Dirt Road League Basketball ScoresSunday (12-1)6th Grade Boys:Batesville 42, Franklin County 21Batesville 48, Greensburg 355th Grade Boys:Batesville 43, Jac-Cen-Del 41 The Bulldogs won in a shootout.Batesville 31, North Decatur 21 The Bulldogs started slow and were down 12-8 at half.4th Grade Boys:Franklin County 29, Batesville 20Batesville 39, Milan 43rd Grade Boys:Batesville 54, North Decatur 0South Batesville 39, South Dearborn 22Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.
Press Association Much has been made of the record fee United paid Monaco for the 19-year-old forward, but he could not have made a better start to his United career. This will not go down as one of the classic encounters in this world-renowned fixture, but Van Gaal will not care. After a week dominated by reports of dressing-room unrest and criticism of his transfer policy, the United manager will be ecstatic at having recording a third straight win over the club’s most bitter rivals. United, who recalled goalkeeper David de Gea, lacked a cutting edge in the first half, but Ashley Young’s introduction changed the game. He won the free-kick which Daley Blind stroked home, and Ander Herrera rifled in a penalty before Benteke and Martial struck with two stunners. Van Gaal was all smiles, but his opposite number Brendan Rodgers was taunted with chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” as he walked off the pitch after his second straight defeat. United – not that it needed it – added to the theatre of the occasion before the match by reading De Gea’s name out last from the team-sheet last, which led to a huge round of applause. There was little to applaud thereafter, however, as Old Trafford played host to one of the dullest halves in recent memory. With Marouane Fellaini up front instead of the injured Wayne Rooney, United looked toothless. Hopes were raised when Mignolet’s poor clearance deflected off Juan Mata into Fellaini’s path, but he shot high and wide. The Belgian wasted another two chances before half-time. Van Gaal had seen enough. He brought Young on for Memphis Depay and the winger made an immediate impact, drawing a foul from Nathaniel Clyne on the edge of the box. Mata squared the ball to the unmarked Blind and he curled a sublime finish into the corner. De Gea endured a wobbly moment soon after when his clearance went straight to the opposition. The Reds moved it out wide to Clyne, whose cross was cleared off the line by Chris Smalling. The Spaniard redeemed himself with a fine save from Danny Ings. The former Burnley man then nudged the resultant corner towards goal, but Blind cleared off the line. Just as Liverpool looked to be coming back into the game, they gifted United a second when Joe Gomez fouled Herrera in the box. With regular penalty-taker Mata having been taken off for Martial, Herrera stepped up and he did not disappoint, banging a rising shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-0. De Gea denied Jordon Ibe six minutes from time, but he could do nothing about Benteke’s stunning overhead kick soon after. Martial extinguished any hopes of a comeback, though, when he cut in from the left and beat Mignolet after a mazy run into the box. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Get in… @ManUtd new no9!! Take over the shirt fella” – Andy Cole, reacting to Anthony Martial’s strike, raises the expectations for the teenager. PLAYER RATINGS Manchester United David De Gea 7 (out of 10) Matteo Darmian 5 Chris Smalling: 6 Daley Blind: 6 Luke Shaw: 5 Michael Carrick: 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6 Juan Mata: 6 Ander Herrera: 6 Memphis Depay: 5 Marouane Fellaini: 5 Substitutes Ashley Young (on for Memphis, 46): 6 Anthony Martial (on for Mata, 65:) 7 Morgan Schneiderlin (on for Carrick 72): 5 Liverpool Simon Mignolet: 6 Nathaniel Clyne: 5 Martin Skrtel: 5 Dejan Lovren: 5 Joe Gomez: 5 Lucas Leiva: 5 James Milner: 5 Emre Can: 4 Roberto Firmino: 4 Christian Benteke: 5 Danny Ings: 6 Substitutes Jordon Ibe (on for Firmino, 66): 6 Divock Origi (on for Ings, 74): 5 Alberto Moreno (on for Lucas, 88): 4 STAR PLAYER Anthony Martial: Just edges out Ashley Young and Daley Blind. Young changed the game after his introduction, adding pace and purpose while Blind defended well and converted his strike superbly. But Martial gave United fans what they have been crying out for – pace, skills and a cracking finish. A fairytale debut. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Christian Benteke’s goal: On any day, Benteke’s goal would have grabbed the headlines. The big Belgian looked turgid in the first half, but showed great athleticism to acrobatically fire home in space. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Louis van Gaal’s worst nightmare came true when Wayne Rooney was ruled out through injury. Having let Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie go this summer, Van Gaal put Marouane Fellaini up front. The Belgian looked completely out of place, fluffing three chances. It was only when Van Gaal brought on Young and Martial that the team found the pace and cutting edge it lacked. MOAN OF THE MATCH Liverpool’s surrender. Liverpool barely had a go in the first half and wilted after United had taken the lead. Had it not been for Benteke’s strike, this could have been a real walloping for Liverpool. WHO’S UP NEXT PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United (Champions League, September 15) Bordeaux v Liverpool (Europa League, September 17) Following the win, Van Gaal claimed Martial had not only shown his skill on the ball, but had also proven himself capable of handling the Premier League’s physicality. The Dutchman said on Sky Sports 1: “The goal of Anthony, not a bad goal I think! “It was also a match for him now. He has a lot of space so it was more easy to bring him. But he did it alright. He scored a marvellous goal and I have seen also, physically, he can play in the Premier League.” Van Gaal also insisted his substitutions made sure of more effort towards the killer final ball, adding: “We didn’t create too much – two chances and a lot of possibilities, but the last pass was not so good. That’s why I changed Memphis to improve that last pass, also Mata. “The first goal is what decides the match. After that they have to come and we get more space and could score. Because of that also the second goal (happened). Very good running behind of Ander Herrera, fantastic pass of Michael Carrick – I was very proud. Also the way he shoot the penalty was fantastic.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers questioned the free kick in the lead up to the first goal, but admitted the Reds were below par. “I thought first half we defended well,” Rodgers said. “But we were nowhere near enough quality and composure on the ball. Defensively weren’t bothered too much. Any time we were frightened was by our own mistakes. “We’re disappointed with a couple of the goals. I didn’t think it was a free-kick. Ashley Young’s bought the challenge. I thought Nathaniel Clyne defended brilliantly all day. And he’s just matched his run. “You could see both of them challenge for the ball with their arms. Ashley turns on his back so they get a free-kick against us. They work it quite well but I never thought it was a free-kick. We conceded a really disappointing third goal which kills it.” When asked if the creative aspect of Liverpool came to the fore, Rodgers said: ” No, it’s something that with the first five games now it’s something I need to look at. It’s too easy for us to go direct at times to Christian Benteke, his goal was very good. “You have to want the ball, get on the football to create opportunities. (This is) a group that will respond. They work ever so hard. That’s something we definitely need to look at.” Anthony Martial wasted no time in writing himself into Manchester United folklore as he stepped off the bench to score a stunning debut goal against Liverpool. Twenty-one minutes after his introduction, the £58million deadline-day signing turned Martin Skrtel twice before rolling the ball past Simon Mignolet to wrap up a 3-1 win for Louis van Gaal’s side. Christian Benteke had found the net with an acrobatic and arguably superior goal moments earlier, but Martial will grab the headlines after his maiden strike.
ELLSWORTH — More than 200 runners and walkers honored veterans by making their way down High and Main streets in Monday’s Main Street Memorial Mile race.David Slagger of Kenduskeag waves an American flag in Monday’s Main Street Memorial Mile in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSThe Down East Family YMCA event started at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and ended at R.F. Jordan and Sons. Some participants wrote the names of veterans they wished to honor on their bib numbers.Perry LeBreton, 41, was the first male finisher with a time of four minutes and 37 seconds. He ran in honor of his mom. Grace Broughton, 13, of Ellsworth was the first female finisher in 5:39.The following won their divisions:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFemale age 0-10: Sydney Libby, 8, of Frankfort (7:12).Male age 0-10: Matthew Cormier, 9, of Ellsworth (6:10).Female age 11-19: Margaret Peckenham, 17, of Dedham (5:40).Male age 11-19: Matthew Shea, 14, of Ellsworth (4:46).Female age 20-29: Veronica Wentworth, 26, of Ellsworth (5:54).Male age 20-29: Frank King III, 20, of Ellsworth (4:45).Female age 30-39: Monica Pettegrow, 35, of Trenton (6:23).Male age 30-39: Jarley Bobadilla, 33, of Seal Cove (4:51).Female age 40-49: Robin Clarke, 46, of Ellsworth (5:55).Male age 40-49: Rob Shea, 43, of Ellsworth (4:43).Female 50-59: Lisa Kingsbury, 57, of Hampden (6:02).Male age 50-59: Andrew Tiemann, 58, of Ellsworth (5:24).Female age 60-69: Jeanne Butterfield, 66, of Bangor (7:42).Male age 60-69: Robert Ciano, 62, of Castine (4:46).Female age 70+: Mary Alice Bruce, 77, of Corea (9:57).Male age 70+: Lloyd Harmon, 75, of Ellsworth (7:15).
ELLSWORTH — Two local wrestlers earned wins in Saturday’s Skowhegan Invitational with Ellsworth’s Logan Lord placing first in the 138-pound weight class and Bucksport’s David Gross winning at 285 pounds.After starting the day with a bye, Lord got his first win when he pinned Ellsworth teammate Everett Huckins in the quarterfinals. Lord then took on Cony’s Khaled Alsaleh in the semifinals and won via technical fall 15-0.In the championship bout, Lord took on Justin Wing of Dexter. The Ellsworth senior posted a big win once again with a 13-0 major decision.At 285 pounds, Gross earned his first win of the day when he pinned Washington Academy’s Tanner Rolfe in 58 seconds. In the second round, he took out Brayden Doucette of Skowhegan in 1 minute, 45 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the semifinals, Gross pinned Romeo Mellits of Hermon midway through the second period to advance to the title bout. He then earned his fourth pin of the day just nine seconds into the first period against Mount View’s Nathaniel Fuller to become champion.Ellsworth will be at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, for its next competition, and the Eagles will also compete at Mount Blue High School in Farmington at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Jan. 19. Bucksport is scheduled to compete at Morse High School in Bath at that same time and date.
LONDON, England (Reuters) – China’s Gong Lijiao ended her long wait for a global outdoor title when she won the shot put gold medal at the World Championships yesterday, utterly dominating the competition.The 28-old-year had won five silver and bronze medals at the World Championships and Olympics but gold had always eluded her until a chilly, wet night at the London Olympic stadium.Gong made light of the conditions as she broke 19 metres with five of her six attempts and won with a fifth throw of 19.94 metres.There were only two other throws over 19 metres – Anita Marton’s final effort of 19.49 which won silver for the Hungarian and American Michelle Carter’s third throw of 19.14 which took bronze.“It’s a very special moment for me. Of course, the rain affected the competition and that is the reason we didn’t go past 20 metres tonight,” Gong said.” I am glad to show all the hard work I’ve done in the past with this gold medal.”Gong first appeared on the scene as an 18-year-old at the 2007 World Championships where she finished seventh.She won Olympic bronze in Beijing in 2008 and silver in London in 2012 as well as world silver in Beijing two years ago.Gong was agonisingly close to ending that run in Beijing when she threw 20.30m in the opening round but lost out to Germany’s Christina Schwanitz by seven centimetres.
Brian Ji | Daily TrojanBehind a career day from freshman linebacker Cameron Smith, the Trojans beat No. 3-ranked Utah, 42-24, at the Coliseum on Saturday night.Smith, who led the Trojans (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) with nine total tackles, became the first USC defender since 1991 to record three interceptions in a game.“I kept feeling the people behind me and picking up routes as quickly as possible,” Smith said. “When the ball was coming, I just thought, ‘Catch the ball.’”The team’s leading tackler picked off Utah (6-1, 3-1) quarterback Travis Wilson on three separate occasions and returned them for a combined 122 yards including a 54-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter.“He’s one of the more intuitive kids we’ve seen,” interim head coach Clay Helton said. “It’s unbelievable for a freshman.”Before that, Smith ran one back 41 yards to the Utah four-yard line, which set up a fourth down leap by redshirt senior fullback Soma Vainuku. Brian Ji | Daily Trojan“The offensive line did great, the defensive line did great, but the momentum changed, and what Cam [Smith] did tonight won us the game,” redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler said.USC’s victory not only snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Utes its first loss off the season, but it gave Helton a win in his home debut while revitalizing the team’s chance of winning the Pac-12 South.“It was just amazing to see the guys fight and continue to get better and band together,” Helton said. “It was a big victory tonight.”The Trojans’ success against Utah was largely in part to their ability to contain the Pac-12’s third leading rusher in running back Devontae Booker, who ran for a season-low 62 yards on 14 carries.“A lot of credit goes to Justin Wilcox,” Helton said. “He said we’ve got to take Booker out of the game and force the passing game. To be able to shut it down and get into the passing game, we thought that was to our advantage.”Conversely, the USC running game accounted for 165 of the team’s 380 yards of total offense led by the dynamic duo pf freshman Ronald Jones II and junior Justin Davis, who both got into the end zone during the night.Davis put the Trojans on the board first after a nine-yard touchdown following an 88-yard drive, while Jones broke out for an 18-yard burst to the house that handed USC a lead in the second quarter that it would keep for good.After throwing multiple interceptions in each of the two previous games, Kessler bounced back with a 21-for-28 performance for 264 yards and a touchdown in the air with no picks. He also snuck one into the end zone on fourth and one to cap off a 17-play, 83-yard drive that lasted just under nine minutes in the third quarter.“That was a complete drive that I thought separated the game,” Helton said. Nick Entin | Daily TrojanSophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster seemingly had his way all night against the Utes, catching nine eight passes for 143 yards. The Pac-12’s leading receiver connected with Kessler for a 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that was the nail in coffin, putting USC up 42-17 over the previously undefeated Utes.Smith-Schuster also got everyone in the crowd off their feet after propelling Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield to the ground with a vicious stiff arm.USC held the Utes scoreless in the second half up until four minutes left in the fourth quarter when wide receiver Britain Covey found the end zone on a 66-yard catch and run, which gave him his second touchdown of the game.After completing each of his nine passes in the first quarter, Wilson finished the game 24-of-36 for 254 yards and two touchdowns and a season-high four interceptions. Wilson’s last interception, though, came on a Hail Mary attempt that linebacker Su’a Cravens picked off with just a couple seconds left in the game.Going into next week, it will be important for the Trojans to get healthy, as they had two starters leave the game due to injuries during the first half. Sophomore center Toa Lobendahn, who was already filling in for the injured Max Tuerk, went down with a knee injury, while tight end Taylor McNamara suffered a shoulder injury.Redshirt sophomore Khaliel Rodgers stepped in to fill the void at center for the remainder of the game after Lobendahn went down. Kessler commended the entire offensive line for stepping up.“The thing I’m most proud of the offensive line,” Kessler said. “Toa [Lobendahn] went down, and Rodgers went in and played amazing, like he was the starter all year. Those guys don’t blink. They go in and are physical.”The Trojans will jump back on the road to play Cal (5-2, 2-2) next Saturday in a Halloween matinee.Correction: An earlier version of this story said the end score was 35-17. It was 42-24. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
Elsewhere, world number 6 Robert Thornton faces Alan Norris. Last night saw Raymond van Barneveld move safely through to round two, with a 3-nil victory over his Dutch compatriot Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Ireland’s CJ Stander will find out his fate this morning.He has his disciplinary hearing in Johannesburg at 10am after South African born flanker was sent off in the historic win over Springboks on Saturday.Stander is facing a ban that could rule him out of the rest of the series.
Now child advocates in the hemisphere’s poorest country are bracing for yet another increase of youngsters like Watson driven into unpaid servitude.The Trump administration is weighing an end to a humanitarian program that has protected nearly 60,000 Haitians from deportation since that earthquake — a “temporary protected status” based on the assumption their homeland could not absorb them following the disaster. If the program known as TPS is not extended, people could be sent back to Haiti starting in January.Such mass deportation would cut off remittances that keep many Haitian families fed in a country where deep poverty is the primary force behind the restavek practice.“There’s no doubt an end to TPS will create far more restaveks,” said prominent Haitian child advocate Gertrude Sejour.Social researchers in Haiti say the cultural practice is complex, even though it’s often decried as a form of modern-day slavery. A 2015 study commissioned partly by Unicef found that roughly 25 percent of Haitian children between 5 and 17 live apart from their parents, though most live with relations and not all are child domestic workers.An estimated 30,000 children also live in residential centers in Haiti. Though often described as “orphans,” the vast majority of the children have at least one living parent and have been placed in the often poorly regulated centers because their families cannot support them or pay for their schooling, child welfare advocates say.“In some regions of the country it’s even considered an honor to send their children to the city,” said Mariana Rendon, protection officer with Haiti’s office of the International Organization for Migration.Glenn Smucker, a cultural anthropologist known for extensive work on Haiti, said that children staying with people other than their parents are more vulnerable to abuse and heavier workloads, but that their treatment varies a great deal.“The longstanding practice of placing children outside the home generally includes an understanding that the receiving household will send the child to school in exchange for doing household chores, in a social and cultural context where children are expected to do work whether they live at home or with others,” Smucker said.For some kids, the arrangement works out. They’re treated well, often with extended families, and caretakers pay their school fees. Studies indicate the population Haitian of child domestic workers rose from some 172,000 in 2002 to roughly 286,000 in 2014 — four years after an earthquake flattened much of Port au Prince and outlying areas, killing as many as 300,000 and leaving some 1.5 million people homeless.
Share StumbleUpon Scientific Games leadership commits to salary cut to navigate COVID-19 headwinds March 31, 2020 Gaming market expert Ismail Vali has produced a short film about why the gaming industry should never be divided by Bricks vs Clicks.Upon releasing the film (see below or click here), Vali was asked about the trip that gave him the betting business bug, how online promotions have evolved by replicating a land-based focus on what he terms “The Experience”, and how important it is that the audience see themselves as ‘players’, rather than traditional gamblers.I wanted to work in the betting and gaming business because of a trip to Las Vegas, just before my career began. What was clear from that exposure to branded casino properties was one constant – they did not sell gambling.Playing at roulette, blackjack, and betting on sports was inherent in everything they did…but it was never marketed or pushed to you as a potential consumer.“The Experience” was what the brick and mortar gaming business thrived upon – a lifestyle that you could embrace, engage with and even profit from, as a player.Over time, I took this lesson of creating “The Experience” with the teams and brands I’ve been fortunate to work with during my career, to try and achieve what the brick and mortar elders in our industry suggested as the route to sustainable and successful gaming businesses.Online, one of few ways it is possible for us to replicate The Experience is via promotions – not simply meaning new customer deposit and reload bonuses, to be clear, but developed, meaningful and fun online events and entertainment.Coming from many years in the Poker sector, with insane levels of competition from the early 2000’s when I experienced the shift from one operator – ParadisePoker – to hundreds in a matter of months, we learned to dedicate our marketing to “Must Play Promotions” – similar to the concept of “Must-See TV” that networks like HBO and Netflix have perfected.Analogous to US TV Networks, operators have to create in online betting and gaming, within their core markets, one of the biggest branded “TV Channels” around, in order to matter in the market and survive the post-regulatory shift.As an industry, what we need to focus upon now, I would suggest, is the quality and event status of our “Shows” – in other words, our promotions are key.Every day, on every dot country variant of their sites, across all products, operators promotional offering needs to feature “must notice”, “must be able to find”, and “must play” potential, in the same way that shows like Game of Thrones are classed as “must watch TV”.Players have to feel they are, potentially, missing out on “something” by not locating, logging on, staying connected to, and playing with your brand.It’s not just about the cash they could win or lose…it’s about the culture they take part in by playing with your brand, and the cultural phenomenon you’re building with, and for, your growing audience.This commitment to the mass market, with free to play offers and promotions to encourage audience awareness, trial and engagement, and segmented offers and incentives for the players, was the only way to gain and retain “membership” of your brand.I use the word “membership” deliberately – seeing the audience as just potential “customers” encourages the “get and go” attitude from many of today’s online gamblers, and our industry response to them as “new depositing customers”, valuable only for their first month’s activity, and largely seen as “lapsed or lapsing” thereafter.Seeing them as “members” of your branded entertainment offering, across any and all products, shifts the manner in which you meet, greet, gain and retain them…for the long term, and their critical lifetime value. During the online poker boom, it was clear that we were, as an industry, recruiting people who did not see themselves as traditional “gamblers”.They wanted to be, and became, “players” – an important distinction as it makes the difference between a constrained, and competitive, market; and, one with sustainable room for growth and the “little but often” revenue players that form the backbone of brands like PokerStars.Over time, the online and brick-and-mortar betting and gaming businesses will become one hybrid business – as such, I feel “The Experience” lesson from the land-based business will become ever more essential to all our shared operations going forward.Recently, I worked with the talented team at Betsson, on the eve of its fifteenth birthday, to undertake a brand reboot for what used to be a Nordic Pioneer brand – NordicBet.The Brand Reboot, much like revitalising an old Hollywood movie, took place across 2017. The kick-off campaign was an idea called “TransferWindow” – an idea so obvious I should probably have come up with it many years ago – whereby players who moved to NordicBet during the Transfer Window, could get bonuses on their betting, all season long.This campaign aimed to re-announce NordicBet to the markets it most appealed to – the Nordics – and take ownership of a phenomenon in sports – the transfer market for professional footballers.The players are the stars. Just for betting at NordicBet, you are getting a “Transfer Window” deal that values you outside of the one-time only new customer deposit bonus, common across all other operators we competed against. It values you “all season long” just like the pro footballers.To gain this TransferWindow reward throughout the season, players must bet to a defined, but easily achievable, threshold every month. This creates, in itself, a core CRM communications platform to each player – effectively providing them with a Career Path Plan with the brand.Your betting and gaming is not simply “transactional” anymore – you are “playing” and have moved from being a gambler, or customer, to being “a player” who, most importantly, is tied to a particular brand, given the on-going nature of this type of promotional scheme.The success of the promotion was instant, and like the real-world transfer market has returned each January and July/August – with stand-out recognition, reactivation and ownership of core recruitment periods in the sports calendar.Ismail Vali can be contacted at email@example.com. Related Articles Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Submit Share BetConstruct offers support to land-based casinos amid COVID-19 pandemic March 18, 2020