Brendan Rodgers sends ‘clear’ message to Arsenal about replacing Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 12:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link533Shares Comment Brendan Rodgers has responded to links with the Arsenal job (Getty Images)Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he has no intention of leaving Leicester City and insists his message to Arsenal is ‘clear’.The Leicester City manager is one of the candidates to replace Unai Emery following Arsenal’s decision to sack the Spaniard last week.Freddie Ljungberg has been brought in by the Gunners as an interim manager, while speculation has linked Rodgers with a move away from Leicester before the end of the season.But the 46-year-old is adamant that he will not be ditching Leicester any time soon.ADVERTISEMENT‘Yeah, the message is clear and it has been and probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here,’ said Rodgers. Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed as Arsenal’s interim manager (AFP via Getty Images)‘I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a purpose.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The purpose was very clear in that I wanted to help this club move forward and looking to lead it forward with a group I feel has huge potential.‘Why would I want to move from that?More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘OK, I moved after nearly three years at Celtic and people may look at me thinking: ‘Right, because a club like Arsenal, with the great institution and size, and all of that’.‘But it’s all about happiness and I couldn’t be happier here. My contract is until 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to release me from that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement
The Golden Bucks got off to a strong start on Friday night at home, rolling to a 57-12 win over the Washington Academy Raiders.Bucksport jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Stewart to Asher Bowden.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe defending Little Ten Conference champions put 32 points on the scoreboard in the second period, putting the game well out of the Raiders’ reach.Those scores came on touchdown passes by Stewart of four yards to Bowden, 27 yards, 30 yards and two yards to Hayden Craig and a 30-yard run by Bowden.The Golden Bucks added 18 more points in the third period on a four-yard touchdown run by Jack Cyr, a three-yard run by Andy Allen and a 21-yard scoring pass from Chase Carmichael to Brandon Findlay.Stewart had a banner night, completing 15 of 18 passes for 165 yards, Cyr rushed for 153 yards on 17 carries and Bowden had 75 yards on seven carries.For the Raiders, Ellic Smith rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown and Colin Pineo rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown.MDI 20, Nokomis 14With less than two minutes to play, a fumble by Colby Candage at MDI’s 16-yard line gave the Nokomis Warriors a chance to tie or win Saturday’s season opener in Newport.But seconds later, Candage redeemed himself, downing Nokomis running back Caleb McFarlin for a loss on a fourth down play to preserve MDI’s 20-14 victory.Senior running back Jalique Keene led the Trojans offensively, scoring three touchdowns.The Trojans got on the board first with a 52-yard touchdown run from Keene. A two-point conversion attempt failed and MDI led 6-0.Nokomis answered near the end of the first quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass and the two-point conversion was good for an 8-6 Warrior lead.In the second quarter, Candage carried the ball for several big plays, rushing for stretches of 23 and 21 yards.A pass to Isaiah Keene was complete to move MDI into the red zone, Jalique Keene ran the ball in from two yards out and Candage converted for two points and a 14-8 MDI lead.The Trojans’ decision to defer possession at the game’s start paid off at the top of the second half when Jalique Keene, helped by the offensive line, raced 88 yards on the kickoff return for a touchdown to make the score 20-8.The Warriors scored what proved to be the last touchdown of the game in the third quarter, cutting the MDI lead to 20-14.That set the stage for the game’s dramatic final moments.“That was a wild one,” said MDI coach Mark Shields. “The thing that I was most proud of was holding them defensively at the end. We could have easily tanked it after that fumble. We always say, ‘You’re going to make mistakes. It’s going to happen, but it’s like life: if you hang your head you’re going to make another mistake and not be ready to play.’”MCI 81, Ellsworth 6The Ellsworth Eagle football team may be young, but its players’ composure in the face of adversity appeared well-refined in an 81-6 loss to Maine Central Institute on Friday night, Sept. 5.After two winless years in the Class B division, the Ellsworth Eagles began their third season as a varsity program on a rough note against one of the top teams in the Little Ten Conference.“They responded well,” Ellsworth coach Duane Crawford said of his team. “We have really good kids and coaching staff.”The Eagle sideline remained quiet, yet upbeat as the MCI Huskies totaled 640 offensive yards and 12 touchdowns.Even with the big lead, the Huskies didn’t seem to relent throughout the game, executing a few onside kicks in the first half and occasionally opting for two-point conversions rather than extra-point kicks, even after entering halftime with a 54-0 lead.MCI’s starters played into the third quarter. Running back Jonathan Santiago totaled five touchdowns, scoring four of those in the first period.Still, Crawford said he was proud of his team’s attitude as well as their growth on the field.“They can battle through the lows and highs while supporting one another,” Crawford said. “We’re a young team, but I think we’re better this year than we were last.”Ellsworth trailed 75-0 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter when Michael York put the Eagles on the board with a 60-yard run into the end zone. Despite the 69-point deficit heading into the final period, the Eagles celebrated with cheers and high fives.“We moved the ball a little against them,” Crawford said. “It’s hard to tell if MCI was really that good or if we just played badly.”MCI is a veteran team with a number of returning starters on both offense and defense. The matchup against Ellsworth’s still-developing program may offer a distorted measurement of the Eagles’ progress.“We’ve seen the best we’ll see,” Crawford said. “Now, we’re focused on the rest of the season.” Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Bio A defender for the Maine Central Institute Huskies tries to pull down Ellsworth Eagle running back Jacob Shorey in Friday’s 81-6 MCI win in season-opening action.ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks and the Mount Desert Island Trojans opened their football seasons with victories last weekend. Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. 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The USC baseball team is hoping to stay undefeated on the season tonight against the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Trojans (4-0) built upon a three-game sweep last weekend against Towson University by beating No. 25 Cal State Fullerton on the road Tuesday night, 6-4.Junior outfielder David Oppenheim got the offense started against Fullerton with a solo home run in the second inning. However, senior catcher Garrett Stubbs paced the offense for the Trojans, going 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored.Freshman Mason Perryman threw four innings and gave up two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two in his first career collegiate start.The Trojans used three relievers to finish off the game. Sophomore Bernardo Flores got the win after throwing three innings of two-run ball. Junior Marc Huberman struck out the side in a scoreless eighth inning and fellow junior Kyle Davis recorded his second save of the season after striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.Coming off their fourth- straight win, the Trojans will face the University of Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) tonight at Dedeaux Field. Junior pitcher Tyler Gilbert will make his second start of the season.USC head coach Dan Hubbs said he’s excited with the success his team has had so far, especially after going on the road to beat a talented Fullerton team. However, he stressed that the Trojans cannot get caught up in their recent success and must maintain focus throughout the entire season.“I think the biggest thing is we went into Fullerton and won,” Hubbs said. “It was a good test for our guys, the first road test at a good program and a great atmosphere, and we won a tough game. I’m excited about the 4-0 start but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t keep winning.”The Trojans get their next chance to extend their four-game winning streak tonight, but they face a big challenge against a talented Kentucky team. The Wildcats qualified for the NCAA Regionals last season with a 37-25 overall record, marking the sixth-most wins in Kentucky history.This season, the Wildcats have come out strong again with impressive 11-7 and 10-1 victories against Ball State University and the University of Richmond, respectively.However, successful programs such as Kentucky do not intimidate the Trojans, as Hubbs believes they approach every opponent the same way.“We’re playing the game — not the opponent,” Hubbs said. “If we play well, we know we’re going to be in every game, and that’s really the focus. I can’t worry about whether we’re playing Kentucky or Fullerton or whoever we’re playing. We just have to be the best team on the field that day.”The Trojans have benefitted from early success on both sides of the ball this season, pitching to a 2.50 ERA and hitting for a .307 average as a team through four games. However, the Wildcats have featured dominant early-season pitching and hitting as well, batting .368 and limiting opponents to a 2.50 ERA as a team through two games.Senior second baseman Dante Flores says USC has to stick to playing fundamental baseball in order to beat Kentucky.“Our pitchers have to throw strikes and let our defense make plays behind them,” Flores said. “Our hitters have to move the runners, score the runner from third base and just do the little things. Play the little game of baseball I don’t think we should run into any problems [against Kentucky].”Coming off the big win against Fullerton and a strong season last spring, the Trojans view this season as an opportunity to prove themselves as an elite ball club. With strong playoff aspirations this season, Hubbs believes the team must capitalize on every opportunity in order to win.“We have to win those close games and we have to beat teams that we’re supposed to beat,” Hubbs said. “We can’t give any games away.”The confidence surrounding the Trojans is palpable, and Flores sent out a warning to the rest of the conference that the Trojans are a force to be reckoned with.“I think we can win the [Pac-12] and be a contender for regionals, Flores said. “We feel like we’re going to contend this year and surprise a lot of people.