GORHAM — The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram recognized Steve McEachern — the Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy swim teams’ statistician — with a Varsity Maine Award on Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine-Gorham.McEachern won for “The Critical Assist” — an award for a fan, parent, volunteer or perhaps even a bus driver whose contributions are indispensable to a team.Ellsworth swim coach Jim Goodman said McEachern, a former supervisor at the Bucksport mill, has worked with the swim teams for “many years,” and he continues to do so after moving to Tennessee two years ago for a job.“He still does all our Hi-Tech management, meet entry set-up and statistician work electronically,” Goodman said. “He is most dedicated to helping out and continuing in this effort, even when he lives so far away.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGoodman accepted the award on McEachern’s behalf Wednesday.Also for Ellsworth, EHS was a finalist for “The School that Rules,” and swimmer Katie Walton was a finalist for “The Unsung Hero” — an award that recognizes one’s behind-the-scenes contributions to a team.
They’ve grown up playing alongside each other, from affiliate level to state through to national representation. Day one of the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) will see good friends Kimberley Sue See, Chloe Crotty and Evania Pelite battle it out, with Sue See playing for Queensland Fire, while Crotty and Pelite will play for home side the Sunshine Coast Pineapples. They’ve tasted plenty of success together over the past 12 months, playing in the winning Queensland Secondary Schools Touch team at the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships, for Australia against New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series and recently for Caboolture at the 2013 Queensland Junior State Cup. For Sue See to be playing against Crotty and Pelite is a rare opportunity, and the trio don’t have to wait long into the event for this to happen, playing each other in round three of the NYC event, on Wednesday afternoon. austouch.com.au caught up Crotty, Pelite and Sue See in the lead up to the event to see what they are looking forward to, and their favourite memories playing at the event to date. Chloe CrottyHow much are you looking forward to playing your last National Youth Championships event at home?It’s good, it’s not far to travel and it just brings the excitement a bit more playing in front of a home crowd, I’m very excited. You played Tasmania in a trial game last night, how was that?It was really good, it was a good hit out for us and them, we got to try out all of our moves and that and so did they. Can you tell us a bit about the Sunshine Coast team that will take to the field this week?We’ve got a few 15-year-olds and a few 16-year-olds and the rest are about 18, we’ve been playing together for a while now, we are all excited. It’s safe to say that you three have played a fair bit of Touch Football together over the years haven’t you?It’s good because we are all friends as well, we’re all really close. You get to play Kim and the rest of the Queensland Fire team tomorrow afternoon, how much are you looking forward to that?I think that’s the game we are all looking forward to the most, because we’ve played with a lot of the girls from the Queensland team. It’s going to be good, hopefully we win. What is your favourite National Youth Championships memory?Winning, that was probably one of the best feelings, winning that NYC and beating New South Wales. What do you enjoy about playing at the National Youth Championships?I just like the atmosphere, everyone is really happy and friendly.Your Dad is your coach at this event, how do you find that experience?He’s been my coach for a few years now, since I started playing Touch, I kind of forget that he is my Dad and treat him like my coach.Kimberley Sue SeeHow is your Queensland Fire team looking in the lead up to the event?They are definitely developing and we’ve had a good run up to the event, we’ve had a few injuries recently, which isn’t too good but we’re looking good. This time last year you were part of Queensland’s National Youth Championships win, how amazing was that experience?That was really good, I loved that because I got to play with the older girls who have so much experience and offer so much so I really enjoyed it. You get to play Evania and Chloe’s Sunshine Coast Pineapples team tomorrow afternoon, how much are you looking forward to it?I am looking forward to it a lot, I don’t get to play them very often, I’m normally playing with them so it will be interesting because we know each other’s games really well, so we’ll see how it goes.You have had an amazing year so far, did you expect to achieve so much at such a young age?No not at all, I love playing the game so I just play it for fun, to have those opportunities come up is just a bonus for me and something that I’ve worked really hard towards.How does it feel to be part of the Australian Women’s Open squad?It feels really good, I’m really nervous because they are such good players but I think I’ll just take the experience as it comes and enjoy it and learn from it. Do you think your team can win back-to-back titles this year?I think so, I definitely think we’ve got a good chance, we’ll see how we go and take each game as it comes. Evania PeliteHow much are you looking forward to your last National Youth Championships event?I’m really excited, I’ve been so nervous since last week. How does it feel to be able to play the event at home?It’s good to be able to play at home, it’s always good and there’s a good crowd that always comes out and watches. What do you remember about last year’s event playing for Queensland?Definitely winning, I remember just being so nervous running onto the field and the end result.Who are the teams to watch out for this week?Definitely Queensland and New South Wales Combined High Schools. You, Chloe and Kim have all played a lot of Touch Football together over the years, how much have you enjoyed that?It’s been so much fun, we’ve had a lot of laughs off the field and then when we are on the field we work so well together. What do you enjoy about the National Youth Championships?Just being able to meet up with all the other girls from all the other states because you build a lot of friendships. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Websiteswww.nyc.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au Social MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nyc2013)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksFriends To Meet on Day 1
By BEN HARRISNew South Wales led only once in the first game of the women’s open and it was at the time when it counted the most.The women in blue got some revenge from their 2012 series defeat when they defeated Queensland 6-5 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.The two sides were never far away from each other, in fact you would have thought they were identical in many aspects.Only a touchdown separated the pair throughout the entire match.Queensland had a chance to send the match into drop-off when New South Wales player Kristen Boss found herself forced-subbed, and with a one woman advantage for the final 10 seconds, Queensland could not score the much-needed touchdown.It was a thrilling end to an entertaining match.It took seven minutes for the first touchdown to be scored, which came courtesy of Savannah Pratten for Queensland.New South Wales captain Louise Winchester showed her experience when she darted through a gap to even the scores a short time later.Queensland took a 2-1 lead into half-time when Kate McCarthy scored.While it was tight in the first half, both teams broke free of their shackles in the second half as they went touchdown for touchdown.Four touchdowns had been scored in as many minutes.Another two touchdowns for both teams and Queensland held a 5-4 lead with 10 minutes to go.Both teams were good in attack but even better in defence as any touchdown-scoring opportunity was foiled by some desperate touches on the line.But two long balls by New South Wales led to touchdowns.The first was thrown by Danielle Davis to Samantha Rodgers.The second was a superb right-to-left pass by Jessica McCall to Elisabeth Hewitt, which put New South Wales into the lead for the first time.It proved to be decisive as New South Wales held on for the win.NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Samantha Rodgers 2, Louise Winchester 2, Yasmin Meakes, Elisabeth Hewitt touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Savannah Pratten, Brooke Walker, Shenae Ciesiolka, Kim Sue See, Kate McCarthy touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-1; NSW lead division 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO Women’s open
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hughton pleased with Brighton attacking optionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton is happy with the attacking players at his disposal.The Brighton manager knows they will have to be at their best to stay in the league this season.And he believes that he has enough options in attack to make that happen.Hughton said to The Argus: “It’s what I want [competition for places]. Florin, I thought, had done really well in the game he came on in (Crystal Palace) and the game he started at Huddersfield.”I didn’t think he did so well in the last game at Burnley but that might have been a consequence of having not played and having a big impact in the two games before.”Of course, we’ve got Glenn who has scored goals.”But that’s what I want. I think it’s good and Locadia as well, who will feel aggrieved he hasn’t played more.”We will need that type of competition going into the second half of the season.”Brighton are 13th in the table, nine points away from the bottom three places.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claimsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire admits he still needs to work on his leadership skills.Unted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repealed last week that he envisages Maguire becoming the club captain.”It’s something I still want to improve on, my leadership qualities on the pitch and especially my talking,” he said. “I want to demand more from the players, demand standards, but I’m obviously not concentrating on that at the moment. “I am fully focused on improving the team and getting this club back to where it should be.”
Agents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalovby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson remains keen on CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.That’s according to his management team, with Hodgson in touch.A spokesman for Chalov’s reps said, “I talked to Roy Hodgson and for Chalov he likes him very much. “I cannot exclude a sale in the next summer market session.”Palace pushed hard to sign Chalov over the summer, but CSKA priced him out of a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State students paid $32 per ticket for home football games last season. The OSU Athletic Department spent more than $1.3 million a game to host them. The department spent nearly $9.4 million on the 2009 season. That figure would have covered the cost of tuition for nearly 1,000 in-state students. The department made almost $31.4 million on games last year, good for nearly $4.5 million a game. Department officials said they expect similar numbers for expenses and revenue for the 2010 season. Profits from each game remain relatively constant throughout the season, but the expenses vary drastically, even though the price tag per game covers similar services. The difference between the most expensive game for the athletic department, Navy, and the least expensive, University of Southern California, was $945,784. Because of agreements with contractors, the cost of electricity, cleanup services and payments to game officials is fixed. The disparity in overall cost comes largely from game guarantees. These guarantees — the amount the athletic department pays visiting schools — are usually negotiated by the athletic director. “If it was a home-and-home situation like USC was, the guarantees are usually significantly less,” said Pete Hagan, associate athletic director of finance. OSU played at USC in 2008 before the Trojans came to Ohio Stadium last season, meaning the schools essentially traded game guarantees. “The Navy one was higher because there was some glitch in the schedule that … required us to go out and give them a much higher guarantee to get them in here,” he said. Hagan said those types of scheduling problems are rare but would not disclose precisely what the “glitch” was. In the Big Ten, the more profitable teams — such as OSU — are required to distribute $1 million to opponents for home conference games, Hagan said. Removing game guarantees from the equation, the USC game cost the university $88,968 more than any other contest, looking at only operating expenses. That variation stems primarily from kickoff times. “The only thing that really affects the expense side is if it’s a noon game, a 3:30 (p.m.) start or a night game,” Hagan said. “A lot of the security and traffic control … has to start for a night game early in the morning just like a regular game would.” The USC game kicked off at 8 p.m. Those traffic control and security costs constitute the two largest portions of the operational expenses for a given game. OSU spent just more than $1.4 million on security and traffic and parking for the 2009 season. By comparison, the University of Nebraska spent nearly $849,000 on those areas last season, and the University of Iowa expects to spend $975,000 on security and traffic in 2010. Don Patko, OSU’s associate athletic director of facilities management, said the university ultimately benefits from the money spent. “Between in-bound and out-bound (traffic), we are second to none … in and out. For 102,000 fans in an urban setting, we’re one of the best,” he said, sitting in his office inside the stadium. The stadium holds 102,329 people. With that many people clustered in one area, security becomes another major factor, officials said. “We know that Ohio Stadium is a desirable target for the bad guys so we do everything that we can … to protect our fans,” said Ben Jay, associate athletic director of finance and operations. Officials said that, to protect visitors and athletes, the university works with about a dozen law enforcement agencies to secure the stadium and surrounding areas. Though officials would not say exactly which agencies are involved, it includes Columbus Police, OSU Police, the State Highway Patrol, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Fire Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For each agency, OSU is “at the mercy” of its union when it comes to cost, Hagan said. “Ohio State is looked at as the leader in this type of security business,” Patko said. “We’ve got to be the best secured stadium in the country.” Megan Schneider, a third-year in nursing, has attended football games at the University of Illinois in addition to OSU and noticed a difference in the level of security. In Illinois, “I still felt secure, but it wasn’t quite as intense as Ohio State,” she said. Molly Shlaes, a third-year in civil engineering, has attended games at Ohio Stadium and the University of Iowa. “Around the stadium, I would say there’s a lot more (security) here,” she said, “because the streets surrounding are bigger than the streets surrounding at Iowa, so they have to direct more traffic.” OSU officials said the security effort for home football games is such a smooth operation that other universities use OSU’s model as the standard. “About a year ago, the Department of Homeland Security partnered with the university creating a video that’s used as a training module for other venues on how to set up security at their stadiums,” said Tom McGinnis, assistant athletic director of administration and human resources. The video was federally funded through the Urban Area Security Initiative, said OSU Police Chief Paul Denton, in an e-mail. The stadium’s clean-up operation is another area that officials think sets OSU apart. “We probably have the lowest cleanup cost in the country,” Patko said. “A lot of stadiums go $15 (thousand) to $20 (thousand) in just power washing and trash removal, where that has been stabilized at about $7,100.” Total cleanup expenses at other universities are often around $50,000 a game, he said. The University of Georgia, whose stadium seats 10,000 fewer fans than Ohio Stadium, spent about $40,000 per game on cleanup costs last year. Lower clean-up costs are largely tied to a 43-year relationship with the university ROTC, which works alongside student employees Sunday mornings to clean the stadium. The cooperation leads not only to lower costs, but also rapid turnaround. “By 10:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday morning, we are ready for a meeting, another game, an event or anything inside” the stadium, Patko said. Though the post-game cleaning saves the department money, cleaning during games, especially in restrooms, is costly. “We have specific crews that have to hit those areas at strategic times during a game,” Patko said. The effort of the athletic department to increase recycling efforts has also resulted in higher expenses. “We are trying to get to zero waste, and that’s hard to do,” Patko said. “There’s some extra cost going to recycled products.” Although the choice to recycle has increased expenses, officials said the athletic department is looking to cut costs in other areas. “Cutting expenses, there are always ways to look at that,” Patko said. “If you cut expenses you’ve got to defer something.” Officials are wary, though, to cut corners by hiring fewer staff members. “You could save it on not having so much personnel here,” Patko said. “But personnel things can create a risk.” Although officials gave their program ample praise, they wouldn’t compare their facilities to the most prestigious football venues. “We’re not at the pro level. The pro level is the Cadillac,” Patko said. But “we’re probably giving the folks a little more service than some of the better schools.” Ultimately, some said, comparing Ohio Stadium to others around the country is difficult. “It’s very hard to compare us even to some of the major big-school programs around the country,” Jay said. “We’re a different animal than everybody else.” The differences arise because of the stadium’s size and location, he said. The urban surrounding in Columbus is rare for college stadiums. The other universities whose stadiums make up the five largest in the country, University of Michigan, Penn State University, University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama, are all in lower-populated areas. Columbus also has more than four times as many people as the cities where those schools are located. Officials toyed with Penn State and the University of Texas for size comparison but had difficulties coming up with college venues that matched Ohio Stadium in both capacity and surrounding population. “As far as (college) stadiums of our size around the country, we’re second to none,” Patko said. “Of the stadiums over 100,000 in North America, it would be Dallas Cowboys in pro and then Ohio State.”
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) and junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrate a large run in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State claimed its first Big Ten title since 2014 with a 27-21 victory against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes outgained the Badgers 449-298, and did not trail for any point during the matchup. There were plenty of statistics that tell the story of how this game finished. 18 – Wisconsin points off turnovers. The Badgers did not look great on offense. As previously stated, they had just 298 total yards, and their quarterback, Alex Hornibrook, threw two interceptions without a touchdown pass. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense. And Wisconsin’s defense essentially drove its offense Saturday. It tied the game in the first quarter on a pick-6 of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, forced and recovered a fumble on Ohio State’s 8-yard line that led to a field goal and turned an interception in the third quarter at its own 48-yard line into eight points on a touchdown that drive in the beginning of the fourth quarter.Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOnly once did Wisconsin start inside its own 40-yard line and march down the field to get points. The Badgers began at their own 23-yard line and marched down to the Ohio State 27-yard line and kicked a 46-yard field goal. Offensively, Wisconsin looked lost. But mistakes by Ohio State’s offense kept the game close throughout the matchup. 2.7 – Yards per carry by Jonathan Taylor. Heading into the game against Ohio State, Taylor was one of the leading rushers in the nation and had more rushing yards than any running back in the Big Ten. Despite only being a true freshman, his name quietly emerged as a darkhorse candidate in the Heisman Trophy. But just as Ohio State did to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Michigan State’s L.J. Scott, Taylor was bottled up by a stout Buckeye rushing defense, averaging his fewest yards per carry on the season. His previous low was 4.2. The 41 total rushing yards also were the lowest, stooping below the previous low of 80. Taylor and the Badger offensive line came into the game expecting to be the catalyst for the offense, but instead the defensive line of the Buckeyes bullied the Badgers’ offensive front. No rusher had more than 7 yards on a single carry, and overall the Buckeyes had five tackles for a loss. The Badgers have relied so heavily on their freshman running back all season, but against one of the top rushing defenses in the nation in Ohio State, Taylor was unable to come through for them. And given the struggles in the passing game Wisconsin has faced all season, it was hardly a surprise to see its offense struggle to get off the ground without the help from Taylor.19 – Rushes by J.T. Barrett. A knee injury to Barrett was evidently not enough to reduce the amount of carries he received. It would have seemed like a smart move to protect Barrett as much as possible, but the redshirt senior quarterback ran read options and designed quarterback runs as often as any other game. In the end, his 19 carries were the most of any player in the game, two more than freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball back to the referee after running in a touchdown in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe decision to use Barrett as the primary ball-carrier was made all the more puzzling by the fact Dobbins turned 17 carries into 174 yards, a 10.2 average yards per carry, while Barrett only averaged 3.2 yards per carry with 60 yards. Dobbins also had two carries each that went for more than 50 yards. If there was ever a game Ohio State would seem to lean off its quarterback for all the rushing production, it would have been this game.141 – Yards gained on two passes from Barrett. The overall numbers for Barrett in the passing game looked solid. He was 12-for-26 for 211 yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He was not outstanding by any means, but he did enough to get the job done. However, his stats take a step back when his 84-yard deep ball to wide receiver Terry McLaurin and 57-yard screen pass to H-back Parris Campbell are removed. Then, Barrett was just 10-for-24 with 70 passing yards and two interceptions.Fortunately for Ohio State and Barrett, those two passes did happen, and nothing can remove them from the stat book. But Barrett was not overly effective Saturday. He missed several wide open receivers downfield and had a couple instances where he was nearly picked off because of wildly inaccurate throws. He did not look like the same quarterback whose name was found in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy earlier this season. He did just enough to win the game, but he had many more opportunities to break the game open and failed to convert. 0 – Sacks allowed by Ohio State. After the game, center Billy Price said every time Barrett took a hit, he was always one of the first people over there to help him up and check on him. He added that he didn’t like when people hit Barrett. So the offensive line simply made it the goal to prevent any sacks on the injured Barrett. And they did. Going up against a vaunted defensive front that was sixth in the nation in total sacks (39) and eighth in sacks per game (3.25), the Ohio State offensive line stood strong and gave its quarterback plenty of protection. The Buckeyes did an effective job protecting their quarterback as much as possible. Though Barrett was still hit several times whenever he attempted to carry the football, he had all the time he needed to stand in the pocket and complete passes, or wait for receivers to get open. Barrett did not make the most of every opportunity, but his offensive line certainly gave him a chance to have one of his best passing games of the season.
Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri will begin their Liverpool careers by linking up with the squad for the training camp in France.The Brazilian goalkeeper, who completed his move from AS Roma on a long-term contract on Thursday, will be part of the group that departs for the continent later this month.Meanwhile, fellow new signing Xherdan Shaqiri is set to join his new teammates in New Jersey on Tuesday.Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Shaqiri will come the day after tomorrow directly to New Jersey and Alisson will come with Roberto Firmino and will be a part of the second camp in Evian.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“That’s good that we’ll have them all together, apart from the semi-finalists of the World Cup.”The Reds will play Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Sunday evening before facing Manchester United and Manchester City in the other games.With the addition of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Shaqiri, and Alisson Becker Jurgen Klopp’s men have been tipped to mount a serious challenge on all fronts in the new season.
While his debut for Real Madrid may have ended in defeat, Vinicius Junior was still pleased to fulfil his “childhood dream” and promised there is more to comeThe teenage star made his debut for the European champions in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in Miami following his €40m transfer from Brazilian side Flamengo last month.Vinicius started on the left wing for Real and was one of the standout performers of the game.And the 18-year-old has promised the club supporters that there is more to come from him as he adapts to his new surroundings.“I have fulfilled a childhood dream by wearing the Real Madrid shirt, and regardless of the result I am very happy,” said Vinicius, according to Marca.“Everything felt good, but there is still a lot to do in order to improve for the season ahead.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Everyone here [at Real Madrid] has helped me to adapt as quickly as possible, I am very happy and grateful [for this] and the International Champions Cup is a good opportunity for me.”Real boss Julen Lopetegui has been impressed with Vinicius’ progress since joining the club last month.“He played a good game. He has gone from less to more, just like the rest of the team,” he said in his post-match comments on Vinicius.“He started a little shy, but then he came on in leaps and bounds. He is very young and has to adapt to this style of football and what we ask of players. I thought he played a good game.Next up for Real is Juventus t the FedExField Stadium in Maryland on Sunday.