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first_imgBLUE HILL — The Sumner softball team beat George Stevens Academy 14-11 on Monday at GSA.Strong winds and cold temperatures made it a challenging day for both teams.But Sumner pitcher Sally Lockhart managed to strike out nine batters, and she went 3-for-4 at the plate to help the Tigers (1-0) edge the GSA Eagles (1-2) on Monday.Sumner’s Savana Turner chipped in with two doubles, a triple and a single.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor GSA, Adreana Simmons notched seven strikeouts, and Katrina Limeburner went 4-for-5 with three singles and a triple.Hermon 16, Ellsworth 0Hermon shut out Ellsworth on Tuesday at home.Doubleheader: Foxcroft 13, MDI 10 and Foxcroft 8, MDI 7Foxcroft Academy (3-0) swept Mount Desert Island (1-2) in a doubleheader on Saturday at MDI.GSA 9, WA 0GSA shut out Washington Academy (0-2) on Saturday at WA.The top two hitters for GSA were Katrina Limeburner, who had three singles and three runs, and Olivia Stevenson, who had two singles, a double and two runs.Dexter 7, Bucksport 4Bucksport (2-1) lost on Saturday at Dexter (1-2).Dexter’s Abbey Jordan and Kolby Kain combined to limit Bucksport to six hits on Saturday at Dexter.Bucksport’s Eliza Hosford, Julia Zavalza and Madysen Robichaud had hits for the Golden Bucks.MDI 20, GSA 3MDI won at GSA on Thursday.Bucksport 3, Ellsworth 2After Bucksport’s 9-3 seasoning-opening win over Washington Academy on April 20, the Golden Bucks won their second straight game on Thursday at home.Julia Zavalza hit a triple and a single and had two RBIs to pace Bucksport to victory over Ellsworth. Her sixth inning RBI broke a 2-2 tie for the win.Madysen Robichard contributed a double and an RBI for the Golden Bucks. Samantha Goode pitched a four-hitter while striking out nine batters.For the Ellsworth girls, pitcher Caitlin Bean gave up six hits and struck out three, and Abby Lynch had a triple and a single.Submit scores and game recaps by emailing them to read more

first_imgBlack Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari is, without doubt, a gifted footballer, and his country has long been a beneficiary of his fine passing range, selfless displays, and sweet left foot.Regrettably, though, it is the other side of Muntari – ill-mannered and consistently disrespectful of the powers-that-be – that the 29-year-old’s countrymen are set to have a more lasting memory of when he finally brings an illustrious spell of service to his nation to an end.Here’s a glance at the most glaring misdemeanors on Muntari’s rap sheet:Breaks camp rules, retires in furyMuntari, even at age 20, was already one of the key figures who, going into the 2004 Olympic Mens’ Football tournament, then Ghana head coach Mariano Barreto – who doubled at the helm of the Black Meteors – could count on. That proved true until, at a pre-tournament base in Barreto’s Portugal, Muntari allowed his Italian girlfriend into camp and, even after team authorities’ insistence, refused to let the lady leave, thus giving Barreto little option than to evict the ex-Udinese star from his Athens-bound side. Muntari, in a stunning knee-jerk reaction, declared perhaps one of the most premature retirement decisions of any player in international football history. It indeed was a rash move, given that, before long, he had ‘repented’ and re-availed himself for national duty. Abuses ‘Milo’: Part IThe story of Muntari’s absence from the 2010 Nations Cup – a competition for which Ghana’s Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac needed as many of his most experienced players as he could get, with the likes of John Mensah, John Paintsil and, to a slightly lesser extent, Michael Essien, missing – is an intriguing one. First, he failed to turn up for a friendly against Angola in November 2009 and, when ‘Milo’ requested a meeting between himself and the erring player, Muntari apparently snubbed him. Rajevac, consequently, overlooked him for the Afcon. Ghana went on to reach the finale, while Muntari later apologised and got recalled for that year’s World Cup, where more unsavory ‘wahala’ ensued.Abuses ‘Milo’: Part IIMuntari missed much of Ghana’s first two group games at the 2010 World Cup – he started none, actually – and apparently didn’t take too kindly to his omission, being the prima donna he is. And so he allegedly abused Rajevac verbally, to the extent that the latter was moved to axe him ahead of a crucial final game against mighty Germany. Somewhere between Rajevac’s decision and the anticipated official notice from the Ghana Football Association, however, it is believed that Muntari’s fellow seniors in that squad – notably former skipper Stephen Appiah – begged for his speedy re-instatement. Rajevac obliged but remained unwavering at least for Ghana’s next two games, merely handing Muntari cameos from the bench on those occasions. When he did start against Uruguay, though, brilliant Muntari made it count, scoring a scorching screamer that could easily have secured Ghana a maiden World Cup semi-final berth but for subsequent happenings in that match. Insults Kwesi AppiahExit ‘Milo’ and – two managerial changes later – enter indigene Kwesi Appiah. In the 54-year-old, Muntari would find a new nemesis, one with whom a first brush occurred when Ghana trekked to honour a 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier versus Lesotho. In what proved a routine win, Muntari provided the one memorable, albeit infamous, sideshow. Substituted as the match progressed, Muntari seemingly kept his cool, only to release his pent-up indignance at full force in the dressing room [post-match] on Appiah and members of his coaching staff over the wisdom – or lack thereof – that informed the decision to replace him. After allowing Muntari to have his rather aggressive say, Appiah struck back as harshly as he possibly could by shutting the national team’s doors to the player until a remorseful Muntari came pleading his way back months later.Slaps, SackedAnd now the most recent episode of Muntari-mania to hit his international career. At the acme of the cash scandal that prematurely derailed Ghana’s dreams of glory at the 2014 Fifa World Cup – which transpired during a late-night emergency meeting between the players and team officials over ‘pressing’ issues regarding unsettled appearance fees – Muntari was alleged to have physically assaulted one of the leading personalities from the GFA who had accompanied the team to Brazil and, still very much in his notoriously brutal temper, went on to wreak further havoc to some property at the hotel in Brasilia where the Stars were encamped. For his error – the latest in a lengthy record of offences – Muntari, along with fellow delinquent and one-time AC Milan team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng, received the expulsion for which he had been granted a stay of execution four years prior.last_img read more