New twist in Bale transfer saga

first_img There is also a feeling among the Spurs hierarchy that Real do not have the money to pay for Bale outright and they are also unimpressed with the Spanish club’s current offer, which involves spreading what is expected to be a world-record fee over six years. Bale missed Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday as he had been given time off, with suggestions a trip to Spain over the weekend would have also seen him finalise details over a deal that was likely to break the world record transfer fee. Tottenham themselves have invested heavily in players throughout the summer, breaking their own transfer record on two separate occasions, with the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue moving to White Hart Lane. But despite such an outlay on new talent the club maintain that they have not manoeuvred themselves into a position which means they need to sell Bale to recoup the money spent. With potential fees for Bale reportedly varying from £80m to £100m, there would be few clubs other than Madrid who have the spending power to pull of a move for the winger, who was named both PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year last season. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas maintains there is a possibility Bale could even stay at White Hart Lane, where he scored 26 goals in all competitions last year as Tottenham only just missed out on a Champions League berth. “There is interest from Real Madrid,” Villas-Boas said. “Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days, but at the moment there is nothing I can tell you.” With just a week of the transfer window remaining any last-minute bidders will need to move quickly to entice Bale away from his seemingly preferred move to Madrid, whose own actions could potentially scupper what appeared to be a done deal. The 24-year-old has been expected to join Madrid for much of the summer but Press Association Sport now understands that the north London club have received an offer from at least one other club for the player. Spurs are also thought to be dismayed with Real’s conduct during the whole affair, including the club’s decision to erect a stage inside the Bernabeu for Bale’s unveiling, and the fact that they started selling replica shirts with the Welshman’s name on the back. Press Associationcenter_img The long-running Gareth Bale transfer saga has taken a fresh twist after it emerged that Tottenham are considering a bid from another club for the Real Madrid target.last_img read more

GSA girls win MDI track meet

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The George Stevens Academy girls’ team took first at Saturday’s outdoor track meet at Mount Desert Island.The GSA girls won with 131 points; John Bapst took second with 107; Presque Isle, third with 76; MDI, fourth with 66; Bucksport, fifth with 56; Central, sixth with 47; Searsport, eighth with 42; Ellsworth, ninth with 40; and Greenville, 10th with one.For the boys, MDI won with 149 points. Presque Isle took second with 96; John Bapst, third with 85; GSA, fourth with 82; Central, fifth with 38; Ellsworth, sixth with 28; Bucksport, seventh with 22; Sumner, eighth with 16; Greenville, ninth with 12; Deer Isle-Stonington, 10th with 12; and Searsport, 11th with 10.GIRLS’ RESULTSThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe following Hancock County girls took first in events:4×800-meter relay: Julia Zavaleta, Courtney King, Courtney Wasson and Kiona Osterlin of Ellsworth (12:13.77)100-meter hurdles: Mazie Smallidge of GSA (18.67).100-meter dash: Ashley Anderson of MDI (13.49).1600-meter run: Mary Richardson of GSA (5:40.20).4×100-meter relay: Lily Turner, Ashley Anderson, Adriana Novella and Paige Mason of MDI (52.50).300-meter hurdles: Bella Cimeno of GSA (51.78).200-meter dash: Adriana Novella of MDI (28.47).3200-meter run: Mary Richardson of GSA (12:23.57).4×400-meter relay: Mazie Smallidge, Hanna Gutow, Eliza Broughton and Bella Cimeno of GSA (4:32.39).Triple jump: Mazie Smallidge of GSA (29-00).Javelin throw: Morgan Dauk of GSA (113-04).Discus throw: Mavis Taungatu’a of Bucksport (109-05).BOYS’ RESULTSThe following Hancock County boys took first in events:4×800-meter relay: Ollie Dillon, Meredith Thomas, Trent Williamson and Evan Soukup of GSA (9:34.82).100-meter dash: Ryan Bender of MDI (11.64).4×100-meter relay: Chris Farnsworth, Josh Bloom, Giovanni McKenzie and Ryan Bender of MDI (47.34).800-meter run: Ollie Dillon of GSA (2:15.08).3,200-meter run: John Hassett of GSA (10:12.18).4×400-meter relay: Billy Kerley, Josh Bloom, Isaiah Keene and Ryan Bender of MDI (3:42.59).Triple jump: Isaiah Keene of MDI (38-11).Javelin throw: Croix Albee of MDI (143-03).Discus throw: Croix Albee of MDI (131-11).Shot put: Croix Albee of MDI (47-00.5).Pole vault: Johann Bradley of Bucksport (12-00).last_img read more

Eight-man football takes flight with anticipated showdown at Ellsworth High School

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img ELLSWORTH — If this wasn’t football, Jim Hartman doesn’t know what is.Hartman, back for his second stint with the Yarmouth Clippers after seven seasons at Portland, has patrolled the sidelines at many high school football fields throughout the state during his 13 years as a head coach. Doing so in the Clippers’ first-ever eight-man game Friday night at Ellsworth’s Tug White Stadium was a new experience, but for Hartman, it was football all the same.“Did that not feel like football?” Hartman asked after his team’s season-opening win over Ellsworth/Sumner. “We passed the ball, and we ran the ball; they hit us hard, and we hit them hard back. It was great football.”Indeed, this game between Ellsworth/Sumner and Yarmouth was filled with the hard hits, big plays, community camaraderie and general excitement that have long made high school football an American tradition. Whereas those things mattered to the players, coaches and fans present, the number of players on the field did not.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textYarmouth outlasted Ellsworth/Sumner 20-14 on Friday in a game that marked the start of the inaugural season of eight-man football for both programs. The game gave everyone in attendance a taste of what eight-man football is all about, and for both coaches, the initial response was overwhelmingly positive.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Chris Cobb (middle) positions himself to engage a blocker as the Yarmouth offense runs a pitch play during the second half of a high school football game Sept. 6 at Ellsworth High School. With 14 players on its roster, Ellsworth/Sumner has the fewest of any high school team in Maine. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“It’s the same thing,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “The fundamentals, the rules, the feeling of the game, none of those things are different.”As the first game played in the new eight-man classification’s large-school division, this encounter was a much-anticipated one from the very beginning. Ellsworth/Sumner fans packed the stadium hill from top to bottom to catch a glimpse of the action, and Yarmouth had a strong contingency of its own with many fans in navy blue making the 150-mile trip.Some of those fans had yet to settle in when Ellsworth/Sumner senior J’Von James took the opening kickoff to the house for the Eagles’ first-ever eight-man touchdown. Even with less room with which to work than usual — eight-man fields are 40 yards wide rather than 53 1/3 — there was no stopping James on his way to the end zone.“He’s pretty elusive,” Crawford said of James, a transfer student from Central High School in Springfield, Mass. “I don’t think a lot of teams are going to be kicking off to him this year.”Yarmouth (1-0) tied the game with 4 minutes, 18 seconds left in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run and took a 14-6 lead early in the second following a touchdown pass on 4th and 20. The Eagles responded by tying the game at 14 early in the second half with a 3-yard run from Connor Crawford and a diving catch from James on the 2-point conversion.Yet Yarmouth took back the lead on a touchdown later in the third quarter, and the Clippers would never relinquish it. Ellsworth/Sumner (0-1) neared the red zone twice in the fourth, but the visitors stood tall on defense on both occasions to preserve the victory.Ellsworth/Sumner entered the game with a roster size of 14, the smallest in the entire state. Bringing such a squad into an 11-man game a year ago would’ve been borderline unmanageable, but the introduction of eight-man, which was approved earlier this year to address declining participation statewide, allowed the Eagles to stay competitive against a Yarmouth team with twice as many players.“We’re very thin, and we’re still working some kids in because there are a couple who have only been with us for two weeks,” Duane Crawford said. “It’s Ironman football for us right now, but our kids really went out there and worked hard.”The sky bursts with shades of pink and purple as the sun sets over Tug White Stadium during halftime of a high school football game between Ellsworth/Sumner and Yarmouth Sept. 6 at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles will be at home once again next Friday, Sept. 13, as they take on Gray-New Gloucester (0-1) at 6 p.m. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIf there’s one notable difference between the eight-man and 11-man codes, Hartman said, it’s the number of gaps along the offensive line. Yet that difference did nothing to change the intensity or overall atmosphere of Friday’s game.“We’re still smacking pads, still blitzing and still throwing the ball,” Hartman said. “There are some plays we can run in 11-man — some powers, some counters — that we can’t run here, but there’s no difference in the football.”The Eagles will play another home game at 6 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 13, when they face Gray-New Gloucester (0-1). Gray-New Gloucester opened the season Friday with a 56-28 loss to Ellsworth/Sumner’s Week 3 opponent, Mount Ararat.Ellsworth/Sumner will get another crack at Yarmouth when it faces the Clippers on Oct. 18 at Yarmouth High School. Both teams have a lot of work to do before then, but when the time comes, Hartman expects the Eagles to provide another stern test.“You could put as many kids as you want on the field, but the bottom line is their kids played their asses off,” Hartman said. “That’s what the game is all about.”Golden Bucks, Trojans earn Week 1 winsBucksport and Mount Desert Island enjoyed strong starts to their 2019 football seasons Friday night with decisive victories in their respective Week 1 contests.In Lincoln, Bucksport (1-0) scored three first-half touchdowns against Mattanawcook Academy (0-1) to take a 19-0 lead into the break. The Golden Bucks added two more scores in the second half and kept the Mattanawcook offense from making any significant breakthroughs to earn a 35-6 win in a rematch of the 2017 and 2018 Class D North semifinal matchups between the two teams.MDI got off to a slow start at home against Stearns/Schenck (0-1) by conceding a touchdown on the opening kickoff, but the Trojans (1-0) scored the next five touchdowns to take control of the game en route to a 51-28 victory. Mark Arnold’s team had 455 yards of total offense in the win.“We didn’t want to start the football game that way, that’s for sure, but you sometimes have those moments early in the season where you make those errors on special teams,” Arnold said. “I was happy that our kids came out, believed in themselves and turned it right around.”Bucksport will play its first home game of the season next Friday when it faces Dexter (1-0) at 7 p.m. MDI will be back in action at the same time as it hosts Maine Central Institute (1-0). 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‘Day of Dragons’ from 13-15 November in St. Louis

first_img[wzslider]Nearly a month after the historical success and qualification of the B&H national football team for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, the city of St. Louis is decorated with yellow-blue colors.This time, the match will take place not in Sarajevo, Zenica or another B&H city, but in a city in the USA called St. Louis in the state of Missouri, which is 8,000 kilometers from B&H. St. Louis is known to the B&H public as the city with the highest number of Bosnian-Herzegovinians outside of B&H. A less known fact is that the Bosnian-Herzegovinian community will celebrate this year 20 years of its existence.The B&H football team will fly to St. Louis today to participate in a friendly match with Argentina, and the B&H team will stay at the luxurious Westin Hotel that is found next to Busch Stadium, the home of the local baseball team and the finalists of this year’s championship, the St. Louis Cardinals.The second training is planned for Sunday at Busch Stadium immediately after the press conference, and the match will be held at 19:30 (2:30 local time).The atmosphere in St. Louis is festive. Nearly all shops, restaurants and bars owned by Bosnian-Herzegovinians are decorated with B&H flags, scarves and other paraphernalia, but perhaps what sets St. Louis apart from other places in the diaspora communities is the reaction of the host city. For example, a local chain of football equipment SoccerMaster offers paraphernalia of the B&H football team, and the local Walgreens Pharmacy offers sports equipment including B&H flags, scarves, flags for cars and caps.The most interesting case, however, comes from the local credit union First Missouri Credit Union, where the ‘Day of Dragons’ was announced from 12-15 November, and offices of this bank were adorned with paraphernalia of the B&H football team.(Source:; Photos: Facebook)last_img read more