Press Association “We are close but it is not done,” he said of a move for Jimenez. “Hopefully it is going to be done today or tomorrow but he will not make the squad for Sunday, no way. But it would be good for us to get the player as soon as possible. That would be it done. Then I would be happy.” Alex Song could also yet complete a move from Barcelona following his own loan spell last season but Bilic said the rest of the transfer window would likely see players departing the club. Having replaced Sam Allardyce as manager ahead of the final season at Upton Park before their move to the Olympic Stadium, Bilic was also keen to reel in any unrealistic expectations from his first year at the helm. “I would like us to play good football, to win games,” he said when asked what would constitute a successful campaign. “It’s easy to say now before the first game. Our aim is to be mid-table, to be as high as possible, we will give everything we can – let’s say if we finish top 10 that is major success.” The Croatian confirmed he will recall all of the first-team regulars who he rested for the defeat in Romania. In addition to Valencia and Carroll, loanee Carl Jenkinson is unavailable against his parent club. Club-record signing Carroll has seen his West Ham career besieged with injuries and has been out since February with his latest problem. He was expected to be missing until October but he returned to training with the under-21 squad last week and now Bilic believes the England international could play some part against one of his former clubs – at Anfield on August 29 or against Newcastle two weeks later. “Andy Carroll is doing really well,” he said. “He will be joining the squad in terms of training with the team very soon. It is easy to predict (when he will be fit) but it is also hard – I ask the simple questions to our medical department but it is hard for them. “He has been working for a few weeks but last week he was doing individual stuff without any problems so now the injury is gone. We just have to bring him in slowly, but as soon as possible to gain fitness. “It should be, the target the medical department told me, Liverpool or Newcastle which is the fourth or fifth game of the season.” With Carroll closing in on a return, Bilic is looking to bolster his attacking options further with the loan signing of Atletico Madrid forward Raul Jimenez. The Mexico international is waiting for a work permit but Bilic does not intend to return to the transfer market for any more strikers – effectively ruling out moves for players such as Javier Hernandez or Charlie Austin, who have both been heavily linked with moves to Upton Park. Slaven Bilic is hopeful of having Andy Carroll fit in as little as three weeks – with the West Ham boss revealing the trip to Liverpool is a realistic target. The Hammers open their Premier League campaign with a tricky trip to Arsenal on Sunday, on the back of their humbling Europa League qualifying exit at the hands of Romanian side Astra Giurgiu. With both Carroll and fellow forward Enner Valencia sidelined with knee injuries, Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zarate are Bilic’s only experienced options for the game at the Emirates Stadium.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team is within striking distance of first place in the Class B North standings after recent victories over Belfast and Mount Desert Island.Last Thursday, Ellsworth earned a road 3-2 win over Belfast to finish the first half of the regular season with unbeaten record at 8-0. Belfast had responded to Ellsworth runs to start off the first and sixth innings by tying the game both times, but the Lions were unable to do so a third time after freshman Hunter Curtis scored in the top of the seventh.Senior pitcher Matt Burnett struck out nine batters in seven innings against Belfast to improve to 4-0 on the season. Junior Jackson Curtis led the Eagles at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Tyler Mitchell and Michael Palmer also had base hits.On Monday, Conner Wagstaff led the way for Ellsworth as the Eagles notched an 8-1 home win over No. 5 MDI (5-4). The senior struck out 11 batters in 5 2/3 innings of work before Burnett recorded the game’s final four outs on strikeouts in relief. Burnett and Jackson Curtis had two hits apiece for the Eagles, who had seven as a team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe wins moved the No. 2 Eagles (9-0) within 5.2 Heal points of top-ranked Hermon (11-0) in the Class B North standings. The Hawks had 64.8 points to Ellsworth’s 59.6 following Monday’s games. The two teams will play one another at 4:30 p.m. next Thursday, May 23, at Hermon High School.Before that, Ellsworth will battle sixth-ranked Brewer (6-2) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in a rematch of last year’s regional championship game. The Eagles will then play at that time on the road against George Stevens Academy (7-1), at home against John Bapst and at Washington Academy on Friday, May 17, Monday, May 20, and next Tuesday, May 21, respectively.
INDIAN cricket chiefs are sticking with plans to salvage the IPL this year even if it means playing in empty stadiums, says the country’s board president, Sourav Ganguly.The world’s richest Twenty20 tournament is heading for the first wipe-out of its 12-year history after being repeatedly postponed because of the coronavirus.Despite the worsening epidemic caseload in India, Ganguly – president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – said in an email to state associations that every effort was being made to hold the Indian Premier League in some form.“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums,” Ganguly wrote in a letter seen by AFP.“The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year.”Players from India and abroad “have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year’s IPL”, he added.“We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this.”The BCCI’s planning has been hit by the ICC on Wednesday deferring a decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup, originally scheduled for Australia in October.If the T20 showpiece does go ahead, there would be little room in the schedule for even a shortened IPL.BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told AFP the board would suffer losses of more than half a billion dollars if the IPL season is scrapped.The league is a huge revenue-earner for BCCI and estimated to generate more than $11 billion for the Indian economy. (AFP)
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team used a furious second-half rally to climb back into the game Thursday night, but fell short to South Dakota State 68-65. The first half proved the downfall for the Badgers as they dropped their fourth game in a row.”We just had a horrendous time handling the basketball in the first half,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “I’m disappointed in the first half. We got down and lacked intensity. It was a courageous battle for us to come back, obviously, but it was too little, too late.”South Dakota State had just two field goals in the last 14 minutes of the game, including an eight-minute scoring drought when the Badgers cut it to two. The Badgers trailed by 16 at the half and as many as 21 early in the second half, but went on a 19-0 run that brought the 4,670 in attendance to their feet.The team was sparked by freshman Christine Spencer, who came off the bench to help with defense and even knocked down a 3-pointer for her first points of the year.”I thought we got a nice little lift from Spencer. That’s probably the silver lining of the second half,” Stone said.”When [Christine Spencer] came in, she was determined. Her defense and just our intensity was completely different from the first half,” sophomore forward Danielle Ward said. The teams then traded baskets until the final minute, when Janese Banks, who had a team-high 15 points, hit a runner in the lane to cut it to one with just under a minute to go. On the ensuing defensive possession, Banks took a charge to give the ball back to the Badgers with a chance to take their first lead since early in the first half. Jolene Anderson drove and kicked it to Ashley Josephson, who had a good look, but missed a 3-point attempt. The Badgers fouled, freshman Jennifer Warkenthien missed the first end of a 1-and-1 and the Badgers had a second attempt to take the lead, but Danielle Ward’s jumper rimmed out. This time, Warkenthien dropped both free throws to take a three-point advantage. The comeback attempt came to an end when Banks’ desperation 3 at the buzzer missed everything. Banks earned her first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough on this day.”[South Dakota State] wasn’t afraid of us at all, and they shouldn’t be,” Stone said. “(Head coach) Aaron (Johnson) does a great job. They are a good team that knows how to win.”Sophomore guard Andrea Verdegan, who finished the game with 19 points, led South Dakota State. The Wisconsin native had hit just three shots from beyond the arc all year, but knocked down five in the game.”I did grow up a Badger fan and it feels nice. This is a big game and I was really excited. We knew that they were going to be really tough, especially on their home court,” Verdegan said.The South Dakota State defense caused the Badgers fits all day as evidenced by the total number of turnovers (26) to field goals made (25) by the Badgers.”We feel like if we just allowed Wisconsin to go through their half-court offense and execute and have to try and stop those guards, it would be really hard to do that,” Johnson said. “Defensively, one of the things we try to do is be really distracting. We’re not always going to be the quickest and most athletic team out there, but we have a style and a system that really requires us to try and disrupt other offenses.”Wisconsin must now search for answers, and it gets no easier as they head to Lawrence, Kan., for a date with the Jayhawks. The University of Kansas is currently undefeated at 6-0 and is outscoring its opponents by 20.8 points per game. Senior Crystal Kemp leads the team in scoring (15.7) and rebounds (6.5). The last meeting between the two was 10 years ago in the NCAA tournament, where Wisconsin upset the Jayhawks in the first round 73-72. “We have to start over now. Our record is now 0-0. A brand new season starts tomorrow and there’s going to be some changes,” Stone said.
WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS Week 12: Yahoo GPP Lineup PicksQB Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Dolphins ($29). Mayfield managed two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown on Thursday night despite not looking all that awesome. If he’s gonna look good in a game the rest of the way, it’ll be at home against the Dolphins. I feel decent about those three total TDs repeating themselves.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPRB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ Saints ($40). I felt comfortable enough with the rest of my choices to again pay up and grab McCaffrey, who’s so overpowering that avoiding his point total could make our GPP lineup irrelevant.RB Devin Singletary, Bills vs. Broncos ($20). Singletary continues to be the man in this backfield, and I’d expect the Bills to have a similar offensive outing against Denver as they did against Miami. If anything, they should lean on Singletary more against what is a better pass defense.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSWR Odell Beckham Jr., Browns vs. Dolphins ($22). OBJ is priced less than Jarvis Landry, which isn’t unfair but makes him the perfect stack with Mayfield. Beckham is more of an upside-laden GPP play, anyway.WR Hunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Jets ($18). Renfrow’s started to get consistent targets in Oakland, and I’m attacking this game with two of my wide receiver picks. Renfrow doesn’t feel like a tournament play, but Derek Carr looks his way around the end zone enough to give him a decent floor/ceiling combo.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWR Robby Anderson, Jets vs. Raiders ($15). Anderson finally returned to the end zone in Week 11, and Oakland’s defense is susceptible to the deep ball. With how Sam Darnold and the New York offense is clicking, expect Anderson to get free deep at least once.TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks @ Eagles ($18). People might forget about Hollister coming off his bye or think his price is a little high, but it’s totally warranted. He should see six-plus targets and have a great shot of scoring in a game that Seattle should have plenty of success through the air. Week 12 is the perfect time to try out my preseason favorite Baker Mayfield in a Yahoo DFS tournament. It’s not a secret that the Dolphins will be a solid matchup for the Browns, but a stack with Odell Beckham Jr. feels as good as it’s gonna feel all season in this week. Considering that this daily fantasy football lineup construction still has room for Christian McCaffrey, and it feels like we’re off to a good start.Last week, we took a shot on Ryan Finley. That’s the pricing chance you sometimes have to take to finish high up in a tournament, and Finley was just 0.2% owned in the GPP I entered. Sadly, he stunk. We did right by our studs in Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara, but we didn’t nail the cheap options to make it worthwhile. It’s still a decent strategy if you choose to do it and pay down at QB. Next time, we’ll just have to select a better one. MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX DJ Chark, Jaguars @ Titans ($21). This isn’t some great matchup or anything — it’s just that Chark always seems to tick no matter how good or bad the Jacksonville offense looks. And for such a consistent player, he also has a high ceiling, as his two touchdowns in Week 11 reminded us yet again.D/ST Buffalo Bills vs. Broncos ($16). Brandon Allen isn’t very good, and the Bills should shut down Courtland Sutton with Tre’Davious White and limit Noah Fant via one of the best team defenses at limiting tight ends. Take away a bad QB’s best two receiving weapons and it could be a rough day for the Denver offense.