Sports Digest: Bonny Eagle’s Horton committed to UMaine football

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Bonny Eagle High senior Thomas Horton announced Sunday that he will join the University of Maine soccer team. The 6-foot-1, 255-pound two-way lineman dominated on both sides of the ball for the Scots, with 42 knockdown blocks as offensive guard and 72 tackles, 13 for loss at nose guard.

On Saturday, Horton was named the winner of the Frank J. Gaziano Offensive Lineman Award and its $5,000 purse. An all-state roster in Varsity Maine, Horton is also one of three finalists for the James J. Fizpatrick Award, which is presented annually to the best high school soccer player in Maine.

Horton is the first lineman to be named a finalist for the Fitzpatrick since 2001. Only one lineman, Gerry Raymond of Lewiston after the 1977 season, has won the Fitzy, which was first awarded in 1971. The 2021 winner will go to expected to be announced midway through. -March.

Horton told the Portland Press Herald that he had limited his college choice to UMaine or Division III Western New England. He wants to study mechanical engineering.

Horton becomes the third in-state player committed to new UMaine Coach Jordan Stevens. Last week, Thornton Academy quarterback Jack Emerson and Bonny Eagle running back Zachariah Oja announced they had accepted preferential offers from Maine.

BASKETBALL

MAJOR: Mets GM Billy Eppler said he spoke to Yankees GM Brian Cashman well before hiring Eric Chavez as the team’s batting coach and that both sides understood that Chavez might end up in Queens.

Chavez, 44, was hired by the Yankees in November as one of two assistants to new batting coach Dillon Lawson — and he would play a role beyond his title. A few weeks later, the Mets hired the 17-year-old big leaguer as their primary batting coach.

Eppler said he was in touch with Cashman before the Yankees hired Chavez, and that the Bronx Bombers knew Chavez might not end up in pinstripes if offered a bigger role on the Mets’ staff.

“My understanding was that if the lead role opened here and he won the day, he would get their blessing,” Eppler said. “And so it finally happened.”

FOOTBALL

AFRICAN CUP: The Gambia upset Guinea 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals in Yaounde, Camerron, in a match in which both teams had to send a player off the field in the last few minutes.

Musa Barrow put the Gambia ahead with a well-taken goal in the 71st minute.

The Gambia had Yusupha Njie sent off after 87 minutes for elbowing an opponent, but Egyptian referee Amin Omar also gave Ibrahima Conte from Guinea a second yellow in stoppage time.

• At least six people have been killed in a stampede outside the stadium.

Naseri Paul Biya, governor of Cameroon’s central region, said there could be more victims.

The stampede happened as crowds struggled to gain entry to the Olembe Stadium in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde to watch the host nation play against the Comoros in a last 16 knockout match in Africa’s premier football tournament.

Officials at the nearby Messassi hospital said they had received at least 40 injuries from the stampede.

“Some of the injured are in a desperate condition,” said Olinga Prudence, a nurse. “We will have to evacuate them to a specialized hospital.”

Football officials said about 50,000 people had attempted to attend the game. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000, but it was not intended to be more than 80% full before the match due to crowd size restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cameroon won the match 2-1 and reached the quarter-finals.

EDITION: Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Watford after spending 3 1/2 months in charge of the team that has just fallen into the relegation zone.

Watford has won two of his 13 league appearances under 70-year-old Ranieri. Watford fell to the bottom three for the first time this season with a 3-0 home defeat to Norwich.

Watford are looking for his third permanent manager of the season, having already sacked Xisco Munoz, and his 16th in the last 10 years.

CYCLING

CRASH: Former Tour de France champion Egan Bernal has been taken to a hospital in stable condition after a training crash in Colombia, according to his team and Colombian officials.

In a brief statement, the Ineos Grenadiers team said the 25-year-old Colombian rider was conscious when he arrived at the hospital.

The University of La Sabana Hospital, where Bernal was being treated, said in a statement that the cyclist would undergo surgery for multiple injuries, including to his neck, thorax and legs. He was in stable condition.

At about 10 a.m., according to Colombian police, Bernal collided with a bus that was stopped along a road near his hometown of Zipaquira.

OBIT

GYMNASTICS: Former Olympic champion Szilveszter Csollany died Monday at the age of 51 after spending weeks in hospital with COVID-19, Hungarian sports officials said.

The Hungarian Olympic Committee and the country’s gymnastics federation have confirmed in a joint statement the death of Csollany, who won a gold medal in the men’s ring competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He also won silver in 1996 in Atlanta and a world gold in 2002.

He was a six-time medalist at the European Gymnastics Championships and received the Hungarian “Sportsman of the Year” award in 2000 and 2002.

Csollany had been in hospital with COVID-19 since the beginning of December and was on a ventilator for several weeks.


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