Rory McIlroy recovering after laser eye surgery

first_imgWorld number three Rory McIlroy is recovering from laser eye surgery. “I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season so I’m really happy going into the Christmas break and looking forward to what’s in store for 2016,” he said after his triumph in Dubai. McIlroy missed three tournaments this summer, including the defence of his Open title at St Andrews, due to an ankle injury suffered playing football with friends and needed a controversial exemption to compete in the European Tour’s season finale after not playing enough events. He added: “I’m looking forward to playing a full European Tour schedule next year with no hiccups.” Press Associationcenter_img He posted a picture of himself on Thursday wearing special goggles, alongside the words: ” Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone…. Only for sleeping though! Laser eye surgery went well yesterday.” The 26-year-old spoke last month of how he was relishing the prospect of an injury-free 2016 after victory in the DP World Tour Championship ensured he ended the campaign as European number one for the third time in the last four years. last_img read more

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Tottenham sign teenage midfielder Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United

first_img The young midfielder is comfortable playing either in a central role or further forward behind a striker, although he has only featured once for Ebbsfleet’s first team. Tracey will join Tottenham’s academy under the direction of h ead of player development John McDermott. Press Association Tottenham have signed teenage midfielder Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United. center_img The 17-year-old was invited for a trial in October and travelled with the club’s under-18s to play at the IMG Cup in Florida last month. Tracey scored twice in victories over Jacksonville Armada and Baltimore Celtic, leaving Spurs suitably impressed to open talks with Ebbsfleet over a permanent move, and he is now set to continue his development at the White Hart Lane club. last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger won’t let memory of Stoke loss derail plan for success this season

first_img The Gunners were beaten 3-2 in Staffordshire last December and Wenger and his players came in for criticism from angry supporters as they boarded their train back to London. This season there is more goodwill from fans as Arsenal sit top of the Barclays Premier League despite conceding a last-gasp equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday. And, despite his belief that there could an escalation in such occurrences in the future, Wenger has no plans to change the way the team travel to Stoke – where Arsenal have won just once in the league in the last 25 years. When asked if Arsenal would again travel by train, Wenger replied: “Yes. “We travel in what we think is the best and the shortest way. You want as well not to be isolated too much because you want contact with people who love the club, you want contact with the fans. “I took it (the abuse from supporters) as people who were upset because we lost a game and didn’t take it personally. “It was my function and the fact that I’m responsible for the club that was attacked. I didn’t take it (personally). “I was sad and upset more by the result than by the individual reactions of people, which I can understand. When you love a club, you want the results to be positive.” Wenger reckons supporters venting their frustrations could become more of an issue having witnessed similar scenes in his native France in recent weeks. “It’s a more common thing now and I believe it will be a problem in the coming years. That problem I see it, observing in Europe,” he said. Press Association Arsene Wenger will again travel to Stoke on the train with his Arsenal squad despite the abuse they received following defeat at the Britannia Stadium last season. “I see in France especially now in the last two or three weeks, many problems occurred with disappointing results on that front. “It exists a lot in France, with enchanted people coming out and having an aggressive behaviour. It might be one of the problems that football has to face in the coming years. You see it in many countries now, more and more.” Once his squad has arrived in Stoke, Wenger will have to make two key decisions over team selection. Midfielder Mohamed Elneny, signed from Basle on Thursday, is in contention to make his debut but Wenger is undecided on whether to throw in the 23-year-old straight into his team. “He is available for selection, I haven’t decided (if he will play) yet,” the Arsenal boss said when asked about Elneny’s position. “I have to see how everyone has recovered. Apparently we have no injuries form the Liverpool game, so he is a possibility to be in the squad for Sunday.” The other major call is whether to bring Alexis Sanchez back into the fold as the Chile forward is fit following a niggling hamstring injury. Sanchez has been missing since a draw at Norwich in November and, with Joel Campbell flourishing in his absence, Wenger is in no hurry to rush the former Barcelona man back – admitting it would be a risk to play him at Stoke. “The other question mark is about Alexis,” he added. “He has two decisive days – today and tomorrow. he is fit, has worked very hard and the decision we have to take is whether to take a gamble or not on his injury.” last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino: Lionel Messi was close to joining Espanyol

first_img “Maybe one day he works for me or maybe for another manager, we’ll see.” The defeat was Palace’s third in succession, but after praising Alli’s outstanding goal, Pardew spoke of his emergence as proof England is producing talented young players, and also reiterated his desire to recruit a striker before the conclusion of the transfer window. “We’ve produced a lot of good English players recently,” he said. “It was only 18 months ago we were all moaning, ‘Where is the new talent? Are our academies suppressing them, etc?’ “Suddenly we have an abundance of talent: (Alex Oxlade) Chamberlain, (Theo) Walcott, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, (Jamie) Vardy. Suddenly we’ve got a lot of pace and energy. “There’s seven days from Monday (to sign a new striker), so me and Steve (Parish, Palace’s chairman) are going to look at that very closely and we hope to bring someone in. “(Emmanuel Adebayor) is one of those. Nicklas Bendtner? We’re looking at all good strikers.” “Dele Alli, it’s impossible to speak about that because maybe different clubs were close to signing Dele Alli. Dele Alli is now here. “We were close at Espanyol to signing Lionel Messi but this was true. “A centimetre (away), unbelievable but this was true, maybe Dele wasn’t true but this was. “Messi was 17 years old (in the 2004/05 season), playing under-18s and was very close to signing for Espanyol. It was close but it never happened. “In football it’s always ‘if, if, if’ but it’s about reality, it’s not about maybe what could have happened.” Had Messi joined Espanyol, it is possible Pochettino would have both played alongside and managed the Argentina forward, and also that the head coach’s son Sebastiano would have worked with him, after he joined Pochettino on Spurs’ bench on Saturday. “Not the first time, in Germany too in the Audi Cup he was on the bench but he is a sports scientist,” Pochettino Snr said. “He loves Tottenham and all the players because he has a very good relationship with them but the players don’t see him as my son, he’s Sebastiano and this is the important thing. I know some say ‘He’s the gaffer’s son’ but the players trust him. The Tottenham head coach, whose team on Saturday strengthened their pursuit of qualification for the Champions League with a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Crystal Palace, continues to enhance his reputation as a nurturer of talent every time Spurs perform. Dele Alli provided the latest demonstration of that with a world-class volley that effectively secured all three points, but asked about how close the midfielder came to instead joining Liverpool, Pochettino – who played for Espanyol for two years to 2006 and was appointed manager in 2009 when Messi was approaching his peak – responded: “Do you know how many players in football are close to signing for many clubs? Mauricio Pochettino has revealed how close he came to working with Lionel Messi. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Police say Florida woman picks nose, sticks fingers in ice cream

first_imgA woman in Indian Shores Florida was arrested by police after being caught on camera picking her nose before sticking her fingers in an ice cream container. It was also reported that she did not wash her hands after using the restroom. The incident took place at Lu Lu’s Ice Cream and Candy Shop according to the arrest report.Jung Soon Wypcha (66) of St. Petersburg was charged with criminal mischief and with violating Florida’s anti-tampering act.Police said Wypcha did this on five different occasions which also included her spitting on the container in once of the incidents.In one incident, police said Wypcha spit on the ice cream containers. It is also reported that on June 22 she urinated in an ice cream bucket and emptied it in a sink used by store employees to wash utensils.Police arrested Wypcha on Monday on a $5000 bond.last_img read more

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Flight attendant dies after contracting measles from sick person on plane

first_imgIsrael’s Ministry of Health is confirming that a flight attendant has died after she contracted the measles from an infected passenger who boarded a plane that she was working on in New York.The 46-year-old woman became sick on March 26th during her shift on El Al Airlines flight 002 from the John F. Kennedy Airport to an airport in Tel Aviv.The woman was then hospitalized in Israel and fell into a coma sometime in April. The woman was then transferred to a quarantined area of the hospital before she was pronounced dead on Tuesday.All passengers who boarded the flight have been informed of their exposure to the airborne virus and have been urged to contact their primary care physician especially if they begin to experience cold-like symptoms or a fever.According to the CDC, the measles are an extremely contagious virus that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.The report also says that the virus is so potent that 90% of people who have not been vaccinated against the measles will contract it if exposed.Both the US and Israel are currently experiencing a measles outbreak.last_img read more

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Taylor Swift donates $1 million to Tennessee tornado relief

first_imgPop singer Taylor Swift made a donation of $1 million to tornado relief efforts in Middle Tennessee, where deadly storms ravaged counties this week, including in Nashville.In an Instagram post made Thursday, Swift said “Nashville is my home.” She added that “the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me.” She included a link to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. The statewide death toll was 24.At Least 19 Dead After Tornadoes Slam Nashvillelast_img read more

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RNC Day 1: Miami Cuban Immigrant Delivers Most Powerful Speech

first_imgFlorida businessman and Cuban migrant, Maximo Alvarez, stole the show at the Republican National Convention on Monday.Alvarez, the founder of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, fled Cuba with his parents at the age of 13 as Fidel Castro and his communist regime took control of the island. Speaking in support of President Trump, an emotional Alvarez alleged that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is “mostly concerned about power” and would allow socialist policies to take hold in America.“I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before. I am here to tell you – we cannot let them take over our country,” Alvarez said. “I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill.”Alvarez argued that Democrats have bad ideas such as free health care and calls to defund the police which he says are “false promises” that “sound familiar” based on his experiences in Cuba. The Trump administration has accused Biden and running mate Kamala Harris of embracing far-left policies in their platform.last_img read more

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Ellsworth Wins Eastern Maine Title

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts The Ellsworth Eagles Boys Soccer team beat Presque Isle 2 to 1 to claim the Eastern Maine Class B title. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img

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GSA boys edge Mattanawcook in OT to reach 4th straight regional title game

first_img 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) BANGOR — For a moment, it appeared as if George Stevens Academy’s bid for a fourth consecutive Northern Maine title would end in the semifinals. Then, the Eagles’ defense took hold.In what’s been a rare scene at the Cross Insurance Center in recent years, the GSA boys’ basketball team trailed by seven points early in the fourth quarter of its Class C North semifinal game Friday against Mattanawcook Academy. There was time left, but with the Eagles in foul trouble, the team’s comeback chances were looking more dire by the minute.Yet GSA, as it has always seemed to do over the course of its four-year run, did enough in the end to pull out a victory. Allowing Mattanawcook to four points over an 11-minute span between fourth quarter and overtime, the Eagles came away with a 45-39 win to advance to another Northern Maine championship game.“You’ve got to win one ugly game in the tournament to win it, and that was an ugly game,” GSA head coach Dwayne Carter said. “We were stressed out a lot, and they put a lot of pressure us, but we came back.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s got a spark early in the game from Caden Mattson, who drew a charge on the first offensive possession to nullify what would’ve been a Mattanawcook basket. The Lynx answered a Mattson and-one with a 3-pointer, but the junior from Blue Hill responded with a triple of his own to give the Eagles an 8-4 lead.The Eagles’ energy did translate into some early foul trouble, though, with leading scorer Andrew Szwez picking up his second with 3:06 left in the first quarter and Percy Zentz doing the same two minutes later. Second-ranked GSA (18-3) struggled from the floor offensively with the two forwards out of the game, but a strong defensive effort had the Eagles in front 19-18 at the break.“We were very resilient,” Mattson said of the team’s performance with Szwez and Zentz watching from the sidelines for much of the first half. “Our bench did great. I’m really proud of all those guys.”GSA players celebrate after the team’s win over Mattanawcook on Feb. 22 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The third-ranked Eagles (18-3) will face No. 4 Houlton (17-4) for the Class C North title Saturday, Feb. 23. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn the second half, GSA got off to a solid start with a Dannenberg jump shot and a layup from Zentz to take a five-point lead. No. 2 Mattanawcook (16-4) then made the game a one-possession contest for much of the third quarter before scoring the final two baskets of the period and adding the first three points of the fourth to pull ahead 36-29.Yet that would be the last time the Lynx scored in the half as GSA provided the final seven points to force overtime. The Eagles took the lead a minute into the extra period on a floater from Szwez before Alex Brown, who provided versatility for Mattanawcook with his seven points, five rebounds, four points and four steals, had to exit with his fifth foul.GSA wouldn’t make another basket the rest of the way, but the Eagles still got plenty of scoring with five made free throws from Szwez and one from Isaac Wardwell. Mattanwcook’s only points of the overtime period came on a fortuitous 3-pointer that banked off the backboard.“I think our experience in the end really paid off,” Carter said. “We knew what do, and we took care of the ball. We just played strong.”Mattson led GSA with 11 points, and Zentz scored 10. Szwez added nine points and secured seven rebounds for the Eagles despite sitting out more than 10 minutes of the first half.“When I was going back in, I just wanted to put everything out there on the floor,” Szwez said. “As a team, we just kept playing our game and running our offense, and we got good looks.”This was the third game this year between GSA and Mattanawcook. After the two teams split the regular season series with the home teams winning tight battles both times, it was only fitting that an overtime period was necessary to decide the rubber match.“They have good athletes,” Carter said of Mattanawcook. “Matchup-wise and personnel-wise, we’re pretty even.”GSA will take on No. 4 Houlton (17-4), which defeated No. 8 Sumner (13-8) 60-34 in the second Class C North semifinal Friday afternoon, in the Northern Maine title game at 8:45 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 23. The Eagles and Shiretowners met in the postseason a year ago with GSA earning a 55-43 win in the regional quarterfinals.With a win, GSA would advance to play in the state title game next at Saturday, March 2, against either Winthrop, the No. 1 seed in Class C South, or Hall-Dale, the No. 3 seed. GSA beat Winthrop 47-44 in the 2017 title game and beat Hall-Dale 64-59 last year to win the Class C crown for the third consecutive season.If the Eagles do return to the state title game for the fourth year in a row, it would be a sensational achievement for a group that lost Mr. Maine Basketball semifinalists Max Mattson and Taylor Schildroth from last year’s team along with another standout player, Stefan Simmons. Win or lose, Carter knows his team has already made a statement by proving it can compete at a championship level.“A lot of people didn’t think we’d be here, but we felt like we could do it and get back to that state game,” Carter said. “We’re getting there, and we have one more to go.”last_img read more

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