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Lampard delighted by landmark goal

first_imgFrank Lampard revelled in a glorious day after scoring his 200th Chelsea goal as the Blues climbed to third place in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 defeat of his former club West Ham at Stamford Bridge. On his 595th Chelsea appearance, Lampard headed in an Eden Hazard cross after 19 minutes to move within two of Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202 goals. The impressive Hazard netted a second after 50 minutes as Chelsea moved a point above Tottenham, with a game in-hand, in the race for a Champions League qualifying place. “It is one of my best days,” Lampard told the BBC. “Obviously, winning the Champions League and championships are the best, but personally getting 200 goals for the club, I never thought I would touch that so I am pleased to get it.” Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “Everyone keeps talking about the goalscoring record, I would rather people kept quiet. The important thing is trying to score goals to win games. “We are in good form and everyone is at it. There is a good feeling around the place and we need to carry it on until the end of the season.” Lampard, who joined Chelsea from West Ham for £11million in 2001, celebrated his 12th league goal of the season in front of the away end and with John Terry, who was warming up as a substitute, with the visiting support expressing their displeasure by hurling objects the duo’s way. The Metropolitan Police later confirmed they were investigating incidents of coin throwing but that no arrests had been made. West Ham were second best throughout, but did have the ball in Chelsea’s net, but Andy Carroll’s strike was chalked off for a push in the back on David Luiz. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce said: “Technically it was a foul, but I can show you about four of them outside the box he (referee Michael Oliver) didn’t give. It was a brilliant dive by David Luiz and I think that bought him the foul. “We were always in the game if we could score, but this year away from home scoring has been a massive problem for us. We had enough opportunities to score at least one today.” last_img read more


Grindstone Neck celebrates 125th anniversary of golf course

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts 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. Biocenter_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 WINTER HARBOR — In a fast-paced world, time seems to stand still on the Grindstone Neck golf course.The course not only embodies the characteristics of traditional tracks, it unites a community through memories.Grindstone Association will celebrate the 125-year anniversary of its golf course with a scramble on Friday, July 29.Festivities will start at 11:30 a.m. and include lunch, a shotgun scramble, a hole event and cocktails. RSVP by July 18.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBuilt in 1891, Grindstone Neck ranks among the 100 oldest golf courses in the nation. The course, which is open from May through October, features views of the harbor and Frenchman Bay. Golfers can see the ocean from all nine holes.Golf originated in Scotland centuries ago before coming to the United States. Courses initially followed the terrain and incorporated natural elements into the game. Now, Grindstone Neck Chairman Doug Dick says most of the good golf courses are “immaculate” without a grass blade out of place — but not Grindstone Neck.“This is the way it used to be,” Dick says. “We don’t have sand traps like most golf courses, but we’ve got our own hazards.”Those hazards include rocks, tall grass, wind and fog.Dick, who summers in Winter Harbor, says he has played a lot of golf over his lifetime, and he has met people who belong to the finest clubs in the world.“They talk about how this is their favorite,” Dick says of Grindstone Neck. “Because it’s not manicured, a lot of crazy things happen. It’s a throwback.”Golfers (from left) Steven Kampmann, Doug Dick, Custis Swope, Edith Dixon and Kevin Conley spent Thursday morning reminiscing about the Grindstone Neck golf course at the yacht club in Winter Harbor. Grindstone Neck Association will celebrate the course’s 125-year anniversary on July 29. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSIt’s also a throwback to the past. Dick and four year-round locals — Edith Dixon, Custis Swope, Steven Kampmann and Kevin Conley — spend Thursday morning reminiscing about the course inside the Grindstone Neck Yacht Club.Conley, the course’s superintendent, grew up caddying for Grindstone Neck for $1.50 a game. He and the other caddies would kill time playing cards or baseball on the first fairway. While working, they would bet sodas on which golfers would win.“When you’re 11 years old and all your friends are down here caddying,” Conley says, “there was nothing better.”Conley caddied for Swope and Dixon as well as Kampmann’s parents. He said one of the funniest matchups was Kampmann’s mother and a local Conley called “Mr. Pepper.”“His mother was the best golfer, and Mr. Pepper,” Conley hesitates, “didn’t do so well.”Conley recalls one time Kampmann’s mom asked Mr. Pepper, who “used to swear a lot,” if he wanted to continue after he pounded the ball into the ground on the fifth hole.“He turned to the caddies and said, ‘We might as well keep up the comedy for them,’” Conley says, smiling.Generations of locals have their own stories about the course.“The great thing is that my kids and my grandchildren are all playing golf in this community,” Swope says. “A lot of them learned to golf here.”Kampmann recalls a comment he made to his son, who was 9 years old at the time, while the pair waited their turn at the third tee: “Someday, if you ever get married, I can’t imagine a better place to ask someone.” Years later, Kampmann’s son proposed to his wife on the third tee.Grindstone Neck Association will celebrate its golf course’s 125-year anniversary on July 29. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSKampmann says that, just the other day on the golf course, he and his sons ran into someone who used to caddie for Kampmann’s dad.“They never met my father,” Kampmann says of his children. “What I love about this is the continuity of relationships.”Dixon values the memories she has golfing with her late husband, Fitz Dixon. She says he notched four holes-in-one on the course before passing away in 2006.“Being a small community, we all kind of do everything together,” Edith Dixon says. “It can be an expensive thing to keep up. But if we didn’t have it, we couldn’t function.”“It ties the town together,” Conley adds.Conley tears up when discussing what the course means to him.“I’ve spent practically my whole life here,” he says. “Now, I have a 5-year-old son who gets to come to work with me. It’s very special. He’s going to grow up around this like I did.”Find more information about Grindstone Neck at grindstonegolf.com. 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North London Derby: Tottenham, Arsenal Battle for Top-Four Place

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s shock defeat to Burnley, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed that it could be up to 10 years before his team are able to win the Premier League title.If that seems like a lengthy wait the past seven days will have felt almost as long, with Tottenham following that Burnley loss up with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday.The only team Spurs dislike more than Chelsea is Arsenal, so the prospect of suffering three league defeats in a row for the first time since November 2012 at the hands of the Gunners – who were also responsible for the third defeat in that run, incidentally – will be a difficult one for them to stomach.It is more than just their pride which could be damaged this weekend, though, as Spurs are in serious danger of being dragged into a tightly-contested top-four battle when just seven days ago they were regarded as outsiders for the title.Victory over Burnley would have closed the gap to just two points at the top of the table, but Pochettino’s side are now nine adrift of the leaders and very much looking over their shoulders with only five points separating them from in-form Manchester United in fifth.Arsenal, United and Chelsea all gained three points on Tottenham in midweek and the big matches keep on coming for the Lilywhites with Borussia Dortmund to follow this derby next Tuesday.Pochettino can afford to push that match to the back of his mind for now, although if the current slump continues beyond the visit of Arsenal then even their 3-0 first-leg lead in that Champions League last-16 tie may not be safe.One of the more surprising elements of Tottenham’s two recent defeats is that they have both come away from home, where Spurs had the best record in Europe’s top five leagues beforehand. The return to Wembley may be a welcome one, then, despite having still picked up more points on the road than they have in front of their own fans.Tottenham have won their last four home games across all competitions, and another victory on Saturday would see them become the first team to beat Arsenal on three separate occasions at Wembley.Pochettino has also never lost a home Premier League game against the Gunners, and the pattern of home advantage proving important in this fixture continues in that only one of the last 16 league meetings have been won by the away team.There are still plenty of signs pointing towards a Tottenham win, then, but they may not be relishing the visit of their closest enemies quite as much as they were just a week or so ago.Unai Emery took over at Arsenal with top-four football as the number one objective, and as things stand he is on course to achieve it.There have been questions throughout the campaign, but realistically breaking into those Champions League places in his first season at the helm was a big ask considering they finished sixth last season and needed to adapt to the end of the Arsene Wenger era.The fact that Arsenal could move to within one point of a Spurs side that just a week ago were regarded as title challengers should be applauded, then, but there is plenty more work to be done.Manchester United’s form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left little margin for error in the top-four race, while Chelsea’s victory over Spurs has the feel of a turning point for the Blues and manager Maurizio Sarri too.It is in Arsenal’s hands at the moment, though, and it is up to them to keep clear of their rivals in a potentially season-defining run of fixtures which sees the Gunners face United in their next league game after this derby. Arsenal are certainly arriving into that decisive domestic double-header in the sort of form they require, having won five of their last six Premier League games – as many as they had managed in their previous 13.It is a different story when solely looking at away form, though; Arsenal have lost three of their last four outings on the road across all competitions and their only two away wins since November have come against League One Blackpool and Premier League basement club Huddersfield Town.Victory at Wembley would see Emery’s side record back-to-back away league wins for the first time since October, but they have lost as many top-flight games as they have won on their travels so far this term and would sit eighth in the table if only away form counted.Arsenal fans will be hoping that the old cliche of the formbook going out of the window for such matches is true to a certain extent this weekend, then, although they will also feel that this is a good time to be playing a stuttering Spurs off the back of their joint-biggest win under Emery.Emery believes the opportunity to inch close to within a point of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League will be a “big motivation” for his players ahead of today’s north London derby.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With two successive loses in less than one week, Tottenham Hotspurs’ Premier League dream is now in ruin, therefore, hanging on to top-four position is now the ambition. That is why today’s encounter between the two North London rivals will be more than a derby as Arsenal are not prepared to lose their grip on the fourth positionWembley plays host to the 198th North London derby today lunchtime as Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal looking to arrest an alarming dip in form.Back-to-back defeats have threatened to drag Spurs into the top-four race, and their fiercest rivals could inflict more misery on them by moving to within one point with victory at the national stadium.last_img read more