn Ree is leading her opponent by three through 13 holes. She was the Women of Troy’s top finisher in two of their three events. Juniors Karen Chung and Tiffany Chan shot for par. Junior Gabriella Then trails her Bear opponent by one through 11 holes.“It’s definitely a dog fight,” USC women’s coach Andrea Gaston said. “I don’t think you can ever predict the outcome of match play. It’s great to see Karen and Tiffany get their matches back to even on their last hole tonight. We hope we can finish strong in the morning.”The Golf Channel will broadcast the final round of the men’s competition live. This is the last competition of the year for both teams. The men do not compete again until the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii, on Feb. 4 while the women play again on Feb. 7 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes.
Published on May 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm Contact Josh: email@example.com | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Sydney O’Hara had accepted the deal. She would fulfill her lifelong dream of playing softball at Syracuse, but as an outfielder and not in the pitcher’s circle. Despite 741 career strikeouts in high school, the SU coaching staff doubted O’Hara had the movement and control to pitch in Division I. Then, former Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross witnessed something that changed her mind.In a spring 2013 scrimmage against Saint Dominic (New Jersey) Academy at Manley Field House, O’Hara, a Cicero-North Syracuse (New York) High School senior, dominated for five innings. As Ross watched from behind the backstop, O’Hara pinpointed pitches up and down the plate and spun the ball side to side. The scrimmage ended and O’Hara wasn’t just a hitter anymore.“At that point, she knew she had nothing to lose,” said Kim Aupperle, O’Hara’s childhood pitching coach. “… So, when she got the opportunity to pitch, she had that sense of, ‘I have nothing to lose I am just going to throw the sh*t out of the ball.’”One year later, O’Hara threw a no-hitter in her first career start at Syracuse and has since averaged more than one strikeout for every inning she’s pitched. But the now-senior has also made good on the promise Ross once saw in her. The first baseman and pitcher is a national player of the year finalist and ranks first in two national categories: batting average (.480) and on base percentage (.629). She ranks second in saves (six). O’Hara enters her final ACC tournament having already overcome injury and expectation. But for O’Hara, the individual success simply won’t be enough.“She gets off on being the best,” said Kerry Bennett, her high school coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough O’Hara has blossomed into a DI pitcher, she at first got looks only for her prowess at the plate. O’Hara, who tied the NCAA record with four home runs in a single game against North Carolina State on March 10, wasn’t always a power hitter. She couldn’t be, as her ambition usually exceeded her ability.The summer before eighth grade, O’Hara hung around the Gillette Road Softball Complex in Cicero, New York. On Mondays, she played in her age group. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the 13-year-old perused the field, looking to fill in for teams with players up to 18 years old wherever someone needed an extra player. But on Thursdays, O’Hara took her biggest jump.She played second base and right field for teams in the 23-and-under league that needed the extra bat. She didn’t swing away against competition nearly twice her age, so she turned to slap-hitting. She refined the technique as an eight-year-old when she was a self-described “tiny little thing.”At the direction of Bennett, who eventually coached O’Hara for four years at Cicero-North Syracuse, O’Hara switched from batting on her natural right side to the left side of the plate to slap hit. Bennett assured O’Hara and her father, Jim O’Hara, that the switch would be beneficial. Whether O’Hara stayed small and speedy or stopped slapping all together, coaches love lefty hitters.“I like to challenge myself,” O’Hara said. “Obviously, I would get really frustrated if I struck out or bobbled a ball in the infield. … But my parents kept me sane and said, ‘Well, you are playing against college girls, don’t beat yourself up over it.’”***Ally Moreo | Photo EditorAs she sought better competition, O’Hara looked for ways to get better herself. Aupperle introduced the seventh grader to “the spinner,” a tool usually used by high school pitchers to increase crucial movement on pitches.“I handed it to her and said, ‘You are not going to like this until you really understand it,’” Aupperle recalled.The hockey puck-like disk has two laces on it, matching those on a softball, and its visible rotation makes movement easier to track. When throwing a curve, the disk should spin flat like a pancake. With a riser, it should spin vertically end over end. If the spinner wobbles, the pitcher’s fingers are too rigid, Aupperle said, and she needs a looser grip.The spinner gatewayed to the curveball and rise ball in O’Hara’s arsenal. She made one of her first pitching appearances for C-NS while she played varsity as an eighth grader. Bennett took O’Hara out of her standard spot in the outfield to save his more valuable arms for the looming playoff run. O’Hara doesn’t remember how many runs she let up at Liverpool that day, but she remembers getting “hit around pretty well.” She wasn’t ready yet. She hadn’t mastered the spinner.“The better her spinner got the better her pitches got.” Aupperle said. “It was almost like an addiction. The better her spins would get, the flatter the spinner looked, the more she wanted to keep doing it.”In the meantime, O’Hara provided value by knocking around other pitchers herself. She hit her first of 25 career homeruns for Cicero-North Syracuse in a game she wasn’t supposed to play in. Bennett originally told the freshman she wouldn’t be playing against Henninger (New York) High School. But no run production arrived from his starters, so Bennett summoned O’Hara from the bench. That day, she didn’t slap hit as she usually did. The lefty swung away and batted in all four runs for C-NS, including her first home run, in a 4-0 victory.“The thing that was most noticeable when she was younger … was the sound of the bat hitting the ball was a lot louder than the others,” Bennett said. “She gets everything together on a swing and maximizes the bat speed. You don’t have to see it, you can hear it.”The sound comes as a product of O’Hara’s tireless work with her father at Gillette. It’s a place that, if the fields are locked, the two call a little league coach and soon they become available. The O’Hara’s four-day-per-week routine begins with swings off the tee and progresses to Jim soft-tossing from 10 feet away. There, over the years, O’Hara has practiced throwing her hands fully through the zone against outside pitches and learned to either take the pitch opposite field or foul it off in hopes of a better pitch to hit.O’Hara needed those lessons, particularly entering her senior year of high school. C-NS had fallen in the state championship game three years in a row. After her junior year, C-NS fired Bennett after an alleged bullying scandal. Prior to the season, O’Hara, a senior captain, met with new head coach Mary Beebe. She told Beebe the team had unfinished business, and she wasn’t going to leave high school without winning the state title.The first baseman and pitcher was now best equipped to deliver on that promise. Though she rolled her eyes at each training session with Aupperle as she broke out the spinner, it had helped O’Hara finally break through into a starting role in the circle. She had won central New York Player of the Year her sophomore and junior years, but she never won the team award she wanted most.To bring the team closer than it had been in years past, O’Hara organized team bonding events such as pasta dinners throughout the season prior to games. She sat down with Beebe four or five more times during the season to make sure things were going according to plan.Her final season with C-NS ended the way the previous three hadn’t. O’Hara struck out 12 batters in seven innings and hit two homeruns to beat East Meadow (New York) High School and win the state title.***Ally Moreo | Photo EditorAs a freshman at Syracuse, O’Hara posted a 3.83 earned run average and hit .333 before hitting a road block in her sophomore season. At first, she told the coaching staff her arm was just getting tired and needed rest. But the soreness in her throwing elbow worsened with each outing and her right hand swelled up like a balloon midway through the season. O’Hara thought she had a blood clot, but the sonogram came back negative. Doctors diagnosed her with an MCL tear in her right elbow.She was shut down for nearly a month in 2015, but even upon her return against North Carolina, the sophomore struggled to find her old success. She allowed 13 runs in her final 5.1 innings pitched of the 2015 season.Over the next six months, O’Hara wasn’t allowed to pitch or workout her upper body. Her exercise was limited to running for the summer leading into her junior year.O’Hara’s inability to train in the offseason showed on the field. She posted her worst batting average, .272, in a single season at SU and only managed to throw 62 innings in the entire season with her arm still limited by the injury.“She set her mind to it mentally that was she going to leave Syracuse on a high note,” Jim said. “She told me that before the summer (after junior year), because she was a little disappointed.”Syracuse strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks pushed O’Hara into the best shape of her life, she said, headed into her final season. The utility player spent all but three or four days the entire summer at Manley Field House training with Hicks. Over Thanksgiving break, she completed “workout bingo,” choosing five workouts in a row off a board — including gasser sprints, ab workouts, and stair master routines, among others — to spell out “bingo.” During winter break, O’Hara completed all 25 workouts, blacking out the board and earning a deduction of one gasser off her conditioning test as a reward.The workouts prepared O’Hara for a historic season. She set a program record for career saves (11) as she compiled more strikeouts this year, 125, than in her last two seasons combined. In the week following her four-home run game, she became the first Syracuse athlete to win ESPNW player of the week, while also having her highlights featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10.“The game knows what you do,” Bosch said. “I think the game is giving back to her this year for all the time she’s put in over her years here and even before her time here.”***Ally Moreo | Photo EditorThe player who wasn’t supposed to pitch at Syracuse was reluctant to reflect on her SU career before it ends. When her father mentioned the looming final home game of O’Hara’s career, his daughter quickly noted her focus is on the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and not the end of her career. It’s the way O’Hara has always been.Now, the girl from Cicero-North Syracuse can’t help herself but peek back. She maintained numbers that she said don’t mean much to her, but that represent one of the most impressive stat lines in program history. And all she wanted to do was be here.“(It was always about) just being local and showing my teammates and younger girls that anything is possible,” O’Hara said, tears leaking from the corners of her eyes. “Whatever you work toward and put your mind to, it will happen.” Comments
Ghanaian striker, Raphael Dwamena has completed his loan move to Real Zaragoza in a season long loan from UD Levante.The Black Stars striker played just 15 matches in the 2018-2019 season for Levante where he had just one assist and no goal to his name.The 23-year-old moved from FC Zurich to La Liga after an impressive season in Switzerland scoring 21 goals in just a year.The striker made his first Black Stars appearance in 2017 has scored two goals in three appearances.Speaking at his unveiling on Wednesday, Dwamea indicated his willingness to play his part in helping the team succeed in the coming season.“Real Zaragoza is a huge club with history and I want to help the team meet its objectives and go to the Primera Liga.The Segunda is a tough league but for me, the most important thing is to help the team and work hard at all times.”Dwamena will be handed jersey number 9 for coming season.
Federal prosecutors in New York want to question Prince Andrew under oath as they continue their criminal investigation into sex trafficking charges against late financier Jeffrey Epstein. The Prince, who was a long time friend of Epstein, has been accused by one woman of sexual abuse when she was 17-years old. The feds have made a formal request to the British government to interview Prince Andrew who says the allegations are untrue.Prince Andrew has not been forthcoming with the US prosecutors and refuses to speak with them. So now they are forcing his hand.He may have to go to a magistrate’s court in the UK to make a statement possibly not under oath.The 66-year-old Epstein died by suicide last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Prosecutors say Epstein preyed on dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida. Netflix has released a new documentary called “Filthy Rich” about Epstein’s exploits especially in South Florida.Also a new book has just been released, “Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Monarchy” by Nigel Cawthorne.
29 Jul 2016 Carris Trophy winner Flanagan in England boys’ team Carris Trophy champion Angus Flanagan and the championship’s U16 trophy winner, Michael Gilbert, are in the England team for the Boys’ Home Internationals next week. Other new caps at this level are Oliver Clarke of Lancashire, Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire. They’ll be joined by the six players who represented England in the European boys’ team championship: Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Callum Farr of Northamptonshire; John Gough of Berkshire, Matty Lamb of Northumberland; Daniel O’Loughlin of Nottinghamshire; and Charlie Strickland of Sussex. The 11-strong team will take on the challenge of teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland at Ballyliffin, Ireland, from Tuesday to Thursday, 2-4 August. The players: Toby Briggs, 16, (Dunston Hall) was in England’s winning Nations Cup team at the U18 Carris Trophy, third in the McEvoy Trophy, sixth in the Fairhaven Trophies and 13th in the German boys’ open. Oliver Clarke, 18, (Hillside) was runner-up in the Northern boys’ county qualifier, fifth in the Fairhaven Trophies, eighth in the Hampshire Salver and played all four rounds of the Brabazon Trophy. Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall) tied fourth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this. Alex Fitzpatrick, 17 (Hallamshire) tied third in the Carris Trophy and was fourth in the Northern boys’ county qualifier. He was third in the 2015 Italian U16 boys’ championship. Angus Flanagan, 17 (St George’s Hill) won the Carris Trophy – the English U18 boys’ open stroke play – at Hunstanton last week. He was fifth in the South East boys’ county qualifier and 11th at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) Michael Gilbert, 16, (Chelmsford) won the U16 Hazards Salver at the Carris, was runner-up in the U16 McGregor Trophy and won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) tied third in the McGregor Trophy, won the South East group junior championship and had top 10s in the European Young Masters and the Fairhaven Trophies. John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) reached the last 16 of the French boys’ international and was 11th in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. He was runner up in the 2015 Telegraph Junior Championship. Matty Lamb, 18, (Hexham) was fifth in the Carris Trophy where he also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in the Carris and Peter McEvoy Trophies and was part of England’s winning Nations Cup team. He was fourth in the McEvoy. Dan O’Loughlin, 18, (Ruddington Grange) was fourth in both the German boys’ open and the Fairhaven Trophies and tied ninth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. He represented England in last year’s Thunderbird international in the USA. Charlie Strickland, 17 (Ham Manor) reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship, was fourth in both the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Berkhamsted Trophy. He was eight in the South of England open amateur
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s all true: Sharapova hits back at Serena ‘book 100 percent hearsay’ claim China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Defending champion Serbia is bringing in the big guns again as it shoots for a third straight crown in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup kicking off Friday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Serbs will be represented by the Top 4 3×3 players in the world as they try to win a fourth title in five years overall.ADVERTISEMENT Aiming to improve on an 11th place finish last year, host Philippines, which will be represented by Stanley Pringle, Christian Standhardinger, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy, landed in Pool C with No. 3 Russia, No. 6 Brazil and No. 11 Mongolia.Another powerhouse in Canada completes Pool C.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? World No. 1 Dejan Majstorovic and No. 2 Marko Savic will banner the team also composed of third ranked Dusan Bulut and No. 4 Stefan Stojajic, who replaced the injured Marko Zdero in the squad.With Majstorovic leading the way and Bulut hitting the title clinching shot, Serbia nipped The Netherlands, 21-18, in the finals last year in Nantes, France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLike Bulut, Savic has played in all the past four editions of the tournament, which Serbia also ruled in 2012 in Athens, Greece, and 2016 in Guangzhou, China. Qatar was the only other country that won the tournament, beating Serbia in the finals in Moscow four years ago.The Serbs won’t see action until Saturday when they clash with the Dutch at 2 p.m., before colliding with New Zealand at 3:30 p.m.