Sheffield Steelers in face off with One Direction

first_img It was announced on Wednesday the Elite League game would not be going ahead. A rescheduled One Direction concert, which was cancelled on Tuesday after singer Liam Payne fell ill, will now be held in its place. The South Yorkshire ice hockey team were due to face the Giants in back-to-back games in Belfast, with the club as well as the supporters now facing the prospect of being left out of pocket. Steelers owner Tony Smith said: “This is unacceptable and not the end of the matter.” The chart-topping band – Niall Horan, Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – have apologised to their fans. Tonight and tomorrow’s shows are going ahead as planned. Payne wrote on Twitter: ”I’m so sorry to everybody I disappointed last night. I’m feeling better now. I really hope everyone can make the rescheduled date on Friday. ”Thank you so much for all the trends and lovely messages you guys did for me it really shows how amazing u guys actually are.” The 22-year-old singer added: ”As I said I’m feeling much better now and I really can’t wait to perform and make it up to everyone later.” The SSE Arena’s general manager Neil Walker said: “Having assessed all possible options, we can confirm that the cancelled One Direction concert from last night will go ahead this coming Friday night at The SSE Arena, Belfast. “Unfortunately, that means we have to move a scheduled Belfast Giants game versus Sheffield Steelers to another date. We are extremely grateful to the Belfast Giants and Sheffield teams and apologise to their fans for the inconvenience caused – we are very grateful to them for their understanding and accommodation of the nearly 10,000 young concert fans who were so devastated by the cancellation last night. Sheffield Steelers have hit out at the “unacceptable” late postponement of their fixture with Belfast Giants at the SSE Arena on Friday night to make way for a One Direction concert. “We apologise again for the inconvenience caused last night and reassure fans that The SSE Arena, Belfast was only made aware of Liam’s illness just before the band was due to perform.” Tickets for the cancelled performance will be valid on Friday, with refunds available for those unable to attend the rescheduled show. However, Steelers are not happy about the arrangement. Operations director Shaun Smith said: “We are disappointed the game isn’t proceeding not only for ourselves but for the many fans who have already booked their travel, hotel and game-night tickets. We certainly aren’t happy with the late postponement. “We appreciate as well as anyone when things out of your control can sometimes happen that cause games to be cancelled. We believe this is a commercial decision taken by the arena in Belfast that will certainly inconvenience, disrupt and hurt financially both the club and our supporters. We await further communication with Belfast in due course.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Rob Elliot’s heroics earns Newcastle a rare away win at Bournemouth

first_img Press Association Rob Elliot played through the pain of thigh trouble to secure Newcastle’s first away win in 10 months in an edgy 1-0 victory at Bournemouth. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s flick opened the space for Georginio Wijnaldum to play in Perez, with the Spain forward toe-poking home. Adam Federici ought to have kept out the tame effort, but Newcastle’s battling horde could hardly have cared less. The second half opened in exactly the same vein as the first, with Elliot again denying the hosts. Ritchie raced onto a dangerous cross to head goalwards, only for the Newcastle goalkeeper to tip over the bar. Gosling fluffed another effort to continue the trend and then Junior Stanislas blasted wildly over the bar in acres of space. Chancel Mbemba barged Andrew Surman off the ball in the box just past the hour, but referee Lee Mason waved away Bournemouth’s penalty calls. After so many half-chances and missed opportunities, the hosts’ heads finally dropped, leaving the tie to peter out somewhat. A curiously-high tally of six additional minutes rallied Bournemouth slightly, but still Newcastle clung on for a victory to boost their bid to ease away from the relegation zone. TWEET OF THE MATCH Alan Shearer ‏@alanshearer 14 corners to 0. 17 efforts to 2. 69% possession . 0-1 result. It’s not about stats and playing well. It’s about winning. #BOUNEW #MOTD https://twitter.com/alanshearer/status/663002725068722176 PLAYER RATINGS BOURNEMOUTH Adam Federici: 4 (out of 10) Simon Francis: 6 Dan Gosling: 6 Andrew Surman: 7 Harry Arter: 5 Charlie Daniels: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Joshua King: 5 Junior Stanislas: 5 Sylvain Distin: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 SUBSTITUTES Lee Tomlin (for Stanislas, 73): 6 Yann Kermorgant (for King, 73): 6 Tokelo Rantie (for Arter, 80): 6 NEWCASTLE Rob Elliot: 9 Fabricio Coloccini: 6 Paul Dummett: 5 Georginio Wijnaldum: 5 Moussa Sissoko: 6 Vurnon Anita: 5 Ayoze Perez: 6 Chancel Mbemba: 5 Daryl Janmaat: 5 Cheick Tiote: 5 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6 SUBSTITUTES Papiss Cisse (for Mitrovic, 63) 5 Florian Thauvin (for Perez, 77) 6 Kevin Mbabu (for Anita, 92) 5 STAR MAN Rob Elliot. The Newcastle goalkeeper played through the pain of hamstring trouble to produce the day’s pivotal performance. The 29-year-old somehow kept Newcastle in the match despite Bournemouth’s consistent dominance. MOMENT OF THE MATCH After somehow soaking up everything Bournemouth had to throw at them, Newcastle launched their only tangible attack of the match – and Ayoze Perez poked the winner past a stunned Adam Federici. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Junior Stanislas and Josh King started for Bournemouth with Eddie Howe fielding a starting XI that could float between 4-5-1 and 4-3-3. Newcastle remained unchanged from the line-up that drew 0-0 with Stoke at home, with goalkeeper Rob Elliot pressed into service despite carrying a thigh injury. Teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson made the trip and warmed up with Elliot and replacement Freddie Woodman, but was not needed in the end. MOAN OF THE MATCH Ayoze Perez might have poked home the winning goal, but the 22-year-old Spaniard needs to cut out the play-acting. Twice the Spain Under-21 star threw himself to the turf to indulge in a spot of needless writhing in false pain. WHO’S UP NEXT? Swansea v Bournemouth, November 21 (Premier League) Newcastle v Leicester, November 21 (Premier League) Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was honest in his assessment of the game and told BT Sport: “Sometimes football just cannot be explained. “We’ve played so well recently, great performances, great football, not got the results and not scored goals and today we couldn’t play football. It was like a hot potato. “One bit of quality, great football to get the goal, a little bit more of that and we would have been comfortable, but we just caused our own problems today. “Credit to Bournemouth they kept coming and coming. They played with intensity, created great chances and we worked hard for our luck, we’ve not had it in recent weeks, we had it today but we’ll take it.” McClaren was pleased with goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who proved his fitness as he pulled off a string of fines saves to deny the hosts. He added: “No (risk) really. We were worried after last week’s game but he had trained the last couple of days. “He was magnificent and that’s what you need, not all the time can you go away and play the good football you want to play, sometimes you have to dig in and sometimes you have defining moments and they are usually blocks, headers and saves and we had two great saves that kept us in the game and got us the win.” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted his team could not have done much more to take something from the game. He said: “We were playing a good side like Newcastle and they got in our box twice in the whole game. “We penned them in and had good chances and we just haven’t taken them. “I’ve told them to keep the faith, keep doing what you’re doing because if we keep performing like that and creating as many chances as that in a game, we’ll win games – there’s no doubt about it.” Newcastle rode their luck en route to their second Barclays Premier League win of the campaign, and their first away victory since a 3-0 triumph at Hull City on January 31. Elliot pulled off at least five crucial saves to frustrate Eddie Howe’s creative but toothless Bournemouth – and that after remaining a doubt right up until kick-off. Newcastle took teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson to the south coast, and the 18-year-old even warmed up just in case Elliot’s injury worsened again. McClaren did not need to call on the youngster, however, as Elliot eased Newcastle’s goalkeeping woes with Tim Krul and Karl Darlow sidelined. Bournemouth laid consistent siege to his goal in a one-sided first-half, only to turn around trailing to the visitors’ solitary strike. Josh King and Matt Ritchie will kick themselves for weak finishes, while Adam Smith fired just over with the goal at his mercy. Elliot’s best save of the half came from Dan Gosling’s far-post header – the 29-year-old stopper cementing his inspired showing with a smart point-blank save. Bournemouth should have easily capitalised on Newcastle’s midfield misalignment and defensive disarray – instead McClaren’s men rode their luck and grabbed the lead. The United goalkeeper thwarted the dominant hosts with a string of fine saves, handing manager Steve McClaren his first win on the road. Ayoze Perez’s sucker-punch strike secured the points for Newcastle, who only produced that solitary shot on target at Dean Court. last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho leaves Chelsea – how Twitter reacted

first_img Press Association “Jose … Look at the positives … 40 Million banked and you won’t have to go to Rotherham next year… #Mourinho.” – Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan thinks Chelsea are going down. “Terrible news to wake up to here in Aus! You gave us more pleasure than most, Josè! Thank you, Thank you! #CFC” – Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) knows what it’s like to be shown the door. “Jose. Come to Amazon.” – Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) makes light of the decision. His exit comes just seven months after winning the Barclays Premier League title and he leaves the Blues in 16th position, three points above the drop zone, with nine defeats from their opening 16 games. Here Press Association Sport looks at how Twitter has reacted. ” Putting it out there, next manager for @ChelseaFC go British @GlennHoddle unfinished business and the best tactical coach I worked under! ⚽️.” – Former Chelsea defender @FrankmSinclair is already looking at who the next man might be. “Mourinho – Ancelotti- Guardiola (probably) – Löw (after Euro I think) all free-agents in 2016. It’s gonna be interesting…In 5 years time Mourinho will be back as Manager at Chelsea,” former Norway striker Jan Aage Fjortoft (@janaagefjortoft) does not think this is the last we will see of the Special One at Stamford Bridge “I know there’s been plenty of rumours but still shocked to hear of Mourinho’s sacking. Who is out there that’s better! Could be a huge fight looming for Guardiola’s services between Chelsea and the Manchester clubs.” – Former England striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) was surprised. “José sacked….hmm.” Celebrity Chelsea fan and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy (@timlovejoy) is not so sure. “Jose gone…..pep in next…???” – Former England defender Rio Ferdinand also mentions who might be the next man in at Stamford Bridge. “The Special One will always be Special and he’ll be back of that i’m sure…” – West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady (@karren_brady) expects Mourinho to bounce back “Eva Carneiro!” – Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) pokes fun when asked who Chelsea’s next manager will be. ” Mourinho to Man United!!” – Former Arsenal striker turned pundit John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) predicts where Mourinho might end up. Jose Mourinho has left his role as Chelsea manager for the second time after a dire start to the season.last_img read more

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Palm Beach Co. Teachers Protest Funding Measure

first_imgHundreds of educators from across Palm Beach County gathered with signs in front of the Supervisor of Elections Office in West Palm Beach on Tuesday afternoon to protest a measure proposed by the Florida House that would divert voter approved funds away from public schools to charter schools.The teachers and their supporters maintain that House Bill 7123 subverts the will of county voters who, by a 72% margin, approved a property tax hike to provide more funding to Palm Beach schools for teacher raises, school security, and improved mental health programs.The wording of the referendum that appeared on the November ballot specifically indicated the funds from the tax hike would be solely for “non-charter District schools.”Under the proposed legislation 10% of the expected yearly revenue from the tax increase, some $200 million, would be diverted to the 49 charter schools around the county.The bill must pass the state senate before going to Gov. DeSantis for his signature.last_img read more

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5 Floridians arrested for illegally harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries

first_imgIt’s a seasonal crime!Five Floridians are facing misdemeanor charges for illegally harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries.Residents in Lehigh Acres say it’s common to see people picking the berries and even going into private properties to do so.However, in July last year, Saw Palmetto Berries were added to the list of commercially exploited plants in the state.Now a special permit is required to harvest the berries.The berries are used in certain medicines and are sold for about $1.25 per pound.If an individual is found illegally harvesting them, the berries are returned to the owner, or destroyed.last_img

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Uber will now let riders use pin codes to help them identify the right car

first_imgReports say that by the end of the week Uber riders will be able to use a four-digit pin code to verify they’re getting into the right car.With the new feature, Uber sends a four-digit pin code to the rider. Then, before getting into the car, the rider tells the driver the pin code. The driver enters the pin code into the app, and if everything matches up, the rider gets a notification that says “your ride is verified.”The new feature comes after a number of states have been pushing for more safety requirements for Uber drivers following the death of 21-year-old Samantha “Sami” Josephson, who was murdered in March after getting into the car of a man impersonating an Uber driver.Back in December Uber released a report that also raised concerns regarding safety. The report revealed that 464 people, mostly riders, reported that they were raped while using its services in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018, and there were more than 3,000 assaults reported in 2018.In New Jersey a law passed requiring ride-hailing drivers to display identification signs on the car’s front windshield or rear window. North Carolina passed a law requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to display lighted signs.Rebecca Payne, senior product manager at Uber, said that the best way to make sure you are getting into the right car is to check the license plate.last_img read more

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Fourth case of Coronavirus confirmed in South Florida

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health announced a new case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Florida.A 69-year-old woman in Broward County has tested positive for the virus.She is the third positive case of the virus associated with Port Everglades and the fourth in Broward.She is in isolation and will remain there until she is clear.The Florida Department of Health recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms, who have recently traveled through Port Everglades, to immediately contact their County Health Department or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 Days.Get the latest information about coronavirus in Florida by clicking here.last_img

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New England’s Best

first_img 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. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 From Left: Lisa Smith, Heidi Aret, Anne Dentino and Karen RobidouxFour Ellsworth-area players received U.S. Tennis Association honors as top-ranked tournament players for 2011 in New England at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis ATP Championships at the International Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., last week.Receiving their medallions at center court between matches were Lisa Smith and Heidi Arey, both of Ellsworth, at 4.0-rated women’s doubles and Anne Dentino of Sedgwick and Karen Robidoux of Ellsworth at 3.5-rated women’s doubles. Smith also was honored as number one in 4.0 women’s singles.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)last_img read more

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Local football players to compete in Lobster Bowl

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three local high school football players were selected to play in the 27th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic.Bucksport’s Hayden Craig, Ellsworth’s Wally Moon and Mount Desert Island’s Dylan Collin will all represent Eastern Maine in the game scheduled for July 16 at the Waterhouse Field in Biddeford.To qualify, senior athletes are nominated by their coaches and selected by a committee from the Maine Athletics Association.The East vs. West matchup brings more than 150 athletes and coaches from across the state together. All participants commit to a weeklong training camp.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s Victoria Page Jackson and Bucksport’s Julia Zavalza were also selected to represent the East on the team’s cheerleading squad.The event is sponsored by Kora Shrine. Proceeds benefit the 22 Shrine Hospitals for Children across the United States, Canada and Mexico.last_img read more

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Local athletes have strong showings at weekend track meets

first_imgELLSWORTH — Local athletes were among the top performers at three track and field meets over the weekend.In Ellsworth on Saturday, Mount Desert Island continued its hot start to the year with a first-place finish on the boys’ side and a second-place finish on the girls’ side. The Trojans set a team record in the 4-by-100 relay with a finish of 44.92 seconds.Sophomore Nate Mason led the way for Ellsworth’s boys’ team with a first-place effort in the long jump and second-place finishes in the high jump and triple jump. Matt Shea finished first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 37.89 seconds.Caitlin MacPherson won the 3,200-meter run for the Ellsworth girls, and Emma McKechnie took second in the high jump. Both Ellsworth teams placed fourth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Bucksport High School, junior Carter Tolmasoff placed first of 34 finishers for the host team in the 100-meter dash Friday with a time of 11.53 seconds. Nate Sawyer finished third in the 200-meter dash and second in the 400-meter dash for the Golden Bucks.For the Bucksport girls’ team, Ava and Brookelyn Knowles placed a respective first and second in the discus throw. Addie Morrison won the 400-meter dash for the second-place Golden Bucks with a time of 1:08.76.Luke Barnes was the star for Sumner in Bucksport with wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Bryce Coombs (300-meter hurdles) and Logan Carter (800-meter run) were the other individual winners for the second-place Sumner boys.On the girls’ side, Sumner’s Gabby Richardson won the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.64 seconds. Emily Crocker won the 300-meter hurdles for the Tigers, who won the 4-by-100 relay as a team.George Stevens Academy participated in Saturday’s Brewer Invitational Relay Carnival. The boys’ team placed fifth, and the girls took sixth.last_img read more

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