ELLSWORTH — Thirty two middle school teams will compete this weekend in the 15th annual Hancock County Sheriff’s Cup basketball tournament.The three-day event will start at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and run through Sunday at four venues: the Ellsworth High School gymnasium, the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s upper and lower gyms as well as the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA gym.All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Sheriff’s Charities Fund, which usually nets several thousands of dollars from this fundraiser. In addition, kids can also have their name and number printed on the back of their shirts as a fundraiser for the Ellsworth 8th grade class.All teams – 18 boys’ teams and 14 girls’ teams – will play a minimum of three games, which will consist two 15-minute periods. Overtime periods, if needed, will be three minutes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe first round of games will be conducted in a round-robin format followed by a second round of double elimination.Entrance fees for adults are: $4 daily, $10 for a Friday weekend pass or $6 for a Saturday two-day pass. For students grades K-12: $2 daily, $5 for a Friday weekend pass or $3 for a Saturday two-day pass.Food concessions will be available with homemade food and desserts.Click here for a tournament schedule. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.
A Brazilian authority has claimed that an investigation against FIFA will be opened after a stir was caused by the federation’s decision to choose two white presenters for Friday’s World Cup draw.Bahia is the setting for Friday’s venue, where fans from around the world will find out how each nation will line up in the group stages of next summer’s competition. TV presenter Rodrigo Hilbert and his model wife Fernanda Lima will host the draw. Christiano Jorge Santos, the state prosecutor of Sao Paulo, revealed the decision will be investigated, per Reuters and The Sun (h/t ESPN). Afro-Brazilian soap actors Lazaro Ramos and Camila Pitanga were overlooked for the hosting role, which has been viewed as an act of discrimination:I opened the investigation due to the suspicion of a crime of racism on the part of FIFA, or by the company they selected to organise the show, GEOEventos. Racism is a serious matter in Brazil. We need to find out if a crime was committed. We do not want the image of our people to be whitened or distorted.However, as the same report suggests, Hilbert and Lima have already played a part in the 2014 World Cup schedule and were on hand in South Africa three years ago for the official announcement of Rio’s official World Cup emblem, while the latter, Lima, also played a part in presenting 2011’s preliminary draw.On the other hand, Ramos and Pitanga are yet to have any role in the tournament’s development, despite the fact the pair are referenced as starring in one of their nation’s most popular television programmes, Side By Side. FIFA sent a statement to Reuters regarding the matter of alleged discrimination earlier this week, which reads:The selection of Fernanda Lima and Rodrigo Hilbert was mainly based on the positive experience made during the launch of the Official Emblem and the Preliminary Draw.FIFA’s stance against any form of discrimination and racism which is even enshrined in our various regulations amongst others is well known.The investigation adds a sour note to Friday’s draw, an occasion that’s sure to send World Cup fever to new heights, with just over seven months left until the Brazilian bonanza.Santos’ revelation of suspected discrimination strikes as slightly odd given that Lima and Hilbert have already teamed up as a hosting partnership in the past without facing opposition. It seems the significance of this Friday’s event has only irked those offended by the decision more, but Friday’s draw should be about the world’s best 32 international teams, not the hosts. read more
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Newcastle are hoping to sign Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes as a stand-in for number one Tim Krul, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season. (Daily Star)The Magpies will bank a multi-million-pound compensation settlement because of Krul’s injury, having ruptured an anterior cruciate knee ligament on international duty for Holland. (Daily Mirror)Alexis Sanchez is in line to become Arsenal’s best-paid player as the club prepare talks over a new deal which would see his weekly wages of £130,000 increase. The Gunners’ current highest earning star, Mesut Ozil, is also expected to pen a new contract with the club. (Daily Star)Manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly trailing Dutch wonderkid Riechedly Bazoer, with the Frenchman sending scouts to keep regular tabs on the teenage Ajax midfielder. (Daily Mirror)Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he is keen to return to the Premier League before ending his illustraious management career. (Corriere Dello Sport) Jose Mourinho sparked rumours Chelsea could be planning a January swoop of Dynamo Kiev forward, and long-term target, Andriy Yarmolenko, after the Blues boss was spotted watching Ukraine play Spain in their Euro 2016 qualifier. (The Independent)Southampton are bracing themselves for an approach from Holland for their manager Ronald Koeman. Current Dutch boss Danny Blind is under huge pressure with his side poised to miss out on qualifying for Euro 2016. (Daily Mail)Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has been involved in a training-ground row with former Red Devils striker Robin van Persie, as Netherlands get ready for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Czech Republic. (Daily Express) Aston Villa are set to target Real Sociedad boss David Moyes as a replacement for manager Tim Sherwood. Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with the job. (The Times) West Brom boss Tony Pulis is believed to be keeping tabs on Malaga tough central midfielder Ignacio Camacho, 25, who has recently returned from a long-term injury. (Birmingham Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Jurgen Klopp ‘not interested’ in transfer budget as new Liverpool boss rules out raid on Borussia DortmundExclusive – Former West Ham star Jack Collison says Sam Allardyce will save Sunderland from relegationTransfer report: Tottenham ready to sell Mousa Dembele for £10m as Napoli make approachNothing in it! Lazio defender Steven de Vrij quashes Manchester United transfer reportsTransfer report: Barcelona to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to in-form Bundesliga hitman?Manchester United transfer report: Out-of-favour Marcos Rojo has no intention of quitting clubReports – Chelsea monitoring Atletico Madrid ace Koke ahead of potential January swoopReal Madrid still working on deal to sign Liverpool and Arsenal targetLong-term Arsenal target William Carvalho admits ‘love’ for GunnersLazio join Arsenal and Everton in race for Andriy Yarmolenko read more
David De Gea celebrates Manchester United’s win over Liverpool with some of his teammates 1 David de Gea is “fully committed” to Manchester United, according to teammate Morgan Schneiderlin.The Spanish goalkeeper was on the verge of a move to Real Madrid in the summer, with the deal dramatically collapsing at the last minute after United had reluctantly accepted to let him go.He has continued to be linked with a switch to the Bernabeu and news that Real will soon be hit with a transfer embargo has led to suggestions they could rekindle their interest in De Gea this month.Schneiderlin, however, insists the 25-year-old is happy at Old Trafford and will not be going anywhere in January.“David is a very important player in our squad,” the United midfielder told MUTV.“We are very happy to have him and happy that he didn’t go last summer. He is fully committed to this football club.“When you have a player like this in goal, it’s good for us because we know we are not going to concede many goals and he is going to make some saves.”It is easy to see why Madrid would be tempted to launch another bid for De Gea. An uncharacteristic error at Bournemouth aside, the goalkeeper has been in outstanding form since Van Gaal recalled him into the starting XI.His latest superb display came on Sunday when United won 1-0 at Liverpool.Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines with his 78th minute match-winning volley, but in reality it was De Gea who ensured all three points would be coming back down the East Lancs Road.De Gea rushed off his line to deny Adam Lallana when he was through in the first half and after the restart, the former Atletico Madrid man pulled off two athletic saves in quick succession to deny Emre Can and Roberto Firmino.Chris Smalling admits the 11th hour collapse of De Gea’s proposed move to the Spanish capital proved to be a big boost for the team.“When we knew he was lining up for us the whole season, it was a great feeling because he is one of the best,” the United defender said.“He pulled off a great save (against Liverpool) and his distribution, especially some of those balls down to Wazza (Rooney) and Jesse (Lingard) were terrific and really set us up on the attack.“David is a very calm guy but on the pitch he is talking to us as a unit.“We know his game inside out so it’s good to know that if we get beat as a defence, we have a great chance to keep that ball out.” read more
Greek-Turkish relations have reached a low point as of late, but nowhere has this been more evident than in the border region separating Northern Greece and Eastern Thrace. Ever since Greece declared an embargo on Turkish products, the Turkish town of Edirne, locaded just a few kilometers from the Evros Borders, has seen a slump in its economy, which is largely dependent on Greek consumers.The embargo came as a reaction to the arrest of two Greek soldiers who were accused of espionage after mistakenly crossing the borders and remain in cusdoy in Edirne (a city of of 160,000 inhabitants, mostly known in Greece by its former name, Adrianople).Once the third capital of the Ottoman empire, Edirne is known for tourist attractions such as the Selimiye Mosque and the Rüstem Pasha Caravanserai, but the Edirne Bedesten market has also been very popular, particularly among Greeks, who had been happy to cross the borders and benefit from low prices and good quality produce.But for the past couple of weeks – since the embargo – Edirne merchants complain that hardly any Greek visits their shops – and if they do, they don’t buy anything. “There used to be 10 Greeks per day in our shop, now there are maybe two and they don’t even buy anything,” one shopkeeper told to Ant1 tv station, while another added that “it is very difficult for us, because our economy is depends on Greeks and Bulgarians.”It is estimated that about 1,000 Greeks visited the city on a daily basis, while 4,000 would go during the weekend, to do grocery shopping. Many of them used to take a bus, as Greek tour operators would organise regular excursions to Edirne.Now most of them have suspended this activity, until the release of the Greek soldiers.“We cannot spend our money to Turkey when our children sit in prison,” a tour operator said to the Greek media. So far, the two soldiers remain in custody awaiting for the Turkish prosecutor to file a case against them, despite preliminary investigation to their mobile phones containing no evidence of espionage.The legal process is not expected to move forward before the end of March. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more